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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 share your love of gardening. All the different species, colors, and varieties of plants just amazes me. What an awesome Creator we have. But, like you said, He created us to need water….the human variety craves living water. I’ve also learned that I can’t wait until I’m parched and bone dry to fill up on His Word. I need to be in it every day, keeping the soil moist so that when the dry season comes (and it will) I have something to go on. I like to buy nearly dead plants off the 50 cent shelf and bring them back to life. That, however, is much harder than keeping alive a regularly watered plant. I think the same applies to us. I, too, need a drink….every day. Love the analogy!!
    Blessings and enjoy playing in the dirt 🙂
    Bev xx

    • I like to bring those plants back to life as well! But you are so right… regularly watering works best. For plants and us! Thank you for joining in the conversation today, Bev. I always appreciate your thoughts!

  2. Funny how sometimes women think we are not subject to the basic rules of maintaining a body–or a soul. Thanks for sharing the Living Water today, Jennifer. May we drink deeply from Him, every single day.

  3. Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing this beautiful truth today. I hope your day is lovely! Georgia

  4. Such a refreshing post – thank you! Makes me think of Psalm 1:1-3, and the promise we have of continual refreshment as we abide in Christ: “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers.”

  5. These words are so timely Jennifer. I’ve felt a little run down with everything that’s been going on in my circle. Michele is right–we do forget that we need to take care of ourselves. I’m so thankful that I can go to God (at any time) and He will abundantly supply me with the living water I need.

  6. This is beautiful, Jennifer. I love those moments when God speaks, and how he uses those things in our lives (the plant in your hands) to remind us we are made to be loved as well as to love. So many times I am hard on myself, and so this speaks to me personally. Like, it’s okay to drink. Sit down. Breathe. Be watered.

    Thank you. xoxo

    • Oh yes, Meghan… please remember He wants to care for you. Always. And you are not alone, I am hard on myself too, so I need to remind myself this as well!

  7. Jennifer,
    Caring for the garden is one of my favorite things to do. Yesterday after watering a friend’s, and doing some running around with my son, we planted ourselves at the waterfront to gaze out into the ocean. For me any source of water is soothing, and seems to make me feel nearer to God. You have described so beautifully the answer to why that is, thank-you for sharing this morning.
    Have a blessed day all,

  8. Oh, amen. Both as a mom and a teacher, the end of the school year is spiritually (and every other way) dehydrating for sure! Thanks for sharing this story. I needed it today.

  9. Jennifer,

    This reminds me of the story: the woman at the well. Jesus asked her for water & she was shocked a Jew would talk to a Samaritan. When He told her of the living water she could have-she left everything & ran back to town to tell others. Everyone needs His living water to fill us up. This life is far to crazy to go without God for even one day. We will all go through trials & tribulations. His word & people are so soothing to our weary, worn out souls. “There is no substitute for the refreshment only God can provide.” Don’t wait till your almost on empty to take a drink. Do it daily. Come to Him for your soul’s refreshment.

    Blessings 🙂

  10. Jennifer,

    P.S. I love your new photo. Great to see your whole profile. I pray all is well with you.

    Blessings 🙂

  11. Great story with an excellent image/message. By the time we sense thirst, we’re already dehydrated. Sipping water through the day is the best way to maintain health. Same for spiritual health—a steady sipping from the fountain of Living Water.

  12. “There is no substitute for the refreshment only God can provide.” Yes! Thank you for this timely reminder to identify our true thirst and quench it with the One true source! xx