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The Hope in Waiting … reflections on Advent

Photo courtesy of 9comeback/FreeDigitalPhotos.nety/FreeDigitalPhotos.net There’s something both exciting and tremendously nerve-wracking when an author presses the send button on the email that whisks their latest manuscript off to a publisher. Exciting? The project we’ve been working on has now reached a point of completion. In my case that project had consumed a lot of my mind space for the past three years. Nerve-wracking? Will they like it? Enough to publish it? What if they don’t? What will I do then? It’s a moment that is soon forgotten. And then we wait. And wait some more. A few months later an email arrives outlining your manuscript is still in the game. Being reviewed by some others. They liked it sufficiently to pass onto others. Great. And then we wait. And wait some more. As I shared with a writing friend recently: the Lord's got it in His big capable hands. Waiting... Read more →

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The New Prayer Book -Sample Chapter

Hello, SUMites! Boy howdy, I’ve missed all of you so much. I have so much I want to write about. So much that I’m learning from the Lord. So much that has happened in a short 30-day window. I want to continue our conversation about boundaries and emotional healing. And I also feel as though the Lord is teaching me a great deal about how to cope and walk through weariness, defeats and relationship challenges. So, watch for a few posts about all of this in the weeks ahead. But today, I’m humbled to share with you a chapter from the new prayer book. I will tell you that about a month ago, I went to lay down one afternoon. While in the quiet the Lord spoke to me a new title for the book and I saw the cover at the same time. Thus, the title of the book... Read more →

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Introducing The SUM Shop

What’s The SUM Shop, you ask? Well, my friends, Lynn and I have been working on several projects over the last few months and a store dedicated to this community is one of them. At The SUM Shop you will find books, one of which is the new SUM community book, Winning Them With Prayer. (Formerly titled Praying for Your Unsaved Spouse—we’ve redesigned a bit. Lynn will tell you all the details tomorrow.) When you check out the shop you’ll see you can pre-order this book now. You’ll also find teaching videos and materials, gifts items and more. More as in more is coming. We are so excited to offer this now as a way to provide more resources designed to your needs, and all the proceeds from The SUM Shop are poured back into this ministry to advance the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. So check out The SUM Shop,... Read more →

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Thanksgiving

SUMites, we are taking Thanksgiving week off. You should too!!! *grin* Spend time with your families. Eat way too much food. Enjoy a slice of pie. Kiss your husband and do something adventurous and new with your kids. Give Thanks! We will see you right after Thanksgiving with a few announcements. Woo Hoo!! Stay tuned! Dineen and I love you so much. We would love to see some photos of your Thanksgiving week/day. Come back here and upload a pic. We will give thanks along with you. Hugs, Lynn & Dineen. Read more →

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Offense Follows on the Heels of Pain

When our hearts are wounded, we have two choices. How we respond will lead down two very different paths. We can choose healing and a path back toward joy. Or we can choose offense and stand on the slippery slope and slide slowly into bitterness, anger, depression and demonic oppression. And let me tell you a truth. The demonic realm uses offense as one of its most effective weapons upon believers. The demonic likes to whisper the deceptive words into our ears such as you didn’t deserve that. You are absolutely right to be hurt. Those words are unforgivable. What is difficult about choosing healing is that the demonic will twist words of truth to lure you down the slippery path. You may have been hurt and you DID NOT deserve to be. But it is a deceptive lie that you are entitled to be offended. An entitled offense will... Read more →

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Sumite Prayer Partners

Hi prayer family, Christy Edney here! As I think about our community, one phrase continues to bounce around in my head. That phrase is authentic friendships. Many of you have accepted the invitation to form prayer partnerships and you have shared how God is working through those bonds. It's not too late to receive a prayer partner! If you would like a partner then please send me an email by clicking this link: Sumite Prayer Partners Today I want to share a quick story from Sumites Melissa and Anne. They are prayer partners that can actually meet in person because Melissa used the Community Map to look up her hometown and noticed another Sumite in her area. I want to encourage you to do the same thing! Click on the Community Map, add a dot to your location and email Lynn or Dineen if you see another dot in your... Read more →

