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.
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.”