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False Security

On February 12th, something happened that seriously rocked my world. I’m not an overly brave person, I confess, but I stepped out of my comfort zone (way out) and agreed to drive cross-country from Florida to California because my daughter wanted to come back home.

It’s a trip we’ve done many times, but always with my husband. He’s a great driver, loves road trips and has always done the bulk of the driving. So, on a clear and sunny Friday, my daughter and I headed out with the intent to make our country trip in five days—a trip my husband and I have normally done in four days. I wanted to be safe and reasonable.

I wanted to be brave for my daughter and husband and do this thing. I wanted to prove to myself too that I could handle such a trip without the comfort and security of my husband.

We were doing fine for the most part, my daughter and I, swapping turns driving. Day one brought us out of Florida to Alabama without incident except for an engine light. Okay, not part of the plan but we could handle it. We lost a couple hours the next day but left the service garage with the security of knowing all was well with the engine.

Security. I like security. I like knowing what’s ahead of me, what to expect, how to prepare and be ready.

But what happened on our third day wasn’t expected. Wasn’t at all something I could have prepared for. Inclement weather we thought would clear up left a patch of ice on an overpass and in a matter of seconds, the most terrifying thing I could imagine happened.

Why? I’d prayed, asked God for protection, to bring us home safely. But it still happened. The car that had so faithfully brought us halfway across the country now sat in a center median, mangled and in despair of ever cruising a road again.

Thankfully (and praise God) my daughter and I were okay. But for this person who’d done her best to brave a new adventure, my deepest fear had materilized. We were banged up, had no car, and were out in the middle of nowhere in Texas, far from the comfort of home. Details had to be dealt with and worked out when all I really wanted to do was curl up in a ball and hide.

Where was God? I needed help. I could accept that He had a plan in all this, but I needed tangible evidence He was there helping me deal with the situation. I muddled through, we worked out arrangements, then my husband decided to come get us. I was relieved...so relieved. I didn’t have the strength to be brave anymore.

God helped me face a truth: I have a fearful spirit.

God has shown me this in the days since our accident. I’d built my security in my world based upon controllable circumstances. The minute those circumstances changed and moved completely (and I mean totally and completely) out of my control, my false security crumbled. I couldn’t do anything but look to God and wait for Him to show me the way out of this mess of mangled emotions and broken perceptions.

The more I cried out, the more I realized I was now on another journey. One that meant rebuilding and repairing certain areas of my faith. I’m on that journey now, still waiting for God to reveal more of what this is all about. What more does He want me to allow the tow truck to haul away and allow Him access to replace and rebuild?

I only know I don’t want to live in this place of fear, nor does God. It’s not going to be a pleasant process to let go of my false securities. Sometimes the thing we fear most is the very thing we need most. Doesn’t make sense but I’m starting to understand its truth.

The best cure for a fearful spirit is trusting God. That is true security because it requires relinquishing our expectations, weaknesses and fears into God’s control. Completely.

For now I’m clinging to Psalm 34:4:

I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

God brought me to this verse and it’s my prayer and comfort right now. I’m learning that even in the worst-case scenarios—the ones we never expected and wonder how we’ll walk out of with any semblance of wholeness and strength—God is really there. We may not feel like He is at times, but we can KNOW and BELIEVE it.

Lord, we seek you with our fearful spirits, ready to trust You in new ways. Hear us and deliver us from all our fears. Though the future looks so insecure at times, dry our tears with the comfort and security of your constant presence and that You are in complete and total control, working for our good—always. We cling to your Son who is our hope and proof of these truths—and our greatest security of all. Amen.

Praying and believing,
Dineen


Who You are in Christ

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Lynn and I hope you've enjoyed this week's Twitter stream of praises and truths. The above is a compilation of all of them. Just click and download it. It's our gift to you! Keep it on your computer, print it out and hang it up somewhere, or even insert copies in your Christmas cards this year as a gift to those you send it to. 

Christ came and died to give us these truths, to remember that through His birth and death, we are adopted, accepted, blessed, chosen, forgiven and redeemed (Ephesians 1). Let's ponder these wonderful truths right into Christmas and continue to give thanks to our Savior for giving us the greatest gift of all.

Himself.

Praying and believing, 
Dineen 


Answered Prayers Can Be Painful

698517_dancing I’m grieving. But in a good way. I know that sounds a bit crazy so I’ll explain. Two prayers that I’ve been praying for my family seem to be coming to fruition, but it’s not at all what I was expecting.

I will share with you the one about my daughter because so many of you wonderful prayer warriors out there have prayed for her since her cancer diagnosis in 2008, through her surgeries, radiation treatments and recovery. It’s been a bumpy road emotionally too.

In January God gave me Malachi 4:2 for her and I have been praying this Scripture for her ever since.

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.

Things in my daughter’s life haven’t unfolded the way I expected, but God is showing me that now is the time for her to be like that calf. She’ll soon be moving to Florida to live with my mother so she can find a job and start beauty school.

She still has to conquer driving and getting her GED in October, but this is the path God has set before her. She knows it’s right for her and I see that it is too.

But it’s painful. I didn’t expect to have to let go of my youngest (17) so soon. I’d expected that this time of transition into healing and joy would happen while she was here with us in California. I didn’t expect this to happen now and in another state.

So I’m grieving the loss of my little girl—the girl who was forced to grow up so very fast three years ago and is now reaching for the independence that comes with this maturity.

Yet in many ways she has so much still to learn. I’m comforted by the fact that she’ll be with my mother (who is an amazing mom!) and I hear God’s call to trust Him with my baby. She really is His after all, right?

So my heart aches with this transition but rejoices that my daughter is stepping into her future, something I prayed for so desperately some days that it bought me to tears and to my knees.

Tears of worry to tears of joy. My heart is breaking and rejoicing all at once.

Here is a piece of Scripture that God used to direct and comfort this mother’s aching heart:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. —Prov. 3:5-6

In reading a devotional and listening to a sermon (both on the same day but from different sources), God helped me see that I’d “leaned” on my own understanding. His plan is the best way, I know that. But now I have totally let go and trust Him despite the unexpected circumstances.

