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Weekend Worship — I See Heaven

Hello my precious friends! This picture is one I took on my walk and pray last week. The sky was amazing on this particular day. What this picture doesn't show is the way the clouds seemed to sparkle like jewels. To me, it looked exactly the way I pictured heaven would look like as described in in Revelation 21. Fascinating stuff! I'm including a second song (Let It Rain) because it's been in my heart and on my lips this week as I have prayed for God to pour out His Holy Spirit over our SUM community, over this nation and all over the world. I have no doubt that this is at the direction of the Holy Spiri,t because I don't normally pray like that. God does amazing things! Two Sundays ago my pastor had our entire congregation stand and pray for revival! Very unexpected and so wonderful! Again,... Read more →

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Beloved Part II

Lynn here again... Here is December with Part II of My Beloved. I am jealous for you to be who I’ve made you to be in Jesus. Who that is – the one seated in heavenly realms with Christ right now (yes even now already you are there!) – you really have no idea who that is! That one (YOU) is beautiful inside and out with a radiance, purity, holiness and loveliness that you cannot imagine. There is nothing in the world like you to compare you to. Like a priceless jewel shines, you shine – ONLY MORE SO! Like a deeply adored child – you are content, fulfilled with overflowing happiness and unstoppable joy – ONLY MORE SO! You will be restless, unsatisfied and disappointed being anything other than who I’ve designed you to be! Your own vision of you is nothing to the astonishing true YOU in me.... Read more →

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God is in the Details

Hello my dear friends! This week I'm working through my portion of the edits on our book, Not Alone (Lynn gets to do hers next week). I was so focused on this yesterday that I totally forgot to write a post for today! So sorry about that. I can't sit at my desk for really long periods right now either. Seems that nasty cold I caught before my daughter's wedding left me with a case of costochondritis. Sounds like an addiction to Costco, doesn't it? I wish. It's an inflammation of the cartilage of rib cage. No fun! So this post will be short and sweet, but you know, some of the best truths we have from God are short and sweet, like my favorite, Romans 8:28. I'm going to share a little story I've been saving. While Lynn and I were at the conference we spoke at in May,... Read more →

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My Beloved

Good Monday morning, Today is a really great day. You will find me and my daughter sitting on a riverbank, fishing. Yep, us two girls packed the tackle box, the poles some provisions and are in the mountains praying a rainbow trout will be our dinner. And yes, we clean them ourselves. eeeek... gross. I know...Go figure. So while I'm away, I want to introduce a new friend of mine, December Long (yes, she was born in December... I bet you never forget her name *grin*) I met December for the first time at the National Day of Prayer where I was invited to pray for our city and nation. And then I came to find out that December would be sharing a devotion at the retreat where Dineen and I were to speak (May). December shared a letter spoken to her by the Holy Spirit. And today I'm sharing... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — God's Throne Room

My friends, I stumbled upon this video of Graham Cooke as I was searching for a good source (i.e. affordable) of his books. He tells an amazing story of how God used opposition in his life. It's an amazing story of what he experiences in a dream in God's throne room too. Let me know what you think of it. And have an amazing weekend full of God's presence and love, my friends! I absolutely adore you! Dineen An here's an oldie but a goodie from Kutless. Read more →

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Do We Practice Atheism?

I’ve been reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I’m in the middle of the book and I can say she writes like no other author I’ve read. And I’m still processing a lot. A couple of days ago I read a single sentence that messed me up….. in a good way. So, I want to share it with you and let’s have a conversation. Page 148 If authentic, saving belief is the act of trusting, then to choose stress is an act of disbelief…. Atheism. Anything less than gratitude and trust is practical atheism. Perhaps the opposite of faith is not doubt. Perhaps the opposite of faith is fear. To lack faith perhaps isn’t as much an intellectual disbelief in the existence of God --as fear and distrust that there is a good God. If I don’t emotionally believe, practically believe, in the goodness of God, am I a... Read more →

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Momentum

I sat in my favorite chair, praying over my lackluster state and confessing the selfishness and self-centeredness that had crept back in to my life the last week. I felt ashamed of how I'd handled many things of late as well as how I'd lost my focus on God. Not a pretty picture. Without focus we wind up running on our own steam. And that's when I received a clear picture of momentum from God. It's like being in a soapbox racing cart at the top of the hill. You get that push to get you going and then you sail down the rest of the way, relying on the steepness of the road and gravity to keep you going as long as possible. But then things level out a bit and your momentum begins to wain. Before long, your cart peters out and you come to a stop. As... Read more →

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Declare this today!

I am discovering just how powerful the spoken word is in our lives. The following declaration was spoken and we spoke it aloud at church yesterday. As I stood in God's Presence I heard Him say to me to share this with our family of Sum. So today, God asks you to declare this truth and speak it out loud to yourself. In Jesus name. "I am powerful, and what I believe changes the world! So today I declare: God is in a good mood. He loves me all the time. Nothing can separate me from His love. Jesus' blood paid for everything I will tell nations of what He has done. I am important. How He made me is amazing. I was designed for worship. My mouth establishes praise to silence the enemy. Everywhere I go becomes a perfect health zone. And...with God Nothing is impossible!" Now go forth... Read more →

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We SUMite Women Stand In the Gap for The SUMite Men

