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14 entries from December 2014

Reflecting Back on 2014 and Moving Forward into 2015

He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. — 1 Thessalonians 5:24 ESV The devotional for December 29th in The Listening Heart brought me back to this verse that I'd highlighted earlier in the year. And a sweet moment of revelation entered in with it. I thought back over this year that started out so difficult that I wondered at times how I would endure and what would I look like on the other side, and the full reality of this truth came full circle. Anything our Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor calls us to co-labor with Him to do, He will surely do it. There can be no doubt there because that begs the question: Why would God call us to a place and not complete what He said He would do? That's not His way, nor His character. Anything He has ever asked... Read more →

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SUMite Nation Fasts! Look out Devil. You're Toast!

Hello SUMite Family: I pray that in the midst of all the crazy that can come with the Christmas holiday, you found one or two sweet and precious moments. I also pray you watched the Lord moving in the hearts of some of your family and even better, in your heart. I believe in miracles and the Donovan Clan experienced an absolutely astonishing miracle this Christmas. My son’s estranged wife and his two year old daughter came for Christmas. It was amazing and special, precious and priceless. I have much to tell you about all this but I’m still praying into it all right now. Which brings me to PRAYER. It’s time for our annual community fast and prayer week. If you are new here, let me tell you that this single week of the year can change a life, a marriage, your faith walk and everything else in your... Read more →

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There Once Was a Man Who Didn't Believe in God

There was once a man who didn't believe in God, and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays, like Christmas. His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite his disparaging comments. One snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their children to a Christmas Eve service in the farm community in which they lived. She asked him to come, but he refused. "That story is nonsense!" he said. "Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man? That's ridiculous!" So she and the children left, and he stayed home. A while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm. He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening.... Read more →

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The Hope Of The World

Let’s finish this amazing letter to the church of Philadelphia/Sumites. 11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. 13 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. On Friday we discovered Jesus’ heart for all of us who have endured under great pressure and have stood upon our faith and did not deny His name. Today, Let’s look at the last portion of this letter. It’s amazing. Truly. Jesus... Read more →

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Disparaging Disappointment, Part 2

So glad you're back, my friends. The end of this series is so near and dear to my heart, because it's written with a deep love and desire for you to live in the fullness of Jesus and all He has for us. I believe we will see great tremendous breakthroughs individually and as a community in 2015 and I don't want you to miss any of it. I don't want to miss any of it either! Now for the final part of this series. Scroll down to part one if you need to catch up. The links for the previous parts are there as well. As I shared in part one, this journey was so unexpected for me. I had to face some dark places in my heart and mind and allow the Holy Spirit to peel back layers of lies and pain so that He could bring the... Read more →

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A Promise For The Unequally Yoked

Good morning my friends: I know this is a crazed time of year. I pray you are getting enough rest and finding the Lord is your strength. Let’s pick up on our letter that the Lord has assigned to our community. Revelation 3. Remember we considered the open door that has been swung wide for us which cannot be shut. Now is the last half of verse eight: I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. This statement alone can bring tears to my eyes. Perhaps you are like me. There were days in my early years of marriage where it seemed as though it would have been easier to deny my faith in front of my husband than to stand and fight the onslaught of arguments and efforts for me to defend Jesus. I remember reading this last... Read more →

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Disparaging Disappointment

My friends, we’re at the last Deadly D in this series, Disparaging Disappointment. God is so faithful—He answered your prayers for Words with reminders and a special email from one of you (Thanks, Jim!). I truly thought I'd lack words for the last two parts of this series, but quite the opposite has proved true! So many words came that I will breaking this one into two parts, so be sure to come back for part two on Saturday. In Dubious Doubt, Part One, I talked about how the enemy tries to steal our faith with his fiery darts of doubt, and in Part Two I shared some personal breakthroughs in this area (and even more came after that! God is good!). Then on Wednesday I covered Debilitating Disbelief and shared how the enemy tried to destroy my faith with a spirit of torment and gave you some tools to... Read more →

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We Have An Open Door. What Do We Do With It?

