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15 entries from June 2014

New Series For July

Hi SUMite Family. Lynn Donovan here. Question: Can you believe half of 2014 is over??? We are jumping into the last half of the year and I still have so much I want to accomplish and even more I’m waiting for many, many prayers to be answered. So as we jump into July Dineen and I were thinking that we will take the first week of July off. So many of us are traveling, attending BBQ’s and just darn busy. We will pick up again on Monday, July 7th. I would like to take a quick study of the book, The Five Love Languages (in our sidebar). So SUMites, what is your love language? What is your spouse’s love language? Share on Facebook or in the comments. Can you guess mine? Dineen’s? What is the love language of Jesus? Hmmmm. Things to ponder. We will tackle this next week. For... Read more →

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Reader Question: My Friends Want To Save My Husband

Subject: What to do when your friends want to save your husband Dear Lynn: I have an interesting concern; one I have yet to hear about in the comments and posts throughout the SUM Nation community. I have a community of Christian friends who are "Jesus with skin on." These women (and men) have taken a particular interest in my husband’s unbelief. Several times they have said to me "I invited so and so from my church to such and such event so they might have an influence on your husband." Or "I have taken Robert (my husband’s name) on as my personal salvation project." I wonder how I, as Roberts wife, have never thought of him as "my personal salvation project." I don't purposefully invite Christians into my home just so they might have an impact on Robert. I am very much alright with handing Robert to God. In... Read more →

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Our Greatest Promise (Part 2)

Happy Friday, my friends! Let’s finish what we started on Wednesday. I left off with an analogy of the Holy Spirit flowing in our lives like blood in our veins and how it’s important to keep the “flow” free of unrighteous impediments. As I said at the end of Wednesday’s post, the Holy Spirit helps us do this. He is very good at His job of showing us places in our lives and hearts that we need to deal with, of nudging us to do the right thing, and even of reminding us of God’s love and will for our lives. Also known as godly conviction, it is done with the love and heart of God for our good. Not to be confused with condemnation either (Romans 8:1), it is relieving, freeing and healing. Just about every day, I ask the Holy Spirit to reveal anything I need to confess... Read more →

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Our Greatest Promise (Part 1)

My friends, this is part three of the salvation series Abba has been leading me to share. The first week we talked about how we are Wired for Salvation and last week, we discussed the differences in our identity before and after accepting Christ in Sinner vs. New Creation. This week we will explore our greatest promise and guarantee of eternity because of our salvation—the Holy Spirit. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. — 2 Corinthians 1: 21-22 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. — Ephesians 4:30 The Holy Spirit... Read more →

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Humble Confidence

Dear friends, our very own Teresa T. has a great message for us today: This group loves God’s word and often discusses how to best apply the scriptures. Winning Him Without Words encourages us to serve as a living testimony, rather than to badger our pre-believers with arguments and ploys. So, it is important for us to be clear in our own minds about what scriptures ask us to do. But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, …. 1Peter 3:15 (NIV) Some translations use the word “meekness” instead of “gentleness.” Let’s explore some commandments on humility and confidence that can appear, at first glance, to be difficult to put together. How can we be both? Join me in a short... Read more →

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The Truest Words From The Heart of Every Believer In A Spiritual Mismatched Marriage

Today I'm sharing a letter I received last week. I haven known Tamara for a very long time. She is likely one of our very earliest readers. She has walked in her uneuqlly yoked marriage for many years. In her short email I think she captured the truest parts of our heart. I'm not sure how this letter will affect you but I know it was tender, difficult and yet an encouragment. Lynn Hello Dear Friend, As I read your excerpts in that message – in God Sized Dreaming – I thought yes, only we, who are in that situation understand it. I was so sure Jack wanted to accept the Lords calling. But I was wrong. We had some very good and difficult talks and he explained very clearly: I don’t want to change. I don’t need to change. I believe enough to get me into heaven. So I... Read more →

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Angel on The Roadway

Lynn & Heidi Heidi Holmes has been a regular reader of SUM for about two and a half years. She made the five hour drive from Las Vegas, NV to Temecula last week to participate in our Walmart Prayer Day. Heidi told me that a year ago she was so riddled with fear and anxiety, she could have never made a trip like this alone. (I have her permission to share) God has brought so much healing into her life. Heidi left on Friday the day following the event and an astonishing thing occurred. Here is her story: By Heidi Holmes Ok here goes... Driving back to Nevada the following day still drunk on Gods presence and glory that showed up in Temecula, I could do nothing but smile and praise His name, singing with each song of praise on the radio with tear-filled eyes. I was so full of... Read more →

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Sinner vs. New Creation

My friends, welcome to part two of this series on salvation. I just love how Abba shows me these truths and walks me through them. They are truths I desperately need and feel honored to share. As one is blessed with wisdom and knowledge to know Him better, I believe many are blessed too, as He calls us to share what we are given in all manners. I am learning more and more about God’s generosity and am continually blown away by what He shows me. I pray that by the end of this post, you are as blown away by what He revealed to my hungry heart. To review, last week I talked about how we are wired for salvation and how it’s not us who brings a person to salvation but our Father who draws or calls them first to His Son, Jesus. Read that first part, Wired... Read more →

