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19 entries from August 2012

We've Reached The End. Or Is It Really the Beginning?

My friends, I’m impressed that it’s time to bring our Kingdom Come To Earth series to a close. I truly have so much more to share with you about praying for anointing and about how the Holy Spirit is intricately involved in our worship experience. But, I’m thinking it’s time to leave what we have learned and move on to some of the practical posts about living with an unsaved spouse. This hour I’m moved to tell all of you something from my heart. Some of you have read these posts and have felt left out. You haven’t experienced any of this crazy stuff and you feel forgotten and left on the sidelines. Please hear me now as I say to you this: You are not forgotten or left out. Dineen and I love each of you and we realize that walking in faith is a journey. It’s in the... Read more →

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This Letter will Inspire You

My friends, today I bring you a special treat. A letter to all of us in this community from Durda who lives in Croatia. Her words will bless you and she brings great wisdom to light on how to stand against the devil for your marriage. I pray you will leave her a note in the comments. Hugs, Lynn ----- Hi to all there, every person who joint this group and to you Lynn and Dineen.Father bless you all in all your efforts. My name is Đurđa.I'm from Croatia.Me and my husband have four children, four boys. I find this page before two days, because i felt deep inside of me need for many answers that bothers me a lot, so i typ on google something like "what if woman have a faithless husband", or" how to live with faitless husband"...and google throw out this preccious page. Me and my... Read more →

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One More Story...

My friends, I don’t think I ever shared in detail about how things played out with my daughter’s cancer. Maybe it needed to be now so that I can share in context of how God comes, shows up and works in ways that are blatantly astonishing or the opposite, so subtle that we don’t realize until after the fact. For those who don’t know the story, my youngest daughter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor on October 1, 2008. Two weeks later she would have her first surgery to relieve the pressure on her brain and take a biopsy. They also wanted to insert a port in her chest for her chemotherapy. What God did: He used Leslie to touch the heart of our hospital social worker very deeply. She told us seeing how Leslie handled it all made her rethink her own faith. Leslie also surprised the staff... Read more →

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Let Me Tell You a Story...

This is a story I wrote in 2006, but it actually happened to me during the Summer of 2002. The reason I want to share this is because it shows how God can work in a simple activity like grocery shopping. God showed up BIG that day for me and I wasn't the only affected. God is closer than we think. We just have to look for Him. So read my story, then sit back and think. Did God meet you at the grocery store one day? On the school yard? At work? * * * Exact Change I can’t do it anymore. This line ran through my head, over and over again as I stood in the grocery line. The thought had dominated my mind long before my two daughters and I had joined my husband in London for a week. He’d been assigned to a client there two... Read more →

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A Holy Anointing by Janet S.

To follow is a guest post by Janet. She has written here for us before but today is a specail treat. She shares her personal story of worship and I KNOW it will touch you. Read all the way through and then watch the 15 second video at the end. I PROMISE you will be changed. Hugs, Lynn ----- One of many feathers God sends to Janet There is no one size fits all standard when it comes to an intimate time of praise, prayer and worship with God. I know because I’ve tried everyone’s formulas. The result? I felt like a failure. What worked for them just wasn’t working for me. Praise and worship music was the easy element. Morning time with God? Not only am I not a morning person, but neither is our wee tot who enjoys sleeping in our bed and asking for midnight snacks. Disciplined,... Read more →

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On The Fast-Track - Kingdom Come to Earth

My friends I’m sitting in my tiny office overwhelmed with expectation. I’ve had encounters with God this week that still freak me out. I feel like I’ve been thrust on the fast-track to come up to speed with the Holy Spirit. And next week I’ve asked my friend Janet to share an astonishing encounter with God with you here at SUM. You won’t want to miss this one. As I travel this fascinating and mind-blowing journey, God has asked me to bring you along with me. But, we need to visit some of the basics still. A week or more ago, we talked about how I walk in nature, God’s creation. I listen to worship music on my iPod. So many of you shared your worship playlist and they are fantastic. My current favorite I just loaded onto our Facbook page. So what is next? Silence. I walk for an... Read more →

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Who is This Man?

