Mike's Best Advice To A Believing Wife

Hello SUMite Nation! Lynn here. I’m writing this post on a very warm and sunny Super Bowl Sunday. I’m apologizing to all of you who are freezing your keister off in the icebox of February. And for those of you battling this ferocious flu, I speak to that bug in your body and command it in the name of Jesus; BE GONE. STAND DOWN! BODY BE HEALED! Anyhoo, I ask for your grace as I describe the warm weather, exceptionally warm (I’m frustrated- What happened to winter around here?) weather in Southern California. Yesterday Mike and I sat on our front porch swing together with our puppies, Grace and Finney. In these strangely warm months of winter, we often sit out there together and take in the neighborhood. Yesterday we watch an entire swarm of bees take residence in our neighbor’s trees. (She was made aware). While rocking and also... Read more →

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“Woman! How Would Like Your Husband Saved?” by Martha Bush

“Woman! How Would Like Your Husband Saved?” I can see you screaming at your computer after seeing this picture pop back up, “Oh no, I can’t go through another fast; give me a break, Lynn!” Hold on; Lynn is not calling for another fast. I want to share with you about a fast I had several years ago in regards to my husband’s salvation. An evangelist was invited to speak at my church on Spiritual Warfare. All of a sudden, he bellowed from the pulpit: “Woman! How would you like your husband saved, and keep your mouth shut to him and pray only to God? You fast and pray, you do everything you can do until that prayer is manifested, or you hear a word from God that gives you peace!” Something leaped inside me. I desperately wanted salvation to come to my home, and that thing leaping up inside... Read more →

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Men stuff ... Part 1

Image courtesy of franky242 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net For a while now some of us have thought it might be useful to have a chat about blokes and some things that perhaps are not well understood or create confusion. As you can see I’ve added a “Part 1” to this post hoping that this may be the first in a series of occasional posts and not necessarily all written by me. I hope this first post may perhaps create some conversation. I’d prefer to respond to specific questions that may be on a few of our minds rather than run off on a tangent that may not be very relevant. So this post will be a little general in nature to get us started. Perhaps to start let me introduce myself for some of you who may be newish to SUM and don’t really know me so that you have a good... Read more →

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Submission vs. Obedience - - Part 3 By: Martha Bush

Submission vs. Obedience - - Part 1 Submission vs. Obedience - - Part 2 Introduction by Martha Bush I want to thank Lynn for giving me the opportunity to tell my story of the most difficult season I faced in my marriage when submission vs. obedience came into play, as I obeyed the Lord’s direction for my life, and the opposition I faced from my husband in doing so. (Part 1, Part 2) These posts weren’t meant to degrade my husband. Looking back, this season was more about breaking strongholds and burning out impurities in my life that had kept me from putting God first. I want to conclude with two questions that I struggled with the most. Question #1: Am I Hearing Your Voice, Lord? Trusting my heart to know if it was the Lord’s voice was entirely new to me. Perhaps it was because, since childhood, I had... Read more →

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When Survival Is The ONLY Option...

First, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to share my heart with you all. I am so blessed and even more grateful for the door that God has opened for me! The Holy Spirit has given me many spiritual gifts but there is one that I cherish the most. He has given me the gift of vulnerability. For some of you, vulnerability does not come easy. It may seem scary, impossible and maybe even unnecessary. I used to think it was a curse growing up because in those most delicate places of our heart people can so easily wound. However, it is also in those most delicate places that Jesus can (and desperately desires to) transform, heal and redeem. Let me assure you that Jesus is so worthy of those intimate places! In these next few posts, I am going to tell you all about myself. I... Read more →

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Defeat Discouragement and SUMite Nation New Writers

SUMite Nation, Don’t give into discouragement. The month advances and perhaps you fasted, perhaps not. But God is moved by our prayers. For me personally this past week has been tough. I’ve battled discouragement, confusion and even frustration as the answers I’m seeking, have yet to come to light. In my discouragement I felt my spirit drain of its hope and despair was standing by just waiting to pounce. I gathered myself and went on a prayer march on Sunday morning. Along the route the Lord spoke, “You are a Daughter of the King. Rise up and remember. You have fabulous promises. My Word is a hammer that shatters despair and disappointment (Jeremiah 23:29). Press in. The devil is scheming and plotting, and blocking your breakthrough and dreams. Decree the promises over your life. Speak that which is not as though it is (Romans 4:17).” Wow, did I ever need... Read more →

