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15 entries from June 2016

Friday Prayer: The Armor of God

Hey there, SUMites! Here's one of those surprises! On Fridays I will post a prayer through the month of July. God's impressed upon me to share these prayers to help encourage and bless you. So here goes...are you ready? (Turn up your volume if needed. I forgot how allergy season here in Florida makes me lose my voice a bit.) Praying on Your Armor Lord, I am putting on the Armor of God. (Eph 6:10-17) My belt of truth for Jesus is my way, my truth and my life. (John 14:16) My breastplate of righteousness for I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (2 Cor 5:21) My shield of faith for the righteous shall live by faith. (Rom 1:17, Gal 3:11, Heb 10:38) My sword of the Spirit—the very Word and promises of God which are my shield and protection. (Psalm 91:4) My feet fitted in the Gospel... Read more →

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Foundations Series: An Introduction

SUMites, how is your summer going? Have you seen God moving and working around you? I call those shifts because sometimes I can feel them in my spirit, like something is shifting to a new level. And how about those upgrades? What has God revealed to you there? What promises have you discovered? I am so excited about what God is doing in my life and yours, my friends. I wish we could all sit down together and share these amazing stories. Oh wait! We’ll get to do that in heaven, won’t we? And I have a feeling we’ll be too excited to sit. LOL! We’re going to do some exploring in the month of July about foundational truths. I also have some guest posts I’m excited to share with you, a reader question about intimacy that I will share my reply and some other surprises I’m still working on.... Read more →

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Guest Post: Ripe for Harvest

Dear friends, today's post is written by our very own Dee Rusnak. Thank you, Dee, for sharing your heart with us. Have an amazing week, SUMites! ~Dineen Ripe for Harvest Copyright: dedivan1923 / 123RF Stock Photo Years ago, the Lord beckoned me to join a group of dancers at my church. Seriously? I’m 54 with no dance experience, not even a lesson! What was God thinking? I prayed and reluctantly auditioned, trusting the Lord would help me, and cause them to see what He sees. Let me tell you, He faithfully equips, even when we don’t know what on earth we’re doing. To my surprise, I was enthusiastically welcomed to the team! I began taking dance classes at a Christian dance center. Each class gave a recital at the end of the term with all the dancers participating in the finale. One finale in particular was extremely moving and prophetic.... Read more →

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Fear Vs. God!!! WE WIN... RIGHT NOW!

This past few weeks have been fantastically interesting. Brexit – American politics – mass shootings – Stock Market crash – Zika Virus – Alligators at Disney World – Canada in turmoil – Israel – finances – kidnapping – …..and these are just the headlines from the past couple of weeks! Can I just say…….. Sheesh! Enough already! FEAR has permeated just about all aspects of life. ----- My friends, I intended to write about fear and our identity but today I want to address our fears about our world. I’m so sorry to those of you who want more teaching on identity. Please forgive me as I will have to write about that very large concept in the future. Today is my last post until August 1st. I’m taking a writing break during July. I will be doing some travel and catching up on a few projects in my office... Read more →

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Fear Vs HOPE

SUMites! How do we become free from fear? We lean on the Word. The scripture verse we have covered so far in this series remain truly powerful. I shared how I first began my journey to be free from fear in a post sever years ago. At night I would wake, absolutely scared out of my mind. I would sit up in bed and begin to whisper, aloud, the passage from 2 Timothy 7. I would repeat is over and over until my pounding heart would settle and the fear would subside. I look back on that season of learning and memorizing scriptures and how when I repeated God’s Word aloud, it would calm me down and change the atmosphere at night in my dark bedroom, that season of my life was so important in my spiritual growth. The Word of God is LIVING and active. And my experience with... Read more →

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Part Four: The Promised Provision

My friends, are you ready for more of God’s amazing truth and love? Are you ready to have your thinking transformed a bit today? Let’s go back to the book of Jeremiah and take another look at King Zedekiah’s story. Let’s look at the first five verses of Jeremiah 34, because this is where things get really interesting. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came with all the armies from the kingdoms he ruled, and he fought against Jerusalem and the towns of Judah. At that time this message came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “Go to King Zedekiah of Judah, and tell him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I am about to hand this city over to the king of Babylon, and he will burn it down. You will not escape his grasp but will be captured and taken to meet the king of Babylon face... Read more →

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Part Three: When Things Don’t Make Sense

Recently, I sat in a big room with about 50 people worshiping God in their own way, creating one big mass of noise. But when I closed my eyes, Holy Spirit tuned my ears to hear each individual sound—instruments, voices singing and praying. Each one was distinct and clear. Then I opened my eyes and heard God in my spirit say, “Things won’t look the way you expect.” The next day, God brought me to Jeremiah 33-39 and sat me there for at least a week. I’m still trying to digest the full range of God’s heart in this, my friends, so I suspect more will unfold as I share with you what God is teaching me right now in this season. So let’s start with the story of King Zedikiah of Judah and Jeremiah the prophet. There are so many details to this story so I encourage you to... Read more →

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Consuming Fears About our Children

