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Pray for the Healing of our Lands and Waters

There is still a hole in the Earth, crude oil is still spewing from it and there is still, excruciatingly, no end in sight. --- Today's Headline; May 30, 2010. In the past, several days the Lord has crush my soul with concern over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Although I live on the Pacific coast, my heart is broken over what is happening to our beautiful earth. My heart is broken for the people of the coast and the pristine coastlands and marshlands that will never be the same. I have been praying for the well to be capped and yet it remains flowing at this very hour. As I talked with Jesus about this disaster, I imagined what he is seeing from His view in heaven. The pictures grieve my spirit. Today, I am leaving our topic of marriage and I implore to pray. If... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Memorial Day: Remember the Spouses Who Hold Down the Fort

Whether you agree with why our troops are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other parts of the world, let’s take a moment and pray for these brave men and women serving our country in often brutal conditions. They are answering the call and being obedient, even if they don’t completely understand why. They are an example of obedience even when it’s difficult. Let’s also remember the ones at home, keeping the family together, taking care of children and parents while their spouse is in dangerous areas. They not only have the stress and worry of their loved one’s safety on their hearts, but the often overwhelming responsibility of taking care of what normally two people would do. They work hard to make the home a peaceful place so as not to add additional worry to their beloved soldiers and to give these men and women in service... Read more →

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Friendship with a Jealous God

For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. Exodus 34:14 Names mean something, especially in the Kingdom of God. As you read through God’s Word, notice how often we are told the meaning behind the different names people give to their children. God even tells the parents in some instances what they are to name their children. And in some cases He changes a person’s name to represent something significant in their lives. Abram meant “high father” in Hebrew, but when God made a covenant with Abram and promised him to be the father of many nations, He changed his name to Abraham which means “father of many.” Jacob meant “supplanter” however later in his life when he wrestled all night with the angel of the Lord in order to receive a blessing, the Lord changed his name to Israel... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. This month we are meeting with Laurie at Women Taking A Stand and then in June we will share our thanks over at Iris of Grace Alone. Back here in July. Well my schedule has slowed a tiny bit and this past week I was able to spend some time in my garden. Wow, things are growing. It is a delight for me to walk through it everyday and watch as God's creation changes before my eyes. I am thankful for my garden. lettuce, red potatoes, gold potatoes, corn, zucchini, pumpkins, peppers (all sorts) tomatoes (yum, salsa), herbs, sunflowers (seeds). All of it in a small patch of earth. Yipee! Romaine (above) and tomato blossoms. Corn... It's looking like it will be knee high by 4th of July. (who made this saying up anyway????) Oh, and that is Doo Doo below in... Read more →

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Show Me Your Glory, Lord

As we’ve explored our theme Friendship with God this month, I keep hearing God’s quiet voice saying, “Seek me above all else.” Then that great Third Day song, asking God to “show me your glory” has gone through my head nonstop. Show me your glory, Lord. Moses asked God to show him His glory is Exodus 33. So great was God’s glory that Moses was only able to see God’s back as He passed over the cleft Moses hid in with God’s hand over him for protection. To see more would have meant death. Yet Moses asked. He wanted more than just a pleasant relationship with God. He wanted to KNOW God. When we ask God to show us His glory, we’re asking Him to invite us into His presence in the most intimate of ways. Worship and confession are key parts to what enables us to be in His... Read more →

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I Am THAT Woman

Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. – unknown I am in an unequally yoked marriage because of sin. Most of you know my story. I married my atheist husband during a time of great rebellion against God. I knew better. Raised in a Christian home, I knew what the Bible said in 2 Corinthians 6:14. Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? I walked away from the light. I thought I knew better than God what was best for my life. I lived in a dangerous and shadowy world of Las Vegas. In the darkness of clubbing and all matter of indulgence. I am THAT woman. John 8:1-6 But Jesus went to... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Worship: Offerering Yourself to God

I'm finding some awesome devotionals that fit perfectly with our Friendship with God theme this month. Here's a great one from Rick Warren. Have a wonderful weekend and keep seeking Him! Praying and believing, 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 percent is not enough. Our total surrender to... Read more →

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Friendship with an All-Knowing God