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the doors God has opened to me over the past several years and specifically this past year. And as I read this passage once again this December, this open door given to the church of Philadelphia and the SUMite church became specific. On the same day I was reading a sermon by Smith Wigglesworth. Here is the excerpt: May God give us the hearing of faith that the power may come down like a cloud. Once I saw it (the mighty power of God) might at Stavenger in Norway — it was a great crowded place. God said to me: Ask! And I will give you every soul. It seemed too much. The voice came again. Ask! And I will give you every soul. I dared to ask. The power of God swept the meeting like a might wind. I had never... Read more →

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Precious Message from a SUMite

Dear friends, our SUM sister, Darby, sent this beautiful and encouraging message this past week. I just love Darby's heart for God and the joy she is finding in her faith walk as she trusts God with her furture and especially for her husband's salvation. She is walking in a place of thriving and freedom! I would like to take a moment to personally thank both of you! I am a SUMite subscriber, website, daily email and Facebook follower. I also have your book Winning Him Without Words. I cannot remember when or how I stumbled upon your site over a year ago, but I DO know it has been the biggest blessing in my marriage. I, like many others, have spent time in the past crying out to our Father, "Why wouldn't you want this wonderful man on your side? Why did you bring us together if not for... Read more →

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Jesus Has Opened A Door For Us, The Unequally Yoked!

Hi SUM Nation: Almost every time I speak and often here on the web, I talk about my Daily Bible. I know I have recommended it to so many of you as a place to start a daily quiet time with the Lord. Well, if your Daily Bible is in sync with mine, you are going to open to a passage today that I believe is a message specific to us. It’s powerful, amazing and filled with promise. (December 12, 2014) I remember reading this very passage last year, overwhelmed and teary, as I heard the Lord whisper to me, “Lynn, this is for you.” And for some reason, I peeked ahead in my reading this morning and read tomorrows passage in Revelation and the powerful implications came flooding back to my memory. And I heard the Lord again say, “Lynn this is for you and this year it is... Read more →

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The Three Deadly Ds: Disparaging Disbelief

Dear friends, before Thanksgiving I started a series on the Three Deadly Ds: Dubious Doubt, Debilitating Disbelief and Disparaging Disappointment. In Part One of Dubious Doubt we talked about how the enemy comes in and plants seeds of doubt, as he did with Adam and Eve, and in Part Two I shared some examples of breakthroughs that came as a result of pushing doubt aside and re-establishing God's truth firmly in its rightful place. Today, let's talk about Debilitating Disbelief. And that is exactly what the enemy's intention is, to debilitate (weaken, enfeeble, enervate, devitalize, sap, drain, exhaust, weary, fatigue, prostrate; undermine, impair, indispose, incapacitate, cripple, disable, paralyze, immobilize; informal knock out, do in) our faith. Once doubt has come in like a ravaging worm, disbelief moves in to fill those empty places like a fungus or mold. Your mind is riddled with questions and you may even feel tormented... Read more →

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The Great Gifts Of The Unequally Yoked

Hello SUM Nation: I just wonder…… Can you perhaps come to understand the unique and special blessings of the unequally yoked? I bet someone just read this and rolled their eyes? Anybody??? As a woman who has walked this journey now for more than two decades, I truly understand how very difficult it can be. I have lived through the pain, rejection, fear and confusion. I know that some days it can take everything we have to hold on to hope. Yet as a veteran, I have come to realize the unique and beautiful blessings of this journey of faith. If you scroll through the comments from Friday’s post, you too will understand. The intercessors who prayed for this community are amazing. (Thank you Teresa, Merlene and Joanne). Family here on the web, you have been brought before the King of Kings by many of us here. We love you... Read more →

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A Season Of Miracles. A Great and Unexpected Story!

Hello SUMite Nation, My friends, it’s the season of miracles. And I have a story for you. Most of you know that I have been really ill. I have prayed a lot about these weird and frequent illnesses that have plagued myself and my family since August. Remember my daughter had the flu, then pneumonia and then a cold. Little Elise has been ill. My entire house was ill over thanksgiving including my poor mother who came for a visit. She saw the doctor today as well. Bronchitis… Sheesh and good grief!!!! This assignment from the enemy to keep me from ministry and writing ends today. And I have received some amazing prayer support in the last couple of weeks (thank you). I’m praying from this day forward that I will never be ill again. And today just to affirm this prayer, God surprised me with something I’d never have... Read more →

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Guest Post from Trish: The Snare of Striving

My friends, striving has been a big issue for me, one that Abba has been dealing with me quite a bit in this year of intimacy (and I can't believe it's almost been a full year too!). And nothing ministers to our hearts more than when we find out other are walking or have walked similar paths. Our soul wants to know we're not alone. And no matter how long or short you've been a part of this community, you know—we know—we are not alone. We have a rich and amazing community here. And I am so glad we get to hear more wisdom and encouragement from Trish Fuhlendorf. Love you all dearly! ~Dineen The Snare of Striving Recently I was reminded of a not-so-Godly season in my life. As hard as my spiritually mismatched years were; this period in my life actually occurred after God saved my husband. Our... Read more →

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