November 2008 CWM Interview
Welcome and Prayer Reminder
Thanks and Need your Help X2
Prayer Partners
Blog/Online Bible Study
CWM Coaching Tips
Interview
Final Thoughts
Welcome and Prayer Reminder

Hello everyone and welcome to all the new CWMs in our community. We recently had someone join from Australia. I wonder if God can have a special room for CWMs in heaven so we can all meet one another. My guess is we will be way too busy worshipping God to think about anything else.

In the United States we just completed a very difficult Presidential election with a lot of mean words spoken by both sides. Yet, I wanted to remind all CWMs no matter where you live what we are commanded to do in Scripture for our leaders. In 1 Timothy 2:1-3, we read the following: “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.”

In Romans 13:1, we read, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.” So, even though we in the United States voted for a new president, ultimately God decided who would be our next president.

So, please lift up President Elect Obama and his family in your prayers. Pray for their security, health, and for him to have Godly wisdom to lead our country. Also, pray especially for his two young daughters. I cannot imagine having to change schools and live in a fishbowl at such a young age.

We must follow scripture and God’s command to pray for our leaders no matter what country we live in. God ultimately places leaders in authority over us.

Thanks and Need your Help X2

Thank you so much for those of you who filled out the CWM Survey after my request in the last issue. I really appreciate it. Right now, I need only about 10 more CWMs to fill out the survey to reach 2,000 women who have completed it. So, if you have not filled out the survey yet go to: http://www.kimberlychastain.com/survey.htm and complete it. Thanks in advance for your help.

Also, I need more CWMs who are willing to be interviewed like Jennifer this month who helped out. I promise the interview is practically painless. If you are willing to be interviewed, send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com with interview in the subject heading and I will send you the interview questions. CWMs are always so generous to help out.

Prayer Partners

If you would like another CWM to pray with you virtually send me your name and email address to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put Prayer partner in the subject heading. I will connect you with another CWM and the two of you can talk through email. I have heard from many CWMs who have said how wonderful this has been and they love having a prayer partner. For those of you, who do have a prayer partner, please go to the CWM Blog at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com and under Prayer Partners needed share your experience.

Blog/Online Bible Study

I have posted a new question on the CWM Blog about Christmas spending and also how you keep Christ in Christmas. The blog address is listed above in the Prayer Partner section. You can find the Online Bible study at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com.

CWM Coaching Tips

Spice up your quiet time or start having a quiet time by receiving a CWM Coaching Tip delivered daily to your email. The tips will encourage you to memorize one scripture verse a week. To find out more go to: http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm.

Interview

I really appreciate Jennifer taking time out of her busy schedule to be interviewed. Let’s get to know her better. Jennifer is a married CWM who lives in the United States. She is a high school history teacher.
She has two children: Dallas 2 ½ and Andrew 16 months.

Jennifer shares the following joys of being a CWM: being able to help my husband provide financially for my family. Having a personal ministry to my students, and coworkers. Teaching allows me to have good hours and the summers off.

Jennifer shares her struggles as a CWM: Feeling guilty when I compare my life to my friends who stay at home with their children. I sometimes wonder if they will miss out on something because I did not stay at home with them. It’s also a struggle to spend time with my family, and keep the household running (laundry, meals, time with my husband, exercise).

Her favorite Bible verse is: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

God is teaching Jennifer that I have to trust him to meet my needs regardless of where he has me. When I was on maternity leave with my second son, Andrew, I saw that staying at home is just as difficult as working. I often talk to my stay-at- home friends and they struggle with the same things that most working moms do. God is showing me to be content in where he has me right now, and that the grass is not always greener on the other side.

Jennifer would like to encourage other CWMs to trust God to meet their needs. We may be working for only a small season and may have to encourage new working mothers in the future. Also try not to compare your life to your friends at church, your neighbor, etc., because the plan God has for each one of us is unique.

I would like to say a hearty Amen to what Jennifer said about comparing ourselves to others. When we do that we take the focus off of God and put it on ourselves. We have to trust that God has us right where he wants us. Thank you, Jennifer for your words of wisdom.

Final Thoughts

You know another great thing about heaven?! There won’t be any laundry, yeah!!!!

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.