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20 entries from February 2010

Weekend Devo — Destroying False Beliefs

That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, "If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn't it be better for us to go back to Egypt?" And they said to each other, "We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt." —Numbers 14: 1-4 In Numbers 14 the Israelites make a huge assumption based on several faulty beliefs. First they assume there’s no way they can claim the Promised Land due to the size and numbers of the people inhabiting it. Their assumption exposes two false beliefs. First, they believe these foreigners were stronger than God. How could... Read more →

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Partner With God and See the Wonders

Psalm 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. The past couple of weeks I shared with you how I fell off the Hope Train. I have struggled just as you struggle. There are days when it appears God is absent and He remains silent, unaware of our anguish or heartbreak. But….. Say this with me now, “WE SERVE THE MOST HIGH GOD.” I was immediately reminded of God’s faithfulness. You, my friends, jumped on the Hope Train and pulled me back on board, reminding me instantly of how selfish I am. (I mean this in a good way.) You reminded me of who I serve. You reminded me to stop looking at my circumstance and look at my... Read more →

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It was Two Teenagers - Who Knew???

This is a story about my mother. My mom lives in a smallish size town, in western Colorado. Grand Junction is a quaint place, hailed as the gateway to the Great Rocky Mountains. She has lived alone from more than 25 years..... This story is about the unlikely but the amazing. Join me at Laced With Grace where I am privileged to introduce you to my Mom. Read the rest at Laced With Grace today. Be blessed, Lynn Read more →

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Do You Have a Family Faith Record?

As you know, Lynn and I are writing away on our book project, which wouldn’t even be possible without you, our readers, and a wonderful publisher who believes in our message. One of the later chapters is about making a family record. If you were to imagine a day in the hopefully-not-too-distant future with your spouse as a believer who wants to know more about what he or she may have missed during his or her years of unbelief, what would you want them to know? How your children asked to know Jesus? How you prayed for your spouse? What God spoke to your heart along the journey? How God provided in difficult times or major trials? What would it mean to you to have this journal or compilation of how God moved in your lives, yet weren’t able to share it with your spouse due to their unbelief at... Read more →

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In the Ditch. What are your thoughts?

Through this website, I have come to work with several others who counsel women during marriage issues. Last week one of my friends who counsels women, she and I we were discussing via email, the how and why marriages end up in the ditch. Here is a portion of what she wrote.... To me, it all seems to start with our beliefs...regardless of what the issue is. I personally feel both her and his beliefs have to change and she needs to seek truth and speak truth to herself and him. What do they believe about men and what do they believe about women. What do they believe about themselves? What do they believe about the other one? What do they value? What do they expect from themselves and the other? Most of the time it seems when there is a struggle it is based on "untrue" beliefs, which cause... Read more →

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Weekend Devo —
Guest Author, Robert Young

We have a special treat for our weekend devo today. S.U.M. friend and author Robert Young wrote the beautiful piece for us to share. Enjoy and God bless! ~Dineen * * * * * * There is never a time when He is not speaking. There is never a place where He is not present. There is never a room so dark that the ever present, ever pursuing One is not there tapping on the door of our hearts. "Surely I am with you always, to the end of age." "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." And its not explosions of lights. Not lightening bolts. Its just gentle light. A soft glow that brings hope into darkness. And because we sometimes look for those explosions or the bonfire, we miss the candle. Because we listen for the shout, we miss the whisper. But it is in... Read more →

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Stinkin' Hard

I am a regular read of Lysa TerKeurst blog. A few days ago she posted the video you will find below. Her blog post was: Sometimes Marriage is Stinkin' Hard It is but her message is filled with so much truth. I wrote to Lysa and she said I was welcome to share the video here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. It is a short but powerful message. Thank You Lisa. Well said. You can visit Lysa at http://lysaterkeurst.blogspot.com/ Be Blessed, Lynn Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - A New Profile Photo

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. We are meeting this month with Iris of Grace Alone and in March we will be at Laurie's place, Women Taking A Stand. Find Thankful Thursday back here in April. In a few months I will be turning the big five oh. I decided that my profile photo was out of date seeing that is more than six years old. I needed a new photo and called up my friend, Prema of The PB Style. She took this ole' gal's face and captured the essence of me in some of her photos. I thought I would share a few with you today. Help me choose. These are only the proofs. I will upload my profile photo in a few days when I receive the original on CD. Isn't Prema awesome? I adore her and my other photographer buddy, Iris Nelson of Grace... Read more →

