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From the Archives: Feasting on God's Word

On Saturdays we continue to post from our archives. Last year starting in April I did a series about the transformed mind. I'm feeling led to rerun that series over the next fews week, my friends, and I pray it gives you more encouragement and inspiration to let the Holy Spirit transform you with the Word of God and His truths! Amen! Love you! ~Dineen The Transformed Mind: Feasting on God's Word What are you thinking right now? What are you worried about? What has your heart and mind twisted in knots on a daily basis? Do you know you have control over this? That you are not at the mercy of your thoughts and emotions? I didn't understand this for a long time. Only recently have I come to more ably see just how much I judged my faith (and myself) by my emotions. It’s an ongoing process that... Read more →

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The MIGHTY Shield Of Faith

Pick up the Shield of Faith Raise the shield when our marriage is hanging by a thread. Raise the shield when the bottom of our finances drop out. Raise the shield when that prodigal child goes from bad to worse. Raise the shield when you’ve said to yourself, I can’t take one more thing. Raise the shield when life doesn’t make sense Raise the shield even when you don’t feel like it. SUMers, up until now the garments of Ephesians 6 are the armor pieces that every believer dawns and wears every day. But the next few portions of this armament, they are to be picked up as life circumstances demand. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. —Ephesians 6:16 When all hell breaks loose in your life, it is the day of... Read more →

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Can We Hear God?

My friends, I love our Lord so much. I sat in my quiet time yesterday morning and asked the Holy Spirit what our SUM family needed right now. What did He want me to write about next? I followed His leading and listened and He showed me that after the Abundant Life series, He wants you to know that you can and do hear God. Last weekend a dear friend of mine said she didn’t know what to do about her future and wasn’t hearing God. Said she couldn’t hear Him. And I so understood the cry of her heart, because I have been there. I believed that God was either silent, or I couldn’t hear Him. SUM family, I think we all have struggled in this place at some point and some of us still do. Well today I have some biblical truths for you that will blow those... Read more →

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What Does Thankfulness Do?

SUM family, we talked last week about the first two keys, forgiveness and love. On the subject of love I just want to make one more point that the Holy Spirit reminded about me over the weekend. We reference 2 Timothy 1:7 frequently when we talk about fear. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. We’ve been given love in our spirit. I just want to point that out in case you’re feeling like you can’t love your pre-believer or someone else in your life well enough. The truth is, on you’re own steam, you can’t, but as a child of God, you can. God’s Word says you have a spirit of power, love and self-discipline. And I love how these three are bundled up. Love without God’s power runs out. Power without God’s love turns manipulative and self-seeking.... Read more →

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Our Unbelieving Spouse, The Kids and Halloween

I posted this last year, October 30, 2014 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 spirit and with power. Because tomorrow after the kids are home sorting their candy, after the... Read more →

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Unequally Yoked and the Atheist Blogs

Weekends we re-post from our archives, articles which remain relevant for the spiritually mismatched marriage. This post is part III in this series. Click on Part I and Part II to read the precursors to this article. This was originally posted on April 20, 2012. ***** Unequally Yoked and the Atheist Blogs Part III A few months ago I was emailing back and forth to a friend of mine whose husband is a reader of atheist blogs. She was in such pain and in a quandary as to how to cope. Now I don’t pretend to have all the answers for each individual situation. I can only share what has worked in my life and marriage. Let me say that I love this young mom and wife. She is in the midst of fiery battles daily and is yet living for Jesus under tremendous persecution from her own spouse. And... Read more →

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HALLOWEEN

Yep, it’s that time of year. This “holiday” is a difficult thing to write about because Christians have very different views about what to do with it. But today, in my quiet time, I was led by the Holy Spirit to share a few things that I believe we must consider in light of our Spiritual Warfare Series – Under The Umbrella. This month there is always an increase in witchcraft. Some of you may be feeling the attacks of the enemy through oppression and opposition. Conflict in relationships, headaches, fatigue and other weird and unexpected issues in our lives. This is a season when wearing our Spiritual Armor is imperative. Also awareness of what is happening in the spiritual realm, helps us to pray and defeat any weapon formed against us because we know it cannot prosper. (Isaiah 54:7) So here are a few thoughts I’m compelled to share.... Read more →

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How Do We Love?

