“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

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Magnify the Name of the Lord to Minimize Your Stress

Magnify the Name of the Lord to Minimize Your Stress and watch Music Video Magnify by Messenger via www.JeanWilund.comOh the Stress!

Every fall I find myself stressed out, and I’ve battled it for too embarrassingly long. I suffer from Competition Stress Anxiety.

I just made that term up, but it sounds about right.

If you’re not into sports, this post is still for you because we all have something in life that stresses us out.

It might be of minor importance like mine, as in the I Just Moved to a New Place and Have to Make New Friends Stress Anxiety or the I Have Too Many Things to Do and No Matter What I Do the List Only Gets Longer Stress Anxiety.

Or it might be quite serious like My Medical Bills are Piling Up With No End in Sight Stress Anxiety or worse I Just Lost My Child And Don’t Think I’ll Ever Be Happy Again Stress Anxiety.

Insert whatever your stressor is into the blank:  ________ Stress Anxiety.

Trying to EnJOY But Can Only EnSTRESS?

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Which to Choose: Football or Bonsai Gardening? – Confessions of a Fanatic Fan Conformed to Christ Through Football

Fret over your football team so much you'd consider giving it up for bonsai gardening? You don't have to! Be conformed to Christ through football instead. via www.JeanWilund.comThis may be the year.

College Football has officially kicked off, and this may be the year that

. . . I rejoice whether my team wins or loses,

. . . I can watch an entire game without fretting,

. . . and I jump out of a perfectly good airplane.

Yes, I know. The last one is more likely to happen than the first two.

And the last one ain’t happening.

But it could.

And that’s what matters.

It could happen because God is in the business of transforming lives.

And that’s why I don’t have to give up football and take up bonsai gardening instead.

Last year I declared in my post I Can’t Watch! — Confessions of a Fanatic Fan Conformed to Christ Through Football that this fretful football fan would change.

And I did.

Two years ago, I couldn’t watch my Tigers play the big games. I watched movies at the theater instead.

Last year, I watched every game. Not every second of every game, but every game.

Progress. I scored a touchdown.

But I confess, I haven’t won the game. Yet.

I’m still a football-fretter. But the game’s not over.

Crockpot Growth.

Spiritual growth sometimes happens in microwave fast spurts.

But usually it simmers to maturity like a crockpot.

Not being able to handle a football game is a spiritual matter. Read more about it here in that post I told you about before.

Confessions of a Fanatic Fan Conformed to Christ Through Football.

I haven’t given up my goal to be transformed into a relaxed football fan, content and peaceful no matter the outcome.

But there will be times this season when that resolve will be tested, and I may consider giving up football to take up bonsai gardening.

What battle are you waging?

Is your battle as silly as mine over fretting about football?

Or is it serious? The kind that should send you down to your knees, like fear over your child’s cancer diagnosis or arrest?

Or do you struggle with issues that send those who live with you down to their knees, like fits of anger or bitterness?

No matter what you’re facing, it’s not too silly or too serious for God.

Never Give Up

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 15:57 ESV).

Whether we’re facing a goal-line on the football field or a drip-line in the ER, we can keep our eyes fixed on Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith.

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2 NASB).

God won’t just give us strength. He is our strength.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1 ESV).

Just Imagine

bonsai-316573_640Imagine what our life would be like tomorrow if we woke up, fixated on our all-powerful, loving God instead of our struggles.

We could facing losing a game without losing our joy or having to take up bonsai gardening.

We’d read the sports headlines and front page headlines without being consumed with worry.

We’d carry peace instead of burdens.

God is waiting to do this work in our hearts today. It starts with believing Him and His Word and walking in the truth we know.

This May Be The Year

This may be the year the Clemson Tigers win the National Championship.

Oh so close last year.

But even better, this may be the year we win the battle in our minds.

What victory will you enjoy this year?

Go For It!

And Go Tigers!

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Don’t Miss This Fascinating Interview with NFL Player Turned Doctor, Samkon Gado

Read the powerful story of Samkon Gado, who never let the facts interfere with the possibilities.

Read the powerful story of Samkon Gado, who never let the facts interfere with the possibilities.

When God wants to do something great, He begins with a difficulty. When He wants to do something amazing, He begins with an impossibility. 

Meet Samkon Gado.

