Firstfruits began with an idea: How could women’s needs to gather with other women, experience God’s love and go forth more centered on their own giftedness and purpose be met? Then the Holy Spirit stepped in and something powerful happened!
In the beginning … Firstfruits began as a vision for a women’s ministry whose purpose was to gather women to experience God’s love. And as a result, be transformed!

As word spread about this unique opportunity, other parishes became interested in hosting a Firstfruits gathering. It became apparent to the founders of Firstfruits that this “gathering” needed to be moveable. We became known as a moveable feast of spiritual opportunities for women.

Bunny Butt Pancakes

I scored some serious grandma points this week. Thanks to my friend who sent me the ‘recipe’ for Bunny Butt Pancakes. (See the picture.)

I’ll do anything to keep the little ones amused and ward off the melt downs.

I found myself in grandma (or Num Num as my grandkids call me) mode a lot these last couple weeks with schools on spring break and our son and daughter-in-law moving into a new house. I was happy I could help out but it was a lot of work. One day we had all five of the darlings at the same time. It’s not for the faint of heart.

It dawned on me that some families have five children the ages of our grandkids. They are 8, 6, 5, almost 4, and just turned 3 with one on the way. And they live with them everyday, not just one day!

My admiration goes out to all you moms of young children and not so young children. Dads too, but I’ll catch you in June. Right now, with Mother’s Day coming soon I want tell all you moms how amazing you are. And don’t let any online articles, Facebook posts, well-meaning relatives, or sarcastic grown children make you feel otherwise! Remember two things.

1. You were amazing, you are amazing, and you will be amazing!

Your sacrificial, unconditional love is your child’s first glimpse of the deep love of God. Your day after day commitment to your vocation as a mom is how they learn the ever-present and constant care and concern of a loving God. Your discipline with love helps them better understand God’s just yet merciful nature. And your bunny butt pancakes show them that God is smiling on them and wanting their lives to be full of joy!

2.You are never alone in your motherhood gig no matter how long you have been at it.

In those quiet hours of the night as you rock your precious one, or stare opened-eyed at the ceiling waiting to hear your teenager’s keys in the front door, or make futile attempts to pray as you wait for the text that your baby’s baby has arrived healthy and safe, you are not alone. That same God you have mirrored as a mother is mothering you. He is looking on you as precious, He desires that you are safe and at home with Him, and He cares deeply that you know and experience the abundant joys this life can bring.

Here’s to all you moms out there. And I use the term broadly. A mom is anyone who has shown the love of God to a child. May is the month to celebrate yourself.  Come join us Thursday evening at Firstfruits for our Mother–Daughter-Granddaughter-Special Friend event to celebrate.

Go to Firstfruits.info/Events for details.

Or at least treat yourself to something special this month, perhaps a Bunny butt pancake?

Joan

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Joan Carey, Firstfruits executive director, is an author and speaker with a passion for helping women grow in their relationships with God. Her Ponder This book contains a series of modern day parables sure to get you thinking about and seeing our extraordinary God in our ordinary experiences. Joan invites you to use resources on this website for daily reflection in your journey to grow in God's loving care for you.
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