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
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.”