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The Ultimate Odd Couple

He does the laundry..... .....I mow the lawn He loves the beach..... .....I crave the mountains He wants room service..... .....Give me camping Tall Short Shy Not Brainiac Blonde Spicy Mild In love In love When I turned my life over to Jesus, he promised me a life journey filled with adventure, growth, triumph, a few defeats and love. He gave me my husband. And….the journey has never been boring!!! With so many oddities in our house we cannot help but laugh with each other, grow together, rise to the challenges as a team and fall more deeply in love. Never boring and I am having a ball! I am celebrating my husband and thanking the Lord for the many ways this man amazes me. Be blessed and happy Thursday, Lynn For more Thankful Thursday blessings, visit Iris at Sting My Heart. Read more →

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The Meaning of Love

After looking at John, I’m finding my interest sparked now by Peter. We know Peter denied Christ three times, then in John 21, Jesus asks if Peter loves him three times. I love the symbolism here, and again, God brings more than one purpose to light. Just as Peter denied Christ three time, Jesus gives Peter the chance to “choose” him three times thereby reaffirming Peter’s place in relationship to God’s kingdom and also to Christ himself. If we dig a little deeper though into the Greek meaning behind the words, two different words are used for love. The first time Christ asks Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” he uses agape, which portrays love as volitional (a choice) and self-sacrificing. Peter answers him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” But he uses phileo which means a brotherly type of love with... Read more →

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GREEN

Today I want to share an email letter I received from one of my dear friends. Her heart for God and His creation is apparent. The timing of this letter is perfect as Tuesday was Earth Day. Be Blessed, Lynn HAPPY EARTH DAY FRIENDS!! LET’S GO GREEN!!! "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth... God saw all that he had made, and it was very good." (Genesis 1:1, 31) What better way than to begin my letter to you, my friends about an important Day and time in our Earth’s life. For several years I have made conscience efforts to change the way my family and I treat our Earth. After all it is the only longest living evidence of what our Lord our God has made for his children to inhabit. Knowing this day when we acknowledge and make ourselves aware of the value of our... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

Luke 18:16 (NIV) Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I spent four days this past weekend with 85 middle school kids. These are kids who are 11, 12, and 13 years old and start middle school as chubby faced babies. They depart three short years later with facial hair, curves, and attitude. I am sure you remember these years. Kids find themselves struggling with self-esteem issues, sorting out the social pecking order. They discover their bodies are growing an inch a month and the schoolwork is just plain hard. Ten chaperones, the band director, and the school principal traveled to San Francisco where the kids participated in a competition with bands from the west. I made a discovery on this trip. I discovered there are really... Read more →

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More about John...

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel." John 1:29-31 (NIV) The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!" When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?" They said, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?" "Come," he replied, "and you will see." So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day... Read more →

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Romance Novel

Contributor at: Do you have a dream, an aspiration which is so fantastic that only God could achieve it? Join me at Laced With Grace today and let's dream together. Be Blessed, Lynn Read more →

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Weekend Devotion—What about John?

They came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him." To this John replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.' The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less." — John 3:26-30 John the Baptist has been on my mind this week. I wonder what he felt when he saw Jesus with the Twelve. Did he wish to be one of those chosen men, constantly in... Read more →

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Lessons from the Campground

Happy Friday! I am away this weekend, traveling with my daughter and her Middle School Band. We are competing in San Francisco. I am one of about 10 chaperones who will be on a buss for a total of 16 hours with about 60 middle school boys and girls. I am scared!!! Can any one say a prayer??? *grin* I want to share a post with you today that I originally shared at Christian Women Online about a year ago. Our family goes camping a few times a year. Each time I am delighted that God travels with us and never fails to provide me with a life message. To follow is one experience I will never forget. I hope you enjoy, Better Than Reality TV Friday afternoon we arrived at the campground. We bailed out of the car and began to unload the gear; sleeping bags, cook stove, food... Read more →

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To Our Readers...

Today I would like to dedicate this post to our readers. You've given Lynn and I the privilege of sharing our lives with you, and you've even allowed us to step in the gap with prayers and encouragement for many of you as well. When I think of what God is doing, how He's allowed us to participate in this ministry, I'm so humbled. There's no mistaking God's great purpose. Paul even speaks of this in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it... Read more →

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When Your Best Isn't Good Enough

I had concluded I was a hindrance to my husband. I was not serving the Lord with all of my heart because I was torn between honoring my husband and obeying the Holy Spirit moving with in me. Simple choice? Sounds simple, but wasn’t. You see my husband and me were like fire and kerosene…EXPLOSIVE. Have you every heard the analogy if you smack a horse in the face every time he walks up to you, then when you want to ride and go to put the bridle on him he will resist and run away? That is the way we were. He could give me a look or have that “tone” in his voice and I would automatically go into a defense mode. I would start quoting scriptures to him to “prove” that he was failing as a father, husband, and a man. He wanted no part of my... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion by Guest Contributor - Amy

