U R More

U R More

U R in Need of Rest (how to pursue the peace you want)

Confession: I’ve become scheduled Susie, checklist Charlie. I study color-coated calendars and rearrange blocks of time in hopes the next day will run more smoothly than the last. This is what it takes to be me.

But for the Fourth of July I landed at my husband’s parents’ ranch. Unscheduled. Unplanned. Unbelievably good for all of us.

The Fourth gave me permission to stop time and make a huge priority out of watching my boys play in the field.

I kept wondering why I was so calm.

“I don’t care who you are,” Papa said one morning over steaming coffee while cows mulled in the field, “Everyone needs rejuvenation.”

Hammock strung between two trees, walks long and languid, feet-up-face-to-the-horizon, fan whirling, dirt bikes whirring, birds squirreling, flag-flapping, strewn afternoons and sweet morning rises, and we are all refreshed and made new in the play and in the quiet.

You need play. You need quiet.

You need strings of stillness — that do not include to-dos and time scheduled to a T.

Every time my brain wanted to think to-do lists and calendars, my spirit said, “Rest.” Wasn’t this a command?

So here’s my advice: whether you are taking an official “vacation” this year or not — take one.

Take the rest. Seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14).

Rest is good for your weary heart, friend — for I know you are weary.

Stillness is found when you pursue it.

Look for the landscape that stills your soul, and linger there.

Listen to the crickets, the whir of the fan, the music that centers you. Chase the sunset, the dragonfly.

There are some mountains we move by waiting.

As He says in His Word, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10). Even in the midst of the deepest trial, we can put our feet up on the dock and trust that He will accomplish His purposes for us.

He knows.

He carries you, and He is intimately familiar with all your tribulation, more than anyone around you.

To be still is to know that He is God and we are not — that although we long for solutions and answers to our pressing needs, if we just place the tangled knot of worries and fears into His hands, He’s got it.

He’s got it.

Find your retreat: seek peace and pursue it.

Center yourself in being away from it all–  and take it in like fresh clean water only He can give.

You need rest, and rest is good!

Enjoy Summer!

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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.


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.

Christina Boudreau

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
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