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To Know and Be Known

by: Dineen Miller As I wrote down my prayer, the ache in my heart formed into these five words, “to know and be known.” Baffled by its meaning, yet fearful of the ramifications, I realized in that moment this was my dream. To know and be known. Several days later as I read one of my devotional booklets, one line jumped out at me. Almost word for word, the writer stated the same thing—to know and be known. Now I knew I had to explore this further. What’s at the heart of this plea-like desire? If you’re like me, your faith defines who you are. At your very core, you find God, and everything you do is affected by this relationship. Now I don’t say this to appear more than I am. Believe me when I say, the closer I come to Christ, the more I see how truly fallen... Read more →

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Marriage Monday

While vacationing in Yellowstone a few weeks ago our family was seated in a restaurant, enjoying lunch. My husband had ordered a Buffalo Burger. My daughter was appalled. We had driven by a heard of buffalo to get to the restaurant and she couldn’t believe Dad would eat those cute beasties. The Burger was a large as a Frisbee and dripping with sauce and jalapeños. Ah, my man was in heaven! Inevitably, the sauce dripped from the bun and caught in my husband’s goatee. With out a word, through eye contact and a slight point to my face, I communicated the following, “You have dripped that mess upon your face. You have done it before. You know the drill. Please wipe it off. Thank you very much.” OR was it: “Sweetheart, you have a slight mishap upon your handsome face. I know you would not want anyone to see it,... Read more →

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Regular Contributor; Dineen Miller

I am thrilled to announce Dineen Miller will be a regular contributor here at Spiritually Unequl Marriage. Dineen was one of the first readers here when we started this adventure. She has contributed many thought provoking and inspiring articles over the past year. I am delighted and blessed God has inspired her to speak regularly here. Would you please welcome her! Dineen Miller: Almost twelve years ago, I left the advertising industry and embarked on an adventure with Christ. Sure, I knew him as a child, but I’d wandered the road of life, got married to a wonderful man, started a family and had plans—my plans. God showed me He had something else in mind. I was thirty when I embarked upon this spiritual walk. And my journey as an unequally yoked spouse. I served as a youth counselor, then a Stephen Minister at my church in Tennessee, along with... Read more →

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Marriage Monday

Did you realize only a tiny, seven percent, of communication with our spouse is actually verbal? Which means the manner in which we say something, (38%) and our body language, (55%) tells a bigger story! Yikes! With these facts in mind, let’s explore this fun, interesting and enlightening subject of body language, and our marriage. Please join me this Monday as I host Marriage Monday. Christine has graciously allowed me to take on Marriage Monday while she is trying to settle in with her little colicky, Zachary. Pray for Christine. My daughter was a colicky baby. Keeping my sanity in tact during the screaming was one of the hardest things I ever had to do! Here are several questions to spark your thoughts about body language and marriage. • What are we really saying when we give him the eye roll? • What body language communicates acceptance to your spouse.... 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. Wow, where do the days go. I woke up this morning and it is Thankful Thursday. I completely lost track of time. However, it is never too late to give thanks and honor to our King. Today, I am grateful for so much but mostly to just be home for awhile. Also, I am thankful for my husband’s love for his parents. We visited the In-laws last weekend. They are both becoming older. As they age, of course, there are developing age related health issues. My husband cares deeply for their comfort and health. He and his brother will be two kids who take an active interest and will help their parents as their health changes. I am thankful for the In-laws. They raised a good man. Thank you! Be blessed, Lynn... Read more →

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Aaron and Hur

Exodus 17:12 (New International Version) 12 When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. Do you remember this story? I was reading this passage today and it occurred to me we need friends like Aaron and Hur. These two men held up Moses’ arms when he was too tired to continue. The Israelites were in a heated battle with the Amalekites. When Moses held his staff, raise toward heaven, they dominated the battle. When Moses tired and his arms dropped from sheer exhaustion, the people began to lose ground. We need friendships such as Aaron and Hur because there will come a time when we can’t walk a step further without help from someone. I have found such... Read more →

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Weekend Prayer

Lord, I approach your throne today with my intercessor, Jesus, at my side. Today I lift up those who are struggling in their marriage relationship. When we are feeling we have reached rock bottom lead us to pray. Lord, Creator of the world, let us ask You to come up with a creative solution so fantastic we could never think of it ourselves. Lord, you know the pain, despair, and hopelessness that some are feeling right now better than I do. Give them a reason to hope again. Not only are you the author of salvation but you are also the savior of marriages and the provider of hope. I ask this for every reader who stops here today. In Jesus name, Amen. Have a blessed weekend. I am off again. See you Monday. Be blessed, 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. 1 Timothy 1:5 (New International Version) The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. I am thankful this week for the many ways my spouse shares his love with me. A thoughtful phone call for no reason A smile Understanding squeeze on the shoulder Never underestimate the small gestures in marriage. For more Thankful Thursdays, visit Laurel Wreath. Thank you Laurel for hosting Thankful Thursday this week. Be blessed, Lynn Read more →

