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17 entries from November 2008

Giving Thanks @ Thanksgiving

Dineen Miller

When asked to give my testimony, I never know what to say. God didn’t come into my life on a blazing horse, saving me in the middle of some catastrophic event or dark moment. As far back as I can remember, I always remember him being there. Which is amazing since I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. Yet to look back over my life is to see the constant impression of God’s fingerprints and his divine plan connecting each joy and trial to the next in an amazing display of perfect planning and preparation. I believe God ingrained Romans 8:28 into the very cells of my body and mind. I knew this truth as a young child before I ever read that Scripture. In fact, everything fell into place the first time I read it, and I finally understood the pattern of my life. That God was, is... Read more →

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Giving Thanks @ Thanksgiving!

Lynn Donovan

There is a passage in Luke that always stirs my heart. It is a story about a kid with an attitude. It's also about a father's forgiveness and love. Luke 15: 11-32 Jesus tells the story of The Prodigal. I am that child. I am a prodigal daughter. In 1999 I married my best friend. We married during a time I was far away from God. As a typical young person, I wanted to take on the world and live on my terms. I had little regard for the teachings of the Bible. I believed I was saved; however, I lacked a vibrant, personal relationship with Christ. Three years into our marriage the Lord began to woo me, calling me to return home. Living the way of the world was proving shallow. I felt lost and desperately unhappy. Jesus beckoned to me and I heard his voice. I returned to... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion—What's Your Life Message?

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 is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. — 2Corinthians 1:3-7 In the past, Lynn and I have talked about how we are not alone in our unequally yoked situations. God is with us through... Read more →

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Is Your Marriage an Idol?

We tackled several questions of great magnitude yesterday at 1Peter3Living. Here they are: Dee: I'm thinking as I type & I have a couple of questions.....perhaps you can help me... Recently, a lady shared (this is not verbatim & this lady is not from 1P3), that she prays she will not make her unequally yoked marriage into an idol. My first thought and question is what does that exactly mean? I have an idea of what that means, but can someone clearly define this for me? This topic is a bit fuzzy to me and a clear definition and or examples would be helpful. Also, do you think that there is a fine line here? How do you know when you've crossed the line from ________ (fill in the blank please) to making the spiritual status of your marriage into an idol? Last question, this may be difficult to answer... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

This week prior to Thanksgiving, I am deeply thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ for so much. Bible study concluded for this year today. Tears of happiness and friendship were part of our morning. I will miss these ladies I have come to love over the past 10 weeks. Girls, next up…. Beth Moore, Esther, It's Tough Being A Woman. Study begins January 14th. Can't wait. I am thankful for Laced With Grace and the wisdom and inspiration I receive daily. I am thankful for Laurel, Iris and Angie. My bloggity friends who are always standing near and ready to pray for me. I thank the Lord Jesus for His overwhelming presence in my life. Nothing, I mean nothing, is more important than knowing God is walking with me every day. I wouldn't trade His presence for anything. I am thankful my Mom and Son will be arriving on Monday.... Read more →

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The "Right" Prayer

I do not believe that there is such a thing in the history of God's kingdom as a right prayer offered in a right spirit that is forever left unanswered. — Theodore L. Cuyler Theodore L. Cuyler's words ring true when held up against the light of God's Word: Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. — James 5:14-16 Mind you, that's not our righteousness, but the righteousness of Christ that we receive through... Read more →

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Trouble ~ Transition ~ Tension

Today is our conclusion to the Love Our Neighbor series. Walking through this scripture has left me permanently changed. My heart for people softened. This series brought with it the Kingdom Assignment. God gave us a chance to practice kindness, and goodness. He gave us a chance to be the hands and feet of Jesus. He watched, as we loved our neighbor. This series unfolded Matthew 22:36-39 and Matthew 25: 14-30. I understand this command in a way I never did before: Matthew 22: 36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' Our world reverberates with hate, bitterness, and broken dreams. When we give our love away a... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion—Jesus, Our Intercessor

"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. "Righteous Father, though the world does... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

It’s a Birthday!

On this Thankful Thursday I am giving thanks for my BFF, Dineen Miller. Today is her birthday! Dineen was one of the very first readers here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. In fact, I checked the archives and Dineen contributed her story in the first month after this blog was born. About a year later, she agreed to be a regular contributor. I look back over the months years we have shared our lives with each other and with you and I see the Lord's hand upon us. Dineen completes me! She writes about the heart when I tend to write about the practical. She perceives things that I miss. She is quick to support yet will point out areas in which I need help. Above all, she loves me…. for me. Happy Birthday, my friend, partner, and sister in Christ! Hope your day ROCKS! For more Thankful Thursday blessings, visit... Read more →

