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20 entries from February 2012

Is Jesus the Only Way to Salvation?

We've had some great discussions here about faith and why we believe God's Word as Truth. Celia has another question that is so relevant to our foundation of faith because until you settle this question in your mind, we are vulnerable to deceptions and false beliefs. "I would also love to know how you know "this" is the one and only way to God....what about all the other religions of the world...they have all been here...and other people are born and raised with their religion and think it's the one and only way too..." Celia's question is one we NEED to ask so that we can find the answer and be sure of our faith and give a reason for it (Hebrews 11:1). I will tell you that there was a time that I believed God was in and the same in all religions, just called by different names. Why... Read more →

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When They Are Stinkin' Mean

“I try to read the Bible....but it doesn't sink in....I read it and I don't "get it".....I read it and I don't hear what other people hear....so I give up. I give up because I doubt....I give up because my husband is so stinkin mean about "religion".....” Over the past few posts I have been sharing excerpts from a one of our new readers, Celia. Above she writes about her doubt and about lack of understanding the Bible. So many of you left comments filled with truth, prayers and encouragement. To read those posts, scroll down or start here with the first one. Today I think it’s time we tackle her next statement: “I give up because my husband is so stinkin mean about "religion".....”. What does this statement really mean? If I think a minute about this statement and my past experience with my unbelieving spouse, what I’m really... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Overcoming Our Thoughts is Like Brewing Tea

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. — Romans 8:6 I used to be a horrible worrier. I used to be (and still am at times) fearful. I used to be very pessimistic. As I look back over the years of my faith journey I see a distinct pattern of change in my thinking process. I think this is the greatest challenge of living our faith. The old thoughts and ways have to change in order to be in alignment with God. Thankfully, this isn't something God expects us to do on our own. On the contrary, Romans 8:6 tells us that the Holy Spirit is responsible for this work. We are simply asked to be willing and aware, thoughtful and intentional. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we... Read more →

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The Bible? Is it Reliable? Can you Understand it?

DID YOU READ THE COMMENTS? Absolutely inspiring!!!!!!!!!!!! You, the community here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage ARE living out your faith in Jesus. It is so evident that you are filled with love, compassion, and truth. So many of you reached out to our new reader, Celia, with words to encourage. So many of you were vulnerable with your own stories, some of you prayed for her and I saw the body of Christ LIVING OUT LOVE IN ACTION. Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for caring and sharing. If you missed the post and the comments from Monday, click here. You will be inspired, cheer, shed a tear and be moved by the Holy Spirit. And that’s a fact. But, we still have some more of Celia’s questions. On Monday I spoke to doubts and I pray there was enough in that post and in the... Read more →

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I'ts In the Walls. It's at Laced With Grace.

Sometimes I can be so blond. Color me surprised! When we first moved to California, I found myself sharing our home with unwanted critters. I moved from an extremely arid region, translation – Las Vegas, where the only small animals around our home were a few scorpions and tiny ants. Following our unpacking and a few nights in our brand new home, I was sound asleep enjoying the cooler nights of Southern California. That’s when I heard it, a rustling noise in all places, the walls of our bedroom. EEK! I mean, I sat straight up in bed, freaked. Can I get an Amen here? To read the rest of the story, head over to Laced With Grace. And five names were selected by the random number thinging again from the comments last Friday. They are: Keli Gwyn Celia Barbara Jenkins Sherillynn Emily Arndt Please email me your address and... Read more →

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False Security

On February 12th, something happened that seriously rocked my world. I’m not an overly brave person, I confess, but I stepped out of my comfort zone (way out) and agreed to drive cross-country from Florida to California because my daughter wanted to come back home. It’s a trip we’ve done many times, but always with my husband. He’s a great driver, loves road trips and has always done the bulk of the driving. So, on a clear and sunny Friday, my daughter and I headed out with the intent to make our country trip in five days—a trip my husband and I have normally done in four days. I wanted to be safe and reasonable. I wanted to be brave for my daughter and husband and do this thing. I wanted to prove to myself too that I could handle such a trip without the comfort and security of my... Read more →

