May 2012 CWM Interview
Welcome/Thanks
Interview
Final Thoughts

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

Welcome/Thanks

I find it fascinating that the Mommy wars are becoming a huge presence in the United States upcoming Presidential election. Just when you think maybe there has been some peace between the working moms and the stay at home moms the rivalry rears its ugly head again. Ladies, I know most of you have had really unkind things said to you, I encourage you to take the higher road and don’t return evil for evil. Make sure your words are a blessing. God calls us to encourage not discourage even to people who don’t agree with us. As for new CWMs who have joined our family please know this is a place of encouragement.

Thanks for the CWMs who volunteered to be prayer partners. For now all our prayer partners are matched. I pray that you will become prayer warriors for one another.

Interview

Elaine is a CWM I have had the pleasure of meeting through email. She is a woman who loves to encourage women. Elaine is a married 41 year old CWM who lives in the United States. She has a son age 14 and a daughter age 12. Elaine is the Women’s Groups Director at her church.

Elaine shares the following joys in being a Christian Working Mom: Fulfillment in living out my calling to minister to and serve women. The example I’m setting for both of my children in doing what the Lord has equipped and enabled you to do with the gifts and talents He’s given you. Knowing that what I do matters – it makes a difference in the lives of those whom I serve. Joy – it is pure joy to be smack dab in the middle of His purposes and plans for you – including your vocation.

Elaine struggles as a Christian Working Mom in the following areas: I have a tendency to work too much because I love my job and could always be working on it. I often wonder if I’m making the right decisions on a daily basis with my time and energy. I also struggle with the temptation to give my family the “leftovers” of myself – they may not get me at my “best” because I’ve been running hard all day.

Elaine’s favorite Bible verse is “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3.

What is God teaching you right now?

The discipline of prayer – we were challenged by our pastor to pick “one thing” that we plan to work at for the year (based on Nehemiah 6:3, “I am doing a good work and I cannot come down”) and prayer is what I believe God has been speaking to me about for a while now – so I have purposed to be intentional about praying – not the method or form, but the idea of ongoing daily communication between God and myself – both the art of speaking AND listening to the voice of my Shepherd. It has been a very difficult discipline for me – and I hate saying that, but it’s true.

Words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms:

Whatever it is the Lord has asked you to do vocationally, do it with your whole heart – knowing that your labor is not in vain. Be faithful – trust God – and live in the knowledge that you are well pleasing to your Father and His favor rests upon you. Pray for wisdom to know each right next step to take, and then take it.

Anything else you would like to share: Yes, no matter what it is you do, or where you labor, or how much you love your job – be fully present with the Lord at all times, living in the awareness of His great love for you – and be a vessel through whom His love and grace can freely flow. What a joy to serve the Lord with full and happy hearts – my prayer for all of us who labor for the Lord is found in the Psalm 90:17 “May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us, Lord --yes, establish the work of our hands!”

Thanks Elaine for reminding us to be present with the Lord at all times. We can be distracted so easily. The most important thing we can do is be in agreement with what He has called us to do every minute of the day.

Final Thoughts

Often we think of prayer as an event during the day, but the Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. We should be having an ongoing conversation with God all day.

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 The Voices of Christian Working Moms, 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. To find out more about her books go to www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.