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23 entries from December 2009

Praying and Fasting Together

Several of my friends and I pray each year for a word from God. It's been an interesting journey to see how God unfolds the year according to his early revelation. And that's what 2009 was for me. My word for last year was REVELATION. I think I'm still in this state as God shows me more and more what's deep inside of my heart and what needs to change. So, again I've prayed for my word for 2010. I clearly heard SUBMISSION. And again I am in awe of God's ways. He spent a year revealing what needs to change, and now the work will come, to clean out these areas, to break strongholds, to submit to his direction. Part of this will be fasting next week. This will probably be the most difficult area for me—to overcome my resistance to this area of discipline and the enemy who... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Can I be thankful for THAT?

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. December we are meeting at Women Taking A Stand. In January we will be giving thanks in the new year, right here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. I can't wait. _____ Wow, the last day of 2009. What a year it has been. Many of you have shared the fantastic and divinely appointed journey of the Donovan Clan. We experienced many extreme challenges and struggles. We faced some deep fears and financial setbacks. But! ~Don’t you always love that there is a but in the story? God proved His faithfulness. Mostly He showed this broken and messed up bunch of people just how mighty and awesome He really is. God astounded us with answers to prayer and miraculous provisions. Yet, as I sat with Him this morning instead of feeling joy, I felt pain. I felt the sting of rejection and unworthiness. Why... Read more →

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2010: A New Year - A New Hope - A New Beginning

Every year, during the first full week in January, our church holds a corporate fast. It is our week of Solemn Assembly, based on Joel 2:15: "Blow a trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly..." We do this as a way to begin our year in the presence of God, seeking Him for directions, breakthroughs, revelation, whatever we may be in need of. This is a time for us to really draw close to the heart of God and to really experience Him in the most intimate of ways. In His Word, the Lord speaks of fasting on many occasions, even giving instructions as to how we are to present ourselves as we go through the fasting process. He says that fasting and praying should be a regular part of the Believer's life and that some things only come by fasting and prayer. As a matter of... Read more →

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Christmas 2011?

Last week I wrote a post about daring to dream. This past week I and my family have taken a step in this direction, to take a desire and dare to dream it. We have talked for years about spending Christmas in New York City. My mother is from there and has many fond memories of Christmas in the city. She came all the way from Florida to spend Christmas with us, and the idea came up again. This year I decided to push for a date. Why not dare to make a dream a reality? So, God willing, I and my family will spend Christmas 2011 in New York. We've set the date and will now work toward this goal, to make a dream a reality. And my first step is to commit this to prayer and put it in God's hands, because you would not believe how God... Read more →

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I Have a Serious Question for You.

Are you ready for healing? Do you think as Christians most of the time we think of heavenly healing as a cure of a physical ailment? I believe we do and I know God miraculously heals people of physical sickness and disease. I also know God heals us from their emotional and mental injuries. What I am discovering right now is the Lord is calling me to a year of healing. Healing specific to my physical condition(s). But, it is actually healing of my emotional issues as well. I was talking with Dineen on the phone today. We were discussing how our weight gain is attributed to stress. Mine; unemployment. Hers; her daughter’s cancer and resulting heath issues. How many of us medicate ourselves with food. I will own up and admit, I DO. Now let me tell you something that is hard to share. My bad habits began many... Read more →

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A Bible Verses 2010 Calendar for You?

Wow! Do you see this beautiful Calendar? Iris of Grace Alone, has an amazing photography gift. She made these calendars for 2010 and I have one to give away. I want to give one away to our SUM friends on Facebook. To enter just join us over on our Facebook page and leave a comment to enter. I will pick a winner on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, we will launch our plans for the new year. You will want to participate in this. Last year changed my life and my husband's. I am convinced it was partly due to how I started the year. Also, I have much more to add tomorrow about our weight discussion. I have a challenge and I have some helpful ideas. Are you in? Pop over to Facebook. Leave a comment. Come back tomorrow for an update on the "Fat Cat" series. I love you.... Read more →

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Am I Fat or Is That Ring Around my Stomach a Child's Floaty?

So, ummm, yep, I think a diet life style adjustment is in order. I like turkey. I like stuffing. Oh for goodness sakes.... If it has carbs, I love it... Just keepin' it real. What a great photo --------> Can anyone, besides me, relate? I will tell you something else, eleven months of my husband's unemployment translated into 10+ pounds on the hips. Okay, okay and also into the floaty ring around my tummy. Guess I won't need to worry about staying boyant in the bathtub. Sheesh! I find it interesting that I gained weight over the last year. I don't think it was because I ate out of worry or stress. I think I just prepared more meals and larger portions because my husband was home. Morning, noon and night. He was home.... We both ate.... a lot..... Perhaps I did a bit of stress eating as well. Keepin'... Read more →

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Merry CHRISTmas and get ready for 2010!

