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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, April 25, 2015
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?
He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth – the LORD God Almighty is his name.  Amos 4:13


“God is good all the time…All the time God is good! I posted a few months ago about me being Muslim and my prodigal, a Christian, being under the influence of witchcraft. I have embraced Jesus and haven’t stopped praying for my partner. Praise the Lord! My prodigal is coming back to me! On Easter I declared a resurrection of my relationship to my prodigal and God has delivered as He has promised. We have a long way to go to be together but I know now, with God nothing is impossible! Please standers don’t give up! You never know when your miracle will happen. It’s all about faith. I’m living proof. I now understand that all that has happened was my walk in life to discover Jesus and the mighty power of His blood as protection over me and my prodigal. I pray for each and every person in my shoes to see God through their tears and pain. Stand strong!”  (South Africa)


“O Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, O Sovereign LORD, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”  2 Samuel 7:28-29


“Thank You Lord Savior, my breakthrough is happening. My husband invited me for lunch. When we went to speak, he started hugging me and kissing me. I did not expect that at all. God knows the steps, glory be to His name. Please don’t give up, 2015 will bring favor. Declare it in Jesus’ name. I was tired of holding on but in an instant things turned around. Praise God’s name, believe in your miracle, it will surface.”  (Canada)


“God has already started to restore my marriage and I believe He will complete what He has begun. My husband has a child with the OW so he spent a lot more time with her than with me. Now he calls me every now and then and declares his love for me and our kids. God gave me Isaiah 43:19 and Isaiah 61:7. Every time a negative thought comes in my mind, I remind myself of the Scripture and the promise that God is doing a new thing.”  (South Africa)


“Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.”  Isaiah 61:7


“I was starting to doubt and believe that ‘this’ is as good as it’s going to get. Over a year into our restoration and I was being dragged down by our many circumstances and seeing that not much has changed. I had all these lofty ideas of what restoration ‘should’ look like. Silly me. God’s thoughts are higher than ours and His ways are not our ways. Out of the blue, my husband came home from work and apologized for not hugging me more. I had no idea where all this came from. That day, he was looking at our pictures on social media and noticed that I’m always hugging him, but he’s not doing the same. He felt terrible about it. So he gave me the best hug ever and promised to be better. Only God! Thanks for reminding me that You are in charge and You love me still. 2 Timothy 2:13. Praising Him in the little and big things.”  (Arizona)


…if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.  2 Timothy 2:13


“I want to first say thank You to Jesus for bringing my husband home to me. It has not been easy and I know I have to keep praying and working hard at our marriage. I prayed for the OW to go back to another state and God answered my prayer. She is attempting to return and now my husband is confused. I pray that he stops running from God’s Word and that all communication between them stops. He tells me he loves me and I believe him. I pray that my mother-in-law has a softened heart towards me also and that she can forgive me and build a relationship again with me for my husband’s sake and for mine. Amen.” (Georgia)


“What a mighty God we serve. My home had to be sold due to financial constraints and I could not find a place for myself and my three children that I could afford. Stuck in a city with no family of my own, I refused to give in to depression and handed it all over to God in prayer because He is my husband for this season. He came through for us and answered my prayer. We are paying less than I budgeted for and the new home is bigger than our old one and has so many extras. He has blessed us with more than we dared ask for or imagined. All praise, honor and glory to our Jehovah Jireh.”  (South Africa)


“After a year of living with friends, my wife is moving into an apartment of her own. I have praised and thanked the Lord for this because I remember how this is common for prodigals as they are not comfortable and are trying to find ways to be comfortable in their lives. I also believe God is telling me it may seem a step further away from home but it’s actually the first big step towards home. She has also increased her time with our kids. God keeps reminding me to wait on Him. I will continue my stand no matter what as God has called me to do this. Whether or not there is an OM and whether or not her friends support this, God is bigger than all that. Be still and know I am God.”  (California)


“During the last week my wife, an in-house prodigal, has changed a lot toward me, with more hugs, smiles and ‘I love you’ phrases that I haven’t heard in a while. I don’t know if those are part of my suddenly, but I keep praying to God for my marriage resurrection. I know it will happen in HIS time and in HIS way, but in the meantime I praise the Lord and give Him thanks for these days of joy and keep asking God for more faith like the disciples asked in Luke 17:5. Standing forever, even after the restoration.”  (Puerto Rico)


