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Jennifer is an artist living in rural Nebraska with her US Army veteran husband. She loves to create and seeks to reflect the beauty of Christ and encourage others in meaningful, beautiful ways. You can find her and see more of her art on Studio JRU.

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  1. Awesome! I have been wanting to paint some pumpkins white since we didn’t grown any. I love this project!! The aged look is so perfect. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  2. These are gorgeous…I see a weekend project with my daughter in the future….maybe to do our November Battlefield Verses with. I am thankful for the everlasting life that God so eagerly gives, for his precious Son, Jesus Christ. He chose to pay a debt for us all that He didn’t have to pay…and with that I will Rejoice Always!!

    • Using this as a weekend project with your daughter sounds wonderful, Amanda! I hope you two have fun! He chose to pay a debt He didn’t have to… yes… and I am also so grateful for that!!

  3. this is just too wonderfully creative! the tags are priceless, the finished vignette … absolutely over the top!

    God gets the glory, once again!

  4. Wow. What a great idea and a simple way to make autumn display. I like your pumpkin color much better than the orange. It gives it an overall Fall theme as opposed to an Halloween theme. Great post.

  5. Thank you for the “give thanks pumpkin tutorial” :-), you are very creative. The message of giving thanks in everything is very apt for me especially at this moment/stage in my life. Yesterday I had a lovely day out with friends in the autumn sunshine, lunch, a wee drive in the country-a rare event for myself. However today as a result I am in my bed unwell too ill to stay up even though I tried-the effect on my body of yesterday. I recently was told to try and look to the left and the right in my current situation so I do not miss the small but important good things in any given situation instead of focusing alone on being well, the healing from God. By focusing on the goal alone I may miss the wonders in the journey to that goal. These wonders may be small almost unnoticeable but still there. So today I give thanks for yesterday and I give thanks that yes I am in bed unwell but I can rest, read, check things on the computer, have healing sleep and look to a better day again. I give thanks for the rare days or moments of joy in amongst the hard dark days of chronic illness. To give thanks in everything can be hard at times but important. Thank you for your message. Blessings.

    • I understand how hard it can be to sometimes find the things to be thankful for in the midst of struggles. But it is always there. He always provides. Thank you for sharing today. Praying for your strength as you find the wonders in the journey!

    • Hi Behind the Smile – Just wanted to send you a hug! I suffered from a chronic illness for many years of my life and know how hard it is to get out and have a good day, only to hurt even worse the next day because of it. But you are so right – there are so many little blessings that God is showering to the left and to the right even as we wait for deliverance. I am so blessed that God has healed me, but I’ve since learned that healing doesn’t mean perfect health (been on the merry-go-round many times) and that the blessing has been in learning to hold on to Him for dear life through every day and celebrate His goodness through all things. Praying for comfort and continued moments of joy for you! XO.

  6. Oh my gosh – I LOVE THESE!!!!! I am on my way to Michael’s right now to buy myself some pumpkins! Thank you – these are just beautiful!!!!!! And I LOVE the message!

  7. This is a beautiful message and a beautiful arrangement!! Thank you so much for sharing! Just this weekend I was telling my husband that I want to celebrate God’s seasons in our home so we don’t let them fly by without really getting to rejoice in them. We picked up some small white pumpkins at Trader Joe’s on Sunday and built a fall display on top of our family room bookshelves. I LOVE having the celebration of the season in our apartment, and I’ve been wondering how I could plan for Thanksgiving – I’m definitely using this beautiful verse. Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration! I’m so grateful for His seasons and the life that He gives.

    • That is so great, Kim! And so true. We can often let them fly by with little notice, but bringing the seasons into our home, really helps us to celebrate! So glad to hear you will be able to bring this verse into your Thanksgiving celebration!!

  8. Jennifer, I love your beautiful ideas and your sweet, gentle, helpful tutorials. It makes someone like me feel like they can do it, too! {And from experience in doing your projects before, I trust each step you share!} Thank you, sweet sister. Can’t wait to do this soon. 🙂 Bless you!

