Actress Jennifer Garner is opening up about her faith and family following the premiere of her new film, Miracles from Heaven, which was produced by Devon Franklin and Bishop TD Jakes. In the movie, Garner plays a mother whose faith is restored when her daughter is cured from a severe digestive disorder. The movie was screened in Dallas, Texas Sunday night. After the screening, she joined DeVon Franklin and Bishop T.D Jakes for an audience Q&A.
Asked if she uses her faith to overcome personal challenges, Garner says, “Of course. I think that’s what it’s all about. But there’s a beautiful line in the movie that really resonates with me; Christy is having a conversation with her pastor and she says, ‘I just don’t understand. I don’t know where my faith is right now.’ She’s in the crisis of faith. And he says to her, ‘You know, everyone is going to struggle and I look at it this way: I’ve struggled with faith and I’ve struggled without it. And I’ll tell you, it’s a whole lot easier with.'”
Over the weekend, Garner attended a service at The Potter’s House Church, led by Bishop T.D. Jakes, a producer on the movie.
“I loved it,” Garner said of the experience. “I’m so jealous of the people of Dallas that they can draw from T.D. Jakes and can go every week to hear him preach.”
One message of the movie is that everything – even the little things in life – are miracles. Garner says she can relate.
“It’s also what my mother has instilled in my sisters and me so much, that joy comes from the smallest things,” she says. “And if you don’t see joy in a perfect avocado or in a great conversation or in running into a friend or getting a job – if you don’t see joy in a perfectly beautiful tree in autumn – then you are missing your chance at happiness. Because if you don’t find it in the small things and you only wait for big moments, then you’ll just not be a happy person.”