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16 entries from May 2008

Are You Weary?

I want to build a house up on this mountain Way up high where the peaceful waters flow To quench my thirsty soul Up on the mountain - Steven Curtis Chapman (The Mountain) You've had a long weary day, dinner's done, everyone's eaten, your husband is watching sports on the tv, children are doing their homework, there's been no time for you and you feel like everyone just wants wants wants! Sound familiar! Yep it's a common thing for us wives and mothers isn't it? What do you do when you're thirsty? You drink! What do you do when you're tired? You sleep! What do you do when you need help? You go to God! Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. God is our almighty counselor, helper, friend, heavenly Father - he's everything! Take some... Read more →

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This Message Is Hereby Posted!

Perhaps it is just me but over the last two weeks I have been in a struggle against evil. I think this weird period began a few weeks ago when the Supreme Court of California overturned the voter approved constitution of marriage between one man and one woman. Four people who sit on this board of judges overruled millions of Californians. How does stuff like this happen? Struggles with old habits with my unbelieving spouse and a million other issues pounced upon me leaving me feeling defeated. I am not alone. Several of you have written to me who are also struggling in your marriages, finances, death, cancer, fear....... So, this message is hereby now posted: To All Evil: You are hereby now put on notice. I am back, praying with a vengeance. I believe in a Holy, perfect and loving God. The One. The Only. God of the Universe.... Read more →

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Subtle Stealing

Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect if that were possible. I am going to tell you a story about a dear Christian friend of mine. I am certain not everyone will see this story as I see it. That is okay. I am compelled to share it with you. See if you can find the truth in it. The story to follow is based on actual events. The details of this drama begin in the summer of 2004. My friend, let's call her Leece, is sure that God has finally answered her prayers. Leece has petitioned the King for months about moving away from her home of thirty years. She is certain this is the day God wants her to list her home for sale and move. The next day the For Sale sign is posted and... Read more →

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What is Indecent?

I have sat down three different times to write this post. Writing about what is indecent is difficult for several reasons. First, it is likely I will tread on some extremely controversial issues. Second, I worry these flammable topics will heap unnecessary guilt onto some of us. I know I struggle with this in my own marriage. There are practices in which the Bible states clearly are sinful and my husband does not subscribe to those views. This is all too common in an unequally yoked marriage. I know many of you struggle with differing worldviews and moral dilemmas. This discord has proven to be one of the most difficult areas in my own marriage. Let me return to sitting down three different times to write. Each time as I searched God’s word for scripture, I was taken immediately to Romans. Here is what I am to share with you... Read more →

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Discouragement

This past Sunday I went with my daughter to her church for the first time. When we walked in, I felt comfortable right away. I enjoyed the worship immensely, but it was the sermon that truly had me near tears. The pastor* spoke about being discouraged, especially if you’re a perfectionist and disappointed because things just haven’t worked out like you expected. I almost jumped out of my seat and yelled, “That’s me!” Almost. The past few weeks have been rough and overall, it’s been a challenging year. Hearing him speak these words right to my heart captured my complete attention. I knew I was struggling, but to hear what from so clearly defined was like a cup of cool water to my parched lips. From that point on I had no doubts God intended me to hear this message. The pastor shared five wise principles to remember in discouraging... Read more →

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Laced With Grace - What A Mess

Proverbs 31:28a Her children arise and call her blessed; I don’t know about you but I read this scripture and want to laugh. If you asked my kids about this passage and their mom, you would need to wait 30 minutes while they have hysterics on the floor. Then they would say: ... Hop over to Laced With Grace and find out. Stop over at Laced With Grace for What a Mess. I struggle with feelings of failure. Do you?Contributor at: Read more →

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What's In Your Camp? The Holy Spirit?

Do our physical surrounding impact the spiritual realm? Is it possible to change your surroundings in a peaceful and loving way when your home is divided because of faith? Can you think of one item that must go? Does this scripture still apply to us today and does it matter to God what is in our home? How do we welcome the Holy Spirit into our home? I love to ask questions. You probably know that about me. What I love even more is your answers. All of you who have been reading this series have had thought provoking and insightful answers. I encourage you to read the past posts and the answers. Click here for Part I. Deuteronomy 23:14 (New International Version) For the LORD your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday -

Pressed Down and Shaken Together

Luke 6:38 (New International Version) Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." I opened up my daily Bible this morning to today’s date, May 14th. Scratched in my handwriting at the top of the page was this: Launched unequally yoked website today, 2006. What is poignant about this date is it is also my birthday. God has seen fit to give me another year. Thinking about the year ahead, I am praying for only one thing: A closer walk with Jesus. Everything else will fall into place. I thank the Lord for those of you who stop in hear to read. Some of you have been reading here for two years now. Wow, does the time fly. I am thankful for... Read more →

