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U R Enough (even when it doesn’t appear so)

She pauses to inhale.  “Where are my days going?  I am just trying to be a good wife and mom … and you are out speaking and writing books, and I don’t know how you do it, and I know it’s all a season, and what’s it going to be like when this next little one comes?  How our lives will change ….”  Deep breath, sigh.  Mommy tiredness and mommy hope all in an exhale.

And then I see the other her, the one whose blog I read, whose voice inspires, whose message is resounding through the whole wide world.  And I’m struck that my voice seems so … small.  I glimpse yet another woman’s speaking calendar, arena lights upon her, traveling the world saving a heart at a time, and I am so stilled at this moment that I’m actually grateful for her.

I’m thrilled I didn’t miss my son’s football season this year.  To watch him and my husband (the Cowboy and the Coach) on their own Field of Dreams has been all this heart needed. I’m at home with my munchkins making pumpkin bread, harvest soup, memories.  Blessed to not be on the road, on a plane, in another city ministering, when there is so much ministering to be done in my own backyard, kitchen, and upstairs rooms.

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When I journal here, I want to put a face to all the longing:  the longing for Enough.  The house to be clean enough.  There to be love enough.  Our bodies to be good enough, in all their dimples, bumps and tucks.  For us to look around and look inside and say, God, U R Enough, and in the mirror of Him we see crystal clear, so are we.  Enough, that is.  In all our “less thans,” in all our longings, in all the laundry and linens and meetings and the search for More.

He says we are “More than Conquerors.” That neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any power in all Creation can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ.  Nothing can separate us from His love for us!  Nothing! Not past failures or post likes or popularity contests.  Nothing in all Creation can separate us from His love. Therefore, we are More. More than Conquerors.  (Romans 8:37-39)

I am in the shower one morning and the voice of The Lord is clear, hot water pouring over achy body.  “I am Enough for you, Jen.”

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These times with him, candle burning, coffee steaming, on the porch, view broadening: Enough.  He is a still small voice breaking through a myriad of voices that compare. and comparisons only tell me my work in not enough.  I am not enough.  I should do more.  I should be like her: More. (and we know Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”)

So in the Less of my life right now, in the Less rush, the Less deadlines, the Less traveling, and the Less worry, I am finding so much More.  More women in my own community whose rich voices are a tune in my ear.  More ways to give to those who live near and more time for those I love.  I am finding more stillness in Less activity, and More joy in loving the One girl who’s mine (four steps down the hall, one left).  Loving her soul in all its stretches and shapes fills hours, weekends, a whole calendar …. I’m booked.

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So wherever you are, at the top of your game, at the end of your valley, at the ridge of your life, or just the start of a journey … in the thick of it, in the Less of it, in the thinness, in the complexity or in the simplicity, right here, right now:  God is Enough for you.  

Once you see that clearly, look into His mirror:  U R Enough too.

U R More than a conqueror.

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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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