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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, March 25, 2017

This is the Steinkamp’s first his/her book. On one side Bob’s writes to the prodigal how to re-adjust to living back home. How to deal with your emotions and feelings in After The Prodigal Returns. Turn the book over and read Charlyne’s Standing After The Prodigal Returns. Charlyne teaches standers to learn how to love their husband or wife unconditionally, learn to “zip their lips,” and to never stop praying even though your spouse may be back home.
 
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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?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

“My husband just walked away from our marriage without any warning to me. After being separated for several years, the Lord spoke to my husband early one morning and told him to go home. He quit his job and moved to be with me while I took a new job. Our marriage has been restored for many years now. We are both preaching the gospel to the lost. Most of all, we are going after prodigals, encouraging and laboring with them, letting them know that God is able to breathe life on a dead situation, because He did it for us. I just want to encourage you to keep fasting, praying and reading the Word. Numbers 23:19 was one of my favorite scriptures that I held on to. When I felt like giving up, I would just cry out to the Lord and He came by to see about me, all the while he was touching my husband. My husband gives his testimony just before he preaches The Word of God on how God restored him and our marriage. There are so many people being encouraged now that we are sharing our story.”  (Maryland)

“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”  Numbers 23:19 (ESV)

“I was about to give up on my stand after an argument via text with my estranged husband. I decided to give in and told him God had cured me of arguing back and forth with him. I asked God to give me a sign that very evening or I was giving up my stand since he was happier without me. About half an hour later, I received an email offer on a condo rental that was too good to be true. I decided to share it with my spouse and he got so excited about it. He even offered to go with me to view the condo the next day even though he was ill. But God. He even called me, his first call in almost a year. Standers, don’t give up, God is working on the other side of the mountain.”  (Canada)

“I want to say thank You God! My marriage has been a huge mess for several months now. This is the longest I’ve gone without reconciliation with my husband so I knew this time was different. I pulled out my husband’s boot camp letters and started reading them just to get a piece of him back, especially the piece of him who talked about God. He’s never been a godly person. He believes there is a God, that’s about it. I texted him to ask him if the God stuff at boot camp was real. He texted me back to let me know that it wasn’t fake. Then he called me and told me he met a man at the gym. I’ve been praying for a laborer to harvest my husband. It was just this man and my husband there. The man got out of the military the same time my husband did and recently moved to the same town as him.  They were in the same branch and did the same job but on opposite coasts! Over text, the man invited him to church and my husband said he was going to go! Isaiah 43:18-19.”  (Oklahoma)

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”  Isaiah 43:18-19

“I want to publicly thank the Lord. Yesterday, walking to church, I asked the Lord for something about my marriage, knowing the ‘what’ and ‘how’ are up to Him. By faith, and even though I hadn’t seen my covenant husband in weeks, I took food home from church that I knew he would love. Arriving home from church, I received a text saying, ‘Do you remember this because I do!’ and a picture of our marriage license! I was shocked and knew this was the answer to my prayer. God reopened the communication between us and I’m so excited: Today, my covenant husband came over and we enjoyed lunch together, then worked from home side-by-side. Thank You for giving me more than I could ask for, Lord. You are good.”  (Florida)

“God is still on the throne and prayers do work, so continue to stand. Today, at lunch break, I was sitting in my car praying for my prodigal who is in another country to visit for my daughter’s birthday next month. I had just read an earlier Guidepost story about a lady in a long distance relationship who requested a crystal clear and specific sign from God regarding continuing to be with her boyfriend and God answered it. They are now married for 46 years. At the end of praying, my phone buzzed and I saw the header of an email that said OW. I thought it meant’ Other Woman’ and felt dismayed. However, when I opened it, it said ‘One Way Ticket!’ Praise be to God. I received and confirmed that sign/Word and stand believing that my prodigal will visit on a ‘One Way’ ticket with no plans to return. Standing on Romans 4:17….Call into being things that are not.”  (Florida)

“I have been standing for my marriage for quite some time. My husband moved out this past year and he filed for a divorce, to be finalized on Monday. I have been praying and only God will be the one to decide if it shall stay. My mother-in-law contacted me this past week and doesn’t want to see the divorce take place. She told me to just pray and believe in what God can do. I believe in my heart that something is going to happen. I know that in the ninth hour He can change anything. I pray for my husband and ask God to open up his eyes and come back to his family, to take the away the hardness and the hatred out of his heart towards me. So standers, I’m saying God will change a situation and make it new again. Our faith is what will make us whole again. Isaiah 43:19.”  (Texas)

