CWM Interview December 2011

Welcome
Interview
Final Thoughts

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

Welcome

I pray you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and I hope some time off from work. May I be of the first to wish you a Happy New Year. Remember as you are making those New Year Resolutions to include time alone with God in order to praise and worship our Heavenly Father.

Pastor’s wives have a special place in my heart. I think it is very tough to be a pastor and possibly tougher to be a pastor’s wife. Pastor’s wives have so many unwritten expectations made by members in their congregations. Today, Amanda, a pastor’s wife takes some time to be interviewed.

Interview

Amanda is a 32 year old CWM who lives in the United States. She has been married 11 years to her husband who is a pastor full-time. She has two boys ages 6 and 9. Amanda is a manager of a women’s fitness and weight loss center and full-time dental hygiene student. (Boy, is she busy!!)

Amanda shares the following joys of being a Christian Working Mom:
God has definitely given me unique opportunities as a working mom! I have met so many women through my job and going to college that I would have never have met otherwise.

I absolutely love my job! I love helping women learn to be healthy. I love seeing their confidence grow as they start losing weight and realizing they can do this.

I also love my new career that I’m training for. It’s hard, but I know it will be worth it when I graduate – I’ll have more stability, better hours, and a much better paycheck.

Amanda struggles in being a Christian Working Mom in the following areas: I really struggle with balance, especially since I started college. Everyone needs me to give 100%, and it’s hard to give it for 4 hours a day at school, 7 hours at work, and for several more hours at home. Some days I feel like the guy at the circus spinning plates, running from one plate to the next, trying to keep it all going. Some days I really need to just let a plate or two fall, but nobody is willing to let it be their plate.

Another struggle is one that I think many Christian working moms share - lack of support. Christian Working Mom is one of the only websites available for Christian moms who work outside the home, and I’m so thankful for it. Criticism is everywhere – support isn’t.

Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 49:15-16: Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before me.

What is God teaching you right now?

He’s teaching me to rely fully on Him for my strength and my peace through the chaos, and to trust Him to work out the details for me.

Words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms:

Always remember that God doesn’t make “cookie cutters.” You and your family are unique. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re making the wrong choice, because only you and God can decide what is best for your family. Others don’t know your circumstances, your gifts, and your callings.

Anything else you would like to share: I love blogging, and I write often about the joys and struggles of being a Christian working mom. I also blog about faith, family, crafting, cooking, running, and more. My blog is Confessions of a Wannabe Supermom at http://justamandaslife.blogspot.com

Amanda I appreciate you pointing out again how all of us are made in the image of God and have different abilities and gifts. All our families are unique in God’s eyes. Thank you for sharing.

Final Thoughts

What small changes can you make in the way your family is organized to make 2012 less hectic and easier for you? It could involve dropping a few activities to spend more time as a family. Change is never easy. Pray for God’s direction for your family in 2012 and to follow His leading.

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.