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23 entries from October 2008

Welcome to the Kingdom Assignment

Introduction of our Assignment letter: Greetings: Servant of the Most High I have an assignment for you that will change your life. A Kingdom Assignment. Before you say no, before you tell me you’re too busy, too untrained, or too ill equipped to handle one more assignment, think about this: If you accept this assignment, you will take a small amount of money and increase it up to a hundredfold or more. You will have the means to help countless people – some with food and clothing, others with medicine or the gospel message- and in the process, no matter how much money your investment turns into, no matter how many people you will help, you will walk away with more than what your investment will ever make and more than those you’ve invested in. Interested? ~Denny Bellesi, The Kingdom Assignment Enclosed is a small amount of money. This money... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

I have the stangest praise today. Most of you know that I lead a Bible study on Wednesdays. Well today is Wednesday and guess what? My Mother-in-law who was staying with us for a couple of weeks packed up her bags and was headed home to Northern California. My husband's brother packed up the car and set out early this morning to complete the eight-hour drive. About an hour after they left, I started looking for my book bag which contains my study guide, bible and chocolate. (Chocolate is a must for a womena's Bible study.) Anyhoo, I quickly realized my Bible study was packed up in the car that was on the way to Sacramento. Okay, I went to Bible study without my stuff. My sweet, unbelieving husband dug up his Bible and brought it to me to take along. You should have seen his face as he offered... Read more →

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A God of the Little Things

Hello dear friends! I can't tell you how happy I am to be with you today. We are home from the hospital. Leslie's recuperation from her surgery has amazed everyone. God is so good! I want to share a post I did at our site at CaringBridge.org, which is an awesome site for those in medical situations like ours to stay in contact with updates to family and friends. We know we serve a great big God, but did you know he's a God of the little things too? From October 25th... Earlier today while we were still in the ICU, I was looking through the movie and game closet near the nurses' station for something to get Leslie's mind off her discomfort. She didn't like my selection but said she wanted to watch Oliver and Company. I went looking again, praying that if they had it that I'd actually... Read more →

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My First Video Cast.

I hope it doesn't freak you out!

Hi, I don't know what I was thinking.. I can't share our Kingdom Assignment today. It would spoil all the fun. I don't think your envelopes will arrive until Tuesday or Wednesday. I feel really bad that I told you we would launch this great adventure today. So, I finally thought I would post my first video cast. This is a five minute video in poor lighting and poor visual quality but it is my short story about why I started this blog and about how God showed up in a big way in my marriage. I hope it doesn't freak you out to finally hear my voice and see my face. I know sometimes it is weird for me to hear people I have corresponded with. Without further ado.... Friday is our launch date. Stop in here for some great ideas to begin your Kingdom Assignment. Be blessed, Lynn Read more →

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Weekend Devotion—Resolving Conflict (Part 2)

Welcome to week two of a three part series from Purpose Driven Life, Daily Devotional about resolving conflicts with your spouse. Have a blessed weekend and enjoy your spouse! Praying and believing, Dineen How to Resolve Conflict with Your Spouse (Part 2) by Rick Warren If you’re going to pull together when you’re pulled apart, you have to: Convene a peace conference. Conflict does not resolve itself. It must be dealt with intentionally. Conflict gets worse when you leave it alone. Jesus says don’t ignore it. Deal with the issue while you can. If you’ve got something wrong with somebody or they’ve got something wrong with you, God says you go to them. When? At once. Postponed conflict only gets worse. Another verse in the Bible says, “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger” (Ephesians 4:26 HCSB). I think that means 24 hours would be the maximum amount... Read more →

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It's In the Mail and...

Loving the Unlovely in our Lives

The Kingdom Assignment envelopes are going into the mail today. On Monday I will share the assignment here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage and some of the amazing stories of others who desired to honor Jesus and love their neighbor. I hope you are moved and filled with ideas about your own assignment. Please (click here if you have not sent me your snail mail address.) Loving the Unlovely in our Lives: So , I have a question for you. Are you growing in your love for God and are you growing in your love for people? Galatians 5:14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Mathew 7:12 12So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. I submit this statement for consideration: You only love Jesus as much... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

Praising God today for: Email from Dineen at 3:20 pm about Leslie: She's in ICU. She did great. They got the whole tumor! The Kingdom Assignment is about to launch and lives will be changed. I am so thankful for all of you who have decided to be part of this adventure. It's not too late (click here). I am thanking the Lord for all of you, my wonderful friends here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. I know your time is precious, I am humbled that you spend some of it here with me. Love you... God is good... All the time. Praise the name of the LORD. Be Blessed, Lynn For more Thankful Thursday blessings, visit Iris at Grace Alone. Read more →

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In Pursuit of the Pink Wig

My daughter has instructed the surgeon to shave off all her hair for her surgery Wednesday. I was surprised. He grinned and said to give the girl anything she wanted. She wants a light pink wig, long and without bangs. We've begun the search. Oddly, this pink wig is turning into a kind of symbol of our journey. We know there's one out there somewhere, but it ultimately comes down to perseverance and persistence, waiting and trusting. Just like this journey we're on. Leslie and I have the peace of knowing God's in control of the whole thing. Yet we keep moving, striving to reach the next step as whole and balanced as we can. Knowledge and understanding alleviate the fears and give purpose. Hiding in the unknown leaves us vulnerable and fearful. Keep moving. Keep looking for that pink wig. Keep looking upward. We spent the day cleaning and... Read more →

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The Expert - Could that be Me?

