Today I am remembering MOPS. I just came home from our first December meeting and, of course, had a lovely time. I remember hearing about MOPS long before I joined and dismissing it as something I didn't need. I wasn't lonely. I didn't feel the need for the support of other moms. I thought "why bother?" But then, 4 1/2 years ago I was approached by my CBS (Community Bible Study) group leader and asked if I would consider joining the leadership team of CFC's (Christian Fellowship Church, where I attended CBS) MOPS group. They were short a Discussion Group Leader and my CBS leader thought I would be a good fit, even though I didn't attend MOPS. I prayed about it, and said yes. My first meeting that fall was a little weird because I had to lead my table...and I had never even been to a MOPS meeting! But, I quickly fell in love with MOPS and began to wonder "Why did I ever think I didn't need this??"
In my five years in MOPS, I have served twice as a Discussion Group Leader, one year as the Prayer/Care Coordinator, and then last year and a half as the Consignment Sale Coordinator. Serving in leadership at MOPS has been a HUGE part of my growth as a person and as a leader. My leadership strengths and weaknesses have been further clarified and I have developed a passion for speaking. I have been blessed to be able to be the speaker twice at our MOPS group, and at several other local MOPS group this fall and coming Spring.
Through MOPS, I have made some incredible friendships. Some with ladies who were friends for a season, and some with ladies who will be part of my life forever.
When I find something I like, I share it with everyone I can, and I can't even count anymore the number of my friends who have joined MOPS through my recommendation and it has been so rewarding to have been able to watch MOPS have a tremendous impact on their lives as a result.
I am so thankful for all that MOPS has done for me. I found myself during my years in MOPS, and I believe that in a large part, it was because of MOPS. So to everyone who has played a part in my MOPS journey...thank you.