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25 entries from January 2010

Weekend Devo — We Are Not Alone

When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" He replied, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too." The LORD said to him, "Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who... Read more →

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Unanswered Prayer... Are You Certain?

Lord, save my husband. • Discover what loneliness is and turn to Jesus. Lord, save my husband. • I began reading my Bible in earnest seeking to be a better woman and wife. Lord, save my husband. • My prayer life was engaged for my husband and many others. Lord, save my husband. • I joined a Bible study and others taught me how to love Jesus and my husband. They prayed for his salvation. Lord, save my husband. • I became to be a better wife, a Godly wife. Lord, save my husband. • Honest forgiveness birthed new freedom in my life and my husband. Lord, save my husband. • I live in intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Lord, save my husband. • A ministry was born. Lord, save my husband. • Others are encouraged and find hope. Lord, save my husband. • I make many new eternal friends... Read more →

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I am Thankful for the Unexpected - Thankful Thursday

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. January sure flew by in a flash. My month for hosting ends today. Let's all meet next week over with Iris of Grace Alone and in March we will be back at Laurie's place, Women Taking A Stand. Find Thankful Thursday back here in April. I have loved, LOVED, visiting all of you this month. With my crazy schedule sometimes I only am able to visit my friends on Thursdays. Your wisdom, grace and humor have delighted my heart and inspired my soul. THANK YOU! Such a strange thing has happened. My daughter received a tropical fish aquarium for Christmas from her Uncle. This aquarium has been a great gift..... for me. I have thrilled watching these beautiful fish and aquatic frog move about and chase each other. The colors and grace are mesmerizing. Such an unexpected joy. I am thankful with... Read more →

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Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. January sure flew by in a flash. My month for hosting ends today. Let's all meet next week over with Iris of Grace Alone and in March we will be back at Laurie's place, Women Taking A Stand. Find Thankful Thursday back here in April. I have loved, LOVED, visiting all of you this month. With my crazy schedule sometimes I only am able to visit my friends on Thursdays. Your wisdom, grace and humor have delighted my heart and inspired my soul. THANK YOU! Such a strange thing has happened. My daughter received a tropical fish aquarium for Christmas from her Uncle Steve. This aquarium has been a great gift..... for me. I have thrilled watching these beautiful fish and aquatic frog move about and chase each other. The colors and grace are mesmerizing. Read more →

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Unanswered Prayers...Seeking God

Here we are, our last week of January (can you believe it?) and the end of our unanswered prayer series. My deepest prayer is that Lynn and I have been able to encourage you. Without our hope in Christ, well, it’s pretty hard to keep going. We run out of juice. Thank goodness Jesus doesn’t! So, let’s talk some more about those unanswered prayers. In Part One, we talked about believing and trusting that God hears our prayers and considered what other reasons there may be for our answers to be delayed or different than what we expected. Lynn wrote an awesome post about Dreaming Big with God, how sometimes God has something bigger in mind than what we're praying for. Last week, we changed the label of unanswered prayers to Prayers in Waiting, another step in pushing our faith beyond ourselves and trusting God more. And Lynn shared how... Read more →

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Oh Here We Go Again. Another Wacky Story.

I want you to meet three of my newest and closest friends. Sophie Sadie and Jack! Yep, we met in the most conspicuous manner. Read the rest at Laced With Grace today and discover how I experience Him in a profound way. You can too. Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Worship

Another great article from Purpose Driven Connection by Rick Warren. Have a beautiful weekend and be blessed! ~Dineen Worship: Offering Yourself to God by Rick Warren So then, my friends, because of God's great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. Romans 12:1-2 (TEV) Offering yourself to God is what worship is all about. This act of personal surrender is called many things: consecration, making Jesus Lord, taking up your cross, dying to self, yielding to the Spirit. What matters is that you do it, not what you call it. God wants your life. All of it -- 95% is not enough. Our total surrender to God is blocked by several things, including - Our ignorance of God - not knowing what he's really like.... Read more →

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It's NOT About Me. Unanswered Prayer

