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18 entries from July 2012

In Search of Worship

I’m on a mission right now. And no, my name isn’t Lexie Baltimore. (wink) No, my mission has to do with figuring out how to hear God more clearly in my life. Does that resonate with you, because it’s a need that’s driving me a bit crazy at the moment. Perhaps it’s the chaos that I’ve allowed to overtake my life with a wedding in the works, family in town visiting, an email inbox that greets me each morning with a snarl and just the constant mindset of barely keeping up. I want more of God. I want to hear Him clearly in my quiet time and every part of my day. I want the Holy Spirit to be in charge of my life! This isn’t the first time I prayed this, nor will it be the last I’m sure. Not in a world with an enemy bent on keeping... Read more →

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Now Stand Back My Friends and Be Astonished

Now stand back my friends and be astonished. Throughout history God’s divine plan and purpose is to dwell with people. From Adam and Eve to this very day, His passion, His relentless purpose is to share His glory, for us to live in His perfect will and to experience the life of the divine. From the Heavenly Priest Melchizedek, through the Priesthood of the Levites and the High Priest of the Temple of God to: THE GREAT HIGH PRIEST, JESUS CHRIST! God has been bringing heaven to earth or making a way to dwell with us on earth. Jesus walked this earth to provide us with the training we need to step into the new era, His Priesthood. Now let this sink in: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — We Are Not Alone!

On Wednesday I was on the Moms Together Facebook Page (special thanks to Suzie Eller for having me) and the most common comment I saw as the women there shared their hearts about being mismatched was their relief to find out they're not alone. As I shared in our book, that was life changing for me, to discover that other women were walking the same path I was. There is just something uplifting and encouraging about finding others who are on the same journey and understand our challenges. What I love most is God's heart in all this. He knew our need for community and support and put this ministry into motion for all of us to find encouragement and strength—to find God in the midst of our marriages and reject the enemy's lie that we are alone and God has abandoned us. I love our SUM Community so much... Read more →

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What's The Point????

Part I Part II Part III Part IV Part V Where have we traveled on this journey so far? King and High Priest Melchizedek. God’s presence on earth.Captivity, slavery. God is silent 400 years. Moses appears on scene. A new covenant of the law is given. A tabernacle is constructed. Priesthood is established. People see God’s miracles and provision. They worship God and offer sacrifice. God dwells among his people in and through Moses and the Priesthood. Man, I hope you read some of the comment in this series. A facinating comment was left on Monday about Jesus and His call into the Priesthood. Hope you caught that because it boggles my mind. Onward..... On Monday we visited Moses and the people on their way to the Promised Land. The limited priesthood was established along with the covenant of the law. God’s desire to dwell on earth came through blood... Read more →

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Welcome to the S.U.M. Community!

My friends, I'm chatting today with Suzie Eller on her Moms Together Facebook page. I hope you'll pop over and join the discussion. If you've found yourself here from Suzie's page, we want to welcome you to the Spiritually Unequal Marriage (SUM) Community! I hope you'll check out our Join Us Community Page there in the sidebar and learn more about this amazing community of believers sharing a common journey of faith. If you are spiritually mismatched, your desire to love and walk with the Lord while being spiritually mismatched is precious! This desire is the spark God asks for so that He can supply the strength and wisdom for you to travel this path. It’s not an easy one, but I find the richest paths of life are often fraught with challenges and trials. You play a very influential role in your husband’s life. I don’t know the circumstances... Read more →

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LIft Up Your Face

In case you haven't figured this out yet, I'm a huge Third Day fan. I find their music so worship-filled and inspiring. And when I listen to music like that, I begin to hear God's voice. Seems to just work that way for me. For Lynn, it's her prayer walks. For me it's music. Another song from the same album (Move) as the one I shared over the weekend is "Lift Up Your Face." I fell in love with this song first because it spoke to my heart about God's pursuit of us but then it became more. It spoke to me of God's pursuit of our prebelievers. Lift up your face. Lift up your face. Salvation is calling. Salvation is calling. We've talked a lot about keeping our focus on Jesus, that our true hope lies in Him, not in our circumstances and not in our spouse's decision to... Read more →

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Where Did It Go?

Part I Part II Part III Part IV I have to say this has been one of the most empowering and purposeful series I have ever participated in. In the comments last week was this: Jennifer said... After much contemplation in these passages, I and my sister have formed an opinion of sorts about King Melchizedek. Okay, this is her first sentence and her comment was excellent but you know what I loved most about this comment? Jennifer is reading God’s Word. She is contemplating God’s. Holy. Word…. And she is having conversations with others. Man, what I wouldn’t give to sit with them at the kitchen table and talk about King Melchizedek. Thanks Jen…. It thrills the Lord to the core that you desire to know Him more. And everyone who has been part of the comments, thank you. I’m humbled over your love for Jesus and for this... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — The Sound of Your Voice

I just have to share this song with you, my friends. It's by Third Day, and brings me to my knees everytime I hear it. Listen to God's voice as you listen to the words. Praying & believing, Dineen Read more →

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God's Kingdom Come to Earth

Part I Part II So why is King Melchizedek vital to our story? If you remember from Monday, Abram conquered a vast army with a mere 318 men. Men who were “trained” by Abram to pray, to worship to know and serve the one true God. My friends, Abram didn’t doubt that through his prayer, worship and the training of his sons and grandsons that God would show up. He knew God was in this kingdom battle. How did he know this? This is where I think things begin to tie together. You see Abram came from Bethel. He traveled through this city and camped near it. Bethel when translated is House of God. Beth = house and El = God. (Side note Beth le hem. House of bread… interesting tidbit.) Now remember is was at Bethel where Jacob saw the heavens open. Read this: (NIV) 12 He had a... Read more →

