March 2010 CWM Interview
Happy Easter
CWM Coaching Tips
Blog/Online Bible Study
Interview
Final Thoughts

Happy Easter

May I be one of the first to wish you a Happy Easter!! May this Easter you have time to reflect on the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We serve a living Savior. Praise God! My prayer is for your children amidst the Easter egg baskets and candy they too learn why we celebrate Easter. I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to visit your email box twice a month. I count it as a privilege and honor. God gave me the passion for CWMs and He keeps it going. May you know you are appreciated by your heavenly Father for how you minister in your homes and work place.

Voices of Christian Working Moms

There have been a few updates to the CWM website. So, when you get a chance take a look at www.christianworkingmom.com. One thing I added was a Statement of Faith, so you would clearly know where I stand.

CWM Coaching Tips

As a young CWM and now an older one I often have struggled with finding time for a daily quiet time and really digging into God’s Word. So, I designed CWM Coaching Tips that are emailed to you daily. You will find a Bible verse to memorize weekly and encouragement in your walk with the Lord. To find out more go to www.christianworkingmom.com/cwmtips.htm.

CWM Blog/Online Bible Study

The CWM blog can be found at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. Please share how you celebrate Easter. I would love to hear, in particular, from our international CWMs as well. A new online Bible study was added for the month of March. You can find it at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com. Please study with us and post your answers.

Interview

I appreciate Amy taking time from her busy schedule to be interviewed today. Amy is a 36 year old married CWM of 3 boys ages: 6,3, and 1. (I bet it is a bit active at her house.) Amy works as an IT applications delivery lead person.

Amy shares these joys as a CWM: She states her cup runneth over! Amy says I am grateful for the life foundation and comfort that comes from being a person of faith. She says I am so blessed – I have so many outlets and opportunities for all my energy. She also shares there are many sources of fulfillment and joy in her life.

Amy shares that her struggles are not unique to being Christian or working or mothering – don’t all lives go through busier or more challenging phases and then calmer or more boring phases? There might be more guilt involved now that I’m a parent. Even during my most grueling and/or challenging projects before children, I never felt any guilt that I was cheating on some other part of my life, only frustration or stress or burnout.

Amy’s favorite Bible Verse is the one about turning all your worries over to Jesus. (I wonder if you thinking of, “Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7). I do take comfort from Ecclesiastes ‘there is no new thing under the sun’ .

Amy shares words of encouragement for other Christian Working Moms who struggle with working outside the home: God never said that it is wrong to work, or that good mothers stay home. I have looked and looked for evidence that He did, because I would obey! But I cannot find this evidence. I try to shut out the strong sense that I am doing wrong by leaving the house during the day, and remember that the sense comes from earthly influences only. Strong and pervasive influences, but worldly ones.

Thanks Amy for your words of wisdom. Often, we have a difficult time discerning if the voices or feelings we experience are from God or the world. One of the best ways to know for sure is to check Scripture. God’s Word is truth and is our basis for living.

Final Thoughts

After listening to Amy I’m reminded of the verse: “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5. All our thoughts, actions, and feelings need to be under the control of Christ.

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.