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The Holiday Word – Starting Tomorrow!

Hey friends!

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.

If you’d like to follow our daily devotions on our new Instagram page, follow us here – I’ll be sending out my personal favs on the blog.

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.

Your Friend,

Jen

 

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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

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

“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

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.”

Thelma Wells

Thelma Wells, D.D. (Hon), President of Woman of God Ministries
As a teacher, participator, and observer of public speaking for most of my life, I’ve come to realize that many speakers make one of two mistakes when interacting with their audience (especially when that audience is mainly teenagers.) They either expect their audience to climb up to their level (which feels unattainable to the crowd) or they step down to the level of their listeners (which feels cheap and pandering.) The best speakers meet their audience where they are and lead them up to where they want them to be. This feels genuine. This is what Jennifer did over the last few days at our school.
Jennifer Strickland is a funny, engaging, dynamic speaker. She shares truth with authority and credibility that comes from both experience (her story is powerful) and an obvious depth of study in the Bible. The ideas she presents about Value, Identity, and Purpose are truths everyone needs to hear.
I heartily recommend her for your conference, school retreat, or any event where you want your people to be encouraged and challenged with deep, impacting truth.

Andrew Doan

Andrew Doan, Concord Christian Academy, Concord, NH
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