When women gather, we are stronger. We are wiser. We are more beautiful together than on our own. When one of us falls, the other can lift her up. When one of us hurts, the other can offer comfort. When one of us doubts, women who have walked long, hard roads can point the way of faith.
Today is International Woman’s Day. (I am wondering when we will have International Men’s Day?!!) So on this day, as a woman, I want to offer some ways you can encourage, mentor, strengthen, and uplift the women and girls around you.
Take a girl to lunch or dinner and ask her lots of questions about her. Speak to her like she is already the best version of herself. Lift her up. Lavish her with love. Express your pride in her, not because of where she has been or what she has
Give a thoughtful gift or card to a woman who has influenced your life — or send a message to one who might need to know she matters.
Use your voice to bless, not to curse. Speak words of kindness in gentle tones to those who are hurting.
When I am struggling, cracking, or downright breaking, my sisters lift me, encourage me, and remind me to keep my eyes ever on the Lord.
We are created to be encouragers. We are designed to nurture, to give, to guide, to comfort, and to heal. It is who we are.
Each day, we have a choice — to wake up and be women who walk in our God-given identity — or women who step out of it by way of fear, resentment, or victimhood. Each moment, we pick fear or faith; bitterness or beauty; nastiness or nobility; powerlessness or strength. We choose.
If you’d like to celebrate women in your life today, I encourage you to give the gift of The Invitation — a beautifully bound, year-long devotional that will encourage, inspire, uplift, and challenge women to be all they are meant to be. In honor of women everywhere, we are offering a “buy four get one free” so you can give the gift of encouragement again and again to the women you touch. In a few minutes of reading, she will believe in herself and in her dreams again — knowing that nothing — and I mean nothing — is impossible with God!
Now go celebrate a woman today! (but don’t forget to honor the men at your side).
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.”