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Sunday Smiles

At Spiritually Unequal Marriage we explore many difficult and serious topics. We can feel overwhelmed with the seriousness of life because our struggles are sometimes enormous. Because of this fact, I want to share the joy of the Lord with you as well.

Enjoy and have a blessed Sunday!


Yesterday I received this picture via e-mail. This poor cat is determined not to have a bath. She is desperately clutching the faucet for dear life even though a bath would make her smell and feel better.

I had to chuckle and consider myself not all that different. I have held tight to things Jesus has told me to let go. I refused to listen because I was afraid of the deep water. I was afraid to trust.

Oh, but when I finally stepped in with Jesus at my side, the water wasn’t all that bad. I emerged with Jesus toweling my hair. I am a better person for the experience I mean the bath. Bet you have been there too!

Have a great Sunday. See you here on Monday for my next post on Spiritual Warfare.

Be Blessed, Lynn

Thankful Thursday - A Thankful Heart Builds Strength

Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
I am convinced this weekly ministry of thanks ROCKS the heavenly realms. God our Father is honored each week when His children pause to worship Him through thanksgiving.

It has been a profound privilege to visit each of you week after week to read your honest and heartfelt thanks. Many of you find yourselves dealing with what appears to be insurmountable odds, yet your faith shines through in your thankfulness. Many are in a peaceful place in your walk, yet you have found it even more important to praise God while you rest there.

I am deeply grateful all of us share this journey of praise.

Thank you Iris, at Sting My Heart, for allowing me to host Thankful Thursday during your vacation. We miss you and will see you next week for another Thankful Thursday.

Please link up and leave me a comment. Visit a few of the participants today and make a new friend.

I plan to visit each of you within the next few days. Have a blessed Thursday. Thanks for stopping in. Lynn

So Be It

PraiseI stood in a circle of anticipation. All week long I’d secretly hoped to hear another word from God. I’d asked him to speak to me, if that was his will. Now the last day of the Christian writer’s conference I’d attended all week had come, and my anticipation had peeked to bursting.

Would God speak to me again as he had last time?

Scroll back one year. Same day. Same conference. Same song.

Your name is a strong and mighty tower.
Your name is a shelter like no other.
Your name, let the nations sing it louder.
‘Cuz nothing has the power to save.
Like your name.

God spoke to me last year during this song, saying it was “time to prepare.” He told me to pray more and claim the name of Jesus for my husband. The final year in a prophecy He’d given me six years ago was about to start.

The final year culminating in my husband’s salvation.

So there I stood again this past Sunday, singing the same song, six months into that final year. Would God have something new to tell me? Had I been obedient, done enough, prayed enough so far? I would accept silence, knowing He remained faithful, and that I would do the same.

Soft and quiet, I sensed his words. My singing faltered as we repeated the chorus. Three words. So much power.

So be it.

No more. No less. My spirit quickened, and I knew. God had spoken into existence—just as He had creation—the beginning of my husband’s transformation. Awe filled me in that precious moment and still remains.

My time of waiting continues and I praise this awesome and faithful God who deemed my heart’s request worthy of his voice. The day is coming. God has said so.

So be it.

Praying and BELIEVING,

Sunday Smiles

At Spiritually Unequal Marriage we explore many difficult and serious topics. We can feel overwhelmed with the seriousness of life because our struggles are sometimes enormous. Because of this fact, I want to share the joy of the Lord with you as well.

Enjoy and have a blessed Sunday, Lynn

All I Really Need To Know I Learned from Noah and the Ark:

1. Don't miss the boat.
2. Try to remember that we're all in the same boat.
3. Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark, you know.
4. Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone might ask you to do something REALLY big.
5. Don't listen to critics, just get on with what has to be done.
6. Build your future on high ground.
7. For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
8. Two heads are better than one.
9. Speed isn't always an advantage; after all, the snails were on board with the cheetahs.
10. When you're stressed, try floating awhile.
11. Remember that the ark was built by amateurs; it was the Titanic that was built by professionals.
12. Remember that woodpeckers inside are a larger threat than storms outside.
13. No matter what the difficulty, trust in the Almighty: There'll be a rainbow at the end of the storm.

