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Charlyne Cares Daily Devotional - Helping Stop Divorce God's Way

Charlyne Cares Daily Devotional - Helping Stop Divorce God's Way

The Joy of the Lord is my strength! 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.

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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. If you have a testimony to share to encourage others, read how to do that when you visit our Testimony Submission Page.

Look what the Lord has done -
 
"The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God, the Rock, my Savior!”  2 Samuel 22:47

“The Lord we serve is a faithful and a loving God. It’s been some months since my beloved husband came to the Lord and to be with me and our baby. It has been a whole new journey for both of us, and we realized that our Mighty God is definitely a God of restoration. God still has to perfect me and my husband and I know He will complete it. The key to marriage restoration is to completely surrender yourself and your marriage into the hands of God and be humble, let Him take control. Pray unceasingly even after your spouse is back. Standers, NEVER EVER GIVE UP! God loves what you are doing, standing for your marriage which He adores too. God bless.”  (Sri Lanka)

“Praise God for His faithfulness! Yesterday was a day of blessings from my Heavenly Father. First, I had to print out and sign a credit card authorization form. I wasn't sure if i should sign it with just my maiden name or if I should sign with my married name because I was afraid of how my husband would react. I asked the Lord what I should do and He said to ask my husband. My husband said that it was up to me. I praised God and signed my married name. Then later, the Holy Spirit told me to clean up because my husband was going to spend the night in the other room. I obeyed and sure enough, my husband called late that night and said he was going to spend the night. This morning he said he slept great. I praise God! He is moving!!”  (Georgia)

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."  Isaiah 30:21

“I just want to praise the Lord! Standers, continue to stand. It’s not my suddenly but it’s on its way. We shared a long hug tonight after months of nothing. Our God is faithful, our marriages are already restored. Pray daily and wait patiently to receive our blessing. Remember the enemy has been defeated, don’t believe any lie of his.”  (Texas)

“On Sunday, my husband came to visit me. We went together to the grave of our daughter. On the way back to the car, suddenly my husband took me in his arms. He had never done this since we separated. We made a trip to the countryside. On the way he told me that he wants to make it financially better for me. At dinner he told me that it is so good that we treat each other with such respect. But he believes that it was due to the distance between us. I said that I believe that I never would have woken up when this separation happened, but now it's not because of the distance.”  (Germany)

“Praise God! Our divorce hearing that I have submitted on the court room page is not going through. I thank everyone for their prayers! I decided to tell my prodigal that I was not giving up and that God promised me that He was going to heal our marriage and restore and rebuild it with God as the foundation. I told him that I was not going to submit the paperwork and that this is not what I want. So we did not submit the paperwork and we are not going to the hearing. In addition, I have been praying for his relationship with our daughter to be healed since there were many issues that arose with them that started Satan’s attack on our family. God has arranged that instead of being here for the court hearing, they are going on a camping trip, just the two of them. There is still a long way to go, but God has answered my prayers to stop the divorce and is starting the reconciliation between my daughter and my husband.”  (Wisconsin)

“Thank You Father God so much for Your blessings to me. Thank you for this ministry that has helped in growing me in my journey. Father, thank You, praise You for my husband moving in with me and our children after separation and many trials and situations that You alone could turn around. Thank You Father for the work that You will complete in both of us until we are where You want us to be. Father, the greatest blessing was getting to know You and changing myself through this stage in my life, Thank You, for allowing me Your grace and mercy, for really blessing me and answering prayer, for being my peace giver and joy river in this time. I love You Lord and I am so grateful for You in my life and for my marriage and family. I pray for the other marriages depending on Your power. Lord, they are in Your hands and You know the plans You have. Praise Your Name O Lord! In Jesus Name, Amen. Psalm 66:1-4.”  (South Africa)

Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious! Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you. All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name." "SelahPsalm 66:1-4

“I stumbled on this website at a time I was feeling very frustrated and with plans under way for my husband to move in with the OW and her children. By then there was no communication at all after a three year separation. But my suddenly came when our small boy did so well in a national exam and he came to congratulate him. The communication opened, he apologized and decided to come back to his family. He moved back and I really thank God. I will encourage all standers to hold on, your suddenly will surely come.”  (Kenya)

The April ministry newsletter was published earlier this week. Take time to read it this weekend and be blessed.
 

