Your Mission Field At Work

One point many Christian Working Moms who have been interviewed have made is that they are a shining light in their work place. Whether or not you can speak openly about your faith at work, your co-workers are watching. Are they seeing Jesus in you? Do they see you handle ethical issues in a different manner than other co-workers? Do they see a peace in you amidst all of the stress of the job? Do they see your priorities are in order? Although, we are to be workers worthy of our hire we are first and foremost followers of Christ. Do your co-workers see you participating in the office gossip or do they see you leaving when those discussions come up? Do your co-workers see you building up or tearing down? Do they see compassion in you that is often woefully missing in this get ahead world we live in?

I know as a Christian Working Mom often it is very difficult to get time alone with God. Are you taking your work struggles to him? Are you asking for his direction in a difficult situation? Are you praying for your co-workers to come to know Him? Are you praying that your co-workers who are Christians to grow in their knowledge of Him?

I hope these questions make you think. They are convicting to me, when I read over them. Just in the last few months, I have been more attuned to God's leading in my therapy sessions. Often I will sense God is leading me in a certain direction that I would not go on my own. When I follow his lead, I often see many changes in my clients that would not happen with just my knowledge. I strongly believe God gives us wisdom and the knowledge to do our jobs. I also believe there are many times we need to ask God for wisdom and direction in the everyday tasks in our jobs. May everything we do glorify God.

My prayer is you will be a shining light in your workplace. "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16

© 2004 Kimberly Chastain
About the Author
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in helping Christian women make the most of their lives. She is the author of the on-line course, "I Can't Say No" and Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working Moms, a free e-book. If you suffer from "I Can't Say 'No" Syndrome, visit Kimberly's site today for the details on an exciting email course that's sure to set you free! http://www.christianworkingmom.com/online.htm.
The Text Information Box above MUST be included for reprint privileges. You may reprint this article in it's entirety with the attached text box.

In The News:

