You’re not a Quitter…You’re a Climber

Climber by HolleyGerth.com

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“Let’s go!” my spandex-clad husband cheerfully declares as we round a corner on our bikes. I’ve been enthusiastically pedaling along with him but suddenly my eyes see it…THE HILL.

“Did we make a wrong turn?” I ask with hope in my voice. His sprint to the start of the incline serves as my answer.

I start strong.

By halfway up I think I might die.

By two thirds up I’m hoping I will.

I wave farewell to the caterpillar racing past my tire.

The scenes of my life flash before my eyes and I notice a lot of them contain chocolate.

Then suddenly…I’m there.

At the top.

I would whoop and holler with joy except I can’t breathe. But I do manage a lopsided grin. And my husband says, “Aren’t you glad you didn’t quit?” Despite a strong desire to smack him on his spandex-covered tush for putting me through this, I have to admit he’s right. Stinking hill. It was worth it after all.

You will want to quit. More than once.

And fear is always at the root of it.

I’m not going to make it.

I can’t do this.

It’s too much.

But listen here–you can do it. You’re stronger than you know. Your God is bigger than you’ve seen. That hill isn’t as unending as it seems right now.

Just keep going and going and going.

Until you leave fear in the dust.

Here’s the secret: You’re not a quitter…you’re a climber. You just may not know it yet.

XOXO

Holley Gerth

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What You’ve Got to Give is Enough

 

Provided For - God's Heart for You by Holley Gerth

I woke this morning dreaming of big, delicious cupcakes with thick frosting and cream filling. You know the kind. Talk about sweet dreams. Amen.

And because everything in my life is a spiritual analogy, it made me think of the parable Jesus tells about a guy whose friend comes to town unexpectedly. He has nothing to feed his guest, so he goes to his neighbor and asks for bread.

At first, the neighbor whines about it being late at night, but the guy keeps on banging and eventually gets the bread. The whole point of the parable is that if a cranky neighbor will give you bread when you ask, how much more will the God who deeply loves you do the same—and give you even more than you need.

But this morning I noticed something for the first time. The guy was asking for bread for someone else, not for himself. And he says three little words that caught me by surprise: “I have nothing.”

Insecurity prompts us to say those words too, doesn’t it? But having nothing didn’t stop this man. In fact, it provided a reason to make a request.

What if we responded that way too?

Someone needs bread—perhaps physically, or maybe emotionally or spiritually. Yet we feel we have nothing to offer. And really, apart from Christ, that’s true. But we aren’t apart from Him, ever. And we have limitless access to all of His resources.

So God invites us to ask for bread on behalf of ourselves and each other. And to ask boldly, persistently.

“Give us each day our daily bread,” goes the line in the Lord’s Prayer. What if that bread isn’t just for us? What if it’s for someone else too?

Either way, all we have to do is ask. The answer may not be what we have in mind, but we can trust it will always come from a God who loves us.

And I’ve decided I’m not just asking for any ol’ bread if I’m talking to the limitless God of the universe, who promises to provide for us. I’m doing a little dreaming and asking for blessings that are like cupcakes to pass around—big, delicious ones with pink frosting and cream filling.

You know the kind.

XOXO

Holley Gerth

{enjoy more encouragement like this in God’s Heart for You: Embracing Your True Worth as a Woman}

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Psst…I’m intimidated by you

Unstoppable by HolleyGerth.com

Yep, I’m intimidated by you.

And by you, I mean women.

Put me in a room of my peers and it won’t be long before my hands are sweaty and I’m shaking in my boots (yeah, the cute ones I bought from TJ Maxx in the hopes they’d somehow hypnotize everyone into liking me—you know what I’m talking about).

It got so bad I even took drastic measures a few summers ago.

Disclaimer: there is some serious dorkiness coming in the next few sentences. If you’re offended by that you should stop reading now.

I went to the library and I checked out all the social skills books. The ones like, “How to Have Friends and Influence People without Relying on Your TJ Maxx Boots.” And I read all of them. I know—don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Through my ambitious pursuit of coolness, I discovered that my insecurities came from a much deeper place than an inability to make coherent small talk at times. What I thought might be some sort of social ailment turned out to be a spiritual one.

Inside a voice whispered, “You’re not enough.” Depending on the day, an extra word might be thrown into that sentence—

You’re not pretty enough.

You’re not outgoing enough.

You’re not likeable enough.

So I kept spinning my wheels on an endless treadmill. I’d make progress in one area only to realize I had miles to go in another.

Exhausted, I finally began pondering and praying.

“Lord,” I asked, “Why do women feel as if we’re not enough?”

It seemed I heard a whisper in response, “Because they’re not.”

For a moment I thought I had some holy static happening.

“Excuse me, God, it sounded like you said, ‘We’re not enough.’ Could you repeat that pretty please?”

Again, gently and firmly, “You are not enough.”

By then I started thinking perhaps my heart had dialed the wrong number and the devil was on the line.

But in that pause it seemed God finished the sentence, “You are not enough…in me you are so much more.”

We are much more than pretty…we are wonderfully made.

We are much more than likeable…we are deeply loved.

We are much more than okay…we are daughters of the King. ‘

I think the enemy tricks us into believing we are not enough because he knows if we discover the truth we’ll be unstoppable.

If you’ve embraced that lie like I did then together we can start trading it for the truth…

We are chosen, cherished, created women who have all we need to fulfill God’s plans for our lives. He has made us just as He wants us to be. We have something to offer that no one else can bring…and the world is waiting.

Girls, let’s stop shaking in our boots and instead start standing tall for Him together.

I can’t do it alone—will you be in this with me?

XOXO

Holley Gerth

I’m revisiting this post as I head to the Allume conference in South Carolina soon. If you’ll be there, find me and give me a hug. And if you’re won’t be, will you save that hug for another time soon and send your prayers for me in its place for now? Thank you! 

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