August 2011 CWM Interview
Welcome/Blog Comments
Interview
Final Thoughts
 
Welcome/Blog Comment

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

Welcome to all our new CWM sisters in Christ. I have said it before, but one reason this website was created was to provide support to CWMs. Often, CWMs feel ignored or isolated. My goal is for you to know you are not alone in this world. Other women are in the same shoes as you and have similar concerns.

Please visit the CWM blog at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. There are 2 new questions posted. One is about these tough economic times and the other is about advice you would give a new CWM. We have a lot of women who visit the blog, but few post. So, please share your wisdom. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview

Crystal is a 35 year old married CWM who lives in the United States. She has two sons’ ages, 2 and 6. Crystal is an ultrasonographer.

Here are some of the joys Crystal experiences as a CWM: I LOVE my job. I have the privilege to provide parents with the first looks at their children. While every minute of my work day is not perfect the majority of it is filled with anticipation and joy. I also have the opportunity to witness situations that make me so thankful for my healthy happy boys that on some days I just grab them as soon as I get home and hug them until they squirm free. I know that I would be thankful for my sons no matter what, but I think my experiences at work sometimes clarify the blessings I have received and make me even more grateful.

List the struggles of being a Christian Working Mom:

I struggle when my six year old says that every other kid in his class had their mom help with field day. While I found that out to be misinformation it still hurt. I think the guilt is the biggest struggle for me. I feel like I am missing everything. I feel like the time we do spend together as a family is dinner, homework, bath, bed… I try to incorporate family time into the limited amount of time and try to make the routine as fun as possible. But stuff has to get done, boys have to be fed, homework has to be done (even kindergarten homework but that is a whole other issue). The routine of daily life can get well routine. While I am going to the grocery store at 9:00pm or folding laundry at 11:30pm I feel so envious of the SAHM. For me that is the biggest struggle: jealousy. While my six year attended half-day preschool (and my 2yr old will start in August) I was the only mom who worked. ( Because as makes sense most working moms send their child to day care and not half-day preschools. I am blessed with a mother-in-law who keeps my children while I am working). So I was surrounded by SAHM who came for pick up in their tennis outfits after playing all morning or had just met together for coffee, etc. What I would not do for 3 hours a day to do whatever I wanted!!! What I would not do for 3 hours a WEEK!! I truly appreciated your different paths segment in your newsletter.

Favorite Bible Verse:

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28

What is God teaching you right now?

I need to work on balance in my life. I have been all or nothing with several aspects of my life (running, Bible time, menu planning, etc) and that needs to be more balanced! I’m really just going through a period of trying to get closer to Him. I feel like if I get my routine and my boys schedules just right I will have time for it all.

I just finished reading Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeursts and there were several things that just spoke to me like never before. I am made for more. I am putting things before God (my two sons especially). God is always close even if I don’t feel like he is.

Words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms:

You love your kids just as much as a mom who stays at home!!

Crystal thanks for reminding us how important it is to put God first. We all know that, but don’t always put it in practice. I think you spoke for how many CWMs feel in their daily lives. I appreciate you sharing with us this month.

Final Thoughts

Sharing our faith with those around us is what we are called to do as Christians in our daily lives. Check out this website, www.viewthestory.com. You can link to this on Facebook and other places to help share your faith. The website does a great job of explaining the gospel story from Genesis to Revelation. May God use you to bring others to Christ.

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.