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Easter Praise-A-Thon

Hello SUMite Nation, Again!!!!!! You did it again! This amazing family on the web emailed and left comments for Heidi that will fill her blossom tree. THANK YOU. You wrote words of faith, hope and love. THAT is what the family of God looks like. THAT is unity in Christ. You loved on this woman that you didn’t know. She will be forever touched by your kind words of love, prayers and scripture verses of encouragement. I adore you! As I’m typing I hear the Holy spirit whisper into my heart, “I’m so proud of the SUMite family. This nation, each person, is stronger than they think. They are mighty in deed and power. And their love reaches far past the darkness. THEY are the unlikely world changers. I love them with a fierce love.” —The Lord Almighty My friends, Easter is next Sunday. Today, what I want to do... Read more →

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The Temptation of Jesus

My friends, the Holy Spirit has me reading the book of Luke right now. Again, He seems to be pointing out particular stories and giving me deeper revelation as part of our preparation right now. These are exciting revelations and exciting times. We are hearing more and more reports of breakthroughs throughout this community and all over the world, actually. So, please don’t lose hope if you’re still waiting for your breakthrough. God hasn’t forgotten you and He certainly isn’t mad at you. He’s always working for your good and putting things into place for your breakthrough. If anything, lately, I am stunned over and over again at the perfection of His timing. Trust Him to do this good thing in your life and just because you don’t see a shift or change around or in you doesn’t mean He’s not working. Just this week I was surprised by a... Read more →

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What Gods Love Looks Like

SUMite Family, I have to share that the word “family” has taken on an entirely larger implication in my life this past week. So, to say that you are my family, please know that I’m overwhelmed with authentic love and hope for you. Let me explain. I’m working on a new writing project and praise Jesus, the downloads are now flowing. It’s been astonishing. I’ve waited nearly a year for this past week and the few weeks that are ahead to hear the voice of God and His heart for the assignment He’s given to me. And this week in particular, I’m writing about the love of God. The love of a Father. Well, I don’t know how in the world you can encapsulate the love of God into a single chapter. However, I’ve asked the Holy Spirit to write this out because God will figure it out for me... Read more →

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The Three Deadly Ds: Disparaging Disbelief

Dear friends, before Thanksgiving I started a series on the Three Deadly Ds: Dubious Doubt, Debilitating Disbelief and Disparaging Disappointment. In Part One of Dubious Doubt we talked about how the enemy comes in and plants seeds of doubt, as he did with Adam and Eve, and in Part Two I shared some examples of breakthroughs that came as a result of pushing doubt aside and re-establishing God's truth firmly in its rightful place. Today, let's talk about Debilitating Disbelief. And that is exactly what the enemy's intention is, to debilitate (weaken, enfeeble, enervate, devitalize, sap, drain, exhaust, weary, fatigue, prostrate; undermine, impair, indispose, incapacitate, cripple, disable, paralyze, immobilize; informal knock out, do in) our faith. Once doubt has come in like a ravaging worm, disbelief moves in to fill those empty places like a fungus or mold. Your mind is riddled with questions and you may even feel tormented... Read more →

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The Destruction of the Demonic Warrior

It’s Thanksgiving this week. And I know all of us are very busy. And I’ve been very ill again. However, James 5 was in my daily Bible this week so I went for healing prayer. And I know my full healing is now decreed. AMEN! This week I have family in town and will likely be crazed entertaining but loving every minute of time I have with my mom who is visiting from Colorado. My daughter will be here and her friends, my son and my granddaughter. It’s going to be a great turkey day! Dineen and I are going to take the week off from posting. So today and Wednesday, I want to share with you an email that arrived on Thursday evening from a young woman whom I’ve prayed for, love on, and encouraged through the many months/years of her healing process. I asked her permission to share... Read more →

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The Unexpected Divine Appointments

