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18 entries from October 2013

The Aftermath

My friends, today I will finish my Bethel story but I want you to know that this adventure is far from over. Our journey with God is an ongoing adventure that unfolds on a daily basis. I’m stunned at times to go back and read in my journal what I’ve written down and then forgotten! I’m so glad I can go back and be reminded of these things because sometimes those little moments wind up being key to understanding what a big one means. As I will share today. I had a small moment before the conference where I found a dime and penny on the ground during one of my walks. God has me picking up pennies a lot this last year as part of my growing faith and trust in Him to provide for us during these financially trying times. I’ve shared much of that with you in... Read more →

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Balm For My Pain

So on Friday I left you with my story of my return home from Bethel. This is the culmination of a long week and very long and a supernatural experience more fantastic than I can describe with sufficiency. So here we go. Are you ready? I’m lying in bed trying to fall asleep. But I can’t sleep. So I talk to God. I can’t even remember what I’m praying but it was words of love, peace, joy and seeking. Leaving the conference has stirred up inside of me a hunger for more. I want more of God’s desires for mankind. I know I’ve spent hours praying since the conference asking for God to give me His heart. I just want His heart for people. I want to love people and I refuse to judge them. I ask God to give me His heart and eyes to see people as He... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — A Holy Encounter?

My friends, on Wednesday I left you with my story about a young man Tyler who prayed over me. I want to talk more about the purpose of prophesy in the church down the road, but for now please check out 1 Corinthians 14:3 which says that prophesy is for edification and exhortation and consolation. I describe it as having a word of insight and/or encouragement for another person that is from Jesus given to us by the Holy Spirit. Ever give an encouraging word to a friend that you just knew in your heart was God’s truth for them? And when you told them, they lit up like a kid on Christmas morning? That’s giving a prophetic word to someone that’s intended to encourage and restore hope. (And don’t confuse prophets with the prophetic gift. You can walk in this gift and not be a prophet. They don’t go... Read more →

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The Bride - Becoming

On Monday I left you with the mind-blow image of becoming THE Bride of Christ. Did this vision mess you up or what? Well let’s keep moving because there is more my friends so much more. Last you saw me I was with Dineen bawling on her shoulder in the classroom. Thankfully, the class ends. I have no idea what was said but I do want to publically thank Dineen Miller for holding my hand and letting me cry all over her. Gang, we all need a Dineen Miller in our lives. AMEN! So, we head to the car. I’m still reeling in pain. I have such a giant pain in my chest that has been opened up and won’t go away. Now I’m certain that the vision that I experienced was to uncover this hidden pain and bring it out so it could be healed. And I’m also certain... Read more →

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His Name was Tyler...

Hello dear friends. Last week I left off with a promise that I would tell you the story of Tyler who prayed over this unsuspecting woman. I wish I had a recording of all he said. I think he spoke continuously for a good five minutes and said so much. Later I wrote down as much as I could recall. I’m so glad that Abba knows it all because I know it came from His amazing heart. So it was late in the evening and the last worship and message of the day had ended. People were going up front for prayer for healing, many had already left, and the rest milled around talking and smiling with each other. It is truly an atmosphere so thick with God’s presence that you don’t want to leave it! And the debate within myself continued. Should I go up for prayer? Did I... Read more →

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I Meet Prince Jesus- Who Am I?

On Friday I shared with you the vision I experienced at the Healing Rooms at Bethel Church. And as I look back on that experience and reflect on my bad attitude about going in the first place that I really didn’t think I needed healing, I’m utterly humbled because my Papa knows me better than I know myself. I think there’s a scripture that says something to that effect. Let’s pick up the story. Vision: Vast emptiness opens up on my left side. Pain so searingly hot that it slices clean through my heart. I’m in physical pain because of the emptiness, the loneliness. I see Prince Jesus galloping on his White horse toward me. I left you with the question: Who am I in this vision? But before I get to me let me tell you who Jesus is. For the first time in my life, I meet the... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — The Presence of God

