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23 entries from March 2011

Thankful Thursday - A Garden

Thankful Thursday is at Grace Alone in March, back here in April and at Women Taking a Stand in May. I'm so excited that Thankful Thursday will be back here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage next week. I put up my TT posts around 5:oo PM PT on Wednesday so the gals who live on the other side of the world, can join the fun while it's still Thursday where they live. Plan to stop in and participate in the praises. Today, I am thankful for the warm breezes. It's 82 degrees right now at 5 in the afternoon. (Sorry to all of you in the north) Spring is here and my garden will be planted tomorrow. I can't wait to see how things progress. New this year, green beans, roma tomatoes, egg plant. I give thanks today for something seemingly so simple yet full of joy, a garden. Thank you... Read more →

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Message in a Wrapper

You know, God really does have a sense of humor. The last couple weeks have been fraught with issues in the Miller home. Nothing life threatening. Just financially exhausting. First our cat winds up needing some costly vet visits thanks to some unknown creature that bit his tail. As I started to write this our Mitty Kitty was back at the vet and we were waiting to hear if he would keep his tail or become our first “bob” cat. I’m happy to report he gets to keep his tail. In the midst of all this we found out that raw sewage was running under our house due to a back up in a line that was never properly installed or capped. This apparently has gone on for a while so before we can even fix the problem, we had to pay a small fortune for clean up so we... Read more →

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Meet MaryLu Tyndall

Finally after five years I am humbled to meet MaryLu Tyndall. Marylu came to our very fist book signing this past weekend at Berean, San Jose. It was a blast by the way. This is her between Dineen and I. Marylu was unequally yoked until she finally had given up hope that her husband would find God. One day she just surrendered and said to her husband, "I give up. You just go ask God to prove Himself real." Well he did. Back when this blog began almost five years ago, MaryLu and her husband George agreed to share their miraculous story with me and I posted it here at SUM. Today, I want to share it again. It's fantastic. A story I will never forget. Here is MaryLu's story: Guest Writers Mary Lu and George Tyndall (introduction). Read this first. My husband's conversion by Marylu Tyndall. Read this next.... Read more →

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Join us over on Facebook!

Lynn and I are together today at the Berean Christian Book Store in San Jose, California at 12:00 PT signing books and making new friends. Join us over at our Facebook Page to see pictures and get updates. We'll be sending messages all day long! Come join us! Praying and believing! Dineen (Special thanks to Joey Garcia, store manager, and his entire team for opening the doors to us to share our book and our message!) Read more →

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What a Twitter?

Do you tweet? Well sometimes I get over to my TweetDeck and try to keep up with all the incessant yet compelling whirs and whistles. I will open up the Twitter deck and the next thing I know I find myself lost in a vortex of crazy conversations, hash tags I don’t understand and giggles for more than an hour. Sheesh. Time flies when you are twittering with your friends *grin.* Well a few days ago, I received a private message from a Twitterer (is that a word?). This obscure Twit was calling me out on something I said in a post that I shared on the Deck. They were anxious to correct my "flawed" thinking regarding this scripture passage: 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? The Twit(er) responded... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Bible Study

Thankful Thursday is at Grace Alone in March, back here in April and at Women Taking a Stand in May. Hello... IT'S THANKFUL THURSDAY. Bible study ended today. Last September a group of women gathered together in the upstairs room of our church. Many of us were strangers or merely acquaintances. Yet, we set out on a journey together to know more about the Lord, whom we serve. We traveled through the difficult yet powerful and healing study, Breaking Free by Beth Moore. Chains were broken, sins forgiven, freedom found, eternal friendships were forged. Then we moved on to learn more about Jesus through the study, Jesus, The One and Only by Beth Moore (I'm a Beth Moore fan). Today our long journey ended and as I looked around the table at the the 15 women sitting there, I wept. Overcome with emotion that I will love and know these... Read more →

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It's a Rug.

Do you have a rug? You know. The big woven monstrosity that sits in the living room under the coffee table? This rug displays it’s finely designed workmanship to the world. Everyone who steps into the entryway notices its extraordinary color and luxurious fabric. It’s put together with exquisite patience. It’s well worn. It is….. ….well it’s perfect. I bet you own one... read more at Laced With Grace today: Do You Have A Rug? Lynn Read more →

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Revealing the Lie

One of the things we talk about in our book is walking out of the guilt and shame of our pasts. Whether you knowingly married an unbeliever or came to faith after you married, God has a plan for your marriage. But if you’re still carrying around guilt over how you wound up in your marriage even though you’ve already confessed and sought forgiveness from God, you can’t walk into that plan. Why? Well, here’s the thing about condemnation. It paralyzes you. It blinds you. And it keeps you ineffective in the lives of those around you. That’s why the Bible warns us about the enemy condemning us—this is one of his most effective tools to negate your influence in your mismatched marriage. One of our most well known, if not THE most known, pieces of Scripture is John 3:16, but have you ever really looked at verse 17? “For... Read more →

