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Summer With My BFF

Of course we can't leave this week without recommending our own Dineen Miller. We are all Lexies and we have a story to tell to encourage and help others walking the path of the spiritually mismatched. My prayer is that Lexie will inspire you to step out in faith and trust and realness even when everything around you is telling you otherwise. Remember, God is faithful. Praying and believing, Dineen The Soul Saver By Dineen Miller / Barbour Publishing Lexie Baltimore is in the supernatural battle of her life. In obedience to God's calling, Lexie uses her art and dreams to help others. But will she have enough courage to help herself when she becomes torn between her atheist husband and a godly man? A widower and a father, Pastor Nate Winslow is drowning in darkness. Will he resist his treacherous assignment to win Lexie's heart or give in to... Read more →

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SUMMER WITH FRIENDS

Today we are continuing our Summer reads suggestions. We told you that we are committed to help other authors in the same way so many helped us last year when we launched our book, Winning Him Without Words. We have some great books for you to consider for your summer. Today meet one of my oldest writer friends. Jenny Smith and I "accidentally" met at the She Speaks conference several years ago. She has a great book, Seriously God? I'm Doing Everything I Know to Do and It's Not Working. "Our house was going into foreclosure, we were moving into a rental house, and God didn't seem to care. We had thought he would come through. He didn't." Jenny's family faced foreclosure, job loss, the anxiety of no health insurance, and having to learn adapt to a different income bracket, like so many other families. Seriously, God? is not just... Read more →

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Fresh Start SUMMER

Today, It's my delight for you to meet Beverly Nault. She is actually a local friend of mine, part of my critique group. Bev has written several books and has a few more in the future. So thrilled for her. So meet Bev and two of her books about the amazing community of Cherryvale. The Seasons of Cherryvale Series By Beverly Nault (published) Fresh Start Summer (Lamp Post, 2011) Grace & Maggie Across the Pond (Lamp Post, 2011) Cherryvale, where neighbors care, gardeners share, and God allows do-overs. Along with the rest of the country, Cherryvale suffered economic hardships. Instead of waiting for handouts, the citizens worked together to repurpose, recycle and restore the town to its vintage charm. Now, brick-lined streets, attractive storefronts, and revitalized businesses lure weekend tourists, and destination travelers. Surrounded by an artery called, The Cherrypath, ‘Valers are connected as one in heart and mind. (Acts... Read more →

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SUMMER READING

Today we are continuing our Summer reads suggestions. If you remember on Saturday, we told you that we are committed to help other authors in the same way so many helped us last year when we launched our book, Winning Him Without Words. We have some great books for you to consider for your summer. Today, meet Elaine Miller. She wrote, We All Married Idiots. Hilarious!! We All Married Idiots: Three Things You Will Never Change About Your Marriage And Ten Things You Can By Elaine W. Miller / Lighthouse Publishing Three Things You Will Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten Things You Can. About the Book I married an idiot–and so did my spouse. The word, “idiot” is derived from the Greek word meaning “common man.” Aren’t we all common man? In fact, there is only One who was uncommon man–Jesus Christ. Elaine W. Miller encourages couples to... Read more →

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SUMMER

Well It's Memorial weekend. Wow, almost half of 2012 is already gone by. Say What? I'm still stuck in March, I think?? But here we are and this week as Dineen and I begin to enjoy the summer season, we will be traveling and away from our computers this next week. So we thought we would share some summer reading with you. When our book launched last year, so many of our friends supported us by offering to be part of our publicity and blog tour. We were so amazing at how the Christian Community came around us to help us get the word out about our book. At that time, Dineen and I talked, cried, and prayed giving thanks for the kindness of our community. We also promised ourselves that we would do the same for other author friends who were launching books. So this next week, we are... Read more →

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Today I say Goodbye

Today I say a tearful goodbye to all of my co-writers at Laced With Grace and tell them I love them. I say goodbye to all of you who faithfully stopped in to spend your precious time with me. I love each of you. I expect to meet each of your face-to-face at the throne of Grace where we will hug and laugh with glee because God allowed us to share life together here on earth even if it was in this amazing world of the web. I love you deeply. I treasure you Iris and Laurie and all of my past and present co-writers. Mostly I love and adore Jesus. To Him all glory, honor and praise belong. Be blessed, Lynn Some of my Favorites: ----- To read my Goodbyes and some of the my all-time favorite and best stories, visit Laced With Grace. Read more →

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Spiritual Warfare, Part 2: Your Bible is Really a Sword

