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Putting on the full armor of God begins with the belt

Paul compared the Roman Garrison’s armor to the armor of God and started with the belt. A Roman Guard’s armor was held together by the belt. It is the most vital piece of the entire uniform.Romansold

The breast piece is held in place through the belt the sword hangs from the belt. Notice the belt protects the, ahem, privates. The belt supports the cute little skits they are wearing.

Without the belt the entire armor of protection would fall apart.

Ephesians 6:14 (New International Version)
14a Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,

Truth is the core of our faith. In order to engage the enemy we must know that he is the father of all lies.

John 8:44
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Lies keep us away from God. The enemy's most successful deception was and still is; sin is good. It is a lie that sin is fun and life is better when it is full of sex, envy, greed, vengeance, and selfishness.

Lie: Life should always serve me. (selfishness)
Truth: Selfishness destroys your life, relationships, health, and soul.

Lie: Money is the most important thing in life.
Truth: Relationship are move valuable than money, possessions, cars, a home, 401k, clothes, looks…..

Lie: You can punish someone who hurt you when you are bitter and angry.
Truth: Your hurt becomes deeper.

Lie: Lies will keep you out of trouble.
Truth: Lies enslave you.

Lie: God cannot love you.
Truth: Jesus Christ stood in the gap and God the Father loves and accepts you for who you are.

Lie: Jesus Christ is not real
Truth: Jesus is alive and is living in millions today.

Truth conquers the lie.

When we as believers, know the truth and respond with the truth the enemy is defeated. God’s truth is absolute and it will be proven out time and again.

BibleSo how do we clothe ourselves with the belt of truth? It is by reading God’s word daily. I cannot plead with you enough to read the scriptures every single day. Reading God’s word followed by prayer is a daily dawning of the belt of truth.

Be blessed, Lynn

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Thankful Thursday

I was just stopped on the street by my next-door neighbor, Mary. She is a widow who lives alone in a giant two-story home. She is of Greek decent and speaks with a thick accent. I struggle to understand her and she me.

James 1:27 (New International Version) 27Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
This encounter is significant because God keeps bringing this scripture before me in many different circumstances in the last several weeks.

Back to the story. Yesterday, Mary had the Verizon folks over and they installed her new television system. Today it crashed. I mean the black screen of death. Now this is a widow with no television. She is bored and asked me if I could help.

Yikes, I can barely figure out how to blog. However, my prince will arrive home today and he is gifted with computers, televisions, and systems of all sorts. I mean, he is like the Geek Squad on steroids when it comes to electronics.

He will kindly visit Mary. He will diagnose her problem and in all likelihood fix it. He is a genius. The entire neighborhood calls him when they need help with a computer.

So today, I give thanks for my husband’s “systems abilities” and mostly for his kindness to help widows, and everyone else on the block with their computers.

Love you Sweetie! Be blessed, Lynn

Update: 7:35 PST---- He indeed fixed it. Yea!


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A Confession

822320_some_enchanted_evening2Just a few nights ago, I went out to dinner with my husband. And as I’m sitting there, I suddenly have this deep desire to confess something to him. Ever been in that place where the words are coming out and, in your mind, you’re wondering what in the world is going on. What possessed you to even bring up such a thing?

So there I am, sitting in this really nice restaurant, enjoying an evening of peace, and I proceed to tell my husband how I was rude to one of the “receptionists” (not sure what her title was, to be honest) at the doctor’s office.

I even tell him, “I can make all kind of excuses. I didn’t want to be there. Was dreading it, in fact. Her greeting lacked any friendliness. Most likely due the fact that she was flustered at the moment. She made me wait, then proceeded to help the next person who walked in.” Ya-da, ya-da, ya-da…

But still, she didn’t deserve my attitude. That’s it, right there. My attitude.

Funny thing is, the situation at the doctor’s office reminded me of something, or I should say of someone else’s rudeness. And to think I had treated someone in that manner mortified me. I’d witnessed this in the past. How could I do it to someone else? (Isn’t it just like God to use stuff like that to point out our own flaws?)

