To Truly Be Still

Gina Butz peace, rest 3 Comments

It’s completely quiet in my house right now. For the first time in nearly 20 years, I have a week alone. My husband took our two kids to Vermont this week to ski, and I opted to stay home, work, and take care of the dog. To me, skiing is an expensive exercise in trying not to kill yourself in …

Let Go and Let Him Hold You

Gina Butz peace, rest 4 Comments

These last few months have been tough. I’ve ventured in to new areas that make me uncomfortable and scared and bone-weary, resulting in a lot of anxiety, and at times, depression. Being the get ‘er done girl that I am, my gut reaction to seasons like this is, “Ok, so what do I need to DO, God?” I can’t just …

When You’re Starting the Week Weary

Gina Butz faith, grace, rest 2 Comments

A friend of mine texted last night to see if I had any time this week to get together. Everything in me wanted to say yes, but the reality was that looking at my schedule this week was already making me tired. No margin. No white space. Mostly self-imposed, but it all feels necessary (“feel” being the operative word there). …

The Soul Needs Space

Gina Butz rest 5 Comments

I knew a girl in high school with a fish tank shaped like a giant bubble gum machine. It had the added feature of bubbles which rose from the bottom. She was not in the habit of cleaning the tank, so over time the water grew murkier and murkier. As it did, her fish started to do an amazing trick …

Gentle Whisper

Gina Butz rest 3 Comments

Last week I was on the internet going a little crazy following rabbit trails on some new writing websites I found. They were giving me ideas about how to improve my writing and expand my audience, and after awhile I realized that I had gone beyond, “Hmm . . . helpful input” to, “How do I get to be as …