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19 entries from November 2009

Chronicles of the Donovan Clan - It's Time

It’s time to bring the Lord Jesus Christ glory. Please honor Him along with me as I give Him all of my worship. I am a humbled, ordinary wife who serves an extraordinary God. I am privileged to have a front row seat to watch the Creator of the universe, vividly active in the lives of the Donovan Clan. Many of you know that several years ago I prayed the Dangerous Prayer….. (you can read it here at Laced With Grace) This prayer, “Lord, do whatever it takes to save my husband,” was spoken with sincerity and surrender. For the first time I was able to pray it and really mean it. Lynn was ready. God was ready. Little did I know God waited all these years for me to finally arrive in this place of trust to start the life-changing work in me, my husband, and many of those... Read more →

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She's Gonna' Freak Out!

“Okay God, I will do it but she is going to FREAK OUT!” Sniff, sniff, waaaaaaah…. Where’s the Klennex. WAAAAAAAAH! I found myself kneeling at the front of the church following Lisa Shaw’s powerful teaching and altar call at the Blogger’s Retreat last month. ----- This is a true story of redemption, restoration and thankful hearts. I still can't believe it and it happened to me. Find the rest of the story over at Laced With Grace. She's Gonna Freak Out! Also, on our Facebook page we are giving away a spankin' brand new copy of, The Love Dare. Hop over there and leave a comment to enter. Spiritually Unequal Marriage on Facebook Dineen and I are signing off through the Thanksgiving weekend. We will see you here again on November 30th for another powerful post on Praying God's word. Or even a Donovan Clan update. Dineen and I are... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Thanksgiving Offering

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on." — Mark 12:41-44 In this story from Mark, a woman gives out of her poverty what equates to a fraction of a penny. But it was all she had. I can picture her approaching the temple treasury, hands trembling. Did she wonder for a moment if God would honor her sacrifice? Did she worry how... Read more →

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Anchored ~ What a Visual!

Why do we need the Word of God buried deep in our memory and in our heart? The Final Quest By Rick Joyner I just started reading The Final Quest by Rick Joyner. I actually read it once a couple years ago but it is one of those books you just find yourself picking up every couple years. The book is a vision that Rick was given and in the beginning he is describing two armies that he is seeing that are about to begin battle. One is the army of the Accuser of the Brethren. The other is the army of the Lord. As he is describing these armies the battle begins and a messenger tells the army of the Lord to fight from a mountain that is behind them. This mountain has many ledges that the Christians can stand on while fighting the enemy. Each ledge represented a... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday ~ Happy and Sad

This month we will meet at Grace Alone. December we will return to Women Taking A Stand. ----- After 14 years of serving God, the pastor of my church, Greg Sidders, will be leaving. Waaaaaah! I am sad and happy. The teaching I received under the Holy Spirit inspired words of Greg have changed my life. His words have certainly changed eternity for many. In heaven I can imagine Greg will have thousands in his line as many thank him for reflecting Jesus. I will be one of them. Greg is now heading into a new direction with writing and speaking and likely other adventures yet unknown. I will miss his teaching, his leadership, and his passion for seeking and saving the lost. I see Jesus in Greg. I now look forward to the new opportunities for our church with anticipation. God is a God of change. The ride can... Read more →

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God’s Preparation

During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek. — Hebrews 5:7-10 I’m back again with another nugget. Are you ready? Have you noticed how more people seem to be going through more trials than normal these days? Are you one of them? We face enough conflict and trial in our spiritually unequal marriages as it is, then throw in a few more issues, and we can feel like we’re at the end of our ropes. I want to share... Read more →

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The Unequally Yoked and the Curse of Norman Rockwell

Who is this guy anyway? Norman Rockwell’s depiction of a perfect Thanksgiving Holiday was featured on the cover of the Saturday Evening Poston November 3, 1945. Ever since then American women strive every year to achieve this idyllic replication of a perfect Thanksgiving celebration in their own homes. And boy it's a high standard. We often fail. It’s not as if we haven’t tried. We do all the right things, prepare the turkey, clean the house, and bake up a storm of pies for the momentous meal. All the while secretly dreaming anticipating expecting a holiday filled with smiles, I love you pecks on the check for a job well done, and prayer lead by Dad as the fat bird awaits carving. In reality some homes experience the Norman Rockwell portrayal. I truly rejoice for those families. But, if you are like me, eventually one family member makes a casuistic... Read more →

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Praying Psalms

A dear friend and author I know is a prayer warrior like none I've seen. I've seen God use Brandilyn in mighty ways since he healed her of Lyme disease. Here's a link to her site with a prayer of healing using Psalm 31. It's powerful and also a great example of how we can pray God's Word. Psalm for Sickness, Psalm 31 Praying and believing, Dineen Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Basking in the Light

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. — Hebrews 10:19-22 In my reading this week, I came across this piece of Scripture and my notes in the margin. One of my favorite things in the Bible, and in books in general, is the use of symbolism. And this is one of the richest ones. Within the Holy Place, a curtain sealed the Most Holy Place from view. There also resided the Ark of the Covenant (also known as... Read more →

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We Sabotage Our Prayers

We sabotage our own prayers! This is a strong statement but I am convinced we inhibit God’s work in our lives because of our own ignorance or idiocy. Why? I am so glad you asked. Let’s think about words. The spoken word. Words we say in idle conversation or even mumbling to ourselves. We will often pray, “O Lord, please heal me. Help me to feel better today…..” There are millions of prayers such as this. But what happens after we pray? We walk away and start mumbling to ourselves, “I just feel terrible today. I am never going to feel better. I just want to go back to bed.” We even mumble this minutes after we just asked the Lord to heal us. Why do the words we speak matter so much? Let’s take a look at how important the spoken word is to God. Matthew 12:36 (NIV) But... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Random

