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Thankful Thursday - Compassion

Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. I have often envisioned our Lord Jesus in this scene. Can you feel the hurt in His heart to know they were so close to truth and happiness and yet so far away. Can you imagine the tears in his eyes as the sick and possessed pressed around Him? I can see this scene today. I see our world through the eyes television and the newspaper. There are millions clamoring for peace and contentment. Things change yet they stay the same. Two thousand years later Jesus still sees the crowds of this world. He sees throngs of people who are soul sick and His heart is broken. His compassion is new every morning. I will give Him thanks in the morning, in the noon day, and the... Read more →

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Time to Pray

So many people I know are struggling at the moment, including myself. The enemy's turned the heat up a bit. One acquaintance at church lost her husband suddenly this past week. Thankfully, this dear man is at home now in the arms of Jesus. Another dear lady, I fear her marriage is about to fall apart. Relationships are under attack. Hope is in desperate need. Faith is being challenged. My goal is to always be authentic here. So, I can't offer any pretty words today, but I can offer this prayer. Father God, we are your sons and daughters. We claim our position as your adopted children through the blood of your precious Son, Jesus Christ. Lord, you see our struggles. You know first hand what we are suffering. Nothing in our lives has happened without your first-hand knowledge. Lord, we need You now more than ever. We need your... Read more →

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A Cell Phone and Forgiveness

Matthew 5:23,24 23"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. Let's face it; in our daily walk with God life isn't perfect. We squabble and disagree with other people especially our spouses, family members, and immediate friends...In fact we can disagree with almost anyone we meet on a daily basis. A while ago I had an old cell phone stolen. My husband and I talked with witnesses that proved a certain person had taken it. However, we couldn't prove he'd definitely taken it. In a discussion with the parents of this person I lost my temper and said some things I shouldn't have. God immediately put it on my heart that I needed to apologize,... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion - God's Gift of Hope

"So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me." — Acts 27:25 A dear friend of mine gave me a wonderful birthday present. This is a friend who time after time, God has used to give me little nudges in the right direction. We don't get to see each other often, but our hearts sure seem to stay in tune. I treasure her dearly. Now about this gift. She gave me a set of Beth Moore Prayer Cards. Just days before this, I'd actually looked at them and considered ordering a set. Needless to say, I was delighted to get them. One has taken residence in a little photo holder on my desk at the moment. It says, "Lord God, help me to keep up my courage and have faith in You that things will happen just as... Read more →

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Breakthrough Praying for Breakthrough Living

I have so much to do that I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it.—John Wesley We have arrived! I hope sharing some of the semantics of prayer and Bible reading has encouraged you over the past two weeks. If you want to read this series from the beginning, (click here). We are now going to move to the meat….. So let’s feast and grow in the ways of prayer and watch our world change before our very eyes! Do you want real information and instruction about praying powerful prayers? First we must understand why we need to pray. We are going to explore the why of praying. If God is in control of everything, why should I pray? After all He is going to do what He wants to do anyway, right? I wonder if you have ever asked yourself this question. The more... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Jehova-Jireh

Jehovah-Jireh - The Lord Will Provide As I have watched the developing economic news over the past week, I have grieved for the many who will suffer financially in the months ahead. In the county where I live, home foreclosures hit a record 300% increase over the prior year. Yes, you did you read that right? -300 percent- I know many families who are affected by this economic upheaval. For women, financial insecurity is particularly scary. So as I sat and watched the news last night, I was moved to pray for friends and for our nation. I know many of the readers who stop here have received bad news such as layoffs and repossession notices. So how can we be thankful when it appears our life is ruined? We can be thankful because we serve Jehovah-Jireh. Our Lord will provide. Sometimes He must take us to poverty of finances... Read more →

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A Choice of Faith

Something happened this weekend that rocked my world. The pain of it still runs deep and reminds of the day my sweet husband told me he’d decided he was an atheist. I can only describe it one word. Grief. I won’t go into details, except to say a glaring difference of belief placed a wedge between us. In the past, I’ve dealt with our mismatched beliefs by agreeing to disagree. My determination to love my husband unconditionally never wavered, because I knew that’s what God wanted. I gladly obliged. I will say it hasn’t been that hard because one, my husband is very easy to love, and two, I believe God has enabled me to do so. But the tables turned this weekend. I was faced with a question and had to answer honestly what I believed. I attempted to do so openly and in as non-confrontational a manner as... Read more →

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Truck Stops are a Blast!