In last week’s post on spiritual warfare we talked about shifting our focus and seeing who our real enemy is. This week let’s dive back into Ephesians 6 and talk about one specific piece of our armor. Our sword. Before we do that, I want to make one more interesting observation about verse 12: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Let’s be very clear that we are not left in this battle alone. On the contrary, I believe the last part of verse 12 shows that the battle not only resides here on earth but in the “heavenly realms” as well. If you’ve ever wondered if God is aware or present in our battles, be assured He’s not only aware but is... Read more →

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Praying in the Spiritual Realm- A Chronicles Update

Why is it I’m always surprised by the warfare and the extreme challenges to come into my home life when we write about spiritual warfare or when we speak about a specific topic? I remember getting into some major brew-ha-has (is that a word?) with my husband when Dineen and I were in the middle of writing our first book. It was awful. Scary. Tearful. And these times truly place my spirit in turmoil and draw me away from that intimate relationship with Jesus. I purposely must fight against these times. Well this past week was no different…. I spoke to a MOM’s group on Thursday. My topic, Raising Girls. The talk was a lot about my daughter and it went well in that I had minimal nervousness and the audience appreciated the encouragement I brought. I spoke about parenting. You should also know that Dineen and I are working... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Sifted Like Wheat

Yesterday we were blessed by a POWERFUL reader letter. In it she mentions Luke 22:31-32: “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” If you’ve read Peter’s story you know that he becomes completely sold out for Jesus. But it’s a process he has to walk through. (Click here to read my original post about Peter’s journey.) What I love about Peter is that he goes from being “sifted” as a man who is more full of faith in himself to a man who so full faith in Christ that his love for Jesus is transformed from a brotherly love (phileo) to a sacrificial love (agape). He is totally committed to the path Jesus set before him that fateful day on the shores of... Read more →

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Another Open Letter

The following is a letter I received in December from a dear reader who has been part of our community here for a number of years. She speaks frankly about spiritual warfare and I thought it appropriate to share with you today in light of our current series. My friend is writing to Dineen and I (Lynn) but where she speaks to us personally, I ask that you would think that she is speaking YOUR NAME. Because this encouraging message is for all of us. An now I give you a letter from one of our long-time readers: I remember when I came across your site. I was so thankful that I was not alone! I think the most powerful thing that you and Dineen have done lately is to post honestly and transparently. Women in these marriages WANT to have hope but they also don't want to necessarily hear... Read more →

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Who Are We Really Fighting?

Recently I watched the show Once Upon a Time. One of the characters, a young boy around the age of ten or so is keenly aware that his world is a battle between good and evil. In this particular episode Henry tells the one person he thinks can save them all, “Evil always wins.” Let me tell you, this struck me deeper than I expected and I will tell you why. When I was a teenager I was curious about the supernatural. Unfortunately my curiosity wasn’t balanced with an understanding of who God is. I read lots of books, both fiction and nonfiction about evil but hardly read the Bible. The more I read and allowed influence my young mind, the more I too shared Henry’s viewpoint. Without anyone to tell me God was stronger, that He’d already won when He sent His Son to die for us, I walked... Read more →

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Spiritual Leadership

When I’m speaking or interviewed for radio, spiritual leadership of our home, often comes up as a topic for conversation. It’s really interesting to me that this question comes to me from other believing men (radio interviews) as well as women who are living unequally yoked. My friends, we the spiritually mismatched, certainly live in the “in-between.” And spiritual leadership/direction is of monumental importance to us and we wrestle with how to do this well. Today I'm sharing some thoughts on being the spiritual leader of your home in a mismatched marriage. Join me at the Cafe. Hugs, Lynn My Husband is not the Spiritual Leader of Our Home Read more →

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A Mother's Heart. A Savior's Heart

Several weeks ago my friend, Tanya, wrote me and shared a story about her young daughter. And today I want to share it with you. I pray you are blessed through her words and her eyes. ----- Tanya Morgan Tanya: I learned the most valuable lesson from Ella, my six-year-old daughter, today. It was the perfect picture of Christ’s love for us and His forgiveness and what that really looks like. Ella and I met a friend and her daughter at the book store this afternoon. The girls were in the kid’s section while my friend and I chatted and looked through the rows of various books and Bibles. When the girls came up to us, each wearing a cute sticker on their arm hey stated that they found them on the floor. We both instantly knew they were lying. They swore they weren’t and wanted to know if they... Read more →

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What Does Respect Really Mean?

