March 2011 CWM Interview
Welcome
Prayer Partner Needed
Idea for all Moms to work together
Interview
Final Thoughts
 
Welcome

 

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

Spring is here in the Southeastern United States. It is warm again and the flowers and trees are blooming. The weather is beautiful. We serve a God who is a wonderful creator. Our prayers go out to the many people in the world who are suffering right now: Japan, Libya, Egypt, and the list could go on. May God’s people reach out and shine the light of Jesus during this difficult time.

So many times I have told you that we have CWMs from all over the world in our community. I just wanted to share with you how global we are. Recently, an Irish CWM living in South Africa was partnered with a CWM who lives in India to pray for one another. How cool is that? I do pray that in heaven I can meet all of the CWMs. Maybe God will design us a meeting place.

Prayer Partner Needed

I matched several women as prayer partners from our last issue, but have one more CWM who wants a prayer partner. If you are interested, send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put prayer partner in the subject heading and I will match you up.

Idea for all Moms to work together

So many times I have heard from CWMs that their church does not have Bible studies in the evenings for working Moms to attend. All the church activities for women seem to be designed for the stay at home Moms. Then, if you suggest as a CWM about starting a Bible study you get nominated to lead it and you feel defeated.

Recently, I have been burdened about all the women around the world who are persecuted or just getting by in order to provide for their families. I discovered a website, www.worldcraftsvillage.com. This organization sells items women and men make overseas in order for the artisans to support themselves. All money from the crafts goes back to the artisan. In turn, the money is used to support their families.

Here is where the idea comes in. Could Moms in your church, working or not, come together to host a party to sell these items in order to help other women who are less fortunate? You could make this a one-time event or host it quarterly. Then, you would not have a lot of work involved. The website gives you all the details about how to host a party. In fact, my Sunday school class is sponsoring this for our church and hope to host one city wide in the future. My prayer is if you could begin this in your church it could foster meaningful relationships between the stay at home Moms and working Moms. If you decide to host a party I would love to hear how your party goes. Let’s minister to women all over the world.

Interview

I appreciate Caitlin taking time to be interviewed this month. Caitlin is a married 31 year old CWM who lives in the United States. She has a daughter age 2 ½ and a son 11 months. Caitlin is a Sales Operation Manager.

Caitlin enjoys being a CWM because she feels that God has blessed her with gifts to be successful in her job and it drives her passions. I think that it makes me a better mom in the long run. I love being a role model for my children to do whatever they want in life and realize that being a parent doesn’t mean losing your identity. I also am blessed with a flexible job that has limited travel and allows me to spend a good amount of time with my children. It gives me confidence and a sense of self that I know I would struggle with being at home.

Caitlin struggles as a Christian Working Mom in the following areas:
Obviously missing my children. It is especially hard on days that one of them is ill or my husband and my schedule don’t align and we have to ask for help. I feel a lot of pressure as well (probably mostly internally) from others who don’t work and I feel outnumbered by stay at home moms in the church environment so it’s difficult to find a group of women in my same situation that I can pray with.

Caitlin’s favorite Bible verse is:
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, --Titus 3:5

What is God teaching you right now?
That my life is long and I know His purpose is lingering out there and I’m on the right path to it but I can’t quite see through the weeds just yet. That I just need to trust and pray that my life is an example of God’s love to others and that he uses me for His divine purpose. That I can never repay the blessings he has bestowed upon me and I hope that I can only use them for good.

Words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms
There are good days and bad days just as there would be for stay at home mothers. The key is not to question your life’s choices every minute when you have bad days (easier said than done). Try to set yourself up to make the choice instead of being forced into anything and then trust that God will guide you through the bad days and show you the purpose for your life. Pray a lot, find some support, and don’t let your emotions rule your decisions. As moms we can always find reasons why we want to be there with our children but just because we love them so much doesn’t always mean we need to be at home with them every day. We are still their moms and still make all of the decisions about their care and well being even when we are away. My pastor told me one time the most important thing you can do for your children is to show them the path to a life long journey loving God. If we can do that for our kids then that is the best life we can give them and I know my children can have that even if I do work.

Anything else you would like to share:
I am really passionate about this topic so I’d love to stay linked in and help out wherever I can. I tried to start a small group of women who work at our church and it only ended up being 4 people in a very large church so I see it as a great need in my community to show women there are other options. I think there are still a lot of misconceptions out there about women who work as well that I hope we can take the time to understand each other as Christians and remove the need for judgment amongst ourselves.

Caitlin I couldn’t agree more about understanding one another as Moms and not judging each other. As your pastor said, ultimately all Christian Moms should have as their goal to raise children who serve God and glorify Him in all they do.

Final Thoughts

Have you noticed in your house (or maybe it is just my house) that everyone can have a bad day, except for Mom?!! Moms are people too and last time I checked I’m not perfect either.

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.