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19 entries from September 2009

Thankful Thursday - Miscellaneous Various Assorted Mixed Diverse Sundry

It is a delight to host Thankful Thursday this month. I have been a participant in this particular blogging venue since I began writing more than three years ago. I count it as a privilege to share praises together as we honor the Lord for the awesome blessings He pours into our lives. Next month we will meet at Grace Alone. December we will return to Women Taking A Stand. My heart is full. At every turn I can see the Lord working in and around my life. My husband has been unemployed since January but today, I have never felt richer. I praise you Jesus for: The fall season ~ Cooler breezes, sweaters, the colors rust, gold, orange, brown The Love Dare Bible study Email from my bloggy sister Iris this morning at 6 am The 30 days – Mind of Christ experiment* Each and every reader who stops... Read more →

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Theme Song!

We're just days away from the kick off of the Mind of Christ. I hope you've decided to join us for the month of October to refocus our lives on Christ and put him back on the throne of our lives. I will tell you, God is doing some amazing things—some a bit painful. Yesterday he showed me another place in my life that I was acting out of selfish motivations. It wasn't pretty, but it was so wonderful, all at once. I know that might not make sense, but God's discipline is healing and relieving. I have another song for you. I declare it our theme song for the amazing journey we're about to embark upon. You may recognize "While I'm Waiting" (by John Waller) from the movie Fireproof. It's a beautiful song and depicts so well the struggle and necessary heart for so many of us. Waiting is... Read more →

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Every Human Should Answer This Question

On Saturday I attended my annual writer’s conference for the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild. Every year something profound comes from this conference and this year…… SO much more than I could dream or think. Cec Murphy was our keynote speaker. Many of you know Cec as an author of something like a bazillion books as well as the bestselling author of 90 Minutes In Heaven. (I loved that book) I have been richly blessed to sit under his teaching a few times and Saturday was no exception. Cec asked me a question on Saturday that sent my heart flying and ignighted a new fire in my being. I came home and called Dineen and asked her the same question. Now we are both filled with such amazing hope and determination. But, this question is not just for us. It is for you also. Are you ready? WHAT IS YOUR... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Time to Worship

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. — 2 Corinthians 12:9 Something's happening. Over a week's time, God showed me 2 Corinthians 12:9 at least five times, the last at a conference I was at last weekend, given in a moving devotional by a doctor who's a missionary in Africa. Now these verses have shown up repeatedly in multiple places, and not just for me. Several people have been led to at least one of these verses. Lynn used Isaiah 43:19 in Monday's post introducing The Mind of Christ journey, and let me tell you, she and I hadn't even talked specifically yet. I was floored to see this verse yet again. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? — Isaiah 43:19 (NLT) For I am doing something in your own day,... Read more →

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You're Outahere!

I have a question for you. Do you ever just get tired of being sick n’ tired? I’m sitting at my desk thinking back upon this crazy journey, my unequally yoked marriage. As I mentally walk through the months and years of my past, I am remembering how I at times would cling to my disappointment, my anger and the unfairness of it all. My unfulfilled expectations would rise, front and center in my mind and that is when it would happen. Enter stage right: Satan and his minions arrive to perpetuate my thoughts of discontent. Heaven forbid that I would be cleaning house that day because those negative thoughts would course through my brain over and over as I moved from room to room flipping the dusting rag around followed by frenzied vacuuming. I would get worked into a ridiculous mess. What a waste of time. Well I am... Read more →

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30 Days - The Mind of Christ

Over two months ago the Lord woke me up in the middle of the night. He gave me another idea to share with you. If you have been reading here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage for a while, you might remember the Kingdom Assignment. It was an amazing experiment in which many of us participated in last November. What a humbling and triumphant experience it was. God has the best ideas! (to read some of the posts, click on the Kingdom Assignment in the sidebar.) This new idea that God gave me is similar except this time, the Lord wants to do something for you. Today we are going to prepare and step out into another experiment. The Lord said it is a perfect time to prepare us for a major shift in our soul and lead us into the most amazing season of our lives. Just like last year, I... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Grace

