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U R More Than Enough, God (On the Porch, meeting with the God of the More)

When I look out upon grassy fields, shorn brown and sweet green smell of rain, when I am silent to hear the dove and sparrow, even the crick of this porch … when a single raindrop, a rooster’s crow, quiet pat of country flag, wet against the wind, meets my ears.

When I stop, listen, hear, see white bird darting by cattle, splash  of pure on summer morn … I look across the prairie, feel cool breeze caress my neck, curl in wicker chair, land and sky before me:  It is all Morning Glory.

And I wonder how, how, I can ever claim “not enough.”  Not enough money, not enough time, not enough reasons to smile warm and let it linger.  How is it, that in the mundane, in the detail, in the hard, I lose sight of God?  Lose sight of the More?

More graces, more gifts, more gratitudes than a life can count.  More beauty, more blessings, more moments.

Sun light speckled through forests green, a thousand fireflies at dusk.  The side of our boy hunter’s face, upward with wonder.  That moment after day long and languished, when our athlete looks up from bed covers, skin tanned and eyes tired only the way weekends can do, and in his eyes he says to me, I can sleep once you’ve kissed me.  I can let these muscles sink into dreams only after your bedtime prayer, and with a hug he drifts to sleep.

Sam ranch smallShane on tractor smallboywheeler

I’m grateful for my cowboy on tractor, more ever to learn, fields to mow, lives to level, weeds to control:  that we find freedom in this landscape, his warm muscles broad and sore at end of day.  Unity like a prayer between us, the oil that bonds.

In this, more.
In that, more.
More.

Sometimes we forget that our life IS More, and not Less, because we suffer the lie that God is a God of less.  But He is the God of the More — and the more we seek His graces, the more we search for the sunlight, the boy child, the athlete, the hunter within us all — the more we take in the grandeur of His creation — the More we become.

God, today I say to you, thank you for a life of More.  Thank you in this way, in that.  Thank you that in you I find more than enough manna, more than enough bread, more than enough beauty, and more than enough reasons to be grateful.

Today is More, because U, God, R More.

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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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