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19 entries from June 2007

Praying Scripture for your Spouse

We have all done it. We each have prayed and prayed and prayed thinking this is THE TIME that God will move in my spouse’s life. This time my spouse will change. We have prayed, certain God would answer us this time. Yeah, blah, blah, blah, I have heard all about the woman who prayed for more than thirty years and finally her husband was saved. I don’t care. I want results. I want God to answer now. Yikes, tell me you have not been on this road once or twice. The disappointment that follows a trip such as this is massive and can leave us feeling hopeless. I want to ask you this. Think about your prayers of the past spoken for you unbelieving spouse. Has God answered any of them? Can you see some small answers? Did you recognize God’s fingerprint? When God answered did you remember to... 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 give thanks to God for instilling in our men the desire to protect and provide. Lord, thank you for my husband who enters the world and the workforce everyday to provide for us. In Jesus name, Amen Read more →

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God Answers Prayer!!!!!!

Sometimes we can be discouraged in our marriage journey. We think nothing will ever change. I want to encourage you with a true-life story. This week I received the following email. This story is truly amazing because the wife in the story actually recognized something profound. She agreed to allow me to share this story. (Thank you) I pray you are encouraged by this woman. She is real. She is living with all kinds of challenges, yet she recognized God at work in her marriage. God will work in your marriage as well. Keep praying, God is faithful. Now to our story…… Lynn, I just want to share something with you, the Lord answered a prayer I had prayed many times in the past; not recently but in the past. If I was not more aware, or the Holy Spirit did not remind me I could have missed it totally.... Read more →

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Marriage Monday

My goals for last week, June 18-24, 2007: Pray for my husband’s career daily Speak well of him in all circumstances Recognize and appreciate him as my Hero This exercise has been eye opening, practical and fascinating. I can share that I wrote a tongue-in-cheek article about my husband and his snoring at CWO, Internet Café. Prior to writing this piece I thought to ask my husband’s permission because of my goals. After I wrote the article, I asked him to read it, again because of my goals. He liked the article and encouraged me with his gift of approval. Having these goals keep my husband’s feelings and wishes clearly in my mind. I am keeping the same goals for this next week as I did not pray daily for my husband’s job and would like to do so. Also, I did not focus on number three which I will... Read more →

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Pity-Party? You have Permission!

A few days ago I had the chance to visit with Rebecca Saville, who is a contributor here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. Rebecca has a Masters in Social Work and has been a counselor for 12 years. She is a deeply committed Christian and a mother of three. She has been married to a Navy Chaplain for 18 years. Rebecca and I started talking about marriage, of course. I had some questions about how women’s needs are met through marriage. Her response was quite interesting and I thought I would share a few of her thoughts. In her no nonsense manner she bluntly says, “Our husbands are unable to meet many of our different needs.” We went on to talk about how many of us as girls are raised to believe that all or most of our emotional needs should be met by our husband and by our husband alone.... 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 give thanks because God is relentless in His pursuit of men, specifically my husband. It was over a year ago that my husband asked our neighbor to meet him for lunch. My husband wanted to ask him about his faith. Lord, I am thankful for men who believe in you and who are willing to share the truth with doubters like my husband. It is men who love you, like King David, that change the world. In Jesus name, Amen. Thank you Andy. You were one of those who planted the seeds of truth in my husband’s heart. Now it is up to Jesus to finish the work. Be blessed, Lynn PS. Find me at Laced With Grace. Do you have a "Life Verse?" For more Thankful Thursdays, visit Iris... Read more →

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I Love Kids!

A Sunday school teacher asked her children as they Were on the way to church service, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?" One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping." Read more →

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Hope for the Hopeless

“There’s no such thing as a dead end in His kingdom.” Comming up: A few thoughts/posts about how different men and women really are..... How boring it would be if we were the same. Also: It is possible to get him to talk? Be blessed, Lynn Read more →

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Marriage Monday

Christine over Fruit in Season is having a 30-day Honor Your Husband Challenge. Choose a few small goals for yourself each week and make sure to post them. Write them on post-its and put them on your mirror, in your car and your purse, or anywhere else you'll see them. Keep a journal for the month about successes and struggles. What is hardest for you to do? What comes easily? How is your husband responding to your efforts? I am thankful for this unique opportunity to focus on our spouses. This challenge will keep Biblical teachings about marriage at the forefront of our hearts and minds. Sharing our successes throughout this challenge allows us to learn from each other, support one another, and share our love of our Savior. Goals this week: Pray for my husband’s career daily Speak well of him in all circumstances Recognize and appreciate him as... Read more →

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Thank You

Thank you Janna from Bread Crumbs who is standing in the gap for me today over at Laced With Grace. Hope you have a minute to pop over for a quick read and welcome her. Have a blessed day, Lynn Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

