Learning to Relinquish Control

Gina Butz dependence on God 0 Comments

During the 48 hours at our spiritual retreat this June, we were meant to disconnect completely from technology. But I was headed out to walk one morning, and I wanted to check the weather. No matter that I’d checked it prior to arriving. What if it changed? What if the afternoon rain suddenly came in the morning? I didn’t want …

Finding God in the Wilderness

Gina Butz dependence on God, faith, transition, trials, Uncategorized 9 Comments

In March, I spoke at a women’s conference about finding God in unexpected journeys. I talked about the Israelites as they left Egypt (when a season isn’t the good you expected), wandered in the wilderness (when God makes you wait and you don’t know why), and experienced the promised land (when life is just the way you want it to …

Where’s Our Hope?

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I’ve never been an optimist. I don’t like to call myself a pessimist, though. I prefer “realist” because it sounds better. Less of a downer. I just don’t want to be disappointed. Who does? Yet all the time, in so many ways, we hope. I hope that the light will stay green until I get through it, or there will be …

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 …