Hate and Despair Are Never the Answer. Jesus Is.

Hate & Despair are never the answer -- Jesus is. via www.JeanWilund.com

I Miss Fluffy Facebook

I never thought I’d miss reading a Facebook post about what someone ate for breakfast or that they’re going to brush their teeth.

But with so much hate and despair spewing out on Facebook and on every place an opinion or thought can be spewed, I long for a mundane post that someone just scooped the poop for their pup.

I miss fluffy posts about kittens.

Society seems intent on ripping itself apart with venomous, hate-filled words and accusations slung far and wide.

Many are ready to declare all hope is gone.

 

Hate and despair are infecting America like a life-stealing cancer, spreading from coast to coast.

I refuse to give in to that mentality.

I choose to smile at the future.

And I can because of one thing — one person — Jesus Christ.

Hate and despair are never the answer. Jesus is. 


When Jesus comes into a life, He changes the heart.

He molds and shapes us into people who want to love, not destroy, others. Even those we disagree with.

And once our hearts look more like Christ’s, our hands and feet move toward healing society rather than ripping it apart.

No matter what political view you hold, Jesus is the answer to our need.

But we’ll never know how He is the answer until we know Him.

We’ll never really know Him until we know Him through His Word.

It’s that simple. But it’s not overnight. So let’s get moving.


I pray this will be the Year of The Word — the Year of Jesus.

I hope this year millions turn to God’s Word to find out just who this Jesus is.

Who is this One who says He’s both God and man?

How can Jesus be the answer to every need — every crisis — every longing?

What hope can He truly offer America? The world?

In a time when people are screaming and calling others hate-filled, disparaging names, my prayer is that we’ll stop long enough to take a deep breath and call out the name of Jesus instead.

That’s when everything will change. That’s where peace is found and every answer revealed.

Hate and despair are never the answer. Jesus is.

Jesus by Chris Tomlin


Chris Tomlin’s song Jesus is the message we need to hear.

It’s the song I wish was stuck in every heart and on every mind in America.

Listen to it here, and then sing it out as a prayer for us all. 

 

If you’re overwhelmed by today’s news reports, don’t give in to despair.

Smile at the future and call out to the One who holds it and you — Jesus. 




Christian Writers Conference in Lexington, SC — This Saturday!

Lexington Word Weavers Christian Writers Conference

 

Are you a writer? 

Or do you think the Lord might be calling you to write?

If you answered yes to either — and live within driving distance of Lexington, SC — I invite you to join us for a Christian Writers Conference hosted by Word Weavers International.

But hurry. It’s this Saturday, January 21st.

This is an affordable, one-day conference with workshops on fiction and non-fiction writing, as well as writing for children

You’ll receive excellent training, spiritual encouragement, warm fellowship, fun giveaways, and LUNCH. 

For more information on the Lexington Word Weavers 2017 Winter Conference, CLICK HERE.

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“My Story” ~ What if Your Life Could Be An Awfully Big Adventure?

Read 4 epic stories and watch Big Daddy Weave sing "My Story" And then go live your story!

 An Awfully Big Adventure . . .


Wendy: So…your adventures are over.

Peter Pan: Oh, no. To live…to live would be an awfully big adventure.

~ Hook (1991)


Who doesn’t want to live an incredible story? 

Authors will tell you that without conflict, you don’t have a story.

I’ve got some epic ones for you today. 

If it takes conflict to make a story, I guess we’re all living a story because we all face conflict.

Some more than others.

But of course, that just means we all have the chance to live an awfully big adventure. 

Faith makes the difference.

It made a life-changing difference in these lives:

Tragedy to Triumph

Clemson’s co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliot overcame staggering tragedy as a boy, but is now living a story he could never have envisioned.   

When Tony was 4, his parents separated.

He then lived with his mom and little sister on the streets of Los Angeles for a bit.

When he was 9, he was in a car accident with his family. He watched his mother die in the road.

A little while later, Tony and his sister, Brandi, were separated and shipped to the other side of the country to unknown relatives after their father was jailed.

