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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

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

 

This message is Charlyne’s unique look at Christmas from the perspective of a man or woman who is praying for marriage restoration. Several people in the Christmas story were obedient, but there was also disobedience. Charlyne wants to help you model obedience to the Lord during Christmas and until your prodigal comes to their senses.
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WILL YOU SAY “MERRY CHRISTMAS?”

 
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

How often do you hear people saying, Merry Christmas this year as you go to the grocery store or go Christmas shopping? How about teaching your children to say, Merry Christmas? Maybe it will become contagious. I will be honest with you. First, I do not like to shop. Second, I do not buy Christmas gifts early, and I have been watching the December dates flying by, so I will start shopping this weekend. Will you join me to start saying to everyone who is helping you, “Merry Christmas?” You will be surprised, they often smile and say it back to you!

How grieved our Lord must be every day as everyone runs around to buy gifts, but many forget that baby Jesus was born over 2000 years ago in Bethlehem to become the Savior of His people.

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”  Luke 2:11-14

Will you ask the Holy Spirit to touch your heart as you seek His peace, joy and love as you approach the last few weeks before Christmas? I am not saying it will be easy to do, but worth striving to seek and share God’s amazing love and peace with others, the true meaning of Christmas. Ask the Lord how He wants you to radiate His light of love to others this Christmas. Will you say Merry Christmas to others? If your heart is hurting right now, ask the Lord to heal your wounded, broken, crushed heart. Nothing is too hard for God to do.

I made an acrostic for Merry Christmas. May you meditate on each letter:

M – Marriage was created and ordained by God. It is a covenant between you, your spouse and God.

E – Jesus Christ was born to save the lost and give them eternal life.

R – Your Lord wants to restore, rebuild and resurrect your hurting or dead marriage for God to get all the glory, honor and praise.

R Let God become your Refuge and your Rock who will rescue your beloved spouse from the enemy’s camp.

Y – You cannot change your spouse’s heart, but God can.

C – Christ was born in a manger and died on the cross at Calvary for you, your spouse and your family’s sins.

H – The Holy Spirit wants to be your Comforter, Counselor, Provider and Friend every day of your life and especially right now.

R – Resist the enemy. Resist giving up on your husband or wife as you stand with God for marriage restoration.

I – Ignore all the tricks, schemes and circumstances that come from the enemy, Satan. Keep your eyes on your Lord Jesus every day.

S – Stand firm on the promises of God. He will never fail you!

T – Trust in the Lord for your life and your marriage restoration. His timetable will be perfect!

M – Never forget the vows you spoke when you married your spouse. You are no longer two, but one flesh with a covenant with God.

A – Do not allow anger, adultery, alcohol or any other sins of the flesh to destroy your marriage. Pray for the Lord to transform you and your spouse’s heart completely.

S – Scriptures -God’s Holy Word. Start reading and memorizing God’s Word to change you and then transform your spouse’s hardened heart.

Please continue to be faithful and pray for your beloved spouse and all prodigal spouses and children. Ask the Lord today to bless you and your family during the Christmas holidays with a special gift from Him. Start thanking the Lord every day for what He is doing on the other side of your mountain.

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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