The Christian Right Is Helping Drive Liberals Away From Religion  FiveThirtyEightA few weeks ago, the Democratic National Committee formally acknowledged what has been evident for quite some time: Nonreligious voters are a critical part ...
Brad Pitt Opens Up About His Faith Journey: 'I Cling To Religion'  HuffPostActor Brad Pitt opened up about how his faith has evolved over the years ― and how he's “very optimistic” about the possibility that everyone is connected.
Muslim girls rock, but not about religion  Nikkei Asian ReviewAs a music fanatic who grew up before the internet boom I devoured articles and listened intently to anecdotes about musicians, often before hearing t.
Parents finding it ‘impossible’ to opt children out of religion education  The Irish TimesConstitution gives parents a right to withdraw their child from religion classes.
Religion in schools  Irish TimesAddThis Sharing Buttons. Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Email App Share to LinkedIn Share to Pinterest Share to Reddit Share to WhatsApp.
Hong Kong Christians fear religious freedom could be 'gone forever'  Fox NewsHong Kong Christians fear freedom of religion could be "gone forever" despite extradition bill withdrawal and the country's leader Carrie Lam's efforts to ease ...
Liberman sets out religion and state demands for entry into govt  The Jerusalem PostYisrael Beytenu leader calls on President Reuven Rivlin to take 'active role' in bringing about national unity government.
For some in Romania, the president's religion is a problem  Emerging EuropeRomania's presidential election, the first round of which will be held in November, is likely to see renewed attacks on the ethnicity and faith of the country's ...
Catholic school backs ‘homework pass’ for attending religious event  The Irish TimesAtheist parent alleges son discriminated against for not attending Communion choir.
Kanye West: What Religion Is the Rapper and Does He Have His Own Church?  Showbiz Cheat SheetKanye West's Sunday *Service* has been raising questions about the rapper's beliefs and devotion. Find out what religion he identifies with, and more!
Mormon leader reaffirms religion's opposition to gay marriage  NBCNews.comPROVO, Utah — The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is reaffirming that the religion must stick to its opposition of gay marriage because ...
The First Amendment and state bans on teachers' religious garb  Religion News ServiceRoutledge Research in Religion and Education announces new book. Examining the twelve-decade legal conflict of government bans on religious garb worn by ...
Religion in the age of Trump  Religion News Service(RNS) — “They hate religion,” wrote New York Times columnist Timothy Egan recently in a column titled “Why People Hate Religion,” “because, at a moment to ...
Children who opt out of religion in primary are denied teaching for 129 full school days  The Irish TimesIt is time for church bodies to address religious teaching time in our schools.
Will Probe Scams Committed in Name of Religion and Narmada, Says Kamal Nath  News18Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday promised to launch an investigation into scams in the name of religion and the Narmada river ...
Why People Hate Religion  The New York TimesThe charlatans and phonies preen and punish, while those of real faith do Christ's work among refugees.
Entry period opens for 2020 Wilbur Awards  Religion News ServiceReligion Communicators Council to accept submissions until Jan. 24. NEW YORK — The Religion Communicators Council is accepting entries for the 2020 ...
In push for race and religion, Malaysian opposition formalizes pact  ReutersMalaysia's two oldest political parties signed a charter of formal cooperation on Saturday, presenting arguably the largest political platform for the majority ...
Eritrea has held three Jehovah's Witnesses in jail for 25 years  Religion News ServiceAll 52 Jehovah's Witnesses in prison in Eritrea have never been charged, appeared in court, or sentenced. Eritrea is the center point of some of the most intense ...
What is the religious discrimination bill and what will it do?  The GuardianAustralia's religious discrimination bill has a broad meaning including religious observance, dress and expression of religious belief.
Religious Crusaders at the Supreme Court’s Gates  The New York TimesConservative justices appear eager to take on a subject at the heart of the country's culture wars.
Religion and science don’t contradict — they just answer different questions  JTA NewsGary Saul Morson · Morton Schapiro. September 16, 2019 4:15 pm. Earth as seen from space. (Pixabay). Advertisement. CHICAGO (JTA) — It has been 60 ...
AI will transform religion with robot priests like this one  Vox.comA new priest named Mindar is holding forth at Kodaiji, a 400-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. Like other clergy members, this priest can deliver ...
What atheists and agnostics know about religion: 5 key findings  Pew Research CenterAtheists and agnostics know more about religion than most other religious groups, while those with no particular religion are among the least knowledgeable.
Synod for the Amazon about more than married priests  Religion News Service(RNS) — With the upcoming Synod for the Amazon, some people are only focused on whether it will recommend that the priesthood be opened to the ordination ...
Evangelical leaders are making climate change a religious issue  QuartzWhen evangelical environmentalists talk about climate change, they don't stick to sea level rise projections and the carbon emissions associated with red meat.
53 religious communities in Vietnam commemorating victims of acts of violence  Religion News ServiceBased on religion or belief, with government interference documented in five communities. Responding to the call by UN Secretary General António Gutteres, ...
