Profiles in Diligence: Julie Horn

Do not let your adornment be merely outward—
arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—
rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. ~ 1 Peter 3:3-4

Meet sweet, gracious, beautiful Julie Horn. She is probably blushing at my description; I would, too, if someone said that about me.

They say the eyes are the window to the soul, perhaps. A better description is this one, offered by Jesus, in Matthew 6:22, “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.”

Julie’s eyes show depth of character in a life handcrafted by her God and Savior through each experience He has handed to her.

Julie is a friend, as well as a role model who demonstrates what it means to be a woman of a gentle and a quiet spirit. Oh, I know she may not agree with me, but that is how I see her. She has been my core group leader in a couple of Bible studies and I have enjoyed her leadership, depth of Bible knowledge, and insights.

Julie is one of those women who truly cares about you and listens well. She is committed to helping women grow in their relationship with the Lord. Julie is like a treasure chest of wisdom. When we talk, I usually end up with gems of insight, comfort, encouragement, application, and yes, sometimes, an admonition to walk worthy of bearing Christ’s name. A true friend and sister-in-Christ will help you to see your foibles and point you in the direction of Jesus Christ; Julie does this with the utmost care and love.

You may be wondering how Doug and Julie got together; I have never asked them, but these two were made for each other. They remind me of the main characters in the movie “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” Julie is Milly, sweet yet strong; and Doug is Adam, strong yet teachable. I am certain they have had their share of ups and downs, but through all of them, Jesus Christ has been the center, and He has solidified their marriage.

Together with Doug, Julie faithfully cared for their three children and brought “them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). Not only that, but they did something entirely different from their peers when being different meant possible jail time. Pioneers forged settlement of the West in the 1800’s; Julie, with Doug’s support, was a pioneer in the homeschool movement in the 1980’s. She was involved in the development of the Christian Home Educators Association of California (CHEA). It was Julie’s request that I teach Spanish and biology to a group of homeschool students that introduced me to homeschooling. Perhaps that is what fueled my husband’s decision to homeschool our daughter.

There is another thing that Julie does well, photography. Her photos are more than memories of an event or an individual; they are artistic images that capture the true essence of the moment or the person. She took the photo of Santa Doug and the two girls. Her website is http://ahornphoto.com/, if you are interested in checking out her artistry and skill in photography.

I hope you have enjoyed meeting Julie Horn; what was presented here is a minute amount of her character and life. This how I know Julie; her life has the touch of the Master’ Hand, and it is evident that she brings glory to Him.

Tomorrow, I will introduce you to Doug and Julie’s firstborn, Jessica.

I hope you enjoy this song from “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” You will have to watch it on YouTube; sorry for the inconvenience.

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