My husband,Josh,and I have been married for 10 years this December. We are blessed with three little girls–Abigail is 7, Hope is 5, and Noelle is 2-1/2. All of them are smart, beautiful, creative, and full of energy! Abigail is your typical oldest child, independent and self-motivated. Hope is sweet-natured, giving, thoughtful, and eager to please. And don’t tell her older sisters, but Noelle rules the roost! They drop everything for her! It’s been so fun to watch the sister dynamic between my girls. Sometimes they are inseparable…best friends with such intense love for each other. And other times they are each others’ greatest enemies and will do or say anthing to hurt the other. God reminds me of my childhood through them as I watch them grow and look forward to fostering a sisterly bond between them. God is good in every possible way, threading the needles of our lives into amazing tapestries. I look forward to the day when I will walk side by side with each of my girls in their relationships with their Creator. What a privilege–bless God!
I came to MOPS three years ago soooooo ready for a mom’s group like the one that MOPS offers. I instantly began relationships with my table leader and mentor mom and am so blessed that we are great friends today! Every little part of MOPS is my favorite part of MOPS: when I serve my plate with yummy breakfast I say to myself “this is my favorite part of MOPS”; when I get caught up with each of my table members taking any opportunity to encourage them I say to myself “this is my favorite part of MOPS”; the encouragement and wisdom I’ve gained from every guest speaker makes me think “this is my favorite part of MOPS!” God has used MOPS to meet my needs on a very personal level, as if He made MOPS just for me. It has been exactly the tool I’ve needed to stay encouraged as a wife and a mom. It creates a community for young moms and helps fill in those gaps that grow so quickly just from being so tired and overwhelmed from the hourly things we deal with. I have always struggled with perfectionism which so often leaves me feeling like an utter failure as a mom. God is gently showing me how I push myself to operate out of my flesh and to recognize those lies from the enemy. He is teaching me to choose to believe what God says about me instead…that I’m holy, righteous, cleansed, loved, His beloved child, co-heirs with Christ. We are His workmanship and are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. That’s ME, and it’s YOU! He blessed us with every blessing that He blessed Jesus with! Praise God! My prayer is that we can all live out of the freedom that Jesus gave us when He died on the cross and rose to live again. There is just no other way to live!