God-sized Dreams & The “Do What You Can” Plan {plus an ebook for you}

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God-sized Dream = a desire in your heart for more of what God has for you.

Hello, Brave Sister…

I’m talking to you today.

Yep, even if your knees are knocking in your cute boots a bit.

The one who has a desire that tugs at your heart.

The one with the God-sized dream that’s been waiting.

The one who sometimes wonders, “Is this all there is?”

I’m inviting you to open the door to God-sized dream in 2013.

Now before you get too nervous, let me assure you that God-sized dreams are not really about size at all–they are about what perfectly fits YOUR heart. It’s really another way of describing your purpose. And we all have one.

What’s yours?

Whether a crystal clear answer pops into your mind or you don’t have a clue, this journey is for you.

You really can take the next steps toward what God has for you this year. Two small ways to start today…

Do What You Can Plan by Holley Gerth copyDownload The Do What You Can Plan: 21 Days to Making Any Area of Your Life Better. {Revell has a New Year’s surprise for you! The ebook is FREE just for January 1st and you can get it on any computer.}

Then join me and your sisters for the God-sized dream series right here every Tuesday. We’ll give you the tools you need and plenty of encouragement.

Are you ready?

This year can be different.

You can be different.

WE can be different.

And when we are, the whole world is too.

What God-sized dream would you like to open the door to this year?


p.s. Next week the God-sized dreams series will officially kick-off with a blog link-up right here. Just write a post about your God-sized Dream {or how you’re scared silly to have one–whatever you want} and share it on Tuesday the 8th. Psst…you’ll be entered to win the print above from Red Letter Words when you do.


  1. Lori says

    Hi Holley! I think your an amazing person and your words are wonderful to hear!! I feel lately you are speaking right to me… helping me along in a new journey! This past year (2012) my husband and I both grew much closer to God… and it’s been an amazing journey!! It’s so awesome to watch what all He does and can do!! The things we had to go through were pretty rocky… and it was hard. But looking back, it was all a huge blessing because we are at the place we are at, with Him!!! What a wonderful year we have had!! And now…. there’s possibly something really amazing waiting for us… (a new job offer and move)… It’s like God is really opening a huge door for us!! We are both very, very excited to see what this new year holds for us as a couple and as a family! So THANK YOU, Holley, for all your wonderful words!!! It’s awesome to read your words!!! Thank you!!!!! Thank you for much more than you know!!!! Our God-sized dream may be here before we know it!! ~ Lori

  2. Becky says

    Dear Holley,

    I just downloaded the Kindle for PCs on my computer and then got your book. And I just read the first chapter. I’m looking forward to reading it for the next 20 days. (My very first eBook!) I don’t have a blog to link with yours (in fact, I don’t even know what that means! I’m not techy at all!) and so I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to participate but I still thought this would be one good way to begin the new year. Blessings!

    • Julie Hutson says

      I’m with you Becky! I don’t have a Blog, and I’m not techy at all. Hence the reason I fell in love with Holley’s eBook, “The do what you can plan”. I’m thinking this plan has my name written all over it : ) I have a 10 year child with special needs, and balancing work, and family life can get ugly at times, but daily JOY surrounds us too! God is with us. I know God has a plan, and I’m looking forward to chasing my God size dream. One thing I’ve learned from my son is to appreciate the here and now. I have to take life one day at a time, one hour, one minute, one second.

      Now I just need to figure out how I can download this ebook. I look forward to doing what I can in 2013.


  3. Diana Dunham says

    Happy New Year Holley! God has asked me to be a Deacon this year! Huge!!! I also will become a Grandma for the first time in March! Huger! God has so many plans for me and I can’t wait!

  4. says

    Hi Holly! Just downloaded your e-book and started reading. For the past few months, the Lord has been speaking to me about dreaming and all, and bumping into your blog is really God-ordained! So the blog link up thingy, is it just a matter of linking my blog with that specific post on that day? Anywayz, just to give you an idea of my blog (if it will pass), here’s the link: http://citygirlcountryhomeph.blogspot.com/2012/12/how-gods-word-can-shape-your-2013.html

    God bless you and your ministry!


