Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday

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Moving along a bumpy path

Last weekend the family had a big outing. We jumped in the car together and drove around local neighborhoods. Why not?! This is what makes for good weekend plans these days! I’m not sure if the kids would agree, but I actually found our “adventure” quite enjoyable. There are fun little neighborhoods in parts of town I did not know existed.  Continue reading

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Let my prayers rise up…

For our Wednesday night Lenten services, we’ve been singing this delightful little tune from Marty Haugen’s Holden Evening Prayer setting. It’s sung in a round, which many good born and raised Lutherans seem drawn to. 

Let my prayer rise up like incense before you. The lifting up of my hands as an offering to you.
O God, I call to you, come to me now; O hear my voice when I cry to you.

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Distress Got You Down?

Yet another passing into a new year has come and gone. It was a strange week – filled with celebrations and fun outings with extended family, a fantastic night out for New Year’s Eve, an incredibly relaxing New Year’s day at home with the family, and the kick-off of year-end overtime at work. I should have loads to write about. But for some reason, by brain feels a bit dulled; I am drawing a blank! It’s a new decade and I’m 40 years old – is this just how it will be now?!? Continue reading

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Wait, when is Christmas?!

We were sitting in church last Sunday, dutifully listening to the sermon. The Advent decorations surrounded us – blue banners, candles, a brightly lit Christmas tree. At one point I see my son grab a piece of scratch paper from the seat in front of him, and begin to scribble out some words. He quietly passes the card to me.

It reads: “Shouldn’t it be a new year on Christmas? Didn’t time that is not… BC start then?” Continue reading

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The Great Pudding Disaster

On the hectic Monday morning after the long, wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, I picked up my son’s backpack and brought it over to the table where my kids were eating breakfast. When my son was younger (before there were two in school) we would diligently open up the backpack every day and look at every paper and assignment sent home. Now, it is a black hole of old crumpled papers and candy wrappers. Continue reading

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Ask, Seek, Knock

I have patiently waited to use my last of three blog posts written by a friend as a Christmas gift last year. We had He is Enough back in January, and The least of these in May. I’ll enjoy my week off… But I encourage you to reflect on deep faith from the raw and intimate writing of my very dear friend! May you find comfort within your own unique life experience from the gift of her words! Continue reading

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The paralyzing power of fear

Last week’s writing was all about fear. Specifically, that fear we carry for ourselves which holds us back from trying the scary and challenging things we desire to do. I might as well stay on topic and continue to encounter fear. But the focus this week is fear for others… which I suppose in the long run is also fear for ourselves. This is fear of our own ability (or lack of ability, I should say) to cope with loss, and lose our perceived grip on control. Continue reading

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The least of these

I am cashing in on the second of three blog posts written by a friend for me to use any week I choose. (The first – He is Enough – posted late in January.) She doesn’t know it yet, but I will be expecting this Christmas gift every single year!! I love reading her words, plus a week off is kind of nice! Please read the faith-filled words from my good friend… Continue reading


The “Perks” Found on the Journey

It was nine very short weeks ago when I posted Diving In. I was preparing to start two fairly time-intensive faith formation studies, and I was faced with both excitement and trepidation. I asked myself: Can I really do both and give each the time and spiritual attention they need? Continue reading

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Tearing Down Invisible Walls

I often tell my kids:  Trust me! They should feel safe telling me or their dad about their thoughts, feelings and fears; always able to approach conversations with honesty. Questions are welcome. Truth is required! We must experience this trusting parent/child relationship now – practice for the future when more challenging life experience will inevitably occur! Continue reading