Archives for May 2016

We Will Not Forget — We Must Not Forget

View unforgetable music video "We Will Not Forget" by Mark Harris & Interview w/ Jim Caviezel on filming The Passion of the Christ

My son Bobby met a war hero.

We will not forget. We must not forget.

Bobby spent almost an hour talking with a man who’d fought on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and at the Battle of the Bulge.

Bobby held this hero’s medal and marveled at the stories he shared of landing on the beaches of Normandy.

He told of working his way off the front of the landing craft and through the surf as the Germans shattered his fellow soldiers behind him.

And he talked of being shot seven times — three times on D-Day and four in the Battle of the Bulge.

We will not forget. We must not forget.

During the Battle of the Bulge, enemy fire had left a gaping hole in his leg, so he hunkered down in a foxhole with a friend.

The searing pain of fire ants gnawing into his wound urged him back out only to be shot again.

A bullet ricocheted off a bone in his arm and landed in his head.

His friend took a shot directly to the head and miraculously survived.

These two soldiers fought together for each other, for their country, and for freedom.

We will not forget. We must not forget.

I asked Bobby what stood out in his mind from his time meeting this great man.

He told me he’ll never forget the man’s refusal to see himself as a hero. But most of all, he’ll never forget when he said, “I’d do it all again.”

We will not forget. We must not forget.

Last summer Larry and I had the distinct honor to meet a WWII hero as well.

God Bless Al Rodrigues Pearl Harbor Survivor

God Bless Al Rodrigues Pearl Harbor Survivor

Al Rodrigues survived Pearl Harbor. (Click on the link or photo to read about it.)

We will not forget. We must not forget.

Watch this incredible music video We Will Not Forget by Mark Harris.

The footage is amazing. And what a message.

Then watch the equally amazing interview with actor Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus Christ in the movie The Passion of the Christ.

You’re gonna need a large cup of coffee and some time for Jim Caviezel’s interview, but you’ll be glad you did.

The music video is short, but powerful.

While you’re watching, pray.

Pray for our soldiers who are serving today.

Thank God for all those who bought our freedom with their lives.

Thank Him for the countless others who’ve fought for freedom since.

And thank Him, most of all, for His Son Jesus Christ, who bought our eternal freedom with His blood. [Read more…]

Even When We’re Not, God’s Love Is LOYAL (by Lauren Daigle)

Click to view: Even when we're not loyal, God is. Watch Lauren Daigle's music video "Loyal" via www.jeanwilund.com

Loyal.


A perfect word for God’s love.

Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.

~ 1 Corinthians 13:7

We can run from God's love, but we'll never outrun it. #God's love is #Loyal @Lauren_Daigle Click To Tweet

Because of God’s faithful love, He’s always working in our lives and hearts to draw us to Himself.

And whatever God begins, He completes. He’ll never give up on us.

For I am confident of this very thing that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. 
~ Philippians 1:6

My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of my lips.
~ Psalm 89:34

Do you need to stop running from His love and grace?

We can’t outrun them, so why try any longer?

Give in to His love and grace.

Run to them, wallow all up in them, and burrow down into them forever.

God’s love is loyal, even when we’re not. Amen!

Let Lauren Daigle’s song “Loyal” comfort you and inspire you today — and every day:

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When Life Comes Too Fast or Too Hard, Don’t Panic. Do This Instead.

When life comes too fast or too hard (and it will), don't panic. Do this instead. Look to Isaiah 43, and gain confidence & strength. (via www.JeanWilund.com)When life comes too fast and too hard (and it will), don’t panic.

Do this instead: Look to Isaiah 43.

May this letter to God, written as a response to His Words through Isaiah, give you the strength and confidence you need today.


Father God,

Life is coming hard and fast.

Where are You?

“Do not to be afraid,” I hear You say. “I’ve ransomed you and set you free.”

You paid the unimaginable price demanded. For me.

You call me by name and say, “You are mine.”

You say I’m precious to You, and You love me. 

You tell me You chose me and created me for Your glory.

Forgive me for doubting You. I’d lost sight.

