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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,
    Thanks for a very poignant reminder. I think a lot of the problems in our society today are because we have forgotten how to walk humbly and to have a contrite heart. The world screams: “I”, “Me”, “My”, “Mine”, “My way over your way.”, etc. Like you said walking humble is about relationship. Our ultimate relationship is with God and in that relationship we learn how to submit our selfish, self-absorbed ways to His higher ways. In our personal or social relationships, how often to we submit and walk humbly with others – considering them more than we consider ourselves?? Ok, I’ll get off my soap box, but you bring up some very good points and a scripture that has long been overlooked or forgotten. Thank you!
    Blessings,
    Bev
    ps. I’d love to walk those dusty roads with you…sounds wonderful 🙂

  2. What a marvelous message, so necessary in this world of blatant busyness, doing all the things we think we have to do, sometimes even forgetting to breathe! How often when we pray do we give Him the standard “Heavenly Father, thank you for all you do for us, thank you for loving and forgiving us…” only to jump right in with our laundry list of needs, wants and if possibles for ourselves and others. Don’t misunderstand me; we are called to pray to our Holy Father and we should have a relationship so close with Him that we feel comfortable saying anything on any given day. However, when was the last time I (you?) started a prayer to God with, “What do you require of me, Lord? Am I walking humbly enough? Please show me Your way for me and I will wait for Your ‘Still, Small Voice.'” Are we so busy we can’t take that amount of time? Do we rush through our “duty” to God because there is so much to do? Who says? God? I don’t think so. In our daily responsibilities that we have commited ourselves to without asking God, are they helping us to carry out the Micah 6:8 Scripture? No, that takes time. It takes Jennifer’s farm dirt country road, with or without a like- minded friend. It takes slowing down and even stopping sometimes. It takes the time God wants from us, unemcumbered with busyness, so we can hear Him when we ask, “What do You require of me? Are we afraid to ask because we have placed such an importance on what WE think we have to do that we don’t really want to know? That is dangerous territory, my friends, and today I am repenting. Let’s start asking what God wants and waiting on the dirt road for the answer. He is faithful! He WILL answer.

  3. As a rancher, I identify with the quietness and faithfulness, but having a bit of a struggle with humbly submitting to this place I’m in right now. I’m just a bit overwhelmed with not having my husband and soulmate of 42 years walking those roads with me. His sudden death has been hard. Facing managing the ranch and providing a future for our artistic adult daughter is a little daunting right now. Could use some prayers. Thanks for the beautiful thoughts.

    • Praying for you Sharon as you walk this difficult road which was not of your choosing. May you be absolutely assured that God is faithful to his promise to be the father to the fatherless and defender of widows (Ps 68:5)! He walks with us every step of the way.

    • Oh Sharon, I am so sorry for the road you are walking. I relate to the struggle of submitting to the hard places and how it can be so overwhelming. Praying for you on this difficult journey. Praying His love and comfort overwhelm you.

    • This was posted below for you, Sharon, from Geralyn Murphy. I wanted to be sure you saw it.

      Sharon:

      Praying that out of HIS glorious riches, HE strengthens you with power of the Holy Spirit dwelling deeply with you in your heart, that you may know how wide, long, high and deep is HIS love for you and that HE walks with you in the valley, caring for your daughter, providing for your needs and is leading you into all truth; that what HE calls you to, HE also equips you for and HE is so faithful!!! Lean into HIM as you navigate this road you have never walked before and HIS peace that passes understanding will hold you, guide you and keep you until you see clearly as you walk by faith and not by sight. Praying God’s richest blessings upon you through this time of depending on God for each and every breath. the Grace and Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the fellowship of HIS saints and the Holy Spirit be with you, giving all glory to God.

    • Sharon,

      Praying for you sweet sister! May God give you the strength you need to endure. I pray He brings people to help and encourage you. I would love to walk those dusty roads with you and just be there-listening. May you feel His loving arms around and His warmth surrounding you always!

      (((((Hugs)))))

    • Sharon, may our Lord meet you in this place, arms wide for you and your beautiful daughter 🙂 Hold you in prayer…

  4. I loved “We aren’t there to get in a certain number of steps or how many calories we can burn.” Our society is so focused on measurable goals, it’s exhausting. Spending time on relationship without watching the clock is so valuable with Jesus and others. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. Sharon:

    Praying that out of HIS glorious riches, HE strengthens you with power of the Holy Spirit dwelling deeply with you in your heart, that you may know how wide, long, high and deep is HIS love for you and that HE walks with you in the valley, caring for your daughter, providing for your needs and is leading you into all truth; that what HE calls you to, HE also equips you for and HE is so faithful!!! Lean into HIM as you navigate this road you have never walked before and HIS peace that passes understanding will hold you, guide you and keep you until you see clearly as you walk by faith and not by sight. Praying God’s richest blessings upon you through this time of depending on God for each and every breath. the Grace and Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the fellowship of HIS saints and the Holy Spirit be with you, giving all glory to God.

  6. Jennifer,

    I would love to walk around dusty roads. I am a super fan of quiet country living. This world is constantly screaming go do get-it is noisy. We haven’t learned to slow down and be quiet to hear His still small voice. We hear talk about wanting to know God’s will for our lives. The way to do that is be still with Him and listen.

    ‘What He has planned for us is far beyond what we could plan for ourselves.’ AMEN! He has great plans for us on this journey.
    This reminds me of my life verse Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and
    not to harm you. To give you a hope and a future.”

    Blessings 🙂

  7. Jennifer, I stand in awe of the grace our Lord pours out through your posting. Have just gotten some bad news concerning my mother, I can see such love and mercy and grace in your words that remind me to walk humbly so that I can love faithfulness and act justly. Our Lord is so gracious to show his love and care at each step, reminding that He never leaves us nor forsakes us as we persevere in this walk with Jesus (think of you Sharon :)). Jeremiah 6:16 was given the other day and it reminds me that when we stand at the crossroads, that place of right or left, we can hear the Lord tell us the way to go (Isaiah 30:21) if we walk humbly. This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. He is our Good Shepherd who never leads us astray., ever faithful. Learning to walk humbly is hard, but I am grateful that there are those who show me how for I need that so much 🙂 Please pray for my mom and I pray that our Lord holds each of our hands as we walk this beautiful journey through the soft grasses of peace and the hard ground of transformations for if we are humble and persevere, He will bring a harvest of goodness from the seeds of His Word in our hearts 🙂 May our Lord ever be praised!