CWM Interview December 2010
Welcome
Interview
Final Thoughts
 

 

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

Welcome

Did you survive the Christmas holiday season? I hope you are able to slow down a little for the end of the year. We are getting close to the time of the year to make New Year’s resolutions. What spiritual New Year’s resolutions do you have for your family? If you are new to the CWM website welcome we are glad you are here. Happy New Year!!

Interview

I appreciate Arianna taking time to be interviewed this month. Arianna is a married CWM who lives in the United States. She has 4 children ages 5, 7, 10, and 11. The oldest three are girls and her baby is a boy. Arianna is the owner of Arianna’s Designs, a cake studio. I design cakes with all forms of sugar art and teach classes.

Arianna shares the following joys of being a Christian Working Mom: Because my business is attached to my home, I am able to be with my children when needed. When a child gets sick, I am able to be home and still “juggle” cakes. I am able to take and pick them up from school. I feel it is important to be involved in my children’s lives and activities as much as I can. Many times I think my schedule is just too full and why did I take another responsibility on, but with the faith and guidance of God I am able to do it.

The other day my 7 year old daughter had to write 10 sentences with her spelling words. She did it all by herself. I was so proud of her. As I glanced over her work she had written a sentence with the word “best”. This was her sentence….”God is the best person in the world”. Tears came to my eyes because I knew God would be so happy not only that one of his little children is beginning to understand and know Him but that I am teaching her about Him. That was a small moment but a big joy in being a CWM.

God has truly blessed me with a wonderful talent of decorating cakes. By showing my children how I am able to do my talent of cakes and use it to witness to others, I hope to show them that God has instilled a talent in us all. We have a voice to be heard and a gift to be given back. Finding that gift is a part of our journey with God.

Arianna struggles in being a Christian Working Mom in the following areas: I find too often than not that my day can get quite demanding. Having my quiet morning time with God, whether through a quick prayer or a simple devotional time, I find I am able to pick up and get on with my day. It is HIS strength in me that gets me through each day and ready to take on the next. The days I “skip” my time with God and move directly into the day to take it on myself…..I feel it becomes a struggle. It is these days that I have to remind myself that I cannot do it alone……..it is GOD who can. With my “wonderful” type A personality, I have to constantly remind myself, no matter how bad I want to take it on and do it myself, I can’t. I find myself repeating this verse…. Phil. 4:13 “I can do everything through him who gives me strength”.

Favorite Bible Verse: “Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and application, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”. Phil. 4: 6/7. As you will see below in what God is teaching me right now, this verse has been so helpful in me striving to achieving patience.

What is God teaching you right now? Patience. Patience. Patience. Before I had children I always wanted instant gratification in all I did. When you have children that just is not possible. We want to rush so often in this hectic life of balancing work, husband, house, and children just to get it DONE. I have learned so many times that the balance can only be obtained through God and his grace and guidance. Letting God into my heart to run my life was the best decision I ever made. He has taught me patience……the patience that is needed to be HIS child and HIS witness.

Life is a process of building and learning. It is taking that foundation you are building on and learn to grow. I also am amazed at how we continue to grow/learn no matter our age. My grandmother who is 93 years old told me that she is always learning something new to apply to her daily life. She is a very dedicated Christian mom herself (even though her children are 70 and 63). Seeing how she has lived her life and continues to live it by putting God first in all she does, helps me to strive to be a better mom, wife, daughter and child of God.

Words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms
Seek God first in ALL you do. He has the answers for you in any decision you may be facing. He is with you always!! When we are at our highest mountain top rejoicing or our lowest valley grieving, HE is there…guiding us and holding our hearts! Don’t be afraid to ask for HIS guidance. HE will answer. Maybe not that instant but in GOD’s time he will give you more than you ever asked for.

You can find out more about Arianna at www.ariannadesigns.com. Thanks Arianna for reminding us the hard lesson of patience that we all need to learn, but don’t want to learn. We often grow most in Christ while we are waiting on Him to answer our prayers.

Final Thoughts

May God’s presence be overwhelming to you each day and He warms your heart with His love.

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.