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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, July 26, 2014

Sondra and Andy remarriage have a testimony that will encourage you and teach you many things. If you are facing a long stand, or if you question God restoring marriages after a spouse legalizes their adulterous relationship into a non-covenant marriage, you need to hear this couple’s powerful testimony. If you question whether prodigals who come home stay home, listen to their testimony. They have been remarried for several years.
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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 the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Psalm 16:7-8


“I just want to praise God for all the blessings. My husband has now been home over a year and has recently called his childhood pastor to remarry us. We have set a date in October. Our family has learned to put God first and not take the small things for granted. Standers, stay strong on the path you have been called to do. Your spouse is lost in the wilderness. My husband knew when I was interceding in prayer. The Holy Spirit speaks to them when we pray.” (Illinois)


“Praise the Lord. God is so good and He works for those who truly love Him and do His work. During these past few days I have found out the OW is filing for a divorce, to God be the glory. I have been praying for the OW and God is showing her who she is in Him. Standers, don’t give up and pray for the other person. It sets you free In the spirit. They are a child of God, too.”  (Alabama)


“Recently my wife started responding to my me more. This is from someone who would not say anything like that to me for months so to me it was huge. So I took a bold leap of faith and asked her to dinner the following week. Surprisingly she said she would think about it. I actually expected a quick no. I can definitely see God is working on her heart. PTL.”  (California)


“Praise to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He loves His children, and has used this ministry to encourage, support and draw me closer to Him during this stand. I cried out to Jesus to take away the pain and heal my heart. He heard my plea and over the course of the next months He healed me and drew me to Himself. He is my Provider, my Husband and my security during this season. He gave me Isaiah 27:1-5, and a vision of my husband in his recliner looking at me saying, ‘Thank you for not giving up.’ I can’t see the other side of the mountain, but I believe God and trust Him no matter what. He is the source of my supply and I praise Him. Thank you standers for your testimonies. I stand with you and pray with you in agreement.”  (Wisconsin)


In that day, the LORD will punish with his sword, his fierce, great and powerful sword, Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea. In that day– “Sing about a fruitful vineyard: I, the LORD, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it. I am not angry. If only there were briers and thorns confronting me! I would march against them in battle; I would set them all on fire. Or else let them come to me for refuge; let them make peace with me, yes, let them make peace with me.”  Isaiah 27:1-5


“Some months ago my separated wife contacted me after several months of silence. Since then we have met and talked and we both love each other. She doesn’t believe I have changed but the Lord has transformed me and my eyes are now open. I will keep my marriage as my priority and let no one separate us. I will keep praying and walk every day in faith that God will restore our marriage and not let her family interfere – as what God has joined, let no man separate. I pray God gives us both strength to carry on fighting for our love.”  (United Kingdom)


“I give praises to the Lamb of God for strengthening me and all standers to submit and obey His perfect will! My in- house prodigal is making things very difficult. God has truly worked a miracle in me because the old fussy me is dead. I literally have no desire to argue. So, when my husband allows me to, I let him know that he is forgiven, that God loves him  that I am here for him forever. We’ve had our share of false starts but God keeps telling me that He will restore us and redeem the time. So, dear standers, be encouraged, we will reap if we faint not. To God be the glory, forever!”  (South Carolina)


“My marriage, which I was struggling to keep together, reached a place of no return. At least so I thought and I became bitter and had a legal letter drawn up to have my husband vacate our home. He eventually moved out to my great dismay and filed for divorce. As the first hearing date approached, I cried out to God for forgiveness and help. He heard my cry and gave me Psalm 27 which I declared day and night. I contested the divorce and it was dismissed. I was blown away by the goodness of the Lord. I am now a firm stander for marriage restoration after seeing God move so mightily.”  (Trinidad & Tobago)


I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.  Psalm 27:13-14


“Recently I prayed, ‘Lord are you really sure I am not a fool, still standing for so many years with things seemingly getting only further away from restoration? Please give me an unmistakable clear indication that You really want me to stand for this woman of my youth.’ Then, in less than a week, a joyous sister visited and stayed in our congregation. She said she was so happy because her marriage was restored after a divorce of 16 years. Even my pastor was struck with joy and since mentions it in sermons. Glory to the King of Glory. Ask and it shall be given, stand and you shall see the glory of the Lord.”  (Austria)


“God is alive! I missed my husband and hadn’t seen him in days. I was doing my devotional,  I prayed,  closed my eyes. I told the Lord I wanted to see my husband.  When I opened my eyes, turned and looked to the door, there was my husband.   I give thanks to the Lord, He is marvelous.”  (Mexico)


“I want to thank God for the strength, comfort, peace, grace and forgiveness He gives me. Living with an in-house prodigal is extremely difficult and lonely since my circumstances are so ‘in my face.’ But every time I pray and ask God for His strength He gives it to me. My husband said something very hurtful to me the other day but with God’s help I kept reminding myself it wasn’t my husband, it was Satan. I got so angry at Satan and even told him how pathetic he is because the only reason my husband is the way he is now is because of deception. But God’s truth will remove that deception and love will prevail! Thank You Lord!”  (New York)


