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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. Amen, Holley! I’m currently recruiting women to join our Titus 2 ministry as mentors to younger women. I am scared of the approaching start date & getting a lot of noes. 2 lessons I’m learning us God’s timing is perfect even if it seems late to me & I need to be/can be gracious to those telling me know. I am failing at recruiting but God is & will be magnified in each answer! Blessings! (((0)))

  2. I’m recovering from spinal surgery last year with replacing a spinal cord stim in my back to help with my RSD pain. I had that surgery a few times and know that the first few days are very very painful. I had been making progress but when they calibrated my device, there was a malfunction and I was electrocuted and suffered full body tremors and extreme pain. I couldn’t walk for 4 weeks, my husband literally carried me from bed to anywhere. I felt failure. I had to go thru months of painful PT&OT to finally be able to leave my bedroom with assistance. I’m still using walker/wheelchair. I hope to get back to using only a cane again. I haven’t been able to drive since surgery last February. I’m facing some setbacks with pain and anxiety and feeling I’m failing at recovering. But reading your words today, gives me renewed hope that when PT says I have plateaued -in my mind a fail, but that is ok. You have spoken to my weary,anxious ridden heart, that I’m still making progress. I am not alone. Jesus is right along with me &my loved ones taking care of me lighting the path ahead and renewing our strength each day. You and your words are a blessing. Thank you

    • Kathleen, healing is such difficult work. May you be given a greater sense of our Heavenly Father’s presence with you and feel it in a comforting way today. Hugs.

      • Thank you so very much, Pearl for your kind words of faith and prayer. And I’m sending a hug and prayers for you as well. Thank you for providing comfort this morning.

  3. I love this concept, Holley! I’m going to try it out today. I had noticed that you were looking more fit in your pix, by the way. You inspire the rest of us!

  4. Thank you for these encouraging words, “He’s got you (Me). No matter how weak you (I) feel today, you’re (I’m) still making progress.”

    I say that no matter how lousy I feel, I am making progress. Yes!

  5. Thank you so much for your words today, Holley.
    That is a different perspective. I, too, have been
    very frustrated with health issues, and wondering
    when I can feel some freedom in this area of my
    life. Perhaps this approach will be helpful. I know
    that Jesus is with me on the great days and the
    very challenging days. In my weakness, I know that
    I need to lean into Jesus for His strength.

    Blessings and love to you.

  6. Wow! Perfect read for me today. I’ve been struggling with “what else could I have done?” in a relationship. This gives me a new perspective. Thank you

    • The biggest situation I’ve applied this to involved a relationship too and I’ve asked myself the same question. I’m so glad it was helpful as we’re both healing.

  7. Holley,

    I loved this!! Sometimes failure is success!! Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times before making the light bulb. He said “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb is an invention with 1,000 steps.” Edison told his assistant “Oh, we have come a long way and we have learned a lot. We now know that there are two thousand elements which we cannot use to make a good light bulb.” He saw failure as success. He learned from his failures & got up & tried again. He is someone we should emulate. I’m going to make this my mantra Failure is success.

    Blessings 🙂