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Crossing The Jordan - An Elderly Woman and God

Hello SUMites!!! 

It’s been quite a ride! These past several days were so good for my soul. Our time at Family Talk was ordained. Things happened there that I’m still processing. I’m astonished at the boldness God gave me to share with Dr. Dobson and his son, Ryan, the message God gave me about him. I’m undone that God uses an ordinary housewife, an ordinary believer, to serve His purposes. Just undone. 

I will share more about all of that in a future post but for today, I’m compelled to return to our Series, Parting the Jordan

Yes, yes, I know! That series was way back in May. Geeze, I get a little busy and when the Holy Spirit moves, I change direction and quickly. But, today while I was on my walk-n-pray, giving thanks for all that God did while I was in Colorado, I had one of “those” encounters. 

I heard God call me to be bold and to take a “Crossing The Jordan” -step of faith. 

Man, sometimes everytime when God asks me to do something that doesn’t make sense or when He asks me to do something that could cause me great embarrassment, I squirm. And I usually only have seconds to say yes or the opportunity is lost. And oh how I grieve later when I allowed my pride or fear to get in the way of a person having an encounter with God. 

But, today I listened. More than that, I obeyed. In fact, I’m finding I’m obeying the voice of God even in the ridiculous, more and more. And when I do, God DOES NOT disappoint. 

Here’s what happened. I was walking up a long road in the wine country. My praise and worship music was blasting in my ears and I was just spending time with my Daddy when I saw an elderly woman coming down the road on the opposite side of the street. White hair crowned her head and she walked slowly aided by a cane. The second I saw the cane I knew what was coming. God said to me, “Go over there and pray for that woman’s healing.” 

I knew it. I knew He was gonna ask me to do this. Can I just tell you THAT is the instant I had to decide to “step out” into my Jordan or to just pretend I didn’t really hear God correctly. And I will be utterly honest here, there are times I choose to say to myself, No, I didn’t really hear God ask me to do that. But this morning, I took great courage. I pulled the earbuds from my ears, crossed the street making direct eye contact with this old woman. 

What is so awesome about this is as I came face-to-face, she smiled and reached out one of her arthritically shaped hands to grab my hand. And in that second, I KNEW God was desperate to love on her. 

“Good morning, my name is Lynn. I see you walking out here from time to time when I’m walking and praying.”

“I’m Willie,” she replies and she smiles largely. “Oh, I pray too,” she continues in her breathless, elderly voice.

“Well Willie, God has asked me to pray for your healing today, is that okay?”

“Oh, yes, please.”

I placed my right hand upon her shoulder and I began to pray. I prayed a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit upon her. That she would begin to feel better like she was 30 years old. That her legs and arms would heal. As I was praying I was overwhelmed by the Spirit to tell her how much God has been present in her long life and how she is a woman of grace and how God is proud of her. I prayed for her delight and for laughter and I knew God still had work for her to do, so I prayed for that as well. I prayed more but I just can’t remember all that the Holy Spirit imparted. 

“In King Jesus name, Amen.” 

She opened her eyes and her face filled with a peaceful and joyful smile. I said, “Have a great day.”

“You too.” She answered. 

I crossed back to the other side of the street and continued my walk. After I had gone a distance, God prompted me to look back upon Willie. I turned around and in that instant I watched as she lifted her cane from the ground, placed it in her other hand and continued to walk, WITHOUT IT! 

God wanted me to see how much He loved this woman. And I got to be a small part of His love. 

My SUMites, we live through seasons of great pain in our marriages. I have gone through that season myself in recent weeks, yet I’m convinced that my pain has opened the doors to God’s love and His transformation in ways a spiritually matched marriage would never allow. 

So, I ask you today to trust our Lord that He has not abandoned you. That our light (and not so light*) and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4:17) 

I dare you this week to just ask God to give you courage to touch one life. And when you feel His prompting and you have only seconds to decide to be brave….. BE BRAVE! Touch a life. Let someone know that God adores them. Tell them He see their struggle. He knows their pain and He wants to bring healing. Pray for them that instant and then trust that God will honor your prayer…. And you know what will happen? 

God will honor you. 

I adore you. I love you. I love my husband and I love my Lord. Have an amazing day…. And now go forth and change the world. Hugs, Lynn 

 

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This is a poor photo but that is Willie. Her cane is now in her left hand, horizontal. May God be glorified!


 

*Lynn’s perspective

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Our Day with FamilyTalk and Dr. Dobson

My friends, I'm so pumped that I get to share some pictures and the cool stuff God did while we were in Colorado Springs doing our taped interview with Dr. Dobson and his son, Ryan Dobson, two incredible men of God!

When we flew into Denver Wednesday, we went pick up our rental car. Before you leave the lot you have to be check by the security guard. This man was so friendly from the get go and asked the usual questions like what brings you to Colorado. We told him why we were there and next thing we knew this dear man, James, was down on his knees next to our car praying for us! (We sensed he might be a believer.) He said it was an honor to do so because he'd rather think of other people instead of his own stuff. LOL! What a blessing! Angel is disguise? I don't know but I know God sent this man to pray for us and bless us. And that he did. 

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Here's James getting ready to pray for us!

Then on we went to our hotel and settled in for the night. The next day we rose bright and early and had breakfast, then off we went for a walk and some worship time before heading to FamilyTalk.

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Dineen and Lynn at FamilyTalk. Woohoo!

Here is a picture of us with Naomi, our producer for the show. She is a stunning woman of beauty and a heart for God. She shared with us how her family grew up listening to Dr. Dobson but never dreamed one of them would wind up working in his ministry. We had a chance to pray with her at the end too. We also met Laura Lynn who is an associate producer and handled the show as well. Somehow we didn't get a picture of her but the entire staff at FamilyTalk was wonderful! So full of joy! Each one blessed us with their precious smiles.

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Dineen, Naomi and Lynn

Before the taping, we sat in Dr. Dobson's office and talked with him and his son, Ryan, about our book, Winning Him Without Words, our amazing community here (yes, we carried you with us, SUMites!), and our heart to share what God has so graciously done in our lives and this community. Lynn asked for prayers last week to give Dr. Dobson the message God wanted her to share with him specifically and she was able to do that beautifully! God provided just the right moment. Thank you for those prayers, precious friends!

