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15 entries from September 2012

Weekend Worship — Psalm 150

Praise the Lord. 1 Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Father God, no matter where we are, we will praise your Holy and Mighty Name. You are our Mighty Savior, our One and Only. You are ALL we need. 2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Lord, You move among us with such strength and love. We can't even comprehend how great Your love for is. It is all consuming and always GOOD! We fall to our knees before you in wonder and love. 3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, 4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, 5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Lord Jesus, let every song we sing and... Read more →

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Who in the Heck ARE YOU?

My friends, Can I just thank you? Last Friday I asked all of you to share about some sensitive and very private concerns in your lives. When I was writing that post I re-wrote it five different times and nearly deleted the entire thing twice because I didn’t believe anyone would leave a comment. I’m overwhelmed by your honest responses and moved by your courage to be transparent. Your comments and the emails I received were at times gut wrenching in that some of you are struggling with some BIG stuff. Please know I prayed for you. I prayed with tears. I am going to pray about how to reply and address some of these issues. And I’m waiting for God to show me what issue to write about for the magazine. So thank you. Today I actually am compelled to write about something that all of us deal with.... Read more →

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Receiving Grace

Last week I spent five days and four nights in Dallas, Texas at the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference. This was my eighth year to go and yet again God had some things to show me. Maybe you're wondering why I'm sharing this here since I keep my fiction side (nonfiction authors call it the dark side. LOL!) in a separate hemisphere. Maybe I shouldn't do that because everywhere I go, I take this precious SUM community with me. I brag about how we support and pray for each other. I love letting others know we are there to help and encourage. Two copies of Winning Him Without Words stowed away in my suitcase and went home with two new friends. A dear woman who's now divorced yet still grieves over her unsaved husband and a man who longs to share his faith with his wife. They found me... Read more →

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Does God Have a Ministry For You?

Lynn here: For many, many years I honestly believed that if my husband was not a believer, I could not serve in any ministry. That is a lie from the pit of hell and I want to blow that myth completely out of the water. In fact, today it's my delight to share a new ministry that God brought through one of our long time readers here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. Let me introduce to you Courtney Silberman: How Encouraging Women for Christ Encouraged Me By Courtney Silberman Courtney Silberman God said, It’s time. I was back from my trip to Israel and finishing my last assignment for seminary. Now what was I going to do? God had given me a vision for an online women’s ministry, but I had no web development company to work with. I had tried two last fall and neither one was the right fit.... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Psalm 149

Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people. Lord, hear our songs of worship and take them as our offering of love and adoration. And thank you for singing over us! We adore you! 2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. 3 Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. 4 For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. 5 Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. Lord, hear our songs of worship and see our spirits dance for joy in You! As You delight in us, we delight in You. Continue to show us your glory, Father God. We rejoice in the victory you have given... Read more →

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Enter To Win and Flourish

Hi Everyone, I have found a new and dear friend in the editor of Flourish Magazine. Myra is an amazing woman of God who is filled with a passion to help women flourish in the love of Jesus Christ. Most of you know that Dineen and I are regular contributors to the bi-monthly magazine. This month’s issue is all about fear and I wrote an article that is just for all of us who are spiritually mismatched. I sure hope you have a chance to get a copy. And in fact, Myra has offered to give me 10 free copies to give away. So here is how you can enter to receive a copy from me along with a note and a prayer. In the January/February issue I will be writing about sex. Now, I’ve written on this topic before and even share a tiny bit about the bedroom in... Read more →

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Astonish Us, Lord!

Yesterday many in the S.U.M. fasted and/or prayed for Rash Hashanah. Did God reveal something new to you? Be sure to jump over to our Facebook page and share. We'll be talking about it there as well as here. “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. —Isaiah 43:19 Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days — You would not believe if you were told. — Habakkuk 1:5 This is the fourth year in a row that these two Scriptures have come to me either in emails, in devos, from a friend. And it's always around this time of year. And this one came to me during my fast and has shown up several times this year alone:... Read more →

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Rosh Hashanah - Join Us

UPDATE: I will be offline from Sunset on Sunday through Monday evening. But please leave your names and your prayer requests because I will be praying over them the rest of the week. ~Lynn My friends, thank you for your amazing comments on the post last Friday. I’m blown away. I wanted to respond to each one however, in the midst of such a milestone the devil tries to take back ground and destroy. Let’s just say on Friday there was a lot of crying going on at the Donovan house due to an unexpected turn of events with regard to my daughter. I know many of you saw my few posts on Facebook and I’m deeply thankful for your prayers. It was your prayers that allowed me to walk with her through this trial and retain a somewhat calm mind and heart. I want to assure you that everything... Read more →

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Twenty-Five Years and a Slip of the Tongue?