  5. Patricia Little says


    I, too, woke up this morning to read your message. In response to one of your posts
    recently, I decided that my God-shaped dream is to be a God-shaped me. This will entail many changes to my life and I am trusting God to help me make those. At the end of 2013, I want my relationship with God to be that of a very warm, well-fitted glove.

    Happy 2013 to all.

  6. Catrina says

    Hi Holley,

    Less than 3 weeks my husband and I became parents for the first time and are learning g A LOT! I’m not sure how being a new Mom fits into this God sized dream series, but I know God has many amazing lessons, challenges and blessings in store for me while raising my son. I’ve always dreamed of being a Mom and now here I am! I’m not sure what else God will do in my life this year but I know I’ll have my hands and heart full with this adorable miracle he’s blessed us with.

  7. says

    I have been prepping and thinking about this since I read your first post about it. Circumstances intervened and pointed me in a direction I never expected. Ever. I am excited and nervous and staying within for a little bit. I have given out different bits and pieces to different people, but the big big idea is still in the back of my brain arguing with me. But it makes me laugh, because I can honestly say I have never had a personal dream/goal before. I struggled with having them. But now, it’s almost tangible. So thank you already, Holly.

  8. says

    Hi Holley,
    I am excited and nervous in turn about exploring my God-shaped dream. It has been very hard to lift eyes of interest or faith above the parapet of the circumstances I am in, and have been in for many years, in order to believe for better. But I truly do think “there must be more than this!” and so I come, one of the lagging, foot-dragging, somewhat bemused and confused travellers who wants to take this journey with you. The company and support of fellow sisters in Christ is the motivation I need to join in – feeling the fear and doing it anyway – trusting that God will meet with me, revealing more of His dreams, plans and purposes for the year ahead. Here we go – gulp – one tiny step at a time! :)

    • Sally Vandorme says

      Joy, When I read your post to Holley, I could have added my name! I was even wondering if I had written it.

      I’ll keep you in my prayers, I missed getting in on the ebook for free but I will try to download now & join my Christians sisters on what is sounding like just the trip I need!

      God bless you!

  9. Sharon F says

    Oh, Holley, what a privilege to have you & the ebook to help in my heart’s desire for more of Jesus this year. Happy New Year, Dear Lady.

  10. Karen says

    Holly, your posts are always so timely. Thank you! I just wanted to let you know I appreciate you.
    I purchased your book on Amazon and have started reading. I will follow up with journaling, but wanted to drop by your page and say thank you, first.

  11. says

    Holly, Thank you so much for the encouragement you given to all of us to step out in faith into our God-sized dreams. Several years ago God gave is a desire that has turned into a dream but fear has kept me at a stand-still. After reading you past several blog post and expecting your book to be more of the same I have finally decided to push the fear away and just take the one step at a time that God puts before.

  12. says

    Yes! I am ready! God’s got this. Love to you in the coming year! I can’t wait to meet you for real. Until then, parentheses will have to do, (((Holley)))).

    ~ Jennifer

  13. Wanda Patrick says

    I am excited. l I have several God size dreams in my heart, some I have shared with friends and others only between God and I. Thank you for the gentle push and the support 2013 will be an awesome year.

  14. Susan G. says

    Thanks for always listening to the Lord as you write your blogs…they speak to all of us! :) I am still waiting for the big dream of all of my family serving the Lord. I need to trust Him with their future…so I am more peaceful and joyful around them – another dream. :) I want to be the woman God made me to be…and am feeling like I am not where I should be today, as a mom, wife and grandma to 6 beautiful grandchildren. I have much in this life and want to be thankful for all He has given me and the beautiful family He has entrusted me to love and pray for. I don’t want to feel “Is this all there is?”…but sometimes I do. But beginning NOW on 1/1/2013 I will, with God’s help be a truly new person in Christ this year!
    Thank you for your encouragement Holley!
    Praying for you!
    Susan G.

