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Bonus Book Review: Give Us This Day by June Foster

Posted by Julie on March 29, 2013 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

I first became acquainted with June Foster’s writing with her second work in the Bellewood Series, As We Forgive. I loved the characters, and she let me know Pastor Tim first appears in her first book. I’ve wanted to read Give Us This Day for a long time, and I’m so glad I did.

June “writes real.” Her characters have flaws and struggle. And I think my favorite character in the Bellewood series comes from Give Us This Day, Jess Colton. Jess is a man battling his weight. He isn’t just heavy, he is obese. June writes Jess with sensitivity, but I could feel myself tense anytime Jess’s dad or Holly’s sister entered the scene.

Jess struggles with more than food, and I love that his problems aren’t taken care of in one chapter. June illustrates forgiveness and new beginnings, but also that no one can force us to choose to live free.

Holly has a past and the consequences are a daily part of her life. Jess’s friendship helps her, but she’s afraid to reveal her whole self to him. She sees people, even those closest to Jess, be cruel. Will her full disclosure push him away? Could they be more than friends? Can she ever forgive herself?

This was a gripping read, and because I’ve read books 2 and 3, I can tell you, she doesn’t let up. Her books continue to feature realistic situations and beautiful redemption stories. Keep an eye on June Foster because I think you are going to see a lot more of her, and that is a very good thing.

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When Jess Colton asks Jesus into his life, he gives up alcohol but replaces it with a food addiction. The three-hundred pound man is baffled when the beautiful Holly Harrison declares her affection.

Holly Harrison lives with the results of an ungodly past. What Christian man would want a woman who lost her unborn baby and her lower leg due to her own carelessness? She doesn’t plan on falling in love with Jess yet she sees past his bulk to the godly man inside. When Jess drives a wedge between them, Holly loses all hope of a future with him.

Only God has the power to restore a hopeless food addict to good health and teach a young woman how to forgive herself, opening the door for an unlikely romance.

Purchase Give Us This Day here.

This is a review I’m posting because I want to. It isn’t part of a blog tour or any promotion.

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How Would You Handle It? Fat Girl Edition

Posted by Julie on August 9, 2012 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Originally posted May 26, 2011

As promised, until I run out of questions, I’m taking Thursdays to ask you…

 

 

How would you handle it?

Leave a comment on how you would have handled this situation keeping in mind this is a family friendly blog. I’ll delete offensive, profane or mean spirited words. I absolutely am fine with difference of opinion. So have at it!

Our daughter is in general good health now but as a baby had chronic multiple issues. Since she’s been 3 months old, weight is one of them. We’ve been to a dietician and work with an endocronologist. We have seven plus years of files, appointments, therapies and oh yes…the comments.

I worked a decade with a certain segment of population, senior citizens. I learned so much from them, good…and bad. Every single time someone has had something to say about our daughter’s appearance it has been a stranger and a senior citizen.

I had one physically grab me and tell me I was killing my child. It was one of the top ten worst moments of my life. This person not only had no idea our whole story, she scared my other child. I will never forget.

This time around a frail looking woman in a walker stops me as I make sure my daughter and I give her plenty of space. She smiles and says “Oh your little girl reminds me of me at that age. I ate everything in sight.”

What do you say to that?

Me, I smiled and said nothing. Because this has happened so many times by women over the age of 70 that one day I’m afraid I’m going to just go off. I’ve even had people at church meet up with me in public and say oh you know her, she’s the mom to the fat girl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So….how would you handle it?

One thing I can say, I’m a huge advocate for invisible illness loved ones. Forgive me for the times I sized up a situation with zero information.

I look forward to your comments.

 

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Fiction Friday: No Idea

Posted by Julie on May 27, 2011 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

It’s Fiction Friday and I’m hosting (cue fun music and dance!)

No matter whether writing is on your daily radar or not how about you write something up, post it on your blog and link back here? Read the other stories and leave an encouraging comment. You will be blown away by the talent, trust me.

This week I went to FaithReaders and pulled a very personal story I wrote for a challenge awhile back. This is based on true events and I pulled it because I dealt with the issue right here on this site yesterday. It’s not too late to chime in so if you want as they say, the rest of the story, click here.

No Idea

My stomach tightened when I heard mom cry. I went upstairs to ask her if we could have more Go-Gurt but the bedroom door was closed. I heard her sniffling and talking quietly, but quickly. She was on the phone with dad, I just knew it. She was telling him about the grocery store lady.

I’d never been so mad at anyone in my life.

