Are You an Extravert or Introvert? Or Maybe That’s the Wrong Question

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My 2nd grade report card tells me I was a friendly, socially active child. It contains one criticism, “Gina needs to learn to not talk to peers during quiet times.” I was, in the beginning, an extravert. And so I believed for many years. After all, I am a verbal processor. I love talking. Public speaking is my jam. The bigger …

You Are Loved

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How was everyone’s Valentine’s Day? Mine was less than stellar. In the morning I woke up feeling off, and by afternoon I had a fever, aches, a head that felt like it might explode, and what sounded like a case of tuberculosis. All this added up to me as the lamest Valentine’s date ever. We spent the evening eating Tijuana …

Faith Like a Child

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I’ll never forget asking our friend’s four year old son to make a wish before blowing out the candles on his birthday cake. Without hesitating, he took a deep breath and said, “I wish I could fly!” Kids. They ask audaciously. They’re aware of their wants and needs and not afraid to express them. They’re helpless and weak and innocent and foolish …

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 …

One Word 2014

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Abide. It means to remain, to continue, to stay; to dwell, to reside. It’s a good word for me as I continue to try to sink roots into this new life in America. But it’s not America I need to abide in; it’s God. This became clear to me about 9 months into the year. I am by nature a …