Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday

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Feeling Generous

This past Wednesday was the annual Omaha Gives! online giving event organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to encourage philanthropy in the Omaha metro area. We will usually donate something extra each year to charitable organizations we are familiar with, people and groups out there making a difference in our community. Now more than ever we are called to respond – to seek need in the world and find a way to fill it! Continue reading

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The Promise of Life, Here and Now

In the name of finding creative ways to honor Holy Week, our family watched the 2003 epic film The Gospel of John. This three-hour motion picture is a word-for-word adaptation of the Gospel of John. The production quality is mediocre, and the fact that nearly the entire cast is Caucasian is mildly troubling. But it really does follow the text closely. I had the ESV Gospel of John in front of me for most of it, and the kids and I could track it almost perfectly. Continue reading


Stay Calm and Write On

There are weeks when it feels nearly impossible to think of something to write about. I blame it on busy schedules and too many hours in front of excel spreadsheets. But really, it is far too little time seeking service out in the real world, and my own chosen lack of involvement in a group bible study or class. As the week goes on and that Sunday “deadline” looms, I become increasingly panicked. What could I possibly come up with to write about this week?!? Continue reading

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Women of Faith: Embattled, Equipped, Empowered

My social media feed was filled earlier this week with people blasting the words of a certain pastor who trash-talked Beth Moore: American evangelist, author, Bible teacher – and a woman. Unabashedly, this so-called leader of faith mocked and disparaged the role of women in ministry to a crowd of laughing pastors. (Basically declaring there is no role for a woman in church leadership…) Continue reading

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An unexpected change of plans

All – my husband has a story to tell, so I’m turning over the blog to him this week. Thanks for reading!

Recently, our family had an opportunity to see the musical Come from Away. The story of this show centers on the small community of Gander, Newfoundland. On September 11, 2001, the city of Gander welcomed 38 unexpected airplanes and nearly 7,000 passengers into their community when the U.S. airspace was closed. For five days, the people of Gander opened their homes and changed everything about their lives in order to help these strangers that were stranded unexpectedly. Continue reading


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


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

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Stories from Camp

Well, it has happened again! I’ve hit another busy season at work and chose to recruit help with my weekly post. This time I don’t feel so guilty about it…. (Though I did only ask one day in advance. That was a little unfair!) I recruited my husband to write. He worked with our 9-year-old son, and this is what they came up with. I am so thankful for my husband’s time and his passion for ministry, and thrilled for my son to have the opportunity to share his experience. Enjoy!!

Recently my wife and I had the opportunity to be chairpersons for a gala event for our nearby Lutheran church camp. What a daunting and exciting experience for us! Continue reading


To set the world on Fire, stick with community!

Time for confession… I’ve felt myself pull back lately from the administrative side of my church involvement, frustrated by the conflicts and bureaucracy of running a church.

We stand together at the end of a worship service and fervently sing “Build Your Kingdom Here” by Rend Collective. We sing with joy and celebration and passion – and I think in that moment we all mean the words we sing. Continue reading

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To LIVE (in spite of our anxiety)

This world; this earthly life can lead to so much joy and happiness. Yet with it there is so much in this world to be afraid of – so much pain, loss, brokenness. It is easy to focus on the bad or lose ourselves in our worry. It is easy to push away our loved ones so we do not have to cope with the idea of losing that which we love the most. Continue reading