My DaySpring Story: Part 4

(To start from Part One click here. And if you can’t see the images click here.)

First of all, thank you for letting me share my story! I’ve never done so before and it’s been fun, humbling, and a little bit scary. I’m amazed that you’re not only reading but leaving kind comments too! I’d hug you all if you were here.

Explaining everything I worked on at DaySpring during the first few years is a bit like trying to describe a kaleidoscope so I’d love to just share a few of my favorite projects with you…

Big Yellow Umbrella card by Holley Gerth for DaySpring



I wish I had a big yellow umbrella that would keep away all the rain in your life. I would hold it over your head, and the drops would splash, splash, and you would never even feel it. But I don’t have a big yellow umbrella – so I’ll walk through the rain with you.



The card above began as an e-mail to my friend Heather on a tough day. She was a designer at DaySpring and it became the starting point for a summer line called Heather and Holley in stores several years ago.

Then this new version of it came in 2008 and won Card of the Year at the Louie Awards (the greeting card equivalent of the Oscars) in New York City!

I love that card because while most of my cards start with an assignment, it simply came from the heart in a moment of need for a friend.

I’ve helped create card lines for stores like LifeWayFamily Christian, Hallmark, Wal-mart, and a variety of other places. Altogether I’ve written about 2000 cards!

Comfort and Encouragement booklet by Holley Gerth for DaySpring

I’ve also worked on other paper items like journals, calendars, and this Comfort and Encouragement booklet. It’s a ministry guide for anyone who wants to help others through losses.

I wrote it during my counseling degree when I assisted with a grief support group. The name of each person in the group and the loved one they lost are in the front of the book. Sorrow is sacred ground and I’ll always be grateful for those who let me walk and learn with them.

The Greatest Shepherd of All by Holley Gerth

I even got to write three children’s books with Thomas Nelson through a partnership! I love knowing that even if I don’t have kids of my own yet, I can be part of building a heritage of faith in other families.

DaySpring also does gift items so some of my projects are things like ornaments, mugs, and home decor. Here’s a little Christmas message that I wrote for card that became the inspiration for a gift line

 Meaning of the Snowflake Mug - Holley Gerth for DaySpring The Meaning of the Snowflake
Every new snowflake comes to the earth
as a picture of our Saviour’s birth,
because they are sent from up above
and remind us of God’s care and love.
Each one is so intricate and small
because Christ sees the details of us all,
and just as two are never the same
the Lord knows and calls us each by name.
Snowflakes gently cover the world in white
and hide what’s unlovely from our sight,
showing us how He covers our sin
and gives us His grace when we come to Him.
So may every snowflake bring Christ to mind
and in every bit of white may you find a
reason to celebrate anew and a reminder
of His love for you.

I love being a small part of connecting women with God and each other.


Snowflake Set by DaySpring

Without you, none of the words I write would matter.

I truly appreciate you so I’m having a giveaway of this Christmas set as a little thank you!

It’s from the gift line I mentioned above and it comes with two mugs as well as a carafe that’s perfect for serving cozy cups of tea or cocoa.

Just leave a comment before midnight on Saturday to enter!


A couple of years ago, God began stirring something new in my heart and that has turned out to be an amazing adventure I never expected. To be continued…

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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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