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Crushed, Shattered, Growing

Posted by Julie on April 27, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

The year isn’t even half over and I’m ready for it to be done already. Nothing terrible is happening, yet, it’s draining all the same. I call it the crushing season, for me, a time I’ve discerned is God’s doing to grow me. Take me to the new place in Him.

But it will crush and shatter me in the process.

It feels like you’re in a vise and the handle keeps turning. Everything that can be squeezed out of me is. Although a good thing—I definitely want less of my selfishness and more of Christ, it’s hard.

You’ve been there.

The crushing for me has been a constant onslaught on my mind. Things that I know are lies, but they are before me, running through my imagination, on a loop. It is draining. I’ve had to increase every step I take in my normal faith journey and even add more. I listen to Christian music all night just to combat it. It’s hard.

Growing times for me always involve increased rejection and loneliness. I don’t have a squad like Taylor Swift, and that’s okay with me. The precious few in my life are trusted and invested not in what I can do for them, but how we can encourage each other together. When I’m hurting, it is twice the fight when I only hear from folks who only think of me as their prayer connection. It is an honor, don’t get me wrong, but there is nothing in their thinking that says I am a friend. I don’t hear about their good news, nor am I contacted just because. I’ve joked before I am their prayer Pez Dispenser. And it hurts.

The good news about these things is they are a season. I’ve been through enough of them to know I come out better on the other side. Usually there is crazy God favor that defies definition. Good stuff just happens, and I know it’s from Him. There is a new level of faith. I’m learning and applying what He’s showing me. It is worth every tear, and trust me, I shed many.

I share all this to say this month I’ve focused on the crushing process in my weekly e mail called Sunday’s Surrender and Chocolate. It’s a brief encouragement to start your week right, and I always include a chocolate mention. If you’re feeling the pain of crushing that includes rejection and loneliness, I pray these issues help you.

Let Sunday's Surrender and Chocolate Encourage You During the Surrender Process.

Let Sunday’s Surrender and Chocolate Encourage You as You’re Being Crushed, Shattered and Growing.

Subscription is free and separate from my other free resources, my monthly newsletter filled with updates, surrender tips, Reader of the Month profile, contests and more, and the as needed book release/discount e mail alert.

I’d love for you to subscribe and tell others. Let’s get through the surrender journey together.

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ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past

Posted by Julie on April 18, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

So many of you were kind enough to read the original ENTRUSTED and have been so patient. You’ve asked when is the next book coming out? Well, hold on. We are so close to release.

Today, I give you the cover.

ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past is coming soon!

ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past is coming soon!

ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past is Carla’s story and I’m excited to share it with you. The story dropped in my lap as I prayed about the end of ENTRUSTED. It’s a theme I know well, and I think you might, too. Carla’s been given everything she could possibly want, but she feels she’s unworthy because of a rebellious choice she made years ago.

Carla’s been given her dream, to leave her job as sheriff and attend cosmetology school. The gift is so overwhelming that she struggles with feeling unworthy, especially since she still feels guilty for becoming a mom as a teenager. When Wayne Peterson reenters her and their son Noah’s life, Carla creates some tangles between her and her steadfast boyfriend, the flannel-wearing, truck driver Will Marshall. Can Carla release her past and create a future full of highlights, or, will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?

My hope is to have ENTANGLED available next month, along with the re release of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present. ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future, Trish’s story, should be ready by year’s end.

The critique groups and beta readers who went through ENTANGLED had a hard time trying to guess the ending and how Carla would find freedom through surrender. There were definitely “Team Will” and “Team Wayne” fans, and I look forward to seeing what YOU think.

My hope is to release the  ENTRUSTED e version for free for awhile and do so as ENTANGLED: Releasing the Past releases. Do me a favor and grab both copies. Read them, and if you enjoy them, leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews are vital for authors, and I can’t encourage audiences to find freedom through surrender if they don’t know what resources I have for them. I truly believe through fiction readers will relate to characters and their surrender journey, and take that next step toward freedom for themselves. Partnering with me by spreading the word and leaving reviews will make all the difference.

FREE resources available now:

Surrender Issues and Chocolate: This is my monthly newsletter filled with encouragement, writing updates, recipes, Reader of the Month profiles, contests and more.

Sunday’s Surrender and Chocolate: This is a brief, weekly email designed to give you encouragement as you start your week. Each issue also includes a chocolate mention.

Surrendered Scribe Media Promotions: When I have a new release, discounts, or any other promotions, I’ll send an alert. This will only be sent when there is a need for you to know.

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Entrusted: Surrendering the Present

Posted by Julie on April 16, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |
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Entrusted: Surrendering the Present will be re released soon along with Entangled: Surrendering the Past.

Yesterday I announced that Surrendered Scribe Media is now official. My first business related venture is re branding the Adirondack Surrender Romance series into Surrendering Time. Although readers might be familiar with Entrusted, I changed the cover and tweaked the title to reflect the series. So be on the lookout for ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present.

