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Are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?* Sometimes we need the reminder that life is meant to be lived to the full. That it is OK to enjoy ourselves, to let our hair down, to worry less, and to really suck the marrow out of life (who even says that? I guess we do now.) Because as far as we can tell, this is exactly how God intended for us to live fully and abundantly. 

It’s easy to forget what that feels like, though. One day we’re wide-eyed and the possibilities are endless, and then slowly, without even realizing it, we find ourselves dulled by the routines and disappointments that are a part of being human. We slowly start to lose our optimism and zest for life.

All that is about to change, because this next year is about the full life. Which means living grateful, joyful, and hopeful. It means being led by the Good Shepherd and trusting that everything is working out exactly as it should.

We’ll say farewell to auto pilot and regain our vitality. We’ll have more fun, get to know new people, stop fearing what could go wrong or being so afraid of what others think. We will enjoy our kids like never before, and someday, when they wonder what life to the full looks like, they will look no farther than how mom does it.

But here’s one important thing to remember: this idea of life to the full isn’t about striving for more. It’s not about striving at all. It is about recognizing that life isn’t a bunch of goals to achieve, or people to please; but an invitation to savor, delight, and enjoy your life just a little more.

If you have ever felt like you aren’t enough, if you have forgotten to have fun, or feel like you have lost your spark, then this is the fresh start you have been waiting for.

In order to live To the Full this year, let’s:

Have More Fun: Fun is often the first thing to go when life gets hectic because it seems frivolous and extravagant. This year we are going to remember that we can still have fun even when life is hard. We are going to let the laundry wait and build a fort with our kids. We’ll stop waiting until everything on our to-do list is finished until we have fun, and do one thing a month just because it makes us happy. This is our year to remember what it feels like to enjoy ourselves.

Fear Less: No more fearing what people might think or say. No more letting fear paralyze us or concern about the future rob us of the present. At any given moment, there is courage inside of each of us that may be lying dormant. This year we’ll bring it to life. We’ll change our ways of thinking, calm our anxiety, and surrender our need to control. This is the year of faith over fear, and abundance over scarcity.

Find Our People: This year we’ll meet our neighbors, learn the name of the cashier at the grocery store, and invite our MOPS table over for dinner. We need our people, and they need us. Maybe it means asking someone we respect to be our mentor, or perhaps it means marching in a parade, throwing candy and inviting other moms to MOPS. Finding our people takes some vulnerability, but it will also mean being known, belonging, and helping others feel the same. Life to the full happens best with people by our side.

* From the poem, Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches?, by Mary Oliver

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MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, a non-denominational international organization that exists to encourage mothers to be the best they can be. Boerne MOPS is a monthly program that meets at First Baptist Church Boerne led by mothers, for mothers with children age birth through kindergarten.

At Boerne MOPS we…

  • provide a friendly and relaxing atmosphere
  • encourage and learn from one another
  • enjoy breakfast
  • learn from an informative speaker
  • meet in small discussion groups

MOPS meetings are the perfect opportunity for moms to connect and encourage each other through small groups and other activities. It serves as a place to explore the practical, emotional, and spiritual sides of mothering and also provides opportunities for social outings geared specifically for preschool aged children and their mothers.

Location: FBC Family Life Building at 631 S. School St. in Boerne Time: 9:00AM-11:30AM Cost: $70 per mother for 2019-2020 Childcare: FREE! Meeting Datesonce monthly, starting September 16th, 2019.

 REGISTER FOR MOPS 2019-2020 NOW!

For more information please email Boerne MOPS or visit our Facebook Page here. 

For more information on MOPS International, Inc., see  http://www.mops.org
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MOPS KIDS
 
While Moms are being nurtured in MOPS, their little ones are being cared for and are having fun in MOPS KIDS. In this program, children experience God’s love in a preschool-like setting. Through a Bible-based curriculum, children hear stories, learn songs and experience hands-on activities and crafts.

MOPS KIDS’ volunteers and staff, who care for the children, are loving, Christian people who have a heart for small children. They also hope to bless the MOPS Moms with the peace of mind that their children are being cared for in a fun, educational environment. Interested in being a MOPS KIDS caregiver or teacher? Email Boerne MOPS here.

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