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18 entries from September 2013

Chronicles of the Donovan Clan-The Experiment Continues

Okay, are you tuning in today to find out what happened with my experiment? Let me pick up from where I left off on Friday. I returned home from my walk n pray and was very, very nervous. Talking about God, the Bible, or any faith issues for that matter can be an invitation to an explosion. It’s interesting, at least with my husband, sometimes he can be very angry and hostile and at other times open to discussions about God. I just don’t always know what I’m going to get. However, remember I just spent an entire hour praying for him, over him and about him. So I KNOW God prepared a way for this conversation. So I peeked around the corner and stepped into his office. There is a bold and brave smile on my face. I was bold because I had just spent an hour in God’s... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Living in the Presence

My friends, I hope you've had a week full of God's presence and revelations. I am feeling pulled of late to spend more time in God's Word and in His presence. A friend mentioned the same feeling this week too, which I find so very interesting. Yet I also find "life" so full of distractions and interruptions that seem strategically targeted to keep me from doing this. Ack! Must read my Bible and read what I'm supposed to for that day. Must spend x amount in prayer and make sure I have everyone covered in prayer, but there are so many needs to pray for so how can I cover all of them when I could easily spend the entire day praying and there are things to be done! And...and...and... Can you relate? I can get so caught up in the shoulds of my faith walk that I forget what... Read more →

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One Crazy But Fantastic Experiment

So’ I’m conducting an experiment. And it’s one of the boldest experiments I’ve ever participate in. When I reach the conclusion, the result may WILL be so utterly life-altering that I can scarcely think about it now. Let me share how this experiment started. A few days ago I was listening to a recent podcast by Bill Johnson. Bill was explaining something very interesting to me. You see, I love to garden. I love to plant seeds, nurture them and watch them mature into enormous harvest. Just take a look at the giant pumpkins I grew in my suburban backyard. They started from seeds. These pumpkins are really neat and if you want a few seeds, write me and I will mail you some. Anyhoo, I have an interest in gardening, seeds, planting and harvesting. Hmmmmm, must run in the family because my Jesus is interested in the same thing.... Read more →

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God's Not Done with Us

On my trip home from Indianapolis, I sat next to an older couple on the plane. I could tell they'd been together for years in the way they worked together to figure out her pills. I offered my set of eyes, glad to help them choose the right one. As we settle into our flight, I noticed his hand reach for hers. She rubbed his, then they continued to hold hands and settled into a nap. My friends, as I sat next to them I was struck at the simplicity and sweet familiarity of their relationship. And I felt the strong affirmation of what we are working and striving toward here at S.U.M. The long view. The big picture. And are we willing to walk the journey to get there? I find so often our willingness hinges on whether or not we truly believe the truth of Romans 8:28 and... Read more →

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A Day of Remembering

Hi Everyone, Lynn here. Still a bit under the weather so today's post is short and sweet. Before I get to that I want to give you a head's up that in my heart there is a series brewing, Open Heavens. I want to talk about what this term means and how an open heaven changes everything in our homes, our hearts, marriages and lives. It's going to be cool. But for today, I think we must take moments to remember. Consistently throughout the Old Testament, God directs people to set up memorial stones. I think of the crossing of the Jordan toward Jericho. Does anyone have that scripture handy and can post it in the comments? We must take active measures to remember and focus on God's Presence inour lives because the devil is continually bringing before us our irritations, our anger, dissapointments and failures. ENOUGH! We take every... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Jesus Gives Us the Words

Hello my friends! I hope your week has been full of God encounters and sweet moments in His Word. I have a nugget to share with you before we launch into worship. I just looooooooove this one too, because even though Jesus told this to the disciples, explaining the resistance and persecution they would come against as they shared the gospel, it applies to us today. Take a look: "And so you will bear testimony to me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict." — Luke 21:12-19 SUMites, I have found this to be true. I love the first part where Jesus tells them NOT to figure out how they will defend themselves ahead of time. Think about that a moment. Logic tells... Read more →

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A Miracle Perhaps???

So my friends, I issued a kissing challenge on Monday. And I arrived home from traveling on Sunday and found myself with a giant cold. Achew! So there wasn’t any kissing happening around here. Bummer. I hope I start to feel better next week. And I have another challenge on Monday that will bring a smile to your face as it’s a challenge in our faith walk as well as our marriages. But today, I want to share with you a couple of fun stories from my travels this past weekend. Sometimes I’m simply overwhelmed by God’s favor. He delights showing up in the little things. I shared this particular adventure on my Facebook Page last Thursday. Here is what happened. I was traveling to Topeka, Kansas as my mother was being honored by Washburn University as an Alumni Fellow for 2013. It was a big deal and I’m glad... Read more →

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Blessed to Wash Feet

My friends, many of you have sent me messages of congratulations on winning the Carol Award in the mystery/suspense/thriller category for The Soul Saver at the ACFW Conference this last weekend. Thank you for sharing my joy! To say that this is the realization of a dream is an understatement. I am so blown away at how God did all of this. The amazing thing is, God did so much more than even this over the week I was there. He met my every need during this week. He affirmed me in every way and showed me like He never has before how much He loves me. I truly have never felt more loved by Abba than I do now. The award is part of this story, but there were so many other "awards" that came from this week. I want to tell you about one of them. I shared... Read more →

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Marriage Challenge No. 1

So, I’ve been inspired by a friend of mine Courtney Joseph who has a new book coming out, Women Living Well. I will share more about that later. It’s a really great book. I was privileged to read it before its release and she has a couple of chapters that are Marriage Challenges. One of the challenges is a kissing challenge. Okay, for many of us who have been married a number of years there are statistics out there that indicate that 40% of married couples will go an entire week without a kiss. I’m not sure about this but I do think that as we settle into marriage, are raising children, working and become increasingly busy and distracted, we miss the opportunity to connect with our spouse through an intimate kiss. Yikes, I know this is true in my case. So, this week, I’m throwing down the gauntlet. It... Read more →

