Don’t Misunderstand the Song “What a Beautiful Name” — Jesus Doesn’t Need You, But He Wants You

Don't Misunderstand the song "What a Beautiful Name" by Hillsong ~ Jesus Doesn't Need You, But He Wants You (via www.JeanWilund.com)I Misunderstood

The first time I heard What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong I misunderstood.

The song is topping the charts and played in churches around the world — and I’m not saying it’s wrong — but something about it sat wrong with me.

The line about Jesus not wanting heaven without you and me seemed off.

(Believe it or not, due to copyright laws, I’m not allowed to quote the line in the song. Crazy world we live in! But you can read the lyric in the music video below.) 

That line bothered me only because it could be misunderstood.

It sounded to me like the song was saying:

Jesus didn’t want Heaven if we couldn’t be in it.

It wasn’t complete without us.

He needed us so He came down to get us.

Doesn’t that sound sweet? Don’t you feel loved?

Except, No!

And I hope I’m right here, the songwriter didn’t mean that.

Surely, he meant:

Jesus didn’t want us to miss out on His perfect and complete Heaven.

We need Him so He came down to make a way for us to join Him there.

Don’t misunderstand. Jesus doesn’t need us. At all. But He wants us.

Now that should make you feel loved.


Jesus Doesn’t Need You, But He Wants You

Jesus isn’t Jerry McGuire coming for his bride. We don’t complete Him.

He’s complete already — self-sufficient, lacking nothing.

He doesn’t even need our friendship.

From eternity past, Jesus has lived in perfect relationship with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

He wasn’t lonely and looking for love. He’s always been perfect and complete. 


Why Didn’t Jesus Want Heaven Without us?

Jesus doesn’t need heaven with us. He simply wants heaven with us.

It’s the same reason why He created us.

You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.
~ Revelation 4:11

Jesus doesn’t need you. But He wants you. 

The next time you feel less than lovable, remember the One who doesn’t need you, created you, and He loves you.

Yes, you’re going to act unlovable at times. Welcome to the human race.

But don’t misunderstand: You may act unlovable at times, but you will never be unlovable. 

Jesus proved it by coming down for you so that He can have heaven with you, not without you.

Keep that perspective in mind as you listen to What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong:

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When God Isn’t Meeting Your Desperate Need

What If God Doesn't Meet Your Desperate Need (via www.JeanWilund.com with Callie Daruk and MercyMe's song Even If)

Help! 

When I heard Bobby’s desperate scream from his room, fear shot through my heart. I couldn’t get to him fast enough.

My ten-year-old son had fallen on top of a folding chair which collapsed onto his right thumb and crushed it.

The pain paralyzed Bobby, making it impossible for him to lift himself off the chair. His thumb remained imprisoned in a vise grip.

I rushed to Bobby, snatched him up, and gasped.

What once was a thumb now appeared to be a spatula. A short, flat, bleeding spatula.

His thumbnail — now split down the middle — gushed blood. His flesh pushed through the crack in his nail.

Don’t faint, Jean. And certainly not onto Bobby. 

I staggered to the phone and called my good friend and pediatrician Lynn.

She decoded my plea for help and said, “Jean, you need to calm down. And you need to squeeze his thumb to stop the bleeding.”

Squeeze Bobby’s crushed, bleeding, pain-inflicted thumb? Seriously?

I want a new friend and new pediatrician.

I took a deep breath and followed her orders. And I prayed a desperate prayer.

“Lord, do you see my son? He needs You. Now! Help him, please.”

The bleeding stopped. The pain didn’t. But eventually, Bobby’s thumb healed, and we moved on with our lives.

But that’s not always the case.

When Our Desperate Needs Won’t Go Away

My friend Callie texted me yesterday morning with a plea of desperation.

“Please pray for Elijah. He is in terrible pain this morning. Moaning and crying. Mommy’s heart is breaking.”

I cried for my dear friend and Elijah, her 10-year-old son.

Elijah has a rare — and cruel — immune disorder called Eosinophilic Esophagitis. It causes Elijah debilitating pain. For the past 30 days. Thirty long, excruciating days. 

“Lord, do You see Callie’s son? Do you see Elijah?”