Spiritual Warfare- The Arrow's of Guilt and Shame

Ephesians 6:16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

The shield that Paul was referring to here was not the small, round shield we normally think of. He was referring to the shield that a Roman soldier carried. These shields were quite large (almost like a door) usually about two feet by four feet. By crouching behind it, the soldier could hide himself completely. The shield was made of wood that was covered with cloth and leather. Sometimes the soldier would dip it in water so that the fire-tipped arrows would be extinguished when they struck the shield. Paul used the image of this kind of shield to represent the believer's faith. Roman_shield

What is a this faith? It is a faith which can withstand the flaming arrows of the enemy.

Flaming arrows of guilt: This is the enemy’s favorite territory. Often I am hit while standing in the shower. An ugly and distant memory of a past shame will leap, front and center, into my mind. (Am I alone here? I think that is why I pray a lot in the shower. To keep my mind from risk.)

I can be utterly caught short-of-breath remembering some shameful event of my past. My thoughts run so fast that I am wounded before I realize what hit me.

What really makes me mad is knowing Satan did everything in his evil power to tempt me into sin. Then he returns to rub my nose in it. He continues to try to wound me even when I KNOW I have been forgiven.

Other powerful arrows in the enemy arsenal: the media (don’t even get me started on this one. We would be reading for weeks.) How about: discouragement, disillusionment, temper, or how about comparisons. This one can be deadly when used on women.

In the Apolstle Paul's day, fiery arrows of the enemy could burn a city down. Today they burn a family apart. A marriage goes up in flames.

When the arrows are launched, I don’t walk I RUN to take cover behind my shield. My shield is Jesus. He takes every arrow. He defends me. He sets me on the straight path. He reminds me He loves me. He tells me my sin is as far as the east is from the west. Read the Psalms. David has it figured out. Psalm 103:12.

When our marriages are under attack. When we receive a direct blow from the one person on this earth who knows where to hurt us. When we are over wrought with guilt, we must run, don’t walk to our prayer closet, and climb into the arms of Christ. Please read this post: When Your Spouse Ridicules Your Faith. This is my story of running into the arms of Christ.

Be encouraged. God chose us. God will redeem every arrow, every guilt, every hurt and sees every tear.

Psalm 56:8 (The Message) 8 You've kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, Each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book.

Be Blessed, Lynn

Also, this weekend we are praying for Annie. Say a word for her and her family. Read their story at Quantum Leap.

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday at Spiritually Unequal Marriage is an opportunity to give thanks to the King for our spouses.!

I never thought I would be thankful for my husband's stubborness. I am. I know it would be unlikely I would have a vibrant, thriving and love-filled relationship with Christ if my husband had become a believer early in our marriage. He is a holdout. But, I continue to pray out. God's Grace is new every moring. I am thankful.


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live under Livitical laws today in the year 2007? I have an interesting story to tell you. Join me at Christian Women Online for, The Rabbi and Me!

Be blessed, Lynn

For more Thankful Thursdays, visit Iris at Sting My Heart. Thank you Iris for this wonderful ministry of thanks.

Piece by Piece

823844_missing_beadUsually when I write a post, I find a picture after the fact to suit what I’ve written. But this time the picture came first. I love this image because it speaks of how we give away pieces of our heart, how we can walk around with gaps and holes (sometimes literally!) in our hearts, and how changing the state of our hearts can be.

On a daily basis, we give ourselves to our families, our friends, those we love. A bead here, a bead there. And most of the time (or just sometimes), those pieces are replaced by what we receive in return. A hug from a child when we least expect it. A bouquet of flowers scrunched in a grubby hand, presented proudly. A random comment from a friend, expressing gratitude. Words of appreciation from your spouse for all you do.

