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18 entries from April 2012

A Story and a Surprise!

I have a story to share with you. And a surprise. The story is about Lexie and Hugh Baltimore. Lexie is a believer who God uses in a very unique way to reach the lost. Her husband Hugh is an atheist. In the aftermath of a terrible loss, she’s trying to live out her faith as she raises her son Jeremy to know God, even though her husband doesn’t like the idea of her taking their son to church. Then there is a battle waging all around this marriage. The enemy recognizes how profound an effect Lexi’s faith can have on her husband, and he is not about to give up now. He’s cemented Lexie’s husband firmly in his atheism and is determined to make sure Hugh doesn’t switch sides. Sound familiar? Many of you may not know that I write fiction—that fiction is where I started writing seriously. In... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Possible AND Impossible

God’s been whispering a message to my heart this past week with every prayer request or comment I’ve read here and other places. “All things are possible with Me. Nothing is impossible either.” I so sense God wanting us to truly understand His heart for us. So, this led me to compile all the verses in the Bible that speak this truth. If you have some to add, leave them in the comments. I’ll even create a special download from them all if we wind up with a bunch! Memorize them, use them to battle doubts. Speak them out loud to affirm your faith AND change your thinking. You will be astounded especially in that area at how God’s Word can change the way we think and relate to our situations. Friends, dive into these promises and claim them as your own! Praying and believing, Dineen Jesus looked at them... Read more →

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Chronicles of the Donovan Clan - Fear

What is bizarre in all this is what happened inside of me. FEAR. After twenty years of asking for his willingness to attend a marriage class and receiving his rejection, I was terrified to say…… YES…… I literally didn’t answer him because I was overwhelmed by all the fears and feelings of rejection that ran over me as I sat dumbfounded in my chair. Let me share some of the thoughts that raced through my head in the few seconds that followed. If I say yes and he changes his mind, it will crush me. I should just let him off the hook; after all, he really doesn’t want to go. I’m not sure I want to go. Can I handle taking my unbelieving husband to church where many judgmental Christians might make him feel embarrassed? Will I be embarrassed if he says or does the wrong thing? Sheesh and... Read more →

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Confessions of a People Pleaser

He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight. — Luke 16:15 The verse above is the piece of Scripture that God stopped me at during my quiet time, specifically the part I bolded. I read and reread it several times, praying for God to show me what He wanted me to see. I understood the context of its meaning. Jesus had just spoken to the Pharisees about serving two masters and their love of money. In fact, Jesus made this statement as these men who thought of themselves as the source of Godly truth were sneering at Him. I clearly saw what Jesus wanted them to see, but what did God want me to learn here? I’ve confessed in the past that I’m a people pleaser.... Read more →

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Chronicles of the Donovan Clan - Never, say Never - This is NOT about James Bond

Several months ago, I told you that God was working some new things in my husband, in us. At the time, the Lord impressed upon me to hide these things in my heart until they were settled out. Today, all these months later, the changes that began in January and February have reached a stall and I have learned a few things. I think it’s time to share with you what I’ve learned. I remember the moment distinctly. I sat in my office, frozen, fearful to say, “Yes.” What ensued leading up to this moment was weird filled with conflict and hurt feelings and stress. Our 20th wedding anniversary was approaching and I remember saying something to my husband that went something like this: “We’ve been married now for 20 years. Honey, I “get it” that you don’t embrace my faith. I really understand. But, after 20 years can you... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — The Power of Dogs

Yes, you read that correctly. I'm talking about dogs today. There is just something about these furry critters that intrigue me. I haven't always been a dog person but after witnessing the HUGE impact our precious Shasta has had on my youngest daughter as she battled first depression and then cancer, I am a true believer that dogs are a special gift from God. My daughter is quick to point out that dog spelled backwards is God, after all. (grin) Think about your special pet and now imagine God specifically creating that furry creature (or scaled, feathered or whatever defines your pet of choice) with you in mind. Our God is that intentional! Can you believe it? He didn't have to make these furry little critters. He chose to because God loves to delight us. Now go love on that critter of yours (or your neighbor's if you don't have... Read more →

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Unequally Yoked and the Atheist Blogs

Part III A few months ago I was emailing back and forth to a friend of mine whose husband is a reader of atheist blogs. She was in such pain and in a quandary as to how to cope. Now I don’t pretend to have all the answers for each individual situation. I can only share what has worked in my life and marriage. Let me say that I love this young mom and wife. She is in the midst of fiery battles daily and is yet living for Jesus under tremendous persecution from her own spouse. And to add to the dynamics of her situation is how she is hard-wired, she hates confrontation. Many of us would go to great lengths to avoid confronting anyone let alone our spouse who holds a great deal of power to hurt us. I shared with my friend that there comes a time... Read more →

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Share Jesus and Be Real

We’ve had some great discussions with Lynn’s posts about atheist blogs and the unequally yoked. As I’ve shared with you all here, my husband is an atheist and his choice not to believe in God has been a huge catalyst for me to be clear on what God’s Word says and to claim many of the promises contained therein. Scripture holds so many answers for us as well and instructions and examples. If you want to know how to love a person unconditionally, study how Jesus loved people. If you want to know how to answer people (atheists, agnostics, those of different faiths, and even believers) who question or criticize your faith, study how Jesus instructed his disciples and answered (or didn’t) the Pharisees, Sadducees and Pontius Pilate. If you want to know what to say when asked about your faith, study God’s Word and you will know not only... Read more →

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Unequally Yoked and the Atheist Blogs

