Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Feb 10th - MOPS Meeting

I am a MOPS mentor mom. 

Last week it was my joy to speak to our local MOPS group on marriage. I've never talked much on marriage and it took me quite a bit of time to figure out WHAT I wanted to say MOST. Our MOPS director agreed to let me take a bit longer with the speaking so that I could build small group discussion in to my "talk". I love her. 

I decided I wanted the ladies to know three things....1. All relationships go through stages and if you are in a bad season you can choose to push through it, 2. We are to unconditionally RESPECT our husband (this is the way to fully love them), and 3. Our marriages must come before the children - second only to God.  Of course, there are always "on the fly comments" and the beauty of small group participation is that you hear from so many more perspectives....I was sure to point out that we aren't looking for cookie cutter marriages. LOL 

I created a power point slide show - which I've done before. But THIS time I learned how to download Youtube clips to my to my hard drive and add them to the power point presentation. YES.  All in all it was a fun experience. 

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Stages of relationship - we briefly highlighted each one and talked about the good, the bad, and the ugly of each. 

Flirting/Infatuation Stage

Reality Stage

Mature or Practical Stage 

Married Romance (My personal favorite)
A relationship like this begins NOW......

I then talked about respect and loved the varied answers on what respect IS and what it ISN'T and how to show it to our husbands. Since we had discussion time for that I did not make out a handout.

I transitioned to practical ways to keep our marriages first in the midst of the MOPS years with this clip....(Stacia LOVES this one - and I figure the message is ok). LOL

Below is a hand out of ideas I passed out....and we shared others. First Things First

Choosing Joy!
©2010 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...


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berrypatch said...

Great points! I loved the video at the end by Anita Renfrow. Thanks for sharing!! ;-)

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Isn't Anita Renfroe great?

Jen said...

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Anonymous said...

Love your youtube videos! Way to be tech savy with your communication!...the message was already great...but that took it up a knotch.

Bre g

Anonymous said...

Sis: Great. Loved the videos. Proud of you. love/prayers - Mom T.