Scott McCausey interviewed Samkon tonight on BlogTalkRadio.com. 

Click here for the link.

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Facing an Epic Battle? This Could Be Your FINEST HOUR (Monday Music)

Are you facing an epic battle? This could be your Finest Hour Click to view music video FINEST HOUR by Wayne Watson. via www.JeanWilund.com

There’s going to be an epic battle tonight.

First there was David and Goliath near the Valley of Elah.

Then Aragorn and the Orcs in the Battle of Morannon.

Tonight, it’s Clemson and Alabama in the NCAA National Championship Game.

I mean no disrespect to Alabama by comparing them to Goliath and orcs. I only mean that Clemson is picked by most to lose.

Sure, on paper, it looks daunting.

Who am I kidding? It IS daunting.

But it’s no less daunting for Alabama to defeat undefeated Clemson.

They’re both facing an epic battle.

So. Much. Pressure.

Except, not according to Clemson’s coach Dabo Swinney.

“Football is not pressure. This is a game. That’s the message I try to instill in our players all the time . . . 

. . . understand through this game you have a chance to bring some joy to people who really have pressure in their life, who really have problems . . .

. . . when you have the cross as the foundation of your life, football ain’t going to bring no pressure. I promise you that . . .

That’s why it’s fun. This is a game. It’s fun.

(Excerpt from: WATCH: Dabo Swinney says there is pressure in this world, but none on his team.)

 

Real Pressure

The apostle Paul knew real pressure.

He was imprisoned, beat, shipwrecked, and faced death repeatedly.

But the unshakeable foundation of the cross didn’t fail him.

Paul continued to rejoice. The guy just couldn’t be kept down.

In the midst of his epic battles, Paul experienced his finest hour:

“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia.

We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.

Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death.

But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. . . .

We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace.” 

(2 Corinthians 1:8-9, 12 NIV)

 

Faith Releases Power

Faith releases God’s power to work in our lives — to bring peace and power in the midst of pressure.

I don’t mean it releases power like a magic wand. Faith is simply agreeing with God that He’s able and willing to accomplish all He’s planned.

Our faith is proven when we face our battle.

Do we march onto the battle field despite the odds against us, confident that God is about to move?

Or do we grumble and complain about what’s going wrong?

Do we walk forward expecting God to work?

Or do we curl up, paralyzed and defeated by our circumstances?

Faith is a game-changer.

 

Sara’s Finest Hour

Every day Sara Frankl faced a real battle and her finest hour.

Sara developed ankylosing spondylitis, leukopenia, and Cushing’s syndrome.

This basically means that for the last several years of her life she faced severe chronic pain all day every day.

And she faced it all with joy.

Pain couldn’t shake her from her sure foundation — Jesus Christ.

Sara wrote:

I’ve come to understand that the only thing I can control is whether or not I open my heart.

Open it to embrace my circumstances.

Open it to be who He needs me to be in the here and now rather than assume happiness can come from the “If only…” and “When I get…”

 

This could be our FINEST HOUR

Football’s not pressure.

A National Championship game isn’t even pressure.

It’s a fierce, fun game, and I’m phenomenally grateful, win or lose, that my beloved Tigers are playing in it, but it’s not pressure.

I confess I forget that. A lot. God is still working on me.

No matter who wins the epic battle on the field tonight, the greatest battle both teams can win — that we all can win — is the battle of faith.

Depending on what we choose, today could be our FINEST HOUR.

Watch this music video of Wayne Watson’s powerful song Finest Hour set to The Lord of the Rings hero Aragorn battling creepy orcs. It’s the perfect fit for those of us facing our own epic battles.

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Rivals for a Day, Friends for Life: Conformed to Christ Through Football (Thanks, Samoa.)

Rivals for a Day. Friends for Life. I don't have to hate your team to love mine. Conformed to Christ through Football.

Football’s back! Life is good!

But before we put on our school colors, we’d better put on Christ.

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, . . .
Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

~ Colossians 3:12-14 NASB

Don’t worry. I’m not looking for football players to pass out hugs and flowers on the line of scrimmage. But I do want them to let Christ rule their hearts as they square off.

The stands is a different story. We could use a whole lot more hugs and flowers there.

We fans need to stop acting like we’re on the line of scrimmage and that the other team’s fans just stepped on our puppy.  [Read more…]