Charlyne Cares


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

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Do you feel like you are in a storm with your marriage falling apart in a million pieces? Are you in a storm of divorce? The Lord can say to your storm to “Be still.” Jesus is the answer!

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I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.  Psalm 34:1-3
Have you learned how to praise the Lord when you are facing difficult trials or tribulations? That may sound like a tough order, but never forget that praise defeats the enemy. Instead of grumbling or complaining about your circumstances, will you choose to praise the Lord right now?
This week I have opened my Bible three different times, and it opened every time to Psalm 34. Yes, I read Psalm 34 every time. I then recalled how often I read this Psalm when I was standing and praying for Bob. David, the writer of this Psalm, was praising the Lord for who God was and His amazing grace. Are you battling many difficult circumstances? I challenge you to read Psalm 34 for seven days to increase your faith and belief in the power of God.

I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.  Psalm 34:4-6
What promises from God’s Word! He saved him out of all his troubles. Are you facing many trials or fears today? First, seek the Lord. The Lord wants you to cry out to Him for His answers, for His divine intervention and deliverance from all your fears and problems. Second, the Lord hears your prayers. The enemy is trying to torment you with fear of your unknown future regarding your marriage being restored. Will you trust Him?
Every day we hear of impossible circumstances for standers and their families. The only way that I can encourage you is to tell you that I know what the Lord did for Bob and me, for other marriages and to stand firm on God’s promises. God is no respecter of persons. You need to seek the Lord, talk to Him every day, and then read and believe in the Word of God. Are you standing firmly on the promises of God for the restoration of your marriage? Stop doubting which is from the enemy.

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.  Psalm 34:17-19
Another promise if you are feeling pain in your heart! The Lord is right there beside you! Do you believe in the power of your awesome mighty God? Do you believe in miracles? I do! I believe that God hears and answers our prayers regularly. I believe in the power of prayer for small prayers as well as big prayers. Never stop praying specifically for all your circumstances regarding your marriage, finances and children.
Did you take for granted your marriage, your husband/wife, or your children before your marriage problems? Choose every day to get up praising and thanking the Lord for what you do have today. Lord, I thank You for my life, my health, my job, my children and ________. (You finish the rest of this sentence.)
Do you have a reverential fear of God? Do you need help? Call on the name of the Lord and develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of your life. Are you hiding some secret sins from family and others? You are not hiding them from God. He knows everything! When you seek the Lord, confess your sins, repent and ask Him to come into your heart, come into your life and remove any sins that you are hiding.

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.  Psalm 34:7-9
When you start praying and growing in the Lord, expect to start seeing or hearing answers to your prayers. As you read the Word daily, build a closer relationship with your Lord throughout your day by praying short prayers and your countenance will change. You will start to feel the peace of God. (Philippians 4:4-9) Today start trusting in the Lord for His deliverance, His protection and being your provider.
Are you willing to allow your Lord to be your refuge? He wants to be your refuge from all things. Allow Him to show you His mighty power in ways that most people may not understand. You will experience and learn that God is able to do anything! Allow your Heavenly Father to meet your emotional, spiritual and financial needs that only He is able to do.
You and I need to learn how to “trust” in our Lord for ALL our problems. Remember to daily give your marriage and any other problems to your Lord Jesus, laying them at His feet, asking Him to show you His will and direction in your life and marriage. Your Lord will save you out of your troubles. He will send answers in ways you and I could never imagine.

Fear the LORD , you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.  Psalm 34:9-10
There are many promises in Psalm 34, but they are conditional for only those who sincerely fear the Lord God. As you read the rest of this Psalm, note that your Lord God promises to save you from trouble, send angels to encamp around you, supply your needs, give you abundant life, hear your prayers, comfort you with His presence and will redeem you.

Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.  Psalm 34:11-14
I encourage you to make Psalm 34 a favorite Psalm for God’s hope and assurance when you are facing any major problems in your life. Let God be your refuge and help you through each problem or circumstance. Will you surrender your life to Him today? Will you trust Him? I encourage you to read Psalm 34 and apply it to your heart, life and marriage today!

The LORD redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:22

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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