Beads of many colors.

Then come the holes. The times of loss, grief, disappointment. Each leaves a gap, a place to bleed. The structure of our heart loses its shape, looking more like a battlefield than a symbol of love. Weariness staggers our days and plagues our nights. We wonder when it will end. When will the holes be filled in, the beads we’ve given away returned? When will the healing begin and restore our hearts to its once full and plump shape?

Yet in the midst of all this change is one constant—God. Unlike our human hearts, his is constant, strong, and consistent. His heart won’t give out on us. He never runs out of beads. God gives his love to us in unending fashion and has the power to heal all those holes and gaps we’ve accumulated along the way. He’s the one we can totally rely upon when there’s no one else. And He doesn’t do it out of responsibility or to get something out of it. He does it selflessly, because He loves us unconditionally.

Looking to others for what we ultimately can only get from God is a recipe for disappointment. Especially for the unequally yoked. What our hearts long for most can’t be found in our unbelieving spouse. It’s not intentional, or intended to be spiteful. They simple can’t give what they don’t have. But God does, and He wants to be the one to restore our hearts to it’s once full shape. Only He can give us what we truly need. Only He can fill our hearts with the love we need to love our spouses as we wait and pray. And only God can put the kind of love in our hearts to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

All we have to do is ask. His supply of beeds is endless.

Praying and believing,

Sunday Smiles

At Spiritually Unequal Marriage we explore many difficult and serious topics. We can feel overwhelmed with the seriousness of life because our struggles are sometimes enormous. Because of this fact, I want to share the joy of the Lord with you as well.

Enjoy and have a blessed Sunday, Lynn

ACTUAL Announcements Taken from Church Bulletins:
1) Don't let worry kill you. Let the Church help.

2) Thursday night-Potluck Supper. Prayer and medication to follow.

3) Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.

4) For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

5) The rosebud on the altar this morning is to announce the birth of David Alan Belzer, the sin of Rev and Mrs. Julius Belzer.

6) This afternoon there will be a meeting in the south and north ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.

7) Tuesday at 4PM there will be an ice cream social. All ladies giving milk will please come early.

8) Wednesday, the Ladies Liturgy Society will meet. Mrs. Jones will sing "Put Me In My Little Bed" accompanied by the pastor.

9) Thursday at 5PM there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers Club. All wishing to become Little Mothers, please see the minister in his private study.

10) This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

11) The service will close with "Little Drops of Water". One of the ladies will start (quietly) and the rest of the congregation will join in.

12) Next Sunday, a special collection will be taken to defray the cost of the new carpet. All those wishing to do something on the new carpet will come forward and get a piece of paper.

Be Blessed and God bless every church secretary. Love ya!!! Lynn

Living Authentically -Spiritual Warfare

Ephesians 6:15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

Wow, I hope everyone had a chance to view the comments regarding our conversation on television viewing with our unbelieving spouses. Excellent! Wise words. I found e-Mom's comments delightful and true. She hints at the old adage, If mama ain't happy, nobody's happy.

Our attitudes do tend to set the tone in our homes. This is a big responsibility. Is it fair this burden rests on our shoulders? Perhaps it is. I believe God created us as, mothers and wives, to be the heart and pulse of the family.

Which leads me to today's scripture. Peace!

Why does Paul talk about shoes of peace?

The Roman soldier wore a very distinctive shoe in battle:Roman20shoe
a. It had thick leather straps that secured it to the foot.
b. On the bottom of the sole were little pieces of metal that protruded like spikes to give the soldier firmness of footing so he could stand in the battle.
c. In hand-to-hand combat, the soldier could hold his ground and make quick moves without slipping, sliding, or falling.
d. The shoes provided protection for long marches.
e. The enemy would often place razor sharp sticks in the ground in hopes of piercing the feet of advancing soldiers.

