Just When We Thought We Were In Control, The Ants Came: “Cast My Cares” by Finding Favour (Monday Music)

Just When We Thought We Were In Control, The Ants Came (What I Learned About Letting Go of Control and Casting My Cares on God from a Horde of Ants) Featuring "Cast My Cares" by Finding Favour via @JeanWilund.com

Melissa wanted control.

But then the ants came.

I’m getting ahead of myself, though. Let me back up.

My sister is moving from a large home overflowing with three generations of furniture and memorabilia to another state (my state — yay!) all by herself.

I drove down to offer what little help I could this week. I arrived to chaos.

Even the best of moves create chaos before order can be restored.

Melissa likes order.

A lot.

In her desperate attempt to control some aspects of this move, she ordered two oversized wooden storage crates delivered to her driveway.

She meticulously sealed boxes of clothing, comforters and blankets with strong packing tape and transferred them out of the cluttered house and into the crates.

There’s nothing like neat rows of boxes lined up in a storage container to make you feel like you’re gaining control.

The crates stood in her driveway as a testament to her small corner of sovereignty in this overwhelming move. 

Have you ever noticed that God has a way of reminding us that we’re not really in control as much as we think?

The storage crates turned out not to be as useful for her move as we’d hoped for various reasons. We now needed to transfer the boxes out of the crates and back to the house.

I lifted one of the boxes and was greeted by a flood of massive, black ants pouring out of the smallest possible opening in the box — the box that I was holding. [Read more…]

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)

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)

Click to view post: 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)

The Red Thread of Jesus via JeanWilund.comEverything could’ve been different if God hadn’t intervened.

Whew!

We know that Jesus came to set us free from sin.

We also know that setting us free required His death, but only at the time, place and manner chosen by God before the foundations of the world.  

For many years, I took this fact for granted. I’d never stopped to think about all the orchestration this 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 events God had to coordinate. [Read more…]

Surrendering to God: The “Want to Want to” Dilemma (Part Three – The Surrender Series)

Surrender to God: "The Want to Want to" Dilemma  (Part 3 in Surrender Series via www.JeanWilund.com)

Surrendering to God: The “Want to Want to” Dilemma (Part Three in the Surrender Series)

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“Everyone is leaping off the cliff into the soft sand. I really want to do it, too, but I can’t.”

Really? I really want to?

Unless my legs don’t work, no one is believing my claim of I really want to.

“I know I need to forgive her, and I really want to, but I can’t.” 

Really? Is it physically impossible to forgive her?

“Officer, I really wanted to obey the speed limit, but I just couldn’t.”

Wow! Unless the car drove itself, he’s not buying that one either.

Of course, what I really mean is, I can, but I don’t want to leap, forgive, or obey the speed limit.

But I sure wish I wanted to.

It’s what I call the “Want to Want to” Dilemma.

The basis for this principle is:  [Read more…]

Three Things You Need To Pave Over the Pitfalls of Change

Change isn't just coming for us! It's here! We can laugh or we can cry -- we choose to laugh!

Change isn’t just coming for us! It’s here! But we’re enjoying the ride!

If you read my post, Monday Music ~ We Won’t Be Shaken, then you know change isn’t just coming for Larry and I — it’s here!

It’s in our face! We might as well enjoy it.

(If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go ahead and read it now.)

As Larry and I have been adjusting to this big change in our life, we’ve been uncharacteristically calm.

Ok, let’s be real. I’ve been uncharacteristically calm.

If Larry were uncharacteristically calm, I’d be writing this from the hospital because it’d mean he’d gone into a coma.

In every life, a big change will bring a suitcase of emotions with it. Some of us just wear our emotions in brighter, showier colors, but we all feel them. We all face them. [Read more…]

Monday Music — We Won’t Be Shaken (Building 429)

Click photo to view video: Music Monday: "We Won't Be Shaken!" by Building 429 ~    "Like a tree planted by the water . . . " ~ Jeremiah 17:7-8

Click photo to view video at bottom of the post: Music Monday: “We Won’t Be Shaken!” by Building 429 ~ “Like a tree planted by the water . . . ” ~ Jeremiah 17:7-8

 

Has your mountain risen higher?

Does your way seem unclear?

These two thoughts have crossed my mind lately since my husband resigned from the partnership of his firm.

Nevertheless, we won’t be shaken. [Read more…]

Three Great Lessons from Three Great Fathers

Live! Love! Laugh! Three Great Lessons from Three Great Fathers!

Three Great Lessons from Three Great Fathers: Loyalty! Excellence! Grace!

In a time when more fathers are choosing to be absent than at any other time in our history, I want to honor every faithful father out there! Thank you for all you’ve done and for all you’ve taught us.  

I’ve been blessed to have three faithful fathers in my life.

They’ve taught me countless lessons that have helped me in life. In addition to teaching me how to Live! Love! &  Laugh! every dayeach is characterized with one trait that shines above all their other excellent traits.

Here are what I consider three great lessons from three great fathers:
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