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25 entries from April 2011

Weekend Devo—Do You Believe in Miracles?

In the vein of Lynn's wonderful Donovan Chronicles, I have a funny story for you about the Miller Clan. The other night my family and I tried out a new Chinese restaurant—new to us. I'm always looking for good Chinese food, which I seem unable to find in my neck of the woods. Doesn't make sense since we live in Silicon Valley, but I think it's more about that I grew up on the East coast and Chinese food is different there. We called those soft fried noodles Lo Mein. Here they call them Chow Mein. And the best sauce for egg rolls—Duck Sauce—you rarely find it. Anyway, we checked out this restaurant and enjoyed our meal. (Thumbs up!) With our bill we got our traditional fortune cookies. Always a good laugh to see what these silly pieces of paper say, but I will tell you God has used a... Read more →

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Hey, Help Us Out

Hi Everyone, My friends I hope you can help me out with two things. 1) Next week Dineen and her daughter will be visiting the Donovan Clan home once more. Lord have mercy on poor Dineen. She has to put up with my zaniness. Anyhoo, we will be taping our show, The Intentional Marriage, while she is here. We LOVE to answer questions from all of you. So, please today, ask us anything. Write your questions in the comments and we will answer them next Friday on our show. The last time we did this you all provided some fantastic questions. I'm wondering if you have questions about raising children, how to defend your faith, how you deal with other Christians who are well meaning yet don't understand what you are really dealing with. Okay, now it's your turn. Ask away and make them hard. *grin* 2) Dineen and I... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Hope

I'm so excited that Thankful Thursday is back here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage for the month of April. 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. In April we meet here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage in May we are over at Laurie's, Women Taking A Stand and June at Iris', Grace Alone. At Home With The Donovan Clan: Several days ago I stood in the bathroom working my usual routine, blow dryer, make up, hair spray, hair spray and ……. more hair spray. (I heart BIG hair -- Loved the ‘80s) Okay, I’m dating myself here. My husband, at the time, was also working through his morning ritual. Please join in on our conversation. “Yes, you do snore.” "I DO NOT snore,” I... Read more →

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Let's Not Fool Ourselves

Yesterday, Lynn wrote a great post about Missionary Dating at the Internet Cafe. She and I have talked about this frequently because we want to be clear that walking willingly into a mismatched marriage is not God's will for our lives. So I'd like to add to this topic from the sense of the heart and spirit. Here at S.U.M. we talk about our struggles in our mismatched marriages and how to trust God to help us thrive in them. But today I want to talk to those who are knowingly dating or considering dating and unbeliever. Here are some things I truly want you to think about. If you are reading this blog, you are more than likely pursuing a relationship with Jesus. Your faith is important to you. And you’ve probably experienced that unspoken connection to other believers that is so unique to the body of Christ. You... Read more →

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Missionary Dating?

So...... I must live under a rock at times. I was listening to the radio a few days ago and the radio host threw out the term, missionary dating. Read more at the Inernet Cafe, Marriage Counter, today. Read more →

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Feel the Passion- He is Risen Just as He said

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! He comes on His terms, not ours. Will you accept what He asks of you..... Read more →

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The Tomb

Saturday: Jesus body was int he tomb during the Sabbath, and the Pharisees hired Roman guards to keep watch of the tomb. The Tomb. Was it really empty? Read more →

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The Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa (Latin for Way of Grief or Way of Suffering) Friday Early in the morning, Jesus was tried by the Sanhedrin, Pilate, Herod Antipas, and Pilate again. He was led to the cross and crucified at 9:00 a.m. and died at 3:00 p.m. and was buried later that day. Christ the Paschal Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) died at the time when the Israelites were sacrificing their Passover lambs. (Video is graphic but with truly remind us what Jesus suffered for our redemption It's difficult to watch this let alone think Jesus walked this road for you..... for me.... Read more →

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The Last Supper ~The Passover

Each day between now and Easter Sunday I will post a Chronological Look at the Passion Week. Remember to stop in here every morning, pause for five minutes, and think upon what is happening on this particular day nearly two thousand years ago. Reflect, pray, get out your Bible, and then add your thoughts here in the comments. Look up scripture verses and share them. Write your prayers. Let’s bring to life again the week of Easter and thank Jesus for the most profound event to ever take place. His death and resurrection, which is the reason we have hope and a life. Let’s get started: Thursday Jesus and His disciples prepared the Passover lamb, and they had their Passover meal in the Upper Room. Jesus shared powerful truth with His disciples and offered and intercessory prayer in their behalf. They arrived at the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus suffered... Read more →

