Category Archives: Snapshots from Julie’s Life

“Another day, another lesson of some kind. ”


Happy Birthday Mom!

Today would have been my mom’s 71st birthday. I love how God designed the genetic traits to keep our parents alive in us and in our children. Until I see her again, I am thankful that mom lives on in me (and my children). I just hope none of us ends up with 52 bras like she did…

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See You Soon, Papa

While some of the world is now celebrating the annual Festival of Lights (Hanukah), many of the rest of us are grieving the loss of a great light in our lives and in our world. On December 4, 2010, a bright light and love faded from this earth when M.A. Thomas—Papa—died in his native India homeland. For those of you who know me, you know about Papa. For those of you who don’t, Papa was an adoptive father to more than 15,000 orphaned and abandoned children in India since beginning his work with orphans in the 70s. Read this tribute and please consider how you might help to continue his legacy this Christmas season…

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I Did Not Kill My Grandmother

Last Sunday, as I sat by my grandmother’s bedside only an hour before she died, it was difficult watching her labored gasps and listening to her moans as she went through the death process. Not knowing how long this “birthing canal” would last, the mercy instinct arose in my heart, wishing I could “help” along the process and put her out of her misery. As you can imagine, this led to quite a conversation in my head…

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Granny’s Secret of Life!

“Granny,” as I fondly call her, responded to her sister’s expression of love before they hung up the phone, and I couldn’t help but marvel at the simple wisdom of the words coming from someone nearly a century old—someone who has experienced the gamut of life. From birth to death and everything in between, when all else is stripped away, it is ultimately one thing that impacts lives. Find out the answer…

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Meditating on the Hope of Resurrection

Beuatiful wild rose

Saturday marked the one-year point of losing mom. I couldn’t believe how quickly it went by. Read some of my latest thoughts on hope…

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The Old Me Wants Pizza…and Sin!

Yummy pizza slice

Interestingly, they say you often crave the foods you're allergic to (that's right all you chocoholics!). That's bad because you really want what doesn't want you. And when you end up eating whatever you're allergic to, it's like putting a little dose of poison in your body and, over time, it wears down your system. Hmmm. I feel a spiritual analogy coming on…

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