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25 entries from December 2010

The Physical and Spiritual of Fasting

When you honor and worship God by presenting your body as a living sacrifice through fasting, you too will know His assignments for your life. ~Jentezen Franklin, Fasting There is so much written about the physical and spiritual components of fasting that I find it impossible to fit it all into a single post. Nor, am I an expert. So today, I want to share a couple of links to give you more information about the physical and spiritual part of fasting. IF YOU ARE GOING TO FAST, read these. Campus Crusade: How to Prepare Yourself Spiritually and Physically What Physical Effects to Expect Quick Tips by Jentezen Franklin Tomorrow stop in for a a Fasting guide prepared by Rosheeda. Ro and I, will be leading us through next week's fast. It's almost time. Just imagine in a weeks time the answers to our questions we might have, the miracles,... Read more →

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Preparing for a Fast

Some of our preparations for our week of fasting January 2-8 have already begun. We have talked about the kinds of fasts and I pray you have sensed what God is asking of you. We have written out our goals and praises to pray with next week. But, what more is there to do to prepare for a fast. Today I want to share a story with you from the word of God. It's about emptying… Jesus Questioned About Fasting Mark 20: 18-22 18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked Jesus, “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?” 19 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. 20 But the time will come when the... Read more →

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What is Your Top Ten for 2011

Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Fasting prepares you for a fresh anointing. ~ Jentezen Franklin Let's do some serious things for God in 2011? Let's crash through our walls of Jericho and bring the surrender of those strongholds. Let us also bring before the Lord our priorities, hopes and dreams as we know them today. Through this process we will bring into clear focus those areas in our life that we are seeking God's hand, His wisdom and His power. Top Ten for 2011 (PDF) The form above is a simple list to get our mind, heart and prayers circling around the new year. I am asking you to consider several areas in your life, bring them to God in prayer, ask for his wisdom and provision over these areas and to lead you to their completion. For example on... Read more →

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A Snickers Bar..... or God

Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Are you willing to forgo a Snicker's bar in the afternoon to over come a recurring sin in your life? ----- So what is fasting? It's the humbling of ourselves to draw closer to God. Fasting must be coupled with prayer and reading of God's word. This three cord approach is what releases God's supernatural power into our life. Without all three, fasting is just dieting. Fasting is NOT: A tool for weightloss. An attempt to arm twist God into our way of thinking. Advisable for those with medical conditions that are complicated from fasting. True fasting is giving of our basic human nature completely over to the Lord. To allow Him to fill us up spiritually as we empty physically. There are many ways to fast. You can fast from television. Or give up... Read more →

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Are You Going to Dream Big in 2011?

Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Do you really believe God? Do you read this passage and think this promise is for somebody else?That God really doesn’t care about what you desire deep in your heart? I’m here to tell you that we can believe this simple passage with full confidence. Now read further: Psalm 37:5-9 Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be... Read more →

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There Once Was a Man Who Didn't Believe in God

There was once a man who didn't believe in God, and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays, like Christmas. His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite his disparaging comments. One snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their children to a Christmas Eve service in the farm community in which they lived. She asked him to come, but he refused. "That story is nonsense!" he said. "Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man? That's ridiculous!" So she and the children left, and he stayed home. A while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm. He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening.... Read more →

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Your Teen and Christmas

It's pouring rain outside. I sit at my computer peeking at Facebook and see a post from my friend Pam Farrell. The video starts. I call to my teen daughter, "Caitie, you are going to want to see this." She strolls into my office. I move over in my chair, she joins me. We watch. We smile. We awwww. We "get" it. Merry Christmas from the Donovan Clan Read more →

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I'm Thankful

It’s two days until Christmas: I’m thankful our house is clean. I’m thankful that we had just enough to provide for Christmas. I’m thankful that we had a tiny bit more to help a few others. I’m thankful for my Christmas baby, my son Brad, age 28. He shares his birthday with Jesus. I’m thankful for my husband. He is my hero. I’m thankful for my teen daughter. I’m thankful for my little Peanut who is still annoyed with me for tying a Christmas kerchief around his neck. I’m thankful for everyone who has stopped in here to read and shared a part of themselves with Dineen and me. I’m thankful for the grace and gift God has given that Dineen and I have a message arriving in February, that is from our heart and covered in prayer, our book Winning Him Without Words. I’m thankful for Jesus. I’m thankful... Read more →