On Sunday my hubby called me from the disc golf course and asked if I’d like to go to a movie with him. It took me a few seconds in my fumbling surprise to say yes. Why? Because we have had this ongoing disconnect about going to the movies. I know this sounds a bit feeble so let me fill you in a little. When we lived in Europe our favorite thing to do on Friday nights was to watch a movie and eat homemade nachos. I LOVED this time together and we had fun! It was a way for us to connect and have something in common. Then over time our tastes in movies have changed, I guess. It’s gotten harder and harder to find something we both want to watch. And I have so missed those times together. Recently, I asked him to take me to the new... Read more →

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Chronicles of the Donovan Clan - An Update

Tennis elbow. I didn’t even have the joy of playing tennis to acquire Tennis Elbow. Darn it. But, thank fully it’s not something more serious. I’m thinking the 10 and a half gallons of tomatoes I hand blanched, hand-peeled and then turned into salsa was what did my poor elbow in. Thank you everyone who shared prayers and encouragement. They filled my soul. My friends, something awesome happened on Sunday. My home church of 12 years invited me to share my faith journey during our morning services. I am humbled and thankful and give Jesus all honors for this opportunity. But, you know what was truly special to me? I looked out over the audience during the second service and spotted my husband. And in front of a thousand people, God, my daughter and many of my close friends I said this: “Josh, (my pastor’s name) I’m astonished at all... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Blow Away Again...By You

My dear and precious friends, Yesterday I read all your comments on our post from August 6th about our visit with FamilyLife Today. I am blown away and so very humbled. To read your stories and hear your hearts in each one...I cried. My daughter walked in and asked me what was wrong. I showed her the page on my computer screen and told her how amazed and humbled and honored and blessed I am, to be used by God to help others, to be a part of this community. She asked, "So those are happy tears?!" Oh, yes, very happy tears. Grateful tears. Tears of joy. So, today I want to tell all of you how precious each and every one of you are to us. I know Lynn and I have said this before but we really do pray over all of you. At times we cry, other... Read more →

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Grace and Mercy

Hey Everyone, I’m writing this on a Thursday morning. After arriving home from Little Rock, I’ve been balancing school meetings, back to school was Wednesday, my son and his girlfriend arrived for a visit, my daughter dropped a quart jar of salsa on her toe, spent the day in urgent care, canned another 10 quarts of salsa and wasted a few hours watching Big Brother (Don’t judge me. It’s a weird obsession this summer, go figure?????) Whew! I’m overwhelmed just writing about it all. Needless to say, my friends, I’m running a tad behind. More than anything I want to reply to the comments that were left here way back on August 6th and every day since then. I have read them but just haven’t had time to sit down and type for several hours. I’m thinking I’m going to save my next post in this series for next week... Read more →

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More Than Just Waiting, Part 2

Yesterday I left you with the question, what is the key to this? In other words, what is the key to worshiping God even as we wait? Back up to verse Isaiah 40:26: “Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:” What if that lift of our eyes is a constant state of awareness—constantly looking for God in our everyday lives? What if we looked for God’s hand and provision each day for the prayers we sent up just that morning. What if we waited expectantly for God to just show up in some way each and every day? This is the abundant life, my friends! (John 10:10) And this is where it takes a mental shift that I do so hope I’m explaining well enough. This is a place of worship because we have chosen to live our lives focused on God. God doesn’t revolve around us. We... Read more →

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More Than Just Waiting, Part 1

In June of 2008 I wrote a series on waiting (has it been that long?!?!?). And we have talked about waiting on God in our marriages A LOT. I’ve come to believe that waiting is a constant part of our faith journey. We wait for prayers to be answered, we wait for God to open doors to new directions and opportunities, we wait for change within ourselves and wait ultimately for the time when we will meet our Lord and Savior in person. We are always waiting for something, right? About a week ago, God blew my mind again with another facet of waiting that I’d never considered before. Are you ready for your thinking to be turned upside down? This concept has been ruminating in my mind as I waited for God to give me a clearer vision of what I was to share. Imagine my total surprise and... Read more →

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Worship - He's in the Music

Okay, I’m going to admit that I’ve become a fanatic. I want more. I want more of God’s presence. I want to experience the supernatural to receive God’s glory so I can deliver it with authority. So, guess what I did. I went to church twice. Ahem, yep. Saturday night and then again on Sunday morning. I will acknowledge it’s extreme and I’m not suggesting this to you. But, I just seem to be in this sweet place with God that I can’t get enough. Worship was so powerful Sunday morning that I was shaking. I looked at my daughter who has learned to bear with her mom who raises her hands and sits in the front and showed her my shaking hands. I mouthed, “Whoa.” She smiled. What a great kid. I’m a blessed mama. So, I’m on this journey of worship. I hope you are as well. Reading... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Our Greatest Testimony

