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12 entries from October 2006

Raising Kids Christian - Part III

It’s up early, make lunches, organize the backpacks, dressing then driving kids to school. We are busy parents of busy children. We often miss many teachable moments in our rushed day. I see teachable moments as a divine appointment with God when our child is open to practical, Biblical teaching. I have found a very special place where I can experience a teachable moment and even pray with my child. It is in the car. Driving to school is such an opportunity to pray with and for my child. Think about it. We are alone with our kids. Activity is minimal with fewer distractions. They are a captive audience. I find a simple prayer said out loud, covering my daughter’s day, does two things. No, three. First, she has a better day at school. She comes home less stressed and happier. Second, it is a powerful display of my own... Read more →

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Raising Kids Christian - Part II

After is was quiet and the children were in bed, Linda retrieved her Bible, took it into the kitchen, and left it on view for a week before taping it back together. Children who grow up in homes where they witness this kind of response to Christianity need all the prayer covering they can get. - Raising Kids Christian, Michael Fanstone. No other calling, as a parent, is greater than praying for our children’s eternal life. Our children may not know or even understand the effect we have over them when we petition our Lord in their behalf. I am often baffled that Christian parents don’t find the time to bring their children under the protection of God. If we are not praying for our kids, who is? I cannot emphasize enough how daily prayer can be the difference in the circumstances of your children’s life. Daily I bring my... Read more →

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Raising Kids Christian

I am stepping with great fear and trepidation into our next topic, Raising Kids Christian. I have been before the Lord asking for His divine guidance and word as we seek to uncover truth and wisdom for our children. I will ask the Lord to guide us through this study and to pour His Holy Spirit on all that is discussed in this series. Lord, I ask that you are glorified through the words recorded here. I ask, Father, that if I speak anything that is not of you, those words would be forgotten and only your words would remain in the hearts of those who stop here. Lord, we are humble parents seeking to lead our lambs to the foot of the cross. Show us the way. Father, give us your direction when we are lost. Encourage us when we feel defeated. Give us the peace we need to... Read more →

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In Spite of Me - Conclusion

Just as James predicted, my desire gave birth to sin, and in months I was caught up in an emotional affair. What started as fantasy led to longer talks, phone calls, a walk on the beach. I knew I couldn’t be unfaithful to my husband. Didn’t want a divorce. But my heart had turned completely from him. I was miserable in my marriage and yearning for another man. I felt the destructive effects of sin in my life. I couldn’t eat or sleep and anxiety overwhelmed me as I harbored my horrible secret sin I couldn’t seem to escape. And then it all came out. The morning that I knew I had to confess my sin to my husband was the most terrifying morning of my life. I knelt on the floor of my bathroom and begged God for mercy. I knew the consequences would be horrible. Would he divorce... Read more →

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In Spite of Me

In Spite of Me By, a thankful and repentant wife Note: I’ve chosen to write this story anonymously and change the names. Though I have my husband’s permission to share this in the hopes that it will touch someone’s heart, we don’t want to risk hurting anyone involved. We pray that God will bless your marriage. When people hear that my husband Bill only came to know the Lord four years ago, after we’d spent eight years “unequally-yoked,” they often say things like, “Oh it must have been all your prayers that did it,” or “Your faithful witness probably drew him.” At which point I laugh. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’d wandered far from God when I met Bill. Far enough to have gotten pregnant as a teen. I was a single mom of three-year-old Amber and caught up in all the things of the world. Bill... Read more →

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Part Two - Complaining or Asking by Amy Forbes

In my previous post, I mentioned having a gentle and quiet spirit (1st Peter). I grew up in a controlling household where my parents argued on a daily basis, my father was a domineering man and I always promised myself that I would never let my future husband push me around the same way. Because of this I used to be very outspoken, domineering, and forceful person. I just didn't realize how much until God changed me. I always thought that submission was being a doormat. In my mind I equated it with women who are treated like second class citizens specifically by their husbands. One day at church I found a magazine called Keepers at Home (womenofgodinternational.org) which was instrumental for changing my understanding, BIG time. This little Christians ladies magazine published here in New Zealand taught that women are important in the lives of their husbands and children... Read more →

