May 2009 CWM Interview
Welcome
Special Announcement
Blog/Online Bible Study
CWM Coaching Tips
Interview
Final Thoughts

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Welcome

Depending on where you live you might be getting near to the end of the school year. For my family we are definitely ready for the year to end. My son is pretty much just having fun at school. My daughter has one project after another. Also, it seems we have something every night of the week. I’m ready for a more relaxed schedule. Welcome to all our new CWM sisters. There are 1300 women and counting who are serving God at work and home just like you. What a neat group of women you are.

Special Announcement

Have you learned in your life that God’s timing is not your timing? I certainly have. The special announcement is coming soon, but as with many things in life they are not always on schedule. So, stay tuned and my hope is you will definitely hear no later than the end of June.

Blog/Online Bible Study

Visit the CWM Blog and share your wisdom with other CWMs. Please go answer the question about what do you like best about the summer. You can find the CWM Blog at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. The online Bible study can be found at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com. A new lesson was posted in May.

CWM Coaching Tips

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Interview

I appreciate Hope taking the time to be interviewed this month. We can learn a lot from her. Hope is a 42 year old CWM who lives in the United States. She and her husband are both realtors. This is the second marriage for both of them. The have girls ages 21 and 18 and boys who are 19 and 13. The two oldest are away at college. The 18 year old girl lives with them and the 13 year old boy lives mostly with his mother.

Hope shares how it is scary times for her and her husband basing their income on 100% commission. Also, Hope has been taking care of her parents more who live 3 hours away.

Hope share the following joys of being a CWM:

1. Living so other can see “regular” people live Christian lives. (Sometimes I think people, even Christians don’t think they can actually live a Christian life.)

2. By having faith I can show other people, especially my kids and other young people, that I have triumphs and struggles, but the big thing is that I have Jesus Christ to share those with and that makes a HUGE difference.

Hope struggles with maintaining balance and remembering “that the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing” (a tricky quote that is used at our church a lot). I feel some women think that “being Christian” will just add to their load—but it really doesn’t. On the surface it might seem that way but down deep it actually lightens your load.

Hope shares that her favorite Bible verse changes according to my day or week or even the minute! There is Scripture to comfort, sustain and guide us no matter what is happening! But one of my favorites is Psalm 25:4-5 which says “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”

God is teaching Hope patience and trust. Both of those are very hard for me, especially patience. Our world is very fast paced and when something doesn’t happen in an instant, it seems as if everything else is thrown off kilter. I’m also learning that I have to trust in God above all else, even above myself—a difficult lesson. But the more I “let go and let God” the easier it gets. I’m not totally there by a long shot, but I work at it everyday…

Hope offers these words of encouragement for other CWMs:
No matter how hard it is, find two times EVERY day that you can spend one with God and a separate one with yourself. Let something else go and make these two times a priority. Commit to doing that no matter what and everything else will fall into place. If we don’t take care of ourselves, how can we take care of everyone else? Women are nurturers and we have to nurture our relationship with our God and with ourselves.

Hope has also learned with all of our income being from real estate, which is 100% commission, we absolutely have our trust in God and He always provides perhaps not how or what or when we think He should, but He does so in His time, in His way and for His purpose.

Hope one thing I have learned about CWMs is often we do not make ourselves or time alone with God a priority. You are so right about setting aside that time daily. Thanks for your words of wisdom.

Final Thoughts

Have fun with your children. Do something wild and crazy over the summer. You will create precious memories.

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.

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