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16 entries from November 2011

Turkey Soup

When we lived in Memphis, I used to always make turkey soup from the Thanksgiving leftovers. I’d let it sit on the stove all day and cook down to yummy goodness. One of my favorite ingredients was to throw some of the left over stuffing into the soup for seasoning. Yum! A lot of years have gone by and I haven’t made much turkey soup in recent years. Seems like my family’s tastes changed and simple soup just didn’t interest anyone anymore. My soup pot stayed in the cupboard and I let the tradition go. I was thinking about this last night as I chopped up some carrots, which made me think of my soup. Sometimes we keep doing things without thinking about them until it takes a change from the outside to bring us to a stop. An illness, a depression, a change of heart . . . Those... Read more →

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Effective Spiritual Warfare in an Unequally Yoked Home

So, ummm, yep, nothing like an eight hour car ride to challenge a marriage. Yep, we traveled last week. In the car. With two teenagers, in heavy, holiday traffic in a car that barely seats four. First to visit four colleges in three days then on to northern California with my husband’s family. Finally, a long drive home in demanding and stressful conditions. Are we nuts? It’s interesting how a change of venue compounded by stress of travel and family expectations will reveal the good, bad, and ugly in a relationship. Overall our week went well but…… there was this one day. It was day three after a long college tour and we had another six hours on the road before we reached our next destination. And now as I’m home and can think back over the day, I’m able to view it through the eyes of the Holy Spirit.... Read more →

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Who You are in Christ

Lynn and I hope you've enjoyed this week's Twitter stream of praises and truths. The above is a compilation of all of them. Just click and download it. It's our gift to you! Keep it on your computer, print it out and hang it up somewhere, or even insert copies in your Christmas cards this year as a gift to those you send it to. Christ came and died to give us these truths, to remember that through His birth and death, we are adopted, accepted, blessed, chosen, forgiven and redeemed (Ephesians 1). Let's ponder these wonderful truths right into Christmas and continue to give thanks to our Savior for giving us the greatest gift of all. Himself. Praying and believing, Dineen Read more →

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Thanks and Praise @SUM

(SCROLL DOWN AND READ MORE) Who are you this Thanksgiving? Share your praises, your thanks, your acknowledgement of who you are because of Christ in the comments. If you Tweet your praises to #praiseatSUM you will be entered into a drawing for a gift basket: The Husband Project $25 Berean Gift Card Winning Him Without Words Prayer Journal Daily Bible Lunch or Skype with Dineen and/or Lynn The more you tweet #PraiseatSUM the more you are entered. So start tweeting your praises today. To join Twitter, click here. To sign up for Twitter via Smart Phone, see Instructions below, or click here. Let's show the world that the unequally yoked spouses are giving thanks to our Lord even in the midst of a spiritually mismatched marriage. We love all of you. Watch for our Tweets this week. Have a blessed and beautiful Thanksgiving. Lynn and Dineen. To create your new... Read more →

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To Pray of Not To Pray. That is The Question for The Unequally Yoked

Football rages in the family room, the aroma of a roasting Bidzilla satisfies the kitchen, kids play outside, red cheeked and with hands frozen. Ahhhh, Thanksgiving. This is my favorite traditional holiday of food, family and ……stress. Read more at the Internet Cafe Devotions, Marriage Counter. Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Who are you?

"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete." Luke 6:46-49 Certain truths are foundational to our faith. Without them, we wind up with a belief system built on sand instead of a solid foundation. There are two that I think are crucial to that... Read more →

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It Is Truly Special - Thanksgiving

The predawn light slips through the window as I sleepily rub my eyes and wait for the coffee to trickle into the pot. The smell rises to fill my head with a smile. I pour in cream and shuffle to the drawer, withdraw my familiar and tattered Bible and the spiral binder below it. All is quiet. The family slumbers. It’s peaceful. The heat from the cup thaws out my hands as the warming air from the heater finally circulates. I sit on the couch under the lamp and slowly open the pages. The precious and powerful pages that literally saved my life, changed my heart and continue to do so. I turn to November. The pages are marked with familiar writing as through the years I’ve scribbled my thanks across the top. November 19, 2007 Praying for wisdom that comes from heaven. November 20, 2009 Mike received offer for... Read more →

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A Change in Perspective

I sat in my favorite chair, devotional in hand and Bible open. Tears began streaming down my face. I sat before God, grieving over a hope that felt thin at best. The evening before, my husband and I were on our way out to grab a bite to eat. I thanked him again for the wonderful set of darts he’d given me for my birthday. (We love playing darts and I love that it’s something we share and do together). Part of the gift was a set of flights (the things that attach to the back end of the dart and make then fly straight) which had a cross on them. I was touched that he thought to buy those for me. He said that was actually a big step for him. I asked him why since he’s bought be cross pendants in the past. He explained that jewelry was... Read more →