This is the “trust him with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding” part. It’s risky and scary but if we know God is faithful, we can trust Him for the right outcome, whether it’s for ourselves or for a loved one.

That last part of this Scripture is the promise of God’s faithfulness. I know we’ve talked about that a lot here but He shows this to us over and over again. In His Word and in our lives if we really pay attention. It’s not his choice, it’s his character. Who He is. Wrap your brain around that one. I’m still floored by it on a regular basis.

As for that second prayer…I’ll keep you posted. It’s the most dangerous prayer we can pray for our unsaved spouses. (Chapter 10 in our book). I don’t know how far the ramifications are going to reach, but I can tell this transition with my daughter is may just be a warm up for what’s to come.

Praying and believing,
Dineen


Weekend Devo — Praying Scripture

IStock_000001262149XSmall For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. ~ Philippians 2:13, NLT

Sometimes God calls upon us to do some pretty difficult stuff, especially in our mismatched marriages. More importantly, we face a daily battle within ourselves to do what pleases God and what pleases ourselves. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have a hard time distinguishing between the two.

That could be a good thing if my desires and God’s are closely aligned, but I’m human and that is not always the case.

So this is the Scripture I’ve been praying for myself this past week and will continue to do so. There are lots of new challenges ahead and I need fortification and reassurance. I love having Scriptures I can specifically pray to meet each new challenge.

Lord, I’m so grateful that You are working in me and giving me the desire and the power to do what please You!

Are you praying a specific Scripture right now? Do share!

Praying and believing,
Dineen


A Community

The following was posted by my good friend, Dee, on our 1 Peter 3 Living group. I was moved by her invitation and want to extend it to all of you in this amazing community of believers who are waiting for the salvation of our spouse. 

John-3-16 So here is Dee:

John 3:16 is the most well known verse in the Word of God. It is the classic statement of God's salvation through Jesus Christ. This verse describes God's plan of salvation in simple but powerful words. This verse of Scripture also provides you with a prayer model to use in praying for the lost. It offers you vital truths that you can use to plead with God for the lost.

With the above in mind and considering the Easter season that we're in, I thought that John 3:16 would be an excellent verse for us to use to plead/pray/fast for the our spouses on the remaining Tuesdays of this month. (We fast and pray every Tuesday at 1P3)

This is a special time of the year - Jesus died for my husband - He died for your husband.  My husband doesn't believe this and I want that to change - the sooner the better!

So, would you consider making this your prayer and fasting focus on Tuesday for your spouses and the others in our group?

Who's in? 

Thank You Jesus - for what You did for all of us on that cross!  I pray that our men/women would not perish for not believing this powerful truth.  Lord, I cannot  even stand the thought of that -  No Lord, have mercy, show them the way, the truth and the life!

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his  only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16

I love our community of believers who are living to love Jesus and loving their spouse. I especially love all of you who are loving in extraordinarily trying marriages. If you are seeking a change in your life, join us for prayer and fasting this Tuesday. Start with a day -time fast. 

God honors a humble heart and LOVES to answer prayers for salvation. I will be also praying Romans 10:10 for my husband. What will you be praying. Have a great week. Hugs, Lynn


Revealing the Lie

IStock_000009930085XSmall One of the things we talk about in our book is walking out of the guilt and shame of our pasts. Whether you knowingly married an unbeliever or came to faith after you married, God has a plan for your marriage.

But if you’re still carrying around guilt over how you wound up in your marriage even though you’ve already confessed and sought forgiveness from God, you can’t walk into that plan.

Why?

Well, here’s the thing about condemnation. It paralyzes you. It blinds you. And it keeps you ineffective in the lives of those around you. That’s why the Bible warns us about the enemy condemning us—this is one of his most effective tools to negate your influence in your mismatched marriage.

One of our most well known, if not THE most known, pieces of Scripture is John 3:16, but have you ever really looked at verse 17?

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

So here’s the truth to dispel the lie. If Christ didn’t come to condemn you and make you feel shame even after you have confessed your sin, then that feeling of shame isn’t from God. It’s actually quite the opposite of His truth in Psalm 103:12 that tells us He’s removed our sin from us as far as the East is from the West. And how about Galatians 5:1 that tells us that Christ came to set us free?

If you’re still doubting, take the Scriptures and insert your name into them.

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn me, (name), but to save me through him.”

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed my (name) transgressions from me.”

“It is for freedom that Christ has set me (name) free.”

Don’t let this lie that the enemy has inserted so stealthily and cleverly into your life keep you from stepping into the plan God has for you and your marriage. We hold a very special place in our marriages. We are on the front lines and part of God’s team to battle for our unbelieving spouse’s salvation. And for the salvation of our children. The enemy would like nothing better than to make you think you aren’t up to the task.

The beauty of it is, we don’t have to be. God has that all taken care of. All we have to do is say yes to His plan. He is our strength. He is our redeemer. He is our FORGIVER!

Every day is a new opportunity to walk in forgiveness and serve our King. Don’t miss out on a single moment!

Praying and believing,
Dineen


The Intentional Marriage - Stand Up or Shut Up???

Welcome to our video broadcast of The Intentional Marriage. We are looking at how to sift our marriage conflicts, failures and questions through a small but powerful passage in the Bible.

18 minutes of power. Take a listen. Lynn

 

 

The Intentional Marriage Show March 2011 from Lynn Donovan on Vimeo.

Also, find Dineen today over at Laced With Grace where she shares: Parenting Struggling Teens.


Our Greatest Weapon—Prayer

IStock_000001262149XSmall At church Sunday, a friend of mine stood up with her husband and shared their testimony of how God saved their marriage ten years ago. I’ve only been at this church for about nine years so I had no idea this was the case. This couple has been an inspiration to me, especially my friend. She is an amazing woman of God and a true prayer warrior.

