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God's Trophy Women by Jacqueline Jakes


FLAVA that's still to come!

Jacqueline Jakes

Genre: Christian
ISBN: ISBN 0446577820
Published: May 2, 2006
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Time Warner Books


Jacqueline Jakes, sister of Bishop T.D. Jakes, inspires women to see their trials as the furnace that molds them into living examples of God's handiwork. In GOD'S TROPHY WOMEN, she encourages women enduring hardship by reminding them that God looks upon them as winners-as trophies He molded and treasures. The book contains stories of conquerors who have triumphed through their faith in Jesus Christ.



Just for the Trophy

Give her the reward she has earned, And let her works bring her praise.

In my den sit numerous awards my daughter, Kelly, won throughout her school years. Some of her trophies are for college math and science competitions; others are for literary accomplishments, Bible fact contests, even beauty pageants. She received her first and smallest trophy for selling the most boxes of oranges to raise money for her Christian school. At six years of age, she understood the significance and special treatment she could get by competing, winning, and having something tangible to show for her efforts.

Isn't it ironic how we can remember the trophies we've won, yet we can't recall last year's Christmas presents? There is remarkable distinction between receiving a gift and winning a prize. The addictive and delicious scent of fought-for victory is intoxicating; it brings us pleasure and motivation for years to come. The prize won is more treasured and valued than any handout could ever be.

The prize won is more treasured and valued than any handout could ever be.

Why? Because everyone loves a winner. And because we value what we have to work for. As a young girl growing up during the fifties in the hills of West Virginia, I said to my mother that I'd love to play an instrument in the local junior high band. After all, I had been playing classical piano for a few years, and musical accomplishments seemed to come naturally to me. But in a state that was less than 4 percent African American, I knew my chances of competing and entering the band were slim-and I said so.

My mother would have none of it. She was a forwardthinking woman who didn't let opposition prevent her from accomplishing whatever goals she set. After all, she was one of fifteen children and a graduate of Tuskegee University! So off I went to tryouts. I entered and integrated the school band that year and later, in high school, integrated that band as well. When our bands won competitions and we received letters to affix to our school sweaters, I wore my gold and blue, and later orange and black, raised letters on my clothes with pride. I had won a symbol of excellence and had done it against the odds. What seemed an ordinary accomplishment to many other students was a special achievement for me. I had my trophy.

Jacqueline Jakes
Jacqueline Jakes (c)

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