But now I see.

WHEN I go through rivers of difficulty carried away by the fast, furious current, I will not drown because You, O Lord, are with me.

WHEN I walk through the fires of oppression from sin or heartbreak and pain in my soul, the flames will not consume me.

For You are the Lord, my God, the Holy One over me, my Savior.

I will not be afraid for You are with me.

No matter how far I may go from Your presence, You are always right there, gathering me back from the distant corners.

No one but You can predict a single day into the future, but You know every one of my days even before there was one.

You are the only God, and from eternity to eternity there is no other besides You.

No one can oppose You or stop Your mighty hand or reverse Your actions.

Your purposes for me will be accomplished because You have determined it by the strength of Your great, exceeding love for me, which can never be extinguished. 

The things You’ve done for Your people — for me — reveal unquestionably the power of Your love, strength and wisdom.

But all that’s nothing compared to what You’re about to do.

You’re doing something brand new.

Praise God, You’ve already begun.

You’ll make a pathway through my wilderness and rivers in my desert.

You will refresh me.

You’ve been exceedingly patient with me, God, not burdening me or wearying me with requests for me to honor You or obey You, even though those things are due Your Holy name.

Instead, I’ve burdened You and wearied You with my sins and faults.

When life comes too fast or too hard (and it will), don't panic. Do this instead. Look to Isaiah 43, and gain confidence & strength. (via www.JeanWilund.com)And yet, You, O God, have blotted them all out. You’ve cast my sins far from me.

You’ve chosen to forget them forever, just as if I’d never sinned.

You’ve granted this inconceivable kindness, not because of anything I’ve done or deserve, but solely because of Your great love for me.

It makes no sense to me, but how do I dare doubt You again? Your Word is true.

God, I praise You and fall at Your feet with gratitude.

Your faithfulness astounds me.

When the rivers of difficulty sweep over me (and they will), and the fires of oppression burn my very soul (and they will), I will choose to remember I belong to You.

I am Your child.

You won’t let me drown or be consumed.

O Lord, Let me rise every morning to serve and worship You.

Thank you, my Father, my God and my Savior.

I love you.

me

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What’s that smell? Christ In Me (by Jeremy Camp)

Empty me of myself, Lord, so I don't stink up the place. Fill me with You. Devotion & Music video of CHRIST IN ME by Jeremy CampWhat’s that smell?


Putrid
is an excellent word. Not only is it fun to say, it also sounds like what it describes.

I once left a flower vase of roses and peonies on the counter when we left for vacation. I returned to putridness. 

Think bottom of a rotting garbage can.

If sin had an odor, it would be even worse than putrid.

And that’s what’s born in us.

Lovely.

This explains why ugliness has poured out of my mouth more than a time or two. (And that was just last week. It’s Monday morning right now, so I’m doing fairly well so far this week.)

With that putridness in us, what chance do we have of not acting out in rotten ways?

Our only chance is Christ in us.

In John 4:10-14, Christ refers to Himself as Living Water. 

If my flowers had been resting in life-giving waterthey’d still be fragrant today.

It’s the same with us. 

The life of Christ in us washes the putridness out, filling us and the air around us with the fragrance of life.

Christ has washed the stain and penalty of the believer’s sin away, but our stinking sin nature remains to rot another day. 

This explains why selfishness, pride, anger, bitterness, and other rancid traits still rise up from within Christ followers and fouls up the air around us.

We’re filled with Christ and His Spirit at Salvation. We don’t need any more of Him nor Him “plus anything else” for salvation. We have all we need for life and eternity forever.

But we need a fresh bath every day.

We don’t need a gentle mist or splash. We need a full-under dunking of Christ’s Spirit. 

Empty me of myself, Lord, and fill me fresh with You.


Let the fragrance of Your grace, mercy, love, and compassion mark my life; not the putridness of my sin. 

May the world see Christ in me.

“He must increase; I must decrease.”
John 3:30

Jeremy Camp’s song “Christ In Me” is my prayer for you and for myself. May Christ’s life fill us fresh today.

