This year our theme is A Beautiful Mess: Embrace Your Story. Moms live in messes. The toys, crumbs and spit-up are their natural surroundings. Moms often feel like a mess. They are exhausted, under-showered and hormonal. Their past and present circumstances and decisions can leave them feeling inadequate for God's love and purposes. Like they are the mess in question.
A Beautiful Mess reminds moms that beauty can come out of their difficult spots. The grime of mothering young children brings the beauty of motherhood. The bruises of life can bring God’s redemption. Embrace Your Story reminds moms that their past, present and future can be used for good. God knows where each of us has been, where we are today and has set in motion where we are headed.
But what does it mean to Embrace Your Story? EMBRACE, to put your arms around and hold tight, to give a big bear hug, that says, you are mine. All mine. I take you just as you are. A beautiful mess. And it's YOUR story. You know it like no one else does. You are the expert. No one can deny your life's experiences, your feelings, the You of who you are. They are unique. No one else has lived it or ever will. And it is a STORY, it has a beginning, a middle and an end. But you find yourself today in the middle. You can examine the beginnings, understand them, embrace them. You can see how the early chapters impact where the story is today. And you can plan for the next chapters. You are the main character in it. Co-authoring your moves with THE AUTHOR of life. The Artist of all creation created you and you are indeed A MASTERPIECE.
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10