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In God’s heart, you are…. How would you fill in the blank?
When my good friend Holley Gerth, co-founder of DaySpring (in)courage and lover of all things Nutella, released her latest book — God’s Heart For You: Embracing Your True Worth as a Women — she asked me a question.
How would you fill in the blank to this sentence: In God’s heart, I am… ?
I must admit that the first answer that popped in my head was the Sunday School answer.
You can’t go wrong with that answer, right? God loves everyone. Even me. It’s been programmed in my heart and I’ve believed it since forever.
Then I finally got the book in my hands.
I turned to the table of contents, and goodness sakes, I found a list of 40 adjectives that described who I am in God’s heart!
#1. Accepted... (nodding my head)
#2. Wonderfully Made… (uh-huh)
#3. Forgiven… (yes, yes)
… (quietly reading…)
I did a cursory inventory and paused on some I wasn’t too sure about.
Then my heart stopped on #17.
I don’t think I can even say that sentence out loud: “In God’s heart, I am delightful.”
What Holley Said
I quickly turned to the Delightful chapter. Here’s what Holley said —
“I frequently ask my counseling clients a simple question: What brings you joy?
Delight, which is a synonym for joy, is powerful.
If you asked God the same question, what do you think He would say?
As amazing as it may sound one of His answers would be “You.”
Turns out Holley’s book is a treasure trove of food for the soul.
Real food for the soul that satisfies.
Holley weaves each chapter of encouragement with delicious nibbles of Scripture. What I love about Holley is that she digs deep into God’s words and mines the gems, brushes them off and hands them to us, in areas we all struggle with.
What’s really special is how Holley lays her own heart on the line to gently expose the places that are tender and need the touch of God’s heart.
This book made me step back and realize — what she is saying can really be true about God’s heart for me.
I hope you get a chance to read Holley’s book — God’s Heart For You.
It’s perfect for feeding your soul.
God touched my heart through this book, by delivering a word to me.
I’m praying His word will settle deep in my soul and become a living part of me.
A Special Treat For Us
Today, I have a very special treat for us!
I have some chocolate for our soul. I’m talkin’ dark chocolate, good stuff.
Sit back and relax. Holley’s here to share heart to heart with us…
“God’s Heart For You” by Holley Gerth
The silent lies in the night that come and question…
“Are you really loved?”
“Are you really enough?”
Subtle accusations that seek to take hold of my heart.
Have you ever heard them too?
You would think by now I’d be able to silence them completely. After all, I wrote the book God’s Heart for You about this very thing. Shouldn’t that be enough?
But I’m leaning that God’s mercies are new every morning because that’s how often we need them. And not just every morning but every noon and night too.
Last week Ann Voskamp and I spoke at a DaySpring creative retreat. We shared about manna (bread) from heaven that nourished the Israelites in the desert) and what it means to be fed daily by truth. The Israelites weren’t allowed to gather more than one day’s worth of manna. If they did, it would be spoiled by the next morning.
It’s the same way with what our hearts need to hear. I want to stockpile enough truth to silence those lies forever. But the reality is that each day my heart is hungry again. That’s why I needed to write God’s Heart for You. That’s why sometimes I crave the Word the way I do a hot fudge sundae. That’s why I’m nourished by friends like our Bonnie.
What are the sources of manna for you?
God is always holding out His hand to give us daily bread, more of himself. He promises to be there with what we need to sustain us.
Simply to receive it.
Confession: I still hear the whispers.
But now the truth is louder.
So I close my eyes, smile and sleep like one who knows she will awaken to love every day.
What is God’s heart saying to you?
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Holley is an award-winning writer and counselor.
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