Free to Be Me: Guest Post on Mudroom

Gina Butz identity, loved 1 Comment

I deeply desire to be an authentic person. I want to be someone others see as real, and who invites others to be their real selves too. Too often, though, my authenticity looks like what Don Miller describes in Scary Close, “I’m the kind of person who wants to present my most honest, authentic self to the world—so I hide …

Just a Glimpse of How He Loves Us

Gina Butz identity, loved 2 Comments

When I spoke at a training a few weeks ago, part of the introduction my friend Jenny gave for me included a video of me doing gangnam style at our son’s 8th grade graduation dance (what happens at the 8th grade dance apparently doesn’t stay at the 8th grade dance). Later in the training, when Erik and I were MCs, …

A Story of Two Houses

Gina Butz faith, identity 4 Comments

This is a story of two houses. Years ago, I was introduced to the idea that from the beginning of life, we build a house for ourselves. This house is constructed of the strategies we use to make life work apart from God. It’s how we find our place, protect ourselves from pain, feel loved and needed. Our houses all …