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19 entries from April 2007

A Visual Prayer Experience!

Greetings My Friends: This past weekend I attended a women’s retreat where I was filled up with the Holy Spirit. Getting time away from the normal day-to-day to be with God and other believers is something I hope all of you have a chance to do this year. At our retreat I facilitated a workshop on prayer. In this workshop I shared a visual about the throne room of God. I am a visual learner. What I want to share with you now, profoundly impacted my prayer life and how I approach the throne. I hope you can see what I see. I pray it will forever change your life of prayer: Be blessed, Lynn Imagine Jesus taking you by the hand. Gently he leads you forward to a door. He opens the door. You peek around Him and realize it is a side entrance at the very foot of... Read more →

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How Do I Cope With the Loneliness?

Next up at Spiritually Unequal Marriage: After some email conversations with a few of you, I feel compelled to run a series of articles about loneliness. It is hard to believe but unequally yoked spouses feel terribly lonely. I know many of you know of exactly what I speak. I am preparing a series to focus on loneliness issue in marriage and how our Lord will meet us in our loneliness and be our company, our companion, our friend, and our confidant. I will be attending a retreat this weekend. I hope to start early next week with my resources and prayers at hand to venture down the “lonely road.” It is my genuine and fervent prayer that at the end our journey, you will find you are not alone. You will never feel alone again and you will be empowered to help others on the road behind you. Be... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

When our heart is broken. When our spouse does not share your faith. When our world seems locked in endless conflict, can we be thankful? We can, by God's supernatural power, we can! Lord in spite of my struggles in my mismatched marriage, I can be thankful. You have given me a husband who is a good father, who loves me, who is trying to do the right thing. Thank you Lord, Thank you. Psalm 118:29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Be blessed, Lynn Read more →

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Jupiter!

I am over at Christian Women Online today. I hope please join me for: Don't Go To Jupiter Without Me!...........“Mom!” my eleven-year-old, daughter drew out the word with heavy pronunciation. It sounded more like Maw-u-m. I looked up at her. She was standing in the kitchen a few feet away, staring straight at me, arms akimbo. “Don’t go to Jupiter without me,” she stated with annoyance in her voice. Tune in to see what I have to say....... Be blessed, Lynn Contributor at: Read more →

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Kindness

Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Can you think of a time when you were delighted or surprised by another person’s unusual kindness (someone other than your spouse). What did that person do that made the kindness so unusual? Father, Help me be unusually kind to everyone I see today. Then tomorrow, help be unusually kind, and the day after too. Help me to put on kindness so that it becomes a part of my nature. In Jesus name, Amen Read more →

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What is Your Number Today?

Today is day 5,514 for me. At Soul Reflections it was day 13,140 (close estimate). What is your number? Can you see God working in the midst of your number? Pop over and read Debrand’s post. Then let me know what your number is and how God has answered your prayers though the numbers. Blessings, my friends. Lynn Read more →

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What Happened to Sunday? The Kids Want to Know.

As a follow up to my last post…. What priorities are your children picking up from the way you are spending your Sundays? Do sports seem more important than relationship? Does the yard appear to be more worthy of attention than they are? Is the day filled with chores? Arguing? All fun and no worship? More is caught than taught – what are your kids catching as the priority on the Sabbath?..... --- Men Are Like Waffles Women Are Like Spaghetti This is extremely challenging when living in a spiritually mismatched home. I can tell you I spent many a Sunday mornings in tears because of the stress of church. To attend or not to attend? Secretly hoping my husband would join me then crushed when the slug stayed in bed. Pressuring my daughter to attend or coaxing her or demanding her attendance also accompanied the morning. I would arrive... Read more →

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What Happened to Sunday?

Sunday’s sure have changed over the years. What was a complete day of rest for a family is no longer the case. It used to be businesses closed on Sundays. It was a day for family gatherings, big after-church meals, and naps. What traditions did our family have for Sundays when you were growing up? What traditions of activities, or non-activities would you like to incorporate into your Sunday? How would it effect your marriage and your kids? Lord, help us look at the Sabbath from your point of view, not ours. How do you want us to spend our Sundays? Our desire is to honor you. Amen. Read more →

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A lesson from the Potter and an email

Yesterday I told you we will spend some time talking about our successes and failures. Today I have a story to tell you. You see, although I have arrived at a wonderful place in my mismatched marriage, I don’t always get it right. I make mistakes. Even mistakes I have written about. Specifically, I want to share a recent story with you. I am currently the facilitator at 1Peter3Living. This Yahoo group is reading the book Men are Like Waffles and Women are Like Spaghetti. On Wednesday, April 4th I send out this message to our group. Many of you will remember this as follows: I finished the first chapter of Waffles and Spaghetti and about wet my pants laughing as I read the questions at the end. Example: #23 The phrase most often heard when the two of you are alone in a quiet setting is: a. "I love... Read more →

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Stories of God in our Midst!

