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18 entries from March 2017

The Book of Esther: A New Queen and a Conspiracy

Esther, mosaic, Jerusalem-The Church of Hagia Maria Zion-The Dormition Church For such a time as this… I remember nearly twenty years ago studying the book of Esther and finding myself enamored with this woman of humble means and her willingness to sacrifice her life to save her people. I wondered if I could do such a thing myself. I felt (and still do) very connected the Jewish people and their story. Most likely because my birth father and my grandfather were Jewish. However, my grandfather married a Methodist woman and refused to allow his children to be raised Jewish. Interesting how one person's decision can change the entire course of those who come after, isn't it? Vashti chose to refuse the king. Esther chose to risk her life. Mordecai chose to reveal a plot against a king, who would haphazardly follow the council of a wicked man bent on destroying... Read more →

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Lenten Reflections: Week 5 - Slow down

Photo courtesy of Sira Anamwong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Lynn and Dineen are supplying such wonderful teaching and inspiration that I sensed the Lord simply wanted to encourage us today. We can get caught up striving during Lent. Have you felt that pull? To be working harder at getting something more out of this season as we approach Holy Week and Easter. To feel closer to the Lord, to be different. Yes? I hear little whispers suggesting there should be something more. Heart Preparation Giving up things and applying greater focus to spiritual disciplines is a good thing. “Disciplines are not the answer; they only lead us to the Answer.” (Richard Foster) They’re helping open our heart, a spring clean if you will, so that we can experience more of Him. Meditation Today may I suggest you spend less time focusing on the process of Lent, the giving up and doing stuff,... Read more →

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God Replies To The Cry Of My Heart

Sitting in church last Sunday, I read Acts 2 and felt the Holy Spirit cover me with revelation. God spoke to my spirit and said, “Lynn, I’m pouring out my spirit on all flesh. I’m giving people, visions, dreams and I’m empowering my servants, both men and women, with my Spirit that they would prophesy.” It freaks me out to even type this because so many people are wary and perhaps even freighted to consider that people today can prophesy. So, I believe it is time to share some of my recent experiences with the Lord. I do this to break fear from our community about what God’s Word says here. I also, pray with all of my heart, that what God is doing in me, He is doing and will do more in your life and faith. Why? Because it’s awesome! It’s astonishing, filling and miraculous to be used... Read more →

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Chapter One of Esther: The King Divorces Queen Vashti

Esther, mosaic, Jerusalem-The Church of Hagia Maria Zion-The Dormition Church For such a time as this... Hello, my friends! Welcome to part one of our study of Esther! Like many of you who commented on Monday, I love the book of Esther. The more I read and study it, the more I appreciate the complexity and the multiple layers that compose this fascinating story. A little glimpse of my work area as I study Esther. And that is how I've decided to approach this amazing book of the Bible. We will go chapter by chapter in search of the truths and details of each layer. The Layers of Esther When I look at stories, I tend to look for layers and how they intertwine together. Esther is rich in this kind of structure and symbolism as well. I hope you get as excited as I do when I discover these... Read more →

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The ACTS 2 Church

SUMite Nation, did read Acts 2???? My friends, I'm compelled to share with you that my soul is sensing an urgency. We, the church, are in a divine and holy season. An unprecedented season of acceleration. I’m seeing this in my faith walk and in the faith walk of Dineen and others. Many of you, the SUMites, are experiencing this as well. God is granting gifts to His people. (The pouring out of His Spirit) This acceleration is advancing the Kingdom in powerful ways. Hopes and dreams we have carried for years are now moving forward. Things that took years to bring to reality are now happening in months. This acceleration is also evident in the church. Gifts of the Spirit are being imparted and people are experiencing God’s love, spirit and gifting is powerful ways they never dreamed possible. This is also a season of Holy Breakthrough. I’ve seen... Read more →

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Lenten Reflections: Week 4 - Everyday Grace

Photo courtesy of gubgib/FreeDigitalPhotos.net As I’ve grown older I’ve come far more accepting of my mess. Not the physical one (I’m actually quite a tidy person) but the one in my heart and mind. We’ve all got some of it. One of the joys of Lent is intentionally spending time doing a spring-clean, self-examination in the presence of the Lord to identify areas of our life where sin and/or negative habits have taken up residence. Sin clings "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne... Read more →

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The Mystery and Wonder of Esther

Esther, mosaic, Jerusalem-The Church of Hagia Maria Zion-The Dormition Church For such a time as this... Hello SUMites! I mentioned last week that I was feeling led to do an series on Esther. Since then I can’t seem to stay away from this book and have poured hours of research into digging into the deeper places of this astonishing story. So consider this an introduction to Esther and what I have in store thus far to share with you. And I encourage you to read the book yourself and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal its truths and promises to you too. One of the most significant aspects of the story of Esther is that God is not mentioned by name once in the book. He isn’t even referred to. But He is very much implied. However, there are actually clues I believe the author put in place to make... Read more →

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A Revelation of LOVE - THIS IS WILD!!!

