Archives for July 2016

When the Day You’ve Waited For Finally Comes — And For Those Still Waiting

 

When the day you've waited for finally comes! Click to listen to "Even So Come" by Kristian Stanfill via JeanWilund.com

 

Waiting. Ugh!

My son waited 598 agonizingly long days after he proposed for the day he’d hear his bride say, “I do.” 

After 14,352 crawling hours, 861,120 creeping minutes, 51,667,200 seemingly never-ending seconds, the day finally came! 

(I wrote about this one year ago. Similar, but different.)

When the day you’ve waited for finally comes, everything in you rejoices. 

But until that day, we wait.

The Agony of The Wait


Days crawl by like sludge when you’re waiting.

What will the CAT scan reveal? 

Will my dad ever win his battle with alcohol?

Where will I get the money to pay the rent this month?

Waiting is hard.

It’s not easy for the bride or groom to wait for their wedding day.

But when the day we’ve waited for finally comes —

the wedding music begins, 

the CAT scan is clear,

our dad stays sober,

and we have enough money for rent, food, and even a birthday gift for our child —

we celebrate like we’re living the fairy tale. 

Ah, the Fairy Tale


Who doesn’t long for a fairy tale life?

But, then again. Think about it.

What are we really asking for when we long for a fairy tale life?

In every fairy tale I’ve read, the hero faces some humongous, almost insurmountable, struggle.

Yikes. Maybe we don’t really want the fairy tale after all.

But, actually, we do!

We want it because of the fantastic ending.

Wouldn’t you love to have been Shadrach, Meshach or Abendego walking around in the fiery furnace with Christ?

Fire rages around us, but we’re not getting torched.

We stroll out of the furnace without even the smell of smoke on us because we’ve just been with Jesus.

One of the coolest story ever. And it wasn’t a fairy tale. It happened.

Jesus saved them by grace through their faith. 

And Daniel really did walk out of the lion’s den unscathed.

Not only did the lions not slice and dice Daniel, they didn’t even touch him.

Good kitty.

Jesus saved Daniel by grace through his faith. 

I hope my son and his bride do live a fairy tale life like Daniel, his fiery friends, and countless others who’ve trusted Christ.

I hope their faith grows every day, and they live a life of seeing God work in miraculous ways.

They already seen Him do wonderful things this year. 

And while we’re all waiting for Christ to return, I hope we all live a great adventure with God.

Come, Lord Jesus

 

One day, all our waiting will be over. 

“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
~ Revelation 22:20, KJV

In celebration of Bobby and Kaitlyn’s One Year Anniversary today, I’m sharing the song “Even So Come” by Kristian Stanfill, just like I shared last year. Enjoy!

And check out my other posts on Waiting and Celebrating at the bottom of this post. Thanks.

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Marcel The Shell with Shoes On — Because Laughter Is Good for the Soul

Because laughter is good for the soul, watch the hilarious video of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On.

Laughter is good for the soul.


Laughter is good. It’s better than good. It’s amazing.

Especially on Mondays.

I have a huge week ahead of me. Maybe you do, too.

To prepare, I thought we could all start with a good laugh.

I used to think I couldn’t laugh during times of terrible sadness (so many ridiculous shootings lately — so much tragic death). But I’ve changed my mind the more I’ve come to understand God’s sovereignty.

His sovereignty tells me that no matter what happens, we can trust Him to care for us.

We can know His peace in the chaos.

And we can laugh and enjoy this wonderful world He’s given us. 

This video — this hilariously strange video — will make you laugh.

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

If you haven’t already seen Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, get ready.

It’s bizarre and adorable.

And I dare you not to laugh.

If you’ve watched it already, enjoy it again for the 100th time or more — because I know you’re going to watch it.  [Read more…]

A Shadow of a Doubt: When Your Faith Is Small Enough to Fit into the Cracks of Your Palm

Joseph Solomon's powerful video: A Shadow of Doubt for when your faith is small enough to fit into the cracks of your palm. #faith #doubt #God

 

This is the most powerful video I’ve seen all year. 

