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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. Jennifer,

    The first time I went to a bootcamp and the instructor told us to do burpees, I said, “What’s a furbie?” Bless…the class chimed in together, “BURPEE!” and I knew I had a lot of learning to do :).

    Today’s devo is so good! I love the idea of “resourced faith,” storing up today what we’ll NEED tomorrow. My future AND present self thanks you for this encouragement <3.

  2. Hahahahah I’m building both…at least I’m trying.
    Thank you God for all the amazing coaches, in muscle and faith, you have put in my life \0/

  3. Jennifer tank you for this message. I don’t do exercises or go to the gym. People say exercise is good for you. You may not feel the benefits of it now
    When older it stands to you they say. I don’t know if that true or not. But I get enough exercise do my Dad’s Home he is 83. Needs alot help doing his. Home to keep it tidy. As can’t do for himself. But I know with me suffering from seizures don’t take them every day. God’s doesn’t make me do more than I can each day. God when I do my Dad’s Home Monday to Friday for my Dad. Gives me the strength to do. I do on to the Love of the Lord and the Love of my Dad. It can be hard work at times. But as I said God gives me the strength to go and spend time with my Dad while I do his House. Then take time to rest when get Home. But before I go to do my Dad’s. I go with my Husband to his work. It cleaning job he does. It easy for me to get out when he is cleaning. To say my prayers most of them before it’s time to go my Dad’s to do his House. What I don’t get said I say the rest after my Dad’s. But before I go with my Husband to work I read the Bible. So God is not being left out. As if I don’t do that. I feel bad that I have left God out. Especially when he wakes me up to enjoy another day in his beautiful world. Has my Husband watching me every day. So as I don’t get hurt when I take a seizure. Mine I get no warning with them. So can’t be left alone. So I thankful for God not making me do anything I can’t do. Only what I can do. I feel good having said some of my prayers when with my Husband when he working. Even if I don’t the rest said that day because of a seizure if taken one. So God doesn’t make me do anything I can’t cope with. For that I am very thankful.
    Thank you for today reading Love it. Keeping you all in prayer at incourage. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little Enniskillen Co.Fermanagh N.Ireland xx

  4. Jennifer-We’re about the same age because I exercise for the same reasons. I just want to stay healthy for my grandchildren and I don’t want to scare people away in my bathing suit. Just kidding but all in good humor. Thank you for sharing!

  5. “like the best kind of coach, God will meet you where you are, and help you build your faith muscle from there.” reading what you wrote made this verse come to mind. “even there YOUR hand will guide me, and YOUR strength will support me.” (psa 139:10 nlt)
    times when i have no idea what’s going on, don’t know what’s next, don’t know how/when/where, or any number of anxieties/unsureties, in His kindness He reminds me that even THERE (whatever or wherever there is) He will meet me, guide me, and strengthen me.

    you’re absolutely right! He is the best coach and trainer there is! thank you for the reminder!

  6. Bahahaha, this is so good!!! It all matters—the unseen rhythms that makes us more alive, physically and spiritually. Thanks for this perspective!

  7. I’m finding this to be so true right now. In the middle of a crisis, we don’t have time to spend hours in His Word, so His Spirit graciously reminds us of all we have learned. When we’re confused and find it hard to form a prayer, His Spirit intercedes for us and interprets our groans.

    I’m so grateful for the time spent in God’s boot camp now that I’m in the trenches.

    He is faithful!

    Thank you for your wise and clever words, Jennifer.


  8. I remember some exercise when I was in the Air Force boot camp last century. I was much younger then but didn’t do much exercise even when out of school. Interesting word!! hahahaha! I need to some exercise but don’t always do it and I should due to help me stay strong and not tired. I am grateful that God is with us and thankful to remember things I had in years past that He’s helped us through. Writing notes from sermons and class to read later and remember life can be faithful and blessed every day. Reading the Bible helps as well including Bible studies. Thanks for what you shared to encourage us in life!! Hugs and blessings, Becky

  9. What a joyful read. It made me laugh! No burpees, that’s right. Let’s stay in shape with God’s word. Loving this! Thank you!

  10. Jennifer,

    I, too exercise to stay healthy. My resource of faith is being cultivated. I have taken sermon notes-even from TV preachers, memorized scripture, done multiple Bible studies, read Bible daily. Need to be strong in my faith when trials come-especially at the end. It must be working cause I talk to my patients & most appreciate my prayers & encouragement.

    Blessings 🙂

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