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22 entries from October 2007

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thusday is an opportunity to give thanks to God for our spouses. Today, I am praising the Lord for my husband’s commitment to this ministry. Although my husband is not a believer, he allows me, no encourages me, to write about our lives. He said to me, “If our lives can help others, go for it.” I am thankful for my husband and his willingness to share his life, our lives, to help others. God Bless you! Praising the Lord today! Lynn This week Crystal at God is in Control, is hosting Thankful Thursday! Thank you Crystal! Read more →

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A Fine Linen Belt

In Jeremiah 13, God tells Jeremiah to purchase a linen belt and tie it around his waist. Jeremiah does as God instructs him. Then God speaks a second time, telling Jeremiah to bury the belt in a crevice. Many days later, Jeremiah unearths the belt at God’s direction and finds it ruined and completely useless. God uses this picture literally to show Jeremiah what Judah and Israel have become in their idolatry—“useless.” As I read this chapter, I had to pause, and take note. (That’s usually the Holy Spirit saying, “Whoa, stop and pay attention!) Throughout the Bible, we usually see linen used in association with Christ and his priesthood, going all the way back to Exodus and Aaron. Revelations 19:8 says that “fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.” Isn’t it so like God to use a metaphor to reflect his meaning on so many levels?... Read more →

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It is well.....My Story at Christian Women Online

The photos in this post are various photos I received via email this week. I wrote a post last Tuedsay, October 23, 2007, which tells my story of how God worked in my heart as one of the wildfires was threatening our town. I hope you have a minute to read it today at Christian Women Online. (Go Here for: It is well) I again thank everyone who prayed for me and my neighbors here in Southern California. As I write this post today, Saturday, October 27, 2007, there is a light rain falling. Many of the fires are extingished and all are contained. A miracle. The fire that was threatening our town on Tuesday turned back on Wednesday toward the wilderness. Thanks to the efforts of the fire fighters and the reverse in the wind direction. Praise God! I am now praying for those who are left homeless in... 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. I received the following email this week and had to grin. Enjoy! A Little Accident To my darling husband, Before you return from your business trip I just want to let You know about the small accident I had with the pick up Truck when I turned into the driveway. Fortunately not too Bad and I really didn't get hurt, so please don't worry too Much about me. I was coming home from Wal-Mart, and when I turned into The driveway I accidentally pushed down on the accelerator Instead of the brake. The garage door is slightly bent but the Pick up fortunately came to a halt... Read more →

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Engaged to an unbeliever?

Over the past year I have spoken with women who are engaged or dating a man who is not a Christian. I want to leave these words for you today. A woman’s heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her. God’s word has much to say about unequally yoked relationships. His word is not only applicable to marriage but also to business partnerships, associations, etc. I pray today that your heart is hidden in Christ. Have a blessed day. Praising the Lord today. Lynn Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

I cannot begin to tell you how thankful I am for the thousands of men and women who are working in Southern California. The firefighters and law enforcement officers are men and women of fortitude. This is what it looked like today outside my home at 3:00p.m. We were uncertain if the fires would march upon us today. As of this evening, it appears the air assault on the flames has fought back the fire. For now we are safe and our town is spared from forced evacuations. Today I am praying for every family who has suffered great loss and for the brave men and women who risk their lives to help others. Thank you, soldiers, fire fighters, law enforcement, volunteers, etc. God Bless you! Praising the Lord today! Lynn This week Crystal at God is in Control, is hosting Thankful Thursday! Thank you Crystal! Read more →

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Sanctuary

Lord, prepare me To be a sanctuary Pure and holy Tried and true With thanksgiving I’ll a be a living Sanctuary For You. The first time I ever went on a youth trip was as a youth counselor. I’m sure I learned more that year than the teens I worked with. (I was green beyond belief!) The lines above have stayed with me ever since that trip over ten years ago. Recently this song came to mind again in conjunction with a Bible study I’m doing about the Tabernacle. God was very clear and specific with Moses in regards to how He wanted the Tabernacle made. Right down to the cubit. The altars of sacrifice and incense, the Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place, the priestly garments, the lampstand. I love how the incense represents prayer. I love how the whole imagery here ultimately leads to Christ and his... 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. Psalm 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. A man: God, how much is a million dollars to you? God: It is but a penny. A man: God, how long is a million years to you? God: It is but a second. A man: God, could you please give me a penny? God: Sure, just a second. Join in the fun today. Place a fun post on your site and link up so we can all laugh together. Have a wonderful Lord’s Day and a blessed week. Lynn Read more →

