What I Learned This Week – December 13

by | Dec 14, 2014 | personal journey

What I learnedOur days are full, aren’t they?? Especially this time of year.

Really though, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

A full life. What a blessing!

As I look back over my week, I reflect on this full life of mine. And I’m beyond grateful.

I also reflect on what I’ve learned.

When you look back over your full life this week, what did you learn? A truth? A lesson? A blessing? I’d love to read about it. Would you mind sharing it below??

What I learned this week:

Nothing can steal my joy.

My week began unsettled, as something out of the blue attempted to rob my joy. After much discussion with God and with my husband, I was reminded nothing or no one has authority to steal my God-given joy. Thankfully, I was able to let it go, and my peace returned. The truth of John 10:10 blessed me:

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The successes of my children are sweeter than my own.

I find myself continually proud of my two children. Moments of pride filled me once again Monday evening watching the debut performance of our high school’s show choir for the upcoming season. My heart swelled as I sat in the audience next to my daughter, donned in her EMT uniform, and beheld my son sing and dance in a lead role on stage. This mama’s eyes were teary through the entire performance, gasping in wondrous awe at times.



Many people who only know him on the soccer field came up to my husband and I afterwards, expressing their unawareness of his wonderful singing and dancing ability. Yes, this soccer boy can also sing and dance.


The entire performance was amazing, and each performer excelled beautifully on stage and behind the scenes. It’s going to be an exciting show choir season. And yes, you will see more of it appear here on my blog in the months to come. Thank you for sharing in my joy!DSCN7583


God has used our marriage as an example for our kids.

Some of the sweetest words rang in my ears this week as I heard my daughter share her heart about growing up and “watching her mom and dad be so in love,” and how she desires to marry a man “just like her dad.” As I listened to her words, I silently thanked God for the saving work He did in our marriage 15 years ago when Bill and I were on the verge of ending it all. Our marriage has been far from perfect these 22 years, but I suddenly realized by putting God in the center of our marriage, and what we’ve stood for all these years, has been a beautiful example for our children. The good, the not-so-good, and even the yuck has all been worth it. What a gift those words were to us as parents and as a married couple, as imperfect as we are!

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Again, I’d love to read what you learned this week. God bless you, friend!


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  1. Beth (@SimplyBeth3)

    I got goosebumps seeing the photos of your son. Oh, how proud you must be. I can only imagine what it felt like to sit there and watch him perform.
    And so grateful for the saving work God does in us and in our marriages. Praise God!!
    Smiling big from this post this morning, Julie.
    Much love.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Thank you for sharing in my joy, Beth. You bless me in so many ways. Yes, praise God for the saving work He has done in our marriages! May you have a blessed week, friend! Much love to you.



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