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10 entries from April 2020

To The Spiritually Mismatched

Someone needs this WORD today.

While in my prayer time I asked the Lord, “What do I need to write today for all of us (The SUMites)?”

At first, I didn’t hear anything but as I rose to leave the Lord began to speak over me…. And He said this is for all of us.

I know how difficult it is.

I know the challenges of your life. I see the struggles in your home, with your spouse. I know that you are alone fighting for decency and for Godliness for yourself and your children. In the night hours, I am sitting next to you as the tears drop from your eyes. I am holding your hand, my child.

I recognize the blows come in words that tear at your very soul. The disappointment that works to tell you it’s not worth the effort. And whispers of lies that are convincing you to stop fighting, to admit defeat. I see your torment.

But today, I want you to know deep in your soul, how I’ve been by your side every minute. You have a great hope. Your hope isn’t just a wish or a thought that perhaps something will change. Your hope is alive and filled with truth that something will be better tomorrow.

HOPE in the Kingdom is a substance and powerful. It is a word that when wielded in faith decimates the strongholds of argument. It silences the defeat of unchanged lives and heart. Hope is the greatest gift given to my children on earth.

When you lift words of prayer, with hope, this is the activation of your faith. I’ve blessed you with life and new beginnings. As believers, every morning that you rise is a choice to step into a new life, new hope, and redemption of past lies, sins and failures.

This is real hope. You have promises that hold power. Truth that brings steadfastness and love that changes everything.

I know you feel weary. Bring your battle scares to me in the morning or evening and I WILL HEAL THEM. In their place are medals of honor. They seal up the wounds and release power.

You are an overcomer. Let me remind you of this truth. You overcome the arrows of the enemy and you release light and truth. Your marriage is the one thing the enemy wants to destroy more than anything else. So, when you rise and fight, serve and pray for your family, GREAT IS YOUR REWARD. Every day you continue to hope releases a power to support. Angels are set on assignment to walk with you.

Walk it out. Pray the torment stops this hour. Demand it stop speaking lies to you, your spouse, and children. Pray the Holy Spirit into your home and the hearts of those you love.

And hear me now…. I AM THERE WITH YOU. I will not let you fail. The fire rages about you but what you are gaining in knowledge and experience is everything.

When you are doubting or feeling defeated, open My Word. Read the promises from Matthew aloud to yourself. Tell your soul, as David told his soul, these are my promises and I want every one of them, for myself and my family. In Jesus name.

Hope is your life. It is the substance that will carry you home and into the gates of the Kingdom. You will enter in with great celebration and adorned with badges of honor because you chose hope in the dark and you saw it come alive in the passing of the years.

I adore you. And I leave you this promise to stand upon today: I will never leave you nor forsake you.

The Lord, God , Almighty

I pray this word has encouraged someone who was wavering. Stand strong and know you are not alone. I’m with you. The angels are around you. The Holy Spirit is whispering truths to you. Jesus created every opportunity for you and God, Almighty is your strength, power, and wisdom. Hugging you tight today, Lynn

Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. —Psalm 103:1-5

About Our Homes...The Heavenly Perspective

Hi friends, Ann here.Sparkly nest

Today I want to share something that God showed me about the homes within this community: the Spiritually Unequal Marriage community. These homes are deeply special to Him, and although they are unconventional in Christian terms, what He showed me is that they 'sit under an open heaven'.

That's a great promise; I'll take it! But what does that mean?

To give you some background, most of you will know that my boys are teens and I have struggled to bring faith to them. Not all of us struggle with that, but some do. For those of us who do, it can feel overwhelming. Overwhelming, that is, until we have one of those moments where we stop and say "Nope, God's got this!"

A couple of days ago, against this backdrop of yet again wondering about my boys' faith, God showed me a picture that illustrated my home. It was pretty cool, and it cheered me along so much that I share it now with a smile.

What I saw was a nest, and inside sat two baby birds. “Those are your two boys,” I felt God say. These two babies had their mouths wide open, waiting to be filled.

The nest didn’t look a plain brown nest. Instead it had heavenly sparkles around it, within it, and above it. I sensed these sparkles were diamonds.

Then, in contrast, I saw a different house. That house was an actual house. It had a roof, thick walls, but its walls were also made of diamonds. I sensed my house was the nest; the other house was another kind of believer’s house. This other kind was one where there was a roof, where both parents were actively bringing their children up in faith, providing safe cover together (illustrated by the roof and walls). I actually sensed God was saying that my home will look like that eventually but, for now, it's the nest version.

