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13 entries from June 2006

What is a stumbling block? Part II

Christ spoke to me! I heard a voice, not audible, but deep in my spirit. He gently said, “Lynn, your husband’s salvation will be for my glory, not for your glory.” I was humbled! I guess I had believed for many years, it was my personal responsibility to save my husband for Christ. Was I arrogant or ignorant? I know now that my futile efforts, such as forced discussions of faith, manipulation by anger, pouting, or the infamous cold-shoulder were a waste of time besides being emotionally exhausting and upsetting. (A subject for another day) On that day, I realized God would meet my husband in His timing and by His terms. My responsibility was to just relax and persue in my own relationship with Christ. That morning I prayed, “God I honestly give my husband over to You, right now and forever. Help me to never take him back.... Read more →

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What is a stumbling block?

Several years ago, it came as an enormous shock to me that I was the stumbling block in my husband’s path to Christ. I stood purposefully right in the middle of my spouse and Jesus. This revelation became acutely apparent one morning during prayer. It is as if God said to me, “You are in the way, now MOVE”. I had no idea that I was inhibiting my husband’s discovery of the God of the universe. I was. I will share with you tomorrow how that realization came about, what God did in my life and once I removed myself as the stumbling block what God began to do in my husband’s life. Take a minute now and ask God if perhaps you might be a stumbling block for your husband or someone else in your life. I will meet you here tomorrow to share. Be blessed! Read more →

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Thank you, Dineen Miller for your willingness to share your heart and story. You have inspired us to persist in prayer for our children, no matter their age or struggles. I am grateful for all of the guest writers at Spiritually Unequal Marriage: Dineen Miller, MaryLu Tyndall and George Tyndall. Their personal stories are powerful and encouraging. Lord, I lift these servants before your throne and ask that you would bless them intensely. Let their words offer us hope and healing. In Jesus name, Amen. Read more →

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A Two Year Test of Faith

by: Dineen Miller Sundays have never been easy. Getting two small children to church was not a simple feat. Yet there was more to this predicament. Not only was my husband an atheist, but also I would realize later on that this was a major target for enemy attack. The difficulties would start Saturday evening and would often escalate by Sunday morning. I can’t tell you how many Sundays I went to church near tears or didn’t go at all. Time taught me to prepare, to pray in advance, to recognize the attacks for what they were, and to don the full armor of God. I wanted my children to grow up knowing God, but I worried. I knew full well the weight of influence I had over my daughters’ lives, and I knew that was true of my husband, as well. What would they think of their father’s decision... Read more →

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George Tyndall – My miraculous conversion- Part II

When I got up to return home, I pulled out a cigarette and lit it. I took 1–2 puffs of the cigarette when I heard the Lord speak to me saying “put out that cigarette”. I did not immediately obey His voice, but rather I began to argue with Him. I remember thinking that it was silly to throw away a perfectly good cigarette. God patiently, and just as quietly, repeated the same thing “put your cigarette out”. Thankfully, I obeyed the second time. I say thankfully because as soon as I discarded the cigarette, the Holy Spirit began to vividly reveal to me a number of truths concerning the nature of “good” and “evil”. First, He showed me that in His eyes all people are either “good” or “evil”. Furthermore, He showed me that this delineation is black and white, i.e. there is no grey, you are either 100%... Read more →

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George Tyndall – My miraculous conversion - Part I

I came to accept Jesus Christ into my live as my personal Lord and Savior on March 24, 2004. This is the story of the events leading up to my conversion. I was raised in a Christian family where both my parents were firm believers. We attended a variety of Protestant Churches as I grew up as an “Air Force brat”. At a relatively young age, however, I rebelled against God and stopped attending Church. I thus lived my entire adult life without Christ. I do not know quite why, but I never really felt the pull of God on my life during this time. I attended college and graduate school, got married and had children. I also worked at the most prestigious industrial research laboratory in the world. To most people in the world, I had it made. I was “a rich man” in that I did not believe... Read more →

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My husband’s conversion, by MaryLu Tyndall. Part II

One day, as I was heading to work, he wasn’t feeling well, and we chatted briefly. I don’t remember anything unusual happening, but my husband told me later that he had seen the love of God in my eyes—something he wanted. While at work, I felt led to send him an email. We had been discussing (more like arguing) about God recently, and I told him in my note that if he really wanted to see if God exists, why not ask Him. I worked close to our house, so I often came home for lunch. That day, I came home and my husband said he was going for a walk. Relieved that I wouldn’t have to deal with him, I lay on my bed and rested before I had to go back to work. About forty minutes later, my husband came into the bedroom. He was shaking. His face... Read more →

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My husband’s conversion, by MaryLu Tyndall.

