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Holley Gerth is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, counselor, and life coach. Her newest release is The Powerful Purpose of Introverts: Why the World Needs You to Be You. She's also wife to Mark, Mom to Lovelle, and Nana to Eula and Clem.

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  1. Holley,
    It’s only taken me 50+ years to learn this important lesson…and I’m still learning. Another point I was reminded of once – that if we say “Yes” to every opportunity that is presented to us, we may, potentially, be robbing someone else of their ability to serve and use THEIR gifts and talents. We are not made to do it all…discerning His call is a work of the Spirit in us. Wonderful reminder this am.!

  2. Thank you, Holley, for the gift of this posting. I have been struggling greatly with this issue lately and am taking the leap of faith that the Lord needs me to take in this. He reminds me that He has a plan for me, for each of us, that I need to cooperate with in the Holy Spirit, to yield to His leading. Praise be to our Father in heaven who gives all good gifts to be used for His glory and kingdom. May we each step out today in His love and grace into the places He needs us to be 🙂

  3. Oh Holley,
    How true this is! Thank you for a timely reminder. Years ago, when I had to do this for our agency, it dawned on me that I should write a purpose statement for myself as well. It was more difficult to do than I thought it would be, but over a month or so, as I prayed, God gave me the statement that I felt best captured His intent for my life. I had never heard of doing this (long before all the leadership books that exist now). I kept that statement in my planner and read it often. A year later, because of that statement’s influence (God’s of course, because He gave it to me! 🙂 ), I left my career and eventually began writing and speaking for the Lord. At that juncture, I also had a baby at forty, and knew that God wanted me to be with her full-time. So she was the over-arching reason I left my job, but I could also see how my purpose was intertwined with this decision, leading me to a new ministry direction. I could write and speak from home base. I loved my career. It was a good, good thing, and we did much good in serving America’s military. But the best thing for me was raising Sheridan and writing and speaking for the Lord. Thank you for fulfilling your calling. I love being a recipient of your wisdom. I also loved meeting you at the JT Retreat! You are one special lady.

  4. Oh Holley, this is a message for me this morning! I am a pastor’s wife in a small town and I have so many good opportunities to assist in my husband’s ministry here. I’ve had to make many choices between what is good and best, especially in regard to our 2 children. Often I would want to help at the church, and I did plenty of serving, but I realized that I was the only mom my kids would have! The Lord kept reminding me to keep the main thing the main thing. He had given me my 2 precious children and leading them to Him was my best work.
    In 9 days my son will marry and in 5 months my daughter also will marry. And once again, I’m reminded that this is my best job, to assist them both this year as they vow to love, honor and cherish the ones God has given them for their lifetime on this earth, as they all seek to serve Him with their lives.
    Very soon I will have so much time to do all the other good jobs God has planned for me!

  5. Good reminder – God has a specific purpose for us to accomplish. He decides that. not other people.

  6. Wow…this speaks so directly to my heart. I had heard of Holly’s new book and guide recently and added it to the running wish list I have in my head, but now I feel I must get it! I desperately want to understand, know and feel the amazing me that God has created. Thank you.

  7. Holley,
    Loved the print at beginning. My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you”. My life has taken twists and turns in the last few years. I had to quit my job to be there for my aging father. My plan was to go back to work soon-even if part-time. God had other plans for me. I’m taking ownership of my life and embracing the best God has for me and my family! I’m saying yes to more church activities and helping out more with the time I have!
    Blessings 🙂

  8. Thank you for this, Holley. Each of us IS here for a reason and each of us IS irreplaceable. I want to rest in this knowledge and proactively embrace God’s plan each day!

  9. Holley,
    I have read so many wonderful posts over the past week of encouraged ladies reviewing your inspiring book so I had to come to the source. I absolutely love the truths in this post. It reminds me that God did not allow me to survive the stroke to just get by. I want to believe in my heart that He has something amazing for me since He allowed me to survive. I think sometimes we don’t feel we are worthy for the “best” and are okay with settling for something pretty good. I want to accept the best He has for me and hopefully it will encourage others and lead others to know Him. It has been a pleasure reading some of what God has laid on your heart. Have a fantastic week and may God bless you and yours!

  10. I love this verse. I just wrote about this verse speaking to me as well, during this season of life I’m in. I also like the Mary Oliver reference with “one wild and precious life.” I do feel like I get all mixed up in what I do as my identity, instead of resting in my identity in Christ. Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. Thanks ! The difference between good and bad makes us able to choose the right path, decision for our life which led towards courage and trustworthy or vise versa.