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Weekend Devo — Feeding on God's Best

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. — 1Peter 2:2-3 Have you ever noticed how you wind up drifting away from your spouse when you don’t spend time together and make time to talk and interact—on purpose, not just out of necessity? Have you noticed how you drift away from God when you forget to pray or wind up so busy you don’t keep that appointed time to meet with Him? Do you see the connection? Our marriages are an earthly representation of our relationship to Christ, as his bride. When we see our marriages as a training ground of being intentional in a relationship, we are learning what it means to be intentional in our relationship with God. Just as we have to be intentional in our marriages... Read more →

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God is In The Details Too!

Today it's my great privilege to welcome back Janet. Janet resides on the East Coast with her high school sweetheart turned husband and their three daughters. She begins and ends her day with God and strives to still be in constant dialogue with Him between. Thank you for being part of our amazing community. Hugs, Lynn ***** We recently received our summer calendar of the events for Busch Gardens, our home away from home. And I couldn’t help but reflect on how a few years ago God answered the smallest, faintest prayer I have ever prayed. After checking the mail I stood there in my kitchen reading the list of powerful headliners at the upcoming concert series Glory In the Gardens. As my excitement and anticipation grew to paramount proportions this will be no easy task I reminded myself. Indeed, that was an understatement. To attend this concert not only... Read more →

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The Call to Stand Firm

(This is from a 2009 post that I dug out and updated. It fits our ongoing series so well even after three years!) The stories in the Bible display a constant thread of struggle and perseverance. From Jacob to Joseph to Moses and the Israelites. In Genesis 32, Jacob is faced with a potential disaster. His brother Esau is coming with 400 men, and Jacob fears the worst. He even prepares for the confrontation by dividing his people and possessions into two camps. In verses 9-12 he revisits God’s promise of prosperity: Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, O LORD, who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’ I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan,... Read more →

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Glimpses of God

I thought I would share a clip from my recent speaking event. In this clip I tell the story that I shared in our book about God sending my husband a Mylar Balloon. My friends, Dineen and I will be traveling again for a few weeks. I will be in Colorado so I'm giving a shout out to all of you in the Mile High State. While I'm out, we have ask Janet to share a few thoughts. Janet has written guest posts for us before. I'm sure you will be blessed by her words. Dineen and I will also be checking in from time-to-time to be part of the conversation. We love all of you so much. God has been whispering about all the great things He has for us. So stay tuned because we are going to explore the blessings of the unequally yoked. Have a fantastic week... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — God’s Irony

The king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the palace to speak to the king about impaling Mordecai on the pole he had set up for him. — Esther 6:4 By now you know how much I love the story of Esther. For one, she is the first spiritually mismatched wife mentioned in the Bible. Esther is our inspiration too. As her Uncle Mordecai said, “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” we hold a place in our marriages for “such a time as this.” The story of Esther never speaks directly of God, but there is no doubt He is present. I love how He’s orchestrating it all. He’s put Esther in a place that probably wasn’t her first choice but winds up serving a higher calling than she... Read more →

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Taking a Walk with Nehemiah, Part 2

On Tuesday we started our journey with Nehemiah and his calling to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. In the comments, Shelly pointed something amazing out in Nehemiah 2: After this post I was intrigued to read Nehemiah myself with the perspective of marriage at hand. Only made it to chapter 2 but what stood out was 2:21... "The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall (marriage). But you (those who were against him, my interpretation...satan) But you have no share, legal right, or historic claim in Jerusalem (my home)." Satan has no share, legal right or historic claim to our marriages! A powerful statement to remember when the battlefield of the mind seems to be getting the best of you. Is that not amazing? I love how Shelly took this piece of God's Word and brought out the truth we could apply... Read more →

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Taking a Walk with Nehemiah, Part 1

If you're doing a read your Bible in a year plan, chances are you're reading in Nehemiah right now. I've been reading this story of rebuilding Jerusalem's wall with a new fascination. It's as if God is whispering in my ear as I read, asking, "Are you committed to building your marriage like Nehemiah fought to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem?" Yes, very convicting, yet so comforting in the sense that God loves us that much that He takes the time to show us what we need to do or to prepare us for what's coming. And most importantly that whatever God calls us to, He equips us as well. That is where I'm at right now—discerning what God is calling me to do in my marriage right now. What many of us are being called to do in our marriages. Let's take a walk through Nehemiah 1-4. If you... Read more →

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We Believe In Miracles

Letters for Gina The community of believers here astounds me. My friends, I cried reading the letters and email prayers that arrived for Gina. Here are only a few sentences pulled from some of your prayers: Dear Gina, Precious child of God, I am praying for you today. May God grant you peace beyond understanding as you walk this journey of faith..... ~Tina To read the entire update, hear from Gina and see photos, click here. Have an amazing Monday and know that through you, a young woman's life was profoundly impacted for the cause of Christ. I love you. I'm in humble awe of the believers who call SUM their home. Hugs, Lynn A Miracle for Gina, CLICK HERE. And visit Internet Cafe Devotions; Marriage Counter, if you are a new reader here for one of my past articles they are reposting today. Read more →

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Weekend Devo — What about Dad?

