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18 entries from August 2011

Chronicles of the Donovan Clan -
NEVER The Same

I will Never Be The Same. I hope after these word I share with you that YOU will never be the same. Last week two women arrived at my home. They are from a town about an hour away where I recently went to speak to their group. They call themselves the Warrior Wives and they had completed the study of Winning Him Without Words. I was privileged to join them to talk about our book and to hear their thoughts about how the book influenced their lives. I can tell you I was deeply humbled to be among them. During this time one of the women told a fantastic story about her marriage. I loved her story so much that I invited her to share it with all of you. Shelly arrived to my home along with Liz, another great friend and a Warrior Wife, to sit with my... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — A Picture Says It All

I went to visit a friend recently and as I left, I noticed this cluster of sattelite dishes on one of the buildings. I know each dish is for a residence but doesn't this say a lot about where are interests and focus lay in today's world? It really struck me as pertinent. So, let's make a game of it. What caption would put with this picture? Let's get creative and witty. The winning caption will receive a special gift! Have fun! Praying and believing, Dineen Read more →

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The Intentional Marriage ~ August 2011

Join Dineen and I for this months broadcast of the Intentional Marriage. This is a shorter program today. We answer a question from one of our guy readers. Also, we talk about a powerful scripture. What words of wisdom or thoughts would you share with John and what scriptures speak to you? Be blessed, Lynn And now... The Intentional Marriage. Read more →

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Still an Atheist?

Something interesting happened last week. My youngest daughter and my husband were watching a TV show featuring Penn Jillette. My daughter explained how Jillette spoke of his atheism as not knowing if God existed—not a surety that He didn’t. She asked her dad if that’s whet he believed. He said yes. He just didn’t know. I confess, I didn’t know what to make of that. I still don’t. I wasn’t there to hear the conversation first hand, so I could ask more questions. And something in my gut says to leave it alone for now. But I keep asking myself (and God for that matter) if that means he’s not an atheist anymore. Atheism is the rejecting of the belief in the divine. Atheists do not believe that a higher power, so to speak, exists. Agnostics, however, believe the existence of a God (or any other form of a higher... Read more →

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Unicorns and Football

WOO HOO! This Thursday launches our Fantasy Football draft. At 9:00 a.m. PT all of the team owners in our league set out to claim the best football players in hopes of winning the Super Bowl of our Fantasy league. Yep, I bet most of you just tuned out. (yawn) Stay with me. If you have read our book, Winning Him Without Words, you know the story of the Pink Princesses. That is the name of my fantasy football team. My mascot, the rainbow unicorn, of course. I go on to share a story about my husband and playing in a masculine fantasy football league. The reason I joined was to connect with my spouse. But there's more to the story. I hope you read it. When you are spiritually mismatched we erect walls around our hearts to shield ourselves from pain. But what we also do is cut ourselves... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Purple Turkeys

My daughter and I have this code word when one of us upset or discouraged. The other will say “purple turkeys.” It never fails to make us laugh and break the down moment. (And special thanks to her 6th grade, Ms. Ward, teacher for this wonderful tool.) Now I really believe God has the best sense of humor (how could He not since He created it, right?). One day last week, my daughter and I were on our way home. This route I take is hilly and beautiful. We often see a fair amount of wildlife on our way too. Well, this particular day, my daughter pointed out these two large birds in a tree. They had to be about 3 to 4 stories up this tree. I thought maybe they were vultures or something similar. But my daughter, who is a wild life aficionado, said they were turkeys. (No... Read more →

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Our Ministry Partners - We Love These People

Well it's been a crazy week. Dineen and I attended a CLASS Seminar this week. It was fantastic. It was intense. It was filled with Godly women who long to serve our Lord. We talked, took notes, spoke, made new friends, laughed a lot and cried too. Whew! I was wiped. I came home and slept through Thursday. Yikes. But, I'm awake this Friday. I am full of the Holy Spirit and excited for whatever the Lord has for our ministry, our lives and for the world. Let me at 'em. It's all for Jesus. Dineen and I had a wonderful time and we were able to spend three whole days with three of our ministry partners. In this photo, Roger Lipp, Lynn (me), Kathi Lipp, Dineen, and Joanne Kraft. I can't begin to tell you how much richer our lives are because of these people. Roger and Kathi have... Read more →

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Saving Michael by Debra Brand

(Debra's story is amazing and so encouraging! Read to the end and be inspired!) I met Mike in 10th grade, he was a senior. Our relationship had its ups and downs. But before he left for the Navy we decided to spend the rest of our lives together. Two days after graduating high school, I married Mike on June 9, 1971. Three weeks later, he was deployed for 4 months on a tour in the Mediterranean. I got my first job at a nursing home. When he came home at Christmas we went to live in Connecticut at the submarine base. As his duty came to a close, we were blessed with a beautiful baby boy. We came back home moved to Kirkwood. My sister-in-law started to share the true gospel with me more and more. She was a little too radical but I got the idea that I needed... Read more →

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I'm Not Strong Enough

.....To be the spiritual leader of our home. .....To be a consistent Godly example to my spouse – to my children. .....To bare the physical demands of a career – raising the children – cleaning my home – cooking and the sum total of all the expectations placed on me. I ‘m at the end of my rope…….. and I feel like a failure. If you ever feel like me, I'm not strong enough, this story is just for you. Join me at the Internet Cafe Devotions - Marriage Counter for I'm Not Strong Enough. Read more →

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Prayer Is Where Our Power Lives

"We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force that can move the Heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth." Andrew Murray Today I'm sharing a post from a series I wrote about prayer that I originally shared back in 2008. It remains, still today, the same and just as powerful. Breakthrough Praying: This is the last post in this series. I could probably write for the rest of my life and still not scratch the surface of all that we know and can practice in prayer. This series did not have time to look at spiritual warfare in prayer. But there are numerous post in the archives. To read one such encounter, visit: Spiritual Warfare and my Unbelieving Husband. What I know about prayer is this: God hears every word. Pray with belief. Never give up. Never... Read more →

