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Juliana Cutrer is the founder of A Rare Jewel Apparel, which provides inspirational rhinestone T-shirts for women. She’s currently working on a new venture that will impact other women entrepreneurs. She has a background in healthcare analytics and a passion for women’s ministry.

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  1. I feel like this is the season I’m in now. I’m a dv survivor trying to rebuild my life. I have small children..one of which is special needs. I’m a student and having to work 3 jobs just to get by. I found out this week that the contract job is ending Friday instead of Oct like originally stated. It’s exhausting, frustrating and feels like its all for nothing. Theres always a setback. The pay on these jobs is so low that I can’t make it without another job. I’ve applied for higher paying positions but never get hired. Thank you for sharing your story. My condolences on the loss of your mother.

  2. God does have plans for us. I retired in 2014. Had my site set on traveling with my husband and just doing nothing unless I wanted to. Got to travel a bit, even took a prn job as a Cardiac Monitor Tech. Got to work when I wanted and was not obligated. My mother had knee surgery and was diagnosed soon after with Dementia. I decided to bring my mother to my home and take care of her. This is what I did for five years. The traveling was on hold, my time was not mine. She was my center and I know I did the best I could. I thank God that I had retired and didn’t have to stop working after she got ill. I know that was the plan that God had already written. I accepted his plan and I would not have it any other way. She has been gone now for 10 months. Miss her dearly. I know if I had to do it all over again. I would do it in a heart beat. God’s plan never goes awry!

    • My condolences on the loss of your mother. We have to continue to remember that God’s plans are better than ours.

    • I remember vividly that season..and you were sold as a rock in your faith. May your cup runneth over with all the desires of your heart. For me, I believe whole-heartedly in the scripture.. “seek Him early.” It has many levels but when you gird up your loins with the full armour of God early, you are equipped for the wiles of the enemy. Much love to you my friend. “Excellent article!”

  3. Your are right when you said pray, believe and wait on God. He sometimes brings us to places we don’t want to be. But it’s for a reason. As you know me and my sister were caregivers for our mom. I must confess i didn’t want to do. I didn’t know how I could do. So I prayed to God and asked him to help me do this. All anxiety left. God does answer prayers with yes, no, not now. We just have to wait and while we’re waiting we must pray.

  4. Thank you for your transparency and most of all doing what was needed for your Mother. I believe in God’s timing in everything. His plan for you had already been mapped out. Thank you for sharing and I believe God is going to do greater things in your life for your faithfulness.

  5. Juliana, my sincere condolences on the loss of your mom. I pray God will continually comfort you, your daughter, and your family.

    Thank you for this piece. In its own way it was inspiring to me to, yes, pray, trust, and wait.
    Yes, wait . . . with a good attitude, just as you did.
    Thank you for this. And, please . . .
    Keep writing.
    Keep praying.
    Keep trusting.
    Because God is faithfully faithful.

  6. What a blessed testimony Juliana. I really needed this testimony today. So much God given spiritual wisdom and maturity for one so young.
    My cousin sister loved you so much, she was proud of every step you made. Keep living Proverbs 3:5-6 to His glory.. Much love thoughts, prayers from my heart to yours.

  7. Thank you for sharing your life and your journey with us. While reading your story, I could not help but feel as if I was looking in a mirror of my own life to some degree.

  8. Find the moments of PAUSE, take time to reflect

    Create the very personal soundtrack; music soothes the savages of beasts

    Identify sabotage from your ownSELF

    Offer grace and patience to stakeholders

    Put corrective measures in place

    Thank the Lord for another opportunity for improvement 🙏

  9. Julianna,
    That was a very profound testimony.Keep trusting,
    believing and holding on to God’s promises. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think!

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