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29 entries from January 2011

Want a Boyfriend????

It’s two weeks until Valentine’s Day. For many who live in unhappy marriages and those of us who live unequally yoked, this day is not all smiles and chocolate. In fact, this day can be painful. Later in this series leading up to the big V-day, I will share some of those articles and my newest one, which will be at the Internet Café on the 14th. But, let’s not live defeated. God did not create us to live in disappointment nor defeat. So for the next two weeks we are going to set off on an experiment to move away from the traditional renderings of Valentine’s Day and make this “Greeting Card” holiday one that we will laugh about, enjoy and remember. Join me and….. Let’s make our husband our boyfriend. Now before you give me the eye-roll and say, “Oh brother, she’s nuts,” hear me out. I actually... Read more →

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Have I told you lately....

... that I love you! So does Dineen.. And so does the Lord. And He loves on us too. First, I'm sitting in my office on a storm Sunday afternoon as I write this. I am overwhelmed by love. The kindness, prayers, petitions and caring all of you have poured onto Dineen and I. We have been on the phone several times this weekend getting teary eyes together reading your prays and we are thanking the Lord for each of you. We have so many surprises around the corner to share. I feel as if I'm about to burst. And out of my terrible day on Thursday came God's amazing presence. He showed up and surpassed our wildest dreams once again. I live in continual amazement and worship of our King. Stay tuned. Much more to come. Hugs, Lynn Read more →

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Made to Crave

Hi Everyone, Many of you know that I was able to sit with my friend Lysa TerKeurst this past spring. We enjoyed a delightful talk. She gave me some helpful advice about writing and such. And, we talked about some of her current writing projects. At that time she was finishing up her new book Made To Crave. This book hit the market place early January and has been a great help to so many of us who struggle with conquering our eating missteppes. I am reading the book now and it's not a diet plan. It's a plan to help you succeed to eat healthy and to support you on whatever eating plan your are following. If you struggle in this area, pick up here book. Lysa has generously offered a book to give away here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. So, to enter the drawing, please leave your name... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Faith of a Mother

Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. —Matthew 15:21-28 The mother's faith in this passage... Read more →

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This time... I Need You

Hi My Friends, Well as you might expect the enemy has been working overtime. Yesterday, a giant setback occurred. Something we counted on to be prepared for our book release became completely unravelled. I'm going to be completely transparent here. I was so angry I was shaking. I haven't been that mad since I was an executive at a bank . (banking can really tick you off *grin*) So, may I ask you, our friends, to pray for Dineen and for me. The enemy would love to destroy our marriages, our efforts to get our message out and our witness. I would treasure any words of prayers you leave in the comments for us today. We have prayed for so many of you. For your marriages, for you spirit, for your happiness and we count it a privilege to do so. We rarely ask for prayer. Perhaps we should ask... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Serving the Kingdom

Thankful Thursday is hosted here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage in January. Don't forget that next Thursday we will all meet up for Thankful Thursday at Laurie's of Women Taking A Stand and then over to Grace Alone for March. I have been richly blessed to host Thankful Thursday. I haven't been around to read your online friends posts but I WILL get there, God willing. This Thursday, I am utterly thankful for allowing Dineen and I to share our stories of God's healing in our spiritually mismatched marriage with the world. Our book, Winning Him Without Words, will be released on February 17th. We are in earnest prayer that our message will save marriages, encourage women to grow in their relationship with Jesus and mostly that the name of JESUS CHRIST is glorified. If you know a woman who is living unequally yoked, they are lonely, they feel misunderstood and... Read more →

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The Hummingbird Atheist

I snapped this photo last night from my family room window. We are looking into the backyard. It’s twilight in this scene. It’s the mad rush of the Hummingbirds. If you know an unbeliever this is a good story. If you are a believer, this is a GREAT story. Let this tiny bird reveal some very BIG things about our God! Read the entire post at Laced With Grace, The Hummingbird Atheist. Here are a few more photos I snapped last night. Read more →

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Living BIG FAITH

When I wrote my original post about BIG FAITH, I had no idea how many people would respond. So many of you, as far away as Africa and Austrailia, have contacted me here or privately to say God has put the same yearning in their heart as well. Reading my post merely put into words or confirmed what they already sensed. It’s an amazing and awe-inspiring thing to see something like this happening in our day and age. God is moving in big ways and He wants to take us with him. But He’s not asking us to have perfect faith—let me be clear about that. I don't want anyone to think that just because something didn’t pan out like you’d hoped, it was because you didn’t have enough faith. That’s a sticky, gray area that just causes doubt and confusion. What I’m talking about with this whole praying for... Read more →

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What's the Name of That Book?

