My husband and I come from families who are big gift-givers. As children we both have cherished memories of mornings filled with presents. So with our own family we take special care to make Christmas meaningful and fun so our kids will appreciate the joy of giving.
Giving is something we do every day. Friendships, marriage, ministry, and parenting all call for giving. Sometimes we feel like giving and other times we don’t. Recently I felt God convict me at a time I didn’t feel like giving because it wasn’t comfortable or convenient. When I admitted my wrong and asked His forgiveness, I became open to receiving the special blessings He had for me that day – and they were very special!
The Word says, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7). I think this applies to everything we give – our time, our talents, and our treasure. Sometimes giving a loved one some special attention is the best gift we can give. Sometimes it’s our time, and other times it’s treasure.
However you give this season, remember to give from the heart. Give – not because you have to or because it’s easy. Give because it’s the way of love.
“A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great …” Proverbs 18:16
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.”