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22 entries from August 2010

Blinded by Darkness

We’ve covered some ground in the last few weeks about spiritual warfare in our marriages. Sadly, it’s a topic treated as taboo at times right within the church, but our enemy has been effective there as well. Too effective. If he can convince us he’s not a real threat or even better, that he doesn’t even exist, he’s accomplished more than just a foot in the door. We're blinded. If this concept is foreign to you, let me tell you that for a long time I was deceived myself. I can even remember telling someone years ago that though I did believe in God, I wasn’t convinced satan existed. God’s Word tells us clearly otherwise and much more. Things like: For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline (sound mind). — 1 Timothy 2:7 As evident in the... Read more →

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A Little Different

Hi Everyone, I don't have anything to write about today. Almost all of the time, God places a burning heat in my brain and heart about the words I share with you. He usually works on an idea by placing it in my soul to marinate for a few day. After several days of praying over the thoughts coupled with the Holy Spirit working me over, I'm about to explode. You get the idea. I write to share what I have learned and what God is currently teaching me. Well, this Sunday evening as I'm preparing for Monday's post, I am feeling serene. But, I have several things a bubbling that the Holy Spirit it working out and you will likely heart about later in the week. One topic for sure.... The Rapture.... It happened at our house. Well, kinda sorta. I will tell you more later and it's a... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — The Key to Being Content

This is a post I wrote in Spring of 2008 and a topic worth revisiting. Blessings! Have you ever had one of those weeks where you notice a common theme? The subject of a devotional, an email that comes over your favorite prayer loop, Sunday’s sermon, this weeks subject at your small group Bible study… Those are the times I pay close attention, because I know God has something teach or show me. This has happened over the last week and the subject has been about contentment. Paul touches on this subject very clearly in Philippians 4:11-13: I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well... Read more →

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A Roly-Poly and a Great Big God!

Have you ever prayed this scripture? Psalm 139:23-24 (Amplified Bible) Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. A couple of weeks ago, my alarm sounded at 5:15 a.m. Ugh! I shut it off. Shrugged into my robe. You should see this robe. It is thick and fuzzy and fat and I look like a warm roly-poly all tied up in it. But, no one is awake in the house at that hour except Jesus and he doesn’t care what I look like. I shuffled to the coffee pot where a fresh brew was waiting. (One of God’s greatest blessings to humanity is the auto brew feature). I pulled my Daily Bible from the drawer along with my prayer binder then moved to sit... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. This month, August, we are all meeting up with Laurie of Women Taking A Stand and in September we will share our thanks with Iris of Grace Alone. This week my heart is full. I work with some of the MOST amazing women in our church office. I tell you what, working in the office of our large church has opened my eyes. The people who work there are under paid and over worked. They deal with life and death problems and the fates of eternities. They love Jesus and work tirelessly in the face of complaints about the donuts or the coffee, or the bathrooms, or the music or ..... or...... and..... and.... But, they love Jesus and they serve. I count it an amazing blessing to be on the team of Women's Ministry. These women I work with are amazing... Read more →

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Three Powerful Words

In Mark 10, we’re told about the story of a rich young man who approaches Jesus and asks what he has to do to inherit eternal life. Now read Jesus’ reply below as I’ve shown an edited version of it. You’ll understand why I did this in just a moment. Jesus looked at him... "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." — Mark 10:21 Read it again if you need to and notice every word. Now read the complete version of this same verse: Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." — Mark 10:21 Can you see the difference? If not, go back... Read more →

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Spiritual Warfare and My Unbelieving Husband

I have one last story to share with you. This trilogy of articles on spiritual warfare has a price. I have asked the Lord to protect my family and me. So today, I ask you to pray over my writing and speaking to result in two things; that the Lord, Jesus, is honored and that His Saints are empowered to fight the forces of evil. Also, I acknowledge that sharing these accounts of the spiritual realm may be troublesome to those who have never encountered what I describe. However, I began this blog over four years ago with a single purpose: To help others who are married to unbelievers. That is why I am compelled to share this story. It took me years to learn how to fight for my unsaved husband. After too many years and too many tears, I finally found peace with my faith and my spouse... Read more →

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Nancy Kennedy Interview and Update 2010

