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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 30, 2016

“Zip the Lips” has almost become Charlyne’s trademarked advice to standers.
What are you speaking each day? Does your husband or wife just push your buttons to start screaming and make you sound like you are not even a Christian? Do you sound like you are praying for your spouse to come home? In this teaching, Charlyne shares about the words a stander needs to be using in their relationships with not only a spouse, but with others as well. Do you have trouble with your tongue? This teaching will really help you! What are you speaking every day?
 
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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?

Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:3-4

“I feel compelled today to praise the Lord for all His mighty works in my life. He has brought my husband home. He gave me signs to keep me strong. He leads me to people who would help me stand and has brought me people to help stand as well. My husband is home. He is helping and back in the marital bed and house. He is still arm’s length but he was a cosmos away before. Praise the Lord for our financial trials. Praise the Lord for our comingling of business and family. Praise the Lord for my friends and a new job at the nicest office to date. Praise the Lord for all the small miracles that lead to the biggest miracle of all – my remarriage to my husband in the coming year. I claim it in Jesus’ Name. PTL.”  (Virginia)

“And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.”  Isaiah 58:12 (ESV)

“Some time ago the love of my life became distant and we ultimately separated. I prayed and asked God to help us avoid a divorce but my husband had zero interest in reconciling. I then began my stand for my marriage and prayed constantly for the Lord to soften my husband’s heart. The divorce hearing came and we officially divorced. I was crushed but maintained my stand. We stayed in contact over text after the divorce and then something beautiful started to happen. Our conversations became pleasant and we began spending time together. Within a few weeks after our divorce, I started to see God’s hand working on my marriage. It has now been several months since my husband and I are officially dating and back together again. We are rebuilding what the enemy tried to tear down and I believe we will marry again in the future. Praise God!”  (Florida)

“I just wanted to encourage someone out there. I have been standing for many years. When my husband left he was so mean and full of hate. This year he has completely changed towards me. He is kind and often calls me in the morning. He even came over to check my car. So continue to hang in there through the hate and continue to love him/her and pray consistently that the Lord create a new heart in them. Don’t give up. Don’t get even but… Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel. Philippians 1:27. Praying for you standers!”  (Arizona)

“My husband and I were not communicating at all and arguing every time we spoke to each other. The Lord is transforming us and we have not argued since our divorce. My husband is now going to the church where we were married. My Lord is restoring our marriage in His timing. Praise the Lord!”  (California)

“Bless the Lord, oh my soul! I am in awe of how God is keeping me through my season as I stand for my husband’s soul and marriage. I have been out of a job for a long time without any financial support from my husband for my son and me but the Lord has met every need. I was able to travel overseas with my son to my home country to surprise my mother for her birthday and I was also able to go with my son for our church’s International Assembly. I am so grateful to my Father God for supplying my needs and my wants. Standers, be encouraged God is with you. I have never seen the righteous forsaken or His seed begging bread.”  (Texas)

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)

“Recently, my wife told me that she did not want our marriage and had moved on. After weeks with no communication, she sent me an email stating she had contacted a lawyer regarding a divorce. Asking if I would contest it, I simply said, ‘I don’t want a divorce because I love you and want my marriage.’ I also told her I wanted my wife back; I wanted a new marriage with us wiping the slate clean and putting God first. I asked her to go to counseling to work on our issues. Two hours later she sent an email agreeing to counseling. I immediately shouted, ‘Praise the Lord,’ and sent her a date and time for the session. Praise the Lord, my suddenly is here. God hears your prayers. Stand.”  (South Carolina)

“Our marriage is so dead as of today. It’s not my marriage, it’s God’s marriage. I’m growing in Christ and have excellent support. I befriended another man who is going through the same thing. God showed me my responsibilities, what I was doing and not doing as a husband and as a Christian. I had become complacent, and rationalized many behaviors. I’m only looking at me under the microscope of God’s love. My wife is responsible too, but that’s not my job to find her fault. RMM has reminded me that God can change anything at anytime when He chooses to do so. It can happen, and has happened. It happened to the apostle Paul on his way to harm Christians. Christ changed his course. We plan, but God will guide the steps. His Word will not go out void and God cannot lie. Look up!”  (Arkansas)

A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.  Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)

“I want to give all honor and praise to my Almighty Father in Heaven. My Father has been working overtime lately in my life. I got a blessed phone call and anniversary card from the ministry when I was feeling at my worst. Thank You Father! My husband called and said he would pay for repairs on my daughter’s car. And he called me on our anniversary for the first time in years! My Father is so wonderful. He keeps all of His promises. Standers, keep fighting the good fight, we will prevail. Never stop praying! Thank You again Father!”  (Georgia)

“Praise the Lord for all His miracles. I have been separated for several months, but I know God is moving mountains for me. I have had a few false starts but I know my day will come in His time. I have learned to trust God with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding, but to submit to the Lord and He will make my path straight. Just yesterday I prayed for discernment and an obvious sign that I was to continue to stand for my marriage and two minutes later my husband texts how miserable he is with the OW. God is amazing and He does answer all prayers.”  (Florida)

