While My Child is Away (Part 1 — And a Give Away)

Is your child away? Learn how to best pray. While My Child is Away (a book by Edie Melson) Interview by Jean Wilund

Here we go again. Kids scattered around the country.

Is your child away? Learn how to best pray. While My Child is Away (a book by Edie Melson) Interview by Jean WilundLast night Larry and I drove off from Clemson University with an empty U-Haul and without our youngest.

Year two of our empty nest begins. Tweet Tweet.

Every time one of our children flies away, I turn to prayer.

This year I’m turning to prayer and my friend Edie Melson’s new book, While My Child is Away: My Prayers For When We Are Apart.

Edie’s book is a beautiful healing balm and great reminder of the power we hold in our prayer-clasped hands to affect our children’s lives.

Our prayers make a difference whether they sleep in the room at the top of the stairs or lay their heads down 4,677 miles away.

Take a Peek Inside:


While My Child Is Away:
My Prayers For When We Are Apart 

by Edie Melson

Three days after I signed the contract for this book, two of my sons went for an afternoon kayak trip on a nearby river. They are fully grown and capable young men—one served in the military and the other has a degree in outdoor leadership. They’re both married, are not novices about the outdoors or about life in general. As experienced outdoorsmen, they don’t ever take unnecessary chances. So the confidence I have in their ability isn’t misplaced. Even with that, I felt a momentary battle of what-if when they told me about their proposed outing. Instead of voicing my fears, I told them to have fun and took my motherly worries to the One who can ensure their safety.

The next day I found out just how close I’d come to losing both sons.

They’d been on the river when a strong thunderstorm moved in with unusual speed. Immediately they headed to shore, but never made it to safety. They woke up three and a half hours later. Both were in the river, separated from their boats and each other. One son was caught on a snag in the middle of the river, the other was lying half-in and half-out of the water on the shore. After they’d found each other—a harrowing ten minutes later, they’d assured me—they assessed the injuries they’d sustained and realized they’d been struck by lightning.

While both are fine, with no lasting damage, this once again reinforced the fact that we never know when our children are headed into a dangerous situation. Whether our kids are headed to first grade, camp, college, or just a day at play, we need to be praying for them. Not just general, “God, please protect my child” prayers, either. We need to invest in a solid set of knee pads and be ready to do battle for them on a daily basis.

That’s what this book is about.

Any time our children are away from us can be a time of anxiety. We can’t always help the emotions that accompany specific situations, but we can always take those emotions to the One who will provide the protection they need and the peace we crave.


Parents’ Survival Kit

It’s hard being the parent of a kid who’s out of the reach of our loving kisses. Right? Some of us could use a Parents’ Survival Kit.

On Friday, August 19th I’m giving away just such a kit.

I asked Edie Melson, if she were to create one, what would she put into it.

I love her idea, so I’m creating this Parents’s Survival Kit as a Give Away.


a signed copy of While My Child is Away,

a fabulous journal, and 

a framed copy of Isaiah 65:24.

Is your child away? Learn how to best pray & enter to win this book. While My Child is Away (a book by Edie Melson) Interview by Jean Wilund

I’ll announce the winner in Friday’s blog post.

Will it be you?

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I’m Praying for You

If your child is away, I know how you feel. I’m praying for all of you this week.

If you have something specific you want me to pray, leave a comment or email me. I’m honored to pray for you and your child(ren).

Maybe you’ll want to pray this prayer I prayed last night as Larry and I drove off with our empty UHaul: [Read more…]

How Now, Mooo Cow? (Clubhouse Jr. Magazine)

Hey, diddle diddle. The cat and the fiddle. 
The cow jumped onto the roof.

I interrupt this blog for a special commercial about cows:

Focus on the Family published my article, How Now, Mooo Cow? in their Clubhouse Jr Magazine!

Whoo Hoo! 

Why did I write about cows?

I fell in love with them when Larry and I lived on the edge of a cow pasture.

There’s much more to these bovine beauties than just big, dark eyes and a fresh glass of milk. 

Clubhouse Jr. Magazine let me share some fun cow curiosities with their readers.

Hope you enjoy it!

Fun Facts about cows for kids! in Focus on the Family's Clubhouse Jr. Magazine.

