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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

Friday, October 20, 2017

Are you ready to listen to the Lord’s directions
for your life and marriage?
When Noah was told to build the ark, he was given very specific detailed instructions. Noah built an ark to save his family. Will you allow the Lord to use you to save your marriage, your children and future generations? The Lord wants you to seek His face and follow His will and way. God will speak to His children. We hope you will cry out to the Lord, “Show and teach me Your perfect will and way regarding my marriage and all my circumstances. I am ready to listen to You only!”
 
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LORD, TEACH ME TO DO YOUR WILL
 
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.  Psalm 32:8
 
What is your heart’s cry to your Lord daily? My heart’s cry is for the Lord to direct my every step and teach me all that I need to know to serve Him. I pray that tonight you will cry out and pray,
“Lord, teach me all that I need to know about marriage restoration. Amen.” Is that your heart’s cry to your Lord today?
 
I often feel so inadequate to write a daily devotional that I am always asking the Lord to teach me more each day. I often feel like Moses felt when he said, “Who am I?” God answered by saying:
 

The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”  Exodus 4:11-12
 
We have the same goal, which is to have your marriage restored and rebuilt by the Lord. We can also pray for others around the world facing the same marriage crisis. If we do not speak up and share God’s truths to the many people around us, shame on us! God has opened our spiritual eyes and ears to His truths about the institution and sanctity of marriage. We need to tell others every day that there is hope for restoration of marriages when we turn our hearts and lives over to our Lord.
 
As you are going through your marriage problems, do not let the enemy defeat you with thoughts that you married the wrong person or your problems are impossible.
 
When you have marriage problems, it may mean that one or both of you need to be healed and delivered from some past pain, abuse, rejection or wounding that one of you suffered prior to your marriage. You and your spouse are two unique individuals and you have become one flesh by God. God is greater than any problem and He will teach you how to fight for your marriage as you learn how to become the spouse that God wants you to become.
 

“‘…For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”  Matthew 19:5-6
 
May you cry out today,
“Lord, teach me how to pray for my spouse and family! Amen.” Ask your Lord to teach you about the power of prayer, about spiritual insight with wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Your Lord will teach and give you wisdom if you will only ask Him. When your Lord speaks to your heart He will reveal truths that will amaze you, as He knows everything!

“’Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’”  Jeremiah 33:3
 
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray,…” He said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.’”  Luke 11:1-2
 
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.  Ephesians 1:17-19
 
What do you need to know today? Do you need to learn how to control your anger?  Have you learned how not to argue with your spouse? Do you need to learn how to control your tongue when you are talking to your children or spouse? Today, ask the Lord to reveal areas in your own personal life that need to be changed first so you can become the husband or wife that you need to be, as well as a committed, child of God.
 

Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.  Psalm 141:3
   
Lord, teach me to love and fear You. I want to know Your will and way in my life and what is going to be the best for me, my marriage and my family. Lord, teach me to surrender my own will and way to your plan and purpose for my marriage and that I will trust You forever. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
 
When you fear God, you will live a life of obedience to His commandments and say “No” to sin. Now you know why we pray that your spouse will fear God quickly, right now.
 
So today, cry out to your Lord,
“Teach me your will and way in my life. Lord, I want to learn everything You want to teach me. Open my spiritual eyes and ears each day to hear and see Your will and way. Amen.” God does speak to His children if we will humble ourselves, praying and seeking Him. Jesus wants to teach you new things every day and He will speak to you. Cry out to Him and He will answer you! Your Lord will be the greatest Teacher you will ever have, so listen to all His instructions and He will teach you all you need to learn about marriage restoration.
 

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good spirit lead me on level ground. For your name’s sake, O LORD, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.  Psalm 143:10-11

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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