God’s Heart for You {GIVEAWAY}

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:

Or, you can read this message from Holley herself:

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.

Comments

  1. It’s my father. He’s the best encourager! I would love this book right now and will check out Holley’s site. Thank you!

  2. My best friend – who God brought into my life as my randomly-selected college roomate – encourages me daily to be who *I* am and who God wants me to be. She is never preachy. She gently nudges me like a puppy who wedges its snout under your arm for a pet, and before you know it is curled up in your lap. Always loving, never judging.

  3. My little girl encourages me. She says the sweetest, most innocent things that just uplift my heart. She always makes me feel good about myself and she helps me keep a sweet joy in life. Her sweet smile and laugh can brighten up any day! :)

  4. My best friend encourages me. When everyone else gave up on me, she is still clinging to hope for me and sharing it with me often. Deep down I know that if she loses hope for something better for me, then it will be time that I can give up and quit fighting.

  5. Tammy Hildebrandt says:

    My wonderful friend and neighbor. She is always there to lift me up, dust me off and point me in the right direction. She is God’s gift to me and I am so thankful for her.

  6. My children encourage me. I want to be the best person I can be to set an example for them. They make me laugh and I am always in awe of what great people they are.

  7. My friend, Dottie, is my encourager – that is my name for her. We share our thoughts everyday after reading our blog messages from {in}courage community. Sometimes it is affirming what we read with a big “amen” or noting that someone has started meddling!

  8. My daughter, Grace, encourages me. She has had to walk a hard road and she does it with such grace and courage. I so want to be just like her.

  9. My husband encourages me every day. My mom is dying of a brain tumor and without him I would feel like curling up in the fetal position every single day. He is my rock.

  10. Betty Humphries says:

    My Boyfriend encourage me and keeps me going. He makes me laugh and is a great friend.

  11. I happen to have 3 wonderful people who encourage me. Two on a daily basis and one sparatically. My husband and my best friend/accountability partner are my daily encourage givers. My mentor usually messages me at the exact time I need it.

  12. Most days when I’m out on the ledge, ready to throw in the towel serving God in my church, it is always my husband Todd who encourages me to come back where it’s safe on solid ground. He is voice of sanity. I can also count on Donna Williams, a not so conventional elders wife to help me plow through motherhood and being a wife. She’s an awesome mentor.

  13. I met her at my baby shower! She was relatively new to the Church and the invitation was extended as a means of connecting, and it was one of the best choices ever. Jessica is the no-nonsense kind of person but she speaks in love always. She’s encouraged me through thick and thin and has encouraged me through tough times in my marriage with the Word and lots of love. :)

  14. I am always encouraged by my best friend Susie. She is always lifting me up and reminding me that I am fine just the way I am.

  15. My home group through my church — awesome group of folks! I really need this for my friend. And me too, but I really want her to read it!

  16. My friend Kerry.

  17. Encouragement comes from my friend JOY. She is the first person that explained to me the practice of taking EVERYTHING to the Lord. Telling and asking him about all the details that make up my life. She encourages me to have a relationship – with Him….I’m still learning but it’s so good to have a good friend who walks in the light and shares the details with you. I’m grateful. Would love to read this book!!!

  18. My best friend Brenda! She has always encouraged me positively for over 30 yrs. Would absolutely love to win this book and to share with her and my two daughters. Thanks

  19. My friend, Martha. We start out each morning sending texts. We usually send something to share that we’ve learned or been touched by in our EARLY morning time with God. On the occasional day I sleep in, I wake to 2,3,4 dings from her text:). It’s hard to keep it to 150 characters:)

  20. My friend Alison. We have been friends a long time and really know each other well. It is great having a friend like that.

  21. my husband. he has had amazing turnarounds in his life … and seems to rely on God much more ‘naturally’ than i do! { great giveaway }

  22. My husband faithfuilly encourages me. So does my mom. And my sister. And my amazing friends… I am very blessed.

  23. My friend Teri Lynne encourages me. She has always been a smiling face, an honest feedback-giver, and a cheerleader for my dreams.