Last week was my 25th wedding anniversary. A pretty big deal on my side of the family. I'm the first to be marriad that long. My husband, however, comes from a family of long marriages. I mean yeeeeeaaaaaars. His parents just celebrated their 48 years in April. Amazing... I confess, it boggles my mind and I give God all the credit. I give my hubby some too. LOL! He's a wonderfully patient man, thank goodness. What I really love is looking back and seeing how far God has brought my marriage from that heartbreaking day when my guy first told me he'd chosen to be an athesit to now, which brings me to funny little story. My husband and I have discussions on occasion about how I believe God works in our lives. You and I can talk like best friends and sisters about "God-incidences" and blessings and totally understand... Read more →

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Encounter God in the Wal-Mart Checkout line? Say What?

You know what scares me? The Wal-Mart checkout line.... I'm sharing a story today that is simple yet filled up with Jesus and it happened in all places, Wal-Mart. Join me today and share with me your encounters with the body of Christ. Lynn Visit the Cafe: Encounter in the Wal-Mart Checkout line? Say What? Read more →

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Forget the Devos. Let's Worship!

My friends, I sensed God’s leading this week to change our Weekend Devo to Weekend Worship. We are a community bonded together by a common desire to see our loved ones know God as we do and our hearts are knitted together by a love for Jesus and each other. Lynn and I are continually blessed and blown away by you, and we have all expressed how we long to worship God in Heaven together. Let’s start that here and now. That is the vision God put on my heart this week, to gather here online and worship Him together. I don’t know where this will go or how it will work. I’m content to let God’s Holy Spirit guide us. Let’s worship God together. Find a quite moment and place and read the Psalm below in prayerful worship. Add whatever comes to your heart and let the Holy Spirit... Read more →

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Chronicles of the Donovan Clan - Coming To Faith

I have contemplated and prayed, struggled and contemplated about writing about what I’m about to share with you. Why? Because I don’t really understand what to do with it. I don’t know what it means and the implications to this ministry. But, I’m compelled to share with you my tiny story of recent. There are many of you who are in deep spiritual battles fighting against the very darkness that lives in your own home. There are many of you, my sweet friends, who have waited and waited for your spouse to change but he/she remains distant from God. Many of you cry in the closet alone. I too, lived where many of you live right now. I spent years wandering around, stuck and unsure if God was even hearing my prayers. So today, I want you to know these years that you battle, feel stuck and unheard by God,... Read more →

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I LOVE Small Groups - Starting a Small Group In Your Area

In the early years of my spiritually mismatched marriage when living with an unbeliever was confusing, frustrating and painful, I found hope in a small group. In fact, it was a women's Bible study group where I found others who would pray for me, encourage me and just share life with me. You can imagine then how humbled I am that many of you are gathering together in a small group setting to study our books, Winning Him Without Words & Not Alone/Raising Godly Kids in a Spiritually Mismatched Home. The books include a study guide and questions for personal or group study because that is what you told us was extra helpful. I am desperate for all of you, our friends in this community, to discover Jesus on every page of both of these books and to live in His victory in your marriage and parenting. The Lord has... Read more →

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God, I Need to Hear From You

Ever have one of those weeks where you end in a completely different place than where you started? That’s what happened to me last week and this was the prayer of my heart. God, I need to hear from You. I needed direction, guidance and affirmation. You name it, I needed. Life had taken a 180 and bit me in the face. I wasn’t sure what to make of it, what direction to go, or even what decisions needed to be made. I needed to hear from God very clearly and I asked Him very directly. God, I need to hear from You. Sunday morning I read from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. The reading for September 2nd spoke of how we “scurry around, trying to accomplish things through our own strength and ability.” And in that process we miss living our lives in collaboration with God. I don’t have... Read more →

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Weekend Devo— What's Your Mountain Top?

This is the hilltop in the middle of a park that's in walking distance to my home. In the background you see the hills that back up behind the cluster and crowded homes in my neiborhood. This place is my mountain top where I sometimes go to walk and pray—an oasis in the middle of our busy and noisey community. This week I met a young man named Jaun who spontanteously started talking to me and we spent a half hour sharing our faith. I love God's family. These hills hold a special place in my heart because God used them to minister to me at a very crucial time. We were on our way to get Leslie's diagnosis and we had no idea what we were about to find out. Literally, as I sat in my car at a traffic light looking at these hills, I turned on the... Read more →

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