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16 entries from February 2014

A Ten Year Journey to Becoming Equally Yoked

My friend, Carol, and her husband are both Christian. This spiritual unity enhances their marriage union. But it wasn’t always that way. They agreed to share their story as an encouragement to those of us who are, or have been, in unequally yoked relationships. Wherever you are on your own journey, won’t you join me in celebrating with Carol and Doug? The Early Days Carol and Doug had known each other since high school. They grew, married other people, and moved on with their lives. They rekindled their relationship years later when they were both single again. Carol’s children had grown and were living on their own. Doug’s young children lived with his ex-wife. Carol did not realize that theirs would be a spiritually mismatched marriage. Doug had professed his belief in the Bible. Yet, after working 6-day weeks, he preferred to skip church so he could stay home and... Read more →

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It's All About A Wedding!

Hello SUMites, Lynn here. I’m posting on Wednesday today as I’m traveling the remainder of the week. Teresa will be sharing a fascinating interview on Friday. Dineen will be back in March. Woo Hoo!! Thank you Teresa T. for filling in this month. I love you my friend. And we appreciate your heart and time. Hugs, SUMites! I’m heading out to South Bend, IN today as I was invited to be a guest on The Harvest Show. I’m chuckling a bit because this California girl is heading into the Polar Vortex. My friends, I don’t even own clothing that is sufficient for the temperatures they are forecasting for Thursday. Ahem, the high 8 degrees and the low, -7. *OUCH*.. I want to tour Notre Dame on Thursday, as I have the afternoon free. It will be snowing. Hmmmmmm. On second thought, I may have the time of my life. May... Read more →

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Open Heavens

Good Monday Morning, I want to give this community a heads-up. Many of you know that Dineen and I have attended a life-changing conference for the last two years at Bethel Church in Redding California. The Open Heaven's Conference. I want to let you know that there are several of our SUMite family who are planning, saving and striving to get themselves to this conference this October. The conference is slated, tentatively, for October 8-10, 2014. Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to go. God wants you to go. So start saving your money. I will announce it here when registration opens later this summer. In the mean time, I want to share with you a message from one of the pastors of Bethel. This message will rock your world and greatly encourage you. Kris Vallatton Kris Vallatton Prophets and Prophecy 2 16 2014 So what... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — The "Year of Intimacy" Continues

My friends, I've truly missed you this week. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I want to share more of what I'm learning from Jesus in this "year of intimacy" that He is taking me through. Some of it has been painful as more of the lies that have infiltrated my heart and mind and kept me from fully believing and trusting Abba have been exposed. And I so want all of us to be free of these lies that keep us from fully living in the abundant life that Jesus died for us to have. What truly surprised me is how I thought I had embraced and accepted that Jesus loved me (I still remember singing that song "Jesus loves me, this I know" as a child), yet the full weight and meaning of His love hadn't really reached my heart and soul. Let me... Read more →

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On Earth As It Is In Heaven

Good Friday morning SUMites Nation: My friends, it looks like the enemy has stolen much from the family of the SUMites. The post on Monday moved my heart and I rose up with a righteous anger in prayer for all of you. I’m declaring through the love of Jesus that marriages, addiction, childhood, abuse, financial distress, homes, and more are completely restored and redeemed, seven –fold. In Jesus name amen. (And Lord, take the enemy to the pit and spank him please). Today I want to share a new way to pray. I may have shared this in the past, so if this is a repeat, I’m sorry. But my heart is moved to help this SUMite family discover the true power we have in our prayer life and how God desperately wants us to pray. I pray to Remind Him of his promises and to compel Him to action.... Read more →

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Preparing Elevator Speeches

In last Wednesday's post, I opened a dialog about apologetics (the practice of presenting rational explanations for our faith in response to objections against Christianity). Thank you to all to shared comments. There is a lot of wisdom, power and diversity in our SUMite community. I find such value in reading the comments. Let’s explore an additional piece of advice when speaking of spiritual matters. Consider this whether sharing with your loved one, a co-worker or a stranger. Be consciously prepared to speak with truth and spirit. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:24 Several people shared that they think of the perfect thing to say … AFTER a conversation is over. We’ve all been there. Wouldn’t it be empowering to have already thought-out responses to frequently heard questions and challenges to our faith? At work, we call these “elevator speeches”... Read more →

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I Am Taking The devil To Court!

Good Monday Morning SUMite Nation: Did you know that three years ago today, Winning Him Without Words, was released? Who knew God would take two ordinary gals and we would share our struggles in a book. And today, three years later, I’m humbled to the core to know that many of you have read this love offering to God. So many of you have shared with Dineen and I that you found hope and help in the pages. You found Jesus there. Jesus can change absolutely everything. I’m convinced our prayers are more powerful than we believe and that 2014 is going to prove that the Kingdom of God is marching forward and breakthrough this year is common place. Woo Hoo!! Let me at ‘em!!! Okay I have something really good for our Community. Today I’m about to deliver a mortal blow to the enemy. In fact, ALL OF US... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Better Than Life

