These days I’m blogging about Marriage, Motherhood, and Ministry. You know when it feels like God has his thumb on you regarding something and He just won’t let off the pressure until you get it – until you really, really get it and prove that you get it by making significant changes?
Albert Einsteen once said, “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” LIMITS – that is one thing God has his thumb on for me. As a young woman, I didn’t have clearly defined limits around my heart, body, and soul. I made myself very vulnerable, and my lack of limits invited predators into my world. I got hurt in relationships, and I was even affected spiritually. A lack of limits leaves the proverbial gates around our hearts open to harm.
I’ve realized that limits are good – very, very good, and they actually come from God as a way to protect us. These days I’m working on setting clear-cut, unambiguous limits around my marriage to protect what is most sacred to me and my husband, which is the love we share. I’m also setting limits around my heart – restricting the kind of behavior in others I will allow in and not allow in. As far as the ministry, I am setting clear limits on my schedule so that my focus remains on what I am called to do, nothing more, nothing less. And finally, I’m letting my kids know my limits – like, “Mom is off the clock at 9:30, period!” and “If you don’t make your bed, you owe me a dollar!” Now, that doesn’t work for the toddler, but so far it’s working for the tween!
Till next time,
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.”