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23 entries from February 2011

Television and our Kids

So I’m bugged. And I’m going to have to chat about it. I’m opening up a bucket of worms in controversy. But if we as believers don’t talk about some of this stuff how are we going to help one another? So I’m bugged about television. On several levels. I may not have all of my facts in order but I do have my heart in order on this subject so here we go. Skins. MTV’s new racy show "Skins" is everywhere. Not only did its premiere episode attract more than 3 million viewers, it's been written about in hundreds of newspapers, magazines and blogs. That's because advertisers are dropping like flies; Shick, Wrigley, and today, Subway, all pulled the plug. That makes seven so far. The sexually charged show features high school students who routinely have sex, drink alcohol and do drugs. The show is rated TV-MA and includes... Read more →

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The Me Project by Kathi Lipp

One of the ministries we partner with is Kathi Lipp and her wonderful books. If you haven't ready one of Kathi Lipp's books, drop everything and run out now and get one! Her first book, The Husband Project , has become one of my favorites. Kathi carried on her project theme with her next book, The Marriage Project . And now she brings her wit, wisdom, and immense creativity to The Me Project: 21 Days to Living the Life You've Always Wanted . Packed with practical encouragement this book is a journey of discovery and life changing steps to walk into the life and purpose God intends for each of us. I can't recommend Kathi Lipp's books enough. She is an amazing writer, an amazing speaker, and one of the most "real" people I've had the privilege to meet. So, now I get to have a little fun here. Check... Read more →

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One Little Step and Then......

I listen as she wept softly. I spoke to this young wife on the phone recently. She found herself in a place she never imagined could happen to her. Like so many of us, her husband lost his business because of the economy and they are in a financial meltdown. They moved to a new state to find work and now she finds herself facing some of the most difficult choices she’s ever going to make. Her pain stems from the fact that her future is not what she wants and the difficult choices in front of her are a direct result of the consequences from her husband’s past financial decisions. Ouch. Compound this financial crisis with the fact that this woman and her husband are spiritually disconnected, it is a formula for disaster. But all this aside, what was truly roiling around in this young wife’s heart was anger.... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - It Takes a Giant Family

Thankful Thursday is at Laurie's of Women Taking A Stand and then over to Grace Alone for March and back here in April. Hello... IT'S THANKFUL THURSDAY. If you are new here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage, let me introduce you to one of my favorite days of the week here at our home. A day we are intentional about recognizing our blessings and naming them to give praise to our Lord. It's a fun opportunity to participate if you are a blogger, on FB, or in the comments here, to add your praises and link up with an entire on-line community to give praise. Today, I want to thank the Lord for the many, many people who support SUM behind the scenes. There truly are a significant number of people who contribute to make this place a home. They volunteer to help because of their love for their Savior and... Read more →

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Be All You Can Be

I’ve been harboring a lie and I didn’t know it. Last Friday I sat during my quiet time, praising God for the amazing ways He’s using this ministry, and Lynn and I, to reach out and help others in spiritually mismatched marriages. I will tell you I was so overcome with gratitude that God was using me to help others, that He chose me to be a part of this ministry, that tears sprung to my eyes. Then, as only God can, He gently showed me a lie I’d bought into. In the past I’ve had times where I wondered if my husband’s unbelief kept me from stepping into completely serving God. What I mean by that is, would God have to keep me simmering on the stove until my husband accepted Christ and then He could let me “boil” full steam for Jesus! Forgive the poor analogy but I... Read more →

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At The Internet Cafe Devotions Today

Today at the Internet Cafe Devotions, The Marriage Channel they are giving away a copy of Winning Him Without Words. Stop over today for some snippets from the book and enter for the giveaway. Hugs, Lynn Read more →

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A Very Different Post

Today’s post is different. What is living on earth really all about? Can you say that you honestly understand why you are here and what your role in life is? Do you know that there is only ONE thing that is of concern to the human race? Only one singular thing must be our focus? I’m about to share an excerpt from the book, A Divine Revelation of Hell. This is a controversial book in that it’s one woman’s telling of her visit to hell. I agree that there is no way to “prove” that her experience was authentic, however, I believe hell is all she describes and even more terrible. I understand that this post will disturb many yet I’m compelled to provide a glimpse of what waits for those who are unsaved. Page 31 &32 Jesus is walking with Mary Baxter (author) I could feel fear all around.... Read more →

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The Intentional Marriage — A Look at 1Peter 3:1-5

In case you didn't get to watch our live broadcast, here's the recording of The Intentional Marriage show from yesterday. I will warn you that I got a little emotional, but in a good way! LOL! But I did. God is filling my heart with so much new stuff right now, I can't even put it all into words. He's revealing amazing things, one of which I will share with you on Tuesday. God showed me a lie I'd bought into about my marriage. One I think many of us fall into. So, enjoy the show. Forgive my tears—just know they come from my love for Jesus, my love for you, and the message God put on my heart to share with you today. Watch to the end so you can find out about the surprise too! Praying and believing, Dineen Read more →

