General Testimonies

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Below you will find a sampling of testimonies from standers and prodigals that will encourage you in how God is moving in their lives.

Each Saturday in Charlyne Cares we publish testimonies from people around the world. You can subscribe to Charlyne Cares by visiting charlyne.org. You can submit your own testimony by visiting our testimony submission page!



"Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day." Psalm 96:1-2
“My wife and I are in our first week of separation and it’s been tough. But, I thank God for it! I am learning to put Him first and growing closer to Him; to surrender all, to have hope, faith and trust; to let go of me trying to control and let Him do His work in His timing. Sometimes it’s not easy, but God is faithful. He has opened and closed doors and I have paid more attention to that. I have become a stander. I have lived in fear for too long. I truly believe the opposite of fear is faith. I will have faith in God for the restoration of my marriage. I will lean on Him and be patient. Psalm 46: 1-2 says God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.”  (Canada)

"A couple of years ago I met someone and in a short time we divorced our spouses and married each other. Everyone’s lives were turned upside down, including children. The Lord convicted us recently and we both agreed we needed to go back and make it work with our covenant spouses. We annulled our marriage and are now prodigals turned standers. God is good, our covenant spouses have forgiven us and we are rebuilding our relationships with our Heavenly Father and also with our spouses." (Kansas)

PS from the Steinkamps: May this praise give every stander such hope and encouragement especially if your spouse has 'married' the other person. God does speak to His children even after they have legalized their adultery. God is in the reconciliation and restoration business, turning these two people to Him and back to their covenant spouses. God is faithful. Two more marriages are being restored! Hallelujah!

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us-whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him." I John 5:14-15
“One day at the peak of my frustration I told God that I’ve had enough of this standing and decided to remove my wedding band and dispose of it in such a way that I could never retrieve it ever again. My attitude at this point was, ‘God if you want me to keep standing for this marriage please show me a sign.’ Well God wasted no time in doing so; the wedding band that had been disposed of in such a way that I just knew for certain would never be seen again, had mysteriously shown up the very next day as if I never threw it out. God had clearly given me a sign to keep standing. My faith in Him has been renewed. PTL!”  (North Carolina) 

"I give our Lord the praise and glory that I was able to spend time with my wife yesterday. Like every weekend, I had the kids and we had made plans to meet for the exchange. I was able to see her to give her some flowers and a small gift from me. I praise God for orchestrating the events that allowed that to take place. My wife mentioned that she could not afford to eat out. I felt the Holy Spirit telling me that I should treat them to a meal. Before I left, I gave her some money and told her that it was Mother's Day and she should not have to cook. She gave me a hug and a kiss on the cheek. It was the first time in months that my wife has hugged me or given me a kiss. I had been praying for a physical demonstration from my wife that her heart is softening and God heard my prayer." (New Jersey)

“Thank GOD for his goodness and continue to trust Him. In this life there will be trials and tribulations; but GOD's grace is sufficient. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus Christ and not on our circumstances. If we do right according to the Word of GOD, then righteousness will follow.”  (Louisiana) 
“My husband is not home and there are times when I do not feel that the Lord is working on my behalf. But when I start to lose hope, He shows up! Temporary order for visitation was set. My plans were to submit our names on the court page. Each day I would forget. The day before court as I as driving to work I looked up to see a Covenant Transport truck pass me by and as soon as I got to work I submitted our name. Due to circumstances, at the end of the day the divorce was stricken! I am still married! I know my full restoration testimony is coming. Don't give up! God is working for me and for you!”  (Oklahoma)  
"My husband and I live in the same house but on two different floors. On his usual night out with the other person, I went out to dinner with my daughter and when we returned my husband's car was still in the driveway. As I went into the house I could hear him singing 'The Old Rugged Cross.' Praise God that He is working in my husband's life." (Massachusetts)
“I have been encouraged these last few months by all the moving trucks I've seen and the Swift trucks I and my husband's daughter have seen. She knows as well as I that God is telling me that He is moving swiftly on the other side of the mountain. But we do not have Covenant Transport trucks here in Washington state. I never thought I would see one. However, last week on a trip, I asked God to please give me a sign as I was needing reassurance of His promise of a restored marriage. Within 15 minutes I saw a Covenant Transport truck driving down the freeway! And then today after a long time of no communication, my husband called me! PLT! He wants to meet with me to discuss converting our legal separation to a divorce, but I know that I know that I know that God has other plans. Praise the God of impossibilities!”  (Washington) 
"I began a fast. During this time, I was let go from my job, but found another job within two weeks. My husband also contacted me, and I was able to make dinner for him as he came to visit and spend time with me. God is faithful. The glory goes to Him." (Florida)
"With the Holy Spirit's help you have shown me what true, unconditional love is all about so I can give it freely to my prodigal and the other person every day without expecting anything in return. God gave me the idea to give my prodigal a geode, an ugly rock on the outside, but beauty within, just like his heart." (Virginia)

