Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday


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Dying to sin: again, again and again…

Today is Easter; a day, I would argue, in which we honor the most important moment in our faith story. In Easter, in death and resurrection, we have life! It is the pinnacle of our belief, where we stake our claim and find hope!

So… we have God, who created all things. And God decided to reveal God’s self to us through Jesus; through a human man, humbled beyond imagination through death on a cross, a servant to all through his life and his death. But the world betrays him; he dies and is raised from the dead so that the sins of the world might be forgiven? Continue reading


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Spiritual guidance from a fortune cookie

We recently took a very short weekend road trip to visit friends near Chicago. It was a fun trip – but so fast it felt like we were in the car more than we were with our friends!

With that vast stretch of Iowa still looming between us and home, we made a quick stop for lunch on our return. We ordered mediocre Chinese from a food court. As our meal ended, the mood was gloomy. You could sense the reluctance to get back in this car where we’d spend the next 6 hours! Continue reading


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Looking beyond our own desires

My kids and I went to the store one night this week in search of a birthday present for my mom. We discussed on the short drive there what we might purchase – What does Mana like? What is her favorite color? I was at first met with blank stares; then my 3-year-old daughter suggested either a big scooter or pillows. I can say with certainty that her grandmother would NOT want a scooter and I have no clue what she meant by “pillows!” But I had a suspicion that both items reflected her own desires more than what she believed her grandma would want!
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Reflection and Commitment – 100 Sundays later…

100 Sundays have gone by since I committed to writing each week about faith and family. 100 Sundays; nearly 2 years! Some Sundays held stories developed and perfected for weeks, while others were thrown together in an hour late on a Sunday night. Yet each week, words were written, failures shared, life captured. Continue reading