It’s a rainy Thursday afternoon. I just sat down to pray and write about unanswered prayers. I have to say that Dineen summed up this subject in a brilliant post on Tuesday. Scroll down to read it. It is awesome. I wonder if you are like me, we ask, “Lord, what is it that we need to know about praying. Can you help us understand why we pray according to your word and your will, with wholehearted faith, and yet we still wait to see the fruit of those prayers?” In my gut I have wondered how the Bible tells us to pray in faith believing like a mustard seed and still prayers for my husband’s salvation went unanswered. Am I not praying right? Is my faith shallow? Is God angry with me so He won’t listen? Okay, tell me I’m not alone here. Each time I ask the Lord... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - A Ratty Mess!

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. January I'm am privileged to be hosting this awesome event. Next month we are meeting with Iris of Grace Alone and in March we will be back at Laurie's place, Women Taking A Stand. I am a tad surly today. Bear with.. The best of plans sometimes go awry. And today, this was my life. So I have decided I won’t sit down and cry. I think it’s best to laugh and start fresh again tomorrow. I woke at o’ dark hundred. The alarm clock was in the off position. Yikes, I am already behind schedule and it’s only 5:30 am. I looked outside, my morning “jog and praise” was called on the account of rain. Sheesh. Then my daughter needed extra help with her lion’s main of hair. Yikes, more time lost. I arrive home after making the run to school... Read more →

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Unaswered Prayers or Prayers in Waiting?

Last week in the Unanswered Prayers series, we established that God hears us and considered that the circumstances aren’t just about us. Lynn talked about letting go of what we might think is good in order for God to give us his best. Read Unanswered Prayers, Part 1 here. Read He Dreams Big, Do You? here. As I said before, this series is a challenge. Sometimes we don’t want to hear the truth, especially when it pertains to something we’ve waited a long time for. But what if that truth is better than the partial truth we may be holding on to? What if God’s idea of answering our prayer is so different than what we expect that we possibly even see it as a set-back? If we think of our own journeys and growth closer to God, we probably can see times where we despaired in the mire of... Read more →

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Chronicles of the Donovan Clan. The Update

Well it’s been a while since I posted an update to the Donovan Chronicles. Many of you have emailed, asking how my husband’s new job was working out. Let me give a quick review of the past 12 months for all the new readers here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. Also, welcome to our new friends in Christ. You are among those who love you and love Jesus. I pray you are encouraged and grow closer to Christ every time you stop here for a visit. Most of you know my husband stepped into a life-changing journey when he lost his job one year ago this week. He wrestled with doubt, insecurity, unemployment searches, disappointments, and the pursuit of our Great BIG GOD! My husband is still in the discovery stage but without a doubt he encountered the truth of the Gospel. Today, this very hour, he stands at the door.... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — God's Word Speaks

Yesterday morning, my devotional had me in Lamentations. The words spoke so deeply to my heart and became a prayer that I'd like to share with you. :-) Lamentations 3:22-26 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lord, we love, love, LOVE that each day is a new chance to love You more and better. That with each new day we get to do things a little better than the day before. And whether we succeed or not, you still love us and have compassion for us. CompassionS! You are the rock of our lives. The foundation of our hearts. You bless us with your presence and give us such comfort and peace. We love you, Lord! I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will hope in him." Oh,... Read more →

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Unanswered Prayers - He Dreams Big, Do You?

I just sat down to write about unanswered prayers. I am listening to a radio station, KLOV, through Itunes Radio. A new song just started playing. Your Hands by JJ Heller. You can find the lyrics below. How amazing, God would send this song right now. The first line in her song is, I have unanswered prayers. Following her song the station replayed an interview with this artist. JJ wanted to play basketball. She played in college ball and was voted MVP. In her final year she said, “I couldn’t make a basket. I wasn’t doing anything different. It was like God was making me miss.” She grudgingly left basketball and behold she found a new dream. Her music career. Indeed, God made her miss the basket. He had bigger plans than a sweaty ball court. Now her life is bigger than she dared to dream. Aren’t’ we just like... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Do You Love Pizza?

