May Interview of a Christian Working Mom
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I hoped all of you had a wonderful Mother’s Day and you were celebrated for all you do. I had a very good Mother’s Day with some precious surprises. Thanks so much for all of you filling out the survey; we are getting closer and closer to 1,000. So, if you have not filled out the CWM Survey go to www.christianworkingmom.com and click on Survey. Thanks.
One more thing if you are looking for a good book that is a short read to help talk about the DaVanci Code, I would suggest Exploring the DaVanci Code by Gary Poole and Lee Strobel. You can find it here:

Exploring The Da Vinci Code
By Lee Strobel & Garry Poole / Zondervan Corp.

The Da Vinci Code continues to fascinate millions of readers. But do the book and movie reveal long-suppressed facts, or merely intriguing fictional representations of ancient events? Riveting interviews, provocative study questions, Scripture references, and relevant quotes address the disturbing claims of Dan Brown's novel---and gently lead seekers toward conclusions consistent with historic Christianity. 112 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Come visit the CWM Blog. We have been talking about your vacation plans for the summer, feelings of insecurity, and how you work to keep your children innocent in our current culture. Please come and post your comments as well. You can post them at http://kimberlychastain.com/my-journal.

Interview

Karen has been willing to be interviewed this month. Karen is a 28 year old CWM with a son age 2 and she has been married for 5 years this coming July. Karen describes her occupation (depending on the day) as a servant of the Lord, then wife to Jeremy, then mommy to David. I work full-time as an Office Assistant at a Landscape company and am found serving aside my husband since he is a minister at a local church. (He is the Young Adults and Discipleship pastor).

Karen says the joys of being a Christian Working Mom are: knowing I am in the center of the Lord’s will is the greatest joy. I was a SAHM for 20 months and that was a joy and privilege, but when the time came, I wasn’t ready to take a job, but the Lord changed my heart and so I knew it was exactly what I was to do. I interviewed one time with one place and they hired me…part of the reason they hired me was because I was a minister’s wife and they were all Christians too! What a blessing! I could not have asked for anything better!! My son goes to a church school and so I know he comes home with the Jesus love me songs and I enjoy that.

Karen says the struggles of being a Christian Working Mom are: In the line of work I am in, I sometimes get some “rough around the edges people”, so I have to keep my heart guarded on those kinds of things. Even though I work with other Christians, too, it’s important to keep a witness that’s strong, so when I get frustrated or things go haywire, I need to remind myself to stay calm and trust in the Lord to give me the wisdom and strength to endure the rough days. I constantly remind myself about the calling on my life to stay in check on this season of working. I want to make sure that the time I am outside our home, that I am building it up (Proverbs 14:1) and not tearing it down.

Karen’s favorite Bible Verse is: Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Karen says God is teaching her right now: Perspective. I won’t always grasp His perspective on things or circumstances, but I can choose to listen and obey His commands and leave the consequences to Him. I can choose every day to get up and dwell in having to go to work, and be away from my son, and all the hundred of things I wish I was doing, but that would make me miserable; so choosing to view this season of life as a challenge and a good and positive thing, not to mention, something God called me to do, is learning perspective.

The following words of encouragement are shared by Karen: View this as God’s calling on your life and a season. Seasons do change, so take advantage of the time you spend away from your children to grow and nurture yourself, and take every opportunity with them to point them to Jesus…the only thing that matters. Pray Pray Pray! Praying can sustain you when days are rough and cry out to the Lord with work/home/children related things…He cares about those things because He cares about you. And if you care about them, then so does He! Have good Christian girlfriends – meet others at church, work, the baseball/soccer fields, and swim lessons, whatever. Form relationships with people who are in the same lifestyle you are. Call on those girlfriends when you need a break, a talk, some prayer, or just dinner. Women are relational, so forming those bonds are important.

Karen also shares that joy comes from the Lord! Each day should be a new day and we should rejoice in it. Teach your kids the important things of God and He will be pleased. Don’t look as what you are doing as a sacrifice, and don’t let anyone tell you what you should and should not be doing – Trust the Lord! He is the only one who would never steer you in the wrong direction.


You can visit Karen’s Blog at: www.karengreer.blogspot.com

Karen thanks for reminding me that we can visit with our girlfriends while we are at our children’s activities. That is one more way to multi-task and get several needs met at the same time. Thanks for sharing with us this month.

Till next time,

 

Kimberly Chastain

Kimberly Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the founder of CWMU and author of 2 ebooks that can be found at www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com with free coaching in the subject heading.