I still remember the scene vividly.
I was getting out of my car at the baby-sitter's house and a little
boy comes running out the door. The little boys begins to yell -
"Renee's Mommy is here!" I remember stopping in my tracks
and thinking - "Oh, that is who I am now - Renee's Mommy."
My whole identity is now Renee's Mommy - or is it?
As a Christian Working Mom I have
multiple roles, I am Renee's Mommy and Zachary's Mommy as well. I am
John's wife, Betty and Eldred's daughter, Karen's sister, church
worker, school helper, a therapist, professional coach, and a child of
God. Do you often wonder who you are? Where do you fit in with all
Women have had many roles since
time began. The Proverbs 31 woman is a: wife, mother, businesswoman,
charity worker, and many other roles. You will recognize in here some
of the stresses we modern women face. Proverbs 31:15, 18 states she
gets up while it is still dark and her lamp does not go out at night.
Does that sound familiar? We are often burning the candle at both
Although are many roles can be
stressful there can be great joy in all our many identities. I love
being Renee and Zachary's Mom. There is great joy in watching them
grow and learn about God and His world. I also thoroughly enjoy my
work as a professional coach and therapist.
Work provides me great
satisfaction. Christian Working Moms often receive a lot of support
and encouragement from co-workers. As Christian wives we give and
receive companionship, support, and passion (when we pencil it in)
with our husbands. Our work at church and school also gives care and
comfort for others. We often receive the greater blessing when we work
at church or at our children's school.
As a fellow Christian Working Mom I
celebrate and applaud all our different roles. Variety in our roles
often allows us to manage turmoil in any one area of our lives. The
other parts of our lives seem to compensate for the difficult times
and help us to maintain balance. I encourage you to rejoice in all God
has given you and your many different roles.
Oh, by the way if we meet virtually
or in person I'll answer to Kimberly, Renee's Mommy, Zachary's Mommy ..........
C 2004 Kimberly
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and
a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in helping
Christian women make the most of their lives. She is the author of the
on-line course, "I Can't Say No" and Pearls of Encouragement
for Christian Working Moms, a free e-book. If you suffer from "I
Can't Say 'No" Syndrome, visit Kimberly's site today for the
details on an exciting email course that's sure to set you free! http://www.christianworkingmom.com/online.htm