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Thankful Thursday - Random Richness

It's Thankful Thursday. In June we are at Iris', Grace Alone. Next month, July, we are back here. WOO HOO! Dineen will be helping with Thankful Thursday in July, as I will be in Wisconsin. Do any of you live in or around Door County? Let's meet up..... Half of 2011 is OVER. Say What? I'm so thankful for the answered prayers in the last six months (read Monday's post for just one answer to my words of prayer). I'm thankful that tonight the Women's Leadership Team will gather at my house for Sunridge Women - Foodnetwork. We are going to cook together, Roman Chicken, A Southwest Salad, Cheesey garlic bread. Three words: Yum and eee. We are celebrating the victories of the past church year. Lives were changed. Bondage broken and Jesus was glorified. I'm still humbled to the core that as an unequally yoked woman, my church embraced... Read more →

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Choosing to Love

(Last Fall I wrote this post about making the choice to love our spouse. With a little revision, I'm sharing this again since it's a topic that can be a great challenge yet is so crucial to any marriage.) How do we love our spouses unconditionally? How do we keep going? How do we keep hoping? I want to share some Scriptures to encourage you. Claim one, some, or all of these in your heart and know that God is faithful, whatever path He calls us to walk. And please read to the end. I saved the best for last. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we... Read more →

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Chronicles of the Donovan Clan

I’m thinking it’s time for a Chronicles update. This is one of the most meaningful posts about the Chronicles I have written to-date. Up until now, I hesitated to share with you what happened on May 6th. But today the Lord said to me, “It’s time.” For those of you who are new to our website the Chronicles of the Donovan Clan is my ongoing personal story of our family, Jesus, and my husband’s journey to faith. You can read past post of the Chronicles in our archives. May 6, 2011: It’s a Friday morning and my 15-year-old daughter will be taking the biggest exam of the entire school year today. Her first period class is AP Euro (Advanced Placement European History). This is a college curriculum and college credit exam. A passing grade will allow her to take this credit with her to college. Now I don’t know about... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Gideon a Mighty Warrior?

When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” — Judges 6:12 The story of Gideon is a tale of man who sees himself and his tribe as being weak and most incapable of defeating their enemy. He’s baffled that God would even consider him suitable material to defeat the Midianites, who had severely oppressed the Israelites for seven years. Yet there sat this angel of God under a tree, calling Gideon a “mighty warrior” before he even stepped foot into battle. You see, in Gideon’s eyes he hadn’t yet proved himself. He had no credentials to qualify him for the title of “warrior.” Maybe he even thought God had the wrong guy. The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” “But Lord,” Gideon... Read more →

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Bittersweet

Dear Dineen and Lynn: I just have to share with the two of you my “bittersweet moment” this morning. To back track, I just got home yesterday from having been with my youngest daughter the past three weeks as she gave birth to her first child—a precious 9 lbs. 1 oz. baby girl, name Hadley. Needless to say, it was hard leaving that little bundle of joy 5 hours away from me in Austin, Tex. And now for my bitter sweet moment via Facebook post my daughter, Heather, posted early this morning. She had a picture of a devotional book: Baby Boot Camp by Rebecca Ingram Powell. Beside the picture, Heather wrote: “Moms—it is my first morning without my mom to help me and this little devotional book is a life saver! Find one and take a little time for yourself to read a little devotion each day. I love... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - Sweet Sixteen

It's Thankful Thursday. In June we are at Iris', Grace Alone. ..... Can anyone tell me what happened?? I blinked and my baby who was strapped safely in her car seat in our Ford Explorer is now pulling away from the house driving it. I am freaked out. I am humbled. I am scared. I am excited. I'm emotional!! She turned 16 and passed her driving exam all in a few short days this past week. This little shy girl who never spoke to anyone and hid behind my leg has become an actress at school, a driving young adult an intelligent and good student and a great buddy to me. We spent the day together on the beach today. We talked about boys and about dating. We discussed college and all manner of teenage woes. But I looked at her as we were driving down the freeway on our... Read more →