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Submit To Your Husband. You Win in the End

Submit to your husband. Why is it, this very short sentence makes my emotions bristle? For far too many years the teachings from Ephesians 5:22 have been misunderstood and misrepresented. So let’s have some real and honest talk about God’s intention of this passage and let’s take it a step further. Can you submit to your unbelieving husband? This is a compelling post from my experience in submission in my marriage. You will look at this passage in an entirely different light and see the beauty God intends for all marriages. Join me today for : Submit To Your Husband - You Win in the End, at the Internet Cafe, Marriage Counter. Have a blessed day and I pray you discover what I did about God's Word and marriage. Hugs, Lynn Also, I want to give a shout out to my friends who are offering a copy of our book... Read more →

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Parenting Struggling Teens

I wrote a post over at Laced with Grace that I'd love to share with you. It's harder than ever to raise teens today. Throw in some complications or ongoing issues (like my family is going through with our daughter) and you begin to wonder if it will ever change. I share four areas that have helped me keep my focus on God and not the issue how that translates into helping my daughter as well. I pray it blesses you! Hugs! Dineen We'd like to give a special shout out and express our thanks to Tricia Goyer for sharing our book on her site! Thank you, Tricia! Tricia Goyer's site (she's also giving a book away) Read more →

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The Intentional Marriage - Stand Up or Shut Up???

Welcome to our video broadcast of The Intentional Marriage. We are looking at how to sift our marriage conflicts, failures and questions through a small but powerful passage in the Bible. 18 minutes of power. Take a listen. Lynn The Intentional Marriage Show March 2011 from Lynn Donovan on Vimeo. Also, find Dineen today over at Laced With Grace where she shares: Parenting Struggling Teens. Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Under God's Hand

Thankful Thursday is at Grace Alone in March, back here in April and at Women Taking a Stand in May. Hello... IT'S THANKFUL THURSDAY. Two days ago I sat in the church office with my friend, Pam. We were talking about the developing nuclear disaster in Japan. Pam looked at me and said, "The arrogance of man that we think we can control nature. " No one thought a 9.0 earthquake was possible in Japan. I'm grievous for the people in Japan. Please join me today to pray for them. To pray for our world. But mostly today, let's remember that our God, the Creator of all things, He has His hand over this world. Pray that He covers Japan and in and through this event, Jesus is revealed to many. Be Embraced by the King, Lynn Read more →

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The Sacrifice of Prayer

Every time I read about Christ praying in the Garden of Gethsmane, I stop at the part where he’s praying so earnestly, “his sweat was like drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:44). In researching this further, I found out there is actually a condition called hematidrosis (sounds like something from House, doesn’t it?), which is an actual mingling of blood and sweat found in cases of extreme anguish, strain, or sensitivity. Whether Luke intended to be literal here, I don’t know, but obviously Jesus broke a profuse sweat as he prayed. He agonized over what was to come, and we can only imagine what his words to the Father might have been. I can’t help but think the reference to blood here is symbolic of what was about to happen. What strikes me is that Jesus’ prayers were so earnest. His heart was fully engaged as... Read more →

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The Power of a Three-Stranded Cord in an Unequal Marriage

The Power of a Three-Stranded Cord in an Unequal Marriage . . . a three-stranded cord is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12, CJB) In the verses prior to this, Solomon is speaking of how two are better than one because if one falls the other can help them up. They can keep one another warm when it is cold and they can defend one another against an attacker. Then in the last part of verse twelve, he changes things up a bit and speaks of three instead of two. This verse is often spoken of in regards to marriage. It describes how a successful and strong marriage is one in which there are three participants, a husband, a wife and God. I’ve also seen it illustrated as a triangle in which the bottom corners represent the husband and wife operating in a horizontal (physical) relationship and God being the top... Read more →

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The Funny Thing About Losing Your Life

During my quiet time the other morning, I sat there reflecting on the direction God has taken my life. What sparked my examination was another reference to the movie Chariots of Fire about Olympic runner Eric Liddell. I know...this movie and story gets referenced a lot but this time it wasn't his choice not to run on a Sunday that caught my attention but what happened after that. First, let’s set the stage. Here is this powerhouse runner ready to compete and bring home a medal in the 100 meter race, his best event. He’s forced to withdraw because it’s scheduled for Sunday. Now imagine being faced with a choice like that? Something you’ve worked for, dreamed of, even longed for right in front of you but now you’re faced with a decision. Do what I want or do what honors God? Liddell chose to honor God and didn’t race.... Read more →

