Why I love MOPS

This following post is something I wrote for my church’s blog about our MOPS ministry. One of my deepest passions is to walk along side mothers in the many different stages of  motherhood. If you are a mother who is trying to walk the mothering journey alone, I would encourage you to find a local MOPS group, a mentor mom, or a Christ-centered mom’s group. If you are an older woman reading this, I would encourage you to get involved (Titus 2: 3-5). Motherhood….. no other job can compare. Enjoy!

I’ve had the amazing opportunity to be a mentor mom in our MOPS ministry for 3 years now, and I have loved every minute of it. If you aren’t familiar with MOPS let me give you a little glimpse into a wonderful ministry at Grace Church

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is ministry that has been meeting at Grace for many years now. We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday every month September – May. Each meeting includes fellowship, a warm meal, an applicable teaching, and a craft. And I must add, all while the little ones are being cared for in our wonderful MOPPETS program. But our main goal is “NO MOM ALONE.”  Throughout the years we have seen mothers be encouraged and strengthen to be the best women, moms, and leaders they can be. Our MOPS group is a place where moms can find acceptance and a smiling face that knows exactly what she is going through. We all know that the early years of parenting can be tiring, lonely for some, and rewarding all at the same time. But it is also a time where there can be much growth and not only in learning how to train up the next generation, but also much growth for the mom as she encounters Christ at each meeting. Here a little of our Vision Statement:

We will… strive to meet moms where they are. Our group will reflect our community.
We will….help each mom build strong relationships within our group.
We will….be committed to growing spiritually so that our love of Jesus shines through.
We will….encourage moms to accept who God created them to be and find their purpose.

You see, MOPS has a vision that a better mom makes a better world. We serve every mom no matter her circumstance or her background. And it doesn’t stop there, we go out into the community as well. This year alone we held a baby shower for 4 teen moms through Youth First. We sent out a load of stuffed shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We collected hygiene products and clothing to donate to the Hosanna Home. We collected baby items for a local father who suddenly lost his wife and was left alone with a newborn baby. And within our group we have supported single mothers, military moms, provided food for moms who were sick, and stood and helped to encourage moms of children with disabilities and special needs. Remember “No Mom Alone”.

Here are some encouraging quotes from our moms:

“It was so nice to sit and have coffee with other moms going through the same things and know we aren’t going crazy in our solitude.”

“I love that I can be real about what’s going on in my life. I don’t have to have it all together.”

“We laughed, we cried. We shared our hearts, fears, loves, wishes, dreams and heartaches. We reached out. We found we were not alone. We were comforted. We were blessed. We love MOPS!”

“I admire these women for their beauty and strength. I have watched them grow and overcome as the Lord has touched their lives. I came to minister to them, but they ministered to me.”

“MOPS changed not only my life, but my family’s. Today I was talking to my 14 year old and he was saying how thankful he is for all the people in his life he has met through church and how blessed he is. And to think, it all started because I found a flier for MOPS at my son’s preschool and we ended up at Grace. You never know how you are affecting a mom’s life when she walks through our doors and into MOPS!!!”

Now you see why I love MOPS. God is using MOPS to change one mom at a time, which makes her a better mom who creates a better world.

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken (Ecc. 4: 9-12 ).

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