Hey tired and tried Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs) out there. There is a living, breathing, hurting, dying world outside those peanut butter and drool smudged windows of yours.
It is so hard to know what we have to offer in this stage of life other than the everything we are already doing. I'm sure the last thing you want is to do one.more.thing.
We have a most wondrous and lofty calling to raise our children in the Lord. However we are not exempt from God's command to "use whatever gift (we) have received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms" 1 Peter 4:10.
Do you know how I read this verse?
"Jenn, use your 3 boys and your “Stay At Home Mom” status to serve others, faithfully administering My grace in the form of a MOP on mission."
I admit it. I don't always feel like I have one more ounce of myself to give away. Yet, God's fullness of joy and life are promised to me. There is always more of myself to give away, because it is Christ who lives in me.
We live in the age of Pinterest and blogging, Martha Stewert and Better Homes and Gardens magazines. My tendency, as a busy mom, is to stay away from difficult projects without much payoff. Serving doesn't have to be that hard though. All it takes is deciding I will do something, anything for God. When I say YES to Him, He gives me the means. Even with small children, I can make a difference.
4 Easy Ways Moms Can Serve:
Retirement Homes – The elderly tend to be neglected by the church. Many do not see their families consistently and without the ability to drive, it is impossible for them to even leave on their own. Plan something fun and take the kids to a retirement home. Deliver Valentines, plant some flowers, sing Christmas carols, make a craft. Those hugs, smiles and baby-pudge will melt the hearts of the elders. Tell them Jesus loves them and they will really believe you.
Local Pregnancy Center – Find out about specific needs. Host a baby shower at your church for expecting mothers. Volunteer to watch children (right along with yours!) at the Center one afternoon a week so moms-to-be can attend parenting classes. Help teach a class about your area of expertise! Currently, my women's group is teaching a class on how to meal plan utilizing WIC coupons.
Babysitting for other couples – Our pastor and his wife take all the members' children one Friday a month so couples can have that elusive date! The kids have fun, and the adults have no excuse not to strengthen their marriages. Hiring a sitter for 3 small children can cost a fortune, so this is such a blessing (Don’t feel bad for them. We’re a small church!).
Collect Donations – Host a clothing swap. Last weekend, eight ladies brought all their unwanted clothes (plus a pack of new underwear) to my home and we swapped. The leftovers are boxed up and ready to be dropped off off at a local women's shelter. It was such a fun event!
I'm sure there are tons of other ways you can serve others using the gifts you have been given. Take some time, check your calendar, grab some other MOPs and just do something.
See Ya In The Round!
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