Each house had its own strengths; neither was better than the other. They were both beautiful. In fact, both were adorned with Heavenly jewels (the diamonds). However, they looked totally different to each other, so to compare them would be like comparing apples and oranges. 

Back to the nest -- The SUM home. This kind of home can seem roof-less, lacking protection. It might appear far too exposed to the elements. For example, media might come into our home that we hope wouldn’t, or other influences. The diamond-walled house in the other scenario with its thick roof and walls appears safer to the eye. But the truth is, our own homes have safety too: It takes the form of an open heaven above us; and a God who takes care of His wee birds (Matthew 6:26). 

An open heaven was what the prophet Isaiah cried out for in desperation:

“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!” Isaiah 64:1 (NIV)

Friends, I love that image of God rending the heavens open above us and bringing His presence. Like Isaiah, we can say to God, "Oh please, rend the heavens, come down into my home, and let all the mountains I’m facing tremble before you!" 

HeavensIn our open nest, while we gaze at the stars, our beautiful babies (children, teenagers, adult children) sit under that open heaven with a protective parent -- God -- hovering above them.
The fact we’ve built our house with such care on the rock of Jesus Christ looks something like the carefully crafted nest they now sit in. It means they have a great foundation as well as an exciting Heavenly life directly above. The Spirit of God hovers and broods, like a protective bird of prey. 

Finally, in this nest picture it's worth noticing that the baby birds’ mouths were wide open. This tells me that our children – The children of this SUM Nation – will surely open their mouths and receive God’s food. Perhaps it will be God who feeds them directly, more than us parents.

So with this beautiful picture, I rest. And I hope this post helps you along in that sense of rest too. As I said earlier, God's got this.

How are those of you who are parents finding it, bringing your children up in faith? If you'd like prayer for this, post a comment and our community will pray for you.


Free Resources To Grow Your Faith

SUMite Nation,

Lynn Donovan here. I wanted to share with you some free resources that are available for your personal study time.

I've created a number of video teaching and PDF handouts to accompany each. THE FIRST FIVE ARE FREE and you can find them at 

Click on: Equipping Warriors. There you will find the first Module:

IMG_1897Module One
Intimacy & Identity

All five modules are free. (click here)

Intimacy with the Father (The Goodness of God)

Intimacy with Jesus 

Intimacy with the Holy Spirit

Hearing The Voice of God

Kingdom Identity

Original Design


If you want more, the next four modules and accompanying Field Guides are $35 for each module of five or more videos. Your purchase goes directly to support the ministry. I'm very excited about the second series:

Module Two 

Partnering with the Holy Spirit

The Power of Forgiveness

Spiritual Authority in Christ Jesus

Spiritual Power and Partnering with the Holy Spirit (This video contains a wild surprise in the middle. The Holy Spirit shows up.)

The Power of Our Voice

Speaking in Tongues


Module Three will blow your mind. So much of my life changed when I truly learned who my enemy is and how he works to control and destroy our lives. Armed with this understanding, EVERYTHING CHANGED going forward. 

Understanding the Demonic

DownloadWho Is Our Enemy?

Legal Rights

Generational Curses/Word Curses/Land Curses

The Occult


Angels, The Good Guys



And if you want more, I offer personal Spiritual Development, one-to-one teaching, faith mentorship. $39 for two hours. Spiritual development is about $100.00 an hour. But I want to work with you and share what the Lord has show me. Take a look at the program and pray about doing some personal mentorship work to grow in your faith.

Acceleration Your Journey - Faith Mentoring, Click here.

Hugs, Lynn

What Would It Look Like To Trust Again?

Hello SUM family, Tiffany here!

Today I want to talk about trust.

The Lord revealed to me that past childhood trauma has altered my view of relationships. My eyes have been opened to the fact that I keep everyone at a controllable distance in order to protect myself. I am not talking about setting healthy boundaries. That is something that we absolutely MUST do. I do not want to sound like I am downplaying the very real struggles that some of us experience in this community.

I did not realize this but my (unnecessary) distrust in my husband has significantly effected my distrust in God. This was a complete mind blow to me.

First, I didn't realize that I have trust issues with my husband. He is a good man. He does not do drugs, smoke, drink, gamble etc. My husband is a hardworking, honest man. He sacrifices and provides for his family. He is wise and discernible. What reason could I possibly distrust him?

