God Isn’t Giving Up on You. Never Ever.

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Dear You,

We all mess up. We all fall short. We all wish we could be a little bit better. And when that happens, we wonder if God still really wants to use us. People comment on our strengths or what they admire about us and we think, “Oh, if you only knew what I’m like in my worst moments.”

But here’s the reality: God does know you in your worst moments. He knows all the things hidden in your heart. He knows what you hide even from yourself. And he picked you anyway.

When he came up with his purpose for your life and formed a plan for what you would do on earth, he knew you would have struggles. Your shortcomings are not a surprise to him, and they’re not going to disqualify you from serving him. The only way that can happen is if you decide you won’t receive his grace.

As long as you are on this earth, you will be imperfect. And if you tell yourself you have to have it all together before God can use you, then you will wait the rest of your life. When you mess up, make it right. Then press ahead into all God has for you anyway.

You can’t disappoint God, because disappointment is about expectations. And expectations are about an unknown future. But God already knows everything, so he doesn’t have expectations. Past, present, and future are all equally real to him.

Disappointment is a distinctly human experience. So while the enemy tries to whisper, “You’ve disappointed God,” your heavenly Father is saying, “I already knew that was in your heart. Now that it’s come to the surface, let’s deal with it and move forward together.”

We all need grace. We all need forgiveness. We all need a second chance (and a third, a fourth, and more). That’s why we have Jesus.

God gave up his Son for you.

And he’s never giving up on you.

XOXO

Holley Gerth 

(inspired by Ps. 139:1–16; Rom. 8:32; 1 John 1:9 and adapted from If We Could Have Coffee…{ebook})

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The Wild Art of Dreaming

 

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Last week I got to share about God-sized Dreams with a group of amazing women at Camp Create. As I stood up to speak the first night I confessed, “Creating art used to scare me silly. I wouldn’t even go near a hot glue gun.”

My fear came from a false belief that there was a right way to make art and that the end result had to be perfect. A few months ago I did an art journaling class that set me free. And I came to understand this: creating art and dreaming aren’t that much different. And they’re both good for our souls. Here’s what I mean…

Creating art and dreaming both require giving up control. Things never turn out the way you picture them in your mind. This can be wildly frustrating and incredibly freeing all at once. Art and dreams teach us to let go and trust.

Art and dreaming also both mean getting messy. We have to get our hands and hearts right into the middle of it all. Neither one are spectator sports. They’re not about perfection but instead growth and beauty.

Art and dreaming are more about the journey than the destination. We may think we want a certain outcome but what really benefits us most is the actual doing and becoming that happen along the way.

Art and dreaming are unique to each of us. No two people will create the same thing or have exactly the same goal. We reflect the wonder and glory of the God who created us when we open ourselves to one-of-a-kind expressions.

Art and dreaming both involve fear. And the only way to become braver is to put ourselves in situations where we feel fear and do it anyway.

Art and dreaming aren’t necessary for surviving…but they’re essential for thriving. They make us come alive deep down inside.

We are works of art made by God. We are living dreams that began in His heart. Creativity isn’t something that belongs to a few of us–it’s an essential part of all of us.

Make art.

Dream.

Be.

Wherever you are today.

In whatever way you can.

Even when you feel afraid.

You have beautiful gifts to offer the world that only you can create. 

How do you enjoy expressing your creativity? What helps you dream?

XOXO

Holley Gerth

p.s. If you’d like encouragement for your dreams, my books You’re Made for a God-sized Dream and Opening the Door to Your God-sized Dream can help.

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Coffee with Jesus by Holley Gerth

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Dear You,

If we really were having coffee today, I wouldn’t be the only one at the table with you. Jesus would be right there too. It’s easy to think of him as being with us in church or the moments of life that seem sacred. But ever since the manger, he has been coming into our ordinary lives in extraordinary ways.

Even more remarkable than that, Jesus calls you his friend. You are not just a servant. You are not just someone who wants to obey him. Instead he desires a relationship with you.

Think about the friends in your life. What’s true about them?

They love you.

They accept you as you are today.

They cheer you on into all you’re becoming.

That’s how Jesus feels about you. He wants to connect with you—to have conversations about your day, to hear your heart, and to share his as well.

I don’t know when we’ll get to “have coffee” together. But I do know this: there’s Someone who wants to have coffee with you today and every day for the rest of your life. Can you hear his invitation calling to your heart? Can you picture him sitting down at the table with you? He’s there with you right now.

Thank you for “having coffee” with me in this space too. I’ve loved the time we’ve spent together. Now go share your life with the One who has always been there—who will always be there.

For coffee.

For when you cry.

For when you’re celebrating.

He’ll tell you every single day how much you’re loved. He’ll remind you of who you truly are. He’ll bring you what your heart needs, no matter what is happening in your life.

Jesus is the friend you’ve always wanted who has been there all along.

XOXO

Holley Gerth

(inspired by Prov. 18:24; John 15:15; Rev. 3:20 and adapted from If We Could Have Coffee…{ebook})

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Welcome to the Coffee for Your Heart weekly link-up!

You’re an encourager so I’m asking you to pour out a little love with your words every Wednesday {link-up goes live at 5:30am CST}. Simply write an encouraging blog post and then share it here with us. If you don’t have a blog, you can still stop by holleygerth.com to read the posts and join in with us.

If you’d like a writing prompt to get you going, here’s a list I created just for you: 30 Writing Prompts.

Pretty please use this new button in your post so others can easily join in with us {html code in right sidebar}…

And when you link up your post, take a moment to leave an encouraging comment on the one that’s linked up just before yours. Thanks, friends!

I’m having Coffee For Your Heart with my friend Holley Gerth

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