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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. I spent my young adult years terrified that I would miss the voice of God, choose the “wrong” college, head down the “wrong” vocational path, and somehow miss “God’s perfect will” for my life. I’m going to store this visual aid in my mental back pocket and share it far and wide with others who fear that a moment of inattention has disqualified them from experiencing intimacy with the God who loves them over the moon and back.

  2. I love this! I have been hearing God call my name into a certain area of ministry for several years. However, because I am married, and we are a team, My husband has to hear the call as well.
    My prayer is that this will be the year he hears.

    • So glad, Renae, that you are waiting for your husband. God will speak to him if it is to be. If not, then surrender and support your husband with whatever God has called him to do. That is the best way for us to honor God – honor our husbands. Praying you will know God’s peace and accept whatever happens.

  3. Holley,
    Your post brought back some good memories. I remember too, around dinner time, the doors would open and you would hear a “symphony of moms” calling out various names to come to dinner. Mrs, Kernan, she could bellow her kids names the loudest, and so we nicknamed her, “Old Yeller” lol. Not nice, I know. I’m so thankful that God keeps calling my name….He keeps nudging me. Even when I run the other way at His calling, He pursues and woos me back to Him. I have learned that if there is something He wants me to do, He’ll keep after me. But, in order to hear His voice, I need to be in His Word and in His presence. The further I drift away, the more likely I will confuse the enemy’s voice for His. Great post!
    Sunday blessings,
    Bev xx

  4. Holley,

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I’m super excited that God keeps calling us. He never gives up. When we falter off the narrow path He gently woos us back to Himself. We must be still & listen for the quiet voice. To discern His voice we must be in the word & have it hidden in our hearts.

    Blessings 🙂

  5. Thank you Holley for your Sunday sharing – ah yes, the memories of being ‘called’ in after a wonderful day of creative play time with all of the neighbourhood children – I am reminded of my favourite song – Reckless Love – “There’s no shadow You won’t light up, Mountain You won’t climb up, Coming after me, There’s no wall You won’t kick down, No lie You won’t tear down, Coming after me” – “Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, Oh, it chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine, I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, Still You give yourself away, Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God…” – indeed, in “this thin slice of eternity that’s 2018 … He beckons us again and again until we listen, until we come” – now that is LOVE!

  6. I thank you for your Sunday Scripture for it is the perfect way to begin my Sunday morning and ready me for the week. ACTION is my word for 2018. Procrastinator is my name and so often I delay or even ignore God’s calling. I want it all to be perfect in time, place and action. Consequently I just push an “action” aside. I learned a lesson this week. A friend from church died from a long illness and I was so sad from her passing. My sadness went beyond her loss though because I did not minister to her when I should have. I know God calls us and I also know he does not expect me to be perfect. He loves me where I am. This lesson os Samuel encourages me. I know because is loves me and I Him He will continue to call me to ACTION. My lesson today is to listen and act. Thank you for listening to me. Have a blessed week.

  7. Holly,

    Thank you for your words to begin this Sunday morning. It is reassuring that I haven’t missed God’s plan for my life and another chance to say, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.” Have a blessed Sunday!

  8. Holley,
    l love how you tied the two together. It reminds me of when I’d call my kids,if they couldn’t hear me it meant they went too far away. Maybe it’s similar with God, if we can’t hear Him it’s because we’ve drifted too far, but like you said, “He doesn’t give up calling us.””Thank-you for this enlightening reminder.
    Blessings to all this Sunday,

  9. Holley, thank you for allowing God to share His truths through you. Your love and commitment to God overflows into the lives of others in ways you may never know. Your ministry has made a difference in mine! Your message was confirmation. Thank you Lord for being so AWESOME!!!!!

  10. Blessed by your words-thank you for reminding-encouraging me from God’s word that He keeps calling me. Janet

  11. Thank you so much Holley for your message! It spoke right into my heart as I have been struggling to know God’s plan for my life after my place of work has closed for good last month, and my “confusion” about what to do next is ever before me. When you remind us that God does not give up on us, and keeps “calling”, this so comforts me. You and the incourage team have encouraged so many, and I am so thankful for you all. God bless you this day, and always 🙂

  12. I think that may be why we miss God, He’s not hollering. My mother tells of a neighbor who called his kids, using a few expletives, when anyone gets to loud, we start calling them Fred. I’ll be listening for the still small voice.

    • I agree Rebecca. We must be listening. God is faithful, but He will not MAKE us do anything. We must respond. When God has to use a loud voice (or a brick), it reminds us to listen more carefully.

  13. It was perfect timing that I read this. God has been telling me to trust Him, and I haven’t obey so today I felt as though it’s too late. It’s been months of distrust and some worry and I’ve been doubting. Doubting my belief in God and my salvation. So I keep questioning whether or not Jesus just wants me to trust that He saved me or just trust Him or what. I’ve been confused. Thank you for this post. Any advice would be great!

    • Marymargaret, surrender is the hardest thing to learn. We all want to ‘do’ and ‘know’ but we MUST surrender and let go of our own plans and accept that our lives are often very different to what we plan. Come to our loving Father as a child and not as an adult with worry or distrust. He IS God. Let Him have the worry – choose to trust and choose not to worry. Easy to say and harder to do, but take one small step at a time and practice trust and letting go and believing His Word. Read His Word lots and let it bring you peace and joy. All you have to do is choose what is right and good for the the next 5 minutes, then the next 5 minutes, then the next 5 minutes. Small steps. Some of us take years to learn what others got so quickly. Don’t be discouraged but keep on keeping on clinging to God.

      • Wow! That really encouraged me. ❤️ Thank you! I do need to just surrender, thank you for these loving words! When you said come to him as a child and not an adult, , I am actually not an adult yet, I am still in Highschool, but I read these devotionals because a lot of them really still apply to me, just without the marriage and kids, lol I’m 15 years old. What you wrote really helped, and sprung some joy in my heart. I appreciate your encouragement and for taking the time to reply. This is random, but do you have any prayer requests? Just felt like I should ask

  14. Love this so much! As I sense the Lord leading me into a new season, I’m praying for an Eli – someone who will hear my story, realize that it is God who is calling me, and help guide me in how best to move forward in response to that call.

    • Wait on the Lord ; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord !
      Psalms 27:14 NKJV