Upcoming Meeting – September 19th

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UPCOMING MEETING: Friday, September 19th at 9:30am

We will be watching a video about the “Courage to Love Extravagantly.” In this video writer Bob Goff will talk to us about what it means to reach outside of ourselves and love those around us. It will hopefully provide us with insight on how we can nurture the love of Christ for our fellow human beings in ourselves and in our children.

Reminders:

– T-shirt orders due Monday, September 22nd. $12 each. Great gift idea for those special ladies in your life! Click this link to view the shirts: t-shirts samples

– Chick-fil-A Spirit Night October 6th, 5-8pm Bring you family out for dinner and help support MOPS! Invite family and friends.  The more the merrier and don’t forget to say, “I’m with MOPS” when you check out.

– Moppets: Please bring snacks to share (no peanuts!) and if your child is ill please keep them at home.

Quick and Easy Recipe:

Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice (From Southern Plate)

Ingredients

4 boneless chicken breasts
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 onion, chopped (or less to taste)
1 box Long Grain and Wild Rice with Seasonings (like Uncle Ben’s)

Instructions

Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker. Sprinkle chopped onion over top. Top with cream soup. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours. Cook rice according to package directions*. Before serving, stir rice in. Serve hot.

*Can cook rice the night before and place in refrigerator. Before serving, stir cold rice in and let cook for another ten minutes or until rice is heated through

Encouragement: Mother, Are You Fighting a Battle? (source)

There are so many silent and not-so silent “battles” a mother can go through.

Tough days and challenges and so often many women will struggle alone. Pain and hurt can run deep and the loads of our daily burdens can be heavy. Yet so often we shoulder the things alone we should not be carrying just by ourselves. The Lord never meant it to be that way. We need to remember to bring those heavy, cumbersome loads to the Lord.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

I am the type who would rather not share the deep crevices of my heart. I have trust issues that the Lord is continually working in my life. I am learning to love and not be afraid.

When I had children I was afraid because I knew that meant I would love this new person with every part of my heart–through even the darkest times. What if God plagued this child with disease? What if they died before me? Could I handle the pain and torment? Could I take a chance loving? Could I handle the pain?

And yet, God is so kind to gently guide us through motherhood and through all the hardships that life can bring in general. I am so grateful to not be alone.

Mother, do you know that you are not alone?

Do you know that you have a heavenly father who loves you with an everlasting love?  He is always present and he will never leave you or forsake you.

You do not need to go about your battles alone. He will fight for you.

He is your refuge.

And He will comfort you.

It is okay to cry.

Just remember  that when you do, to also cry out to Him who will wipe away every tear!

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Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

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