O, LORD, HOW MANIFOLD ARE THY WORKS! IN WISDOM HAST THOU MADE THEM ALL; THE EARTH IS FULL OF THY RICHES. - Psalm 104:24 (KJV)
Fascinated and awestruck by the Creator’s manifold riches, Julie Lavender enjoys sharing stories of God’s creations and is completely convinced that God uses His masterpieces to teach us more about Him. Whether it’s the humankind, a member of the animal kingdom, or one of God’s natural beauties, Julie loves boasting about God’s workmanship.
WE LOVE BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US. - 1 John 4:19 (NIV)
Julie is married to her high school and college sweetheart and holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. Julie and David are the parents of four adult children, two boys and two girls, and have one son-in-love.
IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH. - Genesis 1:1 (NLT)
Julie had the opportunity to visit several places across God’s big globe during the twenty years her husband served as a Medical Entomologist for the United States Navy. Julie and David trekked through a rain forest in Puerto Rico; swam in the waters lapping Barbados; straddled the equator in Quito, Ecuador; marveled at Golgotha in Israel; watched cliff divers in Acapulco, Mexico; sunbathed in Bermuda; toured in Toronto, and sipped tea on Vancouver Island.
YOU SHALL TEACH THEM DILIGENTLY TO YOUR CHILDREN, AND SHALL TALK OF THEM WHEN YOU SIT IN YOUR HOUSE, AND WHEN YOU WALK BY THE WAY, AND WHEN YOU LIE DOWN, AND WHEN YOU RISE. - Deuteronomy 6:7 (ESV)
Compliments of the US Navy, Julie and David resided in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, California, and Washington State at various time during their military days. With a moving van arriving frequently at the Lavenders’ doorstep, Julie chose to homeschool her four kids to keep at least one aspect of their lives consistent! Julie removed the homeschooling hat after twenty-five years of teaching her children.
WHATEVER YOU DO, DO YOUR WORK HEARTILY, AS FOR THE LORD RATHER THAN FOR MEN. - Colossians 3:23 (NAS)
Retired from the Navy, David now works as a Wildlife Biologist at an Army base an hour’s commute from their home in Statesboro, Georgia, and Julie keeps busy with various writing projects.
THE LORD RESPONDED: "WRITE DOWN THIS MESSAGE! RECORD IT LEGIBLY ON TABLETS, SO THE ONE WHO ANNOUNCES IT MAY READ IT EASILY." - Habakkuk 2:2 (NET)
Julie is the author of a homeschooling devotional, a sleepover-party planning book and three religious education resource books. As a freelance stringer for her local newspaper, Julie has the opportunity to write many faith-based, human interest stories, as well as a monthly family column and monthly women’s feature. Julie writes for Guideposts Magazines and GuidoMinistries. Some of Julie’s other writing credits include: Focus on the Family's Clubhouse, Mature Living, ParentLife, Today’s Christian Woman, Standard, Thriving Family, Taste of Home, Country Woman, Refresh, BookFun, Southern Writers, Homeschooling Today, Secret Place, Frank Schaffer’s Schooldays, and Welcome Home.