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Submission to Your Husband is a Beautiful Thing

The following article was originally published at 1Peter3Living on October 1, 2007 by Heather Young: My husband and I have taken up swing dancing. I am finding his interest in learning very exciting because I have a background in dance. I studied dance all through school and learned various kinds from my mom as well as dance lessons. In other words I have a lot of background in dance and thought I knew what I was doing. The revelation came the other day when we were watching a Youtube Howto video about the basic steps. You see I have a lot of "know how" but I was never taught how to follow the leader. In any type of ballroom dancing (including swing) one partner has to lead and the other follows or else you end up with chaos and very poor dancing. My dad never danced so my mom taught... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. God’s word can heal: • a wound • a heart • a soul • a nation • a world It can conquer our cravings, addictions, insecurities, failures, guilt and pride. God’s word directs, shapes, sharpens, smoothes and renews. It will overcome yesterday, today and tomorrow. It is more powerful than any army, government, or principality. It is eternal. I praise the Lord for His Living Word. Praising the Lord today! 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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How Did We Get Here?

It’s the question we all dance around. The one we sometimes want to ask but don’t. The one we dread being asked. The one we know the person’s dying to ask us when we tell them why our spouse doesn’t share our faith. “Did you know he wasn’t a Christian when you married him?” (I can hear the universal cringe.) Believe me, I know. Been there, done it a hundred times at least. I don’t mind the question when it comes out of genuine searching—someone in need of understanding for his or her own situation or a friend or loves one’s. (We call that ministry.) It’s the judgment playing peek-a-boo as a question that takes me right back to the guilt. Ah, she finally gets the point. Yes, yes, here I am. Guilt queen of the Western Hemisphere. For years I had good answers for that question. All kinds of... Read more →

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Expecting or Accepting?

We have lived under the same roof for twenty-one years. We have feared together and cheered together. We have shared heartbreak and sorrow, joy and exhilaration. We have laughed and cried and talked and dreamed and opened ourselves wide to one another. We've even survived parenting four children (at least so far), yet there are times I look across the room at my husband and wonder who he is. Oh, don't get me wrong, I love him, very much. He is God's greatest miracle and richest blessing to me. He is a good guy, smart and funny, loving and thoughtful, amazingly talented and devoted to God, but. . .well. . . . . .sometimes I just don't get him. Does he really not think about things I think about? Is it possible he honestly doesn't notice stuff? He can really tune things completely out like that? Really?! How can that... Read more →

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Sunday Smiles- The Headlines

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. Psalm 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Odd Newspaper Headlines From Around the World: Include your children when baking cookies Something went wrong in jet crash Experts says police begin campaign to run down jaywalkers Safety experts say that school bus passengers should be belted Drunk gets nine months in violin case Survivor of Siamese twins joins parents Miners refuse to work after death Juvenile Court to try shooting defendant Two Soviet ships collide, one dies Red tape holds up new bridge Astronaut takes blame for gas in spacecraft Kids make nutritious snacks Man minus ear... Read more →

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Spiritual Warfare- The LIVING Word.

Ephesians 6:17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. As I prepare for many of the posts I write here a Spiritually Unequal Marriage, God frequently brings before me REAL and actual teaching moments. He cares so much for our welfare and spiritual growth that He orchestrates events in our lives to instruct us. The last few weeks have been fascinating. In the last two weeks several believers have shared their personal story of their encounter with evil, a demon. I will tell you that these stories are not often shared with other believers because they sound almost crazy. I assure you, they are not crazy. These accounts are where the physical world and the spiritual world collide. Perhaps this unmentionable side of the spiritual realm is prevalent because of the time of year, All Hallow’s Eve. Perhaps it is... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday: 1Peter3Living

This day I am humbled and deeply thankful for the men and women at 1Peter3Living. This online group of believers stirs my soul with new love and a new hope each and every day. These believers are earnestly seeking to follow God's will in some of the most challenging and difficult circumstances. Freely they spend time giving of themselves and supporting one another. Every member brings their uniqueness and love for Christ to our community. I see hearts for God strengthened. I see marriages supported. Lives are changed! I believe many husbands will be saved because of our prayers. I praise the Lord for every person at 1Peter3Living. I praise our God for every one of you who takes time to thank the Lord every Thursday. 1 Peter 3:1-2 Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word,... Read more →

