When you want more joy, purpose and growth

She sends me an email that begins, “I have this dream and I’m not sure how to take the next step.”

Or she slips me a note on facebook that shares, “I feel stuck and I’m ready to move forward.”

Maybe she says quietly on a corner of twitter, “I just want to know more about who I am and my life purpose.”

I nod at all of these words. I’ve said them too.

And here’s what I’ve come to believe…

You can see God-sized dreams come true.

You can get to where your heart longs to go.

You can know who you are and live out what you’re called to do each day.

When Jesus said He was offering us life to the full, I think He meant it.

But I also know this: It doesn’t happen automatically.

There are simple too many distractions, too many fears, too many opportunities to say, “I’ll do it tomorrow.”

It doesn’t have to be that way.

We can choose, right here and now, that things will be different.

That you will be different.

It starts with one simple word: Yes.

Yes to who you are.

Yes to what God has created you to do.

Yes to whatever He has ahead for you.

Will you say it with me, sisters?

Even if you’ve said it before there’s no better time than now to say it again.

We can do this together.

And when it comes to what’s truly best for you, God’s answer is always “yes” too. Woo-hoo!

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. {2 Cor. 1:20}


p.s. As you say a louder “yes” in your life, I’d love to be an encouraging partner for you through {e}coaching {yep, you can sign up for a free sample session}.


  1. says

    Yes to everything God has planned for me this morning! :) Drinking my English Breakfast tea from my Perfectly Loved mug, reading Proverbs and listening… I know He will point me in the right direction!

  2. Alexia Sanchez says

    I truly needed to hear this. I have been stuck at a point of fearing falling in love and starting a new relationship because of my past heartbreak. I have found someone who is perfect for me and most importantly loves God. But I’ve been struggling with letting my walls down and saying yes to love again. This was a reminder that I need to move forward in the Lord’s plan for my life and accept the blessings of love he has brought into my life. Thanks again!

  3. Carolyn says

    Hello Holley,
    I am so blessed by your blog and all that you write. I feel that I am having coffee with you when you share through video. Do it more often please. Holley, I have found that I have some anger issues and want to get pass having this in my life. Can you share some thoughts.

  4. says

    I so want to say “yes.” Every day I strive to say “yes” to Him and His plan, His purpose for my little life. Most days it simply feels like there are too many things in my way. To much stuff blocking my path that it is easier to just say…”well, maybe tomorrow.” Then tomorrow comes, the words are on my lips…and bam! Doubt. I doubt myself, my abilities…I even (shhhh!) I doubt Him and his power. Thanks, Holley, for your reminder that my God-sized dreams can become real in Him…if I will only have faith and just say “YES!”

    • Holley says

      Girl, I can relate to all you shared. I think we all have seasons when doubt becomes very loud. Know that you are not alone in this and keep pressing forward. I think that’s the greatest faith–not when we have no doubts but when we do and keep on anyway. XO

  5. Ana says

    Sometimes saying “yes” is easier said than done. I am not trying to discourage here and of course I want to shout “yes” out loud. The one thing is… sometimes… there is a ‘no’. God knows all and if you are not shouting ‘yes’ that is okay too.

    For God’s ways are not always our ways. His plans and purposes are at the best of times an obstacle course for us and when we see the bigger picture after the ‘no’, we see exactly why sometimes shouting ‘yes’ isn’t always the right thing to say.

    When we find ourselves not knowing what to shout, that’s when we get on our knees and pray for His guidance.

    Yes, God is love and yes you are loved.

    May God bless you.

    • Holley says

      I agree, Ana. Sometimes the “yes” we’re saying is a “yes” to a no. In other words, to receiving whatever He has for us.

