Ladies, Did you know we have an amazing PRIVATE FB group? This group is designed to offer support, prayer, and encouragement and to allow for more personal conversation. If you would like to join the group, please click here and ask to join. The admins ...

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SUM Ladies

Ladies,

Did you know we have an amazing PRIVATE FB group? This group is designed to offer support, prayer, and encouragement and to allow for more personal conversation.

If you would like to join the group, please click here and ask to join. The admins will bring you in. Please introduce yourself and ask for prayer. Click on the icon. Hugs, Lynn 

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MIND BLOW - I Freaked OUT!! Ask Mike!

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I opened up the PayPal account yesterday. I literally, LITERALLY, did a double take. The number sitting there was so unbelievable that I couldn’t take it in.

I thought PayPal made a mistake. TRULY. Ask Mike. I freaked out. I cried.

I had to add up the donations with a calculator because I thought something was wrong. IT WAS CORRECT.

I’m freaked out. I didn’t know that all of you loved this home on the web that much.

TRULY… I didn’t know. And the notes that came with the donations….. You’re making me cry AGAIN!!!!

How do I say thank you?? How do I do that? I lack language.

I am utterly humbled and thankful. SUM lives on for another year!!!!

THANK YOU….. THANK YOU….. THANK YOU…..

I’ll be working on individual thank you emails soon. And I’ll be getting the Christmas cards in the mail with a small thank you gift.

I adore you. My dear SUMite Warriors. THE BEST IS YET TO COME. Miracles are ahead in 2020. The Lord Jesus is moving us to greater levels of power and authority, love and grace.

I can’t wait to share more with you… And in a week, I have a story about Mary and the Christmas story you haven’t heard yet. January is crammed full of teaching, activations and Kingdom advancements.

Thank you for giving me your time, your love…. Mostly your heart. I’m eternally thankful. And our Father has heard your name from my lips. Love and hugs, Lynn

        

Advent - An Invitation to Go Deeper

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The Christmas season comes around every year and for many of us it’s kind of the same-old-same-old. Yes, the specialness of the season are the traditions of it and doing the same things every year.  We put up the same tree and decorations, listen to the same Christmas music, have the same family mealtimes, attend the various end of year gatherings and church services and so on.

The busyness of it and the stress of battling through all the shopping crowds, the cooking of all the food and keeping the house clean can serve to distract us. We consciously decide to stay positive and not allow the stress to affect us or the awkward family moments we often experience.

And before we know it, it’s over for another year. We collapse on our lounges having eaten too much and exhausted from the intensity of our family gatherings. For an introvert like myself I’m hankering to get back into my cave to recharge.

Waiting

Advent can simply be another tradition. We light the candles at the appropriate times, pick up an Advent-dedicated devotional and even perhaps follow the alternate lectionaries of Bible readings. Like any ‘practice’ we can simply go through the motions. I know I’m regularly guilty of doing exactly that.

I especially love Advent. However, I need to be very intentional to ensure it’s simply not another tradition that I ‘do’ because it makes me feel good. I don’t want to simply go through the motions.

Advent is a season of waiting. Waiting for an “arrival” (which is what the word, Advent means) of the Messiah. Waiting generally is uncomfortable, isn’t it? It’s uncomfortable because it means we’re not in control. I was only sitting on a plane today thinking we were about to take off when we’re advised that three passengers hadn’t checked in. Arggh. I just want to get home. So we wait. Fifteen minutes pass (which feels like an hour) and two of the three sheepishly head down the aisle sensing the boring eyes of every passenger they pass. We wait some more. Until finally a decision is made to go without the remaining one. I wonder how many of us spared a thought for the passenger left behind or in our hearts were simply glad to be on our way?

The Israelites were used to waiting. What 400 years before the arrival of Jesus? We SUMites are used to waiting too, aren’t’ we? Waiting for the many prayed prayers for the salvation of our dearly loved spouses to be answered. We should be experts at it, shouldn’t we?

Hopeful Expectation

We can choose to walk through Advent with hopeful expectation. Maybe Christmas will be difficult for whatever reason which makes us apprehensive. But we can keep our minds and hearts on the good news of Jesus. He is the liberator, the lover of our souls and we can choose to use these days to intentionally go deeper with Him.

