Read along as new mom and OMPC member Jessica Hamby shares her experience being loved well by Moms in Community...
About a month after giving birth I was contacted by Lisa Donahue from OMPC. She called me and introduced herself and said that she was part of a group at the church called Moms in Community. She explained that the group existed to support and encourage new moms. She said that she and Jill Mallory wanted to come to my house, bring me a meal, pray with me, and give me a break from the baby for a little while. Although I thought it was strange to have two ladies I'd never met before offer to come over and help me, I was in no position to turn down offers of assistance! With no family in town, the newborn sleep deprivation stage was really wearing on me.
Shortly after Lisa and Jill arrived at my house they said, "OK, go take a nap." I said, "Do I really look THAT tired?" And they said, "No, not at all, we just remember how hard it is with a new baby, so you go take a nap or do whatever you'd like, and we will take care of him." Maybe the sleep deprivation was making me delusional but I just handed them my baby and went to take a nap like I was told. After I woke up an hour later they had gotten my baby to sleep, which was a hard feat given his acid reflux. I thanked them profusely, we prayed, and as they were leaving Jill looked at me and said "If it's okay, I'd like to come back next week as well". After feeling so refreshed from my nap, and again, in no position to turn down any offers, I said, "Sure!" Jill came back the next week and the next week after that. Each time I got to either take a nap or take a bath or unload the dishwasher or just get something off my to-do list. I felt bad that she kept coming to help me but at the same time I was just so blessed to have the help. The outpouring of time, energy, and love made me feel that I wasn't alone in my new role as a mom and that I was loved and cared for by my church.
During our visits, Jill shared with me several insights the Lord had given her during her early days as a mom; it was exactly what I needed to hear and spoke directly to my heart. Over the next six months both Lisa and Jill checked in on me and came back over occasionally to pray with me and give me another break. As my son got older, I was even able to take him to the nursery drop-in at church and have lunch out with Jill, which was very exciting for me! I'm not sure I would have survived the early days of motherhood had I not had the support from these ladies. They stepped into my home and into my life at a much needed time with both tangible and emotional support.
I also attended the weekly Moms in Community group where I learned I was normal; my struggles, challenges, and joys as a new mom were shared by many other new moms and seasoned moms at OMPC. I'm so thankful for this group. It has been such a beautiful picture of the Church being all that Christ intended it to be.
Posted: 4.28.2015 in Women’s Ministry Share: