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 balancing raising two preschoolers, learning a second language, living overseas, and having a personal ministry, with joy. I thought I was Super Mom. Then God, in His mercy, led me away from that illusion. In the fall of 2004, we moved to Singapore. Both our kids stopped …

Storm Preparation: Principles for the Spiritual Life

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This week we, along with other Floridians, are staring down a major hurricane. Riding on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, emotions are higher. Fear is strong. Already by Tuesday, supplies were out, though the storm shouldn’t hit till Sunday. As we prepare for this storm, I reflect on how our actions translate to principles for the spiritual life as well. …

Running from God

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“What would make you run from God?” A pastor asked us this question one Sunday as he began a series on the person of Jonah, the poster prophet for running from God. The pastor suggested we might be tempted to run from a calling to another country, maybe one where westerners aren’t welcome. I found myself surprised that a specific location …