May 5, 2021
This week on Real Talk with Rachael I'm talking with author
Jennifer Dukes Lee about her new book Growing Slow: Lessons on
Un-Hurrying Your Heart from an Accidental Farm Girl.
Jennifer lives on the fifth-generation Lee family farm in Iowa,
where she and her husband are raising crops, pigs, and two
beautiful humans. She writes books, loves queso, and enjoys singing
too loudly to songs with great harmony. Once upon a time, she
didn't believe in Jesus; now he's her CEO.
Key Points from Our Conversation:
- Jennifer has lived a life of "go big or go home," but the
problem was more than what was on her calendar, it was her hurried
heart. A change in her physical condition required a mindset shift.
Once she embraced the mindset, growing slow became her
- We don’t always cheer people who grow slow, but overnight
success is a myth.
- Seeing life through the lens of a farmer changed Jennifer's
understanding of what it means to grow slow. She paid attention to
what God was doing in different seasons.
- We get distracted with upward growth, but what will anchor us
through drought and storms are our deep roots.
- We'd like to stay in the three phases of planting, growth, and
harvest, but we all experience winters of the soul. We weren’t
designed to grow all the time. Winter is important to the land and
it makes it better in the spring. We should allow winter to do its
work in us, too.
- 2020 has been a season of prolonged winter. Before we jump back
into a season of growth, we should consider what this winter has
- Growing slow forces buried issues to the surface much like the
winter forces rocks to the surface of fields. What if we allowed
winter to do the work in us, lifting the burdens that we carry and
then allow God to "pick rock" from our lives?
- We treat time as an enemy, but God and time are friends. We’re
not falling behind, we just don’t see it the way God does. We
constantly run toward new milestones, but never enjoy what's
already growing. Validate the small things that are growing where
God has placed you.
- “Hurry hangs around your heart." There aren’t easy steps to
growing slow - it’s a mindset shift that takes time to work its way
to the roots.
- Sustainable agriculture makes the land beneficial for
generations. We can be sustainable people by thinking longer-term
about how we are impacting future generations. It's the little
things we do as parents that help establish deep roots for our
- It can seem impossible to grow slow, but you can slow down
without losing your edge. Growing slow eliminates multitasking and
helps you laser focus on your priorities.
3 Practical Steps to Enjoy the Season You're In:
- Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier and set the tone of your
- Stop checking the phone when you're away from work or in the
middle of activities. Knowing about what you need to do when you
are unable to do it creates a hurried mind.
- Embrace the concept of the slow food movement by eating mindfully, giving your
brain time to tell your body you’re full and enjoy the process of
Growing Slow Bible Study Videos,
Guided Journal and Growth Tracker, and Bible Study Guide Session
Let’s Get Real Practical:
If possible, start by downloading Jennifer's printables mentioned in this
episode. What did God bring up today that He wants to move out
of your heart? Write it down.
You can mail your "rock" to Jennifer at PO BOX 327 Inwood, Iowa,
51240, and/or take a screenshot and send it to me on Instagram so that we can pray over
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