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Wise Words

Proverbs 12:18
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 12:25
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.

My husband works a busy job, he organizes events for our community, and usually he's worn out by the time he gets home. It's not always easy to get him to do things that need doing around the house but recently he's really been making a BIG effort to try and please me. Recently he totally reorganized my office at home, made a new desk for me and cleaned it all up at the end. I started thinking about how much I criticize him when things go wrong but I hardly ever seem to praise or thank him when he's thoughtful and does something good for our family. As human beings we thrive on praise. Unkind words really bring us down and damage our spirits hurting our hearts.

A motto that we have in our family is "treat others how we want to be treated" and it's the same with our spouses. Your husband may have done wrong in the past but let's look to the future. If he fixes something in your house thank him for it or if he makes dinner thank him for it, whatever he does to please you make sure you praise him, use kind uplifting words - really focus on it specifically.

You'll be amazed at the response you get!

Amy

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Weekend Devotion by Guest Contributor - Amy

I've been thinking about the ups and downs my husband and I have been through in our marriage over the years. It's easy to think that he is the problem but it's not until God gently shows us "the plank in our own eyes" that we realize we have issues we need to work on too.

I can honestly say that I cringe at some of the worst behavior for which I am responsible. Things such as refusing to help my husband when he's asked me to, being downright stubborn and not giving in when I know he's right and being so angry at him that it was bordering on having a hateful attitude.

Thank goodness God has bopped me about the head a few times and awakened before it's too late. What sort of ambassador of Christ am I if God made me in His image but my heart attitude behaves otherwise? God's been good at forgiving my sins over the years and it's up to me to offer my husband the same mercy too. Instead of holding onto my frustrations and anger, letting them build to where I’m full of pride, I now use the end of each day to let them all go. Sometimes it isn't easy but more often than not God helps me work through each situation as it happens.

You know what's funny? We can harp on at our husband's about things we want them to hear, things they've done wrong but it's like water off a ducks back. It's not until someone else comes along and offers the same opinion that they then listen. That's where God comes in - why go on about something when He can do a better job of getting their attention?

I tend to think it's all about self-pride but we all mess up once in a while and each time He picks us up, dusts us off and sets us on our way again. God's good like that.

Amy

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Pounding Down the Door

Our Lord is fascinating!

I am sure you already knew this. However in the past several weeks I have been an eyewitness to the most amazing events.

For two years I have been writing here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. I have shared my struggles and the many ways God has supplied my every need and fulfilled my dreams. I have also shared much about my husband and his unbelief.

What I want to share with you today is this: I am an eyewitness as I watch God pursue my husband. Miraculous events take place on a regular basis in this mans life. I stand back and watch God intersect with this one solitary human being. I am undone, amazed, and humbled to consider all God does to breakthrough to my husband. God is literally pounding on the door of this mans heart.Let_gods_word1

I have seen it not just once but several times. Last summer there was the “Baptized” balloon which was delivered to our back door just for my husband. This is a true story and if you have time you can read it here (A Divine Balloon).

Two weeks ago an extraordinary event occurred, my husband actually prayed. I shared this experience with the crowd at 1Peter3Living. Click in there to read my testimony.

Why am I sharing this with you? Because I am privileged to witness God at work. I have recognized His subtle pursuit of this man and have prayed to accentuate His divine plan.

If you are discouraged because you don’t see progress, take HEART. God is not dead. He still reigns on the throne. He is perusing every living man, woman, and child on the face of this earth. We just don’t know how to see it.

Take courage for it IS the will of the Father that no man should perish, even my stubborn, atheist husband. I KNOW without a shadow of a doubt, before my husband departs this earth, he will know Jesus.

2 Peter 3:9 (New International Version) The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Have a blessed and powerful day. We serve the Most High. What do we have to fear? Not one thing. Be Blessed, Lynn

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The Garden and Things that go BUMP in the Night

I Come To The Garden Alone -Hymn
I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

Refrain

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

Refrain

I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

Refrain

I love this old hymn. For the first time ever, I am experiencing these words.