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You Thought You Weren't One

The most unexpected thing happened to me yesterday. Seated next to my daughter and her best friend, I opened my Bible to the passage and listened as the pastor began to read Luke 15. While he was reading this familiar passage, powerful emotion rose up from some place deep within me. He arrived at verse 24 and it was as if the world around me went into slow motion. Every part of me was engaged and experiencing this sentence. He spoke slowly and with purpose, each word emphasized and as I listened, tears welled. I felt the full impact of my salvation all over again. With eyes spilling, I struggled to control the tide washing over me. I teetered on the verge of becoming a blubbering idiot right there in the extremely quiet worship center. But I determined to spare my 16-year-old daughter the uncomfortable reality of her mother becoming... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — The Journey from Atheism to Belief

This is a beautiful testimony from one of our readers about her husband's journey from atheism to belief. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Jennifer! I accepted Christ in the 4th grade and grew up in a Baptist church. I have always had a strong relationship with Christ, but my walk blossomed exponentially over the past 2 years as I became intimately involved in Kay Auther's and Beth Moore's Bible studies...finally, I was IN the Word and allowing our relationship to be two-way. God knew exactly what he was doing, as He was preparing me spiritually and scripturally for what was about to take place in my marriage. Jim and I married in 2005 and he had, since we started dating, proclaimed to be a Christian. Born and raised Catholic, he had never been exposed the "love of fellowship and worship" aspect of a Southern Baptist church girl.... Read more →

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A Letter of Hope

Dear Lynn, Good afternoon! My name is Christine and we have emailed once before (about a year ago). You helped me so much though what seemed to be an enemy attack on my family and myself. In retrospect, the last year turned out to be my Red Sea, if you will. God lead me though so much...the death of my father, the near collapse of my marriage, a court case and two months best described as a dark night of the soul. It was in mourning the death of my father a year ago, that broke me open in a way only grief can do. As I look back over the last year, and I can see the work that God did, the beauty leaves me without words. It was as if every pain only made His voice more clear. My only regret is that I did not journal as... Read more →

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The Battle with Fear

For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand 
and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. — Isaiah 41:13 Fear can be an all out, guns blazing affair or a subtle thief that sneaks in and steals our joy. I realized this past weekend that fear had done just that to me lately—stolen my joy. I asked God to help me get it back, but I also needed to know what I’d allowed in the steal it away. I don’t know about you, but fear is something I’ve had to battle from time to time. Fear of going new places, fear of what the future holds, fear of rejection, etc. I’d imagine you could add your own to that list. As God spoke to my heart, I had to ask Him, what was I afraid of this time? What had I... Read more →

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Marriage Monday - In-Laws

…nearly 60 percent of all marriages suffer from tension with mothers-in-law, normally between the daughter-in-law and her husband's mother. It's Marriage Monday. Our topic: In-Laws I wonder how many of you felt your blood pressure rise at the mere mention of this topic? Well, considering the statistic above, I can bet a number of you bristle in this area of your marriage. And, to our guy readers, I can only address this topic from my perspective but would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. See if you relate to any of these statements: "She's always telling me what to do" "She keeps meddling" "She wants constant companionship" "She competes with me for my husband" (From: How to Make Peace With Your MIL) These tend to be the most common complaints of wives. But for me, I think what I struggled with was the distance. Not just the miles,... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — God is GOOD!

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. — Romans 8:28 Romans 8:28 is my life verse. No other piece of Scripture has spoken as deeply into my heart as this one. Amazingly, I understood the truth of this verse as a young child long before I ever read it. I know it's because God put this truth in my heart Himself. There's no other explanation for it. I have clung to the truths in this verse for years, especially the several ones, and even more so recently with all the changes going on in my family, the struggles within myself to let go and trust God in new ways, and especially on days when I have felt like an utter failure in what God is calling me to do. I've realized that... Read more →

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A Tablecloth of Thanks

This is one of my favorite holiday traditions and I share it every year here at SUM. If you started one of these in prior years, please leave me a note in the comments. If you are starting one this year, leave me a note in the comments. I pray that this one family tradition affects your heart and home like it has done mine. Happy Thanksgiving, Lynn Tablecloth of Thanks from The Intentional Marriage on Vimeo. Read more →

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Talking Without Words

Part of a presentation I’m giving on Wednesday has a section about romance and romancing your guy. I love this part because I get to give a group of women some facts and tangible ideas of how to romance their husbands. Some of this lands on communication and its vital role in any relationship. And it can be a useful tool to flirt with your spouse. But how do we really communicate? Recent statistics show that only 7% of our communication is done with words and 38% with intonation and sound of voice. Which means over half of our communication is done with our body. Fifty-five percent to be precise and most of that is done with our eyes. Think about that a minute. Do you look at your husband when you talk to him? Do you focus on him when he’s speaking to you? Can you remember the details... Read more →

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