I shared this with my husband. All of it. Why? I have no idea, but I did. Me, the Christian, mistreated a stranger. And I’m telling my unbelieving spouse all about it. What’s he going to think of my faith now? What’s he going to think of the Jesus I profess to follow?

Wait. It gets better. I go on to tell him how I prayed silently, asking God for an opportunity to apologize. (Yeah, I know. What was I thinking?) And I continued the share that, before I could even say “amen,” this young woman was standing in front of me. Right in front of me.

I continued my story to him, “I told her flat out, I was sorry. That she didn’t deserve my attitude. She said she understood the circumstances, but I told her I still shouldn’t have treated her that way.”

Had to be the Holy Spirit sitting at the dinner table that night. I finished my story, and looked at my husband. I saw pride in his eyes. He smiled and said, “I bet she really appreciated that.” But what gets me is the subtext. The pleasure I saw in his eyes. I screwed up, and he’s proud of me.

I still have no idea why I told him about what happened, but I do believe the Holy Spirit was at work. Amazingly, this is the kind of thing that’s happening more and more lately. Here I thought all along I had to be this perfect representation of what a Christian should be, but God’s bringing out all my flaws and pride and pruning them away. He doesn’t want perfection. He wants authenticity.

My husband wants to take me out for our 20th wedding anniversary next month. There’s no telling what might pass across the tablecloth next time.

Praying and believing,
Dineen

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Marriage Monday

I genuinely love to read about Christine’s marriage at Fruit In Season. Her passion and commitment to her marriage and spouse inspire me everyday.

My story is such a contrast and I sometimes just have to shake my head. I can’t believe my marriage started out in such an unconventional way. Yet, God has used my marriage and spouse to create many things that are beautiful, rich and honoring to the King.

I met my guy in a club. Yep, the Shark Club, in Las Vegas. A long, long story. We dated long distance for over a year and then married. Now, what a way to get started.

I would not trade a minute of our years however. It is our spiritually mismatched marriage which caused me to return to my faith. It is God who worked in our marriage to bring peace and authentic happiness.

I know a lot of you have read this story. I have shared how my marriage changed me through a series of posts. Unequal Marriage, My Story.

Today I give Jesus the glory for healing our marriage. I praise Him for sending me a man who had questions about God. A man who caused me to seek out the truth of my faith. I thank the Lord for my best friend, the best father, and my life-partner.

Be blessed this day. Rejoice in your marriage. God has your best interest in His heart. Lynn

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Sunday Smiles

At Spiritually Unequal Marriage we explore many difficult and serious topics. We can feel overwhelmed with the seriousness of life because our struggles are sometimes enormous. Because of this fact, I want to share the joy of the Lord with you as well.

Hope you are tickled by this silly joke, lost chapter in Genesis.

Here is the LOST CHAPTER IN GENESIS....

Adam was walking around the garden of Eden feeling very lonely, so God asked him, "What is wrong with you?"

Adam said he didn't have anyone to talk to.

God said that He was going to make Adam a companion and that it would be a woman.

He said, "This person will gather food for you, cook for you, and when you discover clothing she'll wash it for you. She will always agree with every decision you make. She will bear your children and never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them. She will not nag you and will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you've had a disagreement. She will never have a headache and will freely give you love and passion whenever you need it.

Adam asked God, "What will a woman like this cost?"

God replied, "An arm and a leg."

Then Adam asked, "What can I get for a rib?" The rest is history..


Have a blessed Sunday. Love you much, Lynn

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A Cornball Story that became a Miracle to Me!

Excerpt from my post today at Christian Women Online.

......I don’t have anything witty or cleaver to share with you today. You will find nothing profound or insightful in the story I am about to tell. Well, perhaps or perhaps not. Let God lead your heart.

This is a cornball story describing an ordinary day, a gal and her dog, and her amazing God. You may roll your eyes when you find out what I am talking about. Hang with me. The ending is good.......

