Finding God in the Wilderness

Gina Butz dependence on God, faith, transition, trials, Uncategorized 7 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 …

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 …

Faith for the Small Life

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I’ve always been small, the runt of the litter. In all my pictures growing up, I’m the shortest one. People regularly assumed I was a few years younger than I was. In response, I became what you might call “scrappy.” Trying to appear bigger, stronger, more capable than I was. I still do. Our kids finished school a couple weeks …

On Learning to Be Quick to Call for Help

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“Ring! Ring!” It was a common call 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. He’s getting a little too rough. Left to my own devices I’ll probably retaliate in a way that I’ll …

5 Things Christians Can Do After the Election

Gina Butz culture, dependence on God, hope 6 Comments

On Wednesday, November 9th, we will wake up to a new president. Lord, have mercy. However the chips fall, the next four years will encompass a reality most of us probably would not have chosen. It’s easy to feel helpless in light of the future, but there’s still much that we can, and should, do. We can pray. I’ll be honest-I …