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20 entries from September 2008

Answer the Call

6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. — Ephesians 2:6-10 (NIV) I’ve noticed a commonality lately with many unequally yoked spouses. Many have shared with me that God has called them to cease petitioning for their unsaved spouses’ salvation and to begin thanking God that it’s already in place. I know this to be true in my own situation, but I... Read more →

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On The Edge and I Need You

Hello Everyone: I am interrupting the scheduled post from last Monday: Is God’s love conditional or unconditional? I have to share with you some thoughts. I am very interested in your opinions. Saturday I attended the San Diego Christian Writers Conference. This is an annual even which is tied to my writing critique group. The conference is a great place to meet with editors and attend workshops and also to improve my writing skills. What I found at the conference this year was something unexpected. It has left me a bit unsteady. It appears to me that much of the book publishing in Christian circles is becoming Edgy Christianity. What I mean by that is some of the speakers/teachers are much more free with their thoughts about God and what Christianity is or means. There are many new books in the market place that are specific to this, also bloggers.... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion - Do You Need Healing?

This past week in Bible study we looked at scripture in Exodus 15. The Israelites were wondering without water in the wilderness. They came to Marah and found water. Whew! However, we know the water was bitter and undrinkable. The people panicked. Moses cried out to the Lord. The Lord, Jehovah-Jireh. The Lord their Provider. The bitter water was made sweet after the Lord instructed Moses what to do. The Lord healed the waters. Jehovah-Rapha the God who Heals. We talked a lot about the healing power of God. He can heal our diseases and our past. He can heal our hearts and very souls. One of the most amazing things the Lord can heal is our own bitterness. Bitterness is a seething, black cancer that will grow secretly in our hearts and minds. It consumes our very life and when it is finished with us it will spread to... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday -

A Birthday, An Announcement, A Prayer Request

This is a very special Thankful Thursday for me. I am so humbled and thrilled to share some exciting news. I am joining the staff of our church, Sunridge Community Church. I will be helping my friend Pam in Women’s Ministry. If any of you have read my Bio you know I have been involved in Women’s Ministries, Bible Study, for years. It was in this Bible Study where God met me and placed my marriage on a path of healing. What you don’t know is the amazing history Pam and I share. Pam and I met in Las Vegas. She and I were in the management-training program within the bank where we both worked. She was training in Operations and I, in Lending. We were great friends and loved the same clothes. Pam is a smart dresser and a fantastic banker. What I find fascinating is the time in... Read more →

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My Hubby My Hero

I think I fell in love with my husband all over again Monday evening. Our family is facing a crisis at the moment, which called us all to join together and participate in something he normally would refuse. My sweet guy not only came, but he didn't fuss, argue, or resist either. As I sat across the room from him, I fell in love with him in a whole new way. For the first time in twenty-one years, he was my hero. He came to the rescue of his family. At one point I looked at him and said, "I don't think I've ever loved you more than I do at this moment." He smiled. I love his smile. What a guy. I can only praise God for this amazing turn about. I could never have accomplished this. I prayed before hand, God worked it out. Awesome! So, I'm cherishing... Read more →

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Chronicles of ….

Conditional? OR Unconditional?

Last Monday everyone had a chance to vote. Wow, many of you did. You also added your wisdom to this discussion and backed it up with scripture. I am blessed to know each of you who voted. Also, thank you for adding your thoughts and scripture verses. The question of debate: Is God’s Love Conditional or Unconditional? As believers we are certain of the answer and I think the scripture verses you left in comments unequivocally confirms God loves us unconditionally. But……. Last Sunday I asked my unbelieving spouse this same question. Listen in…. “Honey, Pastor Greg had a great question during church today. Is God's love conditional or unconditional?” I looked up from chopping peppers and onions for the omelet I was making for brunch. Side note: An omelet and NFL Football on a Sunday morning is close to heaven. For most of us in an unequally yoked marriage,... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion—My Lord Speaks My Name

At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. "Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). —John 20:14-16 In the softness of the morn, I sit and wait For your sweet voice To speak my name. It's the gentlest of sounds, As soft as a caress. With such tenderness you speak And make my heart rejoice. Oh to hear my Lord speak, It's the most precious of sounds. I'd wait a lifetime Just to hear him speak again. For he knows my name so well. He knows my heart,... Read more →

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The Chronicles of the Donovan Clan

Hot Salsa and Scripture! What a Hoot!

