Growing Slow with Jennifer Dukes Lee {Podcast #709}

What if your hurry came to a screeching halt and you discovered in the process that the race to the never-ending, always-moving finish was actually doing you harm?

Would you take that as a wake-up and choose to live life differently? Or would you grumble and complain, fighting against the pressure to be still and slow down?

Well, for some of us, an abrupt change in the way we do life is simply hypothetical. For others, it has been a firsthand experience, where the unexpected diagnosis, unwanted betrayal, and unanticipated season of change forced our hand at evaluating priorities and redefining values.

For Jennifer Dukes Lee, her experience necessitated such a shift in thinking and living on more than one occasion, leading her to discover the beauty of growing slow. On this episode, I am thrilled to have Jennifer join us again (yes, she’s a favorite returning guest) to share her wisdom captured in her latest book Growing Slow (releasing May 2021). No matter what season you find yourself in today, this episode will cause you to hit pause, take notes, and soak in the hope of what is to come when God’s works in the slow growing of your life.

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Jennifer Dukes Lee lives on the fifth-generation Lee family farm in Iowa, where she and her husband are raising crops, pigs, and two beautiful humans. She writes books, loves queso, and enjoys singing too loudly to songs with great harmony. Once upon a time, she didn’t believe in Jesus; now he’s her CEO. Find Jennifer at and on Instagram at @JenniferDukesLee.

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Truths to Remember

Whether God says “yes” or “no” the outcome is not wasted. – Lisa

With each “no”, I gain new eyes to see where the “yes” is. – Lisa

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The idea of growing slow in life is so counterculture when we live in a world that says “go big or go home.” – Jennifer

When creation knows its Creator, there should be a steadiness in their spirit. – Lisa

We need sustainable growth which requires patience. – Jennifer

Growing slow is a process of unlearning all that we have been taught about what we need to succeed and be satisfied. – Jennifer

The times when I have felt most fulfilled and most at peace in this life is when I wasn’t in a hurry. – Jennifer

If you want to grow, you first have to sow. – Lisa

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Most of us want to live in the planting and the growing and the harvesting seasons and skip the periods of waiting for the next season to begin. – Jennifer

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Ezekiel 36:26 NLT And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.

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