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19 entries from March 2014

The Movie: NOAH

Well, I don’t know about you but this past few days I’ve been reading some reviews and reports about the movie, Noah, that opened on Friday. It’s fascinating to me how many differing views there are from the Christian population alone. Honestly, I’ve been disappointed to read some of them. I will state here I haven’t yet watched the film but I’m sharing only my thoughts and perspective regarding all the hoopla! First, let me acknowledge that there are many who bristle that the movie is not a perfect depiction of scripture. It’s not even close as I understand. But I wonder why that gets so many people turned inside out. Many of the Christian fictions books we read by the millions also are filled with a large amount of creative license. But, that’s not what I want to consider today. For all of us who are married to Pre-believers,... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — A Year of Intimacy: Jesus in Us

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever- increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. — 2 Corinthians 3:18 Earlier in the year I shared that Abba has spoken to my heart that this would be a year of intimacy. I was excited and the prospect and expectantly prepared my pen to write down lots of warm fuzzies. Well, there have been quite a few of those but there have been painful times too as Abba has revealed some lies still laying around and walked me through a deeper examination of my faith at times. Abba doesn't do these things to punish us but to bring healing in places we've not dealt with and to grow us, transform us. And I know you've heard this before, like a rose bush, in order for it to... Read more →

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Audio Book Giveaway

Guess What?? Last week I received some extra copies of our newest audio book from Oasis Audio. So I thought I would share. Even if you have a copy, enter to win one and give it to a wife who needs a word of hope. Hugs, Lynn Lynn & Dineen at recording studio in LA a Rafflecopter giveaway Post by Spiritually Unequal Marriage. Read more →

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Don't Know What to Pray?

Over the years I've learned that our mismatched situations come in all shapes and sizes. When I'm asked what mismatched means I explain that it can be as clear as one spouse believes in God and the other doesn't, as gray as differing faiths or degrees of faith (i.e. a believer married to a Muslim or one spouse growing in faith but the other isn’t) or as painful as one spouse walking completely away from God. Even this description is a broad attempt to capture its meaning. But that’s not what I want to talk about today. Let’s leave that stuff to God and trust Him to make sense of it (Prov. 3:5). Today I want to share from what I know to be true in my marriage. From my perspective, my hubby is like Fort Knox in letting anything about believing in God penetrate his fortress of atheism. I've... Read more →

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I Faced a Pack of Dogs and God Showed Up!

Our pursuit of God is the key to thriving in our marriage, our home, and in life. Join me today for a most unusual adventure and I pray the words ignite within you a fresh fire for more of God. This is a crazy story.. I seem to have a lot of these lately and it occurs to me that at the core of the lessons is one word. Courage. I shared with you on Friday that I walk-n-pray every morning. I walk out in the wine country on a big loop that covers almost four miles. I pass by pastures, fields, ranch homes. I will stop to pet the horses, take photos of tiny delights God’s sends my way, receive mylar balloons that often are left by the Lord. (I have many mylar balloon encounters in the wilderness. But again, stories for another day.) But on Wednesday of this... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Prisoners of Hope

Happy weekend, my friends! First, I want to thank you for your wonderful words of encouragement and prayer on my Wednesday post. I am so thankful for this community that supports and encourages each other. It all points to God and His amazing presence here. You give Him great glory. I don’t want to make this post about my daughter’s situation but will just say that we know it’s supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and is very treatable and not uncommon. If I may, I ask only for your prayers that she press into her faith in a deeper way and that she be delivered of all fear. As her mama, I want to see my girl walk into the fullness of the life Jesus has for her. I bet you can relate to that. If I can pray for in like manner for one of your kiddos, leave a comment. That... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Prisoners of Hope

