One Question that Can Help Us Beat Worry

We don't know what the future may hold. But instead of wrestling with worry, we can hold onto truth today. And that changes everything. HolleyGerth.com

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Some people are pro wrestlers. I’m a pro worrier. But I’m learning twisting my thoughts in a thousand different directions only steals my joy and ruins my day.

Here’s the uncomfortable truth about why that’s so: Worry separates us from God because He is “I Am.” In other words, He is right here, right now. And worry always takes our hearts and thoughts into the future.

We will never feel the peace or presence of God in our worry. Because He is not in tomorrow; He is with us today.

That means the question that can free our hearts from worry is simply this:

What is true right now?

Here are a few answers to get you started–

God cares for me. {1 Pt. 5:7}

He is always with me. {Heb. 13:5}

He has promised to meet all my needs. {Php. 4:19}

He will work everything together for good in my life. {Rom. 8:28}

He… {finish this one with the truth your heart most needs to hear}

We don’t know what the future may hold. But instead of wrestling with worry, we can hold onto truth today. And that changes everything.

XOXO

Holley Gerth

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The Secret to True Peace

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. {John 14:27}

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When we pray for peace we usually ask Jesus to remove something from our lives–the trial or trouble, conflict or chaos, inconvenience or illness. Sometimes He grants those requests. But more often instead of taking away what’s disrupting our peace He gives what we need most in the midst of it:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. {John 14:27}

What I’m learning is this: Peace isn’t the absence of chaos; it’s the presence of Christ. He knows as long as we live in a fallen, broken world we will go through challenges, have hard days and face obstacles that seem insurmountable.

So maybe today we pray a little differently: Instead of asking for less of what is troubling us we ask for more of what Jesus wants to give us.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you His peace at all times and in every situation. {2 Thess. 3:16}

Yes and amen.

 

XOXO

Holley Gerth

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You Have Permission to Say “No”

Love All Please One by Aliza Latta http://HolleyGerth.com

We live in a world with millions of words. Yet out of all those syllables and sentences, two little letters seem to hold the most power: “no.”

We fear “no.”

We avoid it.

We misunderstand it.

But being able to say and hear no is essential to surviving and thriving, to loving and being loved, to following Jesus. He actually said no a surprising amount, and usually to what looked like excellent opportunities on the surface.

No to becoming King (see John 6:15).

No to offers of instant satisfaction, wealth, and power (see Matt. 4:1–11).

No to coming right away when Lazarus became deathly ill–which then led to his miraculous resurrection (see John 11).

It’s a divine mystery: when we say and hear no freely, we give God room to work, to amaze us, to give us back to each other again. And when love purposefully and prayerfully says no along the way, it always leads us to a greater yes in the end.

What’s one thing that helps you say “no” to what’s good so you can say “yes” to God’s best?

photo by my dear friend Lisa-Jo Baker

photo by my dear friend Lisa-Jo Baker

XOXO

Holley Gerth

Inspired by my new book, You’re Loved No Matter What: Freeing Your Heart from the Need to Be Perfect

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Giveaway and Optional Writing Prompt: For the next few weeks, the Wednesday posts are going to be about getting free from the pressure to be perfect. I’ll have an optional writing prompt for you about that topic. If you write about it, link up and include my new book You’re Loved No Matter What: Freeing Your Heart from the Need to Be Perfect in your post somewhere, you’ll be entered to win a God’s Heart for You necklace {U.S. residents only}. Thanks to DaySpring for providing the necklaces! Congratulations to Jennifer Frisbie for winning last week! If you don’t have a blog, you can share today’s post on Facebook, leave a comment here saying you did and answer the prompt in your comment.

The prompt for today was: What’s your story of wrestling with trying to be “perfect”? How is God setting you free?

Next Wednesday’s prompt is: What’s one thing that helps you say “no” to what’s good so you can say “yes” to God’s best?

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The Three Kinds of Friendships

We can trust He'll bring friends alongside us for a reason, season or lifetime in the ways and times that are truly best. http://HolleyGerth.com

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Our lives are like paths and sometimes we walk parallel to each other. When that happens, we tend to think we’ll stay side-by-side as friends forever. Then we come to an unexpected fork in the road and God asks us to take steps in different directions. And over time, we discover we’re not as close.

Confession: I hate it when this happens.

My natural tendency is going back to the past. Or abandoning the road God has for me so I can get on the one He’s chosen for my friend. Or running ahead to where our paths might cross again. But here’s the trouble with those choices: I would be following my heart instead of following Jesus.

Here’s the hard reality I’m learning to embrace:

Some friends are with us for a reason {a specific goal/purpose from God}.

Some friends are with us for a season {a particular time in His plan}.

Very few will walk beside us for a lifetime.

That doesn’t mean we’re a failure at friendship or we’ve done something wrong. It simply means God has a unique path for each of us. Yes, sometimes friendships drift through neglect or self-destruct because of unresolved conflict. But I’ve found more often we have just completed the part of the journey God intended for us to share.

And that’s okay.

The only person we must walk with for a lifetime is Jesus. As we do, we can trust He’ll bring friends alongside us for a reason, season or lifetime in the ways and times that are truly best.

XOXO

Holley Gerth

p.s. My dear friend Kristen Strong has written a lot of wonderful words about friendship and you can find them on her blog.

 

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Why Our Lives Can Be Fruitful At Every Age

Yes, you will be a woman of beauty, growth and blessings as long as you live.

This is the promise: If we stay connected to Jesus there will be fruit in every season of our lives. Not maybe. Not might. Not “if conditions are right.” There will be fruit.

If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. {John 15:5}

And the fruit in our lives will thrive {Psalm 1:3}. That doesn’t mean nothing hard will ever happen or we’ll get everything you want. But it does mean that God’s plans for our lives are invincible when we stay connected to Him. Life’s droughts, storms, hail and hell can’t stop him from bringing forth his miraculous work in and through us.

Let’s cling to God’s promises. Hold tight to His heart. Have strong roots that go down deep into His affection for us {Eph. 3:17}. We will not falter. We will not fail. We will not lead a barren life at any age.

Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. {Psalm 92:14}

Yes, we will be women of beauty, growth and blessings as long as we live. Because we are trees planted by the river of God’s love and it will never run dry.

XOXO

Holley Gerth

p.s. If you’d like more encouragement about God’s love for you, you can find it in my article for Today’s Christian Woman: “Do You Really Believe God Loves You?”