What to Lose: My Plans and Expectations

A Series by Jill Holler – Part 3 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 If you read my last post, “What to Lose: My List of Failures,” you know that one way Satan tries to gain victory over me is by tempting me to focus on all of the mistakes I have made–instead of focusing on God. Similarly, the issue I address this week relates to my self-focused view.  It has been one of the biggest challenges of my Christian life. I pray that Christ will free me from its grip, so that I can gain abundant life in him. And I am praying the same for you.  Plans and Perceptions My mind Read More

What to Lose: My List of Failures

A Series by Jill Holler – Part 2 Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. Micah 7:8 The Dreaded Feeling of Failure Although I know God can redeem my life from any sin or mistake I have made, there is something about failure that makes me want to crawl into a hole and hide. I have a hard time getting past the self-inflicted shame I feel when I’ve messed up in a pretty big way. Perhaps it’s the uncomfortable feeling of humiliation or the countless eyes of scrutiny that I perceive to be upon me. Maybe it’s the quiet, underlying feeling that somehow in relation to others, Read More

What to LOSE: Dreams without Action

A Series by Jill Holler – Part 1 Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. Ephesians 3:20 TLB Dreams from the Mountaintop I like to dream big for God. In my mind, I like to imagine all of the extraordinary ways I might use my life to serve Jesus Christ and glorify Him. I love to sit for hours and read God’s word, allowing it to transport me to a heavenly mountaintop with Jesus, where His presence is vivid and real, and I am astounded by the wonder of who He is and Read More

Do Not Give Up

Let Us Not Become Weary Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 “Do not give up on me, Lord! Oh please, do not give up!” This has been the cry of my heart. With all of my might, I cling to the Lord and lift up this simple prayer, desperately pushing back against the forces that try to diminish my faith and steal my joy. The enemy loves to bombard me with busyness and a thousand other distractions that persuade me to live as if everything else matters just a little more than Jesus. My eyes get fixed on a hundred worthless things, and they stray Read More

Becoming a Writer

Life in His Hands Author Interview with Martin Wiles I am excited to be joining Love Lines from God today, where author Martin Wiles interviews me about becoming a writer, the creative process of writing, and what it is like to be in the writing business. I hope you’ll join us too! Here’s a sneak peak… Tell us, Jill, when did you decide to become a writer, and what made you actually sit down and write something? Becoming and Author Unlike many authors, I never had dreams of becoming an author as a child or young adult. It was something God revealed to me slowly as I grew in His Word over the past decade. I am an English teacher, and I have always enjoyed reading Read More