  15. says

    Happy New Year! I am so glad to be on this journey together with Holley and all of you great ladies. This is going to be an AMAZING year for all of us, and for God when we give Him all the glory! I downloaded the free ebook, and I shared the link on my Facebook page. I encourage everyone to do this. Thank you Holley for making “The Do What You Can Plan” available to us for free. WOW! I can feel the energy building. God is definitely starting something BIG this year! God is blessing us today.

  16. says

    Thank you for such encouragement, Holley. I moved my shaking knees and put the words and art of my God-sized dream together yesterday. I’m looking forward to Tuesdays for more en*courage*ment to keep going.


  17. Evelyn says

    I receive several email devotions daily. I got through most of them earlier in the day. This is one that I SHOULD have read FIRST thing this morning:

    “She knew that many were the plans in her heart but that God’s purpose would prevail.” ~ Proverbs 19:21

    Selfishly I was hoping to get some things done around the house, but I received a call from someone who had a problem that in her mind had to be taken care of immediately. I have to admit, I did not want to help, but I easily feel guilty if I don’t, so I spent the better part of the afternoon to early evening doing a pile of her laundry. I have asked God for forgiveness for my attitude. I just now opened this email devotion and this Scripture hits me upside the head. God just gave me a chance to laugh at myself.
    Tomorrow’s agenda: Read ALL email devotions first thing in the morning so I can be mentally and spiritually ready to go! :)
    Love, love, LOVE your devotionals, Holley! Time and time again God is using your gift to speak to my heart!!!

  18. Rebecca Riggles says

    Thanks for the book. I don’t know what my dream is…. I have never been good at discerning my goals etc in life. Always afraid of failing or looking stupid or being laughed at, I stumble around. I do have dreams of course but believing in them, in myself, is a different story. I appreciate your site and the wonderful encouragement I receive from it. I don’t know if I will fully participate but I will read the book and check in from time to time. (see that, no commitment already.) As someone stated earlier, one small step at a time. :) Thanks and God’s blessings to you and to everyone here.

  19. Cathy says

    Happy New Year!!! I just love opening up your e-mails daily!!! I’m going to order my journal now!! Love you and you wisdom!

  20. Karen says

    Thank You, Holley. Shalom. XOXO
    This is going to be such a Great year of growing more in Love with
    our Savior, the One Who died for us. The One with Whom we will
    enjoy Life Forever! He loves us so truly unconditionally. He is
    worth our efforts, today. And I love how He remembers that we
    are dust and is gentle with our growth because He remembers
    making us!

  21. Rycki says

    Thank you for the free book! I am excited (and somewhat anxious) to start this dream journey. To all my “new” journey friends may God bless you and walk with you on this dream path./

  22. Veronica says

    Happy New Year Holley!
    So excited to go on this journey with you. Thank you for sharing with us today some of you…we are real women with real stories and that no one can forget that is for sure! I can’t see where God takes me and all of the women on here throughout the next 21 days!
    with love

  23. Shelley Cates says

    Happy New Year! And thank you for the free e-book – can’t wait to read it. I’m joining in on this journey of God-sized dreams, even though I have no idea what mine might be. Always had trouble thinking I had any “dreams” for my life but maybe, just maybe, I’ll discover it even though I’m sure I’m much older than most of the participants. Scared, nervous and excited all at once! Thank you for this helping us through this journey!!

  24. Nancy R says

    hi, stumbled here from Chatting at the Sky and I think I will follow you! A number of years ago I asked God for me to be open to a God sized dream. Well, that year was very rocky as we dealt with depression in our 10 year old son who actually attempted suicide. My faith grew immensely from those several years and the good news is that he was eventually diagnosed with ADD (I would never have guessed) and he is now second in his class of Computer Engineering. God is good but you often have to cling hard to him. I am also now able to give hope to mothers who struggle with children going through similar circumstances. To be able to say that things will really get better lightens up their face!

