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Saturday Confession: I Thought I Was God’s Punchline

Posted by Julie on October 26, 2013 in encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Saturday Confession |

This has been a tough month. If it were only the government shutdown or healthcare issues.

But it seems so much more, you know?

My inbox has been fuller than usual with requests asking, “would you pray for me?”

  • There have been jobs lost
  • New diagnosis
  • Family issues
  • Relationship troubles
  • and more.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was in a season where the hits came coming. They were so fast, so devastating that as a pretty solid in faith Jesus girl, I was reeling. To the point of wondering if God had a punchline, and I was it.

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I learned a lot from that season, and the ones that have followed it. Earlier this week I was at Christians Read and I shared what my husband did to help me.

His answer may help you, too.

Do you have a confession? If so, share here. Let’s encourage each other. You are not alone.


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Character Confession: One Letter Makes All the Difference

Posted by Julie on May 5, 2012 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

I thought I had a good grasp on compassion and understanding toward families with special need situations. Then we encountered seasons with our youngest where she was quite ill or not meeting developmental goals, and we entered the outer skirts as a family with unique needs.

We still don’t have the minute to minute, day to day circumstances that many families do, and how I wish they received more cards in the mail, prepared dinners at the door, and available ears and shoulders for those days a parent needs to vent. It is hard stuff and I don’t want to patronize.

We’ve had to re-visit this aspect of our lives a bit lately and I was overcome by the paperwork. The diagnosis or lack of. Coding. Evaluations. Outcomes. Goals. Therapies. Meetings. Reviews. I could feel the tears forming, not understanding why she has to go through these things.

Then my husband randomly said to everyone at the table, “Well we know God created her to be an overcomer.”

Hours  later, I heard nearly the same statement. Don’t forget–she’s an overcomer.

I did forget.

When I was pregnant with her, it was a promise God whispered to me. He made it clear she would be an overcomer. As I typically do, I put my own spin on things, assuming she’d skip the hard PMS symptoms I had. Nope, her test came early and hard. By three months of age she’d experienced a hypothyroidism diagnosis that wasn’t confirmed in a timely way. Croup that nearly killed her when she was prescribed the wrong medicine and wrong dosage. Breathing tubes and tents. Wires. Machines. Specialists. Diagnosis. Evaluations. Meetings.

And she overcame all those things.

I realized this week how one letter makes all the difference.

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I was overcome by the paperwork and conversation that was so business like and matter of fact. Over my head. Then I remembered, she is an overcomer.

What an a-ha moment!







If she can not just survive but thrive in her circumstances, why can’t I?


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A2Z Meme: Keeping it Real

Posted by Julie on March 23, 2012 in About Me, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

I’m late again this week, but here is the letter “K”—

Keeping it Real:

-I’ve never been to a Red Robin (yum…)

-I’ve never been to Columbus, Ohio

-I don’t really like fruity candy

-I haven’t read the Hunger Games books. (I want to)

-or Twilight

-or Harry Potter

-I made a vow never to make brussel sprouts for my family

-I’m still not over how our very nosy neighbor called the police on our friend with special needs not out of concern, but gossip. (I’m working on it, but in the spirit of being real, I am not there.)

Keep it Quiet:

-Please keep your gum in your mouth around me. Better yet, don’t chew it. The smell makes me nauseous and most people’s chewing makes me think of a cow chewing cud.

-If you have no plans to change your life for the better, don’t whine to me.

-See the potential, not the diagnosis. I could write a post on parents who gave their kids a true disability by limiting them.

-If your dog barks night and day outside without taking a breath, I think you’re mistreating it (and driving me batty.)


Keep it to Yourself:

-Your voice carries. When I’m at the $1 store I don’t need to hear your phone conversation 8 aisles away. Sadly, most of these seem to center around baby mama/daddy drama.

Keep Paying it Forward:

-Last year a family bought me a lilac bush after I wrote how much I missed mine when we moved, a bush my dad transplanted that bloomed for the first time days before he died. I think of that family every day and pray a blessing on them for doing such a kind thing.

-Move out of that comfort zone! One time I paid for a woman’s groceries simply because I felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit to do so. I was scared, we were (are) on a budget, and I had my own groceries to pay for. My husband said he was never prouder of me for doing it. I have zero regrets.



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