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." — 2Corinthians 12:9 God has brought me to this verse four times in one week. Each time I’ve prayed over a specific ongoing issue, he’s bought me back to or reminded me of this verse. Years ago I remember asking someone at church what exactly grace was. He said, “It’s God’s unmerited favor.” It’s unearned. Christianity is the only faith that doesn’t require us to earn our way into heaven, because of God’s grace. And his mercy. My prayer now is that God would help me fully understand what his grace means in my life. For a perfectionist and overachiever like myself, this a difficult journey, to let go of my attempts to earn God’s favor and understand that I’m already acceptable in his eyes. In fact, there’s nothing I can do to make myself more... Read more →

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The Prizes of Victory

“I’ve prayed, but nothing’s happening.” I felt my daughter’s pain. Not just over the health issue she was struggling with but also her confusion that God hadn’t taken the condition away. How often had I prayed over several issues in my own life—some for years—to see nothing change? Through those years I’d come to learn about God’s faithfulness and his desire for me to learn from trials, not just get through them. I’d come to trust him and his plan, and to realize that though circumstances may appear nothing’s happening, something definitely is. Yet to encapsulate years of learning about God and my growing faith to a handful of words is a tall challenge. Plus, I still shared her frustration at times. I recently read a devotional in Streams in the Desert, which spoke of this perseverance in the face of trials. The author made a connection to Romans 8:37,... Read more →

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The Enemy Never Gives Up But Neither Does our Great God

This month we meet at Women Taking A Stand and I will see you here again for the month of October and November at Grace Alone. I find it fascinating and somewhat interesting that a great number of my Christian friends have experienced sever and heavy spiritual battles over the past five days. Dineen, has a faced raging battle this week and right before she is heading out of town to her annual writers conference. Exactly like last year. Almost an identical repeat.. So strange. Many of you over at 1Peter3Living experienced extreme conflict. You faced issues dealing with health, marriages, spouses, finances, a multitude of setbacks and defeats. A ton of you who I know through blogging have been deeply affected by evil. I know a couple of you who live in Florida were smacked in the teeth with unexpected ferocity. In Kenya, the woman with the cow and... Read more →

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Free To Be Me Scholarship

From my friend, Joanne at One So Blessed: The Free to Be Me Conference is right around the corner. Are you praying for the blessed opportunity to attend? Have you always wanted to meet your blog-friends in person? Would you LOVE to go, but have been asking God for a financial miracle? How does a scholarship for this amazing two-day conference sound? Did I mention you'll be leaving the kids and dirty dishes behind? Girls, get ready...one lucky gal is going to receive a $100 scholarship! Which means admission to the Free To Be Me conference will be... FREE! Here's all you have to do: Hop over to One So Blessed and leave a comment. The winner will be picked on Sunday, September 20th. Which means I'll be seeing one of YOU in Florida. It's as easy as that. Read more →

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Chronicles of the Donovan Clan - Wordless

It’s scary being a parent. I’m probably not alone in that I fret about how my kids will turn out. I think it is often doubly scary to be a parent in an unequally yoked home. There is more compromise in a divided home when parents have differing worldviews. My husband and I have disagreed compromised over many things. Major things like education. I wanted private Christian school, he – public. My daughter attends public school. We have not always agreed on video games, game ratings, or age appropriateness on said games. Don’t even get me started about television programming. Thankfully my daughter’s preferences on TV are amazingly similar to mine. On the flip side, my husband respected surrendered to my desires such as prayer before dinner, my daughter’s youth group attendance, church. My husband is a moral man and we have more in common than not, with regard to... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Discouraged?

