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Meet Joanne

Today it's our great delight to introduce one of our SUMites who has stepped into a leadership role in our community by sharing her words of encouragement throughout the comments here on the SUM site an on FB. For a long while we have considered Joanne as part of our ministry. We call her our Community Care Chairwoman because she shares her open heart with love with so many of you. She prays and comments back to so many of you who leave comments. We so appreciate that Joanne just voluntarily stepped into this role as our writing and speaking schedules get crazy and we simply don't have enough hours to be as active as we want to be. But, isn't it just like our Lord to send people to be part of this community just when we need them. So today meet Joanne. Leave her a word of encouragement... Read more →

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Wedding Pictures!!!

My friends, I'm so happy that I get to share these with you! The entire weekend was amazing! So full of love and joy. I felt all your prayers through the weekend for the wedding, for my daughter, for my health—all of it. THANK YOU SO MUCH! As we drove to the wedding venue, my daughter Leslie excitedly pointed out this in the sky. Can you see the dove? It was so big and clear. I know this was God's sweet message to tell us His blessings were all over this event and marriage. My biggest fear was having a coughing fit during the ceremony and I was fine for the entire day. The reception afterwards was truly the celebration I'd hoped it would be and more. Most of us danced and laughed into the night. It was glorious! Here are some pictures that are the highlights of the day.... Read more →

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Miracle Update

Below is a note from Lisa about the miracle this community helped to create across the world. You can read more about it here. Thank you SUMites your love is streatching to distant lands that are desperate for the love of our Savior. I love you, Lynn ----- Seven months ago, I was pleading with God to heal me of malaria...like, NOW. He heard, but didn't obey my command. His plan was to walk me through it, not take me out of it. It was a longer walk than I anticipated, but worthy of my time. Along that path, I came to know that 50% of malaria can be prevented by sleeping under a mosquito net. Say what?? My next prayer was, "Lord, I need money for 500 mosquito nets." He instantly shot back, "Why ask for 500 when you know I always give you twice what you ask for?"... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — A Story of God's Faithfulness

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Silva I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. — Psalm 17:6 My friends, this is a special day for me and my family. It's my oldest daughter's wedding day. For me it's also a testimony to God's faithfulness. For years as I prayed over my girls, I have also prayed for the future men in their lives—for their future husbands. I prayed for men of integrity—godly men who knew Jesus and lived it out in their lives. I also prayed that God would prepare my girls and help them to be godly wives and helpers to their future husbands. Today my daughter, Rachel, will walk down the aisle with this young man, Keith, who started "courting" her six years ago and is more than I prayed for or imagined. God answered my prayers... Read more →

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Chronicles Of A Humbled Donovan

Okay….. So, ahem… You know what ALWAYS happens when I share teaching with you. I live it out… Well, this series on taking a step into the Jordan is no exception. So today I’m going to share with you an experience that has opened up a giant hole in my heart that only our merciful and loving God can fill. And I wonder if some of you will find this hole exists in your heart as well? Travel this path with me today because I bet it reveals something within you that you didn’t know existed. Let me set the stage. Many of you know my friend, Maria. I’ve introduced her here before. She has a healing and deliverance ministry through a large church in San Diego where they help women who are emerging from the adult films industry. Pornography is, of course, an open door to demonic oppression. Maria... Read more →

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Beauty For Ashes

My friends, below is a precious letter from Rosheeda's parents. They have reached out to Lynn and I and have expressed their desire to be a part of this community. Even in their grief, God's love shines so profoundly through them. Such beauty rising up from ashes... If you scroll down in the side bar, you'll now see "Rosheeda Lee Legacy Page." This is in memory of Rosheeda and all she gave to our community, including our name, Sumites. Our desire and prayer is to honor her and share her legacy with others who come to this site down the road. Now it's my pleasure to introduct Sheila and Roderick Lee: Hello. I sat a while ago and re-visited the comments from the SUM community and cried and smiled at the many statements from so many people God allowed to be loving, encouraging and inspirational to my daughter. Somehow in... Read more →

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When God Shows Up!!!

