Three Powerful Ways Christ Said I Love You

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I love you. 

The three best words ever spoken. 

In French, they say Je t’aime.

In Italian, Ti amo. Spanish, Te amo.

Germans say Ich liebe dich.

But on Good Friday, Christ said I love you with three different words: It is finished.

With these three words, Christ had taken all our sin upon Himself and set us free from its destructive, powerful grip. He bought us eternal life.

No more would we have to pay the penalty of our sin. Christ paid it all. It is finished. 

I love you couldn’t be said better . . . unless perhaps followed by three other words on the third day: He is risen.

On this Good Friday, let’s focus on these three powerful, extravagant ways Jesus said to us, I love you.

Three Powerful Ways Jesus Said I Love You


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Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13 ESV


It is finished.

When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
~ John 19:30 ESV


He is risen.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
~ Matthew 28:6 KJV


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Be Still & Know – Praise Picture

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Be still and know

God has a plan for you.

God is in control.

God loves you.

I AM

God

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Who Am I? According to God, Romper Room & Casting Crowns

Who am I that God would notice me? Get a fresh perspective and a fun flashback in time to the days of Romper Room. Think and laugh with me, and listen to Casting Crowns' "Who Am I?" via www.JeanWilund.comWho Am I?


When I was about five-years-old I stared at the TV screen and waited for Miss Nancy to notice me, but she never did.

All those years in the early ’70’s of watching and waiting, but Miss Sally, the hostess of the TV show Romper Room, never saw me.

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Each week she held up her Magic Mirror, looked through it, and spoke these words into TV Land:  

“Romper, stomper, bomper boo.
Tell me, tell me, tell me, do.
Magic Mirror, tell me today,
did my friends at home have fun at play?”

I leaned in close to make it easier for her to see me in her mirror.

“I see my friend Larry and Michael and Suzy at home,” she said. “I see Annie and Beverly and John…” 

Each week Miss Sally mentioned the different friends she saw. But never me. 

Five-year-old Jean sighed. I guess I’m not special enough to be seen.

God Sees Me


Around middle school, I began to wonder if God could see me.

Was I worth even looking for? He’s got so many people to look at, I reasoned. Where do I rank?

I called out to Him to see if He’d look my way. I felt Him notice me. I felt Him see me.

It’s hard to explain that feeling, but it’s a bit like when you’re in a crowded room and “feel” someone looking at you and turn to discover you were right. 

I was amazed and excited that God answered my call.

Later, I was even more amazed and excited to learn I’d been wrong.

God hadn’t responded to my call. I’d responded to His.

there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.
-Romans 3:11 NIV

We love, because He first loved us.
-I John 4:19 NASB

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
-John 6:44 ESV

Wonder of wonders, the God of the universe hadn’t responded to my call. He’d initiated it. 

He’d reached down into the United States and onto the top bunk of an upstairs bedroom in Marietta, GA and spoken to my heart.

I see you, Jean. And I love you.

Miss Sally may never have seen me, but God did.

God Sees You


Have you had thoughts about God?

If so, that’s God calling you. Even if you’ve had bad thoughts about Him. It’s still you responding to Him reaching into your heart and calling you to Himself.

He can handle our thoughts — good or bad. He’s not threatened.

Don’t get me wrong. God is not worthy of our bad thoughts. He’s worthy of nothing but worship and praise. But He knows our thoughts. We’re not hiding anything from Him. 

Who am I? Wrong Question, Right Proclamation


Who am I? is the wrong question, but it’s the perfect proclamation.

The words are the same. The attitude is not.

When we ask the question, “Who am I?” we ‘re focused on ourselves — our faults, mistakes, and bad choices. All the blehs in our life.

When we proclaim, “Who am I?” we stand amazed at the grace and mercy of God. We’re focused on the One who says from heaven, “I see all that is in you and love you still. You are mine.” 

