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Pray With Power

I believe. I’ve decided that I believe the Bible. I believe the sun and moon stood still and there has never been a day like that before or since then. But I believe that if God tells me to command the sun, He will surely do it. And He will send the hailstones as well if that will serve His purposes. What is mind-blowing about all this revelation in the past week about locks, lockers, keys and such is the GIANT breakthroughs in my life that came with it. Personal breakthroughs such as losing weight, a long area of defeat for me. Breakthrough in writing and other areas. I finally found a new church for which I had been praying for months. My husband attended church. I’ve prayed over him, literally saying, “I blast you with the Holy Spirit.” And this past week, in church, he raised his hand toward... Read more →

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We're On the myKLOVE Mobile App!

My friends, we have some exciting news to share. Starting today, Lynn and I will be part of the myKLOVE Mobile App line up of challenges and resources. We would love for you, our SUMite family, to download this app and join us there. This is a new audience for our community to reach out to and share the love and truth of God's presence and love working in mismatched marriages. The link to download this app on your smartphone is at the end of this post, but let me first tell you the story of how this amazing thing happened. I share this story in my new book I'm working on but I want you, our SUM family, to hear about it here. This was a breakthrough for me in my faith walk, my friends. You see, I'd been praying for this for a long time, for our ministry... Read more →

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Keys and Power

On Friday we asked the question; Do we as modern day believers have access to Resurrection power? Here is the short answer: —Ephesians 1:15-23 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness... Read more →

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Decluttering the Mind and the Home

Our growing third batch of stuff to donate. I find it so interesting how things we may be doing on the outside can often wind up reflecting what’s going on in the inside. I’ve shared that my word for this year is “sanctuary.” So far, the Holy Spirit has been taking me on a journey to declutter my mind and heart to create this place of peace and rest that originates and exists in Him, regardless of what is going on around me. The interesting thing that has resulted in this process is how it is showing up in the physical aspects of life, in the sense that I’m on a mission to create this place of peace where I live. I’ve done this in our home in Florida without even realizing it. Several people have commented that our house there is peaceful. Even my new office has garnered this... Read more →

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Stop The Sun and Holy Goosies!

SUMite Nation: Our favor, as Kingdom people, is dawning. If you remember from Monday’s post, the Lord has me camped on the passage in Matthew 16. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. —Matthew 18:18-19 KJV Sometimes I love to read scripture in the King’s English. Let me take you back to Monday’s post. I remind you that I’m camped in my spirit upon the implications of believing the passage above and then I arrived in my daily reading at Joshua chapter 10. I do hope you read Joshua 10 on... Read more →

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A Big Word for a Little Man

Dear friends, I've finished reading the book of Luke and have one final story to share. Again I thought this was two stories, two nuggets but the Holy Spirit impressed upon me the bigger picture AND how they are linked together to my previous post about the the Kingdom of God Within Us. I just love it when He helps us make those connections! This time the story begins with Zacchaeus. Is that Sunday School song going through your head? ​He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that... Read more →

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Keys To The Kingdom - Part I

SUMites: I have a thing about keys. Last week I believe the Lord poured out revelation upon me regarding keys and their significance in the Kingdom. I also believe that the revelation was not only specific to myself but also to others. Way back in 2009 I penciled together an idea for a book. That book was centered on 10 keys. Winning Him Without Words, was the result and the keys became profound in my life and by default, in a lot of other lives who have read the book and will read the book. Then last year I had a dream. I rarely remember my dreams but on this particular night I dreamt that Jesus handed me three keys. I could clearly see bronze skeleton keys. It was obvious to me they were tarnished and ancient. I knew somehow they were large and weighty. That’s all I remember about... Read more →

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The Kingdom of God Within Us

My friends, the Holy Spirit is still walking me through the book of Luke and showing me specific things. And now I have a confession to make. No longer will I make the statement, “God shows up.” Why? Because I’m learning more fully the depths of His kingdom already present in us. It’s astounding, for sure. In many places Jesus makes the statement that the “Kingdom is near.” I’ve even written about this in the past—how when He makes this statement, it’s like He’s saying, “Here I am. I am the kingdom and I stand among you.” But this verse the Holy Spirit showed me takes this to a whole new level of understanding. Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’... Read more →

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God's Love in Our Community

December 2014: Leslie and I at the beach. My friends, I can't tell you how touched and moved I am by your outpouring of love, encouragement and prayers in response to my post last Saturday. I’ve shared them with Leslie and she says to tell you thank you—thank you, thank you, thank you for rallying around us. I’m not always good about sharing stuff like this only because I don’t want to burden others nor do I want to put too much attention on me and my family when we have so many needs here. But I am reminded by Abba that He is the one who has led us to become this community, this family. And burdens unshared become too heavy. So, I will use today’s post to give you an update and a couple areas that need continued prayers. Then as things change, shift and improve in this... Read more →

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Comments on Spiritually Unequal Marriage

