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14 entries from October 2017

Spending Time in the Secret Place

Image courtesy of alex_ugalek at FreeDigitalPhotos.net It’s fast approaching the Christmas season when life can get especially busy. In addition, for we in mismatched marriages can have extra challenges as a result of a desire to intentionally reflect on the reason for the season. Jesus. Whether it’s attending gatherings with the church girls (or blokes), the various services our Church’s hold or even decorating our houses with symbols of our faith, we can all get a little self-conscious of doing things that our partners may not enjoy. And not to mention that we may be away from the house more often which can cause stress. Often due to our busyness our time spent with the Lord may wane. There are only so many hours in the day, right? The Secret Place “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.... Read more →

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Advice To Those Who Are Dating An Unbeliever - Please Share Your Thoughts.

SUMites, did you read some of the comments from last Monday’s post about friendships? Man, o man…. Good stuff. And you know what I loved most about the thread of conversations? The LOVE. The love, compassion and caring in those words to one another. Thank you. Bless you!!! So, I want to do this again today: I often receive emails from men and women who are contemplating a relationship or marriage to an unbelieving partner. Answering these emails is not as easy as you might think. Firstly, the writer has been in the relationship for a significant period of time. Translation: She is already in love. She feels a commitment and her heart and life is fully engaged with this man. Secondly: Most who write me were raised in faith and they already know what the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:14. Third, they are seeking hope that their marriage... Read more →

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Love Is A Power

The greatest of these is love…. 1 Corinthians 13:13 I’m discovering something new about love. Which is weird because my life’s pursuit is love. ….love of the Father. ….my husband, children and family. ….love of God’s people. But in the past few weeks the Holy Spirit has revealed something I didn’t understand before now. LOVE affects everything! Love, of course, impacts people. It is what triumphs over heartbreak and is our healing. Love is our legacy and our future. But I’m discovering something utterly astonishing about love in this season. Love is a power. Love can change anything and everything. (Ya, you might be yawning here because you already know this, right? Tell me something I don’t know, right?) I’ve discovered how love not only affects my human relationships but also my car, my pets, my city, well just about everything I set to purposely love. Let me explain. Over... Read more →

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The Year of Promises

Hello, SUMites! Wow…what a joy to be with you today…I’m just taking a moment to drink in God’s presence here and being with you again. Lynn asked me to share an update, specifically about my recent anniversary, and I was thrilled to do so. What I didn’t expect was the rest of the story God wanted me to share with you… September 5th marked Mike’s and my 30th wedding anniversary. That truly blows my mind when I think about it, because the generations of my family are marked with multiple marriages (per person) that resulted in divorces. I give God all the glory, my friends. His love and blessings are the catalyst behind the unity, love and peace I have in my marriage, which are the fruit resulting from partnering with God to cultivate and protect my marriage. We are not only partners with our spouse but also with God... Read more →

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It's Your Turn. Share Your Wisdom

Hi SUM Nation, I'm traveling this week. I have bunch of sticks in the fire and am scrambling but it's all good. Our God is a good Father. I know that our "Church Without Walls" is filled with Godly and spiritually wise people. So I thought that I would invite you to impart your wisdom with one of our readers. Do you remember the SUMits Survey that many of you responded to months ago? I asked the question: What topics cold we write about that we haven't covered for we could cover again to encourage you? Here is one inquiry. I haven't written about this subject before and it is really a good question. If you have Godly wisdom and experience, please share your encouragement in the comments. Thanks for helping a girl out! I LOVE you all so much. Hugs, Lynn Q: One thing that hasn't been covered yet... Read more →

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Going To Church Alone

Today, I want to chat about another big issue. This is a re-post for our newest family members. (Jan, 2016) GOING TO CHURCH ALONE. Gang, can I just say – Grrrrrrrrr This is so hard. I know that for me this was an area that was of intense and great struggle. Even today, I truly desire my husband to join me for church on Sunday. I’ve had to wrangle through all of the different aspects of church non-attendance with my husband. I’m certain many of you have as well. First, dealing with the whole couple thing. Grrrrrr, again! Our Western society is significantly “couple” focused. Learning to do anything alone takes a ton of courage and prayer. At least it did for me and I’m usually a courageous person. But after remaining a floundering believer at home, there comes a day when your need for community outweighs fear and you... Read more →

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Sumite Prayer Partners

Hi prayer family!! Please join me in reading from Luke and praying to our Heavenly Father! Luke 14:25-27 A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, “If you want to be my disciple, you must by comparison, hate everyone else – your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. Infinite God, these verses are hard for our human minds to comprehend. We understand Jesus as loving savior of all humanity, but yet we call him Lord. Teach us to make him the LORD of our lives and the object of our focus. Propel us into a deeper devotion that is only possible through the work of your spirit. That is what you ask of... Read more →

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Could You Walk Around Nude?