Tony didn’t let despair paralyze him, poverty cripple him, or losing everyone he loved turn him bitter. 

He trusted God instead.

Faith made the difference. 

Tony is now living an awfully big adventure surrounded by family and love in a dream job as the co-offensive coordinator of this year’s National Championship football team.

Go Tigers! 

Listen to Tony share his powerful story.

Disabled to Unstoppable

Nick Vujicic was born without legs or arms. Yes, I said without legs or arms.

He’d never live a “normal” life. Ever.

Nick’s parents refused to treat him as a lost cause.

He struggled, but ultimately refused to let bitterness rule his heart. He let hope rule it instead.

Nick chose to trust God for the grace to live a better story.

Faith  made the difference.

He’s now living an awfully big adventure and filled with love and joy. Without legs or arms. That’s not normal. That’s epic.

Listen to Nick share his miraculous story:

Pastor to World-Changer

Martin Luther King trusted God to write a different story.

Most around him set out to write the story themselves, but no one can out-write God.

He held to God’s Word about life, liberty, and the value of man, and God changed the world through his life and his faith. Even through his tragic death.  

His life and historic speech will never be forgotten. 

Martin Luther King preached love and faith, and his story is still changing to world today. Thank you, Lord, for this humble pastor.

Listen to King’s world-changing speech. In fact, listen to it often!

Little Guy to Big Hero

Clemson’s wide receiver Hunter Renfrow didn’t lose his family and he had all his arms and legs, but he still faced adversity.

All his life he’d been told he was too small to play football in the big leagues. Regardless, Hunter chose to pass up on scholarship money to play at another college so he could take a chance he might get to play for Clemson’s Coach Dabo Swinney.

He walked on to the team his freshman year and put in the hard work.

And he trusted God.

And his moment came in a big way. A movie ending.

With one second left on the clock against Alabama, the undisputed #1 team in the country, Hunter caught the game-winning pass and won the National Championship.

Watch the exciting moment when the “little man” became the big hero.

What a story!

After the game, he said, “My faith in God really got me through.”

Faith Made the Difference

Not every story changes the world, but the story God is writing for you will change you and those around you.

I haven’t faced violent prejudice nor had my life threatened by mobs of haters like Martin Luther King, but I’ve let God teach me to fully forgive those who’ve hurt people I love and me. And my heart is filled with peace.

I haven’t overcome astronomical physical challenges like Nick. But by Christ’s power, presence, and peace, I’ve overcome fears that have paralyzed me. And I feel like a victorious warrior.

I haven’t endured tragedies like Tony suffered, but by Christ’s grace and love, I’ve survived pain and loss that had crippled me. Now I’m thriving. 

I’ve never won a championship or overcome staggering odds, but I’ve trusted God and stepped way out of my comfort zone and have gone further with my writing than I’d imagined I could. And I’m just getting started.

Faith made the difference.

What’s Your Story?

What do you need God to enable you to overcome?

He can.

He will.

Trust Him with your story.

Sometimes God will change our circumstances in dramatic ways. Other times, He’ll simply change us. But, trust me, that’s just as big.

Changing us changes our story, and that can make for an awfully big adventure.

Christ is the greatest Author. He’s writing an awfully big adventure for you, but it takes faith to believe it and live it.

Listen to “My Story” by Big Daddy Weave, and consider your story. It’s not over yet:

Through the power of Jesus Christ, live your story.  

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”
Luke 1:37

What’s your story? Share in the comments. We need to hear.


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Ah Lord God! Nothing is Too Difficult For You

Ah Lord God! Nothing is too difficult for You. That's our hope, joy and promise (Jeremiah 32:17) Praise Picture for the New Year (via www.JeanWilund.com)

Ah Lord God!

That’s how I feel as I face the New Year.

Ah! (Insert Smiley Face)

As the sun sets on 2016 and rises on 2017, let’s look to this exciting truth for our hope and joy this year:

Ah Lord God!
Behold,
You have made
the heavens and the earth
by Your great Power
and
by Your outstretched arm!
NOTHING
is too Difficult
for You.

(Jeremiah 32:17)

Bring on 2017!


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