About Julie A Desjardins

Me

Julie A Desjardins is a servant of the Most High God.

Biography

I was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Even though I grew up in a Christian family, there was a lot of strife and anger at home and I drifted away from God.  When I was twenty-two, my beloved mother died of breast cancer and I spent the next eight years looking for love and fulfilment in all the wrong places.  After yet another broken relationship, I surrendered my life to Christ.  Time and time again, I have witnessed the power of God in my life to heal my brokenness, free me from my past and from condemnation, and bring about my God-given identity.

In 2005 I married and today I live with my husband and son in Thompson, Manitoba where I work as a registered nurse in a local family clinic.  As a nurse, I see daily the negative effect eating the standard North American diet has on our health and the world God created.  In 2011 my family and I transitioned to eating a whole-foods, plant-based (WFPB) diet.  I was surprised at how versatile, expansive, and delicious a WFPB diet is, as well as how freeing and pleasurable it is to eat without counting calories; to just enjoy food.  At the same time, I began feeling the Lord anointing a spirit of evangelism in me; I was being called, from the pew to the pulpit. My heart longs to point people to Jesus and the life He is calling us to.  Although it might appear as if both of these passions are mutually exclusive, when I started writing and speaking about faith and food, God began showing me how both of these things are actually intimately connected.

In the spring of 2013, I was diagnosed with the earliest stage of endometrial carcinoma, a cancer of the lining of the uterus.  The only treatment was a total hysterectomy.  Sitting on the edge of my bed before the surgery, I felt the Holy Spirit tell me what to ask for; not for healing but instead to ask: can I have more of You.

Before the Surgery - April 17-13 April 17, 2013 – before the surgery

After the surgery, a two-day hospital stay turned into 2-1/2 weeks when I developed an excruciatingly painful bowel obstruction. For 2 weeks I could not eat or drink; I had a tube inserted through my nose into my stomach to drain out the bile from my swollen belly.

Biography - NG Hospital - April 2013

The day the surgeon was coming to say I would have to undergo another surgery, some friends came to pray over me and the Lord healed me and opened the blockage.  Since my recovery, I am more committed to telling people about the love and mercy of Christ and how we can honor God with our bodies through the food we eat.

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18 Responses to About Julie A Desjardins

  1. carmen says:

    What a wonderful testimony of what the Lord has done in your life!! You would never know what you’ve been through by looking at your beaming smile! Jesus gives us beauty for ashes! Isaiah 61:3.

    I thank God for you and that He has called you to this ministry of sharing your faith and heathy living. The two go hand in hand because we are physical and spiritual beings.

    Your love for Him is evident in your life!!
    Blessings!!
    ♥ carmen

    • Again, thank you Carmen, I so appreciate your feedback and comments; your own passion and love for the Lord and the life He has given you is also evident in your writing … I love having a blogging friend (whom I hope to make an in-person friend this summer!). I look forward to where God will take us both.
      Blessings
      Julie:)

  2. Katherine says:

    Hi Julie,
    Thank you for sharing your story…
    It is wonderful to see how we are blessed by the presence of God in our lives.
    Praise God for his power, love and grace.
    God continue to bless you and all your family

  3. Jackie says:

    Julie you are an inspirational girl and I am honoured to call you a friend. I know your path will always be successful and enriching and am thrilled with your food blog and career direction – your a natural carer. Wishing you and your family abundance, health and laughter in all that you do. X J

    • Oh Jackie, thank you so much! I am thrilled to know that you are reading my blog! I was inspired by you from day one … for some reason I always remember us swimming in that pool in Ft William … that and you playing the fiddle! I hope one day we meet again in person, until then, I pray all the blessings of abundance, health and laughter for you, Iain and your family.
      Love you …
      Julie:)

  4. Terrisa Murray says:

    I was very blessed to have met you at Hillsong conference, you are an inspiration eph 3:20

    Oceans of love
    Xx

    • Thank you Terrisa! It was such a pleasure to meet you too … I was definitely going through a struggle when we met but God is faithful and I know that with Him, noting is an accident! Who knows when we might get the pleasure again.
      Blessings to you across the miles.
      Julie:)

  5. Dawn K. says:

    Wow Julie, the Lord is using you powerfully! What an another amazing testimony of God’s goodness and power! I am not surprised you were healed, praise God. You radiate the joy and the light of the Lord! God bless you, Paul, Sammy and your ministry.
    love Dawn : )

    • Dawn! Thank you for those encouraging words. I am honoured that you are reading my blog. And yes, God is amazing in all He does; I pray that He continues to give us the words, discernment and wisdom to share Him with this world.
      Blessings to you my friend.
      Julie:)

  6. Frances Potter says:

    Hi Julie,
    your looking very well healthy, happy and beautiful. Your story is inspiring. Many blessings to you.
    Fran

  7. carmen says:

    My dear Julie, it was such a blessing to meet you and your sister! I am visiting friends and family in Germany. At the moment I am with a dear friend that i met in 1982. She is a wonderful treasure to me and we are spending precious time together. I have shown her your blog and read your powerful testimony together! We are praising God and thanking Him for His love and mercy!!

    I will do a special post about meeting in London soon.

    Blessings!!

    ❤ carmen

    • Carmen my dear friend. I hope you forgive me for taking so long to thank you for this and your post about our summer meeting. I did not write any blog posts for so long … I became very tired and gave it up for awhile. I think I feel ready to work at it again though so here I am scrolling through comments and seeing your lovely message. That is so wonderful that you shared my blog with your friend; I am honored and humbled.
      I hope you are well and blessed at the start of 2016. Please keep in touch. I treasure our friendship even if we do not get to communicate as often as I would like.
      Love & many blessings
      Julie

      • carmen says:

        Awww, you’re so sweet Julie!! THere’s nothing to forgive; I totally understand how time goes by so quickly, here we are in 2016 already. Day to day living and the chores of each day takes time. Blogging and social media should not become just another chore, another thing on a list of things to do. Our friendship is deeper than just blogs and FB. Thanks to our wonderful Lord, we have eternity and our friendship is not limited with time and distance!

        Friends forever and sisters in Christ!

        Abundant blessings!!

        ❤ carmen

      • Amen!! I agree. Thank you friend. ❤

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    • Thank you so much Carmen for your kind words and encouragement. It was the fulfillment of a wish for me to meet you thus past summer and a great delight. You are a lovely person inside and out and I so enjoyed hearing more of your story. I know we will continue to be life long friends and I hope we meet again for lunch some day!

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