Do you read the stories in the Bible about those who died, who gave their lives up, for the cause of Christ? What about modern martyr accounts of believers in the middle east who are being killed for their Christian faith? Do you walk in faith that you could do the same? I often cry out in prayer, “Lord, I want more of you. Lord, make me so strong in faith that if one day I must choose to die or take the mark of the beast, that I would be willing and able to die for the cause of Christ.” Perhaps you don’t pray like this. It’s just that for me, I sometimes wonder if I could stand on my faith and die for Jesus. After all, there are believers right now, today, who will stand for Christ and ISIS will kill them. GULP. Recently I was reading in... Read more →

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One Day Soon

One day soon, we will behold: And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. —Revelation 20:12 Our original destination will be compared to what we actually achieved in our short time on earth. We are given so much grace. Grace and more grace to change course, to repent and do over. To mend, to heal, to serve, to grow, to laugh, to LOVE. Will you choose love? When we do, this is what the book says is for us: The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before... Read more →

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A SINGLE LIFE Can Restore A Family Line

Let’s open a book today that can change everything. The Word. The Bible, our living book of redemption and freedom. Jesus the author a perfecter of our faith. Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. —Hebrews 12:2 God then said to me, “Lynn, a single life can reset the destiny that has been corrupted for centuries. One child of mine, who decides that they will no longer live in the falsehoods of the kingdom of darkness but chooses rather to rise up and live in truth. That one person, one small young woman, a man in his fifties, a woman who was raised in horrific abuse, a child who chooses to hope over despair. That one person can break... Read more →

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When The Books Are Opened

Let’s open the next book, shall we? And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. —Revelation 20:12 There is a day in our linear future where every person whosoever liveth upon the earth, shall pass before the throne. The “Books” shall be opened and judgement shall be determined. WHOA!!! I can’t stop saying that… WHOA!!! Astounding….. I don’t have language to express the fathom of this truth. “As I looked, “thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A... Read more →

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SUM Nation Newsletter

Hi Everyone, The news from here is that we have an extra initiative underway: A new quarterly newsletter. This is something that Lynn and Dineen used to do and had wanted to revive. In this season of us gathering round Lynn in the ministry her number of helping hands has grown. I'll be lending my hands by coordinating the newsletter. The newsletter will land in your inboxes, and will be a way of saying a friendly hello and keeping you posted about what's new and coming up. It'll be especially helpful for those times when you're busy and might miss news from the blog. The first edition is out this coming Monday. To receive it make sure you're signed up using the form below. We hope you enjoy this extra way of us staying connected! Ann Subscribe to our Quarterly Newsletter Email Address First Name Last Name Read more →

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Is this all there is?

Photo courtesy of Foto76/FreeDigitalPhotos.net I was in the office early. First to arrive, every morning. I was the one who turned the lights on (and often the one who turned them off each night). Large triple shot coffee in my hand as I scanned overnight emails and my always too large work-in-progress folder. Another restructure was in the wings and I knew with a new MD having recently arrived putting the heat on the sales team, of which, I was one of its leaders, we were to come under close scrutiny. Changes were inevitable and I knew my role, the jack-of-all-trades role that it was, would be closely scrutinised. I wasn’t too concerned. In fact, I was ready for a change. But to what? I’d never aspired to be a CEO, unlike my twin brother, but from early in my corporate career I had expected I would end up in... Read more →

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The Next Profound Book

Remember Friday we revealed the truth that God created us as a perfect reflection of His love. AND He created us, every person on earth, to be His child, to walk in love and to live in His Kingdom. Remember God said to me, “Tell them about the books, Lynn. My people don’t understand the books and therefore they are unaware.” Let’s open the next book. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. —Revelation 3:5 This is the Lamb’s Book of Life. Our name was written in this book and it shines with brilliant light as a reflection of our choice to believe in Jesus Christ. It was written before time began and only you can make the choice... Read more →

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