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A Cry for American Women (and what we can do right now)

Almost twenty years after 9/11, the unthinkable happened. The Taliban took over Kabul, and an image of a desperate mother throwing her baby over barbed wire to American soldiers seared itself in our minds. Save my baby — give her a better life — please!  They cried.

Those who murdered our fellow Americans on 9/11 are now armed and more barbaric than ever. They maim homosexuals. They gouge out women’s eyes and brains. They sexually abuse little girls and boys. At this time, we’d expect women to be raising their voices against #metoo, #womenempowerment, #believewomen, #womensreality, #imwithher, #everydaysexism, #bringbackourgirls #knowyourworthladies ….

But I’m sorry to say, that’s not what I’ve seen. Two weeks later, while Muslim women were being publicly whipped for standing up for their rights, here in Texas we passed the Heartbeat bill, protecting unborn children’s lives — which will give more girls (and boys) the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the most amazing country on earth: the land of the brave and the home of the free.

Faced with this reality, many American women have chosen to scream, march, and demand “their constitutional right” not to save American children and give them a better life — but to kill them before they take their first breath. 

My mother-in-love wrote, “I am so thankful we are here and I’m proud that TX is standing up with the Heartbeat Bill. It is beyond comprehension the kind of evil that roams this earth, beating and killing women and all the other stuff in between…and we are fighting over a fetal heartbeat. Women’s constitutional rights . . . God have mercy!”

God have mercy is right.

What if God gave us a gift — an image of a mother desperate to spare the life of her child, right before Texans got their prayers answered? Could God have timed it perfectly?

  • If you are a woman or girl in Texas who needs help navigating an unplanned pregnancy, I want you to know I care about you. I will not shame you, no matter where you’ve been or what choices you’ve made. Please reach out to me at support@urmore.org. We value every life, and we want to help you find the resources you need.
  • If your church doesn’t have an army of women prepared to love those facing unplanned pregnancies, please help start an Embrace Grace group. I would be happy to reach out to Amy or Madeleine on your behalf, and they will help you.
  • If you need help NOW, reach out to Pam at LoveLine. She’ll help you.
  • If you’ve experienced an abortion and want to talk about how you feel, same goes. We are here to help you heal.

In Texas, we have your back ladies. We love you. We will help you be brave.

If you want to do anything to help women and girls out here, support our ministries. That’s the best thing you can possibly do.

We’ve got a lot of world changers coming to Texas – and we need to be ready.

Love, Jen

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About the Author: Jennifer Strickland

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

Jennifer is a captivating speaker. She keeps the listener hanging in wonder of what’s coming next! Her presentation is not only absorbing, it reveals the truth of God’s power to heal a wounded spirit.

Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown, Former Stonecroft Ministries Regional Representative, San Diego, CA

“The ‘P’ word [perfection] may be the heaviest burden women bear. All the misguided things we do to attain it can keep us away from what we need most – the unconditional love of God the Father. The Girl Perfect Study Guide gives you a map to the wholeness you were created for.”

Nancy Ortberg

Nancy Ortberg, author and former teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church

“The Girl Perfect Study Guide shatters the lies girls and women believe and points to the ultimate truth, which really does set us free. I am confident that this study will help thousands discover a beauty, purpose, and worth that truly lasts. Thank you Jen for exposing the ‘perfect life’ and inviting girls to experience God’s ‘perfect love.'”

Allie Marie Smith

Allie Marie Smith, Founder of Wonderfully Made

One of the best testaments to what Jennifer is doing for the young girls and women of today is a comment from my eleven-year-old granddaughter: “Grammy, I want to read this book and hear her again. She’s good and I learned a lot.” This is exactly what I experienced from a grown-up perspective when I was introduced to Jennifer Strickland’s amazing story. Read it and see if you don’t get the real story from an icon model and a powerful speaker of truth.”

Thelma Wells

Thelma Wells, D.D. (Hon), President of Woman of God Ministries
As a teacher, participator, and observer of public speaking for most of my life, I’ve come to realize that many speakers make one of two mistakes when interacting with their audience (especially when that audience is mainly teenagers.) They either expect their audience to climb up to their level (which feels unattainable to the crowd) or they step down to the level of their listeners (which feels cheap and pandering.) The best speakers meet their audience where they are and lead them up to where they want them to be. This feels genuine. This is what Jennifer did over the last few days at our school.
Jennifer Strickland is a funny, engaging, dynamic speaker. She shares truth with authority and credibility that comes from both experience (her story is powerful) and an obvious depth of study in the Bible. The ideas she presents about Value, Identity, and Purpose are truths everyone needs to hear.
I heartily recommend her for your conference, school retreat, or any event where you want your people to be encouraged and challenged with deep, impacting truth.

Andrew Doan

Andrew Doan, Concord Christian Academy, Concord, NH
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