The heart of Selah is to teach moms the tools they need in order to grow in ability and confidence in their role as a mother. Selah is a musical term found in the Psalms. While there is no official meaning for this word it does indicate a pause, or a time to stop and reflect. The song writer begins by lamenting to God and pouring out his heart to Him. Then there is a ‘selah’, or a pause. When the song begins again it is full of hope and a renewed perspective of God’s amazing love and power. That is our dream for the moms of Selah; that this ministry is the pause in their week to come and be refreshed. And that they would leave recharged and refocused on right priorities through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The role of a mother is one of the most significant jobs in the world. As C.S. Lewis said, “Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” And yet in our current culture motherhood is not a career that is given much value or support. As Christians though, God has given us as parents the responsibility to raise our kids to know Him (Deuteronomy 11:18-21). Selah is designed to be that much needed support for moms and that weekly reminder to them that what they are doing is so incredibly valuable and significant. We do that by building a strong community around these women so that they feel like they have a place to belong rather than feeling isolated and alone. Then we equip them to do their job as moms by giving them lots of spiritual and practical tools. We emphasize that God must be number one in our lives and that He alone is the answer to all their parenting needs. We are cell-like in that we do ask about and encourage a daily devotional life. We spend time praying together for ourselves, our marriages and our kids. We also do sessions on life skills such as discipline, nutrition & meal planning, budgeting, household management, marriage, teaching their kids, just to name a few. And we do this all with a lot of laughter, and of course coffee and food!
Our theme for 2016-2017 is ‘Motherhood: The Ultimate Endurance Sport.’ We are going to spend the year focusing on what it takes to run the race of motherhood and gain the prize that God has called us to press on towards (Phil 3:14)
For more information about the details of Selah email LaDawn Duerksen