On Friday I shared some truths about stepping out of this curse of the fear of man. Growing in our faith was the first truth I shared and leads to victorious living. Our faith growth, learning and living out of God’s Truths is what I stand upon every day. I’ve become a ROCK, a house built upon stone and not sand (Matt 7:24). Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, I spend quality time with God. There is no agenda, like completing a Bible study assignment. It’s just me, my Bible, a journal and my Lord. Ahhhhhhh, bliss! I will never stop preaching about the absolute need to spend time alone with the Lord. It is out of my intimacy with the Trinity that I can walk in victory, laughter, adventure, joy and hope…. Every… single…. Day. Hallelujah! With that said, I promised last week... Read more →

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Fear of Husbands - The Prescription For Fear

I was deeply moved by many of the comments on Friday’s post about the fear of man. Can I just say - BLESS YOU, SUMites because of your courage to voice your real struggles. I want to share a comment as this is the crux of many of the comments last week: The first thing that struck me was fear of my husband, his reaction to different things I might say or do, I fear I will push him farther away from God or me even by saying or doing the wrong thing. I understand your heart, as I lived in this very place. Three years into my marriage, after a terrible night where my husband and I argued about faith, I woke up the next morning and realized, I am unequally yoked. O Lord, help. I don’t have a clue what to do now. I lived for a long... Read more →

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Part Two: Upgrades

SUMites, I promised to share more of what God is showing me for our community right now. I believe this next part will be so encouraging to you and will strengthen your spirit greatly. Let’s go back to Isaiah 60. There are several parts to this chapter that God has in the works for us right now. I will exchange your bronze for gold, your iron for silver, your wood for bronze, and your stones for iron. I will make peace your leader and righteousness your ruler. — Isaiah 60:17 This verse is about upgrades. As we grow in our faith and intimacy with God, He upgrades us to new levels of understanding (revelation) of what our calling and purposes are. He also takes our spiritual gifts to higher levels of operation to work toward and accomplish those works, which He prepared in advance for us to do (Eph 2:10).... Read more →

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Part One: We are the SUMites

SUMites, today I want to remind you who you are. Holy Spirit has impressed this upon me right now in conjunction with our SALVATION word for this year. And if I sound like a broken record about that word, understand that the Lord has told me I am to continually hold this before you and remind you of it from time to time. He’s even given me specific things to do that I am waiting for Him to tell me when to share them. But today He wants you to remember WHO you are. Who He says you are. Who He has created you to be in this time as a SUMite. Last April Holy Spirit had me sitting in the book of Isaiah, specifically Isaiah 60. At the end of this chapter I underlined the words and wrote “SUM” next to them. I knew that’s what God was creating... Read more →

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My Arrogance—A lesson Learned by Pam Anderson

My Arrogance—A lesson Learned Arrogance is defined by one online dictionary as: an insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing that you are better, smarter, or more important than other people. Recently, Lynn wrote a powerful and thought provoking post called “I Created Bitterness-A Weird Confession." Well, I have a similar confession. A while back, God revealed to me that I had become a hindrance to my husband. I was causing him bitterness toward God. Why? Because of my arrogance. You see, my husband has always been a very spiritual man, not religious, but spiritual. A seeking man. He has a very strong belief in God, but his relationship with God is different than mine. I realize now when I recommitted my life to Christ 10 years ago, I went on a journey that didn't consider him, and the message I conveyed to my husband was that... Read more →

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Fear Of Man - It's our Freedom Day!

Hello my Friends, Wow, it feels as though a long time has passed since I shared with you what the Lord is teaching me. I have a doozy of a lesson today. But before we jump in, thank you for celebrating our 10-year anniversary with us. I read every comment that arrived and was teary with joy at your expressions of love. These are treasures that are now part of my crown that I can’t wait to throw at the feet of Jesus. Forgive me for not responding, I’m living in a season of a million details. Can anyone relate??? But truly!!! Thank you. Okay, let’s roll on. I thought this topic of the fear of man was going to be fairly straight forward. It’s not. I’ve been embroiled in thoughts about this for weeks. So it’s likely going to take some time to wade through it all. Be patient.... Read more →

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Reach for the Stars

My friends, we’ve already started to receive prayers from many of you for our new book, Praying for Your Unsaved Spouse. I’m hoping there are many more of you out there praying, considering and even writing your prayer story. But if you’ve decided that’s just not something you can do, I want to tell you a little story. About a year or so after I rededicated my life to Jesus, my church started a Stephen Ministry and put a call out for participants. It was a two year commitment—a year of training and a year of service within the church. When I read it, I thought how wonderful that will be for our church membership, but I didn’t even consider signing up. I had two young children and a husband who didn’t share my faith at all. Didn’t seem like a good fit for me. How could I do something... Read more →

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The Big Reveal

Hello SUMites! I bet you're looking at these two covers and wondering what is going on. Well, this is our big surprise. I put my graphic designer skills to work and created two covers for a book that we are going to publish—a book filled with prayers for the salvation of our spouses. Guess who's going to write it? YOU! Yes, you heard us right. As the covers show, this will be a collection of prayers written by this community (Lynn and I too!) and we will publish it just like any other book. You will be able to download it from Amazon for Kindle or order a print copy. AND you get to vote on which cover you want. But there's a requirement for this vote. You have to submit a prayer for the book! If there's a story behind the prayer, be sure to include that too. Like... Read more →

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