Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Giving Up On Perfection

by Kathi Lipp, mom and stepmom of four
I may have to give up reading blogs.
Once again I've stumbled across a blog that my friend LOVES, and it's all about a perfect family who looks perfect, who are making their clean eating, sugar-free snacks (from scratch) as they do EVERY DAY, living on their pseudo-farm, where not only are they all hard workers, but their kids are all gifted. And there are plenty of Instagram photos to document all this perfect-ness.
It feels like a bunch of mini-Marthas trying to out-perfect each other, and I have to say it concerns me.
When all we are seeing is the perfect slice of a person's life, it can make us, the reader, a regular mom, feel like there is something wrong with us because WE aren't perfect. I live with daily evidence of my imperfection:
    My kids talk back to me.
    No one ever offers to do chores.
    I’m happy if I get dinner on the table (even if part of it came from a box).
    I may have (just possibly) watched a little too much TV last night.
    My second child has exactly one page of her scrapbook filled in.
But here’s the thing: WE are not designed to be perfect.
Let me see your dirty laundry. 
Tell me about that cobbler that tasted like actual shoes. 
Tell me about the time you messed up as a mom. 
And let me know that you are being the best mom you can be, leaning on a community of moms and asking for help and grace from others and God.
God, help me to be the girl you created me to be – living loved. Help me to see others through your lens, not to compare myself to, but to learn to love.

From: mops.org

Sunday, October 7, 2012

MOPS A Documents

MOPS A Schedule 12

MOPS A Directory 12

MOPS A Leader Bios 12

Reflections on Alyssa's story

At our first meeting, our coordinator, Alyssa Theisen shared with us some of her journey as a mom and her experience in MOPS.  Thank you Alyssa for sharing your story and being transparent with us.

I’ve been reflecting upon our first meeting and some of the things that Alyssa said.  She made the comment that when she first came to MOPS, she didn’t feel like she needed MOPS.  But she felt compelled by God to keep coming, and so she did.  Maybe she did need MOPS, and she just didn’t know it yet.  Or perhaps she really didn’t need MOPS, but maybe MOPS needed her!  In the years since then, Alyssa has served as a Discussion Group Leader, Caregiving & Service, and as Coordinator.  I, for one, am so glad that she obeyed God and kept coming back!

I feel like Alyssa’s story applies to all of us.  I don’t know exactly why God placed me in MOPS this year.  It’s my eighth year – maybe I should move on and do something else.  But here I am because I feel this is where I am supposed to be.  Maybe God has something to teach me through MOPS this year.  So I am supposed to wait and watch with an open heart for whatever that is.  Or perhaps God wants to use me this year.  Maybe there is someone else in that room that God wants to reach out to – and He wants to use me to do it.  So, again, I wait and watch for opportunities to be God’s hands and feet to the women around me.

Really, this idea can go much farther.  Where else do you find yourself?  In your home, in your neighborhood, your workplace, on the sidelines at your child’s soccer game, in a hospital waiting room…  I believe that God can speak to us, and use us, anyplace and at any time.  All He asks of us is an open heart and willingness to obey.

Why are you in MOPS this year?  Maybe you need MOPS, or maybe MOPS needs you!  Whatever the reason, we are SO glad you are here!  See you next week!

MOPS A Communications

Monday, October 1, 2012

Serve on Saturday (SOS)

Join an S.O.S. crew on Saturday, Oct.13, 8:30am–12:00pm and demonstrate
the love of Jesus Christ through hands-on service. Open to all ages
S.O.S is a great way for individuals, families and small groups to spend a
few hours making a difference for God’s Kingdom. INFO/Registration: