Hello! It’s your incoming MOPS Coordinator here, Amanda Good. I am so excited about this new theme for MOPS 2018-19: Find Your Fire.
I am still in the process of unpacking the many aspects of this theme, but was initially struck by the imagery that is associated with fire. Fire is a tool, it’s always moving and changing. It is a place where people congregate, it provides light and protection. Whatever the context, fire is not to be ignored. One of the first things that came to my mind about the word fire is the idea of passion. As women, and specifically mothers, we are strong and powerful. We are passionate about our children and families and will stop at nothing to protect them. There is a fire within us!
But if we don’t take care of ourselves, we can lose some of that “spark.”
Next year we will embark on a journey of transformation to find our fire and help it grow using this theme verse as a guide:
“Never let the fire go out… when you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. Share with God’s people who are in need. Welcome others into your homes.” Romans 12:11-13
1. Live Expectantly – This is our bold reminder to think about what could go right.
Are you someone who constantly worries and over-thinks things? We can sometimes find ourselves paralyzed and feeling completely stuck. With this idea of “Living Expectantly” we are going to explore what it would be like to start with just one thing. Have faith and hope, and give it a try!
2. Surrender Daringly – This is our bold reminder to let things go.
This is an area where I need so much help. My “Type-A” personality feels a constant need to be in control of people and situations in my life; maybe you feel this way too! There are so many opinions and expectations all around us, especially in motherhood. And there are so many unknown things that we can’t control. Let’s find new ways to surrender and let things go.
3. Breathe Freely – This is our bold reminder to let yourself be loved.
“Transformation isn’t about self improvement, it’s about love. How would we live differently if we were convinced that we were worthy, that we were enough, and that we were loved completely?” – Mandy Arioto
Not only do we need to let ourselves be loved, we can make an effort to love one another, within our MOPS group and beyond. Romans 12:13 talks about serving others in tangible ways. I have seen this happen so much in our group over the past year, and I want to keep seeing more! We can support, encourage, and help each other when we need it. Honestly, some days it is hard to see the positive, but I hope we would all be reminded and truly believe that “you are a great mom” and “it is going to be ok.” We can breathe freely and let ourselves be loved.
“Some women fear the fire, others tend their God-given fire and use it to light up their hearts and the world. Let’s be those women.”
Registration for Sandy MOPS 2018-19 is open! Register today and join us on a journey of transformation.
You can see a full theme summary from MOPS International here.