Our time in the studio went so fast. We wound up taping two shows. The first one will be about Winning Him, and the second will focus on our book coming out in October, Not Alone. We didn't expect that to happen at all! Again, God just blessed us over and over again through the entire trip.

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Ryan Dobson, Dineen, Lynn and Dr. James Dobson

When we find out the airdates we will let you know. Please pray for blessings and continuing growth and prosperity over the FamilyTalk ministry. 

Thank you again, SUMites, for all your prayers. We are so grateful for your support and we love you all so much. Words just can't express how much we adore you and carry you with us in our hearts and prayers.
Dineen 

 

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Weekend Worship — We are Overcomers!

My friends, I just love our weekend worship time together. Today I want to share a couple things with you. The first is something God whispered to me one morning during my quiet time as I read a devo that talked about planting seeds (It's popping up everywhere! Yes, punned inteded. LOL!):

Eternity = The seeds of salvation.

Then God reminded me of this verse of Scripture that I have prayed for my husband and many unbelievers for several years:

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. — Ecclesiastes 3:11

The seeds of salvation are planted in us from the very beginning. That is God's heart for us. So I'm praying for God to water and sprout those seeds in my hubby so he will be one of the many "harvested" during the Great Harvest!

The second is an article that I wrote for Today's Christian Woman called "Renewing My Marriage." I pray it's an encouragement and a blessing to you, my friends.

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And finally, here are a copule more worship songs for you. The first is a special request from Lynn. God is speaking to her heart for healing with this song. It's awesome!

This next one is by Mandisa, called Overcomer. I'm betting you probably heard it on the radio already many times but I want you to listen to it this time and hear it as if it's being sung just to you. I spent a lot of time before the throne this week praying for all of you and I want you to know that you are overcomers and I believe in you! And this is God's encouragement to us too!

Love you all so much!
Dineen

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Meet Lynette

It's my great privilege to introduce you to Lynette today. Lynette has been a reader for a long while and she also now handles our Twitter account, is a voice of love on 1Peter3Living, active in the comments and on Facebook. She has a heart for the SUMites and for the Lord. Dineen and I adore her. So today, I thought you should meet Lynette who prays for you and is such a great help and support to us and to all of our community. Hugs, Lynn 

Now meet Lynette.

LynetteI found the SUM website a few years ago, but I didn't start participating until the last year or so. After many ups and down in my marriage, I was getting desperate. I honestly had a hard time with what Lynn and Dineen wrote in their book. I did not understand how making a serious effort in loving and serving my husband was going to change him when all I wanted was for him to do those things for me. But I told God I was willing to do whatever He wanted me to do to save my marriage. 

Once I said that, He started showing His glory. I ended up going to Texas to see Lynn and Dineen speak and that was the catalyst God used to bring profound changes in my life. I came home and put into practice all they talked about in the book and at their conference. Since then, God has opened doors I thought closed, and my marriage has improved greatly since I stopped focusing on what my husband isn't or isn't doing. I put God back in His rightful place. I am honored and humbled and blessed to be a part of this ministry. I pray we would all be willing to move when God says move, because that is when you will see His glory in your life. 

Love you,
Lynette

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On Our Way - Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson

Hi SUMites! 

Wow, reading the testimonies from Monday’s post just stirs my faith. Thank you for taking time to share your faith walk with God’s people. When we share the faithfulness  of God and testimonies in our lives with others, two things happen. 

One, God receives glory. Two, it bolsters our faith. And the testimony of one can become the reality for another believer. Not sure how God does that but it’s how His Kingdom rolls!!! 

Anyhoo, today Dineen and I are on our way to Colorado Springs, Colorado. We are meeting up at the Denver airport and then spending the next two days together. I can’t wait. We are going to have an amazing time and we plan to spend some time praying for all of you. We truly love you, Sumites, and pray for your lives. Family talk


On Thursday we are headed to the studios of Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson. We have been invited to share the hope we have for our marriages. We will be recording and working on some other resources with this ministry. It is our passion to help others on this crazy mismatched journey to find hope and encouragement to thrive in marriage. So, please pray for us on Thursday afternoon as I always am nervous… Pray that the anointing of the Holy Spirit is so thick and tangible that people are filled through our voices over the airwaves when the broadcast airs. 

Something interesting about this trip is that last week God woke me at 2 am to talk to me about Dr. Dobson. God said to me that Dr. Dobson is a General…. He is a General in God’s Kingdom and he was the forerunner for this Great Harvest/ Great Awakening that is starting in the “church.” WOW! 

God equated Dr. Dobson as this forerunner in the same way that John the Baptist was a forerunner. Dr. Dobson has been a voice in the church for decades that pulled all of us, Evangelicals, together when there was little activity happening in the spiritual realm. Okay, I’m not even sure I’m explaining what I clearly sensed. Just that Dr. Dobson was a great voice that fed and shepherd the church preparing us for this next great revival that is ahead….. (and I'm supposed to relay this message to Dr. Dobson, so pray the opportunity arises) 

All I can say about that is…. WOW, and thank you Dr. Dobson for your years of service to the Kingdom of God. Thank you for you love and passion to help believers step into the light, truth, and into our destiny. Your leadership rises in the heavens and God takes great pleasure in you. 

Watch for travel updates on our Facebook Page. We love you SUMites. Walk in the Royalty and Privilege that is yours as a Child of the Most High God. Hugs, Lynn

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Testimony Time!

IMG_2200My dear friends, I have something absolutely astounding to share with you today. I have shared in the past about my financial situation being very difficult. We are still walking in this and it has required deeper trust for me to believe God will take care of us. Every purchase, even those extra not-so-necessary food items, is falling under the same scrutiny right now—do we really need this?

One of my major areas is a medication I have to take daily. It’s expensive. Each time my refill has come up I’ve prayed for God to help us find a way to pay for it. So far it’s been okay but still tight. We have muddled through.

Except for this time. Again, I found myself praying Wednesday night for God to provide the $80 I needed to pay for this month’s supply (thankfully health insurance has kicked in and brought down from over $600). And I prayed again the next morning during my walk (prayed for a fresh outpour of the Holy Spirit over our SUMite community too so look out!).

As I got to my house I remembered I hadn’t gotten the mail the day before. I brought it in and began going through its meager, junk mail offerings and found what I thought was a bill from our car insurance company. If you guessed it wasn’t a bill, you’re right. It was a refund.

For $80.11.

