Be You, Bravely

Be You, Bravely

I decided to register for another year of MOPS. I debated because I am trying not to over-schedule myself or become overwhelmed by feeling I HAVE to do so many things. But since I quit MOMS Club, I took the plunge and joined.

I am so glad that I did. I have a wonderful table at MOPS this year and I know the women are going to be great friends and assets to me as a mom.

The theme this year is Be You, Bravely. Below is a little about the theme.

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Theme Verse: 

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  Isaiah 43:18-19   (NIV)

At any given moment in our lives each of us has…

  • Conversations we’ve been putting off.
  • Reasonable risks we’ve been avoiding.
  • Goals we want to achieve.

Yet often times the more significant an action feels the easier it is to put it off.  We get distracted from the big decisions by the immediate needs of the day. What all of us seem to have in common is that we need a nudge, a nudge to help us get out of our ruts and routines so that we can begin risking bravely.

At MOPS we believe that you were meant to live deeply and so we have created this year’s theme to inspire you to choose the extraordinary.

Be you, Bravely is designed to help us focus on making the choices that could create the most good in our lives, help us to step into healthy risk and to do it in the context of community where we can cheer one another on.

Sometimes, good people wait patiently for God to intervene when what he is wanting is for us to act bravely and do something. Being a follower of Jesus calls for courage. The journey feels unexpected and unconventional. It requires bravely playing hide and seek in the dark, confronting the fears that scare us and holding the hand of a redeemer-guide who calls us to courageous acts of risk and trust. It means coloring outside of the lines. Dreaming bigger than we ever have before and getting swept up into the plans of a God who leaves us breathless with wonder.

It takes courage to ask brave questions and even more courage to search for the answers. We are so excited to journey alongside you this year as we ask one another what it means to  “Be you, Bravely”.

So far (after two meetings and a mom’s night out), I am so happy I joined. I like that it’s every other week because I feel like it means I am not over-scheduled, make the most of the meetings we do have and appreciate the time there much more than if we had it all the time. The meetings have been so much fun and it is so nice to have a couple hours to eat brunch, and have the kids taken care of. This morning in particular, the message really hit me and having the wonderful ladies ask me how we are doing with Chuck’s recent layoff, just proved I was in the right place and made the right choice. It was exactly what I needed today and I look forward to other upcoming meetings!

If you haven’t checked out MOPS before, it may or may not be the right fit for you, but for those that I have spoken with that have done it, they love it. If you’re looking for something new, maybe there’s one in your area that would work for you.

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