Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday


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Being a Sheep

When I walk towards the elevator at the end of a long work day, my eyes are usually glued to my phone. This is partly to take my mind off whatever unfinished business I’m leaving behind, but also to get an update on what I missed in my real life. On one particularly stressful day, I found this message from my 5-year-old’s teacher:

[Your daughter] had a great day! She went above and beyond today and I really appreciate it!” Continue reading

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Something to Hope For

My little family spent a few hours of our Saturday – this first Saturday in December – maneuvering the crowds and overflowing aisles at local stores. We purchased gifts for families and kids we had adopted, with the strict rule that we would not shop for ourselves! The goal, of course, to focus on needs of others instead of our own wants. Continue reading


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Looking for “Lavish” Love

I was asked to respond to a question this week about “lavish love.” Where have I seen it in my communities? How did it offer an example of God’s active redemption? Did it result in transformation, abundance, healing or justice?

I struggled with the question. Sure, there a ton of stories of love. But are they lavish?! Continue reading


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Punish the Wicked – Or Not

How much energy do we lose angry at others? We’ve had a rough weekend dealing with an unfortunate reality in a dear friend’s life; a reality which has caused suffering for years and is hitting new levels of grief caused by the terrible decisions and actions of another person. In the midst of maneuvering reality, we have lost so much energy in anger! We handle the very real consequences one person’s actions have created, yet anger boils inside wanting to get out and attack! Continue reading


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One Voice, Loud Enough for All

During the past few weeks, the words “Reformation” and “Luther” actually made the mainstream headlines. That doesn’t happen very often! Stories of both history and hope for the future church were perhaps lost by some in the chaos of the media. Yet it was encouraging to see a theologian from the 1500’s scrolling the news feed! Continue reading


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Signs of Hope found in Despair

All of a sudden, fall is gone and winter has arrived. The mornings are bitter cold, the sun elusive, and there are only brown leaves and empty branches in place of the beautiful autumn colored foliage. We are at the beginning, with months and months ahead filled with brown, cold darkness! Continue reading


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Serving Together

It’s a Monday night. There’s a group of sophomore boys from a local Catholic high school, a well-dressed young man with a Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints badge prominently displayed, two international students from a local college, a couple of Lutherans (my son and myself) and some men, residents of the homeless shelter where we were serving the evening meal. Continue reading