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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When You Wonder if You’re Really Forgiven

Forgiven - God's Heart for You by Holley Gerth

I messed up. Again.

I sat on the back deck thinking about what a failure I’d been. What must God think of me?

I began to write about my mistake. I finished and looked at the black and white evidence that I had fallen short yet again. Then I seemed to hear a whisper in my heart.

“Rip out the page.” I paused and listened closer. “Rip out the page.”

“God, what are You saying? What do You mean, rip out the page? I need to record this mistake. I need to remember it.”

Again the clear message came. “Rip out the page.”

I touched the white page of my journal, now covered with writing. Then slowly I pulled from top to bottom. The paper made a sharp sound as it separated from the journal. Only a few fragments of white paper remained where my mistake once had been. The picture couldn’t have been clearer.

Forgiveness. Mercy. Grace.

They were right there on the clean, white pages of my journal.

God seemed to whisper to my heart again. “All of the mistakes and failures you remember, all the secrets you run from, all the regrets and remorse… they are all gone. Every one of them has been torn from the story of your life. You are forgiven. You are accepted. You are loved.”

I realized at that moment that God loves me. He doesn’t just tolerate me. He doesn’t just put up with me because I’m a Christian and He has to. He really, truly loves me.

So wherever you are, whatever mistake you have written in the journal of your life, know that God has ripped it from the pages.

There’s only love.

There’s only grace.

The story of your life is far different than you imagined…and the Author loves you far more than you ever dared to dream.

XOXO

–Holley Gerth

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You’re Wanted

Wanted - God's Heart for You By Holley Gerth

I don’t know how you came to be in this world. I don’t know who has walked out your front door or your heart. I don’t know if finding a seat at the junior high lunch table was easy for you or if you circled the room like a lost puppy. I don’t know if that opportunity you hoped for ended with a “We’ve decided to go with someone else.” I don’t know if life feels like one long rejection letter or one of acceptance and grace {or perhaps a bit of both}.

But I do know this: You’re wanted. 

Before you ever took your first breath, the God who spoke the world into being dreamed you up. Your life is his declaration of, “I want her in this world at this particular time, in this particular place, for irreplaceable reasons.”

That first “yes” God spoke over you turned into a weaving that took place in your mother’s womb. God tied together your strengths, your gifts, your smile and created the miracle of you.

And whatever has happened since you burst into this world, his purpose for you still remains strong…

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XOXO

Holley Gerth

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