Work Done Well: Julie is the Clinical Director of Youth Programming at Overdose Lifeline, where she provides clinical support and oversight for Camp Mariposa Aaron’s Place and Aaron’s Place Exchange (APEX).
I have to tell you there, the main thing for me, and I don’t say this lightly, is spending time with God every day in His word. We all have seasons of fruitfulness and seasons of dryness, which is why we have to stay connected to Him. I have to be intentional in my time with God, even when I don’t feel like it, or even when it feels like He’s far off, just to be disciplined, to sit down, and to say here I am.
In those moments when I feel like I can’t even pray, I spend time with God anyway and ask for His strength. Having that time first thing every morning is my secret sauce because you know, just to be with the Lord gathers your strength. Do not neglect your relationship with God, even when it feels hard. That’s the one thing that I can’t live without, and I know that even when I sometimes do fall, I know the Lord is with me.
Personally, I write a blog where I share my heart and the things that I am learning. My dream is to spend more time pouring into that and to share more encouragement with others and what we are doing in our community.
I would also encourage women to use their church as a huge resource in their lives. Have like-minded women as well as women from other walks of life teach you and pour into you. Have a time where you can laugh and share what’s going on in your heart and in your life.
The church should be more than just people meeting on a Sunday. We must go out and practice what we’ve learned. That is so important because not only have I seen that make a difference in my life but also in the families that we serve. Isolation and not having a system of support is not the way it’s supposed to be. God made us to be in community.