Archives for August 2015

I’m Running Wild & Loving It! “Deliverer” by Matt Maher (Monday Music)

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Guilty but free!

Running wild and loving it! 

I’m as guilty as fire is hot, but I’m not getting burned.

I’m running wild and free like a child set loose in Disney World waving my pass that gets me to the front of the line.

It really is that great.

Living over 50 years has allowed me to rack up more than a few sins.

Some are quite serious, but I don’t want to talk about them. God’s not remembering them against me. Why should I pull them back up?

I can’t even begin to express the freedom I feel from being delivered from the crushing weight of those gnarly sins.

It’s like I’ve been given spiritual immunity. That’s way better than diplomatic immunity.

No one can get more free than me. You can get as free as me, but not more free. 

In fact, right now if I were to reach out and pop you in the nose, I wouldn’t be held guilty by God. [Read more…]

Praise Picture: Be Strong & Courageous — God is with you. (Joshua 1:9)

No matter what you're facing, be strong and courageous. You have no need to be terrified or discouraged. God is with you! (based on Joshua 1:9) via www.JeanWilund.com

God surprises me at the most unexpected times.

I guess if it was expected, it wouldn’t be a surprise. Duh.

We’d just stepped out of our youngest child’s dorm, having just moved her into her new home — away from us — and her new life — separate from us.

Can you hear “The Empty Nest Blues” begin to play?

We stepped out of the dorm to the most brilliant display of a just small glimpse of God’s glory bursting forth through the clouds. [Read more…]

Just When We Thought We Were In Control, The Ants Came: “Cast My Cares” by Finding Favour (Monday Music)

Just When We Thought We Were In Control, The Ants Came (What I Learned About Letting Go of Control and Casting My Cares on God from a Horde of Ants) Featuring "Cast My Cares" by Finding Favour via @JeanWilund.com

Melissa wanted control.

But then the ants came.

I’m getting ahead of myself, though. Let me back up.

My sister is moving from a large home overflowing with three generations of furniture and memorabilia to another state (my state — yay!) all by herself.

I drove down to offer what little help I could this week. I arrived to chaos.

Even the best of moves create chaos before order can be restored.

Melissa likes order.

A lot.

In her desperate attempt to control some aspects of this move, she ordered two oversized wooden storage crates delivered to her driveway.

She meticulously sealed boxes of clothing, comforters and blankets with strong packing tape and transferred them out of the cluttered house and into the crates.

There’s nothing like neat rows of boxes lined up in a storage container to make you feel like you’re gaining control.

The crates stood in her driveway as a testament to her small corner of sovereignty in this overwhelming move. 

Have you ever noticed that God has a way of reminding us that we’re not really in control as much as we think?

The storage crates turned out not to be as useful for her move as we’d hoped for various reasons. We now needed to transfer the boxes out of the crates and back to the house.

I lifted one of the boxes and was greeted by a flood of massive, black ants pouring out of the smallest possible opening in the box — the box that I was holding. [Read more…]

Work Hard or Pray Hard?

Click to read: Work Hard or Pray Hard? Does God Have Favorites? via www.JeanWilund.com


Speaking of working hard and praying hard . . . I welcome to my blog today my friend, author and editor Lori Hatcher. Lori’s the author of one of my favorite devotionals Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time, but more importantly, she’s epitomizes the person whom God favors.


 

Work Hard or Pray Hard?

 

Jackie lives a charmed life. Opportunities fall into her lap, she wakes up with creative thoughts, and she always seems to be in the right place at the right time.

Seth is the same way. When he didn’t have money for college, an anonymous donor paid his way. When everyone else was still living with their parents and rolling burritos at Moe’s, he was starting an entry-level position in the field of his choice. Like a modern-day Midas, everything he touches goes viral.

Others, however, sing the chorus of the old Hee Haw song: “If I didn’t have no bad luck, I’d have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on me.” [Read more…]

What If We Lived What We Say We Believe? (Guideposts Blog Post)

Click to view post: What if We Lived What We Say We Believe? (Guideposts: Deadlines, Grocery Lines, Laugh Lines, August 17, 2015)

“Not always easy, but always right.” 

That’s what one Facebook reader wrote in response to my question: “What If We Lived What We Say We Believe?”

Michelle Medlock Adams, an author, speaker and generous friend, writes an excellent column for Guideposts called “Deadlines, Grocery Lines, Laugh Lines.” She graciously featured my blog post in her column on my birthday no less!

I’ve been thrilled by the response. The number of people on Guideposts’ Facebook page who’ve shown that their hearts are also set on living out authentic faith has been amazing.

It’s encouraging to see the passion of so many who want to present to the world an accurate reflection of Christ in all they say and do. 

Read my Guideposts blog post by clicking on the link below, then come back and share your thoughts as well.

Join the Journey!

What If We Lived What We Say We Believe? (on Guideposts: Deadlines, Grocery Lines, Laugh Lines)

Click to view post: What if We Lived What We Say We Believe? (Guideposts: Deadlines, Grocery Lines, Laugh Lines, August 17, 2015)

Click to view post: What if We Lived What We Say We Believe? (Guideposts: Deadlines, Grocery Lines, Laugh Lines, August 17, 2015)

 

 

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When You Wake Up One Year Older On The First Day of Your Empty Nest: “Fix My Eyes” by for King & Country (Monday Music)

Click to View Music Lyric Video: "Fix My Eyes" by "for King & Country" for when you wake up one year older and in an Empty Nest.

 

I woke up today one year older on the first day of our empty nest.

This past weekend we settled our youngest into her dorm and left her with an amazing roommate and new friend and a year of promise ahead of her.

But I’m not going to whine about my inescapable empty nest, although I did stand in all three of my children’s empty rooms and wipe away tears yesterday.  

And I’m not going to complain about being one year older, even though I’m personally keeping the hair coloring industry afloat. 

Today, on my birthday in my new empty nest, I’m only looking forward.

I’m going to look at what I want to do today and every day while I sing “Fix My Eyes” by for King & Country: [Read more…]