2 Kings 6:16-17 "Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see." Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. There are daily spiritual battles going on in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones. We see things with physical eyes but we don't see what's going on spiritually - God is there! For many years I struggled with my husband's lack of passion in his Christian walk with God. It seemed that I was thriving but he just wasn't interested. We were two different people living two different lives - we were like chalk and cheese spiritually. He went from being this totally on-fire man for God to... Read more →

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Breakthrough Praying for Breakthrough Living

The Conclusion

"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 Today is the last post in this series. Can you believe we started this journey on January 11th? We covered a ton of thoughts and discovered the real power we have as believers in Jesus when we pray. I could probably write for the rest of my life and still not scratch the surface of all that we know and can practice in prayer. This series did not have time to look at spiritual warfare in prayer. However, last year we did a study in Ephesians 6. Are we at War? (read it here) We also have not covered praying specifically for lost loved ones and how to partner with Christ in the salvation experience. I... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

I hail from an extremely large family. I have relatives that are young and old, and even ancient. My grandmothers have gray hair and red hair, brown, blonde, blue, and even shades of pastels. I have kin who live on every continent of our world. I am blessed with brothers and sisters who are tall and skinny, short and stout, loud and quiet and everywhere in between. I am sure you have figured out that my large family has one Father. We are united in a common bond of love and friendship I am unable to explain to “outsiders.” There is an instant trust among us. A kindred spirit of hope. A heart filled with concern over one another. I am amazed at how the family bond extends through out our church. It expands in our online community. Today I received an email from one of my sisters who lives... Read more →

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Contentment

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you notice a common theme? The subject of a devotional, an email that comes over your favorite prayer loop, Sunday’s sermon, this weeks subject at your small group Bible study… Those are the times I pay close attention, because I know God has something teach or show me. This has happened over the last week and the subject has been about contentment. Paul touches on this subject very clearly in Philippians 4:11-13: I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him... Read more →

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Marriage Monday - Happiness or Holiness

Want this button?By majority vote, our topic this Monday will be, "Marriage: For Happiness or Holiness?” This is not a trick question. It’s an opportunity to share your wisdom, Scriptural knowledge, experience, quotes, or other insights you might have.—e-Mom @ Chrysalis. When I read the topic for this month, the first thing I thought was, this is a trick question. I began to think about the subject and was drawn to the word “happiness.” I can’t help thinking about how women enter marriage. The wedding day is the culmination of months of effort focused mainly on the bride. Her knight in shinning armor arrives at the church to whisk her away and they live happily ever after. However, as Florence Littauer says, “After Every Wedding Comes a Marriage.” Okay, I was one of those brides and today, after 16 years of marriage, is a great day to ask, Marriage: For... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion — God of Peace

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. — 1 Corinthians 14:33 Paul made this statement in his letter to the church in Corinth to make a point. The original Greek word "akatastasia" means confound, confusion, instability, or tumult. The worship services there had become disorganized and their motivations had turned more self-centered than God-centered. Paul gave specific instructions to guide them back to order and peace. Yet this statement epitomizes God's character as well. He truly is a God of peace and desires the same in the lives of his children. As unequally yoked spouses, we often find we live in frequent states of confusion and even instability. Frequently we walk a fine line between our unbelieving spouse and maintaining our faith. This is part of the territory—something we must come to accept and deal with, but thankfully not alone. Even in these situations, God desires... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

I always love to read Thankful Thursday posts. I try to visit as many participants as possible each week. I thrill to read comments from women about their husbands. When I find myself frustrated in my unequally yoked marriage, I turn my heart to thankfulness. Giving thanks for my husband can cure a bad attitude every time. Today, I am thankful for my husband. He has put up with me for 16 years….need I say more? He is kind He is bright…. (I mean scary bright) He is tall, dark and blue eyed He is faithful……to me, his children, his parents, his employer, his friends He loves my cooking…. He thrills at my touch He is my man I am a thankful woman. Have a blessed day. What are you thankful for? For more Thankful Thursday blessings, visit Iris at Sting My Heart. Read more →

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Be Sure

The Bible defines faith as “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Heb. 11:1) This verse has always had special meaning for me. I’ve studied the flow of each word, and the nuances of its meaning. I’ve embraced its truth within my spirit where its lies deeply affirmed. And now I’m coming to see a new perspective from this verse I’ve called “friend” for so long. I’ve always placed substantial weight on the last part, “certain of what we do not see.” Faith isn’t tangible. Perhaps this is the biggest hurdle to the unbeliever, to have faith in something that can’t be proven by science, by men. Faith, in and of itself, isn’t provable either. It just is. Many of you know of the journey I’m on, that God shared his plan for my husband’s salvation with me almost seven years ago.... Read more →

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Great Opportunities

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