Having Hope in a New Season

Gina Butz expectations, hope, transition 4 Comments

It’s September. The pumpkin spice lattes are back, and the Halloween candy is out, which is how I know it’s autumn (Orlando weather doesn’t really give me any clues). Can I just point out that if you’re buying Halloween candy now, you’re either a great planner AND highly disciplined, or let’s face it-it’s never going to last until October 31. …

Thankful

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As I stand in my kitchen this morning, preparing for Thanksgiving, I can’t help realizing that our time overseas has given me a new and deeper appreciation for certain things I didn’t have before. I made a creme de menthe pie yesterday. Long story short, I had to make it twice. All it required to remake it was a quick …

Experiencing God

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I’ll never forget the phone call from my husband in Singapore, telling me that we’d been asked to move there. The blood drained from my face at the prospect. I didn’t even know where Singapore was. I thought it was near Fiji (it is not near Fiji). With less than 5 months to process this change, many details had to fall …

After the Storm of Transition

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Have you ever walked through the woods after a big storm? You can hear the water still dripping from the trees, the animals venturing out again. The ground is soft, you find new puddles, maybe some downed branches. There’s a quietness in comparison to the fury of the storm. It’s back to normal, it seems, but great storms rarely leave …

The House Checklist

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People often ask me here, “So, are you in Orlando for awhile?” And I answer, “Yes” warily, like I’m putting all my chips on red and crossing my fingers. The reason is that I have never been in a place I thought I might stay. It’s hard to imagine that we could be here for 10 years or more. To …