What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him, 
-Job 7:17 ESV

what is man that You remember him, the son of man that You look after him?
-Psalm 8:4 HCSB

Casting Crowns


The band Casting Crowns doesn’t question Who Am I? in their song. They proclaim it. 

Listen to their song here with this fresh perspective.

Who am I? I am Yours!

By the way, God doesn’t need a magic mirror to see us, which is good because apparently, they’re not real. 

 


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God’s Truth, A Shroud of Swiss Alps Clouds, and an Early Morning Lesson

The Lesson of The Shroud of Clouds & Veiled Truth. Like Cloud shrouding the glorious view of the Swiss Alps, life can veil the truth of the Gospel from our eyes. Wake up and seek the Lord while He may be found. Isaiah 55:6 via www.JeanWilund.com Live in God's Truth. (Kiental, Switzerland on the balcony of the Haus Schönegg B&B.)

I’m Awake Now!

I opened my eyes just before 7:00 am as I’ve done countless times. But never before had the view from my bed slapped me so fully awake.

Breath-taking, snow-capped mountains towered just beyond my open balcony door. It felt like I could touch them.

Waking up in Kiental, Switzerland has its rewards.

Called by the view, I stepped out onto the balcony and stood in silent, grateful awe.

I’m really living this moment. 

The Lesson of The Shroud of Clouds & Veiled Truth. Like Cloud shrouding the glorious view of the Swiss Alps, life can veil the truth of the Gospel from our eyes. Wake up and seek the Lord while He may be found. Isaiah 55:6 via www.JeanWilund.com Live in God's Truth. (Kiental, Switzerland on the balcony of the Haus Schönegg B&B.)I drank in the view as I snapped some pictures, grabbed my Bible, and settled in to enjoy the morning with God.

It doesn’t get better than this.

And then the clouds came.

Uninvited clouds rolled in like annoying tourists and shrouded the distant alps.

Peak by peak. 

Excuse me?

I didn’t ask for clouds. Nevertheless, there they were. And there went my mountains.

Peak by peak. Gone. Just like God’s Truth at times.

Or so it seems.

The Swiss Alps — like God’s Truth — hadn’t changed.

The Swiss Alps were still there, but, I couldn’t see them anymore.

Honestly, the clouds were beautiful in their own right. They crawled across the landscape as if alive.

Stunning.

But, not as stunning as those towering, sharp, snow-capped peaks I’d just been admiring. The ones I’d dreamt of since the day my friend Karen and I began planning this trip.

And now they were gone — veiled by clouds just like the ones I can see every day at home for free.

I’d almost missed the view of the distant alps completely.

Only a few more minutes of slumber would’ve cost me my even-better-than-coffee-early-morning-wake-up-call.

A Shroud of Clouds

The Lesson of The Shroud of Clouds & Veiled Truth. Like Cloud shrouding the glorious view of the Swiss Alps, life can veil the truth of the Gospel from our eyes. Wake up and seek the Lord while He may be found. Isaiah 55:6 via www.JeanWilund.com Live in God's Truth. (Kiental, Switzerland on the balcony of the Haus Schönegg B&B.)The distant alps remained cloaked all morning.

And the weather report staring at me from my iPhone removed any hope for the next day. Or the next.

Clouds forecasted for the rest of our stay. Great.

Seriously, what if I hadn’t woken up when I did? Before the clouds began their menacing march?

I hadn’t set an alarm. I just happened to wake up.

I knew then, God woke me. He called me to the balcony just in time. He knew what was coming.

What if I’d rolled over and grabbed “just one more minute” of sleep instead of answering his call? 

Cheated

Sitting on a balcony in the heart of the Swiss Alps, I felt cheated.

Ridiculous, right?