It all happened last Monday off the Interstate at a Truck Stop. Join me today at Laced With Grace for the retelling of my road warrior adventure. (Click here) Have a blessed week. Love and hugs, Lynn Read more →

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Weekend Devotion - The Heart

In the May/June 2007 issue of the magazine Today's Christian Woman there was an article written regarding quiet time. I thought it was refreshing. Here's a quote from that article: "Scripture says, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13) God does not stipulate a format; he stipulates a heart attitude.” It's always about the heart with God even when it comes to our quiet/devotional time. 1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." I'm especially thankful that HE understands the heart and struggles of the unequally yoked. He understands that we have a need for quiet time, but because our spouses may... Read more →

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Breakthrough Praying for Breakthrough Living

“Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.”- D.L. Moody Teach me to pray! That is my heart’s cry. Today we are going to learn some simple and successful practices to pray with focus and effectiveness. Before we start, how did you do last week? Did you make an appointment with the King and keep it? Did you find yourself a Bible and a regular reading place? If you missed last week’s introduction to this series, please take a minute to read it. The first step is crucial to the rest of our series. Click here for last Friday’s post. Now let’s continue with Breakthrough praying for Breakthrough Living! Perhaps you are like me. Are you easily distracted while you pray? Do you notice the clutter on the kitchen table? Do you start thinking about the bills that need paying? Are you distracted when the dog... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

As I type this post I am watching my husband in the kitchen. He is wiping of the table after clearing the dinner dishes. He is swaying back and forth with the dish sponge squeaking across the table. He is completely unaware I am watching him with a heart that is swelling with love for him. This man is kind and conscientious. He willingly clears and cleans after I prepare and serve. As I watch him walking to the kitchen sink, I am overwhelmed. I realize the profound gift in this ordinary moment. God created this man for me. As I watch him close the dishwasher, he speaks to me. He is on his way to walk the dogs. I smile. This is a common, ordinary moment yet, extraordinary. I am indeed thankful. Have a wonderful Thursday. Be Blessed, Lynn For more Thankful Thursday blessings, visit Iris at Sting My... Read more →

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Another Revelation of God

Last July I wrote a post called The Revelation of God about a divine appointment God has set up between me and a woman who was unequally yoked for six and a half years. Learning how her husband came to Christ and interviewing him turned into a unique opportunity to how God worked in this process. I had no idea then that God would continue to show me more. Since that warm July day, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know this family better. Like Sunday I had the even greater pleasure of witnessing this man get baptized. And not only him, but his oldest daughter and son as well. The last year has been a time of tremendous growth for this very special family. Right before the baptism of this gentleman’s teenage daughter, our pastor shared with us that she’d made her decision to accept Christ because she’d... Read more →

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What "Not" to Do

I'm sure you've had those moments (like me) where you've wished you could take back a word or action against your spouse. No one is perfect and we all make mistakes - here are some of the most common ones I've been responsible for over the years: * speaking sarcastically * rolling my eyes * not helping him when I'm angry with him * holding onto a grudge * the silent treatment * telling him to go wash his own clothes and make his own lunches etc * with-holding intimacy You know you've done wrong but the point is don't beat yourself up about it. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Thankfully all is not lost. 1Peter3:1 says: "Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their... Read more →

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Spiritually Mismatched - Weekend Devotion

Welcome back to Weekend Devotions at Spiritually Unequal Marriage! Lynn and I are hoping and praying these weekend devotionals will encourage you to keep walking with our mighty Saviour and persevere through whatever you may be facing today. Please let us know how we can be praying for you. Hugs and blessings, Dineen Answered Prayers I started reading my Bible from the beginning again with the New Year. I try to do this each year, and I am always amazed how God will bring out new truths from Scripture I've read several times. To me that's what makes the Bible relevant and living! In Genesis 24, Abraham sends his chief servant back to the his homeland to get a wife for his son, Isaac. This servant, who we never know by name, obeys his master and makes the journey. Once there, he prays for God to show him who He... Read more →

