I love cooking, so the imagery of this verse made me stop and think.
First, it has us consider how to… This shows intentionality. We can go through our days just hoping the Holy Spirit is arranging opportunities for us to encourage someone as we’re caught up in our own business (which certainly happens!). Or we can be intentional about pursuing situations that promote this mutual motivation.
So we’re at MOPS, we’re being intentional! This is part of our schedule, our recipe. We’re here to grow and encourage others.
Let’s embrace this opportunity to stir each other up. After all, we’ve got excellent ingredients available:
- physical recharging – coffee to keep our brains firing and yummy breakfast to keep our bodies fueled
- other moms in the same life stage who reassure you that it’s normal, you’re not crazy
- mentor moms who are physical proof we will survive this
- speakers sharing tools to apply in our own situations
When I go to MOPS, I feel a physical stirring in my heart. I’m taking it in, soaking it up, processing, outpouring.
We can’t just think, “What can I get out of MOPS?” We have to consider, “What can I bring to MOPS?” More than just an egg casserole on your breakfast day! No matter where we are on our mothering journeys, we are further along than someone else and have a different perspective than someone else. We each are exhorted to stir up one another.
To love and good works. This seems like our goal is sunshine and rainbows, but it can truly be lived out in the everyday moments. Kissing an owie, rubbing a back, making a favorite sandwich for lunch, cleaning up pee again, demonstrating forgiveness, listening to your child’s plans for the best camping trip ever, doubling your dinner recipe so you can take the extra to a new mom.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
I get weary. Without the stirring of fellowship, the weariness can settle and stagnate. My children are my gifts, my job, my life! I want my parenting to be overflowing with love and good works, so I need all the stirring I can get! Let’s get active, let’s get in the mix, let’s be intentional, let’s reach out to others and be open to help. Let’s get stirred up.
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