“My husband and I have been separated for many months due to his work, keeping him on the road for months at a time. I finally got to see him this last weekend and while I was there, he told me that eventually we would grow apart and that he couldn't give me the things I deserve. I have been praying to God, doing my best in keeping faith in Him, that He intends marriage to be permanent, and that He will work in my heart and my spouse's heart. Tonight on my way home from work, I happened to look out at the freeway and saw a Covenant Transport truck going by. I had read the Covenant Transport messages on this website and have not seen those kind of trucks here in Nebraska. All I could say was, ‘I know that was You God and thank You!' I am still standing for my marriage and still praying God will restore us in His time and in His way, sending prayers my spouse will hear His voice and accept Jesus and His salvation.”  (Nebraska)

“I have not had any breakthroughs in my marriage since my wife left me. It was really weighing on my heart that maybe God had forgotten about me. However, God keeps showing me verses in the Bible dealing with marriage. I hold onto the faith that God has indeed heard my prayer and, even though I may not see it, He is at work and has a blessing in store for me. So I give Him all the praise and glory.”  (North Carolina)

“God is so good to me. Last week I had my tax appointment and was worried that I would owe taxes because I had extra income (another tremendous blessing) from which taxes had not been withheld. Miraculously, God blessed me with generous refunds! While I had been obedient in tithing, I doubted God's provision for me. He reminded me, yet again, that if I obey and honor Him, He will bless me beyond my imagination. Once again, Papa, thank You!”  (Minnesota)

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”  Malachi 3:10

“I want to thank God for strength to persevere. My wife and I have been separated for some time and I was on the verge of completely giving up on God and restoration. But thanks to God, I have a renewed hope. God will provide the strength to keep on standing for as long as it takes.”  (Oklahoma)

“PTL. I wasn't going to post a testimony until the full restoration of my marriage but I just have to share what God is doing and showing me. During my stand, I have come close to quitting more than once but God has not allowed me to do that. The closer I try to get to God the more He is showing me that He hates divorce and that He does have the power to save and restore my marriage. Back when my spouse and I first broke up, I had fallen away from church and was living a lukewarm life. God allowed this to happen, knowing that I would pray to Him after hitting rock bottom. As God is showing me how to forgive my spouse and love her unconditionally, I’m starting to see how this stand is being used for His glory. During this time God is drawing me close to Him and He will do the same for you.”  (Florida)

“God is awesome. He is so faithful to His children. Whatever He says He does. He is my provider. I am in the process of relocating with my daughter back to America. I bought my ticket a month ago and my husband promised to buy our daughter’s ticket. He told me that he doesn’t have the money yet so I should borrow money from my family and purchase it. I called everyone I know and they couldn't help me. I cried to the Lord and He answered my prayers. I got more then I needed to buy her ticket and have some money to carry on alone. The Lord is true to His word. He will never leave us nor forsake us. My prayer now is for God to work in my husband and myself while we are living in different countries. I know the Lord will do it. Praise the Lord with me standers, for He is good and His promises always comes to pass. I love You Lord. Luke 1:37.”  (Ghana)

“For nothing is impossible with God."  Luke 1:37

“Praise the Lord dear standers. My testimony is about my recently learned lesson. Last week, God stepped in to show me His faithfulness yet again by adjourning a court hearing. I was glad but heavy in spirit because of the question. ‘Why is it taking so long Lord?’ Today at church, the preacher emphasized the importance of marriage and that divorce is not an option. We are to trust God to iron out all that has gone wrong. No matter how things seem now, our laters will be greater than our pasts. This came as an affirmation from God that I'm doing the right thing to stand. He also pressed it upon my heart that He knows what's best for my husband and me. He's preparing us individually for that day. I shouldn't focus on time but on allowing Him to mold me into the likeness of Christ, as He is doing the same for my husband. When we are both ready it will happen. My spirit is free. I'm totally surrendered to God. May His will be done.”  (Uganda)

