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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

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The February ministry newsletter was published this week. Take time to read it this weekend for some encouragement.
 

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A FATHER’S LOVE
 
Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.”  Luke 15:11-13
 
Have you read the story about the prodigal son in Luke 15 recently? This Lord’s Day I want to remind you of the love of the father who was willing to give his son his share of his inheritance when he wanted to leave home. The son was rebelling and wanted his freedom to go live a life of sin and selfishness. So the father let him go while he waited and prayed, expecting God to bring his son back home.
 
The Lord gave me that story at the beginning of my stand, telling me to pray and wait like the prodigal son’s father. The Lord told me that I was to love my husband unconditionally. Bob and I divided our property and Bob squandered his monies in what he would describe as “wild living” even though he was a Christian. Satan tempted Bob and he fell into Satan’s trap. That may describe your husband or wife.
 
This Valentine’s Day, I want us to continue to fast and pray as I know that your husband or wife thought of you several times during this week.  This Lord’s Day let us all pray diligently for all husbands, wives and children who have left their home to live in sin or in rebellion against God’s commands. May you pray for their spiritual eyes and ears to be opened and for them to be obedient to God speaking to their hearts so that they will see the way of escape and have the courage and strength to be obedient in leaving the other person. Remember, God does speak to sinners.
 
What love that father had for his prodigal son. He was not going to give up on waiting for his prodigal son to return home. What love all husbands and wives have when they choose to walk the narrow road and follow their Lord Jesus Christ, praying for the Lord to go after their lost, blinded and deceived spouse. What love and commitment these precious husbands and wives who we call standers have. They are willing to love their beloved spouse unconditionally for as long as it takes for their husband or wife to come to their senses!
 

“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”  Luke 15:17-20
 
My prayer for all spouses who are in the far country is to have their spiritual eyes and ears opened this new week after the Holy Spirit has been speaking to them all last week. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit’s voice will be louder than last week saying: “Stop sinning and repent. You must leave this sinful lifestyle now.  Go home to your waiting spouse and family immediately. I will be with you all the way.”
 

“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”  Luke 15:21-24
 
I pray that you will ask your Lord to give you the unconditional love and compassion that the prodigal son’s father had for his beloved son. He waited, expecting to see his loved one in the far distance, coming down that long road to their home, broken and hungry for love. The father kept looking out the window expecting, believing and waiting for his miracle of family restoration from his Heavenly Father.

Are you expecting, believing and waiting daily for the Lord to bring your miracle of marriage restoration? Get ready!

PS: If you have not read Saturday Testimonies, please do! You will be blessed and encouraged! God is moving!

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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