Christian Women in the Workplace

August 11, 2019 Social Networking

Like many women, I strive to be a Proverbs 31 woman and a courageous Christian. This can be difficult with the plethora of responsibilities placed upon women. One of the greatest stressors for Christian women who work in secular employment is the difficulty of balancing motherhood and professional duties. For women like me, add the role of pastor’s wife, and the responsibilities and duties can sometimes be overwhelming. I have learned that keeping proper priorities not only keeps me grounded but also keeps me living according to His plan.

A quick glance of the model Proverbs 31 woman shows a picture of one who is providing for her household (verse 15), caring for the poor (verse 20), watching over her house (verse 27), and refusing to eat the bread of idleness (verse 27). It can be tough trying to live up to this biblical model of a virtuous woman! Through the busyness of life, though, we can find delight in our lives by trusting God and His plan in every season, knowing He is working for our good.

In 2002, my husband accepted a full-time ministry role and we moved to Canada. I had just completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and the hours and training to become a certified public accountant (CPA) and was working for Dupont in Wilmington, Delaware. This move was a step of faith. I accepted employment as the auditor at the largest air force base in Canada. As we crossed the border on our move to Canada, I said to my husband, “I wasted all those years to obtain my CPA in the US and I will never be able to use it in Canada.” Little did I know that a few years later it would develop into a niche business preparing taxes for Americans living in Canada.

In addition to working for Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND), growing a tax business, and pastoring a church, we had four children. Makayla was born almost a year after moving to Canada. Our second child, Brooklyn, was born with severe special needs. She is blind and deaf and confined to a wheelchair. The early years of her life were spent in and out of doctors’ offices figuring out the severity of her condition, surgeries, physiotherapy, and the personal care she would require. These were some of the hardest years of my life.

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