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Raising Kids and Back to School

School started today (Wedsnesday) at the Donovan Clan home. As I write this, I just watched my daughter get into the car and drive off for her first day as a junior. I waved. She waved in return. Then she was off. I stood in the driveway. I didn’t cry or worry about her day. I didn’t feel sad (well perhaps a tiny bit melancholy). I prayed. O Lord, Take care of her today. Protect her as she drives. Help her to get into her parking spot with easy. Lord, help her to locate her classrooms and be on time. I ask that she finds a friend in each class and I also ask that you have prepared new friends for her to meet. Father, please choose her friends wisely that they would be kids with Godly character and a good influence on my daughter. Lord, as always send angels... Read more →

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Answered Prayers Can Be Painful

I’m grieving. But in a good way. I know that sounds a bit crazy so I’ll explain. Two prayers that I’ve been praying for my family seem to be coming to fruition, but it’s not at all what I was expecting. I will share with you the one about my daughter because so many of you wonderful prayer warriors out there have prayed for her since her cancer diagnosis in 2008, through her surgeries, radiation treatments and recovery. It’s been a bumpy road emotionally too. In January God gave me Malachi 4:2 for her and I have been praying this Scripture for her ever since. But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. Things in my daughter’s life haven’t unfolded the way I expected, but God is... Read more →

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Donovan Clan Is Dating

Some interesting things are happening in the Donovan Clan house. And today I want to share with you some of my thoughts about all of it. I also will acknowledge that some of you will disagree with me and some of you I might offend. However, I also know there a many of us moms and dads who are raising children in a mismatched home who are dealing with my situation or will be there soon. So let’s have a go at it shall we? Dating…. My daughter turned sixteen in June. Yesterday she went to the movies with a boy (a guy, in her vernacular and a smart one too, she says *grin*) How do we guide our children through this critical period of growing up? This is an especially sensitive topic when you are living in a spiritually mismatched home. And to compound our confusion and angst, we... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Love Me

I took this picture in a store the other day. The message is so indicative of state of mind, heart and soul that is prevalent today. My daughter and I talked about it and found two angles to look at it. One, the obvious is the very selfish and self-centered message relayed here. The wearer makes it clear that it is all about her. But what if that’s just the surface we’re seeing? What if we dig a little deeper? The second angle, and perhaps on the flip side of this selfish coin, is the need to be loved and accepted. To be known and understood. When we seek to fill that need with people and things, we can easily wind up looking like the first one—selfish and self-centered. Dealing with individuals like this isn’t easy. They often repel the very love they seek by their behavior. Yet the truth... Read more →

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A Divine Parallel by Guest Writer: Janet

Heavenly Father, I’m emotionally exhausted and taxed beyond measure. Don’t you see my tears? Do they mean anything to You? I too have felt great passion, loss and sadness causing me to weep. {Hebrews 5:7, Luke 19:41, John 11:35, Mark 15:37} God how much longer? I mean really, can’t my spouse see I’m not trying to steer them wrong or bring harm? Why can’t she/he try, just try, to believe what I know to be true? I also know the bitter rawness of repeated betrayal, disappointment and hurt. {Mark 14:66-72} Gracious Father, every time I turn around it’s like the enemy is pouncing me! Can’t I catch a break? In the wilderness I also endured trials and tests of the enemy, stealth-like twisted plays on My Father’s Word and promises. {Matthew 4:1-11} Dear God, today is the day I just cannot do this anymore! Don’t you see all of this?... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday -

Thankful Thursday is hosted this August- with Laurie and September- Iris. It's been a crazy and filled up summer. Here in California, school starts next Wednesday. Sheesh. What happened to summer? I'm so thankful for the adventures we had this summer. A trip to Utah. Then to Wisconsin, and tomorrow we are off for a beach adventure with my Mom and Sister. Last week, my husband family visited us here in Temecula. Mercy! God has been so very good to our family. After a year of unemployment and a year of catching up, we have enjoyed the fruits of our financial discipline and the love of family this summer season. I'm thankful today for our extended family. I'm thankful for all of you, our online family. I'm thankful that I am a child of the Most High God. Read more →

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What I Do See

Sometimes we get so caught up in looking for how God is working in our unbelieving spouses that we miss seeing the places that they are struggling. I’m becoming more and more aware of this in my husband’s life. He’s a pretty even keeled guy with a very strong moral base. I’ve found that most atheists do have pretty high self-imposed standards. So I have to pay a lot closer attention to what’s going on in my husband’s life internally because it can be quite subtle. But this is what I’m seeing: About every 5 to 10 years, he reinvents himself. Changes his clothing style, the way he wears his hair (we’ve gone from ponytail long to completely shaved and everything inbetween), and his interests. He’s always looking for something more interesting to do that challenges him. Whether it’s reading, sports, or hobbies, he’s constantly exploring and looking for the... Read more →

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Stuck on the Edge

Perhaps you are curious. After last Monday’s post about my husband and our church experience (read it here), I will let you know that over the weekend my husband’s family was visiting, thus he didn’t attend church. However, earlier in the week we had a discussion about church and our conversation that ensued that morning during the service. I’m still processing that conversation and am waiting for the Lord to show me where it all may lead. So stay tuned, God isn’t finished yet. However, I DID attend church yesterday morning and the message resounded with promise and truth. I want to share just a few highlights in hope that you are encouraged and that TODAY is your first step toward...... The Promised Land. For many of us who live with an unbeliever, I think we sit on the banks of the river looking across the vast and treacherous waters... Read more →

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