Happy weekend, my friends! First, I want to thank you for your wonderful words of encouragement and prayer on my Wednesday post. I am so thankful for this community that supports and encourages each other. It all points to God and His amazing presence here. You give Him great glory. I don’t want to make this post about my daughter’s situation but will just say that we know it’s supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and is very treatable and not uncommon. If I may, I ask only for your prayers that she press into her faith in a deeper way and that she be delivered of all fear. As her mama, I want to see my girl walk into the fullness of the life Jesus has for her. I bet you can relate to that. If I can pray for in like manner for one of your kiddos, leave a comment. That... Read more →

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Chronicles of the Donovan Clan

The Chronicles of the Donovan Clan began as a continuing story line of my husband’s faith journey as well as my children. As I think back upon some of the outrageous events God has orchestrated in my pre-believer’s life, I giggle and I ponder them in my heart as Mary pondered thoughts of Jesus in her heart. It’s been a while since I gave an update but something curious happened yesterday that I believe is a worthy story that will encourage you as you wait for your unsaved family to find faith. For those of you who are new to our community, let me bring you quickly up to speed. My son, daughter-in-law and one-year-old granddaughter recently moved in with us. They are relocating to California from another state. So our house has been crazed with one year old antics, crowded living and the stresses of two married couples trying... Read more →

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Standing on God’s Promises

My friends as I sit here and write this post, my family and I are facing some pretty tall mountains. If you read the blog Saturday, you know I wound up in the ER Friday morning due to a bad reaction to a medication (thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement!). I’m grateful to be okay, but still face this challenge to find what my body needs to get back in balance. And what I haven’t shared as of yet is that Tuesday afternoon we will see a cardiologist to get a better picture of what is going on with my youngest daughter’s heart. I share this because so many of you prayed for us when Leslie was diagnosed with a cancer in 2008. As of last month she has been cancer free for five years, praise God! So now I’m trusting Abba again with this new challenge... Read more →

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Two Powerful and Practical Words To Thrive In A Spiritual Mismatch

Good Monday Morning. We have some new friends joining us this week. Welcome to our family everyone who found us through the FamilyLife Broadcasts last week. AND... Welcome to the friends from the House of Women Living Well www.womenlivingwell.com You have found a humble and hopeful home here in our little spot on the web. There are many of us who make up this amazing family and we have two things to tell you. You are safe here. You are family here. So join us today and find a home where we ordinary wives and mothers, far from perfect, often goofy, filled with the love of Jesus and in relentless pursuit of the Presence of God. I thought it would be really great if we could share two things that we have discovered in our faith walk that has impacted our spiritually mismatched marriages and brought about positive change and... Read more →

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Weekend Worship

Hey Gang, So our Dineen had a reaction yesterday to some medication and ended up in the ER. She is fine now. Just really, really tired. So, I'm filling in the gap today. I want to share a really quick story with you. My daughter, Caitie, who is attending BIOLA University, a Christian college in LA, is this week at the university they are having Missionary Week. The students hear from many different missions and missionaries. One speaker in particular stood out to my daughter. Not because of her mission but because of a single sentence. "Mom, she said that comparison steals our joy." "Caitie, that is absolutely right. Comparison, competition and condemnation.They are the deadly. Three- C's in women's lives." So True! Have an amazing weekend my friends. This weekend the Donovan Clan is celebrating our 22 year wedding anniversary and our little Elise-e-bears first birthday. Woo. Hoo. Love... Read more →

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It's About A Wedding. It's About Covenant

My friends, today I want to finish my story that began a few weeks ago. Here are the links to the previous posts: It's All About A Wedding What Is Covenant? And I Propose??? If you remember I shared with you how Dineen and I met, the journey of our friendship and our ministry beginnings. Let me pick up now where I left off. In January Dineen and I attended a conference together and it was on the last night of the conference, I heard God speak to me heart, “Lynn, you need to wash Dineen’s feet.” I will remind you that for a month God focused my heart and study on learning about covenant. Finally, this was the night God called me to put my faith into action. So as we arrived back at our hotel at 11:00 p.m., I said to Dineen, “I just heard God tell me... Read more →

