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21 entries from November 2007

Parenting a Middle Schooler in an Unequally Yoked Marriage

One of the interesting and challenging aspects of parenting in an unequally yoked marriage is education. As a Christian parent I would prefer to educate my child in a Christian school. I am unable to do so for two reasons. First, the expense. It is outside of our budget to send my daughter to a private school. Also, I am not gifted to be a home schooling Mom. I can do some things very well. However, home schooling is not a good idea for me. The second reason is my unbelieving spouse made a firm decision that public education was what he desired. Fortunately, we live in an area where the public schools excel in many areas. My daughter is twelve and currently in the seventh grade at our local Middle School. This week in her science class they are studying evolution. I have been worried about this week for... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

On November 9th, I began a journey to free myself from an ugly bad habit. The journey has been difficult and filled with Spiritual battles. However, on Tuesday at 4:30 a.m., the Lord woke me from a sound sleep. I received healing that morning. God rescued me and I have forever said goodbye to a part of me that was holding me in bondage. I am newly humbled. I am enormously, gigantic, colossally, thankful for the power, love and grace of our God. I have one thing to say: I am a slave of Jesus Christ and I have never been freer. 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. I am living proof of this scripture... Read more →

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A Final Word on Thankfulness

I know, I know. You’re most likely tired of the subject by now. Thanksgiving is over. We’ve seen plenty of posts about it, but I want to bring one more dish to the table before it’s cleared. Thankfulness for our unbelieving spouses. Sometimes this is incredibly difficult, or nearly impossible, but I do believe it to be vital. Our human nature tells us to do the opposite—to hold a grudge or to even be justifiably judgmental. Especially in situations where we’re criticized or ridiculed for our faith. However, I believe there is a deeper meaning to why we are to give thanks for all things, including our trials. One, it puts our eyes on God. In order to give thanks for a difficult person or situation, we have to purposely turn our eyes upward and acknowledge God’s power and presence in the circumstances. Two, thankfulness is a direct contradiction to... Read more →

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Delight In the Lord

Psalm 37:3-6 (New International Version) 3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. If we trust in God we will will: Do good. Dwell- hang out where God is: that is, in church, reading our Bible, listening to music/ Christian radio, and reading Christian books. Delight-An attitude of gratitude. Praise and singing, obeying Him. Commit our ways to him. Praying God, What do you think about this? What direction do you desire? We will enjoy safe pasture, (results) He’ll do it because we asked His will over our lives and hearts. Our... 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. After the service a young couple talked to me about joining the church. I hadn't met the husband before, and I asked what church he was transferring from. After a short hesitation, he replied, "I am transferring from the Municipal Golf Course." Praise the LORD and laugh out loud today! Join in the fun today. Place a fun post on your site and link up so we can all laugh together. Have a blessed and joyful Sunday! Lynn Read more →

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A Dead-End and the Majesty of God

Are you seeing double? Triple? Join me as I share The Dead-End Street at the Internet Café. You are on HOLY Ground. Also, if you want to feel God’s astronomic, colossal, considerable, enormous, epic, gigantic, ginormous, humongous, jumbo, mammoth, massive, mega, monumental, prodigious, sizeable, tremendous, ….”ness”, Join me for The Mysterious Human Body at Laced With Grace. Thank you my friends, I love you. Be blessed, Lynn Read more →

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Expectations and Disappointments

Around this time of year I find I build up expectations. Expectations of myself and especially of others. Sometimes I recognize the expectations in my heart and there are times I don’t know they exist until they are unmet. These moments are when I find myself awash in disappointment. I tend to be a tab bit stubborn and still cling to deeply buried hopes. I envision myself holding my husband’s hands, sitting together with heads bowed in prayer. I desire to see my husband wake up on Sunday morning eagerly looking forward to attending church. I have expectations that this Christmas he might read the story of Christ’s birth to my daughter instead of me. I am sure that every Christian spouse in an unequally yoked marriage also longs for these experiences. We have expectations and hopes. So what do we do with the disappointment when our expectations are not... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday -Thanksgiving Day

For more Thankful Thursday, please visit Laurel at Laurel Wreath's Reflections. Thank you Laurel for hosting this awesome event on Thanksgiving Day. I am thankful for you. Lynn Read more →

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What’s God Up to Now?

You’re not going to believe this. Or maybe you will. Saturday evening I heard a still soft voice. “Invite him to church.” I paused. Or should I say, I froze. “Huh? Lord, is that you?” “Invite him to church.” “But why? He’ll just say no. Or laugh at me.” “Invite him to church.” “Well, okay. Whatever you want.” I laughed. Like Sarah when she heard God (appearing as the trinity) tell Abraham that by the time next year she would bear him a son. Can you still hear me laughing? I did exactly as God asked. I was happy too. I like being obedient. I like being in God’s will. And I like the idea that one day my dear hubby will actually say “yes” to this question. Not this time though. And he did laugh. Maybe because I made a little game of it. Or because we both know... 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. Albert An old man was shopping with his grandson. The boy was crying and at times screaming at the top of his lungs. As the old gentleman walked up and down the aisles, people could hear him speaking in a soft voice... "We are almost done, Albert... Try not to cry, Albert... Life will get better, Albert..." As he approached the checkout stand, he carefully brushed the boy's tears from his eyes and said again, “try not to cry, Albert... We will be home soon, Albert...” As he was paying the cashier, his grandson continued to cry. A young woman in line behind him said, "Sir, I... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

