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. Jennifer,
    I love this post because I was one of those eager beavers sitting in the audience that day and you did, indeed, offer hope to those who felt too small…too insignificant. God, however, does not give us the big picture with regard to what and when. He promises to be a lamp unto our feet as we take each small step in faith. If we knew all the answers then that would make us equal to God, which we are not. Trust the Timekeeper. Trust Love’s Heart for us. He knows the desires of our hearts and He will answer in His way in His Timing and, even if the answer isn’t what we expected, we can rest assured that He will be with us. Love your stories!
    Bev xo

  2. About God’s timing and God’s plan for the future, Elisabeth Elliot used to say (with characteristic bluntness), “That’s none of your business,” and yet I do find myself poking my nose into the unseen more often than I should. Thanks for this redirection toward “now” thinking.
    Smiling big over your story’s ending, and grateful for your offering of hope.

  3. This post is very true. If God wants it to happen. It will! It is definitely His timeline. I was in the same position as you Jennifer. I had attended three years of writers conferences and had interviews with agents and publishers. Last January I decided to put my book on hold and be a contributing author in other books. One month later I got an email from my publisher. I was in shock. I cried all weekend because I knew it was God who opened the door. July 2019 my book, “The Joy Box Journal” will be released with Hachette. As I wrote I would pray and say God this is yours. Allow me to be the tool to share what You have put on my heart. The journal has stories and thoughts about finding joy even during the tough times. I love to encourage people by telling them when it is God’s timing hang on for the ride. It will be unexpected and exciting!

    • I love the title of your book! It sounds interesting. I’ll watch for it and I hope it sells a bajillion copies!

    • This post is so encouraging. Thank you, Jennifer. I just shared your January post on the Rise Up Writers page and I’ll be sharing this one with the community as well. I was feeling that discouragement yesterday. I cried out and asked God for some sign I should continue. It felt silly and weak to do so. Then I remembered my commitment to surrender every bit of my writing work. He was so sweet to show me a sign anyway. Several actually.

      I’m glad your books got published and look forward to more. 🙂

  4. Thank you so much for this. It’s one thing to timidly believe God called me to something He’s confirmed over and over, but then to struggle and be fruitless still tempts me to forget those confirmations. I had never thought about it this way before, but it’s true and gives me such hope. Thank you, and God bless.

  5. By way of encouragement a PS:
    “The LORD’S love never ends; His mercies never stop. They are new every morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23.
    Thank you for this posts reminders that no matter what comes God is bigger, more powerful, and able save, heal, restore. HIS WILL, HIS WAY, HIS TIME.

  6. “You don’t get to know the time, but you do know the Keeper of the Clock”…I love this! After submitting a book proposal to several publishers a few years ago I had to get to the point of praying “Lord, even if the only heart this message touches is the heart of the gal who opens up the mail in the publisher’s office, this message is Yours and will have served its purpose”. Of course I want to reach a broader audience with the messages He has placed in my heart, but the more I can put it back at His feet, the less anxious I feel. So I just keep writing. And doing the next right thing that I can. I know that the Keeper of the Clock has my best interest in mind and wouldn’t put a desire in my heart just to tease. He’s not like that. And so thank you Jen for the encouragement to keep my eyes not on the time frame, but on the One who created time.

  7. As I sit here dreaming of my “what’s next,” thank you for reminding me of the Keeper of the Clock. I needed this encouragement desperately today. God bless!

    • Hey Faith! So sorry it took a bit of time to hop over here and let you know that WE SEE YOU. I’ve been in that place so often too — feeling small and insignificant. May God show you how truly special you are!

  8. At the end of chapter nine in Run with the Horses (about Jeremiah), Eugene Peterson wrote: “There is only one thing needful. And there is only today in which to do it. Do it. Then do it again. And again. Persistently” (p. 117). I wondered, Do these words apply to my writing, Lord? I turned the page to read the title of chapter ten: “Get a Scroll and Write.” It felt like a message straight from heaven’s throne room, right into my heart. Maybe I’m not writing on scrolls (although we do scroll down on our computer screens, don’t we), but this bit of affirmation as well as others keep me persisting. I do want His will for my writing, His way, in His time–even if the audience is small. Thank you, Jennifer, for your precious encouragement!

  9. I am better because I know you and your words through your books. You have a beautiful way of drawing me into your story and encouraging me to know God has the perfect timing for me in his great, big plan.

    Thank you for cheering me on and believing in me enough to carry on #TellHisStory.

    • Mary, I was just thinking about you today. And then the other day, I saw that Emily Freeman had tagged you in one of her IG stories! You are making an impact. So grateful that God crossed our paths.

  10. Oh Jennifer what. a. post- Thank you so very much. I’m not a writer but I am following God’s plan and Wow has He blessed me. Now USA time for writing my report and as I have been looking at opportunities and jobs working in peace but based where I live it seems hopeless at times. Working remotely would be the key BUT I don’t know what God has planned but I know Him and we’ll thats all that matters. I resonated with all the doubts you laid out….But your right, His Will, His solan and in His good timing!!

  11. This was so timely! God has laid an idea for a book on my heart. Currently I have all the doubts hitting full force. I have never done this. I am not great at all the grammar and sentence structure concepts. There are already books that have addressed this topic.

    Yet I know that God has called me to it. If I was equipped, He wouldn’t be able to truly guide me. This is definitely scary.

  12. Jennifer,

    We are an impatient bunch of humans down here. We want to know exactly when things will happen. Waiting is no fun for us. Like you said even the disciples asked when will things happen. Matthew 24:33 states: But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” In other words be patient & trust me with the plans I have for you. Keep on doing what you’re doing & in God’s perfect timing it will come to pass. None of us likes to wait-me especially. I have found that waiting on God is best. Only then do we receive His best for us. We are ready to receive the gift & do the work. God expects us to trust Him completely no matter what!!

    Blessings 🙂

    P.S. Congrats on the books!!

  13. Thank you for saying exactly what a million of us God-called writer girls needed to hear: “…your size doesn’t nullify your calling.” That is some straight-up truth. Rejections are stepping stones on the journey to our destiny. Sometimes those rejections feel more like closed doors that make us want to quit. But if everybody quit, there would be no more lovely books to bring hope and meet needs. And we just can’t have that, can we? You are a blessing and an inspiration. Thank you again, Jennifer, for verbalizing the truth that we are not alone and the world needs our voice. Blessed to be a hope*writer with you.

  14. Thank you so very much for sharing this. I’m saving for inspiration as I send yet another agent email and don’t hear anything back. 🙂