To hear them share spoke such joy to my heart. They shared how they were at the point of filing divorce papers. He wanted out, she didn’t. What did my friend do? She fell to her knees in prayer, prayed constantly. What struck me most though was WHAT she prayed.

She prayed that God would do whatever He needed to prepare and equip her for what lay ahead. Whether that meant her marriage would be healed or not. She gave it all to Jesus and wow, did Jesus give it all back to her. And more. They now counsel young couples and lead many of our Bible studies that deal with marriage.

I would have never known had they not shared. From the outside they seem as if they’ve always been a strong, Christian couple. Things are not always as they seem.

Sadly, all marriages are under attack today, whether believing, unbelieving, or mismatched. The enemy has found a niche that he can use to steer us away from God. We have to stay alert and fight for not only our own marriages but for those around us too.

Along those lines I want to share an example. Almost two years ago, God put it upon my heart to pray for a married couple in our church. I didn’t know why but I faithfully followed his leading. I found out shortly after that this marriage was in dire shape and the family was falling apart.

I continued to pray for the next year, then wondered if I should continue. I gently checked with the dear woman I’d been praying for who shared that things were not good. I continued to pray.

As I sat in church this past Sunday, I looked over and saw them both there, sitting together—something I had not seen in a while. And it was as if God spoke to my heart and said He’d heard every prayer. Not just mine but many others as well.

They’d made a turn in the marriage just barely a month ago. I am so glad I didn’t give up praying. Now I get to celebrate and KEEP PRAYING for their marriage to grown stronger, and for protection for this relationship.

Marriage is sacred. Period. God designed it to be a reflection of His relationship with us and with the church. When we view it this way, amazing things happen. Our perspective changes, and we understand better the depth of the commitment God is asking from us, as well as gaining a glimmer of the depth of His commitment to us.

I know being mismatched isn’t easy, especially since we as the believing spouse HAVE this perspective—God’s perspective—of what marriage is and what it means. The key is to remember that even as we are fighting for our marriages, God is too!

Let me say that simply: God is fighting for your marriage too!

Don’t ever forget that. He’s there. You’re not alone. So don’t give up. Do whatever God is asking you to do. Stand firm in that position and LET GOD FIGHT FOR YOU! He will do this, I promise you. That’s what Ephesians 6 and the armor of God is all about. He gives us the equipment we need for battle then tells us to stand firm in Him. He is our champion.

And prayer is our greatest weapon. So wield it with devotion!

Praying and believing,
Dineen


Weekend Devo — Pray with Devotion!

Prayer Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. — Colossians 4:2-6

This piece of Scripture has been speaking a lot to me this last week. A wonderful pastor (Tim Wood) here in San Jose is a great job pointing out the jewels in it recently. Five to be specific—to pray for open doors, to pray for a clear message, to pray to walk in wisdome, to pray to make the most of every opportunity, and to pray to say the right things.

I've found myself studying the words and even making it into a prayer, and I want to share that with you. We can pray this for ourselves to so that we can "always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you know how to answer everyone." That includes our unbelieving spouses.

I hope you'll pray with me...

Lord, show us how to devote ourselves to prayer, to be watchful and thankful. Provide others to pray for us too, so that You may open a door for the message of Christ to be heard in the hearts of our unbelieving spouses, family members and friends as we proclaim the mystery of your Son, Jesus, whom we desire to serve with all our hearts and lives. Help us to speak when needed to share in clarity the truth of Jesus and His salvation. Help us be wise, Lord, in how we act toward those who don't know You and help us make the most of every opportunity to share YOU! Let our words and our ACTIONS always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that we know how to answer everyone who asks about You. Give us the words, Lord!

Father, we are so thankful for what You are doing in our lives, in the lives of our unbelieving loved ones, and for allowing us to join Your plan. Lord, we give you all the glory. May our lives honor YOU!

In Jesus's Holy and Powerful Name, amen!

Praying and believing,
Dineen


Blinded by Darkness

IStock_000011544315XSmall We’ve covered some ground in the last few weeks about spiritual warfare in our marriages. Sadly, it’s a topic treated as taboo at times right within the church, but our enemy has been effective there as well.

Too effective.

If he can convince us he’s not a real threat or even better, that he doesn’t even exist, he’s accomplished more than just a foot in the door. We're blinded.

If this concept is foreign to you, let me tell you that for a long time I was deceived myself. I can even remember telling someone years ago that though I did believe in God, I wasn’t convinced satan existed.

God’s Word tells us clearly otherwise and much more. Things like:

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline (sound mind). — 1 Timothy 2:7

As evident in the Bible, this stuff is real and pretending it doesn’t or avoiding it only sets us up for failure. We don’t have to be fanatical about spiritual warfare, but we do need to be aware. I know you’ve heard Lynn and I say this before, but knowing the Bible is your best defense. You can’t fight with a weapon you don’t know how to use. Same goes with the Bible. To know it is to live and use its truth effectively.

And if the whole idea of spiritual warfare scares you more than you fear God, take a look at this one:

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. — 1John 4:4

These two verses are so interconnected. First John 4:4 is our reassurance that we can overcome evil and 1 Timothy 2:7 is the proof of it.

Plant these truths firmly in your heart and mind. We need them so that we can stand strong for our unbelieving spouses. Second Corinthians 4:4 is a vital truth to understanding our unbelieving spouse and realizing they are truly handicapped as if they were physically blind.

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. — 2Corinthians 4:4

But we can pray against this and stand in that gap between them and God. Just like it says in this verse:

For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. — 1 Corinthians 7:14

Just living our faith and rejoicing in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ makes us the best conduit for His light to shine into that blinding darkness. And we can pray:

“And Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.’” — 2Kings 6:17

In this truth we can praise God for what He’s doing and celebrate!

Praying and believing,
Dineen


Spiritual Warfare and My Unbelieving Husband

I have one last story to share with you. 

This trilogy of articles on spiritual warfare has a price. I have asked the Lord to protect my family and me. So today, I ask you to pray over my writing and speaking to result in two things; that the Lord, Jesus, is honored and that His Saints are empowered to fight the forces of evil. 