I am still in awe about this crazy, fantastic experience. Tell me, how would you react/respond?

Be Blessed, Lynn

Also, if you haven't seen the video yet, scroll down. It is AWESOME!

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Real Warfare

I know I promised the description of the belt, but today I must show you something absolutely compelling, Dineen and I were deeply affected.

It is Jesus in the battle for us. It is the real warfare.

I have never offered a video before but found this one to stir the very core of my heart. Please turn on the sound and watch all the way through. It is the ending that will strike you.

Thank you Jesus, Thank you!

Godtube is experiencing moments of difficulty. If you can't see the video, check back and pray the Lord gets it fixed.)

Be blessed, Lynn and Dineen

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Thankful Thursday: Masculine and Feminine

This week I want to give thanks to God for his wisdom in creating men and women, masculine and feminine.

Several months ago my friend Karen emailed me the day following a great discussion about my favorite topic, marriage. We were discussing what constitutes a healthy and balanced marriage. We determined marriage is rarely fair but a great marriage is balanced.

The next day she emailed this conclusion to me. Wonderful words and I share them with you now.

……When it comes to male-female relationships we are not equal....maybe a better word would be we are not the "same". I don't think God ever intended us to be equal. He made us as "partners" with separate skill sets unique to our sex and to the jobs He put us here to perform. I cherish my female skill set and would never want any man to be equal to me! Oh, I do go on......
Thank you Karen!

Lord, thank you that I am feminine and uniquely made. Amen

Be blessed, Lynn

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The Great Hope Maker

Hopecont_2Last week, I posted about enduring hope. At the end of the article, I included this verse as part of a prayer.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

Since then, I’ve found myself coming back to it frequently. (I also wrote it on an index card in the most delicious shade of pink—how can I miss it?) I love picking apart God’s Word. I’ve found that just about everything we’re told or shown in the Bible has at least two layers or two meanings. Isn’t that just like God? Nothing wasted and everything to gain.

In reading this verse over and over again, two things stood out. The first part, “the God of hope,” tells me that, just as Christ is the author of our faith, He is also the creator of our hope. We can’t accomplish this within the confines of our own ability. If we’re to truly know a hope that endures, we must pray and let God do what He does best.

Which brings us to the second part, “overflow with the hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” This last part affirms what we’re told in the first. Again, it’s only by God’s power that we not only know hope but overflow with it as well. I don’t know about you, but this lifted a weight off my shoulders, knowing the hope I want most will come from God and not me. Yet another thing I don’t have to strive to accomplish. (Whew!)

Now the deeper layer in this hope-filled nugget. (Or the creamy filling, if you prefer.) In reading the Bible, I’m finding one word is constantly used in association to hope and faith. If you guessed trust, you’re exactly right. Look at the verse again. God tells us that HE will fill us with joy and peace as we trust in Him, so that (have to have one in order to accomplish the other) we can overflow with hope. Joy, peace, and hope can’t exist where trust is lacking.

I believe our trials are designed to do just that—to bring us to a place of complete and total trust in God. No, this process won’t be completed until we join our Lord and Savior in the heavenly realms, but so often I’ve heard our time here is more about preparation for what’s to come. (That’s what I tell my teenagers then they get frustrated with the here and now—it’s just a blip in their eternal lifeline.)

So if you’re struggling to find hope, trust in the fact that we serve an ever-faithful God and call out to Him to restore, renew, and build your hope. Write this verse down and pray it every day. Replace the “you” with “me” or your name. This is a vital weapon in the battle for our faith, our hope, and for our unbelieving spouses. God didn’t just give us his Word to read. He gave it to us to use—to learn and grow, and for battle and protection.

Finally, the most precious layer of all. (Like I said, God wastes nothing.) God has absolutely everything we need. He planned it that way. He never intended for us to walk this path alone. He’s right there, waiting for us to ask. Or just to sit at his feet and bask in his glory. Or to pray verses written on bright pink index cards.

