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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. Graced words here, Holley. They feel gentle and just what I needed. Please let your friend know her choice to let go is beautiful and courageous.

    God asked me to give Him, mine. I entrusted that too Him. Now, years later we are discussing it again. This other approach is intriguing.

  2. Holly, This came exactly when I needed to know what to do in my life about the morass I was swimming in…….I realized that I needed to forgive myself from failing or being too hard on myself! Thank you for this invitation to let some things go! Looking ahead and not looking behind as the scripture goes! Blessings! and thanks! And thanks be to God!

  3. I really needed this. For nearly 2 years I’ve been carrying this heavy burden in my heart and life. It really sunk me to the lowest of the low. Affected my spiritual, emotional and physical life. Time for me to let it go and bury it forever at the feet of Jesus! Thank you for this devotional. So glad Jesus inspired Holley to write it.

  4. When things began to open, unlike all the hype about getting back to normal, I thought there had to be better. Normal wasn’t so great in so many ways. So your words come as an affirmation for me. I am leaving things behind and I am embracing things I had put aside. I am committed to being more active in my new church, and taking the time to acknowledge others- friends or strangers. And I am trying to be more patient and accepting of my grown children’s choices. They are happy and kind and that’s what’s important.

  5. Perfect…nailed it! Just what the doctor ordered….thank u Jesus, the love of my life.

  6. God is in control. There’s comfort in trusting His care, in embracing my smallness. YAY \0/

  7. “What feels heavy in my life that I might not have to carry anymore?” Now THERE’S an astute question to ask ourselves that will surely lead to the spacious, free life God wants us to live. That’s an aim worth striving for: less room for the clutter of busyness, more room for the abundance that Jesus wants to provide. Thank you, Holley!

  8. “God is in control. I am in charge.” Love this reminder so much! My one thing God is telling me to let go of is perfectionism and believing things have to be done my way to be done right.

  9. Holley, my heart and soul needed that message. Thank you for sharing it with us. I’m going to accept this challenge and leave a few things at Jesus feet, and vow to not pick them up again.

  10. Holley,

    You’ve done it again. Such great wisdom. “God is in control & I am in charge” Oh yes. We need to let Him run our lives & not try to do it all ourselves. I want to leave behind the idea that I am not good enough & rushing from activity to activity. Wanting to be intentional about helping others. Assisting in food bank ministry, cooking for others, volunteering with Relay for Life (cancer). etc. My aim is to leave a legacy that shows people how to love & care for others. We could all use a little help now & then. Moving forward I will slow down & start enjoying life more. Take notice of God’s creation & simply savor Him, His music & words.

    Blessings 🙂