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U R Waiting for your Miracle (how to grab faith by the horns and wrestle hope down)

People say waiting is the hardest part. I say faith is the hardest part, believing for more when what you see is less. Knowing there is a firm walkway under your feet when there appears to be nothing but mist to stand on.

Christian Holzinger
Christian Holzinger

I’ve always been a dreamer: believed in things I could not see; imagined goals long before possible; envisioned pictures of victory before even a letter matched reality.

So, you are waiting on something you’ve longed for, and you read these words: 

Trust in the LORD and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely. Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you your heart’s desires.

and

Commit your way the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act … Be silent before the LORD and wait expectantly for Him …. Do not be agitated — it can only bring harm … Wait for the LORD and keep His way, and He will exalt you … for the man of peace will have a future …. (Psalm 37)

Do not be agitated: the words cut like a surgeon’s scalpel. If we worry while we wait, we’ve wasted the energy it takes to put all our faith and hope in a God who will surely deliver. Instead of spinning in cycles of worry, we could be spilling grace after grace to the people under our roof.

So, BELIEVE.

BELIEVE in your miracle.

Stand firm in the deliverance of God and do not move from that position. Storms rising? Waves crashing? People combusting? Fear circling? Cut through the fog with the knife of the Word.

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He rescued them from their distress.

and

Let them give thanks to the LORD for His faithful love and His wonderful works for the human race. For He has satisfied the thirsty and filled the hungry with good things.

Ann Voskamp says it often — thanksgiving precedes the miracle. When we are not giving thanks, we are giving ourselves and our loved ones a whole lot of trouble. Give thanks for the Lord is good and His love endures forever. (and again?) 

Give.

Thanks.

For He has satisfied the needs of the oppressed and answered the call of the poor. For He is close to the brokenhearted and hears the cries of His beloved. So lay all your worries at the tips of His toes and know that He is More than Able to take them all and dissolve them to dust.

And whistle while you wait. Sing praises to your God. Raise your voice in the assembly and bring glory to His name. Just do it, friend, because the more stooped down we are, the more we can lift Him high.

So today, as I wait, I whisper the words of Psalm 108:

My heart is confident, God;

I will sing; I will sing praises with the whole of my being.

For your faithful love is higher than the heavens; 

Your faithfulness reaches the clouds …

God has spoken in His sanctuary;

“I will triumph!” (Ps 108:4-7)

Have a great day, friend. 

p.s. I’ve opened comments on my blog. Would love to hear from you! 🙂

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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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