A Beautiful Mess MOPS 2013-2014 Theme

Moms live in messes. The toys, crumbs, and spit-up are their natural surroundings. Moms often feel like a mess. They are exhausted, under-showered, and hormonal. Their past and present circumstances and decisions can leave them feeling inadequate for God’s love and purposes. A Beautiful Mess — reminds moms that beauty can come out of their difficult spots. The grime of mothering young children brings the beauty of motherhood. The bruises of life can bring God’s redemption. Embrace Your Story — reminds moms that their past, present and future can be used for good. God knows where each of us has been, where we are today and has set in motion where we are headed.

Theme Verse:

Ephesians 2:10 (New Living Translation)

For we are God’s masterpiece.
He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Theme book: The Artist’s Daughter: A Memoir  by Alexandra Kuykendall

One woman’s story of understanding her mothering identity by exploring the layers of her life that shape who she is today. From childhood, to marriage and ultimately motherhood she discovers what, and who, defines her by looking to answers of three fundamental questions: Am I lovable? Am I loved? Am I loving?
Theme devotional:  Known & Loved: 52 Devotions from the Psalms  by Caryn Rivandeira

Fifty-two devotions drawn from the Psalms that show women how God sees them, what he created them to do, and how he created them to be. She takes women through ten major areas of identity, weaving in stories from her own life and from the lives of other moms, showing mothers that they are valued and valuable.

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