My friends, Dineen here. Forgive me for not being "around" as much the last week or so. I've had to take on some design work and teaching a fiction track at a conference to help my family fincancially. Very time consuming work and thus why I am SOOOO thankful that our very own Teresa T. has so willingly jumped in the write a few Wednesday posts for me. But I'm still here for Weekend Worship and will be back to my usual schedule in March. So appreciate your understanding, and your prayers! This conference prep is kicking my...well you know. :-) Anyway, here are some Scripture promises that I have written in my journal this last week that I have been claiming for myself. Love how the Holy Spirit moves in Abba's Word to encouarge and uplift us. So powerful! I'm learning to embrace these promises as truth, my truth!... Read more →

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The Best Valentine

He speaks to us: Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love to be made whole and holy by his love.... Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living. ~Ephesians 1 What does it feel like to know that God has been thinking of you for a very, very long time? By Ohmega1982, published on 31 January 2014 Read more →

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No Apologies for Apologetics

(Image courtesy of artur84 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net) We were on vacation and sitting under the shade of a palm tree overlooking a breath-taking blue lagoon. “Are you seriously sitting there reading the Bible?” Yes. I am reading about how beautiful Queen Esther saves her people. I love this Bible event. (I try not to call them Bible “stories” because people sometimes confuse that word with “fable.”) “You’re crazy. How do you even know there is a God?” Oh, Babe. Look around. Isn’t this gorgeous? We just spent the day swimming in the ocean with fantastic creatures – that huge whale shark that feeds on tiny plankton, the octopus that changes shape and color… How can water that is so, well fluid, have so much force in the form waves and current? Who thought of gravity? There is God. He is intelligent. He loves us and gives us awesome things. Can’t you... Read more →

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Achew! And A FIRE!

Good Monday Morning SUMites!! Well as I write today, Sunday afternoon, I’m sicker than a dog… Wonder where that saying comes from??? Weird.. But, what you are getting right now is raw and unfiltered. My head is filled with goo, as Dineen says. Achew! I’ve been asking God for the last several hours to give me words to write. And perhaps because of this nasty cold, I can’t hear as well??? Or not.. So right now I’m going to share a few things that are burning on my heart. Firstly, I’m on and interesting study of two words (concepts). Humility…….. and Fire. Strange that God has camped me out on both of these. I’m moved, in that, for the first time I’ve come to realize that God is humility. He is the most humble of person (if I may reference Him in this way) to exist. And it’s men and... Read more →

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Weekend Worship - Beauty of Holiness

Psalm 29: 1-2 Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, Give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. So, what is worship? So many people think that in church, we're worshiping God with singing, but really we're just praising. What is real worship? What does it mean to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness? When was the last time you bowed down before the king, you-alone in your bedroom-when nobody's around? What does worship look like in heaven? And finally what happens when we worhip the name of Jesus? See you in the comments, Lynn True worship is: It’s posture and attitude of your heart. It’s recognizing God’s rightful place in your heart. Read more →

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NOW... That's a GOOD Word!

Hello Everyone. Today I’m going to do something a little different. I’ve been reading back through the notes I took at the conference last week. Wow!! SO GOOD! So, today I’m going to share some of them. I pray with the Holy Spirit power and anointing that these words are taken in through your eyes. Then they penetrate your heart. Then I’m asking the Holy Spirit to make them alive with power and authority and with love, joy and peace in your life. By the time you are finished reading, I’m hoping you’ve experienced an encounter with THE MOST HIGH. In Jesus name. -- 2014 is a year for the open door. There are doors standing open that God’s has made available to His people. Doors of new beginnings, Holy Spirit, Re-start, harvest, and we are to walk in and release the Kingdom of peace and joy. It is a... Read more →

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Trade in Your Yoke

My friends, as Lynn shared on Monday, Abba so overwhelmed us that last day at the conference. For the spiritually mismatched to be called out and recognized in this way was deeply humbling and amazing! It brought me to tears as my heart burst for all of us here. And to be prayed for like this, ALL of us, was as if the very heavens had opened up and Jesus' light shined on every one of us. After Stacey's prayer and another man began to pray over us and he spoke of Jesus' yoke. I heard his words, but it was Jesus' heart that spoke the loudest in my mind at that moment. This is what I heard: "It is time for you to exchange your unequal yoke for My yoke." Then on Monday morning, I spent a long time in prayer with my journal open and my pen in... Read more →

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God Has Heard Our Prayers For Our Spouse

Hello My SUM Family, I’m overwhelmed with all that happened at the conference. But specifically overwhelmed that God saw all of us, the Unequally Yoked. And on Saturday God burdened the heart of one of the speakers, Stacey Campbell. She prayed for all of us and she laid hands on me specifically and prophesied over me. Her prayer was a prophetic prayer for us as a whole and me personally. Below I’m sharing the words she spoke for us. She asked all of us who were married to unbelievers to stand and then the Lord spoke through her to us. So please receive this prayer with an anointing of love and power behind the words because God is moving in our SUMite Nation. We have so much to share about that in the weeks ahead. But for now, listen with your heart and be loved by our Father. Hugs, Lynn... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — The Glory Within

My friends, I told you Wednesday that I had something amazing to share with you. I’ve been reading all the books of the prophets since last year and last week, landed in the book of Zechariah. As I read Zechariah 2, my spirit began to blaze and come to live. And verse 5 completely did me in. Take a look: Then I looked up, and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand. I asked, “Where are you going?” He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.” While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, ‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it. And I myself will be a wall... Read more →

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