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17 entries from October 2014

The Pope Said What?

Photo courtesy of NBCnews.com My friends, at the risk of opening the proverbial can of worms today, I want to talk about the statement Pope Francis made this past week about evolution and the Big Bang Theory being real. You can read the short article here. My goal today is not to argue or prove anything but to share how this has impacted discussions between my husband and I. As I’ve shared in the past, we both love the show Big Bang Theory (I share a humorous story here.) and that alone has opened up some discussions for us over the last few years, one of which having to do with how we all came to be here. I have many a time said to my husband that I don’t fully understand all the details, but why does it have to be faith or science? Why can’t it be both?... Read more →

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Witchcraft Curses Fall To The Ground!

Greetings, It’s a Thursday afternoon. I’m in my office typing, sorting and thinking. Worship music is playing softly, drifting down the hall from the kitchen. Rain is on the way. Oh, thank you Papa!!!! I have some thoughts about tomorrow. Halloween was always one of the highlights of my year as a child. I mean really. Come on. Free candy…. It’s a day to pretend you are someone else, costumes, parties, bobbing for apples, being scared (but not really). I know that there is disagreement about how believers should handle this day. I’m not going to judge. You need to follow the Holy Spirit as He directs your heart for your family. But today I want to share a prayer God has placed heavily on my spirt and with power. Because tomorrow after the kids are home sorting their candy, after the paint is washed from their faces and the... Read more →

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God’s Moving the Millers! (Part 2)

On Saturday I shared the news of our impending "kind of" move. Before I continue this story, let me be clear that this is a geogrpahical move and in no way is moving me away from this beatuful, precious, amazing, outrageously loved by God community. In fact, I look forward to sharing more about our family antics in Florida with you, my dear SUMite family. Now, for the rest of the story... In April of this year, my husband flew back to Florida to surprise his parents for their 50th wedding anniversary (can I get a hallelujah for 50 years!). When he returned he surprise me with the news that it looked like we might be able to rent his cousin’s house in Florida, thus giving us time to decide where we wanted to buy or build. Seemed like a long shot, but it might work out. By Easter weekend,... Read more →

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Sharing The Healing

My Friends, I've been trying to figure out how to share the healing with you. And I have prayed over this post and have been praying for a couple of weeks. It's likely that I won't do this well, but I feel like I need to make available something I took with me specifically to the conference. God gave Paul the power to perform unusual miracles. When handkerchiefs or aprons that had merely touched his skin were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases, and evil spirits were expelled. -Acts 19:11-12 I brought with me 40 handkerchiefs that were anointed in the Presence of the conference and I want to give them to our community. I wish I had thousands and so please, please do not have hurt feelings if we run out. Below is a Paypal button where you can order one. I will get it... Read more →

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God’s Moving the Millers!

My friends, in just five weeks my hubby and I will be moving to Florida. Kind of… Let me take you to the beginning of this story, where this all began—Christmas 2010. We’d driven to Florida to spend Christmas with our family there that year. One day I was at my mother’s with my daughter Leslie and the subject of moving back (to Sarasota, Florida) came up again. Mike and I moved away back in 1990 when our oldest daughter Rachel was a baby and we haven’t been back except for visits here and there. I missed my mom, for sure, and missed Mike’s family as much too, so this was already the desire of my heart. Yet I knew Mike wanted to stay in Silicon Valley and didn’t want to live in Florida again. He’d told me that in the past. So I said, let’s pray about it. My... Read more →

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Who Were The Pray-ers?

From Monday’s post…….However, before we leave I want to go and give a hug and thank you to each of the trio of the prayer team. I start looking all over. I can’t find them. Ahhhhhhh, now that is an interesting story in itself. I haven’t been able to stop considering the trio of pray-ers since I arrived home a week ago…………… Let me pick up the story from Monday. The girls and I has sufficiently wiped our faces and we are still all smiles from ear-to-ear and remain pretty-much in shock by what has just transpired. However, we must make our way to the airport shortly. We stand and start toward the exit of the main room where there are still tons of people. And as I stand I’m compelled to want to say thank you one more time to the praying trio before we leave. After all, it’s... Read more →

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Dream List Update

Hi My Friends, I want to give you an update about the letters and Dream Lists. I have read through all of them now -twice. I have been encouraged by your words of love. I didn’t expect that happy blessing to come with this experiment, but Papa, thank you for your children. I thank all of you for the words of encouragement. I was teary several times. I was also teary several times reading your letters for other reasons. Can I say, “THANK YOU” again for trusting me with some of your most intimate and at times painful parts of your lives. I have grieved with the Lord for some of you as you face incredibly difficult situations. I want you to know that Dineen and I are trustworthy. Nothing you shared brought a single thought of judgment into our minds. In fact, I was incredibly moved by God with... Read more →

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Jesus Heals! In Front of My Eyes!

If you missed Friday’s post, go back and read it now. Here is the link. Now let’s pick up the story. Okay, remember my daughter who is 19 just received word that Jesus launched her into a new journey. And my friends, already so much has happened to her as she returned to her college campus. But, let’s not get sidetracked. Oh and I should mention, Dineen was not with us as she had to return to San Jose early that morning for a family get together. Bummer! Onward. The trio of pray-ers move on to Gina as Caitie is sitting next to me telling me about what she just experienced. We are both teary-eyed and overwhelmed. If you stop for a minute and think about what we are experiencing, it’s a Holy Mind-blow. I mean really. Angels are in the room. Jesus is launching teens into His Kingdom, people... Read more →

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The Legacy of Divine Appointments

My friends, this is an astounding testimony to how far a divine appointment can reach. Our dear friend, Rosheeda, is still impacting lives through her legacy of intentional love and service to God. It is because of Rosheeda's love for us that we carry the name of "SUMites." Sometimes, perhaps more often than we realize, we discount how the smallest of opportunities to love on someone can ripple out beyond our own lives. Thank you, Kindra, for sharing this with our community! As you were blessed by this, we are too. Thank you! ~ Dineen & Lynn Hello Ladies! I just returned from the Designed For Life Women's Conference in Springfield, MO. There were over 7,000 women gathered to worship and praise God! The Holy Spirit was working full force and many lives were transformed. PTL! I am writing to you because I have a story from the conference that... Read more →

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Does Jesus Heal Today?

