My feet have never been my best feature. Let’s just say no one has ever called them remotely attractive. But like God does with so many things the world calls ugly, God says they are beautiful. Yes, he says my long, dry feet with their gnarled toes are beautiful. How sweet of Him.
Isaiah 52:7 says, "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation …." This verse reminds me of the precious people who introduced me to Christ. They were strangers in a foreign land. They had no idea who I was, what I’d been through or what I needed. And yet, they opened their mouths and spoke. They opened the doors of their church and invited me in. They opened their hearts and offered food when I was hungry and the Word to satisfy the cravings of my soul. They brought good news and good tidings; they proclaimed peace and salvation. Their faith became action, and that changed the direction of my life … on earth, and for eternity.
Ephesians 6:15 says our feet must be fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In other words, we need to be ready to step forward in faith. We need to ask God to give us eyes to see those who are hurting and lost, and ears to hear when he is asking us to speak, and when he’d rather we be silent. The gospel comes with a readiness: every day, our world is filled with bad news. People still need to hear the good news!
The good news is that Jesus died to set us free from our sins, our pasts, and from the endless demands of the world. The good news is that through faith in Christ, we can know God and walk with him now and forever.
But don’t stress about it. It’s not about us. It is not we who change lives; it is Him through us. All we have to do is be open vessels through which He can work. Are you open? Are you open to the great adventure of being a vessel for God? I’ll tell you, if you are … how beautiful are your feet. How beautiful are you!
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.”