March 2014 CWM Interview
Final Thoughts


 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

Interview

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.  Philippians 4:4-9 

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 Moms:

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

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.