When we understand the preparation and the protection of a Roman soldier's shoe we can see why Paul used this analogy.

Peace is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our entire identity, everything we are must rest in Jesus. That is real peace.

I am a personal witness to the truth of living in peace. I live with an unbelieving spouse. Five days a week I am a single parent. I balance a very busy life yet I have a genuine peace.

Where I believe, as women, we get into trouble is faking peace, love, and submission. We intellectually understand Biblical teaching with regard to Godly women and we force ourselves into obedience. This never works for me. I can try to live the smiling and submissive wife; however, if I don’t genuinely want to do it, bitterness grows. Believe me it grows fast and ugly.

For me, following scripture teaching must come from my heart and be a genuine desire. I only have achieved this through prayer. My prayerful heart crying out to God, "Lord, make me want to live Your word," is what made me genuine. It is through God's transforming power that I am authentic and obedient to the Lord, to my husband, my role as mother, friend and servant.

When you live an authentic life, you will find peace. You will only have peace when you rest in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:7: and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.

I could spend a ton of time on living authentically. Perhaps I will write more about this subject when this series concludes. I am wondering if you might help me however, what are YOUR thoughts on living authentically?

Be Blessed, Lynn

PS. If you want a list of scripture verses that confirm who you are in Christ, I have a list that Dineen Miller comprised for her daughter up on my Bible study site. Lynn Donovan

Thankful Thursday

This week I am thrilled to begin Bible study. For this first time it is in my home. God is good. We will meet together for the first time on this, Thankful Thursday.

The profound thing is our study has yet to begin, however, God has already been working in an unexpected way through the women in our study group.

I Hope you will join me at Laced With Grace where I share this fantastic story of our God who heard a plea for help.....and sent a scatterbrained woman to help. I still get tears in my eyes when I think about this encounter. Join me please for Scatterbrained and Glad I am!

Be blessed, Lynn

For more Thankful Thursdays, visit Iris at Sting My Heart. Thank you Iris for this wonderful ministry of thanks.

Prayer of Petition

716045_handsEven to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. — 2cor. 3:15-18

Oh, Lord, we cry out to you for our unbelieving, doubting, and deceived loved ones. Turn their hearts to You, Lord Jesus. Remove the veil that covers their hearts. Holy Spirit, make your presence known and bring these dear ones freedom.

Let our faces reflect your glory to them, Father. Help us to be the godly men and women you've called us to be and help us to be the spouse, parent, sibling, or child our loved one needs in order to see your glory. Transform us to your likeness with increasing glory so that our loved ones can no longer deny or doubt that you are the great "I am."

Lord, we fall at your feet in humble gratitude for what you are doing in our lives, and especially the lives of our loved ones.

Lord, we praise you for how you are moving your people to you. We rejoice in your presence and exalt your name, Yaweh.

Come, O Lord. Marana tha. Come, O Lord.

Praying and believing,

Sunday Smiles - Lot's Wife

At Spiritually Unequal Marriage we explore many difficult and serious topics. We can feel overwhelmed with the seriousness of life because our struggles are sometimes enormous. Because of this fact, I want to share the joy of the Lord with you as well.

Enjoy and have a blessed Sunday, Lynn

The Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Jason interrupted, "My Mummy looked back once, while she was driving," he announced triumphantly, "and she turned into a telephone pole!"
Have a fantastic Sunday and...... It's football season.... Go Broncos!! Be Blessed, Lynn

Catch The Vision - And I don't mean Television

Injustice, poverty, abuse, oppression pervades in our world. God’s desire it to set the world right.

Catch the vision in Ephesians. God wants to make things right.

Ephesians 6:14b…..with the breastplate of righteousness in place……

Sometimes “church” words are funny to me. What is righteousness? 1. Morally upright; without guilt or sin: 2. In accordance with virtue or morality:

Simply it means to live right. The breastplate of righteousness allows us to move in this world, to set things right, yet be protected. We are protected from the flaming arrows of the enemy. Without the breastplate we are exposed.

