“The Right Size” ~ My Children’s Story Got Published in Focus On the Family, Clubhouse Jr. Magazine!

Click Photo to see my children's story "The Right Size" published in Focus on the Family's Clubhouse Jr. magazine

Click Photo to see my children’s story “The Right Size” published in Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. magazine


My story “The Right Size” got published in Focus on the Family’s January 2015 issue of Clubhouse Jr. magazine.

I’m just moving out of the shocked phase and into dance mode, so if you want to stand up and dance with me, feel free! 

It’s crazy! I know!

I’m so grateful to the staff at Focus on the Family, and especially Senior Associate Editor Joanna Echols, for allowing me the privilege of having my story published in their great magazine, and for letting me post the story here on my blog! 

Inspired by my daughter:

I was inspired to write the story “The Right Size” by my daughter, Brittany.

She’s kind of fallen in love with ceramics.

And she’s got the gift for it.

One day I was imagining her sitting at the potter’s wheel shaping her next creation, when Romans 9:20-21 came to my mind:

“On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 

Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?”

It struck me how easily we assume what would be “for honorable use” and what would be for “common use.”

I thought:

What if the least likely to be honorable
turned out to actually be the most? 

I hope you’ll enjoy my story “The Right Size” and the wonderful illustrations by Sergio DeGiorgi. It’s exciting to see all the characters come to life through his fabulous drawings. 

The Right Size pg 1 by Jean Wilund - Clubhouse Jr Magazine
The Right Size pg 2 by Jean Wilund (Clubhouse Jr. Magazine)

You were created just right!

Before I submitted this story to Focus on the Family, I looked in the mirror and thought, “Who am I to . . .?” but it’s not the mirror any of us should be paying attention to — it’s the Potter.

God is the perfect Potter. We can trust in Him.

I didn’t think I could get published in Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr., but it turns out, the Potter made me the right size for the job after all. 


Working with Joanna and Clubhouse Jr. magazine was a pure pleasure, and I pray for more opportunities to come.

Speaking of the magazine, if you’re a parent and haven’t already subscribed to Clubhouse Jr. Magazine, you need to do it.

In this world overrun by technology, there’s nothing like opening your mailbox to find a paper magazine waiting for you, and then snuggling on the sofa with your children to read the stories together.

(Warm chocolate chip cookies would perfect the experience. Just sayin.’)

Clubhouse Jr. Magazine has graciously allowed me to reprint the story here in my blog since the story is only available to subscribers of the magazine — which is just another reason why you want to subscribe. Think of all the stories, articles, and puzzles you’re child is missing out on every month by not subscribing.


If you enjoyed this story, please pass it on. Sharing is caring. I also put a separate post of just the story in my “Tools for Kids” tab: “The Right Size” ~ A Children’s Story for Anyone Who’s Ever Felt They Weren’t Enough

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  1. Jetta Allen says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!! What a delightful story, and I love, love, love, the ending!

  2. Wow! Congratulation! That is so awesome!

  3. Krystal Z says:

    Super excited for you!

  4. Carol floyd says:

    Enjoyed. so perfect for a little one.