Just wanted to remind you that You are Much More than this messy moment in time.
This moment when you’re hurting and your feelings are colliding and you are inching along, these days when your carpet knows your tears and your fists know the sky and your steering wheel squeezes the tight grip of fear.
You have a new chapter ahead of you and I see a soul moving ‘cross fields.
This new normal is gonna feel … different .. and different can be so, so good. No more shackles ’round those ankles of yours, no more shattered mirrors tearing your tender heart, no more taunting voices that say it can’t be done.
Just today I remembered the mustard seed — how all it takes is a teensy tiny minuscule seed of faith for great things to grow — and seeds die before they can build big branches where others nest in their shade. You are a seed, remember, you are small, but you are that big, and we all need your shade when our stormy days come.
Take this year and run with it, eyes fixed on the one who smiles when He sees you coming. Hold that mustard seed in your heart and run like it’s all that matters in the whole wide world — run like that.
I have this painting in my office, of Jesus holding Martha’s hand — or Mary, or mine — and I look at it a hundred times a day when I’m at my desk thinking about all who read this, all who this ministry is for, why I’m doing it, and how I can go on.
And the thing about this painting is the way Jesus’s eyes behold the one he’s seeing, the way he looks at us with assurance, adoration, love; with this belief in who we are and what we can do together with Him. The way He looks at us is so big — bigger than all the branches in the world can hold, bigger than the shade, bigger than our hearts and much, much bigger, a million times bigger than our mistakes — and bigger than the tiniest seed on the planet, the mustard.
But all He wants from us is the teensiest tiniest faith that He’s gonna do big things through this big mess we’re in.
In 2016, if we could all take our messy lives, our broken and lost pictures of perfect, and plant that mustard seed deep in our little hearts and run, I’d say no matter what comes, He’s smiling at us — yes, right at us — we who fought for More, who believed for More, who Knew We Were More.
Here’s to a New Year with a new vision, a new commitment to journal, and new horizons for us all.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
At the age of 18, I was recovering from an eating disorder, cutting, and suicide when I read Jennifer Strickland’s book Girl Perfect and it changed my life. At the age of 33, as I travel the world reaching youth for the gospel, this is the only book I recommend to girls who are struggling. The Lord has truly anointed Jennifer’s words through her story, not only to address the struggles of today’s generation of girls, but also to walk them through the healing necessary for victory.
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, 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, 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.”