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Friendship With God - The Journey Starts Now

Friendship With God Romans 8: 35-39 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 3(As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - What's In Store?

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. I am thrilled to be hosting Thankful Thursday in April. 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. Can you believe five weeks have past us by? Say WHAT? What happened to April? WOW, what a month. I shared with you my multiple neighbor encounters of God dealing with my pride while I was out walking the dog and how I was a chicken in the grocery story. This month you lived my discovery of the baby bird egg and our Living Hope. And on the first of April you joined me and a bunch of my friends for our Passover seder. Wow, I’m humbled and thrilled to count you as my TT buddies and friends. Thank you for sharing your life with... Read more →

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What Does He Think?

In yesterday's post, Lynn answered Cindi's great question about what our husbands think of what we're doing here on the blog and the S.U.M. ministry. Scroll down to read Lynn's awesome answer. I thought I should answer Cindi's question as well. Like Lynn, I too have been amazed at the ease in which my husband has accepted our ministry and supported me. I've been up front with him on all of it and even at times sought his approval, especially for our upcoming book. I could not do anything that would dishonor him in any way. So, I can merely say that in that gap where we wonder how it's possible, that's where the Holy Spirit is working in amazing ways. I completely understand Cindi's struggle to share her faith and position with her husband. I struggle with that, too. But I've found repeatedly that when God is in control... Read more →

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Get Real.. A Few More Questions:

Next Question: Part I Part II Part III Interview: From Cindi on April 5, 2010: Jesus was there with you so what a great interview. It touched me. I am constantly intrigued to know just how your husband supports you so much with this ministry but does not believe. When he heard the interview, how did it make him feel? Was he offended in any way? Does he hear what is spoken? I have a hard time wrapping my mind around that. We're to win then without words, however, the blog, the upcoming book, and even this interview is all about words. How is he not affected by it all? And Dineen's as well? I am obviously struggling with this aspect of being married unequally and sharing and expressing the very fact with my husband verbally. I know it is a frustration that needs to be addressed in my marriage... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — God Knows Your Faithfulness

Another great devotional from Rick Warren. I hope it encourages and reminds you that God knows and sees our obedience and faithfulness in our spiritually mismatched marriages. And we can praise him for that! Have a great weekend! Praying and believing, Dineen God Knows Your Faithfulness By Rick Warren So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don't give up. Galatians 6:9 (HCSB) Here's another benefit from God knowing everything: He sees everything you do that is good and right. Every time you choose not to sin, every time you resist temptation, every time you take a stand because of God's Truth, he sees your faithfulness to Him. The Bible says every good deed will be rewarded, no matter how insignificant and regardless of whether anybody else on earth sees it. Every encouragement you give to other people, every... Read more →

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What Changes Really?

I want to continue the series I began a few weeks ago, Get Real. If you remember, I recently was a guest on a radio program where I shared about my life and marriage to an unbeliever. This interview stirred the thoughts of many readers here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. Below are the links to the first two posts. Get Real I Part II Today I want to answer a few more of your questions. Here we go. Q: Please, please dear Lynn don’t be hurt by what I am saying – but you said, “Our men can see by our life, not by our words, they will see the difference.” Another great and very real question. And don’t worry, I don’t get hurt feelings easily and I always write from an honest and authentic heart. A: If I recall, this question is referencing my discussion of the scripture, 1... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - New Birth

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. I am thrilled to be hosting Thankful Thursday in April. 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. Wow, here we are and another Thursday. This week I don't have a "Neighbor Encounter" to share with you but I'm sure I will in the very near future. God is up to something and I bet I will learn a thing or two in the process. I stepped outside to walk Peanut this afternoon, just minutes after it rained. I brought my camera along in hopes of a experiencing a tiny love note from my Savior. He's like that you know. Love notes and all. I was breathless to take in the beauty of the sky and breathe in the fragrance after the rain.... Read more →

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Living Like Winners

For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. — 1John 5:4-5 In last week’s post I touched on the theme of overcoming. If you think about your favorite movies and stories, I bet you’ll find a common theme of a character overcoming some major obstacle or hurdle in their life, even possibly death. As Christians, we have a unique perspective of the greatest “Overcomer” in history. Jesus overcame the greatest battle over sin and through his death, we have the opportunity to live victorious lives. But what does that mean, what does it look like, and how do we do it? This past Sunday, my pastor spoke about 1 John 5:1-5. What leapt out at me were verses four and... Read more →

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God Showed Up

BIG TIME!! Jesus Christ showed up at our Women's Retreat this weekend. Amazing worship, amazing stories and more than anything, Jesus was honored. I am still trying to process all that took place over the past three days. I plan to write and share with you some of the fascinating things Jesus is doing in the lives of ordinary people. I am one of them. Over the weekend I shared my personal story. It has been an adventure and a path I would never have thought I would travel. It's a path you can travel too and I promise, it is an adventure you don't want to miss. I will share my story once again on May 10th, 2010 at A Woman Inspired Conference. Some of my story you read here at SUM. Some of it is new. I hope you can join me on Monday, May 10th 9:30 PST... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Jesus is for Everyone

(and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe. — 1 Timothy 4:10 I heard a cool story on Air1 yesterday. During the station's fundraiser drive, a woman had written in about how she and her son loved listening to Air1 and kept the radio on a lot, even when her husband, who wasn't a believer, was around. Just a week or so later, this dear woman wrote in again to report that her husband had accepted Christ because he'd listened to the music. Her husband also wanted to support Air 1 as a way of saying thank you. I was driving my car at the time I heard this story and fought a rush of tears. What an amazing story of how this mom and son had affected... Read more →

