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16 entries from November 2015

The Power and Blessing of Giving Comfort

My friends, today I want to talk to you about an interesting phenomenon I've observed in my own life and in others. It's a very curious thing and is quite the opposite of our "normal" tendency. And I believe it is one of the weapons of spiritual warfare that Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians: For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, — 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (ESV) We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. — 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NLT) These verses have... Read more →

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Are You Lonely In Your Unequally Yoked Marriage?

Hello SUMite Family, I want to talk about loneliness in marriage. I may be off in my thinking. Do we, the unequally yoked, live in a kind of perpetual loneliness? I know for me, I’ve battled against loneliness for years. I’m coming to understand some common denominators that are present in our kind of marriages. I’m coming to see how and what we use to cope with our feelings of rejection, the pain, —boredom. I’m not sure right now what specifics to write about yet. Or even if this is an area we, as a community, need instruction or discussion. So, today, I’m asking all of you. Do you experience loneliness in your marriage to an unbeliever? What does that look like in your life? What are the triggers or are there triggers which allow loneliness to creep in? Do you want to talk about how we cope? Do you... Read more →

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Praise Him Always

Dineen and I will be taking the next week off from writing to spend time with our families. And we know you will do the same. Take time to rest. Get up early on Thanksgiving morning and take a walk-n-pray and marvel in all that He has given! We love you, SUMite Nation. See you on November 30, 2015 where I will share my heart about a common struggle we, the unequally yoked, share. Loneliness. But for today, rejoice and be exceedingly glad. We KNOW the King of Kings and have been graced with every good gift. Let's share our love and joy with our friends and family this week. Buy a coffee for a stranger. Rake leaves for an elderly neighbor. Take cocoa to a young mom. Let the love of Christ shine from your heart. I know it always does. Hugs, Lynn Read more →

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New Resource: Scriptures for SUMites

Hello SUM family! Forgive me for being absent Tuesday. I've been dealing with a shoulder injury since April that has turned out to be a bone spur and has become quite painful. Thankfully we know the cause and surgery is scheduled for mid December. But I do have a new resource to share with you today. It has my favorite Scripture promises for us to know and pray over our pre-believer and our family. I pray they bless you greatly! Just click on the picture and download your copy. And thank you again, SUM family, for making my 50th birthday so very special and blessed with so much love! I love you so much, Lynn Donovan. Can't imagine doing life without you. And SUMites, you bless me every day with your love and courage. I love you so much! Read more →

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The Sword Of The Spirit

Gang, Can you believe it? Today, is my last post in my Spiritual Warfare series. I truly hope that you were empowered and found yourself with more armor, more protection and greater understanding of the real battle that is at hand every day and every moment of our life. We have talked about the Word of God, or the Sword, as our truth and it ties into all the other pieces of armament in Ephesians chapter six. My friends, the Word is our offensive weapon. It is double edged, in that when we swing it, speak it, read it, love it, believe it, follow it. Two things happen. It slices one way, upward, as it pierces into the heavenly realms to open up more of God’s favor and revelation. (Faith and belief comes by hearing the Word of God) and it also slices downward at the same time, cutting off... Read more →

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From the Archives: Claiming and Praying God's Promises

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 few weesk, 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: Claiming and Praying God's Promises 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... Read more →

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Happy 50th Birthday Dineen Miller

Dineen, (please leave a birthday note for Dineen in the comments) Today you turn the BIG 5- oh! I'm here to celebrate your life and to thank you for the many years of ministry we have walked together. So much has happened to us and between us in this journey of life with our Savior. Every memory is a treasure and your life is a rich blessing to me AND to so many others. I don't think there is anyone else on earth who knows me as well as you and you love me in spite of that fact. You are kind, giving, lavish in your love and full of God's grace. Your heart often leads me to better understanding, as a child of God. We have laughed together. Cried our eyes out. Traveled all over the country together. Prayed for hours and hours together. We giggle and we mourn.... Read more →

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Love Conqers All

My friends, I am overwhelmed by the force of God's love. It is powerful, relentless, consuming and vast. It is tender, gentle, perfect and complete. It is who He is, what we long for, what the world needs, and the answer to every thing. Love. God's love. The greatest force on earth and the conduit to faith. The longer I walk this path of the mismatched the more I am seeing—now—that love is the key. Lynn and I have said this all along and you know it, but right now in this time and place, I sense a greater call to love than I have ever discerned before. God's love enables us to love Him and love others. All we have to do is let go and let Him do this in and through us. That's faith expressing itself through love. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.... Read more →

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A Miller Family Update: Waiting on God

My friends, I have a stunning story to tell you. About two weeks ago God moved in a very unexpected way in my family. There are so many pieces shifting in this giant puzzle, but I want to give you a glimpse into what is coming together as part of this Jubilee year and God reuniting us with our "kin" as He showed me He had done in Leviticus 25:10-11. On Monday my husband received a text from his father that he was taking Mike's mom to the ER. She seemed to have caught the flu his dad had just recovered from and was dehydrated. Mike and I joined them in the waiting room, and as I sat by my mother-in-love, rubbing her leg, I silently prayed for her. After hours of waiting, a scan and assessments, the doctors admitted her with a diagnosis of a blockage and readied a... Read more →

