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19 entries from February 2009

WITHOUT A WORD by Noreen

As a young engaged woman I worked at a Christian preschool and was surrounded by godly women whose lives modeled the role God intends us to walk as wives and mothers. I didn’t realize how much they influenced me until I began to write my wedding vows and although I wasn’t saved at the time my vows were scriptural. At the time I purposely and willingly left out the phrase to submit and obey for I knew I surely would be tested on this. You see I was a child of the 60’s and 70’s, a vocal spokesman of Women’s Liberation. In the early years of marriage I was saved and began memorizing scripture; one of the very first verses I memorized was 1Peter3:1 “In the same way you wives, be submissive to your own husband so that even if any of them are disobedient to the Word, they may... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Sweetly Broken

I stood before the mirror this morning applying my makeup. My IPod was playing softly in the background. The song changed as I lifted the mascara wand to my eye. Sweetly Broken by Jeremy Riddle The words of this song washed over me like a river. I felt the love of Christ pour over my entire body. I felt shaky….. trembly. My knees almost buckled under the flood. This Thankful Thursday – I am sweetly broken under the deluge of God’s love. I am only beginning to understand just how wide, how long, how high and how deep is the love of God. Ephesians 3:17-21 And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be... Read more →

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A Woman Inspired

Girls, sorry men - I know you're out there, but this post is just for us gals. The most fantastical and neat opportunity to be inspired by women who love Jesus is just around the corner. A Woman Inspired, Christian Women's Conference... This is an online conference. Perfect since so many of us are strained by the current economic crisis. You don't have to leave your home. April 6th through the 10th, A Woman Inspired, Conference. Speakers for this event include: Lysa TerKeurst from Proverbs 31 Ministries Darlene Schacht from Christian Women Online Magazine Janice Croze from Five Minutes for Mom Allison Worthington from Blissfully Domestic Lisa McKay from The Preacher's Wife Sheila Wray Gregoire from To Love, Honor and Vacuum Tsh Oxenreider form Simple Mom.net Shelly Ballestero from Beauty By God Alllison Bottke from Boomer Babes Rock Cindy Beal from Cindy Beall.com Natalie Witcher from Stiletto Army Mellisa Michaels... Read more →

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What are the Thoughest Things About Marrige?

This Winter my Bible study group is reading through the book of Esther with Beth Moore. Beth took a poll of her readers through her blog to prepare for her study. Her question, What are the three toughest things about being a woman. During the video portion of the lesson this week, Beth said something which was of great interest to me. The overwhelming response to this question was the toughness of marriage. I guess I was surprised and yet not surprised. Successful marriage is hard work. Would you agree? Today I would like to ask you for your help. I am preparing for a conference and would be so humbled if you would take just a minute to share with me your thoughts. What are the three toughest things about marriage for you? Please feel free to leave your comments with or without your name or email me privately.... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion — Another Biblical Nugget

When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!" All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!" — Matthew 27:24-25 The more I read the Bible the more I find deeper meanings and applications. I believe that's what keeps God's Word so alive and vibrant after thousands of years. I can't think of any other books that have that kind of shelf life! This one in Matthew struck me, because it represents a dichotomy. The crowd answered Pilate in what I can only imagine as being a heated and angry shout. "Let his blood be on us and on our children!" Yet how amazing that the very thing they shouted for was the... Read more →

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Thoughts of a Daughter

If your husband does not want you to go to Church, then stay home and paint the house with him. Go fishing or shopping, whatever He wants to do, and make sure you are having fun. ~Debi Pearl from Created To Be His Help Meet I first read that quote about six months ago. It’s funny how some things, whether through reading a book, listening to a story, hearing a friend speak… can trigger a flood of memories. My Mom grew up in a Catholic home, aware of God but just learning how to do religion. She met my Dad, they fell in love and married, standing before a Church full of witnesses, she promised to love him and honor him all the days of her life. When they married my Mom had not chosen to make Him Lord of her life but He was at work. He desired to... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Testimony of the Saints