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Here’s My Heart, Lord (by Lauren Daigle) Because a Mother’s Heart is forever entwined with her children

Lyric Video: Here's My Heart, Lord (by Lauren Daigle) Because a Mother's Heart is forever entwined with her children (via www.JeanWilund.com)

As a mom, my heart is forever entwined with my children. When I give the Lord my heart — my whole heart — I’m giving Him my children, too.

As we walk through life, we must speak words that are true. Believing lies comes too easy for us.

As we launch our children out into the world, more than ever we must speak words that are true so that we can launch them out in confidence.

Our confidence doesn’t rest in whether we’ve prepared them properly or whether they’ll make wise choices. It rests in the Lord who goes with them, watches over them, and is working in their lives to draw them to Himself.

Here’s my heart, Lord . . .

Bobby . . . Brittany . . . Carolyn

Did I do enough, Lord?

Was I faithful to raise our children to understand how much You love them?

Did I come close to reflecting Your amazing grace? 

Speak what is true.

You are faithful when I am not, Lord.

I seem to be fairly faithful at being unfaithful. Thank You that Your grace covers me.  

You’re the Great Shepherd. You seek and save the lost and never lose your children.

I lost one in the gorilla house in Chicago! Thank You for finding her!

You are strong when I am weak.

That’s a daily occurrence, but I like walking in Your strength better than mine anyway.

You’re the great I AM.

I’m the great Am Not. You are everything I’m not and can never be. You’re everything we need. 

You’re near my children when I am far.

And I seem to keep getting farther and farther. 4,677 miles from one child to be exact.

Wedding Family Photo InstagramYou are life, Lord.

I like living. I want my children to live — really live.

They are Yours, and they are loved.

How can I ever thank You?

Take my heart, Lord. 

My heart is growing bigger. 

Bobby . . . Kaitlyn . . . Brittany . . . Carolyn

Thank You for Bobby’s wonderful bride, our newest daughter.

Hold my heart, Lord.

I trust in You.

My heart is in perfect peace with You.


Lauren Daigle once again grabs me with her music and her heart for the Lord.

In honor of Mother’s Day yesterday, I’m posting her song “Here’s My Heart” today.  [Read more…]

Surviving a Broken Heart and the Dreaded Bleh’s of Life! ~ “FIRST” by Lauren Daigle (Monday Music)

Click to listen to "First" by Lauren Daigle and read "Surviving a Broken Heart and the Dreaded Bleh's of Life!"  ~ Matthew 6:33

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

I’ve never been so happy as 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…]

We All Need a Father Who Loves “His Daughter” by Molly Kate Kestner (Monday Music)

Click to view this powerful music video: "His Daughter" by Molly Kate Kestner. She wrote the song in 20 minutes, but millions of Youtube views prove it's impact will last much longer. (Via www.JeanWilund.com)


Dad seemed to nearly choke on the words. “I love you, too,” he said. 

To hear my dad say those words gripped my heart.

To hear him choke on them, broke it. [Read more…]

“Through All of It” by Colton Dixon ~ Monday Music

Click to view Colton Dixon "Through All Of It" Music Video

It happened.

I knew the day would come.

It’s not that I wanted to stop it, but I also dreaded it, all while celebrating it with pride. [Read more…]

What’s Written On Your Mom Trophy? An Interview with Michelle Medlock Adams – Part 5

What's Written On Your Mom Trophy - An Interview with Michelle Medlock Adams Part 5

“You know the problem with trying to be perfect? You always end up disappointed in yourself and others.” (When Chocolate Isn’t Enough, Michelle Medlock Adams, p. 107)

I’ve read Michelle Medlock Adam’s book, When Chocolate Isn’t Enough, and while she looks pretty perfect, her book reveals the truth.

The truth can be painful, and it can be hilarious. [Read more…]

When Your Child Is Suffering: An Interview with Author Michelle Medlock Adams – Part 4

When Your Child Is Suffering: An Interview with Michelle Adams Part 4


Andrea came running to the door screaming, “Mrs. Jean! Brittany got hit in her eyes by a bungee cord, and she can’t see.”

My legs lost all strength as the sound of her wailing in the backyard reached my ears.

Even thinking about that moment weakens me over ten years later.

I hurried to Brittany, praying every step of the way. [Read more…]