"In the beginning of my stand, I didn't believe that the restoration that Bob and Charlyne and others reported would ever happen for me. The only reason I continued my stand was for fear of being disobedient to the Lord. My Lord made it clear hundreds of times through His Word that my marriage would be restored. My spouse would repent and that He would never break His covenant with me. I was to wait in silence, trust God, be patient, and not fear the circumstances.

"There is still work to be done, but after my husband saying he was never coming back, he has been back home for over eight months. He was still broken though and it has taken this long for the Lord to heal. On Mother's Day, the Lord gave me the most beautiful gift. My husband took our family back to our church for the first time in two years. Please don't give up. Wait on the Lord. He will not break His covenant." (Texas)

“I’ve been standing for some months for my wife. It’s been very hard and full of ups and downs but God has constantly shown me He is there with the help of this ministry. Yesterday I thought I heard Him say I would not get divorced. I asked for a sign that it was from Him. My sign didn’t come but I continued to praise God for all the other good things He has done for me. I fell asleep with the TV on last night on a non-Christian channel. I awoke to a man on the TV teaching the Bible and on the chalkboard behind him I saw the words, ‘BUT GOD.’ I knew that was a sign from the Lord to not give up!”  (North Carolina)  
“The recent devotionals about fasting have been weighing heavy on me because I know it's a call on my heart that I need to follow through with in obedience. Today as I used this time to sit down with my prayer journal the phone rang before I could finish the third sentence. It was my husband, PTL! I've been praying for some sort of communication to open back up between us and even as small of a conversation that it was, it was still an opportunity. I have not spoken to him in a few months. If you are questioning your own obedience in committing to fasting and prayer do not wait any longer. God is waiting and wanting you to answer the call He has laid on your heart. Whatever fast you commit yourself to, He will honor it! Thank you Charlyne for the boldness in which you speak to standers!”  (Georgia) 
"Praise the LORD. I will extol the LORD with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them." Psalm 111:1-2
“I have been asking the Lord for a sign that I am doing the right thing still standing. I have been having doubts that my prodigal will ever want to come home to us. But, PTL!!! Out of the blue this morning, as I was coming under an overpass of the interstate, there sat a Covenant Transport truck waiting to pull out! I normally would not have even noticed a truck, but the Lord made me look and read the side! I cried out to God in praises for answering me! I know now that this is the first day of the rest of my life and one day, in His perfect timing, my husband will be back home with me and our son! God is so good! He knows what we need and gives it when it is least expected.”  (Alabama) 
"I have spent time with my wife although her mind hasn't changed. I prayed and asked God for a specific sign. I asked to hear the words 'I love you.' She said 'I love you.' She followed with negatives but I got my sign. Praise God. He might as well have had a burning bush speak to me it was so clear." (Texas)
"My husband and I have not spoken since he moved out. We saw each other while driving and have now been talking. This was my confirmation that the Lord really does hear my prayers and that He is moving in my marriage." (Indiana)
"My prodigal has returned to me. This situation will be used for the Glory of His Name. My prodigal has asked for my forgiveness and wants us to begin anew. He wants God in his life and that is what we are praying for. To God be the Glory, He is so faithful." (South Africa) 
“Months ago, I began to feel my husband pull away. We separated and I just knew that the OW was in the picture. I stumbled upon this website (only by God) and God gave me strength to keep standing daily. I prayed for my husband, his salvation, and restoration for our marriage several times a day. Just when I wanted to give up, a Bible text, an email, a phone call, or something else would encourage me to keep standing. Two weeks ago, I found a letter that my husband wrote to the OW ending the affair and telling her he was coming back home to live his life as a faithful, godly husband and father. When I asked him about it, he burst into tears. He told me that his double life had been eating him up inside and that he could not live like that anymore. Even though I couldn’t see it, the Holy Spirit had been working on his heart. He’s back now and it’s only because of God! Keep praying and standing. God heals hurting marriages.” (Florida)
“God has been doing SO MUCH in my life and between me and my husband. But I failed to give Him the glory because it’s not the BIG testimony. I'm sorry Lord. You deserve so much glory for each little thing you do for me. The Lord is so mindful of us. My husband’s heart has softened and changed so drastically. I KNOW my miracle is right around the corner. Second, thank You Lord for hearing my prayer. My constant prayer lately is Lord give us testimony upon testimony like never before. Prayer answered! ‘We have received the most testimonies this week than any other week in our ministry.’”  (Georgia)