Okay, I am overwhelmed! I have heard from so many of you who want to Love people and honor our Jesus. Across America, through Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia. We are part of this fantastic story about to unfold, The Kingdom Assignment. It is not to late to join us. Click here to sign up and let Jesus change you, your kids, your spouse and let all glory fall upon the name of Christ. Thank you everyone who has written to me. I have so much to share with you as we move into this assignment. Hold on! The envelopes are almost ready to go into the mail. The Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10: 25 (NIV) On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Do you remember that last week I asked... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion - Resolving Conflict

For the next three weekends, Lynn and I would like to share a series provided by Purpose Driven Life, Daily Devotional about resolving conflicts with your spouse. Have a blessed weekend and enjoy your spouse! Praying and believing, Dineen How to Resolve Conflict with Your Spouse (Part 1) by Rick Warren You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. James 4:2 (NIV) Sometimes the biggest conflicts in marriage are over the most trivial issues. One of the silliest fights Kay and I ever had was over bath soap. If you’re going to pull together when you’re pulled apart, you have to: Call on God for help. Pray about it. Before you go to your spouse about the problem, discuss it with God. This may solve the problem right there. Practice what I call “ventilating vertically.” Many of you are very good at ventilating horizontally,... Read more →

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Love Your Neighbor -
Kingdom Assignment

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. I sat on my couch Tuesday morning with my steaming coffee and my bible. The sky outside was holding a tiny hint of light. It was early but I met my Savior to talk about what it means to really love our neighbor. As I sat quietly, listening, the Lord said to me, “Make this real Lynn. Show the world that you, my children, love your neighbors. You know what to do.” Whoa! You know what? I DO know what to do. I immediately knew what to do. We are all going to do it. We are going to love our neighbor in such a blatant, radical way that the people in our home and our friends will always remember this assignment. Most importantly, we... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

As I type these words, I am humbled by the goodness of our God. I thank Him for watching over Dineen and Leslie. Scroll down to read their story. I am thankful that I ran 15 miles last week and I am on schedule to complete my training for the half marathon in January. What was I thinking? I don’t know but I am really into this running thing… Go figure.. Mostly, I am thankful the Lord is teaching me about what it really means to love my neighbor. Tomorrow, I invite you to join me in a very unique and first time event in our online history. We are going to impact our world through loving our neighbor. Who is our neighbor? How can we really impact our sphere of influence? Stop by here tomorrow if you are up for an adventure you will never forget. Your kids will... Read more →

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Ready to Graduate

I want to graduate from the unequally yoked club. I bet you do to. In January of this year, God had me write something important down. He gave me a specific word about my future. Part of what he said was, “this is the year I will do great things in your life.” Now I will honestly say I knew these “great things” didn’t necessarily mean complete success and all my dreams coming true. I know God well enough to understand that what I consider great and what I want may not necessarily be in agreement with what God is shooting for. And I’m a firm believer in Romans 8:28. I have no doubts that everything God does has a purpose, nothing is wasted, and anytime we, his children, are included in these events, he always has our best interest at heart. So even faced with a difficult road ahead... Read more →

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Loving the Unlovely in our Lives. Are you a Pharasee?

The Parable of the Good Samaritan 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 26"What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" 27He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" 28"You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live." 29But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" 30In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road,... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion - Guidance

*Guidance When I meditated on the word Guidance, I kept seeing "dance" at the end of the word. I remember reading once that obeying God's will is a lot like dancing. When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn't flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky. When one person realizes it’s not working and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another. It's as if two become one body, moving beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other. My eyes drew back to the word Guidance. When I saw “G” I thought of God, followed by “U” and “I.” “God, “U” and “I” dance." God, you, and... Read more →

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On The Edge - NO MORE

The little boy shimmied off the tall bed down between Mom and Dad. He glanced over. Mom’s hands were folded together and resting on the quilt. Her eyes stayed closed as she leaned against the bed, crouching on her knees. A quick glance to the other side revealed Daddy. His eyes were also closed, patiently waiting. He covertly watched Daddy from the corner of his eye and noticed Dad popped one eye open watching him settle into place. Daddy grinned as he finally settled on his knees. Squeezing tiny eyes shut, the small boy spoke in a clear voice, “Dear Lord, please make all the bad people, good. And Jesus please make all the good people, kind.” Whoa! Conditional or Unconditional… On the Edgy and Edgy…. Emerging and Finding. Over the past few weeks the Lord set me on a path to reveal a few character issues I didn’t believe... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - A Lot

