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10 entries from July 2006

The Five Love Languages

I recently added a new book to the suggested reading list, The Five Love Languages, written by Gary Chapman. This book outlines the way different people express love. □ Quality Time □ Words of Affirmation □ Gifts □ Acts of Service □ Physical Touch It really does matter how we show love to others and we may be going about it all wrong. My love language is through words of affirmation but my spouse is through, act of service. We both respond in a wonderful and positive way when we receive love though “our language.” My daughter’s love language is quality time. What a difference it makes when you understand the way to show love your family and friends. What love language are you??? I am offering this book in a drawing. Please leave a comment at the end of this post and I will pull a name out of... Read more →

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Longings, disappointment....Emotions!!!

Our emotions can overwhelm rational thought and leave us vulnerable to enemy attack. How do we work through the hurt? Begin with expectations. What can you expect? Nancy Kennedy provides some wise words of advice in her book, When He doesn’t Believe. “You can expect opposition, whether subtle or blatant, passive or purposeful. If you expect opposition, then you won’t be surprised when it comes. The danger, of course, is the temptation to place yourself in a constant state of spiritual defensiveness, always on alert for enemy attacks. Yes, an unbeliever lacks spiritual discernment and is opposed to the truth of the gospel, but an obnoxious, defensive Christian is only inviting conflict.” “A better way is to expect that your husband wants harmony between the two of you. Chances are he doesn’t want to fight. He just wants his dinner on time and a warm, responsive body to curl up... Read more →

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Flames of Perdition

Yesterday my spouse and I were talking about escaping the “flames of perdition.” Now, don’t let me confuse you. We were not talking about heaven, hell, or anything spiritual. Although, the heat here in Southern California is a firm reminder that hell is not where I want anyone to spend an eternity. We were discussing escaping the heat this weekend. Temperatures here have soared to over 100° every day for the last 19 days. This heat wave is quite unusual for such an extended period. “How about the beach,” I suggest. Hubby reminds me that we have a previous commitment on Saturday. “We could go on Sunday.” He spoke in a monotone voice. There it is, one of those statements that throws me into “what if” …..Immediately, into my mind jumped this thought. If my husband was a Christian, Sunday morning would not be an option. YIKES, was that my... Read more →

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Powerful Prayer

I was just delighted to come across a blog that is new to me 3forward2back. I encourage you to pop over and take a minute to read MugwumpMom's post on prayer. It is worth the visit!! Be blessed, Lynn ! Read more →

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I Quit

In Exodus chapters, five and six God commanded Moses to ask Pharaoh to let Israel go. Pharaoh refused and increased the hardship upon the Israelites. The people turned against Moses and criticized him for causing this new hardship. Moses became so discouraged in his circumstance that he wanted to quit. I am greatly encouraged by this story when I want to give up because of my circumstance. God was patient with Moses and offered him His perspective. God is patient with us as well. Take your circumstance to the King of Kings. Ask Him about it. Then wait on the Lord. Watch how God will answer you with His truth. How can I pray for you and your circumstance? Be blessed! Read more →

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Thank you Amy Forbes

I want to thank Amy for testimony. She has shared from her heart and we have been blessed by her story of faithfulness and surrender. Lord, I lift Amy to you this day. Continue to walk with her, her husband and family and draw them ever closer to you. I thank you for her willingness to share. Bless her this day. In Jesus name, Amen Read more →

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Marriage: By Amy Forbes

1 Corinthians 7:14 (New International Version) 14For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. By Amy Forbes Ok, where do I start? Well, firstly my husband and I met and married in 1994, we were both new Christians and started attending a local café style church. Whenever my husband went up for prayer it was a powerful thing, he’d usually fall down on the floor and be slain in the spirit for hours at a time – he was such an on fire man for the Lord at the time. Then over the next few years gradually his faith seemed to wane as mine grew and I’m told that apparently this is a common thing. It was so frustrating as I watched him turn... Read more →

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Guest Writer: Amy Forbes

I would like to introduce Amy Forbes as a guest writer for Spiritually Unequal Marriage. Amy is a born again Christian and a former wicca (story for another day). She is married with three children and lives in a small town in New Zealand. She works part-time developing websites. Her post will follow tomorrow. It details how God has worked in her life, her husband's life and in their marriage. Tune in for a great story. Be blessed, Lynn Read more →

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FIGHT

I find it amazing how quickly God points out my selfishness. Following a fight with my spouse, I was in the car after running an errand. I was feeling angry and completely justified in my point-of-view. I decided that a little music might be the calming influence I needed so I turned on the radio and happened upon a Christian radio station that I rarely tune in. The words I heard that very minute were: Colossians 3:12-14 12Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. I was completely humbled and changed in that minute. I am God’s chosen. I am a Christian and I... Read more →

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Recreational Companionship

My family is blessed with a wonderful opportunity to vacation with our neighbors at their family cottage this July 4th. As I am writing this morning, I am looking across the placid waters of Clark Lake in Door County, Wisconsin. The natural beauty of the lake and the surrounding farmland confirms, once again, that we serve a breathtaking Creator. He has indeed placed his hand of blessing and abundance over America. Vacationing with family builds more than memories it builds relationships. In the book, His Needs, Her Needs, Willard F. Harley, Jr. writes that men have a basic need for recreational companionship. They want to have fun with their spouse. Harley’s book offers practical insight into the needs of both men and women by explaining the benefits of fulfilling the needs of your spouse. I recommend reading this book; it was immensely helpful to me. Vacationing with my husband draws... Read more →

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