Saturday, March 28, 2015
Standing for God’s Best is Dennis Wingfield’s first book. For over ten years he has been providing an email devotional, Standing Firm, for Rejoice Marriage Ministries. What God revealed to Dennis during his own marriage struggles can’t be taught in the classroom. It comes only from experiencing first hand the sorrows of divorce and the joys of reconciliation.
Below are excerpts from a few of the testimonies we have received in the past week, each shared with the writer’s permission. These are not to tell you how to stand and what to do, but are given here to share how God moves when people are praying. Do you have a testimony to share to encourage others?
“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:47
“All honor and glory to our precious Lord, Jesus Christ! My husband left me on two different occasions. After learning he was battling with drug use and had committed adultery, I feel into a deeper depression and began using drugs myself. I would pray to our Lord, at His will to please bring my husband back home. My prayers have been answered, praise and thank You to our Lord. To give more glory to our great God, we were told in the beginning of our marriage that my husband was unable to produce children without having a specific surgery but we recently found out that we are also being blessed with a child! Thank You Jesus. Surrender your struggle to the Lord, the battle is not yours. He will do a miraculous thing. Have complete trust and faith in our Heavenly Father!” (California)
“God is faithful to renew our strength to stand. I was feeling down and God showed up. One day I had to wait on a class to go through a door I needed to pass through. A student was holding the door for her class. When I looked at the student I noticed her shirt. It read ‘Restoration, God’s Plan!’ Thank You God for reminding me that I’m in Your will! Just a reminder that God can speak in so many ways. I pray that we, as standers, will have eyes to see and ears to hear as He speaks to us each day.” (Georgia)
The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. Psalm 25:14
“PTL. I’ve been separated for some time with minimum communication with my husband unless it has to do with our daughters. I praise the Lord because my husband is assisting our Bible Study classes and coming to church on Sundays. I know God is working on the other side of this big mountain. In His perfect timing our marriage will be reconciled on the Solid Rock. I trust and believe. I will continue to pray for all of our prodigals.” (Maryland)
“My sister and I are both standers. For months she encouraged me to go to RMM. Finally I did. I had no thoughts on reconciling with my ex since I felt I was over it. Yesterday while driving I called my sister and told her I was having a hard time praying and having doubts if my standing was God’s will. I said, ‘Do you think God understands when I can’t pray?’ I love God so much and don’t want Him to think I don’t trust Him. At that very second God gave me a sign. I know God hears us and knows our hearts even when we are weary. Don’t give up and keep praying. Our suddenlies will come soon!” (Idaho)
“Several years ago, my best friend walked away from our friendship, then my husband declared he was going to divorce me, and then my mother-in-law turned against me, all in the same year. God told me last December that this will be the season of miracles. Recently, my mother-in-law and my former best friend, both of whom I had not spoken with all these years, at their choosing, tentatively approached me. This week I spoke with each of them for over an hour. Two restored relationships in one week. Praise the Lord, who is the God of restoration!” (North Carolina)
“At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,” says the LORD. Zephaniah 3:20
The Lord had given me a message: ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ Psalm 46 But I didn’t grasp what He meant and asked Him to explain it. He did through Charlyne’s devotional about Jericho where she mentioned it means to wait for God’s perfect timing!” (India)
“PTL! I prayed the other day for the Lord to show me a sign from my in-house prodigal wife that my standing was not in vain. He gave me sign after sign as I was driving. That was just wonderful and I thanked God but I really wanted to see or hear something tangible from my wife. The next day my wife confided in me about problems she has been having at work and with her family. She is starting to feel safe enough again to talk to her husband about her problems and her feelings. Then, the following morning, she gave me hug and a kiss on the cheek, this after not much physical contact or any type of intimacy for months. I am grateful and will continue my stand!” (Georgia)
“To God be the glory. No, my suddenly has not come, even though I’ve witnessed many signs. But that doesn’t stop me from praying, and believing that God is in control, and my assignment is to work on me, and allow God to work on my prodigal husband. I have learned to pray, and encourage others in their lives, and marriages. I’ve had the opportunity to witness to a friend whose brother was having marital issues. I began to pray for reconciliation of their marriage, and she shared with me that they’re no longer talking divorce, and he’s moved back home. All praise to the Most High God. I know that one day my suddenly testimony will come. I believe, and stand by Joel 2:25-27.” (Florida)
“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten – the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm – my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed. Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the LORD your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.” Joel 2:25-27
“I recently increased my fasting for my husband. This week, he sent a random message through his attorney to stop praying for him. I was heartbroken. But God! All of a sudden Charlyne’s words, Bob’s writings and stander’s testimonies about this situation started filling my mind. I was quickly back to having faith, hope and joy in our Lord. So I prayed harder for my husband and the enemy was attacking my mind with doubt and fear. But God! After many months of reading testimonies about it, I actually saw my first Covenant Transport truck! Praise and thanksgiving to the Lord! Thank you standers and RMM!” (New Jersey)
“I continue to stand for my marriage even though some days are really hard and some days I just want to give up. I had one of those days last week. I was crying out to God. I shared my thoughts with RMM and received an awesome encouraging email. Then a few days later my husband called to say sorry and also to give me a prayer request. So cry out to God and He will help you!” (Arizona)