“God has made miraculous provision for me in this season of life. Several months ago I had an unexpected heart attack from which I have recovered completely. My husband is home, we have had all of our large family visit, and I feel like I have breezed through the entire experience. Dear standers, God is with us in every circumstance of life…be encouraged He is holding you in the palm of his hand!”  (Canada)

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.  Psalm 91:11-12

“My faith has never been tested like this before. God has opened my heart for the first time to have pure love for my husband and it is beautiful. I’m holding on strong that the divorce is not finalized and my husband leaves a life of adultery, lust, and alcohol. I pray the Holy Spirit touches him to give him salvation and conviction to come back home to us and our children. God is working in me and restoring my faith and relationship with Jesus. My heart is healing and I know God is working. Jesus, please keep my love for You and faith alive. Guide me, soften my heart and let me be more like You and see my husband as you do. Allow my husband to feel Your love and mercy so that he may come back home. Forgive me for opening the door and pushing him out and filing for the divorce. I truly wanted to make him happy and give him what he wanted. My door is open for him when You decide it’s time.”  (New Jersey)

“One of the keys to the Kingdom of God is a heart of gratitude. Charlyne has a teaching about that. Yet sometimes the stander is in a sore spot, hurting so bad that gratitude does not flow easily. Although she/he may be overflowing with thanksgiving for countless things that the Lord has done, including his/her very breath, in the standing arena it may seem like doom and gloom. I have just finished thanking the Lord for many things in my stand; now I want to thank Him for what seems like my spouse’s hardened heart, remembering that the Lord can harden a heart as He did to Pharaoh so that His glory will shine even brighter (Exodus 9:12;16). The lesson is found in the remarkable deliverance of the children of Israel (the plagues that destroyed their enemies, the sparing of their first born, the backing up of the Red Sea and destruction of their enemies; the gifts from the Egyptians). Take heart stander, for the Lord’s arm is not too short to save (Numbers 11:23). Keep standing!”  (Canada)

The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”  Numbers 11:23

“I have been wallowing in unbelief for some time and I didn’t know it. I was like that wave tossed to and fro in James, wavering, and not receiving answers because I was praying wrong. Jesus, our Lord and King, has given us authority to speak directly to our mountains and move them and it WILL obey us because that is what God Almighty said! I’ve read those passages and some of your testimonies speaking the same thing many, many times but it never resonated until recently speaking with a beloved brother in Christ who helped me understand. I stand on the authority of Jesus Christ that my marriage and family will be restored and I pray the blood of Jesus over my wife. Many of you are hopefully already past where I am now but for those who were/are like me, I encourage you to step out in faith and speak boldly in the name of our God for you and your prodigals. I thank you all. Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17.”  (New Hampshire)

“I began to stand for my daughter some time ago after she left due to rebellion. After trying hard to hold on to her, I felt the Lord pry my hands apart from her as He gave me a peace that surpasses all understanding. I let her go. The prodigal son came to my mind at that moment and I knew it was the Lord speaking to me. He was going to take care of her and bring her back with a softened heart. After some time of fasting and much prayer, my daughter came home on the 4th of July. A few days before I would have had no idea this was going to happen as she called me to say I love you, but that she had no interest in coming home. We had already had a 4th of July party planned with some family. I had no idea I’d be celebrating her homecoming as well. Isn’t He great? I felt as though the fireworks were a celebration of this beautiful ‘suddenly.’ Standers, keep praying and know that God will work everything out in His perfect timing. Give it all to Him and be still.”  (Florida)

He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.  He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.  Psalm 46:9-11

“PTL! My husband and I have been divorced for some time. After an incident that I thought to have caused a huge setback on our road to friendship-building and restoration, God blessed us with the chance to take a family trip together. I had so much fear that he would change his mind about going but praise God, the Lord placed it on my husband’s heart to come. It was quality time, full of reminiscing with our growing children and with one another. He was so attentive to us and I often caught him staring at me as if in a wonder. The Lord has done a mighty work in me and I think he sees it. I prayed before and during the trip and was able to see God’s glory throughout our time together. I am grateful to God for He has the victory and receives all of the glory. Keep standing and never give in to hopelessness, no matter how dark things appear.”  (Ohio)

“My suddenly has finally arrived, after being separated from my husband for several years. After work yesterday my husband called me to come over. He asked me to walk over to an apartment, where I thought I was meeting a friend of his. When we got there, he opened the door to a newly remodeled apartment and said, ‘Welcome home.’ I stood there confused and he said again, ‘Our apartment. Me, you, and the kids’. I immediately started crying because I knew then God had answered my prayers of many days that I thought may never come. We are so blessed. We put our rings back on and told the kids. They are so excited. Thank you Rejoice Marriage Ministries for believing with me, that God does heal hurting marriages. Never give up on your spouse. In God’s timing, He will restore.”  (Alabama)

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.  Isaiah 35:10 (NKJV)
God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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