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17 entries from October 2012

Over 100 Emails and 8 Countries!!!

My friends, the responses to re-sign have been amazing—over one hundred emails and 74 requests for the certificates and wristbands! Women from Canada, Croatia, Japan, Australia, Kenya, Jamaica, England and all over the U.S. have written and so many have said that God had been moving them in this direction too! God is moving BIG, my friends, BIG! I believe we are seeing just the beginning of something major as God moves to bring revival across the world and also in our marriages. AMAZING!!! Our "I re-sign!" wristbands are still in the works. I will send them out as soon as they show up on my doorstep! I'd hoped they'd arrive sooner but a check in with the company shows they're taking longer than expected. So hang tight and stand firm in your decision to re-sign. Below is one of the email replies I received from Stacey Daley who has... Read more →

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Winning Him Without Words – or NOT!

Today’s post will mess you up. I’m compelled by the Holy Spirit to bring some clarity to the words: Winning Him Without Words. I’m taking this detour in our posts away from our Holy Spirit theme because as I was on my walk-n-pray I was overcome with God’s righteous anger and His frustration over this passage in 1 Peter 3:1. First, Winning Him Without Words can become a tool of the enemy. Now don’t get your pants in a twist, Let me explain. Read with me 1 Peter 3:1-2: Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. I know, I know… You are thinking, “Oh here we go again with this submissive thing.” Believe... Read more →

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What Do We Do With Halloween?

What do we do with Halloween? Each year when October 31st rolls around I find it fascinating how many of us in the Christian community struggle to know what to do with this day. Is it a holiday? Should we celebrate it? Do we allow our kids to participate in Trick-or-Treat? Is it a sin if they do? ----- The above is an excerpt from an article I share every year. To read the rest, click here, What Do We Do With Halloween. Hugs, Lynn Read more →

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I'm Praying. Want to Listen In????

Hi, On Monday I shared Luke 9: 1-2 with you and how these two verses have changed how I pray. I also asked about sharing a video of how I pray with these verses and I'm astonished that a number of you wanted to listen in. Thank you my friends. As you listen to this video, please don't hear the voice of Lynn Donovan but hear your own voice praying and imagine God listening intently to you as He sits on His throne poised and anxious to move at your words. Whoa!!! My friends, there's an army rising up! The time is now. So, after listening in, then head to the comments and let's pray like we mean it and pray how God has intended for us to pray all along. Thank you Jesus! I just marvel at how you became a man to model for us how to live... Read more →

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I Re-Sign!

On October 19, 2012, Karen Williams wrote: I Re-sign! Dear Dineen and Lynn, I appreciated your post on Monday. After reading it several times and understanding the seriousness of the commitment I prayed it out loud and mentally signed my name. I know I am ready for this as God has been leading me down a similar path this summer. I had been praying and asking God to show me/teach me how to love my husband as He does, how to see Him as He does. He answered that prayer by explaining how He saw me and sees me today. Because He knows the beginning from the end He has always known what my potential is. He created me with a plan and purpose in mind and sees the end result from the very beginning. If I truly believe this for myself (which I now do) then I have to... Read more →

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Restoring the Holy Spirit

My precious friends, I am overwhelmed with joy in all that God is doing in our SUM community right now. The response to His call to “re-sign” has been astounding! ASTOUNDING!!! I. Am. In. Awe. I have inbox full of these wonderful requests so please be patient with me as I pray through each one. I will reply to every single email. I want to share so much of this crazy journey God has Lynn and I on. We both will be doing this in the days and weeks to come. And it will go onward, I dare say. So please come with us! So, let me start at a beginning, a preparation that God sent to me for what was to come. While I was in Hawaii, my husband and would go and watch the sunrise on the beach each morning, then I would sit on our patio and... Read more →

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Pray With Power, Real Power

I’m writing to you on a Sunday afternoon. The rain has been gentle outside. The birds at my feeder are engaged in boisterous tweets as they tussle for the seeds. My exhausted daughter is having a nap and I can hear the crowd noise coming from the family room where my crazed husband watches and tracks his Fantasy Football score. And my friends, I’m privileged to spend some precious time with you. Walking with the Holy Spirit this past week has been full of firsts and fascination. I’m discovering that you must protect the Holy Spirit. And in the not-far-off future I will be writing to tell you about this and why we must protect the spirit. But today I want to share another experience from the conference at Bethel. As I look back over our conference experiences and process all that happened, I’m especially moved by the other attendees... Read more →

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Living In The Presence

My friends, it is impossible….. It is impossible to stand in the presence of Almighty God and not be changed. Little did three unsuspecting women know what God had in store for us. We stepped out in faith and with a hunger to discover more about God. We were not, WE WERE NOT, disappointed. My friends, so much happened to us that my head is spinning. So much is STILL happening and I want to shout it to you. I want you to know what I know. I want you to live in the presence with Dineen and I and if it is all I write about for the rest of my life, then I have fulfilled my calling. I’m going to try to take you through some of our experiences, praying with passion, that as you read them on the computer screen you will begin to experience God’s powerful... Read more →

