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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. Thank you, Holly, for this timely post. I needed to hear this today. I like what you say- God is in control and I’m in charge. A wise lady once said to me just do the next thing that’s in your hand. I find this to be true in every aspect of life. I often want Him to be the light for my path, when He wants to be the lamp for my feet. Learning to appreciate each small step. Bless you!

  2. When I first read your post and read God is in control and I am in charge I thought it was a misprint! I thought how can I be in charge but he is in control. But then I thought it is a choice for me that he gives me. How I react and my actions, thoughts and responses are mine to make.

  3. Holley,
    I love reading the words of the psalmist, David. He asks many of the questions that are on our hearts…”Why am I so sad? Why am I so discouraged?” He vocalizes our humanity in the midst of suffering and trials. Yet, he makes the conscious choice to put his hope in the Lord and to praise Him. That’s a huge step. The great thing about God is that He offeres us assistance in putting our hope in the Lord. All we have to do is call upon the strength of Jesus living inside us. Through HIM we can do all things. Joining with you in continuing to put one foot in front of the other and do the next best thing at hand. I’m looking around and there are still MANY blessings for which I can praise Him – first and foremost is praise that He is in control and He is victorious in the end.
    Blessings from a sister introvert who loves her solitude,
    Bev xx

  4. Solitude is necessary to hear from God and allow time for truths from His word to soak in, at least for me. My need to have solitude, nearly daily, may seem selfish or strange to some, but it’s a necessary piece of life if I’m to settle in the fact that sometimes, there are just more questions than answers. We are all wired uniquely but I am thankful for the quiet when it comes.
    -Kellie

  5. Holley,

    Your words resonate so with me. My hubby & I have loud, noisy, stressful jobs at hospital-(CT him) (ICU Step down clerical). After his 3-4 long days he is ready for solitude. He needs much time alone to calm down & just relax. Our world has gotten noisier & more confusing. People get confused & discouraged with all the busyness & noisy of our world today. They don’t take time for themselves. Bonnie Gray wrote a book “Spiritual White Space”. She talks about putting margin in your daily lives. Each of us introvert or extrovert needs to set aside time to be alone with God. Just you & Him. That will recharge your batteries & help you to think more wisely. He will give you the answers you are seeking. All of us need to make it a practice to praise God for All He’s done/given us. Thank Him for being there & willingly going to the cross for you.

    Blessings 🙂

  6. Luke 5:15-16: “Crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” It was such a blessing the first time I really noticed that little word “often” in this verse. If Jesus often left those who came to Him for help, if He withdrew from them in order to spend time alone with God, then who am I to think that my to-do list is so important that I can’t get away by myself on a regular basis? Who am I to think that I have the strength to continue giving to others without needing to take time to recharge my own batteries, as Jesus did?

    As an introvert, I get frustrated with the message, even from my Christian brothers and sisters, that solitude is selfish and that I have to justify taking time to be alone. Thank you for addressing this issue.

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