Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday

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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

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SERVICE? Nah… I’m too busy

In the same week I lamented about how our church had no opportunities for families to serve the community – and then identified “inaction” as a one of our church’s negative values. By inaction, I meant that people identify and complain about our church not having a program they want, but make no efforts to get said program started.

Ummm… thinking about some old saying about a pot and a kettle?!?

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