  6. Karen says

    I have been in counseling with a Christian Counselor for 5 plus years, still on medication, and feeling very stagnant with God, I pray, read the Bible and go to Church. I have had real experiences with God when I became a Christian in 1986, my life changed and I was on fire for Jesus, I got married had 2 boys now 16 and 14 and had a breakdown and ended up in a mental hospital when they were 5 and 3. I struggle just to get up in the morning, all I am doing is cooking and cleaning for my family and visiting my mom who is 84 in an assisted living. I am so ready for a change, I want to go back to work as an Assistant Foodservice Director, I have a degree in Dietetics, but it has been so long ago, I’ve lost my confidence. I really don’t know if it is God’s desire or mine just to go back to work, because I’m bored. I am saying yes, to God I know he loves me and cares, this week I start to prepare my resume, I’m praying every step of the way, that God will direct me, that I will be follow His Plan, I also want to learn to be content where I’m at, I just feel there is so much more, I’m holding back because of fear, but I know that’s not of God, so Lord give me the strength and faith to believe and go forward. Please Pray!! Thank you!

    • Ana says

      Dear Karen,

      I share with you, your story, as it is very similar to what I have been through.

      Yes, be strong in the Lord, even though you seem to think you need strength in your faith, God’s promises are true. He will never leave you or forsake you no matter what you are still going through. Be assured that there is a “bigger plan” for your life and a “better purpose”. We often wonder why would God have me go through all of this stuff, why me? Your purpose is being “fulfilled” even though you may find yourself struggling with that “fear” that seems to hold you back.

      God gave us authority and He has already conquered all of what you have been going through on the cross. Resist the devil and he will flee! When he comes to attack, put him down and with your authority (God gave you that) put him in his place! The name of Jesus is your victory! You are a child of God and Satan will come at you, but you shout loud and clear “Satan you must leave in Jesus’ name!” and he will flee! Know that “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world! You can do this.

      Anyway, I wanted to encourage you not to quit, let go and let God and watch it happen.

      Praying for you too and trust God for a miracle!

      • Vicki says

        I can not directly relate to this story, but I can relate to what God has in store for those who love Him! Everytime I get ahead of myself, I go back to ask God to take the ‘wheel’ of my life and He answers me. Sometimes it is NOT what I want to hear, but it ALWAYS helps me take the next step. Faith will take away your fear! Keep looking up!! God does His best work in the unseen… and He will bring your answer into ‘sight’ for you!

        • Ana says

          Thank you Vicki for sharing with me. I truly believe that God does His best work in the unseen… and because we must understand to know that the “spirit” world is so much bigger than what we physically see here on earth, we forget to realize the awesomeness and the greatness of our God and what He is doing. My biggest struggle is “fear” that I have when I see that I may not have enough money or enough food, or friends to share my story with, but I am thankful for Holley’s blog were we can unify and bring the love of God in such an open forum right here, right now and know that so many of you care. I will keep looking up towards the heaven and I know that this life here on earth is only temporary and knowing that my King is awaiting His children to reunite with Him and His Kingdom is such a awesome glory and a wonderful promise to believers. I will keep pressing on in spite of what Satan attacks with me but knowing that no matter God is the victor and He is victorious over all things and at best working for His children all the time.

          I am being blessed and so are you ladies.

          May God keep and bless you all.

  7. Tamara G. Battice says

    To our wonderful ABBA EL be all of the praise, all of the glory and all of the honor! Your devotion was a confirmation! This morning, when ABBA EL awakened my, after thanking Him for blessing me to see my 54th birthday, I felt in my spirit to just say yes to everything He has for my life and wants to me to be for His glory!

    The devotions that you write are always a blessing and i praise our ABBA EL for you! Love you dearly!!!!!

  8. says

    I’m saying yes Holly. These two lines really speak to me today: “You can get to where your heart longs to go. You can know who you are and live out what you’re called to do each day.”

  9. says

    Yes! :) The Lord has been showing me lately how we often just stay waiting outside all he has for us (like the Israelites outside the promised land) and how he wants us – is waiting for us – to take the land he is giving us. Not sure where all my dreams are headed, but I want to step into that “land” He gives… :) Thanks as always, Holley, for beautiful reminders…

  10. Evonne says

    Holley, I love you! You are truly my sister in the spirit. I can not tell you how on point you have been with your postings. While I delete all other non-business related emails from my Inbox, your emails remain because I love to refer back to them and read them over and over again. You have been such a blessing. Please keep doing what you are doing! God bless you!!

