An Open Letter To My Children on Larry’s & my 30th Anniversary ~ Call It Grace (by Unspoken)

The Grace of Christ - It's nothing less than scandalous! Click to view music video "Call it Grace" by Unspoken.

Dear Bobby, Kaitlyn, Brittany & Carolyn,

As Dad and I celebrate our 30th anniversary, my thoughts turn to you, our beloved children and daughter-in-love.

If you only learn one thing from Dad and I and our 30 years together, I pray you learn about GRACE.

Grace sees all we are and all we’ve done and still chooses us.

Grace walks in when the world walks out.

Grace removes all fear — fear of punishment or rejection, even when we deserve it.

Thirty-one years ago, the grace and kindness of God brought your dad into my life.

His smile grabbed my attention. His grace captured my heart.

I first experienced it when a group of us were playing Keep-A-Way.

Your dad held the ball high in the air, taunting me in my shortness.

So I grabbed his shirt — his brand new shirt — and pulled.

Riiippp!

I stood frozen, horrified.

Your dad stood as the picture of grace.

His shoulders slunk, he yelled out an oscar-worthy, exaggerated, “Noooo!” — the way you’ve seen him do a million times– and then he laughed — as you’ve seen him do a million times.

Then he took off running with the ball again.

Grace.

It may seem a small thing, but to someone who continually needs and longs for grace, I was hooked. I knew I needed that — wanted that — for the rest of my life.

Larry & Jean Wedding B&WThe grace your dad has shown me these past 30 years has been nothing short of a miracle.

Some may even say Christ-like.

He would say he’s just passing on the grace Christ has shown him.

The grace Christ has shown him, me, you, us is literally scandalous.

More than anything in life, I pray you fully understand, experience, and embrace Christ’s grace.

That’s a little scary to wish because we never really understand something until we need it.

I understand it.

And I’m still learning to understand it more.

I wouldn’t dare to try and count the many times I should have received judgment but received grace instead.

Christ has been a bottomless well of forgiveness and love.

I pray you know that Christ’s grace reaches in and pulls you out of all judgment.

Has that sunk in?

There’s no judgment in grace.

Not even the fear of judgment.

No wagging of the head and extending grace despite your obvious guilt.

No penance asked for or even wanted.

No shame.

Just grace. 

Christ’s gift of grace pulls you into His arms and tells you He loves you — yesterday, today and forever — no matter what.

But, like all gifts, you can only experience it by taking it, receiving it, and embracing it.

Please don’t miss living a life filled with more love, joy, and contentment than you can even imagine.

And courage.

Yes, grace gives us courage.

It gives us courage to try again because it doesn’t point to our failures. It overlooks them and reminds us we’re loved.

Grace never gives up.

Larry & Jean at Luau 2015Today, Dad and I celebrate 30 years of a grace-filled marriage and life.

I pray you fully embrace a life of grace — the grace of Christ.

And I pray you spend the rest of your life with someone who’s also embraced His scandalous grace.

And that you’ll wrap each other in it every single day for as long as you both shall live.

Just like your dad has done for me.

I love you!

We love you!

~ Mom

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What If We Lived What We Say We Believe? (Guideposts Blog Post)

Click to view post: What if We Lived What We Say We Believe? (Guideposts: Deadlines, Grocery Lines, Laugh Lines, August 17, 2015)

“Not always easy, but always right.” 

That’s what one Facebook reader wrote in response to my question: “What If We Lived What We Say We Believe?”

Michelle Medlock Adams, an author, speaker and generous friend, writes an excellent column for Guideposts called “Deadlines, Grocery Lines, Laugh Lines.” She graciously featured my blog post in her column on my birthday no less!

I’ve been thrilled by the response. The number of people on Guideposts’ Facebook page who’ve shown that their hearts are also set on living out authentic faith has been amazing.

It’s encouraging to see the passion of so many who want to present to the world an accurate reflection of Christ in all they say and do. 

Read my Guideposts blog post by clicking on the link below, then come back and share your thoughts as well.

Join the Journey!

What If We Lived What We Say We Believe? (on Guideposts: Deadlines, Grocery Lines, Laugh Lines)

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Sometime I Can’t Even Look Myself in the Mirror, and It’s Not Because of My Haircut ~ “Flawless” by MercyMe (Monday Music)

Click to listen to "Flawless" by MercyMe. The Cross Has Made You Flawless. Amen!

Sometimes I can’t even look myself in the mirror.

It might be because that new hair cut was a mistake, but usually it’s when the past jumps up to haunt me.

That “past” may only a few seconds ago.

The past can pop up when a song on the radio transports me back to a moment in time I’d hoped to forget forever — back when I was a much different person.

Or when I overhear a conversation about someone who did something to someone else that I’ve also done. My shame reminds me I could’ve been that person they were talking about.

Other times it’s when I knew I should keep my mouth shut, but refused. I said it anyway and can’t take it back.

My thoughts love to torture me over the sheer number of times I bring outright shame to the name of Christ through the countless things I say and do.

Guilt wants to crush me, but the cross has set me free.

To borrow a line from MercyMe: The cross has made me flawless.

It’s not that I’m flawless in myself, but God — in His grace and mercy — has made it just as if I am.

Think on this thought:

God is never disappointed in us.

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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…]

Parachute Lights & The Peace of Christ (They’re better than frown lines and fewer friends)

Click to read about the rehearsal dinner that led to parachute lights and the peace of Christ rather than frown lines and fewer friends. via www.JeanWilund.com

Forty-five people were coming to dinner, and it looked like we’d have no place to seat them.

This wasn’t just a regular dinner.

As if dinner for 45 people is ever a regular dinner.

Our son Bobby and his fiancee Kaitlyn were getting married, and this was their rehearsal dinner.

The groom’s family has one job. Just one. Feed the wedding party and special guests the night before the wedding. That’s it.

Plus, you want to impress the new in-laws, so they don’t grab their daughter and run.

So, what do you do when you learn the night before the dinner that there may not be a place to feed the 45 people coming? [Read more…]

Answering God’s Call: A Book Giveaway & Interview with Michelle Medlock Adams ~ Part 1

Click to read "Answering God's Call" Part One of my Interview with Michelle Medlock Adams and find out how to enter to win a copy of her book: When Chocolate Isn't Enough: An Inspirational Survival Guide for Moms

God gives each of us a call.

Sometimes that call calls for chocolate.

Being a parent is one of the greatest calls a person can receive.

But a call that big is gonna require more than even chocolate. [Read more…]