Hi Friends, Sometimes the administration of our websites can be a challenge. Increasingly we were struggling with our commenting system through our host, Typepad. Our host suggested that we migrate our comments to their preferred vendor commenting host, Discqus, pronounced Discuss. Disqus offers some really cool features such as the ability to upload photos into the comments, videos as well as some other cool features. So, as of today we are in process of changing over our blog to this new system. You will notice that there is a new look to the commenting section. Dineen and I hope you will take a minute and visit Disqus (here) and click on take a tour in the upper left corner, then sign in to obtain your community account (here). Please add your photo so we can see who you are. It's our hope that this makes our amazing community even more... Read more →

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Anxiety's Remedy

My Friends, I will confess that I experienced an upside down week. On several occasions I was pulled into anxiety (fear). Can I just tell you I don’t dwell in the land of anxiety often and as I look back on the two incidents that threw me off my game, I’m now mad. The enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy our peace and joy. And many times in our unequally yoked marriages, he schemes to use our spouse and our children. Sheesh! Does that somehow seem unfair to you as it does to me? Well, today SUMites. Let me share some truths and this next week, we will not live in anxiety but in peace and joy; the atmosphere of heaven. Are you in? Happiness- The root word is happenings. Our circumstances. When our circumstances (happenings) overwhelm us and we feel all alone, isolated, distant from God. The enemy... Read more →

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An Update and a Request

Feb. 8, 2009: Leslie and I on her last day of radiation treatment. My friends, I’m grieving a bit today, and I would like to ask you for prayers. Many of you have been here long enough to remember that my youngest daughter (now 21) was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor when she was 14 (in 2008) and the story of her recover is truly miraculous. She has been fine and cancer free ever since. But now we are dealing with the after effects of her radiation treatments, of which there have been none until now. I had no idea radiation could have such far reaching and ongoing effects. Specifically, it’s Leslie’s memory. The radiation has damaged the area of the brain to do with memory and the production of neurons. And it’s progressive. There are things we can do—she can do. Amazingly one is as simple as doing... Read more →

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Let Them Cry by Joanne Kraft

Joanne Kraft is offering a snippet into her newest book today. Joanne and I have been friends for a long time. Our lives have been interestingly and divinely intertwined. She is a good friend who loves God. I was able to read her book and endorse it. Today, she shares some of her parenting wisdom. Thanks Joanne. Love you girl. Hugs, Lynn ----- My teenage son walked down the stairs with a frown on his face. College classes have gotten the best of him. My pep talk with him yesterday apparently wasn’t as good as I thought it was and my future as a motivational speaker went down in flames. When I brought my first child home from the hospital their cries were immediately met with a soothing rub and my full attention until the whimpers quieted. From baby tears to teenage sulking, I want to make my child happy.... Read more →

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No More Chains

My friends, my post today is a kind of merging of two stories. You see, I thought they were separate, yet as I prayed for Abba's clear leading on what to write, He impressed upon my heart that they are indeed connected. The first story is one we are very familiar with. The prodigal son. I find myself caught by the father's love for this wayward boy of his... And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. — Luke 15:20 ESV For several days I kept reading and examining this one line, because I was so touched by the father's heart before he even embraced his son with forgiveness. It's that small little word that we can often overlook. The son's father saw him. I looked... Read more →

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Easter and our Faithful God

Oh He is faithful. If you’ll spare me some time, please let me share some of my story with you all. I pray God will use it to speak life into just one of your dear hearts. I have a confession. I had a problem, a big problem. This problem was masqueraded by me being responsible and wise. I didn’t trust God. I trusted myself, my ability to budget and plan. I trusted in financial security. I trusted in money. I was blinded by this truth through college and through the first nine years of my marriage. But God awakened me. God has greatly used this journey of being unequally yoked to teach me how to trust and believe HIM. HIM alone. This story is unique to me. But maybe there’s a parallel to you. God allowed whatever it took to show me HIS faithfulness. My husband and I went... Read more →

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The All Encompassing Promise of the Shepherd

Dear friends, we are in the tomb waiting for the promise to be revealed. Yet we know the promise already. We know Jesus and He knows us. I told you on Wednesday that I had another nugget to share with you and this one is so tender and intimate as it shows our Savior’s heart for us long before He even came. Let’s take a trip back in time to the book of Isaiah. The book of Isaiah is full of prophetic words and pictures of the Messiah, but this one touched my heart deeply. Our English words don’t fully bring the meaning behind it. Take a look specifically at the words I’ve italicized. He will tend His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs in His arms; He will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. — Isaiah 40:11 (ESV) Again,... Read more →

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Good Friday

Jesus said: So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. ---John 13:34 Today, on Good Friday, we the SUMite Nation loved... Here are a few photos of the Easter Prayer Tree for Heidi. Read that story here. Heidi is doing well with all considering. She's going to be a few weeks in recovery and therapy before they dismiss her for home. The family promised to get a few photos of her reaction to the surprise. However, she may not want photos shared after her surgery, so we will wait and see. THANK YOU SUMITES. I was overwhelmed, yet once more, by your love for a stranger, and yet, a sister in the Kingdom. Have a blessed Easter. I'm praying each of you experience the Resurrection power this Sunday. In Jesus name. Amen. Hugs, Lynn He... Read more →

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