Rediscovering the ACTS prayer

Gina Butz gratitude, prayer, Uncategorized 0 Comments

Raise your hand if, somewhere along the way, you learned the ACTS prayer? If you aren’t familiar with it, this acronym stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. (because who doesn’t call prayer requests, “supplication?” As in, “I’m supplicating for you.” I’m going to start saying this). Whether intended or not, (and I’m sure it wasn’t), the first three felt to …

Ask God For the Pony

Gina Butz dependence on God, faith, prayer 0 Comments

Every fall, kids make wish lists of all that they want for Christmas. When our kids were young, I feared Toys-R-Us. I was terrified they’d set their hearts on something huge we couldn’t afford. One year there was a giant toy pony that kids could actually ride. I think it cost $400. Ridiculous. Years ago, my friend’s son was celebrating his 4th …

5 Things Christians Can Do After the Election

Gina Butz culture, dependence on God, hope 6 Comments

On Wednesday, November 9th, we will wake up to a new president. Lord, have mercy. However the chips fall, the next four years will encompass a reality most of us probably would not have chosen. It’s easy to feel helpless in light of the future, but there’s still much that we can, and should, do. We can pray. I’ll be honest-I …

Asking Audaciously

Gina Butz faith 1 Comment

Are you an audacious asker? A few years ago, I woke up days before Christmas with the word “audacity” in my head. For the life of me, I don’t know why. So I began to ponder the meaning of “audacious.” Audacious: extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless, lively; unrestrained; uninhibited. You know who’s audacious at Christmas? Little kids. “I want a pony!” (do kids ask for ponies …

Salvation Is Coming

Gina Butz Christmas, faith 0 Comments

Our family has been reading through the Bible in a year, and we’re nearing the finish line! I can’t say I’ve spent extensive time in the minor prophets, which is where we are now. It’s fairly gloomy. But yesterday I read something that seemed quite timely, from Micah 5:2, 4: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of …

Self

Gina Butz faith 0 Comments

“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 …