The Surprise Blessing of Desperation — While My Child is Away – Part 2

The Surprise Blessing of Desperation

Imagine sitting across from two of your kids as they describe waking up, floating in a river hours after having been struck by lightning and blown out of their kayaks.

Edie Melson lived that nightmare. [Read more…]

While My Child is Away (Part 1)

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. [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…]

“The Right Size” ~ A Children’s Story for Anyone Who’s Ever Felt They Weren’t Enough

Click the photo to read the children's story "The Right Size." It's for anyone who's ever wondered if they were "enough."

Click photo to read the full story, "The Right Size" by Jean Wilund. A story for anyone who's ever felt they weren't enough.

I hope you enjoyed this story, and that it spoke to you.

It’s so easy to look in the mirror and feel that we’re just not enough — we’re not the right size for the job — but we must ignore the mirror and look to the Potter who made us.

Some of us may appear to be ordinary and plain, but we’re not.

God made us in His image, and He’s extraordinary. 

God made each of us extraordinary.

He made each of us the right size.

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I’m very grateful to Focus on the Family and Clubhouse Jr. magazine for being willing to publish my story. Check out their websites and the different magazines they offer. [Read more…]