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Olympic Fever

Every two years, my husband and I anticipate the Winter or Summer Olympics, our favorite being the Winter. There's just something about watching these athletes give everything they have to achieve their goal of excellence, to win a medal, to make their mark on their sport of choice. I realized we have watched these Olympics together for 26 years. We watched them when before the split into Summer and Winter events, before the fancy camera work we now have to show us more detail, and before these athletes' lives and stories became almost as important as their performance in the spotlight. That's the part I find most interesting, the stories behind these athletes so fiercely committed to their sport and their goal. Stories of heartache, set-backs, unfortunate accidents, and trials. Stories of going without to keep pursuing their dream, of their families sacrificing to help them get there, stories of... Read more →

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I Fell Off the Hope Train

I have sat down to write a post for this Monday several different times today. I am having difficulty. It's Sunday evening, Valentine's Day. My husband and I had a fight earlier today. We argued over social events. This is a common theme of late in our home. So strange. However, I am wondering if this is common in your unequally matched home as well. He wanted me to attend a BBQ with him. I didn't want to go. I wanted him to attend church with me. He didn't go. Okay, is this real enough for you? Perhaps you didn’t want to hear all this but I can bet if you are unequally yoked, this is a common hurt in your life. I will also point out that although my husband and I have made some giant strides closer to healing a ton of our differences, our faith and social... Read more →

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Hallmark Holiday

I originally posted this last year but I find it needs a re-read by me and I hope you will enjoy it again this year. I pray it helps and encourages many of you who struggle with Valentine's Day. Love and hugs, Lynn Tomorrow is such a strange day. Valentine’s Day! This day could make me one of the happiest women alive or shatter my life. In the early years of my marriage, I had expectations of surprise trips to some warm destination. I dreamed of three dozen roses arriving at the bank which would make all my coworkers green with envy. I wanted him to sweep me off my feet because after all I deserved it. I mean really….. After all, he was lucky enough to snag me. Ahem…. Don’t pretend you haven't had thoughts along these lines as a young bride. Perhaps you still might. Well, I am... Read more →

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How do you stay connected?

Greetings this Festive Friday Everyone: Well I understand many of you are blanketed in snow up to your eyebrows. Burrrr Look at this amazing photo taken just outside of Washington DC on Thursday morning by a work colleague of my husbands. I am inspired to praise God for His majesty! Awesome! PRAISE YOU JESUS! Sigh, so pretty. Okay, this is is where I get to share with you today is a brilliant, sunny day here in Southern California. Not a cloud in the sky and gentle breezes are brushing the palm trees here in my small town. The high is expected to be 70 degrees and near 80 on Saturday. So, all of you who need to get out of the cold, come on over and just ignore any earthquakes. *grin* Now I need your help once again…. Or, should I say just like always. I am writing about the... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Great News!

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. We are meeting this month with Iris of Grace Alone and in March we will be at Laurie's place, Women Taking A Stand. Find Thankful Thursday back here in April. Did you hear the great news? Jesus lives! Did you hear the other great news? Because He lives, we have the power to overcome our struggles and live the abundant life. Did you hear the other, other great news? The former Blogger’s Retreat renamed, Sisters of Faith ~ To The Ends Of The Earth Retreat has opened registration. *grin* Did you hear the old news? Attending the retreat last year was one of the most profound spiritual experience of my life. God showed up…. My husband got a job…. My relationship with my sister was healed….. My husband’s salvation journey intensified…. Dineen and I are writing a book. God did all that... Read more →

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Tough Love (i.e. Sacrificial Love)

I find myself in the most difficult position of my life. It’s not one I ever imagined being in, yet God has deemed it wise and necessary to put me here. And my family. I don’t want to go into details because that’s not what I want this post to be about. Some of you out there are going through some of the most difficult times in your lives, too. Many with your marriages and family situations. I am too. I’m not a tough person, nor am I confrontational. In fact, I’m quite the opposite, almost to a fault. Yet I am forced to exhibit tough love to someone I love more than myself. It hurts. It’s exhausting. But I know if I don’t, she will never move from this place of great pain and depression to live her life completely. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to... Read more →

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What do you Struggle With in your "Uniquely" Yoked Marriage?