Second, I didn't realize that I had as deep seeded distrust in God as I do. Let me be clear. I absolutely love God. He is such a good good Father! I am so blessed beyond measure. I love His kisses from Heaven. I am moved to tears as I think of His great love for me. How could I distrust the One who gave everything for me? He is constant. He is faithful. He is merciful. I could go on and on.

I won't go into all of the inner workings that are happening right now in my heart and mind. But I will say I had a lot of questions.

God, what exactly IS trust? What does it look like to completely trust You? What is the difference between faith and trust? Can you have one and not the other?

As I wrestled with these questions in my time with the Lord. The following verse resounded clearly to me:

5Trust 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. (Proverbs 3)

This was one of the passages that I had memorized years ago. I could quote this in my sleep.When it says "lean not on your own understanding," I always thought this meant logic. Things that I can make sense of. However, a very real application came to me that day.

Whether in "romantic" relationships or regular relationships with friends; people would tend to get what they wanted and then they would move on. Past experience showed me that people can't be trusted. They must be kept at a distance because all they want is to use me. When I lean on my own understanding, I am looking at my current life through this worldview. This would cause me to fear relationship instead of trust it. I have done this with my husband, children and God.

Getting back to the issue of trust. I am a "word nerd." I love to really do in depth studies. I got out my Strong's concordance and began to dig.

The word trust referenced above in Proverbs 3 is batach (pronounced baw-takh) which means to trust. It also means secure, have confidence, bold and careless.

As I began to dig a little further I found this same word in one of my favorite scripture passages:

Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
they will be remembered forever.
They will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. (Psalm 112)

And then this got me really excited:

The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. (Proverbs 28:1)

There is a very important progression here. First we must trust that the Lord knows what He is doing. Trust with our whole heart and look through the lens of God's way instead of our past experiences. Humans will fail us. Even the noblest of people will still get it wrong now and again. Once trusting in the Lord with our whole heart, we will have no fear. No bad news - the biggest in this time, COVID-19 and all that is coming about from it - will shake us. In this trust we are steadfast, our hearts are secure. And as His righteous, we are bold as lions.

WOW! I don't know about you but I am pumped. I still have to live this out day in and day out. This will be hard as I permanently sever these ties of distrust from my life. However, I have a lot of artillery in my arsenal that I can now pull from.

I hope this has helped someone today. I bless you with batach today. Trust, confidence and boldness - straight from the throne room of Heaven.

Very bold

See you in the comments! 

Lessons Learned When We Don't Get What We Want

Hello SUM Family, Tiffany Here!

Over the last month, school went to e-learning from home. My husband, Jason, was sent to work from home by his employer. His mother had helped with schooling for a week while my husband adjusted to this new setup. On April 1st, my husband took leave to be able to teach our kids at home. Overall, the Carter Crew is hanging in there as we've had to adjust to life with the Coronavirus.

Can I be really vulnerable with you for a moment? I am having a really hard time with all of this. When my kids were barely one and barely two, I desperately wanted to be a stay at home mom. My husband was against it because we couldn't afford to have a one income family. Some of you may remember my anguish. Instantly, because of the given circumstances, nearly 5 years later - my husband gets to live my dream.

Now, before I go on, I need to be very careful here. This post is not meant to be a bash fest on my husband; it is not a chance for me to vent and complain. I want to speak a little bit about how God is using this situation for our good (Romans 8:28).

Let me make it clear that my husband didn't just decide to stay home. He is a logical person. He is very meticulous when looking at our finances. He is always one to talk with me before making decisions. He truly is a great leader in our home. When he first talked to me about this idea, I told him, "You will be living my dream and I don't know how I feel about that." I put on a brave face and we both agreed for our current job situations, he should be the one to do this.

I am ashamed to admit that I gave him an occasional passive-aggressive blows. I argued with God. I whined. I complained. I just couldn't understand why things didn't seem to line up the way  I wanted them to.

Here is the amazing thing about God. As our Father, He knows exactly what me and my family needs. He is compassionate, caring and kind enough to 

listen to our protests. He understands our hurts. He isn't afraid of our questioning. However, in the end, He is a good good Father. He does what is in our best interest.

Over this last month, I have had to look at the dark and ugly parts of my heart. I've realized some areas that I am really selfish. I have awakened to Walk by Faith cutsome areas that I am really immature. This has been a really hard process! Deep heart surgery from the Great Physician isn't easy or painless.

