June 2013 CWM Interview
Welcome
Interview
Final Thoughts

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

Welcome

I really enjoy the CWM interviews each month and I have heard from other CWMs that you enjoy them as well. They are always encouraging and help us realize we are not alone. As always, I would love to have more CWMs be willing to be interviewed. If you are interested, please send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com with interview in the subject heading. Sophia was gracious to share her thoughts this month.

Interview

Sophia is a married 40 year old CWM who lives in the United States. She is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and works at a diabetes clinic. She has 3 children a son age 14, a daughter age 13, and a son age 10.

Sophia loves working and showing her patients and co-workers the love of Jesus. I love to serve and I feel that when I can help others around me I am demonstrating God’s love. I feel that I can use my God given gifts and talents.

Sophia struggles as a CWM in the following areas: I have always worked part-time, but his year I am working full time and we are depending on my income. I don’t like that sense of responsibility and I miss my kids. I used to work at a school where I was off when they were off and always picked them up from school. More so with older kids, I want to be available to my kids, which to me means quality and quantity time.

Favorite Bible Verse: Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2

What is God teaching you right now? To trust God with all my things. My two teenage kids, my husband, my money, my church. For a while, I felt like things were slipping away from me so I too began to slip. Moving is always challenging and I am learning to dig deeper into God and entrust my whole life to him, but it is not without its daily struggles.

What words of encouragement do you have for other Christian Working Moms: I no longer have the quantity of time to spend with my kids so I am trying to focus on the quality. I want my kids to excel in the world using their God given talents but I want them to live for eternal treasures and not worldly accolades.
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As a family, we try to read the Bible together every night. There is always something else competing with this time we have set aside. The kids always enjoy it. We split a chapter into verses and each read on our own and then share with the group. It is a blessing to see my 10 year old’s sensitivity to God.

Anything else you would like to share: We served as overseas missionaries for 3 years and I somehow thought I would attain something enduring through that experience. I did learn to trust God then because at times I was surrounded by totally foreign experiences and now that we have been home for several years I forget that I still need that complete dependence on God daily and sometimes moment by moment.

Sophia, I appreciate so much you reminding us of our need to totally depend on God. It seems I often have to relearn that lesson. I also love how you are teaching your children to focus on eternal treasures not earthly ones.

Final Thoughts

No matter where you live it seems Christians are becoming more and more of a minority. That means as parents we have to be diligent, liked Sophia shared, to teach our children about our Lord and Savior. We need to plant the seeds of God’s Word deep into their hearts where it will bear fruit. God’s Word will not return void.

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.