Dineen and I are signing off for a few days. Dineen's mom is in town and my son arrived at my house this morning. We will be returning on December 30th to share our New Year Kick off plans. 2009 was an incredibly scary year. Yet it was the most amazing road I have traveled with the Lord, EVER. And it all started out with the first week of January last year. We plan to repeat that experience. You don't want to miss the first week nor the series we have planned that follows. So check back here on December 30th. Today, we earnestly pray that each of you encounter that divine moment where you stand with the Lord in awe over His amazing plan to bring forth a child that would save the world. Jesus is our hope Jesus is our help. Jesus is our encouragement. Because of Jesus... Read more →

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Charlie Brown? Hope of the World.

I grew up waiting each Christmas season for two special TV shows to appear on our old television set. Yes, I grew up in the “Dark Ages”, according to my teenager. There weren’t video recordings nor hundreds of channels with millions of re-runs. You had one chance, once a year. That was it. I anxiously awaited, A Charlie Brown Christmas which was followed by The Grinch That Stole Christmas. I would sit in the basement, next to the aluminum Christmas tree with the weird color wheel turning. Mom, would bring down the freshly popped corn which was coated with the most divine candy coating and we would make popcorn balls. With popcorn ball in hand, I sat criss-cross apple sauce on the floor and watch as Charlie Brown and the gang lit up our small television. I was always partial to this particular seasonal show over all the others, including... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Dare to Dream

People seem to be having more difficulties these days than usual. This time last year I was shuttling my daughter back and forth to radiation treatments. And not too long after Christmas, Lynn's husband lost his job like so many have since the economy tanked. I'm sure as you read this, your own trials are playing out either in memory or in reality. None of us is immune. But profound things happened in the midst of those trials. I'll be the first to say there have been some pretty deep valley's this year. One ongoing for me and my family, but even in this time of frustration and one morning's rant at God, I knew I loved my Jesus more than ever. I knew that I had grown and changed. Such sweet adoration in the middle of my tirade—couldn't be from me but the working of the Holy Spirit. So... Read more →

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Opened Eyes by Amy Forbes

Today I want to welcome Amy Forbes to Spiritually Unequal Marriage as a guest contributor. Amy has share several posts with us over the past three years. Today she brings a very honest and revealing look at her marriage and how the Lord has moved in her life. Amy is a born again Christian and a former wicca (story for another day). She is married with three children and lives in a small town in New Zealand. She works part-time developing websites. She is faithful to share how God has worked in her life, her husband's life and in their marriage. You can find Amy at her personal blog, I Love Retro Things. Open Eyes As I sit here in the cool spring evening after cleaning up the kitchen from dinner I'm thinking about where I was emotionally, spiritually, physically a year ago at this time. Yes I'm in an... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - It's a Birthday

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. December we are meeting at Women Taking A Stand. In January we will be giving thanks in the new year, right here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. I can't wait. Okay, I’m a dork. Go ahead a poke fun if you must, I own up to my dorkiness… (is that a word?) So here’s my confession. I love Christmas movies. I love sappy, happy, all ends well, tied up in a neat little Christmas bow, kind of stories. In the month of December, I drive my family nuts. I get my hands on the remote control and lookout…. Within minutes I have scheduled the DVR unit to record more than a dozen of these sentimental renderings in the next 24 hours. The movie titles stack up on our recorded list and it drives my techie man crazy. In December I record more movies... Read more →

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Are You Ready for Christmas?

I know I’m not—still have shopping, baking, and a birthday to prepare for! So much to do along with work and taking care of the family. Are you nodding along with me? Keeping our focus on Christ this time of year is tough for anyone, so I’m not going to talk about the busyness that threatens to steal the meaning of Christmas from us. I’m sure you’ve read enough on that topic already. I want to address the difficulties that crop up this time of year in spiritually mismatched marriages. Specifically the challenge to keep Christ in the holiday especially if you have children. I know when my girls were young, this was quite a challenge. My sweet hubby has always been like a kid at Christmas time, so introducing more than my childhood nativity scene became a real challenge. But each year I found small ways to give my... Read more →

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Trust AND Action!

I don’t subscribe to the old adage; God helps those who help themselves. I am acutely aware the Lord helps many of us when we are so low we can’t even get off the couch. But, I am also certain God wants our active participation in His plans. With that said what does it mean to “trust” God? Suppose you were unemployed, would you pray and trust God saying, “Oh, I am trusting God to give me a job,” then never apply for work? Would you fail to intervene in your teenager’s life if you found marijuana in their room? Would you just pray about it and say, “Oh I am just trusting God to change my daughter’s mind about drugs.” HECK NO! Well, I think sometimes we fail to join the Lord in His plans with regard to our unbelieving spouses. There are times when we must stand for... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Turning It Around for Good

This is one of the most powerful devotionals I've seen on the subject of trials. James MacDonald seems to be on the fast track into some deep insights into our Christian faith and what it really means. I want to share this devotional by him, because his words clarified it isn't about whether or not we go through trials that distinguishes us from unbelievers, but HOW we go through them. We all face difficulties in life—that's the nature of this fallen world. But I'm coming to understand better that how I walk these trials (And there seem to be more lately for so many of us. I know you're out there, and I'm praying for you!), my greatest witness to my sweet hubby is my perseverance, and not even how well I do that, but that I do it! I pray this blesses you as much as it did me.... Read more →

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Please Help Me Out!

