It’s the Who that Gets You Through by Julie Arduini

For the last couple weeks my sister and I have been perusing social media and watching videos. There has been so much information out there concerning our nation and her past, her presidents, their choices, and our future.

Heady stuff.

And just we needed as a distraction.

For the world will remember December 6 for the election certification and your narrative concerning the Capitol building.

For my sister and me, it was the day we lost our mother.

She’d been ill, but was recovering. That week was the best she’d been in months. It was a shock we’re still reeling from. Now both parents are gone. It’s me, my husband, our children, my sister, and her son. It felt so surreal in the house and the days no one dared to sit in mom’s chair.

The chair she watched so many newscasts in. Whether I was still living at home or out of the area with my own family, mom and I were about the news. We had opinions on all the current events, the politics, and the anchors/reporters delivering it all.

As loved ones dropped off meals and condolences, the television was on in the background. No matter what you think about the last couple weeks, we knew one thing.

Mom could not have handled what’s happening.

The irony is in her death, my sister and I started watching together. Then we found a third party who shared the same thoughts I had been prayerfully seeing and reading since 2019. Things regarding the election and even today’s inauguration I have believed with all my heart that mom in her pain and frustration couldn’t grasp. Our last political conversation ended in disagreement. “Give it up, Julie.”

As we planned mom’s services, carried them out, and finished the week out together in what is now my sister’s house, we hung on all the Gab/Rumble/Clouthub notifications. As we said goodbye, wondering while I drive would an alarm go off signaling the beginning of our theories or the end?

All of our chat and pending excitement thinly covering up the reality. Mom’s gone and we have to adjust to life without her.

As I type this, my sister and the group text we are on is blowing up. So much politically will happen today. It might go exactly how we think, or not. It’s hard not knowing.

Between the current events and personal grief, I have peace. Although I’ve read a lot of articles on both death and the news, I know one thing about where I am right now.

It’s not about what I place my trust in.

It’s Who.

Whether I see Biden, Harris, Trump, or the military take control, I’m going to be okay because all my hope is in Jesus. He is my rock, my anchor, my everything. Even in the worst circumstances, He has been faithful.

Same for you. Whatever’s going on, whatever you hope to happen today, my prayer is you aren’t clinging to your what’s but that you have a Who.

Jesus. King of Kings and Lord of Lords.


About juliearduini

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the new contemporary romance series SURRENDERING HEARTS (Anchored Hearts, Repairing Hearts, +four more.) Her other romance series is SURRENDERING TIME (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged.) She also co-wrote a YA series with her daughter, SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ (You’re Beautiful, You’re Amazing, You’re Brilliant.) Her stand-alone romances include MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN and RESTORING CHRISTMAS. Julie maintains a blog at and participates in the team blog Christians Read. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at
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10 Responses to It’s the Who that Gets You Through by Julie Arduini

  1. Kristin says:

    What.a great reminder. I’m so sorry about your mother, but you know where she is. Thank you for reminding us all that God is in control no matter what.

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  2. jlue says:

    So sorry for your loss. A mother’s love is a special love and such a heartbreaking loss when they leave us. I’m writing you because my sister and I lost our mother Dec.6, 2020 also. She was 99 and had Covid. I’m still reeling from this and the tremendous changes facing our nation. I know that God is faithful. Psalm 34 helped me this morning. Prayers for you and your sister.


    • juliearduini says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss. God IS faithful. He will see us through. If I know nothing else, I know that. God continue to be with you.


  3. I am so sorry about your Mom. Sending you hugs from afar. ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I’m with you there, Julie. And I understand your pain and loss. I’m so sorry. All of this together sometimes seems like too much, but reading Proverbs is helping.

    Liked by 1 person

    • juliearduini says:

      His Word has carried me through the last year. I know no matter what I see today, His word is promise. We reap what we sow. I want to sow righteousness. I know others have cultivated mocking everything dear to Jesus. I can sit in peace today no matter what.


  5. Nancy J. Farrier says:

    Julie, I am so sorry about your mother. Your reminder is so true. No matter what, we have to cling to Jesus.

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