Thank you Dawn

image from billesbach.typepad.comWasn't this past week amazing.

Fasting and pressing into the Father's love. Powerful, precious and transformative.

And what about Dawn. She was amazing as well. Her heart for our Lord shines so bright. Than you Dawn, for leading us into a wonderful season. We love you!

I pray you were all blessed and filled up because the new assignments are now ready to be handed out in the heavenly realm. So get ready, GREAT things are ahead. 

See you all on Monday. I'm at the Heaven Come Conference in LA. I will be ON FIRE when I next write to you.

Bless you SUMite Nation. You are stronger than you realize. Your prayers are absolutely powerful and effective. And all the lies and torment are defeated by the blood of Jesus. Hallelujah!!!

Be blessed, Lynn

Also, on my personal blog, I'm sharing some fascinating insights about Rosh Hashanah. It's really good stuff! Join me for: Rosh Hashanah -Faith Practices and Realities of the Kingdom.

 

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

SUM Books 4


Last Day of Fasting

As we wrap up our fast this year, I want to share a story of fasting that happened to me this year.  It was only a few months ago in fact.  I have not fasted nearly enough in the past year.  I used to be so diligent about it and there was a time when it came easier, but sadly as things improve - I find myself fasting less and even praying less.  I'm not proud of this at all and fully realize that this is how Satan regains a stronghold.

That said, something started really pestering my spirit about needing to spend a day fasting.  And it had to be on the upcoming Wednesday of that week.  By the time Wednesday came around, I had kind of forgotten about it - but no, the minute I woke up - there it was.  I mean there was no getting around it.  My first thought was "Wait - you mean no coffee?"  "No coffee."  So I sighed and my feet were a little heavier than usual hitting the floor.  I  really didn't want to fast and somehow felt , I like I was being given no choice.

So I went to work and at some point that day I received the coolest email from my now dear friend Ann.  I barely knew her at that time and she found me on the SUM website to tell me that she had woken up with me on her heart and she had quite the message from me regarding my marriage and my husband (ex.)  It was a beautiful prophetic message.  It blew me away and I knew then why God had insisted I fast.  It was so I would receive that message with all of my heart knowing it was from Him. Receiving her email on that day left me with no doubt.  So I was giddy that I wasn't crazy in believing I had to fast that day and my sacrifice of morning coffee had no gone to waste.

Then, a little later in the afternoon, I got a phone call from a company wanting to interview me.  My industry kind of works that way where companies "poach" people from other companies.  I would have been in such a quandary about accepting the interview and then later accepting the position if I had not been fasting that day.  I did end up going for an interview and I did end up accepting the offer.  I walked away from my previous job of 4 1/2 years and many friends along with it.  I don't know why I was meant to change jobs, but I know without a doubt it was God's plan.  And I do really like my new company.  But I know I would not have left the other without the knowledge that this is absolutely where God wants me.  And I would not have known that and had such peace about it without having been fasting that day.

So if at any point you really feel nudged to fast, there's probably a reason.  We don't always see all that goes on in the heavenlies when we fast, but know that much is going on.  And sometimes we are blessed enough to see it down here.

It's been a lovely, beautiful week spent with you all.  I would love to hear about any breakthroughs or revelations.

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

SUM Books 4


 
IMG_32601
 
How is the fast going for everyone?  We're just over halfway through.  I personally haven't had nearly the amount of time I would have liked to spend in quiet prayer.  Time and quiet are nowhere to be found in my life right now.  But I think fasting in itself is a form of prayer (I hope so.)  And I've managed to pray consistently throughout the days. I've had to remind myself that God meets us right where we are.
 

This story has stuck with me all of these years, but I hadn't really thought about it until I was praying about what posts to do for this fast.  One day a few years back, Lily and I were sitting at Starbucks right up against the wall.  Next to me I noticed a really cool mural, but I kept on chatting and drinking my mocha.  But I couldn't stop looking at this little piece of the mural and I couldn't figure out what it was supposed to be. It was so distracting that it finally bugged me to the point of getting up and walking to where I could see the whole thing.  It was a series of pictures that made up the whole mural.  And then it all made sense.  And at that exact time, I heard that still small voice say, "This is my perspective compared to yours.  I see the big picture."    Today I ran over there to get photos for this post and it was great to see the mural again.  God has reminded me of this very thing so often throughout the years and I'm always thankful for this illustration from Him.

