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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, August 30, 2014

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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?
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46:1


“My husband started coming back around earlier this year and we started going back on the road with him as his job keeps him on the road a lot. And he told me about a week ago that if I’ll take him back, he’s going to work his way back home where he knows he needs to be and wants to be. Then just in the last couple of days, he broke it off with the OW totally and wants no more to do with her. Thank You Lord! We have a ways to go to put us and our family back together but we are finally on the road to doing so.”  (Georgia)


“Praise the Lord! My husband has been gone some months on a new job out of town with no contact with me or our son. I have been praying and fasting and seeking God’s Word, not advice from others. God kept telling me to ‘be still.’ Then out of nowhere my husband called me and said his job is bringing him home for now! He came and spent time with me and our son. He isn’t staying at our house but praise God he is closer than before! Later he called me to tell me he is going to find a new job so he can stay in town! How amazing is our God? I’m in complete awe! There is no reason my husband would have decided that without God!”  (Louisiana)


He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:9-10


“I want to thank the Lord for providing an answer through RMM. My mother-in-law and I have stayed close through my marriage while my husband is in the far country. I get anxious when I spend time with her because of the hurtful things she says, but GOD helps me overlook that. Last week’s letter to my loved one was right on time. I printed the letter off and gave it to her. She called and told me she understood now and that she never meant to hurt me, she just wanted me to be happy and felt I was wasting my time waiting. I was able to explain to her that I am happy doing what the Lord has called me to do, even though it is hard at times. I want to give God all the glory. Blessing of strength to my fellow standers.”  (Maryland)


“Today while I was praying and fasting, the Lord was working on my behalf behind the scenes. My spouse in the far country reached out to me several times. At one point he called and asked what I was doing because he wanted to stop by. He brought with him his baby with the OW whom I enjoy seeing every time he brings her. When he left he said thank you. I didn’t ask him what he meant by that because I already knew. The Lord my God is softening his heart. My husband will be coming home soon and I will welcome him and that beautiful baby with open arms.”  (Texas)


“I’ve been standing for my wife for several months. The Lord prompted me to reach out to other men in our congregation and led me to two men whose wives were in the far country, just like mine. I told them that I would stand in the gap for all of us. After just a couple of weeks, the first of the guys told me that his wife told him that she wanted to work on restoring their marriage. Today, I received a phone call from the other guy telling me that his wife had asked him for forgiveness and wanted to work on restoring their marriage. Two marriages restored in less than two months! I will continue to search the hurting in our church. I know this has pleased the Lord, as I wait for Him to restore my own marriage, as I will not give up. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8.  (Maryland)


“I am so thankful to our Lord and Savior! He is so faithful to His Words of peace and promises in the midst of our storms. ’Greater is He that is in me than he that is in this world.’ I faced my greatest fear of seeing my husband with the non-covenant wife and instead of it being a horrible event, the peace of God and His presence gave me victory! I attended my husband’s step-mother’s funeral and was embraced by my father-in-law and all of my in-laws, as well as my husband. The Lord strengthened me to initiate contact with and acknowledge the non-covenant with a hug..something I didn’t plan to do until I did it! My son, daughter-in law and grandson prayed I would be alluring to my husband and God was so faithful to answer that prayer! God is faithful and is working on the other side of the mountain when we see nothing! NEVER give up!”  (Oklahoma)


“God works in mysterious ways and He is awesome. My husband and I were due in court. I have been praying and I told God I do not want to go to court and I want my marriage restored. My husband originally told me he was going to be at court but then sent a message stating he will not be coming. Although he is not home, I know God is moving. I lost hope at times and was ready to give up. I then realized the devil wants me to give up and I refuse to fall into his trap. Standers, keep praying and trusting God. It is hard sometimes but keep the faith and know God is working it out….He is definitely able.”  (Illinois)


“Last night was my son’s birthday and my prodigal asked if he could join us for the dinner! We had a great time and the next day he asked to meet me again!”  (Tennessee)


“Thanks to the Lord for an opportunity. After my wife texted me to give her a divorce, and let her go, I texted her back to say I did let her go, and left it up to the Lord, since He brought us together. Christ said that what God has put together, let no one separate and that God hates divorce. I’m not throwing away and trashing my vows. I recently engraved ‘till death do us part’ on my wedding ring. Someday soon I’ll share that with her.”  (Florida)


“I promised our Mighty Heavenly Father that I would share my story of marriage restoration. My spouse and I were separated for many months. In those months I began my transformation to become a better person, mother, and wife. It was so hard to love my husband during this time because of the things he was saying and doing. In those times I would cry out to God and read the Bible. I thought why would God restore my marriage and not others. The reason is not God but us. We give up on our marriages because of what family, friends and society, think. We need to be more concerned with being obedient to God not others. I’m happy to report that yesterday my spouse and I have taken our step towards restoration.”  (Arizona)