Also, I acknowledge that sharing these accounts of the spiritual realm may be troublesome to those who have never encountered what I describe. However, I began this blog over four years ago with a single purpose: To help others who are married to unbelievers. That is why I am compelled to share this story.

It took me years to learn how to fight for my unsaved husband. After too many years and too many tears, I finally found peace with my faith and my spouse through the power of Jesus Christ alive in my heart. I don’t want one other person to live in wasted years of unhappiness and frustration when I can share the truth I know from sitting at the feet of Jesus. 

It was Christ, Himself who brought healing to my heart and marriage. I want to share what Jesus has taught me so that you can also thrive in your marriage. 

In addition, I know there are many of you who are married to a spouse who dwells smack in the middle of the enemy camp and the spiritual warfare I describe is very real in your life (I have read your comments from last week).

Oh, how I wish I had known what I know now back in the early years. No one was teaching me. No one talked about these battles with the enemy and in fact, most Christians shy away from talking about doing battle with the enemy because it’s so controversial. But, I answer to Jesus and after serious prayer and four years of writing, He told me to share so that I can help someone else fight for their spouse. 

Thank you for praying for me. Now let’s get started. 

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When I speak at conferences, the audience is always interested in how my husband feels about my ministry efforts. I think that’s a great question and I always tell them this: 

Today I’m going to share with you some stories from my marriage, some struggles, triumphs and the fantastic journey in which God has set in motion. I want you to know that my husband enthusiastically supports my writing and speaking. He has given me his full permission to share our lives. 

In fact, on the day I was preparing to start my blog, I went to my husband and explained what I was doing. I told him that I planned to write about our married life but wouldn’t do it if he objected. I also promised him that if I wrote something I thought might bother him. I would bring it to him to read first so he would be okay with my posting it. (Every time I have, he has always approved- I love that man) 

After my explanation and seeking his approval, he looked at me and said this, “Honey, if you can help one other couple to NOT go through what we have been through. 

Then GO FOR IT.” 

Amazing! 

I still giggle as I remember this. I giggle and delight at how in spite of my husband’s lack of acknowledging God, God uses my husband to do His work on earth. It’s a blast to watch it all unfold. 

With that said, I want to share my account of a time when I was praying for my husband. 

Several, several years ago, I began to pray differently for my husband’s salvation. I was doing some study about breaking spiritual bondage. I was learning that the devil’s lies hold so many people hostage, unable to “hear” to real truth of the gift of salvation. I wanted to pray and fight the bondage that was holding my husband captive to the lie that God did not exist. 

I would lay awake at night and place my hand on my husband’s back as he slept. I would pray for him. Something similar to this: 

Lord, right now I ask that you would break the bondage of lies my husband has around him. In the name of Jesus, I bind the enemy that speaks lies to my husband and that is fighting to keep him away from You. Lord, I ask that you would protect my husband from evil that is fighting to retain its claim over him. Lord, dispatch angels to walk with my man wherever he is goes to protect him. Free his mind and heart. Open his spiritual eyes that he can know the truth and let the truth set him free. In the powerful, life-changing name of Jesus our Redeemer, Amen. 

My prayer was drawn from a couple different passages, which I was studying. Such as John 8:32 32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." 

I think I prayed like this for many, many months, perhaps even a few years. I can’t really recall. I just know I would pray every night with my hand lightly resting upon him as he slept. 

Well several years ago, I recall it was during the summer months because we have a door in our bedroom where you can step out onto the back patio. I remember that on this particular night we left the door open to allow the cool evening breezes to come in. We kept the screen door shut to keep the bugs out but the air could still flow. 

It was in the middle of the night and pitch dark. I don't know the time of night but I came immediately awake. I sat up in bed. I couldn’t see anything but I felt something had just come through the screen door into our bedroom. I felt alarmed in my spirit.  

I couldn't see anything but I sensed it and……It was seething. 

I could feel its hatred and anger. In a split second, I understood that I was facing an evil spirit who had a claim on my husband. It was seething mad that I was praying it’s claim away. I don’t know how to explain this but to say I just knew….. I knew this thing had “owned” my husband for a very long time. 

What I mean by this is, I think it was assigned to my husband to keep him from finding the truth. And for years had been successful. However, my prayers were making a difference and it arrived to have it out with me. 

Oh my gosh, I started praying like crazy. Out loud and with fervor, I prayed, binding it by the power and blood of Jesus Christ. I spoke and said it no longer had a hold over my husband that Jesus was the truth. I prayed scriptures but I can’t remember today which ones. I also don’t know for how long I prayed like this. It could have been only a minute or many minutes. 

All during this pivotal battle, my husband never woke. Don’t ask me why. I don’t know how loud I was speaking; I was just doing what I knew to do. Pray with the authority of my Lord, Jesus. 

Then suddenly I sensed “felt” it turn and with what I would describe as a great rush like wind, it fled in a hurry back through the screen door. 

It has never been back. 

Whew! 

This encounter happened years ago, before I began writing, but now as I have had time to pray and consider it all, I didn’t realize at the time how important that night was. 

Since that time, my husband has changed. I didn’t notice at first but now I can clearly see that my husband’s hostility toward matters of faith is mostly gone. He doesn’t bristle when I talk about God. In fact, he has moved significantly toward the cross ever since. Although he has yet to cross the line and make Jesus Lord of his life, our marriage now thrives in peace. 

I’m convinced, as a woman, married to a man who doesn’t believe, our prayers for our unsaved spouse are of eternal and monumental importance. 

We are on the front lines. 

At the end of this life nothing, NOTHING, else matters but the salvation of people and a life lived to glorify the Son. 

Period. The end. 

Don’t grow weary. When you are weak, write me. I will pray beside you. I know how utterly important our battle prayers are for the cause of Christ. 

Be blessed, Lynn


Lysa TerKeurst and a Portion

Was I excited or what?

Lysa TerKeurst visited my home town over the weekend. She was the speaker at the Crossline Community Church women’s retreat here in our valley. The retreat was fantastic and the gals from Crossline welcomed me into their sisterhood with open arms. 