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God Visited Me During The Fast - A MUST READ

The following arrived in my email box on Monday. IT’S A MUST READ: ***** Written by SUMite: Anja I have one more testimony to add to all of those our amazing God did in this community. I was looking forward to the fast for some time because I knew I just had to do it. I was so desperate for a break through. 2017 was a year where I and my marriage just continued to break apart. In September (something always changes in September ;-)) it got so bad I had to seek out psychological assistance because I started to show physical symptoms to the situations surrounding me. It would be a story too long to write here but let me just say, my marriage was/ is at a point where we no longer communicate apart from things concerning our son because we cannot see eye to eye on anything.... Read more →

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Staunch, Skeptic, and Special!

“I’ve never met a Christian I liked!” declared Seamus* to the rest of us at his table. I frowned at him quizzically. Personally, I had no problem with Christians; my thing was sheer indifference. I just couldn’t relate to their fervor. By the end of the year, however, the unexpected had happened: I had gone from indifferent to fervent. Yikes! Indeed! It was amazing, and with it came healing, joy, and a very real experience of God; but it left me in a strange place: I was now a lone Christian in a friendship group of atheists. Seamus was one of those friends, along with his wife. I know 'couple friends' are something to be thankful for … but … mm … it hasn’t been roses. Let’s just say that while Seamus’s wife is extremely easy-going, Seamus himself is not a tactful man, and he is convinced Christianity is untrue.... Read more →

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Guess What Happened On Wednessay Of Our Fast?

Hi SUM Nation, Our annual fast was one of the most powerful experiences in our community to date. The emails and comments that arrived bear proof that our God is moving upon our prayers. Be assured that our sacrifice of fasting pulled on heaven. I know many of us had some significant experiences. Many received revelation, and many discovered a growing depth in your relationship with the Lord. Hallelujah. I had a profound experience on Wednesday: I was at church and the meeting I was attending was concluded. I stood in the building, chatting with two other ladies about our current experiences with God. We were discussing the astonishing things God is doing and how our minds are being blown up right now. It’s one of my favorite things to do, compare notes with other believers who are hungry for God. Anyhoo, our excitement was obvious to anyone who may... Read more →

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Golden Awards of Fasting

Golden Globes I wrote this during my prayer time in the morning of the last day of our fast. I was re-reading it this morning, the following day, I felt as though it was a message for our community from the heart of God. Allow me to share it with you. Good morning Daddy, I pray we have made You smile. I love you. I love our annual fast together. …… We have our own Golden Globes, our spheres of honor, accolades given, bestowed by our Father. Ribbons, awards, nations bestowed in response to our sacrifice and the laying down of our hearts, prayers, service and giving of gifts and finances. Blessings forever more. Redemption of hearts. Restoration of relationships. Strength to the feeble. Vitality to the sick. Everlasting life. The Golden Globes for the Kingdom are the testimonies of the Saints. The Crowns of Gold and glory, won on... Read more →

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Day Five - A Powerful Communion

Fast concludes at Sundown today. ***** Have you ever pondered the weird story in John 6 where Jesus commands his followers to eat His flesh and drink His blood? Of course, today we understand the meaning, post cross. But what if you were a follower of Christ sitting among others, prior to the cross, and this man tells you to eat his skin and drink his blood. Ick!!! Many became offended and this is why. At the time, animal and human sacrifices were common place. The people of antiquity, Jerusalem, were aware the occult world drank human blood to increase their power on earth. This still happens in the occult world today. Followers of Christ were repelled to consider this practice because a blood covenant is/was the highest form of a covenant/agreement. When you eat/drink the flesh and blood you are taking in the essence of life, consuming everything associated... Read more →

