27 posts categorized "The Intentional Marriage"

Men stuff ... Part 1

Image courtesy of franky242 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net For a while now some of us have thought it might be useful to have a chat about blokes and some things that perhaps are not well understood or create confusion. As you can see I’ve added a “Part 1” to this post hoping that this may be the first in a series of occasional posts and not necessarily all written by me. I hope this first post may perhaps create some conversation. I’d prefer to respond to specific questions that may be on a few of our minds rather than run off on a tangent that may not be very relevant. So this post will be a little general in nature to get us started. Perhaps to start let me introduce myself for some of you who may be newish to SUM and don’t really know me so that you have a good... Read more →

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How Do We Reconnect?

Staying connected with your spouse can be a challenge. I'm finding this to be harder to do as we get older. I shared recently that we'd become empty nesters, but our status is now back to three. Here we are again, adjusting to new and old dynamics. Here I thought my greatest challenge would be keeping myself from falling into old patterns so that the new ones my husband and I had created would remain established. I didn't stop and think what his reaction might be—that he might be the one to fall back into old patterns. So, I'm facing the challenge of reconnecting with my hubby. Inertia I find inertia to be one of my greatest enemies in life. I know, I know. We're human and we like our comfortable areas. But that doesn't serve me well. The "easy" thing to do right now would be to just let... Read more →

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Out-Love Your Spouse

Are you ready to be intentional about changing your marriage? Do you want to see God moving in your life, your heart, and that of your husband? I know you do and so do I. So let me share this. You do your part and God will do His part. We are setting out this month to "Out-Love" our spouse. We are going to love, serve and surprise our husband/wife. We are going to discover that when we are intentional and make an effort to change, really change, through the power of Christ, our lives, our hearts and that of our spouse can truly change as well. I want to introduce you to my friend Shelly Weaver. I met Shelly when I visited her small group this summer. The Warrior Wives (her group) had just finished the study of Winning Him Without Words and I was invited to wrap up... Read more →

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"Out-Love" Your Spouse/ Husband

My Friends, As I write this today (Thursday), it's actually Rosh Hashanah, the marking of the first day of the New Year on the Jewish Calender. It strikes me as it's interesting that we are embarking on a potentially life-changing journey today. It's been a long time since we have worked through a series and also a challenge here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. This October, could be the beginning of a profound and deepening relationship with our Jesus and also, do I dare say, a paradigm shift in our marriage. It's timing as it relates to God's marking of time, a new year, is perfect. So, what is this adventure you ask? It's the revealing of a new look on love. A way to view married love from the eyes of the eternal. And yet to bring it to life in our everyday living here on earth. It's about change.... Read more →

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When Should I Speak Out About My Faith?

Ahem, well, some of you know that through a series of circumstances, distraction and stupid moves, *blush,* I blew away all the files on my laptop hard drive two weeks ago. Grrrrrr. The video file of the September broadcast of The Intentional Marriage, with both Dineen and me, was a casualty. Double grrrrrrr. With that said, I still think the question we addressed is a common issue in an unequally yoked marriage. Today I’m going to share with you my thoughts. Here is the question from Sue Tipler. She posted this question on August 2nd on our Facebook Page. If you aren’t part of this fantastic support community, you are missing out. The conversation is more casual and personal. Post a question, add content you think would encourage others and become friends with others on this path of the “uniquely yoked" marriage. Join us at Spiritually Unequal Marriage –Facebook. Sue... Read more →

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The Intentional Marriage ~ August 2011

Join Dineen and I for this months broadcast of the Intentional Marriage. This is a shorter program today. We answer a question from one of our guy readers. Also, we talk about a powerful scripture. What words of wisdom or thoughts would you share with John and what scriptures speak to you? Be blessed, Lynn And now... The Intentional Marriage. Read more →

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The Intentional Marriage ~ June 2011

It's the second Friday of June and welcome to our show, The Intentional Marriage. Once again Dineen and I are together and we are answering your questions. *Raising Kid's Christian *Children and church attendance *The changes that come with an empty nest when you are spiritually mismatched Please spend a few minutes with us and then add your thoughts in the comments. We are especially wanting your suggestions on how you navigated these GIANT issues with the grace of Christ and with love for your spouse. Thank you now join the show. Hugs, Lynn The Intentional Marriage ~ June 2011 from Lynn Donovan on Vimeo. Read more →

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The Intentional Marriage

Good Day Everyone: It's the second Friday of May and welcome to our newest show, The Intentional Marriage. Today Dineen and I are together and we are fielding questions. *Holding out hope for our Spouse's Salvation *Kid's and respect for their unbelieving Dad *Handling media choices in a spiritually mismatched home Please spend a few minutes with us and then add your thoughts in the comments. We are especially wanting your suggestions on how you navigated these GIANT issues with the grace of Christ and with love for your spouse. Thank you now join the show. Hugs, Lynn The Intentional Marriage May 2011 from Lynn Donovan on Vimeo. Read more →

