One Mom’s Heart – One Grateful Mama
It is so good that during the holidays, we are still encouraged as Americans to think on and ponder what in our lives we are grateful for over the past year. It has not been an all blissful year. My family has endured some unthinkable hardships. Unfortunately, life has more of those than we care to ask for. But I have so much to be thankful for. Included in those are: the hope that I have in Christ, a loving husband, two beautiful children with a third on the way, a warm and comfortable home, and the luxury (that before motherhood I never knew that I wanted!) of working only minimal hours so that I can stay at home with my girls.
As much as I know that this is the life that I truly desire to have, I ashamedly still struggle in finding things to complain about, in self-centered thoughts that this is not making me a better person, and forgetting that God has a beautiful purpose and plan in being a mom and wife. Enter: M2O, Grace’s ministry to moms of preschoolers.
Last year was the first year that I participated. I then had a 3 year old and an infant. Somewhere, a few months before the year began, I realized that somehow during the course of the previous 3 years I had started living in a “hole.” For most of my life I, who considered myself outgoing and high energy, had been living in my house, going through the motions of my days, not necessarily going anywhere very fast. Many times I’d find it hard to remember that this life was about a lot more than me, feeding kids, cleaning floors, doing laundry, cooking supper, and repeat. The only people that I associated with on a regular basis were those in our Community Group (and thank God for them!).
I went to the first M2O meeting very hesitant. But by the time I left, I was so re-energized! There was a whole community of moms that were doing the same thing that I was every day and they wanted to know Christ better and to share Him with those around them! It was a true breath of fresh air and a gift from the Lord. It was a wonderful example of how He gives hope.
This year, I am privileged to be on the Care Team for M2O. Praying for the moms that come and doing my part to reach out and show Christ’s love and hope to other moms. This year’s theme, Glorifying God through the Everyday Ordinary, could not be more applicable to my life. Each month when we meet it is such an encouragement to remind each other that “it is the Lord Jesus Christ you are serving” (Col. 3:24), and that everything can be done “to the glory of God” (Col. 3:17). The discipline of loving God in the “mundane” is a beautiful and enriching thing that glorifies Him and grows me. Whether it be changing a dirty diaper, cutting a hotdog into a million pieces, or trying to find every instance in a preschooler’s world to show them that God loves them and gave His life for them, and that hope for this life and beyond is found in nowhere else but in Him.
I am so thankful for this group of women, and the Body of Christ God has put me in the midst of, to be shown His love and hope through and to. I pray that it reaches beyond the ladies that sit at my table each month, and that are involved in this ministry, and as a result of what God does in my life through it, reaches so many more that I come in contact with.
And this Christmas season… of course it all started with the Hope of the World being born in such humble circumstances, living a humble life, and being raised to life with power, giving us the Hope of True Life with Him regardless of what our daily life entails. Thank you, God!
Posted on Wed, December 11, 2013
by Sara Lee