Our Mops 2014-15 “Be You Bravely” year has officially kicked off! It was so wonderful to eat a hot, home-cooked breakfast while chatting and getting to know other mommas. Our discussion, lead by Amy Taylor; Director of the Women’s Ministries at ARBC, was centered around five things we can all do to “Be You Bravely”, keeping in mind that the past doesn’t define you, God defines your identity.
First: Pray and ask God where you need to be brave
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! -Psalm 139:23-24
Second: Believe that our pasts don’t define us
Amy pointed out the difference between ‘knowing’ and ‘believing’ with the definition of each;
Know: to be aware of through observation, inquiry or information
Believe: to accept something as true; feel sure of the truth of
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the thing of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? -Isaiah 43: 18-19
Third: Let ourselves be seen
“Vulnerability is the most accurate measure of courage.” – Brene Brown
We often think that it is safer to stay anonymous then to take risks. God did not make us to be anonymous, He says “do not fear” have Faith and rely on the Lord. Walk through your fear.
Fourth: Believe that our value does not come from our performance
Often times our culture tells us our value is based on performance. We celebrate performances from our time of birth; crawling, grades, our work, etc. When do you think God loves you more? When you’re at Church? When you’re yelling at your kids? Remember, God loves us 100% or 100% of the time.
For am I now seeking the approval of man, God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. -Galatians 1:10
Fifth: Believe our identity is in Christ
Parenting is based more on our actions behind closed doors. We need to remind our kids that God has a plan for them. Remind them that they are perfect just the way they are and that you will not love them any more or any less based on their actions.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. -Galatians 2:20
It is important to remember that Jesus never intended us to do parenting on our own. We have to believe that He is enough. Keeping in mind that we are holy, pure and unstained because of what He has done. The ugly parts of our story have been redeemed. Thank you God! And Thank you Amy for your encouraging words.