Life Is Either a Daring Adventure Or Nothing At All ~ Take It On!

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Trust God and take it on. (Ephesians 3:20) via www.Jeanwilund.com

No Fear

The bodyboarder on the island of Kauai had no fear — or perhaps no sense.

He crouched on the beach and studied the waves.

Ignoring ones reasonable men would choose, he waited on the ridiculous waves. Waves that would tower over his head and possess the power to crush him.

Only then did he charge. Straight into them. Fearless.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
-Helen Keller

Some of us stand before crushing waves and see terror. Others see a daring adventure.

As a staunch member of the former crowd, I snapped the bodyboarder’s picture from the safety of shore.

In fact, I took all the pictures in this post from the safe sidelines.

Particularly at the Pipe Masters Tournament.

Pipe Master Surfer -- Life Is Either a Daring Adventure Or Nothing At All ~ Take It On! via www.jeanwilund.comI had a blast taking their photos, but I suspect they had more fun.


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When God Isn’t Meeting Your Desperate Need

What If God Doesn't Meet Your Desperate Need (via www.JeanWilund.com with Callie Daruk and MercyMe's song Even If)

Help! 

When I heard Bobby’s desperate scream from his room, fear shot through my heart. I couldn’t get to him fast enough.

My ten-year-old son had fallen on top of a folding chair which collapsed onto his right thumb and crushed it.

The pain paralyzed Bobby, making it impossible for him to lift himself off the chair. His thumb remained imprisoned in a vise grip.

I rushed to Bobby, snatched him up, and gasped.

What once was a thumb now appeared to be a spatula. A short, flat, bleeding spatula.

His thumbnail — now split down the middle — gushed blood. His flesh pushed through the crack in his nail.

Don’t faint, Jean. And certainly not onto Bobby. 

I staggered to the phone and called my good friend and pediatrician Lynn.

She decoded my plea for help and said, “Jean, you need to calm down. And you need to squeeze his thumb to stop the bleeding.”

Squeeze Bobby’s crushed, bleeding, pain-inflicted thumb? Seriously?

I want a new friend and new pediatrician.

I took a deep breath and followed her orders. And I prayed a desperate prayer.

“Lord, do you see my son? He needs You. Now! Help him, please.”

The bleeding stopped. The pain didn’t. But eventually, Bobby’s thumb healed, and we moved on with our lives.

But that’s not always the case.

When Our Desperate Needs Won’t Go Away

My friend Callie texted me yesterday morning with a plea of desperation.

“Please pray for Elijah. He is in terrible pain this morning. Moaning and crying. Mommy’s heart is breaking.”

I cried for my dear friend and Elijah, her 10-year-old son.

Elijah has a rare — and cruel — immune disorder called Eosinophilic Esophagitis. It causes Elijah debilitating pain. For the past 30 days. Thirty long, excruciating days. 

“Lord, do You see Callie’s son? Do you see Elijah?”

History and God’s Word proves God sees, and He cares.

Our present circumstances sometimes seem to challenge it, but the Truth remains. 

Even if God doesn’t remove our desperate need the moment we pray, He sees and cares. He knows what He’s doing.

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
~Psalm 34:17

Really? God delivers them from all their troubles? What about Elijah? He’s still in pain.

Our rescue doesn’t always come when and how we want. But it comes. God never fails.

As humans, we’re short-sighted. We can’t see the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). We can’t see all the moving — and non-moving — parts.

All we see is the small picture in front of us and what we’ve learned.

And what screams at us. 

As Bobby screamed, I couldn’t see anything but his pain and my plea. I couldn’t see the Lord’s help.

I can’t see Elijah’s help with my physical eyes. But I can see it with my spiritual eyes. His help and his hope are in the Lord.

My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
~Psalm 121:2

And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.
~Psalm 39:7

Stand on God’s Character

When it seems God isn’t meeting your desperate needs, remember who He is.

Don’t lose sight of God or His unchanging character.

We’ll never understand all His ways or thoughts in this life. But we can always trust them (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Don’t walk away from God in your desperate need.

I know you’re hurt and angry. He knows it, too. He’s OK with raw emotion. Run to Him with it.

You can trust Him. You can trust His character.

This single unchanging truth has held me up when my circumstances threatened to crush me down. It will hold you, too. Don’t let go.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
~ Psalm 34:18

Because we can trust God, we can say as Jesus did as He faced the cross:

Not my will but Yours be done.
~ Luke 22:42

Even if God doesn’t remove our circumstance in the fires of our pain and fear, we can trust in Him.

We can hold on. He will deliver us.

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD.

~Psalm 27:13-14


Elijah’s Story & MercyMe’s Song of Hope “Even If”

I’ve shared a bit of Elijah’s story with you. Now I want you to hear from him. Listen to Elijah speak from his heart. Hear his hope even in the pain of his diagnosis.

And pray for him. Pray for Elijah.

Elijah and MercyMe share a message of hope we all need to hear and remember.

Even If. Even if our we must wait on the Lord, we never wait in vain. 

When our hope is in God, our help is on the way. It will be well with our soul. Amen.

Click the links below to hear from Elijah and listen to MercyMe sing Even If:

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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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God is Sovereign – What That Means & Why We Care

God is Sovereign - What That Means & Why We Care (via www.JeanWilund.com)

God is Sovereign


If God isn’t sovereign over all, He isn’t sovereign at all.

I’m clearly not God because no matter how I try, I’m not sovereign over anything. At all.

I might determine to simply walk across the room, but any number of scenarios could stop me.

I could trip and knock myself out.

I could get distracted on my side of the room by a slice of blueberry lemon cake and a cup of coffee. The cup of coffee by itself would do it.

A tornado could rip through my house and send me into my neighbor’s kitchen.

I should be able to walk across the room unimpeded, but I can’t guarantee it because I’m not sovereign, but God is.

What Does Sovereign Mean?


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Be Still & Know – Praise Picture

Be still and know I am God - Psalm 46:10 via www.JeanWilund.com

Be still and know

God has a plan for you.

God is in control.

God loves you.

I AM

God

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Ridiculous Forgiveness — A Story You Won’t Believe (And a Song to Testify)

Ridiculous Forgiveness -- Watch a Story You Won't Believe & listen to "Testify" by Needtobreathe (via www.JeanWilund.com

What if the Unforgivable Happened to You?


If a crooked cop — who falsely arrested you and landed you in prison for four years — got hired to work side-by-side with you, what would you do? 

If you’re Jameel McGee, you’d hang out with him and be his friend even though you lost everything when he sent you to prison. [Read more…]