As the holidays sweep us away with hot chocolate, winter days, and snuggles by the fire, I’m writing a series of short, simple devotions to inspire you to wrap up the year in style. I’m hoping we can take this crazy, hard year and find the gifts hidden in it.
In the Book of Genesis, Joseph was thrown into a pit by his brothers, sold as a slave, and ended up in prison, isolated and alone. But within Joseph’s journey was hidden a calling to feed people in a time of famine. When Joseph saw his brothers again, he said these famous words:
“Don’t you see, you planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good. . . . Easy now, you have nothing to fear; I’ll take care of you and your children” (Genesis 50:19-21 MSG).
Between now and Christmas, I’m wondering if we can take a journey together to find the good in a year of a lot of worry, fear, and uncertainty.
And while we’re at it, let’s remember God tells us not to be afraid 365 times in the Bible, once for each day of the year. (So I might remind you every day!)
Let’s enjoy the gifts in this season and trust that what others meant for bad, God will turn for good. And He will take care of us and our children.
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Here’s to more faith and less fear this holiday season – and let’s remember that within every period of isolation, God has a message He wants you to hear.
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, 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, 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, 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.