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25 entries from October 2009

Changed Lives - Read This!

The 30 Days -Mind of Christ Experiment has reached the end. However, truly this is only the beginning. Christ continually works in our lives to show us how to live. TO LIVE! So many of you shared your struggles and triumphs along the way.Change can be painful but when Christ is the silversmith, we know we will be gleaming when the dross is melted away. Today is a day to celebrate and worship Jesus for what He has done in the lives of those on the journey. If I didn't include your triumph, please, please write it in the comments and I will post them tomorrow for all those who read SUM through a subscription service. If you struggled and you find it difficult to read these, I truly understand and realize God may be working slowly in your life. Feel free to add what you DID get from this... Read more →

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We Have The Power. Victory Is Ours!
Mind of Christ Experiment... The Conclusion

Isaiah 43:19a For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I made a bold promise 30 days ago. I told you that if you were willing to place Jesus Christ on the throne of your life, you would discover the circumstances in your life lose their power over you. Many of you joined in the journey, from all over the world. You were sick n’ tired of being sick n’ tired. You were seeking relief from unbearable burdens. You were in need of joy –bliss in your life. Well the promise I made was not my promise. It was Jesus who offered you that promise. It is not just a promise but a guarantee. Strong statement I know, but it is trustworthy and true. I want you to think about a few things. We learned we are utterly loved, we... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - We Serve A God of Change

Welcome to Thankful Thursday. It is a privilege to give thanks to the Lord and to host this awesome event in October. Next month we will meet at Grace Alone. December we will return to Women Taking A Stand. I count it a rich blessing to host Thankful Thursday. Thank you for sharing your Thursday with me. This month I just feel like the more I learn and know about Jesus the more I need to learn. There is tremendous change swirling about in the Donovan house and in almost every part of my life. Change can be scary. It can be unsettling. It can be painful. It can be awe inspiring, miraculous, and powerful. We serve a God of change. He loves us so much He never stops changing our hearts, character and life. I have so much to tell you. I can't even begin to try to understand... Read more →

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You Were Prayed For

Can you believe we're in the final week of our journey? Part of me wants to shed a few tears, sad to see it end already. But a bigger part of me wants to shout HALLELUJAH right along side all of you from the tallest rooftop nearby. What a month, yes? I don't know about you, but God has brought me to some pretty difficult places these last few weeks and asked me to grow and stretch in ways I didn't think possible. He's used this journey, you precious readers, and my ongoing situation with my daughter's recovery to teach to trust him and wait on him in ways that hurt beyond belief! But I know they are so necessary to my future, my daughter's future, and especially to my husband's future. Lots of preparation going on in the Miller household! God has designed my circumstances in this moment is... Read more →

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God’s Transformation Process – Part 4

Over the past three weeks I’ve shared with you the “stages” the Lord has taken me through as He has begun a major transformation process in my life. I’ve walked you through how He revealed His great abiding love and began to help me to truly understand it. How He began to dive deep into my heart and soul to uncover the deepest, darkest and ugliest parts of my life in order to bring healing. And I’ve shared how He has begun to reveal to me the truth about standing with Him while loving others. I pray my transparency regarding my journey will help you in yours. I know that just writing these posts has blessed me tremendously. I wish I could say the transformation process is over, that I’m a finished and perfected clay vessel. But if these past three weeks have confirmed anything for me, it is that... Read more →

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Blogger's Retreat

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Blogger's Retreat 2009 Oh, What a day.... Glory...

So much has happened in the realm of Christ today, I don't even know where to begin. But, I tell you this.... Y'all are gonna be blessed when I can figure out how to get it all back out'a me and onto y'all. God took hold of the girls tonight and we had us a meeten'. A prayer meeten' like none I have ever been to in my life. Glory, Hallelujah. AMEN. (I'm officially a southerner now) Her are a few of my BFF's. Oh how I wish each of you were here with us. But know that I prayed up a storm over you tonight just because I love you and just because Jesus loves you. I will post more as the Lord directs. I can promise you this..... We will see results. In the name of Jesus. Amen Valeria (Angie's Mom), Donetta, Connie, Joanna, Angie, Lisa, Tiffany I... Read more →

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Where Did It Go?

I want to share a story with you. About four weeks ago my relationship with Christ was so on fire that I thought there were times when I was praying or singing worships song that I might explode from the sheer joy I felt. I have heard of the joy of God flowing upon a person in such powerful waves they begged God to stop for fear they could bear no more. (I have much to share about this next Friday… You won’t want to miss it, stay tuned.) Most days I feel the Lord is present, around me listening to my constant chatter. I never stop talking/praying with Him…. Sheesh! I bet He wishes I would take a break! *kiddin’* But these few days were unique. The closeness the…., let’s see if I can describe what it was like, the intimacy and joy and contentment and happiness and the... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday -
Things that make you go hmmmmm?