Okay, I have another story from the Donovan clan. I sure hope my stories don't bore you but sometimes I just can't hold them in. I see Jesus all over place pursuing my man in amazing ways. You should have heard him earlier in the week when I was telling him about some of stuff going on in ministry. He looked at me and said, "The Bible is the basis of all Christianity, it is not up for debate or sideways interpretation…. Period… The end." I stood and stared at him completely speechless. And you all know that is a rare thing for me to be speechless!! I finally closed my mouth and said to him, "I can't wait until you become a Christian because you are really going to be good at it." We both grinned. Okay but that is not the story. Today at lunch I was telling... Read more →

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Hit Again

Last Friday as I was driving home with my daughter in typical California rush hour traffic, I got rear-ended. Again. Two years ago we traded in my gas guzzling car for a nice, shiny red Honda Civic. I picked up my daughter from school one day and got rear-ended by the poor 17-year-old in the SUV behind me. I say poor because I totally lost my cool, hopped out, and started ranting how the car was only a week old. Brand spanking new. I was not at my best that day. I apologized to this poor kid who felt so horrible for hitting us, and I could tell he felt his world had just crumbled into total darkness. I later found out that was because he wasn’t supposed to drive his car to school. Uh oh. We both learned big lessons that day. I asked God to help me keep... Read more →

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Think About It

I have a question for you. poll by twiigs.com How would God vote? Knowing how God answers this question has big implications in our life and definitely in our marriage. So I want to explore this provocative question. Please vote and give me your scripture references. Let's understand more about God and His great love for the lost and the saved. Have a great week. I am looking forward to some spirited conversation. Be Blessed, Lynn Read more →

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Weekend Devotion - Praying for Salvation

Almighty God, Creator and Sustainer of Life, Compassionate, Holy, First and the Last, I give you praise. In my worship I offer you my heart, my soul, my very life. Today, Father, I bring my husband/wife before Your throne. I approach in humility, seeking your will and with Jesus at my side. Let me see my husband with your eyes. Allow me to never forget how much you love him. Remind me that my husband is a person you are pursuing to secure his salvation. Show me where you are working in His life and teach me to pray in support of all your work. I ask for your hand upon him. Please protect him from evil people and evil spirits. Cause the circumstances in his life to prompt thinking about eternity, God and his purpose in life. Lord, bring men into his life who are believers. Men of character... Read more →

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Chronicles of the Donovan Clan

A Visit.... and then a really Great Question.

When we walk the road of the Spiritually Mismatched it can be a lonely walk. We can feel emotionally abandoned by our spouse and forgotten by God. I want to you to know we often don’t know how to see God moving in our lives. We don’t know how to watch Jesus as He pursues our unbelieving spouse. In the past year I have watched as God has pounds on the door of my husband’s heart. I learned how to percieve God's hand moving in a situation. I am a front-row spectator in the best drama in the most fantastic adventure and grand story ever told. What I think would be fun and encouraging is to share what I see. So, from time-to-time I plan to post a new story in the Chronicles of the Donovan Clan. I usually share these stories at 1Peter3Living. They are written usually in the... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Beth Moore and BFFs

This week I am overwhelmed with thanks for so many things. But, I am especially thankful to the Lord for Women’s Bible study at our church. I took a year off from leading a study group to work on some writing projects and boy howdy, did I ever miss it. I am thankful God faithfully selects absolutely the right women for our group. I am amazed year-after-year and yet shouldn’t be. I am thankful these women are hungry for Jesus because I am hungry for Jesus. I am thankful for the vulnerability and willingness to share their lives. It is when we are authentic that real healing and growth occur. I am thankful for the lunches that follow. We laugh for an hour and a half. Sometimes so loud I thought I would pee my pants and scare the other customers. I praise God for Beth Moore. Need I say... Read more →

