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Saturday, June 16, 2017

I am challenging each stander to have a part in seeing families restored.
 
Many of you are struggling to make ends meet and don’t have extra money. I am asking everyone on our mailing list to send in ten dollars each month. If everyone did, it would meet our monthly Ministry needs.
 
Maybe you could take your lunch to work two days a month instead of grabbing a hamburger. While you eat your brown bag lunch, think and pray about the families and homes that will be touched by your sacrifice. Are you are in the habit of getting a cup of coffee on the way to work. If you skipped a few days you could contribute to the healing of homes around the world.
 
I spoke with a stander who was embarrassed to send in a ten-dollar donation. She thought her donation would be too small to help. That is not the case! God can increase your donation, no matter what the amount, into a means to bless other standers that need to hear that there is an alternative to divorce!
 
Please pray about being part of the Family Challenge.

 
SATURDAY TESTIMONIES
Below are excerpts from a few of the testimonies we have received in the past week, each shared with the writer’s permission. These are not to tell you how to stand and what to do, but are given here to share how God moves when people are praying. Do you have a testimony to share to encourage others?

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.  Micah 7:7

“God is good. My husband has returned! The year he left, I lost myself in God’s Word. I read testimony after testimony of marriages being restored while waiting for God to release my miracle. Just as I was about to give up, I cried out to Him and asked for a word and He heard my cry! The next day, my husband called and said he was coming home. He left the other woman and was ready and willing to work on our marriage. It has now been several months since he has returned. We are closer than we have ever been! God is faithful to His promises. There were so many days I lost hope and fed into the lies of the devil, believing that God was not going to restore my marriage. BUT GOD! He would not let me give up. He picked me up and restored my hope each and every time! And He will do the same for you! Keep the faith, keep praying, keep believing. You are one day closer to your breakthrough than you were yesterday. God will never fail you. He is a promise keeper and His Word always comes to pass.”  (Texas)

“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”  Jeremiah 32:17

“God is good. My husband and I separated for a couple years and I gave up on my stand and stopped praying for our marriage. My husband contacted me saying that he wanted our marriage. God is good! My marriage is on its way to restoration. Please continue to pray for us and I will pray for you all. Glory to God.”  (Texas)

“I have been divorced for a couple of years but have been standing for years before that. Yesterday RMM called me and prayed with me for my husband and one of my daughters. Last night I found out that my husband had a heart attack and a stent placed right before the call. The Lord timed the call from RMM at the right time. My husband needed those prayers from everyone. Today I texted my husband and let him know that I hoped he was doing okay and that I was praying for him. My Lord is so awesome in that He puts people in our lives to help us pray for those we love.”  (Florida)

“When I first found out about my husband’s affair, I told him I wanted a divorce. I moved him out to another room and we have no communication since then. But God has another plan for me. I found RMM a few months ago and my heart towards God and my spouse changed. I begin to understand my spouse is under Satan’s attack and started with scripture prayer with names, fasting and praying, listening to Charlyne’s CDs to keep my stand. My husband’s heart started to soften towards me and we started to have small talk and recently we had breakfast together. I have learned to zip my lips and not mention the OW. My husband also had multiple trips with the OW but I cry out to God each time and somehow I have strength to go through it. Hang in there standers, our victory is around the corner and our prodigals will not only be saved but will be mightily used by God to proclaim His goodness. Our job is to only believe. I believe.”  (Singapore)

“I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.”  Hosea 14:4

“My prodigal spouse moved out some months ago; later he said he saw a lawyer. I saw him at church a couple weeks ago and sat right behind him and of course I spoke. When it was time for the congregation to stand up and hold hands to pray, he reached his hand back so I could grab it. I haven’t seen him or heard from him since, but I know that God is still working to restore our marriage. I’m proud to be a stander and to pray for all standers and prodigal spouses. Throwing in the towel is like giving up on God; He didn’t give up on you. Keep the faith and trust Him. No matter what it looks like, God has the final say. Halleluiah, glory to God.”  (Texas)

“Don’t give up! Persevere in prayer, fasting and reading the Word. After two false starts, my husband came home repentant. God is good! Although my husband is still married to the OW, and the devil pulls harder by sending my husband thoughts to keep him apart from me, I stand firm, trusting in God’s promises. I will not give up; together with God, I will win. God doesn’t lie. He will accomplish His promise of marriage restoration. Trust and believe. At the end of the tunnel you will see the light and God’s glory shining! Praised and blessed be my glorious Savior.”  (Ecuador)

“…calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.”  Isaiah 46:11 (ESV)

“Last weekend I attended my first wedding after my  recent divorce. I was dreading going, but this was a close friend’s daughter so I knew I had to. That morning, I prayed that God would be with me and give me peace and joy while there. During the ceremony, I feared I would feel sadness. Amazingly, I listened to every word spoken and song sang and instead of sadness I felt God saying this is why you are standing and I felt peace. I realized I still believe every word of the vows I spoke years ago. I will love and honor my spouse in sickness and health until death parts us. Nowhere in those vows does it say when he moves in with an OW and is spiritually sick, I condemn and give up on him. God was with us both when we spoke those vows. God keeps His promises. I have struggled so much with being divorced and standing, but I know God will restore.”  (Michigan)

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. My cup overflows with blessings.  Psalm 23:5

