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The Heart of the Matter

Over the last two weeks I’ve shared the importance of having a quiet time. My fear is that we haven’t covered the heart of this discipline and see it more as a duty, so I want to make that clear today. Not having a quiet time each day isn’t a sin. You haven’t broken a law or anything like that. Above all else, do not let this become something legalistic in your life. And I say that as someone who could fall into legalism and must guard against it. At the very least, see having a quiet time with God as an opportunity to grow closer to Him and understand His love for you. And to the extreme, see it as a life preserver to your spirit in a drowning world ruled by an enemy who loves nothing more than to keep us from experiencing an effective life in Christ.... Read more →

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Unequally Yoked and Ashamed at Church

There is a lot of shame that accompanies the unsavory title of unequally yoked. In fact, now that our book has released I am discovering there are many more women and men living in a marriage where they and their spouse are on significantly different planes in their faith walk, than I suspected. Read the rest of this article today at the Internet Cafe Devotions: Unequally Yoked and Ashamed at Church. Read more →

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Freedom

O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed his grace on thee And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea! Dineen and I (Lynn) humbly salute and honor all those who serve and who have served. We know many military and military wives are readers here. We are praying for your families and thank you seems inadequate..... but, thank you. Read more →

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Pant, Pant, Breathe

Mark 13:5 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines and calamities. This is but the beginning of the intolerable anguish and suffering (only the first of the birth pangs). AMPLIFIED September 11, 2001 ~ a series of coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda upon the United States. Pant....... Pant....... Breathe....... Katrina, Middle East Conflicts, Iraq, Afghanistan, deadly snow storms, earth quakes, famine.... September 2008 ~ Global Financial Crisis, liquidity shortfall in the US banking system and has resulted in the collapse of large financial institutions, the bailout of banks by national governments, and downturns in stock markets around the world. Pant Pant Breathe April 2, 2011 ~ Tohoku Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster. One of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world overall since modern record-keeping began in 1900. Pant Pant Breathe April 20, 2010 ~... Read more →

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Creating a Quiet Time

Last week we talked about keeping a divine appointment with God on a daily basis. Again, I know this isn’t easy to do, especially if you have small kids, but I promise you it will be the most important and beneficial decision you will ever make in your life. Do you want a transformed life? A life of victory? Then this is where it starts. So, what does a quiet time look like? There’s many ways people choose to carve out a time to spend with God so this isn’t a right or wrong question. Suzanna Wesley threw her apron over her head, signaling to her children that she was praying and spending time with God. I’ve heard many women say they use their time in the shower to pray and often find they “hear” God better there. I’ve experienced that myself but it’s not always convenient. (grin) Some find... Read more →

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The Schwarzenegger Rant

(Photo: Reuters / Tomas Bravo) Okay, I’m not really sure where this post is going today but I think I’m about to go on a rant. I am utterly and wholly disappointed and sad over the impending divorce of Arnold and Maria Schwarzenegger. I am outright devastated for the children, and the son of the household employee. I’m devastated for all of them. It’s a tragedy that continues to play out in an ever growing and ugly fashion. I live in Southern California and it’s the talk everywhere. Are you hearing about it all where you live? I guess my heart breaks for marriage in general. It grieves me that after 25 years…. NOW it’s a failure. I think I felt this way when Al and Tipper Gore separated after 40 years. But if I have learned anything in these years of marriage ministry, I have learned that the marriage... Read more →

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Lavish Love

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. — John 6:12-13 I read this piece of Scripture last week and was struck by the thought that Jesus could have "made" the fish and bread to be just enough for these 5,000 hungry mouths and not have a crumb left. But he didn't stop there. He created a bounty. Leftovers, sustenance for another day perhaps... This touched my heart because the story seemed to say to me that Jesus loves us lavishly. He wants to give us what we need and MORE! But how often do we settle for just enough? Look at the hand of our Savior and see what He's... Read more →

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Light Vs. Darkness: Living in the Natural World