I was so overcome I broke into tears, praising and thanking God. I just had to tell Lynn (she’s been a mighty prayer warrior by my side in this) and was overcome with tears again and couldn’t speak! I scared the poor woman! LOL!

My precious SUMites, today I want you to share your testimonies of how God has supplied a need for you in such a way that you have no doubt it was Him. These testimonies are powerful and so uplifting. They strengthen our faith too. So share away and let’s give God glory today!

And thank you for all the prayers you have prayed on my behalf. Love you all so dearly, my friends!
Dineen
(P.S. I stepped out in faith and shared this with my husband too. Go, God, Go!)

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Weekend Worship — Trust Without Borders

WorshipFor if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. — Romans 5:17 (emphasis added).

Last week I came across this verse from Romans and the Holy Spirit had me sit on that last part for a while. I'm still processing all that it means, my friends, so I want you to encamp on this jewel and ask God what this means for you in your life and what He wants that to look like.

You see, we have received an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness—we received this when we accepted Jesus as our Savior. I wonder if we tend to camp at the cross and forget that Abba intends for us to walk in the victory, power and authority of our salvation.

We are intended to reign in our lives through Jesus, beause Jesus is alive! Amen?

The first song below is from Hillsong United's new album, Zion (Thanks, Brie! I'm loving this album too!). I love the lyrics of this song, and I am making them my prayer, especially that first line.

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

This next song is a little different in sound, and I love their words. It's a wonderful call to God and us for revival! Bring it, Lord! (Thanks go to Heather P. and Gillian for both sending me this little gem.)

Have an amazing weekend worshiping our Mighty God! Let's change the atmosphere with our praises, my friends!
Love you!
Dineen

 

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God Answers Me. A Supernatural Encounter

Good Morning, 

On Monday we chatted about how to recover from enormous disappointment. And in the comments some of you shared how this unequally yoked life is filled with loneliness. I think I will have to write about walking alone because truly I found myself facing a future, perhaps the rest of my life, empty next and retirement, emotionally alone. So watch for that in the future. 

SuffFor today, I think we need an encouraging word from the Lord. So, let me give you the answers to the questions I asked of God. Do you remember last week I asked God, why?

God’s reply was this, “Lynn, my grace is sufficient for thee.” 

Oh Man, that was not the answer I wanted. I have really hard questions and I was desperate for the Lord to show me His thoughts and his purposes in my unequally yoked marriage. I want understanding so it would heal my pain. But, the Lord will not give me insight into the faith walk of my husband. 

Bummer! 

But and here is where everything changed, He did reveal Himself in perhaps the most astonishing way EVER in my life. 

Now this part of the story may be challenging for some of you but I have asked God about sharing what happened to me and He has given me permission to share. I know that for many believers we are desperate for a word from God. We are desperate to see miracles and signs and wonders. Because our faith is bolstered when we have an encounter with the Supernatural God. This is absolutely true for me. 

Well two weeks ago, Friday, I joined a small group of believers for a time of worship. I had been invited to this Friday night worship time for at least six months and finally I decided I would attend. I would attend because my heart was broken and I just needed to spend time with God. I went without expectation and received more that I could have dreamed. 

This worship time and a short message is hosted by a local church worship leader. It’s comprised of any believer, from any church, who wants to show up. I sat down on the second row in this room that held about 20 rows of chairs. The rooms was about half full when worship began. The music started at 7 p.m. I think we finished at 10:30 p.m.… A few songs into the worship set….. GOD SHOWS UP! 

I don’t know if you remember but when I have an encounter with God, I begin to shake. I quiver up and down and my right hand especially begins to vibrate. I can feel fire coming from my right hand at times. It’s like being electrocuted (in a good way). As the music continues, the Spirit of the Lord, comes upon me stronger. I’m shaking just a little at the time. The music set ends and the worship leader, Tim, stands and begins to speak to people in the audience. 

What I didn’t know at the time is this man Tim, is anointed and is prophetic. He was raised in this environment and has worked in the circles of pastors such as Bill Johnson. I will also mention that Tim does not know me. I met him as I entered the building and we only exchanged first names and the cordial, “nice to meet you” greeting. 

As Tim listens to God, he begins to speak to a man standing directly behind me. And as he is speaking words of declaration to him, I start to really shake. At this point I can’t stop the vibrations and my right hand is shaking so hard now that it’s completely noticeable by the people around me. Tim stops speaking to the man behind me and looks directly, points and says, “The glory of the Lord is upon you. Please come forward.” 

I step out and walk to the front. Tim begins to speak something, “Glory, Glory, Holy, Holy.” That was it. I hit the floor and sat down in a frozen weird position unable to move because of the power upon me. Now my friends, I can only share what I remember from what happens next. The encounter with God was so consuming and overwhelming I can’t remember everything that Tim said to me, but I’ve wracked my brain and I will share what I do remember. 

And recall here, Tim does not know who I am. And I am so overwhelmed by the power and love of God that is coursing over me that I can’t hardly keep my eyes open because the power literally is vibrating me. 

Now this is my recollection of what Tim prophesied over me. “Your ministry will increase. It will increase and you are in the place because someone in your past prayed for you. One of your ancestors prayed for you.” Okay, this makes me want to double the prayers for my children and grandchildren. He went on to say, “You will pray for people and they will be healed. They will be physically healed. You will lay hands on people and they will be healed from cancer and (he said something else but at this point I’m wreathing now under the anointing. Man, I wish I could remember.) He spoke a few minutes about the anointing of healing upon me. 

I’m overwhelmed and can feel more anointing pouring into me. 

Tears are rolling out of my eyes and I really start shaking. This is because I have been begging God to anoint me in this area of healing since returning from Bethel almost a year ago. I’m desperate to bring the Holy Spirit into people and bring healing to their hearts, their emotions and their physical body. 

Tim went on to say that I will greatly impact mothers and children. Specifically mothers. And that my faith and my anointing will have a profound impact on the Kingdom and this valley. Now remember Tim has no idea that we have a book for mother’s and a ministry planned for mothers to raise their children up in the Kingdom coming out in three months. He. Has. No. Idea. 

