Category Hope

The Gift of a Response

Words.  I love words.  I delight in their sound, their definitions, and their histories.  I adore them strung together in harmonious poetry and harrowing stories of prose.  I am captivated by the way they encapsulate memories for future reminiscing. Most of all I am in awe of the power of words, in particular the power […]

Fueled for Fresh Beginnings

To All the First Time College Students, May you find the tanks in your life being fueled for the fresh beginnings that you are about to embark upon. These are just a few words of encouragement from my heart to yours as you travel along your journey. You are greatly loved!  Loved by parents, siblings, […]

Called By Name

My name is Julie Williams.  Julie is a pretty common name.  So is Williams.  It is even a fairly common combination.  I have literally introduced myself to someone at a conference, a perfect stranger, only to discover that we have the same name, first and last. Did you know there is a website called howmanyofme.com?  […]

With Jesus, I’ve Got What I Need

Seven years ago today my daughter Zoey, who was 5 years old at the time, was baptized.  It was an incredible celebration as she outwardly displayed what was going on inside of her, with an awe inspiring maturity of faith.         While it would be easy to assume that at the tender […]

Calming Joy for the Anxious Mom

On Monday, June 4th, I sent this message to a dear friend of mine, “It’s much easier to say God loves our kids & has great plans for them when you hold them as little ones.  It is much harder to take your hands off and let them go walk in their journey.” On the […]