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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How Now, Mooo Cow? (Clubhouse Jr. Magazine)

Hey, diddle diddle. The cat and the fiddle. 
The cow jumped onto the roof.


I interrupt this blog for a special commercial about cows:

Focus on the Family published my article, How Now, Mooo Cow? in their Clubhouse Jr Magazine!

Whoo Hoo! 

Why did I write about cows?

I fell in love with them when Larry and I lived on the edge of a cow pasture.

There’s much more to these bovine beauties than just big, dark eyes and a fresh glass of milk. 

Clubhouse Jr. Magazine let me share some fun cow curiosities with their readers.

Hope you enjoy it!

Fun Facts about cows for kids! in Focus on the Family's Clubhouse Jr. Magazine.

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“The Right Size” ~ A Children’s Story for Anyone Who’s Ever Felt They Weren’t Enough

Click the photo to read the children's story "The Right Size." It's for anyone who's ever wondered if they were "enough."

Click photo to read the full story, "The Right Size" by Jean Wilund. A story for anyone who's ever felt they weren't enough.

I hope you enjoyed this story, and that it spoke to you.

It’s so easy to look in the mirror and feel that we’re just not enough — we’re not the right size for the job — but we must ignore the mirror and look to the Potter who made us.

Some of us may appear to be ordinary and plain, but we’re not.

God made us in His image, and He’s extraordinary. 

God made each of us extraordinary.

He made each of us the right size.

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I’m very grateful to Focus on the Family and Clubhouse Jr. magazine for being willing to publish my story. Check out their websites and the different magazines they offer. [Read more…]