History and God’s Word proves God sees, and He cares.

Our present circumstances sometimes seem to challenge it, but the Truth remains. 

Even if God doesn’t remove our desperate need the moment we pray, He sees and cares. He knows what He’s doing.

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
~Psalm 34:17

Really? God delivers them from all their troubles? What about Elijah? He’s still in pain.

Our rescue doesn’t always come when and how we want. But it comes. God never fails.

As humans, we’re short-sighted. We can’t see the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). We can’t see all the moving — and non-moving — parts.

All we see is the small picture in front of us and what we’ve learned.

And what screams at us. 

As Bobby screamed, I couldn’t see anything but his pain and my plea. I couldn’t see the Lord’s help.

I can’t see Elijah’s help with my physical eyes. But I can see it with my spiritual eyes. His help and his hope are in the Lord.

My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
~Psalm 121:2

And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.
~Psalm 39:7

Stand on God’s Character

When it seems God isn’t meeting your desperate needs, remember who He is.

Don’t lose sight of God or His unchanging character.

We’ll never understand all His ways or thoughts in this life. But we can always trust them (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Don’t walk away from God in your desperate need.

I know you’re hurt and angry. He knows it, too. He’s OK with raw emotion. Run to Him with it.

You can trust Him. You can trust His character.

This single unchanging truth has held me up when my circumstances threatened to crush me down. It will hold you, too. Don’t let go.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
~ Psalm 34:18

Because we can trust God, we can say as Jesus did as He faced the cross:

Not my will but Yours be done.
~ Luke 22:42

Even if God doesn’t remove our circumstance in the fires of our pain and fear, we can trust in Him.

We can hold on. He will deliver us.

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD.

~Psalm 27:13-14


Elijah’s Story & MercyMe’s Song of Hope “Even If”

I’ve shared a bit of Elijah’s story with you. Now I want you to hear from him. Listen to Elijah speak from his heart. Hear his hope even in the pain of his diagnosis.

And pray for him. Pray for Elijah.

Elijah and MercyMe share a message of hope we all need to hear and remember.

Even If. Even if our we must wait on the Lord, we never wait in vain. 

When our hope is in God, our help is on the way. It will be well with our soul. Amen.

Click the links below to hear from Elijah and listen to MercyMe sing Even If:

Discover the hope of Elijah in the pain of his Diagnosis

Discover the hope of Elijah in the pain of his diagnosis. (Callie Daruk @ APhariseeLikeMe.com)

Elijah: A Diagnosis


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Surviving the Dreaded Bleh’s of Life

Surviving the dreaded Bleh's of life can be hard. Find encouragement, hope, and strength here through God's Word and Lauren Daigle's song "First" via www.JeanWilund.com

I’ve held onto too much in my life, unable to let go, just surviving.

I’ve never been happier than when I learned to let go of my rights, shame, unforgiveness, and that obnoxious shirt that hasn’t been in style since 1987.

But letting go of my children? Bleh!

That one feels like it just might kill me.

I wrote the original post below in August 2015, when our baby was headed to college, before our oldest daughter moved to Hawaii, and before our son and his wife moved from North Carolina to Lexington, only a few miles away.

Almost two years later, I need the encouraging truth in this message just as much as ever. Do you?

Surviving the Dreaded Bleh’s of Life


Two years ago, I felt this day coming.

See my post: I Know, But . . . How Do I Survive My Children Leaving?

In that post I shared how to avoid becoming another Norman Bate’s mother. I’m proud to report — as are my children — that I’ve successfully not morphed into her!

But the empty nest is descending faster than South Carolina humidity. 

I’m not clinging to my children like a crazed mother, but my heart breaks over missing them. 

How do we do more than survive? How do we live with joy despite the Bleh’s of life?

Lauren Daigle hits the mark in her song “First.” 

Before I cry over my children, I will rejoice over my God.

Before I dwell on my pain, I will dwell on His presence.

Before I do anything, I will seek God FIRST.

“But seek FIRST His kingdom and His righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.”

~ Matthew 6:33

I’m not saying we should treat God as if He were our genie in a bottle or manipulate Him into giving us what we want.

