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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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Today’s message is from Bob who was a prodigal who returned home and was remarried to me for an additional 23 years before the Lord took him home to Heaven. Bob wrote 19 books from the prodigal’s perspective for more than two decades after our divorce and remarriage. – Charlyne

WHO ARE YOU LISTENING TO?
 
Early one Sunday I picked up the television remote control to select a Christian program. Through Sky Angel there are 16 Christian television stations and 16 Christian radio programs available to us 24 hours a day. As I ran through the channels, the Lord reminded me of how many people are talking to standers, almost 24 hours a day.  Foremost is the teaching you receive at your local church.  Then you can listen to the television and radio, as well as a wide variety of online ministries. The mailman arrives on Monday and you hear from other sources. In between are personal phone calls, as well as advice from well-intended family and friends.
 
Who are you listening to? Charlyne and I cannot answer that, but we are certain who you should be listening to, your Heavenly Father. Your Creator knows what is best for you. He has the answer to your every concern. He can speak through His Word, the Bible, a revelation, or any one of so many other ways.
 
This week may you pledge to only listen to the Lord, weighing everything said to you against the Bible. The hurting words will be cast aside, as you study and meditate on God’s answers, and not man’s. Even the hurting words of your prodigal can be replaced in your heart by God’s Word:
 
The prodigal said:
“I never loved you.”
 
The Lord said:

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”  Jeremiah 31:3
 
The prodigal said:
“You never satisfied me.”
 
The Lord said:

You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.  Psalm 145:16
 
The prodigal said:
“I am never coming back.”
 
The Lord said:

He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.  Psalm 126:6
 
The prodigal said:
“Stop praying for me!”
 
The Lord said:

“Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”  Luke 6:28
 
The prodigal said:
“I hate you.”
 
The Lord said:

Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  John 3:20
 
The prodigal said:
“You act so holy.”
 
The Lord said:

For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.  1 Thessalonians 4:7
 
The prodigal said:
“You are a hypocrite.”
 
The Lord said:

“Do not judge or you too will be judged.”  Matthew 7:1
 
The prodigal said:
“I don’t know what to do.”
 
The Lord said:

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”  Mark 1:17
 
The words above were originally written at 6 A.M. on a Monday morning. Charlyne discovered them on her vanity as a good morning greeting. How do I know all those things wayward spouses say? Sadly, they have each been uttered in our home.
 
Today, as you prepare to face another week without your spouse serving the Lord, look through eyes of faith at the Monday morning note your mate will leave you in God’s timing.
Because He lives,

Bob Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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