The World Is Dark, but We Know the Light

Gina Butz Christmas, grace, hope, loved, peace 0 Comments

This has been a divisive year. Lines have been drawn and ugliness has risen to the surface in many places. Sometimes the darkness feels all too strong. Jesus understands that kind of world. When he entered it, the Jewish people had endured 400 years of silence from God. They lived under the oppressive rule of Rome. Soldiers walked the streets. Riots …

To Truly Be Still

Gina Butz peace, rest 3 Comments

(disclaimer: I wrote this in the spring and never posted it. It’s still true though, so I pulled it out to share with you). It’s completely quiet in my house right now. For the first time in nearly 20 years, I have had a week alone. My husband took our two kids to Vermont this week to ski, and I opted …

Let Go and Let Him Hold You

Gina Butz faith, peace, rest 4 Comments

These last few months have been tough. I’ve ventured in to new areas that make me uncomfortable and scared and bone-weary, and the result has been a lot of anxiety, and at times, depression. Being the get ‘er done girl that I am, my gut reaction to seasons like this is, “Ok, so what do I need to DO, God?”  …

In Case of Emergency, Remember This

Gina Butz anxiety, peace, truth 2 Comments

It’s good to have an emergency plan. Like if you are afraid you might be chased by gators. This was the thinking my friend Laura and I had while walking the Orlando Wetland Park earlier this spring. Our plan constantly evolved according to available assistance (“Ok, so here we’d climb that shelter.” As though we could seriously climb a shelter) and …