Hi Everybody, Wondering if y’all could help me again…. You were awesome a week ago when you shared your thoughts in this post. I heart you! I am thinking I have never written down the unique struggles that unequally yoked spouses face. So, I thought I would ask. This may be a tough assignment because many spiritual struggles manifest themselves in many ways in a marriage relationship. But, tell me what you think is a unique marriage struggle that is specific to your faith and your spouse’s unbelief. This is what comes to my mind off the bat. Attending church alone. Organized churches rarely provide support or teaching specific to our unique marriages. Social events (list some specifics for me on this one) such as attending a church event and what it’s like when you go with your spouse to a social event such as a Superbowl party where no... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Get on the Hope Train

Just wanted to share this great devo from James MacDonald of Walk in the Word Ministries. HOPE you have a great weekend! Blessings! ~ Dineen GET ON THE HOPE TRAIN by James MacDonald "Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." - Romans 5:2-5 As followers of Jesus, we need to keep thinking and talking about hope. But hope in itself doesn't mean much without an object. Hope must have a target. It's not typical to hope in Jesus Christ. It is typical to... Read more →

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Why is it always me?

Today, I am thrilled to introduce one of my very dear friends, Marsha Harwood. Many of you know Marsha as she is a profound blogger in our community. I met Marsha face-to-face in October at the blogger's retreat. However, I feel like I have been her sister for many years. She loves Jesus. I just pours out of her. She and I have traveled some interesting roads together such as our experience in the Kingdom Assignment. Which by the way, God is still using today. More on that later. Marsha writes for Exemplify Magazine and specifically about marriage. Her December 16th Q & A article was outstanding. She gave me permission to share it with you today. I bet it will resonate with you as it did me. Be blessed, Lynn Why is it always me? By Marsha Harwood. I’ve received several emails over the past few weeks that can... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - The Holy Word of God

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. We are meeting for the month of February with Iris of Grace Alone and in March we will be at Laurie's place, Women Taking A Stand. Find Thankful Thursday back here in April. One of my passions is leading a small group of women in Bible study. I have led a bazillion Beth Moore small groups. Love our amazing Beth Moore. Also, last fall I led two groups through The Love Dare, Lies Women Believe, and several others over the years. To sit among 10 other gals and discover together the truths of living life with joy and abundance through the study of God's word, is one of the blessings of being a child in the Kingdom of God. Today I am leading a group of women who are the leaders of my home church women's ministry retreat team. I feel inadequate... Read more →

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It Is Well

I went on a trip with a friend this weekend and during our time together we each shared our favorite modern versions of the hymn “It Is Well.” (Mine is from Kutless’ new worship album by the same title, and hers is by Jars of Clay. Both are awesome!) Now I’ll be honest, this is not one of my favorite hymns to begin with, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found something very worshipful in these old songs. But this song keeps going through my head, more as a reminder of who’s truly in control. For that I have to say I am very thankful. I needed this reminder desperately right now. Otherwise I’d drown in the present circumstances with my daughter. Though her body is healed, and the MRI shows nothing short of a miracle, this sweet child of mine still faces some of the worst trials I’ve ever... Read more →

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Marriage Monday - He Still Makes My Heart Melt

Hi, It's Marriage Monday. This month the readers and contributors to Marriage Monday at Chrysalis chose this topic for our community: How to Celebrate February 14 Every Day of the Year. It’s early Sunday afternoon and I am sitting at the kitchen table with my laptop. Across from me sits my husband with his laptop. (Are we geeks, or what?) “Honey, what do you think we do as a couple to celebrate April 14th every day of the year?” “Well, first, we were married on March 14th” “Oops, I meant to say, February 14th.” I flash him a sheepish grin. He knows when I am working on my laptop and am often scatterbrained. I can’t talk and type at the same time. However, I have learned to walk and chew gum simultaneously. * smirk * I giggle. He chuckles. “Seriously, I am going to write something about how we make... Read more →

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