Tomorrow I’ll be looking for a new verse. I’m thinking I might use purple this time.

Praying and Believing,
Dineen

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Hope That Endures

831982_hope How do we keep hoping when everything we see tells us there is no hope?

The very definition of faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrew 11:1). But how do we apply that to situations that leave us hope-less? So often I see the struggle of the unequally yoked spouse as a battle to simply hang on to our own faith. In the midst of the adversity the mismatched marriage naturally brings, we find ourselves praying, hoping for our spouse’s salvation. Day after day we petition God. Months or even years pass with no visible change. How do we continue? How do we keep fighting and not give up?

I sit in a unique situation. God has told me the time frame of my husband’s impending salvation. Using scripture, He revealed a glimpse of his seven-year plan to me during a fast and has affirmed it again recently. I know my prayers serve a purpose and will help accomplish what I hope for most—my husband’s salvation. But had I not received this incredible gift, would I still be able to continue praying for what seems an impossibility even in the midst of what I know is to come? Would I have given up by now?

I don’t know the answers to these questions, but my heart aches for anyone struggling with this question: How do I go on? Because even knowing what I know, there are days that I wonder if I’ll even make it to the end. (Can you tell I’m a mother of two teens?)

For days this has been my question to God—how do we continue to hope? I searched my concordance and found one scripture that seems to shed the tiniest of lights on this dimly lit search.

Isaiah 40:30-31
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

The key seems to be in the third line—those who hope in the Lord. Could it be that we place our hope in the transformation we so desperately desire in our spouses and not in the author of our faith, Jesus? Are we looking in the wrong direction?

When we keep our eyes on our situation and our unbelieving spouses, how can we possibly continue to hope? The burden of our unfulfilled desire becomes the object of our attention and saps the very strength we need to go on. The burden is too heavy for us to carry alone.

If those who hope in the Lord will be strengthened, then by keeping our hope firmly placed in God (the only one who has the power to bring our loved ones to belief) can we persevere and continue, even when things appear hopeless.

With God we can soar above the murky waters of hopelessness. With God we can rise above our own limited ability and trust completely in a God bigger and stronger than anything we are dealing with, even the most stubborn of spouses. With God we can have wild hope—the kind that perseveres even when someone asks you, “How can you be so sure?”

I know my God. I believe my God. I hope in my God. He can do anything. I believe this completely, so therefore, I hope.

I pray this for all of us, for Jesus to not only be the author of our faith but the source of an unending hope planted deep within us and overflowing to God’s glory. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

Praying and Believing,
Dineen

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A Confession


Today I must confess to you that I suffer from a terrible and debilitating disease. Symptoms and outbreaks occur at the most inopportune times. They leave me bereft and defeated. It can take months to recover from a severe attack. I am ashamed to tell you my disease is self-inflicted......

This is a true story.

Click on the picture to read about this powerful lesson from the Living Word of God!

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Sunday Smiles

At Spiritually Unequal Marriage we explore many difficult and serious topics. We can feel overwhelmed with the seriousness of life because our struggles are sometimes enormous. Because of this fact, I want to share the joy of the Lord with you as well.

Without further ado, let's laugh. Please join me this week and share God's love and laughter. Looking forward to your funny stories, jokes and one-liners. Be Blessed, Lynn

The Sunday School Teacher asks, "Now, tell me Cindy, do you say prayers before eating?"

"No sir," Little Cindy replies, "I don't have to. My Mom is a good cook."


I thought this was hilarious since last week was a crazy week in my life. Hope you appreciate it as well.

Don't let your worries get the best of you; remember, Moses started out as a basket case.

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The Battle Cry - The Vision

The Full Armor of God: What is it? When should we wear it? Do we put it on? Is it clothing? Do I need to dress like a Roman? Why do I need to be concerned about some ancient armor the Romans wore?