Most of you know I adore Lysa. She is a powerful speaker and writer. I have read just about all of her books and I am super excited for her next one to be released late this year. I also read her blog every day. It’s that good. 

Over breakfast on Saturday, I chatted with Lysa and Holly Good, her traveling buddy, also an amazing woman who servers our Jesus. Lysa is as generous and kind in person, one-on-one, as she appears on stage, at her blog, and throughout her books. 

Here is a photo of us at breakfast. 

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 (don't know what was going on with the strange crook in my neck. *sheesh*)

This is Lysa and Holly. 

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It was a great privilege to spend time with her and I am deeply thankful she made time to meet with me. We chatted about ministry, books, blogs, her traveling schedule (grueling, I might add) and a bazillion other things. Lisa loves Jesus and her words to me personally and to the women attending the conference were powerful, life-changing and filled with the truth of God’s love. 

All of the ladies but especially me, were inspired. Several women crossed the line and accepted Jesus into their heart on Saturday. The Lambs book of life shines brighter today. Praise the Lord. 

Imported Photos 00012 Today I am compelled to share some of Lysa’s teaching. She was leading us through a few scriptures that came alive for me. 

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Lysa asked, “I wonder if we started to pray and ask God for Him to be our portion, how different our lives would be.” 

I sat in my seat and her words hit me with the full force of the Holy Spirit. What if I asked Jesus to be my portion in my marriage? What if I asked Jesus to be my portion when I want to turn to junk food? What if I asked Jesus to be my portion……. ? 

So, today, along with Lysa, I ask you to begin praying this simple prayer: 

Jesus, be my portion of (insert your struggle here) for today. 

Lysa shared, “Even when Jesus taught us to pray, He asked for His portion. Matthew 6:11 Give us today our daily bread. If Jesus asked for His portion, we should too.” 

Jesus is our portion. Jesus is our groom. Jesus is our healer. Jesus IS. 

Have an amazing week. Fill it up with Jesus and watch as the cares of this earth become strangely dim. Be blessed, Lynn

Check out more portion prayers posted on Lysa's blog here: Portion Prayers

Also, I want to give a shout out to e-Mom and all my friends over at Chrysalis. Can't wait to read all about the Honeymoons. I hope to join in again next month. 

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What's Your Favorite Scripture?

1122915_pray Dear friends, Lynn and I need your help! We want to put a chapter in this book that has all these wonderful Scriptures that we can pray for our unbelieving spouses, like a heavenly resource. Can you help us?

Would you tell us what Scripture you pray for your spouse? Do you put their name in as you pray? Here's an example of one I use frequently, and not just for my hubby:

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you, NAME, with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, NAME, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you, NAME, may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.— Ephesians 3:14-19

I love praying this verse out loud and speaking my loved one's name right into it. Is there a verse or a piece of Scripture you pray for your lost loved ones? What does it meant to you personally to do this?

We'd love to have these contributions from our readers to encourage those who read it. Your heart speaking to theirs! Now that's 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 in its purist form, don't you think?

Thank you so much for your help. We couldn't do it without you! :-)

Praying and believing,
Dineen


Unanswered Prayers...Seeking God

ColorfulEye Here we are, our last week of January (can you believe it?) and the end of our unanswered prayer series. My deepest prayer is that Lynn and I have been able to encourage you. Without our hope in Christ, well, it’s pretty hard to keep going. We run out of juice. Thank goodness Jesus doesn’t!

So, let’s talk some more about those unanswered prayers. In Part One, we talked about believing and trusting that God hears our prayers and considered what other reasons there may be for our answers to be delayed or different than what we expected.

Lynn wrote an awesome post about Dreaming Big with God, how sometimes God has something bigger in mind than what we're praying for.

Last week, we changed the label of unanswered prayers to Prayers in Waiting, another step in pushing our faith beyond ourselves and trusting God more. And Lynn shared how It's NOT about us.

Are you ready for more? I hope you said yes.

One of the questions left on the Facebook site was about praying effectively. That’s a great question. But first I want to ask you, what does that mean to you? What tells or shows us we’re praying effectively?

Visible results?

Our prayers quickly answered?

Which then leads me to ask, can we pray ineffectively?

If we go back to Hebrew 11:1, we’re told faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This all has to do with our faith in God, his Son Jesus, and his Holy Spirit. We believe God exists, we believe his Son Jesus died for our sins and was resurrected, and we believe that upon accepting Christ and his resurrection, the Holy Spirit takes residence in us. We are sealed, belonging to God and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).

This is the beginning of faith, the core of who we are as Christians. From here we learn to understand the daily pursuit of God and learning his will for our lives. And we do that by spending time with God, learning his ways and how we can join him in what he’s doing around us, in our own lives and the lives of those we love. We are all so interconnected that to not do this means we can wind up praying outside of God’s will. Then, yes, we wind up praying ineffectively.

I can only go back to what my family and I have experienced the last several months and hope I don’t sound like a broken record.

A year after my daughter’s brain surgery, I expected to be rejoicing on that one year mark when the MRI came back yet again clear. No sign of the tumor returning and everything looked pretty much normal. Yet her condition was worse than ever with bad headaches and missing so much school we wondered if she’d make it to the next grade. I prayed constantly for God to heal her, to take the headaches away, to make her want to go to school every day.

Basically, I was praying for God to fix it. But like Lynn so aptly said in her post, it’s not about us. It wasn’t about me. It was about my daughter’s journey and what God is trying to teach her.

I’ll be honest, my heart railed against this, to see my daughter still struggling so much, and nothing seemed to change. Why didn’t God hear my prayers?

The thing is, he did. And I know his heart ached as much as mine. That he matched me tear for tear. But he KNEW what my daughter needed more than a simple fix-it solution. He wasn’t just interested in her immediate comfort. He’s also interested in her future, one he designed specifically for her. One he’s building her character and equipping her for.

