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About juliearduini

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. The last book in the series, ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future, is coming soon. Her devotional, FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH SURRENDER, features the surrender themes and characters from the series. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, and starting April 2017, will be part of the Inspy Romance blog. She resides in Ohio with her husband, two children, and secret chocolate stash. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.

Jesus Wept by Julie Arduini

I chuckle when I read the title of this post. Years ago, when I was new in Christian faith, I helped out with youth group. Anytime, and I mean anytime we challenged the kids to memorize a verse or create … Continue reading

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How I Spent My Summer by Julie Arduini

I know, it’s still August. However, I have one child already in his first week of his fall semester, and the second child starts Monday. I’ve seen a couple leaves in transition and I already bought cider. Time for fall, … Continue reading

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The Right Voice by Julie Arduini

This summer our college-aged son and I are watching the Marvel Avenger movies in order. I’ve watched most of them, but not in order, and as of this writing, we just finished The Avengers. I also was looking for a … Continue reading

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The Prodigal’s Brother by Julie Arduini

Since I finished reading Esther Fleece’s No More Faking Fine, I’ve really been intentional about the power of lament. I used to feel guilty for whining to God, or being real here, mad at Him. Now I realize He knows … Continue reading

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Tall Grass by Julie Arduini

We live in a development on a no outlet street cul-de-sac. It’s private, safe, and we love it. One thing that sometimes throws me off track is a neighbor. A retiree, that lawn might be mowed once, twice, yes, even … Continue reading

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The Drone Mom by Julie Arduini

  Dr. Dobson has a classic parenting book, Parenting Isn’t for Cowards. Preach, Dr. Dobson. The last couple years have stretched my faith and refined me. I’ve learned these seasons prepare me for future opportunities, but it’s hard. HARD. The … Continue reading

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How Barbara Bush Inspired Me by Julie Arduini

It was a shock, even though she was 92, to read that First Lady Barbara Bush was ill and refusing further treatment. Feisty to the very end, she passed away calling the shots for her last days—to be home surrounded … Continue reading

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All About the “Like” by Julie Arduini

My husband jokes that I am the definition of the marriage book we highly recommend, Men are Like Waffles, Women are Like Spaghetti by Bill and Pam Farrel. Where men compartmentalize, women tend to start talking on one topic, switch … Continue reading

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Growing Up by Julie Arduini

It’s a busy writing year, and that’s a good thing. I started a Christmas novella as part of a collaboration with Inspy Romance authors. This summer I start You’re Amazing with our daughter. And as soon as I find the … Continue reading

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Celebrate You’re Beautiful by Julie Arduini

Last month I shared that after a season of adversity with our teen daughter transitioning to junior high, she came up with a story to encourage girls. I promised if she kept going with it, I’d write it. She plotted … Continue reading

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Value, Perspective, and Jesus by Julie Arduini

It was this time four years ago we got serious and started looking for what I called “our forever home.” It took until late summer with a lot of home tours and a failed (but blessed) attempt, but as I … Continue reading

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You’re Beautiful by Julie Arduini

We’ve all heard the saying about taking lemons and making lemonade. I had no idea last year when both our kids were struggling with “life’s curveballs” that from some of those experiences would be a new release. Our daughter is … Continue reading

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I Need a Tracker by Julie Arduini

Happy New Year! Toward the end of 2017, my Fitbit died. Not just the battery, but a flat-out death. I enjoyed having it because I was part of a weekly challenge and it really motivated me to move, especially since … Continue reading

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Peace with Politics by Julie Arduini

I think it’s safe to write that 2017 was anything but boring. On a national level we inaugurated a new president, weathered literal storms and fires, mourned loss through senseless tragedy, discovered a lot of secret sin played out in … Continue reading

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The Alexa Newsflash Epiphany by Julie Arduini

I think the one thing on a lot of Christmas lists last year was the Amazon Echo Dot. Priced just under $50, this is a hands-free voice-controlled device that can answer questions, play music, control smart-home devices, make calls, create … Continue reading

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