Silent Night Ye Merry Gentlemen – Let the Christmas Season Begin

Two Great Christmas Songs by Mannheim Steamroller: Silent Night & God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen via www.JeanWilund.comIt’s beginning to look and sound like Christmas. 

Friday we put up our Christmas tree, and last night Larry and I went to hear Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas tour.

Amazing.

By the way, Tom Sharpe, their drummer, stole the show. Brilliant musician and showman. He’s worth a Google.

It’s hard to pick a favorite song of theirs to share with you, so I didn’t.

I’m kicking off the season big by picking two songs. Crazy, right?

Enjoy Mannheim Steamrollers arrangements of  Silent Night and God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen.

And be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post on-line to learn of a fascinating story about the carol Silent Night. [Read more…]

The Short Answer to Why We Worship God (Praise Picture)

We don't worship God to gain His approval but to bask in His love and acceptance.

Why do we worship God?

Fair question.

I heard a great answer on the radio.

I missed who said it, but I didn’t miss what they said.


“We don’t worship God to gain His approval but to bask in His love and acceptance.”


Bask away everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When Our Dreams Shatter & God Doesn’t Move, We Will TRUST IN YOU (by Lauren Daigle)

When Our Dreams Shatter and God Doesn't Move, We Will TRUST IN YOU (music video by Lauren Daigle) via www.JeanWilund.com

I’m going to a friend’s funeral today.

Cancer.

I hate cancer.

Ten years ago this May, my mom died of cancer.

I lost my dad three years later. Not to cancer, but something else hideous and destructive.

God didn’t move the mountains I needed Him to move. He didn’t part the waters I wanted Mom, Dad and our friend Kyle to walk through.

But I will trust in Him.

Two days after Mom’s funeral, I sat beside Dad. Our shoulders slumped with grief. Dad stared at the floor, fighting tears and hopelessness. 

I cried out to God. “Why did You leave us here without Mom? You know Dad’s health is not well. What will he do?”

The answer immediately came to my heart. [Read more…]

JOY — Illusive, Elusive, or Just Plain Gone? There’s Hope: The Joy of The Lord (by Rend Collective)

Click to read & view the Music Video by Rend Collective "The Joy of the Lord" and find strength and joy lift you up.

Does your joy feel illusive — no more than a non-existent illusion?

Or maybe it feels elusive. It’s visible, but out of reach.

Or maybe your joy is just plain gone.

No matter, be encouraged. There’s hope. 

Do not be grieved,
for the joy of the LORD
is your strength.
~ Nehemiah 8:10

Years ago, I found myself stuck in circumstances.

So I prayed. A lot.

But nothing changed, except my joy. It evaporated. 

My patience began to run dry along with my joy.

I decided I was done praying. 

I began praising instead.

I stopped focusing on my situation and focused on all the great things God has done from the beginning of time.

I praised Him for His unchanging, unfailing character — character trait by character trait.

I praised Him because He’s worthy of praise all the time.

As my praises rose, I experienced a startling development: my joy returned.

I’d stumbled upon something. 

Praise didn’t change my circumstances, but it changed me.

It brought me the joy of the Lord. And it brought me strength.

As joy filled my heart and mind, I felt stronger in the midst of my circumstances.

My thinking became more clear.

Truth overcame fear and doubt. Confident assurance of His unconditional love overwhelmed me. Peace rose up knowing He simply will not fail us. 

I felt motivated, empowered, and excited to follow the Lord. Wherever He led.

He led me to more praise, which led to more joy, which led to — you guessed it — more strength.

So, go ahead and pray for your trials and struggles, just make sure your praises far outweigh your prayers. The joy of the Lord springs from praise.

Our prayers say: Help, God! Because of our circumstances, we have no hope apart from You. (That’s good stuff.)

Our praises say: Thank you, God! Because of who You are, we have all the help and hope we could ever need. (That’s even better stuff.)

The Irish band Rend Collective with their fiddle-playing, foot-stomping, praise-inducing song The Joy of the Lord encourages us to make the best choice. This choice:

Step out on faith, walk on the waters of praise, grab the joy of the Lord by the hand and dance.

(After the music video, don’t miss Gareth and Ali from Rend Collective share the story behind this song.)

Now the music video:
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God Does All Things Well — Like Showing Off at Sunset. “Glorify” Your Name (Crystal Lewis) ~ Monday Music

Click to listen to "Glorify" sung by Crystal Lewis (written by Linda Barnhill) via www.JeanWilund.com) (Photo by Melissa Bothwell)

“Glorify” sung by Crystal Lewis ~ written by Linda Barnhill (Photo by Melissa Bothwell)


God does all things well — like showing off at sunset. 

My sister Melissa took this stunning photo on her way back to Georgia recently.

Smack in the middle of Melissa making several life decisions, God keeps showing up. He’s been refining her through ants and encouraging her through sunsets.

In all of this, He’s glorified Himself.

Which brings me to my Monday Music selection. 

I first featured the song Glorify over a year ago. When I saw my sister’s photo of the sunset, I knew I had to repost it.

Glorify Your Name!
Father, glorify!

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I’m Running Wild & Loving It! “Deliverer” by Matt Maher (Monday Music)

Click to view: "Deliverer" by Matt Maher via www.JeanWilund.com

Guilty but free!

Running wild and loving it! 

I’m as guilty as fire is hot, but I’m not getting burned.

I’m running wild and free like a child set loose in Disney World waving my pass that gets me to the front of the line.

It really is that great.

Living over 50 years has allowed me to rack up more than a few sins.

Some are quite serious, but I don’t want to talk about them. God’s not remembering them against me. Why should I pull them back up?

I can’t even begin to express the freedom I feel from being delivered from the crushing weight of those gnarly sins.

It’s like I’ve been given spiritual immunity. That’s way better than diplomatic immunity.

No one can get more free than me. You can get as free as me, but not more free. 

In fact, right now if I were to reach out and pop you in the nose, I wouldn’t be held guilty by God. [Read more…]