I appreciate Sarah taking time out of her busy schedule to be interviewed
this month. Sarah is a happily married 37 year old CWM who lives
in the United States. She has a son age 4 and a daughter age 2.
Sarah is a full-time attorney.
Sarah shares the joys of being a CWM: I grew up in a family
that didn't have a lot of money although my parents did a great
job of not allowing it to make us feel different, deprived or limited
by it. I am extremely proud that I persevere in doing something
that I find difficult on a daily basis to create security for my
family. The challenges I have faced have brought me closer
to God than I ever have been. In addition, I work in an environment
where I truly like the people I work with and find Christian fellowship
within my work community that is very helpful as well. I am
also proud because I work in a fairly conservative work environment
and I feel that I have been instrumental in helping to make it a
more family friendly place to work. I know that this will
have an impact on other working Mom's for years to come. I
have been a good steward of the opportunities presented to me and
they are more likely to be presented to other women as a result.
(We can never underestimate what we can do for the Moms that come
behind us in our jobs – Kimberly).
Ah...the struggles of being a CWM. I actually struggle a
lot with being a Christian Working Mom. I have frequently
prayed for my family's situation to be changed so that my husband
(who currently stays home with our children) can find work to provide
our security and that I could take a more front line daily caregiver
role. That prayer has gone unanswered for the time being but
I know it is part of God's plan. I find the balance very stressful.
One of the things I have the hardest time with is pacing.
My work is very fast paced and I find it hard to switch between
lawyer pace to toddler pace and back again. I pray often that
God will help me to parent my children in a way that accomplished
his will for their upbringings and lives and I know that means I
have to really be in the moment with them and demonstrate love for
them that mirrors God's love for all of us. However, sometimes
it is hard not to be the Mom who is yelling "how on earth is
it taking you this long to let me get your boots, coat, hat, etc.
on...I have a 1:00 conference call!" I try though.
Sarah’s favorite Bible passage is:, “4 Rejoice
in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your
reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do
not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer
and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made
known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which
surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever
is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything
worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you
have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice
these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
What is God teaching you right now?
To trust him completely. To turn to him in everything.
To pray without ceasing. To lay my anxieties about the well
being of my family at the foot of the cross. To try to mirror
Christ's love in all I do for my family and those around me.
To see Christ in all I encounter.
Sarah’s words of encouragement for other Christian Working
I know that it can be difficult. You are doing great.
Remember that you are more precious to Christ and wonderful in his
eyes than even your own babies are in yours. Treat yourself
accordingly. Also, if you are not where you want to be or
feel hopeless, know that through Christ all things are possible
and he can redeem even the most difficult situation. Hold
tight to your family and your faith.
What are some of the things you have learned by being a Mom that
you wouldn’t haveknown if you didn’t have children?
I have learned so much about love being a Mom and feel like I have
a greater understanding of God's love for us.
Sarah, thanks so much for encouraging us to see ourselves as Christ
sees us. God is sovereign in every area of our lives. Sometimes
we may not be able to see His handiwork, but He is always working
in our lives.