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Saturday, December 2, 2017

2018 BIBLE READING CALENDAR
We encourage people praying for marriage restoration to carry this booklet in their Bible, where they will be reminded often to meditate on God’s Word.

We believe all the answers to your marriage problems are found in God’s Holy Word. This beautiful calendar gives you daily readings and at year’s end you will have read through the Old Testament once, the New Testament twice, Psalms twice and Proverbs 12 times. Our standers love the discipline in reading the Bible daily as fast or as slow as you want.
 

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?

“I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing. The trees will yield their fruit and the ground will yield its crops; the people will be secure in their land. They will know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hands of those who enslaved them.”  Ezekiel 34:26-27

“A friend suggested that I begin reading articles from your website after my husband left me. I was devastated and was begging God to bring him back home. Your website gave me such hope and encouragement in a time when family and friends were telling me to forget my husband and move on. The day he and I met at our local courthouse to sign the divorce papers is the day our restoration started! After I signed, he said he could see that I still loved him and didn’t want to divorce. We ended up asking the lawyer to step out of the room so that we could chat. When we asked him to come back in, we asked him not to file the paperwork! I wanted to write to you that day and share with you my good news; however, I was afraid that this may a false start. I am happy to say that we are at several months of being back together! Yes, there are still struggles and issues to work through, but I believe that with God’s help and our surrendered hearts that we will go on to have an amazing life together.”  (Pennsylvania)

“I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.”  Isaiah 48:3

“I want to thank my Lord Almighty Jesus Christ for He is changing my wife’s heart slowly. We have been separated for a a while now and she had stopped all communications with me. But now she is texting me messages and saying this marriage is over. I know God is touching her heart. I refuse to believe her words, but I am proclaiming my God’s promises. God bless.  (Fiji)

“The enemy has tried to destroy what God has begun, but he is defeated. God has been dealing with my husband. I returned from an extensive business trip to find that the other person had moved into my town, but God. My husband was upset because I told him that I was aware that she had moved to our town. While he was yelling, I remained calm. I did not get upset. God kept me at peace. For me this is an awesome testimony, because the old me would have yelled back and added to the argument. Instead I decided to keep my mouth closed. In the end, he calmed down and still said that is why we are getting divorced. However, he has been speaking divorce for months with no action taken. I still believe my God is able. Proverbs 15:1 (KJV) – A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”  (Hawaii)

“We are a short time into our marriage restoration. We are in counseling and have a way to go, but the divorce has been withdrawn, which makes it so much easier to really work on. God has moved in so many ways in my life since my husband filed for divorce. I’ve become a much stronger Christian and am working to be the example for my husband to learn to be a stronger Christian as well. Praising our awesome God.”  (Indiana)

Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.  1 Peter 3:1-3

“Well, something in the spiritual realm has shifted. My husband and I have been separated for a couple of years. No communication! There hasn’t been a day to go by that I haven’t thought…’What in the world is the Lord doing?’ I didn’t think my prayers, or anyone’s were doing anything. My last journal sentence the other day was, ‘Does prayer REALLY matter?’ I fell asleep crying on my Bible, mumbling, ’Just take me Lord. You come live in my body. My life is YOURS…. I don’t care anymore!’ The next day while at my daughter’s home, she shared with me that her Dad said the OW will be with them on Thanksgiving. But my prodigal stopped by my daughter’s home (I was still there) and it was like I saw THE MAN I MARRIED in his eyes. He actually smiled and made small talk with me. My prodigal returned from the dead! He has been kind to me for several days now. Others see, and are in shock too. Praise God!”  (Kentucky)

“I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise shall continuously be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me, let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:1-3 After standing for my prodigal for a while, he suddenly called and said he couldn’t take it anymore. He moved his things back to the house. I was shocked to be honest. I guess that’s what was meant by a ‘suddenly moment.’ I’m still praying for God to restore his relationship with Him and will be standing for my marriage still. I now know that God knows what He’s doing. We’re not there yet, but I know He has a plan for my marriage and my prodigal. I praise the Lord my God for teaching me and gently guiding me, especially in days when I was weary and discouraged. Isaiah 55:8-12 is the scripture God gave me over and over.”  (Kenya)

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”  Isaiah 55:11-12 (NKJV)

