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20 entries from December 2008

Preparing for the New Year

Reflection seems to be a common state this time of year. As the New Year approaches, we look back on the past year and wonder what the new one will bring. Over the last few years God has led me to take this last week of December and the first week of January to spend time focused on what He wants to accomplish in the next year. I encourage you to do the same so that you can enter 2009 prepared and ready to join God in his plan. These are the areas I focus on: Me. What adjustments do I need to make in my life in the areas of Bible study, service, prayer and fasting, and obedience to what God is calling me to do. As a writer, this is a constant struggle to stay on track and keep my words serving Him, which makes his guidance so... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Christmas!

I am thankful for Jesus Christ, God who became a human to redeem and make us children of God.... The magnitude of this event is still beyond my complete conception. But today on Christmas Day, I am thankful. The theme this day is Christmases past.... Well I have a story..... If you have been a reader here at SUM you probably know I am a woman of passion. I am passionate about Jesus. I am passionate about marriage. I am passionate about my husband. I am passionate about many things. Reflecting on Christmases past, I realize this passion that dwells in me is a gift from God. This passion came out of me at a very early age and in a big way when I was age eight or nine. So here is my story. Don't Mess With a Girl Who Believes.... It was 12:30 a.m.... Christmas Day.... The clock... Read more →

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The Christ Candle

Welcome to the lighting of the Christ Candle. All the candles are lit! Isn't it glorious! I hope you've enjoyed this tradition as much as I do and will make it a special part of your Christmas each year. It's a wonderful way to be reminded that Jesus truly is the reason for the season. Christmas Eve (after sundown or Christmas Day) Color: White Theme: Christmas Suggested Scripture Readings: Luke 1:68-79, Luke 2:1-20 Lord, we praise you for this glorious day. Your Word came and became flesh in the tiny baby. You walked among us as a man and died for us as our Savior. You deserve all our worship, love, and praise. Mighty Counselor, Prince of Peace, Holy God, You are wonderful! We love you! Amen. MERRY CHRISTMAS OUR SAVIOR IS BORN! May God bless you richly for the coming year! Much love, Dineen Read more →

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A Blog Chistmas Card

The icy cold of morning, the snowy storm of night. Christmas love is warming at the fire's light. Sweet songs of yuletide drift through the Christmas cheer. Hearts sing like an angel for peace has come so near. Dawning is the gift in the form of one small boy. Given us so long ago, assuring lasting joy. Lynn and I wish you all much love, peace, and joy for Christmas and the New Year! Merry Christmas! Praying and believing, Dineen Read more →

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Weekend Devotion:
Fourth Sunday of Advent

Welcome to the fourth Sunday of Advent. If you've created a wreath of your own for the first time this year, I hope it's a tradition you will hold onto. My first three candles have burned shorter. And now the fourth one is lit. Almost time to light the Christ Candle! May the Prince of Peace fill your year with new revelations of his presence. Be blessed! Fourth Sunday of Advent Color: Purple Theme: Peace Suggested Scripture Readings: Isaiah 9:6-7, John 14:27 Lord, thank you for sending your Son to be our Prince of Peace. We praise you for this wonderful peace you give us by the indwelling of your Holy Spirit. And mostly, we thank you for the promise of salvation, an eternity spent in the presence of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. All glory is yours, Amen. Praying and believing, Dineen Read more →

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A Big Waste of Time...

Have fun...

This is one of my favorite Holiday time-wasters.... I hope you can blow a few minutes with me. See if you can guess the Christmas carol. (ANSWERS) Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

Girls, It has been raining all day. Gloomy, dank, wet.... and cold..... Burrrrrr. and.. I LOVE IT!! My roots go back to Colorado, Denver in fact and cold weather in Southern California is as close as I get to holiday memories. Now I know the rest of the country is freezing.... burrrrrr... but I am thankful for a real seasonal weather this year..... God has a wonderful Christmas planned for all of us. You know why? Jesus came!!! We are saved!! Praising the Lord today! Be blessed, Lynn For more Thankful Thursday blessings, visit Iris at Grace Alone. Read more →

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A Journal Moment...

