Saturday, August 19, 2017
Do you need hope and encouragement
for your marriage problems?
This CD includes many of Charlyne’s favorite scriptures for standing being read with music playing softly in the background. You can listen to it while walking, exercising, or lying in bed before you go to sleep. Scriptures of Hope & Encouragement will increase your faith, your hope and trust in the Lord as there is power in knowing and believing in the Word of God. This CD will become a vital resource in your stand.
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?
Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, you his servants; praise the name of the Lord. Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. Psalm 113:1-3
“About two years ago, I promised to post a testimony when my marriage was restored. God is able! He is a restorer! He promises never to leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Concerning marriage, He said in His Word “Therefore, what God has joined together let no man separate” (Mark 10:9). I firmly believe that, and I reminded Him of His promises. I want to encourage all standers to keep standing. After many years in the far country, my marriage has been restored. There is still work to be done, and I give God all the praise and glory for the restoration, and the grace to continue daily. I want to encourage standers to place a hedge of protection over their marriage, and a hedge of thorns between their spouse and any non-covenant partners (See Hosea 2). I prayed this prayer during the years that my husband was in the far country, and continue to do so today. Now thanks be unto God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ… 2 Corinthians 2:14a. (NKJV)” (Suriname)
“Praise God for all faithful covenant standers. James 1:12 says that we get to show our love for God by persevering under trial. Isn’t that cool? He gives us the grace, hope and encouragement. We love Him by persevering and as a bonus get a crown of life. I praise Him for these gifts despite the intensified physical and financial trials since my wife who God joined me with nearly 40 years ago, married her second non-covenant husband just a few months ago. God miraculously answered my prayer many, many years ago and ended the first marriage. Others may think we are crazy standers, but I am praying for the ending of another adulterous marriage. God’s Word is true. The big lie is that divorce ends what God joins. Don’t believe it! It is not true. Praying for others and grateful for RMM. It will be worth it when we see Jesus. Go deep with Him and His Word! You won’t regret it.” (Pennsylvania)
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
“I had a dream about my husband last night and when I walked my dog this morning there was a mourning dove sitting in our path. I thought it might be injured, but on my way back I realized he was just sitting there. He let me get right beside him, he just looked at me. Doves in the Bible mean hope and peace. I knew today would be special. At church, a man prophesied over me. He told me that God knows me as an intercessor for prayer and when I don’t have the words God hears my heart. He told me that things in my life have been broken, but God is putting the pieces together again. He said that it has been my prayers that has given someone more time to repent (I know that someone is my husband). He said the words from my mouth are like a river and I speak life into situations. I’m so excited to know that God does hear my prayers and He sent someone to tell me.” (Virginia)
“I am exceedingly blessed with having some dear couples who have been standing steadfastly with me for my husband’s return for these several years. They have been married like we have for 35 to 50 years. God pointed out to me this weekend the amazing healing and redemption that has taken place in their marriages as they have cared for me and my family. One friend said, ‘A year ago my marriage was dead,’ another has peace and unity most days, a husband recently spoke a testimony of praise ‘God has healed our communication!’ I have prayed and been transparent and straightforward speaking into their lives…both wives and husbands. They will say that my faith has spurred them on to not quit trying. This is only the beginning of the multitude of marriages who will be restored and redeemed by our spoken and seen testimony. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13.” (North Carolina)
“God placed in my heart to share His vision in my dream. There’s a decent size tree in a planter supported by the stakes. As I was adjusting/turning to face the right direction, a relative asked about the stakes. I explained to the relative the roots are not strong enough to hold so it needed the stakes to support it. Next, I was fishing at a pond with just the fish line and a hook (no bait). After catching several fish, I realized there is no bait on the hook, but the fish are still biting. With trust, I continued to fish and catch more. Just like the tree and the roots, I am able to stand alone, but not strong enough and I need my God’s support. I still need to lean on Him in all areas of my life. Just like the hook without bait, if I am faithful in God, relying and believing in Him, He will supply all my needs in abundance over flowing. Thank You God. Keep the faith and trust in our Lord and Savior as He will show His plans and purpose for us.” (Arizona)
