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 read Jennifer’s GROWING SLOW book a few years ago, & it has made a difference in my life! “Slow” was part of my phrase for the year immediately following. This next year the concept will emerge again as I contemplate “Margin”.

    • Good morning, Sharon! I love hearing that you’ve read Growing Slow, and that it made an impact on you. I, too, had “slow” as my word, in 2019 or 2020, I believe. 2020 was definitely a slowed-down year, wasn’t it? Oof. I love your word for this coming year: Margin. Merry Christmas!

  2. God has shown me year after year how amazing He is, and that He will take care of Christmas…if we let Him. <3
    Merry CHRISTmas, A

  3. Thank you so much for this! I was just complaining to my husband last night how there was so much to do and so little time. I had already decided to not double the batch of the cookies I so love baking. That already made a difference as I enjoyed the process instead of wishing that the cookie dough in that bowl would decrease a lot faster! Now I need to take your advice and apply it to the rest of my Christmas preparations.

    • I’m glad these words came at the right time for you. I understand what you’re feeling, and even though I have added some slow-down practices into my Christmas traditions, it’s easy to get caught back into rushing and preparing, and it’s likely because we are really interested in making Christmas special for those we love. I’ll bet that’s the case with you! May you feel God’s peace with you as you prepare to love on your family and friends, and may you also sense God’s LOVE for you. xox

  4. I loved this! And this is my aim also! To slow down and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas! So much of Jesus being the Reason for the Season has been obliterated by commercialism!
    Blessings for a Merry CHRIST-Day!

  5. I really like taking it easy. Sometimes I feel a little guilty about it though. I don’t have the same energy and mobility in my knees and joints that I had ten years ago. This is a peaceful time for me. All my Girls have meaningful jobs. My youngest daughter has a different job since October 10th of this year and she seems to be smiling in her voice and text messages about work when she shares things with me.

    As this year has come to a closure, we must remember the pros and cons of what has occurred this year.

    My heart feels so much lighter and I can smile a lot easier than in quite a while. I’m Praying for my husband’s drink route to do really well as this next quarter is about to start.

    I sure do thank You Lord for helping me bring all my bills current. I’m so grateful about no extra phone calls or asking for a payment plan, again.

    I’m so pleased to take it easy every day because it’s my choice. God doesn’t choose our schedules, we do that ourselves. 2024 is knocking on my door, who will set my pace, I ask the Holy Spirit to remind me to listen to His prompts and cues from day to day. That means I have to give others what I want for myself. Grace and Mercy are just what we all need. Of course, Guidance and Wisdom from God is Top Priority.

    Let’s be kind to one another and let’s make extra time to listen better to each other. We all grew up with different opinions and traditions. It can work if we share our values and our differences.

    Merry Christmas !


  6. “The pace of grace – instead of a race.” LOVE this line especially! Thank you for all you teach us about stilling our hearts even when our hands are busy.

  7. Jennifer,

    Loved this post! So often we want the perfect Hallmark-esque Christmas. All God wants for us is to enjoy His birthday. Celebrate the fact that your Savior was born to give you eternal life. Lysa Terkeurst said it best in her book Your Best yes “saying yes to everyone & everything won’t make you wonder woman. It will make you a worn out woman with nothing left to give,”

    Loved the line ““The little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.”. He was a human baby. Think about Silent Night. It surely wasn’t silent with all the animals making noises & baby Jesus crying. We need to slow down our Christmas to ponder these things like Mary did.

    Blessings 🙂