About the Author

Jennifer Dukes Lee is the author of several books, including Growing Slow. She and her husband live on the family farm, raising crops, pigs, and two humans. She’s a fan of dark chocolate, emojis, eighties music, bright lipstick, and Netflix binges. She wants to live life in such a way...

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  1. I’m so eager to start reading your book, Jennifer! Thank you for this tiny glimpse of the wisdom in its pages and for the encouragement to hang on and wait for the harvest God has planned.

  2. Jennifer,
    Your hurricane analogy hits home right now as we hang on waiting for Florence (who is agonizingly slow) to hit….So true that we need to hang on. God promises us, in Isaiah 41:10, that He will hold onto us with His victorious right hand….He will not let us fall. (in)courage ladies, I’ve read Jennifer’s book (I’ve had the privilege to get a sneak peak) and it is a must read! Jennifer encourages us to let go of our “busy” lives in order to take hold of our “best” life. She debunks the myth that we can keep it all under control. Trying to control is born out of fear and builds a false sense of pride….I know, I’ve been there. There truly is a better way. I love Jennifer’s stories that illustrate her points….you don’t want to miss “Busy Boobs” lol. I needed the reminder that the harvest does, indeed, come. Thanks, Jennifer, for an awesome gift!
    Blessings,
    Bev xoxo

    • Letting go of busy in order to take hold of best seems to be the recurring theme in my studies lately. Sounds like I need to add this one.

    • Bev, I just have to tell you how thankful I am for your kind and wise words. Your presence here in this community is such a blessing to me and all of us! <

      Joy in Jesus,
      Lara Sadowski

      • Lara,
        Well, this place and these women (you included) have encouraged me through some pretty rough times. One way I can bless God is by praising Him and letting others know what He’s done, and what they’ve done in my life. Your sweet words are a blessing to me today <3
        Bev xo

    • Bev,

      Praying for all in NC. May God have Florence downgraded & stay out at sea. I pray no one gets hurt or loses much.

      Blessings 🙂

  3. Thank you for this. I read it after finishing my early morning time with the Lord. Our situations are different, but God used your words to minister directly to my heart today.

  4. I am definitely ordering this today. I am ready to let go. I am tired. I have been rejected by my own daughter. I am forbidden to see my grandson who I was at one time very close to. He will not know me…he was only 2 the last time I saw him. My health is worsening. Pain is daily. I don’t know if I can hang on any longer. I don’t understand why God has allowed this. Why put a little boy through the divorce of his parents and the alienation of grandparents who love him so much? It stings like nothing before has ever stung.

    • Oh Becky, My heart aches and breaks for you. That’s so much pain. Thank you for ordering my book. My hope and prayer is that it would bring you some peace and relief at a time when you need both. xo

      • There are scars that nobody can see
        There is a deep silence while drinking tea
        I’m trying to hide the bruise on my knee
        Is there anyone who can see what is happening to me?

        There are things between sunrise and sunset that we don’t speak
        There are so many times I feel so weak
        I remind myself I’m precious, I am unique
        Somehow I can’t forget what happened last week

        There are days I feel dull and blue
        Unable to get out of bed, I put the alarm on snooze
        Can’t describe what it is, these non-verbal gestures, not sure if this is abuse
        I can’t find the strength to wear my shoes..

        There is anxiety , there is unrest
        There is a burden in my chest..
        I don’t feel like getting dressed
        I am so messed , I am so messed..

        There are days I recall the blood drops on my feet
        Tears rolling down, shaking in fear, that rapid heartbeat
        I didn’t know who to meet, I couldn’t eat..
        It’s horrific to recall, that blanket, that bed-sheet..

        There are brutal memories of physical assault
        Beaten and thrashed for things , made to believe it was my fault..
        I was a boy, I wasn’t taught to cry, express my hurt
        There are painful scars beneath my colorful shirt!

