Our CWM community grows each day and we welcome women from
all over the world, like Pat today from Canada we will me
in a moment. Forgive the lateness of our February CWM interview.
Sickness hit my house and especially me. So, God has made
me slow down this week. I also learned an important, but
difficult lesson that my family can do fine without me.
(I did try to interfere sometimes and was told to go to
I pray that you continue to grow in God each day and His
love for you.
Let’s meet Pat, a 59 year old married CWM who lives
in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Pat has sons ages 23, 33,
a daughter age 29 and a granddaughter age 8 and grandson
age 9. Pat has been married for 35 years. She is a College
professor and director/founder of 2 non-profit organizations.
Pat’s favorite Bible verse is: “In the same
way, let your light shine before others, so that they may
see your good works and give glory to your Father who is
in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.
Pat shares these Joys in being a Christian Working Mom:
Mentor to my children:
• Being able to teach my children, through the
Scriptures and by my example that God required us to work
and not depend on someone else or the system for support...
Laziness is not an option.
• Showing them that working in ones vocation is
a ministry unto God.
• Helping them understand that work is worshiping
• Teaching them that work or a job should not keep
them from serving God
• Teaching them to honour God with their money and
• Teaching them to be gentle, kind and integral
on the job, has helped them as they work in their career.
• Being the marketplace minister God has called
me to be.
• Being the light of Jesus in the workplace and
getting the opportunity each day touch the lives of my
students and colleagues.
• Meeting students and faculty from all religion
• Watching God take care of my family and day to
day affairs as I struggled to balance home, work and ministry.
• Being a financial support for my husband
Pat shares these struggles of being a Christian Working
After our first son I became a stay at home mom, working
only 4 days in a month in order to keep my professional
status. When our second child was born we moved to another
country then had to leave after a year due to political
unrest. When we returned to Canada I had to return to work
full time in order to help support my husband financially.
This was a difficult time as we had planned for me to be
We hired a nanny for the children as my husband was bed
ridden and I worked long hours. Hiring a nanny was a financial
sacrifice and we put off many purchases so our children
could be in their own home and not go to a daycare or a
sitter. My biggest struggle was being away from the children
and having someone else care for them.
• Juggling work, being a mother and wife and ministry
was very challenging, however God grace prevailed.
What is God teaching you right now?
God is teaching me to continually trust Him, in everything.
To immerse myself in Him and His Word, which never fails.
To daily cast my cares on him, that my battles are His and
His love is constant and unconditional and has room for
mistakes and repairs.
He is faithful in keeping his promise of always being with
me. I am reminded that although the "woman of valor,"
(Proverbs 31), is an entrepreneur and wears many hats, the
focus of her existence is her relationships with her husband,
children and family.
I have learned to thank God for the daily miracles in my
Words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms
Life is good…God is good… and He is watching
over you and your family!
The Hebrew word for mother is “ima”, a root
for the word emunah, faith. Ima is also a connected to the
word for truth, emet, as mothers we pass on our faith in
God and the truth of his Word; by the way we convey our
approach about life to our children.
For young moms who must go to work, don’t let anyone
make you feel guilty or inferior as a mom or wife. God is
not ashamed of you. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to balance
work and family. Never leave God out of the equation of
your life, work and family.
Communication is key in your relationship with your husband
and children. Be their role model. Try to go on a date with
your husband so that he does not feel left out. Be gentle
as you instruct your children in the ways of God. Children
need guidance, no matter how old they are. They must feel
safe. Even when they are adults let your home be the sanctuary
they can come to anytime. Keep your doors open.
Education is important so spend some time helping with
home work and attending parent /teacher interviews.
If possible be a part of at least one ministry in your
church…preferably a ministry that you can be involved
with from home when the children are small (such as prayer
or home fellowship)
If you are a single mom or divorced: remember that God
takes special notice of you and He has provided for you
and your children. Connect yourself to a church fellowship
group for support or find a Christian mentor that will pray
with you and encourage you to fulfill you potential as a
mom and woman of God.
If you are a mom of teenagers, never give up and never
lose hope if your teenager isn’t at the place you
would like them to be in their lives. Love them through
their difficulties and challenges. Situations may not be
easy, however just as the God loves all of His children
and we are empowered by this knowledge, so too will your
son or daughter be empowered through the recognition of
your unwavering love and commitment. Appreciate your family
and have faith in them.
In the workplace integrity is important. As women we are
blessed with the ability to create positive environments.
Be the best employee; bring honour to yourself, your work
and God. Pray for your boss and coworkers and see God’s
favour upon you. Cover yourself with prayer and the blood
of Jesus before you go into the work place. If all possible
try not to bring work home.
• Be concerned about your character than you reputation
as your character is what you really are and your reputation
is what one thinks of you.
• God is in control of your life and your family’s
and he does not take a nap. Know without a shadow of a
doubt that you serve The Lord Jesus Christ
• Discover the unique talent that God has given
you and ask Him how to fulfill your destiny.
• Encourage the talents and gifts that God has given
• Be the best wife to your husband, encourage him,
and pray for him, he is the priest of your home, even
if sometimes he does not behave like one. He is not perfect
and neither are you.
• Each challenge that you face is custom designed
by God, you are here for a purpose and He will never abandon
you. His love towards you is everlasting.
• God put in a mother a special, deep and unceasing
love for her children, to the point that she will deny
her happiness to ensure that they are happy. She wants
them to be successful more than even they do. Show your
children and husband that you love them even more than
they love themselves.
Pat is involved in many different organizations she has
founded and directs. You can find out more by going to her
Pat I appreciate you showing us God’s faithfulness
over the years with your children and family. Also, you
let us know we serve in different ways based on the ages
of our children and need to give ourselves permission to
be less involved when our children are young and then grow
in our involvement in ministry as we can. You are an excellent
example of shining your light before men for His glory.
One of the many things I love about our CWM community is
learning from women who have walked the path before us.
I love to hear women who can testify to God’s faithfulness
even in the most difficult times of their lives. I pray
this interview today encouraged you and that you know how
much God loves and cares for you.
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.
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