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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. Just because I’m not good at exercising doesn’t mean I’m not enough. Thank you

    • Thank you for this. I was literally just thinking that I really need to “get my act together”. I am a mom of 4 and school starts soon. My life feels a bit messy in general right now. I checked my email as I was taking a short “break” to sit down with my toddler and drink my tea, when I saw this devo. God’s timing is perfect, and this was just the encouragement and reminder I needed this morning.

  2. “The enoughness we long for can’t be found in improving our performance or becoming a perfect person. It can only be received, not earned. This is transformational, heart-freeing news.”

    Yes, what heart-freeing news! Thank you for delivering it to my “try harder” heart. God has shown me this truth again and again, but I am still learning it. (and that’s OK!)

    I was deeply moved by your words this morning, Holly. Clearly, they were enough.


  3. I agree, as a wife, mother and working professional I am constantly thinking I could (should) be better. I don’t spend enough time giving myself grace that I have done enough. Thank you for this article this morning.

  4. Holly, as usual, your post has hit the mark! Reading your posts always makes me feel uplifted, encouraged and more importantly, hopeful! Thank God for you and your wonderful gift!!!!

  5. I actually have Tetelestai tattooed on my wrist for the same reason…Paid in Full! I had it tattooed last year and I look at it all the time as a reminder, I love it. I am one of those 1 in 5 with anxiety and at times it is all consuming so I need to constantly remind myself that God’s got it!

  6. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    Holley, I can’t even tell HOW MUCH your words hit home today..


  7. Thank you Holly for sharing you heart. What you wrote was so true. We can all at times think we are not good enough at anything or what ever we are meant to be doing that day. Should it be Wife a Mother Sister or Friend. We can get this idea in our heads look at so and so what a great Wife Mother Sister and friend they are. We shouldn’t do that. We should never strive to be like them. God made us just the perfect people he wanted us to me. He has different ways that he wants us to be Wife Mother Sister and Friend to these people in our lives. God does not want us to try and be anyone else. Only be the perfect people he made us to. We all have our own unique ways of being a Wife Mother Sister and Friend. To the people we know. As God made us all different and he would not want us to try and be someone we are not. God loves us for the people we are. That he loves and made us to be in his eyes. So God loves us the beautiful people God made us to be.You remember you are a Daughter of the King and that King is Jesus. I say Amen to that. I had to learn to be myself and not try to be anyone. As God showed me Dawn you are unique just the way you are to me. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little

  8. I love this truth… but, what if we don’t want to simply be “good enough”? Just because I could be a better mom, doesn’t mean I’m not a good enough mom. My heart really has trouble settling for being a “good enough” mom because I do want to be that “better” mom – for them. Good enough doesn’t actually feel “good enough”. Ugh!

  9. Thank you for this. My mama’s heart needed to hear it. It feels so defeating sometimes to feel as though I fall short as a mom. I try so very hard. Thank you for the encouragement today to keep going and keep trying.

  10. Us ladies always seem to struggle in this area. Sure we can and should strive to improve ourselves but recognizing we are already ENOUGH, because of the finished work of the cross, is so liberating. Thank you Holly

  11. Thank you so much! After sitting up most of the night worrying and searching for an answer about my dog child and my husband’s distance this gave me the peace to pray and move on with my day. Blessings

  12. thank you SO MUCH!!! i literally just wrote the fill in the blank statement on my mirror, in my journal, and on a sticky to remind myself and to speak into and over myself when i forget or when the pesky lies of perfectionism and not enoughness creep in. i love this post and thank you for reminding contrary to the lies, i am NOT the only one who sometimes feels this way!

  13. Being a mother to an adult daughter who lives with us can be a struggle at times. Sometimes I feel like not talking to her. Too much to explain but I know most of the time is good. I appreciate your post Holly. Thanks for encouragement. I plan to keep walking even though I still have problems walking at times after my fall in 2020. God is always with us. PTL!!! ❤️

  14. Thank you for this, very timely. My father passed away on Aug. 2, 2020 after being on hospice for over 2 months. I have been having a difficult time thinking I wasn’t a good enough daughter for those months. I have always been a perfectionist and a bit obsessive/ compulsive and always wanted everything perfect. I felt like everything I did for my dad was wrong or not good enough. We even fought several times those days because my care and actions were not what he wanted or needed. I just felt like I couldn’t do the right thing. But my care was enough for him as his daughter. The care he really needed then was from the Lord, the relief of pain and the freedom from a body that no longer functioned the way my dad wanted it too. And who was I to think I could provide that kind of care? Only God could do that. My dad passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord that morning and a few months later I received a clear message that it was all good. God is good– all the time! And I am enough!

  15. Holley,

    Great encouragement as always! I have felt not good enough at lots of things over the years. God has been working on me for years to help change that mindset. I see others baking homemade bread, sewing quilts, etc. & I feel less than. Suddenly God had various people tell me I’m a good cook. They really like my food & want my recipes-even the one who makes homemade bread. WOW! I have to give myself & my family grace. Allowing us all to mess up still be enough & loved by a great God.

    Blessings 🙂