And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Written by: Sarah Gauer
I’m convinced that one of the best ways to love and care for God’s unborn children is to love and care for mothers.
For the last nine years, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved, in various ways and roles, with the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) ministry. There is so much to love about MOPS. Sure, it’s a place where pregnant moms and moms of young children can get a little break from their kids, drink some coffee they didn’t brew, eat some breakfast they didn’t prepare, and enjoy some adult conversation. But it is so much more than that.
In MOPS, we use the phrase “no mom alone” because it’s true. Early motherhood can be one of the loneliest and scariest times of a woman’s life and when you come to MOPS, you’re joining a sisterhood of women who love each other like family. You meet women who are right there in the trenches with you and understand, with no judgment, why you showed up late with two unmatched shoes and without the food dish it was your turn to bring.
You also will find other women who care deeply about being great mothers and wives but are scared they aren’t equipped to do it. You will talk with women who share their struggles with post-partum depression and broken marriages, as well as their celebrations of potty-training success and sleeping through the night. You will find friends you can text late into the night and have real conversations with about faith, doubt, and Jesus.
MOPS looks a lot like the early church, as described in the verse above. Some women share their stories about following Jesus, while others simply ask questions about Him. They share meals together, pray together, and remind one another that they are not alone.
Thought of the day: Do you know a young mom who needs community? Find out more about our five SV MOPS groups at Mops.sv.cc, or other MOPS groups all around the world at Mops.org. Consider reaching out to the MOPS group at your campus to find out how you can help them support young moms.
Prayer: Father, thank You for the gift of motherhood, and thank You for making space here at Sun Valley for mothers to gather in support of one another. Help me to be a light and an encouragement, letting these mothers know that they are not alone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.