This is assigned

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“How accurate are these things?” “Umm . . . the box says 99%.” “So it could be wrong. Right?” “I think that means it might say you aren’t, but you really are. Not the other way around.” So began our parenting adventure 17¬†years ago, just months before we planned to head overseas to live long term. I have to say, …

Christ Who Gives Me . . .

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This morning I received an email from Ethan that said, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me.” I jokingly wrote back, “Gives me what? What is it Ethan? The suspense is killing me!” But I was encouraged. This is his budding faith in action, as he was gearing up for what we both knew was going to …

I Am an Israelite

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As a family, we’ve been reading the Bible in a year together. At the same time, the church we’ve been attending is going through something called The Story, which is a 30 week overview of the Bible. We decided to throw in The History Channel’s The Bible series for good measure. We are immersed. One of the things that always …

The Good Life

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The world would have us think that a good life is a “significant” one. It is one in which you have bigger, better, more; you have some combination of fame and fortune. I believe God would differ. And I agree with Him, especially after reflecting on the life of my grandmother. The night before her funeral last Saturday, we sat …

All Things for Good

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I wasn’t supposed to see my grandma that Thanksgiving. We had plans to drive to Wisconsin, but because our shipment from overseas finally arrived, my husband flew to Orlando to receive it. My parents were going to visit my grandma at the nursing home. I decided to go with them because it might be the last time I saw her. …

Feed on Faithfulness

Gina Butz faith, transition 3 Comments

Do not let the current state of our house fool you. Though people who visit express astonishment at how “settled” everything looks, mine is not a settled heart. Perhaps our zeal to get the house in order quickly is partly a way to occupy our hearts. It distracts them, and makes them think they are settled too. It’s also evidence …

The Slow Boat From Asia

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Anyone else remember this book? I didn’t read it, maybe because I never had trouble getting my locker open. Today, my book is titled, “If God Loves Me, Why Can’t We Get Our Stuff Off the Slow Boat From Asia?” I’m guessing that sweet 70’s era book might have a good answer for me, so now I’m kicking myself for …

Feeling the need

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Remember that need I was talking about a few posts ago? That “boy I sure hope I don’t forget about God here, I want to feel my need for Him” need? Yeah, I’m feeling it. I know I didn’t really have a hope that I wouldn’t. God doesn’t let opportunities like that pass. In the last few years, we’ve noticed …

Lest you forget

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“And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers . . . with great and good cities that you did not build, and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant – …