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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. This seemed like it was written for me. I am definitely a color-inside-the-lines kind of person. Still going through a difficult situation at church and still have an estranged relationship with son. I need to let go of how I think things should be.

  2. Our expectations will not be reached here on earth because of sin but we can have high expectations in heaven. Because the Lord’s glory is so great and glorious.

  3. Had the same sort of conversation with a therapist once……still working on it too….thank you for the reminder

  4. This: “The holy courage to embrace an untamed, beautiful story beyond my expectations.” May God grant this to us each day!

  5. I’m presently in the land of uncertainty. The one we forget about until we find we are here again. Very much like Monopoly. You don’t always have a get out of jail free card.
    Your words are true. I’ve lived this truth much more than I’ve lived in sure things.
    Magic? Not in any way. Not in our thoughts or beliefs.
    God is no genie in a bottle.
    Many of us will live out the rest of our lives in uncertainty.
    What we do have is an anchor. In the storms, in calm times.
    There is surety.
    There is abundant hope.
    He is All. He is enough.
    Thank you.

  6. Last summer when my life fell into utter chaos, I went searching for answers everywhere. I needed to know why it happened and how to fix it. I read so many books and talked to so many people, just looking for an answer. The right answer! I learned a lot. And I’m working hard at letting go of expectations, while still holding out hope for restoration. I don’t know how or when, and I’m learning to be okay with that. But I do know Who is going to making it happen.

  7. Ironically I hung up the phone with a dear friend after whining in her ear that I don’t have time to read the book I want to read & see how the story ends. And then I read your post! Our lives are the unfolding story. Don’t know the twists, turns or details but know Jesus and know the end is secure! Holy courage resting in His mysterious security through all the uncertainties that we don’t like. How on earth do non-believers do this??? Makes me more grateful for His calling on my life and have a greater sense of urgency to share Him with others. Blessings & thank you for always pointing us to the right ONE!

  8. Thank you, Holly, as I can relate to you. I am reading your book “What your mind needs for anxious moments”. It was given to me as a gift from someone who cares. Thank you for being transparent, vulnerable, and honest (today that’s hard to find). I too live with anticipation that everything will work out, however, in reality as you have mentioned that they will work out according to God’s plan, that will always be better than we could ever imagine. Life is not easy, but I believe in the One who created me and want to Trust and Hope in Him. I pray for all those who struggle. 🙂

  9. Going thru hard times with my kids right now. They are not bad kids, just making decisions I rather wished they hadn’t. My baby boy who is 21 moved out a year ago with his girlfriend and I wished he didn’t do that. I am old fashioned and don’t like the idea of cohabitation until you marry. I watched all this taking place and there was nothing myself or his dad could do to stop him. I am so deeply sadden. Maybe I failed somewhere along teaching him, teaching him what I thought was right…. I did let him know that despite my disagreement with him in this decision, he is still my son and I may not understand everything and I will continue to support him and walk beside him, choosing love over fear…. My hope is that he will feel the tug of God and do the right thing…. Thank you for sharing this needed message…

  10. A beautiful piece Holley! How wonderful God is, not one small stone unturned.
    Expectations are weighty and by sharing them in community makes lighter work of them.
    Thank you for the conversation God bless.

  11. Holley,

    My life has had many twists & turns since 2019. First I was let go from a part time job. I was surprisingly happy & knew God had something bigger & better for me. Two weeks later I was hired as a part-time clerical in ICU Step down unit at hospital. Fast forward to the end of the year & my unit was shut down. Then Covid hit. My unit was once again shut down in Nov. 2021. I was put in ICU Covid unit to work as clerical. December 2021 they wrote a job just for me–now full time benefitted. Last fall the other clerical quit suddenly & my job changed once again. I’m not happy with this position. Through all this God has been with me. My story isn’t finished yet. My life verse Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not for harm. To give you a hope & a future.” I cling to that verse daily.

    Blessings 🙂