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Hey, Help Us Out

Hi Everyone, My friends I hope you can help me out with two things. 1) Next week Dineen and her daughter will be visiting the Donovan Clan home once more. Lord have mercy on poor Dineen. She has to put up with my zaniness. Anyhoo, we will be taping our show, The Intentional Marriage, while she is here. We LOVE to answer questions from all of you. So, please today, ask us anything. Write your questions in the comments and we will answer them next Friday on our show. The last time we did this you all provided some fantastic questions. I'm wondering if you have questions about raising children, how to defend your faith, how you deal with other Christians who are well meaning yet don't understand what you are really dealing with. Okay, now it's your turn. Ask away and make them hard. *grin* 2) Dineen and I... Read more →

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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. Read more →

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Be Intentional and SO Much More

Tune in for our LIVE streaming television show, The Intentional Marriage. This morning 11:30 ET/ 8:30 PT. Dineen has a great message for us. Click here to see the screen. Today, I'm feeling compelled to say TWO words to our community... Just pray. Why is it that so many of us turn to prayer as our last resort. We have run out of every option. Tried to fix our spouse. Tried everything under the sun to change our circumstances. So, finally, well, we think to ourselves, "I guess I should pray about it." The power of God isn't a mystery. Discovering a life filled with happiness and fulfillment isn't a secret for only a select few. No, it's for all God's children. And I promise He really, really wants us to live in joy. It starts with praying. Everything that God brought into my life that is good, pleasing and... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - No Weapon

Thankful Thursday is at Laurie's of Women Taking A Stand and then over to Grace Alone for March and back here in April. After spending a week in bed with the worst cold ever, I'm starting to feel like a human again. The enemy tossed every obstacle possible at me two weeks prior to our book launch but I would have none of it. I told the devil yesterday that in the name of Jesus, I would make it to Bible study today. And I did. I am behind schedule and set back but not defeated. I serve the Lord Almighty and the devil is hereby put on notice. No weapon formed against me will prosper. Is 54:17 So, my challenge to everyone on this Thankful Thursday is to speak these words of power into your life. Put the enemy on notice that your home and everyone in it belongs... Read more →

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Weekend Devotion at The Intentional Marriage.

Okay, Stickam may have a commercial before our video. Bummer. We are working diligently to have it removed. We sure would love to hear from you. Share with us your thoughts and suggestions in the comments. Hugs, Lynn and Dineen Read more →

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Lynn and Dineen LIVE

This morning Dineen and I will be together LIVE on, The Intentional Marriage, online streaming television. We would be thrilled if you have 30 minutes to sit with us in the kitchen, have a cup of coffee and talk about Jesus. We will give you some updates about things that are happening around here. We will answer some of your questions. And the questions you have given us already are really, really good. And we have a message from a familiar passage that I think you will read today with a newness that leaves you with a WILD HOPE.. for you, your marriage, your family. Join us at 11:30 a. m. Eastern / 8:30 a.m. Pacific. Click on the link in our sidebar: The Intentional Marriage. If you have questions: click over to our Facebook Page and leave your question on our wall. Can't wait to see you. Hugs, Lynn... Read more →

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Freaking Out.... and a few other details

Well quite a few things have happened around the Donovan house over the past several weeks. And I have gathered a few stories up to share with all of you. I have felt the spirit moving around me and wow does the Lord have some big plans for our family here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. Today I want to confess something. I have some anxiety. Actually I’m FREAKING OUT! It’s unusual for me to get this pent up feeling of fretfulness for a prolonged period of time. But, I have felt it building until just a few days ago. My anxiety stems from the fact that our book will release in six weeks. SIX weeks. I’m freaking again. Thoughts in my head roll around something like this: Will people like it? Will it help people in their marriages? Will my husband be mad over some of the content? (I have... Read more →

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In Case You Missed It...

Hi Everyone! In case you missed the Christmas edition of The Intentional Marriage, here's the recording. I loved sharing the story about my girls when they were little and how they showed me they really did understand Jesus was the heart of it all. I also shared some cute ideas for activities for your little ones (and older ones) to help focus on Jesus, the meaning of Christmas and to bring that home in the hearts of our kids. I pray they inspire and encourage you. And we want to hear your stories! Share your traditions with us! Don't forget about the meme too. Share your tidbits of wisdom on yesterday's post and you'll be entered in the drawing for those two beautiful journals. Merry Christmas! We love you! Dineen Read more →

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The Intentional Marriage—Santa Claus, Jesus and Kids

Today I will share a cute little story with you about my daughters when they were itty bitty, just around 3 and 7. I (Dineen) hope you'll tune in to our Christmas edition of The Intentional Marriage broadcast over at CWATV.com for some great ideas to keep Jesus alive all year long in our children's minds and hearts, and I have two special gifts for two special commenters. Find us at Christian Women Affiliate at: The Intentional Marriage - You can view the show from this page. Eastern Daylight Time 11:30 a.m. Central Daylight Time 10:30 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time 9:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time 8:30 a.m. GMT for all of you outside of the US 15:30 (and, thanks for joining us at odd hours.) And don't forget our meme! We're still planning to gather your stories and put them in a book, so be sure to share and link... Read more →

