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Changes and Transitions

By Martha Bush In-transition

While attending a home Bible study years ago, the visiting speaker finished speaking and turned to me and said, “The changes and transitions you're going through, God says you're going to make it.”

Did I ever need to hear that! I was in the middle of a major transition. Though I had confirmation God had called me to embark on a new path, sometimes I felt like screaming, "Let me off this roller coaster ride!"

Recently, I read through my journals during this time period. I saw stages I went through and what I learned that were life-changing. It's my prayer sharing these stages will help others who are making changes and transitions in their lives.  

Can I Trust My Heart?

“Is that You, God? It's not You I don’t trust; it’s myself I don’t trust!” Up to that point, I hadn’t branched out beyond reading the Word, praying a little, and taking a covered dish to church when needed. Obviously, I didn’t have much depth, so hearing God's voice was new to me.

The turning point came from an Old Testament scripture: “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us to we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.”  (Deuteronomy 30:11-14 NIV)

This clearly showed me that just as we know the voice of our earthly father, God gives us a heart to know His voice. I also sought Godly counseling for confirmation.

FEAR

Like Abraham, I started my journey in faith, not knowing where I was going. Leaving the known and stepping into the unknown is almost always accompanied by fear. Fear is when all the “what if’s” work overtime. The old devil uses these “what ifs” to trigger our emotions.

I shall never forget the scripture that gave me a reason to continue:  Seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 NKJV)

Kingdom work should always come first; not the “what if’s" of the old devil.

Opposition

This stage totally surprised me, particularly where the opposition was coming from. 

Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword. I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in –law, Your enemies will be right in your own household!”  (Matthew 10:34-36 NLT)  

Say what? My own household? I must have dozed off to sleep when I read that scripture in times past; I had no memory of it. Let's just say I found out I couldn't be a servant of Jesus Christ and please all members of my household at the same time. (Galatians 1:10) 

Sit Still, Rahab

It was hard watching family and finances being shaken. What’s more, I couldn’t do anything to fix it.

God used Joshua’s words to Rahab to sustain me. Joshua told her when she saw the Israelites coming into Jericho, gather her family, sit in the widow holding a scarlet ribbon indicating where she was, and he would rescue her and her family. BUT, if you go out into the streets to save yourself, your blood will not be on our hands. (Joshua 6 Paraphrased)

It was then I got a visual picture of Rahab sitting still up in her window as the walls of Jericho came tumbling down around her, waiting for Joshua to rescue them. 

And so, I perched myself up in my imaginary window, waiting as Rahab did. 

Tired of Waiting

With all due respects to Rahab, her waiting period was a lot shorter than mine - 6 days as compared to mine that stretched into years. I had had a prophetic word saying: “I'm bringing this all to some kind of conclusion and you're going to be pleased.” "When Lord, when?" was my cry.

Growing tired, there came a time I prayed weeks for God to give me permission to leave the journey. Finally He answered me by saying,

Who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

(Esther 4:14 NIV)

Okay, Lord. I am in it for the long haul.”

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My friends, you might be going through changes and transitions in your life and feel you're not going to make it. I'd be glad to pray with you.

Next week, Balaam’s donkey, Jehoshaphat, and other "unknowns" tell their story of coming into a royal position for such a time as this.

 


Love Can Build a Bridge - via 1 Corinthians 13

By Martha Bush Bridge-2

On April 30, 2022, Naomi Judd’s daughters, Wynona and Ashley, announced that their mother had lost her life to mental illness. Naomi had always been an outspoken advocate for mental health, as she discussed her own battle with depression over the years.

After a long absence of singing together, a couple of weeks prior to her death, The Judds sang, “Love Can Build a Bridge,” at The Country Music Awards. She looked on top of the world, but only a few days later, she was gone.

Actually, Naomi co-wrote that song, along with John Barlow Jarvis, and Paul Overstreet. The song is about the importance of always standing together.

The chorus of that song goes like this:

Love can build a bridge
Between your heart and mine
Love can build a bridge
Don't you think it's time?
Don't you think it's time?

I listened to that song several times after the announcement of Naomi’s death; I just couldn’t get the words of the song out of my mind, particularly that word "bridge." 

While I was immersed in my thoughts on that song, I passed by my friend Shari's house.  Years ago, she and her husband had built a wooden bridge in front of their home. It serves as a crosswalk for people to be able to walk over it to get from the street and over the ditch so they can enter their yard.  No doubt, they had a plan in mind before it was built, and they knew the specific kind of wood to buy to serve its purpose. (Shari's bridge is pictured in image)

And then it hit me why the word bridge was standing out to me - - love can build a bridge for the purpose and importance of humanity crossing over barriers to stand together. But the question is how do we build a love bridge - something that you can't see.