I have so much to be thankful for this week. My cup runnith over. My first church Newsletter was well received. Whew! I guess I was nervous. Everyone loved the recipe. (see below) Cooler weather is FINALLY on the horizon. Indian summer in Southern California can be HOT. We have yet to endure a major Santa Ana wind event. Praise God and keep praying that we are spared this year. To view photo’s from last years fires and my own personal story click here (story at the Internet Cafe, Christian Women Online) (photos at Spiritually Unequal Marriage). UPDATE: I typed this at 5 o' clock. My husband and I just went to walk the dog at 6:30 pm and smoke has filled the sky. *sigh* Fires again. I am praying we see nothing like last year. And mostly I praise the Lord Jesus Christ for His presence in the lives... Read more →

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The Most Amazing of Times

Many of you know my youngest daughter (14) was diagnosed with a brain tumor last week. Thank you all for the wonderful and encouraging comments you left last Thursday, for the emails, and most importantly for your prayers. I am so very grateful and thankful for this amazing online community here and at 1Peter3Living. Never did we imagine such an outcome when her headaches increased. What I want to share with you is how God worked in the midst of this before we even knew. He is so very good, and very, very, very faithful. When her headaches started, we wondered if it was caused by her anxiety over starting high school. This particular school is large and after a year of homeschooling, we thought it might just be a time of adjustment. But then the headaches got worse, and she missed more school. We weren’t sure what to believe.... Read more →

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Marriage Monday - 10 Tips for Frugal Living

It's Marriage Monday and today's topic: 10 Tips for Frugal Living: 1. Finances: Learn to live on one income. 2. Finances: Learn the word “no” and say it to yourself often. 3. Happiness: Keep positive, and you will strengthen your immune system, and have less trips to the doctor. 4. Healthy Living: Avoid recreational eating. Maintain a healthy, stable weight. Have more energy for the things you want and need to do, and avoid excess spending on clothing because of weight fluctuations. 5. Holidays and Celebrations: Establish family traditions with your celebrations. Spend your money on the things you will really enjoy. Visit those less fortunate with your children to help them appreciate their blessings during the holidays. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to make a batch of cookies and deliver them to someone who will appreciate both your visit and the cookies. 6. Sale: Just because it... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion - It is an Order... *grin*

Some of you recently learned I joined my local church staff. I have worked in the office a total of 2 ½ days. But, Whoa! My eyes have been opened. I know many of us who live in unequally yoked marriages often are angry that our church does nothing specific to address our specific struggles. I know for a long time I felt isolated and condemned to non-service just because my husband was not a believer. This may be true for you today. I will tell you this. It is wrong and I am sorry your church has limited you because their spouses don’t believe. I am fortunate my church is not hung up on this issue and considers me able to contribute to equipping the women in our body. Okay, but back to my point. I have only worked less than a total of 10 hours and I have... Read more →

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On The Edge and Knee Deep in the Hoopla!

-Part Deux

Wow, I guess I am not the only one who is thinking about the implications of Edgy Christianity. Many of you have offered your thoughts. You have also shared you passion about this phenomenon currently swirling about in our faith media. To read the original post, click here. This subject sure can rile up the Godly on the internet. In fact, I know a few of you have been motivated to research and write about this topic yourself. I can’t wait to read Iris’ post at Grace Alone tomorrow. Can I first say that your words and your perspective have enthralled me. Secondly, this subject has also stirred an interest in my husband. He read Monday’s post and all the comments. Interesting. I’m not sure what to think about that? I'm not sure he kows what to think about it. I also talked with one the pastors from my church.... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday -

A Day Like today... Can you give thanks?

It is Thankful Thursday. Today is one of those days where you really find out what your faith is made of. It is on days like this you can truly realize who you are and who God is and be brought to your knees with a thankful heart. One of my closest friends and co-writer here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage, Dineen Miller, spoke to me a few hours ago. An MRI at the hospital detected that her daughter, Leslie, has a brain tumor. The mass sits near/on a gland, which is in the center of her brain. How do you give thanks in moments like this? This is what Dineen just wrote in an email: Amazingly, God is so here. He has been for the last two weeks. Over a week ago when I prayed for Leslie, feeling helpless to get her well and back to school. My husband and... Read more →

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A Grand New Day! ~ Women of Faith Conference

Most of you know that I am a contributing writer to the devotional blog, Laced With Grace. The team of writers have joined with Women Of Faith Ministries to offer two premium tickets to attend a two day conference at any venue in the United States. Tickets include admission for two, boxed lunches and other neat stuff. I attended my first Women of Faith event in 1998. It was there I found a new passion to begin reading my Bible every day. My life was forever changed because of Women of Faith. What do you think God could do in your life through a Women of Faith conference? Hop over to Laced With Grace and enter the contest today. Be blessed, Lynn

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