14 October 2013

It never ceases to amaze me, the plan that God has on each one of our lives and the relationships that he provides to help us through each season.  In 2006 I ventured into the unknown world of mothering and I was excited to finally be able to attend MOPS which I had heard lots about.  So with my 11day old daughter I made the effort to go to MOPS and there began a new season of making new relationships with women who were on the ride of mothering too.  In 2007, my MOPS season changed as I went from a participant to being a team member, a challenge I was ready to take and really enjoyed.  God knew my need to be connected with others and to serve, so MOPS become a fantastic avenue for me to use some of my talents that I was not using as a mother.

Seven years on and my season of being a MOPS team member is about to come to a close.  With the arrival of our third child due in November, it is time for a break and refocus of where I am at and what God has in store for me in this next season.  One of the things that I am so thankful for is the opportunity to serve with such extraordinary women and mothers over the majority of my mothering journey to date.  These women have encouraged me as a leader, woman and mother and have inspired me to be the best I can be.  Relationships, as we all know, help us to build character and skills and provide ‘normality’ in the midst of our sometimes frustrating but ‘exciting’ mothering journeys.  There is such benefit to hear from others that they too have experienced similar circumstances with their children/husband.  For the past 7 years I have had the privilege of meeting up with the MOPS team every Friday of school terms, either for a meeting or MOPS session and being blessed by their enthusiasm, support and generosity, things that have been very much appreciated as I have struggled in my own mothering journey.  People make such a valuable contribution to our lives in the smallest of ways.  A span of 7 years has also enabled me to be a part of women’s lives in MOPS and to have opportunity to encourage and pray for their circumstances and see amazing answers to prayer! Have all of these relationships come easily? Definitely not, but the hard work of developing them has benefitted both myself, my family and those involved.

As we conclude this year’s theme of ‘Plunge’, I encourage you to embrace the opportunities of relationship with others. We are designed to be in relationship and while our mothering journey can often make it feel like we have little time for friendships, the benefits of working on them are tremendous.  Are you desiring more support from and connection with others? Take some time to really make the most of your time with the people who God has placed in your current season and see the fruit that comes from that.

Vaness Ralph





4 Responses to “Seasons”

  1. Rebekah Hordern says:

    Thanks for sharing, Vanessa, and I pray that God will continue to bless you and grow you as you move into the next season of your life. Thank you for your contribution to Townsville MOPS and to MOPS in general.

  2. Cath says:

    Ness it has been such a privilege to serve alongside you. You have been a huge blessing to me over the past seven years. Can’t wait to see what God does with you next…!

  3. Fiona says:

    What an amazing job you have done serving the women of Townsville so faithfully, Vanessa!! You are a phenomenal woman of God, and you have blessed so many. Enjoy your break…rest in Him. I can’t wait to see your next season 😉

  4. Vanessa Ralph says:

    Thanks Ladies!

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