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 love this. At the end of the day, we only need to be concerned of the opinion of One. When I’m making a change, I try to think of Jesus and how He never stayed still. Thanks for this reminder 🙂

  2. I appreciate this more than you can imagine. I finally made a change after I found myself in therapy because I was not happy and struggling. So, I packed up and moved. I got some pushback but it has worked. Sort of! While I am delighted to be back among familiar places and people, I am still finding my way back to that peace I so yearn for. But I know it was the right move and that it was God’s whisper that gave me the strength to do this. I am active again in my church where I finally feel like I am following what God wants me to do.

    • Oh Madeline … I am so happy for you, so proud of you for making these big life changes and choosing things that bring you health and wholeness. And I get the “sort of” comment. Because even when we make changes, it doesn’t all end up with sunshine and roses. There are still things to work through, but it seems to me like you are making all kinds of healthy choices! God bless you!

  3. Thank you for sharing. This ministers to my soul today. Life can bring moments when you just don’t know. At that moment I have been blessed by your devotional. Again thanks for sharing. God bless you and your ministry.

  4. Jennifer…
    Thank you for this post. I feel like it was sent from heaven. I’ve been waiting on God to show me His will for me since my husband’s death January 1st. What spoke to me was your statement, “I have permission to start over.” It doesn’t mean giving up, but prioritizing what truly matters—and for me that is God’s will for me at this point in my life. I’m 75 and giving myself permission to start over whatever that looks like.

    • Hi Brenda, Thanks so much for sharing your heart with me. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I am sure this year has been difficult and disorienting, and as you begin again, at this point of your life, I am praying for beautiful new beginnings. xo

  5. Oh Jennifer!
    I earnestly prayed the scriptures back to God that you shared! My husband and I are recently retired and moved a year ago south from a lifetime in New England. We’re so unhappy here. We want to go back ‘home’ I say this loosely of course. But housing is beyond our financial reach in New England. We need a miracle! Our family is all back in New England. Please pray for housing for us. God loves the start over! I so enjoy your posts and am thrilled when you come into my inbox.
    Thank you for being brave and starting over. You’re an inspiration Jennifer.

  6. ohhhhhh I needed this “permission slip” I’m really good at beating myself up when “my choice” to change is in the works!
    Thank you \0/
    Thank you \0/

  7. Jennifer, thank you so much for your post today. I have had back surgery and now am walking again slowly after 6 weeks. This is a new beginning for me! I will be able to walk without pain. My prayers are for a new beginning when I am back to my church. Things I couldn’t do before. Thank you.

  8. Thank you for this piece! God used it to confirm the changes He is calling me to make in my life. God bless you!

  9. Jennifer,

    Society is always trying to tell us that things should be done at certain ages. Trouble is God made each of us unique with varying talents & capabilities. Who is to say that one can’t start a new business in their 50s or do something else later in life? “Let’s normalize boundaries. Starting over doesn’t mean giving up; it means prioritizing what truly matters.” Life is all about living for God & being content with where you are. Great post!

    Blessings 🙂