He Makes Me Brave

Gina Butz courage, faith 0 Comments

I recently started a new role in our ministry, and I find myself again in uncomfortable places. They’re uncomfortable because they are unfamiliar. I’m being introduced to people I don’t know as someone who has something to offer. I don’t know how they will respond to my ideas, my actions, if they want what I have to give. They’re uncomfortable …

Two Battles

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Two Battles – from Thailand, January 20, 2012 I’ve been trying to think of how to share what we’ve been doing this week here in Thailand (aside from trying not to get sunburned, reading Kindles by the pool, and searching in vain for Coke Zero). We’re at a conference called re-LEAF (Leadership Evaluation and Formation). It’s a time to revisit …

Do It Scared

Gina Butz anxiety, courage 1 Comment

So I have this ambition to write a book about transition. I’m good at ambition – I’m ambitious about a lot of things. But most of those things are within my grasp, private, typical. Or if they aren’t, no one knows about them anyway, so they don’t know that I failed. In this, success or failure is not something I …

Courage

Gina Butz 31 Days of Victory 0 Comments

I knew a guy once whose dad was the king of getting good deals out of retailers. He even got a salesman in a store to give him the tie he was wearing. I do not have that kind of mojo. I don’t even have a little of it. In fact, having to try to ask for a deal or …

Progress

Gina Butz 31 Days of Victory, transition 2 Comments

I went on a school field trip today. This is the second trip I’ve attended with my daughter’s class. The first one inspired this post about feeling weird. Not one of my finer days. Today’s victory, when looking back on that first field trip, is progress. Transition progress, that is. That first day, standing in the group of moms who …

A Phone Call

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I made a phone call. That’s it. That’s my victory. It’s embarrassing to admit it, but that’s what I want to celebrate from day 6. It might seem like a small thing to you, but it is not to me. I hate phone calls. I don’t even particularly like talking to my friends on the phone. If I have something …

Looking for friends

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Boxes unpacked, check. (if I just don’t open the office door). Walls painted, mostly check. Nearest grocery store, Walmart, Target located, check. Invisible fence installed, check. Find new friends . . . oy. Truth be told, I am an introvert. A talkative introvert, which causes no small amount of dissonance for me, but an introvert nonetheless. I am tempted to …