“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[it.” (John 1:4-5 NIV)

Jesus is the light. And as these verses tell us He shines in the darkness. May I encourage you to take a few moments today or tomorrow or the next day to identify the places in your life where you might be struggling to find God. Where are the places of darkness? These can be scary places because we worry that Jesus won’t show up. So here’s what we’ll do:

  1. Once you’ve identified a dark place, invite Jesus into it. Picture Him walking into the room, holding your hand. Every time you sense darkness, invite Jesus to come into. Our friend, Martha, actually spends each morning siting in the dark communing with God awaiting the light of the morning sunrise. It’s a wonderful practice to mirror this exercise.
  2. Be assured that He is with you. Be assured that He hears all of our prayers, all those prayers we’ve prayed for the salvation of our spouses and loved ones. Encourage yourself with the words of Psalm 56:8 –

“You keep track of all my sorrows.

You have collected all my tears in your bottle.

You have recorded each one in your book.”

Spending moments of stillness where it’s just you and God are particularly special in this season. I’ve recently started using an App that Ransomed Heart have released. It’s simply called “One Minute Pause”. Go check it out – it’s free. Here’s the link to the Apple version but there is also an Android one, just search for it in the Android app store: - https://apps.apple.com/app/id1471913620

Come, let us adore Him, Jesus that is, this season. Let’s be intentional with hope in our hearts. Blessing, dear friends. I’ll be checking in midway during the month with a second post on Advent.

Perhaps in the meantime let’s share with each other what we’re hoping for this Christmas. I’m hoping for complete healing for my brother, John, who is walking through a stem cell transplant to keep lymphoma at bay. Unfortunately, he will be spending Christmas in a hospital isolation ward.

        

GIVING TUESDAY

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Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. – Luke 6:38


All of you who give even $5. I bless you in the name of Jesus.

If you donation more than $25 expect a Christmas Card photo and a letter from the Donovan Clan

Marching Around Jericho Cover 3DAnd if you donate more than $125. I’ll send you a copy of Marching Around Jericho in January, prior to release.


I adore you. Lynn
Be blessed this day!

 

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Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday

Giving_tuesday-2019-550Hello SUM Nation,

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday!  Plan to give tomorrow to support the ongoing SUM ministries. Today, let's just celebrate the goodness of Jesus.

So, let me ask you a few questions and let's meet up in the comments.

  1. How many years ago did you find SUM?
  2. What has been the most impactful truth you learned here at SUM?
  3. How has your faith grown since you joined arms with others here?
  4. What are you praying for right now?
  5. How are you dreaming with God for your future?

My answers:

  1. Sum began in May 2006 when I attended the Mount Herman Christian writer's conference as a somewhat hopeful but completely overwhelmed new writer. I sat with a group of women at a table who were talking about blogging. WHAAAAAT? I didn't even know what blogging was, but I could hear the Lord say- You're going to do this... And here we are nearly 14 years later. Dineen was friends with one of those ladies from the conference. She made our introduction. Thanks Camy Tang! Interestingly, in April of 2020 I will be the non-fiction instructor for the Mount Hermon Conference. A full-circle moment 14 years later. Jesus is so good!
  2. Impactful truths? There are SO MANY.. And I learned so much from all of you. Most impactful two truths: God is always good. I am His child.
  3. I see my faith journey growing from a somewhat "Country Club" type of faith. To a SOLD-OUT, JESUS FREAK, ON FIRE, DEMON BEATING, WARRIOR..... Something like that..... grin..
  4. What am I praying for right now? I had a weird health scare a week ago. So, divine health, healing and restoration. And blessing and increase over our finances. I'm praying to defeat the poverty spirit in my family line.... Once and for all!  Hallelujah!
  5. Dreaming with God... Oh gang.... Don't get me started. I LOVE to dream with God. And lately, I'm dreaming of a world where goodness defeats evil. Men are Men. Women are women. Where honor and dignity are our highest standards. Where we love, give, cry, hold, celebrate and embrace ourselves, one another, the animals, and the world in which we live. I dream that we behold something beautiful every day around us and in us and I dream that Jesus is the pursuit of human.

Is that reaching too far? Hmmmmmm, I don't think so because I know the one who spoke it all into being.... 

I love you. Pray about what you can give tomorrow. And I'll join you in the comments today. I can't wait to read your answers. I adore you. March on Warriors!!  WE WIN! Lynn

        

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