Welcome to Thankful Thursday. It is a privilege to give thanks to the Lord and to host this awesome event in October. Next month we will meet at Grace Alone. December we will return to Women Taking A Stand. If you have stopped in to participate in Thankful Thursday, I am so glad you are here. I am hosting this event even as I am on an airplane flying across America to Sneads, Florida for the: BLOGGER'S RETREAT! I know many of you wanted to attend but were unable. Well know this ~I have taken you with me. You hold a place in my heart. I hope to share some photos here at S.U.M. on Saturday and Sunday so stop back and get a glimpse of what some of your blogging friends actually look like. I never imagine anyone the way they actually look after knowing them on-line for years.... Read more →

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Waiting on God

God never ceases to amaze me in the intricate perfection of his work and plan. Have you found yourself in a place where you see how the details surrounding you are linked together and blooming like a flower? And as the petals open, the legitimacy of each event suddenly comes into view, perfectly planned and coordinated in an intricate pattern of destiny? I love those moments. Though I’m sure I don’t see them all, I know I’d miss more if I didn’t constantly and intentionally draw closer to God. We need to stay in a place of yearning for more of God and less of this world. Otherwise, we might miss what God’s doing in our lives. I know I’ve said this before, but bear with me. Waiting is a big part of our Christian walk. Hard to do in a world so focused on how fast something can be... Read more →

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God’s Transformation Process – Part 3

As a new Christian, one of my favorite books to read was “Jesus Freak” by DC Talk. The book is a collection of true stories about individuals who have stood for and given their lives for Jesus. It is amazing and inspiring to read these stories. These are people who have lived out Jesus’ instructions to us: Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ~ Matthew 22:36-39 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. ~ Luke 6:27-28 These people have died standing for Jesus and the most inspiring thing is they do so while... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — From Fear to Courage

NOTE: Currently our comment box is not appearing. I have left a help ticket with Typepad and hope to have this resoved soon. Please email me your comments and I will post them when we get it figured. Out. Thank you ~ Dineen Please email me The women's ministry at my church is currently studying Esther by Beth Moore. I adore her studies, but I will say that though her studies always impact me in a big way, none have affected me so profoundly as this one. I'd like to share some tid-bits from our last session. If you've ever done a Beth Moore study, then you know she has a talent for making profound statements. Here are few of them: "There is no denial in courage." "Don't deny the reality (of your situation), but it's power over you." Then one of my favorites from Ambrose Hollingworth Redmoon, "Courage isn't... Read more →

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Romans 12:1-2 What Does it Mean?

Do you remember the first day we started this journey? October 2nd and I wrote: In about three weeks, you will grow tired of this journey. So I am giving you a heads up now to watch for your discontent. Satan absolutely will do everything possible to keep you firmly seated in power. Have none of it. Today I am reminding you not to allow the enemy to steal away your efforts as we head into week three. In the first two weeks I have received emails and comments from many you. You shared how you have overcome major road blocks and struggles you have contended with for years. Miracles! I want to encourage those of you who aren’t seeing progress as of yet. I want to spur you on because God has promised us something new. We need only to place Him on the throne of our lives. Romans... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Entitlements or Riches

I love my Bible study gals. We are currently working our way through The Love Dare. We began to discuss how we can find ourselves thinking we are entitled to have….. (name your entitlement). I think sometimes it takes us a lifetime to realize we are truly entitled to very little. Entitlement mentality leads to expectations. Unmet expectations lead to disappointment which leads further down the slippery slope to frustration, anger, bitterness….. Sometimes we can become overwhelmed with our current circumstances and forget the riches right before our eyes. I have found one sure fire way to pull your entitlement mind into proper perspective, God’s perspective. SERVE Take a look around in your own corner of the world. You will find so many not only in need physically but many who are struggling spiritually in worse, much worse situations than your own. So, today I am thankful the Lord has... Read more →

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How full is your net?

"I'm going out to fish," Simon Peter told them, and they said, "We'll go with you." So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, "Friends, haven't you any fish?" "No," they answered. He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" The disciples spent three amazing years with Jesus. And then one nightmarish day, he was gone. At least in their eyes He was. Imagine for a moment how they felt. They’d lived with clear purpose and guidance for three... Read more →

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God’s Transformation Process – Part 2

Last week I asked each of you to allow the Lord to show you the great affection He has for you. One fiction series I’m particularly fond of refers to this as the “Great Romance”. I LOVE that. Today I want to tell you about the second stage that the Lord took me through to begin transforming me into the likeness of Him. However, if you have not yet read last week’s post, I encourage you to do so first. I know without an understanding of how much God loved me, I would not have understood what He did next in my life. I am a bit of a perfectionist and have been known to have some self-esteem issues. I actually have conversations in my head about what others are saying about me. Talk about creating your own issues! Needless to say, I have tended to have a lot of... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Protecting Your Mind

This weekend's devo is brought to you by Purpose Driven Connection and Rick Warren. How perfect that this devo came a day before Lynn's awesome post, What are You Feeding Your Brain? Have a wonderful weekend and come back Monday for Angela's next installment of God's Transformation Process on Monday. You don't want to miss it! And you can read part one here in case you missed it. Praying and believing, Dineen Healing Choice: Protecting Your Mind by Rick Warren "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV). Your mind is a special gift from God. It can potentially store 100 trillion thoughts. And it is a tool that God wants to use in your ministry to fulfill his purposes. That's why we have to be choosy.... Read more →

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A Woman and A Cow?

