A Fierce Flourishing

Welcome to the 2015-16 MOPS International Theme – A Fierce Flourishing 

Theme Verse:

For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Isaiah 55:12

Sometimes we need new eyes. A perspective shift that recalibrates our hearts to the rhythm of God’s goodness surrounding us. To tune our hearts to better hear the music of the divine echoing throughout this world. That we might let that goodness seep into our bones and into our hearts so we can remember what it feels like to flourish.

We think flourishing looks a lot like:

Celebrating Lavishly: Celebrating breathes life into our days. Could it be that commemorating moments might help us to become more alive, to remember what is good and become masterful at recognizing it? How would life change to regularly invite friends into our stolen moments with uninhibited dancing and the best food, while gathered around the biggest table with the deepest conversations? Lavish celebrations can be sacred markers that help remind us who we are.

Embracing Rest: Perhaps it is time to let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as a measure of worth. What if one of the most life-giving activities that would contribute to our flourishing is welcoming rhythms of rest and play into our lives? Creating healthy rhythms in our life is one way we nourish the weary spots in our soul.

Noticing Goodness: Could it be possible that we don’t need new things but rather new eyes to see what we already have? What if we regained our sense of vision, an acute resolve to find hope in the cracks and mire of the mundane? Noticing what is good gives us the gift of perspective and reminds us the sacred is closer than we think.

We become more ourselves when we celebrate, rest and notice, and that looks a lot like flourishing. But this flourishing isn’t the precious or exhausting kind. This is a fierce flourishing. It is a deep-in-your-guts experience of gratitude and hope compelling you to raise your hands and dance freer than you ever have before. It is a fierce protection of your most important moments, an invitation to rest and an opportunity to enjoy the people who are right in front of you.

This year at MOPS, may we become a home for found wanderers, redeemed prisoners, explorers at the edge of their comfort – all of us who were one-time captives now celebrating our unearned freedom, because we have regained the eyes to see. May this year unfold into radical expressions of your own unique Fierce Flourishing.

Meeting Ideas

The MOPS Group DVD will help you reinforce A Fierce Flourishing theme and our “Eyes to See …” Video Series for moms offers relevant and interesting topics presented by MOPS favorites:  Sherry Surratt, Shauna Niequist, Donald Miller, Robin Long and more! Also in your Group Experience Kit, you will receive our Fun/Think/Talk/Do cards designed to give you everything you need to create interactive meetings for your group.  Each Kit includes ten sets of cards, plus another ten sets of unique ideas available online.  Each MOMSnext, Teen and Military group kit also includes several sets of cards created for your specific audience.

Leadership Development

Also included in your Group Experience Kit is a Leaders’ DVD with both inspirational and practical information on building your team, running your group and reaching moms. There will also be online downloads, videos and checklists to help you lead fiercely. The Group Experience Kit is provided to all renewed groups.  There are online portions of your kit available as soon as you renew with the printed kit (including our DVDs) shipping shortly after renewal. Renewal begins April 1, 2015. See the full listing of everything included in the Group Experience Kit here.

Renewal Information

Is it true that the early bird catches the worm? Of course. We are big believers in proverbial sayings. Renew your group this spring and save some serious dough. See all of the renewal facts here.

April 1 – June 30, 2015 = $159
July 1 – October 31, 2015 = $199

Membership Information

MOPS exists for you. Being a mom is beautiful and hard and we get that sometimes you just need a safe space to breathe. A place to get some encouragement that what you are doing matters. MOPS membership provides resources and some fun goodies that remind you that you are important and we are all in this together. See all the Membership facts here.

Our Mom Membership includes:

  • A Fierce Flourishing Guidebook: a workbook for every mom. (Including a guest appearance by Jen Hatmaker.)
  • An adorable print to add beauty to your space
  • A bracelet to remind you to choose to flourish
  • Discounts and music downloads
  • Coupon Booklet with offers from: Jamberry Nails, UV Skinz, Happy Family and more
  • Annual subscription to Hello, Dearest Magazine
  • Weekly inspiring emails
  • A special benefit from brightpeak financial
  • And, of course, a few surprises. (You know how much we love surprises.)

Are you a mentor? We have a membership just for you!

In addition to everything we mentioned above, you’ll receive Fierce Wisdom: Mentoring so Others May Flourish, a book written especially for MOPS mentors.

Looking for information about the 2014-2015 theme – Be you, Bravely? Click HERE