  25. cheryl says

    I love all your downloaded books, Holley, and excited about this new journey of God-sized dreams. The devil has been working overtime to distract me–moments ago thought “63” — my age– “dreaming my life away.” But age is no problem with God. I prayed that he would reveal his dream for me repeatedly today. I don’t want any guesswork here. I asked him to slap me in the face with it! I’m looking forward to meeting with you Tuesday with God’s dream for me…I’ve already an inkling, but waiting for his underlines. God bless.

  26. kathy w says

    I just joined your blog and was wondering if there is a way to copy this ebook on paper so I can make notes as I follow along? I don’t even know what my dream is but I sure would like to find out. Thanks for all the encouragement.

  27. Lucy says

    I don’t know what my God-sized dream is but I am open and willing to know. In the past I dared not to dream for fear of yet another disappointment. Through the grace of God I have grown to trust Him and he leade me to you and your gentle, encouraging ways. Finding you here was no accident and with my faith the size of a mustard seed I know it will be revealed to me. I appreciate your ebook and this blog to guide me on my way. May we all know the truth that sets us free to express His Love.

  28. Mary Morin says

    Well, here I am with an iPad after fighting to not have one given to me for Christmas. Yes, I’ve been moving from desktop to old laptop, to my beloved laptop who’s display died and I had to connect it to the tv to type, and my husband who is my biggest supporter in my writing – insisted on buying it (the iPad) for me. Yes, it meant we don’t have money right now for other things, and yes, I DID delete my most recent work when I formatted the thumb-drive it was on by accident. All because something new (the iPad) came into my world. Yes, it will allow me to leave my house (yikes) to go in search of a place I can write without interruption (which I am terrified to attempt in case it is hard and I find nothing). BUT it means I have to learn some new things on Apple Pages (also huge groan), and how to back up in “iCloud,” and I will not be aware of all that is going on at home from noon to 4 every day (my hoped-for writing schedule). I will have to become more disciplined and chart uncharted waters, and I AM SCARED that I will fail. There – I said it. I have been working on this novel for 7 years, and am “mostly done,” but losing those dozen pages that i mined painfully from my imagination have been really hard to swallow. I have to confess that although it has been not easy to make this story with God, it has been extraordinarily AWESOME to see how smart and creative He is. I have been pretty spoiled, really, and have never lost anything or had writer’s block – no real “setbacks” except for a major scandal and church split in our high-profile church, a church shooting the next year, a major move, a nervous breakdown, a business failure, employee issues (death and murder of children), teenage drug addiction, and marriage trouble :). But these relatively small problems – the iPad, new system, and some lost pages – have got me on the ropes! I can see the smile on your cute faces as you ponder that: she’s been through Hell and back these past 7 years, and is stuck on this? Oh, girl, you’ll be FINE!

  29. Christine H says

    My God Size Dream,

    Is to finish my book I started many years ago.
    My hearts desire is to live my life in such a way that it points others to Christ. My life has been a busy one raising our 4 Children and through the years I put my book aside this year I would like to follow through.

  30. says

    Thanks for posting this again, Holley! You’ve encouraged me so much over the past 3 years of a TOUGH ministry: cp in the Middle East, and just this MORNING, we left a downpayment for a rental space to go public. My knees area kind of knocking because it’s a faith journey, but your words encourage me once again!

  31. says

    First off I want too say excellent blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask
    if you don’t mind. I was interested tto kmow how you center yourself
    and clear your thoughs prior to writing. I’ve had a hartd time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughfs out.
    I do enjoy writing however itt just seems like the
    first 10 to 15 minutes aree generally lost simply just trying to figure out hoow
    to begin. Any ideas or tips? Kudos!

  32. says

    Hi! This post could not be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him.

    Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  33. says

    O wow, how’d it do a trackback already?
    I was going to say, Holley, I already posted about my God sized dreams (and boy are they huge and scary and exciting and wonderful and I so totally crave knowing that others are praying!) and can rewrite and link up next week or just link today’s post up next week, whatever?
    Thank you so very much.
    Thank you for calling me friend.
    God bless you and cover you as you lead so many of us, following him!


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