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Breakthrough Praying for Breakthrough Living

If you arrived here today at this very hour it is not a coincidence. It is not by chance or happenstance. The LORD, God brought you here. There is much work to be done in the Kingdom of God here on earth. God, Himself, has appointed you to participate in His redemption plan. So, Welcome! We are about to embark on a fantastic journey together. A journey that will certainly leave all of us changed. Dare I say, Forever! YES! We are going to learn how we can know the Lord’s will, His character, and His purposes for our lives. Does this sound impossible? Perhaps, but God desires each of us to know His will, character and purpose. Even more fascinating, He desires to set us on a life journey that is so fantastic we could never dream it up in a thousand years. What this journey entails: This weblog... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

Wow, my four weeks of hosting Thankful Thursday has reached an end. Time flies when you are thankful. *grin* Today I give thanks to the Lord for Iris who is our regular hostess for Thankful Thursday. Be sure to join in next week at Sting My Heart. Iris, you ROCK! I am thankful for Crystal and Laurel who also hosted over the past three months. Thank you! I am thankful for each of you who stopped in to link up to share your praises. Your heart-felt stories inspired me. Sharing your struggles brought tears to my eyes at times. Reading about your kindness and generosity was overwhelming. I shared Christmas with most of you. The stories of family, fun, and Jesus were priceless and I felt I was right there with many of you in your homes. You are wonderful writers and mostly I see Jesus and His Kingdom in... Read more →

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One Scarred Hand to the Other

Fear. That’s what God told me to write about this week. To be honest, I don’t really know what to say about it, other than I seem to be battling it more at the moment than I ever have before. I learned at an early age to be confident, even if I had to fake it. An insecure childhood taught me how to “pretend” this state to the point that I could almost believe it myself. I remember one of my first prayers to God after He’d put me back on my journey of faith was to be authentic. I wanted to be real. Yet now, after all the years of persistence in obtaining this authenticity, I suddenly find myself tempted to pretend again. Makes me think of some of the lines from the Casting Crowns song, East to West. I don't want to end up where You found me... Read more →

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Feeling Alone

When I was feeling alone in my marriage, before my husband received "the big talk" from God. I felt really really alone. It was just me and the kids. Most wives and husbands can talk to each other and communicate pretty well but not us. We use to be pretty much best friends in the early years of our marriage but as time went on we grew further and further apart. Finances grew tight as our family grew, cruel words were said, bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness crept in. I remember one time in particular my husband said something mean which went right to my heart. I couldn't believe how he could have been so awful. I was just about to start on a pile of ironing, most of it was his work shirts and I said to myself "he can go do it all himself if he thinks he can... Read more →

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Spiritually Mismatched - Weekend Devotion

Welcome to Weekend Devotions at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. Dineen and I pray the weekend devotional will enrich your marriage and your relationship with God. Be Blessed, Lynn Surely, I have all the Answers! I reasoned since I have read the Good Book, surely “I” must have all the answers. Because my husband doesn’t believe it was obviously up to me to keep this family traveling in the right direction. I thought because I knew God that I had to be control. After all, I know what’s best and I had better watch out for me, and the kids and clearly my husband. It was up to me to direct my man to safe people and safe places. I tried all of the usual things. I would arrange a “casual” get together with a Christian couple. I would manipulate my husband to attend church. And yes (shudder) I would leave scripture... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

A New Beginning Do you feel it? The excitement of a brand new year? We are gifted with another set of 12 months to live the abundant life in the Lord Jesus. Do you wonder what plans the Lord has prepared for you this year? Do you ponder what new friendships God will bring? Perhaps this will be the year the Lord removes a spiritual stronghold in your life. I am exuberant about our future. We serve the one and only God and guess what? He loves us to distraction and has plans…..for us! Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” What amazing promises belong to us! AMAZING! Today I am thankful for the hope of new beginnings. I am thankful for the plans God already... Read more →

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