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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You Are PRICELESS (for King and Country)

Music Video Priceless by For King & Country via www.JeanWilund.com

SHATTERED


She cried herself to sleep in the dark night in a foreign city. 

She’d tried to be careful. She’d looked for warning signs. 

And now she cried herself to sleep because she’d been wrong.

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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.

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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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When Pain Is Like a Flower, Truth Makes Hope Bloom

When Pain is Like a Flower, Truth Makes Hope Bloom by Mekeishakay via www.JeanWilund.comEver met someone you’d like to have follow you around and talk for you?

All you’d have to say was, “Yeah. What she said!”

Blogger–and my new friend–Mekeisha has a way of explaining truth that leaves me staring at her dumbly.

When people stare at me like that, they’re trying to figure out what I’m babbling about.

People stare at Mekeisha because they’re mesmerized.

I want to grow up to be just like her.

I asked Mekeisha if I could rip a post off her blog and share it with you. She said, Sure – go for it!

I chose When Pain is Like a Flower because when she read it to my roommate Bethany and I at a recent speakers conference (Christian Communicators Conference–shameless plug), Bethany and I just stared, stunned.

I wish you could’ve been there. It would’ve been crowded in our hotel room, but you would’ve loved listening to her.

After you read Mekeisha’s post, go onto her blog (the link is at the bottom of this post) and leave her a comment, requesting she start streaming live readings.

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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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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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When Life Comes Too Fast or Too Hard, Don’t Panic. Do This Instead.

When life comes too fast or too hard (and it will), don't panic. Do this instead. Look to Isaiah 43, and gain confidence & strength. (via www.JeanWilund.com)When life comes too fast and too hard (and it will), don’t panic.

Do this instead: Look to Isaiah 43.

May this letter to God, written as a response to His Words through Isaiah, give you the strength and confidence you need today.


Father God,

Life is coming hard and fast.

Where are You?

“Do not to be afraid,” I hear You say. “I’ve ransomed you and set you free.”

You paid the unimaginable price demanded. For me.

You call me by name and say, “You are mine.”

You say I’m precious to You, and You love me. 

You tell me You chose me and created me for Your glory.

Forgive me for doubting You. I’d lost sight.

But now I see.

WHEN I go through rivers of difficulty carried away by the fast, furious current, I will not drown because You, O Lord, are with me.

WHEN I walk through the fires of oppression from sin or heartbreak and pain in my soul, the flames will not consume me.

For You are the Lord, my God, the Holy One over me, my Savior.

I will not be afraid for You are with me.

No matter how far I may go from Your presence, You are always right there, gathering me back from the distant corners.

No one but You can predict a single day into the future, but You know every one of my days even before there was one.

You are the only God, and from eternity to eternity there is no other besides You.

No one can oppose You or stop Your mighty hand or reverse Your actions.

Your purposes for me will be accomplished because You have determined it by the strength of Your great, exceeding love for me, which can never be extinguished. 

The things You’ve done for Your people — for me — reveal unquestionably the power of Your love, strength and wisdom.

But all that’s nothing compared to what You’re about to do.

You’re doing something brand new.

Praise God, You’ve already begun.

You’ll make a pathway through my wilderness and rivers in my desert.

You will refresh me.

You’ve been exceedingly patient with me, God, not burdening me or wearying me with requests for me to honor You or obey You, even though those things are due Your Holy name.

Instead, I’ve burdened You and wearied You with my sins and faults.

When life comes too fast or too hard (and it will), don't panic. Do this instead. Look to Isaiah 43, and gain confidence & strength. (via www.JeanWilund.com)And yet, You, O God, have blotted them all out. You’ve cast my sins far from me.

You’ve chosen to forget them forever, just as if I’d never sinned.

You’ve granted this inconceivable kindness, not because of anything I’ve done or deserve, but solely because of Your great love for me.

It makes no sense to me, but how do I dare doubt You again? Your Word is true.

God, I praise You and fall at Your feet with gratitude.

Your faithfulness astounds me.

When the rivers of difficulty sweep over me (and they will), and the fires of oppression burn my very soul (and they will), I will choose to remember I belong to You.

I am Your child.

You won’t let me drown or be consumed.

O Lord, Let me rise every morning to serve and worship You.

Thank you, my Father, my God and my Savior.

I love you.

me

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