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. We are taking care of our 2 grandkids for a week. They. live in
    Switzerland. Their parents are in Bolivia looking for a city. housing, and schools for the children. They will move to Bolivia in July. The children have been sick since their parents left.
    They are cranky and fragile right now. I needed your message
    about “barely”. I am so tired, yet I am barely able to function
    today. I can whisper my prayers barely to God today. Thanks for your words.

  2. Thank you for your beautiful post and vulnerability. I think we need to be real and honest in our journeys and know that sometimes barely is enough! So thankful God has promised He will never leave us and that His grace is enough! Amen.❤️

  3. Jennifer, this is so relatable. Not only have I experienced many seasons of barely, but I also love your example of being honest with a friend and how God uses others to speak truth and encouragement into our weary souls. Just beautiful.

  4. Jennifer THANK YOU! Both my husband and I needed this message & encouragement in our current season!

  5. My husband of almost 42 years passed away 2 1/2 months ago. I am living in the barely time of my life right now. Thank you for encouraging words that let me understand God is in the barely times too.

  6. This has helped me today to remind myself barely is enough ❤️
    My life has been a whirlwind for a while. And then A week ago today my husband collapsed at work, he had a blood clot on his brain which resulted in a stroke. We are still in the hospital. Life has hit me from all areas but my faith continues to stand strong. As for me I feel like I’m mentally barely hanging on but you reminded me that barely is enough ❤️

  7. Barely is a perfect way to describe the season that I am in. My husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer 6 weeks ago. It has been a whirlwind of doctors appointments, scans and tests. I am barely holding on. He just finished the first week of radiation and chemo treatments. Four more weeks to go. There will be surgery and recovery bringing us to the end of September. Trying to take one appointment and one day at a time. Thank you for this post ❤️

  8. Thank you, Jennifer, I am there right now, and it hard to believe that it will ever be better. Trying to find peace in the barely. Thank you for letting me know that its alright to be there.

  9. Abundant thanks for including an audio of this!

    A health set back that LIMITS my screen time has me in a barely season.

    God reminds me about daily bread….not weekly supply of bread (or a day’s worth of a well-stocked bakery 😉 !)

    Keep speaking life into a sometimes-dark world,
    Christina M. Eder
    Conference Speaker, Grief Support Coach, Greeting Card writer

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