Looking for God in the Right Places

Gina Butz expectations, faith 2 Comments

There’s so much we miss if we aren’t looking for it. One morning last week my husband told me there was a hawk in the backyard. I glanced out the kitchen window and observed nothing. Later, he came in again and asked, “Did you see the hawk?” “No,” I replied, assuming it had flown away. “It’s still there. It’s been there all …

Looking for Jesus

Gina Butz faith, word of the year 0 Comments

It seems like people have always been looking for Jesus. The wise men looked for him when they saw his star in the East. Mary and Joseph spent three days looking for their son in the temple after they realized he wasn’t with them on their journey. (Can you imagine? “I thought he was with you!” “I thought he was with you!”). …

Why Christmas Reminds Me to Hope in God

Gina Butz Christmas, expectations, faith, hope 0 Comments

I hate waiting. That’s why I have Amazon Prime. ‘Tis the season of waiting. We wait in lines, for packages to arrive, for family, friends, parties, planes. In the Bible, the word wait is often translated hope. They are intertwined. We must wait for the objects of our hope. Hope feels deeper. We don’t just hope for that gift we …

Reflections on a Christmas Morning

Gina Butz Christmas, faith 0 Comments

It’s the wee hours of Christmas morning. The only other person awake is my mom, stuffing our enormous stockings to capacity, leaving the rest as a stack underneath. In our family, we DO stockings! Once again, I find myself struggling to wrap my heart and mind around the reality of Christmas. I don’t want to walk away from another season with …

Faith Like a Child

Gina Butz dependence on God, faith 2 Comments

I’ll never forget asking our friend’s four year old son to make a wish before blowing out the candles on his birthday cake. Without hesitating, he took a deep breath and said, “I wish I could fly!” Kids. They ask audaciously. They’re aware of their wants and needs and not afraid to express them. They’re helpless and weak and innocent and foolish …

Seeing God in Legos

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My title is not meant to imply that I have seen the face of God in a Lego creation, a la the Virgin Mary in a piece of toast (especially not the creepy little guy above, courtesy of Ethan); rather, that in watching a young child play with Legos, I saw a bigger picture of Him. We start our conference days …