I gave you my heart, God, now give me three free houses all next to Larry’s and mine for our three children. And make Lexington, SC just like Hawaii so they’ll want to say here.

Seeking God isn’t about getting what we want, except that it is.

When we seek God first — truly seek Him with our whole heart first and foremost — we actually do end up getting everything we desire because everything in our being actually desires Him above all things.

God is our highest desire.

Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
~ Psalm 73:25-26

Think about it. Even individuals who reach the pinnacle of success in their field only enjoy a measure of contentment for a period of time. They don’t stay content.

People who’ve lost hope and appear to desire nothing actually do feel deep desire — a deep desire to stop feeling desire.

Desire is never satisfied until it reaches its truest and deepest longing — God

I don’t want to stop desiring my children, but I do want that desire to stop hurting so much.

I want to be able to give them over to God and send them off into the world with a genuine heart full of joy, not a quivering upper lip.

When God is my first heartbeat, my first breath and my first thought — my all — then His glory and presence cover it all — including my sorrows. And His joy is mine.

“You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”
~ Psalm 16:11, NASB

Living in the midst of our highest desire — God’s presence — turns our tears into laughter. 

Some pain, like the death of a loved one, can’t be completely mended on this side of heaven, but fullness of joy relieves a lot of pain.

It has the power to wash away our bleh’s.

I’m thrilled for my children and their exciting futures, but as long as they’re far away, I’m still going to miss my babies.

So if you’re reading this, kids, call me!

Yep, Lauren Daigle’s song “First” is my go-to song as I pack up my baby and send her into the world.

I will seek God first as our last child leaves. 

What about you?

What is tugging at your heart today? What Bleh’s are you survivng?

Seek God first and let Him fill your heart with His glorious presence and fullness of joy.


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Birthright & Michael Jr Comedy Deliver

Birthright & Michael Jr deliver love & laughter because every child has the right to live, every mom has the right to deliver her child, and we all love to laugh. via www.JeanWilund.com

Birthright & Michael Jr Comedy deliver.

Birthright delivers help to those pregnant & worried. Michael Jr. delivers non-stop laughs.

I’m delivering both here.


Birthright of Columbia

Ever meet someone and know from the moment they reached out their hand, you were about to be changed?

Hank Chardos of Birthright of Columbia is one of those people.

Hank’s love for others, driven by his passion for Christ, spills out into his smile and eyes and spreads out into everything he says and does. He’s a man on a mission to make a difference.

The mission? Hank and Birthright deliver help to women who are pregnant and worried. 

Reach Out, Columbia magazine invited me to share Hank’s and Birthright of Columbia’s story. What an honor! And here it is. 

To read the article, click on the link or photo below:

(If you’re reading this by email, the photo may not be shown. They only allow me one photo per email. Sadness.)


Hello, This is Birthright of Columbia

Every child has the right to live, and every mom has the right to give birth. That's why Birthright of Columbia does what it does. Read their powerful story here. via www.JeanWilund.com

Please pray for God to send more volunteers to help Birthright International answer every cry for help.

And if God prompts you to volunteer, there are many ways to help. They’re listed in the article.

Thank you!

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Michael Jr. Comedy — New Baby

Because it’s Monday, and I usually write a Monday Music post, I felt I owed it to my loyal readers to deliver. 

But today I felt like switching it up and start our Monday with a laugh. (I’ve been ugly sick for over a week now. I need a good laugh.) 

In this clip, Michael Jr. delivers laughs on the joys of bringing a new baby into the world. Enjoy!

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Plant Faith, Not Fear. Because We All Have to Live WITH Fear, but not IN Fear. Always.

We all have to live WITH fear, but we don't have to live IN fear. Plant Faith, Not Fear. Always. (Song by Kristian Stanfill) www.JeanWilund.com

We All Live WITH Fear


I was eight years old and terrified.

I’d taken my bike for a spin in our neighborhood when it suddenly morphed into a Stephen King bicycle — a sort of Christine the Possessed Car’s cousin. My bike seemed alive and determined to be rid of me.

Each time I planted my foot on the brakes, the pedal sprung, catapulting my foot forward with such force it nearly threw me over the handlebars.