For 23 years I was a banker. I wore a suite to work everyday for much of my adult life. Three years ago I quite the Corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom and a wife. God knows what he is doing.

Since I have been at home I fell in love with gardening. This week for the first time in my life, I planted a garden. A vegetable garden and a flower garden. This gift is from the Lord and my husband. It is perhaps the most precious gift I have ever received.
Garden

My heart is THANKFUL!

Also, we had an intruder in our home last week at 4:30 a.m.

What would God have us do when we are afraid? Find out today at Laced With Grace where I share this true story, Things That go BUMP in the Night.

Be Blessed, Lynn

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Time to Pray

716045_handsHe said: "Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet." — Ezekiel 43:7a

Lord, we yearn for You to walk among us. We yearn to see your glory and your greatness. We long to be the garden where You may place the soles of your feet and reside in your throne. Create in each of us the Garden of Eden You intended from the beginning.

Lord, we place ourselves and our unbelieving loved ones on the steps of your throne. We ask for mercy for these dear ones, for their hearts of stone to be changed to hearts of flesh, and for perseverance in the waiting. Cleanse us from all unrighteousness and fill us to overflowing with your Holy Spirit. Enable us to be the wives and husbands You need us to be right now. Help us to be the embodiment of Christ in our homes.

Father, where there is need, please supply it. Where there is pain, please comfort and heal. Where there is sin, reveal and forgive. Help us to bare our hearts to You so that nothing dwelling in the darkness can discredit our testimony or become a weapon used against us by the enemy.

You are all we need, Lord. You are everything to us. Help us to keep our eyes and hearts focused completely on You. Lord Jesus, You died for us so that we may live abundantly in and through You, in service and obedience to You. Help us to walk in this great gift as effective Christians. Protect us and our loved ones from the enemy and show us how to pray for our spouses.

Walk among us, Lord. Let us worship at your feet. We praise You, Lord, and love you so very much. Reveal your greatness to our unbelieving spouses and claim their hearts completely. Help them to love You with all their hearts, souls, minds and strength.

And we stand in awe of your glory, Lord. We thank you for hearing our prayers and working to bring the the lost to You. Show us how to join You in this most important work.

In Christ's Holy, Precious, and Saving Name,
Amen

Praying with you,
Dineen

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Weekend Devotion — Jesus is…

966855_sacred_page_3At that time Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. — Matthew 26:55-56

I mentioned on Tuesday that I planned to read the crucifixion and resurrection stories in each of the Gospels this week. In reading Matthew 26, I was struck by the inevitability of it all. No matter how much the disciples refused to accept that Christ would soon die, they couldn’t change the course God had set in place.

Jesus was the only one who accepted what Scripture had long foretold. He didn’t resist or fight. He simply knew what had to be done. He walked through his last three years as a man on a mission, quiet in strength and passionate about those who were lost. And the stakes were incredibly high. The salvation of every human being—past, present and future.

I don’t mean to humanize him so much, but at times, that’s the Jesus I can relate to best. The one who felt the pain of each person he met, the one who cried over Lazarus, the one who suffered unbearable torture and crucifixion so that I can meet him one day.

And he even prayed for us before he faced his death:

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” — John 17:20-21

Jesus was a man of devotion, loyalty, steadfastness, and dedication. He was and is a God of love with a plan to save his children. He let nothing deter him from his mission then, and he still pursues us now, intent that none be lost. All that is good and perfect and true is He, and all that is noble and pure and faithful is his character.

He is our greatest example of steadfastness in the midst of inevitability. He is the ultimate representation of perseverance in the midst of suffering. He is the quintessential exemplification of obedience.

He is our Great Messiah.


Praising and believing,
Dineen

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Dangerous Prayers

"We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force that can move the Heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth." Andrew Murray

God I am willing…God take control….God do whatever it takes…..

Dangerous prayers are life-altering prayers, where faith and human nature collide. My human need to self-protect can be at war with God’s will.

