Hurricane Softened Soil & Hearts

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We Interrupt These Blog Posts to Bring You A Hurricane

As soon as I made my plans, Hurricane Irma came and wrecked them. Thanks, a lot.

I’d planned to finish my Enoch blog posts last week, but then we had to jump into Hurricane Irma Readiness mode. My blog instantly became low priority. 

My heart breaks at the sight on the news of all those who lost so much in Irma — especially those who lost their lives. It’s devastating!

Thanks, Irma

I’m grateful to report, though, that we weathered Irma incredibly well. We only lost our power for a few hours. Long enough to remind me how much I depend on it. Thanks, Irma.

How did Abraham Lincoln read by candlelight every night? It’s hard. I had to get out my book-light, which wasn’t much brighter than a candle anyway. 

We almost lost a tree, too. Our Chinese Elm is now leaning at about a 45º angle. This is good, though, because it’s been growing at an 85º angle since the beginning. Thanks, Irma.

I kept meaning to straighten it out and stake it while it was still small, but one thing led to another. By the time I got around to it, the tree was rooted into the hard clay soil and unwilling to budge an inch. 

I thought about forcing it but was afraid of damaging the tree — maybe even breaking it. But now it’s just a mess. We’ve got to fix it. Its roots won’t survive being above-ground.

Fortunately, we can pull it up with ease because it’s now loose in the Irma-softened soil. We can give it a fresh start and new life.

Softened Soil & Hearts

Hurricane Softened Soil & Hearts — When a Hurricane actually did something good. www.jeanwilund.comWhen I told my friend Debbie about our poor tree, she pointed out how much our Chinese Elm is a picture of the work God does in our hearts.

Unless God softens the soil of our hearts, no outward pushing or pulling will move it without damaging it.

I’m probably guilty of hurting a few people with my well-meaning attempts to force their hearts to move in a direction I felt was best.

I’ve tried to help God rather than wait for Him to do the work only He can do.

Why do I keep forgetting I’m not God?

God’s Perfect Work

God’s work in our hearts is perfect. Only He knows best what we need.

Sometimes God sends a long, gentle rain to soften a heart.

He’ll speak to us through His Word or and open our eyes to a truth we’d missed or misunderstood. Painless.

Other times, He sends a rainstorm that breaks up the soil of our hearts in ways we wouldn’t have chosen.

Painful, but effective.

And then, when necessary, God sends an all-out hurricane to flood and blow against our hearts until they become putty in His hands.

PAINFUL, but perfect.

God’s Work in our hearts isn’t always fun. When it’s painful, let’s remember:

God never allows the storms to blow beyond what is absolutely necessary to cause our roots to grow deep into His marvelous love.

New Life — New Look

If my Chinese Elm continued to grow at an angle the roots couldn’t support, a strong enough storm would’ve eventually knocked it down to its doom.

With the soil now properly softened, we can give our tree new life that’s able to weather the storms to come.

We can give it a new look, too. A strong look, rather than looking like it’ll fall over if the wind sneezes.  

I’m thankful for the storms God has sent or allowed into my heart. He’s used each one to mold me more into the likeness of Jesus.  

Softened Soil & Hearts — We Interrupt These Blog Posts to Bring You A Hurricane via www.jeanwilund.comI know I’ll never look just like Jesus. I’ve got too many twists and turns in my trunk. But that’s ok. My roots are now growing down into the soil of His marvelous love, and I’m filled with new life. 

And hopefully a new look — one that smiles more than it grumbles or grimaces.

My hope is when I’m old and gray (instead of just young and gray — or more accurately, middle-aged and gray) people will meet me and know what Jesus is really like.

At this point, I make Jesus look more like a Picasso painting. But He’s not done with me yet. More softening of my heart to come!

I’m Sorry

To those of you that I’ve hurt by my pushing and pulling, “Forgive me.” I hope you know it was only because I love you — or because I was temporarily an idiot.

And to those of you who’ve been hurt by other Christians who tried to force your heart to believe in Jesus or look like Jesus — on their behalf, I say, “I’m so sorry.”

And to those who are facing a Heart Hurricane, I say, “Embrace it.”

Hang on, but embrace it. Let God have His way with your heart. Let Him soften and move your heart to where it needs to be. If you don’t, one day a big storm is going to come and knock you flat. It may even break you.

An Encouraging Word From the Word

I now leave you with the incredible encouragement of Ephesians 3:16-20, one of my favorite passages in the Bible:

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 


Time to go finish the last part of my Enoch Walked with God and Had a Methuselah Moment blog posts. And to pray for those who are still feeling Irma’s ire. 