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Tablecloth Of Thanks 2015

I started a Thanksgiving family tradition a few years ago quite by accident. This tradition has become my absolute favorite. I'm sharing it today, as I do every year, so that our new readers can begin this tradition in their home. This is also a Family Faith Tradition I share in our book, Not Alone. Enjoy.....Lynn I'ts Never Too Late! It’s never too late to start a new tradition in your home, especially one which brings honor to the Lord. I have a story to share and a photo. I also want to give you a chance to share some of your holiday traditions or giggles. Join in today and share a Thanksgiving holiday tradition from your home or share a funny holiday hiccup. I will share with you that like many newly married young women, I didn’t realize the turkey was stuffed with bagged giblets. Yep, I cook the... Read more →

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Hilarious - From The Archives!!!!!

Weekends we re-post from our archives, articles which remain relevant for the spiritually mismatched marriage. ***** Today, I'm going to share a quick, I mean really quick video. This is from our blooper reals. Yep, I can really be blonde. (Turn on your speakers or you'll miss it! :) Dineen and I love you SUMite Nation!! Thanks for being part of our family. Lynn and Dineen - The Blooper - Laugh with Us from Spiritually Unequal Marriage on Vimeo. Read more →

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The Helmet of Salvation Defeats The Religious Spirit

What is salvation? I can bet you know the answer but the answer is so much bigger than you know. Can I ask you a few questions? Do you serve in church? Attend Bible study? Watch the babies during first service? Organize the potluck? Work tirelessly to organize the Christmas event? Do you feel like you have worked yourself to exhaustion and your kids miss their mother? And let’s not mention our spouse and how he feels. Yikes! I ask these questions, NOT to cast condemnation. I’ve done all of the things above. But what I see often in these scenarios is the Religious Spirit. —Religion tries to tell you that if you do more, God will give you more grace. So you do more and become a tired Christian trying to earn God’s love and grace. Religion will kill you because you are trying to earn what has already... Read more →

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How Many Ways Does God Speak?

My friends, I loved reading your comments on Tuesday. What a wealth of wisdom, honesty and encouragement. We are part of such an amazing community. I have no doubts that our church without walls makes our Papa God very proud. Much of what I’m sharing with you is simply from the journey God has had me on to walking in my healing and prophetic calling. It is challenging because hearing God is crucial! I want to be like Jesus and do only what the Father does. Sometimes we need to wait for the Holy Spirit to lead, but other times we need to just step forward in faith because of what we already know to be true about God. For example, I know from God’s Word that Jesus healed and called use to do even greater works than He did. God has called me to work in the healing rooms,... Read more →

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Guest Post: Blessed are the Peacemakers

Dear friends, we have some more exciting news for you today. Our very own SUMite, Ian Acheson, has come on board with us and will be posting the first Wednesday of each month. As you know, Ian is the author of Angel Guard and has written guest posts with us periodically. We are so thankful to have him on board to give a male perspective to our mismated journeys and to our SUM family. God is so good! He knows exactly what we need! If you want to know more about Ian, check out his website too! Thank you, Ian! We are excited to see what God has planned for you here and we are blessed to receive your wisdom and authenticity. Lord Jesus, bless Ian and equip him with more knowledge and wisdom in You. In the name of Jesus, amen! Blessed are the Peacemakers Photo courtesy of Arvind... Read more →

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Was That God I Really Heard?

Welcome to November, SUMites! Can you believe we are already approaching Thanksgiving and Christmas? I’m already seeing ads and decorations everywhere. These are clear “signs” of what’s coming soon. You know, these are physical signs of the approaching holiday season. We see the evidence with our eyes. With my nose I smell the evidence every time I go to the grocery story and inhale the fragrant cinnamon brooms and pinecones for sale. And soon I’ll hear it with my ears as Christmas tunes flood the stores and radio stations. The thing is, we would know these holidays are coming even without these evidences, because we know what time of year it is. We know these are established seasons that we witness every year. We recognize and know what to expect. We didn’t know this from birth but from experience. So in a way, you could say that our expectation in... Read more →

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Meet Lynn & Dineen In Person

Okay, our BIG announcement may not be a complete surprise but today we are making an official announcement and launch of a Spiritually Mismatched Conference. Wahoo!!! THRIVING In His Presence Conference Garden City (Detroit area), Michigan Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EST) Lynn & Dineen present: THRIVING in His Presence Conference *Revive your heart *Restore your marriage *Rejuvenate HOPE *Recognize your divine destiny and live it fully *Reach for the impossible *Risk for the Kingdom *Run in His Freedom Register through Eventbright Dineen and I are beyond psyched to be guests of the amazing team of Girlfriends of Grace Women's Ministry of Merriman Road Baptist Church. This is a group of women who are familiar with the unique and challenging circumstances of living with a pre-believer. They have a heart to bring hope to others and have organized a fantastic opportunity for us to meet... Read more →

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