Jesus is Born, The True Story – Christmas According to Kids

Jesus is Born - The True Story According to Kids via www.JeanWilund.com

If there’s someone who doesn’t know the story about Christmas and the birth of Jesus, perhaps it’s because he was only born yesterday. Literally. Or at least in the past year, and he’s still discovering his toes.

While most know about Christmas, how many know the true story? 

I thought I did until I watched this video. The kids in this hilarious video set the story straight. And apparently, it involves a purple stuffed hippo. 

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Need Encouragement When Life Has Gone to the Dogs? Visit Me at “Inspire A Fire” Today

I may be having issues with my blog, but you can find me today over at the website  Inspire A Fire.

I’m excited to announce I’ve been invited to be a monthly contributor to this encouraging website. Visit me there and check out my first post.

Click on the link below:

Encouragement When Life Has Gone to the Dogs

Encouragement when life has gone to the dogs. (via InspireAFire.com) by Jean Wilund

See you there!

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The Story of War Revealed Through a Single Look – Welcome Home, Hank Januchowski

The Story of War Revealed Through a Single Look - Welcome Home, Hank Januchowski

Power in a Picture

War Veteran Hank Januchowski was just doing his job that day in Vietnam when photographer Larry Burrows asked to take his picture.

“What do you want me to do?” Hank asked Larry.

“Just do what you’re doing.”

So Hank kept doing his job, the job of a marine. And Larry captured an image of Hank that’s reached into the hearts of millions over the past 40 years and told the story of war in one look.

Hank’s daughter, Cinncinati news reporter Kristyn Hartman, asked her dad, “How would you describe that expression?”

“Anybody that’s been in combat and has been shot at, and if they told me they weren’t scared, I’d call them a liar. That’s just the way it is. That’s what I see. I see . .  .  I see a marine that was doing his duty. Doing his job.”

Final Image in Tour of Duty by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Famed filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick created the PBS 10-episode special “Vietnam War” and chose Hank’s picture out of about 25,000 photos as the final image for the “Tour of Duty” episode.

Kristyn watched the special at home and instantly recognized her dad.

This led to the moment she’d waited for most of her life. Her dad finally opened up about his experience in Vietnam and this photo.

Together with Kristyn, the WCPO news team created a gripping report on her dad — this courageous war vet — and the power of a picture. A picture of not only Kristyn’s dad but of my dear friend Craig’s as well.

When my husband Larry and I met Craig, one of the first things he talked about was his mom and dad’s amazing love story. And then he talked about his dad’s service in the war. And this photo. 

At times, the look in Craig’s eyes when he speaks of his dad mirrors the look his father’s eyes held that day Larry Burrows froze them in time.

Craig’s eyes speak a man who’s seen and experienced life in ways no man ever should.

But then Craig’s eyes brighten and laugh as he looks back on what it was like to be raised by this man who fought hard when necessary but came home and loved well.

Larry and I have had the great pleasure and honor of meeting Hank, and now to see this incredible story, we’re even more honored.

War Vets, We Honor You

Over the course of history, men and women have sacrificed much for God, country, and family.

Every soldier has gone into battle not knowing what the end of the day would bring. If they’d ever see their loved ones again. But they went anyway.

For those who fought for freedom and died, I say Thank you! May God pour out blessings on your family and comfort them.

For those who fought for freedom and lived, I say, Thank you! And welcome home! May you feel honored by all of us who’ve benefitted from your sacrifice. And may you know the comfort only the Lord can give when memories you long to forget return. You did it for us so we wouldn’t have to. Thank you!

Today, I honor Hank and all the other war vets in our country by sharing this touching report on the look of war and the power in a picture. And thank you, Kristyn, for sharing your dad’s story with us: [Read more…]

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The Short Answer to Why We Worship God (Praise Picture)

We don't worship God to gain His approval but to bask in His love and acceptance.

Why do we worship God?

Fair question.

I heard a great answer on the radio.

I missed who said it, but I didn’t miss what they said.


“We don’t worship God to gain His approval but to bask in His love and acceptance.”


Bask away, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now That’s Funny! Pray with Your Neighbor (Michael Jr. Comedy)

Pray With Your Neighbor by Michael Jr Comedy via www.JeanWilund.com

It’s Friday. Whoo Hoo!

I’ve had an incredible week.

It’s been incredibly busy — code for too busy to blog.  

And incredibly fun — code for don’t feel sorry for me.

But it’s also been too long since I’ve connected with you all, so I thought we should reconnect with a good laugh.

Michael Jr. is my go-to guy for a laugh. Enjoy this short but hilarious video.


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Hurricane Softened Soil & Hearts

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We Interrupt These Blog Posts to Bring You A Hurricane

As soon as I made my plans, Hurricane Irma came and wrecked them. Thanks, a lot.

I’d planned to finish my Enoch blog posts last week, but then we had to jump into Hurricane Irma Readiness mode. My blog instantly became low priority. 

My heart breaks at the sight on the news of all those who lost so much in Irma — especially those who lost their lives. It’s devastating!

Thanks, Irma

I’m grateful to report, though, that we weathered Irma incredibly well. We only lost our power for a few hours. Long enough to remind me how much I depend on it. Thanks, Irma.

How did Abraham Lincoln read by candlelight every night? It’s hard. I had to get out my book-light, which wasn’t much brighter than a candle anyway. 

We almost lost a tree, too. Our Chinese Elm is now leaning at about a 45º angle. This is good, though, because it’s been growing at an 85º angle since the beginning. Thanks, Irma. [Read more…]

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