If you want to help victims of Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Harvey, Samaritan’s Purse and World Vision are great organizations. They provide help to many and are supported by donations.  

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When God Isn’t Meeting Your Desperate Need

What If God Doesn't Meet Your Desperate Need (via www.JeanWilund.com with Callie Daruk and MercyMe's song Even If)

Help! 

When I heard Bobby’s desperate scream from his room, fear shot through my heart. I couldn’t get to him fast enough.

My ten-year-old son had fallen on top of a folding chair which collapsed onto his right thumb and crushed it.

The pain paralyzed Bobby, making it impossible for him to lift himself off the chair. His thumb remained imprisoned in a vise grip.

I rushed to Bobby, snatched him up, and gasped.

What once was a thumb now appeared to be a spatula. A short, flat, bleeding spatula.

His thumbnail — now split down the middle — gushed blood. His flesh pushed through the crack in his nail.

Don’t faint, Jean. And certainly not onto Bobby. 

I staggered to the phone and called my good friend and pediatrician Lynn.

She decoded my plea for help and said, “Jean, you need to calm down. And you need to squeeze his thumb to stop the bleeding.”

Squeeze Bobby’s crushed, bleeding, pain-inflicted thumb? Seriously?

I want a new friend and new pediatrician.

I took a deep breath and followed her orders. And I prayed a desperate prayer.

“Lord, do you see my son? He needs You. Now! Help him, please.”

The bleeding stopped. The pain didn’t. But eventually, Bobby’s thumb healed, and we moved on with our lives.

But that’s not always the case.

When Our Desperate Needs Won’t Go Away

My friend Callie texted me yesterday morning with a plea of desperation.

“Please pray for Elijah. He is in terrible pain this morning. Moaning and crying. Mommy’s heart is breaking.”

I cried for my dear friend and Elijah, her 10-year-old son.

Elijah has a rare — and cruel — immune disorder called Eosinophilic Esophagitis. It causes Elijah debilitating pain. For the past 30 days. Thirty long, excruciating days. 

“Lord, do You see Callie’s son? Do you see Elijah?”

History and God’s Word proves God sees, and He cares.

Our present circumstances sometimes seem to challenge it, but the Truth remains. 

Even if God doesn’t remove our desperate need the moment we pray, He sees and cares. He knows what He’s doing.

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
~Psalm 34:17

Really? God delivers them from all their troubles? What about Elijah? He’s still in pain.

Our rescue doesn’t always come when and how we want. But it comes. God never fails.

As humans, we’re short-sighted. We can’t see the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). We can’t see all the moving — and non-moving — parts.

All we see is the small picture in front of us and what we’ve learned.

And what screams at us. 

As Bobby screamed, I couldn’t see anything but his pain and my plea. I couldn’t see the Lord’s help.

I can’t see Elijah’s help with my physical eyes. But I can see it with my spiritual eyes. His help and his hope are in the Lord.

My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
~Psalm 121:2

And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.
~Psalm 39:7

Stand on God’s Character

When it seems God isn’t meeting your desperate needs, remember who He is.

Don’t lose sight of God or His unchanging character.

We’ll never understand all His ways or thoughts in this life. But we can always trust them (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Don’t walk away from God in your desperate need.

I know you’re hurt and angry. He knows it, too. He’s OK with raw emotion. Run to Him with it.

You can trust Him. You can trust His character.

This single unchanging truth has held me up when my circumstances threatened to crush me down. It will hold you, too. Don’t let go.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
~ Psalm 34:18

Because we can trust God, we can say as Jesus did as He faced the cross:

Not my will but Yours be done.
~ Luke 22:42

Even if God doesn’t remove our circumstance in the fires of our pain and fear, we can trust in Him.

We can hold on. He will deliver us.

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD.

~Psalm 27:13-14


Elijah’s Story & MercyMe’s Song of Hope “Even If”

I’ve shared a bit of Elijah’s story with you. Now I want you to hear from him. Listen to Elijah speak from his heart. Hear his hope even in the pain of his diagnosis.

And pray for him. Pray for Elijah.

Elijah and MercyMe share a message of hope we all need to hear and remember.

Even If. Even if our we must wait on the Lord, we never wait in vain. 

When our hope is in God, our help is on the way. It will be well with our soul. Amen.

Click the links below to hear from Elijah and listen to MercyMe sing Even If:

Discover the hope of Elijah in the pain of his Diagnosis

Discover the hope of Elijah in the pain of his diagnosis. (Callie Daruk @ APhariseeLikeMe.com)

Elijah: A Diagnosis


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God is Sovereign – What That Means & Why We Care

God is Sovereign - What That Means & Why We Care (via www.JeanWilund.com)

God is Sovereign


If God isn’t sovereign over all, He isn’t sovereign at all.

