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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. Wow, Holley!
    Thank you and thank you dear Jesus who always knows what we need.
    I carry a deep pain regarding my oldest son. Always hoping for instead of hoping in.
    May God continue to bless you as you bless others.
    Maggie R.

  2. Holley your words speak to my heart so clearly! I’m SO grateful God led me to you, a kindred Spirit! <3 I don't think I've ever told you the story. I was a Christian Fiction book reviewer for many years and I stuck mainly to just fiction, but one day by "accident" one of your devotionals arrived in the mail. I immediately hopped on to the publishers email since I knew I didn't put in for the book and they said there was a glitch in the system and some got sent the book by accident. Just keep it, give it away, or if we felt inclined read and review it. I know there are no coincidences with a God so Great He can use ANYTHING, so after saying a quick prayer and feeling in my soul it was right, I started to read. I must tell you the Season couldn't have been more perfect for that devotional. It was like a special gift from God saying "I see you. I'm here with you. You matter to Me." It was such a difficult time full of hurt and His love through your words was the balm my heart needed. I could say the same for this post today!
    May- "The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace." Numbers 6:24-26 KJV

  3. How beautifully put & how accurately clarified Holley! You have described it as perfectly as I’ve experienced.
    Thank You Holley.
    Thank You for sharing of your story & including the beautiful evidence of your God-given family.
    Bless You Holley❣️

  4. More beautiful evidence of how we don’t know what God’s plans are for us and yet He has it all arranged to bless us in His spectacular ways.

  5. Amen. Thank the Lord for on time articles like this one. I just learned so much about placing my hope in God. Yes, I will still hope for things to come to fruition but while I wait, I pray that I keep my constant and consistent Hope in God.

    Enjoy your day.


  6. Holley,

    I just love hearing the story of how your lovely family came to be. There is a saying “God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform. ” We never know how God will answer our prayers. His ways are higher than ours. He knew Lavelle would need parents to be there & shower her with love. You have a very lovely family.

    I have a God story. I was simply hoping & praying for a full-time job. January 2019 I was let go from a part-time job. Over time I had seen God work in my life so I knew He would provide a good job. It wasn’t long & the local hospital hired me as a part-time clerical for an ICU Step down unit. Fast Forward two years & my unit gets shut down for a second time. I began praying for a full-time job. They put me in an ICU Covid unit. After a while they saw my work ethic & wrote a position just.for.me. Leaving work that day I was in tears. I knew God was at work. Last fall a ton of changes came about & my job duties changed drastically. While I don’t like the job I realize the benefits God has blessed me with including a 3-day weekend every week.

    Loved this: “Hoping in” is not an emotion or wish, a vision or vague desire — it is a near and present comfort. “Hoping for” is about the future. “Hoping in” is about Who is real in the here and now. Today & always I hope in Jesus Christ my Savior & Lord of my life.

    Blessings 🙂

    We can trust God with our hopes, with our fragile hearts, with our deepest hurts.

  7. What beautiful and timely words to hear today! Thank you for sharing your story as it will benefit so many others.