 
I hope it serves as a reminder to you too that He does see the big picture.  He's painting it and it's going to be beautiful.  Every stroke has been painted with you in mind and not a single thing will be forgotten in His masterpiece.
 
 
IMG_32611
 
 
 


*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

SUM Books 4


The Waiting Room

IMG_32591

I think it's safe to say that all of us have been placed in a waiting room.  We are all waiting for something - our spouse's salvation, our prodigal children to return, our health to be restored, our marriage to be restored, our financial burdens to cease  - I could probably fill many pages with things we are collectively waiting for.

 
I often think about my own personal "waiting room."  I look around and I think God has set me up pretty well in my time of waiting.  He's blessed me with so much while I wait and wait and wait.  He's used this time to strengthen my spiritual muscles - particularly patience and humility and perseverance.  He's gifted me with relationships that I would have never found outside the waiting room.  He's filed down and rounded many of my rough edges making me a soft place for those in this room with me.  And best of all He's given me a deep, intimate relationship with Him.
 
"Some beautiful things can only be found in the hardest times." Bo Stern
 
This is so true.  I look around and I see so many beautiful things - things that could have only been found in the hard times of the last several years.  Things I wouldn't ever give back to spare my tears and heartache.
 
What does your waiting room look like?  What spiritual muscles are being strengthened while you wait?  What beautiful things have you found that you would not have found outside of your waiting room?
 
I think my time in the waiting room (at least this one) may be coming an end, as marriage restoration appears to be on the horizon and as excited as I am, I have to say - I wouldn't trade a single second of the time I spent waiting for God's perfect timing.

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

SUM Books 4


A Wrong Turn Gone Right

IIMG_2202

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 

Have you ever wondered if God still works ALL things together for our good when we screw up - intentionally or unintentionally.  This is something I struggle with.  It causes me to lose faith when I make a bad decision, take a wrong turn in life, say something I knew I shouldn't have.  It causes me to wonder if God is still  going to work all things for my good.  The short answer that I've found is - yes - He will and He does.

Once a year, my friends and I hold an all-night prayer session.  We always start the first hour with praise and thanksgiving.  One of the things we reflect on is our favorite thing about God - our favorite character trait.  Hands down mine is His ability to redeem anything.  I probably pray the simple prayer, "Jesus, please redeem this," many times a week.  I've learned in any situation, even if it's my fault or disobedience or carelessness, He can redeem it.

 I have so many examples of God redeeming situations, but one of my favorite's that I think of often is when my girls and I were on vacation earlier this summer.  It was just the 3 of us in a foreign Caribbean country.  We were very much out of our element and for this reason, used a taxi everywhere we went.  One day, however, someone had told us of a popular beach about a half mile to a mile away.  Since it was "just around the corner," we decided to walk.  I don't think there are words for how hot and muggy it was.  It was miserable anywhere outside of a beach.  So we take off on our walk - the wrong way - around the wrong corner.  And of course, we don't realize it until we had gone really far and ended up at a dead end in an overgrown field.  Instead of a popular, thriving beach - we were met with tall grass and mosquitoes.  Oops!  Needless to say, I had 2 very unhappy campers on my hands since the walk was my idea in the first place.  As usual, I prayed my prayer for redemption, that somehow, some way God would redeem this sticky (literally) situation.  And did He ever answer that prayer!  Across the field, I could see that it dropped off.  I managed to talk the kids into walking through the tall grass (not a single person in sight - kind of scary) to see what was over the cliff.  After much (more) grumbling, we walked over to the edge of the field and looked down to see a beautiful, secluded beach.  We climbed down rocks and made our way to what became known as our "private" beach.  It was the highlight of our entire vacation.  The kids barely remember the wrong turn, the tall grass, the mosquitoes, their tired legs - but they remember every detail of "our" beach.  This beach had shells unlike any others on the entire island and the seclusion made it so special.  Isn't it just like Our Redeemer to turn my wrong turn into the best part of our trip?  And doesn't He do that so often in our lives?

 

IMG_2208

It's such a reminder to me as I walk this journey God has placed me on that He's working ALL things for good ALL the time - in spite of my mistakes.  

I'd love to hear your stories of redemption.  They are truly my favorite.

   

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

SUM Books 4