Welcome to Cultivate Grace!
Hi! Welcome to Cultivate Grace. I’m Julia. I’m a pastor’s wife and mother of seven kids. I am also a writer, conference speaker, coach, and Advanced Relational Wisdom Instructor.
On this blog, I help women live for God’s glory (i.e. reveal his character) by extending grace through redemptive relationships. In other words, I help women intentionally apply God’s grace in practical ways to everyday life so they can thrive (not merely survive) the years of singleness, marriage, and parenting. I want women to find joy in their calling; to enjoy their home and to savor rich relationships in the midst of work commitments, ministry life, dating, marriage, and parenting.
I started writing to answer the questions:
- How can I live by God’s grace?
- What practical changes can I make to the structure and organization of my home and schedule to allow space for grace and freedom? How can I make space for me and my family to be who we are: imperfect but growing in Christ-likeness?
- How can I live like I understand I am God’s daughter and not a merely pawn in his cosmic plan? What would change about how I live if I really rested in his grace and better understood my position of favor in his heart?
- Do the things that capture my time and attention reveal the character of God to others such that they will want to entrust their hearts to Him as well? How can I be about my Father’s business of expanding his kingdom into the wide world just outside my door?
As I asked these questions, I discovered a host of women sharing the same struggles, asking the same questions, and feeling quite isolated in their quest.
I send out one or two posts per week, sharing my ideas of what it looks like to cultivate a life of grace – in community with other women. I explore what it means bring the Bible to life in our lives as we walk through life together.
If you have an aching desire to do or be more, to connect, to approach life with intentionality, and to chase after Jesus with everything you’ve got, this is the place for you.
If you are ready to ask (& answer) the question: What does it mean for me to follow Jesus in the minutia(e) of my day? and then to do it in increasing measure, this is the place for you.
Are you ready to live differently today than you did yesterday? Are you ready to implement practical changes to your life in light of biblical truth? Do you want to pursue grace? Sign up for the blog posts today!
Julia was one of the first people certified to teach relational wisdom and she has a marvelous ability to apply these concepts to the relational challenges of real life. She is biblical, practical, insightful and humorous … all of which makes her teaching both valuable and fun to read.
I first met Julia when she led our ladies retreat. Our husbands were pastors of PCA churches in neighboring towns in Tennessee. After the conference, I was eager to know her better, so I invited myself and my kids over to her house. I loved seeing how she throws herself into the challenges of raising, parenting, and homeschooling a large family. Julia has so many unique and smart solutions to offer, and I love her heart for training and equipping her children. I told her she should start a blog; knowing others would benefit from hearing how Julia approached life and organized her home. Her writing is encouraging and uplifting. Her blog has taught me so much about home organization, child training, and relationship building. She is a great solution finder and problem solver, but more importantly, she is a Grace lover. Thank you, Julia, for sharing your many gifts with us in a relatable, God honoring, Grace centered way!
Who is this girl? (A little more about me)
Originally from Texas (which any Texan will tell you means it’s in my blood), I now live in Pennsylvania. I am married to an amazing pastor and we have seven children, six of whom I homeschool. The seventh I chase around… a lot.
I started following Jesus as a young child, though I am increasingly convinced that’s when I realized he was pursuing me. I have made about a gazillion poor choices that led to difficult circumstances and painful relationships over the years, but God has graciously chased me down, drawn me into his care, and redeemed even my worst experiences.
My childhood experience was a fractured one. I come from a broken home splintered by divorce and dividing up kids, which was punctuated by living in 21 homes before I graduated from high school. After changing majors about a hundred times and dropping out of college to get my cosmetology license, I finally graduated with degrees in mathematics and physics.
Professionally I’ve done everything from modeling to managing retail stores to pediatric insurance billing to banking. I’ve worked in fraud detection, software development, marketing, financial analysis, graphic design, and speech writing.
I “retired” at 29 to develop my ability to identify potty training readiness and recognize changes in the hormonal currents of adolescence. Let me tell you: storm chasers and meteorologists have nothing on the mother of toddlers or teens! It’s a fun, but wild ride.
Nowadays, supporting my husband in ministry and homeschooling take center stage on my schedule. I am also a writer, speaker, consultant, coach, and Advanced Relational Wisdom Instructor (rw360.org).