At the End of a Hard Week: How to Find the Approval Your Heart Was Made For

May 23, 2014 | 2 comments


A Welcome to New Friends

Welcome! Some of you are dropping by for the first time today, coming from Ann Voskamp’s blog, where she graciously allowed me to tell a story today. It’s a pleasure to “meet” you! Pull up a chair…

I’m Jennifer Dukes Lee. I am a storyteller and a grace dweller, and I’ve been blogging about faith right here, since 2008.

My husband and I are raising crops, pigs, a herd of cats, and two humans on the Lee family farm in Iowa.

I wrote a book called Love Idol. It’s for any woman who needs to know that she has nothing to prove — that she’s “preapproved” in Christ.

I’m a journalist at heart. I used to cover crime, politics, and natural disasters as a news reporter for metropolitan daily newspapers. Now, I use my reporting skills to chase after the biggest story ever: the redemptive story of Christ. (That’s front-page news.) I cling to the hope of a cross, and I’m passionate about sharing the Good News through story. I believe in miracles; I am one. I marvel at God’s unrelenting grace for stumbling sinners like me, who have been made whole through Christ. I believe in scandalous grace, and that the cross is the most priceless and costly gift the world has ever seen. I believe that it really is all because of Jesus.

Along this journey, I love to tell the story. (‘Twill be my theme in glory!).

I am a writer for Dayspring’s (in)courage, and an editor at The High Calling. 

Most days, you’ll find me right here. And there’s always, always a spot at the table for you. Shall we connect on Twitter and Facebook?

If you’d like, you can subscribe to my posts, which will appear in your inbox three times a week. Subscribing is free. Subscribe by clicking here.

Hello to Old Friends

We’re hanging out at Ann Voskamp’s blog today. Ann has been a tremendous encouragement to me in the writing journey. Love Idol was born at a table in Texas, when Ann reached a hand across the table, and said to me: “Jennifer, when are you writing your book?” Ann is a farmer’s wife, a mother of six, a grace dweller … and  a New York Times bestselling author who is one of the most generous, humble and talented faith writers of our time.

Join us there… 

by | May 23, 2014 | 2 comments


  1. Andrea Shirey

    Jennifer, your post was raw and sacred. Healing words in the midst of the most gut-wrenching and sacred season of my life. Thank you for your ministry and your willingness to be obedient. You are a blessing.

  2. Jillie

    You & Lydia are certainly running the race, fighting the good fight, keeping the faith. And what a wonderful picture of the Father, in your father, waiting at the finish line, declaring you His Daughter! “Well done, good and faithful servant.” The words we ALL want to hear. What a wonderful post, Jennifer–encouragement to us all!


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