Christian Working Mom Interview January 2009
Welcome
CWM Blog/Online Bible Study
CWM Coaching Tips
Interview
Final Thoughts
Welcome

Do you get snow days for your children where you live? I live in South Carolina and our snow days are few and far between. We may get snow tomorrow and my kids are anxiously awaiting a snow day. I hope you have a warm heart despite the cold weather. Of course, for some of our readers you are experiencing summer. So, enjoy the weather wherever you live.

I need your help. I need more CWMs to be interviewed. If you are willing to be interviewed I will email you the questions. It is practically painless. If you are interested send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put Interview in the subject heading. Thanks in advance for your help.

CWM Blog/Online Bible Study

The CWM Blog is a great place to gather and support one another as CWMs. Go to the CWM Blog and share what your family does on snow days, if you have them. The CWM blog is at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. You can also post a question on the Open Comments Section. The CWM Online Bible Study can be found at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com.

CWM Coaching Tips

Begin your new year with scripture being delivered to your email box daily. To find out more go to: http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm.

Interview

I appreciate Amy taking time to be interviewed for this month. Amy is a married 37 year old Mom who lives in the United States. She has two daughters ages 4 and 8. Amy is a Biomedical Researcher.

Amy shares the following joys of being a Christian Working Mom:

I enjoy my work and I like being able to set a positive example for my children and help with household finances, but I think my greatest joy is being able to help/support/encourage/commiserate with other moms, both Christian and non-Christian, who are struggling to balance work and family. We need to stick together and build each other up!

Amy struggles with: Guilt. I regularly beat myself up for not being able to volunteer in my kids’ classrooms, for not being able to attend evening events at work, for falling into bed without having said more than 20 words to my husband all day, for other people’s (usually imagined) opinions on my life…you name it, I can feel guilty about it. I am my own worst enemy.

Amy’s Favorite Bible Verse is: Proverbs 3:5-6…Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.

God is teaching Amy several things. She shares I have at times been so bitter about being called to work outside the home that I have missed other important callings that God has placed in my life. It is time for me to quit my whining and get busy with the things He has for me to do!

God is also constantly reminding me to trust Him and depend on Him instead of on myself. Being a control-freakish sort of a person, I require frequent lessons in this.

Amy offers these words of encouragement for other Christian Working Moms: As Christian working moms, we tend to isolate ourselves from other women, mistakenly thinking that we are not as “good” as those moms who are called to stay home with their children or that we are completely alone in our struggles. It is SO important to find a small group of women with whom to share your triumphs and challenges and laugh a bit about the craziness of life. If you can’t find a group, start one yourself…even if you only meet once a month or once a quarter, it makes a HUGE difference in your life.

Amy you offered so many excellent insights. The Christian walk was never designed to be done alone and we do desperately need the support of other Christian women. Also, as Christian women we often let the opinions of others affect our lives more than the opinion of God. We should seek his view on our lives not the world. Thanks so much for sharing.

Final Thoughts

May I encourage you to rest in your Holy Savior and seek His presence? We are all very busy, but time with God is never wasted.

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. To find out how to receive coaching tips by email daily, go to http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm. You can find more information about Christian Working Moms at www.christianworkingmom.com For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.