Open the Door to Others

Gina Butz courage, relationships 0 Comments

  “To open yourself to another person, to stop lying about your loneliness and your fears, to be honest about your affections, and to tell others how much they mean to you-this openness is the triumph of the child of God over the Pharisee and a sign of the dynamic presence of the Spirit.” (Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child). We lie …

Thankful

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As I stand in my kitchen this morning, preparing for Thanksgiving, I can’t help realizing that our time overseas has given me a new and deeper appreciation for certain things I didn’t have before. I made a creme de menthe pie yesterday. Long story short, I had to make it twice. All it required to remake it was a quick …

Welcome to the Kingdom

Gina Butz faith 0 Comments

It feels good to be welcome. I’m not a volleyball player. I’m not much for any organized sports, actually. In most I am, at best, a liability. It’s ok. I am who I am. When I was asked to join in a volleyball game at our women’s retreat a few weeks, I gave them fair warning, “I will not add anything to …

Just a Glimpse of How He Loves Us

Gina Butz identity, loved 2 Comments

When I spoke at a training a few weeks ago, part of the introduction my friend Jenny gave for me included a video of me doing gangnam style at our son’s 8th grade graduation dance (what happens at the 8th grade dance apparently doesn’t stay at the 8th grade dance). Later in the training, when Erik and I were MCs, …

Faithful in Prayer

Gina Butz 31 Days of Victory 0 Comments

My victory came late last night, and today was full. Hence, day 30 at the end of day 31. When we lived overseas, I met weekly with two dear friends of mine. Toward the end of my time there, we were joined by yet another friend. We would share with each other how we were doing and how they could …

A Phone Call

Gina Butz 31 Days of Victory 2 Comments

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 …

Making Room

Gina Butz transition 2 Comments

I went to an elementary school where we had a great deal of freedom in our desk space. I don’t know if this was true in other places, but we regularly moved our desks around and formed little groups of 3-4. It was fun, but a bit of a social nightmare. I mean, what better way to shun someone than …

Practically Perfect

Gina Butz grief, parenting, transition 0 Comments

“It was practically perfect!” he sobbed. The “it” to which Ethan was referring was life in Asia. Yes, life in the country where pollution levels make LA look clean, where people stared and laughed and spoke at him in a language he could barely understand, where we lived in concrete high rises and fought to stay alive on the lawless …

Looking for friends

Gina Butz courage, transition 0 Comments

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 …

I Miss My Friends

Gina Butz grief 2 Comments

For the first week that I was in the States, I literally did not want to talk to anyone. I had used up all my words, all my social capacity, in the weeks prior to leaving. The introvert in me was crying, “Uncle!” and I couldn’t imagine a day when I would actually want, let alone need, to interact with …