Dear friends, as I walked and prayed Tuesday morning, I asked Abba for the words to share with you what I experienced at Bethel. I really wasn’t sure if I had anything definitive as God kept this visit very personal, which makes sense for this year of intimacy He’s called me to. But as I walked the memories and words began to flow (thank You, Abba, You are so good), like a kaleidoscope of images and colors that stood unique but together created the complete story of God’s intentions. Where to start? At the beginning of the journey. I was a bit anxious about making this trip on my own (I love road trips when hubby is in charge) and my car had been acting up a little. (I should share with you that I call my little VW Bug by the name of Gracie as she is a gift... Read more →

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Day of Atonement

SUMites this is a day of fasting. Sunrise to sunset. Humble and contrite. Humble and contrite. Humble and Contrite. What does this mean to you today? Psalm 51:17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. Isaiah 66:2 Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. There are a multitue of scripture verses on humility, Visit here. May the Lord blesS you and keep you my friends. Great is our God and great are His mercies, grace and promises. Lord, let us be your people who respresent you well. In the name of your Son,... Read more →

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Spiritual Warfare Through Worship

This series started with Worship is More Than a Song, then moved into talking about Intimacy Through Worship, Living a Lifestyle of Worship and Unity Through Worship. Today, we will touch on an area I have lived very personally and hear God calling us to worship to defeat the enemy. And as I have had the pleasure of hearing Lynn say many a time, how like God to use the very thing the enemy wants most to defeat him. She is so right. Because that is who Lucifer was. He worshipped before God. (I’ve heard said that he was even in charge of worship. Perhaps he was the very first “worship leader.”) Then his hunger to be like God and thus worshiped like Him ended his career in a blaze of lighting that cast him to the earth (Ezekiel 28, Isaiah 14:12-15, Luke 10:18). And he’s been fighting to get... Read more →

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Unity Through Worship

My friends, I have so loved reading your comments on this worship series. You have shared your hearts and prayers. I have found myself inspired many times by what you share, have even prayed your words! And I know other have too. We started this series with discussing Worship is More Than a Song, then moved into talking about Intimacy Through Worship and Living a Lifestyle of Worship. Today we will talk about unity through worship. First, I want to share my first taste of corporate worship… Anticipation buzzed in the air and the low rumble of voices. The stadium was packed. Thousands of believers stood ready and waiting to hear Third Day. Though I’d attended concerts before, this was my first Christian concert. Third Day came out, the music started, and soon, to my utter amazement, I stood, arms up like many there, not just singing to songs but... Read more →

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Intimacy Through Worship

My friends, your comments on Wednesday's post, Worship is More Than a Song, were amazing! You all had such great things to share about what worship means to you. Some of you even shared links to articles you had written on this very subject. I absolutely love seeing things like this, because it shows our Great God's hand moving in synchronicity through His children to bring His loving plans and purposes into place for us individually and the body of Christ. And what blows me away is that God doesn’t need our help, but by His great love and delight in us, He chooses to work His plans out through His children. I love this line from Amanda’s post on her blog: "True worship is a kaleidoscope of every color in the spectrum that combine to make one shining, brilliant white!” And this one from our very own Heather Passuello’s... Read more →

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Worship is More Than a Song

My friends, few weeks ago I asked Abba for a better understanding of what worship means to Him. If we look at worship from a worldly perspective, we can easily attribute human needs and behaviors, like ego and self centeredness to God, which is completely opposite of His selfless and merciful character. So I asked Abba to help me understand, and now I sense Him moving me to share what I'm learning with you. And as I began writing what I thought would be a single post, a series emerged. I should have know that was coming considering the way He’s showing me things lately. LOL! Let me say that I believe we are being called to a higher expectation of worship as God’s children than we have in the past. There are multiple reasons for this and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you and hearing your thoughts... Read more →

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Transforming the Mind: Finding God in Worship

My friends, we have walked this journey of transforming our minds now for six weeks. We began with Feasting on God’s Word, then continued with Claiming and Praying God’s Promises, Giving the Holy Spirit Authority, Pleading the Blood of Jesus, Thanking and Praising, and last week, Choosing Joy. This week, we will talk about finding God in worship. This is by far the most challenging to write, for two reasons. One, the enemy is very much apposed to this topic, because it is what he tried to get from Jesus in the wilderness (Matt. 4:9) and what he has wanted all along in order to be like God. And two, because it’s still growing and forming in my own life. So I will share what I have discovered thus far. From the very beginning the plan was to worship God. Even wise men traveled from afar knowing that the only... Read more →

