Christian Working Mom Interview for September
Announcements
Blog Comments
Interview

Announcements

I am so pleasantly surprised by the response to the Online Bible Study. You all really want to dig into God’s Word. We have over 26 women who have signed up so far. Unfortunately, sometimes email goes to my overactive Spam folder. So, if I did not respond to your email forgive me. Here is the link for the online Bible Study, http://kimberlychastain.com/discussCWMU. You can go there to read the Bible Study and then post your answers to the forum. Also, it would be great if we make comments to one another. This is an experiment and we will see if we need to change from time to time. My plan is to put up a new lesson every two to three weeks. I hope to have Lesson 2 up next week. So, please come join us.

Blog Comments

Recent posts on the Blog have been about what you enjoy doing most with your children and favorite Bible verses. As always you can post your own comments and start new discussions. To visit the blog go to http://kimberlychastain.com/my-journal.

Interview

This month’s interview is with a woman who I have worked with on various projects. I have always thought we can learn from women who have walked before us. So, enjoy the interview.

Beth’s ages as she describes it is I can’t remember, but I do remember the day Elvis died. Beth lives in the United States and has two daughters in college, and a son who just graduated from college. Beth is the Care Ministry Coordinator of a large church in South Carolina.

She states the following joys of being a CWM:

*The Christian part is the coolest- knowing that no matter what, the ending is going to be awesome.

*The working part for me is fascinating. Most days in Pastoral Care ministry
are filled with enormous ups and downs. In the course of a Monday morning, the Care Staff might minister to a family whose home burned down, talk with a single mom whose car just got smashed by a tree, and 20 minutes later hear about the birth of a family’s first baby!

Serving in this often chaotic area of ministry has shown me that apart from God, we really can do nothing- but with His wisdom and strength, we can approach each divine appointment with confidence. I’m also a giant fan of seeking wisdom from people who are smarter than I am- especially co-workers and professionals like Kimberly! (Editor’s note, I did not pay her to say that!!)

*The mom part has to be the most amazing ride of my life, especially seeing kids grow from little people crawling all over your feet, to grown college students crawling all over your heart! I was a teacher for two years, a flight attendant for 25 years, and now serve in pastoral care ministry. I will honestly say that being a wife and mom has been the role that matters most and has brought the most joy.

I thank God for my mom, and the legacy of joy she left her 5 kids and 11 grandkids. “Beazy” always seemed to focus on the good stuff, encourage our strengths, and to find humor in everything!

Beth shares the following struggles of being a Christian Working Mom:

The main struggle for me when the kids were little and especially during their teen years was balance. The world seems to whisper that we’re big losers if our kids don’t play football, soccer, t- ball and the saxophone; while their mom trains for a triathlon, works full-time, and meets her husband at the door in pink lingerie!

If I could rewind the tape, I think our family would try to “be” a lot more and to “do” a lot less. It’s okay to say no to psychotic over-scheduling.

Beth’s Favorite Bible Verse:

Romans 8:28 What I’ve seen through losing several close family members, is that God can take even the most painful parts of our lives, and bring about incredible goodness as He works things together for His purposes.

Beth shares that God is teaching her the following:

He is teaching me the importance of keeping our marriage strong, as we
transition from life with kids at home, to the quietness of life after moving
our youngest to college – out of state! While we miss her and the other two a lot, God is showing me what an incredible gift it is to have a husband who loves the Lord, and loves his wife and kids. God has also shown me in recent weeks that He will never leave those precious ones we have sent out- and that He hasn’t forgotten about their crazy old parents either!

Beth offers the following words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms:

God has enormous mercy on parents! In spite of our mess ups,
He can mold our kids into some really awesome individuals who love Him with all their hearts. What more could we ask?!

I would encourage moms to keep your priorities in order:
1) Your relationship with God- daily time seeking Him.
2) Your relationship with your husband,
3) Your relationship with the kids and extended family,
4) Then, Everything else- like work, church & stuff like that.

Beth also has two important points to share:

My mom’s cross stitch for new moms:

“Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow,
for babies grow up, we’ve learned to our sorrow.
So quiet down cob webs,
Dust, go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby; and babies don’t keep.”

Beth’s famous quote:
“Cleaning up the house before your kids leave for college is like stringing pearls with no knot on the end of the string.”

Beth thanks for sharing your wisdom. I especially needed to be reminded that our children do not need to be in every activity. I also I love your quote about cleaning up the house. How true. Thanks for letting us know that are children will grow up and leave someday and that God is working in their lives, in spite of our failures.

Till next time,

Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT
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.