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The Power of Encounter

Hello SUMite Family, I’ve been so moved by your comments, your efforts and the experiences you are sharing in the comments. Every comment yesterday was read by those in the heavenly realms! Wow! And a note: I am so bummed out I haven’t had the time to respond to the comments. Please forgive me. I have read each and every one of them. I appreciate how many of you have responded and prayed for someone else. Well done… This is what family looks like! 😊 Today, I want to share a verse that was written for us, for this very hour, for our unique marriages. “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Appropriate on day four of our fast. Recall with me the story that leads up to this statement made by Jesus. (Read the story in John 4) The Woman At The Well. She was... Read more →

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Fasting Is Cheered In Heaven

Mid-Week Gang, our fasting continues. I want to give grace. I haven’t had a perfect fast. I’ve needed to supplement the fluids with a few ounces of protein, chicken, once a day. Fasting isn’t easy. And as I contemplate the meaning of fasting and prayer, I’m almost glad that it’s a bit difficult to seek out God. What I mean by that is there are times, such as our initial salvation experience, it's easy. Then there are seasons or life circumstances where seeking God takes effort. What I love about that is that when we make the effort, we experience an intimacy and revelation that is uncommon. We are the few, the privileged to walk where Jesus walks, to talk to the King and hear His revelation. Wow! I’m right in there with you. It’s hard. I’m bummed out I can’t do it perfectly. I’m still waiting for many answers... Read more →

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Entering Breakthrough

SUMites, Well how was your first day? Don’t relent now because the next two days are the most difficult. But when you arrive on day four…… Something happens. Breakthrough. God’s voice. Provision. LOVE Stay strong. Today work on any unforgiveness in your heart. Cleansing of bitterness is a GIANT step toward powerful intimacy with the Father. Scripture Prayer Prompt: For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure. ─Philippians 2:13 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord,... Read more →

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Prayer And Fasting - Day One

Fast Day One: My friends, a corporate fast is an amazing petition to our Lord. And right now there are thousands of God’s people fasting all over the world. The honor and delight that this must bring to our Father is glorious. I want to be brief today. And offer a word of advice/encouragement and a prayer prompt for the day. Be encouraged: Give yourself grace if your goals for fasting aren’t strictly met. I’ve been fasting for a week now and I’ve needed to eat something once a day. I feel disappointed, but I get right back up and ask the Lord to strengthen me for tomorrow. So, I’m hoping that beginning today, I can sustain and fast fully from solid foods. If you fail, just pick up and keep going. I want to share my fast so that it might be helpful to you: Fasting all solid foods.... Read more →

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Sacrifice And Fire

SUMite Church Without Walls, Beginning tomorrow we are walking into the Holy of Holies. A place of intimacy and deeper friendship with our Father, God. Holy ground that is accessed through the gate called, Sacrifice. Sacrifice is a Biblical offering to our Lord and it’s is depicted throughout scripture. My dear family, do you know what happens when we sacrifice a core part of our life, our sustenance? FIRE!!! The fire of glory falls upon the sacrifice. A holy fire, a purifying fire. A fire that destroys the demons and cleanses us from sin. Fire that heals as it burns off the oppressor. Fire that burns but does not destroy. We are headed for a burning bush experience and I’m already expecting miracles. How about you? What are you expecting? Fast begins tomorrow, January 8 at Sunrise. Stop in tomorrow morning for a scripture prayer prompt. Then share during the... Read more →

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Powerful Fasting Tips & Share Yours!

PRE Fast Day FIVE 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... Read more →

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Hunger, The Broken, The Fulfillment Of An Impossible Dream

PRE Fast Day FOUR Fast Begins January 8 at Sunrise. Ends Sundown, January 12, 2018 My friends, This past fall, I fasted often. Sometimes for two days in a row and sometimes for only a day in a week. Amazing thing can happen during a fast. I want to share with you what happened one Friday not long ago. I was fasting seeking a breakthrough for a project I was working on. What is interesting is that when you fast, I’ve discovered you become extraordinarily sensitive to the voice of God. It was about noon on this particular day and I was feeling the effects of fasting. Tremendously dizzy, no energy, lacking motivation. But I promised God I wouldn’t break the fast. I went into my prayer room and just sat. Within minutes God arrived with power. He began showing me pictures in my mind of those who were suffering... Read more →

