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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

Saturday, February 28, 2015

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SATURDAY TESTIMONIES
 
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?
“Who among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is like you–majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?”  Exodus 15:11


“I want to give God all honor and praise for restoring my marriage and family. After some time of separation, God manifested Himself in my life, my husband’s life and in our marriage and family. It looked hopeless; both of our families and friends encouraged us to let go and move on. Well I let go and I let God have His way with me and everything that pertained to my life, husband included. When God speaks His promises to you, He does what He said He will do. He never takes back His promises. I just thank Him for loving me so and for keeping me under the shadow of His wings when I finally decided to surrender and allow Him to be my provision in every single area of my life. I send continued prayers for RMM. I pray for all standers and prodigals and families. Keep trusting God. Be blessed.”  (Georgia)


“Although I am still in the standing process, I believe the Lord led me to RMM when I prayed and asked for a sign that my praying is not in vain and my prodigal will return home. I have the radical faith that God is getting ready to move in my marriage and restore us before we even get close to the divorce court date. I stand in agreement with you all still waiting that restoration is near and I am excited about returning to share my testimony of my prodigal’s sudden return. Praise God in advance!”  (Connecticut)


“I prayed hard this morning on my husband and our situation. I made bad decisions concerning our separation and was praying I didn’t ruin things. I told God I know He loves me and I love Him and I am going to put it in His hands from now on. He answered me. My husband called me today, and I let him know I loved him. It is a small step but it feels so large. I thank God for answering me.”  (Georgia)


“Since my husband moved out a few months ago, he’s been asking that I allow our son to live with him. Every time he brings it up a fight breaks out and this time was no different. I quickly got defensive as I defended my abilities as a mother. I started crying, telling God I was angry with Him. I asked Him to speak to me because I was two seconds away from giving up. Out of nowhere, my husband texted me asking me to come over for dinner. Dinner was nice and later my husband texted me saying, ‘I just want to help. I think you’re a great mother and you have been doing it alone forever.’ I know this is hard, but when you speak to God, He will speak back to you! PTL.”  (New York)


The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.  Psalm 25:14


“God continues to speak even when the situation looks really awful! Most recently he used a man in a class I teach. He knows nothing about my situation other than I am separated and pray for my spouse (he too is praying for a separated spouse). He was leaving when he hesitantly came back and said he felt God telling him to give me the following message: ‘You are beautiful inside and out and a beautiful mother. All things are possible for one who believes.’ I just about jumped because early in my stand God showed me that message on a truck. He has continued to show this to me over and over at different times and in different ways. Both of us were encouraged and affirmed. God is amazing!”  (Hawaii)


“I pray that someone reading this will take courage in what they read, that they may hold firmly to the anchor of Christ. God kept speaking to me that my spouse was thinking of me. Recently he contacted me and went out of his way to come and visit me. We had a wonderful time together. That same day one of our children was hospitalized later in the evening. God began to speak to me that I would have to meet the OW for the first time. God prepared me but I did not know if I would do well or have overwhelming emotions. By God’s grace I was able to be polite and kind to this lady. It was God and God alone. The very next day my beloved began to contact me again, and made sure to spend time with me and the kids without the OW. GOD IS GOOD!”  (Oklahoma)


“My prodigal has been telling me that he has seen some changes in me. I thank God because all this is His work. There is still a lot of pruning and molding to be done in my life under the Potter’s hand, including zipping my lips and forgiving every time. It has not been an easy process but God’s grace has always been sufficient in times of weaknesses. When the process becomes too hard, God’s grace has always been available. I am still praying that my prodigal will come back to God and to us. Praying for all standers that the grace of the Lord may abound in hard times, so that the Lord may use us as vessels of honor to the hurting nations and families. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.”  (Virginia)


Sing to the LORD, you saints of his; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.  Psalm 30:4-5


“I am a stander who, according to the world, was only married for a short period of time and does not have a child so there is no chance of my husband returning to me. But every time I have tried to give up God shows me a sign to keep waiting for His perfect timing. With a divorce filed, my marriage is dead to the world but my love is alive in my heart for my prodigal husband. Just today God showed me a great sign, ‘Let Go and Let God,’ on a car. I was offered two promotion opportunities at work, something the old me used to run after and couldn’t get. My faith in God grew even more. He is looking out for me in different ways and soon I will be writing my testimony of a restored marriage.”  (California)


“Early on the Lord gave me a blessed assurance that all this suffering was for a greater good. We completed arbitration but never filed. I took a Divorce Care class at church and that’s when the Lord touched my heart. I was to stand in the gap. The Lord gives me the peace that this world will never give me. We spent every holiday together and the enemy plays on my emotions. I have seen three marriages restored. I will continue to be about my Father’s business. He is faithful to His Word and to the brokenhearted.”  (New Jersey)


“There isn’t a God like our God! I have been fasting and praying as Charlyne has asked, asking God to give us a great harvest of all prodigals coming home! I asked God to encourage me, in any way He wanted. My wife called me and asked if I wanted to go with her and the kids to get our boy his new eye-glasses. Never in a million years would I have expected my prodigal wife to ask me to accompany her and the kids to do anything! Only God could orchestrate such an encounter! I know that I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! God has called us to stand until death… ‘even if He slay me, yet will I trust in Him!’”  (Maryland)