Father’s day can be a difficult day to navigate for many of us. I find it usually has to do with unmet expectations. I know I’ve struggled with this at times, wishing our family picture looked just a little more like the families I saw at church. But instead of focusing on what’s missing, let’s turn our focus upward and ask God to show us how to honor our men. Make a list of the things your husband does best with your kids and you, then pray and ask God how you can show him respect and appreciation on his special day. Here are some fun ideas you can do with the kids: 1. Sit down with your kids and make an “I love it when Dad...” list. Either by hand or on a computer, decorate your list and get a frame to show it off. He can hang in... Read more →

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It's a Dog Gone World

Let’s finish this tale (pun intended). To read Part I of the Hound from Hell, visit here. Is He a Nice Doggy? As he approached the last barrier I was a little nervous but because this was the main fence separating the property from the road, I wasn’t yet in full panic in that’s where most dogs out in this area are contained. I do know my heart was pounding likely from the brisk walking as my pace hastened to get past this dog and also from the increase in my blood pressure watching him break through barrier after barrier. I watched this pitbull come straight at me toward the last remaining barrier. At this precise moment is when God started to talk to me again. Say what? “Lynn, this dog has broken through all of the barriers in place to protect you. It’s the same in your walk with... Read more →

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What Should I Do?

Or not do? That’s the flip side of this question. But I’m betting you’re wondering why I’m asking that question. Care to take a walk with me? The longer we walk with God the more aware we become of the unseen. We no longer accept what’s on the surface out of an understanding that there is more going on than what’s visible or from a place of dissatisfaction because what that surface level has to offer just isn’t enough. We’re changed by Jesus to want more of God and to be more like Jesus. That is the eternity that God sets in our hearts and is spoken about in Ecclesiastes 3:11. This eternity is set in all of us. We may run from it but God uses it to bring us to a place of discontent and dissatisfaction so strong at times that we finally see there is nothing big... Read more →

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Shades of Grey and a Hound from Hell

So, ahem.. Right…. I have a story to tell and I’m about to be very real. It’s a risk to share what I’m about to tell but, I absolutely know there are so many of you who will understand. I know sharing my little escapade will keep you from tripping up like I did, and I pray you will still love me in spite of my failures. We are wrapping up our spiritual warfare series. And I know every time we write about warfare, both Dineen and I experience it first-hand. However, I also know we bring into the light the knowledge to defeat the devil and his minions. And that thrills me to the core. The story I want to tell is strange and I hope I do a good job in the telling. I also think it’s funny in that during this series God sent a weed to... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — God Has Your Back

“Then your light will break out like the dawn, And your recovery will speedily spring forth; And your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. — Isaiah 58:8 I have loved this particular verse for a quite a while now because God used it to affirm me on a day I wasn’t sure whether I was meant to be a writer. Yep, I asked and He lead me to this verse. You know the rest of that story. We’ve talked a lot about our armor but this precious piece of God’s Word tells us He our rear guard. He has our back. Almost daily I am blown away (yes, I know I use that phrase a lot so feel free to suggest new ones. LOL!) by God’s love. It’s taken me a long time to really accept that God loves us that... Read more →

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Spiritual Warfare, Part 3: The Rest of Our Armor

In my last post I left off with our feet. Yes, our feet shod with the gospel of peace! When our minds are full of God’s Word, and we are relying on and trusting God, we are STANDING firm in our faith. This is our strength. I read something in a Bible study (Duty or Delight by Tammie Head) just this past week. In fact, the timing of this study—when I read this chapter and writing this series—all fell together at the same time. I asked God to equip me to write this series and boy, did He show up! Now get ready for this little nugget of revelation. I read something that shifted my perspective and I want to share it with you. Tammie makes a great point in the last chapter of her study. She asks, are you fighting for victory or from victory? Think about that for... Read more →

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We Believe In Miracles for Gina

More than a year ago God began to push me about. “Lynn, I’m waiting for you, Dineen and the entire community of SUM to do a great work for me.” Gulp! Let me tell you that I didn’t want to listen. I had an inkling of what God may have wanted after our enormous success from the Kingdom assignment several years ago. However, I felt unprepared to follow through. I felt awkward asking our community to join us. However, a few months ago God began to point out some areas in my character that needed work. And it’s been quite a journey. I have so much to talk with you about how God is revealing His perspective in my life. Stay tuned because those stories are worth a visit. In fact, I’m going to tell my first story next Monday. It’s about a pit-bull, the devil and those various Shades... Read more →

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BIG Astonishing HOPE

Click on Join Us and The Community Map We are all community. We believe in an extravagant and all-powerful God. We are His hands and feet. He’s placed us all around the world to be light, to serve, to love, to reflect Jesus. It’s this amazing community that God has intricately and purposely placed together, we will do GREAT things for the Kingdom. Every day is a new adventure when you are living the believer’s life and we expect our Lord to show up and show off and leave us breathless. And the most amazing part of it all, God wants us to be part of it. To experience His love, provision, grace, mercy, direction and everyday delights. So today, we welcome you to a few new adventures here at SUM. Over the past few months God has been revealing much to me. I have some fantastic stories, some hilarious,... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Birth of a Stronghold

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” — Galatians 5:1 (NIV) Sweat beaded on my brow as I worked my way down the flowerbed. The bucket next to me sat nearly full with weeds and dead leaves. To my left, a weed-free bed spanned in elegance. Each bush seemed to sigh, free of the invaders once choking their roots. To my right, the distance dwindled steadily to the end. Pluck, pluck. Two more imposters joined the bucket with their cohorts. I smiled. My garden would soon be beautiful again. I reached the end. One final weed. My gloved hands grasped its protruding growth. I froze, took another look, and released my grip. The tiny plant twinkled in the morning dew, beckoning me with its delicate leaves. I glanced in my bucket... Read more →

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Some BIG and some small Changes at SUM

It's June 1st and I'm still traveling but will be back in my office on Monday, June 4th. Dineen and I have some changes ahead here at our site. We have some exciting new adventures for all of us who call this community our home. God has called me to see a few things differently. I'm especially compelled to talk about "The Church Lady." Stop in and catch the new vision on Monday June 4th. See you then. Love and hugs, Lynn Read more →

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