Hate and Despair Are Never the Answer. Jesus Is.

Hate & Despair are never the answer -- Jesus is. via www.JeanWilund.com

I Miss Fluffy Facebook

I never thought I’d miss reading a Facebook post about what someone ate for breakfast or that they’re going to brush their teeth.

But with so much hate and despair spewing out on Facebook and on every place an opinion or thought can be spewed, I long for a mundane post that someone just scooped the poop for their pup.

I miss fluffy posts about kittens.

Society seems intent on ripping itself apart with venomous, hate-filled words and accusations slung far and wide.

Many are ready to declare all hope is gone.

 

Hate and despair are infecting America like a life-stealing cancer, spreading from coast to coast.

I refuse to give in to that mentality. [Read more…]

Magnify the Name of the Lord to Minimize Your Stress

Magnify the Name of the Lord to Minimize Your Stress and watch Music Video Magnify by Messenger via www.JeanWilund.comOh the Stress!

Every fall I find myself stressed out, and I’ve battled it for too embarrassingly long. I suffer from Competition Stress Anxiety.

I just made that term up, but it sounds about right.

If you’re not into sports, this post is still for you because we all have something in life that stresses us out.

It might be of minor importance like mine, as in the I Just Moved to a New Place and Have to Make New Friends Stress Anxiety or the I Have Too Many Things to Do and No Matter What I Do the List Only Gets Longer Stress Anxiety.

Or it might be quite serious like My Medical Bills are Piling Up With No End in Sight Stress Anxiety or worse I Just Lost My Child And Don’t Think I’ll Ever Be Happy Again Stress Anxiety.

Insert whatever your stressor is into the blank:  ________ Stress Anxiety.

Trying to EnJOY But Can Only EnSTRESS?

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Praise Picture ~ Peace!

John 14:27 -- My peace I give to you! (Praise Picture via www.JeanWilund.com)

Praise Picture — Peace!

I just wanted to share this Praise Picture with you. Now go take on the day — with peace, and lots of it!

PS — And look forward to my upcoming Never-Ending List of the Character Traits of God. It’s almost ready. 🙂

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. -- I'll take it, #Jesus! #Peace #PraisePicture Click To Tweet [Read more…]

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 the excerpt here if you missed yesterday’s post.

Motivation to Pray

Edie and her husband have raised three boys.

Three boys.

Boys get blown out of kayaks.

They say, “Hey y’all! Watch this!”

Boys are motivation to pray.

I’ll never forget when my son and his friends started their own Fight Club.

They pummeled each other for fun until we parents complained about the broken bones and outlawed it.

I’ve got other stories, but fortunately none involve our son getting thunderbolted out of a kayak.

Edie and I talked about her journey to becoming a prayer warrior and writing her latest prayer book, While My Child is Away: My Prayers for When We Are Apart. 

Her story will encourage and inspire you.


Edie Melson, author of While My Soldier ServesEdie Melson:

I wanted to share my story to empower other people.

I write books on prayer now, but prayer for me didn’t come easily.

I thought I was really bad at it. I felt inadequate, like my prayers weren’t powerful enough to affect anything.

But I knew I had to pray.

The biggest thing was the desperation.

My kids needed prayer, and I couldn’t do anything but pray.

At that point, I didn’t realize that prayer was the best thing—the strongest thing—I could do.

I looked for books on prayers, but they were formal. And they weren’t my emotions.

One morning I called out to God in my quiet time.

The disciples asked You to teach them how to pray. Do it for me, too.

Everywhere I turned for the next six months, information just showed up. Scriptures would appear on billboards.

God finally got through to me that prayer wasn’t about the formality, the words, or the ways. It wasn’t legalistic. 

A huge weight fell off my shoulders. I can do this!

But I still felt awkward.

I began going through Psalms, inserting my children’s names in Scripture.

I began to write them out because I’m easily distracted.

This process of journaling and praying scripture for my children revolutionized my prayer life.

When I finally clued into the fact that the power in prayer didn’t rest in me or my words, it rested in God, the whole world opened to me.

All these prayers that were in me, waiting to come out in just the right way, started flowing because I finally got that it didn’t have to be perfect.

We want our prayers to matter the most with our kids.

Without realizing where the power in prayer comes from, we can dam up our prayers ourselves.

God wants us to be free and able to come to Him without feeling stressed.


The Surprise Blessing of Desperation

Desperation isn’t fun, but it’s a great teacher. It reaches us when logic and reason can’t.

God used desperation to clue me into the power of prayer, too.

With my kids far away, the only real power I still had to impact them was prayer.

Like Edie, I felt a desperate loss of control.

My desperation led to the surprise blessing of peace.

Peace comes whenever we let go of the need to control and choose to trust in and rely on God instead.

Fully trust in and rely on Him.

God knows all our kids’ needs, and He’s always good and faithful to work exactly as He knows best for their good and His glory.

And He knows how to move us from desperation to peace.

One helpful tool is Edie Melson’s Parents Survival Kit.

Enter to win it!

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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…]

No More Defective Faith: The Exchanged Life (Hudson Taylor)

No more defective faith -- "The Exchanged Life" by Hudson Taylor - (Chapter and PDF) "Instead of bondage, liberty; instead of failure, quiet victories within; instead of fear and weakness, a restful sense of sufficiency in Another." www.jeanwilund.com

Few books have affected me as profoundly as Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secrets. 

It’s available on Amazon, on audio and CD, and on Kindle.

(At the time of this post, the Kindle version is only 99 cents. Order it today!)

Who is Hudson Taylor?

Excerpt from the back of the audio CD:

You may be unfamiliar with the spiritual magnitude of Hudson Taylor, a great and godly man who was a pioneer missionary to China.

You will be amazed at the relevance of this man’s life as you see how effectively he modeled the integration of truth, faith, humility, and obedience.

His secret of the “exchanged life,” and his profound dependence on the Lord for every need, must be discovered by a new generation.

Physician, evangelist, administrator, visionary, compassionate husband and father–Hudson Taylor filled all these roles, and more.

He left a lasting mark on the great country of China, and few in the history of the Chinese church have accomplished so much with so little.

Hudson Taylor’s life exemplifies how to wholly trust God because God is indeed enough. That was the “secret” by which he lived and it can be yours as well.

In my recent post about The Vine and the Branches by David Tryon entitled Jesus Said, “Abide in Me, and I in you.” I said, “Huh?”, I credit Tryon’s writing and Hudson Taylor’s for crystalizing my understanding of what it truly means to abide in Christ.

All of Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secrets is brilliant, but Chapter 14 –– The Exchanged Life is the section I re-read the most.

In it, Taylor explains his breakthrough to understanding how to truly abide in Christ. 

I’m surprised I don’t have this chapter memorized as much as I’ve studied it.

I long for The Exchanged Life to be more fully reflected in my life.

I’ve provided the transcript of the chapter in its entirety below.

I transcribed it from one of my many copies of Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secrets. 

In fact, the copy I used is so worn, I’ve lost the cover and the first chapter.

But I’ve since ordered two new copies to replace the battered one.

I wanted two, so I can loan one out and still never be without one at home.

Smart, I know.

At the end of this post is a downloadable PDF of this chapter. But you really should buy the whole book. In fact, buy two copies.

Enjoy and prepare to be changed! [Read more…]