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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, January 31, 2015

Do you feel that your marriage is hopeless? If you do, you must listen to Charlyne’s teaching on marital hopelessness. Your faith, hope, and trust in the Lord will increase and you will become a strong, powerful stander and prayer warrior.
 
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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?
I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.  Psalm 9:1-2


“My God is awesome!!! I came home to find my prodigal with all his clothes in the truck…only God. However, I know that the battle really starts now. Praying for standers all around the world. P.S: Don’t create a mental movie of what your suddenly will look like, you will miss it if you do so.”  (Virginia)


“Praise the Lord! Ask, believe and you shall receive. At the start of this journey, my husband had closed all doors of communication and said that our marriage was a mistake. But God has a plan for us to be better servants of His. We have now both decided to forget and leave what happened in the past and focus on what the Lord is planning for us. My husband now encourages me to communicate with him. All of this is the work of God. Praise the Lord for His plans are to prosper us. Our suddenly is just around the corner. Standers, keep on praying and believe in the mighty power of our Lord!”  (Philippines)


For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11


“Bless you Heavenly Father! My husband came over last weekend and spent time with the kids and me. He told me that sometimes at night he can feel me praying for him. He says that he wants our marriage and family and wants to come home but he is embarrassed of all he has done. He says he’s working on it and that translates to God is working on him. I showed him the ‘Prodigals Do Come Home’ book and I explained RMM to him. Folks, he took the book with him and said he would read it! Only God my fellow standers. God is working on the other side of the mountain.”  (Kentucky)


“I’ve been separated for a few years. I was planning on filing for divorce a couple of months before the holidays when I came across RMM one day on the Internet. The holidays have been full of nasty confrontations due to sharing our child. Right after Christmas, my prodigal’s behavior changed and he started being nice and asking me to stay each time I went to drop off our child. He says he doesn’t know why suddenly he wants me around. I know why, it’s the miracle from heaven. It’s the suddenly. Everyone around me tells me he is up to no good and I should not trust him. The daily devotions from Charlyne remind me to have faith and trust in God and not in my own understanding. Keep standing and God will restore when you least expect it.”  (California)


“I give God thanks. My husband is not home yet, but we have come a long way and seeing each other for over a year now. Despite his saying he wanted to finalize the divorce, it hasn’t happened, as God has promised me that I would not see divorce. We are learning to be friends again. I have absolute faith in God for a suddenly all around; salvation and restoration. The Lord will send the fishermen and hunters for our beloved spouses (Jeremiah 16:16-17). Let’s not give up on God to do what He has promised to do.”  (United Kingdom)


I praise the Lord for He is my rock. From day one I knew that divorce is not an option and I continually asked, ‘Why me?’ Today I met a young woman who applied for a divorce this past week. Suddenly I told her God does not want her to go ahead with the divorce. She looked at me strangely and said her lawyer had said the same to her. If my walk has been just to help one less divorce, then all glory to God. The Lord will fulfill all that He promises. NEVER give up and persist in prayer.”  (South Africa)


Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up….”And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.”  Luke 18:1, 7-8a


“I am a recent stander and have been standing for a short time. I had given up on my marriage after being separated for several years. After reading a testimony on this site, I decided to do what that stander did: ask God for a sign. I asked God for a clear sign that I am to stand, as I did not know much about standing until I found this site. I clearly heard Luke 15. I opened my Bible and read the chapter. Initially, I did not understand what God was trying to convey or if the scripture even came from Him. As I neared the end of the chapter, it was clear. It was the story about the prodigal son! God’s mercy endures forever. He gave me exactly what I needed to continue standing for my marriage.”  (Florida)


“I just wanted to express how much these testimonials mean to me. I am a stander and receive such encouragement from every one of them. I give thanks for every victory and I pray for every need. I am so thankful for everyone who has shared their story. I rejoice in their victories, knowing that one day I will receive mine.”  (Texas)


PTL! Your lunch break special was an inspiration. I needed to be encouraged. It’s just amazing how God is answering prayers. I know my in-house prodigal hasn’t returned yet, but GOD! I am standing. I heard God ask me to let go of something I was holding on to for too long. After much resistance, I did. By faith. I opened my Bible and found Isaiah 51. It was very powerful, especially verses 3, 7 and 22. May 2015 be the year of jubilee for all standers. In Jesus’ name! Amen!”  (Florida)


The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.”  Isaiah 51:3


“I have been standing since my wife asked for a divorce after me confessing my sexual sins to her. I have often wondered if God really called me to do this because I was still in bondage to my sin and my wife started to be in bondage to the same sins. We are now divorced and I had recently decided to give up – on myself and my marriage. But God….He lead me to some people who showed me that God can change me and will. I prayed to renew my faith in Him and give my wife to Him and not worry about the other side of the mountain. I recommitted to my stand but without the worry this time. I am trusting God to fix me first and to trust His will and timing. Thank You Jesus for hearing my prayers even when I doubted!”  (Illinois)


“I want to praise God that He answered my prayer for my spouse to wish me a happy birthday. It is a few weeks late, but I am in awe and so thankful. I’ve been under a lot of spiritual attack recently and now God brought this small breakthrough. Praise Him!”  (New Mexico)