        Written by Twyla David (twylavdavid@gmail.com)

  5. Jennifer, your book is on my “order right now” list! Thank you for your words today.

    “Hang on. Because Jesus will meet you in the middle of your hardest battles.”

    I needed this reminder so much today. From health issues to employment worries, mine and my family’s plate is kind of full, but Jesus is big enough, and He will never leave us nor forsake us. YAY!

    Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow!

    Joy in Jesus,
    Lara Sadowski <

    • Lara,

      Praying for better health & employment to all in your family. May you have a sense of peace & contentment in the midst of these trials. Hang on sweet sister! God will send a harvest in His perfect timing!

      Blessings 🙂

  6. Oh how I needed to hear these words this morning. They made me cry. I’m so @ a point of giving up & losing hope & the comfort this brought me is more than I can even express right now. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    • Laura,
      When I have felt like that, I picture myself as the tiny, frightened, helpless lamb being scooped up and held so tenderly in the strong, loving arms and hands of Jesus. He is pulling you close to His beating heart of love for you….calling you to rest in Him and cry on His shoulder. He’s got you and He’s never letting go….no matter what. Cling to his victorious right hand and ask Him to give you His strength. He will not let you fall – underneath are the everlasting arms. Praying for you right now….
      Bev xo

      • Thank you Bev! First time in a long time that I’ve been the one encouraged. So often I can dish out support or encouragement to others but have a hard time admitting when I feel like I’m @ my wits end as well as heeding my own advice . I read your comments daily & you are a remarkable woman. I appreciate you & am grateful for your reply

  7. What a blessing that a neighbor would care so much to literally show up at your doorstep to assure you the harvest always comes! Thank you, Jennifer, for figuratively showing up at mine! 🙂

  8. From a sister in Iowa – T h a n k Y o u !!! for this most timely knock on my door this morning. You have no idea how much I needed this message….

  9. Jennifer, of course, I recognized this poignant, hopeful story from your wonderful book, which I finished a week ago and could NOT put down!! This counsel is wonderful, too, and really speaks to me personally. I just read that Scripture yesterday, unexpectedly, not in the context of your book, and God is giving me hope to hang on after a very long blight of fruitlessness. I need to remember: Then comes the harvest . . . always. God finishes the good work He begins. That’s why! Honestly, I’ve never liked the man-made adage, “Let go and let God,” because it is incomplete, despite how easily it rolls from the tongue. You cite the example that it depends on what we are letting go. And surely, it is never hope. We must never let go of hope. I think too it is always appropriate to cling to God, through every harvest, through every blight, through every summer, through every winter. We never let go His hand. And here is the more crucial truth: Bottom line is that HE never lets go of us!!! Now there is something to cling to. I am praying sooo many women will read the wisdom in It’s All Under Control. It’s a special book (like its author! 🙂 ), and I know will bless them, their families, and friends. I hope they get lots of copies to share the Good News. God’s got their questions, doubts, concerns, and trials, because God’s got them and will never let them go!
    Love
    Lynn

  10. Jennifer,
    Visualizing the kind farmer standing there at your doorstep literally brought tears to my eyes. Thank-you for showing up and delivering such a special message.
    Have a blessed day all,
    Prnny

  11. Your message today is one I cannot get enough of. I am the person who says “let go and let God” as if it is the answer to all our troubles. But you are wise to show us that timing is everything and the result will always be fruitful. The harvest always comes. Love your book and you!

    • I’ve done the same thing, Mary, when — at a loss for words — I’ve tossed that phrase out. And there definitely are times of letting go, aren’t there? But just as often, I sense God saying to me, “Don’t you dare let go. Hang on tighter than ever before.”

  12. Jennifer this is a beautiful story and reminder to hang on. Jacob wrestled with God, hanging on for dear life until his blessing came, and sometimes we need to hang on tighter than we ever thought possible. Yes, the harvest always comes. It may not look as we’d hoped or planned, but it always comes.