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. January I'm am privileged to be hosting this awesome event. Next month we are meeting with Iris of Grace Alone and in March we will be back at Laurie's place, Women Taking A Stand. I love Pizza. I love a great cup of coffee. I love my husband. I love my dog, Peanut. I love praise music. I love apples slathered with peanut butter. Chocolate??? Not so much.. I know I'm weird. I love Jesus. Do you think the power of the word "LOVE" has been lost? We use this tiny word to describe so many things. Pizza and puppies. Apple pie and Jesus. We use many words, including love, to describe our Lord. He is awesome, amazing, great, kind.... However, there still is one word we use to describe God, which is ascribed to Him, alone. HOLY Our God is Holy,... Read more →

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Unanswered Prayers, Part 1

In December on our Facebook page, we asked you to share about unanswered prayers. I was amazed at the diversity of your comments. Thus is born this series I hope will shed some light for all of us so we can keep persevering in prayer…and believing. Also, if you haven't had a chance to read the weekend devotional, you might want to read "Did Abraham Forget?" as a precursor to this post. Not required, just suggested. :-) Unanswered prayers…what do we do about them? I’m sure you have at least one. And you most likely wonder why God doesn’t seem to hear or answer it. That may be how we feel, but I’m discovering that it’s not the truth. First, about the hearing part. Look at Psalm 17:6. God showed me this verse twice in one day as I prayed over how to approach this series, so this is where... Read more →

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Another Beginning It's Scary, Passionate and all about Jesus. Gotta Read this one!

Hi Lynn and Dineen here! We have a story to tell you. And as always then we need your help. Many of you who have joined us on this strange and unexpected journey of unequallyokedome, may not know how Spiritually Unequal Marriage was started. So, today we want to tell you about the beginning. This blog began May, 1, 2006 after I (Lynn) attended a writer’s conference. It was the last day of the conference, the last lunch, my bags were packed and following lunch I was heading to the airport to return home. Well during this lunch, I sat down with several young women who were all talking about their blogs. They all blogged. I barely knew what a blog was and thought only teenagers blogged. But these women were discussing how it is part of their ministry and writing for the Lord. As I sat listening, they tried... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Did Abraham Forget?

Yesterday, on our last day of fasting and praying for the New Year, Rosheeda told us to REMEMBER. Do you know that if Abraham had remembered what God had told him (or maybe just connected the dots), he might have avoided two pickles he got himself into? In Genesis 12, God promises a nation to Abram. God even shows Abram the land of Canaan and says He'll give it to Abram's offspring. So what happens next? They wind up in Egypt because of a famine, and Abram is convinced he will be killed for his wife. What happened to God's promise to make Abram into a great nation directly from his offspring? From observing God's character, we know it didn't go away. Did Abram forget? Did he doubt God's faithfulness? How could God make a nation from Abram's offspring if the man didn't live long enough to have any children?... Read more →

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I Dare You!

This is it! The last day of our fast. I don't know about you, but I've had a pretty sweet week. I hope you've gotten closer to God and that you continue to pursue Him passionately all the days of your life. We are officially done at midnight tonight so make sure you do something to celebrate. You deserve it! I also hope you have some great memory moments from the week... Which brings us to the day's focus: REMEMBER. We all have a history with God—some way we've seen Him work. Remember. Remember all those times. Then allow yourself to expect to see him again. Then, THEN I dare you to give Him praise. CRAZY PRAISE. Praise Him not because it's already done, but because He's already done so much. And besides, He's worthy of it, no matter what He does or doesn't choose to do. Go ahead. I... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - The Fellowship of the Unashamed