Exposing the things that need to go is just one of the things that has come out of this time. I've also gotten to see the bond between my husband and our kids begin to strengthen and grow. My husband hasn't really ever been the affectionate type. He isn't cold and distant; however, he isn't a snuggly and huggy person.

It has been a beautiful thing to see my daughter really crawl up on his lap and snuggle with him. I've loved watching the goofy and playful moments. I've seen my husband's heart soften and open up. He has been silly. He's even sung to the kids a couple of times. (This is huge because he won't even sing for me, his wife!)

God is doing a divine reset in our household. I have physically been out of the way (I still have to work at my job outside the home) and my husband has been able to make decisions, assert authority, and truly lead. Remember I mentioned I've had to look at the ugly parts of my heart - ::GULP:: I've got a lot of work to do on letting my husband be the authority in my home! Please be praying with me as I march around Jericho on this one.

It hasn't been easy living through this new lifestyle change. BUT God! He knew exactly what I needed. I needed to see how amazing my husband really is. I have a deeper appreciation for him. I am realizing how much of diamond in the rough I have.

Sometimes God doesn't give us what we want. But in those times we can rest assured that He is for us and He is working it out for our good and His glory.

*Photo Explanation - We took a walk as a family a couple of days ago and it was amazing to see my husband and kids interact with each other. I chose this photo originally to prophetically show how my husband is taking the lead in our household. When I attached the photo to the blog post I heard "we walk by faith." Notice the sign in the background. We were walking on the land owned by the church in our neighborhood Faith Westwood. In this same yard my kids found some beautiful feathers and gave them to me. My husband found some too. Feathers to me are the kisses from Heaven that I get just like Lynn and her mylar balloons. Friends, we walk by faith and not by sight that one day our spouses will know, surrender, and love the Lord. Hallelujah! Let's keep marching in FAITH!

Until next time, let's talk in the comments. What are some lessons you've learned when God gave you what you needed (even if it isn't something that you wanted)?

Resurrection Sunday: What One Person Can Do For Jesus

Hannah-Jesus-Tomb-600By Martha Bush

Coming up this weekend is Easter Sunday --- the day we celebrate The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

In the week prior to Easter each year, by way of the scriptures, I visit the sites of “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”

I enter The Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was betrayed. I stroll down the Via Dolorosa path trying to visualize the sights and sounds of that horrendous day. Moving past the city gates of Jerusalem, I make my way to Golgotha, where He died on the cross. Ending my visit at the tomb, I leave rejoicing that He is not there.

During my visit this year, not only was my heart filled with gratitude for what Jesus did for me, but it was also stirred with an awareness of what common ordinary people were doing for Jesus.

I invite you to pay a visit to these people with me, and let’s examine our own lives to see what one person can do for Jesus.

Mark 14:1-9 - One Woman Did What She Could

A certain woman heard that Jesus would soon die and wanted to prepare his body for burial. While He was eating at the home of Simeon, the Leper, she came into the house with an alabaster jar of expensive perfume and poured it over his head. The people rebuked her harshly for not selling the perfume and giving the money to the poor. But Jesus said: “Let her alone. She has done what she could. She has done a beautiful thing for me. The poor you will always have with you and you can help them any time; but I won’t be here much longer.”

        When we do what we can do with the abilities we have, or give of those things we treasure the most, we are doing a beautiful thing for Jesus.

Mark 15:17-21 - One Man Carried the Cross

Jesus was sentenced to die and began his journey to the site of the crucifixion. The Romans recognized that Jesus had grown weak and ready to faint under the load of the cross and feared he would die before he got to the site. So, they drafted Simon of Cyrene, a visitor to the city, to carry the cross for Jesus.

        When we help carry the burden of someone who has grown tired and weary, we are doing a beautiful thing for Jesus.

Mark 15:42 - One Man Risked Persecution

After the crucifixion had taken place, Joseph of Arimathea, went in boldly to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus for burial. He did this knowing he could incur displeasure, reproach, and persecution of the Jews. He was not ashamed of being associated with Jesus nor afraid to appear in his behalf.

        When we are willing to risk the persecution of others to be obedient to His call on our lives, we are doing a beautiful thing for Jesus.

Mark 16: 9-13 - One Woman Told the Story of His Resurrection

Mary, the mother of James and Salome, and Mary Magdalene, a woman whom he had cast out seven devils, came to the tomb. Not finding him there, they fled trembling and bewildered. Soon, Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene. Running to his weeping disciples, Mary shouted, “HE’S ALIVE!” Bible commentaries say it is possible that Jesus made His first appearance to this woman to show us as an example of his abounding grace.

