Christian Working Mom Interview for October 2006

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Interview

Welcome
Welcome to those new subscribers of Christian Working Mom. Each month we interview one of you to find out more about other Christian Working Moms. I always learn something from each interview. Sheryl thanks for being willing to be interviewed this month. If you would like to be interviewed, send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put interview in the subject heading. I will send you the interview questions by email. Thanks in advance for your help.

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In our last issue I told you about a book for girls called the Beauty Book: It's a God Thing, The Lily Series and did not include the link for the purchase. Click here for more information. Sorry for the omission.

Blog

We have had some good discussions on the Blog about daycare selection and Halloween. Please come add your comments. Also, there is a comment about working Moms from John Rosemond that I think you will find interesting. As always, you can start a new post. To visit the blog go to http://kimberlychastain.com/my-journal.

Online Bible Study

We now have 2 lessons up for the online Bible study. I hope to have a new lesson up soon, maybe in another week we will see. Part of the Bible study is also interacting with one another. Please come join us. This is self-paced, so work on it as you can. The link for the Bible Study is http://kimberlychastain.com/discussCWMU.

Interview

Sheryl is a married, 36 year old Christian Working Mom who lives in Arlington, Texas in the United States. She has a stepdaughter age 17, son age 11, daughter age 5, and a son age 4. Sheryl is a Police Dispatcher for the University of Texas.


Sheryl lists the following joys of being a CWM: I enjoy being able to get out of the house and into an environment where I may have the opportunity to share my beliefs with others that I may encounter. I am so blessed to work in an environment where the majority of my co-workers are Christians. I enjoy being able to use the skills and talents that the Lord has blessed me with to bless others around me. I thoroughly enjoy the job that He has given me. I also enjoy the fact that I am able to assist my husband in taking care of the family's needs.

Sheryl shares the following struggles of being a Christian Working Mom:
I have spent 6 1/2 yrs as a Police Dispatcher which has it's rewards, but it also has it's downfalls. I found that due to the nature of the job I had to return to work much quicker after having a child than I would in another line of work. I was only allowed 6 short weeks after the birth of my daughter and my youngest son before having to return to work. I also have to work quite a bit of overtime and various shifts, which makes it difficult to get in any quality time with the family. I am on evening shift right now which prevents me from being home when the kids get home from school or for dinner, or even bedtime. My daughter is missing that quality time with mom very much right now. It breaks my heart sometimes to have to be away so much. I get them off to school in the morning and don't see them again until the next morning. Luckily though I have Sunday and Monday off so that we can at least have one full day together and get to church together as well.

Sheryl’s favorite Bible verse is: Psalm 45:10-11 (I combined two different versions to make a bigger impact)

Listen, O Royal Daughter, Consider and incline your ear; Take to heart what I say.
Forget your people and your homeland far away! For the King, your Royal Husband,
delights in and is enthralled by your beauty!! Honor and Worship Him, because He
is Your LORD!
I absolutely love this verse. I am the kind of person who is always struggling with my self image and self esteem. This verse really helped me to come to terms with who I am in Christ.
Sheryl shares that God is teaching her the following: He is bringing more into a place of trusting Him. He is asking me to step outside of that comfort zone.
I have recently starting taking advantage of the Sabbath. I normally work 5 or 6 days a week and save my housework for my days off. Well, since I started participating in the Sabbath, I have learned that the house won't fall apart if I don't do anything for 1 day out of the week. It was extremely difficult to ignore it all the first day, but it has gotten easier each passing week since I started. Amazingly enough, I am now able to space out all the housework throughout the rest of the week and have very little left to do by the time the weekend rolls around.

He has also called me to start tithing. This has been the hardest thing for me to follow through on. It is so hard to look at your bills on paper and know that you have just enough to pay your bills, and then there doesn't really appear to be any to give to God. My mentor told me that if I wait until I have enough money then I never will, so I stepped out on the water and started giving 10% even though I couldn't see how it added up. Two months later I got a raise and it added up to the same amount I had been giving. God is so good! We have a supernatural God and need to learn to see things supernaturally, and stop trying to rationalize everything.

Sheryl gives this encouragement to other CWMs: Remember, you are a child of the Most High King, beloved beyond measure. We may never measure up in the real world, but we are far above what the world will ever see us as. We are royalty in His eyes, and sometimes that's all that matters.

Sheryl also shares the following advice: Don't ever let anyone get you down about being a working mom. Nobody knows your situation better than you and God. Some of us are called to be stay at home moms and others are called to the workforce. Then there are those who deeply desire to stay at home, but have to work; and others who deeply desire to work, but must stay at home. We are all the same in God's eyes, none are better than any others, and we are each called to our own walk in life. Let us all show love and respect for each other no matter what the situation.

Sheryl thanks for sharing those verses and reminding us of our royalty and whose we are. We need to never forget how God sees us, the world doesn’t agree, but the King we serve is always faithful.

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 at www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.