  24. Holley is the person who inspires me the most. I have suffered from depression for 30 years and most mornings I feel like just staying in bed. There never seems to be a good reason to get up. One particularly dark day I sat at my desk thinking about suicide. Contemplating finally getting out from under the pain, the grief and the self-loathing.
    I received a friend request that morning from a cousin that I hadn’t seen in 20 odd years. She told me that my step-father was in a nursing home, after suffering from a stroke. He had been there for years. My step-father had sexually abused me as a child. I hadn’t had any contact with him in 25 years. I considered going to see him, then instantly became very angry. Why was God putting this on me? Not now! I’m afraid and can’t do this. I already feel overwhelmed, unstable.
    Later I opened an e-mail from Holley. She talked about a summer carnival and wanting to ride the rollercoaster but she was afraid. Her Daddy was holding her hand and she looked up at him, he smiled and told her it was ok. “I’ll go with you,” he said. I knew at that moment God was making it clear to me that there was a reason why I had to go visit my stepfather. He also let me know through Holley that He would be right beside me and it would be ok.
    Everyday I get up and go to my computer looking for an e-mail, a FB post, any word from Holley. Holley’s words of encouragement have brought me to a place where years of therapy could not.I do know now that I am not unloved, dirty, a reject because of my past. I never believed it when others said they loved me, why would they? Holley has made me realize that God truly loves me. He doesn’t look past me thinking “oh, that one is dirty and defiled. “By the Grace of God, I am who I am” these words spoke directly to my heart, made me sigh and then smile. I realize my children love me, my husband loves me, not in spite of the fact that I was sexually abused, they love me because I am who I am, because of my life experiences.
    If I am struggling to face the day, I look for Holley. She will in the sweetest of ways, set me straight.

  25. My husband encourages me. As I look around, I realize how blessed I am to be married to this man. His example, his faith and his words encourage me.

  26. My friend Kitty encourages me–I think she may have the gift of exhortation because I see her encouraging others, too. She encourages me the most consistently.

    The Lord encourages me through my mom and friends and church friends as well–and through His Word.

  27. My grown daughter encourages me, tho we live 4 hours from each other, we have the most wonderful phone visits just about every morning. She sure is a blessing, and my best supporter with a heart of gold!

    Thanks for the chance to win Holley’s book, I would love to share it with my daughter…stay blessed!

  28. God, through His Holy Spirit encourages me every single day, a word of scripture, a song brought to mind, someone at church or at home, something I read or see in the garden or along the way. I am unable to live the plan I had for my life being disabled by Post Polio Syndrome and it would be so easy to get bogged down and disheartened by pain and all I’ve lost. I have negative messages replaying from a love less childhood, but God overcomes them all Blessing me abundantly. He has brought the deepest love into my life and a song to my heart He calls me beloved and I truly will be forever grateful. x x x Holley sings the same song she is a treasure x x Denise

  29. My friend, Deb, is a great encourager. She listens carefully and uses Scripture to lift me up right.where.I’m.at. I walk away from every conversation feeling refreshed, renewed, loved.

  30. carolyn s says:

    I would have to say my husband…he is my rock and my support and without him I don’t know what I would do.

  31. My momma encourages me!

    brittanyrtucker(at)gmail(dot)com

  32. My husband wins the award for being my biggest encourager. He’s seen me through all the ugly cries, silly insecurities, and most difficult moments of my life. I love being loved unconditionally by such a great man!

  33. Heather S says:

    I’m very fortunate to have a few close women in my life who encourage me daily, but if I had to choose just one it would be my Mom, hands down! She’s always so encouraging and uplifting! I thank God for her every single day!

  34. One of my closest friends who encourages me often without even realizing. It we’ve been friends for 25+ years and knows me in and out and always makes me laugh. Just knowing she’s there helps some days!

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