Jen's Journal

Jen's Journal

You are My Friend (so I gotta help us out here . . . )

Women have created quite a name for themselves lately.

“I’m a vulva.”

“I’m angry.”

“I’m nasty.”

“I’m afraid.”

I’d like to refresh this conversation in ways we hope our daughters will mimic.

Instead of clenching fists, maybe we can open our hands a little on what it really means to be a woman and offer a new definition we can all be proud of. 

I’m a mother.

I’m a wife.

I’m a friend.

I’m a sister.

I’m loving.

I’m kind.

I’m brave.

I’m free.

 

That’s where I’m going this year, friends. That’s who I am and I bet that’s who you are too. If you are a dad, brother, or son, you have just as much power to show a woman or girl her true worth.

Since we’re being honest, here, however …

I totally got wrapped up in the Facebook arguments. I defended, I disagreed, I lost friends. I posted (gasp) pictures of the president I supported. I even posted prayers for him and his cabinet. I would hope I would have done that regardless of who got elected — but who knows?

Then I had a dream that the Cowboy and I were elected officials at the White House and I was rearranging the beat-up furniture and we were chatting with Obama, and I told him what a great speaker he is. 

And I realized my mind has been way too wrapped up in this.

I jumped into Facebook; entered discussions; got mad; pulled back.

It was during one of these off-facebook moments when I decided to be a better example for my daughter, to invest more time, patience, and smiles into our relationship.

It was also during one of these times when I experienced a flood of positive messages for women.

I’m back to looking at the nature of God, wanting to imitate His character and His ways. 

I’m also back to wanting to teach real women (including the ones up close and personal) their true worth and inspire them to do what only they can do to bring out the best in who we are.

That’s it, folks.

So what’s coming?

Lots.

Lots of good messages coming from my heart to yours.

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

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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