November 2007 CWM Interview
Welcome/Need your help
For those of you in the United States,
we will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week. What
a wonderful opportunity to teach your children about
the importance of thanking God for everything in our
lives. I think most of us don’t have the attitude
of gratitude. I live in the Southeastern United States
and you quickly learn to be appreciative of rain.
We are praying for rain from the Georgia governor’s
office to every church. We are in a severe drought.
Yet, God is still in control and he knows when the
rain will come. So, let’s teach our children
and ourselves to be thankful in all things.
I need some more women who are willing
to be interviewed for this monthly feature. I promise
it is practically painless. If you are willing send
an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com
and put interview in the subject heading. I will send
you an email with the questions.
We have had several women all ready
matched as prayer partners. If you are still interested
in having a prayer partner send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com
and put Prayer Partner in the subject heading. Also,
put the ages and sex of your children. I’m trying
hard to match similar families, I’m not always
successful. We can still pray for one another. I can’t
wait to hear stories of how God has answered prayers
of women praying for one another all over this world.
We have a special treat this month for
the interview. I found out about author, Nancy Kennedy,
from a dear friend. I have now read two of her books
and they are thought provoking and absolutely hilarious.
I am, at times, laughter disabled (is that a word?!).
I can laugh, but not the rip roaring belly laugh.
Well, her books have me laughing out loud and sometimes
crying because I’m laughing so hard. Her books
have a serious message as well. She has written several
books. One, in particular, is geared to women whose
husbands don’t believe. Another is about the
Proverbs 31 women. You can find her books by clicking
here. One other thing I have shared many times
is that we can often learn from women who have walked
the road before us. Even though her children are now
adults she has wisdom to share.
Nancy is a married 52 year old Mom living
in the United States. She has been married 32 years
and has two children, daughters ages 31 and 24.
Nancy is a writer. She writes books
for Christian women and is also a features reporter
and faith columnist for a daily newspaper in Florida.
She is also one of four monthly bloggers for Today’s
Christian Woman (www.todayschristianwoman.com).
She has a website at www.nancykennedybooks.net.
Nancy shares the joys of being a CWM:
These days my kids are grown and gone, but when they
were young I always worked. God enabled me to find
work that I could either do at home — childcare
for other working moms, sewing and doing machine appliqué
— and then cleaning houses while my kids were
in school. When they were in middle school and high
school I started writing for magazines and newspapers
and also writing books. The joy was in being able
to bring income into the family and still have time
with my daughters.
Nancy talks about the struggles she
faced in being a CWM: No matter what you do, whether
you work outside or inside the home, there’s
never enough of you to go around. Also, working moms
have to say no a lot to things they’d like to
do, like a women’s Bible study or scrapbooking
session that’s offered during the day. Plus,
sometimes working moms miss out on Christian fellowship
with other Christian women because time not at work
is generally reserved for kids and husband.
Nancy shares that her Favorite Bible
Verse is: Romans 8:1 — There is therefore no
condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.
God is currently teaching Nancy that
where I am is where He has called me to be and that
there’s no higher calling.
From a Mom who has been where we are
Nancy encourages us to whatever it is you are doing,
do it with joy. Find delight in the ordinary and everyday
and know that in Christ God delights in you.
In your book entitled, “When Perfect
Isn’t Enough” what are some keys you give
women to help deal with the guilt of not being able
to do everything? That’s simple, but not easy.
Guilt is erased when we come to a place where we believe
completely that Jesus has given us His perfection.
Not that our actions and attitudes are perfect, but
that the Father counts us as perfect. That should
give us a great sense of relief, that we can do our
best and have the freedom to fail at it miserably
and still have God’s smile on our lives. When
I know that God smiles on me, solely because of my
relationship with Christ, it helps me to not be so
uptight. Believing that I’m loved actually inspires
and enables me to do more than guilt and a dreaded
sense of duty ever does.
Nancy also shares that Stormie Omartian
once wrote something like, “Wherever God has
you, there are no greener pastures.” I think
about that a lot. God has each of us where He wants
us often for only a season, but always for a reason.
Nancy, I really appreciate you taking
the time to answer my questions. Also, thanks so much
for reminding us we are counted perfect due to Christ
work on the cross. You are so profound and correct
about knowing we are loved inspires much more than
guilt. Guilt wears us down, love lifts us up.
Take time to laugh today. As Christians
we should experience more joy than anyone else. Often,
we are way to serious (believe me I’m talking
to myself here). Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful
heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries
up the bones.”
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
For a free, initial coaching session send an email