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Jesus Is the Only Thing That Will Satisfy Us

Today’s devotional is written by Lori Steinkamp Lassen. She is our only daughter, who has been married to her husband, Scott for 26 years. Lori is the mother of four children, and has worked with the ministry for many years. May her devotional deepen your spiritual walk with the Lord. – Charlyne

Jesus didn’t call us to comfort and safety. He called us to follow Him through the hard things.

I’m having one of those weeks where the Lord keeps showing me this same topic repeatedly. Do you ever have those times when the Lord keeps exposing you to the same scripture or theme?

I’m not going to lie; by the third time I read a scripture or heard a sermon on the topic of fully surrendering to the Lord, I was trying to pretend I didn’t hear it. “Ugh! Really, Lord? I just want to be comfortable. I just want to serve You and have that be easy and comfortable. I don’t want any more pain or suffering. Can’t my life just be easy?”

The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to mePsalm 118:6 

Jesus is the only thing that will truly satisfy us. Right now, it may seem like you are praying, hoping, and waiting for that thing. That one thing that feels like it would satisfy. That may be a restored marriage, a baby, or a job. You may get that thing, but it won’t take long before you realize it wasn’t enough. It won’t bring you the satisfaction you thought it would. Those things aren’t bad, but they aren’t enough. 

Jesus is the only thing that will truly satisfy.

I want to get to the point in my life where I stop looking for the next thing. I want every decision I make to be based on a Kingdom first philosophy. 

I love my tribe so much. I have an amazing husband and four wonderful kids. I have a great extended family and friends who love me unconditionally. I don’t want to be so worried about my comfort or the comfort of the people I love that I put that ahead of the will of God in my life. Kingdom first.

What if God asks one of my kids to be a missionary in a dangerous country? What if one of my loved ones is tragically killed? What if my marriage fails? Can I trust God?

The Lord may call me out of my comfort zone. He may ask me to suffer for Him. He may need to allow things to happen in my life that will make Him greater in the lives of others. Kingdom first. That is my goal.

I want to be an example to those around me of what living by faith looks like. I don’t want anyone to look at me and see Lori’s strength. Instead, I want them to look at me and see the righteousness of a Savior who carried me when I was weak. A Savior who died for me, a wretched sinner. I want those around me to see that Jesus is the only thing that will truly satisfy me.

I am not sure how that will play out in the future. I am not sure what the Lord will call me to do. It may be uncomfortable. It may cause pain. It may stretch me.

Our suffering needs to remind us of what Jesus endured on the cross. The act of suffering is what delivered us! We can identify with Jesus in our suffering. We need God!

I want to be so aligned with my Creator that I stop asking, “When? Why? How long must I wait?” I don’t want to complain about the suffering, but I want to understand how the Lord can use it to bring people to Himself.

Jesus never fails.

He makes no mistakes.

If you are struggling with doubt or thinking that the Lord has abandoned you, He hasn’t. He can’t fail. He sees you. He knows the heartache you are facing.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.  Psalm 20:7 

Cry out to Jesus today and ask Him to give you the patience and the trust to accept the fact that He is the only thing that will satisfy you. Ask the Lord to equip you to be patient as you wait on Him. If your marriage was restored today, it isn’t going to bring the satisfaction you want. That satisfaction and peace can only come from Jesus Christ. Wait on His perfect timing. Your marriage can be more amazing than you ever imagined when it is healed through Jesus and not through things you try to orchestrate.

A great price was paid for you. It was the blood of our Savior. He endured suffering and pain that we will never comprehend. He loves you so much. Don’t let that truth get lost in your pain. Jesus is the only thing that will satisfy us.

Lord, help us to be so focused on You that we stop worrying about what You have asked us to endure. Let others see You through our lives. Give me faith to see things as You see them. Please give me the faith to trust the path. You have me on, even when I can’t see where we are heading. Amen.

God bless,

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Lalitha
Lalitha
14 days ago

Amen! Thank you Lori. This really ministered to me. As per my spouse, if I renounce Jesus, marriage can be restored – but it is not God’s way and I am not willing to compromise on this.Father help us stay faithful to You and seek Your Kingdom first above all else as You have promised that when we do so and put You first, and make You our priority, everything else will be added to us.

The Christ the King
The Christ The King
The living breathing God
The Light The Way
Messiah God With Us
How great the revelation
To see You as You are
The Christ The King
Exalted over all
https://youtu.be/Soqhowo4d1M

Sarah
Sarah
14 days ago
Reply to  Lalitha

God continually bless you beyond measure, Lalitha, and that you sense/grasp His immeasurable favor on your life/affairs on a continuing daily basis.

Lalitha
Lalitha
14 days ago
Reply to  Sarah

Thank you so much Sarah!😍God bless you too!

Bianca
Bianca
10 days ago
Reply to  Lalitha

Yes, amen. Praying for you Lalitha. You are clearly a strong woman of faith and of God.

Makenzie
Makenzie
14 days ago

I read this & thought how I don’t have a tribe. I have lost my husband & I have no friends really, no family around me, no support… I have no tribe & I feel so completely isolated & alone & this is what makes me question God…how is this Him not abandoning me? Leaving me so alone & isolated in my hurting. Making me feel completely rejected & unwanted by my husband & in general. Leaving me so completely physically alone…this is why I question His love & care for me. I know His word says He loves me, but this isn’t loving. This feels like I’m an outcast.

Sarah
Sarah
13 days ago
Reply to  Makenzie

Consider us your tribe. I know it isn’t easy. It’s just my 2 kids and myself. Every single one of my 4 siblings live in the Midwest or the South. I live in the Southwest. I have a few friends here yet I’m pretty much by myself.

Makenzie
Makenzie
13 days ago
Reply to  Sarah

Yes I do y’all are my tribe. No it isn’t because it makes me question God & I don’t want to do that…I am struggling I think with His goodness & character. I have a wrong view of Him I think…would you be willing to be phone or email friends? I just need more than this. You are blessed you do have your kids. I have no kids & I want to be a mom : (

Makenzie
Makenzie
12 days ago

Thank you for praying. Yes it can be…which is why I tend to question God’s goodness because this isn’t good..how is this Him having my best interest? Yeah I am just having a hard time connecting & even being a friend to others if I can be as transparent to say that..yes I feel selfish…I just am hurting so much. I want to see what God has confirmed come to pass & don’t understand why I have to wait…if He spoke it.

Sarah
Sarah
13 days ago
Reply to  Makenzie

I would yet I’m unwilling to post my phone or email on this public forum. I suggest that you join RMM private Facebook group. I’m not on it since I know I’ll get caught up with everyone’s saga and spend most of my time there. It will compete for my attention. Instead, I need to be spending more of my time praying, fasting, in God’s Word and in His presence.

Makenzie
Makenzie
12 days ago
Reply to  Sarah

Here I will give you my email & you can email me please?

makenziemae333@gmail.com
I feel safe enough with everyone on here being a standers page.
I do not have facebook otherwise I would do that.

If you can email me & then we can talk that way & I don’t have to keep blowing up these comments.

Sarah
Sarah
13 days ago
Reply to  Makenzie

I suppose most of us are reorienting our view of Abba Father God.

Makenzie
Makenzie
12 days ago
Reply to  Sarah

I wrote back to you on – Ask the lord for a new touch

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