My friends, so much happened during our time at Bethel at the Open Heavens conference. I will share some of the highlights starting today and continue next week. The moment walked into the church you could feel a change in the atmosphere. I don't think I've ever felt it quite so strongly. We followed the signs to registration and got in line. Two or three women were greeting people as we walked in and speaking blessings over each one. Sometimes they would stop someone, because God had given them a specific word to pass on to them—always encouraging and uplifting. This is truly how the body of Christ is intended to operate and it is stunning! As I stepped up to the table, the woman sitting behind the table looked at me and started to speak. She blinked and seemed to stumble over her words. I leaned forward to ask... Read more →

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The Vastness of Our God

Revelations 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. As I mentioned on Monday, I’m convinced God cracked the Universe open over me last week. And today, I’m bearing witness to what happened. When a believer shares a testimony it releases power in the spiritual realm. So it is in faith that I tell this story with the belief that when you read it, this testimony becomes Your testimony. A shift in the universe happened last Saturday. Following three days at the Open Heavens Conference, Saturday morning arrived and I was feeling filled by the Holy Spirit and yet tired. It had been a full week and I woke exhausted. Dineen and I were planning to go to Bethel, to their Healing Rooms, that morning and then leave from there to... Read more →

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It's Bigger Than the Big Picture

My dear friends, I have so much on my heart to share with you right now. As I sit and type this I am literally praying for words and ORDER to begin sharing what we experienced at Bethel and what I have come away with. More clearly now than ever I am grasping two things. One, I must be intentional to share it all, share everything I have received in order for God’s work in and through me to produce fruit not only in others but in myself as well. As a person who tends to hold things in, and deeply I might add, God is moving me to an understanding of how this is not His desire. I am so thankful that Abba completes EVERY good work He starts. Amen? And two, I can best explain from a quote from a book. In Lifestyle of a Prophet, author James... Read more →

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We SAW an Open Heaven!

Good Monday Morning SUMites! Wednesday night at registration Most of you know that Dineen and I attended the Open Heavens Conference at Bethel Church, Redding, CA last week. This was the second year that we attended. Since so much happened to us last year I was hopeful that this year would not be a letdown. Ahem, can you even believe I said that.. Pshaw! That I would even think God would disappoint. This year was 100 times better. So much happened again to me and Dineen and it’s likely it will take another 365 days to process and receive all that was birthed last week. For me personally, the conference brought me something new. I not only received but there were others whom I poured into. I prayed, God showed up with power. People were anointed. Heaven was open all week and the stories we have to share will release... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Fish and Loaves

My friends, here I am again, most likely on the road again as you read this, taking Lynn back to the airport and then heading home. I'm sure my mind, spirit and heart are full and overflowing from the Open Heavens conference, and I look forward to sharing details! But for now I want to share what I'm learning in stunning clarity. Here's another graphic we've created so if you would kindly repin or share however you feel led. And thank you again for your prayers and support for Lynn and I, our new book, this ministry and especially for each other! The SUMite community is a beautiful representation of how Jesus wanted the church to function for His name and glory. You know, we talk easily about God's faithfulness and we believe it. But lately, I'm am stunned by it. Yes, I use that word twice in a row... Read more →

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Open Heavens

SUMers!!! It's Lynn & Dineen. We are currently at the Open Heaven's Conference at Bethel in Redding, California today. It was one year ago that we attended this conference for the first time. It was at this conference on Friday that lil ol' Lynn Donovan had an encounter with the God of the Universe that totally changed everything in my life. (read that story here) It was also the same time that Dineen experienced life-transforming healing and received a prophetic calling on her life. Over the past year I have shared stories of how God has imparted His healing power through prayers and how I feel His fire of healing flow through my hands. Dineen has taught all of us how to find healing for our brokenness and marriages through her great wisdom and vision. So, pray with us as we are expecting God to show up and bring even... Read more →

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You are a Righteous Mama!

