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17 entries from April 2013

Chronicles of the Donovan Clan

Hi My Friends, It’s been a long, long time since we have had a Donovan Clan update. And that is likely because I haven’t anything remarkable to report on my husband’s faith journey. But yesterday, the Holy Spirit came near and flooded my mind with a thousand memories of God’s faithfulness to this 5 foot 4, blond-brained, messed up but utterly thankful woman. It was as if I had a moment where a lifetime flashed before my eyes. It wasn’t my lifetime but my daughters. You see on Saturday night my daughter participated in a Rite of Passage. Senior Prom. This is exceptional for me for several reasons. And it was for my daughter as well. Let me explain. My daughter hasn’t been one to attend school dances. But after much convincing by me and her friends, she agreed to attend this last dance of her high school years. We... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Lord, I Need You!

Happy weekend, my precious friends! This song by Matt Maher is getting a lot of play time on the airwaves and on my playlist. The words Maher croons out, "Lord, I need you" is the common cry and song of our hearts, isn't it? What's so profound is what happens when we tell Jesus, "I need You." He swoops in like the hero that He is and saves us. We are forever transformed and changed. And He doesn't stop there. He continually responds to our needs, doesn't He? He is our friend and comforter. He is our very righteousness and right-ness with God. Amen? Lord Jesus, we need you. We need you every hour of every day. Every moment of our lives. And we are so very, very grateful that You hear and answer our cry—each and every one of them. Every time. In Your precious and awe-inspiring name, amen!... Read more →

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Help! I'm Sinking!

Hello Everyone. Today I'm interrupting our series to share a story that Sue Tipler sent to me. Sue is part of our amazing community. Take a listen in. I bet all of us can relate to her struggle of this past week. Thanks Sue. Hugs, Lynn ----- By: Sue Tipler I felt stuck recently. In fact I felt like I was sinking in quicksand. Let me explain. Recently my son objected to attending Sunday morning church with me. During this conversation with my son, my husband surprisingly jumped in and supported me. He said to my son, “You made a commitment to God and you need to follow through on it." My son asked, "Why haven't you made that commitment?" He followed that with "You're probably wondering why I haven't made that commitment." His response, "We'll talk about that another time but right now you need to go to church".... Read more →

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Do You Really Believe God is Good?

As I prayed and asked God what He wanted me to share with you today He kept bringing me back to His goodness. And not just His goodness but BELEIVING He is truly good and desires only good for our lives. As I listened to His heart and I listen to the hearts of so many others (even my own at times), I sense it is an area that needs more exploration and explanation. Because if you don’t truly BELIEVE God is good and that He is ALWAYS good, you can’t trust Him. I mentioned in my last post about God’s motivation being pure—that one thing that God is not capable of is having an impure, selfish, or ulterior motive in anything and everything He does. It’s completely out of His character! I’ve shared in the past that Romans 8:28 is my life verse. I’ve lived and breathed this verse... Read more →

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Part the Jordan River, Part III

(Part IV of our current Series: Parting the Red Sea and Parting the Jordan River.) Good Monday Morning Sumites. This is going to be a fantastic week. And I think we are going to discover what can happen in an ordinary believer’s life when we take a step of faith and then step out in trust. Ahhhhh, hold on because this gets really, really good. Let’s pick up our story from Joshua 3 and find out what happened to the people who were stuck on one side of the river with no way to get across to the Promised Land. Read with me. Joshua 3:14 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Lay Me Down!

My precious Sumites, I love this song by Chris Tomlin because it's about the surrendered life and the JOY of living like we belong to Jesus. Because we do! We are His and He is ours. This is also what Scripture means when it says, "the joy of the Lord is our strength" (Neh. 8:10.) When we walk in this place of surrender and obedience, we know freedom, joy and peace. To the world it makes no sense, but we know better, don't we? And oh, my spirit longs to share this with everyone! We want everyone to know our amazing healer and comforter, Jesus. Especially in light of the horrible events this past week. We have the Holy Spirit and God is calling us to share Him! Have an amazing weekend, my dear sisters and brothers in Jesus. May His presence fill and rest upon you, may His blessings... Read more →

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Part the Jordan River

Hey SUMers! Did you enjoy the read through Joshua 3:1-7? I wonder about something. When you read the OT passages do you kinda view the people of the stories as characters. Like a character in a fiction book? Well, Joshua is a real man. He lived on this planet and I can’t wait to meet him one day. I’m going to ask him a bazillion questions about living to be an old man, yet still having the health and vitality of a youth. What was it like to see the pillar of fire at night and the cloud during the day. Were you as astonished as me because your traveled in the wilderness for 40 years and yet your clothing and shoes never wore out? I’m sure I will pepper him with so many questions that he will have to spend a least a 100 years with me alone to... Read more →

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Trust + Surrender + Obedience = Breakthrough

My friends, a few weeks ago I talked about A Step of Faith. In that post I said “we will have to take a believing step of faith to activate the promise we’ve been given.” This was all about trusting God and moving in that trust (faith) to step forward. Nearly a month later I wrote a post about The Surrendered Life. In that post I shared, “The better I know God, the more I trust Him. And the more I trust Him, the more I am able to surrender to Him.” Now God has me on the next stage of this journey to understand obedience. I see it this way. As we come to know God and truly believe He is good (Think about that right there and see if you truly believe God is good. Remember, He’s not capable of an impure motivation. He is just GOOD and... Read more →

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Where is the parting of my Red Sea?