Janna was in the cart smiling away, kicking her feet to see if mom would catch her shoe as we tried to find spaghetti. I was ahead of the cart, wondering if mom would let me get the High School Musical concert DVD. Just when I started to speak up, a lady who looked old enough to be grandma’s grandma reached out and grabbed my mom’s wrist. The cart halted. Mom gasped. Janna kept smiling.

“How old is your daughter?”

Being ten years older than Janna, I knew this chat in aisle eight was going to go one of two ways: really friendly, or really not. Mom had been down the aisle of strangers asking questions about my sister many times.

“She’s three.”

“Does she have a doctor?”

Mom tried to shake her wrist free. Mom’s eyes narrowed and she pasted on a tight smile that usually comes out in grocery stores when Janna and I are in trouble.

“Thank you for asking but we have a team of doctors working.”

“I’m a nurse and if you don’t do something with THIS CHILD before she’s ten, she will have diabetes!”

I glanced at Janna who was still smiling, even at this mean wrinkly woman. I looked to mom, who was shaking. The lady would not let go of mom’s wrist. The so called nurse was pointing a very bony finger at mom with her other hand. Mom replied,

“Again thank you for your concern but God is in control of our daughter. We have a team of doctors working with her and…”

“Children should never be this fat. What you’re doing is criminal. I’ve seen it time and time again.”

This woman’s voice grew louder, and I saw people in the aisle looking at us. Janna squealed and said hi to the lady. My mom took her free hand and put it on her hip. I got as close to her hip as I could and made the same gesture.

“M’ am, you do not have the entire puzzle before you, and you’re only looking at a small piece. I’m telling you she has medical supervision and lots of it. We’re working on all the situations before us. God is in control and our daughter is an overcomer. Thank you.”

Mom’s thanksgiving was meant as a dismissal but this bat wasn’t giving up.

“But you don’t know what you’re doing to her. As a nurse I’m trying to tell you that you have no idea.”

Mom’s eyes became slits. Her cheeks were red, wow were they red. With one quick jerk she flung her wrist free and started talking with authority where I knew it wasn’t mom talking, it was most likely Jesus.

“What you have no idea about, m’am, is my God. My God heals and this is His promise for my daughter. As I said, we have doctors. We are working on it. Thank you and good day.”

Mom pushed that cart forward like we were qualifying for NASCAR. Janna laughed out loud and I kept the pace. I turned around to see the woman watching us, just shaking her head as if we were the dumbest family on Earth. Yet when mom passed a man turning from the rows of ziti, he gave mom a thumbs up. I saw tears spill out of the corner of her eye.

She didn’t say a word in the store or driving home. After she made our lunch she slipped away. That’s when I walked outside mom and dad’s room and heard her sniffles. Facing that lady had to be so hard for her, especially when strangers often stopped mom to ask insensitive questions about Janna. Only we knew the diagnosis, therapies, specialists and theories about Janna’s weight and obstacles related to her chronic health issues plaguing her since birth.

I traced my finger up against the door, wishing I could say the perfect thing to help mom feel better. I had no idea. But I had plenty of ideas to share with the lady in aisle eight.

 

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How Would You Handle It? Fat Girl Edition

Posted by Julie on May 26, 2011 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

As promised, until I run out of questions, I’m taking Thursdays to ask you…

 

 

How would you handle it?

Leave a comment on how you would have handled this situation keeping in mind this is a family friendly blog. I’ll delete offensive, profane or mean spirited words. I absolutely am fine with difference of opinion. So have at it!

Our daughter is in general good health now but as a baby had chronic multiple issues. Since she’s been 3 months old, weight is one of them. We’ve been to a dietician and work with an endocronologist. We have seven plus years of files, appointments, therapies and oh yes…the comments.

I worked a decade with a certain segment of population, senior citizens. I learned so much from them, good…and bad. Every single time someone has had something to say about our daughter’s appearance it has been a stranger and a senior citizen.

I had one physically grab me and tell me I was killing my child. It was one of the top ten worst moments of my life. This person not only had no idea our whole story, she scared my other child. I will never forget.

This time around a frail looking woman in a walker stops me as I make sure my daughter and I give her plenty of space. She smiles and says “Oh your little girl reminds me of me at that age.  I ate everything in sight.”

What do you say to that?

Me, I smiled and said nothing. Because this has happened so many times by women over the age of 70 that one day I’m afraid I’m going to just go off. I’ve even had people at church meet up with me in public and say oh you know her, she’s the mom to the fat girl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So….how would you handle it?

One thing I can say, I’m a huge advocate for invisible illness loved ones. Forgive me for the times I sized up a situation with zero information.

I look forward to your comments.

 



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