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22 entries from February 2008

Breakthrough Praying for Breakthrough Living-

What Shall We Say?

If you are a visual personal like me, I hope last week’s post, Entering the Throne Room, changed your prayer life. It was awesome to meet you at the steps and bring our requests to the Lord. If you want to read this series from the beginning (click here). If you want to read last week’s post (click here). If you want a complete listing of all post in this series (click here). I have a question. Do you sit down to pray, close your eyes, and then – Nothing? Your brain goes blank and you have no idea what to say? I can say with certainty, “You are not alone.” What do we say when we pray. Many times people tell us, “Just pray. You should pray about it. Life is hard, pray harder.” Sometimes we simply do not know what to say. There are several ideas I want... Read more →

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Lost Opportunities

Forgive me for running late today. I got word yesterday that my grandmother died. Sixteen years have passed since I saw her last. And that was the one time she met my oldest daughter. We've lived countries and states away in the meantime. What saddens me in this situation is the lost opportunity. See, this is a person who shut herself into her own private hell for over forty years. She could have had a better life, one filled with love and happiness. Instead she chose to live alone, disconnected and apart. I wish I could have helped her. I wrote letters to her once, trying to share God's love with her. I wanted her to see she didn't have to live like that. I wanted her to know she was truly loved. She never answered those letters, so I don't know if she ever understood. And that's what I... Read more →

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Laced With Grace

Spring paid a visit today. Here in Southern California, the early blossoms are peaking out on the fruit trees, and there are hints of daffodils and poppies among the greenery on the surrounding hills. In early spring, those of us who are keen enough to be watching will witness a spectacular yet subtle event..... Find out at Laced With Grace. Join me for The Next Generation. Have a fantastic week. Priasing the Lord today, Lynn Read more →

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Weekend Devotion—Letting Go

"But the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me." —the words of Jesus, John 14:31 Let me tell you about a story I heard years ago. I can't remember where, so if the author (or songwriter) is out there somewhere and reads this, please take your credit. It's about a little girl who constantly carried a set of glass beads. The necklace belonged to her mother who died several years ago. They were worn and tattered, but the little girl never let them out of her sight. One day, her father pulled her into his lap. A warm fire blazed in the hearth. Each night before bedtime, her father would tell her a story, but this night he looked at the beads she clutched in her hands. "Will you let me have those beads?" The little girl stared... Read more →

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Breakthrough Praying for Breakthrough Living-

It's all about Jesus!

I have been waiting for weeks to share this post with you. What I want for all of us today is to experience Jesus. What I am sharing with you I discovered a year ago. This visual forever changed the way I see myself praying. It changed my approach in prayer and it has propelled my prayers to the very source of power and love, the foot of throne of our Holy God. O Father, I approach you with Jesus at my side. With humility I implore you to touch each reader who stops here today. Place your hand upon their spirit. Change them in such a mighty way they will never pray the same old way again. Lord, place in us a belief that will not be shaken, broken, or rocked. From this moment forward we know you are anxiously waiting to answer our prayers. Place in us a... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

Today it is gloomy, foggy, cold and raining. The winter appears to be relentless. I know many of us hit the winter blues about now. Thoughts of backyard BBQ’s, flowers in the garden and green grass thrill our hearts. However, I am not quite ready to release winter. Did you know it is in the winter that a tree’s roots push deeper into the soil? It is strengthened through the months of harsh cold and when spring arrives, the full spender of its leaves is displayed. It is also true of our lives. We need the winter. Lord, if is often difficult to thank you when we are struggling in the winter. However, it is the beauty of a changed heart, a strengthened character and a wholeness of our spirit that makes winter a season to be thankful for. I thank you for the winter. In Jesus name, Amen. Be... Read more →

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Moments of Glory

The most precious times of our lives can be spent simply around a table, reminiscing the past. My family and I did this last night. We all went out for pizza and dragged my daughter's wonderful boyfriend along with us. I look at her now, around the same age I had started dating my husband, and I praise God that the young man she is dating is a strong man of God. I look at them with eyes of wonder and curiosity. What must it be like to start "in God"? Such memories we recalled of our years living abroad, when both our girls were young. Tales of mishaps, memories of creeks, bees, and rollerblading. Our time there holds a mix of pain and joy, of struggles that pushed me to edge of my faith and forced me into the arms of God's faithfulness. During this time, the seeds of... Read more →

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As I Wait by Vanessa Tang

In January 2007, I found myself, for the first time ever, frustrated that I could not share my faith with my husband. While we were dating and in our early years of marriage, my husband had always shown such support of my faith. We had talked about how I would teach our children about Jesus. Yet when our daughter was born, things changed. I felt alone. The more my daughter grew, the greater my sense of God’s presence became. But I couldn’t share my joy with my husband. I wanted to dedicate our daughter to the Lord at the church I had been visiting, but I was afraid how they’d react when they heard that I, a devout Christian since age 2, had married a nonbeliever. I feared they would see me as blatantly disobedient to God’s warning in the Bible not to be “unequally yoked,” when that wasn’t totally... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion - I am afraid!