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Returning To Our Roots

Hello my Friends, Greetings this Friday! Dineen and I are both on the road, traveling to different events. But before we jumped on the plane, earlier this week we had a great talk about where we want to go with our writing here and at Mismatched & Thriving in the coming months. After a lot of thinking, praying and discussion, we were reminiscing about how all of this ministry was started. Years ago, two ordinary wives who, only by the power and love of Jesus Christ, came through the lonely, difficult and challenging years of marriage to our pre-believing spouses. Our triumph became our passion. We didn’t want one other person to waste another minute stuck in the lonely and struggling years of marriage when we knew our faith could pull us out of that place. It became our hearts purpose to help others on this journey with us. With... Read more →

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Change Your Atmosphere

My friends, I’ve been on a journey to understand the mystery of the kingdom of God. Would you like to take a trip with me? It starts with John proclaiming Jesus’ coming, that the kingdom of God was “at hand,” which translates from the Greek to mean near, approaching, to come near. Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’ — Mark 1:14-15 (NASB) After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” — Mark 1:14-15 (NIV) Then Jesus came and preached the same thing: From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent,... Read more →

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What Do You Need?

My friends, It's been quite a few adventurous weeks. And now as I sit down to visit with you, I'm thinking it;s time to turn to some practical topics. Topics such as how to THRIVE in your spiritually mismatched marriage. So today, I would like your ideas and opinions as to what topcis you would like to visit in the next few weeks. I know so often we seem overwhelmed with difficulties in our marriages. I would like to take the power of God and turn to the positives that we as the believing spouse can bring about in our love relationship with our husbands. What would you like to talk about? Let me know in the comments and let's grow our marriages through the power and love of Jesus. Have an amazing week. I love you, Lynn Read more →

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Weekend Worship — What did Jesus do?

Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast." — Luke 5:34 (NIV) My friends, I hope this week has been pivotal to you. I just want to reassure you that even if you didn't feel or see anything "earthshaking" that doesn't mean nothing happened. I believe that much of the outcome of these special times of prayer and fasting culminate and are revealed days, weeks, months and even years later. One day something will show up and you will know that this week is where the seed was planted, the miracle was placed, or the healing began. Just trust Jesus and believe. Because we are doing the very things He told us to do—fast and pray. Why would He tell us these things... Read more →

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A Day for Healing

I am that woman! When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”—Mark 5 I am that woman who is desperate for healing. And I know you are this woman too. And even our men readers, you are in need of a Jesus who heals. What I love about this story is this woman was so desperate that she pushed her way through to Jesus in a crowd, forcing her way forward. She was sick. She was tired. She was sick and tired of being sick and tired. She was desperate. Can you relate? Are you this woman too? I’m desperate and I know so many of you are as well. We have tried to face our demons, our sins, our struggles, our failures in our own power and... Read more →

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Rosh Hashana - Sanctified

א׳ בְּתִּשְׁרֵי תשע״ד Today is the first of Tishrei 5774. That is today's date on the Jewish calendar. It is also the Jewish High Holy Day of Rosh Hashana. I don’t know about you but I’m fascinated by the Jewish culture ancient and current. And for some reason Rosh Hashana, The New Year, has a draw on my soul and pulls me into learning more about my Jewish heritage. And I am of Jewish heritage. Jesus, my family redeemer, was born into the line of Abraham, Isaac and Joseph. And by the way, Jesus is your family redeemer too! So as I ponder our Papa, the Lord of All, I wonder how He views this New Year. I like to ponder about God. I recall that the Jewish people believe this is a time of accounting of mankind. That people pass before the Lord and He takes an account of... Read more →

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A Sacrifice for Freedom

My friends, I have to tell you that God is doing more than I expected in this week so far. (Tamara, thank you again for suggesting we do a week like this.) In less than twenty-four hours God put the word JOY in front of me almost a dozen times. (Yes, I counted.) In two devos, the first name of a woman who requested to be friends on Facebook, the wrapper on a candy cane from last Christmas that my daughter found in the cookie jar, several Scriptures emailed to me from various places, as I ready my Bible... I think you see what I mean. Abba wants us to be joy-filled! And yesterday, as I prayed for Him to tell me what He wanted us to have for today, so many things went through my mind as I prayed for our community. What did we need most? First Abba... Read more →

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A Feast of Joy

My friends, today begins our “Spiritual Spa Week.” Today, I want you to look at a line of Scripture that absolutely undid me last week. I was struggling to feel centered in God and feel His love and this is what broke that off of me: At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. — Luke 10:21 Jesus was full of joy! And we are meant to be too. Remember, that’s not the same as happiness, which is based on happenings. Joy comes from the Lord and is in no way dependent upon our circumstances. The joy of the Lord is also our strength too, remember? Then he said... Read more →

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Preparing For Breakthrough

It’s Monday. The Labor Day holiday here in America so many of you are away from your home and computer. But when you check in on Tuesday, I don’t want you to be out of the loop. Beginning tomorrow, our community is going to have a week of prayer and a day of fasting (fast is on Thursday). Tuesday through Friday with our week culminating on Saturday in worship. But for the next four days we are going to pray specifically for ourselves. This is not a typical prayer focus as we are Prayer Warriors so often for others. Our spouse, children, our church, neighbors, the world. However, starting tomorrow we will spend time specifically focused on praying for our needs and our soul. We will spend time just soaking in God’s Presence. My sincere hope for this week is that we experience a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit’s... Read more →

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