Scholars of sociology, religion, and civil rights to take on gun violence and hate speech  [email protected]Six months ago, a gunman attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 51 people in the worst atrocity in the modern history of the country.
Richard Dawkins: ‘Brexit is now a religion. They don’t mind if they destroy the country’  The Irish TimesThe atheist biologist has written a new book about God but what really worries him is closer to home.
Religion has 'valuable role' in forming culture of peace, says UN nuncio  Crux: Covering all things CatholicReligion can make an important contribution "to forming a culture of peace," both to "empower and transform individuals" and "humanity as a whole," the ...
Communism and Religion Can’t Coexist  The Wall Street JournalBolivian President Evo Morales, when meeting Pope Francis a few years ago, presented the Holy Father with a crucifix mounted on a hammer and sickle.
Americans increasingly reject religion as politicians in Pennsylvania reject atheists and agnostics  NBC NewsA court ruling in Fields v. Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives says atheists and agnostics are barred from giving the invocation.
Winter homeless shelter changes may run into freedom of religion issues  The MissoulianThe City of Missoula's attempt to keep the homeless population warm this winter may get snagged on the issue of separation of church and state, the city's ...
Documentary follows Pastafarians as they strain for recognition  The GuardianFilm-maker has spent three years showing how the colander-wearing religion is more than a joke.
From National Review, a Rave for Aeschliman on the “Religion of Science”  Discovery InstituteThe new book from Discovery Institute Press is an updated, expanded reissue of the classic by Michael Aeschliman, The Restoration of Man: C. S. Lewis and the ...
People wearing saffron robes committing rapes, defaming ancient religion, says Congress leader Digvijaya...  FirstpostWhile Digvijaya Singh did not take names, his comments come close on the heels of a SIT probe into allegations of rape against BJP leader Swami ...
Richard Weikart: Michael Ruse Embraces the Darwinian Religion  Discovery InstituteProfessor Weikar discusses a recent book by Michael Ruse on Darwinism, Christianity, and war.
Religion and the Brain – Studies Seek 'Neurobiological Correlates' of Religion and Spirituality  NewswiseEvidence suggests that religious and spiritual states and behaviors are related to certain structures and processes in the brain, concludes a research review in ...
Why so many non-religious Europeans pay church taxes  The EconomistIN THE Old Testament, priests are told to take a tenth of every believer's crops as a tax to support the faith. In these latter days, they can outsource the job to the ...
Ethics and Religion Talk - Elder Sex Before Marriage  The RapidianKimberly asks, Is it wrong for two late-50 year old adults who are divorced to have sex before getting married? Dr Sahibzada, the Director of Islamic Center and ...
Gathering of German bishops tests Pope Francis' efforts for decentralization  Religion News ServiceThe Catholic Church in Germany has made it clear that it has no intention of backing down on its bid for more decision-making authority, proving to be yet ...
Parents must choose to obey God or the law – Freedom of Religion SA  Jacaranda FMFreedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) says the Constitutional Court failed to uphold a parent's right to discipline children as they see fit.
Pete Buttigieg: Lawmakers Must Treat Religious and Non-Religious People Equally  PatheosMayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Cory Booker, more than the other Democrats, have been talking about their personal faith ever since stepping onto the campaign ...
Love your neighbor: Use their preferred pronoun  Religion News Service(RNS) — Last month, hundreds of thousands of freshly minted high school graduates stepped onto university campuses for their first day of classes as freshman ...
URI Honors Colloquium welcomes religion writer for The Atlantic  URI TodayKINGSTON, R.I. — Sept. 17, 2019 — What does it mean to be a “good Catholic” when standing in a voting booth? Emma Green, staff writer at The Atlantic ...
UN calls for eliminating violence against religion  Vatican NewsThe International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion and Belief was observed by the United Nations for the first time ...
Religious discrimination bill could legalise race hate speech, Law Council warns  The GuardianPresident Arthur Moses says proposed law contains a 'narrower' protection for racial discrimination than exists under section 18C.
At least 3 teachers remove religious symbols at work under Quebec’s secularism law  Global NewsAt least three teachers in Quebec have removed their religious symbols while at work in compliance with the province's secularism law.
President Trump To Deliver Religious Freedom Message At The United Nations  CBN NewsPresident Trump will deliver an inclusive call to address all forms of religious persecution and anti-Semitism at the United Nations next week. He will be hosting ...
Can Suffragists Teach Us About Religion's Relationship to Politics?  PatheosWhen I started teaching women's history at a Christian institution, I wanted to know: Did religious beliefs motivate suffragists in any way? Eight years later, I am ...
In Georgia, a Democrat launches a campaign that's all about faith  Religion News Service(RNS) — Mixtures of religion and politics aren't exactly unusual in Georgia, a state situated squarely in the heart of the Bible Belt where asking someone where ...
