We’re celebrating today with (in)courage co-founder Holley Gerth as she releases a brand new (and beautiful) gift book with DaySpring — Promises from God for Life’s Hard Moments: Thoughts and Prayers When You Need Them Most. It’s full of brief devotions and to-the-point prayers, both intended to help you connect with the Lord. Here’s what Holley invites us into:
We live in a busy, broken world. Whether we’re simply a bit tired or in the middle of a crisis, we all need a place to come and be still for a moment—a place to be reminded that we’re loved, known, and supported. In my own life, I’ve discovered the promises of God to be that refuge.
He is our strength when we are weary, our hope when we are discouraged, and our encourager when the stresses of life bring us down. The following pages of Scripture, prayer, and thoughtfully collected content are personal invitations to approach God for whatever we need. You’ll find, as I have, that His love is forever ready and waiting.
This book is a beautiful reflection of God’s work in Holley’s heart poured out onto pages. It’s perfectly purse-sized, ready to be tossed into your bag and pulled out for a moment of peace in the carpool line. Here’s an excerpt from the book and a video clip of Holley speaking at a book launch party (it was held at one of our favorite shops, Altar’d State.) We know your heart will be encouraged by her words!
Therefore accept one another, just as Christ also accepted you, to the glory of God.
Romans 15:7 (CSB)
God, we long for acceptance and are thankful you freely and fully offer it to us. You open Your arms to us just as we are and call us Your own. Your presence is constant, and Your encouragement grows us into all we’re created to be. Help us to fully embrace Your love and to pass it on to others. Amen.
The world tells us we need to be “perfect.” It heaps on the pressure. It tempts us to hustle for approval and praise. But I’m learning this: The breaks in our “perfect” facades are actually more like windows where people can most clearly see Jesus.
We do not need to have life all together. We just need to come together as we are.
We do not need to be flawless. We just need to be faithful and try again.
We do not need an “image.” We just need a God who can transform us in ways beyond what we can imagine.
We are all a wild mix of beautiful and broken. Shattered and whole. Weak and strong. We are beloved daughters of a God who treasures us more than we know. He sees us as we are and graciously loves us still — let’s dare to do the same for ourselves and each other.
Here’s a bit of Holley’s heart and story behind the book:
Doesn’t that just make you want to run right out and have coffee with her? Next best thing — meet with her on her website, then get your copy of Promises from God at DaySpring. While you’re there, pick up the coordinating journal to jot down your own thoughts and prayers!
Holley’s prayer for this book echoes our heart for you, dear friend: I pray [each time you read from it] you’ll experience the faithful care and loving presence of the God who is with us and for us in every moment, especially the hard ones. Amen.Leave a Comment
Michele Morin says
All the best to you, Holley, as you launch yet another blessing into the lives of readers. Praying for you to experience all the joy of this accomplishment today!
Bev @ Walking Well With God says
Who better, than you, to share the promises of God in the midst of hard times?! Thank you for your gift of giving us Who and What we need to cling to when the waters get turbulent. All the best to you in your book launch….I just may have to do some early Christmas shopping 😉
Amazing Holly, praying the Lord will bless you and this new book. God is phenomenal and his reach is far, we can achieve the most miraculous things when we are walking in the path he has for us! Glory be to God!!! Amen x
Do na says
Where can i find this book?
Diane Thiel says
Thank you for your undying faith and encouragement in the Lord. Blessings to you and all my sisters in Christ
Beth Williams says
Thank you for continuing to write great books from the heart of God. Everyone goes through seasons of hard times. Life gets hard & messy. It is in those times that we desperately need God. God didn’t promise us a rose garden. He said “in this world you will have troubles. But take heart for I have overcome the world.” This book & journal are just what we need to help us overcome those times & trials. Thanks Holley for another wonderful book. I pray the launch is successful!
That’s exciting news Holley. Thank-you for sharing what’s from your heart to help spread God’s word.
Have a blessed day all,
I read your articles in Home Life every month. They always touch my heart. Thank you for being an inspiration to others as you share what God lays on your heart.