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“I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance” (John 10:10).

Julie Sunne and Daughter
If we’re honest, we’re all searching for the abundant life. A life filled with purpose, worth, standing, love, and happiness.

Who doesn’t want every one of those? But where is that kind of life? How do you get it?

My Story

Long ago, I thought I knew.

I believed abundance rested with the way my days played out in this dance of life. A “good” life—as defined by an enjoyable job, adorable family, comfortable home, relative health—was an abundant life.

Yet it didn’t take long for that definition to be shattered and for me to be left grasping for something that made sense.

Because as a young wife, my dance through life was interrupted when my husband and I experienced the first of five miscarriages. Pain and grief engulfed my heart.

And any pretense of an abundant life quickly disappeared.

Life became a roller coaster of emotions. Gratitude at the birth of each live child; bitterness at the loss of each unborn.

Then our third child and only daughter was diagnosed with significant lifetime disabilities.

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Julie Sunne and Family

The music died. The dance ended.

That is until God used Rachel, my little blessing in disguise, to point me to the source of all true abundance.

It was then I started letting the God of grace take the lead in my life’s dance and become the well-spring of my joy and peace.

An abundant life began to make sense in a new and exciting way.

Your Story

Your story likely looks much different than mine. But since you’re here, I bet you struggle with stepping into the abundant life as well.

Because even when we know what it looks like, it is difficult to live it out.  

It seems our day’s blessings too easily get lost in its happenings.

But through the years I’ve discovered that God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 10:9). He is enough for anything we face.

You see, a life of joy and peace and meaning really does exist.

It’s just not found where we often focus. A bountiful life of meaning is not found in what we have or do or what we are walking through.

Having life in its fullness is only found in the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Julie Brother's Point Isle of Skye

Your Life-Dance

No, life in this broken world is not always easy. But God will be faithful to you as He has been to me.

As you welcome His love and truth, the Lord will lead you through your life-dance in the power of His grace. I know: typing this line is easy; living it out is anything but that. That’s why you’re here: to receive the tools, insight, and encouragement to help you live a life of abundance, no matter how your days unfold.

I pray that in the midst of the messiness of your life, you waltz in closer step with our Lord; discovering a life full of peace and purpose in Jesus Christ.

Be Encouraged

Take some time to check out my site. There are many encouraging posts. I don't say that in pride, but in all humility, because the encouragement I write is the encouragement I need.

God has been faithful to provide me hope and healing. I'm blessed by sharing it with you. 

Here are a few of my most popular posts:

Fruit of the Spirit Series

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What If Problems Are Really Plans?

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Sometimes I Lose Sight of Hope, but He’s There

{A Prayer}

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Important Lessons Learned From Vacation Bible School

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Fully Alive: A Journey that Will Change Your Life by Ken Davis

{a book review}

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How To Complain Less

{and enjoy life more)

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What Makes Mothers So Special?

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You Only Have One Life to Live

{How To Make It Count}

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Five Strategies for Managing Surface Emotions

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And I'd love to connect with you in a more personal way. Need prayer or want to share your story? Send me an email through my Contact Page.

Julie Sunne

My Biography

I praise God for molding me from a young lady "in control" to a more seasoned woman learning to rely on His guidance. Growing up, I lived a carefree life on my parent's farm, pitching in when needed and roaming the hills of northeast Iowa.

I graduated from college with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology and then went on to obtain my teaching degree in biology and mathematics. I taught for a short while before leaving the education system to be with my children.

Following years of working as a freelance editor and writer while being a full-time mom and homemaker, I felt God's leading to write and speak about my experiences of loss and raising our precious daughter; to help others discover that the abundant life isn't about your circumstances but about the One who loves them. 

My Family

My husband and I have been married for nearly 35 years. We were blessed to raise our three sons (Daniel, Zachary, and Joseph) and one daughter (Rachel) in Iowa state parks, where my husband was a state park ranger. Today, our family has been graced with one daughter-in-law and will gain another one soon. We remain caregivers for Miss Rachel.

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