December 2009 CWM Interview
Welcome/Need Your Help
Challenge for the New Year
Blog/Online Bible Study
CWM Coaching Tips
Interview
Welcome/Need Your Help

How was your Christmas? Did you have some time to relax with your children? I hope so. I hope you were able to reflect on the birth of our blessed Savior. I need more women who are willing to be interviewed for CWM. I promise it is practically painless. If you are interested, send an email to me at Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put interview in the subject heading. I will send you an email with the questions. Would you like to see if other CWMs think like you? Then, read the results of the survey of 2,100 CWMs in The Voices of Christian Working Moms. To find out more click the banner below.

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Challenge for the New Year

In my church we are being challenged to read the Bible through this year. May I encourage you to consider that as well? Do not fret if you can’t do it in a year and it takes two years. The important thing is to be in God’s Word. You can go to www.bibleyear.com for various reading plans.

Blog/Online Bible Study

The CWM blog can be found at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. Please support and encourage other CWMs when they post on the blog. The online Bible study can be found at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com.

Coaching Tips

Would you like to memorize more scripture? What about a verse a week?
Then, check out CWM Coaching Tips. You can find them at:
http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm. Listen to what one CWM says about CWM Coaching Tips: “Thank you for the wonderful daily coaching tips you send via email every day. Your topics are always so timely, the focus on one scripture a week is uplifting -- and your personal message is just the finishing touch. Thanks for providing something so meaningful! – Lori”

Interview

I appreciate Danielle sharing with us this month. Danielle is a married 34 year old CWM who lives in the USA. She has a son age 10, a daughter age 8, and a daughter age 22 months. Danielle is the Kids Ministry Director at her church.

Danielle shares the following joys of being a Christian Working Mom: I have the joy of working in a Christian ministry where I love working with kids and families. I love being able to help those that are struggling and love being able to teach kids the love of Christ. I also enjoy contributing to our family and feeling like I am making a difference for the Lord.

Danielle struggles as a CWM in the following areas: I can’t do it all! I want to be more involved in the school PTA and other activities with my kids but I don’t have the time. I want to be able to have girl’s nights out with my friends, and I don’t get to very often at all. I want to have more date nights with my husband, but we don’t have enough time. I miss being able to take a day at the last minute and go to the park for hours. My life revolves around a calendar and there isn’t much wiggle room without letting something else go.

Danielle’s favorite Bible Verse is: Philippians 4:6 “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.”

God is teaching Danielle to be patient and to wait on Him. We are struggling financially and even though I love serving in ministry I still desire to be at home more. It simply isn’t an option now and that is very hard to take at times. I am also experiencing my grandmother’s failing health and trying to help in her care in small ways. God is reminding me about how short life is here on earth and how we shouldn’t get so wrapped up in the details.

Danielle would like to encourage you by saying we are not alone. There are times when we feel like it is us against the world and that nobody understands. I know what it feels like to think that just one more stressful situation will put me into a full-blown meltdown. God always provides, He always keeps me going, He will not forget me, and He will not leave me alone.

Anything else you would like to share: I have people ask me all the time how I do it? How do I work full time, go to school, participate in kids’ activities and be a wife and mother? I laugh because I don’t have an answer other than taking it a day at a time and praying that I can be the best I can be. I just try to schedule at least one time a week where my family does nothing other than spend some time together hanging out. That is what keeps me sane. There are days where I love working outside of the home and other days where I would give anything to be able to have the option to not work outside of the home. No matter what kind of day I am having, I try to remind myself that God knows the desires of my heart and is allowing me to be in this moment so that I can learn from it, grow stronger from it and be able to minister to other women who might be feeling the same way. The Lord has a plan for each one of us and it can be easy to forget that when all we want to do is sleep.

Thank you Danielle for reminding us of God’s faithfulness. May He bless you mightily in your position as the Kids Ministry Director.

Final Thoughts

Believe me I know it is hard to get time alone as a CWM. Do we even know what it is? May I encourage you to get time alone to think about your goals for 2010. We will talk more about that in our January issue. See you next year!!

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.