Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs September 2011
Welcome
Prayer Partner Needed
Article – Preach the Gospel to Yourself Daily
Final Thoughts
 
Welcome

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

I don’t know about you, but I’m in a phase of my life where things just continue to stay busy and seem out of control. I know God is in control, but at times I need to remind myself of that minute to minute. The past few weeks it seems the “unexpected” events in life were coming on a daily basis. So, I’m learning to pray for peace and live in the moment as much as possible.

There are many times I wish I could sit across a table with each of my CWM sisters in Christ and just hear your stories. Do know that I consider it a privilege to share with you each month. Even though I don’t know most you personally I still think you all are some of the hardest working Moms I know. You care deeply for your children and for their walks with the Lord. Thanks for all you do.

Prayer Partner Needed

I have a CWM who would like a prayer partner. Prayer partners share requests through email and agree to pray for one another. We have some prayer partners who actually talk by phone. You will be amazed to find out how much strength you can gain from having a prayer partner and seeing God work in both of your lives. If you would like a prayer partner email me at Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put Prayer partner in the subject line. I will send you the name of another CWM who wants a prayer partner and you two can connect with one another. Thanks in advance for your help.

Article – Preach the Gospel to Yourself Daily

I recently heard an excellent sermon and the main point of the sermon was preaching the gospel to ourselves daily. The pastor shared that often after we come to know Christ as Lord and Savior we think we no longer need to hear or know the gospel. That is a strong error on our part.

One of the best passages that clearly explains the gospel is Ephesians, 2:4-10 ESV, “But God being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved and raised up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For be grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

These verses are so rich. Often we get beat down in our Christian walk and we feel we are not worthy of God’s love or worthy to serve Him. Satan’s best weapon is to get us discouraged. The pastor, during his sermon, shared the following illustration. He said, “Imagine a courtroom. God is the Judge, Jesus is the defense attorney, and Satan is the prosecutor.” (Before I go on, how do you like the odds of having God as the judge and Jesus as your defense attorney, sounds pretty good doesn’t it?). You see Satan it the ultimate tattle tale (much worse than your children). He loves to run to God and say see what your child of God has done now? God turns to Jesus who says, “That sin was paid for on the cross, their debt is paid in full.” You see Satan loves to trick us and make us think that God is either disappointed with us or cannot use us.

Why is it important to preach the gospel to ourselves daily? Because, we so often forget about God’s boundless love and mercy for us. While we were sinners Christ died on the cross for us to pay the penalty for all our sins; past, present, and future. The gospel is totally dependent on Christ and we literally cannot do any of it for ourselves. Thus, in our daily lives we live according to God’s marvelous grace in our lives. God is not sitting in heaven waiting to zap us for what we did wrong. We are obedient to God due to His love and mercy for us, not to earn our salvation. Satan is the one waiting to condemn not God.

So, next time you hear that nagging voice saying you are a failure as a mom, worker, Christian, etc. realize Satan is trying to defeat you. As an antidote take out your Bible and read Ephesians 2:4-10 and praise God for all He has done and continues to do for you. Remember the court room scene. When the judge and the defense attorney are on the same team there is no way you can lose. We know the end of the story God is victorious and Satan is sent to hell to live forevermore. Praise God!!

Drink in today the marvelous story of the gospel and live it out faithfully every day.

Final Thoughts

A dear saint at our church went home to be with the Lord recently. At the funeral an old gospel hymn was sang, entitled, “Beulah Land.” One of the verses in the song has stuck in my memory. “I'm kind of homesick for a country to which I've never been before. No sad goodbyes will there be spoken for time won't matter anymore.” I don’t know about you, but I’m homesick for a land I have never seen. The wonderful thing about eternity is spending every single day in the presence of our Lord. What could be more wonderful or beautiful? May we all try to have an eternal perspective even though we live here on earth.

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 go to www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.