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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,
    You would think I would get tired of stooping to pick up the burdens that I just laid down all the time. I’m guilty of thinking that God needs my invaluable help to work things out. I think that’s called pride?! I can relate to carrying around a “purse/heart” that’s overflowing with burdens. So thankful that God doesn’t lay guilt on top of the burdens…He just keeps inviting me to unclench my tight fists wrapped around my troubles, and to hand them over to a loving God who knows the bigger picture. God’s got this…I can let go and walk in peace. Lovely!
    Bev xx

    ps. How is your art project coming? Anxious to see what beauty you are creating?

    • Yes. Just yes, friend! xo As for the art project, slower than I had hoped. My health issues have set me back, but I am trying to think of it from a “in His good timing” perspective!

  2. Jennifer,
    God does know the bigger plan and if He created the earth and the intricate flowers and powerful ocean then of course He can handle my troubles. Even knowing this, it is sometimes hard to truly let Go D, let God! I wish it were easy but I’m still learning at 39!! But without the support of God, I would honestly be lost and laden. God gives me peace, Amen to our Saviour and His beautiful strong Father!!

  3. This is such a struggle for me! I trust God, but I have been through such challenges over the past year that I am scared to release it all to him. It’s something I am working on and praying about. Thank you for this reminder.

  4. Thank you for this message. I’m tired of letting go and picking it back up. I pray for Gods strength, wisdom and leading.

  5. It’s a risky thing, for sure, to leave things behind.
    (And I suppose that’s why we’re called to live by faith… ?)
    Thanks for this very practical parable we can all relate to.

  6. Thank you for this word! I try to remember that we were made to be sheep, not donkeys. Donkeys carry burdens, sheep follow their Shepherd. May we lay down our burdens and always follow the Good Shepherd. It is easier said than done, but thanks for the reminder to take inventory of what we might be carrying around that we shouldn’t.

  7. Amen Jas. I am still struggling with letting go at 73! I believe it is one of the hardest lessons we learn as a Christian. Especially if you came to the Lord later in life. When I think back about all the worry I carried through life I feel sad. I thank God that he pursued me and brought me to him. Some burdens are just to heavy to carry alone. But because we are human, and may have had to always take care of things “by ourselves” we pick it up again. Father God may you always be by my side to teach me to leave it all at the cross. You are always working for us and I thank you for that. Teach me to trust you more and myself less. In Jesus name Amen

  8. Thank you Jeniffer for your meaningful post! It is so true how we try to carry the burdens ourselves like a sack of potatoes were lugging around on our back! All He is saying is come to me let me carry it for you, my yoke is easy and my burden is light! Again like you learning to give it to Him and letting go of what we cannot control!

  9. “Only when we truly trust God, lay down our burdens, and leave them with Him will we understand the peace that surpasses all understanding.” Yes, friend. xx

  10. Jennifer,

    Great post. We tend to give our burdens to God but then pick them back up again. My hubby is bad about that. He loses sleep worrying about stuff. I tell him “don’t worry about tomorrow for today has enough worries of its own.” Don’t worry about the future or what may or may not happen. God will be there when the tough stuff happens & it did this week. His dad had been really sick with multiple medical issues. He had just gotten out of hospital Monday night-after an hour or two at home he passed. Poor hubby was driving home from a long hard day at work to go to dad’s house then hospital. He has had two long days of funeral preparation & talking with family. Tomorrow is going to super long with funeral & a military burial. There will be a large amount of family there to support each other. When it dies down over the weekend we can rest in God & let Him help us deal with the other stuff-(cleaning out a big house, taking care of MIL). We need not lose sleep over the inevitable or what we perceive could happen. God knows all the plans & He is right there with us through it all. Don’t let burdens weigh you down give them to Almighty God who is more than able to handle them!

    Blessings 🙂