November 2007 Pearls of Encouragement
Blog/Online Bible Study
Article – What is your purpose?
Can you believe it is all ready November?
This year has flown by. The older I get the quicker
the year passes, is that true for you?
Welcome to all the new CWMs. More join us every day.
If you have not filled out the CWM survey go to www.christianworkingmom.com
and click on Survey on the home page. We have had
over 1600 women fill out the CWM survey. As I have
said many times the CWM community is a warm and welcoming
Blog/Online Bible Study
A recent post on the CWM Blog at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com
is about how you teach your children to be thankful.
We are coming up on Thanksgiving (in the United States)
and Christmas. Often are children can forget to be
thankful and greedy when it comes to Christmas. So,
please share ways you teach your children to be thankful.
Lesson 8 is posted on the CWM online Bible Study.
The lesson is entitled, “How do you handle trials?”.
You can find the online Bible Study at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com.
We have had several women say on the
Blog they would like to have a prayer partner. I have
tried to figure out a way to do this. Several have
said you would like to be matched with someone who
has children about your age. I think we can try to
do this, but it may be really difficult getting a
clear match. The most important part I think is just
praying for one another. So, this is how I think we
can make this work. Send me an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com
and put Prayer Partner in the Subject heading. In
your email you can list the ages and sex of your children.
What I will do is then send you an email with another
person’s name. You can then proceed to decide
how to contact one another whether through email,
phone, or however you would like to do it. We will
see how this works. Please be patient and we will
try to work out the kinks. If anyone has a better
idea, please let me know.
Article – What is Your Purpose?
Recently Dr. Ken Hemphill came to my
church to speak about our life’s purpose. At
the end of the sermon, he summarized his main points
by this statement, my life purpose is “I will
advance His kingdom, by His power, for His glory.”
Pretty neat and succinct. His sermon made me pause
and ask myself some questions. I would ask you to
consider them as well.
1. What am I doing in my daily life
to advance God’s kingdom?
Is my faith evident to co-workers, neighbors, and
Do my children see me looking to God for direction?
2. Am I doing things in my life in my
power or God’s power?
We often say there is no way I could do a certain
you are right there is no way you can complete some
unless you do it in God’s strength and not your
Do you access God’s power or is it there for
emergency situations only?
3. Is everything I do for God’s
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So, whether you eat
or drink or
whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
This is a
radical way of living. We can wash clothes for God’s
we can discipline a rebellious child for God’s
glory, we can
be patient with an irritable co-worker for God’s
We need to be aware of praising and glorifying God
mundane tasks as well as the big tasks.
The world will not understand the above
and will think we are foolish for making our life’s
purpose to advance God’s kingdom. When we live
with an eternal perspective, we make decisions that
have an eternal impact. Are you doing things in your
own strength or in God’s power? Believe me it
is a lot easier when you do them in God’s power.
Are you glorifying God in everything you do? What
can you do today to advance his kingdom?
The other part of his sermon that was
convicting was asking me if I am parenting with a
kingdom focus. Do I model and teach my children these
above principles? Dr. Hemphill has written a book
with Richard Ross, entitled Parenting with Kingdom
Purpose. The book is somewhat aimed at parents with
teens, but I found a lot of the principles work with
younger children as well. In the back there is a chart
of small things you can do as a parent for your children
to show them you love and care for them. You can also
find a 30 day prayer guide and it will give you things
to pray for your children every day. The phrase on
the back of the book is startling, “What if
we raise our children to gain the world but in the
process they forfeit their souls?”
You can find more out about the book by clicking here.
My dear sisters in Christ, as Christian
Moms, we are held to a higher standard. We don’t
just want to raise “good” children. We
want to raise children who worship and glorify God
in everything they do.
We need to teach them that is the highest calling.
I am convinced more and more each day
that ultimately my children are God’s children.
We need to daily point our children to their heavenly
Father who is always perfect and never lets them down.
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