“God is moving so much, I had to share! My prodigal and I had a two-hour conversation two days ago. I told him I loved him and that I will tell him I forgive him every day until he believes me. He confessed how he’s been living since he left home and I told him I don’t care, I’m only interested in our future. He questioned how I could possibly still love him and I had the opportunity to share my deep adoration for him. Tonight I was packing up our apartment because our lease is up this month. I was feeling a little discouraged; it is hard packing all our stuff. While I was there he ended up coming by looking for some papers. I was standing near him when he grabbed an envelope.  As he pulled out a piece of paper I said ‘What is it?’ and he answered, ‘Our marriage license.’ Thank You God for this reminder of our covenant! My prodigal isn’t home yet, but I just know my suddenly is around the corner! Praise the Lord!”  (Texas)

“Please praise God with me! When my husband left me for the other woman many months ago, he left me unemployed with all the responsibilities and expenses of our home and pets. I have been praying and asking for prayer for God to open up a job opportunity to help me meet all my obligations without worry. I interviewed today for a great position, and before I could even write the first thank you note, I got a call offering me the job, with great pay and benefits!  Praise God, He is our Father and He is so merciful and good. He is our provision and our hope! Thank You, Lord, I love You and bless Your holy name. I will continue to stand and pray for my husband to return and for our marriage to be restored, because I know with You, Lord, all things are possible and You delight in giving us such undeserved and bountiful blessings!”  (Virginia)

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19

“My husband moved out several weeks ago. We go to couples counseling with the pretense that it’s for parenting and helping our kids during this time, but our counselor knows full well that I am standing in the gap for full restoration of our marriage. My husband and I were waiting to get picked up to leave from counseling and a guy walked up to us. Mind you, we’re at an office building so no one knows we’re there for counseling. He asked how we were doing and introduced himself. He asked our names, why we were there, if we went to church and if we were believers. He said God told him to go back in the building.  At the end he looked at my husband and said, ‘I lived my life in the darkness for so long and in the pit until I let God pull me out of the pit. I have never regretted that decision.’ Then he left. We both said ‘Did that just happen?’ It was incredible. God’s ways are higher than ours.”  (Texas)

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”  Isaiah 55:0 (NKJV)

“I would like to honor the Lord for what He has done in my life. I have been on the receiving end of His teachings and have bountifully benefited from His gracious Word. The Holy Spirit’s teachings are the reason I am who I am today, sane, sober-minded, making sound decisions that have benefited me. I walk daily with Him and He sheds light on the best possible paths and solution for my problem and whatever direction I need to take. I have seen in many cases storms stop, problems avoided, relationships mended, big potential problems become manageable, sicknesses and diseases disappear, needs met etc. I’m grateful for the power of the Spirit and the blood of Christ. I would like to encourage you to reach out to Him, to make time and seek Him and He shall avail Himself. This will be one decision which will benefit you handsomely.”  (South Africa)

“Sometimes I ask myself what am I standing for. Nothing is changing, communication is not there. It’s been November since the divorce over 2 years since our separation. I have heard comments that because I didn’t know God when I made my vow to my covenant wife that it doesn’t count but that is another lie. If I gave up how could I give an oath till death do us part to another woman, to God. Hebrews 6:16-18. I cannot be excused for my ignorance in the Truth. I know Him now, I fear Him, I love Him. He carried the cross that I deserved. I’m standing for Jesus Christ, His truth, His promises, His healing touch, His perfect timing. Today is not my day but it could be yours. I’m not giving up. Though I was a prodigal turned stander there is hope. Christ continues to do a good work in me and my family. Thank you all for your prayers as I pray for you. Please God “Just one more!” Trust in the only God that can save and has the power. Stand firm and pray continually.”  (Ohio)

“I have asked for prayer and thanks for prayers. Though we are going through with the file i did to divorce my husband because of the order of protection i placed it may now be a separation instead. Alleluia! Through prayer my husband is agreeing to separate due to everything that has happened. This will allow me to get the girls and me in an environment that is healthy for us. He was beginning to be physically abusive. I have been a stander for 6 years and now God is giving me an opportunity to keep standing through separation instead of divorce. Please pray for the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to reach my husband. Thank you.”  (New York)

“Praise God! He is making the rough places smooth and leveling the mountains! The place my covenant husband said he’d never move from is becoming a difficult place for him to stay. Thank You, Lord! Like Abraham, it’s time to obey and ‘Go!’ in faith. I’m ready and asking God for visions from Him for all of us and our covenant spouses tonight. May the covenant spouses have holy boldness fall on them in such a way that when morning comes, they are propelled to ‘Go!’ with God’s love overflowing in their hearts. May God restore vision to couples, to know where to ‘Go!’ and how to become receivers of all His promises! May the financial resources and education and housing and everything connected to divine restoration of marriages arrive in Jesus’ name. Thank You, Jehovah Jireh! Amen.”  (Florida)
God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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