I am afraid. It happened on October 20th, 2004. My husband purchased his one and only bible. This was such a momentous day in my mind that I recorded this occasion in my daily bible. I wanted to remember the exact day that my husband began his journey home. There are several events that lead up to this purchase. First, it took my husband weeks to find the perfect bible. He researched the many versions available and considered all of the study supports which were included. Finally after two weeks, he ordered a Quest Study Bible, NIV version – The Question and Answer Bible. Hallelujah!! I could already hear the angels singing. It wont be long now……… My husband started on a journey of discovery all on his own. He telephoned a buddy of his who went to my church. He wanted to meet with him to talk about his... Read more →

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Breakthrough Praying for Breakthrough Living-

Praying Within the Will of God!

There are hundreds of books written about prayer and praying within God’s will. I do not pretend to be an expert in this matter but I can share with you my experience of praying within the will of God. I believe this entire series of posts about prayer is leading us to praying with belief and praying the of God. What is God’s will and how can we KNOW we are praying within it. Let’s understand this mystery. When we grasp this concept we will find ourselves at the throne of God. It is on these steps where the Lord hears and answers our prayers. It is here we will experience a breakthrough. To read this series from the beginning (click here). To view a list of all the articles in this series (click here). There are two important components of breakthrough praying. The first is learning to discern God’s... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 This scripture reference by Iris is perfect for this Valentines Day, Thursday. This verse is over used and referenced so frequently that I think we fail to be amazed by the profound truth of these words. Let us rejoice in the love our Savior. I rejoice and am thankful for the love of Jesus that has set me free. I can’t begin to tell you about the many chains of bondage this love has broken. Thank you Jesus, Thank you. Be Blessed, Lynn For more Thankful Thursday blessings, visit Iris at Sting My Heart. Read more →

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Sacrificial Giving

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I'm wracking my brain about what to give my dear hubby. I'd love to surprise him with something special, something out of the ordinary. The usuals, like chocolates and a romantic card are always great fallbacks. I like those myself, but could I do something more? Maybe something that would even reflect the love God holds for him? What could I give sacrificially to show how much I love him? This line of thinking led me down a unique path. Instead of what I can do, maybe I should think about what I shouldn’t do. No nagging. If I’ve asked him to do something several times, instead of bugging him, I’ll ask him if it’s okay if I remind him again. When I ask permission first, he seems much more receptive. No expectations. I find this usually happens when I make the very... Read more →

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A Day for Love

The History of Valentines Day: Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine's cards, or offering candy. It is very common to present flowers on Valentine's Day. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines." Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The mid-nineteenth century Valentine's Day trade was a harbinger of further commercialized holidays in the United States to follow. The U.S. Greeting... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion - Love Notes

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. — Isaiah 26:3 Have you ever noticed how God sends you love notes? I received this verse today in a church-wide e-mail from my pastor today, giving encouragement during a time when our church really needs it. I found the timing especially poignant after the day of prayer and fasting the 1Peter3Living participated in yesterday. God moved in mighty ways among us, touched hearts and restored hope as we prayed for our spouses and each other. Later that evening (after the fast had ended), my oldest daughter surprised me by pulling out old family videos. The first one she watched was my wedding. I don't think I've looked at that video for a good fifteen years. We marveled at how young her dad and I looked, (way young, good grief!) and much the styles... Read more →

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Breakthrough Praying for Breakthrough Living-

Believing Prayer!

It is not enough to begin to pray, nor to pray aright; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray; but we must patiently, believingly continue in prayer, until we obtain an answer; and further, we have not only to continue in prayer unto the end, but we have also to believe that God does hear us and will answer our prayers. Most frequently we fail in not continuing in prayer until the blessing is obtained, and in not expecting the blessing. ---George Mueller The Lord has such a sense of humor. Just this morning I found myself in tears, weary from praying for my husband’s salvation. I wanted to give up. I was feeling defeated. So what is a believer to do when the desire to persevere is exhausted? Well, I emailed a few friends and guess what? They prayed for me. Intercessory prayer is selfless,... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday -
The Privilege of Prayer and Fasting