As you watch this music video, let Jeremy’s song inspire you to let Christ have His way with you: [Read more…]

God is Good. Us? We’re Just Not That Good. Bless Our Hearts.

God is good. My friend Traci Burns and I? Nope, & I can prove it. God works His will into our lives in amazing and wonderful ways. He is good all the time.

Jean Circle Blog PhotoJEAN: 

My friend Traci Burns and I realized we’re just not that good while standing in her front hallway covered in paint. Bless our hearts.

I’m not talking about whether we’re “good” people. Jesus settled that for us:

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone” (Luke 18:19).

No, Traci and I already knew we’re not good in that way. Since we’ve trusted in Christ as our Savior, we don’t have to worry about that.

We’re still not good — our sin nature hasn’t gone away — but Christ now covers us with His grace and righteousness.

When we say we’re “just not that good,” we’re talking about our skills at working everything out perfectly.

We realized it while sponge-painting her front hallway in 1995.

We felt like artists, dabbing the perfect combination of tan paint onto her walls with paint-soaked sponges and our bare hands.

We stood back and admired our work. We were good

But then it was time for Traci to run carpool.

Apparently we needed mineral spirits to get the oil-based paint off our hands. We didn’t have any.

We slapped grocery bags over Traci’s hands and rushed her off. I’m sure she made her kids proud that day.

I stayed at her house trying to get my young toddler to stay in her playpen for her nap. She managed to escape more times than my oil-based, paint-coated hands could handle.

If we were that good, Traci wouldn’t have been pulling up in front of the school with grocery bags wrapped around her hands, and I wouldn’t have been trying to put my toddler back in her playpen with my elbows. 

Since that day, we’ve joked we’re the modern version of Lucy and Ethel.

In case you, tragically, have no idea who Lucy and Ethel are, enjoy this classic clip of the famous chocolate factory line:

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Here’s My Heart, Lord (by Lauren Daigle) Because a Mother’s Heart is forever entwined with her children

Lyric Video: Here's My Heart, Lord (by Lauren Daigle) Because a Mother's Heart is forever entwined with her children (via www.JeanWilund.com)

As a mom, my heart is forever entwined with my children. When I give the Lord my heart — my whole heart — I’m giving Him my children, too.

As we walk through life, we must speak words that are true. Believing lies comes too easy for us.

As we launch our children out into the world, more than ever we must speak words that are true so that we can launch them out in confidence.

Our confidence doesn’t rest in whether we’ve prepared them properly or whether they’ll make wise choices. It rests in the Lord who goes with them, watches over them, and is working in their lives to draw them to Himself.

Here’s my heart, Lord . . .

Bobby . . . Brittany . . . Carolyn

Did I do enough, Lord?

Was I faithful to raise our children to understand how much You love them?

Did I come close to reflecting Your amazing grace? 

Speak what is true.

You are faithful when I am not, Lord.

I seem to be fairly faithful at being unfaithful. Thank You that Your grace covers me.  

You’re the Great Shepherd. You seek and save the lost and never lose your children.

I lost one in the gorilla house in Chicago! Thank You for finding her!

You are strong when I am weak.

That’s a daily occurrence, but I like walking in Your strength better than mine anyway.

You’re the great I AM.

I’m the great Am Not. You are everything I’m not and can never be. You’re everything we need. 

You’re near my children when I am far.

And I seem to keep getting farther and farther. 4,677 miles from one child to be exact.

Wedding Family Photo InstagramYou are life, Lord.

I like living. I want my children to live — really live.

They are Yours, and they are loved.

How can I ever thank You?

Take my heart, Lord. 

My heart is growing bigger. 

Bobby . . . Kaitlyn . . . Brittany . . . Carolyn

Thank You for Bobby’s wonderful bride, our newest daughter.

Hold my heart, Lord.

I trust in You.

My heart is in perfect peace with You.


 

Lauren Daigle once again grabs me with her music and her heart for the Lord.

In honor of Mother’s Day yesterday, I’m posting her song “Here’s My Heart” today.  [Read more…]