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Are You Okay with Prayer in Schools Now?

We picked up school supplies yesterday. Mask-wearing teachers stood in a row, their faces hidden. That vital connection between student and teacher felt lost in the thick air between our car window and the fabric of her mask. Sam’s best friend tried to climb out of his car so he could feel closer to his friend. His mom told him to get back in.

We are tired of this. Tired of living this not-living kind of life.

We miss our family. We miss our friends. We miss human touch and free laughter bubbling from our hairdresser’s lips, holidays with children running free, the smile of the checker at the grocery store, the trips we were planning, the sleepovers and crowds and rooms filled with worship.

The last few years, our ministry hosted prayer gatherings in our city, where women cried and hugged and sang at the top of their lungs, and blew their noses all in the same room. Together we prayed for our homes, neighborhoods, each other, our country: fearless and faithful.

I’m wondering, are we okay with prayer in schools now?

When our nation removed the fear of God from our schools, there the unraveling began. Taking away the bedrock of faith upon which this nation was founded was a grave mistake — and I’m wondering if anyone is bold enough to say it’s time to invite Him back in?

Does anyone remember that Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14, Luke 18:16, Mark 10:14). And those children grow up to be adults who set the tone for neighborhoods and nations.

What do we plan to do next? Go back to empty hallways with empty hands again? Or will we courageously bow down on that hallowed ground the way our founders once did, asking God to fill them with His purpose?

As the President of the United States recently said, we need prayer everywhere. It is essential.

Let’s not have to relearn this one, folks.

It takes a humble person to bow his head and thank God for the little children, to repent of the lie that we didn’t need Him in their lives, ask forgiveness, and ask for His Presence once again.

In Texas we call that eating a big piece of humble pie.

Perhaps it’s time.

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About the Author: Jennifer

Jennifer Strickland is a wife, mom, TEDx speaker, and former professional model. She is the author of Girl Perfect, More Beautiful Than You Know, and Beautiful Lies, among other books and Bible studies that teach women their worth in God’s eyes. Since leaving the modeling industry, she founded URMore.org, a non-profit ministry that provides resources to hurting women and girls. Her favorite moments are found working on the family ranch with her husband, who she calls “the Cowboy”; in her kitchen, concocting a new version of her famous spaghetti; or spending time with their three precious children.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

The honesty that Jennifer uses to tell her story drew our young women in and captured their hearts. She provided them with practical tips that the women use daily to transform their lives. These decisions have caused them to do things differently. We loved her so much, we are having her back!

Chrissie Dunham

Chrissie Dunham, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX

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

Jennifer has the ability to make you laugh, cry, and see yourself as one of God’s glorious creations — and that is just her warm up! Once Jennifer starts speaking, all you want to do is listen, learn, laugh, and love her. She takes you outside of yourself while helping you see inside of yourself, and does it in such a way that you feel safe, empowered, and capable to embrace all that the Lord is waiting to give you. She opens your eyes and your heart to hear from God in ways you never have. She connects you with others who share similar life experiences — and shines a bright light on the pathway to forgiveness, love, and blessings. Jennifer is also an amazing mother, compassionate, loving wife, and loyal, dedicated friend. Any opportunity women of any age have to hear from her is a gift and one that will produce fruit in their lives.

Lori Kennedy

Lori Kennedy, Outreach Event Coordinator, Riverview Evangelical Church, Bonsall, CA

I just picked up my girls from school today and they both talked all the way home about Jennifer’s presenation. It was a BIG HIT with Middle School and High School kids (both boys and girls). My high school daughter mentioned that she was glad that for once, a speaker focused on girl’s topics instead of sports or boy topics. She said that Jennifer engaged with the boys and made them answer questions too. My middle school daughter said that everyone in the middle school was paying attention too, and that all her friends were very tuned into what Jen was saying. Both girls said that they thought it was fine that the boys were with the girls during the presentation because the boys “needed to hear this stuff too.” 

Mother of two student attendees

Mother of two student attendees of Jennifer's U R MORE school program for boys and girls

If you think Jennifer gets the attention of adults, just see how the teenagers respond! My teenage grandchildren said they wanted to hear more from her and that her book was the only one they’ve ever really enjoyed reading! If teenagers are informed, inspired, and desire more, does anything else need to be said? Jennifer is an unusual voice of truth, integrity, and dignity. She needs to tell the world about her experiences and her victory. She encouraged me, a 70-year-old great grandmother. So, from teens to grans she has something everyone can benefit from.

Dr. Thelma Wells, D.D.

Dr. Thelma Wells, D.D. (Hon.), Speaker / Author / Founder of the Ready to Win Conferences

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