And I’m on the sidelines watching. You know that place. It’s a difficult one to be in. But necessary. God showed me (slowly because I’m a stubborn mama sometimes) that my prayers needed to change. That I needed to let go of what I wanted for my daughter, let go of my will, and consider the bigger picture. I was praying for what would make our lives easier. Hers. Mine.

My prayers began to change from fixing to equipping. To praying for guidance on how to best help my daughter learn what God was trying to teach her (Lord, equip me…). To prayers for her to make good choices. To praying Scriptures God lead me to pray for her.

This wasn’t an easy road...isn’t an easy road. It means doing the hard stuff and sacrificing what I want to achieve a greater goal. One that I catch a glimpse of and know in my gut what it all potentially could mean to my daughter…and to my unbelieving hubby. And I’m sure I won’t fully understand it all until I’m with Jesus and can ask him to show me what I didn’t see.

I can’t tell you a method or pattern for praying effectively. I can only tell you that when we pray in God’s will, when we can go before God and release what we want and desire only what God wants—desire only Him—that’s when things happen. And so often, we have to reach the end of ourselves to get there. And trust God with the outcome. Mix this with praying his Word out loud and worship, big things will change in YOU.

Our week of fasting and praying was one of the most difficult things I’ve done. I had to let go of everything I’d held onto. Actually, I had nothing left to hold on to at that point. I’d tried everything and nothing had worked. I released myself and my daughter to God completely, ready to do whatever God said had to be done.

I won’t go into all the details, but some pretty big stuff happened. Tears return even as I write this and remember what God has done. I did what God asked. Even when I wanted to doubt, I still proclaimed the truth. He didn’t expect perfection from me, just the first steps. He helped me take the rest with the gift of proof. My daughter is healed. I could write a book on how these events played out, how the MRI even amazed her doctors. It’s all there. Or should I say, not there. The biggest proof though is in how she’s changed—a change that came after she made the decision to seek God herself.

Sometimes I think praying effectively has more to do with what we don’t do, and more to do with how we trust God. Or choose to trust him. When your prayers seem unanswered, it’s time to step back and take another look. Maybe even ask some hard questions like, am I praying this more for my own selfish needs (like I was with my daughter because I wanted my life to be easier) than for the other person? What does God really want in this situation?

Do I want what I’m praying for (even if it’s your spouse’s salvation) more than I want God?

When we earnestly seek God, he says that’s when we’ll find him (Deut. 4:29, Matt. 6:33, Heb. 11:6). That I can tell you is the gospel truth.

Praying and believing,
Dineen

(Go to BibleGateway.com and read 119 Scripture references to the word “seek.”)

Weekend Devo — God's Word Speaks

Bible Yesterday morning, my devotional had me in Lamentations. The words spoke so deeply to my heart and became a prayer that I'd like to share with you. :-)

Lamentations 3:22-26

Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lord, we love, love, LOVE that each day is a new chance to love You more and better. That with each new day we get to do things a little better than the day before. And whether we succeed or not, you still love us and have compassion for us. CompassionS! You are the rock of our lives. The foundation of our hearts. You bless us with your presence and give us such comfort and peace. We love you, Lord!

I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will hope in him."

Oh, Lord, thank you! Thank you for being all we need. The one thing that truly satisfies the deep need in our souls. We hope in you, Lord, and we know you will never let us down.

It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Lord, we wait quietly and hope in You for our spouses' salvation. We know this is what You desire. Your compassion never ends! We proclaim your salvation for our unbelieving loved ones. In Jesus' Name, amen!

Praying and believing,
Dineen

(On a side note, please consider Lamentations 3:33 in your prayers for the people of Haiti.)


All You Need To Do Is Ask

We have not because we ask not. 

How many times have we needed God but have been too stubborn to open our mouths and just say so? How many crazy situations have we found ourselves in, only to discover that if we had just spoken up and been honest about our need of help or support or comfort or whatever-it-is-you-needed-at-the-time, we wouldn't have been left to muddle our way through it? 

I know. Too many times to count, right? 

My man... He is so amazing. But his pride. Man. His pride stands in the way of so many things. The most intimate needs of his heart - the ones I know he wants me to meet - I can't meet them yet. Because he hasn't invited me to... 

As I sat and prayed over him and us this morning, I found myself saying, "Lord, there is so much more of me I want to give to him, so much more I want him to experience with me, but I can't give it to him until he desires it. I can't give it until he WANTS it. If he would just let me in, he'd find so much more than just what he assumes it to be... He has not because he asks not." 

And then it hit me like a ton of bricks. We don't have more from God in the way of intimate relationship because we don't invite Him into our lives in that way. We don't experience Him as fully as we can, just because we won't be humble enough to ask... And as I sat and thought about that revelation, the Holy Spirit spoke this clearly to my heart: “Learn to be honest about your need of Me. Do not allow pride to reign and keep you from true intimacy with Me." 

Start this day by admitting your need to intimately know God. Just ask. 

Now, on to the daily focus. First pray over the men in your life; husbands, sons, fathers, brothers, co-workers, whoever. If they are male and they are part of your life, pray over them. Allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with the right words and simply call them by name and however He leads. 

The second is this: Remember that verse you asked God for yesterday for your spouse? Ask Him for another one and do the same thing. Make it a prayer. And then pray both verses over them. Also, as you pray over your spouse, ask God to give you a word for THEM for the year. Write it down and allow the Father to speak to your heart what the word means in His eyes for your spouse; then take some time to pray over them based on that word. Ask for supernatural insight regarding your spouse. Ask Him to show you how to intercede for them today. 

Lord we need You. We come before you right now asking You to speak to us. Share Your secrets. We are hungry to know You better. Clear all the outside noise Father so that we might enter into the holy of holies. We want to honor You. Not our wills, but Your will. Not our words, but Your word. Not our thoughts, but Your thoughts. And not our ways, but Your ways. We trust You and we love You. In Jesus' life-changing name. Amen. 

I'll be back! 

Ro


Anchored ~ What a Visual!

Why do we need the Word of God buried deep in our memory and in our heart?


