Archives for November 2015

An Open Letter To My Children on Larry’s & my 30th Anniversary ~ Call It Grace (by Unspoken)

The Grace of Christ - It's nothing less than scandalous! Click to view music video "Call it Grace" by Unspoken.

Dear Bobby, Kaitlyn, Brittany & Carolyn,

As Dad and I celebrate our 30th anniversary, my thoughts turn to you, our beloved children and daughter-in-love.

If you only learn one thing from Dad and I and our 30 years together, I pray you learn about GRACE.

Grace sees all we are and all we’ve done and still chooses us.

Grace walks in when the world walks out.

Grace removes all fear — fear of punishment or rejection, even when we deserve it.

Thirty-one years ago, the grace and kindness of God brought your dad into my life.

His smile grabbed my attention. His grace captured my heart.

I first experienced it when a group of us were playing Keep-A-Way.

Your dad held the ball high in the air, taunting me in my shortness.

So I grabbed his shirt — his brand new shirt — and pulled.

Riiippp!

I stood frozen, horrified.

Your dad stood as the picture of grace.

His shoulders slunk, he yelled out an oscar-worthy, exaggerated, “Noooo!” — the way you’ve seen him do a million times– and then he laughed — as you’ve seen him do a million times.

Then he took off running with the ball again.

Grace.

It may seem a small thing, but to someone who continually needs and longs for grace, I was hooked. I knew I needed that — wanted that — for the rest of my life.

Larry & Jean Wedding B&WThe grace your dad has shown me these past 30 years has been nothing short of a miracle.

Some may even say Christ-like.

He would say he’s just passing on the grace Christ has shown him.

The grace Christ has shown him, me, you, us is literally scandalous.

More than anything in life, I pray you fully understand, experience, and embrace Christ’s grace.

That’s a little scary to wish because we never really understand something until we need it.

I understand it.

And I’m still learning to understand it more.

I wouldn’t dare to try and count the many times I should have received judgment but received grace instead.

Christ has been a bottomless well of forgiveness and love.

I pray you know that Christ’s grace reaches in and pulls you out of all judgment.

Has that sunk in?

There’s no judgment in grace.

Not even the fear of judgment.

No wagging of the head and extending grace despite your obvious guilt.

No penance asked for or even wanted.

No shame.

Just grace. 

Christ’s gift of grace pulls you into His arms and tells you He loves you — yesterday, today and forever — no matter what.

But, like all gifts, you can only experience it by taking it, receiving it, and embracing it.

Please don’t miss living a life filled with more love, joy, and contentment than you can even imagine.

And courage.

Yes, grace gives us courage.

It gives us courage to try again because it doesn’t point to our failures. It overlooks them and reminds us we’re loved.

Grace never gives up.

Larry & Jean at Luau 2015Today, Dad and I celebrate 30 years of a grace-filled marriage and life.

I pray you fully embrace a life of grace — the grace of Christ.

And I pray you spend the rest of your life with someone who’s also embraced His scandalous grace.

And that you’ll wrap each other in it every single day for as long as you both shall live.

Just like your dad has done for me.

I love you!

We love you!

~ Mom

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A Thought About Thanks That Will Make You Think

What if you woke up tomorrow to find only what you thanked God for today? via www.JeanWilund.comI just heard a thought about thanks that will make you think.

What if you woke up tomorrow to find only what you thanked God for today?

My friend and fellow blogger, Andy Lee, shared this thought earlier this week on her blog, Finding Purpose Beyond Today.

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it ever since.

I thought I’d share it — and Andy’s post — with you today.

Click on the link below:

Andy Lee – What if you woke up tomorrow to find only what you thanked God for today?

So, what would I wake up tomorrow to find? What am I thankful for today?

I’m thankful for the love, grace, and mercy I’ve received from God through His Son.

I’m thankful for His Spirit to give me the power to live every day for His glory.

And I’m thankful for my incredible family!