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The Devil and the Angel

I screwed up again. And amazingly, I felt entitled to. (Insert yucky “ew” sound here, please.) So here’s how it played out. Months ago I agreed to let go of our cleaning service, because we had to cut costs. Now if you’re a busy mom (If? Yeah, I heard that snicker.), sometimes that can be the difference between sanity and chaos. In other words, I was loath to give it up, but I did when my husband said that everyone would chip in and help. I had one condition. Just one little condition. My only request was that I didn’t have to beg to get the cleaning done. Yes, spoken as a mom who KNOWS how things tend to work out. Which inevitably happened. And has kept happening. So, I think I finally blew a gasket. I can remember the moment now so clearly. (Thanks to God who very vividly... Read more →

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Sunday Smiles - What She Really Means

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. Psalm 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. What She Really Means At long last... The Men's Guide to what a woman really means when she says something. Pay close attention (there might be a quiz later). You want = You want We need = I want It's your decision = The correct decision should be obvious by now. Do what you want = You'll pay for this later. We need to talk = I need to complain Sure... go ahead = I don't want you to. I'm not upset = Of course I'm upset, you moron!... Read more →

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Spiritual Warfare- The Real Face of the Enemy

Okay I am trying to work through this series on Spiritual Warfare. Forgive me for my sporadic posting. Hang in there. It has been a fascinating week. I have addressed spiritual warfare and our preparedness with several groups of believers. My Thursday morning Bible study group discussed Ephesians, Six. We addressed actual encounters where spiritual armor such as prayer and Bible verses were used to win the battle. Also this week our group 1Peter3Living talked about being prepared while we live and believe in our marriages. Today, I want to share an actual account with you written by Amy Forbes. Amy Forbes knows what the real face of evil looks like. As a former practicing Wicca (Witch), now saved by Jesus, she can attest to the evil spells and practices of the enemy. She is a strong believer in the power of our Spiritual Armor from Ephesians 6. The following... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

This morning I just can't help but praise our Lord for the changing of the seasons. I love the fall! It is a time where I watch our Lord wave his paint brush across the trees. The colors are spectacular. We serve a mighty and awesome God. Isaiah: 66:1This is what the LORD says: "Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Thought for the Day: Don’t tell God how big your problem is. Tell your problem how BIG your God is! Praising our Lord today! 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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Where's the Asprin?

Follow me to Christian Women Online. Christian Glitter by www.christianglitter.com Excerpt: .....Now let me remind you I was with my daughter, my twelve-year-old daughter. Do you think she wanted to ride the Teacups or leisurely sail through, It’s a Small World? Oh no, it was a fast-paced, head-jerking, bouncing, weaving, convulsing, scream your head off, dawn-to-dusk, thrill-ride, marathon. Come see what it’s all about. Join me at Christian Women Online for, Where's the Asprin? Be blessed, Lynn Read more →

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The Marks of Marriage

Time again, I run across some interesting patterns in marriage. Just recently I spoke to a woman whose marriage suddenly ended after 14 years to her surprise. My heart broke for her and my alert bells went off as I found another piece to the pattern. I’m not an expert, but I put my observations out for your consideration: The Three-to-Four-Year Mark This is the point marriages seem to hit the end of the “honeymoon” stage. One or both partners have become aware of all the things that annoy each other and are disillusioned. What they thought their marriage would be and what it is are vastly different. At this point the couple will either make adjustments, or leave the relationship without even trying to resolve the discord. Unfortunately, until they learn a more realistic picture of marriage, it’s a pattern they will repeat over and over again. The Seven-Year... Read more →

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Marriage Monday - What Does Your T-Shirt Say?

I am sad that one of my very good friends, Christine at Fruit In Season, is retiring her blog for an extended period of time. I will miss her wisdom, encouragement, and example very much. e-Mom of Chrysalis has adopted Marriage Monday from Christine. She says: Marriage Monday will be meeting here the first Monday of every month, for starters. Our topic is wide open today, and I'd love to hear your marriage wisdom. Please feel free to come back any time this week to link up. If you've never participated in Marriage Monday before, here's your chance to think outside the blog and jump in! I have loved Marriage Monday and enjoyed being a participant. For the first week at Chrysalis there is not a specific topic. Today I want to give you something to ponder. What do you see in the picture that follows? This T-shirt and the... Read more →

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