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Our Greatest Weapon—Prayer

At church Sunday, a friend of mine stood up with her husband and shared their testimony of how God saved their marriage ten years ago. I’ve only been at this church for about nine years so I had no idea this was the case. This couple has been an inspiration to me, especially my friend. She is an amazing woman of God and a true prayer warrior. To hear them share spoke such joy to my heart. They shared how they were at the point of filing divorce papers. He wanted out, she didn’t. What did my friend do? She fell to her knees in prayer, prayed constantly. What struck me most though was WHAT she prayed. She prayed that God would do whatever He needed to prepare and equip her for what lay ahead. Whether that meant her marriage would be healed or not. She gave it all to... Read more →

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Marriage Monday - Trust Me and Take Courage

It's Marriage Monday. This is a monthly marriage meme where our online community contributes and participates in a single marriage topic: Our Topic for March is "Trust" e-Mom: Please accept my invitation to join us for Marriage Monday on March 7, 2011. Our group topic is trust. As always, you have all the freedom you need to cover the subject of trust in whatever way you want. You can post prose, a bulleted list, a video, a slideshow, a poem, or a song—whatever the Spirit leads you to share with us. You're the expert, and we're counting on you to teach us a few new things to apply to our own marriages. Today I will share with you: Trust AND Action I don’t subscribe to the old adage; God helps those who help themselves. I am acutely aware the Lord helps many of us when we are so low we... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Pray with Devotion!

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. — Colossians 4:2-6 This piece of Scripture has been speaking a lot to me this last week. A wonderful pastor (Tim Wood) here in San Jose is a great job pointing out the jewels in it recently. Five to be specific—to pray for open doors, to pray for a clear message, to pray to walk in wisdome, to pray to make the most of every opportunity, and to... Read more →

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Glee and Other Thoughts - The Chronicles of the Donovan Clan

I hope you read the comments from my Monday post, Television and Our Kids. There are some very wise parents who offered their thoughts and reflect on some of their past interactions with regard to their children and the media. I am deeply troubled over the direction television programing is headed. It is reflective of the fact that the return of Christ is imminent and near. But as we wait, we must continue to live in this world, to be the salt and light, especially to our kids and to our spouse. AND THAT is the tricky part. How? So, I'm going out on a limb again today and share a peek into our life here with the Donovan Clan. I know I can get riled up about Skins and two dozen or more other television programs I think should be cancelled yesterday. But, I will share with you that... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - 2,920 days

Thankful Thursday is at Grace Alone in March, back here in April and at Women Taking a Stand in May. Hello... IT'S THANKFUL THURSDAY. Bible study is a lifeline for those of us who are unequally yoked. In the early years of my marriage, I was desperate to have someone of faith come along side me and love on me, teach me and pray for me. My small group of gals from Bible study was God's provision in a time of my much needed spiritual growth. I have served as a small group leader of women's Bible study for many years now. It remains one of the most rewarding adventures in my life. Yesterday I was privileged to pray with one of the women in our group when after eight years of inviting her to study, she gave her heart to Christ. Angels and this lil' ole Bible study leader... Read more →

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Book Giveaways and BFF's

Today I'm going to tell you about two friends I met way back when I was a tiny baby blogger. I began blogging, let's see, it will be five years ago in May. I stumbled my away around in this crazy and fantastic cyber community and was blessed to find two amazing friends, Iris Nelson and Darlene Schacht. Darlene was the editor of Christian Women Online, an online magazine and devotional site. Almost everyone who was a Christian woman and a blogger found each other through CWO and we all read and loved Darlene's writing. Through Darlene's ministry I join the devotional writing team, now named Internetcafedevotions.com (read my articles here) and that's where I met Iris Nelson. I wrote for the cafe for a year, took a break and then returned there last summer. Darlene was instrumental in launching Spiritually Unequal Marriage and so was Iris. I joined Iris's... Read more →

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Launching Our Newsletter!

In January we put out a question on our Facebook page to see if readers wanted a newsletter. We didn't want to put another cumbersome "thing" out there to clog people's inboxes. Lynn and I were so surprised (and heartened) by the comments we received. "Yes! We want it!" So, today is the official launch of our newsletter! If you haven't had a chance to sign up and want to, follow this NEWSLETTER link to our NEWS page. At the top is a place to put in your email address that will take you to a sign up window. We promise not to abuse or use you or your address. (wink-hugs) Our newsletter is designed to be another resource to help you thrive in your spiritually mismatched marriage. For March we have a great article about contentment and an absolutely fabulous article by one of our readers about something that's... Read more →

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