You Are PRICELESS (for King and Country)

Music Video Priceless by For King & Country via www.JeanWilund.com

SHATTERED


She cried herself to sleep in the dark night in a foreign city. 

She’d tried to be careful. She’d looked for warning signs. 

And now she cried herself to sleep because she’d been wrong.

At least he let her go. Alive. But not until he’d taken from her what he wanted and left her broken. 

Christ met her in her brokenness and, like a shattered cup mended with pure gold, made her whole again.

She is PRICELESS


 

Luke and Joel Smallbone of the two-time Grammy Award-winning group for King & Country are sounding the cry: Priceless. All girls and all women are PRICELESS. 

No matter what’s happened to you or what someone’s told you, believe you’re priceless. 

Christ died for you. From before He laid the foundations of the earth, God planned to redeem you. 

Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and

I Love You.
~ Isaiah 43:4

Thanks, Luke and Joel, for creating this powerful song and movie Priceless.

Priceless is in theaters now. Click to find a theater near you. 

Believe you are #PRICELESS! Watch the music video & movie by @4kingandcountry #MondayMusic Click To Tweet

Music Video Priceless by For King & Country via www.JeanWilund.comShare this with your friends.

We’re living in the midst of an epidemic of men believing the lie that they can treat girls and women any way they want.

And we women are believing it too often, as well.

Let’s expose the lie and destroy it with Truth.

“. . . Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:25-27 NASB).




Monday Music ~ 3 Truths To Remember In the EYE OF THE STORM

Always remember, God is always in control. Watch Ryan Stevenson's music video Eye of the Storm as part of our "Storm Training."

The Eye of the Storm

Ah, the eye of the storm.

That happy, calm place after Armageddon seems to have broken loose and before it’s about to get all crazy again.

A storm may have knocked us upside down for the moment, and we’re thinking “ain’t nobody got time for that.” But God hasn’t been knocked anywhere, especially off His throne.

If you’re feeling all alone in the eye of a storm, remember these three truths:

1. When no one is around to remind you God is in control, God is and He will.

We’re not alone. God’s always with us and always in control.

And this isn’t our battle. It’s God’s.

He’s working in us, drawing and empowering us to trust Him before, during and after the battle.

Philippians 2:13 tells us God will give us the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. Hebrews 11:6 tells us we can’t please God without faith.

Thus, it seems clear He’s the one who’ll give us the faith we need in all stages of the storm. But we have to walk in the faith He gives. He won’t do that part for us. 

Faith is only useful when it’s used.

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Philippians 2:13 NLT).

2. When no one you know is praying for you, Jesus can and He is.

After I placed my faith in Christ, I spent a few years far from Him. Since I was raised in a non-Christian home, my parents neither noticed nor cared whether I followed Christ or not.

They weren’t praying for me, but Christ was interceding. And He drew me back by His grace and love.

Every time I’ve struggled or rebelled, He’s interceded and drawn me back. 

Other times, when I didn’t give in to the temptations or frustrations, I know it’s because His prayers anchored me in truth, and I chose to stay put, surrounded by His love rather than setting sail for other shores.

And when my heart is broken over my child or another loved one, I know Christ is interceding, even if no one else is. 

“Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25 NASB).

3. When no one can comfort you, the Holy Spirit can and He will.

Always remember these 3 truth when you're in the eye of the storm. And watch Ryan Stevenson's music video Eye of the StormI was having a particularly hard “I miss my girls” day last week since one left for Hawaii and the other for college. I was at the grocery store and didn’t want anyone to see me weepy.

Why the grocery store?! I don’t know. I probably saw one of their old favorite foods.

The situation isn’t changing anytime soon, and that can be depressing.

But then the Holy Spirit reached through my sadness. He comforted me, reminding me Christ’s compassionate love is enough to hold me through my deepest hurts. And it was — and is.

He guards our soul with His power and Truth.

“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26 NASB).

Ryan Stevenson’s Eye of the Storm

In his song Eye of the StormRyan Stevenson reminds us of the truths we need to remember about God when the storm hits.

Sound a little like what we’ve been talking about lately?

A Storm is Coming: What You Absolutely Need to Know Before Your World Explodes (Training — Part 1)

Train in the Calm Before the Storm so You’ll be Calm in the Storm (Training — Part 2)

Yeah, I thought so, too.

3 Truths to Remember in the #EyeOfTheStorm @ryansmusic #GodIsInControl Click To Tweet

The Never-ending List of the Character Traits of God is coming up next. Seriously. 




Praise Picture ~ Peace!

John 14:27 -- My peace I give to you! (Praise Picture via www.JeanWilund.com)

Praise Picture — Peace!

I just wanted to share this Praise Picture with you. Now go take on the day — with peace, and lots of it!

PS — And look forward to my upcoming Never-Ending List of the Character Traits of God. It’s almost ready. 🙂

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. -- I'll take it, #Jesus! #Peace #PraisePicture Click To Tweet




Open the Clouds and Let the Dancing Begin!

Open the Clouds & let the dancing begin! (awesome music video by Unspoken) I Thessalonians 4:17 via JeanWilund.com

Ever just felt like dancing?

It’s a daily occurrence for me, but especially after facing a storm. Not necessarily right after, but soon after. It releases stress and makes my heart soar free.

I think we could use some dancing right now.

We just faced a huge storm with Hurricane Matthew. He wreaked havoc in a lot of places. In some places, carnage.

The aftermath will take time and work to overcome, but for the next minute, I think we should stop, praise God that He’s in our midst, and dance.

