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Posts by Holley Gerth

Today’s Truth

I have called you by name; you are mine.

Isaiah 43:1

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I step into a Junior High lunch room that smells like old fries and sticky plastic trays. I scan the scene—the popular kids at one table, bookworms at another, the theater crowd and the athletes and the rebels. Who will look up and invite me over?


Tell me who I am.


My friends and I have crushes and dates and boyfriends. We fix our hair a hundred different ways. Crowd into dressing rooms to try a thousand different outfits. Loop silver and gold through our ears. The doorbell rings and he is holding roses.


Tell me who I am.


I am typing into a small screen and pressing “publish.” Sending my heart in black and white into the internet. There will be

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Today’s Truth

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?

Luke 12:25

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The phone call comes. Hard news on the other end of the line. I listen and nod. By the time I hang up I feel a weight on my shoulders, like it all depends on me. I begin to worry. This is what I can do, isn’t it? I can carry this around like a dog with an old bone. I can gnaw and twist, bury it and dig it up again. Surely this will be helpful, certainly this will save the day.


But into that place of fear there comes a God-whisper in my heart, “Your worry cannot change the world, only I can.”


Luke 12:25 says, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your

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Today’s Truth

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.

Psalm 106:1

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The sky outside is a dense, soaked grey today. It reminds me of earlier this year when my husband and I watched from our living room window as menacing clouds rose up in the distance then stretched their fingers tentatively toward the ground. We live in tornado country and we don’t take such sights lightly. Flipping on the television, we heard the weatherman telling us to find a safe place as he pointed to splotches of red on the map. We went to our designated spot and took a moment to pray as the tree limbs began to sway outside.


The dark masses soon gave way to brilliant blue again. The wind quieted, and we stepped back into the

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Today’s Truth

There is no fear in love; instead perfect love drives out fear

1 John 4:18

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“I still feel fear. I do. If you were hoping for a perfect, brave, bold, amazing and beautifully clad woman wearing the badged heart of courage I am not your gal. I am gaining ground, but I have miles to go.” – Kelly Balarie


When I read these words on an ordinary Wednesday morning I got tears in my eyes. Because sometimes what you need is not information; it’s consolation. Sometimes you just need to know you’re not the only one. You need not the “how-to” but the “me too.” Because you are battle-worn and tender and have already fought as hard as you possibly can for now.


I’ve recently been wrestling with fear again and I feel shame when

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Today’s Truth

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:6

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The sparrows sing from branches, perhaps telling of love or war, winter ending, hope and the weather. I come to our patio table, the one with the wide khaki umbrella, and take a seat in my favorite woven chair. I have raspberry tea in front of me, a book in my hand. I am reading Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller.


Shelly says rest is a gift, a blessing from the heart of a loving God. And yet even in this moment of quiet I fidget, tap my toes, swing my legs, put a hand up to shield my eyes and search for the red-headed woodpecker tap-tap-tapping like the thoughts in my head.


It’s so easy to be endlessly moving,

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"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well…" 1 Thessalonians 2:8