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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, July 31, 2014

Are you going through a divorce? Is your heart breaking in two? Charlyne shares from her heart about never giving up on your marriage, as she did. She divorced Bob with the encouragement of many others including pastors and counselors who only saw their impossible circumstances. This book will teach you principles how to pray and believe that God can rebuild, restore, and reconcile your marriage regardless of your circumstances.

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I AM TOO BUSY!

 

There’s nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners. Do what your king commands; you gave a sacred oath of obedience. Don’t worryingly second-guess your orders or try to back out when the task is unpleasant. You’re serving his pleasure, not yours. The king has the last word. Who dares say to him, “What are you doing?” Carrying out orders won’t hurt you a bit; the wise person obeys promptly and accurately. Yes, there’s a right time and way for everything, even though, unfortunately, we miss it for the most part.  Ecclesiastes 8:1-6  The Message
 
How often do you say, “I am too busy to do _____?  I went to a conference last week and during the conference I told Lori, “I can’t believe how great this conference is, we should have come sooner.”  Lori said, “Mom, I told you about it, but you said you were too busy to go!”  How many times have you had the Holy Spirit speak to your heart and give you a teachable moment?  The Lord spoke to me ever so gently, “You just keep looking at your work; instead you should have asked Me.”  But the Lord did say to me during the conference, I will redeem your time by going forward, not looking back and regretting something you cannot fix.  Praise the Lord!  He is faithful to all His children. 
 

Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.” See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.  Ephesians 5:14-21  NKJV  (emphasis mine)
 
Are you too busy to pray to the One who created you and sent His only Son to die for all your sins and gave you eternal life?
 
Are you too busy to read the Word of God and do devotions daily?
 
Are you too busy to fight for your marriage to be resurrected from the dead and be restored by the power of the Holy Spirit?
 
Are you too busy to listen to your spouse with your spiritual ears when they contact you, asking the Holy Spirit how to answer?
 
Are you too busy to listen to your children when you come home from work or when they have been trying to get your attention several times?
 
Are you too busy to do something fun with the children/grandchildren like playing a game or going outdoors with them or taking them to the park? 
 
Are you too busy to pick up your phone and check in on your parents or loved ones frequently?
 
Are you too busy to go out to lunch with a friend who has been wanting to see you?
 
Are you too busy to share the Gospel to someone you know who needs God’s divine help? 
 
Are you too busy to share about marriage restoration with someone you know who is having marriage problems or is separated or going through a divorce?
 
Are you too busy to go to church?
 
Are you too busy to volunteer and do something for the Lord in your church?
 
These questions are not to make you feel guilty at all.  But to make you realize how the enemy can speak lies to you and me that we are too busy to do things that in our hearts we know we ought to do and want to do.  The enemy is trying to steal, kill and destroy your relationship with the Lord, with your family, with your church and the list goes on.  Are you too busy to _____?  What was your answer?
 
As I hear so often on the radio, we all have twenty-four hours a day.  It is up to us how we use them.  August is here tomorrow.  Have you taken your children to the beach or to the mountains or to the park?  It does not have to be expensive, but redeem your time.  Do NOT be too busy to love on your children and loved ones.  Most of our schools in South Florida start in mid-August.  Are you too busy to have some special time with your children and loved ones before summer is over and school starts?
 
God is never too busy for you!  The Holy Spirit wants to touch your heart first!  You may not see your spouse’s heart changing, but never doubt the power of God!  Are you walking in faith, hope, trust and love? 
 
Is the enemy attacking your mind about it is not worth standing or your spouse is home and they have not had their heart transformation yet? Don’t give up!  Pull out your journal and reread all the promises that the Lord has given you through your stand.  The enemy is trying to attack your faith and standing for the restoration of your marriage.  God’s timing for restoration of your marriage and your spouse’s heart to be transformed is perfect!  Do you have your home ready?  Do not be too busy to welcome them home and make time to start rebuilding your marriage! Stop doubting and believe!

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28
 

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