I have to tell you that Jesus Christ can do amazing things in the lives of two ordinary women. You may know that Dineen and I spent a few days together. We were preparing for our new book launch and at the advice of our publisher, Regal Books, we worked with our video guy, Jim Fredrick, who is a genius and very patient, to record some video segments that we will use on our website. Okay it was a grueling, fun, hilarious and weird day. We filmed for hours. Dineen and I came home utterly exhausted. BUT, wow, did we laugh…. God gave me an amazing friend in Dineen. While we were filming our last segment at my kitchen table, I looked Dineen in the eyes, took her hand and said, “Thank you for coming to my home and allowing me to be myself.” You see Dineen knows me, really... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion at The Intentional Marriage.

Okay, Stickam may have a commercial before our video. Bummer. We are working diligently to have it removed. We sure would love to hear from you. Share with us your thoughts and suggestions in the comments. Hugs, Lynn and Dineen Read more →

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Lynn and Dineen LIVE

This morning Dineen and I will be together LIVE on, The Intentional Marriage, online streaming television. We would be thrilled if you have 30 minutes to sit with us in the kitchen, have a cup of coffee and talk about Jesus. We will give you some updates about things that are happening around here. We will answer some of your questions. And the questions you have given us already are really, really good. And we have a message from a familiar passage that I think you will read today with a newness that leaves you with a WILD HOPE.. for you, your marriage, your family. Join us at 11:30 a. m. Eastern / 8:30 a.m. Pacific. Click on the link in our sidebar: The Intentional Marriage. If you have questions: click over to our Facebook Page and leave your question on our wall. Can't wait to see you. Hugs, Lynn... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Online Community

Thankful Thursday is hosted here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage in January. WOO HOO! In February we move to Laurie of Women Taking A Stand and then over to Grace Alone for March. Tomorrow my BFF, Dineen Miller, my co-writer and co-author, the one who listens to my problems, the one who puts up with my zany blondness, the one who forgives me when I miss a deadline, the woman who knowns me well and loves me anyway, will be flying into town for a short visit. WOO HOO! Some of you may know this but many of you don't, Dineen and I have written together on this blog for almost five years (May). We wrote a book together and we have an active prayer ministry for so many who need prayer for their marriage. She and I have partnered for over four years yet we hadn't spent more than two... Read more →

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I Am Convicted & Convinced

When I wrote my post Saturday about BIG FAITH, I had no idea the response it would get. I simply put to the page what God seemed to be saying to my heart. Turns out He’s saying it so many right now. There are now 20 people on my list. And as I said in my post, I commit to praying for each one to have BIG FAITH for 2011. What amazes me even more is that all your comments convicted me that I was not completely embracing what God was asking us and then I was convinced that God really and truly is up to something BIG here. Really big… He wants more. He wants us to trust him like we never have before in ALL areas of our lives. But today, I want to address the one that is so critical to us who live with an unbelieving... Read more →

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Building Big Faith

Over the weekend Dineen shared a fantastic post ~Big Faith… If you missed it, scroll down and take a minute. So today I must follow up that post with a question. How do I develop BIG FAITH? I was pondering this very question and the Lord answered. Isn’t that just like the Lord? Sunday mornings, my church is studying from the book of Haggai. We finished the first chapter yesterday. I have to tell you, I’m astonished this obscure book in the Old Testament with a strange name contains so much wisdom we can apply to our life in 2011. So here’s the gist…. Fifteen years have passed since the Israelite remnant returned from Babylon. The people have use the cedar logs meant for the temple to rebuild their homes and they failed to construct the Lord’s house. Can you see a parallel in 2011? Yikes So God calls them... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — BIG FAITH!

When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” — Matthew 8: 28-30 Yesterday after I read this piece of Scripture, I prayed for big faith. God’s Word had convicted me and made me realize that I’ve hidden behind a safe faith the last year because I was afraid of more disappointment. That’s the danger we face in this life riddled with all kinds of challenges and trials that seem to go on and on without answer to our prayers. I’d chosen to protect my heart but I’d also sacrificed seeing God move in my life. Well,... Read more →

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Freaking Out.... and a few other details

Well quite a few things have happened around the Donovan house over the past several weeks. And I have gathered a few stories up to share with all of you. I have felt the spirit moving around me and wow does the Lord have some big plans for our family here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. Today I want to confess something. I have some anxiety. Actually I’m FREAKING OUT! It’s unusual for me to get this pent up feeling of fretfulness for a prolonged period of time. But, I have felt it building until just a few days ago. My anxiety stems from the fact that our book will release in six weeks. SIX weeks. I’m freaking again. Thoughts in my head roll around something like this: Will people like it? Will it help people in their marriages? Will my husband be mad over some of the content? (I have... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Significance

Thankful Thursday is hosted here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage in January. WOO HOO! In February we move to Laurie of Women Taking A Stand and then over to Grace Alone for March. Now that 2011 is a few weeks old, your zeal about new beginnings and potential is waning. You still have piles of laundry waiting, kids shouting at you, demands on your time and you feel lost.... once again. You might feel like your hope for something new is diminished and you feel forgotten or unappreciated. That's the January Blues. A not so uncommon occurrence. So, this is EXACTLY the time you need to hear this: "A woman's high calling as God's image bearer renders her incapable of insignificance, no matter what has gone wrong in her life or how much she has lost. Even if her community shoves her aside, turns a deaf ear to the sound of... Read more →

