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17 entries from August 2014

Lord, Do It Again!

Last week I shared a Word of Encouragement that God impressed upon me about how He’s about to turn things around. Today I want to add a little more to that message—something else God showed me this last week, but first I want to share a powerful tool. This last week I’ve noticed Psalm 91 showing up a lot. I’m not sure why, but I know this Psalm is important right now. Read the whole thing and pray it over yourself and your family. Put your name and your loved ones’ names in verses 14-16 and claim God’s promises of protection and salvation. Here’s how I do it: The LORD says, “I will rescue Dineen who loves me. I will protect her because she trusts in my name. When she calls on me, I will answer her; I will be with her in trouble. I will rescue and honor her.... Read more →

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If I were the Devil

I'm still traveling this week. I stumbled upon this video. Gang, what do you think? See you next week. Hugs, Lynn Read more →

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The Bush and the Tree

Once upon a time there lived a bush and a tree, side by side in a large garden. The bush sat squat and low, near the base of the tree. She often gazed up at the tree admiring her great height and wishing she could be so tall and so regal in the garden. Yet the bush forgot the small creatures and insects who found their home in her leafy protection. The tree rose tall in the garden, narrow at the bottom and full up top. She often looked down and admired the fullness of the bush. The tree fretted over her leafless trunk, showing all her bark. Yet the tree forgot the birds of the air and the creatures that climbed her branches, which provided resting and nesting places. One day the bush decided to be like the tree and she shed all the leaves on her lower branches.... Read more →

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I'm A Living Success Story by Pam Osborne

I’m A Living Success Story! - A Guest post by SUMite, Pam Osborne It’s that time of year when all Mothers experience one of two emotions, either extreme joy that Summer with all of its “I’m bored” exclamations will soon end, or the polar opposite, which is the onset of empty nest syndrome. I happen to fall into the latter. My baby will be a senior in high school this year, and my daughter starts her sophomore year at college. I’m still not sure how they reached this level of maturity since I haven’t aged at all, but that’s another story. As a Mom, we can’t help but wonder about what the future holds for our budding offspring, and if we have done enough to prepare them for this great big world. I know this to be especially true of the SUMite mom. We can’t help but play that footage... Read more →

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A Word of Encouragement

Hey there, SUM Family! I'm doing something a little different today. I pray this blesses and encourages you. Read more →

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Line by Line: What About The Kids

I want to follow up on 1 Corinthians 7:14 as I see it applying to our children. I can’t think of anything better to share than my thoughts from our book, Not Alone. Not Alone There is one verse in particular which gives me the greatest comfort as a mother. What is utterly fantastic about this passage is that it is written specifically for those of us who live in a spiritually mismatched home. I’m humbled and thankful to realize God knew thousands of years ago there would be marriages such as ours. What relief and freedom this truth brings to my heart. Read it with me from the Message translation: For the rest of you who are in mixed marriages—Christian married to non-Christian—we have no explicit command from the Master. So this is what you must do. If you are a man with a wife who is not a... Read more →

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The Journey of a SUMite

My friends, I want to share a comment from one of our SUMite sisters. Heather Passuello has been a long time reader here at SUM and when she first landed on our site, she was unsure of what life held for her and her marriage, let alone what God might have in mind for her. We have watched her grow in her faith in and love for Jesus, and now she is blooming like a prized rose of rarest varieties. I'm astounded, blessed and beyond "tickled" to see her walk this path. Heather's journey is so encouraging, because she has endured through much difficulty and many set-backs. Somehow she knew God wouldn't give up on her, so she couldn't give up on Him. That's my take anyway. Heather left this beautiful comment on my post last week about God's Preparation: The Cross: Heather with her daughter. Yes, I NEED and... Read more →

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Line by Line: Sanctification of the Unbelieving Spouse

SUMites, we have arrived. This is a tad long but you MUST read the story at the end. We have arrived in our line by line study of one of the MOST powerful verses in the Bible. It’s profound and specific. Specific as it is filled with God’s power, promise and is written intentionally for us who are unequally yoked. Let’s read it together. For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. —1 Corinthians 7:14 My friends…. WHAT????? Can we truly wrap our heads and hearts around the power and implication of the truths behind this verse? I’ve read several commentaries on this verse and they agree that this verse is not a guarantee of our spouse’s salvation, as each person much choose Christ... Read more →

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Not the Answers I Expected

Leslie with our critters. Mittens on the back of the couch and our dogs Shasta, Riley and River. My friends, I want to give you an update on some things that have happened in my family, specifically my daughter as many of you have prayed with me for her over the years. For our newer readers I will give a brief summary of the journey we've been on with her since 2007, because I want you to see the full scope of how God moves in the most subtle and unexpected ways. We've walked through much with my youngest daughter who will soon be 21. At 13 she was diagnosed with severe depression, then later in 2008 at age 14 we found out she had a malignant brain tumor (the clinical name for it is the length of a run on sentence!). God was very present during all this, making... Read more →