Dear S.U.M. Friends, I haven't talked much about what's been happening with my daughter, because I didn't want it to become a focal point here, but I did want to take a moment and update you. From the time this started, you've prayed for us, showed your caring, and kept in touch. I can't tell you how much that has meant to me over the last two months. I'm so thankful. In a nutshell, my daughter Leslie is doing great! Your prayers have definitely been felt and heard. She's nearly recovered from the surgery to remove the tumor. Since then the doctors have discovered it's a less aggressive form of cancer than they first thought. Also, her cerebral and spinal fluids have tested completely clear of any tumor or cancer cells. This means she will ONLY need radiation therapy and ONLY in the area where the tumor once was. And... Read more →

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There Once was a Man Who Didn't Believe

There was once a man who didn't believe in God, and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays, like Christmas. His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite his disparaging comments. One snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their children to a Christmas Eve service in the farm community in which they lived. She asked him to come, but he refused. "That story is nonsense!" he said. "Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man? That's ridiculous!" So she and the children left, and he stayed home. A while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm. He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening.... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion:

Third Sunday of Advent

Welcome to the third Sunday of Advent. I hope you've been blessed by this tradition so far. I love seeing the candles burn down, creating a kind of stair step effect circling our wreath. Our excitement grows with each week as we watch the flames and anticipate lighting the Christ Candle. What a wondrous season. I pray for you that these last days before Christmas are filled with the joy of our Savior! Third Sunday of Advent Color: Purple or Pink (special thanks to Peggy for finding out the pink candle was instituted by the Catholic church in honor of the Lenten tradition which uses a pink candle on the third Sunday of Lent.) Theme: Joy Suggested Scripture Readings: Isaiah 35:10, Psalm 51:12, Hebrews 12:2, 1Peter 1:8 Lord Jesus, thank you for coming as a tiny baby so long ago so that we may know the joy of your salvation.... Read more →

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Chronicles of the Donovan Clan

NEVER in a million years. I want to tell you about a tiny miracle that unfolded yesterday. It may not seem like a big deal to you. However, I just can't stop thinking about the lengths our God goes through to delight us. How He never forgets dreams we once dreamed and have long since forgotten. I am overwhelmed to experience His love is such a special and personal way. Many, many years ago I had a secret dream. You know, one of those seemingly silly daydreams but something you actually wish could become a reality. A long time ago, I dreamed my husband would come to faith and we would serve together in some pastoral capacity for our church. Okay, laugh it up. But a girl can dream, can't she. I would daydream what it would be like to work with other believers daily at church. I thought about... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday...

A Dream Come True

Hi, My Thankful Thursday Buddies, I just can't tell you how thankful I am for all good things from God above. Tomorrow, I have a post about a long lost dream that I had completely forgotten but a dream the Lord never forgot. It came true. And at 12:30 am the Lord woke me from my sleep just to tell me He fulfilled that dream.... I am utterly and deeply humbled that God, Almighty, would love little ole me so much to make my dreams come true, then remind me that He knows my every dream and fulfills them just because he loves me. Stop by tomorrow. Also, I am deeply thankful the Lord was honored through our Women's Christmas Dessert at our church. It was the best and people found Jesus there for the very first time. Also, women rededicated their lives to Him and many were prayed over.... Read more →

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Google Maps....

