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When Women Come Together

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 accomplished, but because she is a precious daughter of God — and that’s enough reason to celebrate her today.

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).

Your friend,

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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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