Opening the Door to Your God-sized Dream {New 40-Day Devotional Book}

Opening the Door to Your God-sized Dream Cover by Holley Gerth

For the last several months we’ve been talking about God-sized dreams here each week. We’re wrapping that series up and I’m so grateful for all we’ve shared together!

If you’d like more encouragement for your dreams, I have a new devo book releasing now called Opening the Door to Your God-sized Dream. If you or anyone in your life has a dream then this is for you, my friend. XOXO

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The coffee steams up from my cup. The chatter of other conversations swirls around me.  The baristas are busy at their work.
I’m here to write about God-sized dreams. And a voice within me keeps insisting,

“It’s not the right time.”

“You’re too busy.”

“It’s too hard.”

I know that voice. It comes whenever I get ready to take the next step toward what God has for me. Maybe you’ve heard it too?

“When you have more experience…”

“When the kids are older…”

“When the bank account is fuller…”

But here’s the thing: there is no perfect time for a God-sized dream.

God-sized dreams knock on the door of our hearts. We can get so used to the sound that we let them stand outside for a lifetime. They don’t force their way in, insist to be heard or demand to be pursued.

We have to choose to let our God-sized dreams into our lives. In the middle of the busy. In the middle of the insecurity. In the middle of the fear.

When you open the door of your heart to a God-sized dream, you also open it wider to the Giver of them. That’s what matters most of all. If you long for more intimacy with Jesus, joy in your life, purpose in your days, then put your hand on the doorknob and get ready to turn it.

Will it be a little scary? Yes.

Will it probably be harder than you thought? Yes.

Will it be more worth it than you could have even imagined? Absolutely.

Close your eyes for a moment. Listen not with your ears but with the deepest part of you.

Tap-tap.

It’s there.

A God-sized dream waiting not for the perfect time but for this one—waiting for this moment. Right here. Right now.

Let’s open the door together.

I’ll be right there with you as you do.

And, best of all, God will too.

XOXO

Holley Gerth, excerpt from my new devotional book Opening the Door to Your God-sized Dream.

 

p.s. Can you share this with someone? The hardest part of being an author is telling people about my books. For real. It makes me want to hide under tables and awkward stuff like that. So if you will facebook, tweet, or tell your neighbor I will be forever-and-ever grateful. Thank you!!

You’re Under God’s Umbrella {New Gift Book}

Under God's Umbrella Cover

God’s umbrella has kept me from getting soaked. It has given me peace, hope, and even joy in the midst of the hardest times I’ve ever faced. Several years ago God allowed a storm to brew in my life that I never expected. It began as a drop, became a drizzle, and finally the heavens opened, and I found myself in an outright downpour.

After my storm began, I spent a lot of time trying to make sense of things. How could a loving God let this happen? Why wasn’t He taking care of me? I still don’t have the answers to all of those questions, but I no longer wonder if God loves me. I can see His hand even in times of difficult . I can sense Him grieving with me when I’m sad. Most of all, I have His umbrella over me, and His presence with me. There’s a verse that says “His banner over me is love.” I have my own version of that verse now: “His umbrella over me is love!”

I’ve also come to believe we don’t have to wait for blue skies in order for God to use the rain that’s fallen in our lives. That can start right here, right now. So wherever you are and whatever your storm may be, know that you are not alone. God is with you, and He is whispering messages about the rain to your heart that will change your world forever if you only dare to believe them. I’m praying for you as I write these words, and I’ll still be praying for you as you read them.

–Excerpt from Under God’s Umbrella

Under God’s Umbrella is a new gift book edition of my first devotional book, Rain on Me. If you or anyone in your life is facing a storm, this is for you.

Enjoy. Embrace. Live.

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I recently read a book that is wrecking my life.

In the best possible way.

It’s Pure Pleasure: Why Do Christians Feel So Bad about Feeling Good? by Gary Thomas.

I finished it on a plane and had our aircraft gone down I think I would have clung to it as tightly as the oxygen mask dropping from the ceiling. Because that’s what it felt like to me. I grew up in a denomination that leaned toward legalism. If you asked me about it I would have said, “I dealt with all that years ago.” And I did. On the outside. But on the inside guilt and shame still had their way with me far too often, especially in moments of happiness and fun.

Maybe you too?

Then let’s lean in and listen to Gary together…

Spiritual triumph begins and ends with finding our satisfaction in God above all things. We serve a generous God, however, who eagerly wants to bless us with many other pleasures, gifts from His hand, that delight us–and in delighting us bring pleasure back to Him. Rather than seeing these gifts as competitors that steal our hearts from God, perhaps we can gratefully receive them and allow God to use them to ruin us to the ways of the world.

Prayer and fellowship are among life’s richest pleasures but let’s not stop there. Let us learn to fill our souls with beauty, art, noble achievement, fine meals, rich relationships, and soul cleansing laughter. When we acknowledge these pleasures, we acknowledge God as a genius creator of brilliant inventions. Let us be wary of a faith that denies these blessings as “worldly” and unfit, as though Satan rather than God had designed them. Let us refuse to fall into the enemy’s trap of denying ourselves God’s good pleasures so that we end up deeply vulnerable to illicit pleasure.

You and I are made for joy. We are also made for happiness, fun, laughter and enjoyment. We don’t serve a taskmaster. We serve a good and faithful Father who finds delight in His children receiving His gifts. So let’s open our hands, our hearts, our lives a little wider to what He wants to freely give us today. What do you truly enjoy that may not seem “spiritual” at all?

XOXO

Holley