Don’t Stop. You’re Almost There!

Don't stop because you're tired. Keep going because you're almost there. (Mom's Thought for the Week with Traci Burns) via www.JeanWilund.comDon’t stop
because you’re tired.

Keep going
because you’re
almost there!

(Mom’s Thought for the Week with Traci Burns)

My friend Traci Burns sent me her Mom’s Thought for the Week.  

Now you have it, too. You’re welcome.

I needed to hear this today. Did you?  

I’ll make you a deal. I won’t give up if you don’t.

Actually, I’m not giving up even if you do. But don’t you give up. You’re almost there!

Besides, we’d just have to start over if we quit. Let’s keep going instead.

But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!
~ Habakkuk 2:3 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
~ Isaiah 41:10

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Momma Rabbit’s Nibbles & Sips Featured in Reach Out Columbia magazine

Check out Momma Rabbit's Nibbles & Sips Restaurant in Reach Out Columbia magazine. They're Allen This Together! (via www.JeanWilund.com)

It’s time to grab a nibble and a sip at one Lexington, SC’s best new restaurants: Momma Rabbit’s Nibbles & Sips.

Reach Out Columbia magazine invited me to introduce Momma Rabbit’s to you and share the fascinating story of this unique restaurant and its even more unique owners.

Click on the link below to read the article and find out who Momma Rabbit actually is. She’s real.

You’ll also learn about Dine and Dash Dan as well as what happened in the Brunch Grand Opening Egg Debacle.

Momma Rabbit’s Nibbles & Sips
Featured in Reach Out Columbia magazine

Let me just say, the research for the article was delicious. 

Lady Grey Chocolate Pot de Crème — Oh my!

Plate-sized, delectable German pancakes — I’ll take two, please!

What makes Momma Rabbit’s stand out, besides their outstanding food, is its warm and cozy atmosphere and fun, engaging owners.

All eight of the Allen siblings and their mom and dad.

Yes, you read that right. (The oldest is only 28. The youngest is still in high school.)

When the Allens say their “Allen this together”, they’re not kidding.

They're Allen This Together. Check out Momma Rabbit's Nibbles & Sips Restaurant in Reach Out Columbia magazine via www.JeanWilund.com

You’re likely to see some of the Allens at any time not only serving up excellent food but also good laughs with their guests.

You want to be one of those gSarah Allen creates her cake An Affair to Remember at Momma Rabbit's Nibbles & Sipsuests.

Check out their Momma Rabbit’s Facebook Page often for daily specials and news.  [Read more…]

Always Reaching. Never Satisfied. What Are You Reaching For?

What are you reaching for? Everything we reach for, the Greatest Champion Jesus Christ already has." (www.thegreatestchampion.org) via www.JeanWilund.com

Reaching.

“We live in a culture that is reaching for anything and everything but at least for something.

Something new.

Something bigger.

Something to hold onto.

Reaching becomes a habit that is never satisfying.

However . . . “

Oh, what a powerful However it is.

“However . . .

Everything we reach for, the Greatest Champion Jesus Christ already has.”  

If you’re reading this via email: Click HERE to watch the short video by www.thegreatestchampion.org. 


Satisfied.

What are you reaching for?

Or maybe the better question is: WHO are you reaching for?

Jesus Christ not only already has it. He is it. 

He is our peace, our comfort, and our freedom. He is our all.

For in Him we live and move and have our being . . . Acts 17:28

Everything we reach for, the #GreatestChampion #JesusChrist already has. Amen! @JackEasterby Click To Tweet

(Check out www.thegreastestchampion.org)


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Sick of WHAT, Give me WHO — Reading the Bible for Transformation, Not Information

Reading the Bible seem boring or discouraging? Start looking for the WHO (the Lord), not the WHAT (the rules). I was sick of the WHAT until I found the WHO. Reading the Bible for Transformation, Not Information via www.jeanwilund.com

Sick of What. Give me Who.