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Wednesday ~

Each day between now and Easter Sunday I will post a Chronological Look at the Passion Week. Remember to stop in here every morning, pause for five minutes, and think upon what is happening on this particular day nearly two thousand years ago. Reflect, pray, get out your Bible, and then add your thoughts here in the comments. Look up scripture verses and share them. Write your prayers. Let’s bring to life again the week of Easter and thank Jesus for the most profound event to ever take place. His death and resurrection, which is the reason we have hope and a life. Let’s get started: Wednesday On the way to Jerusalem, the disciples saw the withered fig tree. At the temple in Jerusalem, Jesus' authority and wisdom was questioned by some religious leaders. That afternoon Jesus went to the Mount of Olives and delivered the Olivet Discourse. Two additional... Read more →

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Tuesday

Each day between now and Easter Sunday I will post a Chronological Look at the Passion Week. Remember to stop in here every morning, pause for five minutes, and think upon what is happening on this particular day nearly two thousand years ago. Reflect, pray, get out your Bible, and then add your thoughts here in the comments. Look up scripture verses and share them. Write your prayers. Let’s bring to life again the week of Easter and thank Jesus for the most profound event to ever take place. His death and resurrection, which is the reason we have hope and a life. Let’s get started: Tuesday On the way from Bethany to Jerusalem, Jesus cursed the fig tree, and He cleansed the temple in Jerusalem. Some religious leaders began to plot ways to kill him. That evening Jesus left Jerusalem, presumably returning to Bethany. Okay, thoughts on this. Is... Read more →

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The Lamb and the Entry ~ Whoa!

Last week a wonderful friend of mine, Kathryn, sent me a book, Christ in the Passover. I am enjoying learning how the Passover customs and practices are fulfilled in Christ. Every day this week we are intentionally focusing on the Passion Week of Christ and Passover. Each day between now and Easter Sunday I will post a Chronological Look at the Passion Week. Remember to stop in here every morning, pause for five minutes, and think upon what is happening on this particular day nearly two thousand years ago. Reflect, pray, get out your Bible, and then add your thoughts here in the comments. Look up scripture verses and share them. Write your prayers. Let’s bring to life again the week of Easter and thank Jesus for the most profound event to ever take place. His death and resurrection, which is the reason we have hope and a life. Let’s... Read more →

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In Preparation of the Lamb

I love my Jewish heritage. No, I wasn't born a Jew but the King, through Jesus, the Lamb of God, adopted me. The legacy of the Jewish customs especially the Passover enriches our Easter experience. Last week a wonderful friend of mine, Kathryn, sent me a book, Christ in the Passover. I am enjoying learning how the Passover customs and practices are fulfilled in Christ. This week begins the Passion Week and Passover as well. So let’s be intentional and focus on the events of Christ. Each day between now and next Sunday I will post a Chronological Look at the Passion Week. I want you to be part of this experience. Stop in here every morning, pause for five minutes, and think upon what is happening on this particular day nearly two thousand years ago. Reflect, pray, get out your Bible, and then add your thoughts here in the... Read more →

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The Intentional Marriage — Confrontation

Welcome to our video broadcast of The Intentional Marriage. Have your Bible handy because we'll be looking at Luke 12:11-12 as we explore how to speak the truth in love using prayer and preparation. Read more →

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Thankful Thursday -

I'm so excited that Thankful Thursday is back here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage for the month of April. 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. In April we meet here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage in May we are with Iris at Grace alone and June over at Laurie's, Women Taking A Stand. Sometimes we spend a significant amount of time pouring ourselves into other people, writing on our blogs, teaching at church, just so that we might help one person discover what we already know..... That Jesus can change anything, redeem anything, save anyone. He can restore joy and purpose, hope and love. Often we don't see the results from our hours of efforts. We never see the fruit. But on rare... Read more →

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Go Ahead, Pray Really BIG

A few weeks ago, I read the book, Heaven Is for Real. It’s a little boys astounding story of his trip to heaven and back. I read it in less than a day. I was thrilled, had goose bumps, wrangled with some the secrets he shared about the afterlife and I was flat out craving my heavenly home. Thus begins a story in which I share with you one of the most astounding answers to prayer I have ever experienced. Join me today at Laced With Grace. I still can't beleive it and it happend to me, Hugs, Lynn Read more →

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Who Do You Trust?

A terrific storm came up suddenly on the lake. Water poured in, and they were about to capsize. They woke Jesus: "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" Getting to his feet, he told the wind, "Silence!" and the waves, "Quiet down!" They did it. The lake became smooth as glass. Then he said to his disciples, "Why can't you trust me?" —Luke 8:23-25 (The Message) I know this is a passage that we are all pretty familiar with, but for some reason (God’s of course) when I read it yesterday, the significance of its meaning hit me anew. When I looked up The Message translation of these verses, I knew God wanted me to talk about trust. I’d suspected this for about a week—just love how He brings things like this front and center in His time—just wasn’t sure about the how. So let’s talk about trust—trusting God is our... Read more →