Another great article from Rick Warren about patience and perseverance. We can easily become discouraged in a S.U.M. I hope this devotional encourages you to keep going, to keep praying, and above all, keep believing. Blessings! —Dineen Having Patience in the Midst of Discouragement by Rick Warren “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, ‘He who is coming will come and will not delay’” (Hebrews 10:36–37 NIV). If you’re discouraged because of God’s delay in answering your prayers, understand the delay is not a denial. Just because the answer or the miracle hasn’t come—yet—that doesn’t mean God isn’t going to answer, or that he’s forgotten you, or that he doesn’t care about you. It simply means “not yet!” Spiritual maturity is knowing the difference between “No” and “Not yet,”... Read more →

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Creating a Crisis- With a WARNING

When we began this series regarding conflict I set out some of the guidelines and the premise by which we intend to explore the specific issues. If you have not read that post, please read it now (go here, then come right back). Several weeks ago we were discussing a difficult topic, conflict in marriage, specifically alcohol and marriage. I left that post with the following questions: When does conflict cross a boundary line? And, the follow up question: Is it right to create a “crisis” in your marriage to resolve such conflict? Ahhhhh, great questions. I have been dying to talk about these. So let’s answer this question today. Q: Is it right to create a crisis in marriage to resolve conflict? A: yes and no. I know, I know, it’s never an easy answer is it? Let me state now that initiating a crisis (conflict) in marriage is... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Collective Prayer Warriors

This month we meet at Women Taking A Stand and I will see you here again for the month of October and November at Grace Alone. I woke up Monday morning and still was not feeling well. This was day seven. In fact, as I stepped out of the shower my condition instantly worsened. Standing in my bathroom, realization hit me. This is serious. I started shaking. I was scared. Frightened, I telephone my mother. She is always a rational voice. I have been known to overreact about health issues. She soothed my fears but also cautioned me a visit to the emergency room might be necessary. I prayed again, I had been praying purposely now for over 24 hours. I tried my doctor, couldn’t reach him. I called the ER to find out about admitting procedures. I telephoned my nurse friend, Katie. She also soothed my fears but said... Read more →

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Laced With Grace Fall Giveaway

Material from Kitty Designs' kit "Dream of a Blue Sky" And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. ~ Matthew 8:26 They're talking layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, turnovers at headquarters, downturns in the housing market, upswings in global warming...Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? (text taken from Max Lucado's website) To find out more about the book itself, please visit our very own Lori from Lori's Reflection. She read the book so she can share her thoughts with us: Fearless by Max Lucado. Now to the niddy-griddy part of the giveaway. The package includes: Fearless - Hard Cover, Fearless - DVD Study, and the Fear Not Promise Book.... Read more →

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Problem With Comments

UPDATE: Comments should now appear however, I had to turn on authentication. SO SORRY but I was getting slammed by the foulest spam you ever did see. Hope to remove authentication soon but I will have to wait and see. First time in three years I had to turn authenticate on... Bummer. But, thank you so much for understanding. Hugs, Lynn and Dineen Read more →

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Weekend Devo — We Are Known

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. — 1Cor. 13:12 1 Corinthians 13 is known as the love chapter. Yet at the end of this wonderful chapter is an amazing piece of truth that gives us the reassurance we are truly known by the One who loves us with unsurpassed passion. One of the most difficult parts of a spiritual mismatch is feeling like our spouse doesn't understand who we are in Christ. But our precious Lord knows us completely and even went to the trouble to include this tidbit in a chapter all about love. So when we face those lonely times, we have this Scriptural reminder that we are known to the depths of our spirit. And there's no better remedy... Read more →

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Laced With Grace
A Wild Car Ride

If you have been reading the Chronicles of the Donovan Clan and actaully like them, then I have another story for you. Some of the story may sound familiar but the ending is something I didn't - could never- have expected. Join me today at Laced With Grace for A Most Amazing Car Ride. They may be scary, but whoa, sometimes what a thrill. Be Blessed, Lynn Read more →

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Inciting Incidents

In writing, we use a phrase called "inciting incidents." This describes an event that causes the hero or heroine to change direction. In What's He Really Thinking? by Paula Rinehart (Thomas Nelson 2009), the author speaks of the same thing, but in the nonfiction world of our real lives. She gives an example of a couple who hasn't gone on a family vacation in years. Every year the wife asks if they can make plans, and each time her husband says they need to think about their future and retirement. Now the backstory of this is that the husband's reasoning is based in fear, and he will stay in that place until forced to change direction. That finally happens when the wife says to his latest answer, calmly and with respect, "That won't work for me." She's clearly stated that she can no longer accept his position and is asking... Read more →

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