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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. This is such an awesome post and your words really blessed me this morning.

    Thank you!

  2. Jennifer,
    Beautiful post! I recently read this quote on prayer by E.M. Bounds – a minister and chaplain during the Civil War. This is what he had to say: “God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. The lips that utter them may be closed in death, the heart that felt them may have ceased to beat, but the prayers live before God, and God’s heart is set on them. Prayers outlive the lives of those that uttered them; outlive a generation, outlive an age, outlive a world.” We can never underestimate the power of our prayers! How is your awesome art project coming? Have you been able to return to it?
    Blessings and prayers,
    Bev xx

  3. Prayer appears to be so inconsequential–words said, no action, no visible recipient of the words.
    For the do-ers in the world, it’s an act of the will to say, “This time spent in prayer is more productive than any action I could take on my own.”
    Blessings to you, Jennifer. I think we’re all feeling a bit out of touch with our people these days and needed this reminder that we can speak into their needs, meaningfully and effectually, via prayer.

  4. Sisters, there is so much to pray about in this time. Can I ask for prayers for a Syrian refugee family stuck in Turkey. I’m working with others on making a short film that will hopefully get them traction to their situation from the agencies with the power to move them on to the UNHCR list for resettlement. It’s a complicated process and they are a big family. They are in touch through Facebook with colleagues of mine. I’m not sure if it will help and weep certainly are not giving false hope.

    I understand we as a world are facing great challenges and uncertainty with a Covid. I just ask that if you have time and feel moved to add them to your daily prayers as long story short it will only be a mighty hand of Hod that makes obstacles move…

    Great post.
    Love Jas

    • Jas,

      Just asked Abba Father to work on their behalf. Do His will in this situation. Most importantly please keep the family together., They are added to my prayer list!

      Blessings 🙂

  5. Sisters, there is so much to pray about in this time. Can I ask for prayers for a Syrian refugee family stuck in Turkey. I’m working with others on making a short film that will hopefully get them traction to their situation from the agencies with the power to move them on to the UNHCR list for resettlement. It’s a complicated process and they are a big family. They are in touch through Facebook with colleagues of mine. I’m not sure if it will help and weep certainly are not giving false hope.

    I understand we as a world are facing great challenges and uncertainty with a Covid. I just ask that if you have time and feel moved to add them to your daily prayers as long story short it will only be the mighty hand of God that makes obstacles move…

    Great post.
    Love Jas

  6. Thank you for these timely words. We had a “blow-up” in our office yesterday, fueled by pent up resentment and frustration centered around a co-worker. Even though I had repeatedly prayed for forgiveness for a judgmental spirit and the anger which flared up against this employee, I found myself, again, having to repent and beg forgiveness as the anger threatened to overwhelm me, and cry out for wisdom and strength to change my heart. Prayer has a healing effect upon a broken spirit. Prayer infuses fresh hope and excitement in the possibilities for the here-and-now and the future.

    • Oh it sure does, Sharon! Prayer is so powerful… because He is so powerful. So grateful you could turn to prayer in those moments. Grateful we all can!

  7. Your words jumped off the page at me this morning! Yesterday, in a 1 hour period: my 8-year-old Grandson went in for major oral surgery; my Stepdaughter in another state found out at 38 ½ weeks that her baby was breech and my other Grandson’s Daddy tested positive for Covid (many family members exposed). For a second, I felt helpless until God reminded me who He is. My Growth Group from church started praying; my family prayed. We have confidence in our faithful loving God and His perfect will and ways. My Grandson is doing well. Last night our healthy Granddaughter was born. And we will keep praying for the rest of the family, confident that God is faithful and He walks with us! Thank you for sharing your words!!

    • That is all so much, but what a beautiful thing to see how God has already been answering those prayers! Congratulations on the new little one! Joining you in prayer for your family, Heidi!