Tim said more but I just can remember. Why am I telling you this story? For two reasons. God is real. His power is for us. His heart is for us and He loves people. He wants to work like this through all of His people. Scripture is not just a book of moral good ideas to live by. NO. It’s an invitation to an experience, an encounter with the Most High. How do I know? I’m living proof. I’ve experienced the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Also, remember this story I shared about healing (read it here)

I also share all of this because this encounter IS God’s answer to my questions, to my loneliness, to my pain. This encounter and the others I have experienced and the many that are ahead, is the answer. I would trade intimacy, wealth, property, status, my dignity, my everything to continue to have and be part of the supernatural workings of God. 

After this encounter. My pain was gone. My hope fully returned. I was reminded of my purposes on this planet and I was empowered. 

It’s been two weeks since that encounter and I’m now asking God, how to take these gifts He’s anointed upon me to the people. Daddy, how do I get in front of those who need healing to touch them and release You into their lives. How do I bring you glory, honor and worship? And I ponder, Dad, I’m an ordinary woman. Who am I? 

So, I’m still processing, praying and I’m waiting because I am certain, like Abraham was convinced, that I am part of this astonishing Great Harvest. And I will always hope. My hope is In Him who will move in my life and He WILL move in my husband’s in the fullness of time. 

I love you my friends. Thank you for staying to the end. I would love your prayers that doors are blown open for Dineen and I to bring our retreat of healing to the church (churches across America, do I dare ask, across the world) Love, Lynn 

Romans 4:20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. 22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. 23 And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded 24 for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.

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The Seeds of God's Love

7222186_sAs I passed the vase of flowers I noticed one of the buds had fallen to the table still closed tightly like a tube. I intended to throw the bud away but something nudged me to open its petals. I gently pushed the flower open to see the seeds inside.

As I examined the contents, the Holy Spirit spoke this to me, "Trust that the seeds are there even when you can't see them."

My friends, this goes to even broader places than we what we usually talk about here at SUM. I want to propose a question to you that hit me in a quiet moment with God and has me thinking on a scale I never anticipated.

I believe God is calling us to use all that we are learning about living in mismatched marriage and apply it to the world. To our neighbors, to our friends, to our cities and to our government.

You see, we are also spiritually mismatched with the world. Like in a marriage we are desperate to live our faith in a way that is faithful to God and yet respectful to those around us.

The title of our first book is Winning Him Without Words. What if we applied that goal to the world?

Winning the World Without Words.

I'm not saying we shouldn't speak our beliefs and share Christ. We don't say that in our book either. What I'm saying is what if we left the changing and the saving to God and just did the loving?

This world needs love desperately. God's love. And God is calling His people to love like never before. It is the very heart and breath of this Great Harvest that He is calling us to see and be a part of.

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” — John 13:35

God started this process in our homes, our very hearts and now is asking us to bring it to the world. And loved one, if you are sitting there in the middle of a crumbling marriage, a separation, or a divorce, I want you to hear God's heart right now.

You are part of this Great Harvest. Just because your situation isn't what you expected, that does not negate all that God has done, is doing and will do in your life. It neither defines who you are, determines how God loves you (it's a done deal—He adores you!), nor does it limit or keep you on the sidelines.

We, the SUMites, have some of the most unique faith skills and experience of all. No wonder God is calling us up to this great calling! We walk and learn everyday what God wants the whole world to know.

That God loves us, even when we don't love Him. He loves us first.

And when we love, we plant seeds. It's not our job to change the world, just like it’s not up to us to change our spouse. Our job is just to love those that God leads us to each day. Sometimes we will see the fruit of the seeds we plant, many times we won't.

But God wants us to trust the seeds are there, even if we don't see the sprouts. Whether that applies to our prebeliever (I'm right there with you in that I see no changes in my husband), a family member, a neighbor, or our cities—believe that the seeds are there and will one day bear fruit.

The amazing thing is this. When we do this, when we keep our motivations in a place of love because we want that person to know Jesus as we do, to know His love for us, His heart for us, His promises for us, His freedom that He died to give us, change happens. It’s starts small and grows like wild fire.

The seeds of God’s love are the spark of the revival that’s coming. 

God's love is the most powerful force in heaven and earth. When we love like this, we are literally bringing heaven down to earth, bringing God's will to earth as it is in heaven (remember the Lord's Prayer?).

That is where our strength lies, my friends. In God's love. I have no doubt that God is moving each of us into unique places to expand what we have been learning to be a part of His Great Harvest.

And those seeds we are planting are God's promises and they extend far beyond us and our children.

For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” — Acts 2:39

Abba, we stand ready at the edge of the Great Harvest and want to be faithful to Your call. Lead us forward, King Jesus. Lead us to the many you are calling to Yourself. Show us how to love each one, especially the prebelievers in our homes. Fill us with Your love—so full that our loved ones and the world will see You shining through us. Lord, open their eyes! Help them see that love is for them too! In Your holy and powerful name, Jesus, amen!

Planting seeds with you, my precious friends!
Dineen 

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Disappointment Recovery

RecdisaptGood Monday Morning my SUMites! 

It’s Sunday afternoon as I write this note to all of you. I just went back and re-read the comments that you left for me last Monday on my post, Devastating Disappointment

I’m undone. 

By your love. Undone by of our shared tears. Humbled to the core for your prayers, your private emails, and the notes through Facebook. I’m moved by the Heart of God because so many of you also live in moments of devastation. So many of you live desiring intimacy, born of faith, with your spouse just like me. Many of you are facing life-altering changes in your home. For some, your kids are broken. Some face a spouse who is dark and seemingly hopelessly lost in the clutches of evil’s addictions, lies and self-centeredness. 

My friends, I truly KNOW how you feel. Over the past week I’ve had time to seek and discover the answers to the questions I asked of God on Monday. The answers I received were not what I exactly wanted to hear but they were the answers I NEEDED to hear from my Daddy, Father and my God. 

So, may I humbly share them with you and perhaps the answers will give you what they gave to me, hope. 

I will always hope. It is impossible for me to know God in the way that I know Him and not be hopeful, even for the seemingly impossible, my husband’s salvation and a desire for shared Sunday morning church experience. It’s impossible not to hope when I spend so much time in His Presence and I absolutely believe with everything in my heart that God’s purposes for me is to prosper me, that He desires to lavish His love upon me and to take me on an adventure that my marriage could never do in itself.   

My friends, I know all of this to be true. And I know, without doubt, that Our Lord wants all of this for you too. So before we get to the answers to the questions, I feel that some of you might be encouraged if I share with you how I have walked with God over the past two weeks as I wrestled with the pain, the loss of a dream and lost hope. 