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Complaining or Asking by Amy Forbes

Throughout the years my husband was distant from the Lord, we had conflict after conflict. I seemed to be growing in my faith whereas he had not only walked away from God, but was indifferent to Christianity. Each time I was dissatisfied with something he had or hadn't done I would complain and nag until I had several light bulb moments, two from my bible and one from an unexpected source. This is what God showed me: Proverbs 27:14 A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day. 1 Peter 3:4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. Ouch, those really spoke to me. It is no wonder neither of us were happy, my words were actually nagging him but what to do about it? A while later... Read more →

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Troublewith.com

At Spiritually Unequal Marriage, we take a hard and honest look at marriage issues in light of our society and the Word of God. Some of the topics covered here are applicable to all marriages and many are specific to unequally yoked couples. When we are honest about our struggles and failures, we can experience real and lasting change. This is God’s perfect and pleasing will for our lives. We often delve into challenging issues such as anger, loneliness, and stress. In this process, some of us will uncover giant stumbling blocks, which must be dealt with to achieve authentic healing. Understanding and applying God’s word is the beginning, however, we also may need professional guidance. It is my commitment to consult with professionals such as, Rebecca Saville who is a physiologist and guest writer at SUM, when taking on a difficult subject. I also want to offer an online... Read more →

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Abundant Blessings

It is the Lord’s Day, a perfect and beautiful fall morning. For the first time I turned on the central heat. The warm air circling holds a ting of musty, burnt dust smell. This happens once a year when the heater is engaged for the first time of the cold season. It is a nostalgic moment speaking to me the promise of the seasons ahead. On this beautiful Lord ’s Day, I am overwhelmed with the delights of my heart. I know my Savior has graced me with rich and lasting blessings that overflow in my life. It is a day for giving thanks to the Lord my provider. O Father, You have lavished love upon my life in unfathomable ways. I thank you for my husband, children, family, church, home, and country. Hear my heart, I will name my blessings all day long and give You thanks. Amen Read more →

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This Monday, October 9th , is the launch of a new weblog created to enrich our devotional time with Christ. Laced with Grace will offer a daily devotional post Monday through Friday and one on the weekend. Iris, author at Sting My Heart, has followed the prompting of God to create this beautiful place for us to gather and worship. She describes the site as follows and I could not have said it better: Laced with Grace is a place for women to focus on God’s Word and get encouraged in their walk with Him who saves. He is our inspiration on a daily basis and He helps us to focus what truly is important in this life. It is my prayer that the name above all names, Jesus Christ, will be honored through the words and prayers of the authors and the visitors. Hope to see you over at... Read more →

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Pray for our Pastors

Pastors and their families live under incredible pressures. Their lives are played out in a fishbowl, with the entire congregation and community watching their every move. They are expected to have ideal families, to be perfect people, to always be available, to never be down and to have all the answers we need to keep our own lives stable and moving forward. Those are unrealistic expectations to place on anyone, yet most of us are disappointed when a pastor becomes overwhelmed, seems depressed, lets us down or completely burns out. That's why God has instructed us to recognize His servants. "The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching" (1 Timothy 5:17). October is Clergy Appreciation Month. Today make it a priority to pray for your pastor. Hold him and his family up to God. Ask... Read more →

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Thank you Nancy Kennedy

I want to thank Nancy Kennedy for taking time out from her busy schedule to share her thoughts with us here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. Nancy is thriving in her 31 years of marriage. Her example and practical advice was exactly what I needed to move forward in my marriage. You can find more of Nancy’s resources on her website http://nancykennedybooks.net. Also, check out her newest book, Girl on a Swing, scheduled for released October 31, 2006. Lord Jesus, hold Nancy in the palm of your hand. Her light shines in a dark world. Protect her and her family from the enemy. Grow her ministry and love her intensely. In Jesus Name, Amen. Read more →

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