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Thankful Thursday - God Broke My Heart

Wow, another week has passed by and it forgot to take me with it… (thanks Patsy Clairmont) …and here we are again to give thanks to our Lord for the great gifts we have. Over the weekend the Donovan Clan watched the critically acclaimed movie, Slumdog Millionaire. I was moved to tears. It is harsh to watch but it’s reality. I turned off the television and gave thanks to God for the missionaries from Sunridge Community Church, and the mission team leaders, Simon and Kimette Reeves. The Reeves’ heart broke several years ago over the horrendous conditions of orphans in India. Out of that broken heart was born, India’s Kids. A mission that supports two orphanages that help feed, shelter and educate the children at Jacobs Well Children’s Home and Mercy Children’s Home in Manipur, India. They will be traveling there in July to expand the orphanage and save a... Read more →

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What about Tithing?

For the next several Tuesdays we will be answering the questions left on last week's Open Forum. And we love your questions! So please feel free to ask more. This week's question is from Amanda: "I would love to hear how you handle giving (financially) in a SUM. I don't think it would be accurate to say that my husband is an unbeliever exactly, but he is less inclined than I am to dedicate this life to living for God. The biggest struggle we have is regarding tithing and offerings- he generally feels that the 10% is an arbitrary number that has no bearing on modern life. Any thoughts on how to handle this is greatly appreciated!" Lynn's Answer: Tithing: This is a controversial issue in any marriage but this is one area where unequally yoked couples tend to be at odds frequently. What does the Bible say about tithing?... Read more →

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What Personality was Jesus?

Did you take the personality test? Scroll down and read Friday's post. On Friday many of us did and I was thrilled to hear from you. I think it was cool that you also figured out the personality of your spouse. Having that knowledge sure can help as we interact with them. So, what personality was Jesus? Well, he was completely human and yet God, so we would find Christ in the center. He is likely the most balanced human being there ever was. What a relief. That means He “gets” us. All of us! I know many of you have taken personality quizzes before. Here are some of the examples: Lion is also Choleric, red, Type A Otter is also Sanguine, yellow, type B Beaver is also Phlegmatic, blue and type C Golden Retriever is Melancholic, green and type D What I want to point out now is that... Read more →

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Wekend Devotion — Worldly Wisdom Takes a Blow

For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? — 1Corinthians 1:19-20 I know there's been a lot of discussion on the web about Susan Boyle over the last week or so, and I'm sure you've heard about her one way or another. As I watched this clip on U-Tube, the above verses came to mind. Here was this woman who by worldly standards didn't measure up, yet she blew everyone away with her outstanding voice. To watch this dear woman confound the judges and the audience was truly a delight. That was a God moment for me, one in which his presence is subtle yet deep in meaning. I applaud Susan Boyle... Read more →

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Do You Have Personality?

I was invited to attend at church staff meeting this week. During the meeting we took a personality test. I found the test to be quite revealing and actually immensely helpful. When you understand how your spouse, church volunteer, or co-worker operates, you can work together with increased effectiveness. I was fascinated while listening to our Missions Pastor talk about how she purposely forms missions teams based upon their personalities. She consciously matches complementary personalities to room together and canvas together. The teams are highly effective. The personality test I want you to take is based on a book written by Gary Smalley. I found it already in a PDF form, on-line. So, click on the link below take the test. Then come back. It is short. I promise. Personality Test Now this is where I just crack up... Think of the four personality styles in terms of their use... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Another Front Row Seat

Today was a day of change. I watched as a portion of the Bible was lived out before my very eyes... in living color. (Titus 2) Today I stepped down from leading my small group Bible study for our last six-week segment. Taking my place is a brand new leader, Heidi. She is a younger woman and loves Jesus. It is now her turn to step out in faith and begin to teach others. I never thought of myself as a woman who would lead or disciple a younger woman. Who knew? God did and in His wisdom He placed Heidi and I together for this very purpose…..And it is wonderful to move aside and watch the Lord shine His light upon a young woman who was scared and nervous today but oh, so willing to lead because she loves Jesus. The gals in the study loved her. I am... Read more →

