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…]

Ah Lord God! Nothing is Too Difficult For You

Ah Lord God! Nothing is too difficult for You. That's our hope, joy and promise (Jeremiah 32:17) Praise Picture for the New Year (via www.JeanWilund.com)

Ah Lord God!

That’s how I feel as I face the New Year.

Ah! (Insert Smiley Face)

As the sun sets on 2016 and rises on 2017, let’s look to this exciting truth for our hope and joy this year:

Ah Lord God!
Behold,
You have made
the heavens and the earth
by Your great Power
and
by Your outstretched arm!
NOTHING
is too Difficult
for You.

(Jeremiah 32:17)

Bring on 2017! [Read more…]

God is Love (from The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God)

God is Love (From The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God) via www.JeanWilund.com

God is Love

God is love, but that doesn’t mean it’s all rainbows, butterflies, and cotton candy all the time.

Actually, now that I think about it, a rainbow comes after a rain, a butterfly is born out of a struggle, and cotton candy is sugar that’s been melted down and spun wildly.

So maybe God’s love is rainbows, butterflies, and cotton candy — worth every storm, struggle, or meltdown we experience. [Read more…]

God is Supreme (from The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God)

 God is Supreme (From The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God) via www.JeanWilund.comWho’s Supreme This Week?

The College Football Playoff Committee deliberated for hours. Last night they presented their decision on who’s supreme on November 1, 2016.

Alabama is the supreme college football team in the nation. This week.

Next week it could be Clemson (Yay!) or Michigan. Or an unexpected sleeper school. It just depends on how the teams perform and the committee looks at their performance and talent.

Thankfully that’s not the way God works. There’s no committee to determine who’s supreme in the universe this week.

God alone is supreme forever.

GOD IS SUPREME

To say that God is supreme means no one and nothing is greater than God. No one even matches Him.

He’s it — The Supreme One.

Could Be A Problem For Us

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You Are PRICELESS (for King and Country)

Music Video Priceless by For King & Country via www.JeanWilund.com

SHATTERED


She cried herself to sleep in the dark night in a foreign city. 

She’d tried to be careful. She’d looked for warning signs. 

And now she cried herself to sleep because she’d been wrong.

At least he let her go. Alive. But not until he’d taken from her what he wanted and left her broken.  [Read more…]

Train in the Calm Before the Storm so You’ll Be Calm in the Storm (Training — Part 2)

Know the Character of God: Train in the Calm Before the Storm so You'll Be Calm In the Storm via www.JeanWilund.com

Are You Ready?

The best time to prepare for a storm is before it hits.

Duh.

We empty the grocery store shelves of bread and water at the first report of a major storm whether we already have four cases of water and twelve loaves of bread at home or not.

We’re trained to do it.

We train for the occasional, physical storms. But what about the mental and emotional storms?

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When Pain Is Like a Flower, Truth Makes Hope Bloom

When Pain is Like a Flower, Truth Makes Hope Bloom by Mekeishakay via www.JeanWilund.comEver met someone you’d like to have follow you around and talk for you?

All you’d have to say was, “Yeah. What she said!”

Blogger–and my new friend–Mekeisha has a way of explaining truth that leaves me staring at her dumbly.

When people stare at me like that, they’re trying to figure out what I’m babbling about.

People stare at Mekeisha because they’re mesmerized.

I want to grow up to be just like her.

I asked Mekeisha if I could rip a post off her blog and share it with you. She said, Sure – go for it!

I chose When Pain is Like a Flower because when she read it to my roommate Bethany and I at a recent speakers conference (Christian Communicators Conference–shameless plug), Bethany and I just stared, stunned.

I wish you could’ve been there. It would’ve been crowded in our hotel room, but you would’ve loved listening to her.

After you read Mekeisha’s post, go onto her blog (the link is at the bottom of this post) and leave her a comment, requesting she start streaming live readings.

Thanks! and Enjoy . . .  [Read more…]

When the Day You’ve Waited For Finally Comes — And For Those Still Waiting

 

When the day you've waited for finally comes! Click to listen to "Even So Come" by Kristian Stanfill via JeanWilund.com

 

Waiting. Ugh!

My son waited 598 agonizingly long days after he proposed for the day he’d hear his bride say, “I do.” 

After 14,352 crawling hours, 861,120 creeping minutes, 51,667,200 seemingly never-ending seconds, the day finally came! 

(I wrote about this one year ago. Similar, but different.)

When the day you’ve waited for finally comes, everything in you rejoices. 

But until that day, we wait.

The Agony of The Wait


Days crawl by like sludge when you’re waiting.

What will the CAT scan reveal? 

Will my dad ever win his battle with alcohol?

Where will I get the money to pay the rent this month?

Waiting is hard.

It’s not easy for the bride or groom to wait for their wedding day.

But when the day we’ve waited for finally comes —

the wedding music begins, 

the CAT scan is clear,

our dad stays sober,

and we have enough money for rent, food, and even a birthday gift for our child —

we celebrate like we’re living the fairy tale. 

Ah, the Fairy Tale


Who doesn’t long for a fairy tale life?

But, then again. Think about it.

What are we really asking for when we long for a fairy tale life?

In every fairy tale I’ve read, the hero faces some humongous, almost insurmountable, struggle.

Yikes. Maybe we don’t really want the fairy tale after all.

But, actually, we do!

We want it because of the fantastic ending.

Wouldn’t you love to have been Shadrach, Meshach or Abendego walking around in the fiery furnace with Christ?

Fire rages around us, but we’re not getting torched.

We stroll out of the furnace without even the smell of smoke on us because we’ve just been with Jesus.

One of the coolest story ever. And it wasn’t a fairy tale. It happened.

Jesus saved them by grace through their faith. 

And Daniel really did walk out of the lion’s den unscathed.

Not only did the lions not slice and dice Daniel, they didn’t even touch him.

Good kitty.

Jesus saved Daniel by grace through his faith. 

I hope my son and his bride do live a fairy tale life like Daniel, his fiery friends, and countless others who’ve trusted Christ.

I hope their faith grows every day, and they live a life of seeing God work in miraculous ways.

They already seen Him do wonderful things this year. 

And while we’re all waiting for Christ to return, I hope we all live a great adventure with God.

Come, Lord Jesus

 

One day, all our waiting will be over. 

“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
~ Revelation 22:20, KJV

In celebration of Bobby and Kaitlyn’s One Year Anniversary today, I’m sharing the song “Even So Come” by Kristian Stanfill, just like I shared last year. Enjoy!

And check out my other posts on Waiting and Celebrating at the bottom of this post. Thanks.

Even so come! [Read more…]