Hebrews 4:16 (New International Version) 16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Exactly one week ago today, God set my feet on a path to reveal an area of disobedience in my life. I have experienced a holy smack down. It was needed and long over-due. I am humbled and ever so aware of God’s unfailing love and limitless grace. Grace, grace, God’s grace, Grace that will pardon and cleanse within; Grace, grace, God’s grace, Grace that is greater than all our sin. 9But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Praising our Lord with a fresh anointing of grace today. Be blessed, Lynn This week Crystal at God is in Control, is hosting Thankful Thursday! Thank you Crystal! Read more →

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Growing Younger

I've taken to daydreaming lately. In church as I sing during worship, I imagine my husband standing next to me, singing slightly out of key. As I read my Bible, I imagine him asking me about what I'm reading and a lively discussion ensues, both of us enrapt by the Word of God. I picture taking communion by his side. I wonder what his baptism will be like. What words will he share about his journey to faith? And, oh, what a testimony it will be. During my Bible study yesterday, I had a question that asked me to recall my own salvation experience and describe my excitement in knowing God was present with me. I really dislike questions like this personally, because mine isn't an earthshaking salvation story. I can't really tell you for sure when I accepted Christ. I think I did more than once as a child... Read more →

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A Bowler Hat?

I must tell you the story about the most peculiar man who walks around our neighborhood. Click here to read: Gifting Our Gratitude. Also, the letter below was written by guest writer Kathleen Marie. It will be a letter you will want to write. Have a blessed Monday. Lynn Read more →

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A Letter to my Daughters

Several months ago I received the following letter. It is beautiful, heartfelt and eloquent. I asked Kathleen Marie to share it with everyone here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. _____ I have had much concern of late regarding spouses for my children, especially my two daughters, as they are the oldest of the four, so I thought I would write them a letter and share it with you. I hope it may help some of you who are as concerned as I am. Kathleen Marie I have prayed for your husband since the day you were born. I know God has the perfect man, just for you. The perfect soul mate and when I say perfect I don’t mean a man without flaws but I do mean a man who will love you for who you are in Christ. I have prayed your husband will be a man who loves the... Read more →

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Internet Cafe- A Tablecloth of Thanks

Today at Christian Women Online I am sharing a treasured Thanksgiving tradition. I hope you start this tradition in your home. Click here to read; Tablecloth of Thanks! Be Blessed, 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. The Church Gossip Mildred, the church gossip, and self-appointed monitor of the church's morals, kept sticking her nose in to other people's business. Several members did not approve of her extra curricular activities, but feared her enough to maintain their silence. She made a mistake, however, when she accused George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup parked in front of the town's only bar one afternoon. She emphatically told George (and several others) that everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing. George, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just turned and... Read more →

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Godly Submission- Marriage Monday

e-Mom at Chrysalis is hosting Marriage Monday. Marriage is one of the greatest gifts God has given to people. It is a strange and marvelous mystery where two individuals join and become one. Ephesians 5:31-32 (New International Version) 31"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." 32This is a profound mystery… Marriage is all about love. The word, love, has become so all encompassing it has lost its power as applied to marriage. Married love described in scripture is a genuine, all-of-your-heart love. 1 Corinthians 13 (New International Version) 4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

This week I have been in awe of our Creator’s utter immensity. My research for a future post about the human body for Laced With Grace sent shivers across my skin today. The profound brilliance of our Lord pierces my soul. The human body so ordinary – so extraordinary. We are but bits of stardust, part carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and a handful of chemicals worth only $20. Yet, PRICELESS! I am humbled by the sheer complexity of the human body and the intricacies of our brain. I am praising the Lord for his vast intellect. When you wrap your mind around creation it can only lead you to one place – GOD! Psalm 46:10 (New International Version) 10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Acknowledgment, appreciativeness, gratefulness, honor, indebtedness, obligation, praise, recognition, requital, response,... Read more →

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The Most Dangerous Prayer

It’s birthed in the deepest recesses of our hearts, then moves with our silent yearnings to the hidden places in our thoughts. We dare to think it, until we finally submit and give words to this most dangerous prayer. “Lord, do whatever it takes to bring my husband/wife to Christ.” Among the unequally yoked there is an unspoken enormity to this prayer. And we understand the journey it takes deep within ourselves to finally speak it—to pray it with sincerity, knowing full well we have no idea what we may have unleashed. It comes from a place of near desperation and complete trust in God. We are willing to risk it all. At times the urgency of this prayer fills me with such desperation that I can hardly breath. And when I am overcome by it, God tells me this is just the minutest fraction of what he feels for... Read more →

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Ever Wonder?

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. EVER WONDER? Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin? Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed? Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word? Why is it that doctors call what they do 'practice'? Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons? Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker? Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour? Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food? You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!... Read more →

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He Just Doesn’t Get It!

“Honey, please tell me you have noticed this.” I point to the water on the floor in the bathroom. “You are practically stepping in it.” He looks down, “Oh. Ya, I guess I did see that earlier.” It is at this point I can mentally blow a gasket. I don’t get it. How could he NOT see there is a problem? There are numerous instances such as this that occur in our daily life. They go unnoticed by our spouse. I just don’t understand how my man can see something that is apparent and yet not GET IT. Can you relate? Perhaps in your house it is socks on the floor. Or perhaps, it might be a broken sprinkler, or your need of a bouquet of flowers, or a project in the family room that needs finishing? Well this past week I had a light bulb moment. Ping! The truth... Read more →

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