October 2010 CWM Interview
Welcome
Interview
Final Thoughts

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

Welcome

Hello ladies. I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by. Before we know it Christmas will be here. I pray that God’s presence surrounds you and you seek to spend time with Him. Welcome to all our new Christian Working Moms from all over the world. Today, you will meet a sister in Christ who lives in Australia.

Interview

Izabella is a married 39 year old CWM who lives in Australia. She has two daughters ages 9 and 4 ½. Izabella is an Administration Officer.

Izabella shares the following joys of being a Christian Working Mom:

1. The extra income is always handy.
2. The extra income allows me to send the girls to private schools.
3. To know my extra income is helping to pay off my mortgage quicker.
4. Extra ‘giving’ money.
5. The benefits of being pushed into a situation where I am forced to be disciplined in my thinking and organizing my time efficiently.
6. I have been told by other mums ‘I just don’t know how you do it. You are an inspiration to me’. So, I thought well, if I am an inspiration to them, I am also showing them what my Lord and Savior has enabled me to do and gives me the strength to do each day.
7. Showing other mothers that ‘you can do it’! You know I am more organized as working mother than I am at home on the weekend!

Izabella struggles as a Christian Working Mom in the following areas:

1. The rush. Rushing tends to invite stress and I do not cope well with that at times.
2. ‘Mental toughness’. Seeing other mums at home each day with their children and trying not to feel guilty.
3. Time for myself, time to read my Bible and the giving of more time to others I do not have.
4. Often feeling the ‘pull’ of the worlds ways to get involved in things within the office that are un-godly and learning to say ‘no thank you’ to various invitations where it would be a detrimental to my spiritual life, if I did attend.

One of Izabella’s favorite Bible verses is: Deuteronomy 30:8 -10. 8 You will again obey the LORD and follow all his commands I am giving you today. 9 Then the LORD your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The LORD will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your fathers, 10 if you obey the LORD your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

God is teaching Izabella to ‘put Him first more and that my purpose in the workplace is about ‘much much more’ than earning money! He has a plan for those whom I come into contact with in the workplace. He ‘needs me’ where I am for the moment to further advance the coming Kingdom. His agenda is always more important than our agenda.

Words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms
‘Well, I am certainly not going to say it is an easy road that is for sure. When it all gets too much, when you’re driving to work, and the tears start to flow, because you feel you are not coping, or life seems so unfair, just pray: ‘Jesus, I need you more now than ever; equip me, strengthen me and lift my burdens so I can get on with doing, what I need to do’. Also, pray throughout the day, even in the toilet if you have to! For those of us believers that receive persecution at work, in one form or another, whether through mocking, snickering or being ‘different’ than the others, remember: ‘11"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. You ‘can do it’ workings mums but remember to take time out for yourself, too. God ‘is’ a God of balance, after-all! Remember to laugh often and appreciate the simple things in life; the beautiful smelling rose, the laughter of your children, a cup of tea with a loved one, a hug from a friend, a nice walk in the day, and oh those wonderful Friday afternoons when we get to be home for the weekend!

Izabella also would like to share: I am truly so grateful to my Father in heaven, for all He has given me. My health, my life, my family and of course our CWM website (thank you Kimberly – you are gift to so many in the world). There are days this website gets me up into a level of ‘good thinking’ or ‘healthy thinking’ as a CWM. Years ago, I was condemned and seeds of guilt were sown into my mind for my decisions to go back to work full-time, by a particular relative. So, I decided I would seek God on the matter. I kept praying, kept seeking and then came across the website CWMs. I ‘knew’ with all my heart that God was saying to me: ‘Its Ohhhh Kayyyy’ Izabella – it is ok – I am ok with you working! And God began to show me that he can use Mothers ANYWHERE! Whether at home, as full time home managers or juggling work and other things, He can use us for good, ‘right where we are’. He needs believers in the workplace too! I must admit that although I have had days of begrudging or being in sin by complaining and whining that I have to do this, and it is all ‘too much’. But, when I look back on my journey thus far; I am convinced God just works it all out for the good, if you just don’t give up, have faith and keep going! Don’t give up! God will come in and do what you cannot! Stay connected to CWM’s and don’t forget to pray daily, even on your daily errands within your workplace. I went back to work when my eldest was 11 months and my 2nd daughter was 6 months. My daughters have not known any different. It is through the grace of God I was able to continue working. You are able to do far more than what you think you can! Remember, God will fulfill his plan on the earth, no matter what we choose to do. We need to remember that His plan, in the ‘big scheme of things’! Be kind to yourself and take time out once in a while to do something beautiful for yourself! Get a massage, have a facial, catch up with girlfriends for a popcorn & movie night! You will see what an inspiration ‘you’ are, to those around you too.

Izabella, thank you for reminding us of God’s sovereign plan for our lives. Also, I appreciate you as a CWM in Australia. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to share with us. I truly love and appreciate having sisters in Christ literally all over the world.

Final Thoughts

One of the goals of CWM is to encourage one another. When you see a harried mother at the grocery store or department store go over and let her know you know how tough it is being a Mom. Maybe you can even be able to share the good news of Jesus Christ with her. We all can use encouragement especially on our toughest days.

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.