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Called to Wait

Waiting. It's the one thing we all are called to do at some point in our faith journeys and most likely, more than once. Sometimes these are small blips on the radar—waiting to see if God will open the door to a new job, ministry, or relationship. Other times these periods define our very existence, as if everything you do revolves around this one person or event—the test results you're dreading, finally reaching your dream, or your spouse accepting Christ. At times we feel like we're in a holding pattern, like an airplane waiting to land. Others are there circling too, commiserating and understanding full well what you're going through. Right now, this defines my life. Three main areas are currently "on hold." And these are major areas to do with children, marriage and career. Honestly, being patient has never been so hard. But I'm discovering a remedy to these... Read more →

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Life.... Interrupted

Welcome All My Friends: All of us here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage want to thank Nancy Kennedy for joining us Friday and sharing her insights. The interview was fantastic. You can read it below. Scroll Down Also, if you are tuning into to catch the next segment of What’s In Your Camp, forgive me. I am a bit under the weather and have been unable to get it written. I will post on this interesting subject again on Friday. What do you think? Deuteronomy 23:14 (New International Version) For the LORD your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you. Does this scripture still apply to us today and does it matter to God what is in our home? Stop in again... Read more →

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Welcome Nancy Kennedy

I am thrilled once again to have Nancy Kennedy as a guest here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. Nancy kindly provided an interview back in September, 2006. (Click here to read the past interview) If you have been a reader here for very long you probably know that Nancy’s book, When He Doesn’t Believe, Help and Encouragement for Women Who feel Alone in Their Faith, was the first book I read in the early years of my unequally yoked marriage. This book was a balm to my spirit and gave me hope for the first time for my marriage. I owe Nancy a debt of gratitude. Thank you Nancy!! I have also recommended this book to everyone who asks me for resources, it is included in our library, and I have mailed at least a dozen copies to readers here at SUM. If you have not read it yet, find a... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Motherhood

When I was a teen-aged girl, I remember telling my mother I would never have kids or dogs when I became an adult. I can still see my Mom trying to conceal her mirth over this pronouncement. I moved out and married shortly thereafter and within three years I had both. The Lord knew I needed the lessons and the rich blessings of motherhood. He gave me both a boy and a girl. My son is 25 years old today and my daughter 12 going on 13 in a month. What I have learned as a mother is a priceless treasure from the Lord above. I understand what unconditional love is. How our Father weeps for those who are prodigal. I know how to forgive and forget. Self-centeredness is not an option. It is better to give than receive. Money does not make one happy but the hug and a... Read more →

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On the Personal Side...

Something pretty amazing happened to me this weekend. I thought I'd share a slice of "my life according to me" with the intent of showing how awesome God is. Frankly, I'm still blown away by it all. So from the beginning... The backstory... My sweet hubby is an avid disc golf player. Absolutely loves the sport. He plays every Sunday and at least one weekend a month in competitions set all over the state of California. So, last week he mentioned he wanted to go to watch the pros play in Santa Cruz on Sunday. The tantalizing dialogue... Hubby shoves his hands into his pockets and takes his notorious slouchy stance. "So I'm thinking I'll go Sunday to watch the pros play." I smile. I'm thinking how this guy just can't go a weekend without a disc golf fix. "I'd go with you if it wasn't communion Sunday." He looks... Read more →

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What is in Your Camp?

ANNOUNCEMENT: This Friday, May 9th, I have a special guest paying a visit to Spiritually Unequal Marriage. Please, please, please plan to stop in here for this neat surprise. You will not be disappointed. Hmmmmm. Do we have a camp? Does God move around in it? Does our camp, if we have one, need to be holy? If there is something indecent in our “camp” would he turn away? Does this verse apply to the year 2008? Does this verse apply to me? What does it all mean? Deuteronomy 23:14 (New International Version) For the LORD your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you. Wow, what a wise and Godly group of friends you are. The comments on Friday’s post were... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion - The 23rd Psalm

If you're like me, you've heard the 23rd Psalm so often, your eyes kind of glaze over when you hear it. Yet it's one of the most popular Psalms. This little gem came up one day in my Bible reading, so I asked God to show me a deeper meaning. Now why was I surprised that He did? 1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. The Lord is my provider. He takes care of all my needs. Like a true sheppard, He even anticipates needs I'm not aware of. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, His way is always the best. This is where I will find rest. 3 he restores my soul. He alone is my source of peace. The Hebrew word for restores is shuwb (pronounced shoob), and it has a long list of... Read more →

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A Tiny, Obscure Verse but Whao!

Do you remember about seven or eight years ago Bruce Wilkinson wrote a small book titled, The Prayer of Jabez? (I still don’t know how to pronounce this guy’s name Jaabezz or Jĕbez. Can some one help me?) What is fascinating to me about this book was that Bruce uncovered this tiny obscure couple of verses buried in, of all places, 1 Chronicles. 1 Chronicles 4:9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, "I gave birth to him in pain." 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request. Okay, now I admit that in my yearly reading I might have skipped through some of those chapters verses. Sounding... Read more →

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