“I know that you have what it takes to accomplish God’s purpose for your life. I know that the people whose paths you cross are going to be blessed because of you. I know that your life is a story being written by an Author who has more in store for you than either of us can even imagine … This isn’t the end. With the God who makes you amazing, it’s always only the beginning.” – Holley Gerth, You’re Already Amazing
I was privileged to be part of the Launch Team for Holley Gerth’s new LifeGrowth Guide based on her previously released book, You’re Already Amazing. Due to a glitch in the mail, I received the materials a month late – one week after the book’s release date. But God’s timing is perfect. I can now look back and see how so much of what I had been learning and struggling with over the past month (and sharing with you here) created the ideal framework for working through Holley’s LifeGrowth Guide this last week.
The LifeGrowth Guide is broken down into six sessions meant to be worked out a week at a time in a group setting or individually:
1. Who God Created Us to Be
2. What’s True No Matter How We Feel
3. Our Amazing Journey with Jesus
4. God’s Plan for Our Relationships
5. God’s Purpose for Our Lives
6. How We Can Thrive for a Lifetime
Each session includes: an intro video (found on the online resource page), excerpts from Holley’s book: You’re Already Amazing, interactive questions within each section, life coach tips, a place to write “Your Next Step” and optional creative activities and journal prompts. This may seem like a lot to work through but I found each session to flow smoothly and that I always wanted to do the optional activities from the end as well!
One of my favorite things I got out of this LifeGrowth Guide was a LIFE statement we were prompted to write for ourselves in session 5. Here Holley defines LIFE as “Love Is Faith Expressed” based on Galatians 5:6: “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” The framework for this LIFE statement starts out with “I am created and called to express my faith through love …” and ends with “…especially by (verb ending in “ing”)+(what)+(who)+(how).” This really brought together all that we had learned in previous sessions about our strengths and skills and who we’re called to serve.
Do you need an example of a LIFE statement? Well, here is the one I wrote: “I am created and called to express my faith through love, especially by supporting those in my sphere of influence with written and spoken words that encourage and inspire.” This ties in my one of my strengths (supporting others) with a skill (writing) and also who I am called to serve right now (women and young children).
A LIFE statement is supposed to be used in one of three ways. The first way is as “a filter for evaluating decisions and opportunities.” Next it is “intended to be an affirmation of what we’re already doing.” Finally, it “keeps us on track with what Jesus says matters most” as found in Matthew 22:37-39 – loving God, others and yourself.
Hopefully this has given you a glimpse of some of the great tips and tools found in Holley Gerth’s You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide. I can’t recommend it highly enough or encourage you enough to pick one up for yourself! I know that it can bless and inspire and motivate you in whatever season of life you are experiencing right now.
**The image at the top of this post is one of Holley Gerth’s printables that I really connected with. Her LifeGrowth Guide resource page contains links to many other similar inspiring printables as well. So go and check it out here!** #alreadyamazing