The Lesson of The Shroud of Clouds & Veiled Truth. Like Cloud shrouding the glorious view of the Swiss Alps, life can veil the truth of the Gospel from our eyes. Wake up and seek the Lord while He may be found. Isaiah 55:6 via www.JeanWilund.com Live in God's Truth. (Kiental, Switzerland on the balcony of the Haus Schönegg B&B.)It occurred to me —  as I’m sure it did you — that I ought to just be grateful for the beauty still before me.

But, but, but . . . Ugh. I live in South Carolina. When could I see mountains like that again?

Clouds, we’ve got — 15,000 ft. peaks, we don’t.

My whining thoughts stirred up a poignant thought.

As beautiful as the world in which we live is, it’s still a lesser view compared to what awaits us in heaven.

Beyond here lies a reality much greater and glorious than anything even the Swiss Alps have to offer. 

Heaven remains hidden for now, only to be enjoyed by those who catch a glimpse past the shroud of clouds to the Truth and embrace it.

The Truth is there, but sometimes it’s veiled by a shroud of clouds.

The Lesson of the Clouds

Long ago, the morning Light of Truth woke me with its dazzling beauty. I jumped up, raced out the balcony and embraced the Truth of Christ

But then a few clouds rolled in — A busy schedule. Struggles. Doubts. New desires.

The clouds dimmed my view of the Truth. And I began to doubt what I’d even seen.

Little by little, I became more content with the lesser view, but never fully content.

A distant pang of desire for that greater view I’d once enjoyed gnawed at me, even as the shroud of clouds pushed that longing to the side. For another day.

But then one day, a sunbeam broke through. And I remembered.

I remembered the clear Truth I’d once seen.

I now saw past the clouds to the Truth in its radiant glory. And I wondered how I could ever have doubted or forgotten.

Since then, I’ve lived with the greater view in focus. Even when clouds roll in. And they do.

Disappointments and fear cloud my vision.

Heartache cloaks the Truth for the moment.

Pride? 

Oh my.

Pride is as effective as black-out curtains in smothering our view of Truth.

But I remember that as tantalizing as my pride may be, or as suffocating as fear or heartache may feel, Truth remains. 

I cling to the Truth, and the clouds pass. 

They always do.

Even in the darkness of night, Truth shines through. 

Clouds will come and go, but Truth remains forever.

The Lesson of The Shroud of Clouds & Veiled Truth. Like Cloud shrouding the glorious view of the Swiss Alps, life can veil the truth of the Gospel from our eyes. Wake up and seek the Lord while He may be found. Isaiah 55:6 via www.JeanWilund.com Live in God's Truth. (Kiental, Switzerland on the balcony of the Haus Schönegg B&B.)

Wake Up to the Light

Has the morning Light of Truth beckoned you?

Wake up, rush out to the balcony, and embrace it.

Don’t wait. Clouds are coming. 

Embrace the Truth of Jesus Christ and live every day enjoying the greater view.

Live beyond the shroud of clouds.


Clouds Aren’t All Bad

Lest I give you the impression that clouds are bad. They’re not.

If certain “clouds” serve to block your view of Truth, they must be dealt with. But God uses everything that touches our life to draw us to Christ and then to shape and conform us into the image of His Son.

But the best thing about clouds is that Jesus is coming back in them! Amen.

And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
Mark 13:26 NASB

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Our God

Enjoy Chris Tomlin’s worship song “Our God.” 

Our God is greater, stronger, and higher than any other.

 




31 Keys to Living 31 Years Happily Married to the Same Person (No One Does I Do Like We Do)

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Happy 31st Anniversary, Larry!

I echo Harry Conick, Jr.’s song: No one does I do like we do.

A lot of them mean it when they say it, but they don’t do I do like we do or they’d still be doing I do, too.

In honor of our 31 years together, here are 31 keys to how we’ve done I do so well and kept ourselves from saying, Never mind, I don’t anymore.

