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18 entries from October 2016

Expecting and Dreaming!

My daughter Leslie's blessing prayer on our entry. :-) My friends, Mike and I are getting settled into our home. There are still boxes to be unpacked and things to be put away, but I am loving the process. And the promise. There is so much promise coming… I shared on our Facebook page recently a verse that the Holy Spirit kept bringing to my attention over and over again. I honestly have never had a verse “dog” me this much. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. — Romans 16:20 I didn’t fully understand the full “breath” of this word at first until I was in a moment of worship and God overwhelmed me with not just His love but a hope so great it brought me to tears of joy. It’s huge! And then I... Read more →

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What Do We Do With Halloween?

Each year when October 31st rolls around I find it fascinating how many of us in the Christian community struggle, trying to figure out what to do with this day. Is it a holiday? Should we celebrate it? Do we allow our kids to participate in Trick-or-Treat? Is it a sin if they do? I’m not going to jump into the debate over the real reason for Halloween. And I’m not ignorant of the fact that there are some very evil practices of the occult centered around this night. However, I think I want to share some perspective. We, as unequally yoked Christian parents, are burdened with guilt. Churches tend to point us to their carnival night as the only right thing. Some believers are adamant that any participation at all is a slight to God. At some point, we as parents can worry that our children will be influenced... Read more →

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Moving Day!

My daughter Leslie wrote this in the entry. SUMites, today’s the big day. As you read this, hubby and I are moving into our new home. I can’t begin to tell you how excited we are. I can’t wait to pray over the Scriptures you sent as I sit in my “war room,” knowing those same words that are written on the interior beams of the house. Yes, I will have a small room that I can call my “war room,” my friends, where I can meet with God and pin my prayer concerns to a big bulletin board I can’t wait to design. Have any ideas on that? Send them to me or leave them in the comments. I don’t fully understand what God is doing in this symbolic representation our home and our SUM family. I can only tell you that He has some crazy big kingdom purposes... Read more →

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A Holy Spirit Moment

My friends, I have a fascinating story to tell you today. I shared in the past that God is changing things up a bit in how He speaks to me. Let me tell you this is both a bit frustrating and very exciting, but I absolutely love this adventure with Him. And I love His unexpected ways. Well, He did something very unexpected just recently and right in my own kitchen. A few weeks ago I was standing at the counter, spreading refried beans on corn chips to make nachos. Yuuum! Hubby was still in his office working. I sang along with worship music as I worked. Let me just say I am so glad I held a butter knife instead of a sharp blade. The Holy Spirit showed up big time. I was so overcome by His presence that I had to drop the corn chip and knife on... Read more →

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I Need Love: He Needs Respect

And we both go about it all the wrong way. My friends, sometimes I struggle with respect. It is a challenge to respect my husband when I face the reality of his world view. I love him with a full heart. Yet, respect is a challenge. Likewise, he struggles to show me the love that my heart desires as a woman. There is a weird cycle that starts and keeps marriages in pain and conflict. Well, right on time after a conflict with my husband, an email shows up. It's a link to an awesome teaching about love and respect. I learned so much about how a couple can become caught up in this cycle and how to learn to love better and respect our mate. In fact, I asked Mike to listen to these broadcasts and he did. Great conversation and empathy developed in both of us. And we... Read more →

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Sumite Prayer Partners

Good morning Sumite brothers and sisters! It is hard to believe that we're two months into these newly formed prayer partnerships! I would love to hear stories about how the Spirit is working and growing these into authentic friendships. Feel free to email me with stories or prayer requests at any time. Also, if this is the first time you've heard of prayer partnerships, then please click this link to learn more: Sumite Prayer Partnerships. If you would like to receive a prayer partner, then please click this link to email me: Email Sumite Prayer Partners Now, please pray with me: Heavenly Father, thank you for this loving community. This place to come, to hear your words and rest among other like minded followers of Jesus Christ. Today we lift up our ministry leaders, Lynn and Dineen. We ask you to provide an angel army that would fight the spiritual... Read more →

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The Flutterby

My friends, this will be a fairly short post, but it speaks a big truth. God has been using butterflies quiet a bit to speak His love to my heart lately. Kind of like He did the feathers. Every time I go on a prayer walk or sit by a window for my quiet time, a butterfly swoops by. Not an unusual thing, but the Holy Spirit has made me aware of this phenomenon. Last week I was out walking one of our precious poochies on a beautiful fall morning. The humidity had dropped and the temperature was pleasant and cool. Thick tree branches reached over me, creating a canopy of green leaves. Movement caught my eye. I looked up and saw a butterfly. A large one fluttering by, reaching the highest branches above. She was larger than most of the butterflies I’d seen so far and fluttered her wings... Read more →

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A Glimpse of Heaven

October 12, 2012, was THEE day. My entire universe altered as I stood in worship at Open Heavens and experienced the Presence of God. Dineen too was forever changed that day. Our ministry was forever changed and I pray that many of you have received encouragement and have experienced a change in your life because of that day. This year was my fifth-anniversary visit. It always amazes me that Bill remembers me and our ministry. He truly cares for all of us who walk this difficult road, the spiritually mismatched. I want to share some glimpses of the week. And share one moment that God gifted to me. Meet Edna, Sandy, Evelyn, Grace and Maria. These five ladies came all the way from North Carolina. They came because of Evelyn, who is on the far right, a SUMite and she had read about my adventures on the blog in years... Read more →

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A Tale of Vindication, Forgiveness and Obedience

Hello, SUMites! I left you hanging a bit on Monday with the rest of this house story and a specific Word from our Father's heart. So let's dig right in... Early in the summer we went to check on our house and see the current progress. As we walked through unfinished doorways, we noticed the tubs had been installed. However, I was certain one of them was supposed to be a walk-in-shower. Yet when I questioned this, the building supervisor insisted this bathroom always had a tub per the design. When I pointed out we paid for shower doors, he told they would be added to the tub. That, in fact, they had them once in the model, which I checked and saw no evidence of this. Yet I gave him the benefit of the doubt. My friends, I wasn't happy at all about this, because I don't like tubs.... Read more →

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Someone New.

