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Weekend Devotion - Somthing To Ponder

Good day All: I thought I would share with you what God is teaching me these days. I know that many people struggle with patience and the Lord had few things to tell me personally about my own impatience. If you struggle in this area, perhaps something that I share, may help you to embrace patience... "But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing." James 1:4 (Amplified Bible) About two weeks ago, I took a walk to the Christian bookstore and before I set a foot in the store, I prayed "Lord, if there is a book in this store that you would have me read, please don't let me leave the store without it". As I browsed through the books, I picked one by Andrew Murray... Read more →

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The Prodigal

Most of you who have read my testimony know that I was raised in a Christian home. In my teens and twenties, I turned away from my Lord and pursued a very selfish life. I hurt many people, including myself, in those years. I met and married my husband in those years just like many of you. I know the verses in Luke are very special to me and to you. I saw this video at The Knightly News and knew I must share it with you. Thanks Angie! The Parable of the Lost Son 11Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them. 13"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

This week I am thankful for so many things: Forty or fifty pounds of tomatoes from my garden over the summer… Yum and eeee. I made tons of salsa… Bring on the chips and NFL football. My friend Dineen. She always listens. Always prays. Always Loves. Iris at Sting My Heart and Laced With Grace. I have been a contributor at Laced With Grace now going on three years. I am humbled to write devotions about our Great God along with my amazing co-writers. Thanks Iris! My friend Laurel Wreath. She has prayed for me and my family many times over the years. A rich friend, indeed. She is having a fantastic give-away on Friday… Check it out at Laurelwreathreflections.com. My prayer partners who prayed for my daughter this week. My little lamb is experiencing real growing pains of Middle School. For all of you who prayed for my baby... Read more →

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The Great Hope Maker

And now part two...see you next week! Last week, I posted about enduring hope. At the end of the article, I included this verse as part of a prayer. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13) Since then, I’ve found myself coming back to it frequently. (I also wrote it on an index card in the most delicious shade of pink—how can I miss it?) I love picking apart God’s Word. I’ve found that just about everything we’re told or shown in the Bible has at least two layers or two meanings. Isn’t that just like God? Nothing wasted and everything to gain. In reading this verse over and over again, two things stood out. The first part, “the God of hope,” tells me... Read more →

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Think of me Monday

For many of us who have been married for more than a few years, we sometimes find our marriage falling into a rut. Our routines become habits. Habits are a good thing. However, in the world of romance, spontaneity gives spark to our our passion. I have heard from spouses who complain that their marriage relationship has settled into predictability. I hear from women who say, “He goes to work and forgets all about me.” I hear from men that are desperate for their wives to surprise them with a little flair. Spiritually Unequal Marriage is all about practical help and encouragement to thrive in marriage. So, today if you are tired of your husband leaving for work without a second thought of you the entire day, I have something for you. If you are a guy (and I know you are out there) and you want your wife to... Read more →

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Spiritual Warfare - Negative talk and the enemy

I picked up my daily Bible this morning and began reading. The Old Testament reading started with the first chapter of Job. Wow, what a story. I have read this book several times and yet I am always blow away by this conversation in the first chapter. 1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright…. Now what gets me is this dialog: 6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan [Satan means accuser] also came with them. 7 The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it." It is freaky to think that God and Satan talk about people on earth. Do you think this still happens today? Well I submit to you that our... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Make it Your Choice!

1 Corinthians 13 4-7 It is a choice you make! 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love is patient. Today it is my choice, I will be patient with my spouse and daughter. Love is kind. Out of the great love of Christ which fills me, I will seek to love instead of hate. I will aim to show genuine kindness to every person I interact with face-to-face, on the phone and through the internet. It does not envy. Here and now, I will focus on the rich blessings God has poured into my life.... Read more →

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Hope That Endures

Hi Friends! Here's the first of the two part hope series I wrote last August. I love this series and "hope" it will bring you encouragement again. Catch part two next week. Then I'll be back! How do we keep hoping when everything we see tells us there is no hope? The very definition of faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrew 11:1). But how do we apply that to situations that leave us hope-less? So often I see the struggle of the unequally yoked spouse as a battle to simply hang on to our own faith. In the midst of the adversity the mismatched marriage naturally brings, we find ourselves praying, hoping for our spouse’s salvation. Day after day we petition God. Months or even years pass with no visible change. How do we continue? How do we... Read more →

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Dead-End Street

A Dead-End.... …Divorce… …Failed adoption… …Lost job… …Friendship betrayed… …Circumstances… …Cancer… Arrival on: Dead End Street This is a familiar road to me, perhaps to you as well. We arrive in this desolate place by many different vehicles and at various speeds. I have ambled down this road in a slow, painful progression, via a loss of a friendship. I have slammed into the road sign, leaving it flat on the pavement, after screeching to a halt. I look around bewildered at my arrival once again. Pride usually facilities this crash. I have followed Christ, with absolute certainty of His leading, only to take up residence once again next to the familiar roadblock because I didn’t trust Him completely. Arrival on Dead-End Street brings the inevitable questions: Why? What purpose does this serve, God? The question to ask is not why. The question to ask is, God what are you... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion - Dreaming of Rapture

Revelation 21 The New Jerusalem Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy... Read more →

