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17 entries from August 2013

A Letter From God To Every Mother

I want to encourage all of our new friends who found our community here yesterday. And I want to love and encourage those who find us today. Mostly I want to encourage our entire family who meets here every day to share life, love and our Savior. I adore you. Thank you for loving each other and our Jesus. Today, the Family Talk broadcast will talk about raising children in a spiritually mismatched home. I’m absolutely passionate about this issue. Truly, when I was a young mom, I feared that my husband’s unbelief would influence my daughter, perhaps even affecting her eternity. But.... Our faithful God loves to answer prayers of mother’s who bring their children before Him each morning by name. <-- (Click to Tweet) Our newest book that releases October 7, 2013 is all about this topic. And I promise you, God showed up while Dineen and I... Read more →

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Welcome... And Who Are You?

Lynn Donovan Who am I? I’m ordinary. I’m a mom, a wife, a weekend gardener and a follower of Jesus. I’m a believer who is sold out for my Papa, Daddy and I refuse to live lifeless Christianity any longer. I believe the Bible. Every Word. I love people and like flowers. I see God’s face in nature. Every…. single….. day…. I hear His voice and I live on the edge because God likes surprises and He still training me. I refuse to live a comfortable faith because that JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH anymore. I am in His army and I’ve been bloodied but I’ve also watch God move in the supernatural that leaves me undone. ON THE FLOOR…. undone. Children are God’s best gift in life. And I believe in marriage and as a follower of Jesus I can THRIVE in my marriage, parenting and live a life of... Read more →

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Drum Roll, Please!

SUMites, Lynn and I have some exciting news to share with you! With our new book, Not Alone, coming out October 7th, we wanted to create a site that would hold everything in one great place. Drum roll, please! This new site is Mismatched & Thriving Ministries. It replaces our old site for Winning Him Without Words and works together with our site here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. On our new home you will find resources and videos, our books, a calendar of our speaking events, retreats and radio interviews, plus a lot more new stuff for you to check out. You'll find new resources to help you with your marriage, your parenting, and a community forum to hang out and talk to other SUMites. And in addition to our posts here at S.U.M., we will have a weekly blog at Mismatched & Thriving to share even more resources, information... Read more →

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SUMite Nation! A Lot Is Happening!

Good Monday Everyone, There are a lot of things happening in our SUMite Nation over the next couple of weeks. On Wednesday, we will be ready to launch our new Ministry website. And we will be asking you to partner with us to welcome in the newbies. We, the mismatched, who have been walking this road for some time, can wrap our love and cyber arms around those who find our home in the next few days. We can pray and encourage and let God’s people know that we have hope. We have hope for the supernatural. We have hope for the salvation of our spouse. We have hope knowing our children will be centered in the will of God. And we KNOW that living in the Presence…. Changes EVERYTHING! Watch for that announcement here on Wednesday. On Thursday please tune in and find a radio station that carries Dr.... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — It's the little things...

My precious friends, I have held so many of you up in prayer these last two weeks. And I will tell you the enemy has been hard at work at my door too. Even to trying to cloud my mind and make it difficult for me to pray. I want to share a verse that has been invaluable for me this week: For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. —Romans 8:6 I pray this Scripture over myself when I find I'm struggling with my thoughts in any way. Because our actions are the fruit of our thoughts and I want to bear great fruit for Abba! So I pray something like this: Holy Spirit, set my mind and thoughts, my emotions and my feelings all on You, so that I walk in the fullnes of the life... Read more →

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Because I Didn't Divorce

Hi My SUM Family, If you are reading this on Friday, I'm on my way to participate in the end of the week Torrey Honors Tea and the weekend activities at my daughter's college. I checked Caitie into her dorm on Monday. Weird. It was weird to drive away as she stood at the door of her dorm building. Now I'm not a typically weepy person but I will tell you I was melancholy all of Tuesday. But, God quickly showed up and Wednesday I bounced back. So today I'm looking forward to catching up on all my daughter's adventures and to listen as she shares all that God has done in the past four days. Caitie and her Roomie (have permission to share photo) As I think about this time in my life, I have to pause and reflect on those moments when I didn't want to stay in... Read more →

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Teaching Our Children to Worship God

Hello SUMites! One of our readers shared this precious picture with us. I love that she sent this because now I can show you a picture of almost exactly what I described seeing in my post on Monday. I look at this picture and wonder what this little girl is hearing from Jesus. I can imagine He's telling her she is precious and loved and cherished, because that's what the Bible tells us. So beautiful. Let's keep sharing ideas and stories of how we're teaching our children a Kingdom mentality. I wish I had understood this better when my girls were little—I wish I'd understood it better as a child myself! But now I'm getting it and I'm giving it away to my girls now and look forward to being the person in this picture one day, holding my grandchild and watching them worship God with me. I'm putting that... Read more →

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Are You Scheduling Your Child’s Spirituality Away?

