Two and a half years ago, I flew to Nashville to attend my first-ever blogging conference. I didn’t know anyone, I didn’t have a Twitter account, and I was a nervous wreck. For the majority of the weekend, my insecurities got the best of me and I spent my free time holed up in my room. By the time I got to the last day of the conference, I was exhausted – from worrying, from freaking, from doubting.
And then I met Holley.
Over the months that followed, I got to know the girl I just happened to sit next to, the girl I remember telling in that conference room, “I wish we’d met sooner!” But God knew the exact moment I needed to meet Holley (and, maybe, when she needed to meet me?). And that was it.
Holley is one of the sweetest, kindest women I know. And by far the most encouraging. (She’s smart and funny, too, but now I sound like I’m buttering her up for a good Christmas present!)
Anyway, Holley has the gift of encouragement, and she’s sharing it with all of us in her new devotional, God’s Heart for You: Embracing Your True Worth as a Woman. I’ve only started reading it, but opening this little book is like sitting down with my friend and listening to her say the sweetest words to me…that just happen to be God’s truth. (She might have coffee, but I’d have hot chocolate – and we’d both be wearing comfy clothes.)
To get an idea of this book’s [awesome] message, check out this [awesome] video:
Turn on the television. Spend time on the Internet. Take a walk through your local mall. Everywhere we go there are messages about who we are and who we’re supposed to be.
And yet in the middle of it all, one voice is quietly calling to our hearts.
It’s the voice of the One Who Loves Us.
He whispers, “You’re wanted. You matter. You’re wonderfully made.”
In our noisy world, our busy lives, those words that express God’s heart for you can get lost. This book is an invitation to find them again.
As a writer, life coach and counselor I connect with women each week who tell me they struggle to find their worth and purpose. I know what that’s like because I’ve struggled with the same issues. During a season when the lies were especially loud, God prompted me to get up early each morning to spend time listening to Him. (Confession: I’m not a morning person. Once I even put chocolate on the alarm clock to bribe myself to get up. I ate the chocolate and went back to bed.) This seemed like quite a challenge, but thankfully, I decided to do it anyway.
This book contains the encouraging words I heard from God’s heart in those early morning hours. These truths changed my life. I believe they’ll do the same for you. Consider this your personal invitation to set aside a little time with Him. (You don’t even have to get up early–although I still recommend the chocolate no matter what time you choose!) Grab a cup of coffee or tea, pick up your Bible, and just let God love on you awhile.
I’ll be right beside you too.
This week, because I want you to have the chance to sit down with my friend and get all filled up with encouragement, too, I’m giving away a copy of God’s Heart for You and two mugs to go with it.
To enter, leave a comment telling us about someone who encourages you. Giveaway will close at midnight (CST) on Wednesday, October 5.
Who encourages you?
This post will be linked to Things I Love Thursday at Diaper Diaries.