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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 missed out on two jobs which I thought were maybe part of Gods plan for my life. One a Diversity and Engagement Advisor, I prepared, had an interview and I really knew I could do the job – helping ethnic communities. But I lost out and the second I had a phone interview and was not then short listed. I thought/think God called me to do this help people. I’ve seen him at work in my life but really move when he called me to do a Masters in Peace & Conflict studies.

    Don’t get me wrong God has and is providing- I have a job and we are all healthy.. it seems crazy as in New Zealand we are back to living normally with hardly any restrictions so I know bigger picture this may even be a selfish post. When around the world people are suffering due to either Covid or lockdowns, violence, job losses it seems really selfish to write…

    But I’m hurt. Your post is very timely and speaks straight to my situation. Thank you for sharing your words here.

    • Jas,

      Been praying God would send a good job your way. Thankful you have one to sustain you. I will continue to pray that God send the right job your way soon.

      Blessings 🙂

    • It is not selfish, Jas. This is what is important in your life in this moment and because it is important to you, it is important to Him. Hoping with you the job you have prepared for is ahead! Praying with you as you wait!

  2. thank you for today’s message. I certainly needed to read and in God’s word today. Lots of changes in my work life so I know God intended this devotion for me. Blessings to you.

  3. Thanks for sharing! God spoke these words to me on yesterday. “Eyes have not seen……. Amazing how season word manifests. Your devotional was confirmation. As I listened God marvelled. I am so grateful for and to His finishing touches. I too love makeover,house, and HGTV shows. Art is a passion of mine as well. What a mighty Creator we are blessed with! Thank you and God bless!

  4. I love this concept, Jennifer! We need to trust the Great Designer! In this uncertain world, it’s good to know we have Someone we can trust completely. We just need to draw close to Him so we won’t be led astray. Thank you! And may you and your family be richly blessed today and always!

  5. Thank you for this message today Jennifer. My husband is currently working for a large company…something we never expected…however his department has become extremely slow. He feels useless and heavy getting paid for not doing much. He’s told the owner how he feels and the reply was “you’re needed here don’t worry”. He also expressed his heavy heart to our Pastor and the same reply came! Thank you for the reminder that God is working even we don’t see it or understand His plan.
    NOW pray my husband has the same AH-HA moment.

  6. Really needed to hear this Jennifer! It was just the other night I wasn’t trusting God! I didn’t like what I was going thru! So I thank God and thank you for your timely word and encouragement! Love in Him, Lauren

  7. Jennifer,

    God’s plans are far better than we could ever imagine. Twenty years ago I prayed for a husband. Not just anyone though. Someone that would be there & help me when my aging parents got sick. It took 3 years of waiting & prayers. Then God sent me a loving, caring young man-who just happened to work in medical field (CT). He blessed me with a nice house, garage, & best yet a wonderful church family I have grown to love. I spent 10 years caring for my aging parents even quitting a good job. God hasn’t stopped amazing me. He has given me a good job as part-time ICU Step Down Clerical at a large local hospital. I now get to help RNs. CNAs, patients & their families. There were times along this journey I found it hard to trust God. Knowing His great love for me I put my faith in Him always.

    Blessings 🙂


    Praying for you & your husband. Asking God to help give you both more healthy days.

    • “God hasn’t stopped amazing me.” Oh, Beth, how I love reading those words! Praise Him! And thank you so much for thinking of and praying for my husband and me! xo

  8. Thought you may like to see this poem I wrote some years ago, (one of those in “Living & Learning – Poems of Purpose”, by Camilla Diann), after listening to a Bible study blog on radio, .


    Some start out in life with a master plan
    With the natural aspirations of man,
    Career and home and wedded bliss,
    Marriage, children, all that goes with this-
    Retiring comfortably, travel a lot,
    And we ask God to sign, where
    X marks the spot!

    But God says:-

    For a lifetime of joy, it’s Me you need thank,
    My plan is far better than funds in the bank,
    Just sign at the bottom, and leave the page blank,
    I’ll direct as we go – you need never pull rank.

    Let Me take the lead, each day and each night,
    And in Me you will find a purer delight.
    Loving and giving and serving and sharing,
    In ways that convey Christ’s true kind of caring.

    Whatever befalls, I will be by your side,
    And your soul will forever, with Me abide.

    Camilla Diann 27.2.2004

    Inspired by John North’s Bible study,
    6.05am FM103.2 27.2.04
    You are welcome to share this, I have waived the copyright sign

  9. I absolutely love the example used for the untrusting moment of shock. I just watched a design show yesterday and when I read this I actually stopped and immediately pictured my self looking at God that way. First I laughed out loud because of how ridiculous it is not to trust the Master then I asked Him for more trust. I do not want to be giving God that look. Thank you for blessing us with your words. May we all continue to see Him in the everyday.

  10. Oh what a word in due season. So hard to trust His perfect will, yet His will is perfect. Thank you Lord that You work backward from our future to our present. I will trust You Jesus even when it doesn’t make sense.