I’m clearly not God because no matter how I try, I’m not sovereign over anything. At all.

I might determine to simply walk across the room, but any number of scenarios could stop me.

I could trip and knock myself out.

I could get distracted on my side of the room by a slice of blueberry lemon cake and a cup of coffee. The cup of coffee by itself would do it.

A tornado could rip through my house and send me into my neighbor’s kitchen.

I should be able to walk across the room unimpeded, but I can’t guarantee it because I’m not sovereign, but God is.

What Does Sovereign Mean?


God’s sovereignty means that He can do whatever He wants with whoever or whatever He wants for whatever purpose He wants.

It means God is absolutely free and completely able to do all that He determines to do.

That might be a terrifying thought if God’s sovereignty weren’t equaled by His perfect love.

The truth of God’s sovereignty allows us to rest in Him and His will without worrying. 

Sovereignty vs Supremacy


God’s sovereignty sounds like His supremacy, but they’re not the same. They’re more like siblings than twins.

God’s supremacy says there’s no one above Him.

His sovereignty says no one can act apart from His permission. (Lamentations 3:37)

Knowing God is Sovereign Makes a Difference in Us


God is Sovereign - What That Means & Why We Care (via www.JeanWilund.com)Everyday circumstances happen we can’t control.

If those things hurt, we want to know God has a plan for it.

If they devastate us, we need to know He has a perfect plan for it.

When a child is murdered, we need to know Satan didn’t steal that child away from God. We need to know it 100%, or we’ll struggle for the rest of our days.

If absolutely nothing can happen apart from God stepping aside to allow it, then we can rest in the knowledge — even while grieving and mourning the heart-wrenching loss — that God chose to allow it for a good purpose we may never understand on this side of heaven, but we can trust Him.

Knowing and trusting God’s sovereignty gives us peace even in the midst of devastating pain.

It also comforts and empowers us when we have difficult decisions to make. We can seek His will in every matter before us and be confident that He is able to accomplish whatever He chooses.

God’s Sovereignty Versus Our Free Will


I once lost a volunteer position I loved and felt I’d handled faithfully for over two years. But the board decided to let someone else handle the position.

My heart — and let’s be honest, my pride — hurt. But then God’s sovereignty reminded me if God wanted me in that position, they couldn’t remove me from it. And if He didn’t want me in the position, not even they could keep me there.

I knew God had a plan for them and for me that called for me to let go of something I’d loved and trust Him for something new.

And I found Him faithful. Imagine that.

Please understand, however, that God will often allow us to make decisions against His perfect will. He has a plan even for those bad decisions. But if our free-will choices would interfere with His ultimate plan or purposes, He’ll interfere with our choice.

As horrible as the death and destruction of 911 was, it would’ve been much worse if God hadn’t interfered. Satan didn’t want survivors. Neither did the terrorists. 

How do we handle all the loss of all the other lives? By remembering God’s perfect love and wisdom. By trusting His character.

We Want to Be Sovereign Too


Knowing and being grateful that God is sovereign, doesn’t stop us from wanting to be sovereign, too.

Both Christians and non-Christians want to be sovereign. Even when we don’t believe that’s our desire, deep down it is. It’s just the nature of our sin nature. 

Psalm 1:3 - He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.If we don’t accept that ugly truth, or we’re unaware of the inner struggle, we’ll continue to fight and lose. We’ll live a frustrated, exhausting yo-yo life. 

The roots of our faith will be too shallow to hold us in the storm. 

If we accept the truth of our sovereign-envy, we’ll keep our radar up.

We’ll pay attention to the inner battle and determine to ignore the pull to fight God for sovereignty and choose to trust Him instead.

Like oak trees with deep roots, we’ll feel the storm but it won’t uproot us.

We’ll remain rock solid, ruled by peace not panic.

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God’s Word on His Sovereignty


Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, Unless the Lord has commanded it?
(Lamentations 3:37)

All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him:
“What have you done?”

(Daniel 4:35)

Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.
(Psalm 135:6)

But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.
(Psalm 115:3)

“I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”
(Job 42:2)




Surviving the Dreaded Bleh’s of Life

Surviving the dreaded Bleh's of life can be hard. Find encouragement, hope, and strength here through God's Word and Lauren Daigle's song "First" via www.JeanWilund.com

I’ve held onto too much in my life, unable to let go, just surviving.

I’ve never been happier than 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.

