Thursday, January 24, 2013

What I Learned From the Hilldale MOPS!

Hilldale MOPS you are an awesome group of Moms!! I came to share the Word with you, but you taught me a thing or 2!

1. God is faithful to bless our efforts. (1 Thess. 5:24)
Your group has grown by more than 20 Moms this year. You were faithful with your efforts and God was faithful with His blessings.

2. You reached out to a Mom with a special need. (Proverbs 31:9) You are women of virtue.
When I arrived, Diane (Hilldale MOPS coordinator) shared with me that a new member, Cherry, was deaf, and asked if I would be comfortable with an interpreter present. She explained that Yvonne, the interpreter, would sit with her back to me and interpret for Cherry as I spoke. My first thought was that I might be distracted, but I was not in the least. Our God is faithful. I met Bro. Larry, the pastor of Hilldale, and he told me how he had encouraged Cherry to join the MOPS group and I am so glad he did. I can only imagine how lonely I would feel if I was deaf, and this group of Moms is doing a great job of making Cherry feel included. (and isn't what we all want and need? Ask any teenage girl!!) Just being with them makes me want to look around my own church and community and see the lonely and include them more in the life of our church family. Great job Bro. Larry and great job Hilldale MOPS Moms. And Yvonne, oh my word, what a great job you did with this fast talking, Kentucky twang of mine. I couldn't even begin to interpret "myself" for "myself", but you did a great job.

Know how I could tell?? By the look on Cherry's face. She looked from you to me the whole time and I am so blessed by this experience. (Cherry has the pony-tail)

Hilldale MOPS has a great group of Mentor Moms who take the commands of Titus 2 seriously. Ladies, let's never forget the words of Paul in Titus 2:3-5: we are to reach out to the young women and girls in our sphere of influence and teach them things like, "holy living, to be more serious about spiritual things, to love their husbands and children, to be discreet, pure, keepers at home, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed!!" (ouch. Not popular in our culture, but biblical truth, without error, just the same.)

I met 2 new mentor Moms this year: Paula did a great job with our devotional, and I enjoyed talking with Mary, a new mentor Mom.

Hannah is one of the newest members of my blog and she shared with me that her husband has recently been deployed to Afghanistan. Oh how thankful I am for the men and women who defend our country and for their precious families who give up so much for our safety. Bless you!

Hilldale MOPS, it was a pleasure to be with you again this year. You are doing a great job encouraging young Moms to be all they can be for Christ, their husbands, and their families. driver picked me up, we had lunch at Chick-fil-a, and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon.
Thanks again Hilldale MOPS Moms!!


  1. Thank you so much for coming! God has really blessed you inspeaking. We enjoyed your message. May God continue to bless you! Congrats on your book! So excited for you! And sorry I didn't get to speak with you or hug your neck before you left!

  2. Penny, it is ALWAYS a pleasure to have you come bless our group! We are so thankful for you! Thank you again for coming to be with us last week!