I became a mom at an “older” age–when I “should” have been wiser.
But I wasn’t, and I did a lot of things wrong, and I have a lot of regrets.
I didn’t get an instruction manual, though my shelves sagged with books.
I wasn’t perfect. I didn’t have all the right answers. And I raised my voice a lot.
I expected more from myself, especially since I was in ministry to others.
I wonder if some things would have been different if I’d had some Titus 2 women to carry me.
But, contrary to my own belief sometimes, I also did a lot of things right.
I learned from my mistakes, and I learned how to hang on when the journey got rough.
That’s why I’m excited to announce that there’s a new place in town, and I get to be part of it.
It’s called the M.O.M. Initiative, initiated by my sweet friend, Stephanie Shott, and it was officially launched this week.
What is it?
The M.O.M. Initiative is an acrostic for Mothers On a Mission to Mentor Other Mothers. It exists as a group of moms and a package of resources to equip, enable and support women as they experience Titus 2 in real life. We want to help moms become the best moms they can possibly be.
The M.O.M. Initiative website offers virtual encouragement for real life moms. The website exists as safe place to grow as a mother, to gain a better understanding of what a mother is and what a mother does and to foster and support mentor/mentee relationships.
Along with practical tips, helpful tools, godly wisdom and informative insight on current issues, The M.O.M. Initiative website also offers a private chat room where a mom can connect with a ‘virtual’ mentor and find help in times of need. The website offers help for the mentor as well as the mentee.
The articles on The M.O.M. Initiative website are provided by a wonderful group of moms who are passionate about ministering to the hearts of mothers. Some are writers, speakers, counselors, nurses or experts in their fields, yet they all devote much time and effort to serving other mothers in whatever season of life they find themselves.
The M.O.M. Initiative workbook is being developed to serve as a tool in the hands of Christian moms to help foster mentoring relationships beyond the four walls of the church and take Titus 2 to the streets. It will be an eight-week study containing five lessons per week. Each day the mentee will be presented with biblical truths as well as mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and developmental needs of a child. She will also gain insight through thought-provoking questions encouraging her to implement proactive mothering techniques.
The workbook will also provide a M.O.M. mentor guide and a missional planning guide in the back of the book.
Summed up, The M.O.M. Initiative is a missional mentoring package of resources that will give Christian mothers an easy, hands on approach to passionately pursue mentor relationships with younger mothers and mothers-to-be, and ultimately impact the next generation for Christ.
How Did The M.O.M. Initiative Get Started?
The M.O.M. Initiative was birthed from founder Stephanie Shott’s own story. At the age of nineteen, she was a single mom. Without Christ and without a mentor, she made a series of serious choices that affected her precious young son. After becoming a Christian five years later, she learned being a mom is much more than a three-letter word and a handful of sacrifices. She also realize the significance of Titus 2:4-5.
What’s the Vision for The M.O.M. Initiative?
We believe that if the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world, then the church that mentors those hands will win it.
The primary vision for The M.O.M. Initiative is that it not only be limited to those who enter the four walls of the church, but that it also be used to facilitate mentor relationships in homes for unwed mothers, in low income housing projects, apartment complexes, homeless shelters, prisons, juvenile shelters, schools, hospitals, the mission field and anywhere young mothers can be found. (Planning guides for each of these venues will be available in the back of the book.)
We are mothers on a mission to mentor other mothers and we really want to change the world one mom at a time! Won’t you join us?!
The M.O.M. Initiative is not just a book. It’s not just a website. IT’S A REVOLUTION!
And it’s not just for young moms. It’s for older moms, moms-to-be, wanna-be moms, grandmoms, and spiritual moms, too.
To learn more about The M.O.M. Initiative, you can visit our website at: http://www.themominitiative.com.
To join the revolution and become a M.O.M. Mentor, please click the link: http://www.themominitiative.com/contact-form-to-join-the-revolution/
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Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. ~Titus 2:3-5 (NASB)
Cheryl Smith says
What an exciting ministry. And perfectly adorable photo!
My sweet grandgirl–now walking and talking. 🙁
You will be a beautiful asset to this ministry Sandy. It sounds wonderful.
🙂 Thanks, Linda. Such a great need.
David Rupert says
We really dont know much about parenting until those years have passed us by. Glad to see that someone is giving new moms (and dads?) a head start