When I reached the top of my long, steep, winding driveway, lined with trees and drop-offs, I faced a dilemma: How to get down it without brakes and survive.

Before you ask why I didn’t just walk my bike down the driveway, I refer you again to the first paragraph. I was eight years old and apparently not very smart. 

Wide-eyed and shrieking in terror, I leaned into every turn like an out-of-control BMX racer.

Having miraculously maneuvered to the bottom of the drive at full speed, I steered for the softest landing I could find. Mom’s rounded boxwoods.

I careened into them and crawled out with only minor scratches. The bushes didn’t fare as well.

For a few terrifying moments, I lived with fear.

We all live WITH fear, but we don’t have to live IN fear.


I survived those terrifying moments without developing a fear of bikes. Just that bike until Dad fixed the brakes. 

I can’t say as much for the devastating impact one news report had on me around the same time period.

The late night newscaster reported the gruesome murder of two physicians in their home in my city: “The Matthews Murders.”

Since my dad was a doctor, too, my little mind told me we might be next.

Fear paralyzed me, and that fear grew deep roots.

For the next 30+ years, I lived in fear of sleeping at home alone. (Watching horror films like “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th” in high school probably didn’t help.)

Plant Faith, Not Fear. Always


Fear is like a weed.

It grows in even the worst conditions and takes over everything.

Faith is like an heirloom flower. 

It requires nurturing at first, but eventually, its roots grow deep and strong and produce a highly prized blossom.

The Only Thing Stronger Than Fear is Faith


Some of us may have faith in our own abilities, but then not all of us are like Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent in the movie Taken, who said to his daughter’s kidnappers on the phone: 

I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.

Spoiler alert: He was right. 

But even Bryan Mills isn’t all-powerful — or real.

God, on the other hand, is all-powerful — and real.

He has a particular set of skills, skills He’s possessed forever — the fullness of His perfect character.

God’s skills make people like us who trust in Him a nightmare for fear and for Satan.

Satan is a liar and accuser. He tells us we must live in fear, that we’ll never be free of it. But God says, “I see your fear, and I will destroy it through faith.” 

Faith Versus Feelings


When we plant our faith in God, it will grow and overwhelm our feelings of fear.

While it can happen overnight, it probably won’t. At least it didn’t for me. But don’t give up. 

Deep roots of fear don’t die easily. It takes bold faith, which grows over time, as we experience God more and more.

God gives faith, but He doesn’t force it on us.

Step out in faith. One step at a time, saying, “I can’t, God, but You can. And You will.” 

Our actions will reveal our Faith. We can’t wait until we feel full of faith before we step out. The feelings come later.

We prove we believe God will give us the faith we need for the next step by taking that first step, and then the next and the next.

Our heart will fall in line with our faith eventually. Just keep stepping. 

Step out past your fears into faith and trust in God’s unchanging, matchless skills — His perfect character. 

Our fears will die — Always — but only if we first step out in faith.

I Did It!


About 30 years after I planted the fear of sleeping alone, I planted my first seed of faith, taking a small step that felt giant at the time.

Larry and the kids had gone on a trip, so I locked all the doors, laid in bed with the radio on the Christian station, and prayed. “I know that no one can get into this house without Your permission, God, and I trust in You. No matter what happens tonight. I trust in You.”

I woke a few times during the night, but each time, I prayed again and won a victory I hadn’t won in nearly 30 years. And my faith grew.

Eventually, my faith grew such that one night I actually forgot to lock the doors before I went to sleep. No radio. No fear. Just faith in my unfailing God — no matter what happens.


But thanks be to
God,
who always
leads us in triumph
in Christ,
and manifests through us
the sweet aroma
of the knowledge
of Him
in every place.
~ 2 Corinthians 2:14 NASB

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Always by Kristian Stanfill


Let Kristian Stanfill’s song Always become your song.

Plant faith, not fear. God’s promises are true Always.

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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.

Who Am I? According to God, Romper Room, and Casting Crowns? via www.JeanWilund.com

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 https://rxcare.co.uk/cialis-online-uk/.

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.

And He’s going to keep calling, even if we fight His call or doubt it. 

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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