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22 entries from March 2008

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... Read more →

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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... Read more →

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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. I have seen it not just once but... Read more →

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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... Read more →

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Time to Pray

He 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... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion — Jesus is…

At 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... Read more →

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Breakthrough Praying for Breakthrough Living-

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?”... Read more →

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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... Read more →

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Jesus, My Hero

I’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... Read more →

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Cross Walk

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 Read more →

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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... Read more →

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Breakthrough Praying for Breakthrough Living-

Interceding for Others

"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... Read more →

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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 For more Thankful Thursday blessings, visit Iris at Sting My Heart. Read more →

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The Right Place

While 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... Read more →

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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... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion - Prayer

Father, 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... Read more →

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Breakthrough Praying for Breakthrough Living-

The Voice of God!

"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... Read more →

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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!... Read more →

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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 Read more →

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My Faithful Father

In 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... Read more →

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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... Read more →

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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... Read more →

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