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Let Us Adore Him

I was on a road trip over the weekend and listened to Third Day's Christmas Offerings (had to use headphones because hubby doesn't care for my music). I know we hear this one song a lot this time of year but maybe it was just time for me to hear it in a new way. Here are the words: Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful By: John F. Wade Oh, come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant! Oh, come ye, oh, come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold him Born the king of angels: Oh, come, let us adore him, Oh, come, let us adore him, Oh, come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord. Highest, most holy, Light of light eternal, Born of a virgin, A mortal he comes; Son of the Father Now in flesh appearing! Oh, come, let us adore him, Oh, come, let us adore him, Oh,... Read more →

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Be Intrigued... Get ready 2011

I want to intrigue you..... Think about the following. I want God to Wow you with His presence, power, and miracles. I want to see spouses come to the cross. I want to see the captives set free, marriages thriving, lives filled with joy. I want your life to shout of God's possibilities. DO YOU? Let me share just a little more to peek your curiosity. Dineen and I are reading a life-changing book right now. Here are some short excerpts. *The three duties of every Christian are giving, praying, and fasting. *Could we be missing our greatest breakthroughts because we fail to fast? *Your spirit becomes uncluttered by the things of this world and amazingly sensitive to the things of God when you fast. *Fasting brings one into a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord. *You have to wonder what blessings are not being released. What... Read more →

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How Rich are You this Christmas?

Author Unknown My Dad sent this along to me. I wish I knew who wrote it so I could give credit. One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?" " It was great, Dad." "Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked. "Oh yeah," said the son. "So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father. The son answered, "I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Twas the Night....

Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house, not a creature was praying, not one in the house. Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care, in hopes that Jesus would not come there. The children were dressing to crawl into bed, not once ever kneeling or bowing a head. And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap was watching the Late Show while I took a nap. When out of the East there arose such a clatter, I sprung to my feet to see what was the matter. Away to the window, I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash! When what to my wondering eyes should appear but angels proclaiming that Jesus was here! With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray, I knew in a moment this must be The Day! The... Read more →

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Keep Letting Go

Yesterday my youngest daughter turned 17, and next week, my oldest daughter turns 21. I can’t believe how fast this happened. I’m sure many of you out there can relate. How do they grow up so fast The last two years have been fraught with difficulties for our family. So many of you have prayed for us along the way through my youngest daughter’s brain tumor diagnosis and the ensuing surgeries and treatments. Her complete physical recovery is a story of many small miracles (can they ever really be small?) that comprise a truly miraculous recovery. I’ve written a lot lately about unending trials because despite such an amazing journey, our hardships with our daughter are ongoing. I’ll spare you all the details but will tell you I’ve been fearful for her future because of her seemingly inability to live her life in the light of her miracle. My faith... Read more →

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Christmas Gift Ideas

Okay, I'm wondering if buying Christmas gifts for your husband is a challenge? It is for me. My man really isn't in need of much. He doesn't want a bunch of stuff. However, he is a geek. I say that proudly. I think most of you know he works in the high-tech industry. So when some new electronic gadget arrives on the market, he begins his research. And you can bet we will own one at some day in the future. Can you guess what intrigued him this year? Blu-ray disc player. Well he never waits to purchase his gadgets and by the time Christmas rolls around he owns one. I think he bought the Blu-ray in August. The man works seriously hard so if he wants to buy himself a Blu-ray in August, it's good with me. However, I usually don't have a clue what to give him to... Read more →

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In Case You Missed It...

Hi Everyone! In case you missed the Christmas edition of The Intentional Marriage, here's the recording. I loved sharing the story about my girls when they were little and how they showed me they really did understand Jesus was the heart of it all. I also shared some cute ideas for activities for your little ones (and older ones) to help focus on Jesus, the meaning of Christmas and to bring that home in the hearts of our kids. I pray they inspire and encourage you. And we want to hear your stories! Share your traditions with us! Don't forget about the meme too. Share your tidbits of wisdom on yesterday's post and you'll be entered in the drawing for those two beautiful journals. Merry Christmas! We love you! Dineen Read more →

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The Intentional Marriage—Santa Claus, Jesus and Kids