In my first post for this series I mentioned that one of the keys to any friendship is not only knowing the other person, their character, desires and emotions, but also in revealing your own heart to them. Friendship with God is no different. In fact, in order to truly begin to understand Him and His emotions we must first open ourselves up to Him and allow Him to change us. This is done by pouring out our hearts to Him. However, you may wonder, if God is omniscient, why do we need to pour out our hearts to Him? He already knows our desires, emotions, and character. In fact, He probably knows our heart even better than we do, so why go through all the effort? Isn’t it redundant? To answer this I first want to go back to an example that Dineen gave on Tuesday. While talking about... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. This month we are meeting with Laurie at Women Taking A Stand and then in June we will share our thanks over at Iris of Grace Alone. Back here in July. So many thoughts crowd my mind as I am thinking upon my blessings. My daughter's opening night performance in the High School Musical, Bye Bye Birdie is tonight. I can't wait to watch her sing and dance across the stage. My husband is crazy busy at work. I am so thankful he has a job. My Mom is visiting from Colorado. Wow, we always have the most amazing talks. Life is finally slowing a bit and I hear the Lord calling me to pray with intensity for many marriages. I count it a privilege to stand in the gap. I am deeply thankful for all these things and so much more.... Read more →

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Friendship with God Through Confession

We've covered some amazing ground so far in our Friendship with God series. If you didn't get a chance to read Angela's post on Friday, be sure to scroll down and read it. It will change your outlook. Today I want to encroach on a subject that seems to be overlooked too often, yet is a vital part in seeking God. Confession. Now don't run off quite yet. I promise this post isn't a hand slapper, but confession is something we need to talk about here at S.U.M. Years ago I had a wonderful mentor who helped me move into the discipline of daily time with God. Another discipline she taught me was confession. Not to be confused with condemnation, because we know that there is no condemnation in Christ. Confession is an opportunity for us to "clear the air." If you're a parent, compare it to a time when... Read more →

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A New Phenomenon

Lynn is taking a much needed vacation this week to spend time with her mom. So I get to pop in a post on something off topic (we'll go back to our series about friendship with God tomorrow). But it's something I think we need to start talking about here at S.U.M. Numerous times past week I've come across references to how the church is failing men. We have it down pat (for the most part) for women and establishing the need for encouragement, but our men are more quickly told how they are failing and not supported. I wonder if this is the reason for why statistically men who come to faith later in life wind up falling away. A high percentage do this.Are we emasculating our men? I know early on in my marriage I think I did this especially after our first daughter was born. I was... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion - Weekend Humor

Okay, watch this video with all the humor intended. It's okay to poke a little fun at how we Christians do things. I watched this along with my husband and we laughed our heads off. Sometimes it's a good thing to let our unbelieving spouses see we can laugh at ourselves and our "Christianese" "Sunday's Coming" Movie Trailer from North Point Media on Vimeo. Read more →

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Friendship with God: David’s example of Beholding

Awhile back, a good friend of mine asked me a question that I came across again recently in a book I’m reading. I want to pose it to each of you today. Please be very honest with yourself. You don’t have to share your answer with me. My purpose is not to know your secret thoughts. But I will share some of mine with you, on the off chance that some of you share in these same thoughts. Imagine for just a moment that you were told by a reliable source that tonight you were going to meet Jesus face-to-face and He was going to judge you – He was going to reveal the deepest parts of your life and your heart – what is the first feeling that overcomes you? Is it fear or excitement? I’ve been on a David quest for almost a year now, or more accurately... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - A Husband

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. This month we are meeting with Laurie at Women Taking A Stand and then in June we will share our thanks over at Iris of Grace Alone. Back here in July. Wow, are we talking the hot months of summer already. This week I have been richly blessed by all the speakers from A Woman Inspired, One Marriage Conference. It was a time where I was able to see God alive and well and working in our marriages. I am thankful for my husband. That man loves me and I adore him. We have over come so many challenges and I see growing old together as a great and grand gift. The Lord is good. He has done great things in the life of an ordinary woman, an ordinary wife. What has the Lord given you through marriage? Be blessed, Lynn Read more →

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Friendship with God Through Worship

Right after we moved back to the States from Europe, I had the chance to go to my first Women of Faith conference. I went with two friends from the church I’d recently found and joined. Now the music was amazing, and if you’ve ever been to one, you know what I mean. Plus being with so many other women in a stadium that seated 10,000…wow. I had a problem though. For me to let go and worship God was not easy. Something seemed to get in the way or block me from expressing this side of my faith. I figured I was just one of those overly self-conscious people who would have to be content to stand still and sing along politely. But I wanted more. So much more. On the second day, we stood to sing another song after a very moving session. After the music started, images... Read more →

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Friendship and A Woman Inspired and a Surprise!

