Why I Don’t Have a Word of the Year for 2019

Gina Butz growth, personal, word of the year 1 Comment

2013 was the first year I chose one word for my resolutions. It seemed simpler-one focus rather than a dozen soon to be abandoned goals. It went pretty well. I chose one word subsequent years as well. Over time, though, I realized something. During those years, God brought other lessons into my life, unrelated to those words. And it’s hardly …

Why I Love the Enneagram (And You Should Too)

Gina Butz growth, personal 6 Comments

About 8 years ago, when I was coaching a leadership program for our ministry, the other coaches began pulling out these “Enneagram” books. Having a love/hate relationship with personality tests, I was intrigued. I skimmed one of the books, saw myself in half of the 9 numbers, and came to the quick conclusion that the Enneagram is a crock. But …

When You Love Someone With Special Needs

Gina Butz parenting, personal, relationships 4 Comments

One of the things that brings me the greatest joy is to hear my children talking to my sister. When they talk with her, they sweetly ask questions and patiently listen to her stories. They treat her with compassion. They make her feel loved. It’s like a balm to my soul. Why? Because my sister is mentally challenged. What it’s …

Why I Need a Dog

Gina Butz growth, personal 4 Comments

Sometimes I imagine a conversation between the Father and Jesus that went like this: Father: I think we should give Gina a dog. Jesus: I don’t think she would like that. I think she would find it disruptive. Father: Exactly. Jesus: Oh, this is going to be fun. Oh yes, she’s been disruptive. She’s required countless hours of training, walking, …