The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  John 10:10


“God led me to your site by seeking help for broken marriages. I read your messages daily and am standing on God’s promises that my marriage will be restored. I have been applying God’s promises daily over our dead marriage. I still struggle daily but I’m standing on God’s promises that one day SOON our marriage will be restored. Soon I will be sharing my testimony of restoration. You site gives me hope as I am working on myself in the process.”  (Texas)


“From the start I heard God tell me to wait and trust. Off and on my wife and I have been doing things together and she is seeing the change and trusting more. Months ago I asked if I’m supposed to wait or move on. I clearly heard, ‘Do you want to fulfill a need or the plan?’ Need is missing the affection; the plan is God’s glory. We all have needs, but the short term fix is just that, short. Wait and trust. I’ve seen my wife go from loathsome anger to now a kiss on the cheek when I leave her.”  (New Jersey)


“Praise the Lord for He is a great and awesome God! This is a testimony about my young daughter. She has suffered several traumas throughout her life, and has been the most impacted by our marriage problems. Her behavior problems have caused serious consequences in her life already and many people have predicted negative things for her future. BUT GOD! He can set the captives free! He has been teaching her how to pray to Him, how to praise Him, and last week she made a commitment to repent of her sins and follow Jesus, and asked to be baptized. God had given me Joel 2:25-26 to pray into her life and He is faithful to fulfill His promises! And what a witness to my husband! Thank You Jesus, in Your presence broken lives ARE made new!”  (Canada)


“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten– the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm– my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.”  Joel 2:25-26


“Miracles do happen. Last week was my wedding anniversary of many years. My spouse and I are still married but he lives with the OW. I have seen some movement in the past few months but this blew me out of the water. I was in prayer about my spouse and our approaching anniversary. I was asking the Lord that my husband remember the date and that he take me out for dinner. I knew this was a tall order, but God had previously been teaching me about expectancy. Later that day I received a text from my spouse asking me out to dinner the next night! Our God is so good! My spouse even told the waitress that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. Don’t be afraid to ask God for the impossible, because nothing is impossible with Him. And be expectant!”  (Canada)


“On the day my beloved spouse left me the Lord gave me Jeremiah 29:10-14. It was only much later when I read it again I realized what He was telling me. In those few words He not only confirmed that He had plans to prosper us and not to harm us but His word also says three times that He will bring my spouse back. There have been so many miracles and signs along this journey that I have no doubt anymore that our amazing Father will do as He says and that His Word will accomplish what it was sent out to do. He is a father of miracles who wants to spoil us with abundant blessings. We just need to have faith and stand strong until the end. Don’t give up fellow standers. Just stand through it all no matter what. God will strengthen us.”  (South Africa)


“It has been many months since my wife has said she wants out. Yet she hasn’t left. I have had signs that it will be OK. Jeremiah 29:11 is our motto. Whenever she says hurtful things, I tell her I pray for her and ask God to heal her. This last time was particularly hurtful. I went to my room and asked God why He had forsaken me. I needed a sign, something to show me that I was on the right track. The next morning I opened my emails, and there was one from your ministry. I opened it and read, ‘Do you expect your wife to come back to you? The answer should always be yes.’ Today, she agreed to family counseling for all of us. She’s not back, but she hasn’t left.”  (New York)


“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


“Today is my wedding anniversary, although my in-house prodigal wants a divorce. Thank You God for allowing me another year to be married to my husband. I was given a gift yesterday by a friend. The gift was ‘How to Show Up In God’s Courtroom.’ The minister said all too often Satan takes our cases to the courtroom and we do not show up. To get there, make a joyful noise and worship God. Then arrive and petition your case. You will be victorious as Jesus won our victory and is our advocate. Just show up. God will give you a new reignment and new robes and will squash Satan on our behalf. So to all my prayer warriors, let us go to the courtroom.”  (South Africa)


“I am always looking for encouragement from God regarding my stand for my wife. I attended a camp meeting and a missionary spoke about a woman who was the single mother of seven children. Her husband had left her. She found the Lord, and five years later, her husband returned. They began attending church together. One time, his cell phone went off in church. He answered the call to find that it was his mother whom he had not seen in more than 20 years! That’s two remarkable stories about God’s restoration between his people! That was a God-timing, I believe. Why did I hear this encouragement? God may have brought me there just to hear that message.”  (Indiana)


“My husband is on his way home after many years of separation and said to me the other day that he cannot wait to hold me in his arms again. We are only waiting on Gods provision for him to be able to get back to me which I know will come in Gods perfect timing and way. Praise God! Nothing is impossible for Him.”  (Australia)


“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD’s renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.”  Isaiah 55:12-13

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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