        When we catch a glimpse of grace, God’s unmerited favor, we will do a beautiful thing for Jesus by sharing the gospel with everyone we meet.

Luke 23:39 - One Man Accepted Jesus as his Savior

As Jesus hung between two criminals on the cross, the conversation went like this: First thief: “So, you are the Messiah, are you?” “Prove it by saving yourself and us, too!” Second thief: “Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus said: “Today, you will be with me in Paradise.”

        When we accept Jesus as our Savior, not only are we doing it for our eternal life, but we are doing it for him so that His suffering will not be in vain.

My friends, when we think of the Easter story, may our hearts cherish what Jesus did for us. But, when we think of ordinary people like you and me, may we be reminded of what one person can do for Jesus.

Could it be that what we do for Jesus will also be written down as a memorial to us like these people? Oh, I long to hear Him say: “Well, done, my good and faithful servant.”

I wish you a most joyful Resurrection Sunday.


Don't forget to tune into Lynn and the Facebook team for a special Easter Service. 

April 12, 2020
3 PM Eastern - 1 PM Pacific USA
On the SUM main FB Page ----> SUM FB
And also on the SUM Sisters Group ----> SUM SISTERS (Request Membership)



SUMite Easter Service

SUM Easter Service 2020Hello SUM Nation,

Lynn Donovan here. I wanted to let you know that our Facebook Team and I will be steaming a LIVE service on Easter Sunday. Amanda Pace, Gladys Arias, Libby Finan, Ann Hutchison and Lynn Donovan

April 12, 2020

3 PM Eastern - Noon PM Pacific USA

On the SUM main FB Page ----> SUM FB

And also on the SUM Sisters Group ----> SUM SISTERS (Request Membership)

We will worship together and then the five of us will share short messages and then I will wrap up the service. I want to share what our Good Father is doing in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak. And also tell you what God is revealing to me about what is to unfold in the months that follow our Stay-at-home weeks.

It's bigger than you think!!! Also, we will take communion so have your elements ready. A piece of bread and a grape will work. Any bread and juice. I'm going to explain something about communion that most people don't know. 

Also, have you listened to all the videos and worked through the Field Guides I created on   Please hop over there and listen in. And if you have, consider supporting the ministry and purchase the next series of videos and Field guides. It all goes to support the ministry. 

Here is what you will learn about in the next series. And I'll tell you the Holy Spirit video is a demonstration of God's power. AND PS. God told me to demonstrate and God showed up. I'm still freaked out and it all happened to me.

  • The Power of Forgiveness
  • Spiritual Authority In Christ Jesus
  • Spiritual Power and Partnering With the Holy Spirit
  • The Power of Our Voice
  • Speaking in Tongues

All the video titles can be viewed here: Marching Around Jericho/ Equipping Warriors

The Story of the Baby in the Womb

By Martha Bush                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Baby-in-womb-600

Once upon a time in a small southern town USA, there lived a family who had seven children. When the mother was in her mid-forties, she gave birth to their eighth child, a little boy.

The father of the family was a farmer who worked hard to feed his large brood of children; the mother sewed for the public to earn extra income for their large brood. The older children described their mother as a beautiful Christian woman. However, their description of their daddy was different--often spoke demeaning and harshly, but had a sense of humor although a bit warped at times.

A case in point was when his wife was pregnant with each of the eight children. He would always remark, “Well, it sure ain’t mine!” At the age of forty-seven, the father died. The older children had all married and left home, so the mother and the little three-year-old boy were left alone to fend for themselves. Thankfully, on his death bed, the father accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior.

Fast forward 30 years---The mother was in the hospital at the point of death. She could be heard crying out, “Please, don’t tell him I’m pregnant.” Obviously, her husband’s words had not been funny to her. The wound of his rejecting each child was buried deep inside of her. No doubt, Jesus met this mother at The Pearly Gates and wiped away all her tears.

As the author of this story, it’s one of many stories I have written on the history of this southern family and their ancestors. However, no other story has intrigued me more than this one.

You see, the little boy in the story is my husband.

Recently, I wondered if my husband might fall into the category of The Orphan Spirit Lynn writes about in Marching Around Jericho (Chapters Five and Seven.) She also speaks about it in Module One’s Video and Field Guide.

