Julie is living proof to me how God works down deep in the details of life. He crossed our paths years ago and then brushed our lives together here and there for a while. The whole time God knew we would eventually serve side by side in a ministry we love and adore. He planned that path. Julie is a gifted artist with a keen eye for décor, but above all she is a fierce prayer warrior who fears the Lord. All the time people throw around the phrase, “I’ll pray for you” and never do, some never really intend to. I know I am guilty. Guilty of forgetting to pray, I always mean to. Often Julie will just stop right then and there and pray with you. I am convicted by this gift she has. Those words are often an empty promise. Whenever Julie lets this phrase loose from her lips the lady means business. They are true heartfelt words that she will back up. My life is blessed by her example of a Godly leader, wife and mother. I am so thankful for God’s plan of who he chooses to place in our lives. Watch us talk about how to infuse God’s word into your home and some easy ways you can be a prayer warrior too.
Looking back on my talk with Julie a few things stood out to me…
1. Julie’s love of the Lord drives her talents and causes her to be purposeful in what she does and how she uses her gifts. We all desire purpose in life. Once we let our love of the Lord drive us our purpose seeps to the top and creeps into everything we put our hands on.
2. Growing in the Lord grows how you use your talents. Once you know God and love him you want to share him with others. You want to be surrounded by him. Julie uses her gift of decorating to saturate her family’s world with Christ and his word. It is a natural evolution for all you do to move from self and worldliness to kingdom minded. She creatively, beautifully and purposefully surrounds her family with visual reminders of God’s word.
3. Such a great point Julie makes about decorating her home is that it takes time. Slow equals on purpose and in the end means more. Isn’t that true for so many things. We want instant this or that beautiful, but the REALLY beautiful things come slow and deliberate. It is important to remember that in decorating or any other task in life.
4. Pray in the off times. We get caught up praying at meals and bed, telling people we will pray for them and thinking we will do it later. There is no time like the present. Julie encourages her kids to pray whenever God brings someone to mind. You don’t have to wait for the perfect time to talk to God. It will never come. Driving, jogging. cleaning house, making dinner or taking a shower are all times you can be talking with God. Remember though that starting your day in quiet time with the Lord is the BEST way to start your day.
Another way Julie encourages her children in their prayer life is a prayer road. When they get close to school on the same road every day they go around the car and share prayers before they start their day. I love this idea because let’s face it – often we find ourselves scrambling to get out the door. The car ride is a perfect place to peacefully pray and prepare kids for their day.
Julie also uses the Tabletop Truths prayer placemat. Her kids take turns talking about who they would like to pray for each day. Tabletop Truths has a ton of precious placemats to help you children learn God’s word. Be sure to check them out!
Let’s walk around Julie’s home and see how she displays love and the Lord all through it. She has a gift at mixing old with new, industrial with soft and pops of color throughout.
This original painting was done by the oh so amazingly talented Jamie Bomenskie. Jamie’s gift is displayed throughout Julie’s home.
Another one of Jamie’s masterpieces!
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