Sometimes God leads us to people who have a life-story that truly inspires us to walk the walk and talk the talk. I am deeply thankful the Lord prompts men and women to share their stories to encourage us. I have a special and amazing story to share with you tomorrow. You won't want to miss this as it is written by an adult daughter who was raised in a spiritually mismatched home. This story will give hope to every single Christian parent who worries about their children's salvation. Please stop in tomorrow for the beginning of a wonderful series by a daughter and her mother. You will experience just how much our God can do when one ordinary mother loves her kids with the extrodinary love of Jesus. See you then. Be Blessed, Lynn.... For more Thankful Thursdays visit Iris at Grace Alone. Read more →

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Fortune Cookie Faith

Believe it or not, God definitely has a sense of humor. He knows how bad I am about second guessing myself. I believe he will use whatever he wants to get through my thick skull. Even a fortune cookie. In early 1999, my family moved to Europe. The weeks and months before were fraught with doubts. Did God really want us to make such a tremendous change? Had I misunderstood? A couple weeks before as we sat finishing a meal at a Chinese restaurant, I opened my fortune cookie and read "you will soon undertake a great trip." Or something like that. I laughed. Too cute. Three and half years later, we sat in another Chinese restaurant in Zürich, anticipating our upcoming move back to the States. I opened my cookie and about choked. "You will soon cross great waters to go to a land of sunshine." California, here we... Read more →

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Relentless, Unforgiving, Pursuit!
The Aggressor, my 13 year old Daughter.

Good Morning Everyone, I am running a tad behind this stormy Monday morning, so I am posting late. But as I read my Bible this morning, I was deeply impressed with a message that seemed to be written in the Holy Book for just me. As I thought about it, I bet some of you could use this message as well. Let me set the stage: I have been under siege. Relentless, unforgiving, pursuit! The aggressor, my 13 year old daughter. Sheesh. This kid must be a Type-A, plus some. Her teenaged-brain has locked on the smallest sentence I regrettably uttered months ago. I said, “It would be fun to have another pet.” Doomed, doomed. I tell you. Why oh, why did those words escape my lips? Since that unfortunate slip of the tongue, I have heard about every kind of animal which could live inside a home and several... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion — Love is a choice.

I thought Rick Warren did an excellent job with this devotional and wanted to share it with you. Hope you're Valentines Day is filled with love! — Dineen 2008/11/25 Love Is a Choice by Rick Warren … That you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Deuteronomy 30:20 (NIV) *** *** *** *** Love is a choice and a commitment. You choose to love or you choose not to love. Today we’ve bought into this myth that love is uncontrollable, that it’s something that just happens to us; it’s not something we control. In fact, even the language we use implies the uncontrollability of love. We say, “I fell in love,” as if love is... Read more →

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Hallmark Holiday

Tomorrow is such a strange day. Valentine’s Day! This day could make me one of the happiest women alive or shatter my life. In the early years of my marriage, I had expectations of surprise trips to some warm destination. I dreamed of three dozen roses arriving at the bank which would make all my coworkers green with envy. I wanted him to sweep me off my feet because after all I deserved it. I mean really….. After all, he was lucky enough to snag me. Ahem…. Don’t pretend you haven't had thoughts along these lines as a young bride. Perhaps you still might. Well, I am writing to you today for a couple of reasons. I wish when I was young and starry eyed about love, a wise woman would have come along side me to help me get a grip on reality. I may not be the wisest... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - 17....Are you Kidding me?

Most of you know my husband lost his job last month like millions of other Americans. Yesterday, he came across some interesting employment information. A couple of years ago, when the job market was booming, the average American looking for a job would interview roughly 3-4 times with a perspective employer(s) before finally receiving a job offer. Today, the average American will interview 17 times before finally landing a job. Today I am thankful the phone has rung a few times and my husband has worked through some of his 17 interviews. So far nothing is the right fit and he is still looking. I am thankful that he is not discouraged. Mostly I am thankful that God waists nothing! During this financial trial in our lives, God is alive and well and working His plan in: Me: Trust My Man: Discovery Our Marriage: Unconditional love What is this financial... Read more →

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Sacrificial Love

As Lynn mentioned yesterday, we started The Love Dare (by Stephen and Alex Kendrick) at 1Peter3Living. If you feel led to do this book, I encourage you to do it either on your own or with us at 1Peter3Living. Already, God is opening doors and sending a clear message that He intends to use this book in a mighty way in many unequally yoked marriages. Right off the start an integral theme of sacrificial love is very apparent. And necessary. I believe there is no greater refiner than marriage to bring us to the point of "losing our life" as Christ speaks of in Luke 17:33 (see also Matthew 10:39, Mark 8:35 and John 12:25). God is calling us to quit living for ourselves, to quit putting ourselves and our own needs in first place, to give up our rights for the benefit of someone else. That's sacrificial love. And... Read more →

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I Can't Believe I sent this to a Radio Station.

