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Find the Power You Need for a Chaotic Life by Being Anchored In (& a book review)

When my daughter was little, her  “after school” future seemed far away. Not so anymore. We’re likely within a half year of that future being her present (although she “graduated” with her class last year, she is still attending classes).

Posted in Book review, Christian walk, Daily Living, Disability/Special Needs, Rachel, surrender

Put Down the Bonds: Jesus Came To Set You Free! #AdventReflections

I have a tendency to imprison myself—to become shackled by my own expectations. I tie my worth to my accomplishments. I attach my holiness and righteousness to my outward actions. I align my happiness with my situation.  Be Free It’s one reason I

Posted in Advent Reflections, Freedom, surrender

Everyday Praise Book Release Day! (What Success Looks Like)

It’s book release day! If you haven’t heard yet, today I launched my first book into the big, wide world. It’s a small, image-rich devotional called Everyday Praise: Walking in Greater Peace.  I Didn’t Want To Self-Publish Can I be honest

Posted in book release, Christian walk, Everyday Praise, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, surrender, Uncategorized

How To Find the Best Plan for Your Life

Whether He’s asking us to act or to wait, God always has the best plan for our lives. Sometimes God Asks Us to Act It came unbidden: a request I didn’t want to follow. Yet, I couldn’t deny the Holy

Posted in Everyday Praise, surrender

God’s Answer to Life’s Messes (it may catch you off guard)

There’s still time to join the launch team for upcoming release, Everyday Praise: Walking in Greater Peace! This short image-based devotional expounds on the power of praise and encourages praise as a daily habit. Click here to join my team!  I spent a roller coaster day preparing the

Posted in Peace, surrender

When Your Child Graduates (for parents, graduates, and my son)

It’s difficult to let our graduates go. Yet we can confidently release them, knowing God has them in His care. I’m now officially a mom of a college graduate! At the risk of sounding cliche, where has the time gone?

Posted in One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Parenting, surrender

When You Are Longing for More in this Life (#ComeWithMe book review and #giveaway)

Who doesn’t have a longing for more in this life? There’s an ache that lies deep in each of us, begging for more. But more of what? More of what this world offers will not satisfy. The only salve that will

Posted in Book review, Faith, giveaway, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, surrender, Uncategorized

When the Unexpected Is Breaking You

God often uses the unexpected and the unwanted to bring about the best in our lives. But it requires us to let go first. Let go of our expectations. Let go of our perceptions. Let go of our perceived control. And

Posted in Daily Living, Disability/Special Needs, Struggles, Suffering, surrender, trust

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

The Most Important Lesson I Learned in the Hard Times

In the most difficult times in my life, I learned the most important lesson of my life: I am too weak to do life without God. The Problem We have a problem in the United States. Actually this problem is

Posted in surrender, trust

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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).

May the posts and pages on this site offer you a measure of peace and encouragement.

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