5 Things Christians Can Do After the Election

Gina Butz culture, dependence on God, hope 6 Comments

On Wednesday, November 9th, we will wake up to a new president. Lord, have mercy. However the chips fall, the next four years will encompass a reality most of us probably would not have chosen. It’s easy to feel helpless in light of the future, but there’s still much that we can, and should, do. We can┬ápray. I’ll be honest-I …

The Extraordinary Childhood of a Third Culture Kid

Gina Butz culture, parenting, third culture kids 2 Comments

I grew up on a corner lot with a huge backyard across the street from a giant park. The world was our plush, Kentucky bluegrass playground. Our kids grew up surrounded by concrete. The nearest decent patch of grass was a solid mile away across a busy street. One day, when they were littles, I lamented this fact to God. …

No Substitute for Relationships

Gina Butz culture 2 Comments

Truth be told, I’ve started dreaming of the day when we say to one another, “Remember when social media was so popular? Yeah, that was nutty. Thank God it’s over.” Realistically, I suppose it never will be, but lately I’ve found myself so aware of the downside of these interactions. They are communication rich but relationally poor. Yes, I know …

The Real Me

Gina Butz culture, transition 3 Comments

It happened yesterday at the dentist. I was myself. I mean, really truly, like just how I would be if I were with someone I’d known forever. I was chatty. I made witty comments. They laughed. It felt comfortable, and normal, and I thought, “Hey, I’m being me! With people I just met!” This is progress. You’d think I’d always …

Do you miss Asia?

Gina Butz culture, grief, transition 0 Comments

People often ask me if I miss living in Asia. I really don’t know how to answer this question, because what comes to mind is the pollution this year that has been so high it’s unmeasurable by the current systems. Obviously I can live without that. I miss friends terribly, but several of them have also left in the last …

Libraries as God Intended

Gina Butz culture, transition 0 Comments

It amazes me, shocks me, really, that I have been in Orlando a full month and, until today, had not found the library. I have heard it calling me all this time, “Gina . . . I have books . . . books from your Good Reads list . . . come and play!” But I’ve been busy doing a …