It suddenly dawned on me that Paul gave us the blueprints of how to build that love bridge in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.

  • Love is patient and kind.
  • Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way.
  • It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 
  • It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 
  • Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
  • Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 

A search of the Bible will reveal many more scriptures instructing us to extend love to our fellowman. 

My friends, as sad as it is for Naomi and her family, it seems today that people everywhere are going through so many trials and heartaches that are not as widely known as hers were, but they are walking among us daily. Some may ask for help, while others, for whatever reason, may not.

May we be more discerning and attentive to the needs of those around us and build a love bridge, according to 1 Corinthians 13, that crosses over the ditch (any barrier) to enter hearts, homes, communities, and nations to help those suffering.

Don’t you think it’s time?

Don’t you think it’s time? 

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Do You Trust Me?

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Tiffany Gobert Art

Part 1

Jeanne here.  You might be familiar with that scene from the end of John’s gospel, where Jesus asks Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me?”  The third time, it goes down like this:

Jesus asked a third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me?” Peter was deeply hurt that Jesus had asked him a third time, “Do you love me?” “Lord, you know all things,” he replied. “You know I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.” (John 21: 15-17)

I feel like I’m living through something similar these days, but instead of asking if I love him, Jesus keeps asking me if I trust him.  I keep avoiding the question because I know he’s going to tell me to feed his sheep.

I know I’m not here on this earth to have a Jesus-and-me love fest.  There is a whole flock of people that he wants someone to take care of, and that someone is me.  I don’t know all the sheep I’m supposed to feed, but Jesus does, and he loves them, and he wants me to feed them.

Jesus has been working on me for a while to get out of my comfort zone and start walking the path he had laid out for me since before I was born.  My life is supposed to be a showcase for God’s love and power.  The Lord has provided everything I need to do this, but I’m still the one who has to do the work.  And to be honest, sheep scare me.

If left to myself, I could happily spend the rest of my life sitting on my couch, reading my Bible, and sending money off to support people who are doing the real work. But the Spirit won’t let me.  As an example, God has been telling me since at least 2018 that I’m supposed to write a book.  Recently this leading came with a bunch of details about what’s supposed to be in it, and how to approach it, and who to collaborate with. It all seemed possible in the moment, while I was hearing from the Spirit.

But within a few hours, I was incapable of even imagining myself writing this book.  All the unknowns overwhelmed me. Who do I think I am? I don’t know anything about this topic!  What if I never finish it? What if people judge me? What if no one believes me?  And the dream died a quick death.

Have you ever gone through something like this? I’m pretty sure it’s a fairly universal experience… God lights your fire and the devil does his darnedest to put it out. So then it’s back to me and Jesus, on the beach, early in the morning. He’s got the coals going and the fish sizzling, and he’s saying, “Jeanne, do you trust me?”

Lord, you know everything.  You know I trust you.  It’s myself I don’t trust. I just can’t.

Part 2

Love is patient, love is kind. The next morning, Holy Spirit gets back to work on me, bringing to mind the words of our good Lord. 

“For you are My workmanship, created for good works, which I prepared beforehand for you to walk in.”

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

And finally,

“My grace is sufficient for you. My power is made perfect in weakness.”

I don’t like being weak and dependent on someone else to help me.  I’m not comfortable starting something without a solid plan of how I’ll be able to finish it.  But I am learning that the place in my journey where my ability comes to a dead stop, and I’m incapable of taking another step – that’s where God shows up and does more than I could have ever asked or imagined.

A good friend told me that the book is already written in Heaven, and I just need to yield to the Spirit and let him put the words on paper in this realm, through me.  That takes the pressure off!  This whole thing is his idea, and I can trust him to make it happen. My worries and limitations don’t matter at all because it’s not up to me. 

What about you?  Who are your sheep and how does God want you to feed them? 


"I Am Who I Am; Don't Try to Change Me!"

By Martha Bush Four-temperament

Recently, my friend approached me and in a frustrated voice said, “My husband thinks it’s hilarious to watch me squirm. I’m not saying I can’t ever take a joke or have fun. Overall, I’m just not a joker or prankster. I have a very serious personality. The serious aspect of my personality has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. I haven’t changed.”