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A Step of Faith

In the last week I’ve come across two kinds of believers. The first is an older widow who has walked some challenging roads of life and loss and has become a very special influence and inspiration to me. We were discussing our loved ones who are still resisting God—my husband, her grandson. Our prebelievers. Her answer is simply it’s a matter of time because we know we are praying God’s will. It’s as simple as that for her. No doubt, no questioning. At some point our prebelievers will step into belief because it’s God’s will. The other is a gentleman whose wife and he have suffered more loss than I can imagine. He walks the road of faith but I see his discouragement, his despair. His wife turned away long ago. He expressed a kind of “what’s the point” perspective to me in regards to Bible study because it just... Read more →

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The Royalty Mentality

In our post on Friday I hope you caught a few different things. There are Kingdom battles. We can win those battles even when facing insurmountable odds just like 318 men faced a vast army. Training is key to victory. Let’s pick up our story with Abram. He returns from his victory and is greeted by the King of Sodom. But here is where I think the story becomes fascinating. Listen in: Genesis 14: 18-20 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. Here are some of my thoughts: First isn’t it fascinating that we remember the death and resurrection of Christ through... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — All the Fishies in the Sea

I saw this SUV on the freeway the other day and had my daughter take a picture of the back. I wish you could have seen me trying to catch up with this vehicle to snap a picture. I promise no animals, people, or fish were harmed in the process. Seeing these symbols made me wonder all kinds of things though, and in just the flash of a moment. Did these symbols encompass the entire family? Did you earn your fish and place above the bumper once you said yes to Jesus? Did this family "swim" in harmony and faith? What did this family of faith look like? Yeah, lots of questions and most of them not really important for me to know. I was suddenly in that place of comparing and wondering how my family measured up. That old ach and longing tried to make a come back, but... Read more →

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Kingdom Authority... But how do I get it?

Hi Everyone, I’m filled with so much I want to share with you that I’m fit to be tied. I want to blurt it all out all at once because it’s so exciting. I’m bouncing in my seat to share with you what I know about God, His Kingdom and much, much more. So what I need to ask of you is to walk patiently with me through this story because we have a ton to learn along the way. And I promise you that it’s the ending, when all we have learned, will suddenly pull together in a giant astounding crescendo, which will freak you out. So when there are posts that seem not to move you or appear insignificant, hold on to them. Read them carefully and remember all that we cover because each is a stepping stone that builds upon one another. Okay hope that helps. Do... Read more →

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A Little Marriage Humor

Sometimes we need to laugh at ourselves. Please receive this with all the smiles and laughes intended. Enjoy! Read more →

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Answer This One Profound Question

Woo Hoo!!! I’m home. My friends, I love to visit family but I also am so happy to come home. I visited my mother in Grand Junction, CO. My daughter, son and his girlfriend joined us. My mom’s tiny house was filled with people. We had 10 days, crammed-packed with adventures. Below is a photo I took while we rafted the Colorado River. Can you see the Bald Eagle in the tree with its young? Neat! Anyhoo, while visiting I attended Canyon View Church and met June Fellhauer who was the guest speaker. She Rocked it. My visit with her was a divine appointment. God has impressed upon me to share her insights. So, we are going to take a journey through time. We will visit some of our favorite people in the Bible while on our voyage. We will also visit some who are obscure and talk about some... Read more →

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News and Updates!

Just a couple of updates, dear friends. See below: From Dineen: So many of you participated during the week of The Soul Saver unveiling. Well... (drum roll please) I've written three new scenes as part of my new e-book, The Making of The Soul Saver. Just like DVDs have that extra disc with special features, The Making of The Soul Saver has lots of extras. Some you've read, much you haven't, like those three new scenes about what's going on in Hugh and Lexie's life now, how Nate is doing in China and what's happening with Jenna and David. It's my gift to you for signing up for my mailing/newsletter list. This is a separate list from our SUM newsletter and good way to keep in touch with me about what's going on with my fiction writing. That way I don't take valuable time and space from our SUM site... Read more →

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"Why Can't You Trust Me?"

A terrific storm came up suddenly on the lake. Water poured in, and they were about to capsize. They woke Jesus: "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" Getting to his feet, he told the wind, "Silence!" and the waves, "Quiet down!" They did it. The lake became smooth as glass. Then he said to his disciples, "Why can't you trust me?" —Luke 8:23-25 (The Message) I love coffee and I love coffee mugs. The one in the picture is may latest find. The mornings I feel myself struggling to trust God are the ones I reach for this mug as a reminder that it's all about trusting God. So let’s talk about trust. Trusting God is our greatest challenge in the life. I believe it’s something you and I will grapple with on a daily basis for the rest of our lives. We begin to trust God in one area... Read more →

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Sacred Marriage?

Today it's my great privilege to welcome back for a second time 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 ***** I’m often asked the secret to my marriage. We were the first to marry, and the last still married. Marriage certainly is not the glass slippered story I read about as a child. It’s actually hard work. Those of us in mis-matched marriages know it’s even harder work. Our marriage has certainly never always been this easy going. We have been shaken with such force I can assure you any loose rocks in our foundation ricocheted out. But the beauty is God filled those holes and crevices of impossible,... Read more →

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