Pearls of Encouragement for Christian
January 2007 Edition
Welcome and Need Your Help
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Article – New Year’s Resolutions
Welcome and Need Your Help
Happy New Year to all of you! I pray
that you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years and
hopefully got some much needed time off work. Also,
welcome to all the new subscribers to Pearls of Encouragement
for Christian Working Moms. New woman join each week.
As many of you know I do a Christian Working Mom Interview
every month. I need more women who are willing to
be interviewed. I promise it is “practically”
painless. If you are interested send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com
and put Interview in the subject heading. I will send
you a list of questions by email to answer. Thanks
in advance for your help. Also, if you have not filled
out the Christian Working Mom Survey, go to www.christianworkingmom.com
and click on Survey on the home page.
I am in the process of reading Beth
Moore’s new book, Get out of That Pit. I think
she speaks to all of us when we are having difficult
times in our Christian walk and not living the victorious
Christian life. I would highly recommend you checking
it out. You can click
here to read more about her book.
The second book I have read twice now
is Lost Women of the Bible by Carolyn Custis James.
Carolyn looks at the women in the Bible with a fresh
eye and uncovers things we did not know about these
women. Even though those women lived a long time ago,
I think you will find similarities between their lives
and yours. Also, you will learn how God is faithful
even during the most trying times. You can click
here to read more about Carolyn’s book.
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You can find our online Bible Study
I have not added a new lesson, but hope to in the
near future. You can start whenever you want and post
your answers to the forum. Also, you maybe doing the
Bible Study on your own, but not posting answers.
That is okay, but please let me know so I can gauge
interest for the Bible Study. As always you can email
me at Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com
Article – New Year’s
What do you think about New Year’s
Resolutions? Do you make them? Or have you given up
on making New Year’s Resolutions? I think the
most important New Year’s Resolutions we can
make have to deal with our spiritual life and relationship
with our God. Many of you have written me that you
don’t seem to have time for everything you need
to do and sometimes time alone with God gets lost
in your busy, hectic schedule. I do think we have
to be creative about how we spend time with God and
that may look different for each woman.
Here are some suggestions about New
Year’s Resolutions we can all consider:
1. Aim to spend time alone with God
You may pray in the car on the way to work. You may
pray while rocking a baby to sleep. God is the source
of our strength and we need to be hooked to our power
2. Realize there are seasons in your
life and sometimes your
Quiet time may involve teaching your children. I remember
when my children were very young a friend ask me what
God was teaching me right now. I replied, “Jesus,
me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”
My study time
was devoted to reading Bible stories to my toddler
preschooler. Yet, I realized how much I still need
that Jesus loves me, too.
3. Begin each day with praising God
for all your many blessings.
There is great truth to that old hymn, Count your
name them one by one. When we focus on all God has
for us, we become a more thankful and gracious person.
Also, realizing all God has done for us will remind
us of what
he can do for us.
4. Pray that God will direct each moment
of your day, even the
divine interruptions. I think as CWM’s we need
to be ruthlessly
efficient at work so we can get out of the office
on time and
get home to our children. On the other hand, we can
opportunities to share God’s love to our fellow
workers or other
people we meet. Ask God to help you get his to do
and not yours.
5. Remember the main goal for us as
Christians, found in
1 Corinthians 10:31, “So whether you eat or
whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
action of our lives needs to glorify God and point
others to him.
That includes changing diapers, listening to hormonal
teenagers and all the many things we do.
In conclusion, all of us struggle with
balancing work, home, and our spiritual life. We serve
a Savior who knows our every need and concern. He
has written our days since before time began, so he
certainly knows what we will be doing. Please do not
hear me making you feel guilty about something else.
In my own life my quiet times (time spent alone with
God) have been inconsistent. I do know when I make
spending time alone with God a priority my whole outlook
changes and I can handle the stresses of life much
better. So, may I encourage you to consider the above
suggestions and may 2007 be a year that is marked
by an increasing closeness and dependence on God.
I do believe I’m the queen of
mismatched socks. My laundry basket seems to be overflowing.
I don’t know if they are under beds or eaten
by the dryer monster. Maybe that will be a question
for when I get to heaven. Of course, I won’t
care then and probably won’t need socks.
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 2 ebooks
and an online Bible study. You can find more information
For a free, initial coaching session send an email