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Never Alone

I remember a day years ago, sitting in a restaurant with our church youth group. I watched and smiled as they talked and joked around. And as I sat there in the midst of this group, I felt totally alone. I’d recently jumped in to church with gusto but my husband hadn’t. He’d decided to go quite the opposite direction—atheism. So there I sat in a room full of people who knew me, yet I felt this loneliness, a longing to be known and understood. And a longing to share my growing faith with my husband. Times of loneliness seem to enter our lives at times for various reasons, but in a spiritual mismatch it can be even more challenging as we wait for God to work in our marriage and on our pre-believer’s heart. Something I found so comforting in years past is that this longing to be known... Read more →

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An Unlikely Family Shows Up At The Movies

Hello SUMite Family: It’s a sunny Sunday afternoon here at the Donovan Clan House as I write this post. I’ve just returned home from the movie theater where I watched the movie, Son of God. I’m in my office alone right now, a rare accomplishment these days as my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter who is almost a year old, moved in recently. It’s quiet at this moment and I’m able to hear the voice of the Lord as He is speaking so much to me. He’s pointing out that He just answered some long spoken prayers of my heart. Some of these deep longings I have prayed over for as long as I’ve been married. And as I sit here and consider what happened today I’m moved to tears again. Let me explain. Since my marriage to my “pre-believer” husband 22 years ago this Friday, I have so desperately wanted... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — The Throne of Grace

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. — Hebrews 4:14-16 On morning as I woke up, I heard Jesus say to my heart, “Come learn about My grace.” I’d been reading in Hebrews and the verse above had caught my attention, namely the confidence part, not a place I’ve excelled in. LOL! As I sat with Abba that morning and sought His heart, I believe He wanted... Read more →

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The Most Unusual Interview

Good Friday Morning my friends, I want to tell you what happened when I asked Dineen to marry me. *grin*. I didn’t really ask her to marry me but I did do something extraordinary. But I must move the end of that story to next Friday. Today I want to give you a heads up. Dineen and I flew to Arkansas in January. We were privileged to be guests again on FamilyLife Radio with Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine. These interviews were unlike all of our others. Now It’s hard for me to remember all the topics we discussed but I know we tackled pornography and marriage. The difficulty and hope for raising kids. I know I had a very unexpected response to this question: What would you say to an unbelieving spouse who is listening to this broadcast right now. Dineen and I have very different answers but when... Read more →

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God Used $20 To Build My Faith

Happy Wednesday, SUMites! It's so good to be back! Special thanks again to Teresa T. for her amazing posts and all she shared with us. I have a story for you today, one that happened while Lynn and I were at the prophetic conference the end of January. I've been looking forward to telling you about this one, because it was a huge moment in my faith journey. It was Friday evening and the last speaker was Chuck Pierce. This was the first time I'd heard the man I'd heard much about speak and I was not disappointed. He spoke with great authority and power, using Scripture constantly. But what stood (and still stands out) was the call for an offering at the end of this speech. I can't even remember what the cause was, but I know it was something I wanted to help with and had something to... Read more →

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What Is Covenant? and.. I Propose!

I’m picking up from last Monday… It’s all about a wedding. My friends, our relationships are about covenant. It’s about having a family. Covenant relationship - is our unity. Jesus desires the unity of believers. John 17: Jesus Prays for All Believers 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — We are Surrounded!

Hello my beautiful friends! I'm so glad I'll be back full swing next week. I've missed you all so much. I've dipped into the comments frequently just to keep connected to you all and discovered many of us have been hit with more spiritual warfare these last few weeks. This has pushed me to dig deeper into God's Word, and I’ve filled my journal with pages and pages of these truths and promises. and I believe this kind of increase in warfare is indicative to a coming breakthrough, so don't be discouraged! A holy expectation fuels my prayers, and I pray that for you too. But I want to share something Abba showed me last week. I was on my prayer walk with my wacky dog River, and talking to Abba about all that was on my heart. I was a bit weary that day, to be honest. I've never... Read more →

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