Leaving a Decade of Ministry

July 31, 2012 | Posted in: MOPS Mentor, Recognize and Remember, Trusting God

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I have  loved serving the MOPS (Mothers of Preschooler’s) Ministry of my church as one of the Mentors .  I absolutely adore the Moms with their young ones,  how they intensely love their children and want to be the best Mom possible for them.  I vividly remember those days in my life,  I needed so much encouragement, especially since I had a preschooler for 14 years.

I started as a mentor when my oldest daughter went off to college and my youngest was in 5th grade.  Throughout the past 10 years, all of my daughters have left for college, got married and now one of them is a MOPS Mother.  Even as my home was in a constant change with growing daughters coming in and out – you could always find me on Wednesdays at MOPS meetings.

Because children continue to grow, the MOPS Ministry is an ever changing ministry with moms coming in and going.  The Moms who had a 3 year old 10 years ago, now have teenagers!  It has been a joy to part of the lives of these Moms, to watch their friendships continue to grow even after MOPS and to watch their kids grow in their faith.

Working closely with the MOPS Coordinators over the years has brought many dear friendships into my life – each one brought her own gifts and talents to the group.  God always brought the exact gifts needed for the group through each leader.  I want to let Candice, Lisa, Stephanie, Tracy, Christie and Allyson know how much I appreciate all they did for the Lord through their service to MOPS.  They are now using these same gifts in other ministries which brings me such delight.

Of course, there have been so many other women I have loved serving with (April, Pat, Lia, Tracie, Susan, the Hart girls, Anita, Rebecca, Brenda, Darla, Kim, Emily and on and on the list could go) – outstanding women who are raising our next generation.  I have been so blessed by each one.

So, you may be asking – why am I leaving a ministry that I love so much.  And there is one easy answer – because God called me to.  Several years ago, my youngest daughter encouraged me to hold my position with MOPS with an open hand – that was the first time I had ever thought about leaving and I must admit that, that thought challenged me.   Then I read a book titled Servant Leader by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges, which provided the concept of succession leadership – that is making sure that people are in place to take your place when the Lord leads you to leave.  As I prayed about it, I knew God was calling me to leave as there are so many gifted women who also love the Lord and the MOPS ministry ready to serve .

It has already been interesting to watch how God is using my gifts as I work in Blessings Unlimited.  I have Moms all across the country who I work along side.  Recently, one of them told me that she had been praying for 3 years for someone to encourage her not only in her business, but also in her Mothering and her walk with the Lord.  How God uses all of our experiences for Himself.

One of my daughters is now a MOPS Mom and who knows there may even be a few more in this position in the upcoming years.  Nothing could be more important to me, than to be available to encourage my daughters in their journey of raising the next generation.

I am very thankful for all the Lord has done through my time at MOPS.  I am excited to see how MOPS will continue to change, flourish and grow throughout the upcoming years.   I am ready for the next thing the Lord will do in my life.  My prayer continues to be used for His glory however He desires.

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”  Psalm 43:19

Blessings,

I am a humble receiver of the saving grace that Christ provided to me through his death and resurrection. My calling is as a wife to Bill, my husband of 34 years, a mother to 3 gifted daughters & 3 fine son-in-laws, and Grammie to my very sweet grandchildren. I love living in our community, spending time with people from all walks of life (I honestly can talk to anyone about anything) , studying and discussing God’s Word and always being with my family. Life and relationships are a gift that I treasure everyday.

14 Comments

  1. cdenninger
    July 31, 2012

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    We just left our church after 24 years and called to a new position- so your words certainly ring true with the shift in focus and heart… I will have to look up the book you read- sounds great!

    • sandrajo
      July 31, 2012

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      Connie – Many Blessings on your next calling. Let me know where you are!

      • cdenninger
        July 31, 2012

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        Sandy, we don’t even have to pack and move!!! John was elected President of the Southeastern District in our church body- the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, So we will be working with the churches and schools and missions in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, District of Colombia and a corner of Pa. GOd is good and faithful and I await to se what He has planned for me with Visual Art and Women’s ministry. Working on Faithful pinning on Pinterest– can find me at cdenninger.

        I look forward to see Your next Grand thing as His Servant! and give thanks for all that I have been blessed by your courage to move forward.

  2. Rebecca F
    July 31, 2012

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    🙂 love you, Sandy!

    • sandrajo
      July 31, 2012

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      Thanks Rebecca – you know that you are the REBECCA mentioned!! Love you right back

  3. Pat
    July 31, 2012

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    Sandy, You are an amazing woman and I know God will use you to mentor more women through your position with Blessings Unlimited. I know you had a great experience with MOPS and am grateful I served as MOPPETS coordinatory and got to know you through this great ministry. Go with God my friend and experience new challenges.

    • sandrajo
      July 31, 2012

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      Dear Pat
      I learned so much about serving from you, you are such an inspiration to me! I would love to sit outside Cafe Kolach and share our hearts. God has chosen to use both of us, to bring HIMSELF glory …imagine that! Love and Miss you.

  4. Danielle
    July 31, 2012

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    Sandra,
    Just wanted to let you know that you are the reason that I joined our MOPS group here in SC. Thank you so much for your influence and friendship.

    Love,
    Danielle

    • sandrajo
      July 31, 2012

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      Danielle,
      You were one of the women that God brought to me through Blessings Unlimited. 🙂 And I am so glad you found a wonderful MOPS group to be part of – I am sure you are blessed by your group and that you are a blessing to your group as well. Love, me

  5. Stephanie
    August 1, 2012

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    Mops was a special ministry that God used in so many of our lives. I am glad that He brought us to MOPS at the same time and the relationship continues. I know God has a plan for you. Thank you for always encouraging me.

    Love you, Stephanie

  6. Stephanie
    August 1, 2012

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    Hi Sandy! I can see that not only has MOPS been a blessing to you, but YOU have been a blessing to so many moms! Praying God blesses you in this new path! By the way, will you be at the MOPS CV next week with Blessings Unlimited? If so… I’ll come to say hello!

    Stephanie

    • sandrajo
      August 1, 2012

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      So good to hear from you Stephanie, I hope you are feeling good. I just made your lemon, blueberry, zuchinni bread yesterday (for my husband), it was very good. I will not be at convention this year and neitber will DaySpring:-( . I know you will have a wonderful time, it is always a special time.

  7. Candice
    August 17, 2012

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    I can’t believe that 10 years have flown by!! I am thankful that I had the chance to learn from you. I pray that God will continue to direct your paths and direct you in the ways you should go. Best of luck on your future endeavors and thank you for sharing your life with so many of us sleep deprived, weary, insecure moms 🙂

  8. April Emery (@emeryapril)
    August 17, 2012

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    Sniff, sniff.

    It’s still wild to me that this past season of your life is over and now you are embracing God’s next call on your life.

    It was an honor to “do” ministry with you. You made such an impact on my life (and continue to). I will love you forever 🙂

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