At church one Sunday, a friend who is also mismatched asked me about how to handle a situation that she either went behind her husband’s back to do what she thought was right in fulfilling a law or being up front and asking for his input and leadership with the understanding that he may well tell her no. These are the times our faith will be challenged and tested. This is also why Lynn and I are constantly encouraging you to keep a daily appointment with God because first and foremost and in EVERY situation, our first step is to pray and seek God’s wisdom and direction above all else—above what we think, above what others think and above what our spouse might even think. And here is what I have found to be true over and over again. When we seek God first in these kinds of situations with... Read more →

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Chronicles of the Donovan Clan - God Hit Me Upside The Head

So what has happened in our marriage, in my husband’s faith journey? Well do you remember that conversation that started this weird journey? I shared that with you last week, read it here. Well, my husband started to attend church with me…… every week…… He has been attending church every Sunday since February. Interestingly, my man is not into the worship and music. So, get this, he rises from bed as I’m leaving for church with Caitie, showers, dresses, then drives to church by himself. He joins us as we sit on the right near the front just before the Pastor begins to talk. Not my perfect ideal but friends, he joins us for church of his own volition. The Four Horsemen surely must be riding because I NEVER dreamed my man would get out of bed on a Sunday to join me at church. The marriage class ended over... Read more →

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And the Winners are...

Monday: KarenW (email contains the letters "kred") Tuesday: Joanne (email contains the letters "cupof") Wednesday: Christine (email contains the letters "fly") Thursday: Donna (email contains the letters "verd") Friday: Christy (Cedney25) Congratulations, ladies!!! And a very sincere thanks to everyone for sharing this incredible week with me. You've made it very special. Our SUM community is incredible! Love you all dearly! Dineen Read more →

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An Open Letter from Courtney

An Open Letter from Courtney: Hi Lynn and Dineen, I never thought I would say this, but I'm going to miss this season being in a spiritually unequal marriage in some ways. It just dawned on me this morning during a very precious and tear-filled quiet time with Jesus. As the Lord has been impressing upon my heart more and more intensely over the past several months, and even more so, over the past ten days or so, my husband's salvation is days away. While I have been waiting and longing for this season to be over for four years now, crying and begging for the Lord to save my husband, there is a precious and sweet grace of Jesus being my husband that I will miss when Jesus dwells in my earthly husband. Can you believe I'm even saying that? I could never have known Jesus the way I've... Read more →

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The Stories Behind the Story

Hello again, dear friends. First, I want to give a big hug and shout out to Lynn for letting me monopolize the blog this week to share this story with you. She rocks! Second, I want to thank you again for sharing this with me. It’s the culmination of a dream that started in 2009 and the SUM community is a very important part of it. I’m so excited to share some additional tid bits about the birth and progression of this story with you. How The Soul Saver turned out to be almost prophetic in my life. When I started writing the story in 2009, it was just a glimmer in my heart and mind. I knew the basics. I knew Lexie was a believer. I knew her husband, Hugh, was an atheist and a physics professor at Stanford University. And I knew they’d lost a child to a... Read more →

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Let's Have a Little Fun

Have you seen book trailers before? I love them, as long as they're short and sweet. My publsiher did a really great job on the trailer for The Soul Saver. So, for fun (and another opportunity for you to win a book, so leave a comment!) I'm posting it here for your enjoyment. Don't forget to come back tomorrow for the stories behind the story. Get ready for some God-bumps... From the Backcover: When Trusting God Is the Only Way Out On an average day, God started her missions in her sculpting studio, revealing the face of the person she would meet at the grocery store, bank, or playground. The goal was always the same. Reach the lost, bring someone back to God, restore hope. But then came the tough missions—the ones that sent Lexie Baltimore into real battle. And she had a few battle scars to show for it.... Read more →

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An Interview with Lexie Baltimore, Part 2

Welcome back, everyone! Here's the second half of Lexie's interview. Okay, here’s a tough one, Lexie and I hope you don’t mind us asking, but I think it’s an area we should address. How did you wind up handling your feelings for Nate? First of all, I went to God and confessed them. I had to, you know? God not only forgave me (of course He would), He also helped me understand that I wasn’t really “attracted” to Nate per say but was drawn to what I perceived to be a man of faith and envied that. That is what I truly had to repent of, envy and comparing. I’m learning to be content in my marriage and how to love my husband just as he is. God takes care of the rest. What suggestions do you have for those times when things just seem so hopeless? Being mismatched can... Read more →

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An Interview with Lexie Baltimore, Part 1

My friends, I had a lot of fun (and shed a few tears) doing this interview with Lexie. You spend months and even years with these characters and they become almost real. I thought you’d like to see the picture I used to help me visualize Lexie too. So, without further ado, here’s Lexie. Lexie, when did you first start having these visions of where God wanted to send you and did He have you sculpting the face of the person you were to help even then? It started not long after we lost our daughter Mandy. At first I thought I was going crazy! I’d just starting reading my Bible again and praying. A lot! I resisted at first because of my doubts but then that first time... I knew the place well, my bank. But the face God had me sculpt, well, I didn’t recognize him at all.... Read more →

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