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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. I so enjoyed reading this today! I often marvel at birds nests and the many incredible things Gods creatures do that are so amazing that we as humans could never do. Makes me remember how awesome our God is and that He has a plan for each of us.

  2. Thanks Jennifer,
    So many times I think of myself as a “jack of all trades…master of none”. But, just because we aren’t the world’s best at our craft, doesn’t mean that we don’t have something to offer. God gives each of us a very unique touch that no one else possesses. My writing may reach a certain audience that someone else’s doesn’t. That’s why we are all needed, with our unique talents, in this game called life. Thanks for the encouragement to not compare!!

    • Bev, I have felt the same way for many, many years. I’m just now truly coming out of that “jack of all trades…master of none” mentality. Thanks for being so open about that. I have used those exact words to describe myself. And they served very well to be a hindrance to using any of my gifts, like writing.

      And great post, Jennifer! TY.

      • I have heard that phrase so often and you are right, Dannielle, it does serve as a hindrance to using our gifts. I hope you are encouraged to use your gift of writing!!

  3. What wonderful encouragement. It’s so easy to feel like our gifts aren’t what’s fashionable or what’s wanted at a particular moment. In other words, it’s easy to come up with excuses. Harder to remember God gave us each particular gifts for a reason and to just jump in and use them. Hope you have a great week!

  4. I absolutely love this. Thank you for writing it- it spoke directly to my heart today.

    Yesterday I struggled all day long with what you wrote. I continued my lament about who I am all during my drive in to work this morning, definitely feeling anything but “good enough”. More like “lacking enough” or “lazy enough” or “directionless enough”; that’s where my thoughts camped. But then I came in to work and read this and it gave me hope.

    As of July 6, 2015, my youngest’s 21st birthday, I have declared that I am on an “intentional” journey – it’s not the journey that is intentional; it is the being intentional that is my journey. So when you wrote “be intentional”, it was as if God used his yellow highlighter on those two words to make me notice and say, “See? I’m using this post to speak to you.”

    I’m printing this out and adding to my Intentional Journey items that I’m discovering along the way. Thank you, once again, for letting us know that in God, we are always good enough because He has made us as we are.

    • Oh Beth, I just love the thought of God using His yellow highlighter! I do love when that happens! So grateful this spoke to your heart in such a way this morning. An “Intentional Journey” sounds wonderful!

  5. Thank you for this encouragement, Jennifer! I absolutely love the bird nest analogy.God has designed us to love and Worship Him and to love others and then He gave us all these individual gifts to do the same thing, but in a different way. It’s so beautiful.

  6. Jennifer,
    Loved the birds’ nest analogy. God has given each of us different talents. He wants and expects us to use them for His kingdom. Mine happens to be encouragement. I send out cards, make meals, pray, let others know how important they are and that they are loved.
    I am on a journey of caring for my aging dad. He moved to assisted living last year and from March of this year till now my dad has declined rapidly. So much so that we had to call in hospice last Friday (July 17). He seems ok today, but it is just a matter of time. So hard to watch the progression of dementia & sun downers. But this is what God has called me to do!
    Blessings 🙂

    • What a precious gift He has given you, Beth. Bless you for listening and using the talent He has chosen for you. Praying for you and your dad during this difficult time.

    • God bless you and strengthen you as you use your wonderful gift with your dear Father and those around him there.

  7. Thank You…how timely too…lots of doubt going around my head about jobs, interviews, what should I really be focusing on….this gave a little “Aha” moment to me.

  8. Hooray for this post! How encouraging. You, Jennifer, have the gift of insight, encouragement, and writing. As the Spirit works in my heart, encouraging me to use my gifts, to not be afraid of what others think and BE INTENTIONAL as you said, I know I have been blessed by reading this. It is not about us anyway. We were created from Him and to use our lives FOR Him. I love that. Our gifts are not ours to keep, but to be used as a mere tool in glorifying His Name, pointing others to Christ and Truth, demonstrating the deep, deep love of our Savior. Can you tell how excited I am?! 🙂

  9. Thank you, Jennifer. This statement of yours spoke to my heart: “They do so much with so little” (masterpiece-nests created by birds). And most of the time those nests are hidden. Few people see them; few give accolades to the beaked-artisans. Similarly, our efforts may be behind-the-scenes where few people see, where few accolades are given. But GOD sees, and HE is pleased that we’re exercising the gifts he’s given us. THAT is enough.