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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

Friday, April 24, 2015

What is the Lord telling you to do about praying and standing for your marriage? Will you obey? Charlyne teaches the importance of covenant marriage to God. She also shares from her heart about spouses who are battling homosexuality. This is a powerful teaching for you to believe in marriage restoration.
 
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I am praising the Lord that we are sending out an extra bonus of testimonies from standers around the world. To God be the glory! I know that having marriage problems, being separated or divorced or having your spouse possibly marry the other person for a season is not easy, but God is moving in hearts and lives around the world!
 
Please stand firm, walking in faith, believing and trusting in the Lord’s mighty power. God is faithful to His promises. God is a God of reconciliation and marriage restoration! - Charlyne
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.  Proverbs 18:10


“I just want to praise and worship our Lord, who has performed so many miracles. You have answered all my prayers as well as restored our marriage. You have moved my many mountains so quickly Lord, I can only but praise and worship You forever. Please keep guiding me in Your direction for Your will and fill me daily with Your Holy Spirit. I love You Lord and will praise You eternally. I pray for all standers reading this that they receive their miracles, also, in Your perfect timing. Thank You Lord and RMM for leading me and comforting me throughout. In Jesus’ Name.  (South Africa)


“My spouse and I have been separated for some time and my family and friends are telling me to move on; that my husband is too far gone to come back home. I admit that sometimes I become weary and want to give up. That’s when I look to God’s Word for comfort and rejoice with other standers as I read their testimonies about how God has moved or is moving on their behalf. I pray for other standers, that God will give them the strength to endure their test and trial and that the Lord will touch prodigals all over the world and speak to them to go home. I often read Luke 15 as a reminder that God will go after His lost sheep and bring them back into the fold. Standers, stay encouraged.”  (Michigan)


“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders  and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’  I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”  Luke 15:4-7


“Proverbs 19:21 says, You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail. PTL! He knows the purpose and plans that He has for my life and that they will always prevail. I have been living with my husband as an in-house prodigal for a few months. There were many things my husband said he would never do with me again, like attending church, taking me to the movies or to dinner, etc. I give God all the glory that on Valentine’s Day my husband took me out to dinner and for my birthday he bought me a gift and card and took me out to dinner. I’ve already seen God begin to soften his hardened heart. There is a lot more that needs to be done, but God is faithful. If you believe God has promised you that He is going to restore your marriage, then stand on His promise and watch God watch over His Word to bring it to pass.”  (Virginia)


“I was the prodigal but now my husband is. I was standing firm then had health issues from stress. Well-meaning people said to let the marriage go because resisting the divorce was affecting me. I was feeling confused and a few weeks ago asked the Lord for help. He answered me when I opened my Bible and a scripture jumped out at me. 1 Corinthians 7:10-11 (MSG). Last night I heard Charlyne give that same scripture on her ‘God Created Marriage’ CD! I recognize the enemy is trying to trick me by using people to discourage me. I know God’s will and that He is greater. I must take things to Him and stop talking to people. My faith in God’s promise has been renewed and I won’t let the seeds of doubt be planted. I thank the Lord as He continues His work in me and the more I believe the more He moves. My husband is showing double mindedness. Our God reigns!”  (Arizona)


And if you are married, stay married. This is the Master’s command, not mine. If a wife should leave her husband, she must either remain single or else come back and make things right with him. And a husband has no right to get rid of his wife.  1 Corinthians 7:10-11 (MSG)


“My husband left me and our son some time ago and he wouldn’t even talk to me. Today is the first time we had a really short but normal conversation without being mean with each other. I was feeling down and God kept showing me the scripture in 1 John 4:4. ‘You are of God little children, and have overcome them, because He that is in you is greater than he who is in this world.’ Every time the devil tries to bring me down, I just say this scripture and it brings hope, joy, and peace in my heart. For our God is great.”  (Ohio)


“Thank you for the courtroom prayers. Again, they were powerfully answered! God intervened, giving a just result with a judge and lawyer who saw the truth and were very reasonable. I am calm knowing so many are praying for us and that Jesus hears and answers in powerful ways, always caring for us. Prayers do make the difference! Thank you!”  (California)


And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.  James 5:15-16


“Two amazing things happened recently. After running into my husband a couple of months ago, my daughter told me that he and the non-covenant spouse came to visit her (out-of-state) unexpectedly! Praise You, Lord, that You are restoring my husband to his rightful place as father and grandpa to his rightful family! Then after much prayer over my taxes, instead of having to pay a sum I could not afford, I ended up paying very little! God is absolutely keeping His promises, not only to restore our marriage after many years of divorce, but He is helping me get my life back together again. Instead of being fearful, He is teaching me to be Anxious for nothing, but to make my requests known to Him.’ (Philippians 4:6-7) and He DOES give me peace. Thank You, Lord, for every blessing You have bestowed on us and those yet to come! His unlimited grace is overwhelming!”  (Minnesota)