I stared at my Bible and thought, I really should read it, but I don’t want to.

Tired of being reminded of all the commands I’d break before bedtime — before breakfast if I’m being honest — I sighed.

How do some Christians live with power and faith that could move mountains — perhaps even literally — and I just live? I know there’s more to this Christian life than existence! What am I missing?

And then a thought struck me.

I bet the answer is in the Bible. Perhaps it’s time to read the whole thing. 

I picked up my Bible and prayed, “Show me Yourself, God, on every page. I’m sick of rules to keep in hopes of becoming a better Christian. I just want to see You, Lord. Amen.”

I wanted transformation, not information — the Who of the Bible, not the What.

I was sick of What. Give me Who. Please!

Reading the Bible for Transformation, Not Information

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Reality Sunk In. Jesus was Gone. He is Risen! Just as He Said.

He is Risen Just as He Said! (Music Video Arise My Love by Newsong) via www.JeanWilund.com

REALITY SUNK IN. JESUS WAS GONE.

“It is finished,” He’d cried.

Then He lowered His head

and gave up His Spirit.  [Read more…]

One Day. Two Days. Reality Sunk In. Jesus Was Gone.

RIP One Day. Two Days. Reality Sunk In. Jesus Was Gone. It was the Saturday Before Resurrection via www.JeanWilund.com

REALITY SUNK IN

“It is finished,” He’d cried.

Then He lowered His head

and gave up His Spirit. 

Jesus’ followers watched as the earth moved.

Reality sunk in.

Jesus was gone.

They laid Him in a tomb.

A stone sealed away hope.

Reality sunk in.

Jesus was gone.

The disciples mourned.

One day.

The world slept.

Two days.

Reality sunk in. 

Jesus was gone.

(to be continued . . . )
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Three Powerful Ways Christ Said I Love You

Three ways Christ Said I Love You via www.JeanWilund.com

I love you. 

The three best words ever spoken. 

In French, they say Je t’aime.

In Italian, Ti amo. Spanish, Te amo.

Germans say Ich liebe dich.

But on Good Friday, Christ said I love you with three different words: It is finished.

With these three words, Christ had taken all our sin upon Himself and set us free from its destructive, powerful grip. He bought us eternal life.

No more would we have to pay the penalty of our sin. Christ paid it all. It is finished. 

I love you couldn’t be said better . . . unless perhaps followed by three other words on the third day: He is risen.

On this Good Friday, let’s focus on these three powerful, extravagant ways Jesus said to us, I love you.

Three Powerful Ways Jesus Said I Love You

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How Jesus and Barabbas Are Similar but Very Different – And That Makes All the Difference

How Jesus and Barabbas are Similar but Very Different -- And that makes all the difference for us via www.JeanWilund.com


Just imagine1. . .

Barabbas, the son of the father

“He’s so beautiful,” the baby’s mother said to her husband. “Look, he has your eyes. Let’s call him Barabbas, son of the father.”

The proud father smiled.

Years flew by, and Barabbas grew up.

Somewhere along the path of his life, Barabbas became involved with a terrorist group in the midst of an attempted revolution and became a murderer. (Mark 15:7, Luke 23:19)

Now Barabbas sat in prison as another prisoner stood before Governor Pilate. [Read more…]

Jesus, The King of Peace. Us, the Donkey?

Easter ~ Jesus, the King of Peace. Us, the Donkey? Lessons from Christ at Easter (via @JeanWilund.com)

Jesus, The King of Peace

The end was near.

Jesus’ ministry on earth was approaching its climax, but the large crowd gathered in Jerusalem for Passover remained unaware.

All they knew was this man called Jesus was coming. 

They hoped He was coming to set them free from the iron rule of Rome.

Crowds lined the streets with palm branches as they would a victorious ruler — a warrior king.

But Jesus rarely did the expected.

He came, not as the conquering king mounted on a warhorse, but riding on the colt of a donkey as the King of Peace.