Leaving politics, Obama speechwriter finds new meaning in Judaism  Religion News Service(RNS) — Sarah Hurwitz spent eight years in the Obama White House writing speeches, first for the president and then, almost exclusively, for Michelle Obama.
Fire in Liberia religious school kills dozens of children  Aljazeera.comStudents were learning the Quran when fire broke out in Paynesville, near Monrovia, police spokesman says.
Putting the R-word in politics: How religion has become the sleeper issue of the 2019 election  National PostIn the controversial context of an election, the best thing to say about religion is nothing, but nicely. So the present campaign is unusual for Canada.
The Real Reason Kanye West Doesn't Believe in Religion  Showbiz Cheat SheetEvery week, Kanye West hosts Sunday services for his celebrity friends. But even though he enjoys the *service* and discussion of God, West insists that he ...
Duke University's student government rejects Young Life over LGBTQ policies  Religion News Service(RNS) — Duke University's student government has denied the Christian organization Young Life official status as a student group on campus, citing its policy on ...
Schools in Greece to stop recording students religion and nationality  Greek City TimesGreece's Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs has announced it's agreed to remove all references to school children's religious faith and nationality from ...
SATIRE: WSU Athletics sparks religious fervor on campus  The Daily EvergreenReligion has made a significant comeback at WSU due to one burgeoning group, despite a downward national trend. The increase started when WSU Athletics ...
Life in Malawi suggests Marx was right about religion – Susan Dalgety  The ScotsmanNearly everyone has faith of some kind in Malawi, a country where only 11 per cent of the workforce has a formal job with a regular salary and employment rights ...
Trump says Democrats are 'not big believers in religion' during North Carolina rally  CNNPresident Donald Trump cast Tuesday's special election in North Carolina and the 2020 presidential election as a fight for the status quo, describing Democrats ...
Jacqui Lambie says she sees no case for religious discrimination bill  The GuardianTasmanians 'seem satisfied' with existing law and 'don't really want this changed', key crossbench senator says.
Religious schools should be required to enrol a mix of religions: Hindu Council  Sydney Morning HeraldReligious schools should be required to admit a certain percentage of teachers and students from other religions so children can learn about other faiths, the ...
In Ethiopia, religious extremism fans the flames of ethnic division  The Africa ReportGrowing religious intolerance at a time of political and ethnic division is a problem Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed cannot afford to ignore.
Interfaith group pledges to use religion's influence to address climate change, poverty  Religion News ServiceLINDAU, Germany (RNS) — The international interfaith organization Religions for Peace introduced its first-ever female and first-ever Muslim secretary-general ...
Hundreds of University of Maryland students wage counterprotest against controversial religious group  Baltimore SunWaving bright yellow signs that screamed lines like “Cover up girls,” “Jesus or Hellfire” and “Feminists support pedophilia,” two men and two boys set up camp ...
Religious discrimination bill attacked as 'extraordinary foray in the culture wars'  The GuardianFormer Tasmanian anti-discrimination commissioner says the bill gives a 'special cloak of protection' to potentially toxic views.
When Islam Is Not a Religion in America  ChristianityToday.comMuslim lawyer who helped Hobby Lobby and Hosanna-Tabor win at the Supreme Court details the difficulties Muslims face in securing the freedoms that US ...
Islam 'A Cancer,' 'Violent' Religion, Township Committeeman Says  TAPinto.netRARITAN TWP., NJ - Saturday's attacks on a Saudi Arabia oil processing plant – which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed on Iran – is something that ...
In St. Louis, mapping how religion is lived — in sanctuaries holy and profane  Religion News ServiceST. CHARLES, Mo. (RNS) — Perched on his mat in the back corner of the room, Adam Park performed a series of yoga poses just like the others: ...
Should College Students Get a Break for Religious Holidays? One State Says Yes.  Religion & PoliticsMennah El-Gammal struggled to juggle finals with her Muslim faith her last three years as a student at the University of Washington in Seattle. She was fasting.
Outgoing Religions for Peace leader reflects on decades of interfaith cooperation  Religion News ServiceLINDAU, Germany (RNS) — William Vendley, the outgoing head of Religions for Peace, said religions must learn to be “bilingual” in the future — becoming ...
When Faith Comes Up, Students Avert Their Eyes  The AtlanticIn college classrooms, where almost anything is up for discussion, religious ideas are met with awkward silence.
What it means to 'get' religion in 2020  Religion News Service(RNS) — Following the 2016 presidential election, Dean Baquet, then executive editor of The New York Times, declared that one of his “big jobs” was to “really ...
Israel’s election campaign has been a religious war of words  JTA NewsJERUSALEM (JTA) — One Israeli campaign ad depicts an Orthodox politician demanding “all the money in Israel.” There's one of a secular Israeli man knocking ...
Climate change activist to speak at ECU’s 27th ‘Religion & Culture’ event  WNCTGREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – An environmentalist, professor, and journalist researching climate change will be the featured speaker at a public event to be held ...
“Religions for Peace” pledge concrete actions for common good of mankind  Vatican NewsBy Robin Gomes. The 10th World Assembly of "Religions for Peace", the world's most representative, multi-religious gathering of religious communities, ...
