Charlyne Cares


Are you standing for the restoration of your marriage? A daily devotional that will offer encouragement from God’s Word as you stand for the restoration of your marriage.

The Relay Race

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2 

If you have listened to much of my wife’s teaching, you have heard her analogy of standing to running a race. Charlyne would tell you to throw off that which is slowing you down, as described in Hebrews 12:1: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

She has compared preparing to stand for marriage restoration with training for a race, as in 1 Corinthians 9:25: Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Over the years, thousands of standers have taken Charlyne’s advice and run with it, so to speak, but where are they today? Many have marriages now restored by God. Others are still running the race and standing firm. Sadly, many fell out of the race. What happened? They had the event God had called them to all wrong. The people who fell started to run a dash when God called them to participate in a relay. They ran out of steam.

At one Bible study, Charlyne was surprised by a woman who had been one of our first friends with the ministry. That evening, she had come to testify about her remarriage to her husband,. Our friend shared events from years past that we had almost forgotten.

Can you see it? My wife started in 1985 when we were divorced, and God had called her to pray and stand for me, to run the race. She knew the event she had entered was a relay, not a short-distance sprint. She knew marriage restoration was more about becoming like Christ than about a spouse returning home. Years later, she passed the baton to the woman who testified about her remarriage one week prior. That woman had since passed the baton of standing on to other women, even within her own family.

As you stand with God and pray for the restoration of your marriage, you have an entire team of your spouse, family, and friends depending on you and rooting you on. For their sake, you need to finish the race you have started well.

The baton used in the relay race for a restored marriage is not a b-a-t-o-n but the B-i-b-l-e. If relay runners have a good grasp on the baton, the race is easier. If you have a good grasp on the Word of God, your race will be easier. May you run strong in your race for your family’s salvation, a restored marriage, and life eternal for the people you love.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  1 Corinthians 9:24

Because He lives,

Want to receive the Charlyne Cares devotional right to your inbox? Subscribe below!
 
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

1 Comment
Oldest
Newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Marie
Marie
5 days ago

Enable us, Dear Father, to endure and finish the race You have set before us for Yours is the VICTORY. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.

Get Charlyne’s Free Teaching:

The Path To Marriage Restoration​

This teaching is Charlyne’s introduction to “How To Stand & Fight For Your Marriage!” Charlyne’s goal is to teach you, a stander, or someone you know with marriage problems, the path to marriage restoration that she has learned over the past twenty-five years.