“I am a stander and a born again believer. I found this site last week and love it. However, I found the Covenant Transport truck thing a little funny. I don’t search for signs and wonders but I do believe God can speak to us in many ways. I chuckled this morning while driving to work, thinking about the Covenant Transport truck stories I had read the day before because I was surrounded by so many of them. But out of curiosity, I looked at the trucks around me to see if one was a Covenant Transport truck. Lo and behold on the side of the truck next to me was ‘Covenant Trucking.’   All I could do was hold my mouth open in shock as my heart pounded. I shared this with my sister in Christ and her words to me were, ‘If God can use a donkey to speak, surely He can use a truck to speak to you as well.’ Praying that all our marriages will be restored.”  (North Carolina)


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


“I’m writing this testimony in praise of God’s faithfulness. My husband and I were married for several years with the intent of waiting before we started a family. When we were to start ‘trying,’ he left me. As time passes, the longing for a family makes it difficult to keep seeing others becoming pregnant, including reports of the OW being so. God reminds me of His promises. My prayer is to be given an opportunity to serve my husband and to give him this new love in my heart. The Lord has given me the opportunity to act on those desires, BUT in my church’s nursery, to humbly serve and love on little ones, to be faithful in the least to be placed over much (Matthew 25:23). Let us keep praying for hurting marriages and keep our ears and hearts open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. God’s love is unchanging, His grace is unending and His timing is perfect.”  (Texas)  PS: What a great idea! Churches are always needing helpers in every department! Why don’t you serve the Lord and bless others when you are able now? I know the Lord would be pleased and you will be blessed serving others! – Charlyne


“My husband divorced me years ago, and has moved several times. He recently texted me that he quit his job and he didn’t know what he was going to do. I praised and prayed over that! I got to see my husband this week and he told me that he’s going to move to his parent’s vacation house so that he can figure out what he’s going to do with his life. After he moves, he will be much closer. He knows that I am waiting for him and he didn’t object. The Lord kept on telling me that if I believed then I would see His glory! (John 11:40) I am praying for the Lord to move him home and for my husband to hear the Lord’s voice, repent and come to his senses. Keep praying!”  (Indiana)


Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”  John 11:40


“Holy be His Name! I have been standing for some time and have gotten many signs from God to keep standing. I just received word from my spouse’s mother that the OW moved out. Although there is a non-covenant child involved, I pray that this is the first step in the healing of our relationship and how God plans to use this situation to bring the OW and my husband closer to him individually. I also pray that with God’s help, we can all work together to co-parent the non-covenant child as well under God’s influence. Praise God, for He is good and His promises always come to pass! I am standing and praying that God continues to take hold of this situation and this His Holy will is brought to pass very soon. Stay obedient to His Word.”  (Illinois)


“I often find myself searching the testimonies for ones where the man is the stander. There aren’t many, so now that I have a testimony, guys listen up. I have been standing for many years. I went through a divorce but have continued to stand. Many times and many ways, God has shown me that He will bring healing to my marriage and family. I have started to have access to my two boys who I have been kept away from for a long time. I also had my first face-to-face meeting with my wife. I thought it would only last a few minutes, but it was nearly two hours and it included laughter and a hug. Now I am having almost regular conversations. Nothing about restoration yet, but I see God working and opening doors that had been closed before. So hang in there, God will heal your situation if you trust in Him and are willing to be on His schedule. Praise God!”  (Colorado)


“My divorce was placed on hold for about two years due to some corrections that needed to be made. My husband contacted me and stated that he was proceeding with the divorce and also clearly stated that although I was praying for restoration, it was not possible. He had papers served that he was moving forward with the case. I put a praise on it. I lifted up the court documents and danced in my living room and worshiped God. I never responded to any of his emails. I am staying out of it; this is the Lord’s battle to fight and I trust that He goes before me. God has the final say, and I rest assured that no weapon formed against me will prosper and God will get the glory when it is all said and done.”  (New York)


“…no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.  Isaiah 54:17


“I give glory to God because my husband has come to church two times with our daughters and me. He had never come to church in many years. We have been separated for many years now but still live in the same house. I know God is working in his heart.”  (Honduras)


During the Holy Week I fasted for my marriage to be restored and for the Lord to put thoughts of me in my husband’s mind so he would call me, but he never did. A couple of days ago I felt the Lord telling me to call my husband. I did and we talked for almost an hour. At the beginning of our conversation I asked him if he ever thinks about me. He hesitated and told me that he is too busy and doesn’t. At the end of our conversation I told him that sometimes I pray for God to tell him I said ‘hi and I’m thinking of him.’ He shocked me when he told me that God has been answering my prayers! It gave me so much joy and hope. Let’s keep on praying for God to speak to our spouses every day. The victory is God’s!”  (California)


“I want to give thanks to the Lord and encourage other standers. My husband and I went away on holiday. He was so free while there, unlike back home. It was a great time connecting with other Christian brothers and sisters. We didn’t fight, not even once. Before the holiday we fought about everything. Before we left he told me he’s at the ‘crossroad’ in our marriage. PTL for the good steps towards restoration.”  (South Africa)


“My husband has been home for a few months now. I have never seen a Swift truck or a Covenant Transport truck. We went on vacation and had an amazing time. Things have been rough since he has been home but on the way home from vacation, I saw a Swift and Covenant Transport truck both parked by each other and the drivers were out talking to each other! Praise God, He is still moving in my marriage!”  (North Carolina)


“He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger.”  Job 9:5

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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