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Line by Line: God's Thoughts on Guilt and Shame

Good Friday Morning My Friends, I want to add to our summer study something that is not specific to our line by line study but something I feel as though the Lord is desperate to tell His children. I was talking with Dineen on Tuesday and sharing with her a discussion I had with a very close friend of mine who was tormented by shame and guilt because of past decisions in her life. I hung up the phone with Dineen after sharing the story and all of sudden The Voice of God was speaking so loudly to me in that bathroom where I was getting ready that I know I’m to share His thoughts about this subject today. From the conversation with Dineen we were made acutely aware of how unworthy so many of God’s children feel. How beat up, emotionally and spiritually, because of the many mistakes we... Read more →

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God's Preparation: The Cross

Dear friends, I believe this is the last post in this series about God’s preparation. We started with part one, about Trials and Challenges, moved to part two, Time + Honor = Fruit, and then last week delved into Recognizing God’s Preparation. Thank you for being so willing to share your hearts and stories. They (and you!) are amazing! I think this last part is the toughest to write as there is so much swirling in my mind, more in the sense of a mental picture of this whole process and how God works, that to put it into words is very challenging. I think I could write an entire book about how God works in everything and how it all interconnects. Thus why I love this Scripture so much: For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or... Read more →

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Line by Line: An Open Letter To The Fearful Young Wife

My friends, the comments on Friday’s post were amazing. All of them. Filled with honesty and truth and HOPE. I’m choosing to share this particular comment with the community because it’s a restoration story of epic proportions. Thank you Merlene for your courage and heart to share your life with us. Now here is Merlene’s comment to the young woman who is afraid to live her faith in her home: This is a topic near and dear to me. My husband was raised in a Catholic home but was hurt by the church. When we married I was a Christian but not walking with God the way I should have been. We married six months to the day from our first date. I knew I should not unequally yoke myself to him but I was 25 and had never dated or had anyone show me any kind of affection. So... Read more →

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Biblically: Confrontation With Spouse And Others

This is a great video from Dineen that is a fantastic follow up to yesterday's post. Hugs, Lynn Gang, if this helped you, share it on Social Media. Thanks Tweet: Great Video dealing with conflict and confrontation. http://ctt.ec/L22N8+ <--- Click to Tweet Read more →

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Line by Line: Do I Divorce An Atheist?

So Gang. Before we leave the verses from Monday’s study. I want to expand upon them. The questions I’m asking you to ponder address a very REAL scenario in SUMite homes today. I think we need some honest conversation about the topic. Let’s get started. On Monday we read: To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him.—1 Corinthians 7:12-13 Let’s place this verse into “real life” today. Lisa married her husband twelve years ago. She was raised in church and because she didn’t have a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus, she fell away from church and lived in... Read more →

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God's Preparation: Recognizing God's Preparation

Welcome back to the God’s Preparation series, my friends. I hope you are finding this encouraging and enlightening. God’s ways are so beautifully intricate and simple at the same time. I know that probably doesn’t make sense, but that’s how I’ve begun to see Him. Lynn and I speak often of this and how we, His children, tend to complicate things. I sense part of this year of intimacy with Him is also about simplicity. To review, the first week we talked about how God works in and uses our Trials and Challenges. Last week we talked about how Time + Honor = Fruit. As I said last week, the fruit from one trial becomes the strength and preparation for the next. This week, let’s talk about recognizing God’s preparation. We have some amazing examples in the Bible. God is all about preparation. With the help of the Holy Spirit,... Read more →

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Line by Line: Unbeliving Spouse

Hello SUMites, Well I’m still not up to par but we are pushing forward with this summer study. If you remember we completed the study of 1 Corinthians 7:10-12. Today let’s move forward to the subject and verses. Verse 12: To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. Line by Line: Let’s refresh our memory here. Remember Paul is writing a reply to a letter sent by the first century Christian church in Corinth. As men and women became believers, they didn’t know if choosing faith would impact their marriages. They were seeking wisdom about how to navigate their new faith in light of marriage. In the particular passage above Paul is now speaking specifically to believers who have come to faith…. and their... Read more →

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Prayer Day in Canada

Thank you for your prayers, God has answered wonderfully and beautifully. We were able to share the Gospel with so many kids today at the Oakville's children festival. We were making beaded bracelets on our blankets, and sharing the Gospel at the same time. After the kids finished the bracelet, each one got their copy of Jesus Christ story and sometimes also the Gospel of John and an adult tract for their parents and a ring pop candy:-) We were in the park from 1:30-4:30 and at the end estimated that we made about 90 bracelets, gave out the same number of Jesus story books and Gospel of Johns and some New Testaments. We prayed with maybe 15-20 of the kids to accept Jesus into their hearts as their Savior. There was no major opposition, only three parents returned the booklets and the materials to the blanket but the kids... Read more →

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