37190X: The Final Quest

The Final Quest
By Rick Joyner

I just started reading The Final Quest by Rick Joyner. I actually read it once a couple years ago but it is one of those books you just find yourself picking up every couple years.

The book is a vision that Rick was given and in the beginning he is describing two armies that he is seeing that are about to begin battle. One is the army of the Accuser of the Brethren. The other is the army of the Lord. As he is describing these armies the battle begins and a messenger tells the army of the Lord to fight from a mountain that is behind them. This mountain has many ledges that the Christians can stand on while fighting the enemy. Each ledge represented a biblical truth.

He also describes the armor of the army of the Lord (based on Ephesians 6:10-18), specifically the shields (faith) and the size of these for various warriors as well as the Swords which are the Word of God.

One thing struck me was as he began talking about advancing to different ledges on the mountain. I know the sword is the Word of God and we are to use it to fight the enemy and his attacks. But as he came to higher ledges on the mountain, they became narrower and more slippery. Also, the enemy was down below him quite a ways and they were fighting by shooting arrows of Truth into the enemy. He says many around him began to set aside their swords (which were growing larger with each ledge) thinking there was no use for them.

Here is a quote: "Our swords grew after we reached each level, but I almost left mine behind because I did not seem to need it at the higher levels. I almost casually decided to keep it, thinking that it must have been given to me for a reason. Then, because the ledge I was standing on was so narrow, and becoming so slippery, I drove the sword into the ground and tied myself to it while I shot at the enemy. The voice of the Lord then came to me, saying: "You have used the wisdom that will enable you to keep climbing. Many have fallen because they did not use their sword properly to anchor themselves."

As I read this it struck me - not only is the Word of God a weapon to be used to fight the lies and deceit of the enemy, it is also our anchor which keeps ups from becoming full of pride and self-righteousness which will lead to our falling from whatever "ledge" we have obtained.

I really believe God is preparing us mightily and this is just one more step in his plan. He is grounding us each in His Word so that we may be humble and used by Him.  

Angela Smith


We Sabotage Our Prayers

We sabotage our own prayers!

This is a strong statement but I am convinced we inhibit God’s work in our lives because of our own ignorance or idiocy.

Why?

I am so glad you asked.

Let’s think about words. The spoken word. Words we say in idle conversation or even mumbling to ourselves.

We will often pray, “O Lord, please heal me. Help me to feel better today…..” There are millions of prayers such as this. But what happens after we pray? We walk away and start mumbling to ourselves, “I just feel terrible today. I am never going to feel better. I just want to go back to bed.” We even mumble this minutes after we just asked the Lord to heal us.

Why do the words we speak matter so much? Let’s take a look at how important the spoken word is to God.

Matthew 12:36 (NIV) But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.

Did you know this passage was in the New Testament? We will be held accountable for every word we utter. Quite humbling.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

In the beginning was the WORD. Word, not matter, not people…. In the beginning was the WORD.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Did you know that in each consecutive paragraph of Genesis, chapter one begins with: And God said.

And God said, "Let there be light,"

And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water."

And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear."

God speaks....Things happen.

Our spoken words also have power. What we say into the spiritual realm is vastly important because God commands His angels concerning us.

Do you remember our friend Connie Haile? (click here to listen to her video post) She and I were discussing the teaching of last week on the passage, Psalm 91. Connie sent me an email regarding the importance of our words. I want to share with you her thoughts:

How exciting....nothing more powerful than praying the word of God. He said that His word would not return void. His word is mightier than a two edged sword. He said that He would hasten to perform his word on your behalf. His word is yes and amen. Then he says my people perish for their lack of knowledge.

It always makes my heart sad when I hear people talk and they say such stupid things and then blame God because they prayed but nothing happened. It is because they plucked up what they prayed by the words of their mouth.

Life and death are in the power of the tongue!

To see things change we must keep God's word working in our lives by speaking it out so the devil can hear it. He hates it when we speak the Word with confidence knowing that it is going accomplish what He has sent his word out to do.

I am sure you have read Psalm 119 but read it again and again. It just talks over and over about the power of God's word. (Click here for Psalm 119)

You are such a blessing. Have a wonderful week. God's word is working mightily for you!!! Love you, Connie

If you mine for the nuggets in this email, you will discover it is rich with words from scripture. Do you remember that Connie is healed and whole from terminal cancer because she believes in the Word of God, she speaks the Word of God constantly and with confidence and she will not enable the enemy to sabotage her prayer life.

Take this post in. Wrestle with it. Ask God about the truth of it. Discover just how much God has to say about our spoken words. Then share with me what He is confirming in you. I can’t wait to read your comments and words. I plan to sit at my computer in the hours ahead and read your comments out loud. So leave a prayer, leave your thoughts and let’s take God at His Word and watch as we overcome our struggles.

This next week get out a new 3x5 card and write verses 4-6 from Psalm 91. Commit this portion to memory. Also one of the gals from our 1Peter3Living Group found this awesome online memory verse site which helps you to memorize verses. Memverse.com. Thanks Tina! This may be an effective tool for you.

God's Word is our anchor in this crazy world. Bury it deeply in your heart so it is there when you need it.

Be Blessed, Lynn


Digging for God

19 The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 20 "This is what the LORD says: 'If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, 21 then my covenant with David my servant—and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me—can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne. — Jeremiah 33:19-21

Jeremiah 33 is a promise of God’s restoration to the Israelites. God constantly presented his people with the way to return to his favor and avoid wrath, yet the Israelites insisted on going their own way. Even with Jeremiah’s voice as a constant reminder of the peril they would face.

But there’s a rich jewel in this passage. And you know how I love digging up those nuggets. Despite the impending destruction to Judah and Israel for their disobedience, God makes this promise in verses six and seven:
“Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before.”
I can picture God as the true Father, doling out the consequences of his children’s actions, then reassuring them of his continued love. It’s easy at first glance to view God has harsh and judgmental in his actions, yet digging deeper reveals his true love for his people as he disciplined them. After all, God knew what was at stake to put his Son in the position of the ultimate sacrifice for his children. And his children had a key role to play.

