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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

Thursday, April 27, 2017

This is the fourth edition of Bob’s first book. Bob writes this book based on Luke 15, the prodigal son. He writes to a stander as a prodigal who lived in the pigpen of life blinded and deceived. Bob shares from the Word, as well as practical suggestions, including personal “don’ts” that you may be tempted to do to your prodigal spouse. This book is a must if you are wanting to learn “how to stand” for your marriage restoration written by a returned prodigal.
 
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LUNCH BREAK TESTIMONIES
I am praising the Lord that we are sending out an extra bonus of testimonies from standers around the world. To God be the glory! I know that having marriage problems, being separated or divorced or having your spouse possibly marry the other person for a season is not easy, but God is moving in hearts and lives around the world!
 
Please stand firm, walking in faith, believing and trusting in the Lord’s mighty power. God is faithful to His promises. God is a God of reconciliation! – Charlyne

Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.  Isaiah 30:18 (NKJV)

“After many false starts, even a divorce, I’m happy to announce that my marriage has been restored. My husband and I often communicated, but he would usually tell me to move on, that we weren’t getting back together. He recently took a job in a ministry in another state. Easter afternoon I received a text from him asking where do I feel we went wrong in our marriage. A few more texts which led to the next day him sending a video text stating that he can’t wait to marry me. At the ministry he is with, the pastor encouraged him to go back and get his wife and that’s what he has done. Just when I was at my breaking point and cried out to God Easter morning about having little faith and doubt, that’s when He showed me He has been working it out all along. My son and I are joining my husband when school gets out in May. Standers, never quit standing. Keep fasting and praying even when you feel like you can’t hear God’s voice.”  (Louisiana)

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”  Matthew 7:7-8

“I want to give a praise report to encourage standers to keep pushing and praying. In January, I did a 40-day Daniel fast hoping to get a breakthrough. I did. During the fast, a barrier fell between my prodigal and me. He started telling me he loved me, he showed up late one night and told me things that I had secretly prayed about in my heart, and I could go on and on. Later he was somewhat silent, but last night he came over again and spent time with me and the kids. He asked if I knew the statistics of divorced people remarrying each other. He told me repeatedly he loved and missed me. He said he had been dreaming of me marrying someone else and it scared him. This is from a man who left me for another woman when I was pregnant, a man who said we were wrong for each other. Our circumstances are as impossible as they come, but through prayer and fasting, God is working. Don’t give up. Pray, pray, pray. God hears us standers!”  (Texas)

“Praise the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me, praise His holy name. I don’t know where to begin, I was going through so much: Financial burden, eviction, no job, nothing. But I never lost hope. One night I decided to start a 10 Days of Midnight Prayers. I couldn’t, because I was determined, but God wanted me to get rid of some things first. I listened to a sermon that night and God spoke to me. I did what He told me to do and continued my 10 days. I tell you my friends, listen to God. I am happy to tell you all my requests have been granted and much more. New job, financial resources, new school for my daughter, now I am in the process of buying a house. I am sitting for my Board soon and I already claimed my success. My prodigal is not home yet, but I am going to keep standing and trusting His promise. I pray for all of you that all your prayers will be answered in due time. Our God is marvelous. Praise!”  (Massachusetts)

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  Mark 11:24

“For the last several months, I have been praying for my wife who has been thinking about divorce. I’m saved, she is not. I have been struggling because I know we are supposed to be together. I was praying today and came across this ministry. Everything I read was what the Lord has been telling me. I just want to say thank you. It has encouraged me to stay strong and continue to trust in the Lord for what He has promised.”  (Georgia)

“I just want to encourage anyone who feels the hurt and pain of standing for your marriage. LIFT your head up, wipe away your tears and seek GOD! He will give you peace and strength to deal with ANY situation that is placed in front of you. He will provide, He will make a way. I know it’s hard, but leave your spouse at the feet of Jesus and you will find hope. You must realize that we’re fighting a spiritual war, not your spouse. Treat them exactly the opposite of how they treat you. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him…Let him direct your path. Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might, even when it doesn’t feel like it or look like it, GOD IS WITH YOU!”  (Ohio)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  Ephesians 6:10-11

“God is working in the quiet times. Last month I told God that I see His abundant blessings and answers to prayers immediately for everything, but my spouse and asked what did this mean. I haven’t seen my beloved in several years. He had lunch with my daughter this week. They have minimal contact. He shared that he has been out of the country on three big trips to very remote places. He remembered when we went camping and how I brought a very huge comfort item. He also remembered a ridiculous and hilarious thing I said when a raccoon raided our food tent. Praise God. There are cracks – the walls of Jericho are coming down. I am on his mind fondly and probably was during his travels. I have been praying for him to remember the good times. God hears our requests and answers in His perfect time. What an awesome God we serve.”  (Canada)