Are we at war? What great questions you have asked. Okay, I guess I asked them. However, do we truly understand this passage of scripture? This passage is absolutely relevant to our lives today.

There is a struggle. There is a battle brewing. It is the most important and scariest drama you will ever learn about…… and IT IS REAL. This is the battle against evil, a real devil and real principalities (demons). It is a struggle to claim every man, woman, and child. Forever. Now, don’t be afraid. WE WIN!

So why are we as believers in Jesus Christ concerned about this current war, also known as, spiritual warfare? Because we are the front lines to defeat the enemy, stay the losses and kick butt. We win the war (Revelation 20 & 21). God’s kingdom will reign forever however; today we are engaged in the many battles against an enemy whose time is short and who is seething with anger and hate. This is what Ephesians 6 is all about.

God’s vision for this world is Ephesians. Look at Ephesians 1:9-10 (The plan)

9And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.


The plan is to bring ALL things under Christ. All things! This is why we are in the struggle to bring about God’s vision for all creation including men, women, and children.

Ephesians 6: 10-13 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Paul is writing to the church in Ephesians and to us the church of today, to provide everything we need to succeed in our battles. What we are going to see the different weapons and protections our God provides to defeat the enemy.

I know this sounds a lot like church preaching, so let’s make it real. Next post: Real battles, right now, and how to wear the armor. Let’s start with the belt. It is a funny looking contraption.

See you next Friday for more on The Battle Cry.
Be blessed, Lynn

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Thankful Thursday

Today I am so humbled to give thanks to God for all of you.

I have been surrounded in the past week by prayers, e-cards, e-mail and snail mail. Phone calls and hugs on the street have also came my way. Your concerns for my family and your prayers for the series I am preparing on Spiritual warfare, I have felt. In fact, the entire heavenly realm was rocked this week because you offered up my name to Jesus.

I am touched beyond what I can describe. Thank you isn’t nearly enough.

Know this however; each of you will have a giant hug from me one day as we sit before God. I will lovingly tell our King about your faithfulness, friendship, and love. I want all of heaven and the people on earth to know my deep gratitude for your kindness.

Oh, Thank you…. Thank you…. Thank you….

Be blessed, Lynn

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Marriage Monday

My vow to him: His vow to me:

To have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.

I think about these vows and realize as I spoke them over 15 years ago that I didn’t truly understand the commitment I was making. So many of us who are in love, rush to marry and don’t take the time to seek counseling or explore one another’s values and commitment to the future. Thus, unequally yoked marriages are born.


Although my husband and I spoke these words and may not have understood the full responsibility of them on our wedding day, we have always taken them to heart. It is our intention to honor every vow till death do us part.


As we enter into our sixteenth year together we have recognize we are growing older together. This has actually been a charming and wonderful experience for us. We both need reading glasses now. Just today I was covertly watching my guy as he was reading something on the computer. He was wearing his “specks.” I thought he looked, too cute!


I have discovered these vows are indeed sacred. I know, without a single doubt, he will be there for me when my chest droops and my hair falls out. I will be there for him when he turns gray and flabby. If we lost all of our earthly possessions tomorrow but still have each other, it would not matter. I say this with complete sincerity and faith. I say this because I believe in God and He shepherds our marriage.

1 Corinthians 7:14

For 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.

Our wedding vows become more precious every single year. Be blessed, Lynn


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Sunday Smiles

SundaysmilesaAt Spiritually Unequal Marriage we explore many difficult and serious topics. We can feel overwhelmed with the seriousness of life because our struggles are sometimes enormous. Because of this fact, I want to share the joy of the Lord with you as well.

I love to giggle, smile, grin and especially laugh out loud (too loudly, if you ask my daughter). Laughter is medicine for our souls and a gift from God who has a vast and wonderful sense of humor.

Laughter can change a foul mood, lift a heavy spirit and make the day light. So beginning today and every Sunday, let’s share a smile.Bumper3

It is not my intention in any way to diminish the importance or focus of the Sabbath. It is my intention to share a laugh or a funny story to delight your heart on the Lord's Day. It is my prayer that your joy will overflow into your marriage and family every Sunday.

