Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
–1 Corinthians 12:27
I’ve been attending MOPS regularly for about three years. I have been continually amazed at the women I’ve met—vibrant Christ-followers who strive to love God and live out his Word. I’ve gone through family struggles, heath concerns, an unexpected pregnancy, and anxiety, and through it all, MOPS has been there for me. Truly, MOPS has been the Body of Christ—“Jesus with skin on”—in so many ways.
In this brief article, I just wanted to share come examples of the way MOPS moms have supported me.
Prayer. First and foremost, MOPS moms support one another in prayer. We start each meeting by sharing our blessings and concerns and lifting each other up. We ask for prayers through social media and texts as well as a monthly prayer call. Each morning as I drive my kids to school, I lift MOPS moms and their special intentions, and I know they’re doing the same for me.
Childcare. I’ve been so blessed to have friends through MOPS who watched my kids during medical appointments for me. In a world where families are often fragmented, and you may not live close to your natural extended” village,” MOPS fills the gap.
Food. Twelve: that’s the number of meals I had delivered to me when my daughter was born two years ago. And there were leftovers, and boxes of cereal for breakfast, and ice cream for dessert. We didn’t have to cook for two weeks, and it was such a blessing as we adjusted to the reality of three kids under five years old.
Clothing. A friend recently asked me about the benefits of joining a MOPS group, and one of the first things that came to mind was the kind donations that other moms have given me. I said, “You know what? I think I literally haven’t had to buy my girls winter coats and boots for years, because they’ve been given to me through MOPS.”
Skill-sharing. Each week at meetings, we talk about practical needs: discipline tactics, communication techniques, and other concrete skills that we use every day as wives and mothers. But in addition, MOPS moms have taught me to sew leggings and make “sensory bags” for soothing anxious kids, among other skills.
Companionship and Emotional Support. Sometimes, all you get from a MOPS meeting is the chance to talk to another grown-up for an hour—and that’s the one of the best gifts of all. When I’m drowning in baby talk and my son is monologuing about Legos, all I really want is some nice adult conversation about…anything! Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of chatting with other moms over a cup of coffee.
It’s pretty clear that MOPS has been a huge gift in my life. It’s equipped and enriched my mothering experience in so many ways. I am so thankful for what MOPS has done for me, and for Beverly Evangelical Covenant Church for their support of this powerful and life-changing group of ladies.