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The One Reason We Can Face an Overwhelming Future Without Being Overcome #AdventReflections

My friend and I struggle with looking too far into our daughters’ futures. It can be frightening. She because her sweet Taylor has been given a shortened expected lifespan. Me because my sweet Rachel may well live a half century

Posted in Advent Reflections, Grace, Jesus Christ, Rachel

When Our Dreams Seem Too Big (live fully)

Sometimes the dreams God’s laid on our hearts seem too big to ever be possible. It’s then we know we’re walking by sight, not faith. I’ve learned much from raising a child who has significant disabilities. One lesson that stands out is don’t

Posted in Christian walk, Grace, Perspective, Purpose, Rachel

Sometimes We Need to See Differently (like these high school students did)

Sometimes appreciation only comes when we choose to see differently. Although my daughter is 18 years old, she speaks with the aid of an iPad. Rachel cannot tie her own shoes or completely dress herself. She has been diagnosed with significant intellectual

Posted in Disability/Special Needs, God, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Perspective, Rachel

When the Burden You’re Asked to Carry Is Far Too Heavy

Sometimes we’re tasked with carrying a burden too heavy to lift. It’s in those impossible assignments where we discover we’re not alone. Impossible Burden When God asked me to take on the job of parenting a child with special needs, I felt inadequate

Posted in Faith, Rachel, Struggles, Suffering, trust

The Key to Loving Well (out of the life of babes)

“Out of the mouths of babes…” is an idiom uttered when a child says something particularly astute and wise. Well I say, “out of the life of babes…,” because out of my children’s lives I’ve learned so many valuable lessons! Especially

Posted in love, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Rachel, Relationship

When You Feel Helpless (the beginning of healing and strength)

Getting to the end of “me” allows for the beginning of deep healing and supernatural strength. Doing It All From the very first diagnosis of a cleft palate on the day Rachel was born nearly 18 years ago, My husband and I

Posted in Hope, Rachel, Receive, Struggles, surrender, Weakness

Two Little Words to Utter as You Grow Weary

Sometimes weariness builds over a long day or string of days. Sometimes weariness hits quickly, coming unexpectedly.  The only thing certain is that it will come. We All Grow Weary We will all have moments we aren’t certain we can get through.

Posted in Brokenness, Daily Living, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Rachel, Rest, Struggles, Suffering

The Truth about Pain and Redemption from My Daughter’s Parched Lips

We often shy away from what’s ultimately best for us because the process to get there hurts too much. But when we power through the pain, we discover healing and growth. Before Rachel turned a year old, she underwent surgery to

Posted in Multitude Mondays, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Rachel, Redemption, Suffering

Celebrating Every Life (because every life matters)

This lovely song and video touched me deeply, stirring up emotions that rest dormant in my dailiness. Through tears of tenderness, I’m sharing this video with all of you who love someone who has special needs. And to you, Rachel:

Posted in Blessings, Disability/Special Needs, Life, Rachel, Worth

You May Not Be a Beauty Queen, but Shed the Mask Anyway

One of the things I absolutely love about my daughter is her authenticity. With Rachel, you get what you see. There is nothing false about her. There is no pretense. There is no mask. When she likes something, you know it. When

Posted in Authenticity, Daily Living, Rachel

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Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's BLESSINGS to get lost in its HAPPENINGS. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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