“God is good all the time! Though my spouse is not home yet, since I have let go and truly followed and trusted in God, our relationship has improved. We talk almost daily and it’s funny how God has a way of bringing us together. My daughter started as altar server at church and he finally came to see her. We sat together and then he bought lunch for all of us…wonderful family day! I continue to pray and wait on God’s timing.”  (Texas)

“My son had shoulder surgery in Australia; I’m in the UK. He got a serious infection, then his veins could take no more and they had to stop giving antibiotics. It was very bad. I cried out to God. I submitted a prayer request to RMM and was so encouraged by the healing scriptures I received. I was travelling by train and seeking the Lord and thought I heard the Spirit whisper Psalm 81. I wasn’t sure, but when I read it and verse 6, ‘I relieved the burden from their shoulders,’ I was overwhelmed. I stood on this Word and praised the Lord. I managed to sleep and true to His mighty Word, I woke to a message from my prayer warrior friends in Australia and a photo of them and my son in the hospital, miraculously better. What an amazing witness to the staff, my son and my prodigal. Praise the Lord.”  (United Kingdom)

“I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket.  In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud.”  Psalm 81:6-7a

“I am praising God for His little miracles, for they are miracles nonetheless. God is creative in how He works things out, in ways I never imagined. My separated husband has to get new health insurance for the family for next year. The court website has posted a divorce trial for us within one week after the new year starts. When I asked my husband how my insurance coverage would work out if a divorce is coming up, he said that he spoke to his attorney to stop the divorce for now. I am not certain if it is because of the cost increase for the insurance. My husband is not one to give details. I did ask if he is coming home. He said no. But I will take this miracle for what it is: the divorce has been stopped at this moment. Thank You, God!”  (Connecticut)

“Praise the Lord for providing me with a better job, starting in about two weeks! The new job will provide a much needed boost in pay and it is only five minutes from home. The current one is about 25 minutes away. This will save me on gas money, too. I have not been able to pay all of my bills, but the new job is enough to make up for the shortfall. Thank You, Jesus!”  (South Carolina)

So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”  Genesis 22:14

“Praise be to our Lord and Savior! My stand began with my prodigal husband many months ago. We have had a couple of false starts and then this year he filed for divorce. So far, the divorce has been slow, mediation scheduled next year. One week ago, I began pleading with the Lord to show me a sign to continue standing. I saw nothing from my perspective that told me God was working. No communication with my spouse and he had no communication with our children or grandchildren. I began to pray like Elijah in 1 Kings 18:36-37. I prayed for a sign as the Lord provided for Elijah in 18:44….as Elijah prayed for rain following a drought, God sent a cloud the ‘size of a man’s hand.’ The Lord told me to message my husband and ask him to Thanksgiving dinner with his family. Last night, my husband came to our home and had a wonderful meal with me and our children! He is not home yet, but I could sense he didn’t want to leave. Praise God!”  (Tennessee)

“Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.  “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”  1 Kings 18:43-44

“I just want to say praise the Lord for all He has done! Sisters and brothers, God has really touched my heart and been working in my favor. I have heard from my husband and I can tell that God is working on him. I am so thankful that God loves me enough to change me, heal me, deliver me from my worries, and is working on my husband to make him become the man that God has for me! Although my husband and I have had false starts in the past for restoration and reconciliation, I am thankful to know that God is working as promised, and that our day is coming. Sisters and brothers, please stand and don’t give up because God will do as He promised! God can do the unthinkable and the impossible. Trust my words, because He is doing it for me! I will continue to pray for you brothers and sisters, and I hope you will continue to pray for me! God bless each and every one of you!”  (Texas)

“It happened. Several years of waiting and the Lord answered my cries. Our divorce was finalized earlier this year. I continued to believe. It’s not impossible as long as there’s breath in my lungs. I stopped thinking about it; walking in faith and trust.  My spirit found joy during this season, truly a supernatural miracle. I didn’t stop praying but I completely ‘let go and let God.’ This past Saturday, suddenly – I literally mean suddenly – he said he’s awake and slowly wants to work on our marriage. God is good! I could feel the shift in myself, my prayers, and how I was seeing things. ‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’ Joshua 1:9. This verse was given to me last Wednesday. I felt that verse come alive for me. Never give up. Pray fervently and let God do the work. I’m trusting He will fully restore us in His perfect timing.”  (Texas)

“I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.”  Isaiah 48:3
God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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