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Thankful Thursday - The Resurrection and Passover

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. I am thrilled to be hosting Thankful Thursday in April. I have been crazy busy and plan to jump back into blogging this month and earnestly look forward to visiting all of you are reading your praises. Next month we will meet with Laurie at Women Taking A Stand and then in June we will share our thanks over at Iris of Grace Alone. As I prepare this post it's Wednesday. The middle of the Holy Week. Also, the observance of Passover coincides with the week leading up to Easter. It would have been on a Wednesday that Jesus and his disciples sat for a Seder meal. I became quite curious about the Jewish traditions of Passover and began chatting with a friend, Kathryn, who describes herself as a Christian with a heart for unity between Jews and Gentiles, who provided me... Read more →

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Peter Looked Away

One of the most famous stories we have of Peter is when he walked on water. I think I’ve read more commentaries and devotionals on the story than I can remember. Well, bear with me as I add another one to the list, because a nuance of this story hit me afresh recently. Like I’ve said in the past, God brings multiple layers to everything in the Bible and symbolism is his strength. In fact, I think the Bible should be given credit for setting the precedent on symbolism. Anyway, onward with Peter. If you’ve read the story, then you’re familiar with how Peter boldly (did he do things any other way?) stepped out of the boat when Jesus told him to come to Him. I might add as well, that Peter is the one who asked to go to Jesus first. Gotta love this guy’s moxy. So Peter steps... Read more →

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Passover - me, Easter Blues!

I started thinking about this thing….. “The Easter Blues.” Scroll down to read the article by Dineen. It has been a long while since I have thought about how difficult this holiday is and how I struggle in a mismatched marriage to bring meaning and celebration into our home. But, as I was pondering and praying over my marriage, and Easter Sunday, and the week leading up to the most profound event in history, the Lord placed a very old memory before me. Whoa! God has a way of doing that. I was young, before my prodigal days. It was an early morning and I opened the front door of my home and found this: A tiny Easter basket. I have saved this simple basket now for almost 30 years. It is precious to me. It arrived on an Easter morning just for me. The card reads: At that time... Read more →

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Winning Him Without Words

As I prepare this post, Dineen and I (Lynn) are utterly humbled. All of you know we are just ordinary gals. Yet, we serve the most extraordinary God. Out of His rich kindness and desire to help others, God has allowed us to take our stories and put them into a book so we can encourage others who have been unable to find us here on the internet. Today, we are thrilled to share with you the cover artwork and title of our book, anticipated release date, early, 2011. Winning Him Without Words ~Ten Keys to Thriving in Your Spiritually Mismatch Marriage. I can promise you that we prayed for every word poured into this book. I begged God to give us words. He gave. Dineen and I love our Editor, Kim Bangs. She saw our vision and has been the absolute best cheerleader from the start. The team at... Read more →

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Easter Blues

Holidays can stir up turmoil in any marriage, but “religious” holidays can bring about huge conflict in a spiritual mismatch. Of all the holidays throughout the year, I think Easter is the most awkward for my household. When my girls were little, we focused on Easter baskets and spending the morning together as a family. I worked around missing the Easter service by attending the Good Friday service with my daughters in tow. But as they’ve have gotten older (20 and 16), Easter’s become less of an event and resembles most other Sundays. This breaks my heart because I know this is the whole reason we have to celebrate life! A saved life! My oldest daughter has her own church now so she goes her own way. My youngest will most likely go with me if nothing else winds up planned. I guess the good side is that I’ve been... Read more →

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Donna's Story -- Get Ready to Applaud Jesus!