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. This month we will meet at Grace Alone. December we will return to Women Taking A Stand. My heart feels like it could burst right out of my chest with joy. Joy placed there by dwelling with the Lord Jesus Christ. His displays of love and favor overwhelm me. Here are a few things for which I am earnestly thankful. Men and women who serve or served in our Military. Thank you. God's Holy Word. The transforming, anchoring power of speaking God's word in prayer. Psalm 91 Psalm 119 Especially Psalm 37:4 My husband My daughter's first performance in her first school play. It was fantastic. She's turned out to be a neat kid despite my zany influence *grin*. Thanksgiving in Colorado with my Mom. ~Mom and Kayla, I can't wait! One year ago on Tuesday, was the day my husband was... Read more →

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Digging for God

19 The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 20 "This is what the LORD says: 'If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, 21 then my covenant with David my servant—and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me—can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne. — Jeremiah 33:19-21 Jeremiah 33 is a promise of God’s restoration to the Israelites. God constantly presented his people with the way to return to his favor and avoid wrath, yet the Israelites insisted on going their own way. Even with Jeremiah’s voice as a constant reminder of the peril they would face. But there’s a rich jewel in this passage. And you know how I love digging up those nuggets. Despite the... Read more →

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I Told You I was Fired Up!

If you talked to me face-to-face this week or over the phone or even via email, it was likely I was so hyper about Psalm 91 that I spoke it all over you. I spoke it to Dineen and Noreen, Lauralyn and Pam, Jolene and Rosheeda. Heidi, Eric and at least twenty-one other women in my Bible study groups. If I haven’t spoken it over you yet, just give me time. *grin* I am psyched about God’s word. I have always been infatuated, intrigued, inspired, and improved through the Holy Word of God, however, recently I am understanding, a fresh, just how powerful God’s Word is in our everyday living. I am also finding that many believers don’t fully comprehend the power of our words and the power of God’s words. Well our time of ignorance is drawing to a close. As of today, satan, is put on notice. We... Read more →

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We Interrupt This Blog
for a Special Announcement...

Guess what? Spiritually Unequal Marriage now has a Facebook Fan Page! Check it out! Spread the word, invite your friends. We even have a prayer request thread already started there. Our hope and goal is to have another place to reach out and connect together as we walk this journey together. You can return to your normally scheduled reading now. :-) Hugs! Dineen and Lynn Read more →

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Victory in the WORD ~ Meet Connie

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. Let’s talk. Spiritual warfare is real. Literally good and evil are at ware every minute of every day. It surrounds you and is likely unfolding right above your unsuspecting head. If you are living in a spiritually unequal marriage it is likely that we are on the front line of this battle field. Although you may not want to be a participant, you are by default. This can sound scary. BUT FEAR NOT! We are about to discover how much power we really have over the enemy. I learned so much about this while at the blogger’s retreat. There I met Connie Haile. She is currently healed and whole from cancer. In March of... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Trials

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. This month we will meet at Grace Alone. December we will return to Women Taking A Stand. Iris, great thoughts this Thankful Thursday. Trials. Well, I find it interesting that Iris was thinking about trials. I will share something with you. For the past several (several) years each November, I experienced excruciating personal trials. In fact, last year at precisely this time, my husband was told he was going to lose his job. The year before, another devastating personal health problem knocked upon my door. Why November? Why every year? Well, I sat down last year with a wise woman whom I trusted. She is mature and knows the Lord. I asked her, “Why does this happen each November. Why is the Lord putting me through these trials every year at the same time of the year?” She answered in her wise... Read more →

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The Power in God's Word

Yesterday I read this really great devotional by Rick Warren about the power behind Scripture. Then I had this awesome conversation with Lynn (I love that woman so much!) and what do you think she started talking about? Okay, God. I get the message. And I’m hoping you will, too. I’m sharing Warren’s devo as a preparation for what Lynn has in store for us Friday. Ready to have your world rocked? Praying and believing, Dineen November 02, 2009 When Tempted, Resist the Devil by Rick Warren "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7 NIV). After we've humbled ourselves and submitted to God, the Bible teaches us to defy the Devil. We don't passively resign ourselves to his attacks. We're to fight back. The New Testament often describes the Christian life as a spiritual battle against evil forces, using war terms... Read more →

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Farwell, Goodby and Marriage Monday

I feel slightly melancholy as I wave farewell to our Mind of Christ Experiment. Wow, we spent only 30 days focused fully on Christ. Lives were changed. I have to echo what Dineen said on Friday, “If this is what God can do in us when we give him complete control for 30 days, imagine what our entire lives can be when we give him every day!” AMEN!! I know this journey is only the beginning. Please write me as the Lord moves you along in your journey. I want to share in the victories and give all honor and praise to Jesus. I want to thank Dineen Miller, my writing partner and our guest contributor, Angela Smith. I told them both about this experiment way back in August. They were enthusiastic about what the Lord was planning. The Lord placed inspired words in their hearts. Thank you Dineen! Thank... Read more →

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More Praises

I haven't posted a lot of comments but this 'experiment' has had an incredible impact on me. I find that I have to keep my eyes and my mind and my heart on Jesus minute by minute because if I don't...the world and all its "stuff" tries to creep its way in. I only truly feel at peace when I focus on Jesus. Posted by Stacy Hi all! Sorry I haven't commented in a while. No, I haven't run away. There was a big break through in my life at the end of the second week and I have just so enjoyed the fellowship and love of the Lord since then. Last night was an awesome experience. I can't stop thinking about it. You know, one of those BIG moments where you KNOW, that you KNOW, it was ONLY GOD'S PERFECT timing. EXACTLY the right place and time. Another few... Read more →

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