It appears many felt betrayed that Christ chose to come as the King of Peace because they wound up betraying Him in the end.

Cries of “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel,” would soon be replaced with shouts of “Crucify Him!”

Jesus Christ, as the King of Kings (Revelation 19:16), could’ve rightfully marched into the capital city on a warhorse. 

He could’ve taken His place on any throne in the world, starting with the one in Jerusalem. But by design, He humbly rode in as the King of Peace on a donkey instead.

Us, a Donkey?

Jesus was pleased to ride on this humble beast of peace just as He is pleased for His Spirit to live in all who trust in Him. 

In a sense, the King of Glory has once again humbled Himself to ride a donkey. 

I guess I just called Christians donkeys. 

Calling Christians donkeys sounds worse than it is.

Kings of old traditionally rode donkeys during times of peace. They weren’t despised. They symbolized peace.

But they weren’t handsome warhorses, either. I’d rather see myself as a regal Arabian horse than a round, awkward-looking donkey.

But then again, as Christians with Christ living His life through us (Galatians 2:20), we’re really both.

We possess the strength of a warrior steed (Romans 8:37) with the calling of a peaceful donkey (Hebrews 12:14). 

Christians are Donkey Warriors

Even while seated on a donkey, Jesus never ceased to be the conquering, all-powerful Great I Am. (John 8:58)

Christians are called to be a people of peace through which the Great I Am displays His own glory. 

What donkey could feel degraded when the Great I Am sits upon him?

The warhorse suddenly becomes nothing in the presence of a donkey on which rides the King of Kings. 

It’s Not About the Steed. It’s About the Rider

I don’t want the world to notice me, but Christ in me.

I’m not always a pretty sight, marred by selfishness, anger, and impatience.

But if others see Christ in me, they’ll see the peaceable strength of love, grace, and mercy even in times when those three seem out of place.

Let’s aim to be Donkey Warriors — Christians who exude Christ’s calling of peace with the quiet power of Christ’s Spirit. 

He must increase, but I must decrease.
~John 3:30

If we live like Donkey Warriors, perhaps we’ll hear the same words spoken of our generation as were spoken during the last week of Jesus’ ministry on earth:

 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are not doing any good; look, the world has gone after Him.”

I can’t think of anything better that could be said about me than that my life made others go after Christ. 

I admit I’ve feared that my life has driven people away from Christ instead of to Him!

Read, Listen, & Reflect

I encourage you to read John 12:12-19 and consider what it would’ve been like as Jesus entered Jerusalem on the donkey while listening to Michael W. Smith’s song “Giving” from his “Freedom” album.

This song seems to fit the somber mood Jesus and the disciples may have felt as He entered Jerusalem in peace.

Then the mood in the music and Jerusalem intensifies as the people worshiped their coming King only to discover He’s not the King of War they want. Instead, He’s the humble King of Peace they need.

How can we reflect Christ’s peace to those around us today?

What can we do today to show the world the King of Peace they so desperately need? [Read more…]

A Cross, Not a Stone Because Jesus Came to Set Us Free, Not Be Set Free

Easter Tuesday ~ Everything could've been different, but God required a Cross, Not a Stone ~ Jesus Came to Set us Free, Not to be Set Free (Featuring "Freedom" by Michael W. Smith)

A Cross or a Stone?

Everything could’ve been different—horribly tragically different—if God hadn’t intervened. 

Whew!

One of the first lessons we learn in church is that Jesus came to set us free from sin and He accomplished it through His death on the cross. 

But did you know God chose the time, place and manner of Jesus’ death before the foundations of the world? 

And that man tried to change it with some stones?

For years, I never stopped to think about all the complex orchestration and maneuvering Christ’s crucifixion required. 

As man moved, God moved because He required a cross, not a stone, and Jesus came to set us free, not to be set free. 

Let’s consider just a few of the main events God had to coordinate. [Read more…]