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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

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
I WILL GIVE YOU REST!
 
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30
 
Are you weary, tired and burdened by your marriage problems? Are you stressed out about your children’s behavior problems or their rebellious ways? I understand all the problems and circumstances that you may be facing on any given day. What are you to do? Never forget this secret! Sit down in your favorite chair. Then tell the Lord, “I am so tired and exhausted. I can’t do all this!” The Lord knows you can’t and He does not want you to do anything alone!
 
Come to me! That is what your Lord is saying to you today. If you will humble yourself, crying out to Him, saying, “I cannot do this any longer, help me!” He will come running to your aid. Allow the Lord to help you right now. By the Lord’s amazing love, His grace and mercy, He will calm the stormy waves or straighten out your crooked path that you are on.
 

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  Hebrews 4:16
 
When you have your quiet time, turn on your computer, iPad or phone and listen to one or two worship songs that you like. Let me share an old hymn, Burdens Are lifted At Calvary, by John M. Moore, which explains in only a few lines how God wants His children to cast their cares on Jesus. Will you give the Lord all your worries and fears? When you do, you will find the Lord’s peace, rest and help in the difficult times of your life.
 
Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary
 by John M. Moore
 
Days are filled with sorrow and care,
Hearts are lonely and drear;
Cast your care on Jesus today,
Leave your worry and fear;
Troubled soul, the Savior can see
Ev’ry heartache and tear;
Burdens are lifted at Calvary- Jesus is very near.
Burdens are lifted at Calvary- Jesus is very near.
Burdens are lifted at Calvary, Calvary, Calvary;
Burdens are lifted at Calvary- Jesus is very near.

Copyright 1952 by Singspiration, Inc.
All rights reserved. Used by Permission.   CCLI #1273562
 
I pray that you will come to know your Lord Jesus Christ in a new way; the way that He met me when I was hurting, broken, and wounded. I felt my marriage and life were in a tailspin, crashing and destroying everything and everyone. As I was burdened with my heart breaking in half with pain and agony, I cried out to my Lord and the Holy Spirit touched me and gave me strength and hope through my circumstances, showing me how big a God I served!
 

“…He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  Isaiah 40:28b-31
 
Dear stander, these are two of the many favorite scriptures that I read very frequently. These two powerful scriptures above in Matthew 11 and in Isaiah 40 would be two great scriptures to memorize. Imagine, having full confidence that the Lord says He will give you rest and renew your strength. What a promise for you as a stander, a hurting spouse and parent.
 
I can only imagine the heavy burdens you may be carrying, so hand them over to the Lord to carry.  Then speak these scriptures out loud and inform the enemy that your Lord is going to increase your strength and He will give you rest.
 
Will you stop right now pushing yourself beyond your limits? Sit down, turn on praise music for five minutes and calm your soul and spirit. Then just call on the name of Jesus. Jesus, Jesus, help me. I need Your help every day, I can’t do this alone.  Come to Jesus so He can set you free from any and all burdens that you are carrying. Yes, you must take the first step, you must call on His name for His help, but your Lord is right there beside you, waiting to help you, when you are ready for His divine intervention.
 
Another point in Matthew 11 is that Jesus, who is the greatest Teacher, says, “Learn from me.” Are you learning from the Lord daily by reading His Word? Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart to encourage you and help solve your problems. Jesus says to you:  
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.  Matthew 11:29-30
 
Wouldn’t you like to have your spouse treat you like that? Then allow your Lord to be your spouse and best friend for this season in your life, showing you His heart of love for you and your family.
 
Some time ago I challenged the Rejoice Pompano group to spend more time in praying and reading God’s Word. How are you going to learn to become a stronger Christian, a better wife or more loving husband other than by reading and studying God’s Holy Word?
 
Your Lord God wants you to come to Him. Jesus knows you are very weary, tired, and burdened by all of your circumstances. He wants you to get up each morning or come to Him each evening and lay all your burdens and cares at the foot of the cross and allow Him to handle everything that day. Learn to let go and trust Him. He loves you and your spouse more than you will ever know.
 

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.  Psalm 68:19
 
Your Lord God wants to free you from all of your burdens, and give you rest and peace by giving you the Holy Spirit to lead you through every day of your life. Cry out to Jesus and ask the Lord to meet you in this new way, so you know for certain that you can lay your burdens down for the Lord to carry–not you. Now, you must take the first step, turning to your Lord for this rest only comes from Him!
 

But I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress and he hears my voice…Cast your cares on the Lords and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall…But as for me, I trust in you.  Psalm 55:16, 22, 23b

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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