.....and an ordinary woman. Do you hope God will use you to do something extrodinary in your life? Do you ever wonder why it seems He picks others to do really BIG things and not you? Hop over to Laced With Grace for a story and an invitation to do really BIG things. Read more →

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Peace in the House at Christmas

I remember in years past thinking of Christmas and Easter as two very separate events. I understood the connection—why Christ came—yet now, after many years walking with God and delving into the rich layers of his word, I've come to see how the salvation journey Jesus walked began at Christmas. Christ came as a child so that we could identify with him and believe he understood our condition as humans because he became one from start (as a baby) to finish (as a man tried, scorned, and crucified). He was a man born with a purpose, and a God driven by love. And just like God created his son for a purpose, he created us to have purpose as well. Not always an easy thing to do in an unequally yoked marriage. I don't know about you, but Christmas tends to be one of the more stressful times in my... Read more →

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Marriage Idol - Unforgiveness

I re-read the post from Friday (see it here). The more I thought about this woman, the more I thought...... What is really going on here? You know me, I keep it real. I can actually understand how this woman could feel cheated. She feels persecuted for her faith. He spouse belittles her because she is "weak-minded." I can almost see the battle lines drawn in the invisible sand in their marriage. Can you? He stands upon atheism and she stands across the room on her hilltop of faith. No one is inclined to give an inch. Too much pain and hurt has passed between them. He is afraid of this invisible Man in her life. He can compete with that. She is angry he refuses to understand her, intimacy is denied. Soon disguised walls, thicker than block concrete are erected on the hilltops. No one is willing or able... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion — Advent

In my churches in Memphis and Zürich, we always had an advent wreath. I loved the lighting of the candles so much, that I adopted the tradition as my own. Each year, around Thanksgiving, I find the candles for our wreath. I'm a little behind this year and didn't realize the first Sunday of Advent hit the end of November, but I still would love to share this tradition with you. Advent means "coming" or "arrival." So appropriate. And I just love the way each candle counts down the time to our Saviour's birthday. Both my girls were born in December, so it's a very special (and extremely busy) month. This tradition and an Advent Christmas tree quilt I created have helped my girls and I count down the days each December. I've heard and read several interpretations of the wreath. Here are few of my favorite aspects: The green... Read more →

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Is Your Marriage an Idol?

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 and forgive me if I am getting too personal; if you are willing... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

What a busy couple of weeks! I have a TON of things to be thankful for. My Mom and son visited last week. Okay, we ate turkey, watched movies, played several rounds of cards, (my son ALWAYS wins) and we laughed... We laughed and giggled and snorted until I thought I would pee my pants. We are one zany family.... What a hoot! God is so very good!!! This week I am also thankful for my Church, Sunridge Community Church. Our annual Women's Christmas Dessert is Friday. I look forward to this evening every year. I am deeply thankful for the friendships I share there. I am also humbled and thankful we are celebrating the birth of Jesus. This tiny baby became my Savior and yours too. Be Blessed, Lynn For more Thankful Thursday blessings, visit Iris at Grace Alone. Read more →

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What is Laminin?

According to Wikipedia, Laminin is "vital to making sure overall body structures hold together." Watch this nine minute clip on YouTube by Louie Giglio. You will be amazed! If you read the description on Wikipedia, I hope you noticed how it described the longer arm as an anchor. Like the cross of Christ was anchored to the ground, so we are anchored in him. Again I am absolutely amazed and in awe of God's multilevel meaning to everything he creates. That's visible proof of his perfect omniscience, in my opinion. God is so very good! Praying and believing, Dineen Read more →

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Marriage Monday

And a ton of other stuff.....

Wow, Thanksgiving has past. I hope your day was filled up to running over with joy, grace, and a couple of naps. We have so much to talk about today. First, over the last week several more stories arrived from our Kingdom Assignment. I tear up over each one. These are fantastic accounts of ordinary people committing a dollar to our Great Big God and the extraordinary results. Find the stories on the Kingdom Page in the sidebar. Thank you again everyone who has written so far. In addition, I am still receiving requests and mailing out assignments. God wants to touch a few more hearts. I can't wait to see what He does in our lives this week. Onward, Today is Marriage Monday. Our topic, The Sanctuary of Christian Marriage. Ooooo, this topic brings several thoughts to my mind. I know it can also stir up frustration because our... Read more →

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