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. This is what I’m learning to do and reminding myself it’s okay to not always have it all together.

  2. This was so helpful Jennifer. And it’s nice to feel validated during those times I just sit and “be” because I don’t have it in me to deal with life or feelings. Yes, God help me.

  3. This is so comforting to me, as I have been in that dark room so many times. Trying so hard to pull myself together, for all those around me, who don’t understand my tears and my pain. But, God always understands and He is with me, catching all my tears and healing the hurts. Only God can perfect that which concerneth me.

  4. Your line, “Invite Jesus to come into the room WITH you — and let Him just hold you” was PERFECT, thank you!!

  5. Thank you, Jennifer! I am not in that dark place right now. But…when that day, those moments, that place comes, I will try to remember your words. And God’s words in the Psalms.

  6. I’ve found myself breaking down and crying, some people tell me to try to be strong but I don’t feel strong at all. My mom is in rehab after having a stroke, and I’m worried about so many things and wondering what God might want me to do… Thank you for this devotional, I will try to remember to ask God to be with me when I break down

    • Isn’t that something how people’s reaction is often to try to get us to “be strong?” When God says to us, “be weak, because my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

  7. Thank You Lord for sharing this uncertain time with me. Sometimes I have encouragement for others but I forget to encourage myself. Today I did my college course homework. It was not difficult after I located the template that my Professor wanted my class to use. It was time consuming and I was not trying to copy what had already been written. I was reading for comprehension and then I had to answer questions in my own words careful not to seem like I wanted to say what had been said already.

    If I had to go back to college, I would need prayer ! I haven’t been in college since May, 1980 and I am 64 years wise today. Smile.

    I don’t see how young people have time to go to a movie if they keep up with their reading assignments, projects, video previews, replies to other classmates on discussion questions and getting ready for the next quiz. Wow, that’s a lot !

    I can certainly see how I would need to just “rest my thinking” very often after homework.

    I’m sure I should take this advice more often being a wife, a mother, a friend and a daughter to my mother. It’s not that I don’t enjoy seeing everyone happy and well loved but my energy level is not the same as when my three girls were home. Sweet memories, they needed something and God helped me find a way. Thank You Lord for the Grace and Mercy You Showered on me to raise my children. Thank You Lord for the Blessing of strength to help my mother and my grandmother over the years. Thank You Lord for the Guidance You Gave me to work jobs when my supervisors did not seem to always appreciate hard work. Thank You Lord for Your Hand of Favor on my Life to learn about You in Sunday School and Church over these years. Well I will end this message saying Lord, I have not because I asked not, now I am asking You, the only One who can Give me Strength and Peace while doing the things I need to do, in Jesus name.


    God bless your steps.

    Your Sister in Christ

  8. Thank you for your post, which is such a great reminder of who we are in CHRIST. As believers, we often try to act strong and
    you,” got this” in our lives. What a treasure the Word of GOD is to help, guide, bless and empower us to look to the HOLY GOD
    of Israel, whether we are up or down. HE is the only one who sees me through my every day life, no matter what the situation is.
    I’m so thankful to the LORD for enabling me to read HIS Word, and trust HIM.

  9. Jennifer,

    Working in a hospital during Covid was hard. The community sent encouragement all the time. Our motto was “God’s got this”. It was our way of saying to each other you don’t have to have it all together. My advice for anyone going through a dark or hard time would be to cry out to God, ask the hard questions, take a nap & just be still & know that I am God.

    Blessings 🙂