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I have a CWM who would like a prayer
partner. You will meet with one
another through email and covet
to pray for one another’s
needs. If you are interested, send
an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com
and put prayer partner in the subject
heading. Thanks in advance for your
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Article – God’s Recipe
for Weary Moms
My family is in a very busy season
right now. We have soccer games,
football games, and band competitions.
I looked at my calendar for September
and there are no white spaces. We
are busy and tired. I know you Moms
with babies’ dream of sleeping
through the night again. Moms of
toddlers are busy chasing little
ones who rival the energizer bunny.
Being a Mom can make you permanently
tired. Yet, God’s Word has
the answers for our tired weary
Many times in the Bible God tells
us repeatedly to go to him for our
strength. Often as Moms we have
little time for God, but He is the
source for what we need to get through
our days. Let’s look a few
verses to see God’s recipe
for weary Moms.
Seek the LORD and his strength;
seek his presence continually! Psalm
The psalmist tell us to seek God
and his strength and not just once
a day or twice a day, but continually.
This is similar to the verse that
tells us to pray without ceasing.
All through the day we can have
an ongoing conversation with God
asking Him to give us strength for
all the many things we have to do.
Praise Him that He has more than
enough strength to get us through.
The joy of the LORD is your strength.
When we take time out of our days
to praise God and worship Him that
will give us strength. How? When
we worship God we focus on how awesome
and wonderful He is and we realize
nothing is impossible with God.
Have you noticed when you sing a
hymn or praise song how your whole
being changes while you worship?
That joy of the Lord then gives
you strength. I would encourage
you to listen to praise music on
your way to and from work.
I can do all things through Him
who strengthens me. Philippians
The verse above I would guess is
a favorite of many CWMs and Christians
all over the world. I love the absoluteness
of the verse. I can do ALL things
not some or a few, but ALL. We as
Moms have to remember the strength
comes from God, not us just trying
harder. We need to be totally dependent
on God for everything in our lives
and look to him for our strength.
I would encourage you to look in
the back of your Bible (if you have
a concordance) or do a Google search
on all the many verses that speak
about strength in the Bible. A quick
study of the major characters in
the Bible will show you that they
were strongest when they were at
their weakest point, but totally
dependent on God. God’s glory
can be manifested in us more when
we allow Him to shine and not us.
Here are some practical suggestions
to learn how to rely on God’s
strength and not be weary:
1. Tape an index card up by your
kitchen sink, diaper changing table,
washer/dryer, etc. with a Bible
verse that will encourage you. Memorize
that verse and look at it each time
you do a task. You can learn the
verse as a family.
2. Learn to pray without ceasing.
Each moment of the day begin to
take an opportunity to praise God
and ask Him for strength and wisdom
to complete the task you are doing
at that time.
3. Be kind to yourself and realize
if dishes stay in the sink overnight
no one will report you to the dish
police. Get to bed at a reasonable
time and get some sleep.
4. In the car choose to listen
to Christian radio, Christian CD’s,
etc. Music that lifts you up instead
of listening to news that discourages
you and brings you down.
5. Begin each day and end each
day thanking God for his blessings
and asking for Him to direct your
day instead of the plan you had
come up with. Throughout the day
continue to seek His presence.
I do think part of being a Mom
is being tired. Even when your children
become teenagers you are out late
for various events. We can get through
all the many things we have to do
each day with a supernatural strength
that comes from God alone and it
doesn’t expire. Rely on Him
for every moment of your life. He
will not disappoint.
Be attentive to the personality
differences in your children and
how you need to interact with them.
I have one that has to talk everything
out immediately and thoroughly.
The other one dribbles out information
and doesn’t want to talk things
out. God made us all different and
as Moms we have to relate to each
of our children differently based
on how God made them. Don’t
you just love that we are all different?!
May God give you strength for all
the things you will do this week
for Him and for your family.
Till next time,
Kimberly M. Chastain
Kimberly M. Chastain,
MS, LMFT is the Christian Working
Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage
and Family Therapist. She is the
author of The Voices of Christian
Working Moms, 2 ebooks and an online
Bible study. To find out how to
receive coaching tips by email daily,
go to http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm.
To find out more about her books
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