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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. The life change can only really occur when we agree to seize the truth, even if we still tentatively believe–He stands in our gap, even in our in ability to fully surrender to belief truth. When I decided to even venture into the willingness that perhaps I really am beautiful, everything changed–even my relationships with others. It’s so amazing–this truth-telling and willingness to believe it…

  2. Hi Holley,
    I pray those that need to fully grasp this will let these words sink in, accept them and believe them. God has placed on my heart a love of encouragement and support for women who Satan has seized up with his lies. This is so needed, Holley and so timely. Thank you I am looking forward to buying a copy of your newest book, when released. Thanks to Mary Jo and Zoe for a great video too!

  3. Thanks so much for such an uplifting & encouraging devotion. I have been thinking all week of adjectives to describe what I am In God’s Heart. Some of the words that come to mind for me are:
    Thanks for being used of God to share with all of us =]. Have A HaPpY Week-end! Love, Stacey. ヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ

  4. Thank you Holley for the reminder that we are of great worth to God. He made us and loves us unconditionally and completely.

  5. Great video! My kids and I have thinking all week about these words, its become a great family devotion. Thank you!

  6. Only one of ME!!! YEAH!!!! All praise be to God! To Him be all the Glory, because in His eyes I am beautyfull! Thnk You!!!

  7. I can relate so much to the video. I was that girl when I was in elementary school. Once high school was over, those mean girls kind of faded into the distance & I was finally able to become my own person without worrying what everyone else thought of me. 🙂

  8. Beautiful words, Holley. They must have hit home because my eyes are burning and wet. 🙂

    I love how Lisa-Jo talks about “owning” those verses in our heart.

    So looking forward to reading your new book.


  9. Lisa-Jo’s video brought tears to my eyes. I’ve spent a lifetime wishing I was more beautiful. I have an older brother who has always been mean to me, and one day, when I was about 15, I remember saying to him, “why can’t you be nice to me, like your friend D___ is always so nice to his younger sister L____ . ” His answer? “Because L____ is PRETTY. If you weren’t so ugly, then I could be nice to you.” He has continued being “un-nice” to me for the past 50 years!! I see him being sweet to his wife, to other relatives and friends. And constantly in my head I hear him saying, “If YOU weren’t so UGLY, then I could be nice to YOU…” Please pray I can turn off that voice, and listen to God’s voice saying, “You are beautiful!”

    • Oh Karen, just ouch! That’s so hard. I can imagine how achey that would feel. Have you ever tried writing those words he said out on a piece of paper. Praying over it. Giving it to Jesus and then burning it and flushing said ashes down the toilet? Let’s just say, I may have done a similar exercise once upon a time and it was wonderfully freeing! 🙂

  10. It amazes me how much I still ask “am I beautiful.” I’m almost 60 for goodness sake! (Did I just confess that?) I want to be a beautiful reflection of who God created me to be. Thanks for the encouragement today – and one more time, I’ll try to plant those words deep, deep within my heart.

  11. A few weeks ago, someone asked what ONE message I would store in my Bible study girls’ heads and hearts if I had a 100% guarantee it would stick. I didn’t hesitate for even one second. “God loves them and they are beautiful,” I replied.

    As women (especially women in our twenties), we’re constantly in this strange place of battling the world’s pressures to be movie-star beautiful and what many of us perceive as the church’s pressures to be perfect. I just want to shout to every woman in the world & whisper to my own heart, “God loves you and you are beautiful!”

    Once we begin to rest in those two truths, we realize we have the power (through Christ) to impact the world for the glory of GOD!

    Thank you for sharing this message!! It is so needed.

  12. I love love LOVE this series. And I knew immediately what my word was, but wouldn’t have known it so well if I hadn’t done Lisa Jo’s 5 minute Friday a few weeks back.

    In God’s heart, I am… WHOLE.

  13. Thank you so much for this encouraging word. In today’s world, it is so easy to get caught up in what we think we should look like, reaching for some ideal that isn’t healthy, that isn’t right for us. How amazing it is to know that God loves us as we are, that He created each and every one of us to be wonderfully unique. Thank you Lord!

  14. Thank you so much for this. As a woman who has battled an eating disorder for the past 27 years, I am in the thick of a fight for my life. Satan is blasting me at every turn and I am so weary. I am trying so hard to change my self perception to how God sees me. Thank you for your words and for the exerpts. I look forward to reading your book.

    • Oh, Stephanie, praying for you now, my beautiful sister. Please take good care of you–you’re the only one we’ve got. You are worth fighting for and you will win this battle!

  15. wow! i love holley’s stuff….would love to win the plaque, since my budget doesn’t cover purchasing one at this time. THANKS!

  16. Thank you, Holley and Lisa-Jo! This is one of those areas where I struggle to replace lies with truth, too. I appreciate your testimonies.

  17. First, I loved this blog today!! Holley, the excerpt from your book is awesome and made me cry (relief?) Also, I would LOVE to win this plaque for my daughter who is struggling as she is starting her first year of college and is away from home. It says so much that I would want her to see daily!!

  18. You speak right to my heart. God is using you to touch so many…definitely ME!! Thank you for your timely words. Blessings!
    And the plaque is wonderful…thank you for the generous giveaway.

  19. Holley, this video blogs have been awesome! It is so fun to get to hear some of my favorite bloggers! What a treat to hear happy little Zoey today too! Can’t wait to read your book (I am secretly hoping it’s the next Bloom selection…..hint, hint!)

  20. A beautifully written reminder that we are all beautiful in the eyes of our Maker. The video of Lisa-Jo and the precious little Zoey was an adorable bonus! I love the new collection, and whether or not I win anything in any of the giveaways, I will be purchasing everything! (For myself AND my best friend!) 🙂

  21. Seeing myself the way God sees me has been a struggle I’ve had for many years. I can see ways God has opened my heart to His truth, and I’m praying He continues to give me “eyes to see”. Beautiful video, Lisa-jo and beautiful post, Holly!

  22. Very hard to see myself as God sees me. Wanted to order the devotional but on dayspring price said $9.99 instead of $7.99??
    Thanks for the encouraging words.

  23. Thank-you for these anointed words—these excerpts are right on time for me. He is an On Time God (yes He is)!!!

  24. Those words were so beautiful. Going to go share them with a few friends right now, and save them to remind myself over and over again.

  25. …For I am fearfully and wonderfully made…..and to God I am His beautiful creation. I need to remember that.
    Thank you so much for this post!