The Illusion of Having It All Together

Gina Butz dependence on God, faith, identity, trials 1 Comment

Early in our time overseas, I thought I had it all together. I was balancing raising two preschoolers, learning a second language, living overseas, and having a personal ministry, with joy. I thought I was Super Mom. Then God, in His mercy, led me away from that illusion. In the fall of 2004, we moved to Singapore. Both our kids stopped …

Are You an Extravert or Introvert? Or Maybe That’s the Wrong Question

Gina Butz identity, Uncategorized 3 Comments

My 2nd grade report card tells me I was a friendly, socially active child. It contains one criticism, “Gina needs to learn to not talk to peers during quiet times.” I was, in the beginning, an extravert. And so I believed for many years. After all, I am a verbal processor. I love talking. Public speaking is my jam. The bigger …

Why I Love Being Middle Aged

Gina Butz faith, growth, identity 3 Comments

This summer I celebrated my 44th birthday. I’m officially just, “40 something.” I thought this was when I was supposed to have a midlife crisis, or pine for my youth, but as I reflect on it, I actually love being “middle aged.” Here’s why: I am more comfortable in my own skin. I’d love to say “completely comfortable” but I’m not …

You Are More Than a Number

Gina Butz grace, identity, loved 2 Comments

Sometime in college, it occurred to me that I was on track to graduate Summa Cum Laude. I only needed a 3.8. Unfortunately, I attended a university that factored minuses and pluses in the grades, rather than straight letters. I had no pluses-only some A-‘s. Those were enough to make me graduate with a 3.79 repeating, and they didn’t round …

You Are Loved

Gina Butz identity, loved 0 Comments

How was everyone’s Valentine’s Day? Mine was less than stellar. In the morning I woke up feeling off, and by afternoon I had a fever, aches, a head that felt like it might explode, and what sounded like a case of tuberculosis. All this added up to me as the lamest Valentine’s date ever. We spent the evening eating Tijuana …

Why I Don’t Teach Sunday School . . . or . . . Finding My Yes

Gina Butz expectations, grace, identity 8 Comments

You will never see me teaching Sunday School to children. It took me years to be able to say that without embarrassment. What kind of person isn’t willing to teach children? Does Gina not like children? Does she not see the great potential in shepherding young souls? These are the questions I was sure people would ask. When my kids …

Drop the Hot Dog – Learning to Feed on What Truly Satisfies

Gina Butz dependence on God, expectations, identity, loved 4 Comments

Confession: While I deeply want to be loved for who I am (and fear that I might not be), I will settle for admiration. It feels like love. But that’s like eating a hot dog, when what I need is rich soul food. It’s easier, feeding off admiration. It’s more accessible, more within my control, to seek out the praise …