The Cubes

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Do you ever have those moments with your children where you deliver sage advice, and then feel immediately guilty because you fail to receive and apply the same principles to your own life? (I’m raising my own hand.)

imageHolly Gerth’s gift to sift through the cobwebs of applicable truth catered to the way God created the human psyche is remarkable. In her new, You’re Already Amazing Life Growth Guide, she introduced me to new bits of my own reflection.

This inventory check drifted into a crucial life-stretch. My house is quiet for hours at a time …for the first time …in eight years. My injured Achilles heal put an end to the first item on my “kids in school all day” bucket list marathon, so I shifted over to the second… write a book. I’d rather conquer the pain of marathon training than the doubt of exposing my unqualified thoughts for all to pick a part. Holly reminded me, re-grounded me, and urged me forward into who God created me to be …as if we’d known each other a lifetime. Now that’s a gift.
I feel more equipped with wisdom in my calling, confidence, and conversation. The kind of wisdom James illuminates in James 3:17:

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”

1. Calling.

“Nothing is more powerful than simple obedience.” -Holley Gerth, You’re Already Amazing Life Growth Guide.

James 3:17 wisdom is not your average type of wisdom. It involves obedience to in order to imagereach fruition. The Dictionary of Bible Themes defines James 3:17 wisdom as “given by God alone,” and “resulting in right action.” 

Each session of the Life Growth Guide reset my thoughts to the right caliber of wisdom. It’s easy to get lost in misdirected thoughts, and reset to worldly statutes when my flesh aches. But James 3:17 wisdom requires a purposeful process of understanding who we are built to become before we rationalize anything to anyone. In order to be called we must be listening to the right voice of wisdom. The One that trumps all achievement here on earth.  James 3:17 wisdom requires the right wisdom to fill the space between my ears.

2.Confidence

“Expectations are laws we place on ourselves and each other…What’s God’s answer to those expectations, to those laws we create for ourselves or let others lay down for us? Grace.” Holley Gerth, You’re Already Amazing Life Growth Guide

imageIs there anything more aggravating that when our character is called into question? I feel constantly on guard of attack in episodes of doubt. James 3:17 character is “full of mercy.” The Dictionary of Bible Themes dictates that the James 3:17 believer’s character is “to be merciful.” 

A confident calling is no coincidence. God gives us big enough feet to fill our God-sized dreaming shoes, but we have to lace them up. To build confidence to be able to pursue the path God’s laid out for us, we need to set realistic expectations based on what God’s gifted us. The Life Growth Guide did wonders in unraveling who God made me to be. Who knew there was a process that could determine what you were meant to do by what you like to do. #amazing

There’s so many times I make it harder than it has to be. Correctly based confidence is a product of wisdom applied. I love the part in Exodus when Moses’ face is literally lit up after experiencing the presence of God. (Ex. 34:29,35) When we spend time with God in His Word, He will not only illuminate the truth (Matt 5:14), but I believe our flames start to flicker brighter, too. Holley takes such great care to walk through God’s Word as it pertains to unlocking the potential He laid within our framework. That’s what makes it shine so bright.

3.Conversation

“But simply having a full life and experiencing life to the full are two very different things…A purposeful existence never happens by accident. We mush choose it every single day.” -Holley Gerth, You’re Already Amazing Life Growth Guide

The “good fruit” in James 3:17, according to the Dictionary of Bible Themes, is an “image of the church’s mission: a fruitful plant in a fruitless world.”

At the heart of every calling is a confident conversation To testify Jesus as the only way to imagethe Father. That’s what Christianity is all about. That’s the compass of wisdom directing us out of meaningless doubt and conflict and into the mission of spreading the Gospel. It’s imperative to go through a process like which Holley brings us through, so that we can execute the mission we are here on earth to accomplish until God calls us home.

 “True wisdom will go on …to make peace in the world.” -Matthew Henry’s Commentary on James 3:17

I want so badly to grab control of my gifts and squish them into goal sized ice cubes. But frozen fortitude isn’t going to thaw any hearts. It’s an everyday process of sacrifice. Leviticus 1 is all about sacrifice…the specifics of it…it’s really kind of gross…makes me want to be a vegan. But God spoke to me about the type of sacrifice I’m meant to make daily. The cubes. Purified of any particles I may not even have noticed I added to the water.

Walk through this journey with Holley. It was as simple as starting with what I like to do. What am I good at? Who do I drift towards?  God lent His wisdom through her words, to restore old and establish new confidence in my calling. I believe God will help you, through her faithfulness in answering her own calling,to realize that “You’re Already Amazing.” #foreverthankful

Happy Growing…

Megs

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28 thoughts on “The Cubes

  1. Okay, now I wish I just would have bought this thing when I had it in my hands at the Vineyard! I took a picture of it with my smartphone (that is how I keep track of my wishlist of books haha) but I put it down because I am already reading a couple others simultaneously (which isn’t really a good thing.) Thanks so much for this information – it sounds like what I have needed all my life!

  2. Unlocking who you are created to be is what Holley is all about, and I love that about her so much. Writing is hard, book or no book, best of luck to you! And I hope your achilles heals quickly-ouch!