  11. Judy Layton says

    Hi Holley,
    Another Monday and a super word of encouragement to your “sisters in Jesus”.
    thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Saying Yes, again today!
    Love you,

  12. says

    thank you Holley! you are a true LIFE live-er! HE promised us Abundant life. He didn’t suggest it. AND we deny him daily, silly martyrs that we choose to be.

    i am amazed at how many believers choose to say – “Isn’t your dream getting ahead of God?”

    to that i say, “aren’t you getting stuck behind your God card – so you can avoid fully diving in the deep end?”

    (no judgment on them :))

    thank you for encouraging ME and all your readers to LEAP for MORE and trust the GIVER of all things GOOD for what “it” looks like.

    hugs to you for your heart poured out.

  13. sherri says

    I love the encouragement that it is God. I study what I can and read what I can to keep the encouragement going for my journey .

  14. Joy says

    Holley, Great words! Just yesterday I took my daughter out for a Mother-Daughter afternoon, we had lunch, went to a movie, went shopping and then wrapped it all up with a decadent piece of cheesecake! Our conversations covered so many topics, but central to all of them was this over-riding theme! I’m 58 & she is 32, we are very much aware that God wants to release us more to experience the God-given purpose(s) bringing more joy & growth in our lives! Thank you for the affirmation today to say “YES” to all that He has for all of us…no matter what stage of life we’re in! Blessings, Joy

  15. Pam Elkin says

    Dear Holley,

    YES!! I am learning to say yes–yes to letting go of past pain and worries, yes to being who God really wants me to be. I have not been that person for a long, long time. I was letting all of the physical and mental pain control me. It is exciting. It is amazing what He has already done in my life as I seek to change with His guidance. I joined Weight Watchers last week. My weight has physically and mentally “weighed” me down for so, so long. I pray for His strength and guidance each day and I am rejoicing and praising Him for all that He is doing. I have been in such pain and searching for happiness and joy in life. One day at a time with Him!! That is the only way I can make it. That is the only way that I want to make it. Thank you, Holley for always reaching out and caring about each one of us. You have been there and really understand and open up and share with us. You are a beautiful child of God and I love you my friend.

  16. says

    Thank you for the encouragement! Right now I am going through a phase when I know God is calling me to take my blog in another direction so I can use that as my virtual ministry. So today I finally said yes! and it is funny how God has taken me full circle, to the main reason why I started blogging in the first place: to share my journey as a single Christian woman in this crazy world that pulls us from every direction. Thanks for your awesomeness!

  17. De-anne says

    I read it and loved it. When I was writing my novel last year, at times I got stuck with a chapter. Those times I knew God helped me write them. I knew he inpsired me to write it and left it up to him. If he felt it was to be published it would be. I am waiting and that is ok. It is God’s timing and not mine. Saying “YES” to God’s timing is a huge step and lots of faith, but well worth it. God Bless Holley.

  18. says

    I think that’s definitely where I’ve been, on the verge of saying yes. It’s a scary leap, but I think it’s time! Thank you for the encouragement!

  19. says

    this morning, I had a choice. a large one. either decision would completely change my life.

    my answer?

    “YES, God, all the way.”

    I’m still scared and I’m still worried, but God is still good and He is still in control.

    And I am happy, completely happy, where He has me. both here on earth and in the palm of His hand.

  20. Julie says

    Yes, today I choose to be the person God wants me to be. No more excuses, no more weakness, today is the day…God, I am all in. Thank you Holley!

  21. says

    Yes, yes, yes, thank you for your encouraging post. God is sovereign and wants the best for his children. I want to be the woman he created me to be. I continue to look up and trust him. Thanks again for your posts. I look forward to reading them everyday.

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