Welcome to Sunday Smiles:

A few months ago I stumbled across this bumper sticker. It is a hoot. Enjoy!

Also, I crack up over our children and their honest approaches. Smile!

The preacher was wired for sound with a lapel mike, and as he preached he moved briskly about the platform, jerking the mike cord as he went. Then he moved to one side, getting wound up in the cord and nearly tripping before jerking it again. After several circles and jerks, a little girl in the third pew leaned toward her mother and whispered, "If he gets loose, will he hurt us?"

A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, looking at the old pages as he turned them. Then something fell out of the Bible and he picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that had been pressed in between the pages. "Momma, look what I found," the boy called out. "What have you got there, dear; his mother asked. With astonishment in the young boy's voice he answered, "It's Adam's suit!!

A 4-year-old boy was nosily squirming all through the church service. His father tried several times to quiet him, but to no avail. Just as I was asking for prayer requests, the boy let out a loud yell. His father, obviously at the end of his rope, picked up the boy, tossed him over his shoulder and headed out of the sanctuary. When he was nearly out the door, I continued asking if there were any more requests when this little voice yelled desperately from across the threshold, "Oh, please pray for me!"

From: Javacasa.com

Be blessed, Lynn

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Ephesians Chapter Six. Are we at War?

About two weeks ago the Lord brought before me Ephesians, chapter six. For the first time I heard the words written there expressed in a way that was different, new understanding. I was moved by the real power residing in those living words. I began to think about all of the readers who stop in here. Many of us are smack in the middle of spiritual battles in our own homes.

Although our homes should be a place of refuge, often it is at home where real battles in the spirit take place. The home front is where we need to focus on how to use these living words to bring our homes under God’s hand and claim His victory.

I know that sometimes I can be intense as I study God’s word. I take God’s warnings about our enemy serious. However, as we move through this study I want us to remember the character of our God. It is important to God that we are devoted to the battle but even more important, God wants us to be delighted by His blessings.

With this in mind, we are going to explore Ephesians six for a few Fridays. I am prayerful God will inspire you to stop here to read and to add your own story.

The Spiritual world is real and exceedingly active, more so, than we probably can conceive. To help get our minds around how prevalent the battle is, I asked Amy to share with us her true-life story.

Amy's story is her encounter with the dark spirit world. Your encounters are perhaps more subtle. I will discuss these battles and how they play out in real life and how we as believers are able to defeat these forces in the weeks ahead.

I am praying God’s blessing and protection upon us as we discover truths that bind the enemy and set the captives free. Be blessed, Lynn

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Lynn has asked me to briefly write a little bit on the subject of "Spiritual Warfare". I've been a Christian for 12 years but as a child I was raised to believe in God, that God created the universe and that Jesus was born in a stable on Christmas day but that's as far as the belief went. We didn't know the difference in believing in God and knowing God, if that makes sense. As a result when I became a teenager I traveled down many different spiritual "pathways" trying to find the peace and acceptance that my heart so desperately craved.

My mother and I were told what we were doing was okay and bible verses were shown to us to prove it but little did we know that God has different ideas on how to get to Him and Him only. We practiced tarot card readings, clairvoyance, tea leaf readings, cast spells.

During this time I remember I'd be at high school and hear people calling me or tapping me on the back, I would turn around but there'd be no-one there. I used to watch horror movies endlessly and think nothing of it. I read astrology and new age books and much more. I've learned now that doing even things like this that seem like harmless fun at the time can and will open doorways into spiritual realms which cause a whole lot of upheaval and trouble.
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It wasn't until my mother became a Christian about 5 years later that she pointed out a particular bible verse to me:

Deuteronomy 18:10
"Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead."

