What to Do When It’s Hard

Gina Butz dependence on God, faith, grief, trials 18 Comments

The last couple weeks I have witnessed all manner of hardship around me. The sudden death of a son. Adopted children wrestling with trauma and fear. Inconclusive test results. Two attempted suicides. A mysterious illness in a child. Moments like this rattle us to our core. They remind us that the world is fallen, and we are frail. They speak to …

Keep On Loving

Gina Butz faith 0 Comments

I am not one for espousing my political views on my blog. Truth be told, in part it is because I am afraid – I don’t like arguments. It’s also because I think most of the inflammatory topics discussed on the internet are painted too black and white, and are better left for discussion by rational beings in personal contact, …

Hope in a Broken World

Gina Butz faith, grief, hope 1 Comment

A friend’s father loses his battle with cancer. News of an impending divorce. The unexpected death of a young man. Abusive words spoken and then rationalized as biblical. One after another, over the span of a week. Broken. We live in a broken world. I desperately don’t want it to be. I want to have a world where fathers don’t die …

Settled

Gina Butz transition 4 Comments

One of the most frequent questions I get here is, “So do you feel settled?” Honestly, I’m not sure what being settled means. Does it mean we aren’t eating off lawn furniture anymore? That everything’s up on the walls? That it feels like home? When people see our house, they are usually a little amazed that it does look settled. …

Christ Who Gives Me . . .

Gina Butz faith, trials 0 Comments

This morning I received an email from Ethan that said, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me.” I jokingly wrote back, “Gives me what? What is it Ethan? The suspense is killing me!” But I was encouraged. This is his budding faith in action, as he was gearing up for what we both knew was going to …

Acquainted with grief

Gina Butz grief 0 Comments

This past year, through a variety of means, I have become more acquainted with grief. A song on the radio brings me to tears. A gracious comment from a friend chokes me up. Conversing with a loved one is so precious I get emotional. Pondering all that we have been through this year raises emotion. This reminds me of a …