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Be Intentional and SO Much More

Tune in for our LIVE streaming television show, The Intentional Marriage. This morning 11:30 ET/ 8:30 PT. Dineen has a great message for us. Click here to see the screen. Today, I'm feeling compelled to say TWO words to our community... Just pray. Why is it that so many of us turn to prayer as our last resort. We have run out of every option. Tried to fix our spouse. Tried everything under the sun to change our circumstances. So, finally, well, we think to ourselves, "I guess I should pray about it." The power of God isn't a mystery. Discovering a life filled with happiness and fulfillment isn't a secret for only a select few. No, it's for all God's children. And I promise He really, really wants us to live in joy. It starts with praying. Everything that God brought into my life that is good, pleasing and... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - No Weapon

Thankful Thursday is at Laurie's of Women Taking A Stand and then over to Grace Alone for March and back here in April. After spending a week in bed with the worst cold ever, I'm starting to feel like a human again. The enemy tossed every obstacle possible at me two weeks prior to our book launch but I would have none of it. I told the devil yesterday that in the name of Jesus, I would make it to Bible study today. And I did. I am behind schedule and set back but not defeated. I serve the Lord Almighty and the devil is hereby put on notice. No weapon formed against me will prosper. Is 54:17 So, my challenge to everyone on this Thankful Thursday is to speak these words of power into your life. Put the enemy on notice that your home and everyone in it belongs... Read more →

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Surviving to Thriving

I’m sure by now you’re tired of hearing about Valentines Day. I hope the day was special for you, even if you and God were the only two celebrating it. A dear lady I’ve come to know on Facebook called God her “sweetie.” I thought that was so precious. And I will share that two nights ago my heart was aching over the emotional and health issues of my daughter. Add to that a “lostness” I’ve never seen in my husband before. He’s definitely struggling too, to figure out his place in this world. To us, the answer is so simple! But for him, the foundations of his world are being torn down and he’s not sure what direction to go. As I said, two nights ago, my heart was aching over all this—seeing my family struggle and knowing full well this is in God’s hands and in His plan... Read more →

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A Day for Love

So, I kissed my boyfriend goodbye today. Then he left to fly out on business for the week. I hope you have enjoyed the "Boyfriend" theme this February. It's Sunday evening as I write this post. Our Valentine's weekend didn't turn out as planned. Isn't that just like life? Like marriage? But, it's through my maturity in Christ that when things don't go as "I" planned, I can stand up, take the hand of Jesus and take one more step toward heaven. I want to tell you that my husband was the best boyfriend ever. He had dinner planned for Saturday night. But it was me who wrecked the plans. I have been terribly sick and just couldn't generate the energy to let my boyfriend take me to dinner. My daughter said to me Saturday afternoon, "Mom, you NEED to go to dinner with your husband. I would give one... Read more →

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Winning Him Without Words

To read today's post, scroll down. July 27, 2011, Mary Wrote: Your book is amazing, I have laughed, cried, and then laughed some more. My post-it notes have come down and all my books are neatly placed on my bookshelf instead of randomly left opened for a certain someone to see (LOL). I loved the stories your readers shared. Reading your story on going to church alone was like replaying many of my Sunday mornings. I have never felt so alone in a room full of people as I have on some Sunday mornings, but this past Sunday I walked in with a confident heart. I am learning to depend on Jesus, and you know what? It's a great feeling! I feel like this huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I don't have to worry about my husband being saved, I don't have to worry about my... Read more →

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10 Valentines Day Ideas to Rock His World

I hope you all are having as much fun with our husband-to-boyfriend theme as Lynn and I are. We put our heads together and created a list of 10 ideas (you know how we love lists of 10!) to WOW your spouse on Monday. Many of these turned out to really bless our hubbies and we hope they’ll be helpful to you. Have fun! Buy his favorite magazine or a book he’s been meaning to buy and put little love notes in between the pages. Order chocolate cover strawberries and have them delivered to his work. Makes them look really good to the other guys drooling over his special love treat. Surprise him with a complete evening designed to focus on him. If possible, have a friend or relative take the kids, make his favorite dinner and dessert, shower him with attention that takes the evening right into the bedroom.... Read more →

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A New Web Site, Prizes, and Hope
for those who live Unequally Yoked

We want to share our brand new website with you today. You, our faithful readers, are the first people we wanted to invite to see our newest sister home: www.winninghimwithoutwords.com Jump over and take a stroll around. There are wonderful prizes and new offerings we pray this place will enrich your life and provide practical help and encouragment to thrive in your spiritually mismatched marriage. Also, we are giving away to five copies of our new book this week. All you need to do is to copy the code below, paste it on your blog, tell us in the comments that you are sharing our message and you will be entered to win. One winner will receive the trio of marriage books. Find out what they are over at our new site. Also we will be sharing your blog address with all of our readers here next week. So, help... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday is at Laurie's of Women Taking A Stand and then over to Grace Alone for March and back here in April. Hi Everyone! Dineen here...Lynn's sick with a bad cold (please pray for her speedy recovery!) so I'm filling in for Thankful Thursday. We have so much to be thankful for...Lynn and I are delighted and overwhelmed by all the support we are receiving to get our book out there and helping others. We're counting down the days to the official release. Friday, we have a huge surprise for you, but you have to come back and find out what it is. LOL! Oh the suspense! We promise you won't be disappointed. I would like to give thanks myself today for surviving our first radio interview. Oh, if you could have seen me before the call, pacing my office, trying to breath! LOL! And I did it! God... Read more →

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What’s His Idea of Romance?