My SUMite family. Where do I begin? I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers on Friday. Little did I know how much I would need them. There was such a fantastic breakthrough at this event that I’m convinced the transformation in lives will echo through the generations to come. THAT is how BIG our God moved in this event. I want to share with you some photos of the people for whom you prayed. Please know that these ladies didn’t know your name or even that you prayed for them. But in heaven, they will be in your line to give you thanks because so many found freedom, deliverance, new gifts in the prophetic and ministries. Wow, just Wow. And as for Dineen and I. We just get to be part of it. Only the conduit to watch our powerful God have a... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Come Away!

My friends, Lynn and I are speaking at a women's retreat at Rancho Community Church in Temecula, CA this weekend. We are anticipating an amazing work of God in the women attending. As I write this, I'm days away from the event and Lynn and I are both anticipating the rebirth and renewal of faith, the release of the Holy Spirit and healing on so many levels. It's all part of what we've been sharing on the blog—God is moving in HUGE ways and calling His daughters forth. In other words, a completely astonishing work of God! I am already in awe of what our Almighty God does when we just let Him into our hearts and lives and give Him everything! Have an amazing weekend drenched in the love and power of Jesus, my friends. I'm praying for the fire of the Holy Spirit to burn brighter than ever... Read more →

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Prayer for The Many

Good Friday Morning. I completely spaced preparing my post for today. I guess there is a lot on my mind and heart. For today may I ask the community of the SUMites to pray for myself and for Dineen. Tonight at 7 pm PST I will take the stage at Rancho Community Church. Dineen in the morning and both of us together tomorrow afternoon. Please pray that every word we speak releases the Holy Spirit into that room. Pray that every word is spoken with an anointing to bring hope, healing and His Presence to the women who attend. Please pray with us that the audience does not hear Lynn & Dineen but they hear Jesus' calling them to a vibrant and full relationship. On my walk on Thursday I looked up into the sky and I saw a single cloud formation and it looked exactly like a graphic Dineen... Read more →

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A Keen Perspective

My friends, I have to tell you that this post was birthed from the title first. I don't know why God does it that way with me but He does. So as I prayed for this weeks words, the title came. I looked up the word “keen” and found this definition and these synonyms: —having or showing eagerness or enthusiasm, a keen desire to learn, sharp or penetrating, eager, anxious, intent, determine, champing at the bit, ardent, passionate. A Keen Perspective. I typed it at the top of a blank page and sensed what God wanted this message to be about. I understood this is what kind of belief God is calling us to. What I have to share in the rest of this post will require you to have a “keen perspective” of God, of His kingdom and of what He is doing all around you. I spent a... Read more →

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A God Encounter Changes A Marriage

Crossing the Jordan series has covered a lot of new territory that we haven’t trekked before. I’m convinced that God is using this online community of The SUMites to take His love encounter to the communities where we live. Please know the Dineen and I have literally prayed and prayed for this very thing. So why do we write about living in the Presence of God? Why do we share with you how to move closer to God and how to encounter His power, love and grace especially since this is a marriage blog? It’s because when you have finally stepp over to the other side of surrender and fully embrace the love and power of the Most High, marriages change. Our children change. The very atmosphere of our homes change. For example. A giant issue in my life was attending church alone……. Today, it just doesn’t matter. Fears that... Read more →

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When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

When you thought I wasn’t looking You hung my first painting on the refrigerator And I wanted to paint another. When you thought I wasn’t looking You fed a stray cat And I thought it was good to be kind to animals. When you thought I wasn’t looking You baked a birthday cake just for me And I knew that little things were special things. When you thought I wasn’t looking You said a prayer And I believed there was a God that I could always talk to. When you thought I wasn’t looking You kissed me good-night And I felt loved. When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw tears come from your eyes And I learned that sometimes things hurt— But that it's alright to cry. When you thought I wasn’t looking You smiled And it made me want to look that pretty too. When you thought I... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Overwhelmed by God

