What Season is Your Heart in Today?

Heart season by Holley Gerth

Spring is just coming fully to the trees behind my house. Branches are becoming homes. I watch squirrels and birds build nests with mouths full of leaves and perhaps hearts full of dreams.

We all welcome spring with open arms–it’s a time of hope and joy after a long, dark winter. A reprieve before the stretched-out, hot summer. If we could, many of us would choose spring outside all year long. 

But that’s not how the seasons work. The trees need time to let go in the fall. They need time to be quiet and grow deeper roots in winter. They need the intense sunshine of summer. All are part of the rhythm that keeps them living and growing.

I tend to always want it to be spring inside too. I love the dreaming and the doing, the wildflower adventures. I resist the stillness and the in-between seasons. But lately God is whispering to me that it can’t always be spring. All of the seasons have their place and purpose. All have gifts to offer. All are necessary.

Especially when I find myself in winter, I wonder if I’m as valuable to God. What am I giving? What am I producing? I try to manufacture an early spring out of to-do-lists and projects and going-here-and-there.

But God doesn’t ask that of me. He sees what I can’t in winter–the growth going on beneath the surface. The silence. The preparing. The drawing in of what my heart needs so that when spring comes I will be able to grow, to give, to bear fruit again.

What season are you in today? 

If you’re in fall…let go.

If you’re in winter…rest.

If you’re in spring…grow.

If you’re in summer…take care of yourself so you don’t burn out.

“For everything there is a season. Eccl. 3:1″

The seasons of our hearts may change but this always stays the same: God loves us. He knows our circumstances. He understands our needs. He’s with us and caring for us…every day of our lives. And spring will come again.

XOXO

Holley Gerth

You Don’t Have to Live Up to Your “Potential”

Potential by Holley Gerth

Dear You,

In the quiet moments as you drive, drift off to sleep, or stand washing dishes at the sink, certain phrases might come to taunt you. They could sound like this:

“Maybe I should do more.”

“Maybe I should try harder.”

“Maybe I should perform a little better.”

Thoughts like these run through our minds, and in return we run through life never feeling like we are enough. What if we don’t live up to our potential? Wouldn’t that be the biggest waste? And yet the world would probably say that Jesus didn’t live up to his “potential.”

He could have fed more hungry people.

He could have healed more of the sick.

He could have ended injustice once and for all.

Have you ever thought about that? And Jesus didn’t reach the end of his life and say, “I didn’t live up to my potential.” Instead he said, “It is finished” (John 19:30).

In other words, “It was enough.”

You are not called to live up to your potential—to do as much as you can, as quickly as you can, for as many people as you can. (Hint: potential is usually just a code word for other people’s expectations.) You, my friend, are simply called to say yes to God.

With all your heart.

For the rest of your life.

Until the day he says you are finished.

And yes, it will be enough.

Because there is no greater success than being a servant who simply brings joy to your Master . . . and you do.

XOXO

Holley Gerth

(Inspired by John 19:30; Gal. 1:10; Col. 3:23 and adapted from If We Could Have Coffee…{ebook} )

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When Your Heart Needs Mending

We sit outside on the patio of our local library. Hills welcome spring in the distance and a few flowers wave to us from nearby. My friend Suzie Eller and I talk about words and women. We speak with passion in our voices about how much we love you. Suzie is my heart friend–a fellow writer and, lucky me, my new neighbor because she just moved to my town. We’ve connected over coffee {of course} and in her I’ve found encouragement, laughter and grace.

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Suzie recently released a book called The Mended Heart: God’s Healing in Your Broken Places. And I released one called You’re Going to Be Okay: Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs to Hear, Especially on the Hard Days. Hmm, see any similarities there? :) In both of our first chapters, we talk about what Jesus said in John 16:33: “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 

I love what Suzie says next…

The-Mended-HeartTake heart. 

Let’s pause for a moment to receive courage and comfort from a few facts. First, let’s recognize how strong you are.

Aren’t you? After all you got up this morning, even though you may not have felt like it. You are seeking answers for yourself and for those you care about. Each of these actions is a tribute to the truth that you desire nothing less than God’s best. You are aware of your fragile places, but that’s when the Jesus factor kicks in. You receive courage, for “when we are weak in ourselves, then we are strong in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” (see 2 Cor. 12:9).

A foundation of healing is built on the promise that God will be your strength. He is in the midst of this healing process with you–right where you are.

With all your baggage.

With all your broken heart.

With all your messy emotions.

With your faith and love in Him, in spite of the pain that just won’t go away. 

All that is required of you is to accept what He so willingly offers.”

Suzie Eller, The Mended Heart

Isn’t that reassuring? I found myself letting out a big sigh of relief when I read Suzie’s words. Today we both want you to know: you are not alone, you are loved, you have a purpose, you’re going to be okay, and your heart will be mended. We love you, sister, and since our arms won’t reach quite far enough we’re sending our words in their place today.

XOXO

Holley Gerth

p.s. Suzie is generously giving away a copy of her book, The Mended Heart: God’s Healing for Your Broken Places. Just leave a comment by midnight CST on Wednesday to be entered. And I’m giving a copy of You’re Going to Be Okay on Suzie’s blog so be sure to stop by there too!

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 p.s. again  My dear friend Dee Kasberger from Red Letter Words and I have been working on a new print for you and it’s available now! And just for today, you can get 30% off everything on RedLetterWords.com with code mom30. Woo-hoo!