Hi Everyone: I am interrupting our series, Friendship with God, to invite you to join me today at A Woman Inspired online conference. This is a three day, stay at home in your PJ's, and listen in as we share God's truths and teaching about marriage (ladies only. sorry men). I will be speaking at 9:30 a.m. PST and would dearly love to know I you are in the audience. Be sure to send me a chat note and say, "Hi, I'm here." Also, please whisper up a quick prayer that everything I say is from Jesus and that He is honored. It's not too late to join the fun. Visit the website, A Woman Inspired, and register. If you are joining us from the conference, hello and WELCOME! I'm so glad you found Dineen and I and all of our friends here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. To enter the... Read more →

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Happy Mother's Day

This is priceless! I think I have said everything in this entire video. Celebrating the gift of Motherhood. Have a great day! Hugs, Lynn Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Friendship of God

Here's another devotional from Walk in the Word with Dr. James MacDonald. Happy Mother's Day and keep seeking God as your friend! Praying and believing, Dineen Friendship of God by Dr. James MacDonald of Walk in the Word "The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant." - Psalm 25:14 It’s hard to read that verse and not do a double take. You’re like, "Friendship? How does that connect with the 'for those who fear him' part of the verse?" The Bible is full of these stop-you-dead-in-your-tracks statements. God's Word will make you think about what you think you know. This verse tells us that fear is the foundation of our relationship with God. Fear is not the life that we're living in Him today. It's the foundation of that life. First John 4:18 says that "perfect love casts out... Read more →

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What’s the big deal about Friendship?

A few days after Lynn asked me to be part of this series, I was having lunch with two of my friends at work when the subject of friendship came up. One of the ladies began to share how she’s never had any really close friends and how she often does not feel like she truly belongs in any group of which she is a part. As the two of us listened we had tears in our eyes. I’d like to say it was just tears of compassion, but in reality it was also tears of empathy because both of us knew exactly what she was talking about. We both felt the exact same way but had never had the courage to voice our feelings. This lunch was a turning point in the friendship the three of us share and I’m thankful my friend was willing to share her heart... Read more →

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It's Okay If You Don't Believe

Today I have a story to share with you that will give some of you goose bumps and will cause others to roll your eyes. And that’s okay. But, it’s a story worth sharing because so many of God’s faithful will be encouraged to watch for the miraculous that happens more frequently than you might expect. Read the rest at Laced With Grace. This is one of the strangest and hardest events for me to share. I really mean this: It's okay if you don't believe. Hugs, Lynn Also, today I am sharing some of the basics about living unequally yoked over at Exemplify, The Marriage Channel. Find my article, Hope for the Unequally Yoked Marriage. This is a look at living unequally yoked from the beginning. In this series we will walk through some of the basics such attending church alone and the loneliness that we experience on this... Read more →

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Friendship with God: Come Just As You Are

Hello everyone! Welcome to our May series, Friendship with God. As you probably know Lynn, Angela and I have been praying about this series. I’ve been asking God to tell me where to start. What are his words? What does he want us to know about friendship with Him. I sat in my living room Saturday, reading from a devotional booklet and praying again about this series as my daughter watched a cartoon. Never did I expect God’s voice to breakthrough at that noisy moment, but He did and this is what He told me: “Tell them they don’t have to be perfect to come to me. I want them just as they are.” Wow! As a recovering perfectionist, this spoke right to my heart. Don’t we do that…strive to be perfect, thinking we’ll be more acceptable to God? If I do this, God will love, accept, bless me… When... Read more →

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Come Visit Our New Home - Redesign of SUM

Hi Everyone: Welcome to our open house. I feel as though we (Dineen and I) have just moved into a new home we have been building over the past several months. Dineen and I are so excited. It is a BIG change from our old look but I hope you feel comfortable here. AND this home is your home. We custom built it thinking about all of you who stop by for a visit. We told our designer, make this a place where our friends arrive and they feel like they arrived home. Where they feel safe and loved and where they will find two women who love them and who love Jesus and their unsaved husbands. We pray with a full heart that you find that here every day at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. We quietly launched our new look on May 1st just to work out some kinks if... Read more →

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