On Becoming Real

Gina Butz loved, poetry 2 Comments

People often tell me I’m authentic. I hope so, but I know it hasn’t always been the case. My journey of understanding what it means to be real, and learning to embrace it, began years ago. When I was a youngster, I was a drama geek. I had no idea how uncool that was, but it didn’t matter because I loved it. …

Tell Me the Truth

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It’s important to tell ourselves the truth, but sometimes, we need others to do it for us. During this time of sabbatical, I have been reminded how desperately reliant I am on God and His truth, and how challenging it can be for me to invite others to carry me in the journey. Years ago, during a time of burnout, God …

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 …

Self

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“If thou could’st empty all thyself of self like to a shell dishabited then might he find thee on the ocean shelf and say, ‘This is no dead’ and fill thee with Himself instead. But thou art all replete with very thou and hast such shrewd activity that when He comes, He says, ‘This is enow unto itself, ’twere better …

Bread Upon the Waters

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This afternoon I had the opportunity to share a few thoughts about our transition at our World Wide Day of Prayer. It should be noted that until last night, I was imagining the WWDOP here the way it happened in previous years – about 40 of us in a basement sitting around tables. It was good for me to know, …