I prayed. Yes, you knew I would say this. But, what did that really look like? 

Well, over the years I’ve learned to actually pray without ceasing. What does that mean? I enjoy an ongoing and every day conversation with God. I whisper prayers walking around the house. I mumble prayers in the car, some days when driving I have to pray A LOT because I find it difficult to love people on the road when they behave like idiots behind the wheel *grin*. Ahem…. Onward. 

So, I whispered, “Daddy, it hurts. I’m angry. I’m so disappointed. Dad, why.” 

I didn’t hear any distinct reply right away but I felt His Presence just like any other day. I also found myself out in the garden with my Daily Bible and my journal. I don’t journal too much anymore because I walk and pray after I read, however, on this particular day overwhelmed in my pain, I sat down and the words flowed on paper. Words of a broken heart. It was weird. I felt like King David when he was troubled and would write words about his enemies, troubles and then would find in his heart words of praise and thanksgiving. My words were likely to be ugly and looking back, I’m sorry I let them go for as long as I did which allowed the enemy a chink in my armor where he prolonged my pain and he tortured me with lies for a time. But they were how I felt at the time and our BIG God was up to handling my anger and disappointment. 

Currently I’m fascinated by the book of Ephesians and a couple of passages have fascinated me and become very powerful. So, I began to pray these passages to affirm my belief in the words. I prayed them morning, noon and night. I would repeat them over and over. I would say them as I drifted off to sleep and they tumbled from my lips as I woke. I was desperate to bring them into reality in my life and they were words that affirmed me and brought hope and comfort as I processed through my disappointment. 

I prayed, I proclaimed, I prophesied, I spoke aloud, “I am seated in the heavenly realms with Christ. I have the power of God, the same power that resurrected Christ. Seated in the heavenly realms, I have wisdom and revelation to see my marriage, my purpose on earth from God’s perspective.” 

The short version: I’m seated in heavenly realms. I have the power of the resurrection. 

I must have whispered this affirmation of who God says I am and literally the power I have available to me (the power that raised Christ from the dead) hundreds of times. I'm still freaked out that God has given to us the power that raised Jesus. Say What??? Freaked, I tell you. But I believe it.

Oh my friends, how speaking scripture is like the heaving of a mighty sword in the spiritual realms. Things began to happen…….. 

Amazing and fantastical, Supernatural things. Around me and in me. I’m still processing it all. 

And I will share that with you on Friday!

And I promise we will get to God’s answers to my questions. For today, please KNOW that I took every one of you with me before the throne this past week. Often and with passion, pleading for you individually and for your, life, your marriage, your spouse, your kids, whatever you asked of me. I brought you to our God seeking His favor and action in your life. I hope to reply to all of you if I have enough time this week. 

My friends, I leave you with a challenge. Read Ephesians, chapter one through chapter two, verse 10. This is a letter to the church that has overcome. This is a letter to the SUMites. We are living in the trenches and WE ARE OVERCOMERS! Let it empower you and I pray by Friday, you find you are seated in the heavenly realms and operating from heaven toward earth and not the other way around. That is our birthright as Kingdom children. 

And everyone said….. AMEN!! 

See you on our Facebook page and back here again on Friday. I love you. I truly love you with a full heart. Hugs, Lynn

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He Holds Our Tears

My friends, Dineen here. Lynn let me hyjack the blog today because we agreed the messages I received from the Holy Spirit are so needed right now and time sensitive. Get ready to read and grab a tissue. God rocked my world and now He's about to rock yours.

But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus *said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher). — John 20:11-16

Mary stood by the tomb weeping and Jesus showed up. Not when Peter and John where there but after they left. He came in the midst of Mary's tears to bring her reassurance and comfort.

Dear friends, I sense many of us are standing by a tomb of disappointment right now weeping. We are only seeing the emptiness and not the promise. The tomb had to be emptied first in order for the full promise to manifest in Jesus' ascension and our reception of the Holy Spirit.

But do you see how Jesus appeared just for Mary? He saw her pain and need. Mary and Jesus have a history. They have a friendship and in her grief, Jesus stood right next to her, yet again. Just as he had when Lazarus died.

Loved ones, you too have a history and friendship with Jesus. He is standing right next to you and He wants you to know He's there. And He wants you to stop looking into that empty tomb and keep your eyes on Him.

This is a time of intense waiting that comes before the time of breakthrough. But it's crucial that we understand waiting doesn't mean that we do nothing. This is our time to pray and trust and believe and worship.

Isaiah 40:31 (NASB)
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.

Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

I put two translations of this wonderful verse to remind you that wait and hope are interchangeable words in Hebrew. Waiting is hoping and hoping is waiting.

Whatever Jesus is asking you to do right now, do it. Don't scurry into action and do what you think you should be doing. Stop, be still and tell Jesus you are ready to hear whatever it is He wants to tell you and ask Him what He wants you to do right now.

Then listen. You may "hear" a short phrase or see just a word in your mind's eye. Whatever you sense, hold onto it. Trust that the Holy Spirit is speaking to you.

My dear SUMites, we have Jesus by our side all the way. That is our greatest promise and gift. As I came to the end of this post, this is the message that poured out from the Holy Spirit. This is Jesus' message to all of us:

Look for me, seek me. You look at me yet do not see that I am right there beside you. I hold your tears, everyone of them, in my hands and in my heart. I behold you with great affection and favor. Trust Me now as you have never trusted Me before. This is not an action but a choice. Make the choice and then trust Me to do this work in you. I am the perfecter of your faith and I stand in the gap between what you perceive to be reality and what I have ordained to be true. Let Me bring you to the side of truth.

Do not lose hope. The enemy wants to make you think you have but you haven't for I am your hope and you will never lose Me. Just look! See? I am there. I am right there.

Shortly after I wrote this I began praying for God to send an army of angels to surround the SUMites and stop the plans the enemy has set against us. Before I could even finish praying, God stopped me with an image. He showed me that we are already surrounded and not just surrounded but we, the SUMites, are part of this great army. We stand in a great circle, each of us, with an angel on each side of us and we are linked arm and arm with them! It is glorious! I was so overcome by the beauty of it I burst into tears. My friends, we stood as tall and proud as these giant angels! Our chins were held high and we glowed! Within the circle was all our loved ones. Our unbelievers/prebelievers stood in the middle and our children ran around them within the circle, full of joy and peaking through our legs but they were not afraid of the enemy's presence.

