The LET’S TALK #35 | Interview with Julie Lyles Carr was fantastic! Julie is a mom of 8 kids (yes, I said 8!) and is a well-known speaker and teacher. She serves as Pastor of the women’s ministry at her home church of LifeAustin in Austin, Texas. Julie recently launched her book Raising an Original and she’s also the Founder and Executive Director of Legacy of Hope Austin.
Early into the interview, Julie discusses that it is God’s main desire to have a personal relationship with us. However, so many of us play trivial pursuit with the Bible and use it as a type of “resource legal book.” In doing so, we miss the relational part—the most important part.
Personally, I’m not one who can easily memorize scripture. In fact, most of the scriptures that I can quote were those that were ingrained in me as a little girl. Hmmm…let’s see…so basically, it takes me about 20+ years to memorize a verse. Oh my! But the cool thing is that through personal prayer and reading the Bible, God will speak directly to me. In an instant those words are ingrained in my mind; and they have provided direction and so much hope as the years go by. This is the value in having a personal relationship with God.
Please don’t misunderstand me, memorizing scripture is so incredibly important. For example, when people come to me for advice, often times a scripture will pop up in my head that speaks directly to their situation and then I’m fumbling for my phone to try and figure out the full verse and where to find it in the Bible. Oh man…
Later in the interview, Julie talks about how true healing only comes from God. So true. I loved it when she said that she came to a realization that she “couldn’t love everyone to wholeness.” We can do our best to try to help someone in distress, but our main job is just to bring that person to the throne room of God and let him do the rest. Wow….this really takes the pressure off of us doesn’t it? How many times do Christians preach to others—with true intentions—but miss the mark and actually turn the person off instead. In my teens and 30’s, I had personally experienced severe trauma that had left me scarred. Others truly tried to help; God love them. But my true healing came from my heavenly Father. When I allowed him to do his thing, my heart and mind were completely healed.
I see you. I am with you. Love, God
Earlier this year, I asked God what he wanted to say on a pillow that I wanted to make for my little guy. He’s learning to read and I wanted something powerful, yet so simple that he could read on his own. God gave me this: “I see you. I am with you. Love, God.”
My heart melted. So sweet knowing that God loves my baby even more than me! (Yeah, I know my baby is entering 1st grade, but I’ll always call him my baby.)
Julie touches on this on this same subject. She says that she has found during all of her encounters with people, that at our core, it is our hearts to desire to be seen. We want to be seen and accepted for exactly who we are. She references Hagar’s story in the Bible.
Do you remember Hagar from the Bible? She was Abraham’s servant/mistress who gave him his first-born son, but was essentially cast aside. I always felt bad for her, but what I didn’t know was that she—of all people—gave God a nickname that is recorded in the Bible and one that we use today. How cool is that! She calls him El Roi; the God who sees me.
Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the LORD, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.” She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?”
— Genesis 16:13 (NLT)
- She’s abused, but unseen.
- She’s necessary, but unnecessary.
- She caries value (her son), but she’s devalued.
- She is unseen.
Does her conflict sound familiar? Hagar goes to the desert and God meets her there. Through an angel visitation, he tells Hagar what to do and then tells her how he will bless her by multiplying her descendants. God is so good to us!
I found an article published on Bible.org that’s a good read if you want to take a deeper dive into Hagar’s story. Click here.
Julie’s interview on Let’s Talk is just over 50 minutes. This is the longest interview to date and I’ve barely even touched on a few subjects. I encourage you to take the time to listen to the entire episode. You won’t be disappointed!
– Celina 😉
Thank you so much Julie for spending time with Teresa (Let’s Talk with Teresa Ann) to record this episode. I was truly inspired to go deeper into the word. I so look forward to reading your book! To read Teresa’s review about this interview you can get to it here.
She Inspired me to…
create this pretty pillow. In the interview, Julie said “We Laughed” is what she wanted her to kids to remember most about their time as a family. You can see this design in the shop here.
Growing up, my family had some really tough times, but above all I’ll always remember my Dad telling jokes and my mom’s belly laugh. Love this message!
One of my favorite quotes is by Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” When we laugh, we just feel pure joy!
Raising an Original by Julie Lyles Carr
Parenting each child according to their unique God-given temperament