Author Archives: Julia

About Julia

Welcome! I'm so glad you stopped by. My name is Julia. I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a teacher, and most recently, a writer. Above all, I am a daughter of the King. I am constantly amazed at God's goodness in my life; undeserved and unlimited. Come sit and visit awhile. The teapot's always on the stove.

The Business of Grief

My uncle passed away the other day, quietly slipping from this life surrounded by the people who loved him most. I was not there. It’s not that I didn’t love him, I did, but that time, when breath is labored … Continue reading

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Celebrate the Creation Cycle: A Poem for Easter

The barrenness of winter Gives way to the bursting blooms of spring. Twisted, gnarled branches Stretch out their arms For the new season of verdant shade, Protecting birds, squirrels, and me. Bulbs and roots awake from their sleep, Revealing stems, … Continue reading

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Lazarus: Dying to Live

Recently, I finished reading through the gospels. Someday I may write highlights of the many lessons I learned from that study, but for now I will share just this one. Not too long ago, I shared it with a friend … Continue reading

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On My Birthday, or, Angel on Constitution Avenue

In February, 2016, our family rented the second floor of a row house one block from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. We spent a wonderful few days exploring museums, monuments, and landmarks, but our most precious moment was an … Continue reading

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Ugh, Chores!

Chores. The word falls with a clunk from the tongue. It is neither romantic nor poetic. When we describe something as a chore, we say it with deep, heavy sighs and dramatic eye rolling. “Oh, that was such a┬áchore.” The … Continue reading

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Blowing Bubbles

  Blowing bubbles: chasing troubles False humility: self idolatry   Floating on the wind, circle back again Time has taken hope forsaken   Bursting bubbles: healing troubles True humility: solidarity   Facing in the wind, forward without end Christ awakens … Continue reading

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Draw Deeply

  Draw a drink of water Deeply from the well Wayward woman sitting At the gates of Hell.   Living Water quenches What pleasure never can Filling up her emptiness In the arms of men.   Judge not others harshly … Continue reading

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Broken Glass

  Shattered, broken life pieces Scattered on the floor Usefulness is ended Beautiful no more.   Shards of glass, sharp edges Gathered up cut deep Vibrant colors dirt-dulled My soul no more to keep.   Shattered, broken life pieces Scattered … Continue reading

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Real Simple

Standing in line at the grocery store, I did my best to avert my eyes from pictures of scantily clad women and gossipy headlines. Thanking God for my ordinary, unnews-worthy life, my wandering gaze finally landed on a picture of … Continue reading

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Common Tragedies

I wrote this post over a year ago, after the tragic events that occurred at an elementary school in Connecticut. I am not really sure why I haven’t posted it before, but I have been reflecting a lot on loss … Continue reading

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