Hi my friends. It is so amazing to me God continually supplies me with so many stories to write about. (I must need a lot of work under the Potter's hand.) Just this week two crazy and I mean whacky things happened. The stories are about real people and how God moves in the midst of our lives for His glory! Amen! Please join me at Christian Women Online for Shake, Shake, Shake. You will not believe this one but it absolutely happened. Please pop over to Laced With Grace. This story is about a whacky yellow sponge and a mean mom (that’s me). Blessings my friends. Next up at Spiritually Unequal Marriage I want to talk about what we do right in our unequal marriages and the flip side, it’s okay when we fail. We are human after all. Stay tuned. Lynn Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday at Spiritually Unequal Marriage is an opportunity to give thanks to the King for our spouses. Today I want to thank my husband for his love for his parents. Although his mom and dad live nine hours away, he makes an effort to call his parents regularly. He is a wonderful example to our kids! Read more →

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An Affair and Incompatibility

We have reached the end of our study of His Needs, Her Needs. The final two chapters are How to Survive An Affair and From Incompatible to Irresistible. How to Survive An Affair: Step One: Ask yourself if you truly want to survive. Step Two: Don’t Put up With It Step Three: Get a Good Marriage Counselor Step Four: Start Meeting Each Other’s Needs Step Five: Realize It Won’t Be Easy Dr. Harley offers great advice in this chapter. He explains the power of an affair. He also states marriage can survive an affair and marriage can become stronger. The other wise piece of advice Dr. Harley provides: The Cure for Incompatibility: Getting down to the full-time business of meeting each other’s marital needs. Easily said…. It is not easily done. It is a day-by-day, minute-by-minute effort from the husband and the wife. Don’t wait for your spouse to be... Read more →

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Drip... drip.... drip

Proverbs 27:15 A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day; Need I say more. Sometime scripture is so simple yet so profound. Check out other marriage monday posts at Fruit In Season. Read more →

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Jesus

Jesus, this single solitary life changed the course of history and the eternity of many. For over 2,000 years mankind has been influenced by this one man, yet Savior. Wars have waged over this name, lives sacrificed for this name. Men have cursed Him and others praised Him. He is the First and Last, the Beginning and the End. He is the keeper of Creation and the Creator of all He keeps. The Architect of the universe and the Manager of all times. He always was, He always is, and He always will be. Unmoved, Unchanged, Undefeated, and never Undone. He was bruised and bought healing. He was pierced and eased pain. He was persecuted and bought freedom. He was dead and bought life. He is risen and brings power. He reigns and brings Peace. The world can't understand him, the armies can't defeat Him, the schools can't explain Him,... Read more →

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Good Friday

When I was in my early twenties I remember the pastor’s wife telling me about an interesting observation she made. She observed every year on Good Friday around noon to three in the afternoon, no matter where she lived, the skies cloud over and shadow the sun. I have never forgotten this and it seems to be a phenomenon which I also experience. Now I know there cannot be clouds all over the earth on Good Friday every single year however, it is interesting to watch high thin clouds fill the sky nonetheless. I feel like the earth itself is reliving the sadness, mourning and death this day signifies. Today if you feel like you are living in your own Black Friday, I want to ask you to join me at Laced With Grace. You will survive Black Friday. Your deliverance is at hand. Join me for It's Friday but... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday: The Bride Groom

Thankful Thursday at Spiritually Unequal Marriage is an opportunity to give thanks to the King for our spouses. Here at Spiritual Unequal Marriage I post on Thankful Thursday about my earthly spouse, my husband, and the things I am thankful for. But today, on the eve of Good Friday, I want to thank the true Bride Groom, Jesus, the Messiah. His sacrifice and eternal love have changed my life so drastically I can scarcely believe it. Jesus has redeemed every part of my life, my marriage, my children, my past, my pride, selfishness..... Thankful does not even begin to cover it! Jesus, you are my everything. The very reason I breathe. Everything I am or do or say or write is because you saw me and said, “I love this girl and I choose to redeem her.” Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. What has the Groom redeemed for you?... Read more →

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Admiration

A husband needs his wife to appreciate him for what his already is, not for what he could become if he lived up to her standards. Admiration motivates a man to achieve more. He sees himself able to take on more responsibility for his family. Behind every man should be an admiring wife. This is a difficult thing especially when women feel that her needs are not currently being met. Dr. Harley suggests that both, husband and wife prepare a list that identifies characteristics that build or destroy admiration. For example a wife may list a characteristic that destroys her admiration such as. I feel angry when my husband goes into his “cave” and wont talk to me. The husband can recognize this and make a pointed effort to spend time talking with his wife about his day. This list is an excellent tool to overcome impasses in your marriage.... Read more →

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Marriage Monday

I am behind schedule today. I love Christine's post over at Fruit In Season. She takes a look at Marriage in the early years and what we, as brides, learn through the years in our marriage journey. I have shared my story of growth in my own marriage by the power and love of Jesus Christ. My marriage is a testimony to a loving God far more powerful than I can begin to imagine. Be back tomorrow with His Need Admiration. Be blessed, Lynn Read more →

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He Split Time In Two!

Today I am over at the Internet Café, Jehovah Java. I have a story to share about the most inconceivable event in human history. I bet you know what it is. I hope you will join me there. Be blessed, Lynn Read more →

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