I am so excited to share with you today my friend, Holley Gerth.
We connected through Proverbs 31, but have remained friends, well, because she’s so awesome. (I was going to list the things we have in common, but she’s so much cooler than me that the list started to make me feel bad about myself.) And let me tell you, Holley is the kind of cheerleader, edifier and truth-teller that would NOT stand for letting me-or anyone else-get away with self-loathing. Holley believes in the beauty of me, you, all of us. Not in the “I’m okay; you’re okay” sense but the “I’m redeemed; you’re redeemed” kind of way.
With a touch and tenderness that is so, so Holley she pleads from Scripture and from her heart for each of us to dream, pursue and live the lives God dreams for us. Who doesn’t want a friend like that?
Here, in her own words, is Holley:
You’re Making a Difference—Even on the Days You Feel Discouraged
“Let’s sit on the patio for lunch,” my husband says as we settle in at our favorite pizza place. I choose the seat looking outward, over the low fence and into the world. I can’t see anyone but my husband next to me.
A few minutes later he leans in and whispers, “The table of women behind us is reading your book.”
I slap his hand playfully and say, “No, they’re not.”
He repeats, “Really, they’re reading your book.” (This isn’t the first time I’ve mistaken truth for teasing. I did the same thing when he proposed. But that’s another story.)
I try to casually glance over my shoulder without looking like a stalker, and sure enough, about a dozen women have copies of my book in front of them. I can barely make out underlines and highlights on the pages. I hear laughter as well as heartfelt thoughts.
I turn back and sit still, stunned. Soon a grin spreads across my face and happy tears fill my eyes.
Because this is how we go through life, isn’t it? We try to be obedient. We take our place at the table with Jesus. We love him.
But we don’t always get to really see the results. We don’t always know the impact.
And as I sat there, it seemed he whispered to my heart, “Heaven is when you get to turn the chair completely around.”
Right now I type away at a keyboard a lot of the time. It’s good and I’m so grateful. It’s just that sometimes it’s hard too. Sometimes it’s lonely. Sometimes I wonder if it matters.
I imagine the same is true for you in whatever you’re called to do—being a mama, struggling through a crisis, running a company, volunteering. You know what that thing is for you.
So I want to lean in and whisper to you, “Dear sister, trust that there is more than you can see. Trust that what you’re doing makes a difference. Trust that one day you will get to turn the chair around and see fully.”
“Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (1 Cor. 13:12).
Until then, God gives us little glimpses, just like my husband did when he whispered a quiet word or two about what those women were doing that I couldn’t see. We smiled together, the two of us. And I think God smiles with us as we sit with him at the table of life too.
Eventually our pizza was gone and it was the moment. Time to turn the chair around completely and see. And it was the most beautiful sight. Women of all ages and races. The body of Christ.
I fidgeted. I began to sweat. And just before they thought about calling security, I finally stammered out an awkward, “Um, hey, I wrote that book.” Then before I knew it I had hugs thrown around my neck.
It felt like a welcome home.
And I tasted for a moment what it would be like to really be Home. Sweet joy.
Seeing the unseen. Knowing and touching and feeling what it means to be a small part of the very big work God is doing in the world.
You may not be able to see the difference you’re making, the lives you’re touching, the joy you’re bringing. But it’s there. It’s real. It’s truer than true. So sit at that table with Jesus. Do what he says. Give him your life and hold nothing back. Let him give you glimpses of glory.
Then one day he’ll whisper the words, “It’s time to turn the chair around, daughter.” And you’ll see, really see.
Then together we’ll rejoice fully in what he’s done.
See, I told you you would love her. She takes such care with our hearts and the Word of God. Anytime you spend reading Holley will be time well spent. Her latest book (of which there will be MANY, MANY more) just released this week. It’s called “You’re Going to Be Okay.”
This little gem is already on top seller’s lists at Amazon. Holley is great, she truly is. But she would tell you that her book isn’t there because of her. It’s because this book has a message for those of us in the hard places, in the seasons of discouragement, feeling stressed or tired. A book like that resonates and people will buy it. But I can tell you what Holley wouldn’t-her book isn’t one readers will just buy. It’s a book they, we, I will devour because she offers Hope. Real Hope. Hope with a capital H. He has a Name. And she proclaims Him well. So go. Buy it. You’ll thank me. And while you’re at it get to know Holley better. Your spirit will thank me. Find all the ways to connect with her at www.holleygerth.com.
I love you Holley. And I am praying you spur countless women on in pursuit of lives well lived. I hope I die before you do. I’d sure like to see the Homecoming you receive when you get to turn you chair around.