Find Your Fire

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

We will:

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.

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You can see a full theme summary from MOPS International here.

Baby Friendly Jewelry

Being a mom and having the ability to look and feel put together doesn’t always happen.  Much of my jewelry went out the door once I entered motherhood.  It’s not that I could never wear it again, because there’s always date night and when our children are grown, it is more that my jewelry wasn’t always friendly or safe for them.  If it was a pricier piece of jewelry, I didn’t want to risk loosing such precious gems in case it broke or worse yet, (never mind the possible toxic materials) our babies chewing on a piece of jewelry; it breaks and they choke!

Being a mom in MOPS, we are part of a bigger picture, we are part of MOPS International; and like MOPS International that reaches out to the ends of the earth to help women, Wind Over Water Jewelry reaches out to impoverished women, partnering with them and providing them opportunities they would not have otherwise had.

Some features of their jewelry that are perfect for us moms are:

  • Beads made from non-toxic, lead free wood that are saliva friendly.
  • Strung on Japanese ribbon, made out of a high density, double faced satin that is both strong and non-toxic.
  • Clasps are made to break-away if pulled on too hard preventing the necklace from breaking.
  • If a nursing mom, there are styles that are asymmetrical, which are perfect for us busy moms to remind us of the side we last nursed on.

Wind Over Water Jewelry is an amazing organization and one that is worth supporting.  If interested in supporting them, you can do so through prayer, a monetary donation and best yet: get the word out!  You can even enter in to win the asymmetrical O-Ring Necklace. You can enter HERE.  Be sure to check out what their beta site and their mission and goal by clicking HERE and ‘LIKE’ them on Facebook.

Would love to hear your feedback on this opportunity for women around the world.

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MOPS Int’l Family Tragedy

As you may or may not have heard, on Wednesday night, as part of our GCBC MOPS Steering team traveled to Kansas City for the MomCon Conference, they passed a terrible accident. Tragically, to find out that a MOPS steering team from Scottsbluff, NE was part of this accident, which killed one, Jennifer Jones of Torrington, WY and left another, Larrah ‘Katie’ Gurnsey in critical condition. Please pray for these families and individuals involved.

We as a MOPS Group will be reaching out to this MOPS group and their families. We will be taking donations for both families and the amount we raise, GCBC MOPS will match.  Please contact us if you have any questions regarding donating to these families.  In the mean time, be praying! Life is so fleeting, but to loose a loved one in this manner is difficult to bear.

This will also be a long road of recovery for Katie, and many prayers and support is needed.  You can follow Katie’s progress and know how to pray for her HERE.