Little Girls Grow Up

Little Girls Grow Up

Going through seasonal decorations and memorabilia recently, I came across an essay written during my freshman year of college. It was about my great-grandmother’s farm. My grandmother asked for a framed copy, and it hung on her wall for many years. Glancing over the...

In the Midst of the Mess

In the Midst of the Mess

I slid behind the steering wheel of my son’s truck. My car was in the shop and there were errands to run. It is a well-known fact, and often discussed, just how desperately he needs to clean out his truck. He would be the first to tell anyone that it’s a mess. Stained...

The Unruly Will

The Unruly Will

When my children were growing up, and old enough to understand, I told them an important truth, “I’m not interested in being your friend, I’m your mom.” My children really didn’t need me to act like a friend. If I did, it would truly be a disservice to them down the...

Stay on Task

Stay on Task

They’ve heard me say it a thousand times. It was a phrase so often repeated to my children during our homeschool days that I had it inscribed on each of their diplomas when they graduated from high school. “Stay on task.” I wanted them to be focused and intentional...

Believe

Believe

My parents built a wonderful log cabin style house on 25 acres of land and made it our home over 40 years ago. We moved in when I was five years old. I moved out at 18 and went to college, married and raised my own family. Now, I am living in my childhood home once...

Walking into Weird

Walking into Weird

Be patient when it gets weird. The angels explained things to Joseph after he’d talked to Mary, not before. – Bob Goff Can anyone else relate? Three years ago this month, I walked into weird when I stepped into a hospital hallway. A doctor had just told me my mom had...

Awake My Soul

Awake My Soul

Some people arise before the sun does, seemingly on a regular basis. Honestly, it has been a foreign concept to me for many years. Why would anyone willingly put themselves through it? But, I thought I would give it a try. My work schedule is flexible, so I decided to...

Stay Close

Stay Close

Article from the Messenger-Inquirer On Faith column, May 2020 I left my newborn baby home alone. My three-year-old and four-year-old crossed traffic in a big city all by themselves. I put my six-year-old on a plane with a handsome, bearded man. Well, not exactly. But...

The Home School Call

The Home School Call

Article for the On Faith column in the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, Sat., July 18, 2020 Our story is not unique. Many are called. And many answer their calling. Some people enter the medical field, some the public education arena, some surrender to vocational...

Felt board Faith

Felt board Faith

  Article from M&I today... Felt Board Faith By Julie H. Lake I remember sitting on the floor in Ms. Sammie Lou’s Sunday school class and watching as she made the Bible come to life right before my eyes. Fuzzy felt...

Different

Different

“Get used to different.” This is a wonderful line from the new series, The Chosen. Jesus said it to Simon when Simon began to protest the call of Matthew, a tax-collector, to follow Jesus. Indeed, Jesus did things differently. I think He is still doing things...

Be Still Because All is Well

Be Still Because All is Well

For years, I have kept a calendar of events and each January look forward to selecting a new one for the new year. But now, my calendar is collecting dust. Last week, I laid it aside. It’s not needed. As I started crossing out all of the appointments and scheduled...

The Birthright

The Birthright

Have you ever noticed how dogs and automobiles often resemble their owners? My adult children have older dogs. It’s uncanny how these pets have taken on similar traits and characteristics of their owners. Just watch 101 Dalmations and you’ll see this notion played out...

A Pocket Full of Rocks

A Pocket Full of Rocks

Last week, I mentioned the notion that, as Christ followers, we are called to task. To create ripples of influence in this world and point others to Him. However, our pockets may be full of un-cast stones that involve our time, talent and resources. Imagine a pebble...

Ripples

Ripples

God’s purpose in history is implicitly disclosed: to invade the arena of fallen humanity and effect the redemption of his creation — the mission in which his people are also to be totally engaged.- NIV Study Bible (Zondervan)  I read this statement in my Bible...

Living and Learning

Living and Learning

Our waiting period is God’s preparation time. In bringing about His sovereign purposes, He may put us on hold while He coordinates events to line up with His will. Sometimes the Lord has work to accomplish in us before we are ready to handle what He’s planned for our...

He sees me

He sees me

In August of 2008 our family was called to a ministry. Detailed images flooded my mind. Ideas abounded. Conversations were lively. Prayers were lifted. Excitement and hope filled our days. Then the questioning started. What in the world were we thinking? How can we do...

Think quietly. Live loudly.

Think quietly. Live loudly.

I want to think quietly and live loudly. What does it mean though? I suppose it could mean many things. But for me... When I consider what it means to think quietly my mind lands on a couple of words. Calm and Abide. I tend to be a worrier. An over-thinker. I want to...

Mighty Day

Mighty Day

Santa is wondering what he's gotten himself into. This guy has always had the Christmas spirit. He hasn't always been so big though! Click on the link below and enjoy. Notice the date at the bottom of the video. Merry Christmas to you and yours. And what a Mighty Day...

Already There

Already There

Yesterday was my dad's second anniversary in Heaven. My mom's is soon, just three weeks away. Knowing they are together and enjoying Heaven's pure delights is comforting. Knowing I will see them again is even better. What sweet reunions must take place in Heaven every...

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The calling to write came with some instructions. I needed to be faithful to the task. I needed to not doubt when ideas were lacking. And I needed to be transparent.  Well, I have pretty much failed at all of these. I haven’t been faithful or disciplined. Anything and...

‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season

I saw a post on Facebook the other day and the woman stated “I hate the holidays”. Hate is a strong word. I wouldn’t say I hate this time of year, but it’s certainly not my favorite. Please understand, I enjoy giving thanks for my many blessings and I relish...

Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

Many years ago, my husband, Allen, was unexpectedly unemployed and pounding the pavement for a job. A couple of opportunities looked like possibilities, but each time we went to the Lord, He emphatically said one thing. “Wait.”  We didn’t understand. We were sweating...

Adult Shoes

Adult Shoes

Our house is quiet these days. Too quiet sometimes We are officially “empty nesters” and I’m not so sure I like it. We moved our youngest into an apartment this past summer. The only way I was even a little OK with this scenario is because he moved in with his...

The Secret Place

The Secret Place

I have been studying Psalm 91. It has long been a favorite of mine. My Bible is more than sufficiently underlined and highlighted on the page. There is even artwork hanging in my bedroom bearing the first verse.  I have memorized most of it; prayed it daily over my...

Home

Blog

Tools

About

© 2020 Julie Lake | All rights reserved