Archives for December 2016

Pickles with a Purpose (An “Are You Kidding Me?” Story)

Pickles with a Purpose (An "Are You Kidding Me?" Story) Ten-year-old Luke houses the homeless one pickle at a time, proving you can make a difference no matter your age. via www.JeanWilund.com

Pickles with a Purpose. Are You Kidding Me?

I met the most amazing kid, and Focus on the Family let me share his “Are you kidding me?” story.

It started for me when I noticed several jars of pickles sitting on my sister Melissa’s kitchen counter. The label said, “Pickles with a Purpose.” Bahaha! How can you not love that name, right?

Then Melissa began to share the story of ten-year-old Luke Holm and his purposeful pickles.

She told me he’d befriended Tim, a man who happened to be homeless, and that wasn’t ok with Luke.

The part where his new friend lived in his car with his wife wasn’t ok with Luke.

Luke felt God wanted him to buy Tim a house. By selling pickles. And it’s working.

Which is when I uttered the phrase, “Are you kidding me?” 

Featured in Clubhouse Magazine

Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine features ordinary kids doing extraordinary things. Can we all agree that Luke more than qualifies?

I introduced Luke and his Pickles with a Purpose to the magazine, and they bit. They wanted to tell his story to the world. I got to write it for Clubhouse and share it with you here!

I hope Luke’s story will inspire you to make a difference right where you are — no matter your age.

Start today by sharing Luke’s story with everyone you know.

Somewhere out there is another Luke. The improbable story of Pickles with a Purpose may be the inspiration he or she needs to believe and get started.

But first, enjoy this crazy and inspiring story. Read Luke’s own words and hear his amazing heart:
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Mary, Did You Know? What Was It Like to Raise the Son of God? (Pentatonix)

 

Watch music video of Pentatonix singing "Mary, Did You Know?" and consider what it was like to raise the son of God via www.JeanWilund.com

What was it like to raise the son of God?

Could Mary have had even a glimmer of understanding of all that being His mother would hold?

Each Christmas, I feature Pentatonix’s rendition of “Mary, Did You Know?” because it’s not only gorgeous, it’s also a fascinating question.

And thus, back by my own popular demand, here’s my Mary, Did You Know? Christmas post:


Mary, Did You Know

by Pentatonix

If this doesn’t start the Christmas season out right, I give up.

Pentatonix’s
“Mary, Did You Know?”
is, hands down
,
the best version ever.

(It’s so good, it demanded I use a bigger font to express its greatness.) 

I wouldn’t have imagined a comedian could write such a powerful song, but comedian Mark Lowry did it.

Mark wrote Mary, Did You Know? while imagining what questions he’d ask Mary if he were sitting down with her over a cup of coffee.

Until the first time I heard this song, I’d never thought to wonder what it was like to raise the Son of God.

I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me to wonder before. It’s a pretty obvious question.

I didn’t wonder before, but now I’m mesmerized by the thought.  [Read more…]