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The Seven Seasons of The Walls

Hello SUMite Nation: Today I want to share some thoughts as we continue our journey toward the Promised Land. Remember we have been talking about seasons. If we can condense the long years and seasons and see them from heaven’s view. this is what our journey truly looks like. And it’s beautiful. Day two is finished and were back at the camp. But you know what is happening here? With each step it’s a revelation of how to do this journey better, more effective, with confidence. We learn to find the joy as we cross the same territory. We sing to our kids along the way and share stories of hope. We tell them of the glory of God. On day three, we fall down. We are exhausted, confused and just plain tired. It’s our brother's and sister's turn to come along side of us, pick us up and carry... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Letter of Love

Share on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter My friends, I want to give you some updates on the Miller household as there has been a lot going on lately. Praise God, we now know my daughter’s heart issue is due to her thyroid. She and I share the same issue and now we’re both on the right track to feeling better in this area. She is now on medication for this, and I’m on a new one that seems to be working better so far. Thank You, mighty Jesus that Your healing comes in so many ways. I also want to share with you that God told me toward the end of last year that He was “preparing His vessel.” I see now this was part of His plan for this year of intimacy. What I now understand even more is that it can be quite painful. Forgive me for... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — A Year of Intimacy: Jesus in Us

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever- increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. — 2 Corinthians 3:18 Earlier in the year I shared that Abba has spoken to my heart that this would be a year of intimacy. I was excited and the prospect and expectantly prepared my pen to write down lots of warm fuzzies. Well, there have been quite a few of those but there have been painful times too as Abba has revealed some lies still laying around and walked me through a deeper examination of my faith at times. Abba doesn't do these things to punish us but to bring healing in places we've not dealt with and to grow us, transform us. And I know you've heard this before, like a rose bush, in order for it to... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Prisoners of Hope

Happy weekend, my friends! First, I want to thank you for your wonderful words of encouragement and prayer on my Wednesday post. I am so thankful for this community that supports and encourages each other. It all points to God and His amazing presence here. You give Him great glory. I don’t want to make this post about my daughter’s situation but will just say that we know it’s supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and is very treatable and not uncommon. If I may, I ask only for your prayers that she press into her faith in a deeper way and that she be delivered of all fear. As her mama, I want to see my girl walk into the fullness of the life Jesus has for her. I bet you can relate to that. If I can pray for in like manner for one of your kiddos, leave a comment. That... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Prisoners of Hope

Happy weekend, my friends! First, I want to thank you for your wonderful words of encouragement and prayer on my Wednesday post. I am so thankful for this community that supports and encourages each other. It all points to God and His amazing presence here. You give Him great glory. I don’t want to make this post about my daughter’s situation but will just say that we know it’s supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and is very treatable and not uncommon. If I may, I ask only for your prayers that she press into her faith in a deeper way and that she be delivered of all fear. As her mama, I want to see my girl walk into the fullness of the life Jesus has for her. I bet you can relate to that. If I can pray for in like manner for one of your kiddos, leave a comment. That... Read more →

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Weekend Worship

Hey Gang, So our Dineen had a reaction yesterday to some medication and ended up in the ER. She is fine now. Just really, really tired. So, I'm filling in the gap today. I want to share a really quick story with you. My daughter, Caitie, who is attending BIOLA University, a Christian college in LA, is this week at the university they are having Missionary Week. The students hear from many different missions and missionaries. One speaker in particular stood out to my daughter. Not because of her mission but because of a single sentence. "Mom, she said that comparison steals our joy." "Caitie, that is absolutely right. Comparison, competition and condemnation.They are the deadly. Three- C's in women's lives." So True! Have an amazing weekend my friends. This weekend the Donovan Clan is celebrating our 22 year wedding anniversary and our little Elise-e-bears first birthday. Woo. Hoo. Love... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — The Throne of Grace

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. — Hebrews 4:14-16 On morning as I woke up, I heard Jesus say to my heart, “Come learn about My grace.” I’d been reading in Hebrews and the verse above had caught my attention, namely the confidence part, not a place I’ve excelled in. LOL! As I sat with Abba that morning and sought His heart, I believe He wanted... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — We are Surrounded!