“He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger…. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.”  Job 9:5, 10


“I was the prodigal first. My wife waited and prayed without knowing what she was doing. I finally gave up to torment and came home to find out she had given up. I moved back into our house and she moved out. It has been hard, but I found RMM and figured out I was already standing. Soon after I flipped open my Bible to a random page and this was the very first sentence: ‘Now I will rescue you and make both of you a symbol and a source of blessing. So don’t be afraid. Be strong, and get on with rebuilding the Temple!’ Zechariah 8:13b (TLB). The past few weeks something has been going on. Her family has told me about several conversations they have had with her and her heart seems to be changing. Just last weekend we went to dinner and she told me she thinks about me every second of every day and still loves me. Praise to our Mighty God!”  (North Carolina)


“My prodigal and I separated for several months. During that time I found God and prayed that He would bring my husband back to me and our family. God kept me standing for my marriage when others told me he wasn’t coming back. My prodigal had begun talking to and living with someone else during our separation. I let the enemy take hold when I found out about the communication, but when my prodigal cried and told me about his new living situation, said he wasn’t happy and wanted to come home, I forgave and told him the door was always open. We battle with the enemy daily and I pray that my covenant husband stays strong to fight. The enemy is trying to break up what the Lord has begun to restore. I pray that God gives me faith, grace and strength to continue to stand for my marriage.”  (California)


“God is moving in a mighty way in my family. Many years have passed with no signs of change or softening of my spouse’s heart. But God! My husband has been given a bad report from the doctors. God sent a pastor to pray for him. My husband prayed to get his life right with God. Hallelujah! I am trusting God to complete the work he has started in him. God has given me and our children perfect peace and has given me Isaiah 57:17-18 as a promise for my husband concerning his diagnosis. I know God is working to break every stronghold in his heart and mind as he has turned his life back over to God. His non-covenant wife is still hanging on, but I know what my God has promised me! Are you praying for God to do whatever it takes to bring your spouse back to a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ? That’s what I prayed, and I’m beginning to see those prayers manifested. God is so good! I praise Him for His great love today!”  (West Virginia)


“I was enraged by his sinful greed; I punished him, and hid my face in anger, yet he kept on in his willful ways. I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him.”  Isaiah 57:17-18


“Though we are in the midst of this restoration journey, I have felt led to post my testimony. Thank the Lord, He has hedged my husband in at our home and not allowed him to leave. It has been several years since I started my stand for him and our marriage. The Lord has changed me so much and built my faith beyond what I could have imagined. I have told my husband I am not giving up on him or us and that I would be whatever he needs me to be. Right now he needs me to be his friend. God is building our friendship, something we never really had before. PTL! I believe my suddenly is coming soon!”  (Indiana)


“My husband has cut himself off from me completely. I let him go peacefully and zipped my lips from day one to keep the peace. God has sheltered me from the pain. I have gone from lying on the floor devastated to standing up. I now realize that we never could have made it with the devil on every side. I forgot how deep in the world we lived. We cannot serve two masters. Some of our old friends came to visit me and when they left I shut the door and fell to my knees in anguish. For the first time in all of this, I fell apart and begged God to give me a clear message because I was in such pain and doubt. I opened RMM and the first thing I saw was Numbers 11:23. The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” Amen.”  (Canada)


“My covenant recently remarried and I thought it was the end. I thought all the promises and scripture God spoke to my heart were wrong. I thought I was forcing my desires and twisting scripture. After the wedding, I struggled. I tried to move on, but God wouldn’t release me. Tonight my husband’s non-covenant wife asked to meet with me. She has been reconciled to her covenant husband and feels God leading her home to her one flesh covenant mate. My husband’s heart has not changed but this has shown me that God will continue to move mountains until my husband comes home. All of those promises He gave me are true. I am in awe of how He is working and can’t wait to see how this story unfolds. God is a God of miracles, and I have to praise Him for all He is doing.”  (Georgia)


“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”  Matthew 19:4-6


“Praise be to God Almighty, who is able to do the impossible. When men say it’s not possible, God says, ‘only believe and you will see the impossible become possible.’ My husband and I have been separated for some time. All I can say is that Jehovah has done it. We hadn’t communicated for so long, but just this week he sent a text. Thank You Jesus for opening up the communication gap. I am believing God for a total restoration and I know in His time, He makes all things beautiful. I have gotten closer to my God through this experience and I will not trade it for anything. Thank You Lord. Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  Mark 5:35 36 – Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’”  (Virginia)

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  Isaiah 40:28
 

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