Hola! (Hello in Spanish). When you receive this my family and I
will have just returned from Iquitos, Peru. All four of us went
on a mission trip with our church. I look forward to sharing more
details in the August issue of Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs.
I pray that this summer/winter you are getting to spend some fun,
unhurried time with your family. I really appreciate Jennifer taking
time to share with us this month.
Jennifer is a married 38 year old CWM. She is a registered nurse
and lives in the United States. Jennifer has a six year old son.
Jennifer shares the following joys in being a CWM:
~ I have the opportunity to balance the best of all my world(s).
Working outside of the home allows me not only to have income to
help my family, but it gives me seed to sow into the Kingdom and
into the lives of others in need.
~I have the privilege of caring for people who are spiritually,
emotionally, and physically ill in order to restore them back to
health. I love being able to help my patients by performing simple
acts of kindness like bathing them, making their beds, and giving
~I love learning new things and being able to interact with people
in the workplace from different generations (Baby Boomers, Gen X,
and Gen Y). It has really made me a more knowledgeable person and
has given me the opportunity to share in my colleagues joys such
as celebrations of marriages, births, and wedding anniversaries.
~I also get to share in my colleagues’ pain. Recently two
of my colleagues were ill and out of work as a result of which they
found themselves on the receiving end of the care they were used
to giving to others. I was able to reach out to them to let them
know how much I cared for them. They have both since returned to
~Lastly, the best part of being a CWM is knowing that I have a
family to come home to.
Jennifer struggles as a CWM with diplomacy when communicating with
others at times. I believe that Jesus is still working on me in
that regards. I'm glad He's not finished with me yet.
Jennifer’s favorite Bible verse is: “I can do all things
through Christ which strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.
God is teaching Jennifer how to be who He intended me to be in spite
of what others think I should be.
Jennifer shares the following words of Encouragement for other
Christian Working Moms: We as women should make a better effort
to encourage one another as the days grow near to the Second coming
of the Messiah. It's really easy to be caught up in our own families
and lives, but there is a real need to minister to other women and
to encourage other Christians.
Jennifer says while I love being a Nurse, Motherhood is by far
the most rewarding occupation yet.
Jennifer thanks for reminding us we always need to have an eternal
perspective about things going on in our lives. Too often we get
stuck in the temporal and don’t have an eternal perspective.
Our life lived here on earth is really very short and we need to
serve God with all He has called us to do.
I’m learning every day I must do my daily tasks in the power
of the Holy Spirit instead of my own strength. “But he said
to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made
perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more
gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon
me. For the sake of Christ, then I am content with weaknesses, insults,
hardships, persecution, and calamities. For when I am weak, then
I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10.
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
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