The Wicked Marriage Killer

What is the Wicked Marriage Killer?Many years ago, my mother-in-law looked at my father-in-law and quoted me to him, “Just deal with it, Caitie.” I bet my mouth hung open. It became obvious that Carole, was teasing and poking back at her dear husband with words I’d said to my then, hmmmm I guess ten-year-old daughter. Read more →

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You Are Making New Wine

Hey there SUM family, Tiffany here! We are on the verge of a major breakthrough. I believe that this is both individual and corporate for our SUM community and our families. Already we have seen a few wondrous accounts of spouses getting baptized into the faith! Hallelujah! Strongholds are breaking in our lives as well as our spouses. We are seeing addictions begin to cease. Affections returning in marriages. What a great time to be alive! I wanted to share something that God is stirring in my heart. During the fast and even recently, I am hearing the phrase "new wine." I am barely scratching the surface of where Holy Spirit is trying to take me but I wanted to share my heart because I feel it is important. When breakthrough is upon us, there is always a push back from the forces of darkness. Freedom, identity, purpose, birthright. These... Read more →

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Marriage Killers - Finances- Part II

So, two things this week.Practice a new response to all who ask you, “How are you?” You respond, “I’m blessed and highly favored.” Today in the comments, let’s give the LORD honor. Share a story when you were at the end of your financial rope, your prayed and a miracle provision arrived. I will share some of your stories on our FB page (no names). I can’t wait to rejoice in your Testimony as you honor Jesus. Read more →

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Slay..... The Marriage Killers.... FINANCES

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The Power of Receiving God's Love

Hi SUMites, Ann here! I've been praying about what to write this week after our wonderful communal fast. I'm sure you're still reflecting on it as I am. Anyway, a phrase has kept coming to me for today's post, and it's this: One of the most important things you can do, in your place of commissioning, is receive God's love. This phrase is one that I've been carrying around for a while now. It was spoken to me by a visiting pastor who I met briefly at a university student gathering organized by some campus missionaries. At this gathering, he went person by person round the room and spoke a blessing over each of us. There were at least thirty of us, so it was a labor of love to give such personalized prayers despite not knowing any of us. It took a couple of hours and we all listened... Read more →

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The Finale!

Day Five – The Finale Pray: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. —Ephesians 3:20-21 Hallelujah and AMEN!! (AMEN, means – I BELIEVE!) Friends, I LOVE this week. Every year it’s a highlight in the lives of so many in our community. I know every effort you made to fast and pray was smiled upon by our Father. Jesus was in the room with you and the angelic have been set in motion. In the comments, give your praise to our Lord for all He has done and what you are believing, in faith, will happen. Here is mine (Lynn Donovan) My Father, you are good and kind. You always listen, comfort... Read more →

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It's DECLARATION DAY!! Hallelujah!!

Thursday, January 10, 2019 There is grace. If you didn’t quite make it, there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. So, start again and finish strong. And for the many who have continued steadfast, press in because this is a breakthrough day for everyone! Pray: I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. —Ephesians 3:16-19 Today is “revival day” and “divine reversal day.” In the... Read more →

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Day Three Fasting & Prayer Prompt

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Mid-week, and this is when fasting becomes difficult. What I want to tell you is that when you reach Friday and you remained in the fast, you will feel such a surge of accomplishment and pride in your perseverance. And the flip-side, you will be disappointed you didn’t make yourself finish strong because our next fast isn’t until September. White-knuckle your determination. And gang, I’m saying this to me specifically. I’m staying focused on the juicy hamburger I’m going to eat on Friday at sunset. *grin* Pray this: I know that you will welcome me into your house, for I am covered by your covenant of mercy and love. So I come to your sanctuary with deepest awe to bow in worship and adore you. Yahweh, lead me in the pathways of your pleasure just like you promised me you would, or else my enemies will... Read more →

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Day Two Prayer & Fasting Prompt

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 SUMites, did you wake with a hunger in your tummy? Let that hunger remind you to hunger and thirst after His righteousness. FOR THEY SHALL BE FILLED! Today’s prayer prompt: My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. —Proverbs 2:1-5 Answer this question in the comments today: Jesus, how are you using my marriage to increase my understanding and knowledge of the Father? See you in the comment. March on Warriors!! See you at the Summit! Love and hugs, Lynn Read more →

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Fasting Day One - Scripture Prayer Prompt

Prayer time challenge for this week. 1. Don’t touch or look at your cell phone in the morning prior to your prayer time. I believe this is directly from the Lord. Your early morning prayer is vital during this fast. Reading your phone before prayer will completely suck you into the cares of the world. It is difficult to leave the world once it gets going in your head. So, pray first. (first fruits) for an hour. Then read your phone. 2. Ask Jesus questions. Example: Jesus what do you want me to learn this year? Jesus, what are you teaching me right now? Jesus, what fruit of the Spirit to you want to develop in my life this year? Jesus, reveal more of yourself to me. Father, reveal your heart to me. Father, what are you doing today? Father, who can I love today with the love you give... Read more →