Let’s dance like the clouds just opened and Christ returned.

I’ll probably want to dance while I’m flying up to meet Him.

Imagine the amazingness of that moment.

Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
~ 1 Thessalonians 4:17

Open the clouds, and let the dancing begin!

Unspoken’s music video is contagious. I dare you to watch and not move your feet.

Don’t fight it. Go ahead. Get up and dance. I am.

Open the clouds. Let the dancing begin. Christ's coming back! @unspokenmusic Click To Tweet




Train in the Calm Before the Storm so You’ll Be Calm in the Storm (Training — Part 2)

Know the Character of God: Train in the Calm Before the Storm so You'll Be Calm In the Storm via www.JeanWilund.com

Are You Ready?

The best time to prepare for a storm is before it hits.

Duh.

We empty the grocery store shelves of bread and water at the first report of a major storm whether we already have four cases of water and twelve loaves of bread at home or not.

We’re trained to do it.

We train for the occasional, physical storms. But what about the mental and emotional storms?

When the ring of a phone can change your life, you need to be prepared before you answer it.

We need our souls stocked with enough bread and water to sustain us during the worst of storms.

The emergency supplies our soul needs is the power and comfort of — and the belief in — the full Character of God.

Knowing the full character of God is even better than knowing karate.

My son is a black belt in Aikido — a form of martial arts focused on stopping attackers in their tracks.

If someone pointed a gun at his head, his heart rate would rise, but his training would kick in. He’d grab the gun with a swift Aikido technique and disarm the gunman.

If a gun were aimed at my head, my heart rate would shoot through the roof. I’d either freeze or faint dead away. 

But, if I knew the gun was unloaded, I’d be better able to control my heart rate and think. 

Knowing and believing in the character of God in the midst of a storm is like knowing the gun is unloaded.

A gun at my head, loaded or unloaded, is going to unnerve me. But knowing it’s unloaded makes a big difference.

Being in the midst of a storm will unnerve us. But knowing God’s character in the storm makes a huge difference.

Unfortunately, panic can cause us to forget even the basics, like our name.

How can we expect to remember God’s character in a storm if we can’t even remember our own name? 

Training.

Train in the Calm Before the Storm so You’ll be Calm In the Storm

Tennis isn’t a storm — although the guy on the other court, who wound up with a bloody nose when my husband Larry shanked his backhand, may disagree — but the principle of training is the same.

When Larry began coaching me on correct form, he gave me a million directions to memorize. Per shot.

Bend your knees…step into the ball…weight forward…racket head up…make sure your grip is right…bring your racket back but not too far back…swing low to high…follow through…keep your eye on the ball…catch the ball on the rise…plant your feet before you hit…get back to the center of the court after you hit…blah blah blah…

Those directions didn’t even include strategy for winning the point. They were merely how to get the ball back over the net.

Before the training became ingrained, whenever I played a match, I defaulted back to merely whacking the ball as best I could.

Little by little, practice after practice, the training finally sunk in.

Eventually, I surprised myself.

I began to naturally catch the ball on the rise and swing low to high.

I became instantly aware when my weight was on my back foot instead of my front because it now felt instinctively wrong.

I now stood at the net, hungry for my opponent to hit toward me rather than terrified. 

Hours of practice when nothing was on the line made all the difference on how I performed when it mattered.

Practice intentionally remembering God’s character every day when nothing is on the line.

When you’re late to work and the driver in front of you is sitting at the green light too long, think, “It’s training time.”

Actively choose to remember the character traits of God that would help calm your spirit and give you the patience you’d need if you’d just been in a wreck.

When your friend is crunching on ice, and they’re on your last nerve, think, “It’s training time.”

What character traits of God would best help you overcome feelings of rage and generate patience, peace, and forgiveness if someone were verbally attacking you or someone you love?

When your child calls you on the phone, tell yourself, “It’s training time.”

Choose to remember the powerful aspects of God’s nature that would hold you strong if your child were calling you from the back of a police car.

Train When It Doesn’t Matter, Because One Day It Will

Know the Character of God: Train in the Calm Before the Storm so You'll Be Calm In the Storm via www.JeanWilund.comDuring the Clemson–Louisville football game last Saturday, I texted one of my best friends and fellow passionate Clemson fans.

We didn’t talk about the plays or the score. We talked about God’s purposes, will, and goodness.

We weren’t being super-spiritual. We were super-freaked out over the game.

Clemson’s win came down to the final few seconds and one yard.

We were training ourselves.

Whether Clemson won or not, wouldn’t change our lives, but our emotions acted like it was life or death.

We took advantage of that training time.

We reminded each other of the character traits of God we needed, not only to get through the game without ripping our hair out but also for when some storm may rip our hearts out.

When It’s Game Time

One evening my friend got a phone call, and it was game time.

One of her sons was in the Emergency Room two states away.

In that moment, she didn’t rise to the occasion. She fell back to the level of her training.

She remembered the goodness and faithfulness of her sovereign God.

She remembered that while she was far away from her son, God was near.

She remembered that God knows all things and does all things well.

And she remembered that He answers prayer.

Her son’s condition scared her. A lot.

But because she’d trained herself when life was smooth to remember God’s character and trust in it when life exploded, she was able to push away the panic and experience peace.

We don’t know what tomorrow will hold, but we can train for it today.

A storm is coming. How ready you are to face it will be determined by how well you’ve trained.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.
~ Isaiah 26:3

Train in the Calm Before the Storm so You’ll be Calm In the Storm Click To Tweet

In my next post, we’ll look at the character traits of God we need to know and believe.