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Pray for Orlando (there’s no fear in love)

When I read the review on 21Myths that said it was naive to think that loving gay people was enough, I thought to myself, but love never fails. 

21 Myths - June 14 Post

The review said that people get very angry when you tell them they disagree with their lifestyle. I thought, since when did Jesus tell people he disagreed with their lifestyle? The only time he told them that was when they called themselves believers and didn’t love people from the heart.

When I overcame my fear of writing the chapter on homosexuality, I could have never guessed about Orlando:

“Sometimes we are so afraid of what we don’t understand — of what we cannot see. I get this. I think Christians are afraid of gay pride parades. They fear transgender people. They don’t now what to do about their relative or friend who is gay or bisexual. So we grasp tight on the steering wheel for control, and no matter how hard we squeeze, we can’t fix the thing we don’t understand. In my mind, God is saying to let go of trying to change people and to love them wholeheartedly, from the heart. Look past a person’s struggles and offer them — right in the middle of their mess — the free gift of life.

Unless we choose to get involved in their lives in a loving way, they may never know how much God loves them. 

p.s. There is no fear in love, for perfect love drives out fear. Let’s find ways to pursue people in the LGBT community and to love them in uncommon ways.” (21Myths, Myth #14)

Well, here’s our chance folks. The pain and suffering that has swept our nation from the massacre in Orlando is our chance to finally reach out to those who look and act differently than us and love them in uncommon ways.

Jesus never approached someone by telling them he disagreed with their lifestyle (unless they were greedy or judgmental.) On the contrary, he approached people with love, with kindness, with living water.

There are people in Orlando who need your prayers today. There is someone who needs a place to rest and cry and be held.

The church should be this place. I should be this place. You too. 

#prayfororlando.

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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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