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Letting Go

Growing up a latch key kid made me think the kids with parents had it made. As an adult I carried this belief over to my own children, thinking that if they had a mother and a father who loved them, they'd be happy, successful, and have an easier life than I did. I was so wrong. (Lots of head nodding yes out there, I bet.) Before this journey with our daughter began, God had showed me I needed to let that go. No matter how right I may have done things did not guarantee my children's lives would be smoother, easier, or trouble free. Quite the contrary, in fact. Raising them to love Jesus set up a whole different path of challenges. Now with my youngest daughter's diagnosis, I'm realizing I have even more to let go of. Certainties and confidences placed in this world are now fraught with... Read more →

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Triumphant Living is…

Living in Obedience 24/7

I am creating this post in a new Word Blogger tool so if it looks weird, bear with me. Last week, I received in the mail, a book from my friend Dee. I am so glad she sent it. Thank you Dee! The book is, I Dared to Call Him Father by Bilquis Sheikh. This is a miraculous story of a Muslim Woman's Encounter with God. I read the entire book, cover to cover, yesterday. In a single day, I tell you. It was THAT good. I encourage you to buy, read and re-read this book if you struggle living in the glorious presence of Jesus 24/7. I know that I struggle but after reading this book, it is my life's goal to live every moment in the glory of the Lord and the secret is absolute obedience. My life verse: John 15:5b apart from me you can do nothing.... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion—Are You Envious?

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. — James 3:13-18 These verses were part of my devotional reading this past week. When I read it, I immediately thought of how often the unequally yoked tread this ground. We don't mean to, but when we see... Read more →

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Love Your Neighbor
That's Easy but Jesus says
Love Your Enemies. Ouch!

The end of this bitter election brought along with it some raw feelings from every side or angle in the last couple of days. I know because I was one who was feeling a tad bit of emotion. Today as I sat brooding at my desk I shuffled through a pile of papers and uncovered notes from a message by Pastor Greg from a couple of weeks back: How to Love People Who Don't Like You. Loving your Enemies... Is it an accident I found these notes this very day? Luke 6:27-35 (NIV) Love for Enemies 27"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - A Win for Marriage

I love being married. I have written and supported biblical marriage here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage for two and a half years. I believe in marriage. The union of marriage is the most intimate of relationships next to our relationship with Jesus. Christ, Himself, demonstrates the value of the marriage relationship as he calls the church His Bride. It is within this life-long commitment that we develop Godly attributes such as selflessness and humility. We uncover what it means to love our spouse with our whole heart including warts, farts, bad breath, and love handles. We conceive and raise kids to know the God of the Universe and to pass on a legacy of hope in the unfailing love of Jesus Christ. I am thankful for marriage. I am thankful that yesterday in my home state of California, Proposition 8, defining marriage between a man and a woman passed. It... Read more →

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I was a Kingdom Assignment

Little did Lynn know that a kingdom assignment was already brewing back in May. A dear friend of mine found a lost treasure in a parking lot—a wad of money. She let the store know she'd found something valuable and left her phone number to call if anyone came forward. One phone call would gladly bring her and the treasure back to its rightful owner. She went to the police, but they basically told her there was nothing they could do. So she prayed for the owner to come forward and continued to pray for their loss all summer long. One night at the hospital, she came to visit us. She handed me an envelope with this wonderful letter telling me how she'd found this literal "manna from heaven" on the ground. And how God led her and her family to give it to us. I was so amazed to... Read more →

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Marriage Monday -

It is Marriage Monday and e-Mom over at Chrysalis has invited several of us bloggers to hostess this monthly event. This Monday Robyn at Overflowing Grace is our hostess. My turn is February and my topic is going to be fun. The Surprise of Christian Marriage. Can’t wait. Today our topic is. The GRACE of Christian marriage. The time changed last night. The sky was dusky as my husband shrugged on his sweatshirt. I zipped up my jacket and we stepped out into the cool air. Finally, fall. Mmmmmm, my favorite time of year. Leaves tumbled down the street and my little dog pulled against his collar in an attempt to chase one. My husband took my hand and we walked. Our afternoon dog walks are a peaceful time of togetherness. We often talk about mundane stuff in our marriage. We laugh at our goofy dog that wants to play... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion—Resolving Conflict (Part 3)

Welcome to week three 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 3) by Rick Warren Wisdom … is peace-loving and courteous. It allows discussion and is willing to yield to others … James 3:17 (LB) If you’re going to pull together when you’re pulled apart, you have to: Concentrate on reconciliation, not resolution. Reconciliation means to re-establish the relationship; resolution means to resolve every issue by coming to agreement on everything. That’s simply not going to happen. I don’t care if you both love the Lord and are both deeply in love with each other, there are some things you’ll never agree on because God has wired each of us differently. But you can disagree without being disagreeable. That’s called... Read more →

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