Today I will share a cute little story with you about my daughters when they were itty bitty, just around 3 and 7. I (Dineen) hope you'll tune in to our Christmas edition of The Intentional Marriage broadcast over at CWATV.com for some great ideas to keep Jesus alive all year long in our children's minds and hearts, and I have two special gifts for two special commenters. Find us at Christian Women Affiliate at: The Intentional Marriage - You can view the show from this page. Eastern Daylight Time 11:30 a.m. Central Daylight Time 10:30 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time 9:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time 8:30 a.m. GMT for all of you outside of the US 15:30 (and, thanks for joining us at odd hours.) And don't forget our meme! We're still planning to gather your stories and put them in a book, so be sure to share and link... Read more →

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The Christmas Letter

Okay, you usually fall into two camps when it comes to this funny and strange tradition of a family Christmas letter. You love ‘em or hate ‘em. I LOVE THEM. Now I know they are usually filled with sickening sweet recollections of all the amazing and fantastic things that occurred in the year and sometimes it’s hard to read those kind of letter’s especially when you had a tough year. Some people like my friend Kathy writes a Christmas letter that often begins with something like this… Well, the dog was run over and the oldest daughter shacked up….. It’s real-life and that’s what she writes. I LOVE her letters too. She is hilarious. No matter what kind of Christmas letter you write, I love to receive them and read every word. I thrill to enjoy the adventures and triumphs in your year. I am thankful for those Christmas cards... Read more →

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Santa Claus, Jesus and Kids

When my girls were little, one of my biggest challenges this time of year was not letting Santa Claus overshadow Jesus. Add to that the conflicting expectations a mismatched couple can bring to Christmas and sparks fly! Those early years were really tough sometimes. You see, my sweet hubby turns into a big kid at Christmas and it’s hard not to get swept away by his enthusiasm. Plus there’s so much media focus on advertising and sales, our kids wind up resembling the Bernstain Bears’ Green Eyed Monster. The truth is that our challenge comes all year long. If we wait until Christmas to teach the message of why and how Christ came, we miss our biggest opportunity to build the foundation of Christ in our children’s lives. We miss the chance to teach them that Christ is our greatest gift all year long. I know sometimes it can seem... Read more →

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Deck the Halls and the Dog

Yesterday I spent most of the afternoon putting up the Christmas tree. Our tree is a fake tree. Boo! I know. I know. There are two camps those who MUST have a real tree and the rest of us… I promise I’m not a Scrooge… But an artificial tree is in the Donovan home. Our tree is about nine feet tall and it’s one of those ornery beasts, which requires you to insert each branch into the base one at a time and then fluff the greenery out. Insert – fluff – repeat… Insert- fluff- repeat… It takes forever to get the thing up and ready for lights. No one in the house likes this part of the Christmas tradition. “It’s time to put up the tree,” I call to my family. Caitie, my daughter, somehow slips away to her room. My husband is hiding out in his office. The... Read more →

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The Bright Morning Star

We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. — 2Peter 1:19 I loved reading this particular verse this past week because its reference to Christ as a morning star is so profound. This connects the prophetic reference to Christ’s coming in Numbers 24:17: “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.” And also to Revelation 22:16: “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” Past, present and future. Christ has been, is and will be our bright Morning Star.... Read more →

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Do You Believe In Modern Day Miracles?

On Monday afternoon I went to my mail box. Waiting inside was a rather large envelope mailed from Canada. Puzzled, I took the package inside. I opened it up and out came a book. Modern Day Miracles I smiled and breathed a prayer of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. Inside I found my story about a small miracle in my life. My story: It All Started With a Woman and a Cow. What a Christmas! Many of you read this story last year over at Laced With Grace. This was my retelling of God's fantastic, crazy, and faithful provision during our eleven month-long unemployment. So, today I'm praising God for allowing me to share with many others how He lavishes His love into the lives of our ordinary family. But, I'm not writing about that story today. I want to share with you a different story from this book.... Read more →

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Our Season to Shine

This December let's all meet up with Iris at Grace Alone in January we are back here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage and February we will be at Laurie's, Women Taking A Stand. It's Thankful Thursday. It's December and I joyfully give thanks to the Lord, Almighty for His Son. What is true about December is, this is month many people soften to the idea of Jesus. They are more willing to hear about Him. They often attend church in December when they won't go any other time. They will listen to the story of the virgin birth and the conclusion with the cross and ressurection. This is a month of hope. So, I'm looking past the busyness of the season to see someone who might be open to hear about Jesus. I might send a card in the mail, yes the real mail, to encourage someone this time of year.... Read more →

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