Growing even more frustrated, she blurted out, “Why do I need to act a different way to be the way everyone else thinks I should be? Why do I have to change my personality completely to suit anyone else?” I am who I am. Don’t Try to Change Me. You either accept me the way I am or you don’t.”

Honestly, it took all I could do to hold in my laughter as I listened to her tell me about her reactions to her husband. You see, I, too, am a jokester and like to pull pranks - my husband does not!  For years, I had “suppressed laughter,” because my husband didn’t think my joking and pranks were funny either. I walked on egg shells suppressing my true personality to have peace and harmony.

Then came the day I took a course on Temperaments that changed my life. It is defined as: 

Our own uniqueness, which we each are born with

that sets us apart as an individual.

I finally gained my composure, and told my friend, “That serious side, non-joking personality is a part of your uniqueness, and you shouldn’t try to change it. At the same time, I said very gently, “You shouldn’t try to change your husband’s joking personality either – that’s what makes him unique.”

But, we got a problem if adults are crying out--- “that’s just the way I am; don’t try to change me.” While that is a partially true statement, “There are times that just the way I am, may need to be changed.”  Ummm!

The question is, “where and how should the changes be made in our personality?” 

Most educators of human behavior classify temperaments into 4 categories. Phlegmatic, CholericSanguine, Melancholy. When I first heard those words in a Bible study, it didn’t sound very Biblical to me.

However, my ears perked up when I was able to associate temperament with Psalm 139:13-14: For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  (NKJV)

 Though we are uniquely designed with many strengths, each temperament also has its own weaknesses, thanks to Adam. Adam’s sin was like an infectious disease - it spread to every human being born thereafter. Because of this, we also are born with inherited weakness in our temperament.

My friends, I cannot do justice to a study on temperaments in a short blog, so I want to try to impress upon you the importance of having knowledge about one of the most unique aspects of human behavior. 

1.Knowledge helps us to judge our own conduct.

Very interesting that the same Psalm that tells us we are uniquely made, also tells us to search our hearts for wicked ways. Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Ps. 139:23-24 NKJV))   

2.Knowledge helps us is to understand other people.

The key to having different personalities is understanding one another, and making a detour around those things that are causing friction. It is not wrong that my husband is more serious minded than I am; neither is it wrong I have a joking personality. I didn’t stop being silly, I am just silly with my girlfriends.   

3.Knowledge helps us to understand and use the gift God has given us.

The gifts of the spirit, as found in Romans 12, 1 Cor 12, and Ephesians, make it plain how different we are in the way we help others. The gifts God placed within us, flow from us according to our own unique temperament. Don’t try to be like someone else when using your gift---use your gift according to the way God designed you.

4.Knowledge helps us to walk out our calling and purpose.

We each have a call on our lives. Don’t let a weak characteristic of your temperament prevent you from heeding to that call. About 25 years ago, I knew God was calling me to pursue a specific direction. I also knew it would cause a lot of conflict at home. One of the major weaknesses of the Phlegmatic temperament is avoiding conflict at all extremes. But, God helped me to face the conflict, and the strengths of my temperament began to come alive that had lain dormant all my life.

So, as the old saying goes, “that’s just the way I am," may need to change. Change may well begin with knowing the weaknesses of your temperament.  When you see how God has uniquely designed your strengths, I promise you that you can’t wait to give the old devil a black eye by accenting your strengths, and walk out of those weak areas.

(Resource: Personality Plus by Florence Littauer)

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Your thoughts?

 

 


A LIVE Bible Study. What Are Your Thoughts?

Want Your Feedback (1)Hi Everyone,

Lynn Donovan here. I'm considering offering a 10-week, LIVE Bible study through Zoom. We would study together the book of James. Everything in the book of James leads us to live the Christian life with success. 

My questions are below. Please respond in the comments. Please, please take a minute and share your thoughts. They are important to me. 

  1. I know you are likely tired of Zoom meetings, but would you tune in to Zoom for about an hour to an hour and a half?
  2. Would you be willing to commit a meeting once a week for ten weeks? 
  3. What areas of learning would help you? For example, finances, relationships, physical healing, prayer life, life balance. Please think about what you need and list as many as come to mind in the comments. There is NO condemnation. Let's study what we really need. 
  4. Should this study begin in August or September?

This study will be live only, no recordings. To get the good stuff you have to show up. Faith takes a commitment, but I promise you this. IT WILL BE GOOD STUFF. Training and info you won't get in church. Wisdom from heaven that will grow your faith and lead you into a better life.

Okay, See you in the comments. Thank you for taking time to share with me. Hugs, Lynn Donovan