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my story

(right) In the hospital with Crohn's disease (2017)

After turning away from God and Christianity when I was eighteen, I spent twelve years trying to find my identity and purpose in the world. Instead of living out the romantic, adventurous twenties I had dreamed of, I fell into depression, food and alcohol addiction, and--after years of ever-worsening symptoms--I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at the age of twenty-seven.

Over the next three years, I did my best to pick up the pieces after hitting rock-bottom, but it wasn't until my thirtieth birthday that things really began to change. I still felt lost and lonelier than ever, but something was telling me that I needed to turn back to God and give Him another chance. Even as I ventured into the unknown, I somehow knew that He was my only hope. 

And as soon as I began searching for Him, I found that He had never left--He had been right there waiting all along. 

I am thirty-four now and God has completely changed my life; He has restored every year that I lost. He has filled me with joy, set me free from addiction, and completely healed me from Crohn's disease. I have found my identity in Christ and His love for me, and I have found my purpose in loving Him and sharing the Gospel. 

One of my favorite ways to share the truth about God's goodness is through writing. Thank you for reading.

xo,

Julia

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