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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. Jennifer,
    I love planting seeds, the part I struggle with, however, is that it is in God’s way and in God’s time that He will reap a harvest. Call me impatient….because I am. I want to see the fruits of my labor in fast-forward time, but God is teaching me to wait, be patient, to persevere, to have faith even when the harvest seems like it will never come. Thank you for this encouragement to not give up…to keep on planting!

  2. God really brought this lesson home to me this year. A lady
    emailed me that her 99 year old grandmother had a little poem of mine from a
    LifeWay magazine in 2008 cut out and taped to a piece of cardboard and that her
    grandmother has cherished that poem since then and carries it around with her
    all the time. As it turned out, the grandmother lives only twenty minutes from
    me and I was able to meet her and the granddaughter who contacted me. I was so
    moved by this that I contacted LifeWay and told them what had happened and they
    chose to send us a writer to interview us and do a feature story for their
    upcoming 40th anniversary issue of their Mature Living magazine. All
    of this happened because of one little poem that blessed this sweet elderly

  3. It is a struggle of character to remain faithful in the small, hidden and unknown (by human eyes). I pray I will be found faithful, even when the fruit is not evident now or to many.

  4. Lisa, this reminds me of the scripture from Zechariah 4:10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices for the work to begin, to see the plumb in Zerrubbabel’s hand. (The seven lamps represent the eyes of the Lord that search all around the world.) NLT

    It all matters, and God will take our small beginnings, the small seeds and by His Spirit make them grow to make the difference. These small seeds done faithfully will bring about the accomplishments God desires to see. His eyes are watching for our faithfulness.

    Speaking more to myself, this is such an encouraging post. It does get tiring, sometimes physically doing what God is asking of me. Such good timing when I’m feeling the deep down tired.



  5. Thank-you Jennifer,

    This is extremely encouraging.The acts of kindness I have received have stayed in my heart. Including unexpected ones this week. Even watching my son’s swimming lesson today and how kindly the instructor treated him left me smiling. Nothing one does for another is ever too small.

    blessings to all,


  6. I love this. We have to keep scattering seeds. Each one carries such potential! I write a devotional blog called Seeds of Scripture because we need to plant seeds of His Word in our own hearts and minds too. Thank you.

  7. Jennifer,

    This is very true: “Small things of God are able to become great things.” I wish more people would believe that statement. It only takes a spark to get a fire going. You don’t have to do much just the simple act of visiting people in hospital, nursing home, send cards/letters, call people. We may never know the results of our actions, but God sees and will reward us later. For me planting seeds looks like spending time with my aging dad 3 days a week, cooking food for a missions, helping in-laws with medical issues.
    Blessings 🙂