Each of us has a story to share. Each of us has words inside of us that can be spoken aloud, words that encourage those around us, words that shine with the redemption and grace that nurtures hope and perseverance. In our own, unique ways, each of us is a survivor of hard things. Each of us is a woman, a dreamer, a seeker, a learner, a teacher, a giver, a daughter, a mother, and a friend. Each of us knows pain, pleasure, despair, and joy. Each of us is full of experiences that have defined us and refined us. We are multi-faceted, and our stories are powerful, especially when they are shared with authenticity and vulnerability.
And it was the sharing of these stories that brought MOPS moms together at FBC, Midlothian for the 4th annual Tea and Testimony meeting this April. While sitting at beautifully decorated tables, MOPS moms spent time enjoying a special breakfast of chicken salad sandwiches, quiche, fruit, and cookies. Then, they turned their attention to five special speakers who shared their stories of pain, perseverance, and victory through Jesus Christ.
Speaking to an audience of more than fifty moms, Elizabeth, Liz, Leann, Amanda, and Stacie, each took her turn sharing her testimony of God’s grace and faithfulness in her life. While each story was different, each story was thoroughly wrapped in the truth that God is love, that God pursues us, that God never gives-up on us, that God uses us for his glory, and that each of us has a significant role to play in God’s plan for our family. Though our circumstances may overwhelm us, God’s plan for us is always good. Though our faith may falter, God remains strong. He holds us in his gentle hands, he looks on us with love, and he will always be near to us when we call upon his name.
Though tears were shed in the telling of their stories, those five, brave MOPS moms breathed new encouragement into all who listened to their words. Once again, MOPS moms were blessed with refreshed perspectives, with renewed hope, and with the knowledge that they are not alone on their journey through motherhood.