I wrote the original post below in August 2015, when our baby was headed to college, before our oldest daughter moved to Hawaii, and before our son and his wife moved from North Carolina to Lexington, only a few miles away.

Almost two years later, I need the encouraging truth in this message just as much as ever. Do you?

Surviving the Dreaded Bleh’s of Life


Two years ago, I felt this day coming.

See my post: I Know, But . . . How Do I Survive My Children Leaving?

In that post I shared how to avoid becoming another Norman Bate’s mother. I’m proud to report — as are my children — that I’ve successfully not morphed into her!

But the empty nest is descending faster than South Carolina humidity. 

I’m not clinging to my children like a crazed mother, but my heart breaks over missing them. 

How do we do more than survive? How do we live with joy despite the Bleh’s of life?

Lauren Daigle hits the mark in her song “First.” 

Before I cry over my children, I will rejoice over my God.

Before I dwell on my pain, I will dwell on His presence.

Before I do anything, I will seek God FIRST.

“But seek FIRST His kingdom and His righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.”

~ Matthew 6:33

I’m not saying we should treat God as if He were our genie in a bottle or manipulate Him into giving us what we want.

I gave you my heart, God, now give me three free houses all next to Larry’s and mine for our three children. And make Lexington, SC just like Hawaii so they’ll want to say here.

Seeking God isn’t about getting what we want, except that it is.

When we seek God first — truly seek Him with our whole heart first and foremost — we actually do end up getting everything we desire because everything in our being actually desires Him above all things.

God is our highest desire.

Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
~ Psalm 73:25-26

Think about it. Even individuals who reach the pinnacle of success in their field only enjoy a measure of contentment for a period of time. They don’t stay content.

People who’ve lost hope and appear to desire nothing actually do feel deep desire — a deep desire to stop feeling desire.

Desire is never satisfied until it reaches its truest and deepest longing — God

I don’t want to stop desiring my children, but I do want that desire to stop hurting so much.

I want to be able to give them over to God and send them off into the world with a genuine heart full of joy, not a quivering upper lip.

When God is my first heartbeat, my first breath and my first thought — my all — then His glory and presence cover it all — including my sorrows. And His joy is mine.

“You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”
~ Psalm 16:11, NASB

Living in the midst of our highest desire — God’s presence — turns our tears into laughter. 

Some pain, like the death of a loved one, can’t be completely mended on this side of heaven, but fullness of joy relieves a lot of pain.

It has the power to wash away our bleh’s.

I’m thrilled for my children and their exciting futures, but as long as they’re far away, I’m still going to miss my babies.

So if you’re reading this, kids, call me!

Yep, Lauren Daigle’s song “First” is my go-to song as I pack up my baby and send her into the world.

I will seek God first as our last child leaves. 

What about you?

What is tugging at your heart today? What Bleh’s are you survivng?

Seek God first and let Him fill your heart with His glorious presence and fullness of joy.


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Plant Faith, Not Fear. Because We All Have to Live WITH Fear, but not IN Fear. Always.

We all have to live WITH fear, but we don't have to live IN fear. Plant Faith, Not Fear. Always. (Song by Kristian Stanfill) www.JeanWilund.com

We All Live WITH Fear


I was eight years old and terrified.

I’d taken my bike for a spin in our neighborhood when it suddenly morphed into a Stephen King bicycle — a sort of Christine the Possessed Car’s cousin. My bike seemed alive and determined to be rid of me.

Each time I planted my foot on the brakes, the pedal sprung, catapulting my foot forward with such force it nearly threw me over the handlebars.

When I reached the top of my long, steep, winding driveway, lined with trees and drop-offs, I faced a dilemma: How to get down it without brakes and survive.

Before you ask why I didn’t just walk my bike down the driveway, I refer you again to the first paragraph. I was eight years old and apparently not very smart. 

Wide-eyed and shrieking in terror, I leaned into every turn like an out-of-control BMX racer.

Having miraculously maneuvered to the bottom of the drive at full speed, I steered for the softest landing I could find. Mom’s rounded boxwoods.

I careened into them and crawled out with only minor scratches. The bushes didn’t fare as well.

For a few terrifying moments, I lived with fear.

We all live WITH fear, but we don’t have to live IN fear.


I survived those terrifying moments without developing a fear of bikes. Just that bike until Dad fixed the brakes. 

I can’t say as much for the devastating impact one news report had on me around the same time period.

The late night newscaster reported the gruesome murder of two physicians in their home in my city: “The Matthews Murders.”

Since my dad was a doctor, too, my little mind told me we might be next.

Fear paralyzed me, and that fear grew deep roots.

For the next 30+ years, I lived in fear of sleeping at home alone. (Watching horror films like “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th” in high school probably didn’t help.)