My friends, I’d planned to talk briefly about love and then move into thankfulness, but the Holy Spirit impressed our Father’s heart on this subject upon me and I want to give that ample space. So today we will talk about love, the second key in this Abundant Life series. I want to tell you that this series simmered in my heart for a few weeks and at first I thought love should come first since it is so foundational to all we feel, think and do. But I realized that unforgiveness needed to be covered first because when we hold that unforgiveness we are actually trying to control a person or situation, and we have talked in the past about how love and control can’t coexist, especially in a marriage. And your comments were so good, so honest! Never discount how much sharing your heart here ministers to others.... Read more →

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Do We Have to Forgive?

The week before last I mentioned three keys to walking in the abundant life. This is about walking in more fullness in our faith, intimacy with God and the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has been showing me some new insights to one of these in particular and the enemy has been determined to keep me from sharing them, which just affirms how important they are! (I just shake my head at his stupidity at times.) But I will not relent, my SUM family. As I’ve said before, I want all of us to have the life God has planned and purposed for us. These three keys are forgiveness, love and thankfulness. There’s a lot in the Bible about all of these and we’ve addressed the importance of forgiveness and love a fair bit in the past. It’s thankfulness that I’m learning is very instrumental to breakthroughs,... Read more →

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The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace

Hello SUMites, My friends, fall is in the air and in some places it’s already winter! Wacky weather! But I LOVE this time of year and I am especially fond of my pumpkin flavored coffee. Yum and eee! Weather is a perfect metaphor of our lives. Our circumstances will and often change drastically, unexpectedly and even violently. Loss of a job. Divorce. Wayward children. Financial crisis. Health. Weather disasters too. How do we walk through these life events that are often unchangeable? How do we keep ourselves from crippling fear? How do we handle life’s great challenges as believers? SUMite Nation, we put on the SHOES! Kingdom Shoes. We shod our feet with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace! (Ephesians 6:15) What does this mean? How do we do this and how does this part of our armor serve in spiritual warfare? The shoes are our steadiness... Read more →

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Archive Post: The Sanctified Unbeliever

My friends, today's post is from September 20, 2011 and addresses a very powerful verse for the spiritually mismatched—sanctification. This is part of our authority in Christ and a topic that needs frequent revisiting. It is a truth that is full of hope for all SUMites. Our faith plays a powerful roll in God's relentless and loving pursuit of our pre-believers. Hugging you tight, dear friends! Have an amazing weekend. ~Dineen ******* The Sanctified Unbeliever 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. — 1Corinthians 7:14 This Scripture came up in my Bible study this week. A dear friend at my table said something about it that sparked my investigation mode. There’s a precious meaning to this verse that holds such encouragement for us... Read more →

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Reminders That Our God Is A God Of Miracles - This is One!

Sometimes we need reminded. Sometimes we cry out, “God, help me overcome my unbelief.” It’s moments like I’m about to describe which will fill you with fresh hope and faith in the divine! I want to introduce you to Keira & Kylea. (Photo below) They are seven and eleven years old. These sisters are something special and fun. These two were part of our group of friends who came from Monument, CO. Their parents gave me permission to share their story. First let me tell you about Keira. This little girl loves to worship and dance in the isles. (So does her sister) It’s a joy to watch her in motion. Last week before the afternoon session, Eric Johnson, saw Keira who was sitting in front of me and he stopped to introduce himself. This is the gist of conversation as best as my blonde brain remembers. Keira looking at... Read more →

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Guest Post: Abiding...Not Just Visiting by Ian Acheson

