Do you want to know what over 1200 CWMs think about being a CWM?
Then, you can read the book I have written, “The Voices of
Christian Working Moms”. The book lets you know you are not
alone and is full of encouragement. To find out more go to: http://www.kimberlychastain.com/book.htm.
Be on the lookout for other CWMs you can encourage and support.
Being a Mom is hard and it always helps to have someone to share
the good and difficult times with. Today, we have a young Mom share
what being a CWM is like for her. I appreciate Kristine sharing.
We can all learn from one another.
Kristine is a 29 year old married CWM who lives in the United States.
She has a daughter that is 20 months old. Kristine is a Project
Kristine shares the following joys in being a Christian Working
I treasure every moment that I have with my daughter, trying to
make sure I save the small petty stuff for after bedtime or during
naptimes on the weekend! I also get the chance to influence others
in the workforce – being a shining light! We also are working
to make ourselves completely debt free. My income in conjunction
with my husband’s allows us to make a significant monthly
saving and hopefully have our home paid for in 5 years.
What are your struggles as a Christian Working Mom?
Time Management, meaning how long I spend working or getting involved
with the church vs. being home. My weekends are so precious to me,
that I do not want to give up family time to get involved with other
church activities. I struggle with how involved I can be in the
church besides a regular attendee and help out when I can on Sunday
mornings. I also struggle with relationships with other women in
my church. Most women stay at home and have play dates during the
week, which is when I am working. Or MOPS is during the work week,
always seems like every event is structured to the stay-at-home
mom. So I feel like I miss out on making Christian friends.
Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 6:31-33, Therefore do not be anxious,
saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we
drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles
seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that
you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.
God is also teaching me to learn how to be content.
Words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms
Easy to say, but sometimes hard to act on – Don’t sweat
the small stuff! No matter how caught up you are with every day
chores, there will still be some tomorrow. Embrace and love your
spouse and children and do so while being a Godly example. There
were working woman in the Bible that made positive influences –
Be the “Proverbs 31 woman” in a modern day environment!
Kristine shared one of the most common complaints I have heard
from CWMs is that all the church groups for Moms are during the
days. I know as a CWM it is hard to add one more thing to your list,
but maybe you can start your own group to meet during the evenings.
You may decide you only meet once a month instead of every week.
CWMs need fellowship and support as well.
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.
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