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DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: December 30, 2019 Wordcount: 600-900, Word document Submit to: content@mops.org Writer's Guidelines Sometimes, we believe that our motherhood is a constraint that limits what we can do in this life. We settle into the routine of our daily, mundane tasks and forget that we are one brave decision away from reclaiming our joy, strength and courage. But this will require some work. As moms, we’ve got grit written into our DNA, which means we have what it takes to fight discouragement and fear to take part in God’s beautiful plan for each of us. Often we wait ...
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The Womb Time That Winter Brings

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Winter has a way of reminding me I can’t control every aspect of my life. Ever since I was young, I have loved the seasons. The unique feel, tastes and rhythms of nature have always ...
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6 Gifts to Give Yourself and Your Family This Christmas

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The Christmas season is almost upon us, and if you’re like most moms you’re both anticipating it with joy and approaching it with a bit of dread. After all, the weeks from Thanksgiving Day (in ...
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MOPS for Life: A Mentor Story

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More than 20 years ago, I left my job as a Hollywood producer to raise my infant daughter. Those first months were such a struggle because I had no family near and no idea what ...
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The Day I Stopped Talking

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I imposed a 24-hour “No Talking” rule on myself, and this is what happened … I’ll start by owning that at least a strong part of me is an 8 on the Enneagram (“the challenger”) ...
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The Journey of Motherhood

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After years of lugging both babies and bags down Terminal 5, the most amazing thing happened: all three of my children walked the long journey from the O’Hare airport security checkpoint to the gate. Yes, ...
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There’s Freedom in School Choice

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“Scoot together and say cheese!” I said, pointing the camera in their direction. The girls scrunched their bodies closer, chocolate dripping from their chins, doing their best to control their silliness long enough for a ...
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Boycott Mom-Shaming

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Mom-shaming begins as far back as conception of our little people. “Did you conceive naturally? Did you go through fertility treatments? Use a surrogate? Adoption?” It continues through birth. “Did you get an epidural? C-section?
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The Three Elements to Transformation

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If you know anything about building a fire, you know it takes three elements for a fire to burn: a fuel source (e.g. wood, gasoline, plastic, etc.), heat (like a spark from a lighter), and ...
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Second Grade Dreams

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Some kids dream about growing up to become athletes, singers or doctors. Me? I dreamt about college. I recall with great detail the day when my second grade teacher talked to our class about what ...
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MOPS International Statement of Faith

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MOPS International has been made aware of a new blog and companion podcast posted this week criticizing MOPS’ theology. We are saddened that these Christian bloggers did not contact us directly with their concerns. Solid ...
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Scales and Arpeggios

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Growing up, I took several years of piano lessons and my least favorite part was practicing my scales. It seemed so tedious. Did it really have a purpose? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txx9D-8ubdg Turns out there was a purpose ...
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Slingshot Fun

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"We have to reinvent fun back into our American society or we are going to serious ourselves to death." - Alice Cooper https://vimeo.com/271905836 The MOPS International staff taking a much-needed fun break from the work ...
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Call for Submissions

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DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: December 30, 2019 Wordcount: 600-900, Word document Submit to: content@mops.org Writer's Guidelines Sometimes, we believe that our motherhood is a constraint that limits what we can do in this life. We settle ...
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MOPS for Life: A Mentor Story

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More than 20 years ago, I left my job as a Hollywood producer to raise my infant daughter. Those first months were such a struggle because I had no family near and no idea what ...
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A Double Blessing

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I became a MOPS mentor completely by accident. Imagine a mother of college-aged kids (that’s me) crashing a MOPS meeting with the sole purpose of introducing herself to the guest speaker, who happened to be ...
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The Womb Time That Winter Brings

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Winter has a way of reminding me I can’t control every aspect of my life. Ever since I was young, I have loved the seasons. The unique feel, tastes and rhythms of nature have always ...
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When My Five-Year-Old Evicted Jesus From His Heart

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It was bedtime and it was my turn to tuck the little man in. We usually lay down with him for about 10 minutes before he sleeps. He uses that time wisely to ask for ...
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How’s the View

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At a local coffee shop on a recent Saturday morning, I sat at a round table cradling a coffee mug and gabbing with friends. The café buzzed with activity, and our table mirrored the energy of ...
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