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Fasting Expectations

SUM Nation 2019 is marching forward. And we, the Body of Christ, have tremendous assignments and moves of God in which we will participate. In December I received a great deal of revelation from the Lord about 2019 and 2020. I will likely share what Jesus told me after our fast. But today, I want to encourage you to plan to fast. The Community fast begins at sunrise, January 7th and end at sundown, January 11th. If at all possible, plan to fast from solid food for five days. Fasting from food is our Biblical model and Jesus modeled fasting. This next passage is our calling: 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” 26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and... Read more →

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Powerful Fasting Tips

Below are a few fasting tips I’ve scribbled down. Please share your tips and experiences in the comments. We need all the help and great ideas we can get. Hugs, Lynn *For newbies: Begin with a sunrise to sunset fast. *If fasting doesn’t mean anything to you, it won’t mean anything to God. *Avoid television watching, the food commercial are of the devil, *grin.* *Drink a gallon of purified water daily. *Expect push-back. *Fight through headaches and lethargy. You are detoxing your body, mind, and spirit. *Prepare by informing your family. Set expectations and encourage them to support you and to refrain from placing temptation before you. *Fasting can break the power of our uncontrolled appetite, nicotine cravings and alcohol and drug addictions. *Fasting amplifies God’s voice. *Fasting makes our Spirit sensitive to God’s heart. *Fasting leads to greater intimacy with the Trinity. *Fasting prepares us for new Kingdom assignments.... Read more →

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Annual SUMite Community Fast

SUMites, I hope your Christmas was peaceful, filled with wonder and much love and laughter. I'm spending time with family this week, so I won't post again until after New Year's Day. But, I'm asking you to start to ask the Lord to help you fast the first full week of January. Our annual fasts are powerful. I receive so many reports of tremendous breakthrough. There are many ways to fast but a complete food fast is what we are aiming to achieve. Fasting from food breaks so many strongholds, it is also tremendously healthy to give your digestive system a break. Below are links about fasting. Determine to fast something. Then share your week with your brothers and sisters around the world who are fasting in the pursuit of God for 2019. I love you. Lynn Campus Crusade For Christ: Personal Guide to fasting by CRU Read more →

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There Once Was A Man Who Didn't Believe

There was once a man who didn't believe in God, and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays, like Christmas. His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite his disparaging comments. One snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their children to a Christmas Eve service in the farm community in which they lived. She asked him to come, but he refused. "That story is nonsense!" he said. "Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man? That's ridiculous!" So she and the children left, and he stayed home. A while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm. He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening.... Read more →

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Because of the Manger... Birth of the King!

From my prayer time this Christmas: December 2018 From the Father: In the quiet before the early light of Christmas traditions, My child, rise and sit alone with Me. Press into My heart and travel with Me through the ages, back to a tiny town in the Judean desert. This village, Bethlehem, shelters a teenaged, soon-to-be mother, struggling in labor throughout the night. Allow your heart to perceive the paddock of bleating sheep and goats, shivering in the cold as they huddle about the tiny family. Feel the course, dry straw where Mary, the mother of God, rests as she pushes through her pain, hour-by-hour. Breathe in the earthy smells of the animals, the feed, the dung, as the couple labor together. The shadows flicker across the beams of the manger, lit by a single candle. Finally, the last cry and she pushes forth the child. The King of Kings,... Read more →

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Who Wrote the Gospels?

Hi everyone, Ann here! This morning, I want to share a special story that happened to me last Christmas. It was an event that wowed me and as we're deep in the gospels it seems timely to share. The story began when I sat sipping coffee with a favorite colleague. He’s twenty years older than me, a lovely man with a sharp mind. He also happens to have different views to me about Jesus. We agree to disagree, and we stay polite. Yet, this particular morning he couldn’t resist throwing an argument my way: “Ann, the gospels weren’t written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.” I did not hold the same view, but to my surprise, out of my mouth came this: “I know.” Why on earth did I say that? As I left him to go back to work, it bothered me. Grrr. I could have engaged in a... Read more →

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The Difference Between Zechariah and Mary

We are nearing the time and the town of Bethlehem. Last week in the comments Cindy, brought forward an interesting observation. And today as I’m reading the story of Christmas from the first chapter of Luke, my eyes are drawn again and again to the angel Gabriel and his proclamation of the birth of the Messiah given to Mary, a young woman living in Galilee. Cindy pointed out the difference between Zechariah’s questioning of Gabriel in contrast to Mary’s question put to the angel. Zach’s question was a cloak of disbelief and Mary’s???? Well as Cindy shared last week, Mary, was asking out of curiosity about how the conception and birth would come about. This is what I believe we can receive from these two contrasts that are very similar and both prominent in the telling of the birth of the Messiah. It’s all about the heart! My friends, it’s... Read more →

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And His Name Shall......

