A few weeks ago I went to the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) national convention also known as MOMcon. It was over 5,000 moms celebrating together for 2.5 days crammed full of worship, excellent speakers and great fellowship. I went with seven other girls from my leadership team and it was an awesome time away. I wanted to share the thing I took away most from the trip.
The theme this year for MOPS is A Fierce Flourishing, which before MOMcon didn’t really make a lot of sense to me. What did it mean to fiercely flourish and how could it help me be better as a mom. During the main sessions each of the speakers focused on a different piece of the Fierce Flourishing theme, which was broken down into Notice Goodness, Celebrate Lavishly and Embrace Rest.
All three of these points are important and needed, but I think when I heard the theme initially I skipped over Notice Goodness and went straight to Celebration and Rest, but after the conference weekend and then a week of reflection I now think Notice Goodness is one of the most important pieces. It isn’t just noticing the goodness in life; it is the searching and finding of goodness in the good and the bad and noticing that that goodness is really God, because God is good.
[tweetthis]As a mom sometimes when we look at life we often notice the badness first instead of the goodness. #momcon2015 #mops[/tweetthis]
The messes, dirty dishes, crazy children and life zooming by.
Maybe there is more to all the chaos of motherhood than what first meets the eye. There is goodness surrounding us in most of life’s daily situations. It often only takes a moment to realize how blessed we truly are.
Healthy children, a place to call home, food to eat, a beautiful day and the list goes on.
But of course life isn’t always easy and good, but that doesn’t mean God isn’t there and that we can’t find goodness. God is regularly tucked deep inside the bad and hardness of life too, it just might not be as easy to see or just maybe you won’t be able to see the good until weeks, months or years later. If we search out goodness we can find it. It may require stopping and taking a few deep breaths, but God’s goodness is a gift and his grace pouring out on us. We need to take time and stop and notice the reminders he gives us.
Our speaker Margaret Feinberg gave us a few tips on how to fight back with joy and notice goodness. She said, “If you lose the goodness of who God is, you lose everything” and then gave us these three tips:
- Marinate in the truth of God’s love for you.
- Remain suspicious that God is up to something good.
- Recognize your Heavenly Father is speaking to you.
Margaret is an inspiration. She is currently fighting cancer, which is not good, but she is fighting back with joy and living her life by speaking at various events and sharing her story. She said, “Cancer isn’t a gift, but there are gifts hidden in the circumstances. When you hunt for goodness you will find it.”
If you are interested in learning more about fighting back with joy check out Margaret’s new book Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears. She was an inspiring speaker and her book is on my wish list.
What goodness do you see in your life today?