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Consider This

It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. ~Ephesians 1:11 (MSG) What is it like to consider that God has been thinking of you for a very, very long time? -John Eldgridge, The Sacred Romance I am off early this morning for the mountains. Saturday morning I will be sharing my story at our women's retreat. I am humbled to share the hope I have and the healing I received through the amazing power and love of Jesus Christ. (leadership team for our retreat in photo) I am an ordinary woman who serves an Extraordinary God. Have a wonderful weekend. I appreciate any prayers... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - A Chicken

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. I am thrilled to be hosting Thankful Thursday in April. 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. ----- I am preparing to speak at a retreat this weekend. I ran out of time and wasn’t able to get around to visit everyone this week. Boo Hoo…. I hope to stop by and visit everyone early next week. I truly love reading your praises and catching up with you. Most of you read my story last week about my challenging neighbor. (Does it strike you that perhaps I am the challenged one?) In fact, I believe our God is intentional when He is working on our character. This has proven to be so once again in my life this past week. Here we... Read more →

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Feet or De-feat?

Are you feeling defeated? I’m slowly working my way through Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ book, Lies Women Believe. This is what I highlighted in my reading for today: “The Enemy doesn’t care if we “believe” in God, if we are doctrinally orthodox, or if we fill our schedules with a lot of “spiritual activities,” as long as he can get us to run on our own steam rather than living in conscious dependence upon the power of the Holy Spirit. If he can get us to try to “live the Christian life” without cultivating an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus, he knows we will be spiritually impotent and defeated.” This is eye-opening. I can remember when I first recommitted my life to Christ, I became heavily involved in the church I was attending. I would complain about feeling worn out and over taxed, and my husband would tell me to... Read more →

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This Was Hard, But it Changed My Entire Perspective Forever

Good Monday Everyone: If you remember last Monday, I began a series where I answered some of your questions. Specifically, many of you listen in to my radio interview, which generated some thoughts. You can listen to my interview and Dineen’s by scrolling down and click on the audio link. One of the first questions arrived in an email from a friend who is also unequally yoked. She asked: In the radio interview you said: You are happily married to your best friend - how is that? How can a believer and an unbeliever be happy under the same roof let alone be best friends? Scroll down to read last week’s post because today, I will tell you how God led me to get over myself and how he replaced my loneliness with fulfillment. Many of you know how I began this blog. I wanted to share the healing I... Read more →

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Tune in Today!

Last week, Jim Norman of Wise People interviewed Lynn. This week is my turn. Special thanks to Jim for giving us this wonderful opportunity to share the amazing hope we have in Jesus, God's wild hope! And for knowing how to handle a shaky interviewee. Boy, was I nervous! God is so amazing and we give Him all the glory for this journey He's set us on. He not only showed us how to thrive in our spiritually mismatched marriages, but is allowing us to share that message with others. I'm praying for those listeners who have lost hope, that God would reveal Himself and love all over them! We are never without hope in Jesus! We pray these messages encourage and strengthen you in Christ! Wise People Interview, Dineen Miller Praying and believing, Dineen In case you missed Lynn's... Wise People Interview, Lynn Donovan Read more →

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Grab Them Back NOW!

If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back. Read the rest of the story at Laced With Grace, Grab Them Back NOW! Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - When God Corrects

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. I am thrilled to be hosting Thankful Thursday in April. 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. Just a few minutes ago I was stumped about what to share with you on this Thankful Thursday. Often when I am stuck without a word from God, I will go for a walk. So this afternoon, like I do around this time of day, I leashed my little dog and went for a walk. I kneeled down and prayed, “God, what are you words. What is it you want to share?” Little did I know I was about to receive a very personal and powerful message. I started toward the neighborhood park a couple of short blocks away. I know many of our neighbors... Read more →

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Foundations

"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete." Luke 6:46-49 This parable about building on a firm foundation has always fascinated me. Again, I really love God’s symbolism, and Jesus truly knew how to use it. In this parable we can see the obvious... Read more →

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Marriage Monday - Get Real!

Hi, It's Marriage Monday. This month the readers and contributors to Marriage Monday at Chrysalis have an open topic for our community. So I am going to put myself out there and be very real. I invite you into this conversation and look forward to more questions. Let me set the stage. On Saturday I was interviewed by Jim Norman of Wise People. My interview was an opportunity to share the reality of living in an unequally yoked marriage and the hope I have. Many of you took 25 minutes and listened in. I received several emails that day from regular readers here at SUM. You can listen in here if you have time, no pressure, I know we are all very busy but you might come up with a few questions yourself. Please email me your questions. 100403 Wise People, Lynn Donovan For those of you joining us for... Read more →

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He is Risen, Just as He Said!

The ResurrectionEarly on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember... Read more →

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Tune In Tomorrow

100403 Wise People, Lynn DonovanClick on this link to listen to the Interview. I hope my words will encourage someone who is struggling in their marriage. Hugs, Lynn The Bible has quite a bit to say about Christians being “unequally yolked”. What does this mean and how big of an issue is it to the church today. What does this issue mean to Christians who are married to unbelievers? Well, large numbers of Christians find themselves in this situation and our guest this week is one of them. Lynn Donovan is a believer in California who is married to a man to does not believe in God. Be sure to tune in to hear this amazing program and learn how Lynn copes in her “unequally yolked” marriage. ~ Jim Norman, Host of the Radio broadcast, Wise People, on KDKR 93.3fm Dallas/Fort Worth. Can I tell you how scary this interview... Read more →

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