The apostles said to the LORD, “Increase our faith!”  Luke 17:5


“As the school year is winding down, some of us are having to endure our children being away for the summer with the (ex) spouse and possibly the OM/OW again, I want to encourage you all by sharing this amazing work of God. After many years of standing (not perfectly), my husband has been calling on his way to church for the past two weeks. Our last conversation, my beloved asked me if I would have some ‘free time’ for us to ‘hang out’ while he was here visiting before taking our children for the summer. WOW, GOD! No matter what you are facing today with a non-covenant marriage and/or child, keep standing and praying. I did nothing and have asked nothing of my beloved. God did it all! When we completely surrender our loved ones, our circumstances, and our heart’s desires to the Lord, He will answer in His perfect timing. There is nothing more amazing than knowing God did it and there was no manipulation or desperation involved. Stay strong in the Lord! The enemy is defeated! Luke 1:45.”  (Texas)


“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”  Luke 1:45


“I had been deep in prayer late one night and asked my Heavenly Father once again if my husband would come back home. Things look so bleak. God told me that yes, he was coming home, but that I needed to work on me some more. I asked for clarification. The very next day, I received it out of nowhere. I work in a hospital as a Privacy Officer and an employee brought me a CD that he thought had patient information on it, because he found it unprotected. When I put the CD in my computer, it was preaching. I was intrigued so I listened and the scripture that was given was Luke 24:49. ‘I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’ I thanked my Father for that reconfirmation. God listens to our prayers!”  (Missouri)


“When I first found Rejoice Marriage Ministries (by clicking on a link for Divorce Care…but God!), I was brought to tears by the testimonies of standers being thankful for texts from their prodigals. Now I understand. I am thankful for every small thing. My testimony isn’t about my prodigal this time. My testimony is to the Holy Spirit who has filled me up with a deep love and joy for my God and for my prodigal! I am thankful. PTL!”  (Ohio)


“Thank You for Your Words Father, and Your healing power. Today was another court day and I’m still married! For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. The Holy Spirit gave me Psalm 23:4-5, which I prayed over and over. I’m sure people thought I was nuts, but I’m still married. God will give you a sign to show you that He’s working on your behalf. He will make a way for us. Cry out to the Lord, He hears us. Keep standing!”  (Texas)


Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Psalm 23:4-5


“The Lord really hears us! Everything I have been praying and asking, God is doing. All of my prayer requests have been manifesting! God is letting me see that things I am praying are coming to pass. Like the favor He has given me with my husband’s family, who were once not so kind and encouraged his leaving me. Now, they embrace me and defend me to him. The only thing I am unable to ‘see’ with my physical eyes is the conviction in my husband’s heart. But because the Lord has shown me things I CAN see, I KNOW that this is happening too. Restoration is near, in Jesus’ name! Thank You Lord for hearing my prayers!”  (Tennessee)


“Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”  Isaiah 65:24


“Praise and glory be unto God! My ex-husband and I are friendly with one another and we hang out regularly. Recently, we had a disagreement, because he was dating someone, but still wanted to go on outings with me. I fasted and prayed for several days. Shortly after the fast, my ex-husband contacted me and said that he was no longer dating the other woman. The funny thing, during my fast I never asked God to end the relationship with the other woman. I asked God to strengthen me and show me what to do next. This journey has changed me so much spiritually and my hope is to be an example to others. God bless!”  (Florida)


“In the several years that I have been standing for my marriage, I have felt very lonely in terms of the support that I have received from pastors concerning my marriage problems and vision for marriage restoration. I began searching for a home church whose pastor held strongly to the conviction that divorce and remarriage was not God’s will or solution for couples struggling with marriage problems. I praise God with my whole heart that I have finally found such a church and, amazingly enough, it is called The Restored House Chapel. What’s more, it turns out that the senior pastor used to be one of my husband’s former employers who had counseled him in the past to return to his family. I am sure this is not just a coincidence. God is moving and will, indeed, bring restoration to my broken home.”  (Canada)


“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  Isaiah 55:8-9


“God continues to bless and surprise me. My prodigal has been back home for some time now. I personally have come under attack at my church recently. God reminded me I am not praying as much as when my beloved was gone. I have repented for neglecting my Abba Father and am back to praying more. God is so gentle and kind to warn me that allowing the enemy to come in via offenses is what started the unforgiveness and bitterness that cost our family a long separation. Praise God for caring so much about our time together in early morning prayer as well as my physical needs. He has reminded me that unforgiveness affects our sleep, sense of peace and even our immune system. Thank You Lord!”  (Florida)


“Praise God! My husband and I were both Hindus. One day he picked up and left. I thank God I had a friend who had always encouraged me to attend Bible study. In my state, I was ready to receive the Word where I wouldn’t have before. That night changed my life forever, opened my eyes and soul to the one true God. There were times I was ready to give up, but God, or someone whom God had spoken through, would always tell me to hang on. One night I was ready to call it quits, and my pastor told me be still. I did. The next day, my husband told me he loved me and misses me, and wants to come home. It was my suddenly that I was waiting and praying for, and just like that it happened.”  (Florida)


Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”  Matthew 21:21-22

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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