“Something positive is happening due to faith in the Lord and continuous prayer. Recently my kids and I went with my estranged spouse on a vacation and had a good time. After that again there is a period of no communication. But still I feel my suddenly is near. Keep believing, it does not cost you anything.” (India)
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:21-22
“While traveling for a few weeks, I prayed to meet other Christians in the countries I visited. God did that and more, as I also met women who were being the OW. I was able to listen to them, befriend them and even minister to them, while gaining insight. On my last day abroad, I met two sisters in Christ. One of them was a stander and we connected at once. We went to a Christian cafe where the words ‘Jesus loves you’ were written at the very top of the building, for all the people to see. We ministered to each other and I directed her to RMM. Through such ‘coincidences,’ God lifted me up and restored my prayer life. He also provided direction where I was confused. I am grateful that I was helped but also that I was able to minister to others. PTL!” (Canada)
“Some months ago it became necessary for me to stand for my long-term marriage. During this time a friend put me in touch with RMM. This has been the most difficult time of my life. Lately, I have considered stopping the stand as I was just too tired to go on. The pain was too much. I received my daily email from RMM with the verses Psalm 69-1:3, 13-15 which I promptly prayed out loud. Today was to begin the divorce discussion. It never happened, my husband asked to come home! We are far from being restored, but my suddenly has started. Thank You Lord. Please continue to pray as my husband and I seek God’s will for our complete restoration to Him and each other.” (Pennsylvania)
Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God…But I pray to you, O LORD, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation. Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink; deliver me from those who hate me, from the deep waters. Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me. Psalm 69:1-3, 13-15
“My spouse told me he wasn’t happy in our marriage because of an OW. Many efforts to heal my marriage and restore communication were futile. I prayed 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. I went through a series of fasting and prayer sessions, but this didn’t change my spouse’s attitude towards me. I got frustrated. A friend led me to RMM where I learned how to be tolerant, patient and to continue waiting and hoping on God. God has been working miraculously as my spouse has started communicating. Though he still has a hardened heart, I trust that God is going to transform him totally. To God be the glory.” (Cameroon)
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Praise be to our Glorious Father. During church service, when the offering time came, my son put money in the plate. This is God working as he as stated he doesn’t really believe in God. He has seen me give and talk about tithing and that God says to test Him about this. This is truly God moving. God works in mysterious ways and I give Him all the glory. Continue to pray with me for my son and pray with me for God to continue to change me that others will see something different in me and want to know what it is. Yes, the SON shines in the darkest of time. Thank You Jesus!” (Florida)
“While flying home from a business trip, God led me to read about Gideon in Judges 6. When I got to verses 36-40, where Gideon asked God to confirm his instructions, the Holy Spirit said to me, “Test me too. If I send your husband home to visit in the next two weeks you’ll know I’ll restore your marriage.’ I was too scared to test God. When I got home, I had a bad cold. I prayed to God how I would care for my small children with such a bad cold. The next day my husband came, brought me soup, went grocery shopping, cleaned the garage, washed and serviced my car, watched the children, and told me to stay in bed. He’s not home for good but WOW his heart is softening into the man I knew and fell in love with. Keep standing, keep praying, fasting and believing. God hears us and wants to have a relationship with our prodigals more than we want them home. God’s timing is perfect.” (Georgia)
“My husband is home! We are back trying to get to know each other again, but we know we love each other. He changed his number, but his friend gave the OW his new number and I know she has called him. Please pray with me in agreement that the OW will stay gone and never come into our marriage again. I pray for all standers. Keep the faith, stay faithful to God, and He will stay faithful to you. He is an awesome God and cannot lie, so stand and let Him handle it. I praise Your name God. You are so awesome and powerful, and my life, marriage, family, friends, and everything that surrounds me is in your hands. AMEN!” (Georgia)
“To God be the glory! God has heard and is answering my prayers. My husband and I saw each other for the first time since our separation this weekend. We attended a marriage retreat and he invited me to spend the day with him. He stayed with me that night and said it’s about time for him to come back home. I thank God for strengthening me to stand even when I was so ready to throw in the towel. But I stood on the Word of God and fought this battle through prayer. Standers, keep standing because God is working behind the scenes. When I saw nothing He was doing everything. My husband told me he got so upset with God because every time he would pray about our marriage God gave him only two answers which were, ‘She’s your wife and no, you cannot get a divorce.’ I’m still standing and praying for restoration to begin and also that he will give his life back to God. Jeremiah 33 became a part of my life.” (Mississippi)
“This is what the LORD says: ‘You say about this place, “It is a desolate waste, without men or animals.” Yet in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are deserted, inhabited by neither men nor animals, there will be heard once more the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD, saying, “Give thanks to the LORD Almighty, for the LORD is good; his love endures forever.” For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,’ says the LORD. Jeremiah 33:10-11
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