Christian Working Mom Interview for February, 2007

Welcome and Apology
Blog
Easter Idea
Interview

Welcome and Apology

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a good winter (if you live in the United States) and are not snowed under, literally. Lesson 4 is now up for the Online Bible Study. You can access it at http://kimberlychastain.com/discussCWMU. Now, this is where the apology comes in. There have been several spam posts. I try to take them down as quickly as I can. Unfortunately, I was out of town for a few days and did not have computer access so I was unable to delete them. Do know I am trying to stay on top of it. Also, closely related to that is I try very hard to answer any emails people send me. If I did not answer your email, please resend the email. Sometimes, they go to my spam folder by accident. I try to catch them all, but I’m not always successful. Thanks for your patience.

Blog

We have had some good discussion on the CWM Blog lately. We have talked about morning routines and what how other’s expectations affect us. I just posted a question about, “What do you do to relax or what would you do if you could relax?” As always you can post questions on the Open Comment Section.
The blog can be found at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com.

Easter Idea

Easter is coming soon. For several years my family has used the Resurrection Eggs to help tell the Easter story. Each plastic egg has an object from the Easter Story that helps to tell the story. Even though my kids are older now, we have to do the Resurrection Eggs every year.(It is a tradition) There is a book that goes with the eggs to help tell the story. This is also a great witnessing tool to people who are unchurched. You can find the eggs, by clicking here.

Interview

Jennifer is a CWM who lives in the US. She has been married for 12 years and has a son age 10 and a daughter age 7. Jennifer is a production scheduler and inside sales backup for a construction company.

Jennifer says the joys of being a CWM are: I am so thankful that I know God. It gets me through the workday. Being in the “workforce” has opened my eyes to how many people do not know him. I hope being a working mom that maybe I will draw others to God.

Jennifer says as a CWM she misses her kids horribly and struggles with not being there for them all the time. Sometimes it is hard to balance all of the responsibilities.

Jennifer’s favorite Bible Verse is: Psalm 118:24:
24 This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

God is teaching Jennifer that it is ok to not be able to help EVERYONE, ALL the time. I have a problem with allowing others to interfere with my family time and my personal household responsibilities because they need help from me. In the past, I have given so much of my time that my household has suffered (I have suffered to the point of exhaustion) trying to please others. I am learning that it is ok to say no.

Jennifer shares the following words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms: WE are amazing! Working moms have so much to do and so little time. We need to remember how important we are and thank God that we have him in our life.

I have been struggling with being at work full time. I was very fortunate to be home with my children for 6 years, while working part time as a nail technician. I was able to set my own schedule, book clients around the kids’ activities and such. (Financially I need an income for our household budget.) I was in an auto accident that damaged nerves/ligaments/tendons in my shoulder and neck, so I am unable to work as a nail tech now. It has been a huge adjustment for my family, and although I have been back to work for a year and a half already we are still getting used to it! I was very lucky to come back to the same company after 6 years. They hired me back immediately, and I am only 20 minutes from home. Although my boss is very understanding I still feel the obligations of the full time position.

Whether it is a choice or a necessity for moms who work, we need to support each other and remind each other that God is there for us always.

Jennifer thanks so much for sharing and you are so right about us needing to support one another. The world and sometimes the church will beat us down, so we need to lift one another up and remember God is on our side. With him we can do anything.

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 2 ebooks and an online Bible study. You can find more information at www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.