Plant Faith, Not Fear. Always


Fear is like a weed.

It grows in even the worst conditions and takes over everything.

Faith is like an heirloom flower. 

It requires nurturing at first, but eventually, its roots grow deep and strong and produce a highly prized blossom.

The Only Thing Stronger Than Fear is Faith


Some of us may have faith in our own abilities, but then not all of us are like Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent in the movie Taken, who said to his daughter’s kidnappers on the phone: 

I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.

Spoiler alert: He was right. 

But even Bryan Mills isn’t all-powerful — or real.

God, on the other hand, is all-powerful — and real.

He has a particular set of skills, skills He’s possessed forever — the fullness of His perfect character.

God’s skills make people like us who trust in Him a nightmare for fear and for Satan.

Satan is a liar and accuser. He tells us we must live in fear, that we’ll never be free of it. But God says, “I see your fear, and I will destroy it through faith.” 

Faith Versus Feelings


When we plant our faith in God, it will grow and overwhelm our feelings of fear.

While it can happen overnight, it probably won’t. At least it didn’t for me. But don’t give up. 

Deep roots of fear don’t die easily. It takes bold faith, which grows over time, as we experience God more and more.

God gives faith, but He doesn’t force it on us.

Step out in faith. One step at a time, saying, “I can’t, God, but You can. And You will.” 

Our actions will reveal our Faith. We can’t wait until we feel full of faith before we step out. The feelings come later.

We prove we believe God will give us the faith we need for the next step by taking that first step, and then the next and the next.

Our heart will fall in line with our faith eventually. Just keep stepping. 

Step out past your fears into faith and trust in God’s unchanging, matchless skills — His perfect character. 

Our fears will die — Always — but only if we first step out in faith.

I Did It!


About 30 years after I planted the fear of sleeping alone, I planted my first seed of faith, taking a small step that felt giant at the time.

Larry and the kids had gone on a trip, so I locked all the doors, laid in bed with the radio on the Christian station, and prayed. “I know that no one can get into this house without Your permission, God, and I trust in You. No matter what happens tonight. I trust in You.”

I woke a few times during the night, but each time, I prayed again and won a victory I hadn’t won in nearly 30 years. And my faith grew.

Eventually, my faith grew such that one night I actually forgot to lock the doors before I went to sleep. No radio. No fear. Just faith in my unfailing God — no matter what happens.


But thanks be to
God,
who always
leads us in triumph
in Christ,
and manifests through us
the sweet aroma
of the knowledge
of Him
in every place.
~ 2 Corinthians 2:14 NASB

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Always by Kristian Stanfill


Let Kristian Stanfill’s song Always become your song.

Plant faith, not fear. God’s promises are true Always.

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My Tulips Were Smarter Than Me – And They Don’t Even Have a Brain

Lift your eyes to the Light of Christ when you're in darkness. Psalm 123:1 via www.JeanWilund.comMy tulips were smarter than me. 

Which is kind of sad since they don’t even have a brain.

But they do have great instincts.

With just their God-given instincts, each one of my tulips turned around in their vase and faced the light streaming through my window. 

They didn’t just turn toward the light. They leaned into it.

Tell me there isn’t a creative God running the show!

Last week I needed light.


I found myself in a dark, “I can’t do this” moment. Nothing terrible, but dark enough to cast a shadow over me.

So, like the grownup that I am, I called my husband and cried.

And like the man he is, he tried to fix my problem.

I like that about him, except when I’m just calling to cry. You women understand. You men are shaking your head at us women. We know, and we understand.

Larry lifted my spirit for a moment, but the gloom lingered.

Later, it hit me. Darkness flees from light.

Turn toward the Light, Jean.

Larry is awesome, but he’s not the Light.

I turned my face toward Jesus, and Viola! No more darkness.

Sometimes our situation stays in the darkness, but at least we don’t.

In my circumstance, though, nothing stayed in darkness. It all became light. The darkness couldn’t overcome the light. 

Instinct didn’t tell me to turn to the Light. Years of being reminded in God’s Word — the Bible — did. 

To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens!
~ Psalm 123:1

Maybe it took me longer than it should have to remember. Almost as long it took the tulips to turn their heads toward the Light. But we both got there eventually, and that’s what really matters. 

Wandering in the shadows of a bad day, troubling circumstance, or an especially dark trial?

I can’t fix your problem, but I can encourage you to take a lesson from my smart tulips. Lift your eyes to the Light of Christ when you’re in the darkness of trials. 


In him [Jesus] was life,
and the life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
~ John 1:4-5

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