“PTL. Communication with my prodigal husband was at zero. I wanted to just give up! One day we had a leak in the roof and my sister sent him to check it. He came over and even had dinner with us. It was his birthday and we ate lunch with him. I got as many of my family together as I could to celebrate his birthday. I went with him to the doctor because he is still on my insurance. But then my heart sank when I called him for something and he was with the OW. I went to church that night and my friend said a powerful prayer. I remain standing. God will give back everything the enemy has stolen from me. God is in control.”  (Texas)

“My story is the opposite from many I’ve read, for I am the prodigal trying to return home to a wife who has shut off her feelings and her heart. Separated for several years, it has been the past 12 months where God has changed my heart. My only desire for some time now has been to reconcile with the beloved wife of my youth and live with her and our four teenage sons. Our possessions and property are officially separated and my wife has taken back her maiden name. We have not spoken face to face for a couple of years. Yet, I am trusting and believing God for the manifestation of His power in our hearts and marriage. 2 Chronicles 7:14 reminds me that not only am I forgiven but encourages me that God is working behind the scenes to restore my land, which I believe is my marriage, family and my home.”  (Australia)

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:14

“I was feeling so down lately, questioning God about whether He hears my prayers. Going to church I said, ‘Lord just speak to me one way or the other today.’ An international singer was invited. He sang: ‘After you’ve done all you can, you just stand.’ Another girl sang ‘Pray on.’ God spoke directly to me through those songs. Later that night I went to a concert where another girl sang ‘After you’ve done all you can, just stand.’ After I had been struggling so much lately because I wasn’t hearing from God, that was just like a glass of fresh, cold water after a long journey in the desert. God still speaks. Now I just remind myself that I just need to stand, leaving everything else in Jesus’ hands. Restoration seems impossible in my eyes, but God is Almighty. Thank you Jesus.”  (Netherlands Antilles)

“Praise God. My prodigal wife is sitting next to me watching a sermon on her phone. My suddenly happened yesterday (after a false start a month or so ago). We are going today to cancel the divorce before the 30-day waiting period expires. Seek God more than you seek His answer to your prayers. Don’t look at what is seen. Remember that He is sovereign and He needs to work on you while He works on your spouse. Strive to KNOW He has this under His complete control. God truly is great and He is listening and working far more than you know. Patience is working its perfect work and your time will come in His timing. Don’t use your own bows and arrows. Let God be God and love Him with all of your being. Stay in His Word and pray, pray, pray to seek Him. He is worthy of all of your praise. Praise be to my Lord Jesus, my Redeemer and Counselor.”  (Alabama)

Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40 (NKJV)

“I want to praise God. My son got married last week in a tourist town. One of my biggest fears was that my husband would bring the OW. Well, he did. My praise is that God sustained me. The whole time the Holy Spirit kept telling me that that was my husband’s body, but not my husband. Before I knew Jesus things would have been a lot different. I did not know the Lord until this tragedy happened. The Lord has shown me that He did not do this to me, but that He is going to use it to bring my family salvation. So I praise the Lord. I will gladly endure the pain to save my family from Hell. God has promised the pain I’ve been feeling can’t compare to the joy that is coming. I know good things are coming for all of us.”  (Ohio)

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.  Psalm 23:5 (NLT)

“I got married just a few months ago and my husband left me for an OW. We are both really young. God asked me to stand and led me to this ministry which I am so grateful for. My ‘suddenly’ hasn’t come, but I want to praise our Lord for giving me signs that He is working on my marriage. My mom hates my husband, but today she has agreed that we shouldn’t start a divorce petition. Trust me, that was all God, our mighty, glorious God. While I wait I will hold on to Matthew 19:5-6:  ‘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 flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”  (Canada)

“My husband and I have been separated for some time. I always believed that God would restore my marriage, no matter how it looked. I had not talked to my husband in a long time. Two weeks ago he texted me about getting the car. I agreed. When I saw him we greeted each other with a smile and a long affectionate hug. That day we talked for hours. I left and gave him a kiss goodbye. He invited me to lunch a couple of days later. We had a great time. We are now talking every day. Even though he is not back at home we are now dating. That’s a miracle in itself. God is so faithful, so awesome, and so amazing. I rejoice because I know God is a promise keeper. If He did it for me He can do it for you.”  (Georgia)

“I am praising God because He has restored my best friend’s marriage. They are getting remarried today after being divorced for years. While standing for my own marriage, I was keeping my stand to myself. Several months ago, I shared with my friend about my stand. She thought I was crazy, having been my maid of honor and knowing everything that has happened with my husband and me. But God in His awesomeness would use my stand to plant a seed in her heart. When she told me in the New Year that God had put a love in her heart for her ex-husband and to go back to him I was shocked! I am in awe of how God used my best friend, who wasn’t looking or thinking twice about her marriage or husband in years, to show me His power. I was getting discouraged in my own stand and it was like God wanted me to see firsthand His power. I have seen every inch of her restoration and witnessed firsthand the power of prayer and how God changes hearts. Hold on standers, your day of restoration and mine is coming!”  (Maryland)

“And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?”  Job 26:14
God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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One comment on “Charlyne Cares – SATURDAY TESTIMONIES
  1. Angel Arias says:

    I read each of these testimonials and they all touched my heart! They helped to rebuild my faith. Thank you for sharing. Thank you Jesus for your promise & I’m standing on His word.

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