“For the past few days, I felt a heaviness and even tried to push my husband away. Every time my husband would call, the enemy would remind me of the pain and I’d get mad all over again. Instead of my husband getting mad and hanging up, he said, ‘I understand and will continue to call.’ A few weeks ago, he would never have said that. Being overwhelmed about my husband not being home yet and our financial issues, I told God yesterday that I need a miracle. My tax refund was being held because someone stole my identity. After a few hours of praying, the IRS Advocate called me to tell me that the IRS approved my case and I’ll be receiving my refund in a few days. Our God is great!”  (Virginia)

“I always thought I was going to submit this testimony once our marriage was restored. This is not the case. But I feel the need to write this at this moment when the circumstances that we are facing are really absurd and the world screams at me to give up and move on with my life. But God has other plans for us. I went to a pilgrimage and God spoke to my heart and told me that His victory will be in this marriage and He gave me a physical proof for that. I was not asking for a sign, but in His endless love and mercy He gave it to me at the right time because I was going to start the annulment process of my marriage. After that day, my faith has grown exponentially and I know God is working on my husband’s heart. He is making a heart of flesh and He will give to my husband a new spirit (Ezekiel 36:26-27). Keep believing in God’s promises and keep fighting the God fight. You cannot imagine the wonderful reward that is waiting for us in the end.”  (United Kingdom)

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”  Ezekiel 36:26-27 (NKJV)

“I have a praise to encourage standers that God is active in the details. After many months of separation, and months after my wife filed for divorce, our ‘final’ hearing was looming less than a week away. As I struggled with the ‘finality’ of what appeared was about to happen, I continued to wrestle with God, begging Him to intervene. I believe He told me the divorce will not happen and my faith was being severely challenged as Satan taunted me. I decided to fast yesterday and took an opportunity to love my wife by mowing her lawn while she was at work. On the drive down, I got an email from my lawyer. The divorce hearing was just canceled due to a state holiday with no reschedule date. God reached down and confused the court schedulers for our good and His glory! My wife was overwhelmed with gratitude when she got home to a mowed lawn and called to thank me. No change of heart, yet, but my God is alive! Don’t quit if God called you to stand.”  (Alabama)

“I have been standing for some time, and though my beloved is not yet home, the enemy is holding nothing back trying to stop my stand! While on mission trip in Haiti, I had a seizure that revealed a brain tumor requiring surgery to determine for certain how to proceed with treatment. This is bringing amazing unity to my church family as they rally around me. My coworkers are seeing the peace God alone can bring. My unsaved mother and best friend are coming to help and will be surrounded by true Christian love for weeks. Of course, I also pray God will bring my beloved to repentance and faith in Him through this. I am excited to see how our Father brings good out of what the enemy is intending for evil! Praise God who is more than able!”  (Louisiana)

“Last night, my husband who has been back for a few years, told me that he is not happy and hasn’t been for a while. I felt in my spirit that something was wrong and did a three-day fast for things to be revealed. My husband told me that he hasn’t healed from anything from his past. He says that he’s a very messed up person and he wants to move in with his parents to have time to be to himself. The awesome Lord allowed to me to talk to him in a loving and understanding way. Even though I really wanted to try to change his mind, I zipped my lips. After the long talk, he said he felt so much better getting it all off his chest. I prayed while he slept. I praise God for revealing this to me. I’m devastated, but I leave it all in God’s hands and pray His will in all of this.”  (Georgia)

“I give all praise and glory to our faithful God for He is moving greatly in my marriage restoration. I have been continuously praying for God to place it in the OW’s heart for her to be the one to end her ungodly relationship with my husband and for my husband to realize that she is only using him. God has answered my prayers! The OW admitted on her social media that she is only using my husband for her needs. She also posted that she is dropping him from her life. I know my suddenly has not happened yet, but God is showing me that He is at work and that He will not allow anyone to separate what He has joined. I am so grateful with the Lord and I continue to put all my trust and faith in Him. Don’t give up fellow standers God is faithful! No circumstance will ever be greater than Him. He is God Almighty and His Word will not return void. Jeremiah 29:11.”  (California)

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

“My husband and I divorced a couple years ago, and we had a false start last summer which lasted only three months. Yesterday while walking outdoors, I cried out to the Lord for strength and increased faith as I felt like giving up. Last night, suddenly, my husband asked our son to have me call him. We spoke for a long time and poured out our hearts to each other (after many months of no communication). He told me not to give up, and that he loved me and he always will. Praise the Lord for this blessing and for giving me the faith and strength I prayed for. The Lord has renewed my hope.”  (Florida)

“Last year my now ex-husband met a woman and started talking and texting and then started meeting. He said they loved each other and wanted to get married. I could not believe this. We had been married so long and I still loved him. I started praying every day that God would change his heart and take her out of his life. He wanted us to remain friends even though he filed for divorce. I moved out, but kept praying that God would change his heart. I prayed and asked God to help me to forgive him for what he did. I knew that was the only way I would have peace. They did get married, but the day after, she left. He was heartbroken, but I was there to help him. Before they got married he told me he was sorry for what he did and always would love me. We started spending time together and God answered my prayer, not only to change his heart, but for us to get back together. We are working on our problems and getting remarried soon. God does answer our prayers in His time.”  (Florida)

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”  Matthew 21:22
God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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