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Just Too Busy

It's my great delight to share with you today my friend, Joanne Kraft. Joanne and I met face-to-face at She Speaks Conference back in 2008. Here is a photo of (left to right) Angie, from the Knightly News, me and Joanne Kraft of One So blessed. Little did we know the adventures God would take us on. This month I am privileged to share with you Joanne's new book, Just Too Busy, Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical. Her wit and humor abound as she tells the most amazing story of how Joanne and her family "quit" the traditional American life. Cover: Just Too Busy is the true story of the Kraft family s head-on collision with busyness and the twelve-month experiment that changed their lives. When their children could recite the dollar value meals at McDonalds faster than their times-tables, they knew something was very wrong. So, instead... Read more →

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Pointing Out the Positive

I’m in Florida at the moment visiting with our extended families. When I fell in love with my husband, I also fell in love with his family. He has a big one too! I love being around them and hearing all their stories of growing up. Lots of chuckles and memories. On Father’s Day I loved seeing my husband and his youngest brother team up to help their dad with a project that would have monopolized a lot of this hard-working man’s time. Their unity and closeness have always inspired me. As you can see by the picture, they are hard at work making a repair on the back porch. That front mostly gray head belongs to my sweet guy who gave his Father’s Day time to serve his dad. I just love that. I love that I can see such positive and giving qualities in my husband and I... Read more →

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The Elusive Dream

Today’s post may be a bit rambling but I'm sensing you may be in the same place. So here goes. Yesterday was Father’s Day. I know this day can be emotional and challenging to spouses who are spiritually mismatched. I know this because I am still one of them. I walked into church this morning. Alone. I was working a greeting table at the entry of our building and it was my delight and simultaneously my pain, to say hello to my friends who were headed to the auditorium with their husbands and their kids. Don’t get me wrong. I am truly thrilled for my friends that they are holding the hand of their spouse while stepping through the door. I am utterly blessed to have such a loving, accepting, and dedicated Christian family through my church. But, here I was without my husband nor my daughter. Again. Ouch. Why... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Do Whatever Brings You Back to Your Heart and the Heart of God

(In honor of Father's Day, we'd like to share this excerpt from Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul by John Eldredge.) Against the flesh, the traitor within, a warrior uses discipline. We have a two-dimensional version of this now, which we call a "quiet time." But most men have a hard time sustaining any sort of devotional life because it has no vital connection to recovering and protecting their strength; it feels about as important as flossing. But if you saw your life as a great battle and you knew you needed time with God for your very survival, you would do it. Maybe not perfectly-nobody ever does and that's not the point anyway-but you would have a reason to seek him. We give a halfhearted attempt at the spiritual disciplines when the only reason we have is that we "ought" to. But we'll find a... Read more →

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The BEST Video EVER!!!! Celebrating Dad

TUNR ON THE SPEAKERS AND GO GET YOUR HUSBAND. Then watch this video together. I promise this two minute video will have you laughing, rockin' to the beat, and stir a love in your heart for Dad. Father's Day is Sunday. Be intentional and tell your Dad and your kid's dad that he is a hero. Be blessed, Lynn Read more →

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Thankful Thursday -

It's Thankful Thursday. In June we are at Iris', Grace Alone. ..... Today Iris was sharing her thanks for the summer produce and the Farmers Markets. This brings to mind two things. First a verse that I read recently. John 4:36 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Neat. I also am thankful for my backyard garden. Many of you have heard this story before however, for the new readers I will tell you that for more than 25 years I worked in corporate America. I wore a suit, high heels, and always my nails were manicured. I really loved working but God had such better plans for my life. Thus we moved to California and about three years ago we dug up the grass in the backyard and planted a garden. This garden is very special to me and I share... Read more →

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My Favorite Thing

Today I'm sharing a devotion that ALL of us can relate. I hope and pray you giggle, you smile, you are moved by the unconditional love of our Father. This is one of my favorite devotions. Hope it becomes one of yours. BIG hugs, Lynn "My Favorite Thing" To read the entire story, join me today at Laced With Grace. Read more →

