We had our MOPS Volunteer Staff leadership training this weekend, and I am now even more in love with next year’s MOPS theme.
Moms live in messes. The toys, crumbs, and spit-up are their natural surroundings. Moms often feel like a mess. They are exhausted, under-showered, and hormonal. Their past and present circumstances and decisions can leave them feeling inadequate for God’s love and purposes.
A Beautiful Mess — reminds moms that beauty can come out of their difficult spots. The grime of mothering young children brings the beauty of motherhood. The bruises of life can bring God’s redemption.
Embrace Your Story — reminds moms that their past, present and future can be used for good. God knows where each of us has been, where we are today and has set in motion where we are headed.
Theme Verse –
Ephesians 2:10 (New Living Translation)
For we are God’s masterpiece.
He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
God created us, He loves us, and we are precious to Him. No matter what. And he can use ALL things for the good of those who love Him.
And one of the things we’d discussed in leadership training is being authentic as a leader… because no one you lead will be more real with you than you are with them. And I really think that pretty much goes for ANY relationship you have! How can we grow closer without sharing the messy parts of our lives? If we don’t, we’re just building a relationship on a facade.
(seriously, I just have to say how much I love MOPS – where else can you get leadership opportunities and top-notch leadership training with babies on your hip??)
With that in mind, I’m thinking I might just post some Monday messes from here on out.
Here’s today’s mess – that will hopefully get cleaned up today, too!
I present to you my kitchen table in all it’s present glory:
Aaack! And I’ll also say that this is not necessarily atypical! 🙂
Feel free to share a picture of your Monday Mess in the comments!!