Greek Government To Stop Documenting Students’ Citizenship and Religion  Greek ReporterThe Greek Ministry of Education announced on Tuesday that from now on, all diplomas issued by the country's secondary schools will include neither the ...
The Arizona Supreme Court Strikes a Powerful Blow for Free Speech and Religious Freedom  National ReviewFree speech and religious liberty are on a winning streak. Last month the Eighth Circuit Court of appeals ruled that Christian wedding photographers could not ...
Religious Groups Are Giving Plant-Based Eating a Boost  ForbesSpiritual groups have a huge potential to support many more people in altering their diets for the good of the planet, for animals suffering in factory farms, and for ...
Sept. 17, 2019: Remembering Cokie Roberts; Climate Change And Religion  WBURVeteran journalist Cokie Roberts has died at 75. According to a family statement, Roberts died Tuesday due to complications from breast cancer. We take a look ...
Ken the Hen Gender Ambiguity Chicken explains the religious discrimination bill  The GuardianIt's special treatment for the most marginalised victims: older white male Christians!
Do Australians lack protection against religious discrimination?  ABC NewsLiberal backbencher Trent Zimmerman says that in Australia there is no protection in place that prohibits discrimination against someone because of their ...
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont Plans to End Religious Exemption For Vaccinations  The Wall Street JournalConnecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said on Monday that the state should join a handful of others that require minors to receive vaccinations for preventable diseases, ...
Beating boy to death, asking him to chant religious slogans insult to Hinduism: Karan Singh  India TodayAddressing a gathering during the launch of a book written by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, Singh said, "Beating a defenceless boy to death and asking him to ...
How the Supreme Court Could Severely Hinder or Help Religious Liberty in its New Term  CBN NewsReligious liberty could be a big topic in this upcoming US Supreme Court term. At least, that's what the legal experts at Becket, a leading defender of religious ...
Christian Website Condemns Religious Indoctrination… by Muslims | Hemant Mehta  PatheosI was shocked to see LifeSiteNews — a Catholic website that usually promotes conservative beliefs, opposes abortion rights, and argues against LGBTQ ...
No One Needs Religion to Live a Moral Life  PatheosOne of the most common criticisms of atheism is that you need God to have a sense of morality. How can you tell right from wrong without some objective ...
UN Chief Launches Effort to Protect Religious Places, Worshippers  Voice of AmericaThe Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has launched an effort to protect religious sites around the world. His announcement Thursday ...
Pakistan faces heat at UNHRC over religious discrimination; blasphemy laws  Economic TimesNEW DELHI: The spotlight at second phase of the ongoing UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session (Sept. 9-27) in Geneva is on religious discrimination ...
China: Ban on Tibet Religious Activity Toughened  Human Rights WatchA Chinese Communist Party notice banning retired Tibetan government employees from taking part in religious activities violates China's commitment to ...
Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is 'stirring'  Religion News Service(RNS) — Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has garnered a lot of attention for using God-talk during his presidential campaign. From regular ...
Rampant child abuse in Turkey's religious schools  AhvalReligious schools in Turkey have been hit by a string of sexual abuse scandals in recent years, yet due to links to the ruling party, the crimes are often hushed up ...
Darwinism, Judaism and the Clash between Science and Religion  AishThe opposition between religion and science that is assumed to be fundamental by secular liberals is, in fact, foreign to Judaism.
TFRL announces inaugural cohort of national Religious Literacy Fellows  Religion News ServiceNEW YORK — The Foundation for Religious Literacy is honored to announce the inaugural cohort of national Religious Literacy Fellows. Grantees were ...
Robert Kirby: Divorcing strictly over religion violates my articles of faith  Salt Lake TribunePeople divorce for a lot of reasons. Most are probably valid — abuse, infidelity, finances, insanity, extraterrestrial-ism, whatever. Having a partner cheat on you is ...
UNPO urges EU to designate Pakistan as violator of religious freedom  India TodayHighlighting the deplorable conditions of minorities in Pakistan, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) on Thursday urged the European ...
DDA approves changing of mode of allotment of land in socio-cultural, religious category  India TodayThe DDA on Monday approved changing of mode of allotment of lands in socio-cultural and religious category from direct allotment to auction mode.
Which religions support gun control in the US?  Religion News ServiceWith mass shootings becoming a regular occurrence in the United States and gun control efforts largely stalled in government, it's worth dissecting which ...
Karl Marx and Religion  CounterPunchKarl Marx is widely regarded as one of the most sophisticated theorists of human history. Marx was above all a scientist. He used the term historical materialism ...
The religious discrimination bill should not allow the far right to have their way  The GuardianWe need our white allies in the queer community to stand with us as we call for balanced religious discrimination protection.