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Extenuating Circumstances

We've talked about all kinds of issues here at S.U.M. but today I'd like to delicately touch upon extenuating circumstances that can exist in our mismatched marriages. You know that Lynn and I will always be on the side of believing that God can save any marriage, but we want to also be clear that we don't believe staying in an abusive (physically or emotionally) is God's will. Some marriages fall under the "extremely difficult" category. The world today would tell you to get out of it—that this kind of emotional turmoil is ridiculous to put up with, but we answer to a higher authority than the world. Unlike society and common trends, we see marriage as a covenant to be highly guarded, even at personal cost. I will tell you that those women called specifically by God to stay in a difficult marriage know without a doubt that God... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Our Faithful Travel Companion

The other day I took our dog for a walk. Shasta is a strong dog, so much so that we have to use a lead leash in order to keep her from pulling us down the street when we walk her. On our usual route we approached a house under construction. A yellow caution tape blocked off one area but had come undone and part of it now laid on the sidewalk, undulating slightly in the breeze. I didn't think anything of it until we got closer and our 35 lb. mini brute suddenly cowered like her miniature poodle counterpart. She wouldn't cross the tape. I had to get down to her level and speak calming words to her, then guide her across what she perceived to be a genuine threat. After we returned to business as usual, the thought struck me that we are often so like this (no,... Read more →

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The Intentional Marriage ~ June 2011

It's the second Friday of June and welcome to our show, The Intentional Marriage. Once again Dineen and I are together and we are answering your questions. *Raising Kid's Christian *Children and church attendance *The changes that come with an empty nest when you are spiritually mismatched 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 ~ June 2011 from Lynn Donovan on Vimeo. Read more →

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Keeping Eternity in Our Sites

Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of my father’s death. I will admit I am affected by this more than I thought I would be. Sunday I was down right cranky (my daughter will confirm that) and yesterday I was sad. I kept I reminding myself that death didn’t win. I know where Dad is and I know I will see him again one day. No way would I want him back here, suffering the ravages of cancer. He is exactly where he should be—with Jesus, whole and healed. But I do still miss him. As believers in Christ, we have a hope that others don’t get to experience. They don’t have the reassurance of their loved ones’ eternity. They don’t have the promise of seeing the ones they loved again. They don’t have the comfort of knowing where their loved ones are. I can’t imagine being in that place. I... Read more →

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Good Always Wins

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back The following is an excerpt from Heaven Is For Real: Looking back, the Burpos realized there had been moments since the surgery when Colton had spoken very personally about Jesus, but they had just been happily surprised. Now they were fascinated. Over the next few months, they looked for opportunities to casually find out more about just what their son had experienced… On one occasion, Todd asked, “What did Jesus look like?” Abruptly, Colton put down his toys and looked up. “Jesus has markers. And he has brown hair and he has hair on his face. And his eyes -- oh, Dad, his eyes are so pretty! And he has markers, Dad.” “What color are Jesus’ markers?” “Red, Daddy. Jesus has red markers on him.” ----- I think the first time I read this... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Character Builders

Is there a particular area of you life that you seem to constantly struggle with? I have several! (grin) I have a funny one to share with you over at Laced with Grace. Stop by and read how God used my 17 year old daughter and traffic to bring one to light... That car just wouldn't let me move over! Read more →

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Our Soul and the Natural World ~ Article III

Article III: Our Soul and the Natural World A few weeks back, I began a series on the natural world and how nature, the world God created, can bring healing and joy to our soul. We started with light. If you missed that post, you can read it here. Then we looked at darkness and how we are adversely affected. You can read that post here. Today is the third post in this series. I’m completely convinced the natural world was created for our health; physically, emotionally and spiritually. The environments where we spend time affect our lives and they impact the spiritual realm and impact the spiritual warfare going on around us. So you’re in a bad mood. What is a believer to do? We could likely spend hours and hours of conversation answering these questions. Anything from a slight inconvenience to a catastrophe can change our optimism to... Read more →

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