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The Miracles of Walmart Prayer Day

Hello SUM Nation: I hope you watched the video from our Walmart Prayer Day, if not click here and get ready to smile. My friends, the Lord surely showed up and heaven opened over that store. Let me share some of the details that touched my heart. There were 10 Team members including the Teen-Brigade, as they have become known, who were the sign holders and photographer. Thank you: Heidi Holmes, my sweet sister Sumite, who drove from Nevada to participate. And Jodie, Bob, Sue, Lindsay, Lynn, Felicia and grandbaby Elise. Gina, Caitie Erich and Karamia. Ten people from different churches and streams of faith. NOW THAT is unity in the Body of Christ. John 17:20-23 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me... Read more →

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Walmart Prayer Day

I'm undone. I'm humbled. The entire team was filled with God's grace and favor. We prayed. We loved. We handed out all of your gifts. The feedback already is amazing. Men leaving the store said, "Thank you so much for doing this." AND "I will pay this forward." Message I received an hour later through Facebook: I just received this message from Montserrat, a Temecula resident, about our Walmart Day. I'm undone. She wrote: Were you outside Walmart giving hugs and gift cards? I saw a post on a Temecula group of someone who received one. She Loved the gift card, but the comment that got my attention was when she said she hadn't had a hug in 7 months. People were so receptive for the most part. Overwhelmed. Some were hesitant. They expected there to be a catch but most just received. And we gave. We gave the love... Read more →

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Wired for Salvation

My friends, as I neared the end of the Transforming the Mind series, Abba downloaded a new one about salvation. Honestly, I never expected to write about this subject, but obviously He wants us to understand more about what His salvation is, because it truly is His and comes from Him alone (Psalm 51:12). Did you know we are wired for salvation? That is Abba’s heart for us and why He sent His Son Jesus to die for us. All of us. And if we look at the Bible as a whole (the sum of all its parts) the message is consistent throughout that God’s intent was always to have a relationship with His creation, specifically us. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to... Read more →

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#SUM Nation Walmart Day

Hi Sumites, Things are coming together for this Thursday, our Walmart Prayer Day. I also call this adventure one of our Random Acts of Kindness days. When I started this adventure all I had was a Word. A Word from God. I saw a picture in my mind of shoppers at Walmart in line to check out and shoppers in line for prayer. I didn’t know if this was a good idea, if you would support it, or if anyone would show up with me to pray. Well of course, we won’t know the full scope of this escapade until it’s finished. But let me tell you what has happened already. You, the SUMite Nation have donated in small amounts at a time and some large amounts (a few of you) so much money that we have a ton of gift cards. I have money to purchase the flowers for... Read more →

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She's Moving to Idaho

For those who have read Winning Him Without Words I share a story about one of my friends who sorta, spiritually adopted me, in the early years of my marriage. This story was so powerful in my parenting that I shared it again in our book, Not Alone. Here is an excerpt: Several days following the “Kitchen Table Debacle,” as I have come to call it, I sat down at a local restaurant for breakfast with a new friend. I had met Jenny the week prior at our church Bible study. She was a tad bit older than I was, and a lot wiser. She and I clicked from the start. I remember pouring out my fears about my daughter’s salvation while Jenny listened. After hearing my story, she said something to me that I will never forget. She gave me a Scripture verse. Train up a child in the... Read more →

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Transforming the Mind: Finding God in Worship

My friends, we have walked this journey of transforming our minds now for six weeks. We began with Feasting on God’s Word, then continued with Claiming and Praying God’s Promises, Giving the Holy Spirit Authority, Pleading the Blood of Jesus, Thanking and Praising, and last week, Choosing Joy. This week, we will talk about finding God in worship. This is by far the most challenging to write, for two reasons. One, the enemy is very much apposed to this topic, because it is what he tried to get from Jesus in the wilderness (Matt. 4:9) and what he has wanted all along in order to be like God. And two, because it’s still growing and forming in my own life. So I will share what I have discovered thus far. From the very beginning the plan was to worship God. Even wise men traveled from afar knowing that the only... Read more →

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Kingdom Prayer - Pray This With Me

#SUM Nation, today would you join me in prayer: Lord, Holy Papa, Your children gather here in this unexpected house. The House of SUM where we come from all the nations to share our hearts with You and with each other. Thank you for this amazing place where we gather to unite “the church.” Thank you this is a place where we don’t judge one another by appearance. We see one another at the heart level — through words. It’s beautiful here Lord. Thank you for allowing us to see one another just as You see us. You look at the heart. Father, we love you. We adore our Betrothed, King Jesus and we are lost without the Dove that indwells and sits upon our shoulder. Thank you for your love, grace, provision, lavish gifts. Thank you that you wanted kids and chose us. Today, Father I’m moved to ask... Read more →

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