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