I was so overcome by this image. It was so incredibly beautiful. I told God this and He said, "This is sanctification." I also sensed that the joy in our children is a crucial part to our places right now. They are part of our strength.

Stand in His mighty presence, my friends! We are upheld and reinforced as never before!
Love you so much!
Dineen

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Praying God's Word

My friends, today I want to make you aware of a couple of great resources. Kathi Lipp is one of my favorite people and a treasured friend. She is as real and authentic in person as she is in her books. And her books encourage, delight and are amazing tools for us to use. 

 

Praying-Gods-Word-for-Your-Life1Praying God’s Word for Your Life gives women the direction and Scripture they need to bring purpose and power to their prayers. The simple strategies Kathi Lipp shares will create in women the habit of praying with renewed boldness, consistency, and expectation. And Kathi’s warm, approachable style will make praying Scripture accessible to new believers and lifelong Christians alike.

 (Kathi gave me a book to give away so be sure to leave a comment if you want to be entered in the drawing.)

 

The other book I want to share with you is Praying God's Word for Your Husband. There's even a chapter in there about praying for your husband when he doesn't believe, which I had the privilege to write for Kathi. But besides that, this book will give you lost of ideas of ways to pray for your husband. 

 

Praying-gods-word-for-your-husband-smallWomen often offer up polite prayers to God without any real hope of seeing change in their marriage, their husbands, or themselves. Kathi Lipp directs women to Scripture and shows wives how to pray God's Word boldly and in full confidence of seeing God-sized results. Praying God's Word for Your Husband shows readers how to stop feeling helpless and start making a difference in their husbands' lives through bold, expectant prayer, whether they are new believers or have been walking with God for years.

(This book is on sale for Kindle for $1.99 right now. Great deal for a great book!)

 

My friends, I pray these books are good resources for you and will inspire you not only in how to pray  but to keep praying for yourself and your husband. Praying God's Word is powerful and is our sword, remember?

I will catch you again on Saturday for the Weekend Worship. If you've come across some awesome worship songs lately, send the link to me (dineen@mismatchedandthriving.com) . I'm always looking for great new worship songs or even old ones that speak right to the heart of what God is doing right here in our community.  

Have an amazing week drenched in God's Word, dear ones. Love you all so much!
Dineen

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935759_512368882145065_1841852146_nKathi Lipp is a busy conference and retreat speaker and the of The Husband Project: 21 Days to Loving Your Man—on Purpose and with a Plan, The Marriage Project: 21 Days to More Love and Laughter, and The Me Project: 21 Days to Living the Life You’ve Always Wanted and The “What’s for Dinner?” Solution. She is a frequent guest on Focus on the Family and dozens of other radio programs. Church leaders and women’s ministry directors rely on Kathi to help women move from living out of obligation to enjoying godly passion. She speaks to thousands of women across the US and Canada every year. Kathi and her husband, Roger, are the parents of four young adults and live in San Jose, California. Find out more about Kathi at www.kathilipp.com

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Devastating Disappointment

DisvalHow do we walk through devastating – life-changing disappointment? I’ve been wrestling with this very issue in my life over the past two weeks. 

For the past year I’ve been certain that my spouse has slowly moved closer to embracing faith. I’m not even sure why I came to this conclusion over time. Perhaps I interpreted subtle comments or gesture for more than they were intended. That was until a week ago when suddenly, as if from out of nowhere, I was hit with a Mac Truck of realization. He hasn’t. 

A Mac Truck can level you. Ouch!

Living in these very real moments and seasons take every bit of my faith to rise up and keep walking. I think over the past two weeks I’ve lived through the five stages of grief….. at least twice. And for all of us who are hoping and believing for the salvation of your spouse, a dose of realism can wreck you. At least that’s how I’ve felt recently. 

My reality came in an instant where after almost nine months my husband decided to attend church with me. I’m at a point where I really believed that I no longer held expectation or hope about my husband and church. And that morning as we stood in the row while the worship band played, I discovered I did have hopes and expectations. This realization dawned upon me the moment my hope was crushed as I watch him posture himself in his angry stance, the typical stance I’ve seen so many times before. And then later in the day when I asked him about the message, his comment was so hurtful, I can’t write it here. 

365 days of hoping, prayer and believing came crashing down upon my tiny heart. My husband doesn’t believe and from his comment it appears he never will. Ugh!!!! 

When we, spouses of unbelievers, face this devastating disappointment, we wrangle with some very familiar questions. And we wrestle with them throughout our marriages because we are a people of great hope. It’s our nature to be hopeful because we believe in a Great Big God. We hope. 

The questions we have to bring back out of the past and muse over again and again are questions we hate to ponder. Questions I’ve asked God are: Why? How was I deceived? Am I going to live in a marriage like this for the rest of my life? God I know you hear my prayers but why aren’t you moving? And if we are truly honest we stare down the road of the years ahead and our heart aches because we may never have the intimacy we desire with our spouse because of our faith differences. 

I’m writing to you in my pain. I want you to know that I have an astonishing love relationship with God but there are moments when living in our everyday, ordinary are challenging, hope-crushing and painful. But I’ve learned a few things through the years that I need to remind myself about and I pray they bring encouragement to you, who are also feeling pain about your mismatched marriage. 

The way through the pain is to reach out to others in theirs. 

It’s in the pain – we can KNOW- truly know God. It’s in the hurt- we can truly bless others. It’s in this way where we reach out to others and we will see God. He picks us up and restores our hope and we can live authentically in joy. 

So for today, I’m reaching out. And I’m holding you who are hurting. Those of you who think no one knows how you feel. They don’t see the loneliness, the hurt. I see you and I love you. And I know that our God feels our pain. He sees us and He asks us to press in closer into Him. 

I ask that you leave me your name because I’m determined to take you with me to the throne room today seeking a fresh anointing of grace, hope and joy. I love you. I really love you… From an ordinary woman who truly knows your pain, Lynn 

Lord, Our Almighty God, 

Today I declare that this life-altering disappointment no longer holds power over the people of this community. I decree and announce that the enemy will not use our setbacks to steal away ground we have fought to take through perseverance and relentless prayer.

