What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days: 52 Truths to Hold On To {my new devo book!}

Hey Friend! Do you ever have hard days and need encouragement? Yep, me too.

That’s why I’m so excited to share with you that I have a new devotional book coming out on August 26th called What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days: 52 Truths to Hold On To

{You can preorder it now and it’s on sale! And if you’re a blogger, be sure to read how you can get a free copy to review at the end of this post}.

And for the first time ever, I’m going to host a book club. Think of it like us gathering in a corner of our favorite coffee shop for some heart-to-heart encouragement. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? {To be part of the book club, all you need to do is like my Facebook page.}

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days - Holley Gerth

To give you a little taste, here’s an excerpt from the introduction…

We all have hard days. The kind that make us want to pull the covers back over our heads, move to Hawaii, or eat a dozen cupcakes. Deep inside we know those aren’t the best options for our lives or our thighs. So what’s a girl to do?

Thankfully, Jesus said we don’t “live on bread alone”—that includes cupcakes—“but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). That means while we may crave all kinds of things, what we really need is truth. We need to know who God is and what he’s promised us. We need to remember who we are and have confidence that we’re going to be okay. We need to find a way to quiet the hunger pains in our hearts.

The book of Psalms is like a table covered with God’s goodness. It’s a place I’m often drawn to when I’m feeling down. And it’s where we’re going to sit together in these pages. So pull up a chair if you’re feeling tired, if you’re discouraged, or if you just feel a little empty inside.

Because this book has fifty-two entries, you can read it as a daily or weekly devotional. My prayer is that by the end of our time together, you’ll walk away with a heart that’s full. You’ll have more strength, peace, and joy. You’ll feel refreshed and nourished in a way that will sustain you through whatever the future may hold.

You’re not alone, my friend. We’re in this together. Let’s “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8).

God used this book to speak some truths to my heart that I find myself going back to again and again on tough days and I can’t wait to share them with you!

You can preorder What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days now {and it’s on sale!}. And to be part of the book club, all you need to do is like my Facebook page. We’ll start going through the book together there after it officially releases August 26th.

I’m really looking forward to this time with you. And I’d love for you to bring some friends with you too! Who else in your life needs encouragement for their hard days? I hope we’re not the only ones who ever feel this way! :)


Holley Gerth


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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


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.


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.


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.