I am overwhelmed by the power of prayer. It is a mystery that mere mortals can talk directly to our perfect and holy Father. I am astonished He listens. Further still, He goes about answering prayer sometime in such incredible ways there can be no doubt God is moving in our midst. Today, Thursday, February 7, 2008, 1Peter3Living will be praying and fasting. I have been so moved by this online community who are willing to fast and pray, many for the first time. We invite you to join us. We are fasting today from sunrise to sunset. Join in even if you have had breakfast. If you want to follow our prayer conversation, the scriptures we share, the answers to prayer, please log in. You are welcome and among friends. It is our desire to only seek God’s will and to worship Him. We expect to meet Him in... Read more →

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The Battle We Can’t See

If you’re like me, you most likely get pulled in multiple directions on a daily basis. Interruptions abound and your self-identity is as apparent and flittering as the steam on the bathroom mirror. And that’s if you even got a shower that day. You’re a mother, a wife, someone’s assistant-boss-you fill in the blank, the maid, the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker. My job changes according to what time of day it is. Yes, I can see the bobbing heads already. You know exactly what I mean. So often our lives become more about what’s going wrong than what’s going right. How can it not when we are barraged moment by moment by the same circumstances or new ones compounding the old? By the end of the day, our brains feel like a battlefield and our hearts have the holes to show for it. How much longer can... Read more →

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Marriage Monday - Valentines Day

Marriage Monday meets at Chrysalis the first Monday of every month. This month, you can choose one of the following: 1. "Top Ten Tips For the Ultimate Valentine's Celebration" 2. "My Most Memorable Valentine's Day Ever" Don’t Wait for Him…… Last year my husband and I enjoyed a unique Valentines Day and had a blast! We attended a cooking class. Now if you knew my guy, this never would have happened in a million years if I had left the planning up to him. However, I have learned a few things over the years. I learned if I wanted flowers or a card or anything for Valentines Day, I needed to drop a simple yet direct hint to my guy and do it at least a week ahead of time. Now, I know this is unromantic. However, if I set my expectations right before hand and got over myself it... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion - Leave 'em Speechless!

An executive hirer, a “head-hunter” who goes out and hires corporate executive for other firms, once told Josh McDowell, “When I get an executive that I’m trying to hire for someone else, I like to disarm him. I offer him a drink, take my coat off, then my vest, undo my tie, throw up my feet and talk about baseball, football, family, whatever, until he’s all relaxed. Then, when I think I’ve got him relaxed, I lean over, look him square in the eye and say, ‘What’s your purpose in life?’ It’s amazing how top executives fall apart at that question. “Well, I was interviewing this fellow the other day, had him all disarmed, with me feet up on his desk, talking about football. Then I leaned up and said, ‘What’s your purpose in life, Bob?’ And he said, without blinking an eye, ‘To go to heaven and take as... Read more →

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She Speaks

Speaking, Writing and Leadership Conference! (With special sessions for Bloggers!) Lysa TerKeurst from Proverbs 31 Ministries has asked Shannon, Melanie and Boo Mama to lead a couple of sessions on blogging at this summer’s She Speaks Conference in Concord, North Carolina. The conference is scheduled for June 20-22, 2008 ! Lysa is also giving someone the opportunity to earn a scholarship to attend the conference. This conference opportunity would allow the Lord to continue to work in the ministry to unequally yoked spouses. Many of you arrive here through an online search desperately seeking encouragement as well as practical help to survive the unique issues of a Spiritual Mismatch. There is little in the way of written resources available to help the thousands of us who are struggling. The modern church, however unintentional, fails to see the vast needs the spiritually mismatch. I am convinced through this training the Lord... Read more →

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Was My Face Red?

Scroll Down For: Breakthrough Praying for Breakthrough Living It all happened last Sunday and IT IS TRUE! Join me today at Laced With Grace. (Click here) Have a blessed week. Love and hugs, Lynn Read more →

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Breakthrough Praying for Breakthrough Living

“One day George Mueller began praying for five of his friends. After many months, one of them came to the Lord. Ten years later, two others were converted. It took 25 years before the fourth man was saved. Mueller persevered in prayer until his death for the fifth friend, and throughout those 52 years he never gave up hoping that he would accept Christ! His faith was rewarded, for soon after Mueller’s funeral the last one was saved.” Pray with conviction! Pray with perseverance! I want you to think about something as we get started today. Conviction: Do you understand why our prayers are vital to the purposes of God? Do you now understand that God waits anxiously for us to pray? I can assure you He is restlessly pacing back and forth in throne room waiting for us to ask Him to move in our lives. To read more... Read more →

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