Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday


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We can’t control the weather

My daughter made this graham cracker “gingerbread” church last week. It was a work of art! She beamed with pride when people at church asked about her creation. She was eager to show her project to her grandparents. We carefully took it home and displayed it in the center of the dining room table.

As I set it down, I was confident it was outside the reach of the dogs. However, on the following morning I heard my husband gasp loudly, followed by a scolding of our two dogs (now cowering in a corner); and I realized that I had, sadly, been mistaken. The dogs could, in fact, reach the graham cracker church, and did desire to eat the hard, dried-out frosting and gumdrops! The structure was gone, with not a crumb remaining; just a sad, empty paper plate! 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


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The things to be thankful for

There are very few pictures of myself that I actually like. I always find something to critique – some flaw that I do not want captured for all of eternity! But last weekend, my husband snapped a picture while I wasn’t looking and I absolutely adore it! Continue reading


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Pay attention, then flip that inward focus out

I like helping other people. I enjoy that warm feeling of self-accomplishment when a friend or stranger can move forward in life with a big smile and a problem solved because of something I was able to do for them. How wonderful when I have the available funds, spiritual gifts, or on rare occasion the time to actually help another person.

Let’s just stay blissfully ignorant, content by how our actions exemplify who we are and self-justified that we are doing quite enough to proclaim the God we follow.

Too often I must be reminded it is not this simple. Continue reading


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Here we go… another new year!

The new year has arrived! Each year I become more amazed at how quickly time moves.

ferrisbueller3This weekend was my last chance to “live” before the overtime nightmare that is year-end accounting begins. Family was in town. We had plans for fun, games, a nice dinner out, time to celebrate a new year. Yet on Saturday morning, I sat in my dark living room buried under blankets watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I was struck by the last line of the movie:

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Continue reading


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Is it time to celebrate Christmas yet?!

As we quickly approached Christmas, I heard the following question countless times:  “Are you ready for Christmas?” I asked this question myself a few times. I know what it implies – trust me…

Did you purchase and wrap the perfect gift for all of your friends and family? Is the house clean and the decorations immaculate? Have you planned the perfect menu? Did you fight the grocery store crowds to purchase 10 packages of cream cheese and every variety of booze your guests could desire? 

My answer every time, of course, was a stressful “No!” Continue reading