"My husband walked out on me, I got evicted from my apartment, and my car was repossessed. I could not work because I was pregnant and had complications. I had to move in with my mom in her apartment. Now my marriage has been restored. I have a car paid in full, and a job making more money then I have ever made. My medical problems have been healed by prayer. The best part of my testimony is that through it people came to the Lord. I would not take back one thing I had to go through. God taught me intimacy with Him."  (Florida)

"Yesterday I saw a sign that said 75% off Valentine's Day candy. I could hear the Holy Spirit saying, 'Romance always fades. Prodigals give up love for romance and just like Valentine's Day candy, it loses it value. Love - like Hershey' chocolate is great any day.'" (Ohio)

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”  Isaiah 46:4
“Early on in my stand, when I still didn't know what standing was, I visited a church and the guest speaker asked me to step out of my seat and come to the altar. Without me speaking or him knowing anything about my life, this man told me that my marriage would be restored and that we would not get divorced, that the Lord would not allow it to come to pass. Almost two years later, my divorce is still pending. My faith is being tested in the fire. A couple of Fridays ago as I cried out desperately to the Lord, He led me to Isaiah 7:7 ‘It will not take place; It will not happen.’ I asked the Lord if He was confirming the Word He gave me early in my stand. I even sent a text message to another stander texting her this verse God had led me to. The next day I got a text message from this stander saying, ‘God has a sense of humor. Check out the Saturday testimonies from Rejoice. Someone quoted Isaiah 7:7.’ Praise the Lord! He does speak!”  (Florida) 
Hiding God's Word in my heart helps me to speak God's Word over my circumstances with the authority of Jesus! God's Word does not return void! Memorizing His Word means I can speak to my mountains instantly!! Help me Holy Spirit to memorize your Word!!! God Bless you all!!!  (California)

"Thank you Steinkamps for being with me all those midnight hours when I cried all night. Listening to your encouraging tapes that told me to never give up and keep praying. After years my husband is home." (Ohio)

“I know the Lord will mend our marriage with time. It had been some time since we had spoken to each other on the phone. I was reading last weekend’s testimonies. One in particular was about a wife who asked God to have her husband call if he was being touched. He had called that evening. I thought it would be weird if that happened to me, but it would be impossible since my wife rarely calls me just to chat. Sure enough she called an hour later to see how I was doing and ask if I wanted to get together for Easter. God is wonderful and he continues to communicate to me to be patient and wait for His time.” (Florida)

“God is so good! My prayer used to be God please change my husband, but it became God please change me. And God has. It has been painful and heartbreaking at times. But God! I have seen so many Swift trucks and Covenant Transport trucks recently that it has amazed me! Today my husband is on his way back with his things! I stand amazed and in awe at the God I serve and the love He has for me! He is amazing! Don't ever quit standing for your spouse. God does above everything we could ever want or ask for. I praise His name! Thank You dear Heavenly Father.”  (Oklahoma) 