Video: Kingdom Identity

Lynn noted that God’s sons and daughters often get stuck and not walk in their Identity in Christ. Why? They believe the lies of Satan related to the characteristics of an orphan child. To name a few:

1. orphans have to take care of themselves,
2. must always be strong,
3. only trust themselves,
4. don’t get close to anyone,
5. tries to prove their self-worth.

On the Field Guide, one paragraph really leaped out at me.

Quote: “The enemy of our soul is relentless to corrupt and deceive our true identity and his assault begins from conception. Yes, even in the womb, a human spirit can sense when mom or dad is unhappy about the baby. It seems impossible to comprehend that in our pre-born state, we can take on a belief that we are unwanted, unloved---rejected.”

So, I asked Lynn: “If my husband is a candidate for The Orphan Spirit, how can it be healed since he is not a believer?”

Quote: “As a spouse you carry great authority and can ask Jesus to release your husband and to help him find acceptance. This is likely at the core of his rejection of God. Fascinating!” (MAJFBG, March, 18)

I immediately implemented Lynn’s reply as my marching orders. I believe as I partner with Jesus, it will bring my husband out of the pig-pen of rejection and start him on his way home to his Father.

In my wildest imagination, I believe Father God will have a conversation with him that might go “something” like this:

Father God 

First of all, I know you heard those words of your earthly father. Even medical science today confirms that babies can hear in their mother’s womb. Let me assure you that you were not a mistake. Now, listen to me carefully-------

Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

Although you took a detour around my plans, I pursued you as I did Israel. “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you. (Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV)

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:5 NKJV)

Or, if you want to, call me Daddy.

BTW: You were a stubborn one coming home to me, but I am going to use that stubbornness like I did with Paul to bring glory to my name. And no, you are not too old! Don’t you remember the stories you learned in Sunday School when you were a little boy about Moses and Abraham? Get ready.

One last thing.---forgive your earthly Father and also thank your Mama and wife, along with Lynn and the Sumite Community for praying for you.

To be continued----------


My dear Sumite Friends, with the cornonavirus spreading throughout the world, may we know our Identity in Christ, and as Lynn stated, ask Jesus to release our spouses to help them find acceptance. May we cry out as a family, “Father, we humble ourselves before you; come heal our land.”

I leave you with the words to this old hymn:

In times like these you need a Savior
In times like these you need an anchor
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
This Rock is Jesus, Yes He's the One
This Rock is Jesus, the only One
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Roc

Let the Fragrance of Worship Fill My House

Hi friends, Ann here! Perfume

During this time of incubation in my home, I've been reflecting on what I'm to focus my energy on. I sense it's this simple thing: Lock my eyes onto Jesus. As far as I can, I need to fix my eyes firmly on Him and steadily hold that gaze. This week, with that in mind, I’ve been marinating in small verses from the Gospels.

Today I thought I would share one little Gospel moment: The time when Jesus visited His special friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus.

The reason that I was drawn to this passage is that Good Friday is in a week’s time, and I noticed that the last thing Jesus did before embarking on that dramatic last week in Jerusalem was pay a visit to His friends. Maybe He just needed some camaraderie. 

“Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. They prepared a supper for Him there. Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pint of very costly ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.” John 12:1-3

This event followed the resurrection of Lazarus. Having a grateful heart fit to burst, Mary could do nothing else but show her love for Jesus, for ALL He had done.

SUMites, let that be us!

The ointment she broke was a heartfelt act of worship. Worship doesn’t have to involve music, it’s just absolute adoration. It's casting our crowns of glory at His feet, like Mary did with her hair. When we worship Jesus, the fragrance can fill a house.

SUMites, let the fragrance of our worship fill our homes during this time!

To Jesus those girls – Mary and Martha – had many titles. They were His close friends, His collective bride, His daughters, Princesses of the Kingdom of Heaven, Priests (Revelation 1:6), and more. How many titles do we hold in His eyes, and in His name?

Then there's Judas, who stands by sneering, nitpicking Mary for her devotion. We know what his end is to be. Nitpicking another person for their hunger is easy to do, but Jesus says this:

“Leave her alone. She has kept this for the day of My burial. For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.” (v. 7-8).

The poor are a-plenty out there – And today that word 'poor' makes me think of those who don’t know God today in this hard situation. It’s hard to reach those poor at this present moment while we're house-bound. What we do have is an opportunity for time with Him, to focus on His presence within us, in our home, and we can break open the very best of what we own, especially for Him.

SUMites, may you find treasures this coming week as we commemorate His death, burial, and resurrection!