Christian Working Mom Interview October 2007
Welcome
Blog/Online Bible Study
Interview
Final Thoughts
Welcome

I do pray that you are allowing God to control every area of your life.
Often CWM’s tell me how alone and isolated they feel. I had the idea of prayer partners. We could have one woman matched with another woman and through email they could share their prayer requests and commit to pray for one another. I’m not really sure how this would be organized. This is just the brainstorming stage. So, if you interested or have some ideas on how to organize this, go to http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com and look for the Prayer Partners comment. If you are new to the CWM community, welcome. My prayer is this website, email newsletters, blog, and bible study will be a place of encouragement and strength. Also, that we will seek God’s direction in everything we do. To read past CWM Interviews or articles, you can find them at:
http://www.christianworkingmom.com/newsletters/archives.htm

Blog/Online Bible Study

We continue to have some good discussions on the CWM Blog. Feel free to drop by and share any concerns or questions you may have. I truly appreciate how we can help one another. The Online Bible Study can be found at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com. There are 7 lessons posted. I’m still working on the 8th lesson.

Interview

Lynn is a 30 year old CWM who lives in the US. She has a daughter age 4 and she has been married for 9 years. Lynn co-owns, with her mother, the bridal collection at www.coloradobridalcollection.com. They sell wedding dresses, rent tuxedos, etc. Lynn currently has 23 employees.

Lynn shares the following joys of being a CWM: My daughter is exposed to a lot more situations and opportunities for education through my business. She is guided and influenced by many women of different ages and in varying walks with the Lord. I am able to teach her financial wisdom, giving to others, being a great leader, and how to care for others. The financial benefits my business provides allows my husband and I to afford to send her to a private Christian school. I also am able to learn from other Christian mothers that I work with.

Lynn struggles with: BALANCE! I often feel I am sacrificing one thing for another. There is never enough of me to go around. My church does not have a good support group for working Moms, or women business owners. I often feel wistful when I see Moms volunteering at VBS, or discussing their summer plan for day trips with their kids. I have to plan my days with a color coded calendar by the hour, to make sure that I stay on top of things and give a good amount of time to all of my responsibilities. I know that in my heart that it is God’s will to lead my business, but sometimes I feel that I am going against the flow of what a Christian mother should do.

Her favorite Bible verse is: Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Lynn shares God is teaching her, to be still and let God show me the way. Not to worry. To enjoy where I am and be at peace with Him.

Lynn offers these words of encouragement for other Christian Working Moms: Persevere, listen to what God is telling you. Don’t stop educating yourself, so you can continue to learn and grow. Find a support group, and/or a mentor. Keep Sundays as the Sabbath, just a day for faith and family. Know in your heart of hearts that God has called you to be a mother, the greatest job of all!

Lynn also says I appreciate having an online network of women to share with and learn from, to encourage each other, and educate each other. Your work is invaluable. I would love to be a member of an online small group or chat room. Also, if you know of another mother and business owner who might be interested in being a mentor, I would love her contact information. If you want to contact Lynn, you can find her information through her website.

I appreciate Lynn for taking time to share her wisdom with us. I agree it is hard to be still and let God show us the way. In our fast paced society, being still is often the hardest thing to do.

Final Thoughts

If you choose to have trick or treaters at your house for Halloween I would encourage you to use this as a time to witness to your neighbors. There are all kinds of neat tracts that you can buy and slip in the bags with your candy. Just a thought for you to consider. My children love filling Samaritan’s Purses shoeboxes each year. We have so much fun selecting what will go in those boxes. The cut-off date to get boxes to a shipping center is November 12th – 19th. You can find out more at http://samaritanspurse.org. They also have a gift catalog and you can purchase chickens for a family and other items. This is a great way to help your children reach out to others and show the love of Christ to someone in a different country.

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.