July 2007 Christian Working Mom Interview
CWM Bible Study Has Moved
Thanks so much for all of you who were
willing to be interviewed. Thanks Dawn for helping
out this month. If I sent you the interview questions,
feel free to send them anytime. We have enough for
several months. You all are great. Welcome to all
the new CWM’s that have joined us. The CWM community
is a warm, welcoming group. I know I have said this
before, but I love knowing we are sisters in Christ
from all over the world supporting one another. The
body of Christ is beautiful.
CWM Bible Study Has Moved
I wanted to let everyone know the CWM
Bible Study has moved. I was spending an enormous
amount of time deleting porn posts on our old forum.
The CWM Bible Study is now at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com.
This is separate from the CWM Blog. All 6 lessons
are posted. The most recent lesson is posted first.
So, feel free to come and makes comments on the study.
We can all learn from one another.
We have had some real good discussions
on the Blog here lately. CWM’s have shared prayer
requests and work concerns. One of the questions posted
right now is about advice for new CWM’s. All
of us have been there so come share your wisdom. Also,
I just posted a question about finding modest clothes
for girls. My daughter is a preteen soon to be teenager
and shopping can be a really frustrating experience.
So, please share where you shop or any helpful ideas.
The CWM Blog is located at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com.
Related to the modesty question, there
is an excellent book called The Secret Keeper, The
Delicate Power of Modesty by Dannah Gresh. This book
is great at explaining to girls the reasons for modesty.
My daughter and I read this book together a year or
two ago and she still remembers some of the principles
in the book. You can read more about this book by
Dawn is a married 32 year old CWM who
lives in the US. She has a stepson age 13, a daughter,
age 7, and a son age 3. Dawn is the Assistant Supervisor,
Florida Master Site File, Bureau of Historic Preservation,
Division of Historical Resources, and Florida Department
of State. (Sounds like an interesting job).
Dawn shares the following joys being
a Christian Working Mom: I get to watch my children
grow into individuals, and show them what it means
to live for them and for God through example. They
can see that not only am I their Mom, but I am also
another person at work, which is something people
who classify themselves as “just moms”
Dawn says the struggles in being a Christian
Working Mom are: Not enough time with my husband,
kids, and dog. It is next to impossible to get the
housework done. My daughter complains that I don’t
attend enough of her school functions.
Dawn’s favorite Bible verse is:
“But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave
you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will
go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will
be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16
Dawn says God is teaching me patience
and how to not be judgmental or envious. It is hard,
as people in this world, even in the same family,
are so very different. I get very little encouragement
or compassion, and therefore, I have a hard time giving
it. But, I try unceasingly. Also, He is teaching me
that I can’t do it all by myself. I have to
rely on others (my husband and kids) to keep my household
going. This is a very hard lesson.
Dawn offers the following words of encouragement
for other Christian Working Moms: Hang in there. There
is nothing more satisfying that talking to a teenage
son about what you do, and for that moment, they don’t
know everything. Also, I have had to learn to let
things go, like cleaning the bathrooms every week.
Skip a week. Your family will thank you for the time
you’ve spent with them, and it won’t hurt
you a bit. Don’t let the guilt get to you. If
you can look back when your kids are adults and say
“I did the best I could,” then you’ll
have few regrets.
Dawn also wants to add thank you for
providing a forum for POSITIVE communication and REALISTIC
issues faced by our specific group. It has helped
me a lot when going through hard times.
CWM’s you have no idea how your
presence or words on the blog or through this community
can help other women. Just like Dawn mentioned. You
are not alone. Dawn also thanks for giving us “permission”
to not clean the bathrooms every week. I doubt that
any of us enjoy that task.
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
For a free, initial coaching session send an email