A Shadow of A Doubt (Spoken Word by Joseph Solomon)

I can’t even talk about it yet. You have to watch it first.

Then we’ll talk.

If you’re reading this via email, you’ll have to click the photo or title to watch the video.

Then tell me what you think! [Read more…]

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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HURRY! Lucinda Secrest McDowell’s “Dwelling Places” Blog Tour and Giveaway ENDS TODAY

HURRY! I GOOFED, BUT YOU CAN STILL BENEFIT.

Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season by Lucinda Secrest McDowell
I can’t believe I did it, but I did.

Lucinda Secrest McDowell, a great author, not to mention incredible person, is celebrating the release of her new book with a fabulous giveaway.

I thought the giveaway ended in August — not today! OOPS!

But there’s still time. Barely, but still time.

Lucinda’s devotional is divided into four seasons, and while the weather outside clearly screams summer now, I’m loving the Advent section so much I can’t stop reading it. And it’s not because I’m longing for a little of the coolness of Christmas.

The Advent section is filled with powerful messages that are suited for reflecting on Christ’s birth but speak to us just as well year round. 

Reflected in one word, Lucinda’s thought-provoking devotion helps us dwell on the Father’s heart all day. 

She closes each devotion with a beautiful message as if written by God to us. I think it may be my favorite part! 

Read more about her book Dwelling Places below and then enter to win one of the great prizes, but ENTER TODAY.

NOW would be even better!

Dwelling Places

Drown out the busyness and noise of everyday life and find a deeper faith with something as simple as a single word in Lucinda Secrest McDowell’s new book, Dwelling Places. 

Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word—such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace—to reveal a biblical blessing or challenge relevant to where you are.

Full of stories and illustrations to empower you to live the word you have just read, each devotional ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.

Join Lucinda in celebrating the release of Dwelling Places by entering to win her Season of Refreshment giveaway.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Dwelling Places
  • Dwelling Places necklace handmade by Lucinda
  • A kit full of goodies you’ll need to make refreshing lemonade this summer

One second place winner will receive:

  • A copy of Dwelling Places
  • Dwelling Places necklace handmade by Lucinda
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but HURRY! Seriously, HURRY.

The giveaway ends on July 5th. That’s today!!!! SO SORRY!

The winner will be announced July 6th on Lucinda’s blog. It could still be you!

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When Love Comes Home (by Matthew West) Happy 4th of July!

Lyric video of When Love Comes Home by Matthew West & Resources by author Edie Melson

When Love Comes Home

In America’s history, how many families have dreamt of the day when their soldier comes home — when love comes home?

I actually have an answer to that.

I read on-line (so it has to be true) that nearly 45 million servicemen have served during war time and times of unrest.

45 million families waiting and worrying.

45 million families hoping or praying for their love to come home.

45 million families sacrificing for freedom.

Matthew West wrote this song, When Love Comes Home, after reading a touching story of Scott and Jennifer Horne of Cedar Park, Texas.

Nearing the end his second deployment, Scott wrote to his wife saying, “My heart aches for you every second of every day, and I don’t know how to fill the emptiness I feel when I’m without you.”

Scott gave 20 years of his life to his country. The last 11+ had been as a husband and wife. To me, that means his family served our country as well.

Leaving loved ones behind and heading off to serve is hard. Being left is hard, too.

#Happy4thOfJuly When Love Comes Home by #MatthewWest Click To Tweet

Thank you!

This 4th of July I want to say thank you to every man, woman and child who’s served our country through their prayers and support at home and their selfless service as soldiers fighting for freedom.

I hope this music video of Matthew West’s song When Love Comes Home will encourage us all to remember and pray for our soldiers and their loved ones. 

After the video, I share some great resources for anyone who has a soldier serving in our military written by one who knows, author and mom of a wounded veteran Edie Melson. She understands. [Read more…]