SUMites, Where to begin. Let me ask you a question. Do you believe God still heals? Can He cure cancer, heal the blind restore hearing in the deaf? If you are a SUMite, I know you said yes. I know you said that because we MUST believe in great miracles of God’s love and kindness. If we had little faith, we could not walk this unique walk of the unequally yoked. Today, I’m going to step out and share with you what transpired on Saturday. I may stumble through the story as I’m still processing it all. Get a cup of coffee or tea. Pull up a chair and I pray, I pray with all that I am, that you feel chills run all over your body as the Holy Spirit confirms His power and love for God’s people. You met Gina, right? We prayed for her several years ago... Read more →

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The Unexpected Divine Appointments

Dear friends, as I walked and prayed Tuesday morning, I asked Abba for the words to share with you what I experienced at Bethel. I really wasn’t sure if I had anything definitive as God kept this visit very personal, which makes sense for this year of intimacy He’s called me to. But as I walked the memories and words began to flow (thank You, Abba, You are so good), like a kaleidoscope of images and colors that stood unique but together created the complete story of God’s intentions. Where to start? At the beginning of the journey. I was a bit anxious about making this trip on my own (I love road trips when hubby is in charge) and my car had been acting up a little. (I should share with you that I call my little VW Bug by the name of Gracie as she is a gift... Read more →

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What Does Open Heaven Mean?

My Precious Friends, Lynn here. What is an Open Heaven? Simply, it’s the Lord’s prayer in full reality. From Matthew 6: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. This is what our Father has always wanted. Since Adam and Eve and for as long as there are people on earth, God’s will, His purposes, His love, power and authority, manifest here on earth, through His children. That’s us! We bring heaven to earth. This past week, Dineen, myself, my daughter Caitie, and her best friend Gina, caught a glimpse of what that looks like. We not only caught a glimpse but we participated in an Open Heaven. What does that mean? Luke 9:1-2 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.... Read more →

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Divine Appointments, Part 2

I’m so glad you came back to hear the rest of this story. And I know Lynn and I will come back with more stories too. It’s the last day of the Open Heavens conference. As I write this I haven’t a clue of what God has in store for us, but I know it will be good, because He is GOOD! Now back to the ACFW conference and the divine appointments God had planned for me. As I said, I knew there was more to hear from my new friend. I didn’t even ask God to orchestrate another meeting. I knew He would and told Him as much. This was really fun! The next day I had an appointment with an editor. After my appointment, I took a shortcut down the hallway to get back to the registration area. This hallway can get pretty busy when people are moving... Read more →

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Divine Appointments, Part 1

My friends, as you read this, Lynn and I are making our way to the Open Heavens Conference at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. This will be our third year going and I’m already praying for diving appointments. (Please pray with us on this and for our protection and safety as we travel. Thank you!) I prayed for this before the writers conference (American Christian Fiction Writers) I attended a couple weeks ago. And I told God it didn’t matter if they had anything to do with me or writing, I just wanted to see Him in action. Well, my week was packed with these appointments and it was the most fun I’ve had at one of these conferences to date. And I’ve been going for ten years now! My head is still spinning to think of them all but a few stand out, and today I’m going to share... Read more →

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My Bible Story

My first Bible. You can see my maiden name in the corner. :-) On Friday, Lynn shared what God showed her happens when we read our Bibles. When she called me and told me what she’d seen, this stunning image sent me right back to my four year old self. I was just baptized (more like christened or dedicated by sprinkling of water) and loved flipping parchment pages of the Bible I’d been given, yet couldn’t even read. These are pictures of this Bible I have kept all through the years (friends and family wrote messages in the inside cover and first pages). As a child would spend night after night, turning the pages of this Bible because somehow I knew it was very special (I share this story in my testimony in our books). Even then, I longed to connect with God and knew that book—the Bible—was key. I... Read more →

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Day of Atonement

SUMites this is a day of fasting. Sunrise to sunset. Humble and contrite. Humble and contrite. Humble and Contrite. What does this mean to you today? Psalm 51:17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. Isaiah 66:2 Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. There are a multitue of scripture verses on humility, Visit here. May the Lord blesS you and keep you my friends. Great is our God and great are His mercies, grace and promises. Lord, let us be your people who respresent you well. In the name of your Son,... Read more →

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God Spoke. The Angels Sing Over The SUMites!

Wow Oh Wow… The heavens opened this morning. On my walk n pray this morning God just started talking. And talking. And talking…. I was so overwhelmed by all He was sharing that I had to call Dineen while I was on the trail. What was He saying? I’m so glad you asked because it was all about you, Sumites. I’m going to write out what I heard. First I kept hearing over and over, humble and contrite. Humble and contrite. Humble and contrite. Then He explained. Lynn, I know you have talked to me a lot about these letters and lists. You have brought the people who wrote them before me. But I want to tell you how I feel about these men and women. My heart is moved with joy and great pleasure for these, my children. “Why Lord?” Because they have given me a sacrifice of great... Read more →

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