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Sustenance

One particular day in which I was complaining about waiting (ok, I moaned and groaned), God reminded me that David was chosen to be king, yet he had to wait 14 years to take this position. And not just waiting, but running for his life, fighting battles, and baffled by King Saul's vacillating behavior. We don't have a complete and detailed picture of David's ordeal, but what is recorded depicts a man who seemed constantly aware of his humble position and his desperate need for God. I'd dare say the first is what made the second possible. David didn't seem to doubt God for long, nor did he bemoan his circumstances. For the most part. And neither did he question God's plan. He simply served God to the best of his ability in the current circumstances. He may have had moments of despair, but judging by the Psalms he invariably... Read more →

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Marriage Monday - Why Romance Matters

Proverbs 30:18-19 (New Living Translation) 18 There are three things that amaze me— no, four things that I don’t understand: 19 how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman. This scripture verse gives me chill bumps. No, not because of the snake. Eeeek! I am not shivering over the majestic eagle soaring in a brilliant azure sky. No, I get goose bumps when I realize my husband really, really loves me. He loves deeply, with a passion so intense he would walk through fire that I might live. His commitment to “us” is fierce, constant, and unrelenting. I shudder when I try to wrap my feeble mind around this truth. This is what it means for a man to love a woman as Christ loves the Church. Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion — Promises

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 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. — 2Peter 3:8-9 Friday was my 21st wedding anniversary. My sweet hubby surprised me with reservations at a very nice restaurant downtown. We sat at a circular booth table, snuggled together on one side. He'd even told the maître d' ahead of time about our celebration. So sweet. Though time is still passing and my dear husband seems as set in his atheism as ever, I found myself praising God for the man sitting next to me and our life together. Despite our unequally yoked circumstances, I find great joy in our marriage. And... Read more →

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Ten Secrets to a Happy Marriage

From the book, Forever, by Karen Kingsbury 1.God has you here to serve one another. Love acted out is serving. 2.Women need respect and nurturing. Love your wife so she knows you’d lay your life down for her. 3.Continue to date her and admire her. Share a hobby - find something you can do to have fun together. Laugh often. 4.Be patient. Love crumbles quickly under the weight of unmet expectations. 5.Spend more time trying to fix ourself than your spouse. 6.Keep short accounts. The Bible says, “Do not let the sun go down while you are angry.” Make it a habit to forgive. 7.Determine upfront that divorce is not an option. 8.Learn about love languages. Not all people show love or receive it the same way. You want a back rub and your spouse wants a clean kitchen. The love languages are fairly simple: acts of service, time, physical... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday -

A Question for You.

Fantasy Football Update: A few weeks ago I posted about joining a Fantasy Football League. God told me in the bathroom to spend quality and recreational time with my husband by joining Fantasy Football. Say what? (Read the story here) Well last weekend was the team draft. What’s a draft? My question exactly. Good thing my twenty-something son is my partner. Well Sunday morning arrived and it was my turn to pick. Of course, I was at church (don’t I sound righteous here, sorry). In my absence, my helpful husband drafted a player for me. I returned from church to discover my husband’s treachery. Need I remind you I am competing against this man? I proceeded to yell at him at least five different times for picking, should we say, a less than desirable candidate (frown face). Later, I grinned at him with a sheepish look, “Sorry honey. I think... Read more →

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The Chain of Effectiveness

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. — 2 Peter 1:5-8 (NIV) For years I’ve sought to understand why it is so difficult to an effective Christian. When we read the storied of the disciples and the thousands brought to Christ in one day, I wonder what we’ve lost in this day and age. What’s different now compared to then? Why is it so difficult to be effective in our own generation? To our own families and spouses? I don’t have the answer to that, but the verses in 2 Peter struck... Read more →

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Laced With Grace -
It's in THE WALLS, I TELL YOU!

Color me surprised! When we fist moved to California, I found myself sharing our home with unwanted critters. I moved from an extremely arid region, translation – Las Vegas, where the only small animals around our home were a few scorpions and tiny ants. Following our unpacking and a few nights in our brand new home, I was sound asleep enjoying the cooler nights of Southern California. That’s when I heard it, a rustling noise in all places, the walls of our bedroom. EEK! I mean, I sat straight up in bed, freaked. Can I get an Amen here? Hop over to Laced With Grace and find out if my face was red. Read more →

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