Julie Plagens shares how living under the shadow of her pastor father led her to stuff anger and bitterness, which affected her health. She tells how she made the decision to cut ties with her family. Julie explains what life was like after she cut ties with her family. She realized that by severing family ties, she just traded one set of problems for another. After years estranged from her family of origin, and with much prayer and counseling, Julie began to see that the real enemy wasn’t her parents, but Satan. She hares a word of wisdom to those experiencing brokenness in their family.
Julie is a wife, mother, teacher, blogger, and author. Before she married, she taught speech, drama, and English for three years in the Richardson Independent School District. After she married, she became a stay-home mom. Julie has volunteered for many years locally and in South Texas doing VBS, food distribution, and door-to-door witnessing. Now that her children are grown, she is a substitute teacher for a private school in Dallas and works intermittently for her husband.
After a heartbreaking estrangement from parents who were in ministry, Julie realized she was not alone in her feelings of shame and her struggles to interact with family in a healthy way. Now that she has reconciled with her family, she wishes to help others find hope when they experience a family rift or a family estrangement. When Julie is not talking about forgiveness, she is sharing helpful tips on her blog about family, parenting, marriage, and faith. Julie lives with her husband of 25 years in Dallas, Texas.