My friends, today I want to talk about something that I see as an issue and concerns me for our children and grandchildren. With school starting I think this is an important topic to address now. When my family and I first moved back from Europe and settled into San Jose, my hopes and dreams for my daughters were that they would make new friends quickly at their new schools. A reasonable hope for any mom or dad, right? The first few weeks went great until it came time to having friends over. My youngest daughter kept telling me her friends weren’t allowed to come over. I admit, at first I took it personal, wondering if we’d been deemed “unacceptable company” for some bizarre and unknown reason, but as we settled more and more into life in Silicon Valley I began to see it was something far different. Even at... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — We are Perfected!

My friends, I just can't say enough about how beautiful this community is. You have ministered to each in the comments and several of you are even planning to fast together on Monday (check out the last 10 comments on part three of my Nehemiah posts if you'd like to join the fast as well.) I want to share a really cool insight I heard from a pastor last week. First take a look at these Scriptures: "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." — John 17:22-23 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is... Read more →

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Are we living in the Last of Days?

Are we living in the Last of Days? The Ascension of Jesus 6 So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” 7 He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” A few months ago I was visiting a church on a Sunday morning. It was a lovely church filled with the Holy Spirit and with people who love Jesus. On this particular Sunday the church had a guest pastor whose message wasn’t supposed to be about the end of the world but it... Read more →

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Shore Up the Walls—Nehemiah, Part Three

SUMites, welcome to part three and the conclusion to this series. Again, I am so blown away by what God is speaking to us and by you, this amazing community! You have prayed for each other and given such precious words of encouragement to those in need. That is what the SUMite Nation is about and after all this rebuilding I do believe that is what we are in a way, an online nation. We are completely and totally God’s people here. If you didn’t read parts ONE and TWO, please take a moment and read those first. That way you get the full picture. I can’t wait to see and hear about what God shows you, my dear friends. Please leave comments and reports, prayer requests and testimonies! Testimonies are faith builders. Even if you think it’s something small that you see God has done in you, your life,... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — God is for Us!

My friends, I believe the angels are riding on the waves of our prayers this week! What a glorious sight to behold—one day we'll get to see what that looks like. The comments and prayers you all are leaving on the Nehemiah posts are so full of God's love and care. I love this community so much. You are rallying around each other and doing exactly what God is asking us. I love that, and I know it pleases God greatly. Be sure to read the conclusion on Monday. SUMites, God is not only with us, He is for us too! As you worship and soak in God's amazing presence and love, be sure to pour out your love on Him too. We are ministering to God when we do that and He loves it! Hugging you all so very tight with my love and prayers! Dineen Read more →

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Shore Up the Walls—Nehemiah, Part Two

My friends, thank you for taking this journey with me through the book of Nehemiah and praying through these valuable Scriptures that God wants us to see and understand. I wish I could completely explain what I sense from God's heart for us, the SUMites. The way this community has grown and come together is no accident. God has been intentionally moving here to bring us forward in His plan for the Great Harvest. I want to clarify about the walls in this series, because a couple people have asked for clarification and that's important. I so appreciate their willingness to ask as it helps me see if I've not explained something as well as I'd hoped. There so much going on and around us, I can barely keep up let alone get it down to words! In the book of Nehemiah, the walls were for protection, to bring unity... Read more →

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Shore Up the Walls—Nehemiah, Part One

A couple weeks ago I kept hearing "shore up the walls." The Holy Spirit led me to read the book of Nehemiah. As I read, specific pieces of Scripture jumped out at me. I began to make a list, praying also to understand what God was showing me. This process has taken nearly two weeks as I prayed for understanding, clarity and timing. My friends, I pray this blesses and encourages you to keep praying and BELIEVE that God is acting upon your prayers. Know that He is, because one of His promises is that whatever we ask in His will, we will receive. This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.... Read more →

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Throwback Monday ~~ Back to School is Around the Corner

SUMites, I took a stroll down memory lane today and found an old post from our archives. It filled my heart to read it because I can recall this time in my daughter's life. It was the first day of high school for her. She faced a scary time in her life and it caused her to question God. It was also a time for her to discover God's faithfulness. And a statement of God's faithfulness to me as well. As I re-read the post, it seemed timely to re-post it today. For two reasons. Firstly, most of us mother's know that in the next few weeks our children will be going back to school. Back to school time is a wonderful time of the year and a scary time of the year. It's also a time to create great habits and open opportunities to share our faith with our... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — It Starts With a Willing Heart

So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “ Shepherd My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep." — John 21:15-17 I know I talked about this passage a while back, maybe even a couple years ago, but... Read more →

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Come See our New Home & Our New Book

Good Morning Everyone, SUMites, welcome to our new home. If you haven’t logged on to our site in a while, take time today to stop in and poke around our new design. I feel like I’ve just purchased and had delivered an entire house full of new furniture! SpirituallyUnequalMarriage.com It’s fun! And to celebrate, I have an offering and a request. Our second book is in the final preparation stages for its release on October 7, 2013. That’s in just a couple of months. Yikes. Here are some of the reviews that have been rolling in. They are words that are gifts to us and Dineen and I have prayed with passion that the words in the book are received like a love letter to all mothers from our Lord. This dynamic duo’s use of scripture, prayers, transparent real-life stories and personal study questions is powerful. They have truly walked... Read more →

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