Christian Working Mom Interview May 2008
Welcome
Prayer Partners
Blog/Online Bible Study
Coaching Tips
Interview
Final Thoughts

Welcome

Hello everyone. How are you all doing? I’m truly trying to just survive this week and next. My children are out of school on May 30th. It seems like we have had something every night and my daughter has final exams. I’m just hanging on. Don’t you just “love” those hectic times? This month we are privileged to have a CWM from Malaysia to share with us. Sally is my dear sister in Christ who I have met through email. As I have said many times if I don’t see her on this side of heaven I hope to meet her in heaven one day. My prayer for you this month is God’s presence will be very real to you.

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Prayer Partners

We had several woman matched from our last CWM issue. I have one more CWM who would like a prayer partner. Prayer partners “meet” through email and pray for one another’s concerns. So, many women have shared how blessed they are by having a prayer partner. So, if you would like a prayer partner, send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com with Prayer Partner in the subject heading and I will give you a prayer partner.

Blog/Online Bible Study

We have had some great discussions on the CWM Blog recently. One discussion is about hiring someone to clean your house. Also, I recently posted information on a website that gives modesty guidelines for girls. So, do check out the CWM Blog at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. Again, I will try to add another CWM Bible Study soon. You can find the Online Bible Studies at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com.

Coaching Tips

Do you want a quick devotional to help your grow in your walk with God each day? You can have one delivered daily to your email box. To find out more go to http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm.

Interview

Sally is a 39 married CWM who lives in Malaysia. She has a daughter age 8. Sally is a freelance lecturer.

Sally says she was a full-time working Mom for 5 years and has freelanced for the last 3 years. She says she thanks God for her work (she loves teaching), the contact with the students, and friendships with colleagues.

Sally shares the main struggle in being a CWM is it did not make any difference to the Christian community she belonged to. In other words, the joys of being a WM was easily shared with my colleagues (whom many were moms, and many were not Christians), but if you add a C before WM, it only boiled down to a personal story of faith between me and God. There was no affirmation from the Christian community around me regarding what I was doing. I had to affirm myself in God that my role was ordained by Him, and that my work was valuable to Him. Apart from my husband, and a couple of friends, I guess the main struggle of being a CWM is to belong to a community where the theology of work was reserved only for men, and where all ‘good’ moms were only home-makers.

Sally says it is hard to pick out a favorite Bible verse, because she has many for different times in her life.

God is teaching Sally to know within myself that what I am called to do is of HIM and that that alone should be my security and foundation. I am in the process of settling that truth (of embracing academia as my God-called vocation) within myself….after 8 years…!!

Sally offers these words of encouragement for other Christian Working Moms: To settle what I said in the previous Question: to KNOW within themselves that God has called them to work, and that they are fulfilling the Great Commission not by being at home like what most of us have been taught to do, but by being salt and light ‘out there’.

Sally also says I feel that what CWMs need the most is an affirmation that what we are doing IS OF GOD. We need teaching on the theology of work, and we need teaching on how culture (and especially the Christian culture) can stop us from pleasing God by using the talents He has given us to work. We live in the 21st century, where women are penetrating new frontiers, yet the ideal role for Christian moms is still confined to the glorified picture of the home-maker….

Thank you Sally for sharing your thoughts today. I think you made an excellent point that sometimes our working is more accepted by unbelievers than fellow Christians. I love how Christian sisters in our CWM community can be an encouragement to one another. Sally thanks for encouraging us today.

Final Thoughts

I don’t know about you, but every summer I plan to do so many things with my children or do things around the house, yet often I don’t get as much done as I wanted to. May I encourage you and me especially to be intentional about just goofing off and enjoying being with our children?

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. To find out how to receive coaching tips by email daily, go to http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm. You can find more information about Christian Working Moms at www.christianworkingmom.com For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.