Over the weekend, I went out with my husband, and as we were talking, I suddenly had the thought, “I know what I consider romantic, but what’s his idea of romance?” Valentine’s Day seems to pretty much revolve around us women, but I wonder if we miss out on some great opportunities to connect with the man in our life because we don’t consider their want or need to be romanced too. Maybe not like we do, but I do believe that we’re missing another chance here to show our love and Christ’s love for our unbelieving spouses. After all, doesn’t God pursue and woo us? Romance us? Check out Song of Solomon if you’re not sure. So I asked my husband what he thought was romantic. At first he was a little confused by my question, thinking I meant it in terms of movies and such. I explained further... Read more →

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The Super Bowl and the Best Gift Ever

The Super Bowl is now history. So is my Fantasy Football Team, The Pink Princesses, at least until next year. I hope your team won. We spent the afternoon with REAL Packers fans. Our next door neighbors are from Wisconsin. Cheese heads.... Need I say more. Valentine's Day is a week away. Today I promised to share with you the BEST gift you can give your husband. Last week I was reading some statistics provided by Sharon Jaynes, who writes devotions for Girlfriends In God. She states: According to an analysis of the National Survey of Families and Households, 86 percent of unhappily married people who stick it out find that, five years later, their marriages are happier. In fact, nearly 60 percent of those who rated their marriage as unhappy in the late 1980's, and who stayed married, rated their same marriage "very happy" or "quite happy" when re-interviewed... Read more →

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Made to Crave - Book giveaway, Again.

If you remember I gave away a copy of Lysa's Book last Monday. Well, let's do it again this Monday. Also, Tune in tonight to the live webcast as Lysa is going to give SUM a shout out. Woo Hoo. 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... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — God Rocked My World with a Hook!

Did I ever tell you the story of how God provided shoes in the exact color I needed? It's a story I hold close to my heart because it reminds me how He truly cares about every detail in our lives. I'd searched all over the place for a pair of shoes in a certain color for an outfit and in my size, which can be hard to find (long, narrow feet...). I'd also given up trying to find a Christmas wreath door hanger. Went to visit a friend and she had both! Shoes my size and an extra hanger! That was years ago and at that stage of my faith, it spoke volumes to me of God's provision. Well, I think God wanted to give me a reminder yesterday. I was so inspired by Lynn's hummingbirds that I bought a feeder. My daughter Leslie was with me and suggested... Read more →

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My Married Boyfriend

On Monday I told you about my new boyfriend. How my chance orneriness created a fun exchange between my husband and me. So, let me continue the story. After the impetuous hand-holding in the car, (yes, I can drive with one hand especially if my boyfriend wants to hold the other) I was delightfully surprised when two days later I had another errand to run and my husband says, “Hey, do you want your boyfriend to come with you and hold your hand?” Say what? I’m sure I looked like a deer in headlights. Now remember, this man never goes on non-essential errands. “Well, yes,” I stammered. The man jumped up from his desk, sat in the passenger seat and we held hands. Again. That is when it hit me…. This man likes to be my boyfriend. He’s finding the sweet endearment a fun thing. So, I really bought into... Read more →

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TT- Dangled Over Hell

Thankful Thursday is at Laurie's of Women Taking A Stand and then over to Grace Alone for March and back here in April. Today I'm going to share a story from a woman who recently emailed me. This story is fascinating. So here is her email to me: Lynn, You are very welcome, and oddly enough, Lynn is the name of the friend I wrote about. I thought this e-mail was from her at first. One thing I did not share, because I thought some might find it offensive, is the last prayer I remember praying for her husband before he was saved. We were at a home meeting, and Lynn had been through a particularly bad episode with him...and was hurrying to get home at the time HE had appointed. If she was late, that meant no more prayer meetings! As different ones in the group began to pray... Read more →

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Romancing the Man

Did you read Lynn’s post yesterday? I don’t know about you but I’ve been giggling with her all the way on this one. Ladies, this is a chance to create some of that romance we love right in our own marriages! So, along those lines, I will share that I asked my hubby on the phone yesterday if he wanted to be my boyfriend. He said yes! Woohooo! I guess this means we’re going steady. Now my girls are going to groan even more over their parents’ affectionate nature. I can see and hear it now. LOL! Sometimes it’s so easy to lose site of what we love in a person because of the burdens of life, the conflict inherent in our types of marriages, and past hurts and wrongs. Trust me, I understand completely. I’ve let things like this come in and nearly sweep away my marriage. Forgiveness is... Read more →

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