Childrens’ Ministry

Daddy Can We Hug Now?

Over the last two weeks, the Gott family battled Covid-19. Thankfully, we are all better and back at work and school. When I became sick, Leah and I quickly explained to the older kids how they would need to keep their distance from me, and that I would be quarantined in our bedroom (as quarantined…

Little Things

Acts 6:8-10 8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia—who began to argue with Stephen. 10 But they could not stand up against…

This Is How We Overcome

When Leah and I were in college, there was a song often led in chapel called “This is How We Overcome.” The song’s chorus repeats itself again and again, and the tempo is more upbeat, which had always made me smile while singing it. The song has taken on a new meaning over the past…

Waiting

“Just a minute!”  This is an expression I have to tell my children a lot.  I often get bombarded with requests to play, to fix something, read a book, make a snack, or watch something on TV. Many times, I need my children to wait, as I finish doing something with another child, a conversation…

Choose Joy

In the hallway of our apartment there is a sign hanging on the wall that reads, “Choose Joy.” It’s a simple reminder for our family to look for joy, even when our week is busy or life feels slightly out of control. If you are like me, then you often can get caught up in…

A New Year

For me, the days between Christmas and New Years always feel like time stands still. It’s a time when Leah and I reflect on the past year and focus on our hopes and goals for the new year. I have never been one to make New Year Resolutions mainly due to lack of preparation once…

Reflecting

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praises to your name, O Most High. Psalm 9: 1-2 Each December, as the year comes to an end, I typically spend time reflecting on…

A Big Thank You

Last week Leah and I received a phone call asking us to take in twin siblings, a boy and a girl. We immediately said yes, cut our Thanksgiving trip short, and returned home to purchase a van so that our family – now of six – could all ride together. It was not until after…

Importance of Bible Class

If your family is anything like mine, then you have been adjusting to a new schedule since school has started back. Every night we are finishing homework, coming home from afternoon activities, eating dinner, and squeezing in a few minutes of family time. However, one thing I am thankful to have back in our weekly…

Starting School

School is starting back and for the first time, Leah and I are also preparing for our little girl to begin kindergarten. This is a time that is often filled with such strong emotions – sadness that our kid is old enough to begin school, excitement for all the things she will get to do,…