The Red Thread: When Life Unravels, We Don’t Have To – Christ Holds Us Together

Watch & Read: The Red Thread: When Life Unravels, We Don't Have to. Christ Holds Us Together. (www.JeanWilund.com) Colossians 1:17

When Life Unravels

Does life ever hit you as hard as it does me, leaving you in a haze of confusion and fear?

Sometimes we get hit in the heart by the loss of a loved one or a broken relationship.

Other times fear plasters us straight between the eyes, like when the doctor uses the “C” word or the presidential election polls open — and close. ?

Still, other times we get hit from behind by a car. A literal car that shatters out our back windshield and leaves us unraveled.

I’ve lived through each of these moments, and I spoke about it recently.

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Remember Your Worth. Remember the Sparrow. And Don’t Fear the Cat. (Monday Music)

Remember your worth. Remember the Sparrow. And don't fear the cat. Your Father cares for you. Watch the music video of Jason Gray's song "Sparrow" via www.jeanwilund.comDream On, Abi

I laughed at my cat Abi as I sat by the window. He was stalking a hummingbird in the garden.

I laughed and thought Dream on, Abi!

I laughed until he lunged and the bird was gone.

Victorious, Abi sauntered off with his prize. The hummingbird’s tail and beak barely protruded past his sharp teeth. 

I bolted to the rescue. 

Using my “Aren’t you a good cat” voice, I coaxed him towards me and held out my hand — as if he’d just surrender the bird to me.

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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:

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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?

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

A Storm's Coming: What You Absolutely Need to Know Before Your World Explodes. People Don't Rise to the Occasion. They Fall Back on Their Training. via www.JeanWilund.comA Storm’s Coming

The TV reporter announced: Tornado Warning.

Panic ricocheted through my body.

Wait! Which is worse? Tornado Warning or Tornado Watch?

Is it, “WARNING! There’s a tornado in your area?”

Or is it, “Take cover! We’re WATCHING a tornado in your area?”

I can’t remember!

Do I wake the babies now and hide in the closet or should I wait a little longer?

Can I drag a mattress into the closet with two babies and a toddler in my arms?

Larry was at work, and I was taking care of a friend’s baby as well as my two young kids.

My thoughts scrambled in the tornado of emotions. Fear paralyzed my ability to respond well.

Panic was all I could see.

The Storm Inside

Years later, a close friend of mine was abused.

Rage ripped through me as I faced her abuser.

A storm had hit, and it was inside me. Anger paralyzed my ability to respond correctly.

Revenge was all I could see.

What You Absolutely Need to Know Before Your World Explodes

If you have a pulse, a storm is headed your way. And I don’t just mean Hurricane Matthew.

If we can’t stop it, we have two other options: Fly through it or over it. 

We can fly through it and deal with the damage afterward. Or we can fly above the storm by understanding this principle:

People don’t rise to the occasion.

They fall back to the level of their training.

Let that sink in.

People don’t rise to the occasion. They fall back to the level of their training. Click To Tweet

I learned that from a security specialist recently who adapted it from a quote by an ancient Greek soldier. 

Research shows that when our blood pressure rises, our heart rate shoots up. As our heart rate increases, our ability to think with clarity decreases.

Once our heart rate reaches a certain level, neural connections leading to the cerebellum do their thing — or don’t do it — and we become paralyzed. 

This helps explain why mass shootings are able to occur even when there’s many capable men and women around and only one gunman.

jackie-chanWe may hallucinate, I mean imagine, that we’d rush the gunman and knock him out Jackie Chan style. But in truth,we wouldn’t rise to the occasion, we’d fall back on our training.

I’m afraid my training includes more fainting than Jackie Chan.

Policemen, firemen, FBI agents, soldiers, spies, black belts, cage fighters etc. tend to jump in.

Did they rise to the occasion?

Not really. They merely fell back on their training — their excellent training. 

They’re able to remain calm and think clearly because they’ve been trained to control their emotions in the midst of a fight.

Despite our best intentions, we don’t rise to the occasion. We fall back on our training. 

A Storm's Coming: What You Absolutely Need to Know Before Your World Explodes. People Don't Rise to the Occasion. They Fall Back to the level of their training. via www.JeanWilund.comThis raises some questions.

What type of training do we need and how do we get it?

Is this only true for physical storms and battles?

What about spiritual ones?

We’ll look at those answers tomorrow. [Read more…]

Stuck in the Ditch of “Coming Soon . . .”? How to Enjoy Waiting for the Tow Truck

Ever feel stuck in a ditch of "Coming Soon?" Here's how to enjoy your time waiting to get out. Plus "Dwell", an encouraging song by Vineyard Worship. via www.JeanWilund.com

Coming Soon . . .

Sometimes I feel like my plans are stuck in a ditch.

