I think I have had this book on my kindle list since 2014, (as it really been that long? – crazy), and I cannot believe that it has taken me all this time to read it, to ponder it, and to fall in love with it. In fact, I want to start reading it all again.
Holley writes, ‘If you are human and live in a fallen world, this is for you.’ and don’t we all need it? Holley is a life coach and a lover of Jesus and I would say a lover of others too. She writes tenderly words of comfort and encouragement and invites you to share your heart’s desires, at least to yourself and to God. She invites you to find joy and to live with joy in your heart and in your daily life by letting go of the negative words we repeat over and over again to ourselves until they feel like they are us, but they are not. Under the sadness, heartache and sorrow we are still there, we are still who we always were, beautiful and loved by God.
Each chapter is beautifully written with words of quiet faith and joy. To each chapter is added questions that we can answer for ourselves; ‘What are the words you have been using to describe who you are based on where you are in your life right now?’ or ‘What has happened to you that has made you feel defeated?’ But, then she goes on to give you uplifting answers, ideas and thoughts on how to change that negativity into joy; ‘Defeat is not your destiny.You belong to one who overcame death, and that means there is nothing too difficult for him.’
‘We are more than pretty…we are wonderfully made.
We are much more than likeable…we are deeply loved.
We are much more than okay…we are daughters of a King’
Each chapter, also takes us on a journey of change. Changing our inner negativity to allowing ourselves to believe that anything is possible, that we are possible. We must not allow life to defeat us, knock us down maybe, but we have within us the strength to keep getting up and keep walking forward.
‘Hold onto hope.
Hold on to who you are.
Hold on to all God has promised.
That’s what I want to say to you too. No matter what you’re facing, not matter how hard it seems, no matter how much you feel like giving up some days, hold on.’
‘You’re going to be okay.
Not because life is easy.
Not because you have it all together.
Not because everything will work out the way you want.
You’re going to make it through this because of who you are and who you belong to.
You are a woman of strength. You are a daughter of the King. You were made for the Promised Land.’
And I love this –
‘We like to pretend we are superwomen. We go through life checking off our endless to-do lists. Then change comes and we keep right on going. We begin to feel more frustrated and weary, so we berate ourselves and feel guilty. We say, “I should be able to handle this!…When you start to feel exhausted and out of control, (remember) Change isn’t a single event; it’s a process…’
You will need a journal or note book to write in, so you can add your thoughts and ideas as you go, but it will be well worth it. And when the think the book is done and you begin to feel the loss of it, Holley then leaves you with ‘Go Deeper Guide.’ Simple questions based on each chapter, there are 10, to help you know that You’re Going to be Okay.
I dedicate this post to my daughters, Grace, Emily and Bethany – you really are going to be okay x