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Doubts About God

Who is God? Last week a new reader, Celia, left a comment which I think deserves our reply. As I read it I could hear in her words a heart and her soul calling out, “God help me to understand. God save me.” I empathize with her plea and most of us here in this community have at one time asked some of her questions. In fact, I can bet there are many who are still asking these questions. So, I’m compelled to take on these questions because THERE ARE ANSWERS. There are solid, believable and verifiable answers about God, His Word, His Son, His promises. How do I know, because I have asked them myself. AND my husband has asked them. Now I don’t pretend to be a Biblical scholar. Nor do I think I can completely answer these questions to the complete satisfaction of everyone. But, what I... Read more →

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One Year Ago

It was one year ago today...... To read more, click on the photo The official launch of Winning Him Without Words. I scarcely can take it all in. What a journey. As I type these words to you my friends, with brimming eyes I wonder, “Who am I?” I’m an ordinary woman and wife just like you. But just like you, I have discovered the only thing that matters about living life. JESUS I love Jesus. I love Jesus. I love Jesus. And for the rest of my life I will tell anyone who listens that healing, joy, peace, and purpose are all ours through the transforming love of Jesus. That is what this book is all about. We can trust Jesus with our marriage, with our heart, with our kids, with every part of us. Today I give humble thanks to the Lord for allowing Dineen and I to... Read more →

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Courage and the Winners Are...

Hello Everyone, I hope you found the Courage series inspiring and that something in the past two weeks moved you to fight the battles for Christ. I find it interesting in that as Dineen and I wrote about this very subject, God wanted us to "live" it first hand. Earlier in the week I posted on our Facebook page that Dineen and been in a car accident in Texas. Let me tell you that it was scary but they are all fine and now headed home to California. Woo Hoo. For me it was last Monday. My husband and I shared a significant exchange about faith and marriage. My friends, I had to face some fears and I did. But the outcome of facing those fears was oh so worth it, as my husband stepped into a new place in our marriage. Now I'm still waiting and praying to see... Read more →

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The Resolution for Men

THE RESOLUTION is a bold declaration of commitments that men are making to be faithful to God as the spiritual leader of their home. As read in the movie, this print is ready for framing to mark the moment and celebrate the commitment being made to God and family. Message THE RESOLUTION I DO solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children. I WILL love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home. I WILL be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her, and be willing to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me. I WILL bless my children and teach them to love God with all of their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength. I WILL train them to honor... Read more →

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Courage for Women

Courageous souls...women resolved to bring God's beauty to the world and most importantly, to the lives of their husbands and families. Signing THE RESOLUTION for Women to display in your home or office is an outward promise of an inward change--- a reminder to stay true to the amazing woman God created you to be. Message THE RESOLUTION for Women I do solemnly resolve before God to embrace my current season of life and live with a spirit of contentment. I Will champion God's model for womanhood and teach it to my children. I Will celebrate my God-given uniqueness and the distinctions He has placed in others. I Will live as a woman answerable to God and faithfully committed to His Word. I Will seek to devote the best of myself to the primary roles God has entrusted to me. I Will be quick to listen, slow to speak, and... Read more →

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I Hate Hallmark

Sometimes I hate Hallmark. Well, not really. Sorta…. I don’t hate the store but I sincerely “dislike” what I call “Hallmark Holidays.” You know these days, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, Ground Hog Day (well maybe not this one) and the sometimes dreaded….. Join me at One Plus, The Internet Cafe today for the rest of the story: I Hate Hallmark on Valentine's Day. Hugs, Lynn Read more →

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Weekend Devo — A Godly Wife of Influence

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. — Proverbs 31:10-12 In the NASB version, that first part of verse 11 reads: The heart of her husband trusts in her. The Hebrew word for heart used here is leb and means inner man, mind, will, heart. Our actions play the dominant role in winning our husband's trust--to winning anyone's trust. Yes, our words come into play, but our actions will speak the loudest and will confirm what and when we do speak. If our actions don't back up our words, we lose credibility. In today’s world, we often hear things about winning the trust of others but it’s usually to gain something for the person, company, or organization set... Read more →

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Defeat vs. Courage

Living out of God’s courage, what holds us back? And how do we escape the two traps of the devil. On Valentine’s Day we will give away a DVD of the movie Courageous, several books and also we will give away two framed, The Resolution for men and 2 framed, The Resolution for Women. To win, leave a comment in any post over the next two weeks. Before I reveal some highly effective strategies in our spiritual warfare I first have a question for you to consider. Do you think God wants courageous followers? And why might it matter to God if we have courage? I often think as believers, our natural tendency is to gravitate to the attributes of God which are most appealing; love, grace, forgiveness, kindness, provision, protection. Those spring to my mind and I will admit that I’m drawn in and want to focus most of... Read more →

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Our Place of Influence (Part 2): What does that look like?