It was like a light bulb went off my head and I realized how foolish I had been. I believed in God and wanted to please him and I knew this wasn't the way to go about it. Shortly after this I too became a Christian by asking God to forgive what I'd done and asked Him to come into my life and to change it and since then the peace that entered my heart hasn't left, it's still there and proves to me that what I've done is right. I could go more into the different practices I did take part in before this but I believe God has made me into a new creation, looking back into what was the loneliest tumultuous time of my life isn't what's best for me, I would rather go forward fresh and clean (however if you wish to email me privately feel free to do so at iluvretro@yahoo.co.nz).

Thinking about it now though I realized just how dangerous our dabbling was at the time, just because we don't see those hidden elements it doesn't mean they aren't there. However all is not lost, if you know of someone who is doing what I did prayer is your greatest weapon. From the time my mother became a Christian until I followed her I know she prayed for me tirelessly. Prayer can break through any wall and climb any hurdle. Don't give up, God changed me, He can change others.

Amy


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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday at Spiritually Unequal Marriage is an opportunity to give thanks to the King for our spouses.

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I asked my daughter today about her thoughts and thankfulness regarding her father. She did not hesitate a second and promptly told me…..

"I am thankful because Dad tucks me in to bed on nights he is not traveling. Mom, I talk and he listens"…..

BTW, she can talk more than I can….. Yikes…. poor guy. I am thankful for my husband. I am thankful he spends time with our daughter.

Lord, for every husband that strives, daily to provide for his children, I give thanks. I am especially grateful for my guy who spends time talking to his daughter. In Jesus name, Amen.

Be blessed, Lynn

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Prayer of Release

716045_handsFather, You are the gift beyond measure. The ultimate treasure of our lives. You bless us so richly with your love, compassion, and forgiveness. You have blessed us with your Son.

Father, I pray for those who are spiritually mismatched. I pray for hearts to be healed, for love to be renewed, and for hope to be restored.

I pray each one of these dear children, your children, Father, would be strengthened in your love and grace. Give each of them an eternal picture and perspective that would bring peace to their hearts and strengthen their faith.

Rain down your glory upon us, Lord. Help us to be the vision of Christ to our spouses. Sow the first seeds of belief in their hearts and draw them to You.

Lord Jesus, we lay our spouses at your feet in full confidence of your ability to save them. We release this burden in our hearts to You and commit to obediently follow your will for our lives so that our spouse may see your glory in us.

And we praise You, Lord, for the great work you have begun in us and our spouses. You are glorious. You are the Alpha and the Omega. You are the Ancient One, King of Kinds, Lord of Lords, Prince of Peace, and the author of our salvation.

To God be all the glory! Amen!

Hugs and blessings! Dineen :-)

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Marriage Monday- Excellence!

After I posted the topic for today’s Marriage Monday, Christine, from Fruit In Season, left a comment which is filled with wisdom. “I love that we're called to excellence and not perfection.” Amen, Christine!

Is it possible to become an excellent wife? In a word, yes. Listen to what Martha Peace says in her book, The Excellent Wife.

God has called every Christian wife to His excellence! Any flower can bloom when it is tended by God’s hand. A wife’s responsibility is to learn to put her confidence in the faithfulness of God and His word—to do what He says. She can become what He wants her to become if she does what He wants her to do. There is no other way.--Martha Peace

The absolute best thing we can do for our husband is to love God. Our intimate love relationship with the King overflows into every area of our life and all of our relationships. Our willingness to obey God creates a willingness to partner with our spouse and turn over our need for control. We relinquish selfishness and discover new areas of fulfillment through Jesus.

Knowing God, experiencing Him is the only way to happiness, contentment, and joy in every area of our life and specifically our marriage.

I am God’s living example of this statement. My marriage to a nonbeliever has been challenging over the years. Navigating our relationship when our core values and beliefs are vastly different is difficult to say the least. However, throughout our years of marriage, God has worked on my character, changing me as He leads me down the road of excellence.Wedding_rings

For example over the past year, I have lost my desire to interfere with my husband's career. By that I mean, I no longer jump to conclusions or state my opinions about decisions that are made by him or others in his office. In the past, when I would jump in with my mouth flapping, I created unnecessary stress for my husband about something I probably don’t know enough about in the first place.