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Raising Kids in a Spiritually Mismatched Home

Hey, I almost forgot to tell you that I have shared a facinating interview I did with my daughter a few years ago and it's over at the Cafe. Take a minute and read this if you are trying to raise children in a mismatched home: A Child's Faith When Raised in a Spiritually Mismatched Home. Read more →

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A Change of Heart

You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. — 2 Cor. 3:3 Many of us participated in the Fasting & Praying week here at S.U.M., but I want to share something that happened the week before. Fasting has never been easy for me. I struggle with it greatly and have actually avoided it for the last couple years, using my food issues as an excuse not to. The enemy used that one on me very effectively. So as this week approached I began praying for God to help me do it. I needed to do it because I was facing some big issues in the New Year and my gut was telling me it was time to break the bondage that... Read more →

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If I were God, I Would Zap Him

Christians are judgmental. Yep, we’re not supposed to be yet often we save our harshest judgment for other Christians. Sometimes I find myself in this very place. I hate it when I live in the land of judgment. So, I have to tell you that there are times when I’m truly glad I’m married to an unbeliever. He makes sure to snap me out of that place and gives me a reality check. And you know what, it’s really sobering to be given a reality check, especially about my faith, from my unbelieving spouse. Sheesh! So picture this. A few days ago, my husband and I were on our way home from Wal-Mart. My husband, the sweet man, went with me just to spend time with me. (This is a rarity and he knows how much I love him for it.) Well in our town, in southern California, the roads... Read more →

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Now Watch the Miracles!

It's astonishing to realize the first week of 2011 has already passed. How quickly life on planet earth passes. I think the Bible equates our 80-90 years to be only a vapor James 4:14. Well as we depart from our week of fasting, I'm convinced the prayers and sacrifices of our time this week will yield untold work in the lives of our online community. God has listened and He dearly cares for His children. I was amazed that there were great numbers of us who chose to fast this year. More than I ever expected. Many of you left amazing testimonies and stories in the comments over the past week. You greatly honor the name of Jesus. There were even more of you who didn't post comments but also fasted and prayed. There will still be other's who will come back to these posts in the months ahead and... Read more →

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Friday, Final Day of Fasting

Today's Activity: Consider God's challenge prayerfully. Then give Him an answer. Today's Focus: Healing. Ask God for healing for all we've prayed for this week - healing that begins in the spirit and then pours forth in the body. 'I Am a jealous God. I will no longer accept lukewarm faith. I want full commitment. No longer will I allow My people to claim to love Me with no action that puts that love on display. During this week, I have called you to new relationship and deeper faith. You must know that there is a place in this journey where no one but you will understand your faith. And when that place comes, I want you to keep believing. I want you to continue to trust Me. Your fast has availed much and I Am well pleased with your sacrifice. As the year begins, I want four things from... Read more →

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Thursday Fasting: A Love Letter

Thankful Thursday is one post down: SCROLL DOWN Rosheeda Lee: Today’s Activity: Write a love letter to God. Today’s Focus: Let your heart speak. Spend your time in personal reflection and prayer. Are you a friend of God? Is He a friend of yours? I know this is supposed to be about a love letter. And it is. No worries. But let’s not put the cart before the horse. Before you can successfully enjoy the intimacy of being in love, you first have to learn to trust one another as friends. One of the greatest lessons of 2010 for me was the value of friendship and the power that it has to help sustain love. Only a few know the real deal of this past year for me, but those who do have heard me say in very recent history that one of the greatest blessings to come of all... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - A Fresh Beginning

Thankful Thursday is hosted here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage in January. WOO HOO! In February we move to Laurie of Women Taking A Stand and then over to Grace Alone for March. It's Thankful Thursday. This week the online community here at SUM has been fasting. For an ENTIRE WEEK. (Can you hear the stomach grumblings around here?) We started Sunday and will conclude on Friday. We are seeking to know our Lord more intimately and are expecting to hear His voice for the year ahead. One of the things we did was to complete a Top Ten for 2011 and pray over those 10 items and ask God to confirm them or remove them and to show us His plans for our spiritual growth, our marriage, our children and ministry. So today I'm thankful for a fresh start. January holds such promise of a year lived serving the Kingdom... Read more →

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Wednesday Fasting: Worship

Rosheeda Lee: Worship. One on one time with God to hear and to seek Him simply for who He is. Focus is ministry. What is it? How does God see it. How does He want it to look in our lives? This day is between you and God. Worship Him. Don’t ask for stuff. Ask for Him. That’s what He wants more than anything – to give you more of Himself. Let Him minister to you. Let Him love you and let Him teach you how to love Him in return. Ask Him to tell you what ‘ministry’ is from His own heart and then ask Him to help you to apply it to your own life. You should walk away from today willing to give away what’s been given to you… Love ya'll. Ro Read more →

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