I would be extra appreciative if you could give me your opinion. Also, in the comments can you tell me how and when you ask your spouse to attend Christmas Eve services. What works and what doesn't. Thank you.... Thank you.... THANK YOU. Be blessed, Lynn poll by twiigs.com Read more →

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Thankful Thursday & Christmas Traditions

Welcome to another Thankful Thursday! This month we continue to meet at Women Taking a Stand. I'm (Dineen) filling in for Lynn this week, which is majorly cool because I get to tell you what I'm thankful for. Can I have more than one? LOL! First and foremost, I am thankful for Lynn and for her obedience to God to start this ministry. And she let me join in! Yes, I am truly blessed. Which brings me to the second thing I'm thankful for. YOU! If you're reading this blog, I am honored to the tip of my toes to serve you. Some of you leave comments that bless me beyond words. Sometimes your comments are what carry me through the day or week because you remind me I'm doing what God has asked me to. And on the rough days, especially some recent ones with my daughter, you were... Read more →

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I Got A Bag of Rocks for a Gift! Say What?

This week I received a gift. It is the season of gift giving and this present is so unusual that I have to tell you about it. What is it? Hop over to Laced With Grace and see for yourself, I Got a Bag of Rocks for a Gift! Say What? Also, visit us on our Facebook page. Spiritually Unequal Marriage on Facebook Read more →

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The Perpetual State of Waiting

I’m in a perpetual state of waiting. I believe many of us are. In fact, I’ve yet to meet someone who isn’t waiting for something. And as Christians, aren’t we all in some form or another, waiting to one day meet Jesus? We’re all waiting for something. And I’m finding in this time of waiting that the most growth occurs, which seems like it would be the other way around. Waiting is one of the most difficult places for us to be. We’re impatient by nature. Waiting takes patience. Sometimes whole lot of it, too. But what’s so amazing is that God waits too. Did you know that? Take a look at Isaiah 30:18: New International Version Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! English Standard Version... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — The Way to Victory

This devotional from Walk in the Word spoke to my heart a few weeks ago. I love the questions he asks in his article—"will I trust God even when...?" "Do I believe that His ways are best for me even when...?" I'd like to share it with you this weekend in the hopes it will encourage you to keep praying and believing! Praying and believing with you! Dineen The Way to Victory by James MacDonald, Walk in the Word "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith." - 1 John 5:2-4 At every crossroads of life you... Read more →

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A Crazy and Busy Donovan Clan

Hi Everyone: Wow, what happened to this week? INSANELY BUSY doesn’t adequately describe the first two weeks of December in the lives of the Donovan Clan. But, it’s all good. Tonight my church, Sunridge Community Church, Women’s Ministry will host over 500 women as an outreach event. I told you a little about this yesterday. I have been busy helping every day this week. Therefore, if you have sent me an email or called or even put up a smoke signal, I didn’t respond. Oh, please forgive me. After I speak at MOPS this next Tuesday, life will slow and I will refocus on the Birthday of Jesus. I will also have a worthy post prepared for your reading. So forgive me as I have had little time to write. However, I cannot leave the story from Monday alone just yet. I want to share one more tiny little detail.... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Church Women's Ministry

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. December we are meeting at Women Taking A Stand. This Friday our church will host Sarah Kelly, Grammy nominated entertainer, at our annual Christmas Dessert. This event is the pinnacle of our women’s ministry at my church. The first Friday of every December our worship center is transformed. Tables are set up and the women of our church bring to bear their creative talents and turn a simple round table into a work of art. Once finished the tables are elaborate, tasteful, simple and even sometimes gaudy, in a fun way. The lighting is soft with flickering candles. You will find snowmen, nativity sets, candy canes, feathers, ornaments, and every color of red and green. It is mesmerizing. It is one of my most favorite times of the year. So this Thursday, I give thanks to my BFF, Pam Dvorak, Women’s Ministry... Read more →

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Scripture vs. Strongholds

We've spent a fabulous month learning about the power of Scripture in our lives. Well, today I have an example for you of just how a dear friend of mine applied it to her life directly and saw her life change in powerful ways. Talk about transforming your mind! Please welcome my dear friend, Helen Bratko, as she shares her testimony of how she overcame a stronghold in her life. This is a tool I plan to implement myself. I hope her message speaks to you as it did to me. Helen is an amazing woman of God, dedicated to serving her creator and her family. She's currently working on recording her memoirs in the hopes her past trials will be a testimony to others of God's transforming power. Praying and believing, Dineen How I Got Free of Anger By Helen Bratko Several years ago, I heard a teaching by... Read more →

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