August 2010 CWM Interview
Welcome/Need Your Help
Prayer Partner Needed
Interview
Final Thoughts
Welcome/Need Your Help

School has started at my house. I have a junior in high school and a 7th grader. How did that happen?!! We are almost to a normal routine, whatever that is. I’m also back to living in my car. There are many things you can do while waiting in the carpool line.

Welcome to our new CWM sisters in Christ who have joined us this month. I know I say this every month, but we continue to grow by leaps and bounds. You are not alone and you have sisters in Christ literally all over the world that have the same concerns as you.

I need more CWMs who are willing to be interviewed like Lissa so graciously did for us this month. I promise it is almost painless. I will email you the questions and you can answer them in those “spare” moments you may have as a busy Mom. If you are willing send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put interview in the subject heading and I will get the questions to you. Thanks in advance for your help.

Prayer Partner Needed

I’m happy to say several CWMs were matched last month with prayer partners. I love how we can come before the throne of God and lift one another up in prayer. I have another CWM who would like a prayer partner. So, if you are interested send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put Prayer Partner in the subject heading and I will connect you.

 
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Interview

I appreciate Lissa taking time out of her busy schedule to be interviewed this month. Let’s get to know her better. Lissa is 31 years old and has been married for 9 years. She lives in the United States and has twin boys age 6. Lissa is the Southwest U.S. Operations Manager for an international analytical/technical services company serving the food industry.

Lissa shares these joys in being a Christian Working Mom:
• Being able to fellowship with other Christians during my workday.
• Being able to use my God-given strengths to help expand an amazing business that practices their ‘Principles and Values’ daily, including, “We know that God owns the business, and we seek to operate it by His standards of excellence.”
• Being able to show my children that working can be a pleasure rather than just an obligation.
• Being in an environment with other Christian working parents who understand the importance of family and are flexible to changing needs.
• Working with others who encourage me to be a better parent, wife, and person in general.
• Working with people who understand that you need to do the important things in life, not just the urgent.
• Being able to feel good about my job and my company’s role in ensuring safe, nutritious food world-wide.
• Being able to expose my children to interesting people and places throughout the country as I travel – many times having the opportunity for them to travel with me.

List the struggles of being a Christian Working Mom:
• Finding the time to accomplish all (or, at least some) of the tasks on my never-ending ‘to do’ list.
• Feeling guilty about the time I spend working, and feeling guilty about taking any time for myself. Also feeling guilty about enjoying my work and not wanting to be a stay-at-home mom. Pressures from friends and family who openly share their opinions on ‘working moms’ can become quite brutal at times! I’m saddened that as mothers, instead of uniting together across all walks of life, many choose to segregate into groups based on what they feel to be ‘right’, thus making everything else ‘wrong’.

Lissa’s favorite Bible Verses are:

o Col. 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” NIV
o Gal. 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” NIV
o Phillip. 4:13, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” NIV
o Prov. 3:5-6, “(5) Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; (6) in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” NIV
o Matt. 17:20, “He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." NIV

What is God teaching you right now?
God is really convicting me to keep my priorities in sight at all times – not letting the urgent override the important in response to our hectic lives. As a ‘Type A’, organized, particular person (by nature and by training), I sometimes struggle in asking God to help with my ‘to do’ list. I am learning to become more dependent on Him in all things.

Words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms
If you are following the path He has laid for you, do not be concerned about what others think. Everyone’s walk is unique and divinely planned. We should work to support each other and build one another up in Him, rather than judging and criticizing actions that are different than own.

Anything else you would like to share:
I feel blessed to be part of this group of Christian Working Moms. While I am currently surrounded by other CWMs inside and outside of my business, it has not always been this way. I am for thankful for this group and its encouraging support of CWMs world-wide.

Lissa I think it is wonderful that you work in a business with other Christians and they value Biblical principles. Thanks for encouraging us today to work as unto the Lord.

Final Thoughts

My children have been coming home from school lately and sharing what worldviews are being taught in their school. Thankfully, they have been able to pick up on errors that do not reflect our Christian worldview. Pray that your children will have discernment while at school to know what God’s view is and what the world’s view is. For those of you with babies or preschoolers you can be praying even now that they will have a wise and discerning mind. Also, that they will come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior at a young age and that they will not be able to remember a day in their lives when they did not know Jesus.

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 The Voices of Christian Working Moms, 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. To find out more about her books go to www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.