SUMites, It’s Sunday afternoon here at the Donovan Clan home. It’s a beautiful spring day. The windows are open and a gentle breeze is flowing, praise and worship plays in the background and I’m feeling the Presence of the Holy Spirit. I have to tell you what happened this morning at church. Well, for weeks I’ve been crying out, praying, pleading, asking for God to tell me what to write. You see I want to write about a Revelation of Love. I want to share how we can receive a revelation of love, a real love encounter with God. I am convinced that we can ask for these kind of encounters. And when the Lord shows up….. IT’S GLORY. It’s life changing!! I’ve experienced several life-changing encounters with the Father. Specifically, on October 12, 2012 my life radically changed and my faith was recalibrated. But, like all believers, I have... Read more →

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Lenten Reflections Wk 3: the Secret Place

Photo courtesy of James Barker/Free DigitalPhotos.net We’re all familiar with the often-repeated comment that Jesus didn’t give the disciples a lesson on anything but how to pray. And this lesson came in amongst His great message: the Sermon on the Mount – “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”(Matthew 6:5-6 NIV) This gave us the notion of the secret place. The place we go to meet with Jesus. For many of us we have a regular habit of going into a room (I do,... Read more →

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Sumite Prayer Partners - A Prayer of Praise

Hello brothers and sisters in Christ, Christy Edney here. Today I would like to lift up prayers of thanksgiving and praise. Please open your Bible, read all of Psalm 65 then join me in the following prayer. Let all that I am praise God the father and our Lord, Jesus Christ! If I have but only one remaining breath then let it be used to praise the life giving king of all. For He is worthy of all my praise. Though I stumble and trip over the nature of my sin, You go before me and plan ahead for my failures. Father, your grace and mercy go beyond human understanding. Such mercy and grace awaits each person who would declare the name of Jesus Christ and put their faith in him. Mighty God, thank you for pursuing those who would attempt to run from you. We thank you for the... Read more →

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25 Years

SUMite Nation, This date on March 14, 1992 was the day we married. I looked through some of the photos. A couple of crazy kids. Wow, twenty five years passes quickly. We have come through much and I tell you this from the bottom of my heart. I love this man. Thank you for celebrating this special anniversary with us. Mike and I will be traveling to Europe later this summer to celebrate our love and marriage. Stay strong SUMites. It's the journey that makes us holy! Love, Lynn Read more →

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A Miller Update

Leslie & Mike, Christmas 2016 Hello, my dear friends. I’m taking today’s post as an opportunity to update you on my daughter, Leslie. Many of you have asked me to keep you updated, which touches my heart beyond belief. Thank you. Your love and prayers fill my heart with comfort, joy and peace. If you’re new to the site, my daughter Leslie was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at age 14 in 2008. She is 23 now and cancer free. (If you want the full story, you can do a search of her name to access the archives.) At the end of 2015 she began to exhibit side effects of her radiation treatments from 2009 and had to stop working due to pain and trembling throughout her limbs. Just as it seemed she was finally stepping into a full life, healthy. Leslie has still not been able to go... Read more →

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Change Your Life AND Someone Else's!

Dear Lynn, I just wanted to say thank you one more time for investing in us last week! The knowledge you poured into us, I could have never afforded and the LOVE, ah, no money could buy! Having you to believe in us, is invaluable! I am humbled by your generosity and value for the stories God has place in each of us! I pray you are ridiculously blessed for what you’ve given us! —Christina I received this note in the mail a few weeks ago. I truly care about the stories God has placed in you. I want to help you write your best story for the Kingdom. It’s not too late to register and be part of something that can literally change your life and bring GREAT honor to our Lord Jesus Christ. SUMite writers workshop: The first of the workshops will be held on Saturday, March 18,... Read more →

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Lenten reflections: the power of solitude and silence

Photo kindly supplied by Mary de Muth Two weeks ago I received an email from my brother letting me (and my other siblings) that mom was in hospital due to extremely high blood pressure and was likely to stay there for a few days. Mom is Dad’s main carer so it was clear that we kids were going to need to help care for Dad while mom was convalescing. As my employment is currently variable I was able to man the day shift and my brother and a family friend took turns doing the night shift. Everything I had planned for the week was now re-scheduled or cancelled. One of the side effects of Dad’s strokes a few years ago was a reduction in certain cognitive functions so powers of speech, reading and concentration were impaired. Conversations with Dad take longer than usual and as a result tend to cover... Read more →

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LOVE > fear

Hello, my friends. On Sunday, my pastor started us out in Isaiah, which made me chuckle—seems many of us are planted in the book of Isaiah right now. Makes sense when we tune in to see what God is doing right now…and how He’s working. Today I want to share another part of Isaiah as a prayer, but first I have a question for you today. Are you battling fear? I have a feeling there are a lot of you out there nodding your heads. In fact, I’m almost certain all of us have battled fear at some point in our lives. Fear became a very real and present challenge for me in early 2014, along with anxiety attacks that would last for hours. I’d never in my life experienced anything like it. But God was and is faithful. He told me then He’d be my healer and He was.... Read more →

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SUM Nation Survey

SUMites, Would you please take just a few minutes to help us make our community better and stronger. The link below is a quick survey about how you found SUM. We are also asking about what you want to read in the future and what other events we might offer. Please, PLEASE take a minute to complete this confidential survey. We won't share your information nor will you receive an email from us. Thank you SUM family. Together we are a strong family who loves one another as we march toward victory in our faith and marriage. Hugs, Lynn SUM Nation Survey: March 6, 2017 And get ready because I'm about to burst as we learn how to receive a Revelation of Love. We will start this fantastic journey with the Lord on March 20th. Look up Zephaniah 3:17. I know this and Zachariah 12 will become powerful in our... Read more →

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A Declaration of Salvation

Hello, SUMites! Can you believe we’re already in March? Time seems to keep speeding up on me, so I’ve made the decision to look forward to Christmas all year long. If this most precious season is going to keep fleeting by on me, I’m going to make the most of it the rest of the year. Are you laughing at me? LOL! That’s fine if you are. But on a deeper note, I believe this is actually part of the journey God has me walking to know more joy and delight, especially delight in Him. Which brings me back to Isaiah. Who would have, at first glance, thought that the book of Isaiah is one we can delight in? But it is. It is the book that holds the most prophetic words about the Messiah coming and who He would be to the Israelites. And to us… That’s the delightfully... Read more →

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