“PTL! Don’t give up standers, God does speak to prodigals. I’m a former prodigal turned stander. I told my husband I was done with our marriage. I moved out with our children and proceeded to live a prodigal life. I always felt inside it was wrong but figured it was the only way to get over him and try to move on. A couple of months later my conviction got very strong. One night after leaving a bar, I called him sobbing, asking for forgiveness, listing all the things I feel I had failed in, begging him to come home. He always said my apartment was not his home and he was never coming back. A year ago he said he was no longer with the OW, and for the past couple of months he’s been staying at our place. I know my suddenly is coming soon!”  (California)


“I found out my husband was seeking women on Internet and he asked me to leave our home. I left with anger and bitterness. I was sad, thinking that divorcing him was the best option for me. Everybody in my family and friends told me, ‘You deserve better.’’ God guided me to this web page and since then, I’ve been praying and fasting. I have received many signs. Two nights ago I texted my husband and told him I was thinking about him and our doggy and I love them both. I also I told him God is hearing my prayers. He texted back that he missed me and that we were going to get through this, it just takes time! God is softening his heart! Don’t give up!”  (Michigan)


“Last week I was really down. I was trying to fast for my marriage but having a very hard time with it, and I was afraid something bad was going to happen because I didn’t fast. I cried out to God, waved my banner, and declared God’s Word, begging God for His mercy on our situation. This week when my husband came to visit, he bought me and our son a new DVD player since he knew ours wasn’t working! He played on the floor with our son. It was like we were a family again! I was so relieved and giddy inside! And now I feel like fasting again. Fasting breaks strongholds. When you feel frustrated, direct that frustration at the devil through fasting. God will fight for you and your marriage! PTL!”  (Virginia)


“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


In a moment of complete hopelessness and desperation, I fasted for the first time and prayed for encouragement and CLEAR signs of my standing for my prodigal. It was during a lunch break testimony email that day that one statement directed my attention to the devotional titled, ‘How Can I Be Sure of This.’ It asked, have you cried out to the Lord to confirm your stand and received a special message in a billboard or song? PTL! I cried tears of joy because in fact I have! Both times I have been at the point of giving up. God’s timing is always perfect! Keep praying and standing. The Lord listens to our prayers for restoration of our marriages.”  (Georgia)


“We had been separated for several years before I had any communication from my prodigal. Several months ago my prodigal called to apologize and over the next few weeks we talked, spent time together and he dropped the divorce case. I guess I’m experiencing a false start because we don’t talk anymore and I recently saw my prodigal proclaim his love for the other person. I felt like giving up. However, after encouraging my son-in-law to stand for his marriage, I know I can never give up! Through the trouble in their marriage, God used me to minister to my son-in-law and he is getting closer to God, praying and reading the Bible! I will go through whatever pain and suffering if it means salvation for my kids and restoration of their union. I will wait on the Lord and His timing for mine.”  (Illinois)


“I want to keep praising God for everything He’s doing in my marriage. Every time there is a lapse in communication between me and my spouse, God always tells me to focus on Him and reminds me of how He is working behind the scenes. I’m grateful for how the Lord keeps my mind calm. I know that God is working in my prodigal’s heart and that soon I will be sharing a restored marriage testimony.”  (Ohio)


“Praise God! My husband and I just had a very heartfelt conversation. The OW has just given birth to their daughter My husband had to sneak out to call me and tell me how everything was going. He also wanted to thank me for showing such love and respect toward him. He said that he is definitely going to start going to church and that he is going to take the baby and the OW so that she could get right with God as well. He said that he wants to spread the joy that I’ve been spreading and giving him. I praised God for such a miracle. Satan tried to get me to give up. I’m glad I didn’t. Thank You God!”  (Georgia)


“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:34-35


“I have been standing for my marriage for many years now. This past Christmas my prodigal took time off from work to visit our daughter and me. Our daughter asked if she could visit his mom whom she hasn’t seen and has had very limited contact with since the divorce. We ended up driving nine hours to her house. He planned for us to stay at his mom’s for two days but we ended up staying for five days. The visit was warm and fun for all of us. I had to remind myself of God’s promises each day especially for the fact that his mom had pictures of my husband with OW on the wall. I was also able to spend alone time with my mother-in-law in the morning over coffee just like the old days. Only God could have opened the door for that visit. To God be all the glory!”  (Pennsylvania)


“PTL! I bring a praise report that the Lord is moving and hearing us standers. My marriage was dead, my husband and I were separated and he was in a relationship with an OW. It truly looked like there was no hope for us. The Lord refused to release me despite my begging Him to and He sent me on a new journey with Him. I cried out to Him over and over for a second chance, for restoration, for my husband to come home, for Him to change me and make me anew and to forgive me, and to help me forgive me as well. I prayed and fasted and God led me to RMM where I found so much understanding and encouragement. It has been a couple of months since my husband came home, ended his relationships, and changed and now says he is saved. I had given up and restarted this stand numerous times, but now God is resurrecting the dead bones and has blessed us with so many new miracles, that all I can say is PTL! Ephesians 3:20. Don’t give up!”  (Kenya)


Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  Ephesians 3:20

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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