It is a delight and a privilege to welcome Nancy Kennedy to Spiritually Unequal Marriage once again. Originally, from California Nancy lives in central Florida with her husband, Barry. Her two daughters, Alison and Laura, are grown. Alison is married with one daughter, Caroline (age 8 ½). Laura is going to college part-time in Charlotte, N.C. and working full-time. Nancy works as a features writer and religion columnist for the Citrus County Chronicle in Florida. She also writes books and speaks at Christian women’s retreats. She is a member of Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto, Florida. _____ I have shared in previous posts here at SUM that Nancy’s book, When He Doesn’t Believe, greatly impacted my heart and marriage. Her work contributed enormously to the healing of my marriage in the early years. As a young woman I struggled to navigate my faith with my unsaved husband and was... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. This month, August, we are all meeting up with Laurie of Women Taking A Stand and in September we will share our thanks with Iris of Grace Alone. Walking with Jesus is always a surprise. He is continually showing me His grace, His work in my life and His desire to help the Saints. So last Friday I came home from a walk-and-talk with Him and I was filled with a Holy Fire to share some of my spiritual warfare encounters. So, I wrote what He told me. And, Wow. I'm finding out as believers, we don't talk about this kind of warfare too often. And that many of us have actually experienced it. I'm so thankful that I followed the prompting of the Holy Spirit and wrote what He told me. If you have time to read the stories here is... Read more →

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Can't Out Give God

When I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, O LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. — Psalm 94:18-19 I read these verses yesterday morning during my quiet time. As their truth sank into my spirit, my thoughts latched onto how much God does for us. By nature, gratitude doesn’t come easy. It’s a mindset that takes some practice and diligence. Unlike God, we tend to give a little, then watch for one of two things. Or both. 1. That we’re appreciated. 2. That we’ll get something back. It’s kind of like a test for us. And if we’ve been burned, we hesitate to give again. This can be especially true in marriage where hearts are easily hurt and motives can take a u-turn toward selfishness. But something magnificent struck me today about God. He gave everything He had (His... Read more →

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Spiritual Warfare and our Children

Friday, I came back from my morning jog and I returned home absolutely on fire in my spirit. That morning I wrote about my recent account with evil trying to enter my home and the spiritual warfare in which I engaged. After posting my story, my spirit continued to burn with a Holy inferno to inspire the Saints in their march against the gates of hell. Well, a few hours later Dineen telephoned me to talk about some of the details about our new book. However, I was still all fired up about how the enemy attacks so many of us and we don’t know how to defend ourselves. Poor Dineen, she had a fired-up Lynn Donovan on the line a preachin’ about the power of God and His amazing Son, Jesus. It’s so great she loves me and boy-howdy, do we have the most amazing conversations about the world... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Watch, Pray, Love

"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. "At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' "Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.' "'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' "But while they were on their way to buy the... Read more →

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This is Real Spiritual Warfare

I’m interrupting this Friday and adding a second post. Over the past several days I have been in the midst of some powerful spiritual warfare. I know many other who are smack in the middle of warfare as well. On Wednesday morning, I was up early, 5:30 a.m. to read my Bible and pray. As I sat reading, I felt the presence of evil trying to enter our home. I heard noises out back and then something touched the handle on the door to the patio that is only three feet directly behind where I was sitting. Now, I’m sharing this story not to frighten you but to tell you that spiritual warfare is very real. The Bible speaks clearly to this. Ephesians 6:12 (New International Version) 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world... Read more →

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Randomness

Hello Everyone: We are postponing our first broadcast of The Intentional Marriage until next month. The second Friday, September 10th. We found ourselves a little behind on many of the details and didn't want to do a partially good job.. It is our earnest prayer that we put forth the BEST job and share words and stories that inspire you to live your married life intentionally. So we will hope you will join us next month. We will remind you as the date approaches. In the mean time. I have a question for you. In the many years of walking in my faith, married to an unbeliever, I have discovered that there are numerous times where I mistakenly created conflict in my marriage over matters of faith. I also discovered those grow opportunities fights were a waste of time. Of late, however, I realize there are times when we absolutely... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday -

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. This month, August, we are all meeting up with Laurie of Women Taking A Stand and in September we will share our thanks with Iris of Grace Alone. Lord Almighty, It was a great privilege to pray with one of my readers over the phone this past week. She prayed with me and for the first time and accepted Jesus, Your Son, as Savior and Lord of her life. Lord, I am overwhelmed you placed me into that young woman's life to share the hope I have in Christ. The hope we all have in Christ. Father, so many are in deep pain in their lives right now. And we your church, the believers, have the truth that can set them free. We have the truth that this life is not doable without You. So, Lord, I am available. Choose me. I... Read more →

