About the Author

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 for the beautiful words of caring. Today is the anniversary of the day my husband suddenly passed away.

  2. Thank you for this. It has been a week since my Mom went to Glory, and I have bern surprised at how grief and joy are all mixed up together. Grief down here, but an incredible joy over the life she lived and the assurance of her place in heaven.

  3. Holley, this was so incredibly helpful to me. This is Christmas number 6 without my husband. Thank you for such wise words.

  4. Thank you, Holley. The Lord used you this morning to comfort me in my grief about having to downsize and move from our home of nearly 37 years. We raised our four children in this home and now their spouses and our 12 grandchildren have joined in calling it the “Old Homestead”. My heart is breaking and I’ve been berating myself and feeling like I’m disappointing my heavenly Father for being so sad. Reading your devotional has given me a glimpse of hope.

  5. Oh Holley, as always, your post was a blessing to me this morning. “Just because the sun goes behind a cloud doesn’t mean it isn’t still there”, especially spoke to me, thank you! My brother was my joy and he’s been gone 2 years now. Also trying to deal with my new normal of taking care of my parents. It’s been soul crushing. Thank you for the reminder that I will feel joy again at some point.

  6. Holley, such beautiful words. “ We don’t need to be forced to move past it; we need to compassionately learn to sit with ourselves in it.” This is hard as well meaning friends and family try to move us through these times. Thank you.

  7. Thank you Holly for your encouraging words. I needed them. I too have suffered with seasons of depression and anxiety and find myself in another one now. I need the Lord’s touch and to hear His sweet voice to my heart again. I am so very lonely. But I am trusting in Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith, the Bishop and Shepherd of my soul. I am dreading Christmas, but looking to Jesus, the Prince of Peace. May the Lord bless you all with every blessing from above!

  8. What a powerful message! Thank you Holley. I had no idea the depth of the “gaslighting” meaning. I knew it had to do with “toxic or unhealthy” relationships, but hadn’t realized we can gaslight ourselves. Wow. I can and have done gaslighting to myself.
    I’m grateful to have a few “new” answers to treat the self I’m not always kind to \0/

  9. Thank you Holly. I really needed this as I have experienced one of the darkest years of my life. I’ve been recovering from a serious accident and then surrounded by friends and family also dealing with life and death issues. It has just overwhelmed my emotions.

  10. Wow, exactly what I needed to
    read this morning. So profound to realize I’ve been gaslighting myself after an unexpected health issue that has changed a lot in my life the past few months, and sinking into anxiety and depression. And feeling guilty about it. Thank you Holley for this encouragement and wisdom!! The Lord is so faithful.