God is Love (from The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God)

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God is Love

God is love, but that doesn’t mean it’s all rainbows, butterflies, and cotton candy all the time.

Actually, now that I think about it, a rainbow comes after a rain, a butterfly is born out of a struggle, and cotton candy is sugar that’s been melted down and spun wildly.

So maybe God’s love is rainbows, butterflies, and cotton candy — worth every storm, struggle, or meltdown we experience. [Read more…]

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.

At least he let her go. Alive. But not until he’d taken from her what he wanted and left her broken.  [Read more…]

Monday Music ~ 3 Truths To Remember In the EYE OF THE STORM

Always remember, God is always in control. Watch Ryan Stevenson's music video Eye of the Storm as part of our "Storm Training."

The Eye of the Storm

Ah, the eye of the storm.

That happy, calm place after Armageddon seems to have broken loose and before it’s about to get all crazy again.

A storm may have knocked us upside down for the moment, and we’re thinking “ain’t nobody got time for that.” But God hasn’t been knocked anywhere, especially off His throne.

If you’re feeling all alone in the eye of a storm, remember these three truths:

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The Short Answer to Why We Worship God (Praise Picture)

We don't worship God to gain His approval but to bask in His love and acceptance.

Why do we worship God?

Fair question.

I heard a great answer on the radio.

I missed who said it, but I didn’t miss what they said.


“We don’t worship God to gain His approval but to bask in His love and acceptance.”


Bask away everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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…]

When God Clears the Mist

When God Clears the Mist of Our Understanding (Music Video: Who Am I? by Casting Crown)

We don’t always know what God’s up to. His ways can seem confusing, almost misty.

Sometimes He parts the mist and reveals what He’s doing.

Other times, He asks us to walk by faith, not by sight.

No matter how confused we may be about God’s ways, we can walk in confidence that He knows how to lead us — even in the dark.

My friend Traci Burns was living in a dark, swirling mist of questions after her daughter Anna’s accident, until one day:


When God Clears the Mist

by Traci Burns

I often wondered why I was not home when Anna’s accident occurred. — why my husband and I were hours away.  

Months after Anna’s accident I got my answer.

Before I continue, I would like to share a thought:

The way Jesus showed up for me may not be the same way He shows up for you.

Jesus knows what’s best for us.

He created us.

He loves us.

As you continue to read, please keep these truths in mind.  

One night, I was sleeping and woke up at just about the time Anna’s accident had taken place.  

I lay in my bed and two thoughts came to my mind.

What if I had been home the night Anna had her accident?  

What would I have done when the highway patrolman knocked on my door or rang my doorbell?  

I knew exactly what I would have done.

I would have gotten to Anna as fast as I could.  

I would have seen the scene of the accident.  

I would have seen my precious daughter.  

By every account, Anna died instantly when her truck went off the interstate. If I was home and had gone to Anna, there’s nothing I could’ve done.

AND, THEN I KNEW.  

I knew why I had been with my dear friends in Atlanta instead of at home when the accident happened.

ANNA WAS ALREADY WITH JESUS!  

Jesus knows me, and He knew if I had gone to the accident scene and seen my precious daughter I’d have those images etched in my memory forever.  

Jesus spared me that scene and that memory.  

He even took me hours away to accomplish this.  

But, He didn’t stop there. He also placed me with dear friends who showered me with love and comfort when I got the news.  

Anna and I had spoken on the telephone the night before her accident, and the last words we said to each other were, “I love you,” and “I love you too”.  

THAT is the memory I’ll always have.

The lyrics to Casting Crown’s song Who I Am reflect my thoughts about Christ’s love for me and what He did for me in my darkest moment.

It’s the same love He has for you.


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Orlando, I’m so sorry! 6 Ways We Can Respond Better.

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Orlando, I’m so sorry!

I’m sorry for what you’ve gone through. And I’m sorry for the many horrible reactions you’ve endured. We can respond better.

In fact, there are at least six ways we can respond better to tragedy, but first let’s briefly review the horrors that descended upon Orlando this past week. [Read more…]

Even When We’re Not, God’s Love Is LOYAL (by Lauren Daigle)

Click to view: Even when we're not loyal, God is. Watch Lauren Daigle's music video "Loyal" via www.jeanwilund.com

Loyal.


A perfect word for God’s love.

Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.

~ 1 Corinthians 13:7

We can run from God's love, but we'll never outrun it. #God's love is #Loyal @Lauren_Daigle Click To Tweet

Because of God’s faithful love, He’s always working in our lives and hearts to draw us to Himself.

And whatever God begins, He completes. He’ll never give up on us.

For I am confident of this very thing that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. 
~ Philippians 1:6

My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of my lips.
~ Psalm 89:34

Do you need to stop running from His love and grace?

We can’t outrun them, so why try any longer?

Give in to His love and grace.

Run to them, wallow all up in them, and burrow down into them forever.

God’s love is loyal, even when we’re not. Amen!

Let Lauren Daigle’s song “Loyal” comfort you and inspire you today — and every day:

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