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Unprecedented Ministry

  We’ve all heard it. During the spring of 2020 more than ever. Unprecedented. This word doesn’t roll off the tongue; it’s easy to misspell, and it has nearly as many syllables as required feet for safe social distancing. COVID-19 has proven that, up until now, all previous uses of the word “unprecedented” have been severe exaggerations. Between the stay-at-home orders, quarantine mandates, qualifications for “essential” versus “non-essential,” and face-mask requirements, no one has experienced anything quite like this before, and nothing is unscathed from its effects. But you already know this. What’s interesting, and inextricably linked to these ...
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Raising Helpful Kids

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  While making dinner the other day, I noticed our 2-year-old setting silverware out on the table. Although I never taught her how to do this, it didn’t surprise me, since she loves mimicking her ...
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Feel Like Crying? Me Too.

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When people ask me how I’m doing in quarantine, I tell them I can’t complain.  And that’s the absolute truth. From the South Florida sun to food in my fridge to my healthy hubby and ...
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Friendable

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  WANTED: Female Friend. Age: Less (as in age-less). Location: Present. Availability: When needed. Skills: Non-judgmental listening ears and voice given to both constructive critique and compliments. Pay: Reciprocity. On the subject of friendship, I’m ...
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Feel Like Crying? Me Too.

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When people ask me how I’m doing in quarantine, I tell them I can’t complain.  And that’s the absolute truth. From the South Florida sun to food in my fridge to my healthy hubby and ...
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My First Memory of Mom

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  I tried to remember my first memory of you, Mom. I closed my eyes and combed through the catalogs in my mind, Back to our first house with our thick-carpeted basement and the bunk ...
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Let’s Get Real: Imperfection Is the New Perfection

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We live in a time where online is king and we can pretty much order anything we need at the touch of our finger tips. Most of us have shelter, technology, ongoing Amazon orders to ...
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Raising Helpful Kids

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  While making dinner the other day, I noticed our 2-year-old setting silverware out on the table. Although I never taught her how to do this, it didn’t surprise me, since she loves mimicking her
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Friendable

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  WANTED: Female Friend. Age: Less (as in age-less). Location: Present. Availability: When needed. Skills: Non-judgmental listening ears and voice given to both constructive critique and compliments. Pay: Reciprocity. On the subject of friendship, I’m ...
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From Intimidation to Motivation

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You’ve thought about going back to school. You’ve dreamed of graduating with your bachelor’s degree or master’s degree. You want to set an example for your kids so they understand the importance of pursuing higher ...
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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? Turns out there was a purpose. Practicing ...
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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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Unprecedented Ministry

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  We’ve all heard it. During the spring of 2020 more than ever. Unprecedented. This word doesn’t roll off the tongue; it’s easy to misspell, and it has nearly as many syllables as required feet ...
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Munich, MOPS and Lockdown

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  “Do not leave the house!” I raced over to peer up from my basement window. Had I heard correctly? There it was again. Loudspeakers belted from the streets, warning everyone to stay inside. I ...
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Call for Submissions – April 2020 (magazine August issue)

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We are seeking a wide variety of content. We highly value unique perspectives or novel thought processes with a diversity of voices and experiences as well as variations in content lengths. These types of pieces ...
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Calling Out: Prayers During Quarantine

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  Let me be steadfast for those around me, a source of stability in these troubled times. Anchor me to Your hope and Your love so that I can pull others into Your calm.   ...
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Use Me

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A hmmm. A pause. A cocked head. A furrowed brow. Silence. Subtle clues in a prenatal ultrasound and my first indication that my third pregnancy may differ greatly from my first two. I was 12 ...
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The Passover Quarantine

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This is an unprecedented time for all of us, and this week as I was talking with God, there were three things that he brought to mind. We are currently in the Easter season, but ...
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