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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 this…”A grace-filled identity.” I like the analogy you drew with the military ID. I’m so thankful, I don’t have to carry a physical card because I carry Christ in my heart. He is with me all the time. No matter where I go, I can’t put Him down and lose Him. If I run away, He’ll always find me. If I drop Him, He never drops me. God continually engraves His grace on my heart. Every day He gives me a new day to start anew. Yesterday is forgotten. He’s gotten me through some of the hardest times in my life when I had to learn that His grace was, indeed, sufficient. I can’t even begin to count the ways He’s lavished out His grace on me. That’s just the way He is and for that I praise Him. Absolutely beautiful post, Jennifer!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. How marvellous, how wonderful & my song shall ever be! I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ lives in me! In Christ we live & have our being-identified with Him in His death & in His living through Holy Spirit-all because of God’s great love! Being ex-military I know the value of the ID but have never looked at it through the eyes of Jesus, our strong tower, defender, shelter, comforter & friend! Blessings!

  3. God has been engraving grace on my heart in ways I could not have anticipated over the last nearly two years, through the several health crises of my husband due to congestive heart failure (“the oncology of cardiac disease” one of his doctors called it) and his passing into eternity last Easter morning. So much grace through so many unknowns. As you put it so beautifully: “Guiding us when we don’t know our way…Holding us when we can no longer stand…” And, now especially: “He is our true companion. We are no longer on our own.” This devotional touched me deeply. Thank you for this outpouring of grace this morning.

    • Sandra,

      Sweet sister. I’m praying for you. May God continue to be your guide & stay as you traverse this journey alone. I pray you feel Him constantly holding you & sending His Whispers of Rest to your soul!

      (((((Hugs)))))

      • Thank you so much, Beth, for your prayers and your encouragement. They are both truly appreciated.

    • I am so deeply sorry for your loss, Sandra. So grateful to know that He is your true companion through this journey. Praying His grace comforts and uplifts you. Praying for you!

      • Thank you, Jennifer. Your devotional was exactly what I needed to read this morning, as the next month I know will be emotional (as all the others have been, even though less pronounced now in some ways.) Thank you so much for your prayers.

  4. I love these words about identity. This is an area I am working on in my own life. Resting in knowing I am God’s Child is not always how I view myself. I see what is wrong instead of all that is right. But my story doesn’t end here and God is working in me to see myself as He sees me. Blessings!

  5. Jennifer,

    I receive grace daily. Each time I wander or sin in some way-He forgives me & allows me to come back to Him. I have a hard time fathoming His great love for us. How could He go to the cross & die for me? Praise God yesterday is forgotten-washed away. I received His tender loving care & grace when my aging dad was in hospital with severe dementia. He was there for me all the time!! He continually amazes me with His lavishness of love & grace!

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beautiful examples of His great love and grace, Beth. Thank you so much for sharing. I am so happy to know He was your constant companion during your difficult times and that He continues to be!

  6. Jennifer,
    This writing was as fluid and effortless as your artwork. You spoke deep into my heart. Thank you!!!
    Love,
    Tammy Belau

  7. For each day that I can start off new, leaving yesterday behind, I have been blessed by His grace. Jennifer thank-you for sharing your uplifting words.
    Blessings to all,
    Penny