    1. Thank you, Alecia! It’s been a year next month since I injured it. I’m surprised it’s taken this long to heal, but then again, I haven’t taken a full year off of running since I started at age 15. It was a well needed rest and adjustment in perspective, I think. Still, I miss running.
      Happy Wednesday!
      Megs

  3. Thanks so much for this encouraging post today! I’m glad I visited from #OneWordCoffee 🙂 I’ve been working on writing a book too and it is SUCH A PROCESS. I constantly find myself doubting and wanting to give up. But I’m learning that maybe, just maybe, it’s more about the process and the journey than the end product. God has His own timing and plans. I just need to obey the calling. Thanks for sharing these thoughts!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Jordon! Blessing on your book, and when you get discouraged…..or need to celebrate, I’ll be here to encourage and cheer you on! Going through the same thing at the same time is sometimes God’s way of giving us a built in support system to knock out doubt. It’s hard! But it’s an awesome journey. Amen! Happy Wednesday!
      Megs

  4. Sorry about your injured Achilles tendon! But I guess one bright side is that it forces you to stay put a bit. (For things like writing, and working through life growth guides!) Still, it must be hard. May the Lord bless your work on your book, Meg. This guide looks like such a good resource!

    1. Thank you, Betsy! I feel like healing from an Achilles injury is good preparation for writing a book …it can’t be rushed. I cherish what God is teaching me in this season. It’s long and slow And humbling, but I’m learning so much about who He is.
      Happy Tuesday!!

  5. Unlock the potential God created within us …. what a beautiful inspiration your words are Meg. To remember I am full equipped to walk out the call He has given me. Thank you. Sweet blessings to you, friend. : )

  6. What an compelling, honest, and, heartfelt review Megs. It sounds like God revealed some things to you in reading Holly’s book!What a blessing! We never know where His blessings will come from but they always do. He showers us with His amazing love. I look forward to reading your future book. You are an amazing writer! i get and understand the whole “confidence” thing but we must trust Him completely. When i look at the characters in the bible and how God used them, i am excited to see what God has planned for me. After all He’s allowed me to survive a massive stroke so it must be something incredible! I know that Satan has other plans but I choose to trust my Savior. What a pleasure to read some of your work today via purposeful faith. Thank you for sharing and may God bless you in ALL your endeavors!

    1. What sweet, encouraging words, and inspiring story of survival! When I think of the care God took in creating the universe, I just know the plans He has for us must be incredible. Amen! Happy Tuesday!!

  7. Great review! Holley Gerth is encouraging and from what I have been reading about this book there is the practical life application piece that will tie everything together. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the book.

  8. It sounds like God place Holley’s book in your hands just at the perfect time, giving you a loving nudge! I’m considering doing a group study on You’re Already Amazing and now looking even more forward to it. To see others get more clarity and confidence to step out of frozen fear and into the embrace of their God-give gifts to share with the world, excites me! Thanks for moving into yours!

  9. Meg, I’m so excited to read this book! I have heard such great things about it. It’s so interesting to me how one minute I can clearly hear God’s voice and direction and know what He’s calling me to do. The next minute I’m questioning, “Did I hear Him right? Maybe I just made all that up!” I loved your comment on misguided thoughts. I think that is something we all struggle with! We are all along with you on this journey! And by all means, finish the book so I can read it too! =) Have a great week!

  10. Not only is Holley’s book such an encouragement, but you are too, Meg. And then…for a bit more frosting on the cake, your commenters are wonderful as well. I sense a delight and renewal and hope in each and every one of you. Praise God.

    1. Thank you for your sweet and encouraging words. God is amazing, the way He brings people together. He is so creative and so awesome. It brings me the greatest joy to know I’ve passed some of His on. #amazingGod #awesomeness
      Happy Monday!!!!!

  11. Love this! Sounds like a book I’d love to read. And I’m with Carolina here: I’d love to support a book endeavor because we have been created to bring out the “God-colors” in the world: Matthew 5: (14- 16): ““Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.”

    And His Light is shining brightly in you, Megs! Let me know how I can support you in this xxx

    1. Anna you are the sweetest! Pray, friend… Pray! It’s not my message that’s important, but His that is crucial. I pray to be obedient and faithful …and patient… Thank you for the encouragement! Happy Weekend!

  12. I’ve been hearing so much about this book. I’m going to have to get it. I love what you way about God restoring confidence in us when he has called us to do something. I’ve reestablished my prayer life in the early mornings and this has changed my outlook on the day miraculously. I don’t know why I stopped (laziness, comfort…). Can I tell you I will be the first in line to buy your book and if you need help for your launch team (ahem) call me! You speak life. God speaks life through you. It’s your calling. Have a blessed week my sweet friend. I’m thrilled to witness your journey!

    1. Thank you so much!!!! You’re encouragement is amazing! The book baby is in its first trimester… It’s going to take a lot of prayer and patience, but I am super excited about the journey! Everyday baby steps of faith! Happy weekend!!!!!

  13. I love love love 2. and imagining Moses’ face all lit up. I’m learning he is the One who gives and is giving me confidence in who he is 🙂 And we’ve pretty much established YOU ARE A WRITER AND YOU WILL FINISH THAT BOOK!!! 🎉 *waves pretend pompons* 🙋 (and don’t worry I’ll encourage you for days 😉)

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