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Redefining My Marriage

Many of you know Lynn and I were at the Open Heavens conference at Bethel Church in Redding, CA last week. She and I are still processing much of it and God is still moving and doing things to confirm and move us in this faith journey. Let me tell you, it’s deep stuff and one part I fee led to share with you today. So bare with me. This post might sting a little. But it’s like that antiseptic on a wound that stings at first but as it helps, the underlying pain goes away and the wound begins to heal. Are you ready for some shaking up and then some healing? I’ve shared in our book (chapter 4) God showed me (at a traffic light no less!) that I shouldn’t treat my husband any differently than if he were a believer. Well, this past week I was convicted... Read more →

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Angry and Married

Today, I'm wondering how you have dealt with your mismatched marriage. Out of my mismatch came so much anger. Join me and some discussion over at the Cafe. Oh, and this is my last post at the Cafe. I started writing there over six years ago. I kinda grew up as a writer there. But, God has given all of these opportunities to me for a season, such a time as this. I'm deeply thankful to the Lord for allowing me to share the hope I have in Jesus through the Cafe. Join me today for Angry and Married. Hugs, Lynn Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Colossians 1:9-14

Let's start with a prayer... Precious Lord, we continue to ask You to fill us with the knowledge of Your will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives us, so that we may live a life worthy of You, Lord, and please You in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of You, being strengthened with all power according to Your glorious might so that we may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to You, Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of Your holy people in the kingdom of light. For You have rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son You love, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. I shared in an earlier post about God telling me to receive His grace. I... Read more →

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The Culmination

Greetings Everyone, As you read this post today, Dineen and I along with one of my great friends, Heidi, who happens to live right behind my house are on our way to a Heaven's Open Conference in Redding, CA. Dineen and I feel like this is the culmination of our entire series this summer, about bringing the Kingdom of God to earth. We are beyond excited. Did you know that Dineen and I have known each other for more than six years now and not once have we been in worship together. Wow. Well that all changes today. We will gather with a few thousand people tonight to worship and learn more about our Lord. We are expecting our Lord to arrive with power and to change us. And that's just a little of what we are expecting from the next three days. The conference begins Wednesday evening, continues all... Read more →

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A Day in the Life of a S.U.M.

Hello, my dear friends! How I missed you this past week. I shared in my last post that my hubby and I were off to a get-away to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and have some R&R. Our destination? Kauai, Hawaii. Yes, truly and for real. This was our first time to visit this tropical paradise. We loved every bit of our time there to reconnect, relax and recharge. Okay, so that’s three “R”s instead of just R&R. But we are talking about Hawaii here. This not so brave girl did things like Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP), kayaking, hiking in the rainforest to a waterfall, swimming in aforementioned waterfall, and traipsing around a chocolate farm (I know, such a hardship to taste new-to-me fruits and chocolate, but I managed to plug through...) We packed a lot in our 5 days there. Even managed to coerce my hubby to take... Read more →

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Was Jesus a Democrat or Republican?

Yep, it’s that time again. Every four years the Presidential politics rise up around our nation and especially around the Donovan house. How about you? I’m daring to talk about politics today because if your house is anything like mine, politics is a deep chasm of which my husband and I stand on opposite sides. I’m not sure if you will agree with what I have to say but if you disagree, that’s okay, just do so with love. You will understand the significance of this story if I set a tiny bit of background before you. Most of you know I’ve been married twenty years. I grew up in a conservative place, Salt Lake City and was raised in an Evangelical home. My husband, well he did not. He grew up in a home without any kind of faith training and where “religion” was often mocked. He attended the... Read more →

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How Long Has It Been?

How long has it been since you have truly prayed this prayer? Lately I've been moved to pray the Lord's prayer and to pause to take upon it's meaning and power. Will you join me today? On your knees alone and aloud. Have a great Tuesday. I will see you again soon with some updates, happenings and cool stuff. Hugs, Lynn "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever." -- Amen. --- Matthew 6:9-13 - KJV Read more →

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My Biggest Cheerleader by Martha Bush

It is my profound privilege to introduce to you today another of our long-time community members, Martha Bush. I have come to know Martha and love her deeply. She has a heart for the spiritually mismatched and guides a group of ladies at her home church. Today I' welcome Martha as she has a short sotry to share with all of us. Hugs, Lynn My Biggest Cheerleader Dan Brack, children’s pastor at my church, came to me several years ago and said: “I have got a lot of hurting children in children church. Can you help me?” Dan knew that I had taught The Grieving Process to adults for a number of years, and thought perhaps that I could put together a condensed version of it for children church. Well, the short of the long is this: When the first draft was completed, Heather, my daughter, suggested that I have... Read more →

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