Photo courtesy of khunaspix/FreeDigitalPhotos.nety/FreeDigitalPhotos.net My family loves Cirque Du Soleil. They bring a production down under every couple of years and we make sure we get tickets. We celebrated our youngest 21st birthday at the latest show, Kooza, a few weeks ago. It was extra special because Jake went on stage before the performance started. If you’ve ever seen a Cirque show some of the performers roam through the audience prior to the show starting and Jake got grabbed by one of them. She put a tutu around him and had him do a few ballet steps. I was so proud of him as he wasn’t put off by the 2,000 sets of eyes staring and gave it a real go much to the audience’s appreciation. It’ll be a memory that stays with him for a long time I expect. The trapeze One of the standout performances was the trapeze... Read more →

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God's Justice For Marriage

And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? — Luke 18: (NIV) I looked at Ann in stunned silence. Her words echoed in my ears as I felt the full impact of the truth just spoken. Ann and I pray for people at our local church. On this particular morning, we prayed for a woman who was dealing with the aftermath of infidelity. The prayer time was powerful and the Lord showed up with such love and healing that the three of us were overwhelmed and a bit teary. The woman who received prayer left the church. Ann and I stayed behind to chat. As we discussed what had just transpired, Ann looked at me and said, “Lynn, do you know what God’s justice for this marriage looks like?” I shook my head.... Read more →

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The Tale of Two Houses

My friends, I pray you are still discovering sweet revelations and blessings from last week's fasting and praying for Rosh Hashanah. Dawn did an amazing job leading us. Thank you, my friend! We love you so much! And my friends, your comments were moving and inspiring. If you didn't read Ann's comment about her revelation dream for us that she posted on Thursday, please go read it in the comments. It's very encouraging and confirmed many things for me. In fact, God used her comment and Dawn's story about her house to show me what I was to share with you next. Can I just say, I love our Father's heart for us and our spouses? He is so passionate about us, my friends! I'm overwhelmed by His love and heart for us. Now about our house...we are just 16 days away from closing. We have watched our house transform... Read more →

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So here I am What's left of me Where glory meets my suffering I'm alive Even though a part of me has died You take my heart and breathe it back to life I'll fall into Your arms open wide When the hurt and the healer collide It's the moment when humanity Is overcome by majesty When grace is ushered in for good And all our scars are understood When mercy takes its rightful place And all these questions fade away When out of the weakness we must bow And hear You say it's over now Lyrics to The Hurt and the Healer by Casting Crowns Friends, We made it! Our week of fasting is over after today. The word that comes to mind is VICTORY! Victory over the enemy is ours! Remember from day one – Overwhelming victory! I don’t have any breakthrough stories for this week yet, but... Read more →

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Wisdom and Discernment

I'm finding myself at a loss for for words And the funny thing is it's okay The last thing I need is to be heard But to hear what You would say Word of God speak Would you pour down like rain Washing my eyes to see Your majesty To be still and know That you're in this place Please let me stay and rest In your holiness Word of God speak Lyrics to Word of God Speak by Third Day I hope you all are having an amazing week. Chances are good that you are under spiritual attack, as sometime happens during weeks like this. Hang in there! We are down to 2 days. I can’t wait to hear the praise reports – big and small - from our time of fasting. I was trying to think if I had a testimony to share about fasting for wisdom and... Read more →

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A Story of Surrender

And when you're tired of fighting Chained by your control There's freedom in surrender Lay it down and let it go Lyrics to Just Be Held by Casting Crowns I was on the fence about sharing this today, because it gets a little personal. But I think it’s an amazing story of God’s glory. So I’ll just be vague about a few of the details. It’s also a story of what happens when we surrender and give God room to do His thing – not my strong point. My divorce was final in September of 2014 – one year prior to our Jubilee Fast. This was after 2 years of separation. After a drawn out divorce, the final results ended with 50/50 child custody and my paying J child support monthly. That’s where it gets a little personal. It’s just a weird thing in Colorado that everything has to be... Read more →

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Obstacles to Fasting

“If you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies If you’re trying to feel the same old holes inside There’s a better life There’s a better life If you’ve got pain He’s a pain taker If you feel lost He’s a way maker If you need freedom or saving He’s a prison-shaking Savior If you’ve got chains He’s a chain breaker” Lyrics to Chain Breaker by Zack Williams I guess by now, you’ve figured out that I love music. If I had to pick a theme song for our fast, this would be it. I for one am so tired of hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies. This week is where the rubber the meets the road – where prayer meets fasting – so LOOK OUT! With fasting, however, comes... Read more →

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A Testimony of Fasting - Day 1 of SUM Community Fast

“If I told you my story You would hear Hope that wouldn't let go And if I told you my story You would hear Love that never gave up If I should speak then let it be Of the grace that is greater than all my sin Of when justice was served and where mercy wins Of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in Oh to tell you my story is to tell of Him” Lyrics from “My Story” Big Daddy Weave The words to that song are the words to my song – my story. And to tell you my story is to tell of Him. My story of the last year is one filled with hope, love, victory and abundance. It has been a jubilee year indeed and it all started with the Rosh Hashanah community fast here in our Sum Community. It was Monday, September 14th.... Read more →

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