It is strange but I find myself listening to a Christian Radio Station that is located in Texas. I found this station through ITunes and have enjoyed the music and positive message. I listen while I write and blog. Well today the station asked their listeners to submit a fun and creative relationship-building tool. Valentine’s Day is Saturday and I thought this is a perfect idea for us to share here as well. So, share with me a creative relationship-building tool you have proven in your own marriage. Then log-on to the station KLOVE and submit it there as well. If they select your suggestion you can win A DVD copy of the movie Fireproof and a copy of The Love Dare book. Since we are starting our Love Dare today at 1Peter3Living, I thought I would enter. Why not? I have posted this suggestion at Spiritually Unequal Marriage because... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion—End of a Journey

Today marks the end of a turbulent journey. So many of you have been praying for my daughter and my family as we traversed a world of brain surgeries, complicated recoveries, and radiation. The seven weeks of radiation therapy ended today. Words are so inadequate to express our burgeoning excitement this week as we counted down the days with each trip to the cancer center. Three words kept repeating in my mind. We are done. God has carried us through this trial in amazing ways. You may be sitting there, shaking your head and wondering how you could ever get through such an experience. I used to wonder the same thing. But we did. All I can tell you is that our God is so good. He will give you whatever you need to get through whatever trial sits in front of you right now. Leslie is now on the... Read more →

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Does God Still Speak Through Dreams?

Today at Laced With Grace I decided to share a very different kind of devotion. Of late the Lord has sent people to me who have encountered the supernatural. You may remember last month, Judith told her story of an angel encounter at the park. (read it here if you missed it) This month the Lord sent a me a letter. It is a letter about a dream. I have often wondered if the Lord still speaks through dreams. Please join me at Laced With Grace today and be encouraged because our life here on earth is just the beginning of living a life that is out of this world. See you there. Be Blessed, Lynn Contributor at: Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - A Humble Lynn

Today I have been deeply touched by the men and women of 1Peter3Living. This group of believers continually inspire me and push me to grow in my faith. Beginning Monday, 1Peter3Living will start the 40 day, Love Dare, inspired by the movie Fireproof. Watching this movie was very difficult for me. It stirred up some of those emotions I hold at a distance with regard to my husband coming to faith. However, it also challenged me to actually live the Love Dare, so I am now very anxious to take the dare. If this is not living out our faith before our unbelieving spouse, I don't know what is. If you want to walk this road with us over the next 40 days and improve your marriage, join us at 1Peter3Living. Also, On Sunday when I discovered Spiritually Unequal Marriage was recognized as a blog that served His Kingdom at... Read more →

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Fireproof, the Movie

This past weekend I finally had a chance to watch this movie. I told my sweet hubby about it, but he didn't seem interested, which was fine. I really didn't expect him to be. I just knew I wanted to watch this movie. Fireproof is a powerful story. And I do mean powerful. As a writer, I'm pretty picky about how well stories hold together. Let me tell you, this one held together fantastically. Though this is obviously not a big budget film with all the bells and whistles to give it that super polished feel, the movie is well done and the acting for the most part is good. Kirk Cameron does a very convincing job playing the role of a worldly husband. By worldly, I mean Caleb Holt works hard as firefighter and thinks he should be appreciated for it. Mainly by his wife, Catherine (played by Erin... Read more →

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Marriage Monday
The Surprise of Christian Marriage

Welcome to Marriage Monday. I am excited to host this event this month. Thanks e-Mom for this opportunity. I love to write about marriage. This thing between a man and a woman is brilliant. God created this union that we might understand the depth of committed love, experience authentic selflessness, the richness of unconditional love and acceptance. Our God is brilliant...and..... He has a sense of humor. He will often surprise us. My years of marriage have been anything but ordinary. I could write so much about my silly expectations as a young bride and how God changed those expectations and gave me so much more than I could dream or even hope. Isn't that just like our Lord? But today I will share a short story about my marriage today. Could the House Burn Down? In two months my husband and I will celebrate 17 years together. Living these... Read more →

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