Good News about YOU

Dear Friend,

The other night I stayed up too late, curled under my covers with a book in hand.

It spoke of things that made me take deep breaths and let them out slowly with relief. It spoke of freedom, grace and whispered that I am enough. 

In The Me I Want to Be, John Ortberg says:

Here is the good news: When you flourish, you become more you. You become more that person God had in mind when God thought you up. You don’t just become holier. You become you-ier. 

You will change: God wants you to become “a new creation.” But “new doesn’t mean completely different; instead it’s like an old piece of furniture that gets restored to its intended beauty….God wants to redeem you, not exchange you. 

I don’t know about you but there are parts of me that I wish were different sometimes. I’m quiet in groups–I might even fidget and sweat (ew!). I need time to process before I make a decision. I overlook details (much to my husband’s amusement). I can’t seem to organize a drawer to save my life.

Yet when I look at those traits another way, I see characteristics that make me a good listener, an insightful friend and a big-picture dreamer. (The drawers are another story–I still don’t know what’s redemptive about that. Hmm.) 

It’s a relief to know that what I wish would change about myself God simply wants to redirect and redeem.

I think of all the energy I spend trying to be less of the things that I wish were different about me.

What if I spent it instead on becoming more of who I’m been made to be all along?

I wish you could come over today. I’d sit you down for a cup of something cozy. We’d talk this through together and open our hearts. And maybe even a drawer or two… 🙂 



p.s. Do you ever struggle to accept parts of who you are? How might God be able to use that in unexpected ways?

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About Holley

About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

Cheering you on,


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