When Love Comes Home (by Matthew West) Happy 4th of July!

Lyric video of When Love Comes Home by Matthew West & Resources by author Edie Melson

When Love Comes Home

In America’s history, how many families have dreamt of the day when their soldier comes home — when love comes home?

I actually have an answer to that.

I read on-line (so it has to be true) that nearly 45 million servicemen have served during war time and times of unrest.

45 million families waiting and worrying.

45 million families hoping or praying for their love to come home.

45 million families sacrificing for freedom.

Matthew West wrote this song, When Love Comes Home, after reading a touching story of Scott and Jennifer Horne of Cedar Park, Texas.

Nearing the end his second deployment, Scott wrote to his wife saying, “My heart aches for you every second of every day, and I don’t know how to fill the emptiness I feel when I’m without you.”

Scott gave 20 years of his life to his country. The last 11+ had been as a husband and wife. To me, that means his family served our country as well.

Leaving loved ones behind and heading off to serve is hard. Being left is hard, too.

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Thank you!

This 4th of July I want to say thank you to every man, woman and child who’s served our country through their prayers and support at home and their selfless service as soldiers fighting for freedom.

I hope this music video of Matthew West’s song When Love Comes Home will encourage us all to remember and pray for our soldiers and their loved ones. 

After the video, I share some great resources for anyone who has a soldier serving in our military written by one who knows, author and mom of a wounded veteran Edie Melson. She understands. [Read more…]

We Will Not Forget — We Must Not Forget

View unforgetable music video "We Will Not Forget" by Mark Harris & Interview w/ Jim Caviezel on filming The Passion of the Christ

My son Bobby met a war hero.

We will not forget. We must not forget.

Bobby spent almost an hour talking with a man who’d fought on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and at the Battle of the Bulge.

Bobby held this hero’s medal and marveled at the stories he shared of landing on the beaches of Normandy.

He told of working his way off the front of the landing craft and through the surf as the Germans shattered his fellow soldiers behind him.

And he talked of being shot seven times — three times on D-Day and four in the Battle of the Bulge.

We will not forget. We must not forget.

During the Battle of the Bulge, enemy fire had left a gaping hole in his leg, so he hunkered down in a foxhole with a friend.

The searing pain of fire ants gnawing into his wound urged him back out only to be shot again.

A bullet ricocheted off a bone in his arm and landed in his head.

His friend took a shot directly to the head and miraculously survived.

These two soldiers fought together for each other, for their country, and for freedom.

We will not forget. We must not forget.

I asked Bobby what stood out in his mind from his time meeting this great man.

He told me he’ll never forget the man’s refusal to see himself as a hero. But most of all, he’ll never forget when he said, “I’d do it all again.”

We will not forget. We must not forget.

Last summer Larry and I had the distinct honor to meet a WWII hero as well.

God Bless Al Rodrigues Pearl Harbor Survivor

God Bless Al Rodrigues Pearl Harbor Survivor

Al Rodrigues survived Pearl Harbor. (Click on the link or photo to read about it.)

We will not forget. We must not forget.

Watch this incredible music video We Will Not Forget by Mark Harris.

The footage is amazing. And what a message.

Then watch the equally amazing interview with actor Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus Christ in the movie The Passion of the Christ.

You’re gonna need a large cup of coffee and some time for Jim Caviezel’s interview, but you’ll be glad you did.

The music video is short, but powerful.

While you’re watching, pray.

Pray for our soldiers who are serving today.

Thank God for all those who bought our freedom with their lives.

Thank Him for the countless others who’ve fought for freedom since.

And thank Him, most of all, for His Son Jesus Christ, who bought our eternal freedom with His blood. [Read more…]

Merry Christmas to You ~ The Nativity Story ~ Come and Worship (by Bebo Norman)

Click to view music video Come & Worship by Bebo Norman via www.JeanWilund.com

Therefore the Lord himself
will give you a sign:

The virgin will conceive
and give birth to a son,
and will call him

~ Isaiah 7:14


Merry Christmas from my home to yours!

Please enjoy this music video of the nativity story as Bebo Norman sings “Come and Worship.”

It’s my Christmas gift to you.

~ Jean

[Read more…]

Happy 4th of July! and God Bless America!

God Bless America!

Canadian-born Celine Dion proves you don’t have to be from America to love our land, our country, or our people — or to honor it. 

Celine sang God Bless America! on September 21, 2001, to honor all those lost in the attacks of 9/11.

Do you know who was the first to perform God Bless America? (Cue Jeopardy music.) [Read more…]

I’d Like to Celebrate Easter Like Florence! With a BANG!


Celebrate Easter like Florence!


If I become senile in my old age and forget how to tie my shoes, I’ll still remember celebrating Easter in Florence, Italy.

It was 1984, and Mom and Dad had brilliantly planned for us to be in Florence on Easter. Naturally we planned to attend the service at the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, otherwise known as The Duomo. 

Can there be any experience like it?

No, there really can’t. I’m not kidding. I’m not exaggerating. There can’t. [Read more…]

Four Ways Christmas Candy Points to Christ

Candy is sweet–and even sweeter when it has meaning.

512395_General Call it rationalization so I can feel good about savoring Christmas chocolates all season if I want–I’m fine with that.

Children are fine with it, too.

Why not take this opportunity to teach our children four ways that Christmas candy points to Christ and what He’s done for us while they enjoy a treat?

And while I realize that Hershey’s wasn’t looking for deep spiritual meaning when they created these chocolate-filled treats, I can still find meaning in them: [Read more…]