  8. Beautifully said Jennifer, thank-you for sharing your words of encouragement this morning.
    Blessings to all,
    Penny

  9. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, and for your loved ones, to stay safe, healthy and keep well.
    Blessings to all,
    Penny

      • Thanks for the reminder, Jennifer – I do so love these incourage posts. I thought you may like to know that I am in the process of publishing my book of mainly Christian poetry, (through Westbow Press in USA , although I am 80 years old and lIve in Australia.) I mention it because 2 of the sections are called Aspects of Prayeer, and True Stories of God’s Grace. The book is called Living and Learning, and will be available as an eBook as well as soft and hard covers.
        One is called the Power of Prayer, and others are written in an attirude of prayer. My pen-name is Camilla Diann, if you were interested. May God bless you abundantly with your projects for Him.

  10. It’s interesting that tonight I was listening to a podcast/Facebook stream from Incourage whereas last night I was quite discouraged. Thank you for your obedience and your voice. You are reaching and impacting me more than you will ever know. Your devotional book reminded me that my “devotion” had shifted away from God and towards “doing and being.”

    P.S. It was no accident that I saw this message tonight.

  11. I believe Prayer and reading God word plus Standing on the Promises in God word are the most powerful things we have today. Especially when everything else seems to go wrong. We can count on God to hear our Prayer and us Claiming his word and the promises in it. Saying them to ourselves and believing them no matter what we are going through. Believing God will answer our prayers. Do you know what Even when we Cry in these times God keep all our tear in Bottle and he says my Child I know what your going through I love you it will be ok. If for ourselves or for a family members who is no well and be told by the doctors bad news or we or they have lost their jobs. We wonder how we are going to cope. We yes it natural do panic. We are human. But we have big big mighty God who help us get through all we are going through. I along with my Husband everyday read psalm 91 and apply the Armor of God over our lives. In Eph 6. If any one ask me how I am I say. I trusting Dr God as I call God. I only go to the Doctors when God tells me too. Yes God gaves us Doctors and Nurses things like that to make us well plus medicine and treatment in Hospital. Then I say I am trusting Gods Word the Bible and Standing on the Promises in it and Prayer. I say that not to give the Old Devil a foot hold to take what I say out of mouth and use it against me. If anyone ask me to pray for someone not well. I will of course pray for them as God would want me too. If they are not saved to make it see their need to get saved. How much Jesus loves them. How God can heal them direct through Himself or though Doctors and treatment they need if seriously ill. Then I Pray for person if saved that they will know God is with them and he will take them through it all. Ask God to heal him should it be direct through him or the Doctors or treatment the person my need. The Family not worry about their love one but hand them over to God in Prayer and know they are in Gods hands. That the way I pray for people like that. Prayer is wonderful thing. Knowing Jennifer you had Family and Friends praying for your Husband even though you lived so far away they sent cards which was lovely of them. Knowing God was there. Meant alot it helped. But I know it wouldn’t have been the same as having them there to give you a big big hug. Plus be by your side to be there for you. But knowing they where Praying gave you that extra piece. Along with God by your side. You had the strengh to be there all by your husband side. God seen you safely get through it all. God help you cope. See we do have a big big mighty God. Where would we be without him. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xxxx ps Praying for you all incourage.

    • Thank you for such a thoughtful comment, Dawn! It was a long process (months) with my husband, but my mom did come out to help and again for the surgery and my husband’s mom came for the surgery. So I did have those hugs and someone by my side as well as all the prayers! We do have a big mighty God!

  12. Jennifer,

    This post is spot on today! People don’t realize how powerful prayer can be. God wants us to have a relationship with Him. Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Yes a loving thing to do for someone-especially in this virus time-is to pray hard for them. Not just once or twice but continually until you know they have an answer. My little prayer list is full of people-a lot from In Courage community. Each month when we have prayer time I take names & add it to my prayer list. I may never know the outcome. But I’ve done my job & hopefully made their burdens lighter.

    P.S. Praying for you & your family. May God bring some healing to your body.

    Blessings:)

  13. I hope your husband is doing well. We have a neighbor who went through this some time ago. These days he seems to be back to a pretty normal life.