Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday

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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


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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Find God in surprising ways

Life is busy and we sometimes become stuck in a rut with our faith. To find time to pause; then to rely on God and cast our burdens to him is challenging when so many voices in the world give you a different message. I yearn to find ways to connect more deeply to God! I want to experience faith and sense God’s presence in my life in new ways. And I want to share those moments with my son and daughter; to show them that faith is a lifetime journey! Continue reading

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In the midst of advent – seek PEACE!

We are in the midst of Advent. Advent – the arrival of a notable person or event. Advent – derived from the Latin word for “coming.” Advent – a season observed in Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

We are in this season of joy and hope and peace! Yet I rarely feel peaceful. I find myself in stalled traffic or long lines at the store – the ironic sound of “It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas” playing in the background as I’m silently cursing the noisy and sometimes vicious crowds around me. The “to do” list piles up! (It is a bad sign when baking Christmas cookies with your kids becomes just another thing on that stressful list of things to get done before December 25!) Continue reading

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Which came first – Our service or God’s presence??

It seems God has put service on my heart this week.…

I occasionally attend a Taize service on Tuesday during my lunch hour. (Taize service = repetitive prayer through song and silence.) On this Tuesday, we ended our short meditative time together by chanting the latin words “Ubi caritas et amore; Ubi caritas; Deus ibi est.” It is a beautiful chant – sweet lyrics and soothing tempo. But it is the translation that stuck with me:  “Live in charity and steadfast love. Live in charity; God will dwell with you.” Ubi Caritas

This was the start of my shortened week. Numerous opportunities followed to ponder this word “charity” and what it means in my life as child of God. Charity: defined as “benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity” or “generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering.” Continue reading