Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
By: Jennifer Mullen
Two years ago sitting in a parking lot, I poured out my heart to the LORD about wanting to be “great” at something. During that time of prayer, I received a calling to start this blog ministry. (You can read more of that story here.)
When God calls you to do something, you do it! I learned that lesson in Sunday School as a young child. LORD knows I didn’t want to end up in the belly of a whale! Simply put this blog is an act of obedience.
Just as our tagline says, “…(you) cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” (Ecc. 3:11). The MOMS will never understand the full impact that our obedience has and will have on our readers. Occasionally the LORD gives us glimpses into the mosaic he is creating and it is beautiful.
A few weeks ago, my family and I went out of town to visit relatives. My in-laws watched our children one night so my husband and I could steal away on a quiet date. At a tiny little hole-in-the-wall restaurant we found on TripAdvisor, we were seated uncomfortably close to the cutest little couple you have ever seen. As the dinner progressed, both parties resigned to the fact that it was impossible to not eaves drop into each other’s conversation. Before we knew it, we were on a double date. I enjoyed learning about their sweet family. She had a boy about two years old and one on the way.
As the evening wound down, I felt prompted to share with her about the blog. Her eyes widened with excitement as she pulled out her iPhone. She looked up the blog address and turned to me with tears in her eyes. “I know this blog. I found it when I was going through an extremely dark time.” We went on to discuss her struggles and we cried together. (Our husbands both looked at us like we were crazy! So they continued in their conversation.) That chance meeting gave me perspective that this “thing” God called me to is MUCH bigger than me and that truly, I am only a vessel!
But it is not just about the readers. There have also unexpected impacts on the writers. The process of writing from someplace real often involves an emotional journey. We have shared deep struggles with depression, infertility, fears, prayer, obedience, adoption, children with special needs, and the decision to leave everything for the mission field – just to name a few. We have had to humble ourselves to become transparent and allow God’s light to shine through. That is what I think of when I think of mosaic…a stained glass with God’s light pouring through giving life, hope, and healing in darkness.
We do not think that we have all the answers! We acknowledge our weaknesses and pray that the LORD be glorified through them.
*If you feel that you have a story to tell, please contact us. We welcome guest writers. Don’t let your struggles be in vain. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)