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A Community

The following was posted by my good friend, Dee, on our 1 Peter 3 Living group. I was moved by her invitation and want to extend it to all of you in this amazing community of believers who are waiting for the salvation of our spouse. So here is Dee: John 3:16 is the most well known verse in the Word of God. It is the classic statement of God's salvation through Jesus Christ. This verse describes God's plan of salvation in simple but powerful words. This verse of Scripture also provides you with a prayer model to use in praying for the lost. It offers you vital truths that you can use to plead with God for the lost. With the above in mind and considering the Easter season that we're in, I thought that John 3:16 would be an excellent verse for us to use to plead/pray/fast for... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Precious Moments

Yesterday I attended the funeral of a friend's husband. He'd lived a full life, knowing his place in this world and especially his place in God's Kingdom. He'd lived for Jesus and impacted the lives of many. What I loved most about this service was the stories shared about this man's life. Hearing them reminded me again of how those memorable moments are the ones we carry through our lives because they're steeped in love. And at our most difficult times, they can be what carries us though. If I learned one thing going though my daughter's ordeal with cancer, it's that these moments are critical and precious. Grab them, treasure them, hold them close. They are the substance of our lives just as much as the trials we endure. Together they build a complete picture of a life lived to the fullest. We need both. So laugh every day.... Read more →

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Prince Charming Is.... The Average Joe

Good Morning Everyone. Today’s post is just for the ladies. Sorry guys but if you read on I hope you feel affirmed. Girls, yesterday I was listening to a radio program where the host was interviewing an author of a book titled, Average Joe. This interview brought into sharp focus some facts that we, as wives, conveniently forget. The interviewer asked a question, “When you were a little boy, what did you dream about becoming when you grew up?” “I dreamed like most boys, of spaceships, moon walks, of fighting fires and rescuing puppies, to be a doctor or policeman.” Like many of our men, this author turned out to be “just” an Average Joe. A man, who loves his wife, dotes on his kids and pays bills regularly. On weekends, you'll find him fixing the leaky sink or helping the neighbors. He surrendered his dream because he wants to... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday -

I'm so excited that Thankful Thursday is back here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage for the month of April. 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. First, I have missed all of you so much. I can't wait to catch up on what's happening around your place. The Lord has been up to BIG things and I can't wait to read about them. Please post your thankful post on your blog/Facebook or in the comments here and join the community and let's be intentional about giving thanks to God for our abundant blessings. Be sure to visit at least five others and share their praises. Let's get going. One of the greatest blessings of our internet community is to FINALLY meet you face-to-face.... Read more →

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In Community

The significance of community has truly become more and more apparent to me as I walk this journey in a mismatched marriage and have the pleasure of interacting with you, our readers, here, on our Facebook page and on our 1Peter3Living Yahoo group. The very first group I ever joined was in Europe at my international church. It was an amazing thing to be with a group of women who all spoke different languages, yet we “spoke” the same language when it came to our mismatched marriages. God designed us with a need to connect to those who share common interests and especially common trials. I was reminded of this Sunday at church. I chatted for just a few minutes with two gentlemen in my church. What did we talk about? The Bible. Specifically about how God’s Word is so alive! How we can read something we’ve read many times,... Read more →

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Chronicles of the Donovan Clan

It’s been a long while since I’ve updated the Chronicles. So today, join me for a peek into the Donovan house. Most of you who have been readers here know that I am a bit wacky and I love an adventure. I see adventure in so many things. I am convinced that is because God lives in my heart and I can expect Him to show up, show off and show me new revelations of His amazing love and grace. He doesn’t disappoint. One of my favorite adventures is a trip across the street to our mailbox. Yep, lame, I know. However, I have some fantastic encounters with neighbors out there. I find stray dogs that follow me home (read that story here) and mostly I delight in some unexpected treasures that arrive in that small tin box. Yesterday was one of those days. I trotted to the box, slipped... Read more →

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Congrats to Katie!

One of the best parts of our booksinging last weekend was meeting and making new friends. We had a drawing for a $25 Berean gift card and our special winner is Katie Clark. The picture above is her with her mom, Marge. These two special ladies made our day extra special with their love and support. I am especially blessed to know Katie and Marge from my church, East Valley Church. Thank you, Katie and Marge! Read more →

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Are You Desperate?

There came a day. That day when I finally said, “I can’t do this anymore.” I am a determined and self-sufficient woman and for “that” day to finally arrive, I was truly at the end of my rope. I was desperate. I couldn’t have one more argument over my faith with him. I was done trying to help him find Jesus. I couldn’t take one more hurtful word about my Lord. I was desperate. Why is it that we must finally travel this desolate road of desperate into the wilderness? Why do we think we can handle our life on our own strength, by our own wits, with our own intellect? My journey to the Land of Desperate was necessary. I needed to realize I was…. Desperate for Jesus. Jesus had to take me to the end of myself to see that everything I was working to accomplish was nothing.... Read more →

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