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17 entries from December 2013

Take The Key To The Door

Good Monday morning SUMites, It looks like our 2014, fast is gonna be the biggest one yet. Thank you everyone for adding your prayer requests and your “I’m in” comments to my post on Friday. ***If you know someone who needs to be part of this fast, email them, message them, send fire signals, whatever it takes, right now and invite them to join us. I’m contending that God is positioned to answer prayer like never before. I believe we are going to see the unexpected, the miraculous and we are going to experience His love at a heart level that will change everything. AWESOMENESS!! So send that email now. *grin* Today, I keep hearing the Lord just pound into my head, over and over….. Fire falls on sacrifice. It’s as if God is on the edge of His throne (seat), crossing His fingers, hoping that we, His children, will... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — The Post I Didn’t Expect to Write

I’d expected a Christmas full of excitement and expectation, but it turned out very different than what I’d expected. My friends, I always hesitate to share this kind of stuff because I only want to be an encouragement to you. But I’m trusting that in obeying His nudge to share this weird journey Abba will encourage you greatly. Because a promise comes at the end of it. As I said, I’d expected a very different Christmas. For a multitude of reasons that I won’t go into detail (only because they aren’t really necessary to this story) I found myself struggling to find my joy and peace during a season that’s supposed to be full of it. My smiles and laughter felt forced. And I continually cried out to Abba, “What is wrong with me?” I pushed through, determined to enjoy Christmas as much as possible. And I did find moments... Read more →

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2014 Community Fast

Good Friday morning to you, SUMites! I sure do enjoy Christmas. It’s a gentle time of year, filled with hope, peace and family. And as I write this post today, I’ve just said goodbye to my husband’s family and they are headed home. December is a neat month where people seem to be just a little less hard and a little more kind. Our random act of kindness -miracle project in this month was amazing. I have received stories from you that I will share here or on Facebook in the future. There are some amazing believers that are part of this community. I’m undone by your love for God and for people and the generosity that flows from your heart. But just as much as I like Christmas, I love the New Year. I’m actually feeling pumped up about all that this body, this community of SUMites, can accomplish... Read more →

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Merry Christmas SUMites! Video Message

We love and adore you. Have a blessed and Holy Christmas. Love Lynn & Dineen. Check back on Friday as we have some exciting updates about what 2014 will bring here at SUM. I'm so pumped up for everything that God will do in our lives in the new year. Until then, Merry Christmas from me {Lynn} and Dineen. Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Our Greatest Gift to Jesus

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. — Matthew 2:11 I've always read this verse in light of the gifts the Magi brought Jesus. Yet just this week as I read this verse again, I realized the very first gift they each gave the Baby Jesus wasn't their treasures but their worship. I don't know why that struck me so profoundly this year but it did. Our greatest and most desired gift that Jesus longs to receive is our worship. Through time set aside to focus just on Him, through praise and worships songs, and through lives lived with Jesus so present in our hearts that everything we see and do is done in the light and presence of His love. This... Read more →

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There Was Once A Man Who Didn't Believe..

There was once a man who didn't believe in God, and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays, like Christmas. His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite his disparaging comments. One snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their children to a Christmas Eve service in the farm community in which they lived. She asked him to come, but he refused. "That story is nonsense!" he said. "Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man? That's ridiculous!" So she and the children left, and he stayed home. A while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm. He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening.... Read more →

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How One RAK Inspired Another

My friends, a couple weeks ago I shared this post about my daughter Leslie and her amazing heart of generosity. Specifically her act of kindness in taking a Visa gift card she had received on her birthday and giving it to a homeless person. What blows me away is how we are inspired by these acts of kindness and find ourselves moving in similar places. I'm finding this is something that I want to make a part of my daily life. It's so much fun! And that's Jesus in us, my friends. Read this beautiful story from Heidi and how Jesus honored her heart's desire to help someone. He led her right to this mom... Finally here I am, though I feel my RAK is not near as awesome as some I have read, but I promised an update anyway. As I had mentioned before I don't have access to... Read more →

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A “wild goose chase” with God is never futile!

A “wild goose chase” with God is never futile! I want to share a great story with you that began last year. Sometimes when we let the Holy Spirit lead us, we feel like HE is taking us on a wild goose chase but know this, God knows exactly what HE is doing... Our job is to simply LISTEN, OBEY (immediately) and TRUST!!! Last year a Christian man entered our church one Sunday morning with a young weathered man named Joe that he had picked up while hitchhiking. The Christian man shared the love of Christ with Joe during the drive and when they got to their destination city, the Christian asked Joe if we wanted to go to a church to hear more about this love of God. Surprisingly to the Christian, Joe accepted and this was the morning I met my new friend. My heart really went out... Read more →

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A RAK Rejection, Opens My Heart

Hi Lynn! I just wanted to share my "God encounter" from today. I am taking you up on your challenge to perform random acts of kindness during December. I am a teacher at an elementary school. I decided my first act would be in my school's teacher workroom. Earlier this week, I taped a baggie containing $1.25 and the following note on the soda machine: "This soda is on me. Enjoy!" The baggie has been there for two days and was still taped to the machine when I left school today. As I drove home today, I began to think about my co-workers and their unwillingness to embrace this small blessing. It made me sad for them. As I prayed, God made it clear to me that many of these ladies, most of which are Christians who attend church regularly, are holding back in their relationship with Him. They have... Read more →

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Ho Ho Ho... But I'm Not Happy. I'm Stressed Out!

