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  1. Suzee
    July 17, 2017 @ 9:28 am

    Thank you. I really needed to hear this today. God bless you.

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    • Julie
      July 17, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

      Thank you. That’s good news. And God bless you, friend!

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  2. laura
    July 17, 2017 @ 9:39 am

    My middle child heads to college this fall.It’s starting to hit us. He is ready which makes the transition easier. xo laura

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    • Julie
      July 17, 2017 @ 3:01 pm

      I can relate. It’s a great phase of life, truly! Praying for you!

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  3. Amanda
    July 17, 2017 @ 9:52 am

    Thank you for your openness and also your encouragement!

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    • Julie
      July 17, 2017 @ 3:02 pm

      You’re welcome. And thank you for yours!

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  4. E Aelterman
    July 17, 2017 @ 11:06 am

    Thank you for sharing!

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    • Julie
      July 17, 2017 @ 3:02 pm

      You’re welcome!

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  5. Sylvia Frazier
    July 17, 2017 @ 12:18 pm

    Julie, Thank you for sharing your innermost and private thoughts regarding change. Changes in our lives and our plans that can shatter us if we didn’t believe we have a source of loving strength that we can reach through prayer. God has the very best plan for us if we are willing to turn it all over to Him. You are a strong christian and you have shared your thoughts in a very transparent manner. You are such a blessing to me and knowing you from a young girl to the present fills me with pride. As you know my Dad and your Dad,my pastor,went to heaven within a month of one another. It has been the most difficult change in my life to confront me. Even when we know change is on the horizon when our heart is broken we can’t accept the reality. Like you said although we are hurting we have the inner peace that God promises to His children. Friends move, children go to college and move to other states most often,people we love pass on to heaven, and as in our situation retirement plans are changed by various circumstances.We make plans for our future but God has the ultimate plan. In all of this we all survive and thrive because we know that God is not surprised by anything;God orchestrates our lives. Our part is to play the instrument He has given us to the best of our ability.You do this so well! Thank you for being in tune to God and for sharing His loving ways with all who know you persoanlly and through your blog world. Until the Lord comes….keep up the work God has given you to do. We love you and your family.

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    • Julie
      July 17, 2017 @ 3:05 pm

      It’s been such a difficult path in some ways, hasn’t it? You’ve been through a lot of loss yourself. Thank you for always being an encouragement to me from the first moments I knew you. This means a lot to me!

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  6. Danie
    July 17, 2017 @ 12:20 pm

    Well, I think I was the person (coffee mug in hand) who needed this today
    Thank you for your transparency! God has used your blog a few times in my life come to think of it. Praying for you today!

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    • Julie
      July 17, 2017 @ 3:05 pm

      This is so sweet. Thank you!!

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  7. Emma
    July 17, 2017 @ 3:05 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this chapter of your journey. As we all know, change is seldom easy and many are heartbreaking. But thanks be to our glorious God, He will carry us through the tunnel of darkness to the light. May the peace of Christ be with you.

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    • Julie
      July 17, 2017 @ 6:17 pm

      Thank you for these kind words! An encouragement to me!

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  8. Tammy Jordan
    July 17, 2017 @ 3:48 pm

    Julie,
    I’m going through changes also. I’m pregnant after 17 years and after adopting our daughter Sawyer. Things are always changeing for me moving all the time but what I realize is that God is always with me. It is sad to here that Denise has moved away. You both were so sweet to Dave and I when we were going to Temple Baptist. Your blog is great!

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    • Julie
      July 17, 2017 @ 6:19 pm

      Thanks, Tammy! Wow– changes for you for sure! But how exciting as well. Thanks for your kind words! Nice to hear from you 🙂

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  9. Jennibell
    July 17, 2017 @ 8:07 pm

    Well-timed. Thank you for sharing your ❤️
    If I had written out what I thought my life would look like on July 17, 2017 one year ago….this would not have been close! Nothing terrible or earth-shattering like your changes, but enough that it is significant. My peace is always in knowing that He is with me and not taken by surprise….I continue to look for His Will and follow although the lamp is definitely at my feet right now.

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    • Julie
      July 18, 2017 @ 9:11 am

      This post has struck a chord with so many. And that reveals to me again that everyone has to deal with so much change! Whatever your changes have been, I pray that you’ll continue to have the peace of knowing He is in control! Bless you, friend!

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  10. Linda S
    July 17, 2017 @ 8:09 pm

    Julie – I have become to believe life is all about changes. When we are born, our parents are our world. Then slowly, we are handed off to teachers, at school and church, maybe babysitters, etc. Around 5 we head off to full-day school, and settle into a “routine.” Of course, once we go off to college, things change for us, but at this point, we are used to changes. However, once we are married, have kids of our own, this is our new “normal” and we grow accustomed to the new rythmn of our lives. It gets pretty comfortable at times!!! Suddenly, those kids go off to school, grandparents and even parents, pass, and you look around and your old comfortable routine isn’t the same. Most of us, as we get older, find it harder to change. We miss the way things were and find we are a little lost. It can be a struggle. Thankfully, you have God to lean on as well as a wonderful family and I am sure, friends, as well. You will find your way through….praying for you!!!

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    • Julie
      July 18, 2017 @ 9:13 am

      So so true! To everything there is a season. So thankful for my faith & friends and family as well. It makes all the difference!

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  11. Jennifer
    July 17, 2017 @ 11:35 pm

    Love reading your heart, Julie. Thinking of you as you make your change to a new church!

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    • Julie
      July 18, 2017 @ 9:14 am

      Thanks, Jennifer! It’s a big deal for us, as I know you understand:)

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  12. Leslie Haws
    July 18, 2017 @ 12:26 am

    Beautiful

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    • Julie
      July 18, 2017 @ 9:14 am

      Thank you!

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  13. Petra
    July 18, 2017 @ 5:39 am

    What a lovely post Julie, thank you for sharing. God was changing my life in late 2007 when I fell ill with chronic fatigue syndrome, while trying to help mum help my dad with Parkinsons disease. Sadly we lost my dad in 2012 and we had to “find ourselves” again. My husband’s health was topsy-turvy so selling up, leaving work, and moving interstate was what we did – another “finding ourselves” time. God doesn’t give us any more than we can handle, and He is in control. God Bless you as you take your time getting through your changes.

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    • Julie
      July 18, 2017 @ 9:16 am

      Thank you for your encouragement! It’s clear that you have been through a lot & had your faith strengthened! God bless you!

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  14. Liz T.
    July 18, 2017 @ 11:50 am

    Wonderful words of Godly wisdom. Thanks so much! Praying for you right now! Love in Jesus,

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    • Julie
      July 18, 2017 @ 7:29 pm

      Thank you! So kind! 🙂

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