Dear friends, our very own Ian Acheson has a wonderful post for us today about how we spend time with God. This is such a good reminder of how much our God loves just spending time with us and for us to be be in His presence. And the importance of reading and knowing God's Word. I love it! Thank you, Ian, for sharing your wisdom and testimony with us! May we become wiser and stronger in our faith because of it. Amen! Enjoy and grow in Him, SUMites! ~Dineen Abiding… Not Just Visiting My twenty-five-plus years in the Corporate world mostly reflected a life where I chased after my goals and fulfilling that sense of achievement that drives many of us men. Typically, my relationship with the Lord was one where I’d grab a few minutes in the Word prior to leaving home and then pray on the drive... Read more →

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Winning Him Audio Book On Sale

SUMITE Nation, Winning Him Without Words, the audio version is on sale this month through Christian Audio. If you commute to work or want to listen to our book while on the treadmill or just at night before bed, this is your day. You can click on the link below and download the Audiobook for $5.98. Related articles How To Be The MOST Powerful Voice In Your Kid's Lives Chapter One: Extraordinary Kids (part one) Read more →

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A Miller Family Update: The Battle for My Family

July 2015: My daughter Leslie and I out for a day of fun. Dear friends, before I jump into those three keys I mentioned last week, I would like to give you an update on some interesting changes in my family—my daughter Leslie and my husband. And I want to thank Karyn for giving me a nudge to do an update on my daughter. I can’t tell you how that touched my heart too. This update will also demonstrate how we are to contend for words we have received from God and stand against the enemy’s attempts to take them away. It’s a little long so please read to the end. The last I shared on my daughter Leslie was that she was showing signs of side affects on her memory from her radiation treatments, which culminated in February 2009 after her two brain surgeries in October 2008. She did... Read more →

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What Happens When You Hunger For More Of God - Lynn's Story

This is an unlikely story. This is a story of a God who loves one ordinary woman with such capacity and faithfulness that He would move His hand in astounding circumstances to touch her life and respond to the cry of her heart. This is my story. An ordinary blonde, sometimes whacky and somehow hopeful, found herself sitting in church holding her open Bible upon her lap. Her heart cry, “Lord, I believe your Word. Where are the miracles that I have read about all of my life?” He heard me. And a journey was set into motion. God sent me to find the answer to my question in Grand Junction, Colorado. Yep, weird I know. I was visiting my mother who moved there several years prior. In fact, my entire family was there that week in July of 2012. Sunday morning we had plans to travel to a Hot... Read more →

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Unequally Yoked and the Atheist Blogs

Weekends we re-post from our archives, articles which remain relevant for the spiritually mismatched marriage. I'm posting today (Saturday) as I'm out of town attending the Open Heavens Conference. I hope to share some amazing stories from the week on Monday and then we will pick up our Spiritual Warfare series after that. This particular article had reaching and great impact. This was originally posted on April 16, 2012. I just realized there is a part III and it will be posted in two weeks. It's the best post of all. Stay tuned. ***** Unequally Yoked and the Atheist Blogs Part II As I ease into the second part of this series, I feel a compulsion to say something: To every unbeliever, including my spouse, I hold respect and empathy and love in my heart for you. I have been writing here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage for almost six years.... Read more →

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Unequally Yoked and the Atheist Blogs

Weekends we re-post from our archives, articles which remain relevant for the spiritually mismatched marriage. I'm posting today (Friday) and the follow up post, tomorrow (Saturday) as I'm out of town attending the Open Heavens Conference. I hope to share some amazing stories from the week on Monday and then we will pick up our Spiritual Warfare series after that. This particular article had reaching and great impact. I even heard from a few atheists (hilarious). Anyhoo, I pray you are encouraged today. This was originally posted on April 13, 2012. I will post the follow up to this post tomorrow. It's good! ***** Unequally Yoked and the Atheist Blogs Okay, Yep. I’m bugged. Warning: This is a very blunt post. Proceed with caution and forgiveness if some of my annoyance seeps out. A few weeks ago I Googled a common term used in Christianity. The results came back and... Read more →

