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17 entries from July 2013

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”... Read more →

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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... Read more →

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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... Read more →

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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. I 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... Read more →

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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. On Thursday we are headed to the studios of Family Talk with... Read more →

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Testimony Time!

My 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... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Trust Without Borders

For 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... Read more →

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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. For 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... Read more →

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The Seeds of God's Love

As 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... Read more →

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Disappointment Recovery

Good 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... Read more →

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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,... Read more →

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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 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... Read more →

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Devastating Disappointment

How 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... Read more →

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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... Read more →

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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... Read more →

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Be On Guard—It's Time to Pray!

My 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... Read more →

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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.... Read more →

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