I am constantly inspired and amazed by all of you who stop by here to read. The men and women who visit us here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage have some of the most fantastic testimonies. You live out your faith under circumstances that, for me, seem utterly impossible. But, like me, you greatly desire to honor Jesus within your marriage and through your lives. Last week I asked all of you to share your conversion stories. I wasn't sure how this might sit and I wondered if anyone would share. God placed it on the hearts of several to honor Him through the sharing of your lives. I was blown away. (To read all the stories, scroll down.) But before you do, I want to share Donna's story with you today. I am humbled and so thankful Donna took time to encourage all of us through the sharing of her... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Holy

O LORD, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit. Sing to the LORD, you saints of his; praise his holy name. — Psalm 30:3-4 God of wonders beyond our galaxy You are Holy, Holy The universe declares your Majesty And you are holy holy (song—God of Wonders) One of my favorite descriptive words for God is holy. The word contains such a reverence for our Lord and Savior. Whether I speak or sing it, the word holy resonates with deep within my spirit. How about you? What words do you associate with God? Make a list or sing them in your heart and mind. Our God deserves all our praise for He is mighty indeed and mighty to save! Praying and believing, Dineen Read more →

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It's Time

You know it occurred to me that so many of you have not shared with me your story. And, I find that as we lead up to Easter, NOW our time to give Jesus honor and glory for all He has done in our lives. So, I have two questions. Share with me your salvation experience. Honor Jesus by posting your story here online. Second, when was it that you realized you were unequally yoked and the implications there of? Most of you know my story. I am a prodigal child. Oh, how I wish I never left the path toward righteousness but alas, I did. I suffered much because of that choice and unfortunately many others suffered as well. But, the Lord Jesus is faithful and He waits even for stubborn, blonde, idiotic, girls like me. TOADY, honor Jesus. Leave your story below and let the world and the... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Dirt

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. In this beautiful month of early spring we are gathering to give thanks at Laurie's place, Women Taking A Stand. Find Thankful Thursday here in April and back to Grace Alone, with Iris in the lovely month of May. This is one of my sweetest joys in life. My garden. I added a new box, changed the path way, added a white picket fence. This year I planted new stuff like, red potatoes and Yukon Golds, red onions and lettuce. I also have tomatoes, yellow peppers, zucchini, pumpkins, corn and some others I can't remember right now. I am so very thankful for my garden. Have a blessed Thursday. Hugs, Lynn Read more →

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A Life That Speaks

Recently we sang the song “Blessed Be His Name” in my church. As in the story of Job, one part of the song conveys the words that God gives and takes away. I have to admit this part always bothered me. It always seemed so harsh to me that God took away Job’s family and home, that God takes away anything good. But as I grow closer to Him, I’m realizing that often what we cling to as good isn’t God’s best. (I’m not referring to Job here.) I’ve also learned that anytime God removes something from my life, even if it’s something that seems good, it’s for my best or for a greater good. Unfortunately, the idea of giving something up for a greater good doesn’t fly well in today’s philosophy of pursuing happiness. The idea of sacrificing something for someone we love is considered repugnant when it means... Read more →

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An Anniversary; So Happy, So Melancholy

Take a look at these. I don’t think I have received red roses in a very long time. 12 perfect blooms. As I am writing this it is Sunday evening and we celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary today. We went out to dinner last night and toasted our life together. My husband told me how very happy he is with his life with me, his zany wife and how I make him laugh and am a great wife and mother. I have such a great guy so please don’t think terrible of me but, today, Sunday, I still went to church alone. I had one of THOSE moments where I spotted another young couple seated in the worship center, holding hands while raising hands in worship. For a tiny moment I said, “God, I want that so badly. What happened?” I am trying to understand all that transpired in the... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Refinded by Our Spouse

When I first started reading this devotional by Rick Warren, my brain said, "Well, I'll read it, but this is for Christian couples." By the time I finished it, I knew I had to share it because it applies to our spiritually mismatched marriages as well. Though our spouses may not share our faith, our marriage relationship is still a tool God will use to refine us—both husband AND wife. Don't fall into the enemy's lie of thinking just because our spouse isn't a believer, God can't achieve his purposes in our lives and our marriages. So read this devotional with that in mind, that God is working in our marriages to refine us, our spouses, and to produce the fruit of the Spirit. Praying and believing, Dineen Biblical Marriage - Growing in Christ Together by Rick Warren I have set an example for you, so that you will do... Read more →

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God Loves Mylar Balloons- Really

Our Lord loves balloons. Big shinny, Mylar balloons. He loves them so much that one day He just might send one just to you. I have two true stories to tell you and I can't wait until you receive yours. Join me at Laced With grace for the rest of, God Loves Mylar Balloons. Be blessed, Lynn Read more →

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What's Your Favorite Scripture?

