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Author: Julianne Powers (page 2 of 7)

Running to or Running From?

Yesterday I wrote about how I used to be a runner. Today, in church, I learned I am still a runner. That is, figuratively speaking. As humans, we are always running, either toward or away from something. I like to think I’m running toward God’s plan for my life and not away from it, but it’s not always true. And when I say God’s plan for my life, I’m referring to the big picture of what I am called to do as a follower of Jesus.

  • love my neighbor
  • forgive peeps
  • share my resources
  • show n’ tell Jesus

Today at church, we had a guest speaker-Luke Crosby. He talked about the story of Jonah. That story used to make me cringe-not because it was a weird story about a whale swallowing a man, but because it was about obedience. Jonah pretty much ran as far as he could away from Ninevah, a place he was called to preach by um, God. He was afraid to do what was asked of him because, well, those people in Ninevah, they were known for killing people like him.

He didn’t want to die.

I shared earlier in the year about my own obedience story. It was about confronting my dad and telling him the truth that I stole money from him. I was scared to tell him, but it weighed heavily on my heart and mind… for a lot of years. To the point where God was like, We gotta do something about this.  My guilt was holding me back from a lot of good things. God was asking me to trust and to follow Him. It took faith in turning and running toward Him.

Every single step was worth it.

But that Jonah story is different. He didn’t steal anything from the Ninevites. And my dad probably wasn’t going to kill me, even though I thought he might. In a way he did kill me, except it was with kindness. He said, Of course I forgive you. If I believe in Jesus, I need to forgive others as he forgave me. There was no hesitation in his words. But ONLY love.

He didn’t want the money back and even paid for my lunch.

During all those years of holding onto that guilt, I disliked the story of Jonah (even the veggie tales version!) because I knew in my heart, it was an obedience issue. The guilt was strong too and the Lord wanted to free me from it.

Perhaps He wants to free you too.

Is there something you are fearful of doing? Maybe you feel like you don’t have what it takes to follow through. God knows you do. Trust Him with it and He just might surprise you.

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9

The Race of Faith

I used to be a runner. Back in December of 2009, I ran my first training mile. If I remember correctly, it was a bone-chilling 22 degrees and it took me 17 minutes. I was inspired by the TV show Biggest Loser and decided the night before I wanted to run a full marathon. Twelve months later on November 27th, I did just that. I ran 26.2 miles with a 12-minute pace.

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The Father’s Love

I was born in Seattle and have lived in Washington all my life. I am pretty familiar with this state, especially in regards to the rain and we’ve had a lot of it. It’s what makes our state so green and for that, I’m thankful.

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What is Love?

This weekend my husband and I attended a marriage conference led by Paul David Tripp. I highly recommend reading ANY of his books, and wow, he has a LOT. His teaching is refreshing and simple and yet so profound. Plus, the guy has good style for a 66-year-old man. #justsayin

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How to Bloom When You Feel Broken

Last month, I went to a women’s brunch. A friend of mine was speaking. The last time I heard her speak to a group of women was in 2006. Back then, she talked about brokenness, reconciliation and a stolen stereo. I remember it well because her story resonated with mine.

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The Day I Chose to Obey

It was a beautiful spring day. The opportunity had come, the timing was more than right. It was perfect. I knew I had enough courage to follow through with it—not because of my own doing, but because of the strength given by Almighty God. It is a journey I look back on often, as a reminder of his faithfulness.

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Good + Right

Hello! Happy New Year! I’m only 33 days late. Are you surprised? I’ve had so much to say, but so little time to say it, which is probably a good thing. I am ALL FOR the sharing of our hearts and minds and think it is good + right to stand up for what we believe in. I never did get around to sharing my thoughts on the American flag, why black lives actually do matter and whether or not I think George Dubya is a drunk or just a silly old man.

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Day 31: Done Deal

Well, I did it! I made it to the last day in the Write 31 Days Challenge. I’m already looking forward to next year! I’m not sure if I’ll continue my series on Writing Naked or come up with something new altogether. The challenge of writing 31 blog posts (in my case, 30) was so much harder than I thought it would be.

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Day 30: Brave

It’s Day 30. I can’t believe this thing is almost over. I came across this little saying recently and it made me laugh. “Never tell your problems to anyone-20% don’t care and the other 80% are glad you have them.” This could very well be true, but it doesn’t stop me from sharing my life-the good, the bad and the ugly. If anything, I’ve learned a lot about myself over these last 30 days.

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Day 29: Not A Problem

Enough about insecurity. Today is about bravery. Can someone please send me some? I have a problem.

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