Strong, Brave, Loved with Holley Gerth
Today on Walk It Out, I’m chatting with the amazing Holley Gerth. Holley is a good one to follow for inspiration. She’s an amazing wordsmith, and her messages hit the heart. I recently read this on Holley’s Instagram:
Our world is going through a difficult time right now as we face a threat we’ve never experienced before. In circumstances like this, fear is a healthy and appropriate response.
Telling ourselves to never be afraid is not a realistic or healthy expectation, especially right now. What we can do is evaluate whether our fear is unhelpful or helpful.
Recognizing our fear has become unhelpful is the first and most important part. Then we can pause and say, “What’s one small step I can take right now to move toward helpful fear?”
That might be saying a prayer, reaching out to a friend, or just turning off the news for awhile. If we sense unhelpful fear returning, we can pause and then take one more small step. We will all need to repeat this process many times a day–and that’s okay.
When we find ourselves moving back into unhelpful fear, there’s no shame or guilt. Drifting in that direction is a very natural, human thing to do. Let’s be gentle with ourselves and each other.
I love how Holley reminds us not only to understand our own fears but to move past our fears and help someone else. I’m currently reading Strong, Brave, Loved for my daily devotional, and I find myself often quoting Holley in the Legacy Bible that I’m creating for one of my kids. I’ve already created these Bible for my four oldest, and you can read more about that HERE.
These are some of Holley’s words that I wrote in my daughter’s Bible from the pages of Strong, Brave, Loved:
“One of the greatest victories we can win for our heavenly father is to refuse to live in insecurity … True humility—the kind Jesus demonstrated—is fully knowing who we really are and then choosing to love and serve from that place. And holy confidence is an act of war against the enemy of our hearts.
“We are significant threats when we understand we have valuable gifts within us. Because then we actually dare to offer them.
“We are wild warriors when we realize we understand we are stronger and braver than we’ve yet to see. Because then we stop cowering and start swinging our swords … Let’s walk in truth and boldness.”
I think these are the exact words during this time in history. When it seems like our lives are no longer in our control, we can realize that we CAN have control exactly where we are. We can be strong. We can be brave. We can feel loved. And … we can choose to love others.
Also, you can send Holley’s words of encouragement through her cards, too!
Who is Holley?
Bestselling author Holley Gerth feels like your best friend, your supportive sister, and your biggest cheerleader. She understands that you want to be a woman who looks life in the face and says, “You can’t beat me.” A woman who knows love is a risk and reaches out anyway. A woman who understands kindness takes real courage. Who doesn’t fake it or try to hide her scars. Who fights to believe she is who God says she is and helps others do the same.
Holley is an author, counselor, life coach, and speaker. Holley loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You’re Already Amazing and Fiercehearted. She’s also co-founder of (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Holley lives with her husband, Mark, in the South.
You can order Strong, Brave, Loved HERE.
About the Book:
Strong, Brave, Loved offers 60 short devotions to empower you to be that kind of woman. It’s simple, personal, and practical, with room for you to journal your own responses and reflections. With these concise and compassionate devotions, Holley leads you on a journey of discovery as you learn to live in freedom, hope, and holy courage.
Walk It Out Scripture
Christ gives me the strength to face anything. Philippians 4:13
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Resources, books, and links mentioned in this episode:
- You’re Already Amazing | Holley Gerth
- Fiercehearted | Holley Gerth
- Strong, Brave, Loved | Holley Gerth
- Saving Grace
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