31 Keys to Living 31 Years Happily Married to the Same Person

  1. We’ve laughed. A lot. And I really do mean a lot!l-j-30th-anniversary
  2. We’ve kept God the center of all our decisions – and forgiven each other when we didn’t.
  3. We married each other for exactly who we were on the day we said I Do with no hidden agenda to fix the other after we married.
  4. We’ve prayed for each other and our marriage. A lot. And complained about each other only to God.
  5. We’ve looked only to God to change the other – but, more importantly, to first change us.
  6. We’ve committed to snapping the snapping at each other because it only shows disrespect, never love or kindness.
  7. We’ve kept a thick skin, slathered in patience and a great sense of humor, always ready to laugh at ourselves.
  8. We’ve given the other freedom to laugh, not only with us but at us without getting offended. In fact, we’ve joined in the laughter.
  9. baby-bobbyWe’ve held each other and cried. And even when my tears seemed silly, he held me and loved me instead of belittling me.
  10. We’ve said I’m sorry – even when we didn’t think we did anything wrong.
  11. We’ve given grace when we should’ve said sorry but didn’t.
  12. We’ve laughed some more, even when we wanted to cry. Sometimes especially when we wanted to cry.
  13. He’s accepted me with my quirks (chewing noises make me crazy) and phobias (noCarolyn skydiving. Take that leap of faith and touch the sky! skydiving or deepwater diving for me). I accepted him with his quirks (no lights or noise allowed after he’s gone to bed) and his maddeningly methodical ways (researching something for 10 years — or maybe it was really just 10 days — before making a decision. Yeah, I know it’s saved us a fortune. Thanks!)
  14. I’ve encouraged him when he’s taken our children to do crazy things without making him feel like a bad father. (It’s increased my prayer life, and that’s good, right?)
  15. Good friends are the best!We’ve drunk lots of coffee.
  16. We’ve lived life in community, surrounding ourselves with friends and family to love, support, encourage, and challenge us.
  17. He’s helped me in my garden when he could’ve been hunting.
  18. We’ve said thank you a lot — even after helping me with the laundry and thus shrinking my favorite shirt. And especially for not getting mad when I’ve gone out and replaced that one shirt with five others.
  19. He’s done the stuff I hate just because I hate it, like going to the grocery store and filling up my gas tank.
  20. He hasn’t counted the number of books I’ve bought or writers conferences I’ve attended. He’s even gone to some conferences with me just to meet my writing friends and encourage me. (But I also haven’t blown our budget to do it.)Camping with Friends
  21. I’ve encouraged and cheered him on when he’s gone on yet another hunting trip because I know he loves it. And he hasn’t let his hunting monopolize his time. He keeps hunting after me — except on the first and last day of the season. I can deal with that.
  22. He doesn’t make me feel bad for not wanting to go hunting. (Sit still and quiet in a deer stand? No thanks!)
  23. He’s handled everything with the house and kids when life has overwhelmed me. Like those years I drove back and forth between my img_5115parents in Georgia and home to be with them at the end of their lives.
  24. We’ve loved each other’s families as our own.
  25. We’ve trusted each other, believing the best, and forgiven each other when we’ve acted the fool.
  26. We’ve encouraged and supported each other to reach for our dreams.
  27. We’ve given each other the freedom to make mistakes without fear of criticism or wagging of the head.larry-and-jean-the-keys
  28. We’ve believed the best in each other even when we’ve been our worst.
  29. We’ve showered our home in grace, grace, grace. (And boy, have I needed it.)
  30. Even when we didn’t feel love, we’ve chosen to show love, because love never fails.
  31. And last but not least, he’s made sure I never leave home without my chargers. (The kids are laughing at this one.)

Thanks, Larry, for loving me every single day of our 31 years of marriage — especially on those two days when I was less than lovable!

No One Does I Do Like We

Harry Connick, Jr. says he wrote the song “No One Does I Do Like We Do” for his wife. But I think he wrote it for Larry and me.

It’s never too late to have an amazing marriage. It’s a choice and commitment we all can make.

Our son and his beautiful bride have made that choice.

Have you?

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