I’ve read the Christmas story in the Gospels for years. In fact every January, I begin my Daily Bible with the telling of the birth of Jesus in the book of Matthew. But this year, this beautiful December, I’m reading it with a new hunger and in utter awe. What the Lord is reveling to me is creating a love for this story like I’ve never experience prior to now. It’s peace. It’s wonder. It’s revelation. It’s JESUS!!! Reading the passage in Matthew chapter one, I stopped, transfixed on verse 21. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. — Matthew 1:21 NIV COME ON!!! My soul stirs just reading the words. Yet, in my NIV Bible, the paper kind, which if you don’t have a paper Bible. Get one. Read from it... Read more →

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Give The Perfect Gift For Christmas

By Martha Bush Are you looking for that perfect gift for someone on your Christmas shopping list? Allow me to suggest a gift-giving idea that won't cost you a penny! Take a stroll with me to the bedside of a dying father in the Old Testament by the name of Isaac as he was about to give this free gift to his oldest son, Esau. The name of the gift - - The Blessing. In keeping with the custom of the day, parents in the Old Testament set aside a special day to give The Blessing. On this special day, the parent spoke words of love, high value, acceptance, and words that painted a bright future into their child’s life. And so it was, Esau had been summoned to his dying father's bedside to receive The Blessing from his father. However his brother, Jacob, had deceived their father into believing... Read more →

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Because of the Manger. This One is BIG

Joseph & Jesus I’ve been reading the Christmas story in the Gospels the past two weeks. My time in the Word has been utterly revelatory. Father, God has been speaking to me in His kind voice and uncovering treasures of the Christmas story that I didn’t even know were there. Such was the post from Friday about Zechariah. After having my mind blow up over Zechariah, God led me to read through the first chapter of Matthew. That’s when my eyes were drawn over and over to this heading: Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son On the surface, nothing is noteworthy to most. However, for me. I was drawn over and over to the implications of this heading and then the passage that followed. And that’s because, in my Healing Prayer sessions, over and over again, I pray with believers to restore their voice. So much of human misery is... Read more →

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Because of The Manger... Our Voice Is Restored!

While reading the Christmas story in the book of Luke on Monday, I pondered Zechariah’s story. The Holy Spirit began to speak to me about Zechariah’s angelic encounter, his response, and the significance and similarity in many believers lives today. Let’s read it together and then I will share the revelation that could very well change the course of your life this very day. Let us recall that Zechariah was the High Priest serving in the Temple, in the Holies of holy. He and his wife Elizabeth were devoted to the Lord, however, they lived in shame as they were childless. Childlessness was considered a curse in ancient Biblical times. In Luke, chapter one, Zechariah received great honor when chosen to burn incense in the Temple. While ministering to God behind the curtain the angel, Gabriel, appeared before him and said, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been... Read more →

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Advent - A Season of Waiting ...

Photo courtesy of 9comeback/FreeDigitalPhotos.nety/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net I received a call that I wasn’t expecting. From my sister. It was Saturday night, two weeks ago. She was relaying some information she’d received about our brother, John. He had been admitted into hospital that afternoon, had an MRI that found he had a ‘mass’ in his head. Oh dear. Not at all what we wanted to hear. And so the waiting began. Over the next week John had a bunch of tests and scans. Lots of waiting for things to happen – John dubbed it “hospital time”. All confirmed there was only the one mass. Everything else was normal except that movement in both his right arm and right leg were slightly impaired. The mass was pressing on his brain impacting a signal to those limbs. Finally, a biopsy was to be taken. But this was no simple biopsy as they had to... Read more →

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Because of the Manger... Shrug Off The Ugly Sweater

SUMites, I’m so excited for Christmas this year. I went extra crazy decorating the house. Take a look. Within me remains a wide-eye small girl who still marvels at the wonder and whimsy of this season. I miss the snow so much this time of year. So much so, that I created a snowscape outside of my front door. My daughter, Caitie, who is freezing in Indiana is longing for the warm afternoons of southern California. I love the decorations on the tree, each tell a story of a season of our life. I love the packages and the lights. I love to wear Christmas apparel and have laughed out loud at the crazy, and weird, ugly Christmas sweaters. There are tiny miracles all about us if we take time to notice. In fact, just this past week Mike asked me what church service we would be attending on Christmas... Read more →

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The Great Gifts of the Unequally Yoked

Hello SUM Nation: I just wonder…… Can you perhaps come to understand the unique and special blessings of the unequally yoked? I bet someone just read this and rolled their eyes? Anybody??? As a woman who has walked this journey now for more than two decades, I truly understand how very difficult it can be. I have lived through the pain, rejection, fear and confusion. I know that some days it can take everything we have to hold on to hope. Yet as a veteran, I have come to realize the unique and beautiful blessings of this journey of faith. We, the SUMites, have learned to pray. We have gained great faith as well. And our hope in Jesus soars above so many others who are of faith. During this season of miracles, take a minute to reflect on what gifts and goodness have been born out of your difficult... Read more →

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A Table Set For Victory

Hey SUM family, Tiffany Here. I pray that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! This is absolutely my favorite time of year. I love gathering with family, eating fantastic food and reflecting on all of the favor, mercy, and goodness of Daddy that has happened for the year. As I was thinking last week about what Holy Spirit wanted me to share, I fingerprinted a man with a business logo on his sweatshirt that said "Stillwater." This prompted me to look up "still water" in the Bible. The main passage that came to mind was in Psalm 23: 1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of... Read more →

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