Looking for Day Eight - The Mind of Christ Experiment? It follows this post. Scroll down Experiencing God on the throne of your life sometimes means obeying Him when it doesn’t makes sense. Today at Laced With Grace I have a story to share. It all Started with A Woman and a Cow. What a Christmas. Read more →

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What Are You Feeding Your Brain? - Day Eight!

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. NIV I must tell you the thoughts, prayers, hopes, struggles, scripture, and links all of you have left in comments over the past week during this series are incredible. Thank you. Thank you for loving others in the community of God with your words. What are you feeding your brain? I want to tell you a story. There once was a girl who was lost in a world of ambitions, caught up in obtaining all the “stuff” the TV commercials said she was entitled to have. She was lost in pride and self-centeredness. That girl was me. I bought into the lie… I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - I'm Counting

This week I want to welcome everyone who is participating in The Mind of Christ Experiment to Thankful Thursday. When I was a kid and my brother, sister and I would start whining and complaining my mother would have none of it. She would immediately burst into song and sing over our small voices. Probably to drown out the noise of it all but it is a lesson that has stuck in my head all these years later. She would sing: Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God hath done! Count your blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. I looked the song up. (I love Google.) It was written by Johnson Oatman Jr. in 1897. Now read the lyrics from the first verse: When upon life's billows You are tempest tossed When you... Read more →

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Day 6: God is Good

You send an email to a friend updating her on everything going on at the moment. Your letter seems more like a list of crises than anything else. Then you go to sign it with “God is good” but you hesitate. Can you honestly say that and mean it in the midst of your discouragement? You know in your head it’s true, but in your heart…in your heart, you’ve noticed a disconnect. You’re tired and struggling to believe that the trials in your life are in God’s control. Are you there right now? I know in recent weeks I have been. But I have the answer for you. If we spend anytime at all in the Bible, we are shown over and over again a God who cares and sacrifices for his children, his ultimate sacrifice being his Son. Jesus Christ is the greatest representation of God’s incomprehensible love. Along... Read more →

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A Most Important Question - Day Five

Tune in on Wednesday, October 7th for our next post in this series by Dineen Miller. Stop in Thursday because I have a special story to share. It is a genuine true story of a woman who decided to trust God when it didn’t make sense. The ending is unbelievable. I have a question for you today to write in your journal. We will discuss it further on Friday. What are you feeding your brain? Open your journal and get to work. Write the question and then listen to what God is telling you. Come back and share it with everyone. Also, if you have not read the comments from Friday or Monday, do so now. They are awesome, inspiring and filled with hope in Jesus. You are on a fantastic journey with some pretty amazing people. Take time to encourage one another. Leave a comment here today about what... Read more →

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God’s Transformation Process – Part 1

When Lynn first asked me to join her and Dineen for this 30 Day journey, my mind was filled with so many different things I could write about, things I’ve learned over the last couple years about having a mind and heart after Christ. Then as I began to meditate on these things I realized how very much I have yet to learn. In fact, this process of sharing my heart with all of you is just a continuation of my journey to put Christ on the throne of my life. My journey began in earnest two years ago when I stumbled across this site and read a post about “the most dangerous prayer”. I prayed that night with a sincere heart. “Whatever it takes, Lord. Whatever it takes draw my husband to you.” The Lord heard my cry and responded, but not in the way I had anticipated. You... Read more →

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EighteenTruths To Remember - Day Two - Weekend Devotion

Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea; the Lord is mighty! Psalms 93:4 (NIV) 1. Faith is the ability to not panic. 2. If you worry, you didn't pray. If you pray, don't worry. 3. As a child of God, prayer is kind of like calling home. 4. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. 5. When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. God wants us to be still, so He can untangle the knot. 6. Do the math. Count your blessings. 7. God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts. 8. Dear God: I have a problem. It's me. 9. Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted. 10. Laugh every day, it's like inner jogging. 11. The most important things in your home are the people. 12. There is no key to happiness.... Read more →

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The Mind of Christ Experiment - Let's Begin

I’m sitting at my computer and the Holy Spirit is flooding my mind with so much. There is so much to tell you, much to share and I want to get it all to you right now. But, the Lord is reminding me that this is a journey. To know the Mind of Christ, to be transformed by Christ, is a progression. He reminds me to begin simply yet purposefully. I must tell you I have been completely overwhelmed by the response. So many of you listened to the call from God. I mailed envelopes all over the globe. I went to the store several times as I ran out of supplies. They all know me at the post office now. But, what an amazing privilege to be a sojourner along with you. I am utterly humbled and thankful to the Lord. Some of you arrived because you are sick... Read more →

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