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Your Mismatched Marriage Isn’t a “But” (part 2)

My friends, on Tuesday we started talking about seeing our marriages instead of a but, to see them as a "But God..." My heart is to encourage you to walk in God's truths and to be all that His heart and love have declared and planned for you to be. The more I work in our healing rooms here, the more I understand that God has asked me to partner with Him to help people do this, to realize their divine destiny and walk in it. And this calling He's placed on my heart is not limited to healing rooms. He puts me into action all over the place. What an adventure! And I love, love, love that I can bring that to our SUM nation. Dear friends, Lynn and I love you so much! We are passionate for you to walk in freedom, in the truths that Jesus came... Read more →

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Your Mismatched Marriage Isn’t a “But” (part 1)

My friends, I want to touch on an area that I feel the Holy Spirit has placed on my heart. I sense there are some of you out there who are reading this spiritual warfare series and seeing your marriages (regardless of how you got there) as blocks to all that God has for you. As a “but.” Instead, I want to encourage you to think of your marriage not as a “But God…” We’ve talked about sanctification before so I encourage you to go read this post on that subject and study and seek God for more truth and understanding of 1 Cor 7:14. That is a powerful foundational truth to understanding the influence your faith has on your marriage, your pre-believer and your children. But today I want to talk about our places in these marriages, the truths that protect us and how this relates to spiritual warfare.... Read more →

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Authority - The Believer's Responsibility

Last Monday we took a look at authority. The central message of this post is to clearly establish through scripture that Jesus passed His authority to His disciples, including modern day disciples. That would be us. We are commanded to follow in His teachings and to fulfil the purposes of the Kingdom of God. The Great Commission, healing, deliverance, support the poor, etc. (Luke 9:1&2) Also we reviewed the power of our spoken words and the supporting scriptures. What I didn’t have time to share was that authority and power that the Lord shares with His people on earth can vary. And there are limitations, significant responsibilities and great expectations God places on His people with regard to authority. So let’s take a quick look at what these are. Prayer Life/Intimacy: Nothing is available from the Heavenly Kingdom without a personal relationship with the Lord. Intimacy and prayer are central... Read more →

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The Physical Connection

Today's archival post is from August 18, 2009 and was a guest post on Patty Wysong's blog, Adding Zest. Since we've been covering spiritual warfare, this post is another aspect of the importance our armor can play in staying connected to our pre-believer. Love you, my friends! ~Dineen ****** One of the most difficult parts of a spiritually unequal marriage (S.U.M.) is the aspect of spiritual warfare. You might say, as the believing spouse, we are like a missionary on the front lines. Some of us have an easier time living and sharing our faith with our spouse and family. Others must literally keep their Christianity in the shadows—books in drawers, Bibles hidden, etc. Part of this struggle comes in the great challenge of staying connected to our spouse. God designed our emotional, physical, and intellectual characteristics to be based in our spirituality. In other words, He is to be... Read more →

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Let's Talk Trash!

The Shield of Righteousness Hello Nation of Amazing Believers! You are conquerors. Overcomers, sealed by the blood of Jesus. You are destined for GREATNESS. You are filled with the love our Sovereign God and blessed with the power of the Holy Spirit. You are people who live in a standard of truth and righteousness. You are victorious in battle. You bring holiness into your home and sanctify your spouse and children. The promises of God are for you. Our Lord is our shield and our strong tower. AND NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST US WILL PROSPER!! Woo Hoo! Hallelujah! AMEN! These are the promises of God which you claimed on Monday. Lord, open up the floodgates and teach us to walk fully in all of these truths and promises. In Jesus name. Amen Gang, We are going to dawn a new part of our wardrobe today. The Breastplate of Righteousness. Before... Read more →

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