Come Be With Me

Gina Butz faith, rest 2 Comments

“Come be with me.” I probably said that a dozen times during the week when our son was home from college. It was good to have his presence here again. His words and laughter filled the empty spaces. More food was eaten. I did his laundry. Cut his hair. We ate out as a family, but other than that, it …

How Looking Back Helps Us Go Forward (And Something to Help You Do It)

Gina Butz courage, dependence on God, faith, perspective 5 Comments

  A few summers ago, our family spent several weeks in Colorado. Naturally, we hiked. Our kids were not fans. It was, “Too hard, not fun, too hot, not enough snacks,” you name it. We trained our kids not to say, “I can’t do this,” but rather, “I currently struggle with . . .” challenging things. At one point, our …

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 busy balancing raising two preschoolers, learning a second language, living overseas, and having a personal ministry, with joy. I looked like Super Mom, but it was an illusion. Then God, in His mercy, shattered it. In the fall of 2004, we moved to Singapore. Both our …

The Secret to Persevering in the Arena

Gina Butz courage, dependence on God, faith, trials 0 Comments

Recently I had a week of awkward engagements, mostly in the form of writing emails telling people what they don’t want to hear, or pushing into uncomfortable topics with others. Yuck. I thought, “Is there a hole I can go crawl into now?” But each of those interactions was necessary because of the tough arenas of life God has called …