July 2014 CWM Interview

Welcome
Interview
Final Thoughts

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

Welcome

Depending on where you live school may be back in session soon. My children start back to highschool and college in mid August. Once again summer has flown by. I need some more CWMs who are willing to be interviewed. If you are up for the task send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put interview in the subject heading. Many of you have shared how much you enjoy the interviews.

Interview

Liz graciously was willing to be interviewed this month. Liz is a married 36 year old CWM who lives in the United States. She has two sons’ ages, 2 and 6. Liz is a vocational evaluator. She meets with individuals who are eligible for the State Vocational Rehabilitation program and provides assessment and counseling services to help them identify possible vocational and educational options for them to consider.

Liz enjoys being a Christian Working Mom in the following ways:

  • Using my God-given skills in the workplace and loving my job.
  • Loving my job is key- this allows me to be energized at work and thus when I come home I am able to still pour out into my children. I have spent the day doing something I love and get to keep doing something I love when I get home.
  • I also enjoy explaining to my children what I do. Once while helping at my son's school, I heard him say to another student (who was talking about what his Mom does at work)- "My mom helps people with disabilities, isn't that cool?" That was a pretty sweet moment.

Liz struggles in being a Christian Working Mom in the following areas:

  • Managing my time and learning to accept things being left "undone"- I am the type of person who wants all of my ducks in a row and I have learned (am still learning) that it is okay to leave dishes in my sink (even for a day or two if necessary!) and that it is okay for the laundry to pile up so that I can attend a special event for my kiddo.
  • Also- asking for help- because when the dishes don't get done and the laundry piles up- this Mama can't get it all done by myself- so getting hubby and kids to pitch in and reminding them (and myself!) that I cannot do it all.

Favorite Bible Verse:

  • 2 Corinthians 12:9- 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

What is God teaching you right now?

  • That there truly is a time for everything. That I don't have to become the Queen of multi-tasking and that I can allow myself the grace to enjoy each moment without jumping into the next.
  • I guess you could say that He is teaching me to slow down; not necessarily with what is happening on my calendar-but inside, in my spirit- to be present in each moment and to love and enjoy my life more.
  • That the most important thing I can do for my kids is to point them to Him- at the end of the day-that has to be what matters most and I have to be intentional about it, even if it means that I have NOT done a good job with this and have had a rough afternoon/evening but I end it with asking for forgiveness and explaining to my kids that Mommy is a sinner and needs God's help.

Words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms

  • You are awesome!
  • You are the absolute BEST Mom for your kiddos and no one can take your place!
  • You are not going to harm your children by working, though always pay attention to their needs for your special attention.
  • Don't apologize for being a Working Mom-you can be proud and confident in your choices to work while raising your children, in fact- you can be a testimony to God's faithfulness as He does amazing things in you and your little ones during this time.
  • Take care of yourself- don't be afraid to NOT pay attention to your little ones from time to time-to paint your nails, read a book, or call a friend.

What are some of the things you have learned by being a Mom that you wouldn’t have known if you didn’t have children?

  • That I am braver and stronger than I ever could have imagined.
  • That I could ever experience such insane, beautiful crazy love in my heart.

Anything else you would like to share:

  • I have a blog that I recently launched for Christian Working Moms. It is www.christianworkingmama.blogspot.com. It is nothing too fancy- just hopefully a place to encourage, connect and gain perspective as a CWM.
    Liz thanks for remind us the most important thing we can do as a CWM is to point our children to Christ. Check out Liz’s blog. When I started the CWM website there was nothing on the web about CWMs. I’m glad now there are more resources.

Final Thoughts

I think all of us have in our head an image of what the perfect Mom is and whatever that is we don’t measure up. While feeding our children, bathing our children, and clean clothes are necessary and important they truly are matters with eternal significance. So, can I encourage you to think what did I do today with my children that will affect them for eternity?

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.