Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday

Seek God through the highs AND lows of holiday travel!


It is late and I’m exhausted so I’ll keep this short! We spent Thanksgiving weekend driving to Albuquerque, New Mexico to visit my sister. This meant a 30 hour round-trip drive with 7 people – including a 3-year-old – in our mini van. I expected that after this trip I would have a ton of special stories to tell; unique and interesting “family God moments” to write and share. We did have those moments. But as I sit here now, what struck me the most about this trip was the varying ways I reached out to God.

We prayed words of thanks, hands clasped with family and strangers in a circle around a table filled with delicious food made with love just for us.

Quiet cries out to God seeking protection on icy roads as semi trucks come barreling down tiny 2-lane highways in the middle of nowhere. (This prayer was uttered too many times to count…) Yet filled with thanks and awe that we could somehow travel in between two big winter storms the entire way home.

Prayers of gratitude as I lay cuddled in a soft, warm hotel bed with my son on my left and my daughter on my right; a sense of deep, perfect peace as they reach across the top of me and clutch hands. My daughter whispers “I love you brother” and my heart melts!

Eyes closed, deep breaths – silent prayers seeking patience with tired kids in hot and noisy hotel breakfast rooms or dirty truck stop bathrooms.

Desperate prayers for safety as we stop at a red light with smoke billowing from under the hood of our van. Yet thankful that ($850 later) we were able to get it fixed without interrupting our travel schedule.

Prayers of gratitude for good friends who send thoughts and prayers and help watch pending storms from far away.

Words of thanks for the Internet at our finger tips to constantly monitor winter storms and road conditions.

These prayers for peace, safety and thankfulness are thrown out all the time – but sent with so much more intensity when these two little people are in my care!

It was a fun trip, great time away with family. But this kind of travel heightens my stress and anxiety levels – especially when the return trip home includes dodging of ice storms and winter weather!

In the fun, in the laughter, in the stress and in the exhaustion cry out to God!! In and through all things:

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.   
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

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4 thoughts on “Seek God through the highs AND lows of holiday travel!

  1. great post,lovely pictures.


  2. Traveling is always about ups and downs. The most important thing is to look back positively in the very end 🙂


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