Lord, reach into our homes and restore your gifts: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Today, I choose to take my pain and to press into you, seeking your wisdom and discernment for my marriage and my relationship with my spouse. Answer my questions kindly and satisfy my heart. Restore my hope and let me walk like a giant again in your power and authority. In King Jesus name. Amen.

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Weekend Worship — We are in Jesus! Jesus is in Us!

My friends, I've been reading in John lately and find so much in this book that continually hits me as so profound. Our Savior's heart for us is all over the pages of Scripture and though I've read this book many, many times, I wonder how I missed so much!

Here are a couple of my observations:

“I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. If I alone testify about Myself, My testimony is not true." — John 5:30-31

Jesus states clearly here that nothing He does is outside the Father's will because He only seeks the Father's will. In fact, much of John is Jesus saying He is there to do the Father’s will and that all He does is what the Father has shown Him. Jesus shows us how crucial it is to be completely dependent upon Abba.

Yet we so often try to carry our situations on our own because we want to be strong in our faith and not waver. It’s a vicious circle though because when we attempt to do that we are essentially standing alone and separating ourselves from God’s supply of strength. Even Paul sought to do this and God told him, “My grace is sufficient for you because for My power is made perfect in weakness.”

I emphasized “for you,” because that statement would stand alone fine without it. Yet God directed it at Paul, I believe, because that’s how personal Abba is with us. When we are weak, God’s power is perfected. So let’s be weak! Lord, perfect Your mighty power in our weakness!

Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. — John 13:1

Did you catch those two phrases? “Having loved His own” and “He loved them to the end”? I believe that we are part of this, my friends. We are part of Jesus’ own and I make that argument from two places. One, Jesus IS the resurrection (as He tells Martha after Lazarus died), meaning He did it once and did it for all of us. When He was on that cross it wasn’t just His disciples He was seeing. It was all of mankind.

And two, take a look at how Jesus prayed for us in John 17:20-23:

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.”

It's absolutely astonishing to read those words and begin to understand that Jesus is in us and we are in Him, Who is in the Father. Yesterday as I continued to study in John, the Holy Spirit put the pieces together for me. This is what I shared on Facebook:

"As Christians we spend so much time trying to be like Jesus that we forget the work is done. Christ saved us and dwells in us. We walk in Abba's favor and His love in us is a mighty force waiting to be released on the world. Let's walk like we believe this. Let's be Believers!"

Lord Jesus, help us to truly take this truth in and live in it every day! Everything that truly matters in this life is our place in You, Jesus, and that You are in us. Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing such an amazing work in each and everyone of us. We love You so much! Let our lives bring You glory, Jesus! Amen!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!
Love you all so much!
Dineen

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Same Sex Marriage

Psalm 2:1-4 Why do the nations rage? Why do the people waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the LORD and against his anointed one. "Let us break their chains," they cry, "and free ourselves from this slavery." But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. 

I was sitting on the bank of a river when The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of DOMA, which limited the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman for the purposes of federal benefits, as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. This decision forces the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages in states where it is legal and paving the way for it in California, the most populous state. And as I sat there, holding a fishing rod in one hand and my cell phone in the other reading this news alert, I just felt…… sad. 

Disappointed. 

And I know many in our community have strong feelings and emotions over this paradigm shift in our culture. 

Since that day I have wrangled with the implications of this decision. After all, Dineen and I write about marriage. SUM is a marriage blog seeking to encourage men and women to thrive in a God-centered marriage. I called Dineen when I returned and we spent a few hours discussing and processing. I know for me I was disappointed and then puzzled as to how the voters of our state were hijacked in this matter as same-sex marriages have already resumed in California. 

And as I write to you today, however, I’m actually feeling excited. And later on in this post (which is likely to run long… stay to the end because it gets really good) I will explain why I’m excited and why you will be as well. 

But before we get there I’m compelled to raise some issues that we the SUMites need to camp on personally, privately and corporately, and with a fervent prayer. 

Firstly, let’s remember what is at the core of the House of SUM. We are always –ALWAYS – about love. The love of God and our love for people. We are always about what we are for and not what we are against. What are we for? Living in the Presence of our Holy and Righteous God. And striving to share His love with others. We are also a community who believes in marriage as ordained by God in Genesis 2. 

With love in the forefront of our hearts and minds, let’s consider the implications of redefining marriage. In the history of the United States, marriage has always been between one man and one woman. The door that opened last week, if you follow the logic out a number of years invites us to consider that marriage will continue to be redefined by the courts over and over again. In fact, CNN reports a Polyfidelitous union, a union between three people. I expect we will witness marriages between not only three consenting adults but between, five, six, seven… Dare I take this out to the ridiculous, between a dog and owner. I know that people want to pass their inheritance to their pet when the die, so why not? (said with cautious contemplation) 

Why do I bring this to your mind? It’s not to bring fear. Only to prepare you to expect it. 

My friends, we need not fear. We need only to love. I know my fears about this redefinition hit home when raising kids. How will this shift in our society change my child’s view on marriage and on gays? Well I can tell you kids in public school have already faced many aspects of homosexuality. My daughter has gay friends. I know her friends and I will tell you that I have embraced them. I say to their face, “I love you. You are always welcome in our home.” And I hug them every chance I get. We must have honest conversations with our kids about this issue but more importantly our marriages must be a shining example to our children. If our kids see mom and dad living in love with one another and honoring each other and mom or dad (the believer) loving Jesus, they will want that for themselves when they mature and marry. 

We live in a broken, hurting and messed up world my friends. And WE HAVE THE ANSWER. We have the love of Christ that trumps everything. 

The gay life style is not the ideal of God. Dare I remind you that being unequally yoked is not God’s ideal and best for people? However, in spite of our mismatached marriage, God shows up. He loves us, even in our messed up, sinful lives. He pursues us, shows us His power, purposes and invites us into the greatest adventure ever, living the abundant life. 

You may be disappointed and angry. And it may seem like a great defeat to the Kingdom but my friends…. My Friends, our all-powerful God isn’t worried. 

Let me share a story with you. 

Satan seethed with a blistering laugh. His great centuries of plotting, maneuvering and planning met their zenith. He screeched with elations along with the millions of demons as he stood in hell.

“We have killed the Christ,” he raged with glee. 

