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Hey SUM Family, Tiffany here! I love seeing how other people read their Bible. I have seen some things that I would really like to try! Isn't it great how together we sharpen one another! ::grin:: I have talked before about the power of praise. I love to listen to worship songs and praise God with my voice and dance. So, it is no surprise to me that Holy Spirit gave me the idea "Connecting Verses" several years ago. The idea is to take worship music and use it as a "blueprint" if you will to search the Bible. Connecting Verses is a place where music and scripture collide. I've noticed that the more I would dig into scripture, especially the Psalms, the more that I would be reminded of songs as the words would "leap off the pages." Last week, I was able to carve out some worship time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2022 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM Family, Tiffany here! I recently got to speak on spiritual warfare in the SUMite Sister's Facebook page. My topic was "The accomplishment of the cross gave us victory over the battles of life." What a great subject! If there is anything that I have been learning over the last 4-5 years, it has been this. We have authority because of Jesus Christ's sacrifice to advance against the kingdom of darkness. We hear passages such as put on the full armor of God in Ephesians 6. We hear that God gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57). What does this mean exactly? How do we have authority? What does this victory look like? Do you remember the movie The Passion of the Christ, that Mel Gibson directed? Do you remember the horrifice scene of our Lord and Savior being beaten, whipped, spit upon, screamed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2022 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! This year has flown by. I can't believe the year is nearly over. As I sit to write to you this week, I cannot help but think about Rosh Hashanah. I am not a Bible scholar by any means. However, I do know that this time of year, this celebration, is about turning from your old ways and beginning anew. Are any of you participating in the James Study that Lynn and Ann are leading? Even if not "live," but the play backs? Something really struck me about what Lynn said in the first lesson. She mentioned a story of going to the house of a Jewish person for dinner. She went into the garage to grab something and the light was on. When she was coming back into the house, she turned the light off. The man of the house wanted the light on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2022 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! Maintain 1:to keep in an existing state (as of repair, efficiency, or validity) : preserve from failure or decline 2: to sustain against opposition or danger : uphold and defend 3: to continue or persevere in : CARRY ON, KEEP UP 4a: to support or provide for b: SUSTAIN 5: to affirm in or as if in argument : ASSERT Living 1: the condition of being alive 2a: means of subsistence* : LIVELIHOOD 3: conduct or manner of life *Subsistence - the state of remaining in force or effect. Promised Land And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” -- Exodus 33:14 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. -- Revelation 21:7 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2022 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! It has been just over a month since the Carter Crew has signed papers and moved into our new home. A lot has unfolded - both good and bad in this time. I was going to list some things for you but I don't want to make it sound like I am out to complain... ...because that is exactly what the devil tried to get me to do. And I almost fell for it. The Israelites, setting out on their journey out of Egypt, began with excitement. That excitement eventually faded as they succumbed to grumbling and eventually ungratefulness. After 40 years of wandering, the time had come for the next generation to step into the promised land. All that waiting. All that preparing. All that anticipation. Stepping into the promised land was not an instant garden of Eden or heaven on earth. They had... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2022 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! I have been thinking about the timeline of Holy Week. I was blessed to be able to write for Thursday's post. I didn't realize until recently that Thursday is referenced as "Maundy Thursday." Doing a quick online study I found that Maundy comes from "mandatum" which in Latin means: mandate, command, law, order to do something, commandment. How neat! Of course, the night before Jesus' crucifixion, we see the Last Supper and instructions that Jesus gives to the disciples. I want to focus on what happens afterwards. I want to talk about Gethsemane. Did you know that Gethsemane is comprised of two Hebrew words? Gath + Shemen = oil press In the Garden of Gethsemane, we see Jesus take His disciples there to pray. He tasks them with praying so that they would not fall into temptation. A little further ahead He goes to spend... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2022 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! Since my last writing, I had to confront some tough topics with my children. This ranged from introducing them to the LGBTQIA agenda to spirit animals to what is the electric chair. (This did NOT all stem from their public education and it was not all in one conversation.) I don't know about you but I never thought in a million years that I would be having conversations like this with my children. Growing up (as I look back on movies and cartoons that I was exposed to when I was their age) there were some things that I encountered. However, I can definitely say that the world I was raised in was not so brazen and hellbent on the corruption of our children. The agenda is now in our faces! Part of me wants to shelter and hide them from all outside influences. If... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2022 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! I am sitting in a quiet living room. Everyone else is in bed or on their way. I can't help but smile because of the events that have transpired today (Sunday). I am blessed to have done a couple of things that I really love. 1. Organizing and hosting an event. 