Do We Really Need God?

The human being is endowed with ability. We have the... Read More

Facing Our Fears

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.... Read More

The Use and Abuse of Mysticism in The Song of Songs

The incorporation of Aristotelian thought into the dogma of Catholicism... Read More

The Rapture of the Church

The Rapture of the Church will be the most startling... Read More

Mindset - Being Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind

The Bible tells us that one of the main goals... Read More

A God I Can Live With

God, the Puzzle MakerWhile some rise before the sun to... Read More

Denominations Gone Wild: What Happened To Unity?

The Bible teaches that Christians ought to practice a single... Read More

What is Love?

Now many confuse love with admiration and most commonly sexual... Read More

We Must Be Ready. But How?

Revelation 19:7 states, "Let us rejoice and give honor unto... Read More

Octopussy

The graven image exclusion as told in the Bible certainly... Read More

Have You Neglected This Righteous Cause Of God?

As believers, we have a responsibility to care for those... Read More

Me and My Big Mouth!

During World War II the government realized that the majority... Read More

Smile! God Loves You!

There is a greater sin than not obeying Jesus; it... Read More

Spirituality from the Hebrew Bible: 10 Major Themes

The major themes of the Hebrew Bible (also known... Read More

The Basics of Salvation Through Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

The one key central message of the entire Bible is... Read More

Majesty Works

Webster's dictionary explains majesty meaning a title used to speaking... Read More

White Sun - Tao of Heaven. Showers of Wisdom ( Part 1 of 3 )

'Showers of Wisdom' is taught by JiGong, the Heavenly teacher... Read More

Following Instructions To The Letter

The dictionary explains wisdom as having good judgement, understanding, comprehension... Read More

The Right of Passage

The Right of Passage. by Rev. Anthony SmithIsaiah 64:6-64:6 In... Read More

Spiritual Healing or Spiritual Malpractice?

Christians with chronic illness need to know there is a... Read More

Call No Man Father

Matthew 23:5-23:10Call no man Father A look at deception and... Read More

In The Beginning Christ!

As I was doing my studies, the Lord put something... Read More

Iesa and Jesus in the Pyramid

The Sun god, Mithras, was the most widely worshipped deity... Read More

Balancing the Apple Cart

About forty women squatted in small clusters on the floor... Read More

The Emmaus Journal ~ The Standards Of This World Are Not Our Standards

The Emmaus Journal The Standards Of This World Are Not... Read More