Now it’s your turn. What would you wake up tomorrow to find? What do you thank God for today?  Share in the comments.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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God does some of His best work in the WASTELAND (by Needetobreathe) ~ Monday Music

God does some of His best work in the wasteland. Listen to WASTELAND by Needtobreathe via www.JeanWilund.com

The band Needetobreathe isn’t afraid to be authentic.

That’s just one of the many reasons why I love them.

In fact, Needetobreathe wrote their album Rivers in the Wasteland out of their personal wasteland journey.

I know about those kinds of journeys. 

It’s why their song Wasteland resonates with me. 

It instantly transports me back to those times. 

(Yes, that’s plural. I’ve had a few wasteland journeys.) 

Like Needetobreathe, I saw enough Light while in the wasteland to get by until God brought me out. 

And I discovered a soul comforting truth.

God does some of His best work in the wasteland.

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Moses wrote a few books about it. Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

In their wasteland journey, the Israelites discovered that no matter how stubborn they were, God’s love for them was even more stubborn.

“If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”

Do you ever feel like you're in a wasteland? There's hope just around the corner. Click to view video "Wasteland" by Needetobreathe via wwwJeanWilund.com

This past summer, my husband and I went to Hawaii.

Just like we expected, we saw virtual paradise.

Unexpectedly, however, we also saw vast areas of desolation.

The surprises weren’t over, though.

Only a short walk away from these wastelands sprung lush forests of stunning greenery. 

Seriously, these two pictures were taken very near each other. 

Isn’t that reminiscent of how God works in our lives? 

Out of our wastelands, He springs new life.

If you feel like you’re in a wasteland, don’t despair.

God is with you.

Look to the Light of His Word.

Let His Truth wash over your heart and mind.

Let His amazing grace and unconditional love warm you.

And then watch. New life will grow.

But if God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31b, NIV)

 

None of us want to live in a wasteland. Yet, I’ve never met anyone who hasn’t spent time in one.

Some were of our own making. Others were out of our control. 

Whether you’re in the middle of your wasteland or looking back at it from the other side (or about to enter it), I hope this song gives you the encouragement it gives me.

God won’t waste any of your journey. He’ll do some of His best work there. 

How has God done a great work in you? Share in the comments.

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Five Posts On Prayer You Don’t Want to Miss

Five Posts on Prayer You Don't Want to Miss via www.JeanWilund.com

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been doing a lot more praying lately.

In one day alone, I got urgent messages from four different friends asking for prayer.

Each request stopped me in my tracks and sent me to my knees.

I could’ve filled an entire prayer journal on Paris alone.

Now add to that the rest of Europe, America, and, well, the world.

So many thoughts on prayer have been pressing to get out of my mind and into my blog.

Unfortunately, other writing commitments have delayed me.

With the vital needs that now loom ever before our world, I turned to others who have written great posts on prayer.

I’m sharing five posts on prayer today that you don’t want to miss. [Read more…]

Hope in the Face of Horror: In Christ Alone (Lauren Daigle) ~ Monday Music

In Christ Alone My Hope Is Found. Click to view Music Video by Lauren Daigle via www.JeanWilund.com

Terror rocked me as I heard the news of the brutal attacks in Paris.

No one can sufficiently describe the loathsomeness and sheer evil of those who would attack defenseless spectators.

Someone asked me recently, “What makes you angry?”

Pictures from Paris popped into my mind.

It’s likely we’ll begin to see more of these senseless attacks.

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.

But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
~ John 16:33 NLT

How do we face these horrors and still experience peace?

There’s only one way. [Read more…]

Fun Friday ~ Michael Jr. and Jesus’ Lil Brother

Click to view the hilarious comedy of Michael Jr. as he imagines being Jesus' lil brother via www.JeanWilund.com

Can you imagine growing up with Jesus as your big brother?

No pressure! Right?

Comedian Michael Jr. has thought a lot about it, and it’s just plain funny!

And since it’s Fun Friday, I had to share his hilarious thoughts on the subject with you … [Read more…]