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God Took Me on a Walk

God took me on a most interesting walk yesterday. First, let me preface this with something you might find interesting. I walk our dog three times a week in the morning to get some exercise, and for a long time, I’ve gone the same two routes. See, up until recently, going new places, whether walking, driving, or flying has cause me some anxiety. Not much but just enough that it keeps me in a comfortable pattern. Well, you know how God is about those comfortable places. And as I’ve shared since my father’s death, God has had me on a journey of No Fear. So, in the last couple months as I walk our dog, I seem to be drawn toward new detours and directions. Without fear and anxiety. Amazing! Yesterday, God seemed to have a plan in mind. As I traversed up a new street, I sensed God’s nudge.... Read more →

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It's a Belly Flop World

Hi my friends, I don't fit in.... I am the keeper of the Belly Flops..... I bet you are a Belly Flop too. Join me for a fun and poignant story that came from my recent adventures to Sacrament to visit my husband's family. I am now a contributor to the Internet Cafe, The Marriage Counter. I am delighted to return as a writer at the Cafe. A long, long time ago I wrote articles there and I have missed being part of that amazing team of writers. Okay, hop over and please, please leave me a comment so we can chuckle together and perhaps too, you can be a Belly Flop. *grin* Unequally Yoked Belly Flop Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Doggy DNA

I did a post at Laced with Grace about our precious poochy, Shasta, and the results of her DNA testing. Her results were not at all what we expected! Click here to read about her Doggy DNA. Have a wonderful weekend and if you hav e a pet, think of the ways that little critter is a gift from God. Praying and believing, Dineen Read more →

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I Bet You Didn't Know This

Here is a small factoid I bet you didn't know about Dineen and I (Lynn). This blog was launched in May of 2006. Dineen was one of the first readers and she and I became fast friends. Within six months she and I became a team and have been writing and serving Jesus together ever since. We talk via email, daily. And, I do mean daily. Sometimes more than 10 emails will fly between us. We also chat on the phone several days each week and we pray together over the phone. We brain storm our ideas and share what the Lord is speaking to us on a given day. We agonize and pray together over the emails that arrive from people who are in crisis in their marriage and we celebrate with those who find healing in their hearts and marriages through the power and love our our Jesus.... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. This month, August, we are all meeting up with Laurie of Women Taking A Stand and in September we will share our thanks with Iris of Grace Alone. Do any of you remember the staples commercial for back to school? It just makes me grin..... Anyhoo, next Wednesday school begins and I am happy/sad. This is the fastest summer on record. I never even made it to the beach. I think we will have to go after school starts. I am also excited as my daughter begins her sophomore year in high school. Oh, what adventures await. What drama and heart breaks. What auditions are ahead and homework? It is a rich blessing to be a parent. I am so utterly and deeply thankful the Lord gave me two children. I am thankful for the richness of family. What are you thankful... Read more →

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Step Four: Catch the Vision

Over the last few weeks I’ve posted several articles about loving our spouses unconditionally. Here are the links in case you want to review. Step One: Choose to Love Step Two: Focus on Your Mission Step Three: Obedience This week, I’d like to take this to what I believe is a subtle yet very crucial aspect to loving our spouses unconditionally. In step two, I talked about keeping our focus on God. Let’s take a deeper look and talk about vision. Now I’m not talking about the health of your eyes, or anything supernatural (at least not anything existing outside the perimeters of God’s prsence and power). I’m talking about grasping a sense of what God has planned for our unbelieving spouses. “Catching the vision” of what God wants for our spouse, so to speak. This requires more than just 20/20 vision. Many of the comments you’ve left on these... Read more →

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Hide and Seek

Good Monday Everyone: I'm playing Hide n Seek today. You can find me over at Laced With Grace where I share a story about things that scare our kids at night and how we can help them overcome fear. Visit me today and read about: Things That Go Bump in the Night. Also, I absolutely love the Marriage Monday meme over at Chrysalis. E-Mom is one of my dearest and oldest online sisters. This month we are linking up and chatting about: Romantic Favorite Foods. I will share a secret about marriage as it comes to food. My husband has traveled as part of his job all of our married life until recently. One of the best gifts I could give him was a home cooked meal. And, if I spiced it up and he broke out in a sweat, all the better. Watching him take his napkin and wipe... Read more →

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