The Illusion of Having It All Together

Gina Butz dependence on God, faith, identity, trials 1 Comment

Early in our time overseas, I thought I had it all together. I was balancing raising two preschoolers, learning a second language, living overseas, and having a personal ministry, with joy. I thought I was Super Mom. Then God, in His mercy, led me away from that illusion. In the fall of 2004, we moved to Singapore. Both our kids stopped …

Running from God

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“What would make you run from God?” A pastor asked us this question one Sunday as he began a series on the person of Jonah, the poster prophet for running from God. The pastor suggested we might be tempted to run from a calling to another country, maybe one where westerners aren’t welcome. I found myself surprised that a specific location …

On Learning to Be Quick to Call for Help

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“Ring! Ring!” These words were often heard in our house when our children were younger, usually accompanied by giggles, peppered with a little desperation. They were the distress call from our daughter, translating to, “Daddy – my big brother’s playing with me and he’s getting a little too rough and left to my own devices I’ll probably retaliate in a way that …

Drop the Hot Dog – Learning to Feed on What Truly Satisfies

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Confession: While I deeply want to be loved for who I am (and fear that I might not be), I will settle for admiration. It feels like love. But that’s like eating a hot dog, when what I need is rich soul food. It’s easier, feeding off admiration. It’s more accessible, more within my control, to seek out the praise …