“Glory to God! In His endless power and faithfulness, last night, exactly at midnight, I promised to ABBA that I would thank Him for another year of life that begins (it’s my birthday), and I did it. I asked Him for my birthday gift to give me a signal that there was a breakthrough on the other side of the mountain. Five minutes later, after I finished praying, my husband sent me a message wishing me happy birthday, before the midnight hour. It was so beautiful to receive this message, as he hasn’t done it since we separated! I cried due to the emotion and gratefulness to Dad! For everything is possible for the one who believes. ‘Haven’t I said that if you believe you will see God’s glory?’ Amen and Amen.” (Mexico)
Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40 (NKJV)
My wife hasn’t seen our school-aged sons in a while and blamed me for them not wanting to see or talk to her. I was wondering on the way to a meeting at their school if we would ever parent them together again as a couple. A few blocks from the meeting I saw a Covenant Transport truck (I have NEVER seen one in my area before then!). The next day I saw the ‘Verse of the Day’ in my Bible app was Philippians 1:6 – being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. I’m thankful for His encouragement and I’m confident He WILL complete the work He began in me AND my wife, and I can’t wait to see how He is going to restore us for His glory!” (Louisiana)
“When my husband told me he wanted a divorce, God helped me show him unconditional love. I said I will always be praying for him and our marriage. I let my husband go and put him in God’s hands. I stopped reaching out to my husband. It was time to get our taxes done and for me, financially, I needed us to file together. But I knew I needed to trust God, even if I had to file our taxes separate. Just days before the tax deadline he reached out to have our taxes done together. Not only was this a joyous blessing to do as a married couple, but also trusting God to take care of me financially. God hasn’t taken me out of this storm, but He is in the storm with me. It may not be in my time, but God is always right on time. My husband and our marriage are in God’s hands (this is a daily surrender) knowing God will restore my husband back to Jesus and will restore our marriage-more than I ask for or imagined (Ephesians 3:20). (North Carolina)
“My husband and I started talking to each other again. We were on the phone with each other longer than usual. I asked God for another chance since I’ve been messing up so much. I’ve been praying that I would zip my lips, which is still hard, and that God open a door of intimacy between my husband and me. I had a divine appointment at the laundromat. While I was there, I noticed a bunch of coins sitting in the slot at the coin machine. I asked the only other person there if he left his coins in the machine. He was shocked. He asked me if I was Christian. I said yes. Then he started asking me a bunch of other questions to see where I stand in my walk with God. Turns out he’s standing and praying for his prodigal wife too, for many years A lot happened to the wife due to disobedience over the years and he’s back taking care of her. He said God had to change him first. I learned a lot from him that night. I pray that God restores that marriage.” (Virginia)
“I prayed several months ago for a specific sign my marriage would be restored. And two weeks ago, through circumstances only God could imagine, I received my sign! I heard God say, ‘I’m bringing your husband home.’ I said, ‘Okay, but I don’t really have a home right now.’ (Because I live in a family member’s condo and need to move out next month.) He said, ‘You are his home.’ Standers, one week after I received my sign, my husband arrived by car from 18 hours away, after many car problems, to be with me after the death of a family member. God did it! God brought my husband home and now, I am going home to him within my heart as God has instructed me. My prayer is for a literal new home for us both! Thank You, God! Your Word is always true and I praise You.” (Florida)
Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” John 11:40
“My husband is home. It appears the other woman is no longer a major part of his life. His attitude towards me and the kids has changed from harsh and short tempered to wanting to be home and have fun. Thinking back a year ago when he wanted nothing to do with me. He said he wanted a divorce and for me to be gone, to now – he is present, casually says he will always love me and doesn’t want to be divorced. The power of prayer and letting God change me has made all the difference!” (Arizona)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
Devotional Copyright© 2017 Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.
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