Honor….. This word has followed me around a lot in the last several months. And I’m coming to realize that honor is a great prize. Honor is also something I haven’t always done well. However after a recent dinner out with my husband I’ve come to realize the utter importance of honor. The honor I give to my husband and the honor I receive from him. Let me explain. Several months back I was at dinner with my husband and another couple that we haven’t seen in a long, long time. It was an enjoyable enough evening. But something began to happen throughout our meal that really started to bug me. It began with subtlety but became more and more abrupt and troubling. The diners next to us were very close to us and I noticed a man was obviously whispering something to the man next to him and then... Read more →

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Our Righteous Trust Fund

Yesterday my daughter Leslie and I set out to handle transferring her trust fund into her possession. It’s such a small amount. I wish I could say as her parents that we’d managed our financial picture the best we could as there’s always room for improvement. I didn’t think much of this small pittance. I only saw it as failure on our part. A failure to grow it more, add more, provide more. So I was totally caught off guard when she came to me in tears of gratitude. Didn’t matter that the amount was so small. She drew more from our love and intent behind the action than the result. Sometimes we get so caught up on how things appear on the outside. Lately I’ve become very aware of how this manifests in our words and how we interact with the world. We worry about how we look in... Read more →

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Nets for Nepal Update #2

"In solemn truth I tell you that in so far as you rendered such services to one of the humblest of these my brethren, you rendered them to myself." -Mathew 25:40 Thank you so much for your prayers! The mosquito net distribution in our first village went very smoothly today. Instruction was given, the gospel was shared and lives have been (and will continue to be) transformed! But, our job is not finished. We have two more days of distribution, so please keep praying! Pray for safe travel to our next area, for a smooth time of distribution, and for open hearts to receive the gospel message! Ya know, Lynn...when I first saw the pic of the disabled older woman, I was so excited for her! I wondered how many gifts she's received in her lifetime. Not many, I imagine. But, there she was, that dear woman...receiving a net because... Read more →

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The Statistics Aren't Good... But Our God IS.. Thoughts?

So I’ve been pondering Father’s Day that looms on Sunday. I have felt compelled in my spirit to write about Father’s Day and have waited for God to prompt me. Well, today one of our SUMites posted some statistics on her FB page which really moved my heart. I want to share it with you and let’s have a discussion here. Before we jump into that discussion however, I think we need to cover this conversation with love and respect. We must keep it clearly in our minds that our spouses don’t “get it.” They don’t have the wisdom, the knowledge, the Holy Spirit to help them in our marriages and in parenting. I know that a discussion like this can stir up our memories and thoughts to find every conceivable wrong and short-coming in our husbands. So, let’s just no go there. Let’s remain focused on what believing mothers... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — God Won't Let Us Go!

My friends, how has your week been? Have you faced some "giants" this week? I know I have and I'm feeling a little battle weary, but gave me such joy through it this week. I love how our God does this, right in the middle of our circumstances. I want to share a little verse I stumbled upon this week and find HUGE meaning in it. "What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs." — Matthew 10:27 Jesus spoke this to the Twelve as part of what He instructed them to go out and do. In this I see two key truths. One, remember what we know to be true. God spoke this to my heart this week when I cried out to Him in a dark moment, "What do you know to be true." It came... Read more →

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An Astonished Chronicles of a Humbled Donovan

Hi My Friends, I feel like I’ve been away on a long trip. So much has transpired since my last post where I told you I was about to wash my husband’s feet. My daughter’s graduation was amazing and the kid just makes me smile. She graduated with honors, 444 hours of community service, two scholarships and with her sanity and more than that -with her faith still intact. I feel like I graduated as well. What a rich blessing this thing….. “Motherhood.” Caitie and my son, Brad Caitie is my youngest child and I suppose it’s likely true with most moms, when your youngest graduates you spend some time reflecting. And as I think about the fears I faced as a young mother, some of them I shared in the last chapter of Winning Him Without Words, I just want to stand up and shout to the world…. OUR... Read more →

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How Does God Prepare Us?

So often we look at our circumstances, trials and challenges as contrary to what we think or thought God was doing in our lives. We see them as setbacks, deviations and mishaps—out of our control and seeminly out of God’s. But lately I’m seeing the seemingly out of control chaos of life in a different light and I think many of you are starting to see this too, in terms of being mismatched. We’ve talked a lot about how God redeems not only us but everything in our lives as well. Good and bad, He uses it all. But what I’m trying to get at is, what if we looked at even the hardest parts of our lives as preparation for whatever it is that God has called us to? What if in our attempts to just persevere we’ve limited ourselves to just the next step when God is working... Read more →

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Martha's Miracle!

My precious friends, you've seen Martha Bush's name many times in the comment. On Mother's Day, she sent this email to Lynn and I—the story of a miracle! And it's a story to be shared! Wow! I have a testimony of praise on this Mother's Day. I left my home in Orange Friday morning at 4:30 A.M., headed for Georgia to spend Mother's Day with my mother. About an hour into the trip, the following is what happened. Just before I got into Sulphur, LA on Interstate 10, all of a sudden there was a big boom and I didn't know what had happened, but I knew that my body was moving around in the car, and I knew I did not have control of the car. But, I didn't know what happened. Somehow, I got back into driving position, and I was traveling straight ahead in the right lane,... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — God is Calling Us!

My friends, no matter where I go I keep hearing this same message. Special thanks to a friend who shared that a specific verse was on her heart and mind. When I read it, I knew it was meant for us and for all of God's daughters whom He's calling forth in amazing ways right now all over the world. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, Gods special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. — 1 Peter 2:9 Right before the last conference Lynn and I spoke at, God gave me a dream that I shared with the women who attended. I've had prophetic dreams before, just a couple that were directed just to me. But this one, this is the first one I've received that related to a global scale.... Read more →

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