2. Educating people with truth. I had no idea that many things being stirred in my heart over the last 6 months would all come together tonight. Event planning, researching the public education system, networking with like-minded people stepping into a political calling, serving others. God is ordaining my steps! My husband has been one of "don't ask, don't tell" in this endeavor. However, yesterday, I shared with my mother-in-law some quotes from books in my school district. After she read the materials I handed her, she expressed her disgust. I then said, "Do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2022 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! Those who have followed my story for a while have seen the struggle to let go of the fear of man. There have been many times when I would shrink back from what God was calling me to do because I didn't know how my husband would react. Would he approve? Would he leave me? Would he still love me? These are real struggles in the SUM life! December 29, 2021, I let that fear go. I said good-bye forever. This is not to say that it has been easy these last couple of months. My tenacity to press into the "next right steps" of the Lord's leading has grown. So has my husband's visible frustration at my local civil involvement. On New Year's Eve, 2021, God opened up some time for me to reflect on the upcoming year. I had the chance to be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2022 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! Not too long ago I posted an update about my house. I mentioned that I had written scripture throughout my (current construction) house with my children and grandparents. We went around to each of the rooms and took turns with markers and scripture in hand. I came back some time later, maybe a week or two, to pray in our house. I like to take every opportunity to spend some quiet time in there - praying, dreaming, praising and inviting the Kingdom of Heaven to come and dwell. I noticed that there were a couple of scriptures written that weren't there before. I was excited and my heart filled with joy. Could one of the construction workers be a believer? Could they be praying along with me? Before I got to excited - I had a check in my spirit. Don't ASSUME that things are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2022 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hello SUM family, Tiffany here! I was overwhelmed with joy to see so many reach out for prayer earlier this week. Friends, I just love this community so much. It is amazing what a treasure chest we have in our church without walls. There was a time when I was STRUGGLING to hold on to hope in my marriage. It got so bad at one point that I thought, "I've just dropped my kids off at daycare. I wonder what would happen if I just took a drive and kept on going." I never want to leave my family - but the lies and attacks on my life had me CONVINVED that I wasn't right for my husband and kids. I began to believe that they were better off without me. I know now that it had so much to do with how I viewed my husband. We were caught... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2022 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! I recently opened up my Bible to spend time with the Lord. "Somehow" (grin...isn't God good like that?) I turned to a bible passage that I had been reading three years TO THE EXACT DATE. I wasn't even looking for this passage, nor did I remember I had taken notes on the very pages I was about to read. Let's take a look shall we? I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. -- Psalm 145:1-4 I had underlined and circled many things in these verses. My notes are as follows: Extol -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2022 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! I just wanted to pop on quick and share a wonderful song with you all. In searching for the original, I found a cover by a group called the Creative Trio. There is something prophetic about this group covering the song. I know a lot of us have young ones still at home. We pray and intercede and hope and dream for their future. I am reminded of Acts 2 - 16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. 18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2021 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! This has been quite the transitional season for the Carter household. We have been living with my in-laws for 8-9 months now. As far as our current arrangement, time has flown by! As far as our new house being built and completed, it can't go by soon enough. I am so excited with anticipation at the new chapter ahead. I can hardly wait! Below are a couple of my favorite photos of the house taken within the last couple of months. Please forgive the photos if they are not angled correctly...sometimes they go sideways on me. Click the pictures to see a larger view. Much prayer and intercession has been sown into our beautiful house. The bottom of the stairs leading to the basement. This is where the above inscription is hidden in plain sight. This prayer is written on the framing of our house... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2021 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! Today I want to talk about guilt and shame. My children are now 7 and 8. Man how the time flies! In their earlier years (sadly even in the womb) I had some serious anger issues. I did not know how to control my temper. In many ways I was verbally abusive to my husband and children. I wouldn't call them names or intentionally tear them down. However; my volume, tone, and body language was very aggressive. I remember one day when my son was maybe 3 or 4 I yelled so loudly for him to come to me. He didn't want to because he was afraid. I continued to yell for him to "get over here right now!" He finally began walking towards me but began to cry because he was so afraid. It is in that moment that I realized that I HAD... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2021 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM Family, Tiffany Here! I was reluctant to share this with you today; however, I hope to bring encouragement to those who may be struggling as well. I love my husband. I love my marriage. I love my SUM life. I am truly blessed! I had lunch with someone recently who I met a couple of years ago when I was taking supernatural ministry classes in town. When asked if my husband could meet with us - I kind of froze. I got really nervous and began to stumble with my words. I didn't realize until that moment that I still have some issues with embarrassment. The issue that I have isn't really about Jason. It is the fear of man and a religious spirit. I am not embarrassed to be with my husband. He is handsome. He is sweet and compassionate. He is wise and strong. However, I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2021 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Strongholds crumble at the Word of the Lord. Terror has to run and flee. Breakthrough is just a moment away. Because my God, He holds the keys. Holy, holy. God Almighty. Holy, holy. God Almighty. Holy, holy. God Almighty. Worthy, worthy. God Almighty. Worthy, worthy. God Almighty. Worthy, worthy. God Almighty. Oh my soul, rise up. Worship the King of Kings. Crushing every thought held captive - Chains binding, crippling, dismembering sanity. Holy, holy. God Almighty. Holy, holy. God Almighty. Holy, holy. God Almighty. Worthy, worthy. God Almighty. Worthy, worthy. God Almighty. Worthy, worthy. God Almighty. Demons, spirits, principalities. Don't you dare encroach. This is your final chance at retreat. The Lord laughs, enthroned in glory - Fate has been sealed. You are arrogant, pitiful, existing no more. Holy, holy. God Almighty. Holy, holy. God Almighty. Holy, holy. God Almighty. Worthy, worthy. God Almighty. Worthy, worthy. God Almighty. Worthy, worthy.