You’re Celebrated Today–Just Because

His Creation by Holley Gerth

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Dear You,

Sometimes you just need to be celebrated. Not only on your birthday, but on ordinary days like this one. Days when you’re just going about your business, doing what you need to do, being who you are, and thinking all of that is nothing really special.

But it is, because you were created by a God who is a master of design. Each part of you, from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet, is a miracle. When you look in the mirror and wish the reflection could be different, he looks at who he’s made you to be and declares that it is good.

The same goes for all that’s inside of you too. Your strengths, your gifts, your abilities—all of those are handpicked and lovingly placed within you. You look across the room and wish you could be more like someone else. God looks at who you are and sees the ways he wants to use you to make a difference in his kingdom.

Can you dare to find joy in who you are today? I know it seems scandalous. But by recognizing who you are, the wonder of who God has made you, you give him glory. It’s the same as when you praise him as you see a stunning sunset, a wave crashing onto the beach, a bird taking flight on a spring morning. The difference is, with you it’s even more of an act of faith to praise him because it requires silencing the lies, looking past the flaws, and choosing to believe what God says about you rather than what the enemy wants to declare.

Say it, sister, in the quietness of your heart and then eventually out loud: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank you, God.”

Simple. Powerful. True.

Those words can change the world.

And repeated every day, they’ll surely change you.

XOXO

Holley Gerth

(inspired by Ps. 139; Isa. 64:8; Phil. 4:8 and adapted from If We Could Have Coffee…{ebook})

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You’re An Encourager, A Bridge Builder, A Difference Maker

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Jesus didn’t climb ladders…He built bridges.

Instead of reaching up for success He reached out in love.

We can do the same.

Because God isn’t looking for “success stories.” He’s looking for servants.

He’s not choosing the “best and brightest.” He’s using the obedient.

He’s not putting a call out for “entertainers.” He’s searching for encouragers.

You are a bridge builder too, friend.

When you smile at your coworker.

When you stretch out a hand to someone different than you.

When you pick up the phone and call that person who just needs someone to listen.

No one may know. No one may see. There will probably not be a headline, tweet or Facebook status about it.

But it matters. 

More than you know.

More than you can see.

Not just for today…but for eternity.

We build bridges for God’s love to travel across. And we never know just how far it will go.

XOXO

Holley Gerth

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God Wants to Know, “How Are You, Really?”

Brightness by Holley Gerth

She slides into the seat across from me at a busy restaurant. I can see the tiredness in her eyes. She’s in a tough season. Many women would have given up by now. But not her. “How are you?” I ask. I really want to know.

“Oh, I’m so blessed!” she responds with a forced smile.

I reach my hand across the table and touch hers. “I mean how are you, really?”

Tears come to the corners of her eyes. “I’m ready to be done with all of this. It’s harder than I thought it would be.”

So which answer was true? Both.

We’re funny as humans. We tend to think in terms of all or nothing. So we insist that life is great when we’re breaking apart inside. Because to do otherwise would be to discount all of God’s goodness in our lives, right? Not so, friend. We always live with both blessings and brokenness. Challenges and victories. Sorrow and joy. They’re all mixed up together.

Read the rest with me on (in)courage, friend?