Part II As I ease into the second part of this series, I feel a compulsion to say something: To every unbeliever, including my spouse, I hold respect and empathy and love in my heart for you. I have been writing here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage for almost six years. Over the years I have received many encouraging words from so many of you. Your thoughts and kindness are the jewels in my crown that I will toss at His feet one day. I have also received some not so nice comments. I have been confronted and there are always a few doubters and even haters out there that will try to rattle my resolve and commitment to this ministry and to my Lord. For example, several years ago I received some kind of notice through my Google Analytics or notices (I think) that my blog had been linked to... Read more →

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Unequally Yoked and the Atheist Blogs

Okay, Yep. I’m bugged. Warning: This is a very blunt post. Proceed with caution and forgiveness if some of my annoyance seeps out. A few weeks ago I Googled a common term used in Christianity. The results came back and I clicked on the top result. The website loaded and to my complete astonishment I was looking at an atheist blog. I started to read the post. To say I was ticked was an understatement. P-off, anyone??? Now I don’t normally read atheist blogs. I don’t normally read anything that will skew or slander the inerrant truth of the Gospel. Let me be clear here. I DO NOT have an open mind about many things. I don’t succumb to the societal poo that I am intolerant because I don’t embrace every cockamamie thought out there. I have done my study. I have tested my faith. I believe in the Lord... Read more →

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I Saw God

I saw God. Let me explain. Lately I have discovered that my spiritual eyes have opened just a little bit wider. I’ve witnessed glimpses of God around me. Most recently, I heard God. It was early Easter morning. You can read about that story on my Facebook page (look for the post on Sunday, April 15, 2012.) But the story I feel compelled to tell is this one: Join me for a great devotional at Laced With Grace and catch a glimpse of God. Be blessed, Lynn Read more →

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That Old Familiar Ache

It snuck up on me again, that old familiar ache. The one I used to walk around with constantly early on in my mismatched marriage. I thought I’d made peace with it, made the choice to trust God with my husband’s salvation and the future of our marriage. I’d learned to bring that ache, that longing to share my faith with my husband to God and leave it in His hands. But there it was again just days before Good Friday. Why now and why so suddenly? Had I stopped trusting God somehow? Had I taken it back from God? Or was God trying to show me or remind me of something? I did a mental review of the last few weeks and nothing came to mind that might have shaken my foundation of trust in this area. If anything, my marriage and my relationship was better than ever. And... Read more →

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An Open Letter To The Spiritually Mismatched

The Lord impressed upon me to share a post I wrote for Focus on the Family -The Live Forum two weeks ago. I pray you are encouraged and hear God’s voice as He speaks to all of us, the Unequally Yoked. Sometimes people misunderstand our ministry by thinking we are in opposition to God’s Word as it commands in 2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? (NKJ) As a woman who has been unequally yoked now for 20 years, I understand the truth behind God’s desire in this passage. The life of the spiritual mismatched is difficult. There were days I didn’t know if I would survive the spiritual warfare. To read the article join me at the Internet Cafe. AND be sure to stop back in here on Friday as I... Read more →

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The Victory of the Tomb

Lord Jesus, Your tomb stands empty. We rejoice that You are no longer there because now You dwell in fullness in our hearts. You've defeated sin and death and given us victory and life! Lord, meet our unbelieving loved ones and show them the scars on your hands and feet. Let them touch the marks on your body and know that you died for them too out of your great love for us all. Lord, as we your sons and daughters celebrate this glorious day, a day that set the promise of salvation in stone with an empty tomb pronouncing You are indeed risen, renew our hearts with this promise that is not just ours to claim. It is for everyone. When you allowed them to nail You to the cross, You saw us across the span of time. You saw our broken and sinful hearts. You even saw our... Read more →

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JESUS DEATH - 60 SECONDS

For the next 60 seconds, set aside whatever you're doing and take this opportunity! THE (SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to the death penalty. At the time crucifixion was the "worst" death. Only the worst criminals condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, for unlike other criminals condemned to death by crucifixion Jesus was nailed to the cross by His hands and feet, rather than tied... Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long. The nails were driven into His wrist. Not into His palms as is commonly portrayed. There's a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the Wrist, that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself, so that He could breathe. Both of His... Read more →

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The Next Generation: Building a Titus 2 Legacy

This past weekend my church held a “Meet the Author” event. I confess I was concerned about it being a bit too much “about me” but instead it turned into a very special opportunity for me to share about our ministry here at S.U.M. These dear women at my church, who I am privileged to call friends, are now praying for us here, and there are some pretty fierce prayer warriors in this group! During the Q&A time, I noticed one table in particular because there sat a group of young women ranging in age from late teens to early twenties. I think they’d migrated together to avoid us “older” ladies. As I looked at them, it was as if God spoke to my heart, “This is a moment not to be missed.” At the risk of sounding even older than I am (I’m not old, really...) I did as... Read more →

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She Finally Asked

My friends, Yesterday our Pastor told a story that will not leave me. It pulls at my heart and I think it’s a story we all need. He told of a young woman who came up to meet him after service last week. She came along with a friend. She said to Pastor Josh, “I haven’t been to church in over a decade. I stopped going when I turned eleven when my parents stop making me attend. But I came today because for the first time ever, I met a real Christian.” Josh went on to explain to us that her friend, Jessica, works in the childcare center at Fitness 19. It was through a friendship that developed there that this young woman discovered what Jessica had was the real deal, an authentic relationship with Jesus. It might seem to some that childcare at a gym may not be where... Read more →

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