Last week I wrote about our place of influence in our marriage. How do we get there and what does it look like? Let’s start where I ended last week. 1. Pray for wisdom and guidance. It starts right here. Without God’s wisdom and guidance, none of this is possible. It’s like groping in the dark for a light switch. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him (James 1:5). First and foremost, we need to be cultivating a relationship with God. If you do just this one thing, the rest of the steps below will fall into place. 2. Pray for change in you. As I shared last week, we are often the heart of our families. That means we are also a catalyst for change. Ask God to help you be... Read more →

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The Most Courageous

On Valentine’s Day we will give away a DVD of the movie Courageous, several books and also we will give away two framed, The Resolution for men and 2 framed, The Resolution for Women. To win, leave a comment in any post over the next week. That's six different winners. Out of the Old Testament comes a facinating story. Read it now and allow the Lord to show you something you haven't perceived before. (Numbers 13 and Joshua 1) ----- Joshua and Caleb, believed the Lord could deliver Canaan to the Israelites. The Israelites listened to the negative report of the ten who did not believe. The people turned against God and God was so angry with the people that he wanted to destroy them all. Moses plead with God to save the people and God relented. However God decreed that the Israelites would not enter Canaan until the unbelieving... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Be Strong and Courageous

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:9 The mother of a friend gave me this verse when my husband told me he’d decided he was an atheist. This verse would come back to me time again over the years. Almost seventeen years later I can testify that it is true. God has been with me where ever I went. From the US to Europe and back again, from places of discouragement and despair back to courage and hope, from life threatening illness to health, God has kept His Word—His promises—to me. God is with us, always. Believe this truth and walk in it and you won’t feel alone. And even when you do, remember this truth so that you know in your heart that God... Read more →

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Courage.... In Church????

From Monday’s Post: I should tell you that my own story of stepping up my courage began today (Sunday). I went out for an early morning run before church and as I was listening to my ishuffle I heard God whisper to me, “Lynn, you step out and be brave for me. You do one thing that scares you today.” Whoa. I hate it when God says stuff like that. Can anyone relate? Well within a couple of hours I knew the moment when God was calling me to put my courage up for a test. And, wow, it was completely unexpected…… Continued: Football season is over. Well almost. This Sunday is Superbowl Sunday and even though the Broncos were annihilated by the Patriots, I will still watch the game. However, I will likely be cheering for the other team, any other team but the Patriots (Sorry Pat’s fans. I’m... Read more →

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Give Thanks a Challenge

I have a challenge for you today. You may be in the midst of a struggle or a tremendous trial with your health, your financial security, your marriage or facing devastating loss. But for this hour, bring a heart of thanks and praise to God and then watch what He will do in you. Write out all your blessings. Name them one by one. A soul filled with the praises of God receives a gift..... Peace. If you need peace in your life, I challenge you to offer praises and let the peace that passes all understanding surround you, speak into you and bring you rest. ----- Also today, I would humbly ask you to join Dineen and I as we are the guests at Moody Radio The Midday Connection. 1pm Eastern Noon Central 10am Pacific. Please cover us with prayer that Jesus is honored and women find hope for... Read more →

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Interrupting Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

I'm interrupting our scheduled series on courage, well sorta. Today I want to introduce you to a woman who stepped out in great courage, Heidi. I've know Heidi for a number of years and she has overcome so much through the transofrming power and love of Jesus. I was priviledged to interview Heidi last fall. And today I bring you her amazing story. This is a story to encourage all women, join me at Laced With Grace today for: Triumph After Childhood Sexual Abuse. Read more →

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