Dear friends, Lynn and I need your help! We want to put a chapter in this book that has all these wonderful Scriptures that we can pray for our unbelieving spouses, like a heavenly resource. Can you help us? Would you tell us what Scripture you pray for your spouse? Do you put their name in as you pray? Here's an example of one I use frequently, and not just for my hubby: For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you, NAME, with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, NAME, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide... Read more →

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Mismatched Marriages. Are they Holy?

1 Corinthians 7:14 (The Message) 12-14For the rest of you who are in mixed marriages—Christian married to non-Christian—we have no explicit command from the Master. So this is what you must do. If you are a man with a wife who is not a believer but who still wants to live with you, hold on to her. If you are a woman with a husband who is not a believer but he wants to live with you, hold on to him. The unbelieving husband shares to an extent in the holiness of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is likewise touched by the holiness of her husband. Otherwise, your children would be left out; as it is, they also are included in the spiritual purposes of God. I find this scripture brings me great comfort. The translation from The Message seems to help me get my mind around what the... Read more →

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Special Thanks!

Yesterday we received word that the Spiritually Unequal Marriage was one of ten blogs to receive the most nominations under the category of Gathered Together in Internet Café Devotions' Top 100 Blogs in 2009. This is the second year in a row we've received this honor. That you, our readers, would consider us worthy AND take the time to nominate S.U.M. fills our hearts with such gratitude and disbelief. We never stop being amazed that God uses us to help others like this. We are mere women sharing our hearts with you, and you let us! :-) So, thank you from the bottom, sides and tops of our hearts. We are so blessed to serve you in even the smallest way. What an honor and blessing to be able to bring encouragement to others. And to be encouraged by you! Lord, we give you all the praise and glory for... Read more →

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Chronicles of the Donovan Clan- The Cubs

One of the most challenging issues in a spiritually mismatched home is how to go about keeping peace in our marriage while raising our kids to know God. There are so many every day things we can do as the believing parent to influence our children toward faith in Christ. The scripture that springs to my mind is this: Deuteronomy 6:8 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Such amazing wisdom rests in these few sentences. Talk to your kids when you sit at home, or in the car, or... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Spring is Sprung

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. In this beautiful month of early spring we are gathering to give thanks at Laurie's place, Women Taking A Stand. Find Thankful Thursday here in April and back to Grace Alone, with Iris in the lovely month of May. Need I say more of the Glory of our Great God! I praise Him and give thanks for the beauty of His creation. Happy TT, Hugs, Lynn Periwinkle in my back yard Sunshine on a stick I have no idea what this is but an entire bush full of flowers. Neat. Apple blossoms Lily Matthew 6:28 And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Read more →

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Who’s in the Lead?

We’ve talked here at S.U.M. a lot about being the spiritual leaders in our families since our unbelieving husbands can’t be. At least not yet, right? Well, I’ve recently learned a lesson about myself in this area. I think early on I took this to mean that since my hubby wasn’t a believer, I couldn’t trust him to lead our family at all. That and the control freak that took early residence in me from a young age out of necessity deemed it important that I stay at the controls at all times. Over the last several years, I’ve slowly relinquished control of many areas, because God has this way of showing me my way isn’t necessarily the better way. Our finances were the first ones to get handed over. Color me surprises when hubby managed the money better! Then it was grocery shopping. Seriously, my husband does a better... Read more →

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Marriage Monday Praying for Salvation

Lord, Almighty, I approach your throne with Jesus at my side. Lord, I bring with me my heart's yearning, my husband, Lord. I am humbled to come before you. Please conquer me and rule over every part of my life. Let all I do and say reflect Jesus and bring honor to Your name. Father, I bring my husband seeking your hand upon his life. I ask that the words of Romans 10:10 become real and living for my husband: Romans 10:10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. I ask that I would pray consistently and with conviction your purpose to save my husband and prepare him for eternity with You. I ask you would place men in front of him at work who know you and can reveal truth to my... Read more →

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