You’re Already Amazing with Holley Gerth

The winner of Letters from Leanne & a $10 Bath & Body Works card from Tuesday’s post is: Lyn. Send your home address to kim@proverbs31.org. Be sure to tell her what you won!

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Ever feel the pressure to be perfect?

Look perfect.

Have a perfect marriage.

And perfectly behaved children.

A perfect house anyone?

How about a perfect job, extended family or past?

In the best-selling book You’re Already Amazing, popular blogger and cofounder of (in)courage Holley Gerth helps women understand and embrace the fact that they don’t need to do more, be more, and have more–because they’re already amazing just the way God created them to be.

As a licensed counselor and certified life coach, she knows what readers need to hear.

Like a heart-to-heart talk over coffee, reading this joy-filled book encourages women to forget the lies and expectations the world feeds them, instead believing that God made them for a purpose and that he loves them right now, at this moment, and always.

Holley takes readers on a journey of the heart to discover their strengths and embrace all God created them to be.

This fabulous author and regular girlfriend has agreed to give away a copy of her encouraging book to one of you who comments on this post. And you may also pick one item from the Holley collection from Day Spring. Click here to see it.

Tell us this, in what area of life do you most feel the pressure to be perfect?

Winner announced Monday.

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  • I would say in my relationships with others. I don’t want to disappoint them and want to please too much. I would love to read your new book!!

  • What a timely piece for me to read today! I’ve been feeling very defeated and run down in all areas of life lately; being a mom, wife, friend, daughter, homemaker, etc. It’s so overwhelming and easy to look around and feel as though everyone is doing everything better. It’s nice to feel I’m not alone in this feeling!!

  • It depends who I am with or having over what I have or need to be perfect. Sometimes it needs to be the perfect home, which is. It always impossible. Sometimes I need to be the perfect one which is also, always impossible.. The pressure always comes from me but the need to be perfect is very real!

  • Not sure if this is to late or not! I feel the most pressure to be the perfect homeschooler. Despite the fact we know the is exactly God’s will, the pressure from family who think our kids should be in public school can be overwhelming.

  • I feel the pressure to be perfect the most with what I say. I tend to lose control when it comes to my words and then I spend days, even weeks, months or years reliving what I said and regretting it. There are things that I have said when I was a young girl that I still remember and feel bad about. Just about everyday I say something to my children or to a friend that afterward I think was terrible (and really sometimes it isn’t) Or I regret the things I didn’t say. So I will dwell on what I should’ve said instead.

    It’s a terrible cycle.

  • The area I struggle most in is to be have perfect children. I also struggle in trying to be perfect before others. I am always comparing myself to what others have , and how others look.

  • All of the above. In the past I have felt everything should be perfect and in place, ie. kids, work, home, hubby, etc. Now I finally realize that not be true. But am struggling with how to let go of more and live life, simpler. Thank you for the post!

  • I am often feeling like my friends have it all together in the area of home organization. How can they keep their homes so clean when it is a daily struggle for me to keep things simply. Picked up w/my four children around to keep me occupied. I often feel inadequate in this area.

  • I feel the most pressure to be a perfect mother. My mother walked out on my twice when I was a child and never taught me the girly things. I was never molded into the woman I should be. I did not even know God until I was 16 and a friend introduced me. My husbands mother is so big on her faith, compassionate, and non-judgmental. She is now taking me under her wing to help me finally become the woman God has been wanting me to be. I do not want my girls to have to go through a single moment of their lives not knowing God or the amazing plan he has for them. My 2 1/2 year old daughter knows how to pray and reminds throughout every day to say our prayers. I want to be a good mother and I feel the pressure of that because I do not want my daughters to go through what I have been through.

  • I think the most pressure stems from body issues. The pressure is to be thin and athletic and sexy and beautiful and successful and . . .

  • The pressure to be the perfect mom, wife, friend, Christian, employee, volunteer! Seems all these areas in my life!

  • Definitely motherhood. No matter what we do, it seems that someone else does it better. Why do we compare ourselves in this way?

  • I fell pressured to be the perfect person- mom- daughter-wife. We get pulled in so many different directions by so many people and things – we all need a ME Time Out. I’ve managed to do my time out 3x a week while I”m at occupational therapy- I get hooked up to some heat machine and I use those 15 minutes to either read a few chapters of the books I’m doing online studies of or memorize the weekly Bible verse- that note app on the iphone works wonders for that fyi

  • I feel the most pressure at being the “perfect” mom and homemaker. In reality I know I am not perfect and never will be but I still put that pressure on myself.

  • Motherhood! I know I always try to do my best , and say the right things, but it seems I always have to do more and be more. Just this week, my second grade son yelled “stop being annoying” to his classmate who was bothering him by making silly noises. My son got in trouble, and his teacher asked him if I am teaching him how to act right! God knows my heart, and my desire to raise my children as a Godly man and woman. However, it seems in everything I always feel like ” I could have done better”. Thanks for reading.