It is a moral decision. A desire to do what is right. So here is where the rubber meets the road as I like to say. Make it real. Our unbelieving spouse chooses to watch something on television that you know would offend Jesus if He was in the room with you. Honey says, “please come sit with me and let me hold you.”

How do we handle this?

I am looking forward to your responses and I will post again tomorrow on this subject.

Be blessed, Lynn

Thankful Thursday

This week I am compelled to tell you about Iris. She hosts the Thankful Thursday event each week. She faithfully posts her list which is filled with heartfelt thanks to God. She faithfully visits as many sites as she can to encourage and participate.

This week Iris also moved the devotional blog, Laced With Grace, to a new hosting company. She spent hour upon hour working to make this happen.

I know she felt discouraged at times. She has had some difficulties to deal with but she has been a faithful servant to the Lord on high.

Today, I give thanks to Iris and her ministry. I am a better person for knowing her. Thank you, Iris.

Be blessed, Lynn

For more Thankful Thursdays, visit Iris at Sting My Heart. Thank you Iris for this wonderful ministry of thanks.

The Big Day

Heart_2My husband and I will celebrate 20 years of marriage tomorrow. To be honest, I’m amazed. Coming from a family that made divorce an art form, I approached the altar that day scared and unsure. And I have to say, honestly again, that my husband deserves more credit than I for our marital success.

His parents have been married now for 43 years. His aunt and uncle would’ve had the same testimony had he not died so suddenly from a heart condition. His family is steeped in a strong tradition of long marriages.

Notice I said long marriages and not perfect. His family has shown me that marriage takes deep commitment and work, along with love. This is the attitude my wonderful man went into our marriage with. A determination to see it through—no matter what.

I share that same commitment now, because God has shown me his plan for marriage. He’s shown me it’s a covenant meant to be upheld to his glory. He’s shown me love is a decision, sometimes made daily. And He’s blessed my marriage richly despite our unequally yoke situation.

I’m really proud of this monumental landmark. If you take into account our total time together, dating and engagement, we’ve technically been together for almost 24 years. And I can say I love the dude more now than I did then. It’s not been easy. We’ve had our rough spots, and I’m sure we’ll have more.

But I’m confident in what God has planned for us. I believe in God’s divine plan for our marriage. And I’m excited about what the future holds for us as a believing couple—equally yoked.

Now there’s an art form worth waiting for.

Praying and believing,

I am thrilled by this topic of mentorship that Christine has chosen today. There have been so many mentors in my life over the years. I have actually been preparing a post about this very subject and plan to share it at the Internet Café’ at Christian Women Online on Friday. Hope you tune in there.

The interesting thing about Christine’s topic is the fact that I could find no one who was unequally yoked to mentor me as a young woman. Spiritually mismatched couples have very distinct and unique struggles that are unlike a typical Christian couple.

As God slowly taught me the tough lessons of living and thriving in an unequally yoked marriage, He also showed me how to share my experiences with other’s on the road behind me. Thus, this blog was born.

The neat thing is all of us who visit here actually help each other. I have found so many wise and wonderful people who encourage and support and I hope I do the same.

Love you, Lynn

PS. Sorry for the short post. I am sicker than a dog and heading for the couch. *smile*

For more Marriage Monday stop in at Fruit In Season. Thank you Christine for hosting today's topic!

A New Home

As a contributor to the Laced With Grace Devotional Site I want thank you for your faithful readership. September is our one-year anniversary. We are please to announce we have a permanent new address. Please change your link to include this new address.

I give thanks to the King for your faithfulness.

Also, today I have posted a slightly different devotional: Second Chances and New Beginnings. I hope you have time to pop over for a read. Have a blessed day. See you tomorrow for a Sunday Smile.

Be Blessed, Lynn