"Praise the Lord, my husband returned just as suddenly as he left me. I had just about given up on standing when God sent me the message that I was closer than I thought. Two days after receiving that message I got the phone call I had been waiting for. Our God is the one of suddenly. He is so good. Charlyne’s testimony is what helped me see that my situation was not hopeless." (Texas)
“Thank God my suddenly happened last week! Normally I would have been working evenings, but my husband called me out of the blue! I began to cry and told him that I felt led to stand for restoration for our marriage. He told me he knew me or someone has been praying because his whole life is falling apart and he and the other person are not doing well. We spoke about God and about what we would expect if we got back together. He kept saying if and I kept saying WHEN because I told him that faith is not about saying but about believing and living it. I got a text that he wants to see me in a few weeks to ‘sign a form.’ It is funny because we have been apart for three years and why is it now I need to sign this? I believe it is God bringing us back together. It is written, the heart of a man deviseth the way, but the Lord directs his steps. I just wanted to praise my God for everything He has done and is going to do!” (Tennessee)
"I thank God for showing me that He is working in my husband’s heart. I was not well this week and my husband kept calling to check on me. He even came into the house to see how I was doing. I have been praying for God to encourage me by giving me signs that he is working. God is faithful." (Canada)
"I thank God for His goodness and for your ministry. I woke up one morning with a song on my heart,'Stand.' In reading my journal from the same day three years ago, God had given me the same song. I know that was my confirmation from God to stand for my marriage." (Virginia)
“I am currently deployed to Afghanistan. The divorce was granted since I’ve been away and I’ve had some very rough days. In recent weeks I’ve cried out to God, asking how long do I have to wait, how much am I going to endure. I attend a small chapel service here in Afghanistan but don’t know many people and no one knows of my stand. Sunday I cried to God to speak to me through the service and tell me if I should keep waiting. After the service an older man came up to me and said God laid upon his heart to tell me that although I am praying and wondering how long until my prayer is answered, God wants me to stop asking Him for it and start thanking Him for it because it is done! I couldn’t believe my ears. I had never spoken to this man before, yet he knew exactly what I needed to hear. Praise God.”  (Afghanistan)   PS:  Let this be a reminder for all standers to please pray for God's divine protection for all the military who are serving and protecting our country. We have many men and women in the service and many children are missing a parent. Please pray for all the  military as being in the service is hard on their marriages.
“I was the prodigal, now the stander. I just want to praise God for the things He is doing in my marriage. My husband’s heart is changing. He has not asked me to come home yet, but he told me the other day that he loves me more and more each day and has been feeling this way for a while. One of the things I pray daily is Ephesians 5:25. God answers prayer. I know he is restoring my marriage and I will be going home soon.”  (Nevada) 
"I am receiving my miracle.Wife called and is coming home Distance was NOT a factor even though she lived more than 6,000 miles away.I heard Him speak 11 months ago when I asked if He would save and restore my marriage and He said: "I'll do it for you" and the next day: "Don't be surprised when it happens". Phlippians:4:13: 'I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." I am indeed a new and improved man because of this fiery trial. Living above my circumstances and watching Him do this thing is beyond all my comprehension and expectation. Supernatural is the closest word that comes to mind. God has a "suddenly" plan for us. It truly is wise to wait."

"I was such a sinner and I destroyed my marriage. I've been asking God if standing is what He wants me to do, or am I kidding myself because I want my marriage restored? Why would God restore my marriage? I believe in God's word, but the enemy has been telling me how bad I was. Today I listened to The Battle for Your Mind and Thoughts, I cannot find the words to express how this teaching touched me. God answered my prayer. All the negative thoughts my mind has been trying to convince me, I didn't want to believe, but they kept coming forward. Your teaching covered each and every one and I mean every thought. I know that God is speaking to me and this is what He wants me to do and I have not one doubt left. The Lord has been answering my prayers but I could not accept that the answers were for me. I wanted so much to believe this was for me, but the doubt kept trying to take over my mind. If I had not listened to your teaching. I would had missed what the Lord wanted me to hear. Charlyne, you know how I feel." (Texas)

