Learning To Be

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Late November, I hit a wall. A panic attack out of nowhere led me to spend a week in bed recuperating, watching Hallmark channel movies to the point where there was nothing else in my YouTube feed. (I know, they’re terrible, but everything works out in the end. It’s so comforting). The attack forced me to examine my life and …

Inward not Upward (guest post at Judy Douglass’s blog)

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I believe I have mentioned a leadership development time Erik and I went through many years ago called LEAF (Leadership Evaluation and Formation). It was, hands down, the most transformational experience of my life; I am a different person because of it. Recently, my friend Judy Douglass asked me to write some reflections for her series Jesus on Leadership from …

My Favorite Books of 2013

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I was going to write a “favorites of 2013” post and include things like a favorite movie, but then I realized I’ve barely seen any movies. I also couldn’t think of other favorite things, except maybe people, but that felt awkward to post publicly. So I just decided to go with what I know best – books. I’m like a …

Wrong Number

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In college, our dorm phone number was 836-2223. Unfortunately to drunk frat boys at 2 am, this translated to 836-BABE. I was the one who was typically awakened by these calls. I always gave them to my roommate. She did not appreciate it. We had a few wrong numbers in China. My favorite was this woman, who insisted that her …

My Dog Is Weird

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No, this is not day 1 of my days of victory post, because declaring that we have a weird dog is not what I consider a victory. Then again, if I am looking for the less obvious victories, maybe I should dig deeper and figure out how it is. I have a feeling this Days of Victory challenge could make …

The Great Outdoors

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I’m not an outdoor girl. I’ve said it before, but I could live happily in a bunker, as long as I had space to jump around. But after eight years in one of the most polluted cities in the world, I can’t get enough of our neighborhood because it’s just. so. beautiful. Here’s evidence: See, this is a SWAMP and …

Gators

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One of my biggest fears in moving to Orlando was the gators. No, seriously. I pictured gators everywhere. In the lakes. Crawling out of drainage pipes. Eating my dog. We had friends who had a gator in their garage. They don’t even live near water. Basically I thought we were moving to an episode of Swamp People. I was wary, …

Desire

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What do you do with desire? I’m not talking about “I desire bacon” or, “I desire a tropical vacation.” I’m talking about deep heart desires, like the desire to be loved, respected, needed, safe, important, powerful, competent, noticed. If I don’t get bacon on any given day, I’m not going to be hurt. I’m not even going to be hurt …