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Dear You,

We often picture God’s will for our lives like a thin, definitive line. A tightrope we must walk carefully and with the utmost caution. One wrong step and we’ll surely fall. And when we do, we’ll mess up our future forever.

But when we come to know Jesus, our life is not a tightrope but a wide, open space of grace. We have so much room to breathe, to grow, to learn. God knows we are human. He knows we will take detours, face obstacles, and make mistakes. If he were committed to using only those of us who never stray, then no human would ever be part of his plan.

The fear of not getting it just right can paralyze us. We stand with our toes on that imaginary tightrope, perfectly still, and we miss out on so much of what could be. We miss the invitation from the One calling us to his side.

You are made to move in grace—not to be held in place by fear. You are guided by love and by a God who can redirect you as many times as needed. You only need to be willing to follow where he wants you to go. He will do the rest. Life is meant to be a glorious adventure, not a continual test in which one slipup means you fail.

It’s okay to move forward, my friend. It’s okay to try something and see how it goes. If it works and God affirms it, do more of it. If it doesn’t, simply try something else.

You’re not made to walk a tightrope.

You’re made to dance.

And it’s not about getting the steps right.

Instead it’s all about being close to your partner.

XOXO

Holley Gerth

(inspired by Prov. 3:5–6; John 8:36; Gal. 5:1 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 come by holleygerth.com to read the posts and join in too.

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

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A Prayer When Your Strength Feels Small

God's love

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God, We want to be strong. We want to push through. But sometimes life just gets tough.

You know what that feels like, don’t you? After all, you lived here. And you died here too.

Because of that, you also know the victory that can come even when we least expect it.

Thank you for your grace in the moments when we are weary.

Thank you that you don’t condemn us for our humanity but instead hold us until we can move forward again.

Thank you that instead of guilt and shame you offer us compassion and grace.

What we need most is simply this: to know you love us no matter what.

Will you reassure us of that today? Our hearts need to hear again…

You will never give up on us.

You will never let us go.

You will always be for us.

You are the lifter of our heads, the mender of our hearts, the strengthener of our souls. And nothing can separate us from your love. Not our weakness. Not our failure. Not our fears.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39

Your love is what we need to carry on…

And what will carry us even when our strength feels small. 

XOXO

Holley Gerth

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Scandalous Secret: You’re Extraordinary

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Dear You,

You choose to thrive right where you are. You could be asking for greener ground, for easier choices, for a spot where the sun always shines. And maybe sometimes you do. But you make it through those moments of wishful thinking and you choose to live, to become, to grow in the place where you’re planted in this season.

I don’t know if you realize how remarkable that choice makes you. In a world of cynicism and discontent, you are rare. And those around you notice. They see your genuine smile and wonder, “Where does that joy come from?” They hear your encouraging words to those around you and ask, “How does she keep her heart open?” They watch you go about your daily life and think, “Maybe there’s hope for me too.”

So in case no one has told you lately, thank you. Thank you for making the choice to show us all how to bloom and bring beauty even when life doesn’t give us everything we want. Thank you for choosing life, love, and laughter when you could have buried your heart to help you feel safe. Thank you for being a woman whose faith reaches up toward the light of One who loves her.

Your life is a display of his grace. A showing of his love. A reminder of his goodness.

Oh, you may blush and wave that away, thinking that your life is ordinary.

You see the grit, but we see the glory.

And it’s extraordinary.

XOXO

Holley Gerth

(inspired by Ps. 1:1–3; Isa. 61:3; Phil. 4:11–13 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 come by holleygerth.com to read the posts and join in too.

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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