Hello my beautiful friends! I'm so glad I'll be back full swing next week. I've missed you all so much. I've dipped into the comments frequently just to keep connected to you all and discovered many of us have been hit with more spiritual warfare these last few weeks. This has pushed me to dig deeper into God's Word, and I’ve filled my journal with pages and pages of these truths and promises. and I believe this kind of increase in warfare is indicative to a coming breakthrough, so don't be discouraged! A holy expectation fuels my prayers, and I pray that for you too. But I want to share something Abba showed me last week. I was on my prayer walk with my wacky dog River, and talking to Abba about all that was on my heart. I was a bit weary that day, to be honest. I've never... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — The "Year of Intimacy" Continues

My friends, I've truly missed you this week. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I want to share more of what I'm learning from Jesus in this "year of intimacy" that He is taking me through. Some of it has been painful as more of the lies that have infiltrated my heart and mind and kept me from fully believing and trusting Abba have been exposed. And I so want all of us to be free of these lies that keep us from fully living in the abundant life that Jesus died for us to have. What truly surprised me is how I thought I had embraced and accepted that Jesus loved me (I still remember singing that song "Jesus loves me, this I know" as a child), yet the full weight and meaning of His love hadn't really reached my heart and soul. Let me... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Better Than Life

My friends, Dineen here. Forgive me for not being "around" as much the last week or so. I've had to take on some design work and teaching a fiction track at a conference to help my family fincancially. Very time consuming work and thus why I am SOOOO thankful that our very own Teresa T. has so willingly jumped in the write a few Wednesday posts for me. But I'm still here for Weekend Worship and will be back to my usual schedule in March. So appreciate your understanding, and your prayers! This conference prep is kicking my...well you know. :-) Anyway, here are some Scripture promises that I have written in my journal this last week that I have been claiming for myself. Love how the Holy Spirit moves in Abba's Word to encouarge and uplift us. So powerful! I'm learning to embrace these promises as truth, my truth!... Read more →

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Weekend Worship - Beauty of Holiness

Psalm 29: 1-2 Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, Give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. So, what is worship? So many people think that in church, we're worshiping God with singing, but really we're just praising. What is real worship? What does it mean to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness? When was the last time you bowed down before the king, you-alone in your bedroom-when nobody's around? What does worship look like in heaven? And finally what happens when we worhip the name of Jesus? See you in the comments, Lynn True worship is: It’s posture and attitude of your heart. It’s recognizing God’s rightful place in your heart. Read more →

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Weekend Worship — The Glory Within

My friends, I told you Wednesday that I had something amazing to share with you. I’ve been reading all the books of the prophets since last year and last week, landed in the book of Zechariah. As I read Zechariah 2, my spirit began to blaze and come to live. And verse 5 completely did me in. Take a look: Then I looked up, and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand. I asked, “Where are you going?” He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.” While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, ‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it. And I myself will be a wall... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Share Your Testimony!

My friends, Lynn and I had a fabulous time at FamilyLife Today with Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine last week. These two men have such HUGE hearts for families and marriage. What a privilege it was for us to share our hearts with them. And they asked us some really challenging questions! Good questions. As soon as we get the details of the broadcast, we will share it with you. SUMites, you know our hearts desire is to encourage wives and moms in their mismatched places, in ALL walks of life and circumstances. And I see that desire in so many of you too. Abba has given us so much! So much hope and strength in our mismatched places. It just bursts out of us. That's why we wrote Not Alone. And let me say how grateful we are to our publisher, Regal Books, who believed in our message and... Read more →

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