I have come to a place in my life where I must choose to pray a dangerous prayer. As many of you know, my husband is not a Christian. More than anything, I want him to find Jesus. For years, I have prayed, asking for his deliverance. Those prayers have not been unanswered or wasted. God worked through the prayers spoken for my husband to craft my eternal character.

Through recent circumstances, God asked these questions about my prayers: “Are you truly ready?”
“Can you earnestly pray, God do whatever it takes?”
“Are you willing to walk through fire with him (husband)?”
“Lynn, will you give up your comforts? Your home? Your health?...... Your life?”

*Gulp*

It is easy to pray, “O Lord, save my husband but please don’t disrupt my life or my kids lives. Don’t let him loose his job. Don’t let hardship into our lives. Keep us from pain. But please save my husband.”

I don’t believe God will demand I forfeit each of these security blankets I desperately clutch to my chest. However, it may take the forfeiture of one to get my man’s attention. Today I am willing and this is my dangerous prayer, God do whatever it takes…period. The end!

Today I stepped into the Danger Zone. No turning back…no turning back!

I Have Decided To Follow Jesus

Verse 1:
I have decided to follow Jesus,
I have decided to follow Jesus.
I have decided to follow Jesus;
no turning back, no turning back.

Verse 2:
Though none go with me, still I will follow,
though none go with me, still I will follow.
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
no turning back, no turning back.

Verse 3:
The world behind me, the cross before me,
the world behind me, the cross before me.
The world behind me, the cross before me;
no turning back, no turning back.
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What is your dangerous prayer today? Let’s join together. We are the prayer warriors who walk the danger zone for the cause of Christ.

Lord, teach us to pray the fantastic and the dangerous. Remind us as we pray that we can trust you. We know Your love directs the perfect plans for our lives. Do not allow us to cheat ourselves of the opportunity to see Your power displayed through the fantastic answers to our prayers. In Jesus name, Amen.

Be Blessed, Lynn

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Thankful Thursday -

Thankful for Jesus

Jesus

He split time in two.
He is the first.
He is the last.
He is everything in between.
He is conqueror.
He is redeemer of the broken hearted.
His is the restorer of relationships.
He is healer of all wounds.
He knows the innermost parts of my heart.
My Provider.
My Champion.
Powerful Advocate.
He is trustworthy and true.
He holds the stars in His hand!

Wars are waged against Him......He is victorious!
Lies are broadcast about Him......He is truth!
Governments try to crush Him......He is sovereign!
Legislators work to erase Him......He is ever-present.
Schools no longer pray to Him......He is our intercessor.
The media scorns His name......His name gives life.
Evil tried to kill him......HE LIVES!

Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Be Blessed, Lynn

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Jesus, My Hero

130858358_88a1879a2c_mI’ve heard so many people express a desire to make this week meaningful. Passion Week. Their words pricked a cord in my heart as well. For so many years this holiday has been about Easter baskets full of candy and chocolate bunnies. (Well, I did revert to chocolate crosses some years back. Had to get that in there somehow!)

For years I’ve relinquished going to church on Easter Sunday to keep my family together. And I was fine with that. I respected my sweet hubby’s wishes and the desire of my girls to be home with their dad. I knew God understood. After all, aren’t we as Christians, belonging to Christ, called to glorify him with each day of our lives, not just one day a year?

This year looks to be quite different though. Oh, there will still be Easter baskets full of candy and chocolate crosses. But the dynamics have changed a bit.

My daughters want to be at church this year. (Can you tell I’m a proud mama?)

Nothing has shown me God’s faithfulness more than my daughters choosing to give their hearts and lives to Christ. At times the opposition was so bad, I worried my girls would reject what Jesus had done for them. So many times I feared the world would win, no matter how hard I prayed. Some days I thought for sure I’d lost the battle.

But God heard all my prayers for them. All through the years. Even when I wondered and doubted what the outcome would be, God knew. He had it all figured out long ago. All I had to do was believe.

So this week I’ve decided to read about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus in all four books of the Gospel. I want to be reminded of all he suffered and sacrificed so that I could watch my daughters accept Christ into their hearts, watch my oldest daughter recently get baptized, and witness the dedication of my youngest to help even those she meets briefly on a computer game to know the love of God.

