Christian Working Mom Interview April 2008
Welcome
Blog/Online Bible Study
CWM Coaching Tips
Interview
Final Thoughts
Welcome

Have you ever had one of those days? Today, my day went from bad to worse. It started off with an emergency dental appointment. I did survive. On days like this I truly need to seek out God and his help, yet often I just bluster through. God cares and wants to intervene in our good and bad days. May I encourage you to seek his presence daily, may you long to be with Him. Welcome to all the new CWM’s from all over the world. I just have to believe that one day in heaven we will recognize one another and give each other a great big hug.

Blog/Online Bible Study

We have had some great discussions on the CWM Blog. You can find it at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. Feel free to start new discussions in the Open Comment section. Let’s help and support one another. The CWM Bible Study can be found at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com.

CWM Coaching Tips

CWM Coaching Tips are daily tips that you receive by email to help you grow in your walk with Christ. Take a few minutes each day to learn more about him and how Christ can transform your life in all your many different roles. To find out more go to:
http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm.

CWM Interview

Ann is a 42 year old married CWM who lives in the US. She has an adopted daughter age 9. Ann is a certified ophthalmic technician.

She says the joys of being a CWM are: joys mostly come from the "Christian mom" part more than the "working" part. Although I do enjoy my work, if I didn't have to contribute to the family's income, I would not work. I fortunately have an employer who places a lot of value on family, as well as keeping good employees happy. They have been very accommodating in regard to my scheduling needs, and allow me to put my family above my job when necessary. It's kind of nice to use that part of my brain again, too, so I guess that's a joy!
Ann says the struggles of being a CWM are: Mostly fatigue. Being an older mom, I don't have the energy I'd like. It's hard to come home from work, keep up with school work, homework, after school activities, and still get dinner cooked and keep up the house and the laundry! Also, I'm not able to be as involved with my church as I was when I was a stay at home mom (I stayed at home till my daughter was 7). Also the occasional half day of school, and summer vacation - what to do for daycare. We don't live near family, and recently moved to another state, so we don't have a lot of babysitter options.
Her favorite Bible verse is: "For Thou has been my help, and in the shadow of Thy wings, I sing for joy. My soul clings to Thee; Thy right hand upholds me." Psalm 63:7-8
God is teaching Ann to weigh my words carefully. Everything that I do and say impacts my daughter in one way or another. It's amazing how frequently I hear my words coming from her mouth. Sometimes that's good, but unfortunately sometimes it's bad.
Ann shares these words of encouragement: God blesses our obedience and submission to our husbands, even when we don't think that they're having us go in the direction God would have us go. As long as our children know that we love them, that love can cover a whole lot of mistakes and shortcomings!
Ann also shares that she works to help make ends meet. We have given up a lot of "luxuries", but I still have to work. That makes it easier. I work to pay my daughter's private school tuition, and to make sure we can afford clothing, extra school expenses, etc. We actually have no mortgage, and minimal debt.
Thanks so much Ann for sharing with us. I certainly understand the fatigue and not having a babysitter. Thanks for reminding us what we say affects our children.

Final Thoughts

Remember our children are watching everything we do. How we handle stress and crises. What do they learn from watching you? Some days my children see a frazzled Mom. May I learn to seek God during the stress free times and the stressful times.

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. To find out how to receive coaching tips by email daily, go to http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm. You can find more information about Christian Working Moms at www.christianworkingmom.com For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.