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Open Forum

Spiritually Unequal Marriage is fast approaching the end of our third year. I bet Lynn is shaking her head in disbelief right now. I went back through the posts to see the very first one! Hee hee...May 1st. Personally, I can't believe it's been almost two years since I joined in the "fun" here at SUM. Wow! Thank you, Lynn! This ministry has meant to world to me—to us both. To be able to offer comfort, encouragement, and hope...and to have received it as well... Okay, okay, before I get all mushy, or you think I'm leaving or something, I have an idea. I'm proposing a bit of an open forum today. If you have a question or a subject that you want to see addressed or want to explore further, leave it in the comments. Lynn and I will pray over each one and do our best to share... Read more →

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Herding cats = Middle School Band

Good Monday Morning to Everyone: This post is a departure from the norm. But, I just had to share some fun moments from the Donovan Clan. Over the weekend I was one of about 14 adults who chaperoned my teen-daughter’s middle school band competition. We traveled with about 80 students, five hours by bus from California to Las Vegas. Oi Veh! Have you heard the expression…. Herding cats? From the minute we arrived, our weekend was a non-stop, action-packed, thrillride……literally. We caught the live show, Tournament of Kings, a mid-evil tournament where you eat with your hands - nothing new to middle schoolers, we pounded on the tables and cheered for our favorite Knight in shinning armor. Ours was Spain. On Saturday the kids were brilliant with their performance and took home top honors over all the bands in the festival. Later we spent hours at an amusement park…. Now... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion — The 99

Then Jesus told them this parable: "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent." — Luke 15:3-7 I've always loved this verse because it shows such devotion on our Shepherd's part. Yet recently I've come to look at it in another way. (Don't you love it when God shows you another side?) Now this may seem obvious, but if you're... Read more →

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God is at Great Risk

A friend of mine passed me a book hoping my husband would pick it up and read it. Oh, how I wish my man would read some of the many, many books I have purchased for him over the years. I bet every one of us in a spiritually mismatched marriage has hoped the same thing at one time or another… Can I get an AMEN.. Oh well, one day perhaps. But for now I am really enjoying reading them. The book I am currently reading is, Letters from a Skeptic by Gregory and Edward Boyd. This book is a collection of letters passed between father and son. Dad is an atheist and son is a believer in seminary studies. The son invites his Dad to ask him any questions about his faith and promises to give an open and honest account. The questions/objections put forth by the Father are... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

I just listened to the recording of my talk from the conference last week. All I can say is --I sound weird. No, I actually sound like my sister. Have you ever noticed that you never sound like what you “think” you should sound like? One thing I know for sure, I would definitely use a mic and headphones next time. It was difficult to hear and the sound quality wasn’t as good as those who used the headset. So, for all of you who stayed tuned in to listen through the entire thing. A BIG thank you. I am so thankful I had a chance to share my story. I am so thankful God selected me for the privilege of marriage. I am so thankful my husband is great with computers. He is going to completely rebuild mine this weekend while I am out of town. Which leads me... Read more →

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What are you fighting for?

Last week Stephen Colbert hosted author Bart Ehrman on his show, featuring his latest book Jesus Interrupted. I watched this show with my hubby because it's one of his favorites, yet we ended up in a debate regarding the validity of the Bible. Let me say first that this author who's described as "one of the world's leading authorities on the Bible" by PRNewswire was actually an Evangelical Christian as a teen. He now professes to be agnostic. I will also say watching this man, who supposedly "dispelled the notion held by millions of Americans that the Bible is an infallible document," voice his opinions about the Bible as if they were fact rankled me greatly. But, we are all entitled to our opinion. (If interested in watching this clip, click here. Then click on the third picture under "All New Video") My purpose in this post is not to... Read more →

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The Social Dynamics of Uniquely Yoked!

I woke on Sunday morning with an old Hymn on my lips. Literally, I awoke singing…. He arose. He arose. Hallelujah, Christ arose… How does that happen? I mean it was really cool. But how on Easter morning do I wake with an old hymn in my soul? Hmmmm I don’t think I have heard that hymn for over 20 years. Aren't you facinated with how the spirit world works? The Donovan Clan had a busy weekend. What was interesting to me is how the social thing plays out in an unequally yoked marriage. On Saturday we spent time with some friends from the neighborhood. Sunday afternoon we visited our new friends from our Church life group and later that day, we stopped at the home of friends from the neighborhood. Some were believers, some were not. We had a great time but it was interesting to watch the different... Read more →