Article II: Our Soul and the Natural World A few weeks back, I began a series on the natural world and how we can let nature, the world God created, bring healing, and joy to our soul. We started with light. If you missed that post, you can read it here. Today I want to post another article in this series. I’m completely convinced the world God created is purposed for our health; physically, emotionally and spiritually. The environments where we spend time affect our lives. I want to take one more look at light before we move on to sound, sight, exercise and perhaps a few others. Light vs. Darkness: This scripture just grabs me: Luke 22:53 NIV Jesus said: Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns. This encounter occurs... Read more →

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A Divine Appointment

I’ve been on a quest. What kind of quest, do you ask? A quest to understand how to listen to God better. To hear Him more clearly. I don’t want to miss a thing He has to tell me. Hearing God is not something that comes easily. (And please understand I'm using the word "hear" figuratively. God communicates through His Word and gives us impressions through the Holy Spirit.) We have to work at it just like we do in our earthly relationships. In order to hear what another person has to say, we have to spend time with them—be in their presence. I can’t expect to know what my husband is about and who he is if I don't spend time with him. Nor will I be able to hear him if I’m not in the same room with him. Same thing goes for God. We can’t know who... Read more →

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A Tale Worth Telling

Indulge me today. Let me introduce the cast: One- small furry, cute (deceptive) cat One- small dog named Peanut One – teenaged girl 16 going on 27. One – believing mom and keeper of the home. It started several months back. The rainy season. It’s cold, wet, and dark. One early evening during a light downpour as we sat in the family room watching TV. From the hallway we hear a tiny, “Meow.” To read the entire story, join me today at Laced With Grace. Read more →

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Weekend Devo — A Special Prayer

I love my Kindle. Especially the way you can see what parts others have underlined too. In fact, in one marriage book I'm reading right now, one line was highlighted over 100 times! Amazing! I love it when something significant resonates with many of us in the body of Christ. I want to share such a line, actually a prayer, from chapter one of our book, Winning Him Without Words. It's a beautiful prayer that Lynn wrote: Jesus, right now as I begin this new day, I surrender my place of authority over my life to You. I am placing You firmly on the throne of my life. Teach me to focus on Your desires for living. I give You my entire life this day. In Your powerful name, Jesus, amen. This is where we start thriving in our marriages and in all areas of our lives—when we entrust our... Read more →

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The Intentional Marriage

Good Day Everyone: It's the second Friday of May and welcome to our newest show, The Intentional Marriage. Today Dineen and I are together and we are fielding questions. *Holding out hope for our Spouse's Salvation *Kid's and respect for their unbelieving Dad *Handling media choices in a spiritually mismatched home Please spend a few minutes with us and then add your thoughts in the comments. We are especially wanting your suggestions on how you navigated these GIANT issues with the grace of Christ and with love for your spouse. Thank you now join the show. Hugs, Lynn The Intentional Marriage May 2011 from Lynn Donovan on Vimeo. Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - In The Storm

“Everything in our lives has to go through the filter of God first. Just like Job. His disaster’s were not a surprise to God— God didn’t keep it from happening. God filters what happens and what is kept “from happening” in our lives on a daily basis.” ~Aimee Douglas Every tear. Every question why. Every pain. Hurt and every disappointment. God has filtered it and will use it for good. I am living proof of this truth. Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. I'm not thankful for disaster. I'm thankful that God will not waste it. That out of it He will bring good and all for His glory. It's Thankful Thursday. What are you thankful for this week? Hugs, Lynn I't's Thankful Thursday. I put up my TT... Read more →

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You Make a Difference

While I was with Lynn this past weekend, we talked about where our hubbies were at spiritually. I know you can relate to this discussion. Do they really see Jesus in us? Do they have any idea of how much we pour of our love and selves into these guys of ours? I will be honest, I wondered if my hubby really picked up on any of this. I’ve been praying for him a long time. Just like you’ve prayed for your spouse. And it’s not easy to be in that place and not see anything change. Really hard… Well, I want to share something that happened this weekend that affirmed to me that God is working. My husband is pretty good about giving cards. Sometimes we agree to bypass them when we’re just too busy, but overall he's pretty good at finding simple, one-liner cards that tell me he... Read more →