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2021 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! A blessing for your home - By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are fill with all precious and pleasant riches (Proverbs 24:3-4). For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God (Hebrews 3:4). For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11). Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change (James 1:17). Peace be within your walls and security within your towers (Psalm 122:7). Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have (1 Samuel 25:6). Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2021 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! When I write I try to share my life experiences with you. I want you to know that you are not alone. I aim to help you see that if God can do it for me - He certainly can do it for you! Today I feel a different route is in order. I am seeing so much going on in our community that I really felt it is the time to pray and intercede for you. For us. Daddy God, We come before You in awe and wonder. We humble ourselves before Your throne. Our grief, our hardships, our lack, our tears are like diamonds before you. Precious jewels rising up like incense to Your throne. We hold a special place in Your heart as we talk with one foot in Heaven and one foot in the world. It is so good to know... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2021 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! I am absolutely blown away about how quickly this year has come and gone. It is hard to believe that in less than a month, my kiddos are back in session from the summer. My husband and I do not share the same feelings about the academic year. Sure, we are both excited for our kids to make new friends at a new school. However, this mama's heart has to wrestle with all of the various things coming "down the pipes" as far as education and curriculum. I have attempted to take a more active stance. Ever since the summer before last school year, I got involved in the school board meetings. Even to the point of running in our district as a write-in candidate. I want to get more involved in the school system so I can better monitor what is being taught. I've... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2021 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! I want to continue on with my Carter Crew Testimony. Let's begin with Easter 2021. I took my children to Good Friday service at church. I felt the Spirit prompting me to take them to "big church," as my kids call it. I was happily surprised when my son (who is much less expressive with faith and spiritual things) told me he wanted to go into service with me instead of children's program. We were waiting in line outside of the building when my son found $5. I told him that he should turn it into on of the parking lot attendants. The attendant told him that he could keep it. We get into the sanctuary and on the seats was an envelope. When my son found out that it was an offering envelope he exclaimed, "Mommy! I have $5 I can give!" With no... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2021 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hello SUM Family, Tiffany here! Now that Lynn's new book My Child Sees Monsters is available, I am excited to share a testimony from the Carter Crew. For the last several years, my daughter (who will turn 7 next month) has had constant bad dreams. She would wake up in the middle of the night and climb into bed with my husband and I. When I would ask her what she dreamt about, she would use the word monsters. Sometimes they would take the form of the Grinch, the live version with Jim Carrey terrified her. Sometimes they would take the form of bad guys wanting to hurt our family. Like I was taught in my childhood, I would just brush it off as "nothing" and try to assure her that there was nothing to worry about. Around that time, Lynn posted a series on Children and Night Terrors (click... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2021 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! I wanted to share with you a project that I have been working on for quite a while. ::SHHH...don't tell my husband...grin:: I didn't come up with the idea. In fact I believe I heard about it from one of the SUMites...was it you Martha? This is a journal that I will be compiling prayers, words from the Lord that I have received, dreams, visions, words of knowledge from other people, etc for Jason. I also felt the urge to get him a journaling Bible and write in this as well. Underline/highlight things and prayers that I've prayed for him. I have to admit that I haven't been as faithful as I'd like to be with investing time and effort into this. There really is no deadline...this gift will be ready when the Lord says so. In my wildest dreams and prayers, I imagine giving... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2021 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! I hope you have enjoyed the 15 Year Anniversary celebration! I just keep looking back in pride as to how far the Lord has brought marriage over the years. Don't get me wrong. It has NOT been easy or all sunshine and roses. In fact, I wanted to talk today and be a little vulnerable. Most of the time (95-99.6% ::grin::) I am secure in my decision to marry my husband and stick with it. Allow me to explain. This week I had a big spiritual attack come against me. Jason and I got into a disagreement in front of our children. In my mind I am thinking that my husband was being a bad example to our children. He was not leading the way he should have. I want to tread lightly here because as the believing spouse, especially as a wife, it... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2021 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! Wow it has been a great time of celebration. I love reminiscing on how we have gotten to the SUM community. I came to the community in 2014. I've been scouring the blog to find my first ever comment here...I am praying one day I find it. I can't remember what I specifically wrote but I have memory of the night that brought me to the blog. My husband and I got pregnant before we got married. I was a prodigal and running from the Lord. Once I found out I was pregnant, I allowed seeds of regret, bitterness, anger, envy, and all their friends to take root in my heart. We got married just before my son was born. I look back at the woman that I was back then and think, "God, how is it that Jason never left me back then?" I... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2021 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage