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Moms of Preschoolers

INTO THE UNKNOWN

We have spent a year hunkering down, living smaller, and experiencing a little more fear and anxiety than usual. We have learned that a lack of community makes us fragile, and isolation makes us fearful and self absorbed. It makes small things seem big, and big things seem insurmountable. The best way forward is to widen our view, to focus on someone or something outside of our circumstances. Love is the most powerful force on the planet, and yet the concept almost seems cliché. Perhaps we have become so accustomed to the word that we have forgotten how revolutionary it is, how God’s love changes everything. It is life-altering, curse-lifting and, as shown in Christ’s resurrection, quite literally death-conquering. We declare this year to be a year of fresh starts and turning ordinary experiences into extraordinary ones. We will no longer wait to “get back to normal”; instead, we will start making space for the new things God has for us. This year, we embrace the transformative power of love, to the point where it starts to affect everything we do—the way we talk to our kids, interact with strangers, handle disappointments, celebrate victories and make decisions. This year, we will consider how our MOPS group will show up for others and what living All For Love looks like in practice. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. - 1 Corinthians 13:7 We are embracing this truth and watching for God to do incredible things in the lives of women and children, because we know the impact a mom can make in her home, community and the kingdom of God. At MOPS, we are committed to innovation and showing up in the world, no matter what that looks like right now. Here’s to a year of showing others radical love in Jesus’ name.