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A Tablecloth of Thanks

If you missed our broadcast and it's likely you did... technical difficulties. I recorded a shortened version. See it below. Leave me a comment and let me know if your family will start your own tablecloth. Read more →

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The Intentional Marriage - A Tablecloth of Thanks

Welcome to our Monthly Broadcast, The Intentional Marriage. Friday, November 12th 11:30 a.m. Eastern 10:30a.m. Central, 9:30 Mountain, and 8:30 Pacific. Please tune in and join me as I’m going to share one of my most precious holiday traditions. A Tablecloth of Thanks It’s never too late to start a new tradition in your home, especially one which brings honor to the Lord. I have a story to share and some photos. I also want to give you a chance to share some of your holiday traditions or giggles. Join our meme today and share a Thanksgiving holiday tradition from your home or share a funny holiday hiccup. I will share with you that 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... Read more →

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The Intentional Marriage—Our Next Broadcast!

Today our second broadcast of The Intentional Marriage airs over at CWATV.com. I (Dineen) hope you'll come and meet my guest, Mr. Wonderful. He has some things to say that will surely make you laugh, I can promise you that! And I'm going to tell you my sock story, so I hope you'll "tune" in. Find us at Christian Women Affiliate at: The Intentional Marriage - You can view the show from this page. Eastern Daylight Time 11:30 a.m. Central Daylight Time 10:30 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time 9:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time 8:30 a.m. GMT for all of you outside of the US 15:30 (and, thanks for joining us at odd hours.) And don't forget our meme! We're still planning to gather your stories and put them in a book, so be sure to share and link up below. The Meme: Think of one habit or quirk that is uniquely... Read more →

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Can You Repeat That Please?

Get Ready for Our Next Meme and TV Show! Last month we launched our first edition of The Intentional Marriage on CWATV.com. Along with that, we did a marriage meme about words from your present self to your past self. This will be part of a book we’re planning to put together with all your wonderful stories! Something you can treasure and pass on to your daughters and granddaughters! Next Friday October 8th, the next edition of The Intentional Marriage will air at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time (10:30 a.m. Central, 8:30 a.m. Pacific). I will be hosting the show this time along with a guest, Mr. Wonderful. Who is Mr. Wonderful? Weeeell, you’ll have to tune in and find out! I promise you, we are going to have some fun on this one. We will talk about those starry-eyed expectations we entered into our marriages with and what we thought... Read more →

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Get Ready for Our Next Meme and TV Show!

Last month we launched our first edition of The Intentional Marriage on CWATV.com. Along with that, we did a marriage meme about words from your present self to your past self. This will be part of a book we’re planning to put together with all your wonderful stories! Something you can treasure and pass on to your daughters and granddaughters! Next Friday October 8th, the next edition of The Intentional Marriage will air at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time (10:30 a.m. Central, 8:30 a.m. Pacific). I will be hosting the show this time along with a guest, Mr. Wonderful. Who is Mr. Wonderful? Weeeell, you’ll have to tune in and find out! I promise you, we are going to have some fun on this one. We will talk about those starry-eyed expectations we entered into our marriages with and what we thought our husbands should be like way back then. Next... Read more →

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Weekend Devo — This, that, and a Video!

Video of yesterday's The Intentional Marriage CWA TV Show: http://cwatv.com/shows/the-intentional-marriage/ Read more →

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Welcome To The Intentional Marriage

They say.... Love is blind. But, marriage is a real eye-opener! *grin* Well that is true. However, isn't that what God's ideal of marriage is all about? Walk with us as we explore the mystery and brilliance of marriage under the sovereign hand of God. Today on our first broadcast, The Intentional Marriage, we will chat about the mysteries of how God works through our married life to bring about His plans for us. It is the highest calling on a life and the Lord's most favored tool to teach us how to overcome, to discover joy, live in peace, figure out our struggles and to live in authentic relationship. Find us at Christian Women Affiliate at: The Intentional Marriage - You can view the show from this page. Eastern Daylight Time 11:30 a.m. Central Daylight Time 10:30 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time 9:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time 8:30 a.m. GMT... Read more →

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Thankful Thursday - A New Adventure

Let us give thanks. It is Thankful Thursday. This month, September, we will share our thanks with Iris of Grace Alone. Next month, October, I can't believe I'm talking October, we will be back here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage and then in November we will all meet up with Laurie of Women Taking A Stand. All of us are off for another adventure. Tomorrow our online broadcast, The Intentional Marriage, debuts. Please, please join us. It won't be a long broadcast but we are praying the Lord brings forth His powerful words for our marriage. We have an "intentional" step for you to take in your marriage. We are giving away five copies of The Dream Giver, by Bruce Wilkinson. And, we are inviting you to be published in a new book specifically to be written by this amazing community of online believers. Wow, a ton of stuff. But, it's... Read more →

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