I’m stuck in “Coming soon . . . ”

I’m trying to get my projects to the finish line but stuff keeps coming up and knocking me off the road.

I’m busier than a squirrel trying to decide which side of the road it wants to be on.

I’d hoped to have many projects completed by now, but life happens and plans get changed.

As they say, the only constant is change.

Or is it?

Actually, a truer statement makes that statement ironic:

The one true constant is God, and He never changes.

Finally, something–Someone–we can count on.

Four Tips For When You’re In A Ditch and Waiting for the Tow Truck


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Free “Cry Out!” 40 Day Prayer Guide by Revive Our Hearts Ministries

Cry Out 40 Day Prayer Guide

Cry Out!

Let this not be just a moment, but a movement of prayer.
~Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth


Did you miss it?

Friday, September 23, 2016, Revive Our Hearts Ministries  sponsored the Cry Out! Simulcast Prayer Event. 

“Throughout history, when things looked the most bleak, God’s people would pray with a desperate cry.

A cry for Him to revive the church.

A cry for Him to awaken non-believers to new life.

A cry for Him to transform communities—not through political means or education or programs—but by changing hearts.

We believe in that for our day.” (Quoted from www.cryout16.com)

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, one of my favorite Bible teachers on the planet, helped lead the event. An incredible array of Christian leaders joined her.

As women around the world prayed, several of my friends and I met and prayed with them.

It was a powerful evening. We affected history.

For God does nothing but in answer to prayer.
(John Wesley)

Don’t miss this

Starting Monday, Revive our Hearts is sponsoring a 40 Day Pray for your Nation event.

Each week, they’ll send out a new email across the world from which we can each pray for our nation.

Please join us and pray

To get the most out of this time of united prayer:

  1. Sign up to receive the free 40 Day Prayer Guide. (See the link below)
  2. Gather a group of women–a Prayer Huddle–who’ll commit to pray through the guide as well.
  3. Meet with your Prayer Huddle each week for the next six weeks and pray for your families, community, nation, and the world.

Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer move God.
~ E.M. Bounds

Click on this link to visit Cry Out! & Sign Up for your free 40 Day Prayer Guide. 

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What Would I Write To A Younger Me? (Dear Younger Me – MercyMe)

Watch MercyMe's music video "Dear Younger Me." It made me wonder. What would I write to a younger me? I made myself laugh and think. Enjoy! (www.JeanWilund.com)

Dear Younger Me,

Don’t open that upper cabinet door in the camper!!! 

Big black ants will have built a colony of thousands in it.

If you open the door, they’ll pour out onto your head like a bad horror film.

It will sound like a rain storm and give you nightmares for years.

Don’t open that cabinet door!!! 

Love, 
Older Me

I should probably add to the letter not to let my sister tie me onto the back of the tricycle before we careen down our steep driveway.

Oh, and I’d better warn myself to watch out for the corner of the laundry chute door when playing hide-n-seek with the glow-in-the-dark ball.

If you don’t, Younger Me, Dad will sew up your eyebrow without anesthesia!

Oh, and I shouldn’t forget to mention that day I skipped class in high school. If I hadn’t been skipping, I wouldn’t have hit my best friend’s VW bug with my dad’s car.

Younger Me, Stay in school!

Maybe I should just warn myself about every awful decision I’d make in the future — especially those I don’t want to think about ever again. They created scars. Some of them deep.

But they also brought me to the end of myself and to the grace of Christ. 

Some scars still hurt, though.

But they’ve helped rub off my harsher edges.

Needing grace and receiving it, softened me. I wouldn’t want to lose that.

My family wouldn’t want me to lose that. I’m hard enough to live with.

Should I Mess with the Past?

I’ve seen the movie Back to the Future enough to know it’s risky to mess with the past.

What if I changed it and never met my husband?

And then we wouldn’t have our three incredible children or wonderful daughter-in-law.

There’s no freedom from pain or regret that would be worth missing out on any of them.

Would I Even Listen?

Growing up, I didn’t have a letter from Older Me, but I did have a letter from the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:13), and I didn’t always believe Him.

If I wouldn’t listen to the One who sees the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), how likely is it I’d listen to my short-sighted self?

Nevertheless, if I could, I’d write a letter to Younger Me. It would just be shorter than I first imagined when I first imagined what I’d write to a younger me.

Dear Younger Me,

Memorize, believe, and live John 14:1.

Let not your heart be troubled.

Believe God. Believe Christ.

Then live what you say you believe. 

You’ll never regret it because God will never fail you.

Love,

Older You

PS — And don’t open the cabinet door in the camper. Get your sister to do it.

What would you write to a Younger You?

Now enjoy this music video Dear Younger Me by MercyMe.

Then share in the comments what you’d write to Younger You. I’d love to hear. Thanks!

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