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The Valley

I originally prepared this post for Christian Women Online. Yesterday however, God decided I needed to write on a different subject. He woke me up at 12:30 a.m. and I wrote. That short story will post tonight later at Jehovah Java. I hope you have a chance to read it. Today I am going to share a crazy story about our trip. God uses these experiences to change my heart and prayer life. Many of you know our family vacationed last week in Yellowstone National Park. We spent a week walking about on an active volcano. This thought still freaks me out! We stayed in a rustic cabin on the north side of the park. To reach our cabin we drove through a valley where wild life lives in abundance. We called the valley the Valley of the Bison Buffalo. This valley is where the buffalo roam and I MEAN... Read more →

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Marriage Monday

I want to thank Christine over at Fruit In Season for the 30-day Marriage challenge. I learned a great deal about myself, my marriage and about our God’s purpose for marriage. I found I needed focus on prayer for my husband. I also discovered I am able to triumph in other areas when I ask God for His help. This challenge was enlightening and helpful. Thank you Christine! Read more →

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The Lord's Day!

It is the Lord’s Day. Let us rejoice in it! Psalm 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. What a week! I bet you already know this but our God is brilliant! The stunning beauty of the wilderness attests to His power, majesty, and intellect. I have returned from Yellowstone with several stories to share with you in the weeks ahead about spiritually mismatched families on vacation. Often times, when we leave our world of routine behind, God shows up to meet us in our new surroundings. This was true for me. I saw God in the beauty of nature but God showed me some areas of selfishness I need to work on. I can get stuck in my ways and am quite stubborn, ask my husband. Anyhoo, we experienced an adventure every single day. I can’t wait to share... Read more →

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Worship at Laced With Grace

....Filled with awe I will fall to my face in worship. Fall on my face, nose in the dirt, kind of worship. Hopefully during my morning quit time and not out in front of Old Faithful....... Find me today at Laced With Grace and a devotion from the mountains of Yellowstone National Park. I will return on Monday. Looking forward to catching up with everyone. Be blessed, Lynn Read more →

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Taking a Break to Praise!

I am taking a break this week as I am heading to Yellowstone National Park, a life-long dream come true. I know it will be an awe inspiring trip, filled with glimpses of the immensity and grandeur of our God. I know God will fill me up and I will worship Him. I know I am likely to return with a number of tales about my antics and the Amazing God I serve. Can't wait to share them with you. Find me Wednesday at Laced With Grace with a post about Yellowstone. See you on Monday the 23rd. Be blessed, All of my friends! (The comment moderator has been turned on during my trip. Please leave a comment and I will write back when I return! ) Read more →

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Peach Cobbler

Join me at Christian Women Online for a hot cup of Java and a freshly baked serving of Peach Cobbler. Find out what Peach Cobbler has to do with a God sized "Do Over." Have a blessed day! Lynn Read more →

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The Journey of Prayer

By: Dineen Miller, a regular Contributor at Spiritually Unequal Marriage (Thanks Dineen) You’ve prayed for weeks, days, months, and now years for your spouse’s salvation. The prayers aren’t as frequent as before. Instead, a sense of hopelessness has slowly replaced the original fervency of your petitions. You’ve asked so many times, yet God seems to either not hear you or your spouse has an unusually thick skull. Nothing’s getting through. I can only say one thing. Don’t stop now. During my time in Europe, my small group leader did a wonderful thing. She planned a meeting with guests, who were once unequally yoked. Six women joined us that night and shared their journeys as unequally yoked spouses, and then the crème de la crème—how their spouses had come to Christ and who they were as of that day. I remember one woman sharing how her young daughter wound up influencing... Read more →

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Marriage Monday

My goals for last week, June 25 through July 1, 2007: Pray for my husband’s career daily Speak well of him in all circumstances Recognize and appreciate him as my Hero Once again I am thrilled to participate in this month long challenge. Each week I uncover interesting aspects of this challenge and the goals I am seeking to achieve. First, I acknowledge I am unable to achieve these goals without God’s help. With that said, I know I will keep these goals for the remainder of the challenge. So much work….so little time *grin.* Two weeks ago, I gave significant thought and actions to my first goal. Last week I worked to pray for my husband’s career. I am thrilled to say I prayed everyday over his work. I prayed something like this: Lord, I approach your throne with my redeemer, Jesus, at my side. Father, today I ask... Read more →

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Hollywood at Laced With Grace

Could it be possible there is a Hero in Hollywood? Join me today at Laced With Grace and discover what I found in the most unlikely place. Be Blessed, Lynn Read more →

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