Christian Working Mom Interview May 2007
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Welcome

I don’t know about where you live, but my children are out of school this week. Where did the school year go? It always seems to fly by. I’m not ready for my children to go to the next grade, but I don’t think I have a choice. Hope all you 1300+ CWM’s are doing well and are having special moments with your children. Each day more and more CWM’s join our community. I have said it before and will say it again, you are not alone.

Do you sometimes read a book about how to pray and feel like for some reason it just doesn’t work for you? We actually have temperaments in our devotional life. Gary Thomas in Sacred Pathways list nine distinct spiritual temperaments and how they can affect your spiritual walk. To find out more, click here.

Blog

Please visit the CWM Blog at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. We have had several people post questions. One was about taking children into “big church” with you or going to the nursery. Also, we had a question about how the church sees Working Moms. Please come support your sisters in Christ. We can all learn and grow from one another.

Online Bible Study

You won’t believe it, but I finally posted lesson 5 on the CWM Bible Study. The topic of this lesson is, “Are you putting on new clothes daily?” I am not talking about a shopping spree. You can check it out at http://kimberlychastain.com/discussCWMU. Please post your answers. After I have read them, they will be posted to the discussion board for everyone to read. Unfortunately, I had to add that step to prevent the porn postings. Please share your thoughts.

Interview

Kathy is a married 47 year old CWM who lives in the United States.
She has a daughter age 28. Kathy wears many hats. Her jobs include the following: cleaning houses, working at a computer store as an office manager and working at a wedding facility. Kathy wasn’t sure whether to participate in the CWM Interview, but I encouraged her to do so. We can learn so much from women who have walked the road before us.

Kathy lists the following joys of being a CWM: I believe that God gives every one of us certain gifts, talents, and abilities and I am SO thankful that I finally realize that the things I enjoy are the gifts He gave me. I, unfortunately, don’t have all that many Christians in my work but I am being shown, daily, that everyone deserves love and understanding. I thank God for the people that he brings into my life and finally value the lessons learned along the way.

Kathy shares the struggles in being a CWM: Well, for me, I think the biggest struggle is dealing with the fact that there is always someone waiting and watching , maybe even hoping, that I will mess up (be human) so they can use it as an excuse for why they aren’t Christians. I also find it a struggle to not get consumed and obsessively involved with people and situations that displease God. I want to be liked and I want to have friends but that doesn’t mean I have to try so hard to “fit in” that I look like a foolish hypocrite. I want to focus on pleasing God. I want to not care what others think of me… however, I haven’t quite mastered that yet. Since I’m not around too many Christians, I find myself trying to be someone I’m not, someone I don’t even like, someone that makes me feel ashamed, just so I’m not the outsider. It is SO hard to be positive and strong when you are surrounded by weak, negative, doubtful people.

Kathy’s favorite Bible verse is: Philippians 4:13. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Kathy shares that God is teaching her to wait. He is teaching me to be patient. He is teaching me that things are answered and fulfilled in HIS time… not mine. I was always a real control freak. God took that from me and taught me that He is in control, not me. That was a tough, tough, lesson. Now He is teaching me that I need to slow down and wait on HIM. I believe that is His way of testing my faith. I am grateful for that though. I mean, He knows what he’s doing. I can trust and depend on Him. He is true to his word and He will NEVER leave or forsake me. AMEN.

Kathy shares the following words of encouragement for other Christian Working Moms: Don’t get discouraged. Just hang on and trust God to work in your life. Don’t let the greed and lust for money cause you to lose sight of what is important.

Kathy also wanted to say, “thank you.” It is so comforting to hear the words of encouragement that you give. It is SO nice to know that there are other women out there with the same beliefs, doubts, and worries that I have. We are alien to this world if we are with Christ but we are not alone.

Kathy thank you for sharing your honest struggles and encouraging us to trust God no matter what. We should never grow weary of hearing that advice.

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 2 ebooks and an online Bible study. You can find more information at www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.