I’m wondering if you’ve noticed??? There has been a shift in our atmosphere here among the Sumites. This house has gone through a transition in the last six months. Dineen and I have talked about this transition a lot but what was really cool is that last week I was talking to Beverly Etzel, one of our long-time readers at the conference and this is what she said, “In the early years our discussions (posts at SUM) centered around husbands (spouses). Now they are centered around our faith. They are upward focused (on God) instead of side-focused (on man). Whoa! She is so right. So I’m wondering if you have noticed the transition in yourself? Have you watched your Sumite friends here online make this shift also? Well, do you know why this shift has taken place? In the last week I’ve talked to God a lot about our community... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — FREEDOM!

My precious friends, since our conference I am more and more convinced that God is moving is a big way and His message is all about Hi love and freedom—the freedom that comes when we walk in faith, trusting Him for our lives and knowing who ecactly we are in Jesus. Recently I wrote a couple posts about steps of faith and I'm seeing that same message everywhere. God is speaking the same things to people from all over the world—people who don't even know each other and it's big, big, BIG! When I catch a glimpse of that big picture (thank you, Lord), I am awestruck and struck by God's GOODNESS. All that He does comes from His goodness. That's His nature and the only way He works. He is completely truthworthy and faithful! I chose the lyrics version of this song from Jesus Culture because someone out there... Read more →

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Live With Intention

So, can I just say it’s been the weirdest week. I have experienced every emotion from sheer elation to deep sadness and about everything in between. With that said, perhaps my “word filter” isn’t in full gear meaning that you are going to get my guts… It could be Icky… but it’s always going to be authentic. Here are my thoughts. I love Rosheeda and truly have felt a deep sadness all week. I’m not a sad person so this is a really weird place to be. But then there are moments when an email arrives and I hear about how our Great King has touched a life. It’s for those moments when God encounters a person and they are forever changed… It’s for those moments that I live. I need to tell you that I hear the Lord saying to me, “Move forward.” He does not want me to... Read more →

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The Path of Faith

My precious friends, I know we're mourning the loss of Rosheeda and celebrating her new home in glory! Ro is the one who inspired me a couple years ago to surrender to God and to seek to live and understand what a surrendered life looks like. She lived and breathed it. She lived and breathed Jesus. And that's what we shared about her at the conference, that she lived an intentional life for God. Our conference was a huge success—successful just as God wanted it to be. Lives and hearts were healed and Lynn and I were allowed to be a part of that and witness it. I'm still amazed and astonished at what He did—what He spoke to my heart would happen just before the conference. Why am I surprised? We'd prayed for it, asked for it for months, weeks, then days before. There would be healing. And there... Read more →

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Rosheeda Lee

This page is to honor our ministry partner, Rosheeda Lee, who went home to glory on April 5, 2013. Rosheeda served this community with such love that we are forever changed. Please take time to read a letter from her parents, Sheila and Roderick Lee. Click here. The post below is the original post for our community and the comments in this post shout the legacy of Rosheeda and her love for the people of Spiritually Unequal Marriage. ----- My Sweet Family of SUMites, (Did you know Rosheeda coined our name? *sniff*) Rosheeda Lee It is with deep grief and shock that I (Lynn) and Dineen write to you today. On Friday, April 5, 2013 our dearest sister in Christ, Rosheeda Lee, was killed in an automobile accident. Rosheeda was on her way to meet us at the Intentional Life Conference that afternoon. The details are sketchy right now but... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — I Surrender!

My precious friends, I'm still pondering the meaning of surrendering our lives to Jesus. I've always been struck by how Jesus stood before His accusors and said nothing to defend Himself. That speaks to me of a holy dignity that rises above the opinions of men and sits squarely and humbly with God. The Bible tells us to be holy. I beginning to think surrendering is part of being holy—a place where nothing matters at much as our Lord and Savior. Nothing compares to Him either. And we literally can't outgive God! The more we give ourselves to Him, the more He gives Himself to us! It's an amazing and beautiful exchange. We let go of our self-righteousness and receive the righteousness of Jesus. We give Him our man made dignity and step into royalty as co-heirs with Jesus. We hand over our self and world-made identities and receive our... Read more →

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Dating a Non Christian?

So, let's talk about this. What are your thoughts on what Pastor Keller shares? Hugs, Lynn. PS. I will be joining in the conversation as time permits this weekend and then again when I'm home on Monday. Hugs, Lynn Read more →

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The Surrendered Life

My friends, Lynn and I are just days away from meeting some of you at the Intentional Life Conference. I am so excited to finally meet you in person and give you hugs! This community (SUMites as Ro called us!) is so precious to me. Those of you not coming, I feel like I’m carrying each of you in my heart to this conference. These last few months we have witnessed God do some amazing things right here in our online community. I’m excitedly anticipating what God is going to do this weekend in the lives of all of the women attending. We are praying down the heavens to rest in and upon the church in Kingwood, their precious team working so hard behind the scenes to put everything in place, and for each and every woman who attends to leave on Saturday with a fresh anointing on their lives... Read more →

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Faith, Hope, and Love

Hi Everyone, Wow, it’s been a crazy, busy week. And now we are heading into our conference week with a million things to do. But before the crazy ramps up, let me just share a part of my heart. My favorite photo from the weekend. My daughter, Caitie, and my grandaughter, Elise. Elise is my son's daughter. I am positively psyched to FINALLY meet some of you this weekend. Can you believe it? And before I get distracted about all of that…. Can we all stand in unison to applaud and thank Rosheeda Lee for leading us through the Passion Week of remembrance? THANK YOU Rosheeda for serving the Kingdom of God. Your words are anointed and the love you give to this community shines brightly in the heavenlies… My friends, if you are joining us on Friday or if you are not, please hear me now and KNOW this... Read more →

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