to say that i love mops is quite a understatement! i mean i really love it, i love those moms and i don't even know most of them. i love the fact that we get to minister to moms at the most important times of there lives when they are raising there kids. and to be able to equip them with knowledge from speakers, encouragement from another mom, prayers from a mentor mom, or just a laugh and a smile from another mom wow what a awesome opportunity we have!
this is my 4Th year being the coordinator at my group and i truly think God has placed me in this ministry for a reason and until he tells me it is time to move on i hope to continue doing it. sometimes people say change is good and by all means i am one of those weird people who love change BUT when god tells you to stay put, you stay put and until he tells me to move i am not moving. my first year as coordinator i think we had 30 something moms in our group and on Monday at our first meeting for the year we had 66 i think! wow and so many were new too! i hope they all love it and get what they need from our group. that is sometimes the hard part you want everyone to love it as much as you do and usually that is not the case. but i think the ladies all really enjoyed it and i have about 11 women on a waiting list! praise God!
we have some cool things planned for this year and a few of my favorites are a couples night at the end of the year where we are having a couple who are pastors at one of our churches come speak on marriage, and we are having a nice dinner for all the couples. we have some great speakers on everything from the personality types of children, discipline, menu planning etc... and a really cool thing we are starting on the off weeks of mops is a women's bible stud geared specifically to moms of young kids. our first study is "stepping up" by Beth Moore, i cant wait!
mops has been a huge blessing in my life and has helped me through so much and the thing that stands out the most was when Matthew passed away they were all there to support me, lend a ear, or a helping hand or a hot meal for our grieving family. how awesome my friend described what i see mops as perfectly the other day she said it is a community of women. i couldn't have said it better. a community of women helping one another out through the adventure of motherhood. i am so glad i have them all to go through it with!