The crucifixion of Jesus was the darkest hour of human existence. And in that moment when Jesus died Satan really believed he had won. He was certain he’d defeated the Son of God who came to earth to teach us how to walk in the power and authority of God and how to live in abundance and communion with God. He danced and began to plan the very take-over of the entire world and to declare the world no longer belonged to God. 

But…. When all seemed that absolute darkest… Guess what? Out of this horrific slaying, God shows up and with the resurrection power brings Christ back to life. He splits time in two. And creates for all people, ALL people, the way to escape the devil, live in His Presence on earth and a way to live forever. 

Say WHAT????? 

Jesus rose out of what seemed like the worst thing that could ever happen to people. And gave us the BEST thing that could ever happen. Salvation! 

God says, “So long satan. What you intended for evil I have used for the greatest good for all men.” 

“HUZZAH!” (I think God would have said this *sheepish grin*) 

But, my friends, don’t you think God could do this again? And if He so desires, couldn’t He begin with the gay community? 

My friends, we are the believers who are are sitting on the precipice of one of the greatest revivals to ever grace the world. The spiritual realms are alive. Ordinary people are having encounters with God. Thousands every week are turning to Christ in faith. Let’s not get distracted by some mere law makers. Keep our eyes focused on God. Live your faith out in front of your family. Love people and watch what our Great God can and will do. 

This is only my humble offerings on a highly sensitive subject. Now, please share your thoughts and lavish them with love and grace. I love you. I love God and it’s my calling for the rest of my life to love all people. Hugs, Lynn

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Be On Guard—It's Time to Pray!

MovingMountainsMy friends, I was preparing a much different post when God showed me something more urgent that needs to be shared right now. As I shared in my weekend post, God's been speaking to me about "the many" again. You can go back and read that post here.

I said that something is coming. Here is what God shared with me: 

"A great wave is coming. Many souls to be claimed and collected. Watch and see. My heart is always for the many."

I'll be honest and say I struggled a bit with that word "collected" and wonder if I heard correctly, but what I feel led to say today is that the battle has intensified. The enemy sees that God is moving things in much larger scale than before and he's fighting back. Many of you are finding yourself in more discord and strife than in weeks past. Many are sharing they feel their prebeliever has taken a step backward.

What I want to tell you, what I sense from Abba's heart is this. Don't give up! Don't stop hoping in Jesus and don't stop believing His promises. The many will come. He has said so. Trust Him like you never have before. The battle may seem fierce but we must remember who we are, that we are Abba's children uniquely called and qualified for this calling. 

Will we give up now? Will be leave our armor in a pile and walk away? Will we walk away when the workers are so few and the harvest is great? (Go here to read about the dream God gave me about the Great Harvest).

God is stepping things up, so of course the enemy is too. Now is the time that we need our armor even more and need to speak what we know to be true out loud! Claim the promises and believe. Abba will not let us down, my friends. I know it's not easy, but the enemy has already lost and I choose to walk in that truth!

Let's not walk in the disillusion of defeat that the enemy is trying to force upon us but in the truth of the victory that is already ours! With Jesus we can do ALL things, remember? 

Abba, we are your daughters and sons and we believe in You! We believe in Your promises. We believe the battle is already won. Holy Spirit, pour out your presence and fill us to overflowing. Fill us with greater faith, strength and wisdom. Lord Jesus, send a mighty army of Your warring angels to guard over the SUMites, every one of us. Abba, I ask that You give us a special affirmation of Your presence and comfort. 

Holy Spirit, give us words to pray, strength to pray them and more faith to believe! We are so close. So close! Don't let us judge the battle by what we see. Help us to persevere in what we know to be true, that God is good, God is in control, God is equipping us even as we pray this, and He will redeem every hurt, pain and tear.

In Your most powerful and mighty name we pray, Jesus, amen!

Love you all so very, very much, my fellow SUMites. I am praying for you constantly!
Dineen 

 

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Donovan Update

Good Monday Morning My Sumites!!

I arrived home this weekend after a few days of fishing in the California mountains. Yep, my daughter and I went fishing. We had a great time minus an almost visit to the ER when my daughter was ill. I prayed for her and so did many of you who are on our 1P3 loop. Thank you. God showed up. She felt better almost immediately... All was right with the world.

Below find photos from our adventure. I offer you a glimpse into an ordinary woman's life. An ordinary gal who is in love with an extraordinary God. Being in the mountains was like looking into the face of God at every turn. I glimpsed unmatched beauty in His creation. I inhaled deeply the gentle aroma of dawn (like the aroma of heaven) as I sat on a rock and read my Bible every morning. It was beautiful, peaceful and restful.

Now I'm home and I'm fired up wanting to stir up the Holy Spirit among our community, our homes and our world. So get ready because on Friday I'm going to talk about something deeply sensitive and we need to work through this particular issue together.

The following photos were from the Kern River and from the Sequoia Nation Forrest where we visited the 100 redwood giants. These trees are approximately 1500 years old and were simply astonishing. Thank you for allowing me time away. Thank you for loving me. Hugs, Lynn

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Such Beauty. This photo is my screen saver.

 

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The deer who came up behind me while I sat on a rock and read my Bible on Tuesday morning.

 

 

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Crazy Kayakers... They were a hoot!!

 


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Giant sequoias are slightly shorter than the coastal redwoods, more massive, and considered to be the largest tree in the world in terms of volume. The largest sequoia and the biggest living organism on earth is the General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park, which stretches 275 feet high and 36.5 feet in diameter.

 

 

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You could throw a small party inside the trunks of some of these living trees. Astonishing!

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On Friday, September 30, 2011, two giant sequoia trees fell side by side across several portions of the Trail. The two sequoias, joined together at the base, were approximately 280 feet tall and have a combined diameter of approximately 17 feet near the root ball. Caitie and I climbed up and walked the length. (Don't tell the Forrest Service *grin*) This is Caitie on the top of one of the fallen trees. Give you perspective.
We had a blast!

 


Some other interesting sights:

 

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Yep, It's Caitie looking out from inside this living tree.

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I love finding the unexpected.

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I can't even begin to explain what this is or how it was formed in nature?????

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Dinner!!! Sorry if I grossed you out!

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Mountain Bluebells


I truly appreciate and give thanks to God that I was allowed to see His majesty and experience His Presence in such unsurpassed beauty of His creation. 

Have an amazing week. And I will see you all on our Facebook Page and here again on Friday. Hugs, Lynn 

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