June 2012 CWM Interview
Welcome/Help Needed
Interview
Final Thoughts

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

Welcome/Help Needed

I always enjoy CWMs sharing their stories and this is one of the neat things about our CWM community. I need your help. I need more CWMs to interview. If you are interested in being interviewed by email, please send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put interview in the subject heading. I will then send you the questions. I appreciate Deb sharing this month.

If you enjoy Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs and the interview each month tell a sister CWM. Our community is always open to more CWMs. It means so much to know you are not alone.

Interview

Deb is 46 year old married CWM who lives in the United States. She has two boys ages 7 and 4. Deb is a software/data developer.

Deb shares her joys in being a Christian Working Mom: I feel God has a reason for me to be a working mom. While hard to leave my kids, my job does give me a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment outside of the home. I take my Faith with me and am able to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the unsaved workplace. My job provides the benefits and insurance for our family, so in turn I am also a blessing to them by working outside of the home.

Deb struggles as being a Christian Working Mom in the following areas: I struggle with the lack of time. It seems that things are always rushed trying to get homework, dinner, sports, baths etc all done in only a few precious hours each night.

The other is being excluded for being a working mom. I was once asked to be on a prayer team for praying over our kids and their school. This was something I was really excited about, but in the end I was turned away because the group decided it was more convenient to meet during the day on a week day. Also, most moms groups, both in the community and church, meet during the day on a week day. I realize that is the most convenient time for stay-at-home moms, but it does feel excluding.

Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 40:31

But those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

When I feel rushed and overwhelmed, this verse always gives me strength to go on. I know that when I put my Hope in the Lord, he will see me through.

What is God teaching you right now?

To put 100% of my trust in him. It has been a year of hardship in a lot of areas. The Lord has taught me to TRUST in Him, to surrender it all to Him. He has amazingly and beautifully provided.

Words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms:

This is just a season. One day the children will be grown. All of your balancing and hard work now will be rewarded. You will have the satisfaction of knowing you made a difference both in the world through your workplace and in the lives of your children.

Anything else you would like to share:

It has so often been said that the hardest job in the world is being a stay-at-home mom. I disagree. I believe the hardest job is being a working mom. Taking on the stresses of the workplace each day and then in the few hours you have each night and on your weekends you do all the same things that the stay-at-home mom does. You still do the dishes, laundry and housecleaning. You still schedule all the doctor and dentist appointments, play dates and family functions. You still make it to the games, concerts and events. ALL moms work hard at doing the best for their families, but I think working moms have just a little bit more Super Hero in them.

Deb, maybe we should design capes for CWMs? I agree all Moms work hard. We need to give each other a hug and encourage one another not tear one another down.

Final Thoughts

Do your best to find your children doing things well and comment on those activities and characteristics. Sometimes it seems like most of our talk with children is about things they need to do (i.e., clean your room, do your homework). Make sure positive comments outweigh the negative ones.

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.