As I was walking the other day, I had what I call a dream vision. Basically this is my imagination running a little wild with possibility. In this “drimagination” I was with my husband in front of a group and we were sharing our testimony about our faith journeys, walking from a mismatched couple to now sharing a growing and vibrant marriage based in Jesus. This may sound crazy but I choose to dream big and love to see God wow me. So, it was brief and fun, but what really hit me is the testimony part. What is our testimony now? On my post last week I talked about how we don’t have to defend our faith and one reader left this comment: Sometimes I think it can be tough because if prior to our salvation, we weren't addicted to drugs or worse, we feel like our testimony doesn't... Read more →

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Worship... God is Not Cheap!

Dineen and I had an amazing time in Little Rock. We will share more about that when we find out the broadcast dates. Here we are in front. Thank you for your prayers and your words of encouragement Monday. We literally teared up as we read them utterly thankful that God brings all of you into our lives. ----- I want you to see this: Cheryl sent it to me. She said, “There was a feather on my bedroom floor!!! It was small (I thought a leaf or something else) It is blue without a blemish and in my bedroom !!!!” ~She is saving it in her Bible. Another reader described rain …. INSIDE. I have to say that I have heard others experiencing this as well. In fact, a few months back, I was in church during worship and felt a single water drop kiss my face, falling on... Read more →

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Arrogance or Confidence?

My call to jury duty last month was the closest I’ve come so far to being seated on a jury. In years past my number has either squeaked by anonymously, or, like last year, the jury was completed just before I would have been interviewed. It's a fascinating process and as I listened to the judge speak about the burden of proof is on the prosecution's side, which makes sense in our system of "innocent until proven guilty," a thought struck me. We are like the defendant, only in the sense that our role is to stand firm in our testimony. Ours is one of faith, of Jesus' salvation, and God's mercy and grace. We are not required to prove God's existence, the crucifixion of His Son, or the Holy Spirit's presence in us who have accepted the gift of salvation. As Ephesians 6 tells us, our job is to... Read more →

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FamilyLife Today

Hi Everyone, Today Dineen and I will be flying to Little Rock, Arkansas. We will be meeting Dennis Rainey, President of FamilyLife and host of the syndicated broadcast, FamilyLife Today as well as the co-host, Bob Lepine, Chief Content Officer. We’ve been invited to a taped interview that will be two hours long, and will be recorded at the offices in Little Rock, AR. During that time we are privileged to discuss our latest book, “Winning Him Without Words.” On Tuesday we will spend the morning with the staff of FamilyLife Today in their chapel service where Max Lucado will bring the message. After that we will join the broadcast team, Max and his wife along with another guest for lunch. (I still can’t believe this) After lunch we will head into the studio to share the hope we have for our marriage, for your marriage and for a world... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — Pascal's Wager: Worth the Gamble?

Have you heard of Pascal's Wager? I looked it up recently and ask my husband about it. I was curious what he thought of such a theory coming from Blaise Pascal, a scientist whose been influential in his own scientific persuits and beliefs. From Wikipedia: It posits that there's more to be gained from wagering on the existence of God than from atheism, and that a rational person should live as though God exists, even though the truth of the matter cannot actually be known. Here's what my hubby basically had to say in response: Christianity believes our salvation is contingent on your acceptance of God's Son Jesus so Pascal's wager still fails because just believing God exists doesn't save you unless you buy into the fallacy that good works save you. I must say I was surprised at his clarity of the differentiation and I could see his point.... Read more →

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Worship With Feathers?????

From this humble writer, I tell you that I woke on Monday morning with anxiety over the post I shared that morning. It can be scary when you write or speak about God’s supernatural. All throughout the night, I prayed. I prayed for you. I prayed for every reader that would stop in and read the post about God’s power descending on me in church. I prayed asking God for an anointing over the words I shared. I prayed that people would see Him and desire to grow closer to Him. So Monday morning came and as I read my Bible and then dressed to head out on my walk-n-pray, I was asking the Lord for His anointing upon the words. To change lives. That the words would be received and not ridiculed. I felt insecure and unsettled. I have been reading lately about the New Testament Church in Acts... Read more →

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