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New Beginnings

Part of the heart message of Christ’s ministry is new beginnings. One of our greatest benefits in salvation is that everyday is a chance start over. We’re human, and we will undoubtedly mess up—daily even. But we have a God who loved so much that he took care of that, too. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead… — 1 Peter 1:3 "Go, stand in the temple courts," he said, "and tell the people the full message of this new life." — Acts 5:20 Are yesterday’s failures, disappointments, and discouragements keeping you from embracing the joy of His salvation—God’s greatest gift to us? (Psalm 51:12) Guess what? Tomorrow’s a brand new day. Even the very next moment is an opportunity to change... Read more →

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Remembering Good Friday

John 12: 24-25 Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you'll have it forever, real and eternal. ~The Message In this passage Jesus is speaking to his disciples and He is speaking to us. He uses a wheat seed as an example to foretell His death by crucifixion which we remember today, Good Friday. Jesus explains how a solitary seed, which is useless and lifeless, will spring forth in new life once buried in the ground. It, in turn, will produce a great number of seeds. Christ’s teaching reaches deeper as... Read more →

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Yellow Pages and a Prayer

I want to welcome everyone who is popping in from A Woman Inspired Conference. Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to stop over here. During the conference I shared how God used a prayer and the yellow pages to orchestrate the sensational. My husband prayed for salvation with Joe, the contractor, while standing on the driveway in front of our home. I wish I could share a photo with you. The image is burned in my mind. After Joe, the contractor left our home my head was reeling… Did what I just witness really happen? I needed time to process it all. Girls, I processed all night long. I couldn’t sleep and I prayed like crazy. The next morning arrived and I tentatively approached my man and asked, “What really happened to you out there yesterday?” My husband told me he was taken off-guard by the impromptu... Read more →

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What kind of people are you?

"This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop." — Luke 8:11-15 (NIV) Last Friday I read Luke 8:... Read more →

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A Shaghetti Western

Marriage Monday

e-Mom of Chrysalis Is hosting Marriage Monday. Our topic: "Friendship in Christian Marriage." How do you and your husband celebrate your friendship together. Scripture teaches us to phileo our husbands (Titus 2:4). This is a human brotherly kind of affection and love. For most men, phileo translates into side-by-side companionship. What do you two love to do together that fosters good feelings between you? Hop over to Chrysalis to read more Marriage Monday. I have spent a number of hours thinking about this topic. Friendship is a word that can encapsulate a vast number of meanings. I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what defines a friendship. It can change over time. Friendships differ with each individual. So, of course, I asked my man. “How would you describe our married friendship?” Now, I need to tell you that asking my man this question, this particular week, was dangerous. Most of... Read more →

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Men's Brains - Women's Brains

Now we finally know!

Next week at A Woman Inspired Conference, I will be talking about the "Ultimate Odd Couple" - The Donovans. I wish I could include this video because it sure explains A LOT! It is hilarious. Enjoy! Be Blessed, Lynn Read more →

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Laced With Grace

The LWG team thought to celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection with a special giveaway. The package includes a Veggie Tale DVD, Resurrection Eggs, a journal, the novel ‘Fireproof‘, and Max Lucado’s ‘Facing your Giants’ (Paperback book and MP3 Sermon Series). To Enter: Leave a comment on a devotion that is being published in the up-coming week (Today, April 3rd), You do not have to have a blog to enter the LWG Giveaway, but a valid email address so we can contact you. The winner will be announced on Palm Sunday, April 5th 2009. Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Complete, Refined, Over and

It's Thankful Thursday! Remember during the month of April, we will all be meeting at Laurie's place, Women Taking a Stand. My friends, have I appeared to be stressed out this past week? Well, I guess I was and didn't really know how much. But, everything is finished now... And God is so very good. Today I am floating on a big-white-fluffy-cloud of God's Grace. I am thankful for so much. Sunridge Women's Ministries Newsletter - FINISHED Power Point - A Woman Inspired - DONE Session Notes - A Woman Inspired- COMPLETE Class prep - A Woman Inspired - Refined, not perfected but oh, so real.. Oh, so Jesus! I have received so many phone calls and emails from all of you. All of you have spill Jesus out all over me. Oh, and please know this.... I will do the same for you when you are stressed. I love... Read more →

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