June 2010 CWM Interview
Welcome/Need Your Help
Interview
Final Thoughts
Welcome

Hope everyone is doing well. We have been having some really rough weather here lately. We have had tremendous thunderstorms with 60 mph winds. I am beginning to think it is hurricane season even though I live 6 hours from the ocean. Every week we have more CWMs join our community. If you are new here - welcome!! Go to www.christianworkingmom.com to check out all the many opportunities or you can click on the links on the side.

I need your help on two different fronts. I need more CWMs to be interviewed. If you are interested I will send you a list of questions to
answer through email. Send me an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put interview in the subject heading and I will get the information to you. Thanks in advance for your help.

Recently I talked to two CWMs who have started CWM Bible studies at their church or in their community. I always get so excited when I hear that, since most CWMs feel abandoned by their churches. So, if you have started a Bible study could you share your experience on the Blog and any resources you have used? We can help one another. Also, I'm considering developing a small group series for CWMs to be used as a Bible study. I would like to know if there is an interest in that area. To share your information go to the CWM blog at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com.

Interview

Beth graciously volunteered to be interviewed this month. Beth and I have actually met in person. I meet almost all CWMs through our virtual world.

Beth has a heart for teaching women more about the Bible. Beth is a married 44 CWM who lives in the United States. She has a son who is 19 and has been married to her best friend for 23 years now. Beth is the owner of www.hopeunlimitedforyou.com, providing resources and encouragement to people who want to stay close to God and do life well. She also works part-time on the ministry staff of a large church.

Beth shares the following joys of being a CWM:

-Being able to use my gifts and abilities regularly
-Enjoying my marriage of over 20 years and a husband who supports my work
-Seeing our son becoming a mature, wise, discerning, logical, courageous young man although he has grown up too fast!
-Helping to provide income for the family
-My journey with God through the process

Beth struggles in being a Christian Working Mom when:

-Sometimes being spread too thin, especially if I realize it's been my own fault
-Not always practicing what I preach (i.e. I've written a book on time management, but am not always good at it!)
-Trusting God for adequate income especially as it relates to our own organization
-Fears related to my desire for family to remain safe and healthy

Favorite Bible Verse:

Isaiah 12:2 "Behold God is my salvation. I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song. He also has become my salvation."

What is God teaching you right now?

Most recently, He has allowed me to go through some humbling, (but nowhere near devastating) situations to gently prune me of fear, self-sufficiency, pride, and independence. I have a way to go.

Words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms

Learn to embrace yourself with joy, having a right view of yourself that is not too proud, yet not self-condemning. It troubles me that women (including myself) are so quick to criticize themselves-the work of our loving Creator.
He made us with the personality, abilities and gifts we have for a reason.
It is false humility to cut ourselves down-it is its own way of drawing attention to ourselves. Instead, we should rejoice in His work in us!

Anything else you would like to share:

I would like to invite the readers to visit www.hopeunlimitedforyou.com and
sign up (via the link at the top of the page) for our free weekly "HOPE Hint" that comes out every Wednesday. You can also connect with me on
Facebook, Twitter or Linked In via that page. I welcome "virtual" friendships even if we haven't-yet--had the privilege of meeting in person.

Thanks Beth for sharing today and your commitment to faithful living in all areas of our lives.

Final Thoughts

Be intentional about summer fun plans with family. It seems every year our summer calendar gets filled up before I can plan fun things to do. We really only have our children for a limited time and we need to enjoy each moment.

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.

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