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.
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.
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