Why Pray?

Gina Butz prayer, trials 2 Comments

This was a summer of big prayers. It was also a summer of “no” in answer to those prayers. It left me a little raw. I declared myself “the persistent widow” from the beginning (Luke 18:1-8). Our son faced some huge obstacles that needed mountain-moving prayer. I was ready to be audacious. I asked big. Give me the pony, God, …

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

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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 …

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

Gina Butz dependence on God, faith, trials 2 Comments

“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 …