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When prayer is your greatest weapon

Some people just know how to wage war.

“My strategy is going to be prayer,” Trudi leans over the desk and says to me. The lines on either side of her temples parenthesize deep wells of wisdom. Without thought, she removes her scarf, folding it to the side as my eyes land on the fresh incision stretching the width of her neck. Cancer. 

We are talking about how best to help abused women — and having been one herself, cancer ain’t got nothing on her. She knows how to rise.

Having catapulted the high wall of dealing with her own abuse, she is hammering out her story in my writing class, dedicated to helping other women as the sun is to the rise.

Who is it that said we will rise by bowing down?

I don’t know what you need to rise from. It could be debt. It could be disease. It could be disappointment. It could be divorce. It could be doubt. 

My friend, hear me on this : fear that you will never rise cycles you around like a rag doll in the dirty wash.

But faith that you will rise — that you will make the best of your circumstances, focus on what you do have, thank God every day even when you have to hunt for gratitude — this is the kind of faith that is the makings for a miracle.

Even Jesus himself said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you” – Luke 17:6

What does that even mean?

Well, it’s pretty much the opposite of what the Word says about he who doubts:

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is lie a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” (James 1:6)

The one who believes can uproot a tree and throw it into the sea — but the one who doubts is like a rag doll being whipped around by the whirling water.

Which one are you?

As Mark Patterson says, “There comes a moment when you must quit talking to God about the mountain in your life and start talking to the mountain about your God.”

It’s kind of funny. Since I have chosen prayer and the Word as my primary weapons, that tree is up and moving into the heart of the sea.

If you are not believing for what you are asking for, or are unable to accept with gratitude what IS a “yes” to God — maybe the first thing that needs to change is your heart.

I challenge you: Dedicate yourself to prayer and watch that mountain move. 

 

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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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