When my husband and I got married, we were both unbelievers. As a blended family with six children, our marriage was quite difficult and we were not very happy. About five years into the marriage, I gave my life to Jesus. How this happened is another story, but suffice it to say, my life changed dramatically. I had joy, peace, and purpose—things I had never experienced before. I shared my newfound faith with my husband, but he wanted no part of it. In fact, he told me never to talk to him about God. As the years went by, and I got involved in church and grew in my faith, our marriage deteriorated. We grew further and further apart. My daughter got saved, and then two of step daughters took an interest in going to church with me. When I asked my husband if they could go, he emphatically said... Read more →

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Guest Writers: MaryLu and George Tyndall

It is a privilege to introduce two guest writers to Spiritually Unequal Marriage: George and MaryLu Tyndall. George and MaryLu lived for many years in a spiritually mismatched marriage. Then one afternoon it happened…..God’s supernatural intervention. The retelling of the Tyndall's encounter with God is the MOST compelling story of conversion I have ever read. Whether you are a believer or a skeptic, their profound story will inspire and encourage you and it may even change your life. Get ready for a wonderful read. I promise you, this couple and the God they serve will affect you. INTRODUCTION: George and MaryLu have been married for thirteen years. Between them, they have six children all from prior marriages and ranging in age from 16 to 25. George was an air force brat who spent his early years out of the country before settling in Seattle, Washington. He holds a PhD in... Read more →

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Is it a Lie? Part II

The posting of June 4, 2006 brings to light a common scenario that occurs in Christian and non-Christian homes. It is often referred to as a little white lie. Regardless if you live in a believing or non-believing household, most parents strive to teach that lying is wrong. An honest conversation with your spouse about telephone etiquette is your best option. Strive to come to an agreement that everyone who answers the phone, children included, should be honest and use their intellect to handle callers. Give your children specific direction in this area. For example, Susie could say: “Dad, it’s for you.” Dad is busy working calls back to Susie, “Please take a message.” Susie who has been coached by mom and dad says, “May I take a message, my Dad cannot come to the phone at the moment.” If the caller persists and presses Susie for more information, it... Read more →

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Is it a Lie?

Parenting in a spiritually mismatched home comes with some unique attributes. United parenting is often a considerable challenge when mom and dad do not hold similar views. Personal decision-making stems from our core beliefs. Obviously, when one parent holds a Biblical viewpoint and one does not, conflict can arise over seemingly simple parental decisions. For example, has this happened to you? Susie answers the phone and says, “Dad, it’s for you.” Dad who is busy working in his home office calls back to Susie, “Tell them I’m not home.” Mom, who is listening to this exchange, cringes and this question springs to her mind. Is my spouse teaching our child to lie? Yikes, how does a believer handle this scenario? I welcome your suggestions. Read more →

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Thank you Dineen Miller

Thank you, Dineen Miller for stepping out in faith to share your story. I know that many who read it have been encouraged. Dineen has offered to write another article about how spiritually mismatched couples differ when it comes to church attendance and how this difference can affect or influence their children. You will be encouraged by God’s faithfulness. Stay tuned. Read more →

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Free to Love, Despite the Circumstances

By Dineen A. Miller It was 2 a.m., and I was tired. What I’d thought would be a simple disagreement had turned into a two-hour discussion. Yet despite our attempts to find common ground, something we’d usually accomplished quite easily, my husband and I still hadn’t found a solution. I sensed something deeper stirring the waters of our marriage. I prayed silently to myself, leaning on my new faith for guidance. I’d recommitted my life to Christ six months earlier and had embraced my decision with my whole heart. I knew I had changed to some degree. My depression was gone and each day held new promise. And my hope was that my husband would join me in this faith walk I’d undertaken. Then he said something I never expected. He’d decided he didn’t believe there was a God. The air left my lungs as he said it. The physical... Read more →

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