What to Do When It’s Hard

Gina Butz dependence on God, faith, grief, trials 18 Comments

The last couple weeks I have witnessed all manner of hardship around me. The sudden death of a son. Adopted children wrestling with trauma and fear. Inconclusive test results. Two attempted suicides. A mysterious illness in a child. Moments like this rattle us to our core. They remind us that the world is fallen, and we are frail. They speak to …

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

Gina Butz dependence on God, expectations, identity, loved 4 Comments

Confession: While I deeply want to be loved for who I am (and fear that I might not be), I 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. Admiration is more accessible. It’s more within my control to seek out the …

Ask God For the Pony

Gina Butz dependence on God, faith, prayer 0 Comments

Every fall, kids make wish lists of all that they want for Christmas. When our kids were young, I feared Toys-R-Us. I was terrified they’d set their hearts on something huge we couldn’t afford. One year there was a giant toy pony that kids could actually ride. I think it cost $400. Ridiculous. Years ago, my friend’s son was celebrating his 4th …

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 pray. I’ll be honest-I …