  9. Thank you for this! Of course, the pumpkin tableau is beautiful and the tips, terrific. But the words preceeding them are the true beauty for me today. Thank you for reminding me that I have a choice at all times in my attitude. Have a wonderful day!

  10. Thanks so much for the encouraging post. We have recently moved and this season has been so different than any other I’ve ever had. I am making a choice to live with joy and give thanks in everything!!

    I adore your pumpkins- they look amazing! And the reminder to give thanks is wonderful on them! Because every day is a gift and an opportunity to be thankful:)

    I’m putting this on my list of craft projects to do:)

    Jessie

    • So happy to hear you are making that choice, in the midst of a different season for you, Jessie! Glad you are going to give this project a try! 🙂

  11. All supplies on my shopping list! Excited to try it out! I just turned our office into a breakfast room and have been looking for a cute center piece! I think I have found it…thanks!!

    The scripture is already up on our chalk board for our family to memorize this month =)

    • This would be perfect for a centerpiece in your new room! Love the idea of a breakfast room… sounds wonderful! Have fun with the project, Lisa!

  12. Thanks you Jennifer. I LOVE these and the message. What a great way to remember daily to “give thanks for everything and in everything give thanks.” There really is joy in every situation. We just need to praise Him, and the joy and peace will come. He’s got it.

  13. Absolutely beautiful. I’m partial to orange pumpkins, but if I needed some neutral decor, these would be amazing to have. =) The verse is a keeper!

  14. It is truly hard to be thankful always! I have a “Thankful” journal. I begin the journal by listing a ton of things I’m thankful for. Then day by day I add to it the little things of the moment, day that I’m blessed to have seen or done. You’d be surprised how many “little” things you can come up with.

    Prayer, praise and thinking of items to be thankful for remind us how blessed we are in Christ!

    • Exactly, Beth! Those little things, that we can easily overlook if we don’t pay attention, really add up to us having so many gifts!! I love that!

  15. I did this project with my 8 grade girls Bible class. I am a teacher in San Bruno California. Where can I share with you the pictures? Love the project. However I had a difficulty trying to keep the paint from coming of the pumpkins. The tags are wonderful . Thank you so much for sharing. Can’t wait to see what else will come in the future. Good job Jennifer! May the Lord continue to shower you with ideas.

  16. Oh Jen these are so perfect for me. I do need to buy pumpkins for they are cheaper than fake ones. I really like your display so much though I would like to pick it up and set it in front of my fireplace. Yes, I’ve been thinking upon In everything give thanks. For my nose is too close and cannot see all that God sees. He doesn’t like to hear my deep cries, my struggles, all of that, but it seems when I think Oh Lord No more! Please Lord. He uses me again to share my faith with another health professional. And once when I’d had seizures and sudden cardiac arrest, and still struggle to recover, and deep sorrow overtakes me, my doctor took my hands, and with tears said, Do not Worry. It is for God to know. You just keep trusting The Lord. That’s all. Do not worry or focus on what others say. They do not show compassion. I need you to take care of you, Curt and stay first close to God. That’s all right now. It will be a long recovery. It will be a year.
    And as I learn to say thank you to The Lord, it is not for tangible things. For in death, nothing of earth was there. But as I read Psalms this summer for my SPA with Gwen Smith ( I do have a couple more days to make it!) I find verse upon verse where God is there. And Friday as I read Psalm 119, I felt the most innermost closeness like God and I were talking together in the room. And He was showing me exciting new things!!! And in this, for this, He spared my life so I could grow again and in this Lord, thank you. In tears, sorrow, loneliness, fear, memory loss I keep turning to You. So I as the Psalmist sing I will praise you with my last breath…I give thanks in all things, knowing You are working out a special plan for Your glory and my and Curt’s good. Thank you Jennifer!!!

  17. “Give Thanks Pumpkin Tutorial” was in fact a splendid article, cannot wait to look over more of
    ur blog posts. Time to spend a lot of time on-line haha.
    I appreciate it ,Marjorie