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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

ARE YOU FACING A DIVORCE?
 
Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me; fight against them that fight against me.  Psalm 35:1 (KJV)
 
Every week we hear from men and women who have been told that their beloved spouse has seen an attorney and they will be receiving divorce papers. We have a daily devotion time with our staff and we pray for different people every day. We pray for the people on our Chapel page to be healed and for the people facing court to have their court date canceled forever or postponed each week.
 
We understand the pain and the suffering that you and your family are going through as you face divorce. You may be forced to get an attorney, starting to fill out legal forms, getting your financial papers together, having to discuss property settlement agreements and child custody issues. We understand your feelings and emotions are raw due to what you are facing each day, when, in fact, you do not want this divorce.
 
The Lord God may or may not stop your divorce. Our divorce was not canceled. If God had stopped our divorce, we would have been limited in our understanding of the pain and consequences of divorce. I know that I went through many different circumstances because the Lord wanted me to be able to learn His Word and know His mighty power as I faced trials.
 
Let me share a powerful scripture that you need to read very slowly and understand from your mind down to your heart:
 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  Isaiah 55:8-11
  
When you are preparing to go to court, remember the Holy Spirit will be going with you. Your Heavenly Father will be watching over the proceedings. Not only did He write the original law, His only Son, Jesus, was tried and convicted by the courts of this sinful world.
 
One of the most unsettling times during a stand for marriage restoration can come about when your court date looms. At any given time, we know of many standers with upcoming court dates.  Will you join us and go to the
Court Page once a week and pray for all the people facing court the next week?
 
Are you divorced today like I was? That did not matter. My Lord loved me so much that He spoke to my wounded, hurting, and bleeding heart.  I knew after my divorce that I still loved my husband. Then the Lord revealed to me during my brokenness that I had not sought God for His perfect will and way regarding our marriage. I did not believe in God’s mighty power to resurrect my dead marriage. I gave up on God and on Bob. I did not believe that the Holy Spirit would speak to Bob or convict him of his sins or that Bob would surrender his heart and life over to the Lord. Learn from our story, never doubt the love and the power of God.
 
You may be facing an upcoming court date. Or you may have received an unwanted divorce. Don’t forget that the Lord did not get my attention until after our divorce! God has not given up on your marriage because you are divorced. Please seek the Lord more than ever before, asking the Lord for His perfect will and way. God does speak and He will direct your steps. 
 
Today let me share a few standers’ comments from our eBook,
Your Father Knows Best. We asked standers the question: “If your best friend was about to go into divorce court, what brief advice would you give them?”  Here are a few answers:
 

“When you go through deep waters and walk through fiery trials, God is with you, holding you with His righteous right hand. He will never leave you nor forsake you. His plans and purposes will be fulfilled because He does not lie nor change His mind and all His promises to you are ‘Yes and Amen!’ God has already won the victory for you. This battle does not belong to you, but the Lord. Stand firm and seek the deliverance that the Lord will bring.”  (Canada)
 
“In the environment of the courtroom, with man-made laws lying in wait to render a decree of dissolution of your marriage, keep foremost in your mind, precious one, that the Lord God Himself was witness to the covenant made at your marriage. You might feel frightened and all alone, but you won’t be. Just be strong and of good courage. Do not fear nor be afraid, for the Lord Your God, He is the one who goes with you. Regardless of the outcome, know for certain that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  (Pennsylvania)
 
“Right now, more than ever, love your mate with godly love. Lay down your pain at the foot of the cross. Know that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Rest in the Lord, the victory is already His.”  (Florida)

 
“Keep repeating this scripture:
Mark 9:23: ‘Everything is possible for him who believes.” 
 

“Don’t look at your spouse as the enemy; Satan is your enemy. Don’t stop loving your spouse no matter what happens. Just keep looking to Jesus because He has a plan for you and your spouse.”  (South Carolina)
 
I have assembled a complete list of my favorite
Court Scriptures that you can download.
 
Don’t give up!
God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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One comment on “Charlyne Cares – ARE YOU FACING A DIVORCE?
  1. Sheryl Roberts says:

    My divorce was turned into a blessing by God. Prior to the date of the divorce, I was focused so much on stopping it, praying for it not to happen, trying to convince my prodigal to cancel it. However it was not cancelled. But the day after the divorce was granted, God revealed to me that He allowed it because it finally got me away from the fear and stress and I was finally able to truly focus on God and on what was most important. We may be divorced in the eyes of man, but we are still married in God’s eyes (and mine, too.) I feel more at peace now and my prodigal and I can talk more easily than before. I am financially in a better position (so his returning will be eased of financial burden because he is greatly in debt.) God truly turned the divorce into a blessing.

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