“We have had some false starts over the years, but I sensed the Lord was doing something different this time, even though things continually ‘appear’ hopeless. During prayer, God has told me in many ways that it’s a new season of restoration, but I was weary and hesitant to believe. So I asked the Lord, ‘Is this really what restoration looks like?’ A few days later I took my car through the car wash and inside there was a sign with a picture of a shield and flames on it that read: ‘RENEW Master Clean Up and Restoration.’ That sign was never there before and I’ve been going there for years! Praise God. Jeremiah 31:8 is true! Please pray for this prodigal turned stander.”  (Canada)


“See, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth. Among them will be the blind and the lame, expectant mothers and women in labor; a great throng will return.”  Jeremiah 31:8


“I want every stander to know that they do not have to be perfect for God to answer their prayers. I am addicted to alcohol and have been through several treatments. BUT GOD, He continues to stand by me and answer my prayers. He accepts me as I am. Yesterday I had a ‘chance’ meeting with my covenant husband – something that has never happened before. I was a mess – no makeup, dirty car, etc. Yet there he was and there I was. I realized later that God Himself had arranged our meeting. I praise God that He never gives up on me/us and never will no matter what our personal problems are. I am so grateful for His everlasting loving-kindness no matter what else is going on that we may or may not have control over. I had prayed for my husband while driving past his house and there he was. Our God did the rest! To Him be the glory and praise! Amen!”  (Minnesota)


“Since I started fasting for Lent I have been praying for a sign to stand. When I went outside to check on something, my youngest son came outside and was insistent to check the mail. I kept telling him there was no mail but he reached in and said yes there is. There were two pieces of mail, one addressed to my husband and one addressed to both of us at our home address. I sat at the table, thanked God for this and began praying over our house and bedroom. God also gave me Isaiah 58:6 as the reason we fast. God knew I needed my eyes opened and He did it.”  (Tennessee)


“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?”  Isaiah 58:6


“After I repented of not zipping my lips, I received a text message from my husband asking for forgiveness. He said he loves me and that he is fighting with his conscience. I believe that God is convicting him, in response to my prayers. I heard from my spouse that he is having a rough time, feeling all the guilt and shame. Nothing is impossible with God. All the glory, praise and honor belongs to my Sovereign Father! I’m blessed to see a glimpse from the other side of the mountain.”  (Philippines)


“PTL! God is touching my prodigal’s heart. After several years of separation and one short-lived attempt at starting a relationship with someone else, my husband is truly opening his heart to me. Last night we had dinner with friends. That alone is worthy of praise. Amazingly, he spent the night. I am shedding tears of joy and praising God that I woke up this morning next to my husband. We were able to share coffee and he even shoveled the snow that had fallen overnight before he left. Only God could have made this happen. I am patiently waiting for my suddenly and leaving everything in God’s hands.”  (New Jersey)


“I have been separated from my husband for several years – a separation I initiated due to his alcoholic behavior. We have always been on speaking terms and he comes over several times a week to spend time with our son. Unfortunately because of lack of true, deep communication, we were moving in two different directions. I was forgiving and allowing my love for him to grow but he was withdrawing from me. He recently disclosed he’s living with an OW. I was shocked, distraught and almost immediately started divorce proceedings. BUT GOD had another plan. He led me to RMM. God is awesome! No my suddenly has not happened yet but I know it’s on the way. God has given me peace despite my circumstances. I told my husband I will not divorce him, I will stand, seek God and wait for him to come home. God allows me to daily forgive my husband and the OW. And I can’t explain the love I feel towards my spouse – only God. Pray for me as I do for you all.”  (New York)


“My husband has left our home because we could not pull our marriage back together after an affair. This weekend I was at my breaking point. Everywhere I turned, people were telling me that I need to make a decision and move on with my life. I really felt like the enemy was attacking me from every angle. Sunday, my husband texted me all day. Nothing major and no commitments. Just flirty, fun texting. Today I was given the whole chapter of Isaiah 40. Then, while praying on the way to pick up my children from school, Daughtry’s ‘Home’ came on the radio. God is telling me to stand strong! I never hear that song unless I have been praying. God is working on the other side of the mountain. I believe my suddenly is near!”  (New Mexico)


“All praise to God, my Lord and Savior. I am encouraged today, knowing that God is in complete control. I’ve learned that obedience and complete faith in God’s Word are the keys to deliverance. I have surrendered my will and my timeline for restoring our marriage to God. Amazingly, once I let go, God stepped in and begin to restore in ways I never imagined. My word to all standers is to trust in the Lord, pray without ceasing, zip your lips, show unconditional love, keep your eyes on Jesus not your circumstances. Keep the faith knowing that God is moving on the other side of the mountain.”  (Tennessee)


“In that day I will restore David’s fallen tent. I will repair its broken places, restore its ruins, and build it as it used to be,…”  Amos 9:11

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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