My friends, as you're reading this I am on the road on my way to pick up Lynn from the Sacramento airport and then we will continue on from there up to Redding CA for the Open Heavens conference at Bethel Church. Yep, ROAD TRIP!!! I want you to know that we are carrying this community with us in our hearts. You are a part of us and we just take you with us wherever we go. And we will be bringing back what we learn and experience to share with you, just like last year. The image I've included with this post is another one to share. And please know how much we appreciate your help. I’ve made a series of these and we are praying for as many as possible to go viral so that this book will go viral and minister to even more moms than we... Read more →

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A Fresh Anointing For ALL Mothers By Lynn Donovan

On September 26th I opened my Bible and found a note scribbled in the margin. It said: 2006: Today I was asked to be part of the writing team for Laced With Grace. As I read this note in my Bible, my heart soared. Seven years ago Iris Nelson found my tiny blog, Spiritually Unequal Marriage and we began an amazing friendship. We began to write, simply from our hearts about our Lord and His hand in our lives. I can’t thank Iris enough for asking me to be part of this Award winning team of writers. I left Laced With Grace a while back as our ministry grew. But my heart will always be part of this home on the web. So today, Iris has allowed me to come back as a throw back post to September 2006 and share with you a devotion for Moms. This message is... Read more →

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Launch Day - Not Alone

I prayed away a bully! My daughter was in high school and for months and months during her senior year she was being bullied by another teen. The circumstances were such that a direct confrontation with this bully wasn’t possible so I did what any mom would do. I PRAYED. In our book, Not Alone, I share this story along with many others of how God makes every difference in the lives of our kids because we pray. God loves us so much and He loves our kids. This book is filled with real-life examples of how the faith of an ordinary mom can change seemingly impossible circumstances for the good of our children. Mostly this book will encourage every mother who ponders the question, “Am I enough to parent my child to become a life-long believer in Jesus?” There are answers in the pages that will fill your heart... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — It's Almost Here...

My friends, with our book, Not Alone, officially releasing on Monday, Lynn and I will be online in several places that day. I hope you'll come join us in these discussions or listen in to the radio broadcasts. Go to our EVENTS tab on our MismatchedandThriving.com site to see times and links to these events. And as we are representing Jesus and this amazing SUMite community, will you pray for us? Ask the Holy Spirit to give us the words and to shine through us, so that listeners and readers will be drawn to Him and begin the journey to freedom and thriving—what this community is all about! Lynn and I are desperate to share those promises and Jesus' life-changing love with more people. And our heart is to bring Jesus all the glory and exalt Him above all. One that I'm especially looking forward to is being on Moms... Read more →

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This Experiment Can't Get Any Better Than This...

If you have been a reader here for any time now, you likely know that this five-foot-four, blonde-haired woman has an ornery side to her “delightful” personality. Hee Hee. And now that my daughter is away at college, my unsuspecting husband is the recipient of my gentle but ornery teasing. (I remind you that it's my dad’s side of the family has this faulty teasing gene – sheesh). But sometimes I think the sense of humor and the mirth of our God far surpasses my silliness. Let me explain. If you recall a week ago, Friday, I initiated this grand experiment. I determined to plant seeds of God’s Word in my husband. I absolutely believe this passage of scripture: Isaiah 55:11 It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere... Read more →

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Who Prayed for You?

Dear friends, I’ve shared in the past that I didn’t grow up in a Christian home but at about age 4 or 5 I remember taking a bus to Sunday school. It wasn’t until I reached my teen years that I started to seek God for myself but even then I hadn’t a clue what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus. I think we all have a time or many times in our lives where we can look back and see how we narrowly escaped something. I can look back at my childhood and teen years and see how God protected me from some pretty bad stuff. Over the years I have surmised that someone had to be someone praying for me. Last week, I found out who. My mother’s cousin—my second cousin—is a strong believer and has been since he returned from Vietnam. He’s also a musician... Read more →

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