    Thank you for sharing. I was right there with you looking the farmer in the eye as he delivered his important message.

    Niki

  13. Wow, okay.
    Your words were straight from Jesus, meant for my heart today! Thank you so much, Jennifer! I’m in a hang-on season right now, and even though I sometimes think it would be easier for me to let go of my dream, it doesn’t mean it’s the BEST. Thank you for sharing your story and for speaking life into hard places. Looks like I’ve got a new book to buy 😉

    Blessings to you and your family,
    Becky

  14. These words pierced my heart this morning and I sobbed! I lost my mom last April from cancer after being her primary care giver in another city for a year and a half. I came home to grieve, utterly exhausted and spent only to start having health problems. It has taken two months and tests and spending money we don’t have to figure it out. At the same time our small Mortgage business is struggling and I don’t know how we are going to hang on. My husband is working so hard all day, nights, and weekends. We need to sell our house of 18 yers and downsize but there is no time and little money to get it market ready to sell! Jennifer your words were balm to my soul! I’m holding onto those farmer’s wise words and our Lord’s… “The harvest will come if we don’t give up.”
    I ordered your book and Bible study to help me walk this season and trust God!
    Blessings!

  15. Hi Jennifer! Thank you for sharing this today. It’s so true, sometimes we just have to hang on tight to God’s promises and wait for His perfect timing. Waiting is hard but we will reap the rewards if we do not lose heart. Blessings to you!

    • Hi Gia! You can buy the It’s All Under Control Bible study on the retailer of your choice. So if you have a bookstore that you love, or maybe you prefer an online retailer, you can pick whichever you choose. 🙂

      • Jennifer and friends,
        Giving thanks to God for each of your sharing and witness. As my teenage grandson’s grieve the sudden loss of one of their best friends who chose to end his life, I have been made aware of the words ‘hang on’ and how disturbing this may be to potential readers and those of us who have been part of this tragedy.
        I even caught myself beginning to say that phrase and now choose to say ‘hold on’. It is a simple compassionate step.
        There is no one I’d rather hold onto…the hand of Jesus Christ!

  16. Sometimes I think “letting go and let God” is the same as hanging on. My wife and I have been through some tough times. This is when letting go and hanging onto God can be the same thing. And yes, tough times don’t last, but tough (seasoned) people do. God is always refining us. Sometimes gently, sometimes not. If we’re not always striving, then we’re drifting, and that isn’t good.

  17. What a blessing that couldn’t have possibly come at a better time. Thank you! I get to snuggle in after a very long day and dig in to the first three chapters of what looks like an amazing and perspective-changing read! Absolutely cannot wait!

  18. Jennifer,

    Jesus will not only meet us in our battles, but He will go through them with us. He is always right there to lend a hand. He will give us a harvest of good for our trials & hard work. I have a friend Jan going through breast cancer now. She has had many side effects of chemo. Going to start radiation next month. She is holding on to the only hope she has. Another friend is having work issues. Wanting to retire, but can’t afford to. She, too is holding on tightly. This world says do it on your own. God says let me help you. I know best how to get you through these trials. We all go through tough seasons. Some last longer than others. God will help you reap a harvest. Don’t give up or give in. Give it to Jesus. Keep clinging to His hands & listening for His voice.

    Blessings 🙂

  19. Awww, Jennifer. Can I just say that this is the second time this story brought tears to my eyes? The harvest always comes. With some of what our family is walking through, I need to cling to this truth. Our God strengthens us when we cling to Him and don’t give up. I’m holding tight to that reminder today.

  20. Jennifer this is so beautiful. It brought me to tears. The harvest will come… you have no idea how much I needed these words today. It speaks to the wounded place in my soul. That dark place that makes you just want to run away and hide from life. But the harvest will come. You’re an amazing author and I have been so blessed by your ministry over the years. Praise the Lord for blessing you with such a beautiful and powerful gift. I’m grateful.