Jenna Anderson, sassy city-girl from Youngstown, Ohio, plows–literally–into Adirondack village, Speculator Falls, with a busted GPS and the goal to belong as she becomes the new senior center director. Town councilman Ben Regan is as broken as the flower box Jenna demolished. He’s grieving and wants to shut down the center before there’s too much change and heartbreak. They work on community projects and build a slow relationship, but the council needs to vote on the senior center’s future. Can Jenna show Ben both her and the center are worth trusting?

I love Ben and Jenna’s story because it tackles themes I think we can relate to. Fear. Change. Loss. Their story is over 20 years in the making and they are precious characters to me. Reviews for the original ENTRUSTED were very strong, and I need YOUR help to spread the word.

My hope is to release the e version for free for awhile and do so as ENTANGLED: Releasing the Past releases. Do me a favor and grab both copies. Read them, and if you enjoy them, leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews are vital for authors, and I can’t encourage audiences to find freedom through surrender if they don’t know what resources I have for them. I truly believe through fiction readers will relate to characters and their surrender journey, and take that next step toward freedom for themselves. Partnering with me by spreading the word and leaving reviews will make all the difference.

FREE resources available now:

Surrender Issues and Chocolate: This is my monthly newsletter filled with encouragement, writing updates, recipes, Reader of the Month profiles, contests and more.

Sunday’s Surrender and Chocolate: This is a brief, weekly email designed to give you encouragement as you start your week. Each issue also includes a chocolate mention.

Surrendered Scribe Media Promotions: When I have a new release, discounts, or any other promotions, I’ll send an alert. This will only be sent when there is a need for you to know.

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Surrendering Time

Posted by Julie on February 26, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Speaking, surrender, Writing |

If you’ve read this site or anything else from me, you know my focus is surrender and chocolate. What you might not know is that for the last few months, God has been behind the scenes whispering His plans for me to take that focus and go crazy. global with it.

I ignored the stirring at first, because I honestly felt what I was doing and how I was accomplishing it was just fine. At the end of the day argument with God that I had no chance of winning, a door opened and I knew I had to go through it.

So here we are. logo

I am now pursuing writing and speaking full time where I share my passion for audiences to surrender the good, the bad, and—maybe one day—the chocolate. I’ll keep writing fiction, I think it’s a key part of God’s plan. So many readers, women especially, are wounded. They are looking not just for escape through romance, but for encouragement. I want to be a vessel that gives them hope and the desire to find that freedom in Christ that comes from surrender.

My first project is taking my Adirondack series and re brand it as the Surrendering Time series. I’m re releasing ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present and making ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past available this spring. ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future, will be available this fall.

I’ve sat down and mapped out a number of goals and projects and they take me into 2017. It’s part of the shift I keep talking about on Facebook as my husband is in a new position and often works from home, our son is transitioning to college, and our daughter, to middle school.

Surrendering Time isn’t just my contemporary romance series, it’s where my life is at right now.

Can you relate?

P.S.

I have a couple FREE surrender resources available. My monthly newsletter, Surrender Issues and Chocolate, gives surrender tips and encouragement, recipes, Reader-of-the-Month profiles, giveaways and more.

Sunday’s Surrender and Chocolate is a brief, weekly e mail with encouragement and a chocolate mention.

Both are available in the left sidebar of my website.

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Surrender Story: Lesson from My Lazy Susan

Posted by Julie on February 6, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Not long after moving into what we’re calling our forever home, I noticed our Lazy Susan (how did it get that name, anyway?) wouldn’t rotate anymore. When I tried, it felt forced, and I’ve been known to break things when I make it work.

So I left it alone.

During a year my husband was buried in work and didn’t realize we had a Lazy Susan.

Or that it needed fixing.

Months went by and we hosted a dinner as part of missions week at our church. One of our friends saw the Lazy Susan and asked if she could fix it. She figured out the problem, repaired it, and even had matching stain she bought earlier that day to finish the project.

Yes, my friends are awesome.

Thing is, in the months after the repair, I’ve noticed something.

We often treat the Lazy Susan like she’s still broken.

She can swivel to a closed door position, but for whatever reason, habit perhaps, we leave her open at pantry eye level. All that work our friend did and we don’t even recognize the repair.

Ouch.

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I was living like a broken Lazy Susan. Photo by mikeinkcmo/photobucket

There are times I live like my Lazy Susan.

You’ve probably seen it, too.

God’s done an amazing work in my life and there is freedom. True freedom that I found as I let go of toxic things in and around me. But I creep back into that pit because I’ve stayed there a long time and I think it’s safe. The repair is new and I’m not used to it. So I live like I’m still broken.

This post has been on my mind for awhile and I’ve held off, waiting for God to give me the green light. This message is to encourage at least one person who is living like they are still broken.

You are the repaired Lazy Susan. Don’t be afraid to swivel and live like the healing/healed person you are. The broken place you are used to is called a stronghold, and I was taught that place seems safe because you’ve been there so long. It’s a lie. Get out of that pit. That’s not your address anymore.

I promise to work on closing the door and allowing the Lazy Susan to perform as she can, completely restored.

I pray you do the same.



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