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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, May 29, 2015

Bob wrote this book based on Luke 15, the prodigal son. He writes to a stander as a prodigal who lived in the pigpen of life blinded and deceived. Bob shares from the Word, as well as practical suggestions, including personal “don’ts” that you may be tempted to do to your prodigal spouse. This book is a must if you are wanting to learn “how to stand” for your marriage restoration written by a returned prodigal.
 
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TURN ON YOUR MUSIC

 

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 5:19-20
 
Does your morning start by waking up to music from your alarm clock or another electronic device? I use my cell phone to wake me up on weekdays, but on my Saturdays, I let the Lord wake me up as that is the day when I catch up on my sleep unless I have appointments. Are you able to do that with your children? Take a rest when your children watch a movie or are playing a quiet game, as the Lord wants you to get some rest and keep yourself healthy.
 

When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.  Proverbs 3:24
 
Do you wake up and talk to the Lord first? Do you pray the Lord’s Prayer or pray one or two short Bible verses that you have memorized praising and thanking the Lord for being alive, hearing the birds sing, and asking the Lord to direct your steps today? Ask the Lord to use you to talk to someone you know is facing difficult circumstances.
 
May I encourage you that if you haven’t started this habit, waking up to Christian music (there are many kinds), spending a few minutes talking to the Lord, thanking and praising Him, asking Him to guide, direct and protect you and your family throughout your day, then start tomorrow! I know you will be blessed.
 
On Tuesday morning I woke up, and I turned on my Christian music immediately to start praising and worshipping the Lord. I received an iPad as a gift late last year. I love it. I turned on Chris Tomlin’s music first as I headed to the bathroom. The first song was, I Will Follow You! I was singing with the song and commented to the Lord how I loved that song. The music continued with, Speak Now Jesus. Let me share the powerful words and may this be your prayer to the Lord today.
 
SPEAK NOW JESUS
By Starfield
 
Say the words and I will listen
Show Your way, impart Your wisdom
Open up my ears to hear, open up my ears to hear
 
Speak now Jesus, speak into my heart
I am desperate to hear Your still small voice
I need to hear Your voice
 
The noise of life is overwhelming
Drowning out the truth that I need
Open up my ears to hear, open up my ears to hear
 
Speak now Jesus, speak into my heart
I am desperate to hear Your still small voice
I need to hear Your voice
 
Lead me Jesus, I need direction
I am so lost, without You guiding me.
I need to know Your peace.
 
When You speak I’ll listen
Where You lead I’ll go
[x4]
 
Speak now Jesus, speak into my heart
I am desperate to hear Your still small voice
I need to hear Your voice
 
Lead me Jesus, I need direction
I am so lost, without You guiding me.
I need to know Your peace.
 
Speak now Jesus, speak into my heart
I am desperate to hear Your still small voice
I need to hear Your voice.

Album: The Kingdom  CCLI #1273562
I stood at the bathroom counter and was praising the Lord as that was my heart’s cry for that day and every day of my life. You may know this song, but I did not, so I was praying to the Lord in my heart to: Speak now Jesus, speak into my heart, I am desperate to hear Your still small voice. I need to hear Your voice today and all the time! What a beautiful message in this song.
 
Then the songs continued as I got dressed to start my day:  Our God, Come As You Are, Jesus Loves Me, and Here in Your Presence. I sat down in my bedroom and just listened to the music as I was amazed what the Lord was speaking to my heart that morning. Yes, I started writing the songs down immediately as they were touching my heart. Finally, I went out to my favorite chair and sat down to read my Bible and pray. The Lord had prepared my heart to meet the King of Kings. There is such power in praise music. Even in the Old Testament you can read about their music, musicians and musical instruments.
 
When I was standing, there was a popular song on Christian radio, titled, Don’t Give Up – You’re On The Brink Of A Miracle! I would be crying out to the Lord, asking Him so many questions and one day that song played for the first time when I was waking up in the morning. I asked the Lord, “Are you speaking to me? Is this a Word from You, Lord?” Yes, God does speak to His children, but you and I have to be listening for His small voice and then believe with all our hearts that God does speak to us in many different ways.
 
Are you having a bad day today? Let me share a testimony which includes a song for you to listen to this weekend:
 
“This is to encourage standers on those rough days when you feel like you are barely hanging on. I was led to a song by Smokie Norful, ‘I Understand.’ As I listened to the chorus it spoke to my spirit. ‘One more step, one more day. I’m preparing you for myself. If you can’t hear my voice please trust my plan. I am the Lord I see and yes I understand. I am the Lord I changeth not. I won’t forget nor have I forgot.’ Standers, know God does understand and He has a plan, we just have to trust it. Everything works according to His plan even if we can’t see it now. He has counted every tear and knows every hurt. It might be tough but He is not a man that He shall change His mind. Jeremiah 29:11.”  (Texas)
 

“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
 
Are you using the powerful weapon of praising the Lord daily? Praise defeats the enemy! You need to learn to wake up praising and thanking the Lord that He is the Lord of your life. Praise Him every day that He is your strength, your Rock, your Fortress, and your Deliverer. The Lord is worthy to be praised. This weekend may you praise the Lord for His greatness and His Majesty!
 
Will you allow music to heal your wounded and broken heart? Will you use music to worship your Lord daily at home or even in a car with a CD playing? You and I need to praise the Lord more to defeat the enemy, Satan, as he will flee when we worship and praise our God Almighty and King of Kings!

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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