Hi My SUMite Friends, Well if you’re anything like me, you’re in the middle of the busiest part of this Christmas season. It’s this time a year that most of us feel overwhelmed by all of our added responsibilities, such as buying gifts, wrapping gifts, shipping gifts, decorating, etc. etc. And for me specifically, I feel emotionally, spiritually, physically worn out. But this last week I discovered real power of one of the fruits of the spirit, self-control. And this is how it played out for me. Most of you know that last Wednesday, I flew to Virginia Beach to be interviewed on the 700 Club Interactive program. Prior to leaving, I met with my local critique group on Tuesday which was fun, but it turned into a late evening. I woke early the next morning to fight traffic to get to the airport in San Diego. I then boarded... Read more →

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Walking in Mary and Joseph's Sandals, Part 2

My friends, sorry for the delay in posting the rest of this series. I hope you’re enjoying exploring Scripture for more nuggets and details surrounding our Savior’s birth. I love how Abba’s Word comes alive as we do this. Did you discover new things as you read Luke chapters one and two? What I noticed first as I read is that Luke, a gentile, tells the story more from Mary’s perspective. Makes me wonder if Joseph was still in the picture (these recordings were done after Christ’s death, as much as 30 years after, I believe). One commentary I read a while back suggested the possibility that Joseph may have died at some point as he’s not present at all after Jesus’ temporary disappearance at age 12 when he stayed behind in Jerusalem to be in his Father’s house. Both Zechariah and Mary have encounters with the angel Gabriel—Zechariah regarding... Read more →

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More Than A Random Act of Kindness

Greetings SUMites. I hope you’re having a beautiful Christmas season filled with love and holiness. Today I have a special treat for you. What you’re about to read below was sent to me by a fellow SUMites, Cindy. This email arrived in my inbox on Saturday. However, I didn’t get to read it until late Sunday evening. I was utterly moved by this story, and by Cindy, and by watching her share the love of God. I pray you are moved to outrageous and generous acts of loving kindness for other people. Hugs, Lynn Connecting with Someone Who Just Needed a Little Help. By: Cindy Martina (Fellow SUMite) While volunteering to feed the homeless a meal in Santa Ana, CA recently, the Lord moved me to help a man. I was serving punch when he came through the line. I noticed he was limping. When he came back for seconds,... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — My Random Act of Kindness (RAK)

It wasn’t an ordinary day for us. It was a landmark day. It was a day that would hold more meaning than I expected. Our agenda that day was to get Leslie’s yearly MRI done and behind us so we could focus on Thanksgiving. It’s routine now and thankfully down to a yearly check to confirm she is still cancer free. And this was a landmark event—five years since her diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor. We breathed a sigh of relief when it was done and headed to our next destination—the grocery story. There I bustled with my purse and shopping list, focused on what I needed to do next with my daughter along to help. As I headed for the shopping carts, I hear a voice ask, “Can you spare some change for food?” I follow the source and find myself looking down at a young woman sitting... Read more →

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A Testimony of Kindness

My friends, you are going to love this story. Our very own Lynette Duquette shares her recent encounter and divine appointment to help someone. Read and be inspired! God is so good and loves it when we partner with Him to do things like this! My Story of Generosity by Lynette Duquette I wasn't alone for this, but it had a profound impact on me. Last night I was at my CR step study. We had just finished up and I was sharing that I was still struggling with what happened at my last church. I am having a hard time trusting any spiritual male authority in my life right now. As we were finsihing up, we heard pounding on the door, and being in a bad past of town, we all were a bit scared. We all answered the door together. There stood Jane. She was wearing only pants,... Read more →

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SUM News!

My friends, I know I said last week that we’d be discussing Luke chapters one and two today, but we have a lot going on at the moment in the radio-sphere, the blogosphere, the web-sphere and a few other places that we want to make sure you get to take part in. So today’s post is kind of a coral ‘em up and keep you “posted” day. We will go back to our journey with Mary and Joseph either Saturday or next Wednesday. And I’m working on a little gift for you too—something you’ll be able to download and enjoy. Stay tuned for that! So here’s what’s happening, SUMites! Lynn will be on 700 Club Interactive tomorrow morning from 11:00 to 11:30 am Eastern time. I’m SO excited to catch this LIVE interview. Let’s keep her in our prayers and pray for those who Abba brings our way as a... Read more →

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700 Club Interactive

{Lynn} On Wednesday I will get on a plane and head toward Virgina. On Thursday I will be interviewed about our book, Not Alone. Gang, I would be so thankful to have a word whispered to our Lord for me. Here is some information from Molly who is the Senior Guest Coordinator for the 700 Club. She has been so great to me. Thanks Molly: 700 Club Interactive is a live web-cast we produce from 11:00 – 11:30 am ET (10:00 am CT, 9:00 am MT and 8:00 am PT) so your friends can log onto www.cbn.com to see you live. Then it will be broadcast nationally on the ABC FAMILY cable network on Monday, December, 11 at 9:30 am ET/PT and at 8:30 am CT. Mountain time depends on the local cable system. If the cable system takes the ABC FAMILY East coast feed, it will be seen at... Read more →

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It's Community Miracle Time

Good Monday Morning Sumites, (This is a Community Miracle of the #SUMite Nation) I have been praying to have the heart of God for a few months now. And as we move into the month of December, I feel God asking this community to LIVE THE GOSPEL. How do we do that? How do we impact people around us with the Gospel? The answer: WE LOVE How do we love? Answer: GENEROUSLY The video below is Todd White sharing his love with strangers. If you have ever watched the movie, Father of Lights, Todd appears in the last scene and it's a Holy Mind Blow. This video is roughly 15 minutes long but it will inspire you to lavish love and give it generously. Take the time to listen and be inspired. You may say to yourself, I'm unable to be generous like Todd. How can I give like that?... Read more →

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