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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,
    My peonies are about 7-8 inches tall. Seeing them push up from the cold dirt is a reminder to me of Jesus pushing beyond the grave. He is making all things new — including me. I must wait on the miracles He is about to perform.
    Blessings in the waiting,
    Bev xx

  2. Needed this more than you know… thanks so much…Peace’Love’Godbless to you 😉

  3. Thank you, Jennifer, for the encouragement. May you be richly blessed and your waits short or inspired. Or both!

  4. Jennifer,

    God is the potter & we are the clay. It takes time for a potter to mold that clay into a beautiful tea cup, vase or something. You have to work with it getting rid of the ugly excess. That is what Jesus is doing with us. He is removing the dross & replacing it with His love & character. In the waiting God cultivates our hearts. *We know how hard it is to deal with The burdens or trials. Just like in farming we have to bury the past. Farmers know that they have to get move through every inch of the field to turn land inside out. Without this crops may not grow like we want.* The same is true of us. We have to be turned inside out & rid ourselves of all impurities.

    *borrowed from Jennifer Dukes Lee-Face book.

    Blessings 🙂

  5. This was so beautiful Jennifer, thank-you for the reminder.
    Blessings to you all,
    Penny

  6. Oh thank you Lord for you are my Rock, my Healer, my Protector … my Father! I am here Lord. Let me walk by you always.

  7. Where I am we are going into winter, a season that in my younger years I looked at as one for just waiting with bated breath for spring to return. Yet as I grew older I have come to realize, it is a season for preparing for spring. In my part of the world we can still work in the outdoors during winter. That’s when we bury in the ground the bulbs that will bud in spring. It’s when we get fertile top soil to bury the lawns under to protect them from frost. That’s when I rearrange my garden so that when spring comes, the new growth happens where I want it to for the look that I want. In our winter, the trees shed their leaves, we sweep them daily for composting through the spring and summer so as to nourish the new growth. Likewise in my spiritual life, in the winters, I prepare for the spring by hiding God’s word in my heart. I allow it to take root and prepare me to be the rich soil out of which the beautiful blooms of spring will find nourishment. In the different seasons we pass through, there is both basking and working. It gives a unique balance that makes it possible for a special relationship between God and man. There is never an idle moment on both ends. Thank you for the insight. The strength to wait comes from trust in what only God can do.

  8. I’m not a native Texan but been here since 1984. It’s the one place where you can use your A/C and furnace in the same 24 hour period. lol! But seriously, I’m so in that kind of space in my life. Not understanding the plan, but doing my best to trust Him.