Articles by Julie Neils

Julie Neils is passionate about living a real life in a fabricated world. Digging beneath the surface in her relationship with God and with others is the thing that gets her up out of bed. That and fussy little ones. And a big ol’ cup of coffee. As a media relations and branding consultant, she has spent more than fifteen years advising ministry leaders, policy makers and authors on relevant, out-of-the-box communications strategies. She and her husband, Brian, live in the Rocky Mountains where she homeschools their five kiddos.


When One Suffers
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When One Suffers . . .

Just as a physical pain grows and is gradually felt throughout the body, it is the same when one suffers within the body of Christ. We must make a conscious decision to respond to it. A number of choices lie before us.

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Dear Me

What would you tell yourself as a new mother if you knew then what you know now?

When You Grow Armpit Hair ...
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When You Grow Armpit Hair…

Each change is in its own way another reminder that though I like my life in order, organized, and running on time, I am not in control and I must open my hands freely to the Lord.

A Moon Pie Mutiny
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A Moon Pie Mutiny

Embracing or negotiating with sin is a moon pie mutiny that leads us far from our only true and good life source.

The Color of the Holy Spirit
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The Color of the Holy Spirit

I left the hair salon not caring that my hair was three shades darker than its normal chocolate brown. Because on that day, it was the color of the Holy Spirit.

My Good Gods
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My Good Gods

My gods — good parenting, good homeschooling, and good housekeeping — are born of and built to my own pride.

ZICHRO I’BRAKHAH
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Zichro I’brakhah

God has placed eternal and lasting value upon each of us that does not end with the passing of years or with the location of our physical bodies.

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The Nature of Fire

An urgent call from my husband set me in motion. “Get the kids ready. I’m coming home. We need to leave now.” Flames raced down the mountainside across from his office towards our city. Too close for comfort. He could see it was moving in an unpredictable pattern with uncontrollable speed. Five days before, a…

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