I was undone by Iris’ Thankful Thursday post at Sting My Heart. I was so moved that, I also want to give thanks to our King for the amazing friends I have made in our bloggity community. I began my blog one year ago. God, in His loving kindness, set me on a path to meet, love, pray for, and enjoy his children who share their lives with me here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage and though their own blogs. I am deeply humbled and grateful for all of you, my friends. I have a giant hug waiting for you, when one day we meet….. and what a fantastic day that will be!! Jesus, Thank you for the amazing men and women who you have brought into my life. Thank you for their love, their prayers, and mostly for their love for You. Bless each of them this day with such... Read more →

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Spiritual Battle for the Soul

Recently my friends at 1Peter3Living were discussing the fact that our spouses would lash out at us verbally. Many of us have endured a personal attack on our beliefs or character or a number of things. I believe it is important to remember that our unsaved spouses are susceptible to the enemy attacks. Our spouses are constantly barraged with thoughts that are counter to our beliefs. These attacks arrive through many avenues such as television, newspapers, magazines, office conversation, and almost every other area of communication. Keep ever present in your mind that your spouse is still hesitating in the enemy camp. The salvation of your spouse is at stake and the spiritual realm is actively seeking to retain his soul. I know this sounds like the beginning of an epic movie, however, it is absolutely true. When we receive a verbal blow, it is often because the enemy prompted... Read more →

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Marriage Monday

Marriage Monday examines traditional roles in marriage, scripture, and sharing of duties. Questions: What is your definition of a traditional marriage? Do you consider yours to be traditional or contemporary? What scriptures do you turn to (if any) when determining your role in your marriage? In the sharing of duties in your home (childcare, work, house cleaning), are you and your husband satisfied with the way things get done? If not, how would you or he like it to change?--Thanks, Christine, host of Marriage Monday. These are fun and interesting questions. I believe if we look to each other and see God’s fingerprints in other marriages, we can learn how to thrive in our own. In my marriage, we are a traditional model and also NOT at traditional model. For years I was an equal partner in the financial support of our family. I worked in corporate America while raising... Read more →

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1 Peter 3 Living

Our next study will begin next week. Our amazing community of gals will be reading and discussing the book, Beloved Unbeliever by Jo Berry. This book has been available for years and several members of our group have read it. I am looking forward to reading it for the first time. Beloved Unbeliever: Loving Your Husband into the Faith By Jo Berry Please join our study at 1Peter3Living. We expect God to meet us daily and provide Biblical teaching to navigate marriage with our nonbelieving spouse. Also, join me today at Laced With Grace. I have another story..... At nine years old my grandma shocked me. I was appauled by her statement. Find out what she told me. I will never forget it. Be Blessed, Lynn Next Post: When Your Spouse Ridicules Your Faith: What is really going on? A battle for his soul. 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. I’m very thankful for God’s word which is always there to remind and teach me how to thrive in a marriage. Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD. Colossians 3:19 Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Don't take advantage of them. Genesis 2:18 The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. ..... I will make a helper suitable for him." This one always just gets me: Ephesians 1 Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love..... Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had... Read more →

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Pray Like Crazy

Ephesians 6:12 (New International Version)12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. The recent post, When Your Spouse Ridicules Your Faith, highlighted the fact that our battle is not against other people (a spouse) but the battle is actually on a grand scale. I hesitate to post on battling with the enemy because if your spiritual relationship with Christ is new, this post could potentially frighten you. But, hear me now, Jesus Christ is our protector. Jesus defeated Satan’s power at the cross for his children, you and me. Scripture is clear about fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 (New International Version) For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 1 John 4:18... Read more →

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Marriage Monday

This week, Marriage Monday, is discussing Vacations. I would like to bring a unique aspect to vacations based upon our unusual situation. I don’t mean spiritually mismatched, what I am referring to is my husband’s regular business travel. My husband travels for business every week. He will board a plane on Monday and will return home on Thursday or Friday. As our world becomes smaller many more men (and women) travel, as it is required of their career. Thus, jetting off for a weekend, just the two of us, is difficult. My husband returns home for the weekend and the last place he wants to go is away to stay in another hotel. We cope however. I might want to get away for a weekend but I completely understand his unwillingness. I have surrendered this desire. What we do however, is plan vacations. A camping trip or two always is... Read more →

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When Your Spouse Ridicules Your Faith

I could actually feel physical pain, in my gut and heart. In the heat of an argument, my spouse would ridicule my faith and I would become emotionally broken. I am sure you have experience this through words such as these; Jesus is a myth. The Bible is full of inconsistencies. Jesus was only a man. You are a fool to believe this crap. What about these? Science has proven we evolved from apes. The Big Bang theory is a fact. God is for the weak minded. Oh, and let’s not forget that every time the secular media jumps into the world of faith, we receive more ridicule and opportunities for disagreements. For example the most recent movie which depicts Jesus had a family and their grave was located. My husband and I would have more fights centered on the media than any other source. Unfortunately, this is a common... Read more →

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Does God Love Animals?

At Laced With Grace today I have posted an article I have wanted to share for months. It is about unconditional love and a dog named, Peanut. Please join me there today! Be Blessed, Lynn Read more →

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