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Reaction Mode

Dear friends, the following is a post I did a few years back. The Holy Spirit has continually reminded me of this post the last week or so, but I wasn't sure if it was a needed subject at the moment. Then on Thursday as I was working on the registration details for the Hope Ignited conference our healing rooms and my church were hosting, I heard the Holy Spirit say over and over again throughout the day, "Don't take offense." I assumed it was for me, specifically something the Holy Spirit knew I would encounter at some point over the weekend at the conference. Then our worship leader gave a word on this very subject Friday evening. I knew then it was a corporate word. And then Lynn's post yesterday confirmed that! Wow! Don't you just love how the Holy Spirit speaks to us? God is on the move,... Read more →

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Offense

SUMites, in the last 30 days the enemy has come like a flood and with a specific weapon, offense. In the last four weeks, I’ve had to fight for my heart with all the faith I possess in a way I haven’t in a long time. I’ve battled, fighting against pain and fear and worked relentlessly to move into joy and healing. And after walking through this season, I believe the Lord is asking me to share what I’ve learned with you. So, I think we need to chat about how to walk with Jesus through emotional pain and how to keep our hearts from moving into offense. What do you think, is this a good idea??? The devil will use physical pain to open the door to more sinister issues such as resentment, depression and fear. The enemy also uses emotional pain in the same way but with emotional... Read more →

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The Times They are a Changin'

My friends, I pray this video encourages you. As I suggested, read Ezra and this amazing story of how God used King Cyrus, the leaders of the Trans Eurphrates, King Artaxerxes and King Darius to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. The very people and plans to stop this wound up revealing the original edict by Cyrus to rebuild the Temple. God loves to turn things on end and surprise us, SUMites. Remember, things won't look the way you expect. This is not a time of either or. It's a time of yes and both and AMEN! So let's be in prayer together for our loved ones. When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He said, “Do not be... Read more →

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Defending the Bible

A few days ago, I received a prayer request from a new reader. As I answered her email, I realized that her situation is also similar to many of us. So, I want to share her question/prayer request and my answer. Let me know if you are in this season of marriage and struggle and I will be so glad to pray for you. Hugs, Lynn From B: My husband says he believes but every time that I open my Bible or talk about God he makes me feel like I'm wasting my time and brings up controversial issues in the bible to try to prove it’s not true. It weakens my faith because he makes really good points and it then makes me feel stupid for believing it. I don't want to feel this way and I know it's Satan trying to steal my joy and my faith and... Read more →

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Expecting Perfection

My friends, I’m finally settled (mostly) in our new home and writing my first post for the blog from my new office. I am so excited about one part in particular. Why? I have doors. Yep, doesn’t take a whole lot to make this gal happy. I can now close the doors of my office and play worship music whenever I want and speak privately on the phone on the occasions when I’m blessed to minister to someone. And I’m learning some new lessons in this season about expectations. Specifically my expectations of God. Early on God made it clear this home was a blessing from His hand and I was to receive it as such. But what I didn’t expect were the complications that came. Foundation issues, mistakes (the tub vs. the shower) and a backed up sewer line on our fourth day, just to name the big ones.... Read more →

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A Tablecloth of Thanks 2016

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 new book, Not Alone. 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. My Hiccup: Like many newly married young women, I didn’t realize the turkey was stuffed with bagged giblets. Yep, I cook the turkey with the plastic bag and the giblets still inside. We ate it anyway. Also, three years ago, I set the oven on fire when I moved the... Read more →

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Spirit of Faith

Photo Courtesy of Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net Faith. For a small word it has a heck of a punch. Doesn’t it! What immediately comes to mind when you read the word, faith? Lots of things I expect and sometimes we assume we understand it and more automatically assume we have a lot of it. Yes of course we possess it because we wouldn’t be Christians if we didn’t have it. It’s essential because “for by grace you’ve been saved through faith.” (Ephesians 2:8) and we walk by faith not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7) Belief determines behaviour A Greek friend of mine shared that the words: “Faith”, “trust” and “believe” are all the one word in Greek: “pistis” or its derivative “pisteuo.” We do what we believe. If we believe God’s Word we do it or we should. And the key to do the doing is whom we believe in. This year... Read more →

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