May Interview of a Christian Working
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
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:
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.
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
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, 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
with free coaching in the subject heading.