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Kid's and Everyday Faith

A couple of Friday’s back I wrote a post about our kids going back to school. I talked about ways we can impact our children’s lives with Jesus. Today, I have a few more suggestions I hope will inspire. Original Post: Kid’s are abandoning their Faith (click here). The idea is to begin some new habits which brings faith into their daily lives. School is beginning for most of the nation in the next few weeks. This is a perfect time to make a few visible changes to inspire and connect with our kids and our Lord. Kids and parents are stressed out the first week of school. To enjoy a successful morning the first week of school begins, get ready the night before. Fill the backpack. Lay out clothing- including shoes If the kids plan to buy lunch or even just milk, organize envelopes with the correct amount of... Read more →

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The Most Dangerous Prayer

Hi friends! I'm still traveling! Here's a post I wrote in November of 2007 that is still so relevant. :-) It’s birthed in the deepest recesses of our hearts, then moves with our silent yearnings to the hidden places in our thoughts. We dare to think it, until we finally submit and give words to this most dangerous prayer. “Lord, do whatever it takes to bring my husband/wife to Christ.” Among the unequally yoked there is an unspoken enormity to this prayer. And we understand the journey it takes deep within ourselves to finally speak it—to pray it with sincerity, knowing full well we have no idea what we may have unleashed. It comes from a place of near desperation and complete trust in God. We are willing to risk it all. At times the urgency of this prayer fills me with such desperation that I can hardly breath. And... Read more →

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A Death In The Family

This week I received an email from a very close friend. She has been a reader here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage for some time now. I have grown to love her and her family deeply. This week my sister in the Lord wrote me to tell me of a death in her family. Reeling in the aftermath of this death is a woman bereft of hope. Her dreams of living a life of contentment, fulfillment, and joy are crushed. This woman is not alone. Every one of us who lives unequally yoked is likely to experience this life-altering death. You see, she arrived at a place where reality kills your expectations. We arrive in this grief when we face the naked truth that our spouse is not turning to Jesus as we expected. Our dreams of attending church together are smashed. Our heart-hopes to serve God united at a team... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion

My mother has some really neat wall hangings. This is one of them. I am heading out of town once again. I will be back in a week. On Monday, I have a post that every person living in an unequally yoked marriage must read. Stop back Monday. Have a blessed week. Lynn Read more →

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Would You Want to Live Here?

MODELS NOW OPEN! Imagine living in a place where people come in search of tranquility and relaxation. Take a walk down the tree-lined, cul-de-sac streets and take in the rustic backdrop that is inspired by the rich, old town charm of its surrounding area. Homes are nestled amidst pocket parks and paseos, and the exquisite exterior stylings are enhanced by a variety of spacious floorplans and interior amenities like slab-granite kitchen countertops and upgraded GE® appliances, including a refrigerator. Here, you’ll experience the true spirit of country living, with rolling hills and abundant space where you and your family can grow together. Looking for a home that represents a lifetime of memories and rewards? We offer you tangible gratification. ____ Too good to be true? No! I even found how wonderful my husband really is at a model home. Pop over to Laced With Grace for a quick devotion about... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - ETERNITY!

John 14:2 (King James Version) In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. For more Thankful Thursday blessings, visit Iris at Sting My Heart. Read more →

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Life…Interrupted

Hi friends! I'm on the road traveling, and life is full of interruptions at the moment. Just wanted to share this post I wrote in May of 2007 with you again. :-) So often we think we have things under control. Life is going along fine. Then it happens, that one thing you never expected. Or, you saw it coming, but the magnitude far outreaches what you imagined. Is God there? What is He thinking? How can I get through this? My greatest challenge these days is understanding that interruptions are a major part of God’s plan for my family at the moment. It’s a critical year of transition…transformation. You see, my husband’s soul is at stake. As a writer, I can appreciate that as the makings of an amazing story. I can picture the book trailer now. The heroine throws aside her own desires and wants, just to overcome... Read more →

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Marriage Monday - Men and Play

Today is Marriage Monday. Our topic this month is; Men and Play Recreational companionship is an important need in men. Husband’s want their wives to partner with them when they play. I have a weird and funny story about this very subject. It happened to me last week while I was blow-drying my hair. Without further ado, I am reposting this story today for all of those who are visiting from Chrysalis. Fantasy Football and God..... Say What?? Many of you who have been readers at Spiritually Unequal Marriage for some time know I hear from God while in the bathroom. Many times I am buck nakid’ in the shower and sometimes I am in the closet getting dressed. Today I was blow-drying my hair…. Guess what the Lord prompted me to do? Join a Fantasy Football Team. I can tell you NEVER in a million years did this idea... Read more →

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What does Your Cardboard Say?

Weekend Devotion

This video is a powerful statement about the power of our God. I hope you have time to watch it. It will set your heart for victorious living this week. My cardboard, yesteryear: And today.... Read more →

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Kids are abandoning their Faith

A new study by The Barna Group (Ventura, California) shows that despite strong levels of spiritual activity during the teen years, most twentysomethings disengage from active participate in the Christian faith during their young adult years—and often beyond that. In total, six out of ten twentysomethings were involved in a church during their teen years, but have failed to translate that into active spirituality during their early adulthood. I completely relate to this information and really don’t find much has changed since my early adulthood. My twentysomething was lived in complete rebellion against the teachings I learned in youth group. I attended church faithfully as a teen. I went to Sunday school. I was active. Why do our youth abandon their faith in early adulthood? What can we do so our kids won’t make the same mistake? I was listening to a radio broadcast recently on this very subject. What... Read more →

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