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19 entries from September 2007

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. Enjoy and have a blessed Sunday! Yesterday I received this picture via e-mail. This poor cat is determined not to have a bath. She is desperately clutching the faucet for dear life even though a bath would make her smell and feel better. I had to chuckle and consider myself not all that different. I have held tight to things Jesus has told me to let go. I refused to listen because I was afraid of the deep water. I was afraid to trust. Oh, but when I finally stepped in with Jesus at my side, the water wasn’t all that bad. I emerged with Jesus toweling... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - A Thankful Heart Builds Strength

Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. I am convinced this weekly ministry of thanks ROCKS the heavenly realms. God our Father is honored each week when His children pause to worship Him through thanksgiving. It has been a profound privilege to visit each of you week after week to read your honest and heartfelt thanks. Many of you find yourselves dealing with what appears to be insurmountable odds, yet... Read more →

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So Be It

I stood in a circle of anticipation. All week long I’d secretly hoped to hear another word from God. I’d asked him to speak to me, if that was his will. Now the last day of the Christian writer’s conference I’d attended all week had come, and my anticipation had peeked to bursting. Would God speak to me again as he had last time? Scroll back one year. Same day. Same conference. Same song. Chorus Your name is a strong and mighty tower. Your name is a shelter like no other. Your name, let the nations sing it louder. ‘Cuz nothing has the power to save. Like your name. God spoke to me last year during this song, saying it was “time to prepare.” He told me to pray more and claim the name of Jesus for my husband. The final year in a prophecy He’d given me six years... Read more →

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Laced With Grace - A Divine Baloon?

God is funny. Today at Laced With Grace I want to share with you a knee-slapping moment where I laughed so hard it ended in snorts. This is a hilarious and true story about my unbelieving spouse and our very real God. Please join me for A Divine Balloon? Have a blessed and beautiful fall day. Lynn Read more →

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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. Enjoy and have a blessed Sunday, Lynn All I Really Need To Know I Learned from Noah and the Ark: 1. Don't miss the boat. 2. Try to remember that we're all in the same boat. 3. Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark, you know. 4. Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone might ask you to do something REALLY big. 5. Don't listen to critics, just get on with what has to be done. 6. Build your future on high ground. 7. For safety's sake, travel in pairs. 8. Two heads are better than one. 9. Speed isn't always an advantage;... Read more →

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Spiritual Warfare- The Arrow's of Guilt and Shame

Ephesians 6:16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. The shield that Paul was referring to here was not the small, round shield we normally think of. He was referring to the shield that a Roman soldier carried. These shields were quite large (almost like a door) usually about two feet by four feet. By crouching behind it, the soldier could hide himself completely. The shield was made of wood that was covered with cloth and leather. Sometimes the soldier would dip it in water so that the fire-tipped arrows would be extinguished when they struck the shield. Paul used the image of this kind of shield to represent the believer's faith. What is a this faith? It is a faith which can withstand the flaming arrows of the enemy. Flaming arrows of... 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 never thought I would be thankful for my husband's stubborness. I am. I know it would be unlikely I would have a vibrant, thriving and love-filled relationship with Christ if my husband had become a believer early in our marriage. He is a holdout. But, I continue to pray out. God's Grace is new every moring. I am thankful. _____ Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live under Livitical laws today in the year 2007? I have an interesting story to tell you. Join me at Christian Women Online for, The Rabbi and Me! Be blessed, Lynn For more Thankful Thursdays, visit Iris at Sting My Heart. Thank you Iris for this wonderful ministry of thanks. Read more →

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Piece by Piece

Usually when I write a post, I find a picture after the fact to suit what I’ve written. But this time the picture came first. I love this image because it speaks of how we give away pieces of our heart, how we can walk around with gaps and holes (sometimes literally!) in our hearts, and how changing the state of our hearts can be. On a daily basis, we give ourselves to our families, our friends, those we love. A bead here, a bead there. And most of the time (or just sometimes), those pieces are replaced by what we receive in return. A hug from a child when we least expect it. A bouquet of flowers scrunched in a grubby hand, presented proudly. A random comment from a friend, expressing gratitude. Words of appreciation from your spouse for all you do. Beads of many colors. Then come the... Read more →

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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. Enjoy and have a blessed Sunday, Lynn ACTUAL Announcements Taken from Church Bulletins: ________________________________________ 1) Don't let worry kill you. Let the Church help. 2) Thursday night-Potluck Supper. Prayer and medication to follow. 3) Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community. 4) For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs. 5) The rosebud on the altar this morning is to announce the birth of David Alan Belzer, the sin of Rev and Mrs. Julius Belzer. 6) This afternoon there will be a meeting in the south and north ends of the church. Children... Read more →

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Living Authentically -Spiritual Warfare

