Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday


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A Permanent Display

Months ago I wrote about a little Hebrew word with a big meaning. Hesed (or chesed): God’s steadfast loving-kindness. (See Seeking Constant from Inside the Vortex.)

I wrote that I hoped to make this ancient word a tattoo. Well, on one miraculously free Saturday back in early March, my husband suggested that we head to the tattoo place. Sure, I said. They don’t give actual tattoos to walk-ins at this busy, reputable shop. I’ll go in, make the appointment, and leave myself with some time to be certain the placement is right – and more importantly that the Hebrew translation is right. Continue reading

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Hearing Voices

A good friend recently set out to accomplish a task. She planned, she worked hard, she prepared. Last Sunday, after she had happily met her goal she shared with the Facebook world how good it felt, how important it was to set out to achieve something and then fight to do it. Continue reading


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Oil and Palm Branches

Holy Week has come and gone. This is, without question, my favorite time in the church year. From Palm Sunday through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, we have the opportunity to experience the Scripture. We get to walk through a week so devastating, yet so wonderfully perfect. The life and divinity of Jesus, his ministry and the wholeness of God’s steadfast love for his creation becomes real and honored. Each year we read the same stories, repeat similar worship traditions – yet this week is impactful deep, deep down in my soul in a way words can’t do justice. Continue reading


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The body and blood… NOT for me?

My family and I had the opportunity to worship last weekend with friends at their Catholic parish. As a life-long member of an ELCA Lutheran church, I know we have our own long-held traditions. Our Lutheran worship services are liturgical by design; there is an order to it which might seem foreign to someone new. But wow… that is really felt during the Catholic service! Stand up, sit down, kneel, speak some words, utter a cued response. It makes one feel a bit out of place! Continue reading


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Cheating on my Homework, Part 1

I am 5 weeks into an 8-week online class on the Lutheran Confessions, a study of “the collection of Reformation-era writings that provides the scriptural and theological foundations for Lutheran faith and practice.” This may sound tedious, but it has actually been an enriching opportunity, with real life application!

In the middle of an online class, the thought of writing more words about faith – words I actually have to let other people read – is exhausting! I’ve written all these things for class – weekly posts, papers, peer responses – all carefully constructed! Why can’t I use one of those? Yet every time I try to go the easy route and “steal” a writing from class for my blog, my husband will inevitably tell me… “It’s good. But it doesn’t really tell any stories about faith in our family.” Continue reading


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An Unexpected Opportunity to Help a Neighbor – part 2

It’s that time of the year again. The time where demands on Brooke’s time take over our lives! So, I – Brooke’s husband – am jumping in to help write this week’s post. It’s a great opportunity for me to share with you some additional thoughts about things we have been doing together as a family. Continue reading


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An Unexpected Opportunity to Help a Neighbor

Last fall, my husband and I were asked to lead a small group at our church: a dialogue on the refugee crisis. It wasn’t a topic we chose. To be honest, it is probably not something I would have picked if given the option. The facilitator books were really helpful, and led us through a 6-week discussion on Wednesday nights. Continue reading