Christian Working Mom Interview – September 2008
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Blog/Online Bible Study
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Interview
Welcome

How are you all doing? If your children are in school are you in the back to school routine? Do Mommies get sick? Just wondering.
I recently had a virus and the doctor told me to get rest. I told him I had a daughter in marching band and there is no such thing as rest.
So, what do you do when you get sick do you just keep plugging along? Visit our blog and post your answer.

Blog/Online Bible Study

Our CWM blog can be found at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. Answer the Mommy sick question from above. I also have another question for you. If you have children of all ages which age do you think is the hardest?
Please share your thoughts. The Online CWM Bible Study can
be found at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com.

CWM Coaching Tips

Are you feeling dry in your spiritual walk? Would you like a little pick me up? Then, you may just want CWM Coaching tips delivered daily to your email box. To find our more go to: http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm.

Interview

Teri graciously was willing to be interviewed this month. Teri is a 33 year old married CWM who lives in the United States. She has two children a son age 5 and a daughter age 2. She has been married for over 8 years. Teri is an interior designer.

Teri shares the following joys of being a CWM: I have worked for nearly 7 years with a great group of people, who hold many of the same values that I do. Family is always first, and I am able to be there for my family through the flexibility of my employer – I am very thankful for that!

I do enjoy my profession, and designing is all I have ever wanted to do. I am able to use the talents and gifts God gave me, while still being there for my family. It can be the best of both worlds! Since working is a financial necessity in our household, I am thankful that I have a career that I love, and an employer who lets my family come first.

Teri struggles with: trying to find time in the day for everything. I want to be the best designer I can be, while being the best mom, wife and Christian that I can be. At the end of the day, something has to give! Finding time for Bible study is always a challenge and just being tired at the end of the day makes those tasks at home harder. Thankfully, my husband is a great help!

Teri shares her favorite Bible verse: Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.”

God is teaching Teri a few things right now. I have had some changes at my job due to the slow economy. Lower income, coupled with a spring full of car repairs and other financial strains (enrolling our son in a Christian school), has made our financial situation strained, to say the least. But, I feel that God is trying to show me that I don’t have to do it alone! He will always take care of us, even when times are tight. He seems to be telling me to let go, and not worry so much. I still keep a tight rein on finances, but I am trying hard not to worry about future events.

Teri’s Words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms
I think the biggest thing to remember is that there are many of us out here, in your same shoes. Christian moms have an added burden, since some Christians don’t feel it is right for a mom to work – which can make us feel guiltier than we already sometimes do! Always remember that God made each of us unique; no one decision is right for every family. Trust that God will show you what is right for your situation and time of life. Nothing is permanent!

Here is some more information about Teri:

My full-time profession is my passion - interior design. After working in commercial interior design for several years, I made the switch to residential design 7 years ago. I did this because I needed a change, but also in anticipation of having a family. Residential design is simply more flexible than the commercial world! I do love what I do (on most days!), and I love that I can be flexible with the needs of my family. I do offer consultations via e-mail, as well, since digital photos and other media can tell me what I need to know about your home. Our website is http://www.hcfineinteriors.com.
I am also an Independent Consultant with Usborne Books at Home. We are a publisher of high-quality, education children's books based in London. Our mission is to encourage the love of reading and learning in children of all ages. Our books are available through home shows, online E-Shows, website sales and through your schools and libraries. My website is http://www.ubah.com/g2687 - we offer very reasonable prices and low-cost shipping! Please check it out, and feel free to contact me with questions about the books or the company. All books come with a 30-day money back guarantee, and a lifetime half-price replacement policy. Happy shopping!

Teri thanks for reminding us to trust God in all things, especially our finances. Thanks for taking time to share with us today.

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. To find out how to receive coaching tips by email daily, go to http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm. You can find more information about Christian Working Moms at www.christianworkingmom.com For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.