Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday


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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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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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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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A time to rest; A time to write!

It has been three months since I last sat down to write this blog. I sit at Panera, my “go to” spot for a quick writing escape. There is a hot cup of hazelnut coffee within reach. I can spot the same table of retired folks I’ve seen here for years, gossiping and drinking coffee for hours. Headphones in, laptop ready to go! And now I must write… Continue reading


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I know when I need a break!

My husband and I returned yesterday from our week long stay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Our time away was amazing! A beautiful resort, stunning views, fabulous food, time with my husband and ample time for rest. I am so thankful we have the opportunity to travel and family back at home willing to watch our kids while we’re gone! Continue reading


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Sometimes we try too hard to find Joy!

As this posts, my husband and I should have arrived safely at our resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I might be already lounging by a pool, fruity drink in hand. Or eating fish tacos at a pool side bar. (Hopefully we are not stuck in an airport somewhere, or fighting with an airline about lost luggage!) Continue reading


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Real Joy

As we prepared to head to worship this morning, we plotted a fun afternoon visit to the salon for pedicures. My 4-year-old asked if she could get both her toenails and her fingernails painted. She asked, assuming the answer would be yes and she would get what she wanted. I said no. I could paint her fingernails at home. My daughter began to pout! I scolded her for selfish behavior and she immediately burst into tears. My reaction was perhaps a little too intense – but it was upsetting she was so concerned with wanting more that she forgot to be thankful for the gift she was to receive! Continue reading