“I’ve been standing for my marriage for some months. My anger and rage were what caused most of the problems in our marriage. It wasn't until he left and filed for divorced, that I hit rock bottom. Devastated, I had nowhere to turn but God. By some miracle, I found this website. I found encouragement and hope. I was able to take a cold hard look at myself, and didn't like what I saw. I asked and begged our Lord to help me work on myself and lead me down the right path. I also prayed fervently for my prodigal, so that his heart would soften. The power of prayer is AMAZING. Not only am I a different person, but my prodigal keeps commenting on the changes. I keep remembering how sure he was that our differences were irreconcilable. I know he will be home soon. And by the way,zip your lips is great advice!”  (Michigan) 
“All I want to do is to praise our Lord for so many things He has been doing and so many signs He has been giving me. Last week I started feeling anxious about this week because of two important dates: Valentine's Day in our country and our anniversary. On Sunday, I received a beautiful anniversary card from your ministry and this alone would have made my week. But our Lord always does better! Guess who delivered this card in my hands? My beloved husband! He arrived home to see a soccer game on TV with our son and gave me the card. Thank You, Lord for this wonderful surprise!”  (Brazil) 
"Thank You Jesus for providing for everything. I am not working and God has used people to pay my bills, give me clothes and provide my needs. Before my surgery I asked God to take away the torment because my husband was not with me and that all would go well with no pain. He answered. Someone took me to the hospital, stayed with me, brought me home, provided money for prescriptions and bought me groceries." (Texas)
“I never thought that I would forgive my spouse for cheating on me. I've been bitter, angry, depressed and suspicious all at the same time. Even though I stayed with him, nothing he did was ever good enough and he could not make up for the hurt he caused me. I let him know that regularly. I lost touch with the Lord but my God, being true to His Word, never left my side. As I wept, He began to draw me all the more closer to Him and now my heart is being healed as we speak and, I am still with my husband. I have joy, unspeakable, on the inside of me and believe it or not, I feel that my husband and I becoming really good friends again! It's only through God's grace and His tender mercy that my heart is healed!”  (Pennsylvania)
"To my surprise my prodigal stopped by unexpectedly last evening which was our anniversary. During the visit he asked me to wait for a few months instead of standing so he could get rid of this feeling he should come home. He is feeling the touch of the Holy Spirit. He then said we may end up getting back together. God is so amazing and I thank Him for showing me again He is moving my mountain." (Florida)
“Seeing a Covenant Transport truck just three miles from my home on my way to a doctor to have a benign growth removed, gave me courage to ask that all the growths be removed, not just one. Previously doctors had been unwilling to do that. This time, when the doctor asked me why I wanted all growths removed, I said, ‘My husband doesn't like them.’ I believe the Lord is preparing me for the restoration of my marriage from the inside out. This was part of the ‘out.’ Praise the Lord!”  (Maryland) 
"Last week was our anniversary and my husband brought me roses on that day, one for each year. God is so loving." (Kentucky)
“My husband's heart is softening toward me. Last week he helped me get a Christmas tree and even stayed for supper. He was so relaxed in our home and he complemented me on the meal and how nice the house looks. We laughed and talked and the evening was joyful and happy. He even talked about me going on a trip with him in the spring. God orchestrated the entire evening and I am so thankful. The next day God gave me Jeremiah 16:14-16 on the marquis of a local business. I truly believe my suddenly is coming very soon and I believe God is sending my husband messengers. So I continue to leave it all in God's hands and trust in His timing and plan. To God be the Glory now and forever! Keep praying, Stand strong, and don't ever give up!”  (Georgia) 
"Thanks to God, my husband and I restored our marriage. My intention was to divorce him for infidelity and abandoning me with two children. In a desperate search to save my marriage, the Lord led me to your web site.
"My daughter has moved in with me. I've been driving her to and from work since she has no car. My husband's sister was in town and made plans to have dinner with our daughter. I've had no verbal contact with her for years. A few hours before I picked up my daughter from work she called to say she invited me to dinner, too! I'm so humbled how God unexpectedly reconnected me with her after many years. I've always known that God would restore my other relationships before He restored my marriage."  (Texas)
“My family, when we left Chile, lost all contact with my dad's family. Growing up we had no grandparents to call our own nor aunts/uncles. As human beings we have a yearning in our hearts for connection with those that are part of our blood, our life. It's in our human nature to do so. I've never been back to Chile. It's been 38 years since I had heard from my dad's side of the family. I guess some time ago I had befriended on Facebook one of my aunties without even knowing it, and a few days ago her name triggered a memory which started a conversation, which now has started a domino effect. Tonight one of my other aunts made contact with me. I have five aunts (six with my mom’s sister) and four uncles and tons of cousins! This is truly a miracle for our family! It's been an emotional week. My marriage is still not restored but God is working in other areas of my life; He will bring my husband back.” (Canada)
“God is working on the other side of my mountain and nothing is impossible for GOD. (Luke 1:37) God does know what we need and He always provides answers in His perfect timing. I was under attack and becoming weak. Suddenly, I received a text out of the blue from my husband and he asked, 'Could I forgive him as Jesus forgave us?' Did I really believe that we could forgive each other as so much has happened? I answered, I have forgiven him and I do believe through Christ that yes, our love and life would be new. He was welcomed home with love and joy. My restoration is coming and my marriage will be new. This was a miracle and a confirmation from GOD that he is control and all will be renewed. Fellow standers please remember Psalm 37: 4–Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Keep your focus on the Lord and he will do a mighty work.”  (New Jersey) 
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