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Netflix - Light - Spiritual Warfare

A few days ago, I finally surrendered. We signed up for Netflix. It’s not like we don’t already have over 100 channels to choose from. But if you’re like me. I am very choosy about what I pour into my soul through television. So most of what’s available to watch….. I don’t. Okay but back to Netflix. I’m having a blast. Let’s see last night Caitie and I watched a classic romance. Ahhhhh, all is right with the world. I have placed in my queue all kinds of programs from romantic comedies to syfy, even documentaries. In fact, I enjoy some documentaries. Alright, already...... stop the yawning. Yesterday I watch a PBS documentary. It was about one woman’s journey to healing. She encountered healing through taking a trip to Crete. There she enjoyed the sunshine, long walks in nature, wholesome foods and laughter. As I watched this show I found... Read more →

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The Images of Mother

The Images of Mother 4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything! 8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot! 12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn't know everything! 14 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother? She wouldn't have a clue. 16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's so five minutes ago. 18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date! 25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it! 35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion. 45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it? 65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom. Thank you for passing to me your legacy of faith. I love you Mom, Lynn Read more →

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Book Signing Tomorrow

Hi Everyone, Dineen is here with me today. We are taping our Intentional Marriage Show. If you have a question to ask us, please leave it in the comments. We will try to get to it. Also, if you are in the Temecula area, please plan to stop in and visit with us on Saturday, May 7yth at the Berean Christian Store in Temecula. Noon- 2:00 p.m. Register for a gift card, collect some other treats and let us hug your neck. Dineen and I were on the phone today for over an hour. We are going to read the book, Boundaries In Marriage. Who has read this book and what stood out to you. We are going to have some conversation over this book in the months ahead. Be blessed and see some of you on Saturday. Love, Lynn Boundaries in Marriage By Drs. Henry Cloud & John Townsend Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Small Group Community

I't's Thankful Thursday. 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. May we are over at Laurie's, Women Taking A Stand and in June we are at Iris', Grace Alone. Today I sat outside of a local coffee house with a few of my friends. Eleven of us to be exact. These are some of the gals from my small group Bible study. We were having a reunion. I can't tell you how thankful I am for God's people. Today we shared triumphs and new challenges some of us face but you know what we celebrated the most. Jesus. And our friendship through Him. Our hope for our future and the relationships we have with one another. You know, when we leave this... Read more →

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A Universal Theme

I had some fun writing a post over at Laced with Grace about how many of our favorite movies and books hold a universal theme of a savior. We seem to be naturally drawn to this. Gee, I wonder why... (wink). Hope you'll pop over and share your favorite movie or book! Hugs! ~Dineen Read more →

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Blessing or Burden?

One of the features of Kindle is it allows you to see what other people are highlighting in the same books you are reading. I hit upon this feature when I was preparing the speech for a MOPS group and was using our book to develop a speaking point. In chapter 5 (Believe Your Marriage is Blessed) this is the line several have highlighted: "The key is to stop seeing our mismatched marriage and our husband as problems to be solved and accept both as blessings to be enjoyed." (pg. 92, Winning Him Without Words) How can we view this person who’s spiritually lost as a blessing in our life? Especially if we’re married to a difficult person… I don’t have all the answers to that one, but I do know that God’s Word holds more answers than we realize. And from this same chapter, my own words reminded me... Read more →

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Marriage Monday - Couples in Faith

It's Marriage Monday. Please join us once again for Marriage Monday on May 2, 2011. Our group topic this time is “faith.” How does your Christian faith express itself between you and your spouse? Do you pray together? Or discuss theology? Do you lead or attend a couples Bible study? Perhaps you’re spiritually unequal, yet you're thriving nonetheless. Feel free to share any aspect of your spiritual journey. ----- This is actually a difficult topic for me personally. It's challenging not to let myself slip into the "poor me" mindset knowing that other couples pray together, discuss theology and (one of my greatest desires) attend Bible study together. I struggle to keep that green monster, envy, in check. What I need to share with all of you is that first, I am honestly joyful to know there are marriages where a man and a wife pray together, attend church together... Read more →

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