So Nice to Meet You!

I’m so grateful that God is greater than our past. He’s greater than our circumstances. And He is greater than anything we will ever face. Knowing Him, knowing His Word, and praying in simple faith has radically transformed my life…it has transformed me. 

My heart is to help others know God, know Scripture, and know how to pray. When we pray Scripture we declare truth and God’s sovereignty over us and our situations. When we know Scripture we are stabilized, strengthened, and transformed. And when we believe Scripture we are able to embrace His promises and walk in all He has called us to.

The oldest of five children, my childhood was marked by neglect, trauma, and violence. On my own at 17, I dropped out of high school to earn a living. Married as soon as I turned 18, I was a divorced single mom at 21 who worked two jobs and struggled to provide for my son.

What I’ve learned is that our past doesn’t have to hold us hostage and that God has the unfathomable ability to not only beautifully heal and transform our lives, but to make them fit perfectly within His eternal purposes and plans.

It’s crazy that God uses an uneducated former homeschooling mom to author books, but who am I to argue? I don’t know what God has called you to do, but I know this...God can do ANYTHING in and through us when we trust Him, pray without ceasing, and dare to believe He is greater.

Julie’s Official Bio

Julie K. Gillies is the author of  Prayers to Calm Your Anxious Heart (releasing September, 2020) (Harvest House Publishers), From Hot Mess to Blessed, and the devotional Prayers for a Woman’s SoulHealed from a traumatic childhood and awed that God uses even a far from perfect high school drop out to communicate His truth, her message helps listeners know God, know Scripture, and know how to pray. Julie is the joyful wife of Keith, mom of three and Grammy of five. She loves baking from scratch, bicycling with her hubby, any day without humidity, and hanging out with the entire family at home, especially on days when her house is clean. 

Statement of Faith

I believe in one God, Creator and Lord of the universe, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:29; John 10:30; Acts 5:3–4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1–3)

I believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is God's authoritative, inspired Word, without error in all its teachings. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters of belief and conduct.(Matthew 5:18; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; 2 Peter 1:19–21; Revelation 22:18–19) 
I believe that Jesus Christ, God's Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary, atoning death on the Cross, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended to heaven, where as truly God and truly man, He is the only mediator between God and man. (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6–7; Matthew 1:18–25; Mark 14:61–62; Luke 3:22; John 1:1–3, 14, 29, 5:18, 8:58, 10:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5–11; Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 5:20)
I believe salvation is a gift of God's grace, received by faith and not works. I believe that salvation is through faith in Christ alone and given to those who put their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Salvation involves repenting from sin, confessing with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believing in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. Salvation is received through a personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. All who receive Him are regenerated by the Holy spirit, become children of God, and receive eternal life with God. (John 1:12; Acts 16:30-33; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-9)

I believe in the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit for the individual's new birth and growth to maturity. His fullness and power are appropriated in the believer's life by faith. Every believer is called to live and walk in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit so that he will bear fruit to the glory of God and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. (John 14:16–17, 26, 15:26–27, 16:7–15; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9, 14; 1 Corinthians 2:10–11, 6:19, 12:4–13; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:16–18, 22–23; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18–21) 

I believe Jesus Christ will come again to the earth – personally and visibily – to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. God will fully manifest His Kingdom when He establishes a new heaven and new earth, in which He will be glorified forever and exclude all evil, suffering, and death. (John 14:2–3; Romans 14:10–12; 1 Corinthians 15:51–54; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:15–17; Revelation 20:11–15, 22:12–17)