Ephesians 6:15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Wow, I hope everyone had a chance to view the comments regarding our conversation on television viewing with our unbelieving spouses. Excellent! Wise words. I found e-Mom's comments delightful and true. She hints at the old adage, If mama ain't happy, nobody's happy. Our attitudes do tend to set the tone in our homes. This is a big responsibility. Is it fair this burden rests on our shoulders? Perhaps it is. I believe God created us as, mothers and wives, to be the heart and pulse of the family. Which leads me to today's scripture. Peace! Why does Paul talk about shoes of peace? The Roman soldier wore a very distinctive shoe in battle: a. It had thick leather straps that secured it to the foot. b. On the bottom of the sole... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

This week I am thrilled to begin Bible study. For this first time it is in my home. God is good. We will meet together for the first time on this, Thankful Thursday. The profound thing is our study has yet to begin, however, God has already been working in an unexpected way through the women in our study group. I Hope you will join me at Laced With Grace where I share this fantastic story of our God who heard a plea for help.....and sent a scatterbrained woman to help. I still get tears in my eyes when I think about this encounter. Join me please for Scatterbrained and Glad I am! Be blessed, Lynn For more Thankful Thursdays, visit Iris at Sting My Heart. Thank you Iris for this wonderful ministry of thanks. Read more →

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Prayer of Petition

Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. — 2cor. 3:15-18 Oh, Lord, we cry out to you for our unbelieving, doubting, and deceived loved ones. Turn their hearts to You, Lord Jesus. Remove the veil that covers their hearts. Holy Spirit, make your presence known and bring these dear ones freedom. Let our faces reflect your glory to them, Father. Help us to be the godly men and women you've called us to be and help us to be the spouse, parent, sibling, or child our... Read more →

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Sunday Smiles - Lot's Wife

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. Enjoy and have a blessed Sunday, Lynn The Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Jason interrupted, "My Mummy looked back once, while she was driving," he announced triumphantly, "and she turned into a telephone pole!" Have a fantastic Sunday and...... It's football season.... Go Broncos!! Be Blessed, Lynn Read more →

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Catch The Vision - And I don't mean Television

Injustice, poverty, abuse, oppression pervades in our world. God’s desire it to set the world right. Catch the vision in Ephesians. God wants to make things right. Ephesians 6:14b…..with the breastplate of righteousness in place…… Sometimes “church” words are funny to me. What is righteousness? 1. Morally upright; without guilt or sin: 2. In accordance with virtue or morality: Simply it means to live right. The breastplate of righteousness allows us to move in this world, to set things right, yet be protected. We are protected from the flaming arrows of the enemy. Without the breastplate we are exposed. It is a moral decision. A desire to do what is right. So here is where the rubber meets the road as I like to say. Make it real. Our unbelieving spouse chooses to watch something on television that you know would offend Jesus if He was in the room with... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

This week I am compelled to tell you about Iris. She hosts the Thankful Thursday event each week. She faithfully posts her list which is filled with heartfelt thanks to God. She faithfully visits as many sites as she can to encourage and participate. This week Iris also moved the devotional blog, Laced With Grace, to a new hosting company. She spent hour upon hour working to make this happen. I know she felt discouraged at times. She has had some difficulties to deal with but she has been a faithful servant to the Lord on high. Today, I give thanks to Iris and her ministry. I am a better person for knowing her. Thank you, Iris. Be blessed, Lynn For more Thankful Thursdays, visit Iris at Sting My Heart. Thank you Iris for this wonderful ministry of thanks. Read more →

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The Big Day

My husband and I will celebrate 20 years of marriage tomorrow. To be honest, I’m amazed. Coming from a family that made divorce an art form, I approached the altar that day scared and unsure. And I have to say, honestly again, that my husband deserves more credit than I for our marital success. His parents have been married now for 43 years. His aunt and uncle would’ve had the same testimony had he not died so suddenly from a heart condition. His family is steeped in a strong tradition of long marriages. Notice I said long marriages and not perfect. His family has shown me that marriage takes deep commitment and work, along with love. This is the attitude my wonderful man went into our marriage with. A determination to see it through—no matter what. I share that same commitment now, because God has shown me his plan for... Read more →

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I am thrilled by this topic of mentorship that Christine has chosen today. There have been so many mentors in my life over the years. I have actually been preparing a post about this very subject and plan to share it at the Internet Café’ at Christian Women Online on Friday. Hope you tune in there. The interesting thing about Christine’s topic is the fact that I could find no one who was unequally yoked to mentor me as a young woman. Spiritually mismatched couples have very distinct and unique struggles that are unlike a typical Christian couple. As God slowly taught me the tough lessons of living and thriving in an unequally yoked marriage, He also showed me how to share my experiences with other’s on the road behind me. Thus, this blog was born. The neat thing is all of us who visit here actually help each other.... Read more →

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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. Enjoy and have a blessed Sunday, Lynn Read more →

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A New Home

As a contributor to the Laced With Grace Devotional Site I want thank you for your faithful readership. September is our one-year anniversary. We are please to announce we have a permanent new address. www.lacedwithgrace.com Please change your link to include this new address. I give thanks to the King for your faithfulness. Also, today I have posted a slightly different devotional: Second Chances and New Beginnings. I hope you have time to pop over for a read. Have a blessed day. See you tomorrow for a Sunday Smile. Be Blessed, Lynn Read more →

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