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 …

When Gratitude Is Hard

Gina Butz gratitude, trials 2 Comments

This is the month of the year when we are reminded to be thankful. Pinterest is cluttered with suggestions for ways to count our blessings. At work someone has a thankfulness tree, and a sign inviting others to write on a leaf and add to it. Among the turkey and pilgrim decorations are plates and napkins and signs bearing the word, “Thanks.” …

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?”  …

He Makes Me Brave

Gina Butz courage, faith 0 Comments

I recently started a new role in our ministry, and I find myself again in uncomfortable places. They’re uncomfortable because they are unfamiliar. I’m being introduced to people I don’t know as someone who has something to offer. I don’t know how they will respond to my ideas, my actions, if they want what I have to give. They’re uncomfortable …