“God restored my marriage. We were separated for a year and thanks to our Savior, we are together. I just want to encourage you to never stop praying for you husband, but always put God first, always! Matthew 6:33 (KJV) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  (Illinois)

“As standers we realize that the enemy ups his attacks when we testify of God's grace. But greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. Most recently I became exhausted in my stand and cried for many days in prayer to God for a confirmation that I was truly to keep standing. I asked to see the other side of my mountain and to let my husband demonstrate that God was working on him. I actually had a list! I said, ‘God you owe me nothing but I'm asking as Your daughter.’ Here's the kicker. I was so exhausted in my faith, I wasn't even sure if God would answer but I put the little bit of faith I did have out there. On the fourth day my Lord in His sovereignty answered the feeble cry of His troubled daughter with such a supernatural response I could not even speak. Every single thing on my ‘list’ came from the words of my husband! He kept saying I don't know what's happening... but I knew. Father God was at work! Don't give up. We win!”  (Connecticut)

“As I had become weary due to my prodigal now being engaged to someone else and they are expecting a baby, I prayed to God that He is working on other side of this mountain. I spent a weekend on a camping trip with our son. I was looking to the horizon and in a distance I saw a bird flying gracefully over the fresh water. As I studied it harder I saw it was a bald eagle. I live where eagles are VERY rare. It then perched in a tree close to our camp and I was able to hear its call and watch it fly in and out. It was breathtaking as the Lord spoke to me, But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) I may not be able see what He is doing over there, but if I wait upon Him, in His timing, I will run and not be weary, walk and not faint. Thanking God for His creation and as His creation, what He has joined together let no man separate.”  (Texas)

“After having stood for many years, more than I thought possible going into this, I believe a breakthrough is on the horizon. My husband called our daughter last week to tell her that his non-covenant filed for divorce after over 11 years of marriage. He has also taken up horseback riding, a very important hobby of mine. He lives in another state and has for quite a few years and thus we have had little to no communication. The end of last year I sent him a text and invited him to come visit and ride the trails, go kayaking, etc. but all I got was an unanswered text. Lately I believe that my suddenly is around the corner. God has set my face as flint and I have never been able to get away from this calling. My concern at this point is that God receive all the glory, honor and praise due HIM when restoration takes place. I am praying that pride will not be able to have a place in my life for having succeeded in this stand. Praising HIM until he returns." (Georgia)

“Glory to God, thank You Jesus. My marriage was restored but still having problems. After some months of separation my prodigal called me. I fasted and prayed for her. I have changed and am living with Holy Spirit. She came but she didn’t accept Christ as her savior. Satan is attacking me daily but I thank you for your devotionals.”  (India)

 “I'm very thankful to this ministry for helping me to really find our Lord God. I went to Bible studies because I thought it was the right thing to do, but now the Holy Spirit lives within me and God saved our family. My husband was living with another woman, but after months of standing and praying he returned home and we now have two miracle babies that doctors said we wouldn't ever have! Nothing is impossible with God! Whenever I doubted my stand, you guys were always there for encouragement and seemed to have the best scripture verses for me at that moment!”  (California)

Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today….The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."  Exodus 14:13-14
 
Be encouraged,
Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.
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"I praise the Lord for His mercy. My husband brought his clothes and moved from the city where the other woman lives. Your book "Standing After The Prodigal Returns" helped me to endure this perilous time. Yesterday my spouse told me it is over with the other woman. I give all the glory to Jesus Christ my Savior and Lord, and prayed aloud in front of my husband. Blessed be the name of Jesus." (Mexico)

A RESTORED MARRIAGE

"My wife and I have been reunited for two years and God is truly blessing our marriage. Years ago my wife asked me to forgive her for something. I could not, and I became angry and verbally abusive and she left. God led me to a group at church and with God's love, He helped me forgive and overcome my anger. Then I found your ministry and started standing for my marriage. I too had become a prodigal. It is such a blessing to be able to love my wife unconditionally again, just as Christ loves us." (Pennsylvania)




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