WHEN THE BAD NEWS AND THE GOOD NEWS ARE THE SAME NEWS

The Bad News

When the Bad News and the Good News Are the Same News -- the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ (by Jean Wilund via InspireAFire.com)

I knew she’d be mad but I didn’t expect out of control rage from such a young child. But then again, she does take after her momma.

Our daughter had just finished fourth grade at Pineview Elementary. We loved Pineview. I loved Pineview. But I loved my mom more.

And if the doctors were right, Mom only had one more year before she’d succumb to cancer. I had two choices.

If I kept our kids in school, I could visit Mom in Georgia on weekends. But if I took them out, I could homeschool them and have the freedom to create many sweet memories with her in the short time we had left. The choice seemed obvious, but not easy.

Our daughter loved her Oma, too, but she was 10 years old when we broke the news to her. We were pulling her out of Pineview.

At that age, all she could hear was we were taking her away from her friends and favorite teachers. As a rising fifth-grader, she was going to be an elementary school “senior.”

Rage burst from her tiny body. She flew out the back door, sobbing. I sat in the living room stunned. Silent tears spilled down my face. I was losing my mom, and now I’d just broken my little girl’s heart.

Help my child, Lord. Help my mom. Help me.

I wanted to run after her and hold her and beg her not to be angry, but Larry held my hand and told me to give her space.

Lord,
how do we make this okay?

When I couldn’t wait any longer, Larry and I walked out to the back yard and found her curled up in a chair, tears still falling. Her clenched fists trembled. She glanced back and forth between us. I saw in her eyes, rage and resolution battled for control. Keep Reading . . .




Knowing God Like a Surfer

(The following post excerpt from “Knowing God Like a Surfer” first appeared on www.InspireAFire.com.)


Knowing God Like a Surfer by Jean Wilund (via www.InspireAFire.com)

Waimea Bay on the north shore
of Oahu, Hawaii hosts the spine-crunching big wave surf competition known as The Eddie.

Before this invitational can be scheduled, the waves must be at least 20 feet high. This easily translates to surfing a 40-foot wall of water that wants to crush you.

That’s where our daughter took us to spend the day body surfing. To the home of the Eddie.

The Eddie.

That’s why, on that warm December day, when everyone ran in, I ran away.

Fear the Wave

The waves weren’t even close to
Eddie-worthy that day, nevertheless, I wasn’t about to let them pummel me like
they did that one lady. They tossed her about like a puppy with a chew toy. Keep Reading on www.InspireAFire.com




Never Forget to Remember His Benefits


The following excerpt is from a post I wrote for InspireAFire.com.


What Will This Year Bring?

Psalm 103:1-5 Forget None of His Benefits via InspireAFire.com by Jean WIlund

What will this year bring?

Laughter?

Tears?

Perhaps it’s not so much about what happens to us that determines whether we’ll laugh or cry at year’s end.

Perhaps it depends on our memory.

Forget none of His benefits. ~ Psalm 103:2


Never Forget to Remember

We were guilty, condemned by our sin.

Yet, by grace through faith, Jesus pardons all our sin.

Keep Reading on InspireAFire.com.


Psalm 103:1-5 Never Forget to Remember His Benefits (by Jean Wilund via InspireAFire.com and jeanwilund.com)




Why Did God Want Children? Snickering in the Trunk. Freaking Out in the Yard.

Revelation 4:11 and article: Why Did We Want Children? Snickering in the Trunk. Freaking Out in the Yard. via www.InspireAFire.com by Jean Wilund (www.jeanwilund.com)Why did we want children? 

My friend Bev and I often asked each other this question. Usually with a laugh, and especially when our young daughters played together.

My Carolyn and her Bethany possessed tremendous strength of character, which is to say they were quite the characters, loaded with dogged-determination.

Once when they were five years old, Carolyn and Bethany had an idea.

A fun idea.

A terrible idea.

“Let’s play Hide-n-Seek with our moms but not tell them.”

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Why Can’t God’s Highest Purpose Be My Comfort Instead of His Glory?

God's Glory is His Highest Purpose-not our comfort-and that's good news for us! (Jean Wilund via www.inspireafire.com)

Aha!

Ever had an “Aha moment?” Like when you discovered coffee is amazing. Or that you needed reading glasses.

We’ll probably experience lots of aha moments in heaven. For now, we have lots of head-scratching and wondering moments.

Jesus’ disciples had one. . . Read More


Read the rest of this post at InspireAFire.com. I’m blogging over there today!

God's Glory is His Highest Purpose-not our comfort-and that's good news for us! (Jean Wilund via www.inspireafire.com)