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. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

Pickles with a Purpose (An “Are You Kidding Me?” Story)

Pickles with a Purpose (An "Are You Kidding Me?" Story) Ten-year-old Luke houses the homeless one pickle at a time, proving you can make a difference no matter your age. via www.JeanWilund.com

Pickles with a Purpose. Are You Kidding Me?

I met the most amazing kid, and Focus on the Family let me share his “Are you kidding me?” story.

It started for me when I noticed several jars of pickles sitting on my sister Melissa’s kitchen counter. The label said, “Pickles with a Purpose.” Bahaha! How can you not love that name, right?

Then Melissa began to share the story of ten-year-old Luke Holm and his purposeful pickles.

She told me he’d befriended Tim, a man who happened to be homeless, and that wasn’t ok with Luke.

The part where his new friend lived in his car with his wife wasn’t ok with Luke.

Luke felt God wanted him to buy Tim a house. By selling pickles. And it’s working.

Which is when I uttered the phrase, “Are you kidding me?” 

Featured in Clubhouse Magazine

Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine features ordinary kids doing extraordinary things. Can we all agree that Luke more than qualifies?

I introduced Luke and his Pickles with a Purpose to the magazine, and they bit. They wanted to tell his story to the world. I got to write it for Clubhouse and share it with you here!

I hope Luke’s story will inspire you to make a difference right where you are — no matter your age.

Start today by sharing Luke’s story with everyone you know.

Somewhere out there is another Luke. The improbable story of Pickles with a Purpose may be the inspiration he or she needs to believe and get started.

But first, enjoy this crazy and inspiring story. Read Luke’s own words and hear his amazing heart:
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When Pain Is Like a Flower, Truth Makes Hope Bloom

When Pain is Like a Flower, Truth Makes Hope Bloom by Mekeishakay via www.JeanWilund.comEver met someone you’d like to have follow you around and talk for you?

All you’d have to say was, “Yeah. What she said!”

Blogger–and my new friend–Mekeisha has a way of explaining truth that leaves me staring at her dumbly.

When people stare at me like that, they’re trying to figure out what I’m babbling about.

People stare at Mekeisha because they’re mesmerized.

I want to grow up to be just like her.

I asked Mekeisha if I could rip a post off her blog and share it with you. She said, Sure – go for it!

I chose When Pain is Like a Flower because when she read it to my roommate Bethany and I at a recent speakers conference (Christian Communicators Conference–shameless plug), Bethany and I just stared, stunned.

I wish you could’ve been there. It would’ve been crowded in our hotel room, but you would’ve loved listening to her.

After you read Mekeisha’s post, go onto her blog (the link is at the bottom of this post) and leave her a comment, requesting she start streaming live readings.

Thanks! and Enjoy . . .  [Read more…]

Laughter Through the Hard Times of Parenting (While My Child is Away ~ Part 4)

Laughter Through the Hard Times of Parenting. Learn how best to pray while your child is away in While My Child is Away (a book by Edie Melson) Interview by Jean Wilund

Parenting Will Make You Cry

Parenting will make you cry — tears of sorrow and tears of laughter.

Edie Melson, author of While My Child is Away: Prayers for When We Are Apart, and her husband try to look at life through the lens of laughter.

This mindset made a big impact on one of their boys late, late one night.

As teenage boys will do, one of their sons got into trouble in the middle of the night. When he realized he’d been seen, he ran away in the snow. Much to his surprise, they caught him. [Read more…]

The Myth of Perfect Parenting ~ While My Child is Away ~ Part 3

The myth of perfect parenting. Learn how best to pray while your child is away in While My Child is Away (a book by Edie Melson) Interview by Jean Wilund

Have you fallen for the myth of perfect parenting? 

I did. But not for long.

After I woke up to the truth, I sank into a pit of despair, thinking I’m the reason my kids will go broke on therapy! [Read more…]