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Hunger Slays The Dragon

PRE Fast Day THREE On Monday (January 8) as you reach mid-afternoon most of us will begin to experience hunger pangs. Grrrr, the drive of our physical body is powerful. And it’s often our weak responses to the physical that cancel what is about to triumph in the spiritual. I’ve determined that a LARGE part of our journey through life on planet earth is all about growing our spirit (soul) to the point that it takes captive the desires of our physical body. When we begin to mature in faith, we take captive our thoughts to Christ. Often, we find freedoms from addictions and harmful thought processes and more. But eating is something we will participate in for the duration of our earth-life. Taking captive the god called -stomach- is a HUGE issue for so many of us. It is for me. But this fast, which I started yesterday and... Read more →

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Be Aware! Don’t Compare!

Today, I am tickled to share with you my friend, Kathy Collar Miller. Welcome Kathy! by Kathy Collard Miller Have you ever found yourself thinking, “I’ll make sure I’m never bad like her.” Or “I want to be good like her.” We all have and it may seem like a really good thing to focus on avoiding the mistakes of some and emulating the good points of others. Even the Apostle Paul wrote to his friends in Philippi, Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us (3:17). But if we read his words earlier in that chapter, he says, Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it... Read more →

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Hunger Touches The Heart of God

PRE Fast Day TWO Question: Do you know what to do while you fast? What am I supposed to do? Do I pray normally, pray more? Do I just sit in silence? Do I just starve myself and hope something happens? Perhaps some of you are scratching your head just like I did a few years ago. Anyone? I want to share some insights that make your fast powerful and effective. Make time every morning to rise before the house wakes, go into your prayer place with your Bible, journal and any other book that you are reading to grow in your faith. Open up your spirt by inviting the Lord to come in. Give God your heart and ask Him to speak to you. Start your prayer time with worship, or/and prayer language, or/and surrender. Read a chapter or verses in your daily reading. If you don’t have a... Read more →

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FASTING FOR BREAKTHROUGH

SUMite Nation Next week, January 8-12, 2018… We will fast together in a Corporate expression of sacrifice and prayer. Seeking a greater intimacy with the Lord and seeking revelation for the year ahead. Begin to think about what and how you are going to fast. Prepare your family and let them know you will be fasting. Pre-prepare meals for them and let them know that you need their support to fast. My challenge is for you to fast an entire five days from solid foods. And for some of you who truly need a miracle, a water only fast for five days. If you can’t fast all five days, consider a sunrise to sunset fast, with dinner in the evening. I also challenge you to fast from television and devote that time to reading the Bible or another book that will strengthen your faith. Let me ask you this. Do... Read more →

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This Really Happened Under My Roof

Meet Finn. His mama was found wandering about Los Angeles and birthed a litter right around Christmas day. We adopted this little buddy from a Chiwawa pet rescue. We also adopted his sister, Gracie, nearly two years ago. Finn, I’ve come to decide, is a special needs doggie. Something happened to him before our ownership that has left him with permanent pain in his back-hind quarters. He often yips and yelps and scurries along the floor like someone is chasing him because of the moments of pain he experiences. We have taken this poor mutt to the Vet several times, x-rays and exams to figure out what is causing this pain. Nothing. We can’t figure it out and he continues to be in pain. This causes the little pooch to be very fearful. He’s also obsessively devoted to my husband Mike. Follows him everywhere. It breaks my heart to look... Read more →

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Fellow Laborers

“It’s hard being a girl guide!” Those words, inaudible but clear, woke me one morning, just as the birds were beginning to sing. It felt like a word from the Holy Spirit, but I struggled to understand. Only months later did a sudden ‘a-ha’ come: I am the ‘girl who guides’ my husband, the one who spiritually leads. It’s not the way God intended. That’s why it's so hard. God had just explained my hurting heart to me. It doesn’t sound much, but it was really helpful. I thought that was it, but last week, quite unexpectedly, this ‘girl guide’ word unfolded into something more: A promise for our community! I feel led to post it here, and I hope it encourages you, as it has me. Here’s what happened: Last week, one of our SUMites, Jan, had a dream featuring boy scouts. She described it on our Facebook group... 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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