Saturday, September 5, 2015

Fiercely Flourish

My leadership team and I are gearing up for our new year of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), which begins on Sept. 10 @ Neoga Grace UMC 

This year's theme is A Fierce Flourishing. I loved last year's theme so much  
and I was initially confused by the new one. "Fierce" isn't typically a character trait encouraged in women, right? "Flourish" made more sense, but what in what areas are we trying to flourish here?
MOPS has done a great job of explaining their intentions but I think the theme means different things to different people. A theme is a starting point, a discussion starter. This is one of the things I love most about MOPS--it's not a Bible study or denominational curriculum, it's designed to engage all moms from all different backgrounds and faith expressions in a conversation about how and where they find intersections of faith and family in their lives.

Anyway, there are 3 content areas this year: embrace rest, notice goodness, and celebrate lavishly. These speak to me. Who among us doesn't struggle with at least one of these things? I'm personally the worst at embracing rest, preferring instead to drown myself in busyness without actually making any measurable progress. I'm good at celebrating lavishly and noticing goodness, but often in and for others, not for myself.

If you are interested in learning how to fiercely flourish with a MOPS group in your area, use this tool to find a group near you. 

In what areas do you wish you could flourish this year? 

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