Then David the king went in and sat before the Lord and said, Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house that You have brought me this far? This was a small thing in Your eyes, O God; but You have spoken of Your servants house for a great while to come, and have regarded me according to the standard of a man of high degree, O Lord God. What more can David still say to You concerning the honor bestowed on Your servant? For You know Your servant. O Lord, for Your servants sake, and according to Your own heart, You have wrought all this greatness, to make known all these great things. O Lord, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears. — 1 Chonicles 17:16-20 I love this part of... Read more →

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Miracles and Why God Doesn't Heal

Hello SUMites! God has been beating me about on the head trying to share with me this “thing” I keep talking about. I’m trying to describe to you, our community, and to others I talk with in person this movement by God. It’s a movement in the spiritual realm that is bringing God’s Kingdom to earth. People are experiencing God in profound and different ways than in years past. Experiences such as the encounter I described on Monday. This thing, this movement God told me is THE GREAT AWAKENING of the church. I’ve seen this word written in giant letters on a wall. I’ve had it arrive over and over through email and finally on Monday I “Got it.” Sheesh, it takes me awhile. But, I’m now fully convinced that we are witnessing a giant awakening of God’s people. Did you know that in China over 23,000 people come to... Read more →

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God is an Equipper

My friends, we are witness to amazing times right now. God is doing some really big stuff right now all over the world. First, I want to share some Bible verses that caught my attention years ago and now God has brought front and center again. Take a look at two often overlooked people in the Old Testament by the names of Bezalel and Oholiab. Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of craftsmanship. And... Read more →

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What is God's Will For Each of Us?

On Friday we left with the strange and fascinating story about Elijah. How he stepped out onto the mountain to haven an encounter with God. If you remember, (if you don’t’ remember, you MUST read Friday’s post) I’m seated in a Bible study addressing the leader as I’m speaking. I continued explaining my thoughts on this passage in 1 Kings and said, “I believe this (taking a step of faith) is especially true when it comes to healing. Healing of our hearts, our spirit and especially physical healing.” Well that is when everything went nuts. The leader stopped talking. I stopped talking. She was staring at me with such intensity and I didn’t have a clue what was going on. All of a sudden she bursts into tears and says to me, “Lynn, I have been asking God that you would pray for me for my physical healing and that... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — A New Twist on Loneliness

My firends, we've talked a lot about loneliness in our mismatched marriages over the years, but I heard a new twist on it while listening to a podcast by Pastor Nathan Edwardson. It's amazing. Are you ready? This is what he said: "Loneliness is an invitation to know and pursue the One who will never abandon us." Wow. Talk about flipping your thinking to a new dimension. It's turning a negative into a positive. What a stunning idea, to think of our lonely moments as an invitation to know and pursue our Lord! Let's do it! And now for some weekend worship. Here are two songs by the group Salvador. (Joanne, this will get your feet moving in your kitchen!) Turn up the volume and get ready to dance, my friends, because it's time to worship Jesus with some foot action! Have an amazing weekend seeking the One who absolutely... Read more →

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The Jordan River Is Only A Step

Hey, let’s continue with our series and -Part the Jordan, shall we? I know many of you shared with me your “Jordan.” We all have areas that God is working out in us for our good and His glory. And my friends please know I have earnestly prayed for you. So let’s talk about what it truly means to take a step of action. I think we first need to define and believe that God can take action to accomplish His will anytime and anyway He sees fit. But, what is really cool if you think about it, is that God wants us to participate in His work. Like Dineen said on Wednesday, “He could do it all Himself but then where would that leave us? Mere spectators? A flat picture on a table with no substance or depth?” HOW UTTERLY BORING! We would find our faith unfulfilling and shakable.... Read more →

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Trusting God is Like Building a Puzzle

My friends, I have to tell you I wrote this post partly on my iPhone as I did my walk and pray. I can only imagine that my fellow walkers and joggers thought I was a text addict, but when God has something to say, I’ve learned not to rely on my memory and write it down. I went out on this walk with the goal to hear God on a particular issue. I needed answers, or at least an answer. I believed I’d received part of it during my quiet time, but I needed more. You see, I’m in that place where you think you’ve heard what God is telling you to do but it’s pushing you to a whole new level of trust and dependence upon Him and you just want to be sure. As I prayed and sought God in this, He began to show me how... Read more →

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