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Charlyne Cares is a daily reminder that God cares and that we care about your marriage. Each morning Charlyne sends a devotional and Bob does a Prodigal Perspective on Tuesdays. These come from someone who has experienced the tragedy of divorce and the triumph of a family restored by God speaking to Charlyne's heart not to give up on their marriage after she divorced Bob.

Today's Charlyne Cares Devotional

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Look at your wedding picture and remember why you and your beloved spouse got married. What happened? The enemy tempted, blinded or deceived one or both of you to fall into temptation or one or both of you did not respect and love each other as the Lord teaches us in the Bible. Your marriage can be resurrected from the dead, hopeless marriage to you both rebuilding your marriage like building a home one brick at a time. Nothing is too hard for God!

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Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”…Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.  Romans 4:18, 20-21
“Against all hope. Abraham in hope believed!” Does that describe you today? Are you walking in blind faith as Abraham did in Genesis? Do you really believe that your spouse will come back home to your marriage? How well is your belief system working in your body, soul and spirit today? Have you come to the point to really believe and know in your heart that your spouse could call or walk into where you live or work at any moment by a divine intervention from your awesome mighty God? Yes, as you know from our story, distance is not a problem for God.
All you must do is keep your eyes on the author and perfecter of your faith! Never forget how the Lord has spoken to your heart about marriage restoration. It may have just happened while you were sitting at your computer crying and you just wrote something, and you found information about marriage restoration. I call that God’s divine intervention. He was directing your steps. God has spoken to you! God hates divorce. Your Lord God can heal and restore your hopeless marriage. Will you really believe in what the Lord God is speaking to your heart and through His Holy Word?
Let me share a story about Abraham and Sarah regarding the promise that God had given Abraham many years before Abraham and Sarah had their son. As you may know the story, Sarah did get impatient and gave Hagar, her maidservant, to Abraham who was 86 years old, so that they could have their son that God had promised “through Hagar.”
Is that what God said? No! Did God need her help? No. Did it cause problems? Sarai deeply regretted Hagar ever having Ishmael, who was a counterfeit to God’s perfect plan. Yes, read the whole story in Genesis Chapters 12-25.
Are you doubting the Lord now after He has spoken to your heart a message of direction? Do not interfere in God’s timing and cause detour roads as you will just delay God’s plan and purpose for your life and marriage.  (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
Always remember who is giving you the doubt, fear and unbelief – the enemy, Satan. Will you choose to walk in faith, hope, and trust? May you never forget the importance of obeying the Lord as He directs your steps and life every day.
If you have not heard from your Lord God regarding what you should do about your marriage, then cry out to the Lord, seek His face and your Lord God will speak to you! Then really believe in God’s promises.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  Isaiah 55:6-11
Now let’s finish the story of Abraham and Sarah:

God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations, kings of peoples will come from her.”  Genesis 17:15-16

What a powerful promise! Now Abraham and Sarah had to believe even though Abraham was almost a hundred years old and Sarah was many years past the age of having children. They had to wait on God’s perfect timing. Will you pray and intercede for your spouse’s salvation and encounter with the Lord? Then one day it happened:

The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day.  Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.  Genesis 18:1-2
“Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him. “There, in the tent,” he said. Then the LORD said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” Genesis 18:9-11
Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.  Genesis 21:1-3

Did you read the powerful words in
Genesis Chapter 21? Go, get your Bible and highlight these powerful words… “and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised.” Are you walking in doubt or fear? Do you believe what your Lord has spoken and promised to your heart about your marriage being restored? Walk in faith, knowing who you are in Christ.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see… By faith Abraham, even though he was past age–and Sarah herself was barren–was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.  Hebrews 11:1, 11-12
Will you stand firm with hope and confidence one day at a time? You are believing and standing on the promises of God who created everything! I pray that you will humble yourself and seek your Lord and pray: 
Dear Heavenly Father, “Forgive me of my doubt and fear of my unknown future. Please reveal to me one more time Your perfect will about my hurting or dead marriage. Lord, please show me that I am on the right road following You. Please handle all my current stresses in my life as you touch and change my spouse’s heart. May You, in the end, get all the glory, honor and praise for our marriage being restored. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”?  Isaiah 40:27

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