That’s the story after the resurrection. That’s the story of Jesus, my hero. If I could see him right now, I’d tell him one thing.

We won.

Praying and believing (now for hubby),
Dineen

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Cross Walk

Crosswalk_2 I am in this crowd. Join me at Laced With Grace and find out what I am doing!

Have a blessed and awesome week. Thanking our Lord, Jesus for his sacrifice that I might live, Lynn

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The Folded Napkin

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His Resurrection?


The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, and wasn't just thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

Is that important? You'd better believe it! Is that significant? Absolutely! Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day.

The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition. When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it. The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

Now if the master had finished eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, "I'm done." But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because he knew the folded napkin meant, "I'm not finished yet." The folded napkin meant,

"I'm coming back!”

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Interceding for Others

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"Out of a very intimate acquaintance with D. L. Moody, I wish to testify that he was a far greater prayer than he was preacher. Time and time again, he was confronted by obstacles that seemed insurmountable, but he always knew the way to overcome all difficulties. He knew the way to bring to pass anything that needed to be brought to pass. He knew and believed in the deepest depths of his soul that nothing was too hard for the Lord, and that prayer could do anything that God could do.” R. A. Torrey

Interceding for Others

I wonder if you are like me. There have been a few times in my life where I felt completely incapacitated and I was unable to pray. I didn’t have any idea how or what to pray. Life swirled out of control and I was lost and without words. God felt far away.

While in this pit, the prayers of other believers sustained me and led to my eventual freedom. Praying for others, interceding for them, are prayers of particular power. These prayers are usually offered out of an unselfish heart. They are prayers seeking the Lord’s intervention into a life that is unable or unwilling to ask.

Interceding prayer empowers God to move in a person’s life. Remember we covered this in an earlier post (click here).

What I find fascinating, as my relationship and prayer life have grown, I am awakened in the night with a prompting to pray. Usually God will give me one name and I bring this person, by name, before the throne. I often pray for protection or intervention. Prayers for others are critical to God’s purposes on this planet.

I want to share a true story about how this works:

My friend Val was awakened in the middle of the night. On her mind was a young woman who is married to one of the pastors of our church. Val was immediately compelled to pray for her. She held this young woman up before the throne of our King, asking for intervention, and safety. Val does not remember how long she prayed but recalls praying fervently because the Holy Spirit obligated her.

Several days later Val and her friend had a chance meeting. Val began to tell her friend about how she was awakened to pray for her in the night. Her friend asked, “What night and what time did you begin to pray?”

Val told her the approximate time. Her friend’s face drained of all color and she stood motionless. She looked at Val and told her that was the precise hour she began to experience the beginning of a miscarriage.

Val said that since that night, she is convicted to pray anytime the Master asks. She will always respond, even in the middle of the night because someone needs God’s involvement.

It is not always clear why we need to pray for others or what our prayers avail. What I do know is that believing prayer is powerful. God often calls his servants to pray at night. Perhaps that is the only time we are truly quiet enough to hear His voice. I know that one day I will see the result of the quiet prayers, uttered in the darkness.

Assignment: Obedience is the greatest gift we can give to our King. Out of love we obey. The assignment is to become obedient when the Lord calls you to pray.

Questions:

Has God awakened you to pray in the middle of the night?
Tell me what God asked of you.

Be blessed this day, Lynn

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Thankful Thursday

The two-year anniversary approaches. I was inspired at a writers conference two years ago to begin this blog and to serve the unequally yoked.

God knew what He was doing. He knew I needed you and perhaps you would need me.

I give thanks to Him for the people I have met through this wonderful online community. I give thanks to Him for the eternal friendships which are a gift through blogging.

Thank you for stopping here to read. Thank you for writing and sharing on your own blog and through comments. You have blessed my life with words of wisdom, encouragement, and faith. I give Him thanks for your friendship.

Be Blessed, Lynn

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The Right Place

WeddingringssmallWhile reading a devotional yesterday, the writer highlighted Habakkuk 3:19. I hunted down this verse in my own Bible, then proceeded to write it on an index card.

"The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights."

I don't know about you, but I need this reminder right now. I have a tendency to leave God's strength and start working on my own very limited reservoir. Inevitably, I run out, and right now, I don't need that to happen.

This race takes perseverance. Big time. Right now God seems to be calling me to stay close to my husband's side. To support, to encourage, and to uphold. Even I'm amazed at how much patience I have and how well I'm managing to hold my tongue. Simply said, God's giving me exactly what I need at the moment to fulfill the role he's set before me.

I'm walking a fine line at the moment. One turn to the left or to the right could send me out of God's will and spiraling into the chaos waiting to gobble me up and take my peace away. In this particular situation, I've had to seek God's guidance daily, more to keep from jumping ahead of him than anything else. I don't want to get in the way of what he's doing with with my dear husband, and there's no clear right or wrong direction here. God is the only compass I have at the moment.

What amazes me even more is the peace I have in all this. The more I've aligned myself with my husband, the closer my husband has drawn to me. God is showing me that by doing this his way, I honor and respect not only my husband, but him as well. And let me tell you, nothing is more exciting and invigorating and peaceful than being obedient to God’s will.

Already he's shown me he's there, working to take care of things. He's rewarded my obedience in such a way as to please my husband as well, thus confirming even more my role as help meet (Gen. 2:18).

To serve God in such this way has filled me with a deep sense of what's "right." I don't know if that makes sense, but I can't completely put it into words. It's like knowing without any doubts that you are exactly where you're supposed to be.

I can't take credit for any of it. I'm not capable of this kind of thing. This is 100% God moving in me, his tool, to bring about his will.

And I can think of no better place to be.

Praying and believing,
Dineen

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The Excellent Wife

This month,1Peter3Living will be reading the book, The Excellent Wife.

This book is a scriptural study of God’s requirements of a Christian wife. It is a high calling for every woman to be a Godly wife and Martha Peace details how to attain this holy calling in a practical way.

Join us for this study as we read the book together and study the questions from the workbook. You will be welcomed among this group of amazing believers and find friendships, prayer partners and a safe place to ask the hard questions in life.

Lord, you are offering this opportunity to us to grow as a wife, and a child of the Kingdom. Father, I ask you to place your Holy Spirit into each of us as we study your word and this book. Reveal to us the areas that need change and rejoice with us as we grow into beautiful women who are excellent wives. In Jesus name, Amen.
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Weekend Devotion - Prayer

PrayingFather, you are our center, our heart, our everything. You are brilliant, majestic, holy, and perfect. You are love. We praise you, Lord, for how you are moving among your children, for your graciousness to give us a glimpse of your work and to even allow us to participate!

You are amazing.

Lord, forgive us our unbelief, and help us believe. Help us to keep our eyes turned upward and focused on you. Imbue us with all the strength we need to live each day to your glory. May everything we say and do glorify you, Lord. And my our actions speak of your unconditional and massive love. You are our rock.

Lord Jesus, I pray that you would bring hope to each person who comes to this site. Fill them with your presence and reassurance. Don't let them leave here until they know that they are not alone on this journey and that you have called them to be right where they are in this place and time. Renew their strength, fill them with your Holy Spirit, and give them a vision for their future—a future tightly wound with you.

Lord Jesus, we plead for our unbelieving loved ones. You know each and every one of them and long for them to know you as friend. Please Lord, bring them to you. Open their hearts and minds to know you. Put a raging fire in their hearts to seek you and commit their lives to you. Lord, you don't do things half way. Please bring these precious ones to you ALL THE WAY.

Father, thank you for sending your Son to save us. Thank you for sacrificing so much so that we may have eternal life with you. Thank you for this amazing and wonderful gift. Thank you for working in ours and our loved ones lives, and, Lord, thank you for YOU!

In your strong and might name we pray, Lord Jesus, our rock and savior. AMEN!

Believing with you,
Dineen

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The Voice of God!

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"Those persons who know the deep peace of God, the unfathomable peace that passeth all understanding, are always men and women of much prayer." R. A. Torrey

When I was a young person I prayed. I would pray and pray and pray. When I was a young person I was frustrated. I wondered why God never answered me. I would ask myself, why do other people "hear" His voice and I don't?

Have you asked yourself this question? Perhaps, you are like me when I was new in my faith. I think I was waiting for a burning bush or more likely a booming voice from the sky. What I realize is this. God in fact, was answering me. I did not know how to listen.

Do you know how to listen to God? When we discover the voice of God, His active and present voice in our lives, we will pray differently, we will live differently.

Discerning the voice of God begins with knowing God. How do we know God? Remember our first two lessons? It is through reading His word and prayer. (Click here) to read this series from the beginning.

In previous posts I reminded you that I am not the authority on prayer. There are many Christians who have written tons of books about the voice of God. However, what I will share with you is my personal and real experience of how I listen and hear the Lord speak to me.

There are several ways I hear from the Lord. The most common way is through reading His word.

You are aware by now that I sit with the Lord every morning to read the bible and pray. During this time as I read, the Lord will stir my heart. He speaks words of wisdom, advice, correction, and direction to me personally. Freaky but true. Awesome and humbling.

As I am reading, (this is difficult to explain exactly) I will finish a sentence and in a split second I feel or receive an impression. By this I mean, in the center of my chest, I feel something and immediately I receive a thought that was not mine. I will write it down in my prayer journal that is sitting next to me as I read.

Let me see if I can give you an example of how this works.

Daily Bible, February 22

This particular day included a passage from Psalm 39: 1-13. I began reading this:

(David speaking) I said to myself, "I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will curb my tongue when the ungodly are around me."

Immediately the Holy Spirit impressed me with a thought and I wrote the following in my prayer Journal: Lord, this scripture is for me. I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will curb my tongue when the ungodly are around me.

It appears I am just repeating the scripture but in fact, I am praying it now as a request and commitment to the Lord. The Lord desires me to pay attention to this passage. I am surrounded by unbelievers in my neighborhood, extended family, close family and in my own home. The Lord is specific here, directing me to pay attention, my words are more important than I realize. They affect the unbelievers with whom I interact. WOW! I mean WOW! It can be a heavy assignment, especially for me but the Lord will empower me to curb my words.

I hope this example reflects how the Lord speaks through His word. This same experience occurs while I am praying. I am impressed with a thought that is of the Holy Spirit.

It took time for me to learn to listen to this still small voice. It requires a personal relationship with the Lord and time with Him, lots of time. It requires a quiet environment. If you are praying or reading the word in a distracting place, you will struggle.

1 Kings 19:11b-12 Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

Remember the Lord's voice was not in the wind, neither in the earthquake nor the fire but in the whisper. Afterall, when was the last time you saw a burning bush that did not burn?

I hear from the Lord through His word and during prayer but I have also heard from Him in rare and profound moments of intense need or protection. He will make Himself known through a strong impression usually at night. God likes to wake me up. I think it's because that is the only time I am not running on high octane aka Starbucks and going a million miles a minute.

The Lord wakes me with a strong impression to pray. I pray for the person He places on my heart by name. Prayers of protection, intercession, love, etc. I am often wakened to pray for my unsaved husband. Until God decides I have prayed long enough, I can't return to sleep.

In addition, I wake from a sound sleep when He gives me something to write. You should know I write very little without His help.

The last time I woke from a sound sleep was in late November of last year. You probably didn't know but at that time but I was enduring one of the biggest battles with the enemy over a physical stronghold in my life. This battle had been brewing for years but became nuclear two weeks before this encounter below:

At 4:45 a.m. I woke from a dead sleep. I literally sprang straight up in bed as if I had been injected with 20 cc's of adrenaline. I flung the covers off, jumped from bed and ran to my computer. The Lord had given me a message I was to share with 1Petere3Living. At 4:45 a.m. on an early November morning, I was cured. Cured I tell you. Released from a bondage I was unable to escape by myself. It was supernatural. It was humbling. I am forever thankful.