For me, taming the tongue is a day-by-day effort. However, the rewards are enormous for both of us.

Proverbs 12:18 (New International Version)

18 Reckless words pierce like a sword,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing
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I want my words to be healing to my spouse, my children, my friends, acquaintances and strangers.

Thank you for joining me this week. Next week, Marriage Monday, returns to Fruit In Season. I am exciting to read your take on becoming an excellent wife.

Be blessed, Lynn

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Marriage Monday- Excellence!

Please join me this Monday as I host Marriage Monday for one more week. Thank you Christine at Fruit In Season for allowing me to guest-host while you get some much deserved and needed rest. We are still praying for you and your little one.

Excellence:

God’s will for every Christian wife is that her most important ministry be to her husband (Genesis 2:18). After a wife’s own personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, nothing else should have greater priority. Her husband should be the primary benefactor of his wife’s time and energy, not the recipient of what may be left over at the end of the day. Whether her husband is a faithful Christian man or unbeliever, God wants every Christian woman to be a godly wife---excellent wife. ---This passage is from a wonderful book entitled The Excellent Wife, by Martha Peace. 1960

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3

With this scripture and Martha’s call to women in mind, let’s ask ourselves a few questions.

  • Is it possible to become an excellent wife?

  • In what way have you adjusted your attitude and/or priorities in the past 12 months to become a woman of excellence? For those of us on the road behind you, was it difficult or easy to change.

  • Finally, is there a scripture passage that God has made very personal regarding your marriage relationship?

    I have a strong conviction our God wants us to learn from each other on Monday about His plan for excellence in Marriage. Begin praying about this challenge today. Then join me Monday. I am excited to share your experiences and understand how God is working in the midst of your life and marriage.

    Be blessed, Lynn

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    Thankful Thursday

    This week my heart is drawn to give thanks to God for the faithfulness of His servants.

    It is easy to become cynical about the condition of our world. Daily, the news bombards us with the ugliest of human kind. People disappoint us. Loyalty is evasive. Our efforts sometimes go unrecognized and even criticized.

    But….. In the midst of a world of cynicism, sarcasm and self-centeredness there are people who are committed to Christ. I know specifically several who in the last two weeks have impacted the heavenlies with their compassion. They stand for Christ and offer love to a world who doubts. They give freely of their time and money to share the love of Christ with the broken, the suffering, and the dying. They are the people who change the world.

    So today I am thankful for every single Christ follower who stands up and does what is right. I am thankful for those who offer love to a world which can’t comprehend it. That may never return it.

    Women like Linda and Darlene. They brought love and new bed sheets to Rose who could not repay them. Read Rose’s story here.

    Diane, who has faithfully prayed for her prodigal child for ten years. Her son is now standing at the cross roads of life. Her faithful prayers have impacted his life. Read Diane’s story here.

    Michael and Jenny Lee, personal friends. They lost their second daughter on Friday to Cystic Fibrosis. In the midst of their grief they where compelled to pray with others in the intensive care unit. God’s grace and mercy was beaming in every corridor of the hospital.

    Then there is my own mother, who yesterday, rushed to the side of my brother who is nearing the end. Denying her personal grief, she went to comfort his wife and three children to be strong for them.

    I could list twenty seven more….. I wish I could tell you about each one. Why do they do it?

    We know. It is Jesus! Selfless giving must appear mysterious to our cynical world. The love of Christ shines forth through the lives of His servants with such brilliance that darkness flees screaming in defeat. Cynicism retreats, skepticism and distrust takes flight. Hope flies in the face of every evil force bent on destruction.

    Thank you each and every one of you who light the way. Thank you for your tireless efforts and your heart for sharing Jesus.

    Be Blessed, Lynn

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