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. January I'm am privileged to be hosting this awesome event. Next month we are meeting with Iris of Grace Alone and in March we will be back at Laurie's place, Women Taking A Stand. This week an email arrived with an astonishing and powerful prayer from my BFF, Angie Knight, of the Knightly News. It included an excerpt from the book, My Heart’s Cry, by Anne Graham Lotz. It is awesome. Thanks Angie! This very day, we are sitting on the precipice of many adventures in the year ahead. The Lord our God has so much He wants to give us in 2010. He wants us to receive healing, to know authentic and never ending love, to conquer the anxieties in our life. He wants us to live in joy. So today become empowered by the Holy Spirit. Read this prayer aloud... Read more →

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Focus on Worship

Hi everyone. Rosheeda's internet is down so I'm putting a quick message here for her. Ro says today's focus is worship. Spend time in God's presence and pray however he leads you to pray. God wants us to let HIM be enough. And please share what God's doing in your life (if you can) in the comments. Lynn and I have so often been inspired and moved beyond words by your stories and sharing. You bless us beyond belief! We love you all so much! Praying and believing, Dineen Read more →

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We're Being Called Out

As I was praying and reading this morning, the Lord sent me to Ezekiel 16:15-63. The more I read, the more I wondered what God was showing me. As I finished the chapter, He made it plain that we need to repent. This chapter was all about harlotry and idols. The specific word that was impressed on my heart is this: "My people have given themselves away, to everyone and everything but Me. I will not strive with them forever. It is time to turn from the idols they have exalted above Me. They have been as an adulterous wife to Me, but My heart is tender for them. If they will repent and turn from their wicked ways, I will restore them and show them many things." The Holy Spirit also laid it on my heart that today be spent in self-analysis and that we ask Him to reveal... Read more →

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All You Need To Do Is Ask

We have not because we ask not. How many times have we needed God but have been too stubborn to open our mouths and just say so? How many crazy situations have we found ourselves in, only to discover that if we had just spoken up and been honest about our need of help or support or comfort or whatever-it-is-you-needed-at-the-time, we wouldn't have been left to muddle our way through it? I know. Too many times to count, right? My man... He is so amazing. But his pride. Man. His pride stands in the way of so many things. The most intimate needs of his heart - the ones I know he wants me to meet - I can't meet them yet. Because he hasn't invited me to... As I sat and prayed over him and us this morning, I found myself saying, "Lord, there is so much more of... Read more →

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Let's Get Ready to Rumble!!!!!

This is it, guys! The start of a new intimacy with God. I don't know about you, but I'm excited - and so ready to learn all that God wants to share with me. Today will be two-fold. First, spend time focused on your personal needs. The things in your life that you want to see God work in, talk with Him about that. Remember that prayer is a conversation with God. It goes two ways. Take as much time to listen, as you do to speak. Make note of what He reveals. Promises? Write them down. Spiritual truth? Write it all down. Trust me, you will want to go back and look at it before 2010 is over. I know that all that was revealed to me during this time last year came back to my heart toward the end of the year - when I needed to be... Read more →

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Word From God ~ by: Rosheeda Lee

Okay. Now that we've gotten rid of those pesky elephants, I'd like to take a page from Dineen's previous post. Today is so easy, really. Just spend time with the Lord. Ask Him to give you directions for your week and for your year. Ask Him to share His heart with you personally and in the most intimate of ways. And ask Him to give you a word of your own to meditate on this coming week and year. And when He answers, ask Him to share with you the things that are important to Him about the word He's given you. I don't know about you guys, but I know I've been in desperate need of a fresh word from Him. I did this same thing yesterday and was pretty excited for what's ahead. What about you? Share your words with us and the thoughts & meditations the Holy... Read more →

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Those Pesky Elephants

Song of Solomon 2:15 "Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom." Song of Songs is such a great love story. The words, the passion, the utter romance, and suspense of it all. Grace, mercy, and unfailing love. All that is in this one little book. It really IS a great love story. But it isn't THE greatest love story in my life. Not by far. And I hope that it won't be for you either. Because the greatest love story of my life is the love affair I have with Christ. I know, I know. This seems pretty irrelevant when we talk about fasting, but just hear me out. There are a couple things we all know about being in love. First thing is that it takes time together to allow love to really blossom, especially when you've been... Read more →

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