Soldier On, Friends

Gina Butz courage, faith, trials 0 Comments

There is a constant battle waging for our souls, and I for one sometimes grow weary of fighting it. There are days I realize I’m battling discouragement, pessimism, lies, apathy, and it would be the easiest thing to let them sideline me. I know there’s truth that cuts down all those negative emotions, but it take energy to fight my way …

This Kind of Jesus

Gina Butz faith 0 Comments

When I worked in campus ministry, I had a student insist to me that Jesus was white, because she’d “seen the pictures.” Yeah. I’ve seen the pictures too. Jesus always looks so serene and other worldly, like in that one where He’s standing outside the door in a halo of sunlight. I get the feeling that if I were to …

On Learning to Be Quick to Call for Help

Gina Butz dependence on God, faith 0 Comments

  “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 …

Looking for God in the Right Places

Gina Butz expectations, faith 2 Comments

There’s so much we miss if we aren’t looking for it. One morning last week my husband told me there was a hawk in the backyard. I glanced out the kitchen window and observed nothing. Later, he came in again and asked, “Did you see the hawk?” “No,” I replied, assuming it had flown away. “It’s still there. It’s been there all …