February 2010 CWM Interview
Prayer Partner Needed
CWM Coaching Tips
Blog/Online Bible Study
Final Thoughts

We have had many CWMs join us from all over the world. Welcome to the CWM community where you will supported and encouraged. Many of you have filled out the CWM survey that is found on the home page of www.christianworkingmom.com. In fact, it is well over 2,300 CWMs and counting. The results of the survey can be found in the book I have written The Voices of Christian Working Moms. You can click on the banner below to find out how to purchase the book.

Voices of Christian Working Moms

Just a word about the survey, many of you leave comments at the bottom of the survey and I read them all. The survey is intentionally kept anonymous and therefore I can’t respond. Many of the comments are encouraging and uplifting and I want to thank you for those very much. Sometimes I wonder if the CWM website and newsletters are an encouragement to Moms. Your feedback keeps me going. The CWM website began as a passion God had given me. I intend for the website and community to continue for as long as God allows and there is money to cover the operating expenses. The website, newsletters, etc. are funded on a shoestring budget and the shoestring gets short at times. So, if you are interested in sponsoring an issue of the newsletter or helping out financially just let me know. You can email me at Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com. Thanks for allowing me to visit your inbox twice a month. I truly feel it is a gift from God.

A special thanks to Catrin for sharing her wisdom and encouragement this month. I love learning from other Godly women.

Prayer Partner Needed

I have heard many wonderful stories of how prayer partners have ministered to one another. Several of our prayer partners are even in different countries. Prayer and God’s answers to prayers knows no bounds. I have a CWM requesting a prayer partner. If you are interested, please send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put Prayer partner in the subject heading and I will get you in touch with another CWM. You two can pray for one another’s needs.

CWM Coaching Tips

Are you ready to dig deeper into God’s Word? Do you need something that is short, but meaty? Then, CWM Coaching Tips are for you. You can have a tip emailed to you daily that will include a scripture verse and ways to apply it to your life. To find out more go to: www.christianworkingmom.com/cwmtips.htm.

Blog/Online Bible Study

Come visit the CWM Blog at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. Encourage other women and post questions you might have. May we, as the Bible teaches, encourage and share one another’s burdens. Related to that I have added another category to the CWM Blog – Prayer Requests. I know that we need to be careful what we post on the blog. Feel free to post your requests and God certainly knows who you are. We can agree to lift one another up in prayer. Also, this month I added a new online Bible Study. You can find it at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com. Please read the Bible study and then post your comments so we can learn from one another.

CWM Interview

Catrin is a 37 year old CWM who lives in Washington State in the United States. She has been married for seventeen years and has 4 children: an 11 year old girl, a 10 year old girl, a 3 year old boy, and a 1 ½ year old girl. (Is your laundry ever done? – note from Kimberly) Catrin is a software engineer.

Catrin shares what she enjoys about being a CWM: For many years we struggled financially, which put a lot of strain on our lives. It was very hard to see past the bills and debts, to put our faith in God’s plan. As time has passed, and many prayers were anxiously prayed, God’s plan really took us on some winding paths! Looking back at the steps to where I am now, it is very clear that God was at work the whole way along! From losing a job, to returning to school, to moving for my husband’s work, to graduating, and actually finding the job I have now and even the house we now live in, along with the actual, rare gifts for my work: the odds are so strange that everything worked out the way it did; I can only declare that God has plans for me as a CWM above and beyond my motherly & wifely roles.

Now, with a good job, a great husband, and fantastic kids, we are able to be not only blessed and living abundantly ourselves, but able to bless and support others too! God is so good!

God actually lead me to a job that I really enjoy, that is less than 15 minute commute, allows me to take my work home with me when my school kids have non-student days, is flexible for sick days and appointments, and allows me to set a schedule that gives me the chance to pick up my kids from the school bus. What a blessing! I’ve also met other Christians at work (a strong minority!), which have also been an encouragement and blessing.

I don’t know the whole plan for my life, or what the future may bring, but I am blessed! I can feel that I’m growing closer to God with every year, and I hope that I am following God’s path in every aspect of my life!

Catrin shares she struggles with the following as a CWM: There are DEFINITELY days when I debate whether staying at home would be a better thing for my family. In particular, it is hard not to compare myself to other stay-at-home moms, or my kids to stay-at-home-mom’s kids. There are plenty of books, magazines and commercials to heap-on more guilt too. I certainly want the best for my kids in particular. I want to give them the best of me too, and work is tiring. It’s hard not to think “what-if” all the time. But when I think about the way God has lead me to where I am now, and about the gifts He has blessed me with, I am certain that God is in charge of my life.

Catrin’s favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 6: 25-34 (in particular 31-34)
25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[b]? 28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I have been trying to put that “into action”. I attended a “working mom’s” evening fellowship group, and one speaker made the point that our lives are a series of “seasons”, and that each season has different priorities. I remind myself of that very often. My current season is NOT a season for catching up on photo albums, of a ‘perfect’ house, of hobbies, of fancy travel, or of comparing my kids’ achievements to others. This current season IS my season for taking lots of pictures, tickling my toddler’s toes, playing dominoes for the 100th time, attending every school concert, and checking backpacks for assignments. Besides, it will be much more fun to go through photos in the ‘quiet’ years to come, to put them into albums then.

God has been teaching Catrin several things currently: Our Sunday class is studying 1 Timothy, and our church sermons are following through Acts. An interesting combination of messages from our Sunday class in 1Tim 4 and the church sermon in Acts 5 last Sunday has really impressed upon me the urgency of reaching the lost. Both my family and my husband’s family is primarily non-believing (atheist or agnostic), and we consider this our ‘mission field’… so I am feeling an urgency to be more bold and to ask God for the right words and the right timing to help plant seeds in our family members.

Tied with that message, in particular with 1 Tim 4:1-5, along with Mark 4:1-8 (the parable of the sower and seeds), I was really given a desperate desire to instruct my own kids in our daily lives, to know and understand the Truth of the Bible, so make sure their ‘roots’ are deep and strong, so that when it is time for them to stand up in the world on their own, that they will not falter and be lead astray, but will be equipped to stand firm, discern the Truth from deceptions, and follow God their whole lives!!

Words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms:

Proverbs 22:6
Train [a] a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Being a mom is a tough assignment, not to be taken lightly. You are the first and foremost teacher and example to your children; the future disciples to carry on God’s work. But (praise God!), you are not alone!

Anything else you would like to share:
I enjoy the CWM ministry that you have started, and would love to see more interaction with other CWM’s on the blog, on facebook, or elsewhere. It is an important fellowship and encouragement that we all need now and then (and always!)

I couldn’t agree with Catrin more that we need more interaction on the CWM blog and Facebook to encourage and support one another. I know we have a lot of women who read the blog, but don’t post. Come join us and share your wisdom with others. Catrin, I have now heard the passage from Matthew from at least 3 different people recently. I think God is definitely trying to get my attention. Learning to trust and not be anxious is something God is continually working on in my life. Thanks again for taking time out of your busy schedule to share with us.

Final Thoughts

Something I read in a Christian magazine recently said one of the biggest mistakes we make as Christian parents is not apologizing or asking our children for forgiveness. We are certainly not perfect and need to admit when we blow it. We are modeling for our children how to ask God for forgiveness as well. May God continue to use all CWMs to be a witness for Him at home and work.

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.