Meet Julia

Hello GodlyDIVA!

Yes, I’m talking to you! I know you’re here because you want to know a little bit more about me, but before I start, I want to tell you something about yourself.

You are an answer to prayer. You are a promise fulfilled.
You see, many years ago, God turned my heart toward women who needed to hear how special they are to Him. He showed me victorious women walking around in shackles of despair or fear. He showed me powerful women feeling ashamed or insignificant. In the midst of that, He birthed a purpose in me to bring these truths to you. So I’m very excited you’re here because your presence is evidence of God’s faithfulness toward both of us! You are about to walk in the fullness of who God designed you to be, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of that journey!
Now, I know you’re not going to let me off that easy; back to my introduction. This is really awkward for me, so I’m going to pretend you and I are sitting next to one another here in my living room, chatting as I caress my jumbo sized cup of raspberry green tea (I have a thing for large tea cups with inspirational messages). I’d glance down at my son playing with his toy cars near my feet (he’s never too far) and then begin to tell you…

First Things First
I’m a thankful recipient of God’s grace. Flawed? Yes. But most importantly…FORGIVEN. I have an insatiable love for God’s word and writing about it. It’s not really something I opted into — it’s like breathing for me.
Although my faith journey officially began as a teenager when I gave my life to Christ, God’s handprints have been on my life since before I was born. I’ve always been somewhat of an underdog from the world’s standards. Literally from birth, doctors told my mother that I was not going to survive. Wrong. Growing up with a single mom, I was told that I wouldn’t achieve much. Wrong. I went to college, graduated with top honors, and found an extremely successful career where I soon realized my natural gift for storytelling and helping others improve their lives also worked well for negotiating and strategic planning in organizations. Today, I am a humorous mixture of “can’t-be-dones”, that DID, and God receives the glory for that.
“Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.” 1 Corinthians 1:27

Family
I smile just thinking about these beautiful people. I married a handsome, God-loving Catholic, who was crazy enough to decide he wanted to spend the rest of his life with this quirky non-denominational evangelical (who can never sit still during praise and worship). Many ask how this dynamic works in our home….another time, another book. 🙂 What I can say is that i’m extremely blessed! Kevin is everything I didn’t even know to pray for. He is what happened when I trusted God to write my love story. When we married, I got the most beautiful and kind stepdaughter anyone could ask for, and in 2016 I gave birth to the littlest Erdkamp, Isaac.

Any discussions of my family would not be complete without discussing the one who has been there from the beginning, my mother, Patricia. To know her is to adore her…she is as good as it gets folks! I’ve never met anyone as generous, inspiring, outgoing, bright, and beautiful as her, and I get to call her mom! Xoxo

If you’d like to know more about my ministry world, feel free to jump over to my Official Bio.

Full Disclosure

Ok….I hate folding laundry and am known to let it pile up. Whew! I feel so much better getting that out of the way. But, there’s more…I’m an obnoxiously healthy eater and actually enjoy really intense workouts. That strategic planning I mentioned earlier? Yeah…I have a hard time turning it off, so I’m known to be overly-particular about random things. It drives my husband crazy at least once a day.

But it’s ok, because my goal is not to be perfect….

My goal is to live a story of my surrender and God’s grace. I want His love to shine through all my broken pieces.

In the middle of my messiness, lies His perfect will for my life.

And, in those quiet, sacred moments (with my jumbo sized cup of tea) I sit and listen as He reveals it to me.

One step at a time.

So here we are….You and I. It seems His perfect will has caused our paths to cross. I think He has a few words He wants me to share with you, if you don’t mind…

Let’s go for a stroll together, shall we?