Christian Working Mom Interview for April 2007
Welcome
Blog Question
Online Bible Study
Interview
Welcome

We have so many CWM’s from all over the world. So, welcome to everyone. I can’t wait to meet you one day, if not here on this earth then in heaven. Over 1400 women have filled out the CWM Survey; again I’m amazed and overwhelmed how God continues to grow our community. If you have not filled out the CWM survey you can find it at www.christianworkingmom.com and click on survey on the home page. Thanks to everyone for filling it out.

Blog Question

The CWM blog can be found at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. I recently posted a question about Mother’s Day. Also, you can post questions and comments in the Open Comments section. I have a question for you. We have had some people that have had difficulties posting to the blog or seeing the comments. If you have had a problem posting to the blog or any problem with the blog for that matter, please let me know. I may need to move the blog if people are having difficulties. So, please email me if you have had problems with the blog. You can send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put blog in the subject heading. I really do need your help with this to determine if the blog needs to be moved. Appreciate your help in advance.

Online Bible Study

The online Bible study can be found at http://kimberlychastain.com/discussCWMU. There are four lessons posted. Please post your answers to the questions. Due to many improper posts from spammers, I need to read the posts first and then allow them to be posted. Sorry for this additional step, but I don’t think any of us wants to read porn posts or other spam posts. If you have any questions about the online Bible Study, please feel free to email me.

Interview

I appreciate Beth so much for taking the time to be interviewed this month. Beth is a married, 30 year old CWM who lives in the United States. She has a 10 month old girl. Beth is the Youth Minister in her church.

Beth shares the following joys of being a CWM: I love that I get to be with my daughter all day long and work, too. I am so blessed to be able to stay at home and still work full-time. Being a Youth Minister is a different kind of career with very flexible hours. It’s more of a lifestyle than a job! It’s amazing to be able to watch my little one grow up by being around teens and other Christian adults and learning to be social in a safe setting.

Beth shares the following difficulties in being a CWM: Sometimes working at home makes it hard to separate job work from house work. Often the house is the last thing to be taken care of. Good thing my husband doesn’t care much about that! Thank you, Lord! I am supported by my husband, my church staff, students and their families, which is great. It is still sometimes hard because I feel divided. When I am with students and my daughter is there, I can’t focus on my students’ needs first. It’s actually really benefited the ministry because my volunteer staff has had to step up and lead, which is good for all of us! I’ve been at this church for almost 7 years, so it’s been an interesting transition time.

Her favorite Bible Verse is: Philippians 4:13 I can do all things THROUGH HIM who gives me strength. (I know I can’t do anything on my own, but with Him ALL things are possible!)

God has been teaching Beth: Humility in service. When I try to do ministry as a one woman show, students slip through the cracks, my husband and daughter don’t get the time they need with me, and I end up worshipping the machine “I’ve created.” It’s not about me. It’s about Him and the relationships He’s called me to not the programs I run or the house I live in.
Beth offers these words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms: When your day’s been non-stop drama, you feel like your time wasn’t productive, and you are discouraged, go to sleep. Sleeping is a wonderful way to put your trust and control back into God’s hands. Start fresh the next morning when His love and compassion are new (Lamentations 3:22-23). You don’t have to keep the world spinning; Someone else has that job already!

Beth also wants to share: Remember to balance your priorities or the tight rope will snap. God first, husband second, children third and everything else fourth. If you don’t have time to pray and hang with God, your day will void of divine influence, no eternal influence will come from you. What else really matters?

Beth thanks so much for reminding us how important prayer is in our daily life. Spending time with God is a necessity. May God continue to use you to influence teenagers and their families.

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 at www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.