March 2010 Pearls of Encouragement
Blog/Online Bible Study
CWM Coaching Tips
Article – How much are you dependent
What crazy weather we having
been having here in the Southeastern United
States. A week ago we had snow and today we
are in the 60’s. What a change. Hope
you are enjoying the weather wherever you
live. Welcome to all the new CWMs who have
joined our community. There are many ways
for you to be involved. Check out www.christianworkingmom.com
to find out more.
Every Easter I like to remind
you of the Resurrection
Eggs. These eggs help tell the Easter
story. They are a great tool to teach your
children and your neighborhood children as
well. Why not host an Easter egg hunt and
then use the Resurrection
Eggs at the end of the hunt to tell the
story of Easter. Your children will remember
the story and share the true meaning of Easter
with their friends.
Blog/Online Bible Study
I have posted a new question
on the CWM Blog. How do you celebrate Easter
at your house? To view the blog go to: http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com.
There is also a new Bible study on the online
Bible Study. The title is, “Are you
settling for less than the best from God?”
You can find it at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com.
Don’t just come visit, please post and
share with the rest of us.
CWM Coaching Tips
Do you need a daily inspiration
from God’s Word? Then, have a devotion
emailed to you daily. Grow in your knowledge
of God and how He is working in your life.
To find out more go to: www.christianworkingmom.com/cwmtips.htm.
Article- How much are you dependent
If I asked you, “Do you
depend on God?” What would you say?
You would probably tell me yes. What would
you say if I ask you, “What percentage
do you depend on God?” What would your
answer be then? Could you say 100%?
Often we say we depend on God,
but we hold back a little. We give God some
things in our lives, but not everything. Or
we are famous for giving God an important
problem in our life and then taking it back
a few minutes later. The Bible has many verses
that talk about trusting God in all things.
Let’s look at what the Bible says about
trust and dependence on God:
When I am afraid I put my trust
in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God
I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh
do to me? Psalm 56:3-4 (Psalm 56 is a beautiful
psalm to read in its entirety. David so clearly
and honestly shares his emotions in this Psalm.)
Trust in the Lord with all your
heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will
make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6.
For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21.
I am the vine; you are the branches.
Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is
that bears much fruit, for apart from me you
can do nothing. John 15:5.
As I have been studying the
Bible over many years I am struck by how many
all or nothings are in the Bible. Proverbs
3:5-6 doesn’t say trust in the Lord
with half of your heart or 75% of your heart,
but all your heart. A song keeps coming to
my mind as I write this article, “Without
Him I can do nothing”. The first line
goes without Him I can do nothing, without
Him I’d surely fail. Like a ship without
You see ladies we need to depend
on God 100% for our children, our families,
our jobs, our churches, and most of all ourselves.
Often, we go to God last out of desperation
instead of first when we are experiencing
difficulties. God truly wants us to lay it
all on the line and go for broke. Trust Him
with everything and do not hold anything back.
Are you a control freak? I think
most Moms have a little bit of that in them
in order to maintain some sense of control
with crazy schedules and households. Yet,
God wants us to give up control and give it
to him. I really don’t like the bumper
sticker God is my co-pilot. God is the pilot
and we need to be in the back seat. Not in
the front seat with our “helpful”
suggestions. Can you sit in the back seat
and trust God’s driving? Someone shared
with me once this illustration: We actually
think we are the ones driving the car, but
in reality we are like the kids in the grocery
store that drive the little car grocery cart.
They are steering, but going nowhere. What
a great picture for us.
So, what is your dependency
on God percentage today? Are you happy with
where it is? Can you truly trust God in all
things and know He is sovereign in every area
of your life?
May all of us strive to be 100%
dependent on God with the Holy Spirit’s
help. God loves us and he wants us to trust
Him in all things first and not as an afterthought
after out attempts to fix things fail.
Take time to really listen to
your children. Listen to their concerns and
worries. Use that time to teach them as well
to be dependent on God for all things. That
lesson can never be learned too early.