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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. We are in a season of lots of uncertainties & murky surroundings. What a great visual aid your lilly pad is for encouragement! May God enable me to be the lily pad of encouragement & beauty in others’ murky waters! Thank you for sharing & blessing me this am.

    • Ruth,

      Praying for you in these trying times. May God guide your steps & lead you through theses troubled waters. Asking God to send peace & comfort to your souls.

      Blessings 🙂

    • I am sorry you are in a season of murkiness, Ruth. I am praying for you! And how wonderful you want to be the lily pad of encouragement for others in hard times! Bless you!

  2. Jennifer,

    I so enjoyed your post this morning. God always turns our seasons of sadness around in his time.

    Peace of Christ to you my Sister!

  3. Jennifer,

    Isn’t it just like God to send messages of hope & love to a hurting world. When all we see & hear is gloom & doom He drops little hints of beauty. He speaks to us lovingly letting us know He sees us & is working in & through us all the time. For a few years I felt life was passing me by. Didn’t have a paying job. It was my time to be caregiver for my parents. Mostly felt somewhat useless. Until God saw me. I was visiting dad at assisted living for lunch. He & I were in middle with a man on either side of us. Dad’s hands were shaking such that little food made it to mouth. I offered to feed him & while doing so one man said “You will get stars in your crown for this”. I knew immediately it was God talking to me. Letting me know that yes you are useful & needed.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Oh that is so beautiful, Beth! What a precious way for Him to let you know you are useful and needed. It was a truly beautiful thing you did taking care of your parents the way you did. Thank you for sharing that!

  4. What a lovely reminder of how much we are loved. Thank you for sharing your heart-so uplifting this morning. Blessings to you.

  5. Beautiful!!!!
    Thank you!
    It’s been so dark, I forgot to look. Needed the encouragement. Be strong and courageous, and see the beauty. I’m not alone.

  6. Oh, how I do needed this. Going through…for every mountain and valley, He has brought me through. Amen!!!