November 2009 CWM Interview
Welcome
Blog/Online Bible Study
Interview
Final Thoughts
Welcome

For those American CWMs you should receive this newsletter before Thanksgiving. May I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving and that you are able to take time as a family to thank God for all his blessings to you. As Christian women every day should be Thanksgiving. May we always take time to tell God how much we are thankful for what he has done in our lives and the lives of our families.

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Voices of Christian Working Moms

Blog/Online Bible Study

The CWM blog can be found at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. We have many more women reading than posting. Come join the conversation. You can find the online Bible study at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com.

Interview

I really appreciate Kristi taking time to be interviewed this month. Kristi is a married 38 year old CWM who lives in the US. She has two teen daughters ages 16 and 17. Kristi is a pastor’s wife and teaches 8th grade English in a public school.

Kristi shares the following joys in being a CWM: God has blessed me with the opportunity to meet and minister to many different people through my years of teaching. As a pastor’s family, we are often so involved with church activities that we are in danger of not meeting any non-Christians! My skills and experience have also been valuable in supporting my husband’s ministry, as I have served in a variety of teaching roles at church. Another blessing has been seeing my daughters begin to show an interest in teaching careers and in working with younger children at church. I’m proud to have set an example that they can follow. Finally, it is a joy to be able to contribute financially to our family, which frees my husband to focus on ministry to a greater extent.

Kristi shares she struggles with the following: The hardest part of being a Christian Working Mom is the time away from my family. I chose teaching so that I could have a schedule similar to that of my daughters, but it has still required that I give up many hours with them for continuing education, grading papers, parent conferences, and other job responsibilities. I struggle to include family time, housework, devotional time, exercise, and ministry in my schedule, and I never feel that I have everything under control! Since my mother stayed at home for many years, I have to fight feelings of inadequacy when I don’t seem to have time to be the homemaker that she was.

Kristi’s favorite Bible verse is: Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God; and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

What is God teaching you right now?
God is teaching me to worship and praise Him more deeply than ever before. I have been trying to make a habit of hitting my knees first thing in the morning to dedicate myself to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2). As I continually strive to do this, I am finding more peace and joy in my daily activities, and more purpose in what goes on my to-do list.

Words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms:
If you seek Him in prayer, God will help you know the difference in what He is calling you to do and what you need to let go. When you decide to say no to a request or demand on your time, don’t hang on to a false sense of guilt—rejoice and rest in Him!

Anything else you would like to share:
I have a burden for Christian families, and I would like to encourage all Christian Working Mothers, if they are married, to make their relationship with their spouse a priority. Although the demands of small children and conflicting work schedules can make it difficult, find a way to spend time together as a couple. The joy of a happy marriage can make up for a lot of life’s stresses!

Kristi thanks for reminding us to say No to requests that cause us even more stress. I love the saying, “Say Yes to the Best and No to the Rest”. Thanks for your words of wisdom and for how you minister to your church with your husband.

Final Thoughts

Can I take this opportunity to thank you for allowing me to visit your email box twice a month? When the idea of Christian Working Mom started I never would have guessed how much it is has grown. You all are truly my sisters in Christ and it is a joy to know some of you personally and all of you virtually. Thanks for allowing me to be a small part of your lives. May you rest in God’s many blessings for you this Thanksgiving season.

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.