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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.

    • Kim,

      Abba Father please give Kim strength to carry on with her grand children. Bring about healing to their little bodies. Assist & guide the parents to find just the right place in Bolivia. Give everyone rest, comfort & peace. AMEN

  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 ❤️

    • Linda,

      Jesus come near to Linda & her husband. Give them the strength & courage they need to carry on. Guide her steps as she makes appointments. Send them bushels of peace & comfort as they travel this journey. AMEN

  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

  10. I am going through a season of barely right now. I had a barely noticeable amputation of my left pinky toe and a barely noticeable slice removed from the side of my left foot. Emotionally, I barely made it through. although physically I was/am fine. I find that no one in my family understands at all. The first night I got home from the hospital (I was supposed to stay off my foot), my husband said “Well, what’s for dinner?” And so it has been since then. Everyone says they will help. My younger daughter gave us meals for diabetics and came up and did my laundry, Put my hang to dry shirts in the dryer. If I say I am sad, no one wants to hear it, They say I should be glad, yes you heard me, it wasn’t worse. Might I add this was a doctor’s error, not mine. I wish someone would just understand my barely and love me, barely.

    • Linda,

      God please send compassion to Linda’s family. Help them to understand her grief & pain. Shower her with love & comfort. Guide the family to understand that she needs some help. Put a friend or someone in her life to shower her with the love she truly needs. In Jesus Name!

  11. Stephanie,

    Barely is enough!! God doesn’t expect or want us to strive, pretend or perform more. Time to take off masks & be real. People are in seasons of barely with trials all around them. Jesus understands all to well. Simply sit there & whisper breath prayers of God help me. Asking God to send the needed rest & assistance to everyone in their barely season.

    Blessings 🙂

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