I think of the times I’ve given in to my children when I shouldn’t have, just because I wanted peace. Then only to realize I’d set myself up for bigger battles down the road. God is a true parent who stands by what he knows is best for not only us but the for the generations to come as well. So along with God’s discipline and judgment, we catch a glimpse of his great love for his people.

But there’s even more—that jewel I told you about. If you look at Jeremiah 33:20-21, God speaks of his covenant with the day and with the night. Two basic elements he put in place during the creation of this world. They are unbreakable. Then God uses these two unbreakable covenants in a kind of ironic use to show the lengths He will go to keep his covenant with Israel. God is basically saying to his people that if they could find a way to stop day and night, then and only then would he stop loving Israel.

I don’t know about you, but that was truly a wow moment for me. I’ve read Jeremiah many times, yet missed this amazingly powerful example of God’s faithfulness. The Bible is full of his promises and covenants, and they still apply to us, the children he had in mind when he spoke these words to Jeremiah and had the path to the cross already laid out for his Son.

What’s our job? To claim them. Read the Bible, dig out those nuggets, memorize those promises and speak them as truth into our own lives. God has put everything we need into his Word. Along with himself. We just have to mine the treasures held within those parchment pages and claim them as our own.

When we dig for those priceless nuggets, we find God—the greatest treasure of all.

Praying and believing,
Dineen

I Told You I was Fired Up!

If you talked to me face-to-face this week or over the phone or even via email, it was likely I was so hyper about Psalm 91 that I spoke it all over you. I spoke it to Dineen and Noreen, Lauralyn and Pam, Jolene and Rosheeda. Heidi, Eric and at least twenty-one other women in my Bible study groups. If I haven’t spoken it over you yet, just give me time. *grin*

I am psyched about God’s word.

I have always been infatuated, intrigued, inspired, and improved through the Holy Word of God, however, recently I am understanding, a fresh, just how powerful God’s Word is in our everyday living. I am also finding that many believers don’t fully comprehend the power of our words and the power of God’s words.

Well our time of ignorance is drawing to a close. As of today, satan, is put on notice. We are men and women who are marching for the Kingdom with God’s words going out before us. We will not be thwarted, nor defeated. As of this moment we are kickin’ butt and taking names…

I told you I was wound up!!!!!

I posted the photo below here at SUM on May 16, 2008. Hanging these scriptures in my home several years ago would be an invitation to an argument. But over time God soften my husband and today I look above my sink and know this passage is one to shout to the world. Literally.

Psalm 91 numbers 624


I hope you had an opportunity to hear Connie from Friday’s post. She told us how powerful God’s Word is and the victories which avail in our lives. If you didn’t hear Connie, scroll down and listen. Also, Connie left a powerful comment following that post. Take time to read it and then come back.

Now let’s look at these few verses from

Psalm 91.

9 If you make the Most High your dwelling— even the LORD, who is my refuge-

10 then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

Now I have a serious question for you. Do you really believe these words? Do you believe that no harm will befall you? No disaster will strike your home. Do you believe with all of your being, God commands angels to stand guard around your home, your car, office, and your children?

Why then does disaster strike? These are the questions believers sometimes ponder in the moments of doubt or in the midst of struggles. We are going to answer these questions to your complete satisfaction and triumph in the weeks ahead.

  • We will look at “Words.”
  • We are going to find the scriptures verses which instruct us with regard to words.
  • We will find out why our spoken words matter very much.
  • We will uncover how to have the power of Psalm 91 and all scripture living and active in our life.
  • We will be able to read Psalm 91 and know we have these promises with absolute surety.
  • We will take on the purpose of struggle/correction.
  • We will KNOW how to pray with power and conviction.
  • Our prayer life will never be the same.

Let’s begin: The key to Psalm 91 is in verse one.

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Connie pointed this out on Friday. We must abide. Dwell. Live. Inhabit. Stay. Without movement or influence from the world. We need to dwell with the Lord 24/7. If you participated in the Mind of Christ Experiment last month then you are well on your way. Dwelling with God is simply Christ on the throne of your life. Always. Period. The End.

Living in such intimate and moment-by-moment relationship is the fulfillment of verse one. If you are living verse one you are inline for the promises.

  • Rest
  • Refuge
  • Rescue from deadly pestilence. This is a literal promise. Look at Connie’s life.
  • No fear from the terror in the night Angels will guard you
  • You won’t even stub your toe or bruise your heel
  • You will trample the serpent (satan)
  • God will answer your prayers
  • He will give you long life
  • He will honor you
  • He will satisfy you

Why do we let these promises slip through our fingers? Why do we pray and pray and pray and God doesn’t answer with these powerful pledges? I think I know the answer to this question. It’s what we do with our words after we pray. Hmmmmm, fascinating but absolutely true. Can’t wait to tell you more about it.

We are going to examine all of this and at the end you will be able to pray down heaven. The way God has always intended. God has work for us to do. The time is short and He is calling us to be ready for battle. He does not expect us to battle a losing effort but in victory. This is our time.

If you are reading this today, YOU have been called to such a time as this. No other generation has been witness to the changes in which we are bearing witness. Marriage redefined, ramped pornography, violence, murder, greed flows ramped. But, behold Greater is He that is in me (and you) than he that is in the world. Praise Jesus.

Begin today. Go to Biblegateway.com (click here) and print out Psalm 91. Write out the first three verses on a 3x5 card and begin to memorize the first three verses. Take this card with you in your wallet, purse, brief case, laptop case, whatever. Just take it. Read it often and commit it to memory.

God’s Word stored in our memory are the bullets in the gun against the enemy. Scroll down and read the post from Tuesday about going into battle with an empty gun. Are you ready to have victory? Do you want to see God alive and active in your life? Well, here we go.

An awesome expedition awaits.

I love you. Thank you for staying with me through this long post. Our world is about to be ROCKED and it is a good thing. A very good thing. Be blessed, Lynn