Suffice it to say, this experience occurs rarely in a believers life.

I am convinced that because I have listened to the Lord in the small things, I was able to experience this major big thing.

Assignment: This is the week to read God's word and let Him speak to you. Don't rush through your reading. Some of you need only take a single verse to work through for the entire week. Write the impressions that come to you. Check them with scripture, pray over them asking the Lord to clarify and direct you regarding the words you are reading.

Questions:

  • In what specific instance did you know the Lord was speaking to you?
  • When the Lord speaks, do you obey?
  • Are you praying more of you Lord, less of me?

    What an amazing time we live in. We have the GIFT of the Holy Spirit and can actually hear the Lord talk to us. Amazing. Humbling. Fantastic!

    Have a wonderful week listening to the Lord. Write me and tell me about how you have heard from Him this week.

    Next week, interceding for others. Still to come, praying dangerous prayers and our closing. Thank you for hanging with me through this series. Your time is a valuable gift and I am honored you choose to spend it with me. Be Blessed, Lynn

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    What A Fantastic Week!

    My Heart is filled with Thanksgiving!

    Life on planet earth is all about people!

    Ecclesiastes 5:15 (New Living Translation) We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born. We can’t take our riches with us.

    It’s about the people not the “stuff.” Today I am praising the Lord for His faithfulness. I give Him thanks because he could care less about “stuff.” It is always about the people. It is always about us. This past Sunday is was all about Dineen’s daughter.

    On Sunday the daughter of Dineen Miller, co-writer her at Spiritually Unequal Marriage gave her life to Christ and was baptized. Dineen knows life is all about people. She faithfully held her daughter in prayer always trusting the Lord.

    In spite of living in an unequally yoked marriage, children hear the message, children learn from their believing parent and children are saved.

    Hallelujah! AMEN!
    I am thankful, O Lord, I am grateful for your faithfulness.

    To read Dineen’s story click here: My Faithful Father

    And…. there is more thankfulness. I met Charlotte, A Titus 2 Woman, a few weeks ago. Today I want you to meet her too. Please visit Laced With Grace to find about “the gift.” Read it here: Not an Ordinary Gift. The gift is one of the most personal and profound gifts you can give and is perfect for a wedding, a graduation or special occasion. Once you read this you will think of someone who needs it…. Hint… it may be you!

    Praising the Lord today for the good things He has done! BE BLESSED, LYNN

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    Not an Ordinary Gift

    Hello my Friends,

    I am over at Laced With Grace today. There I am sharing a Titus 2 woman with you. Today’s story is about a not so ordinary gift but one which, indeed, unique and very personal. You can also learn how to give it to someone special in your life. Please join me today at Laced With Grace for;

    Not an Ordinary Gift.

    Have a blessed day. Love and hugs, Lynn

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    My Faithful Father

    955606_water_dropsIn June of 2006, I wrote this post about my daughter recommitting her life to Christ. I shared how I had prayed for two straight years, blessing her everyday as she walked out the door to go to school, and then asking God to ignite a flaming fire in her heart for him as she headed down the sidewalk.

    When I wrote this post, I thought God had answered my prayers. I couldn't imagine that he'd only just begun. Over the last year, I've watched her bloom and grow in her faith, and finally settle at a church that she now calls "her church." She's found her place.

    This past Sunday I had the privilege of seeing my daughter baptized. She felt the call of the Holy Spirit on her heart and knew it was time. I watched this bright and wonderful 18 year old proudly profess her faith, bold and full of excitement.

    As I watched her, I could only thank God for what he's done, and what he's brought us through. He first taught me about his faithfulness while we were living in Switzerland, and my precious daughter was at the heart of one of the most intense trials I ever gone through. To come full circle, to witness this day, I'm filled with awe at how God has shown me an even greater height to his faithfulness. He not only answered my prayer, he surpassed it. I remember the moments I despaired for her future and now—now she is safe and secure in God's hand, ready to embark on the path he's set in place only for her.

