A few weeks ago, a friend and I had a genius idea! (Well, it seemed so at the time…) We decided to take some cherished vacation time and spend the entire day kayaking a local river. We had completed a similar trip last fall, and planned to start where we left off and continue to end. (For you local, Eastern Nebraska folks, this was the Platte River from Schramm Park SRA onto the Missouri River, exiting at the boat ramp in Plattsmouth.) Continue reading
The tagline for this blog is “Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday!’ Saturday held events which were not “everyday” and God was most definitely present!
The past week was a busy one; big deadlines at work (again), soccer, kindergarten round-up, church commitments, doctor appointments, meetings. We had joyful events on Saturday to look forward to. But as the week wore on and the opportunity for sufficient sleep evaporated, my husband and I allowed the logistics of the day get in the way of our excitement for these important events. Continue reading
Through the years, I’ve heard numerous pastors and church leaders proclaim “There is Joy in the Journey!” Sometimes this phrase might seem cliche or overused – but I think there is deep truth in these words. My own Pastor proclaimed just this past week that Joy, unlike simple happiness, is an awareness of God’s grace within brokenness. Joy is knowing God’s presence as we maneuver down this winding path we call life!
Pondering this “Joy in the Journey” is especially important as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. This season is supposed to be a time when followers of Christ remember and celebrate Joy through the gift of Jesus. God chose to be present with us – Immanuel – in the form of a baby in a stable! So simple, such humility!
Yet real life gets in the way as we try to experience joy through this celebration. This journey often comes with deep confusion, chaos and pain. Continue reading