What does a mom who is fiercely flourishing look like? At our kick off meeting on Thursday, September 3, 2015, Amy Taylor, Women’s Ministry Director at Austin Ridge Bible Church outlined 4 key ways we can fiercely flourish as found in the book of Isaiah.
- A mom who is fiercely flourishing comes to Jesus daily. Try getting in His Word before you even get out of bed! Maybe with your favorite devotional book, a blog like She Reads Truth (or check out their free bible reading app), or maybe reading Austin Ridge’s Time With God Devotional which you can receive right in your email inbox every morning. If you have never read the Bible before, or are looking for a good place to start, Amy recommends the book of John.
- A mom who is fiercely flourishing seeks God. One way to seek God, and to help your children seek Him (or as Amy called it, a “covert parenting tip!”) is to fill your home with worship music in the mornings as everyone is getting ready. Much to her children’s chagrin, Amy likes to play one song on repeat all morning! But, it works, because the kids “complain” that it gets stuck in their head. Mission accomplished, right? Amy shared with us “Come Ye Sinners” by the Robbie Seay Band.
- A mom who is fiercely flourishing can recognize surviving versus thriving. Isaiah 55:2, leading up to our theme verse, says “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” Amy shared a funny story about being over committed. We probably each have one of our own! By signing up for her daughter’s dance camp and VBS (and volunteering her husband, too), and carting around her own kids plus her nephew and a neighbor, Amy set herself up for the perfect meltdown. Sometimes we are ‘just surviving’ because of tough circumstances we are going through that will pass, but sometimes we are ‘just surviving’ because our lives are too busy and too full. This usually isn’t the product of saying yes to “bad things” but rather saying yes to too many good things. Dance camp isn’t bad. Volunteering at VBS isn’t bad. And bringing others to VBS isn’t bad. But if signing up for too many good things is keeping you from thriving, you must recognize it.
- A mom who is fiercely flourishing accepts the free gift of salvation. Amy passionately shared the gospel with us. Jesus Christ died on a cross as a substitute for us, paying the price for the death we deserved. Jesus destroyed death by rising from the dead. By faith in Him we are both saved from our sin, and given the promise of eternal life. Amy invited anyone who wants to know Jesus more intimately or who maybe has never had a relationship with Jesus to seek out the resources available through MOPS or through Austin Ridge Bible Church.
You can contact Amy and the Women’s Ministry Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting — Thursday, September 17, 2015 when we’ll be hearing from Becca Coley!