    God is so awesome. This moment is now my greatest testimony to his faithfulness. Now I wait for another moment I know will be even greater than this one.

    Praying and believing,
    Dineen

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    Our Spouse is Not a Throw Away.

    How do we survive a setback?

    I have written many articles about my marriage. I have shared with you how God continues to lead me to joy, contentment and love in the relationship with my nonbelieving husband. But, from time-to-time I experience a setback.

    Last Wednesday was one of those days.

    I don’t want to bog us down with the details because I know each of you have experienced a moment of pain when your spouse tells you unequivocally he does not believe in Jesus. The Bible is a fallible document, etcetera. You can fill in the blank with your own story.__________

    What do we do when we feel like the wind is knocked out of us?

    I can only share how the Lord helps me through the pain and disappointment. For me, the disappointment hurts every time. Now, I can just hear you saying something like this, “Well, why do you get your hopes up that your husband has experienced a heart change? After almost 16 years of marriage, you should know better.”

    Somtimes I ask myself this question. Then I realize I will always cling to hope. More than that, I cling to promises. I honestly believe my husband will find his way to the cross before he dies. Where I get myself into trouble is my desire for God to save my husband according to my one-year plan, and then be done with it. Can anyone relate?

    I serve a God of hope. I will always hope.

    1 Corinthians 13: 7 It (love) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

    The first step to overcome a set back is simply to grieve it. I cry about it. I tell the Lord about my pain and doubt. I ask Him to confirm my trust and He always comes through.

    Following this recent disappointment I received several emails and calls from my Christian friends. Aren’t you amazed God knows exactly when to send a friend into our lives? Then on Sunday the message at church was specific to me. As if it was only for– me.

    What I realized is that my self-righteousness was a giant problem in my husband’s eyes. God told me this through the message. My husband did not say a word. Ouch!

    The other way I recover from a setback is to find gratefulness.

    When I was a girl my mother would sing a chorus of an old hymn to me when I was whiney or complaining.

    Count your blessings, name them one by one,
    Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
    Count your blessings, name them one by one,
    And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. (Words: Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1897)

    My Mom didn’t put up with much whining. (Love you, Mom!)

    Literally I start naming: He is smart. He has a job and we can pay our bills. He allows me to stay home and gladly supports my ministry efforts. He is faithful. He truly loves me. He gave me a computer. He is kind.

    Thankfulness is the balm which sooths the sore spot on my heart and leads me to hope once again.

    Our spouses are not throw aways. They may be far way but God wants them anyway. Every setback will be redeemed and we will witness the fruit of our love which always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

    Be Blessed and.... name them one by one, Lynn

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    It's A Contest You Wont Want to Miss


    Many of you know that I have been devotions writer at Laced With Grace since its inception in 2006. I am thankful for the opportunity to share with you the amazing things God has done in my life outside of marriage.

    A terrific contest begins over there today and I want you to know about it. If you have ever dreamed of becoming a writer, a speaker or working in ministry or even a better blogger, you will want to enter this contest.

    It is so awesome, I wish I could enter but writers are excluded (Boo Hoo). However I want all of the readers here to know about this amazing opportunity. Please head over there and check out the fantastic prize. (click here)

    Also on Wednesday, March 5th, I will be posting at Laced With Grace about a gift. It is a priceless gift a mother can pass to her child, and every one of you can do this. It doesn’t matter what age your kids are. I promise your son or daughter will never forget this particulare gift and it will be something they will cherish all of their life. And, it is something you can put in a box and give at a wedding, a significant birthday, graduation…. hint, hint…

    Stop in today at Laced With Grace and find out what the contest is all about and stop in again on Wednesday for the gift. You won’t be disappointed.

    Also, to you all of the readers here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage, I thank the Lord for each of you often. I pray for you and care deeply for your life, marriage, and family. Please know that you are precious to me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart that you choose to stop here and spend time with me during your busy week.

    I love you! Be Blessed, Lynn

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