Rediscovering the ACTS prayer

Gina Butz gratitude, prayer, Uncategorized 0 Comments

Raise your hand if, somewhere along the way, you learned the ACTS prayer? If you aren’t familiar with it, this acronym stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. (because who doesn’t call prayer requests, “supplication?” As in, “I’m supplicating for you.” I’m going to start saying this). Whether intended or not, (and I’m sure it wasn’t), the first three felt to …

Why Pray?

Gina Butz prayer, trials 2 Comments

This was a summer of big prayers. It was also a summer of “no” in answer to those prayers. It left me a little raw. I declared myself “the persistent widow” from the beginning (Luke 18:1-8). Our son faced some huge obstacles that needed mountain-moving prayer. I was ready to be audacious. I asked big. Give me the pony, God, …

Ask God For the Pony

Gina Butz dependence on God, faith, prayer 0 Comments

Every fall, kids make wish lists of all that they want for Christmas. When our kids were young, I feared Toys-R-Us. I was terrified they’d set their hearts on something huge we couldn’t afford. One year there was a giant toy pony that kids could actually ride. I think it cost $400. Ridiculous. Years ago, my friend’s son was celebrating his 4th …