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!
“My husband came home. He still has not repented to Jesus and is still trying to ‘fix’ himself by his own strength. I pray that the Holy Spirit will continue His work in both of us. I know that God brought him back home. I give Jesus all the glory.” (Florida)
"I started receiving 'Charlyne Cares' when my husband was still
at home. Now that he is out of the home and I am standing for my
marriage I open my mail every morning and find exactly what I
need for that day, according to what is happening in my situation
or how I am feeling. God is confirming to me every day that my
family will be together again." (Mexico)
“Praise God for the work He has done in my life. My wife and I were apart, the divorce papers were filed and we were due to go to court in a few weeks. But I prayed and fasted and God heard my prayers. My wife called me and said she wants me to come back home to be a family. Our God is still working on marriages so pray and ask Him to restore. He wants to do it for you as He did it for me.” (Louisiana)
“After many years marriage, another many years divorced (me being the prodigal), and many months of standing for my spouse (my spouse and I switched roles as I became stander and he became the prodigal), we will be remarrying this week in front of God, family and friends. PTL, my family has been restored! God is so good. We owe Him all praise and glory. Standers, do not give up. God hears your cries. God hates divorce. I will continue to pray for all marriages till the day I die.” (Canada)
"For with God nothing will be impossible." Luke 1:37
“Praise God! My prodigal husband and I celebrated Christmas a few days early together. We both exchanged gifts and spent a wonderful evening together. I have learned that zipping my lips is the best advice I have ever received. God has been so good to me this last year. Even though our divorce was finalized this year, we are still married in God's eyes. God is changing my prodigal’s heart each day. I know that our suddenly is right around the corner. I give God all the glory, honor, and praise for all He is doing. I will continue to stand for all marriages forever. After all, ALLTHINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH OUR MIGHTY GOD!” (North Dakota)
"Today was my daughter's third grade liturgy and she asked her
prodigal father to come and he did. It was the first time we
were all together in church sitting in the same pew. We only
said hello to each other. I had a parent walk up to me and tell
me how peaceful I looked. It is amazing how God works."
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
"God is so good. My prodigal returned to our family. We had
signed a paper agreeing to terms for my son and I to leave the
state and allow my husband the freedom he felt he needed. The
day I signed that paper was the day I truly released my husband
and our marriage to God. By the next afternoon my husband’s
heart had been broken before God." (Arizona)
"Everything looked hopeless. Court proceedings were underway and
complex. I hadn’t spoken to my wife for months. The day before
we were again due in court, my wife came to my office and handed
me a court notice of discontinuance. I was speechless. We spent
Saturday at a Christian bookshop buying resources to rebuild our
marriage. God is absolutely amazing." (Australia)
"I am grateful and thankful to the Lord for allowing me the opportunity to be a witness of His faithfulness. There been so many things that God has done. I just want to share a few. It is going on three years that my husband has been back in my life. He has been to church with me and he is helping me with my college courses. We have spent some time together and are in business together which God is blessing. I still believe that we will legally be remarried in God’s time and all glory will go to God.” (Ohio)
“I felt weary with how some of my husband's priorities still are, and how he is acting, even when things between us now are a lot better, considering we didn’t even see each other months ago. Last night I cried out to the Lord. I just felt tired and hurt, and consumed with how things are. I read the testimonies and some of Charlyne's Devotionals. I shouldn't be weary. I give praises to the Lord for His miracles. On our son's first birthday, my husband suddenly agreed to see us. He has said sorry for most of the hurtful things he's said to me, and that he doesn't mean it. He visits often now and called me up when he was away, and said he missed us. God has been good. He's given me comfort and miracles during this time. I have to trust. PTL.” (Philippines)
"My precious wife suddenly ran away nearly a year ago. I am still
believing God's will for us. As the months tick by I wait on God
for a miracle, my faith grows deeper, my stand stronger. He is
answering my prayers to avoid court hearings and delay
settlements. God is good and He disciplines us for our own good.
Believe it!" (New Zealand)
One night I was crying and begging God to let me know what to do in my marriage. I was sitting in front of my computer and felt led to look for help. I came across your web site, and it was my answer. I love so much what you are doing. Thank you God for sending me here. Your web site has taught me a lot and has led me to pray for my spouse. He decided yesterday to put his ring back on, and to come home. He has slowly been getting closer to me and the kids. He agreed to counseling. God has been so faithful. A small group I am in at church has told me the change they have seen in my faith. Praise God again. He is the only way out of the misery this world brings. I hope that anyone who doesn't want to forgive or forget, or is crying in misery will remember Jesus. He is the way maker. I wish I would have realized this sooner." (Indiana)
“I just looked at my phone and I see a text from my friend saying that his sister's husband told her he is 100 percent committed to their marriage for life and that her heart has changed as well. I started crying as it was unexpected and I never told him that I have been praying for God to restore their marriage for many, many months. Although it was not my suddenly, I know that God will bring my beautiful faithful wife home soon. I praise Him for restoring their marriage and look forward to my own answer. He hears me and I honestly didn't expect to read that today.” (Minnesota)
“I want to thank you RMM for your mentorship which taught me, in fact forced me, to learn to know the voice of God. Initially I found it so frustrating that your material always said, ‘Ask the Holy Spirit’ because I did not really know His voice then, despite desperately wanting to, so I felt left in the dark. But now that sweet voice that can only be Him leads me, encourages me, heals me, rebukes me and best of all tells me He loves me. No longer do I envy the disciples for getting to see and touch Jesus. Because now I have Him all to myself and for eternity! Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.John 16:7 (NKJV). (United Kingdom)
“PTL! Fellow Standers, never give up. My spouse recently returned home. Psalm 147:15 (AMP)He sends forth His commandment to the earth; His word runs very swiftly. We are so happy that he is home and I know that God heals all wounds in His time. I pray my spouse will become saved. Keep praying and fasting, the Lord will deliver your prodigal home. Just keep the faith and know that it's not over ‘til God says it’s over. Please be encouraged by my testimony, God delivers.” (Alabama)
"I was blessed to find this Ministry yesterday. Twenty one
years ago my wife and I were separated. A friend got a verse for
me; Psalm 138:8. God put us back together. My wife left a month
ago. This same friend got the same verse for me, not
remembering about that verse 21 years ago. Today I began to
look for strength from the daily 'Charlyne Cares.' Psalm 138:7-8
was used in the first one I read. Thank You, Lord. I know
you're working." (Tennessee)
"I am a stander from Guatemala. I love your ministry and Charlyne Cares, because by reading these messages my soul was comforted. The Lord worked in me and after trying to make all perfect by my own strength, the Lord taught me to lean on Him and look to Him. On our 14th anniversary, my husband came back to our home as a surprise, loving me as never before, and that is only the Lord`s work. My husband has been touched and changed by the Lord. Praise the Lord!" (Guatemala)
“As someone struggling with putting 100% faith in God, I asked Him to please provide an undeniable sign He was working on my (ex)husband's heart. God knows my soul is struggling, but He did provide and allowed me to put all of my faith in Him! Thirty minutes after that prayer, I received an email in which my husband told me he loves me, is in love with me, will always be in love with me, and never has nor ever will love anything or anyone as he does me. This came seven months without hearing such loving words or much of anything for that matter. That, friends, is amazing. That's God! I cannot wait to share what other work He does in our hearts and lives. Please pray for us individually and as a couple as we rebuild our relationship."(Kentucky)
"My covenant spouse came home in a suddenly. I had claimed in prayer Proverbs 19:2, Ezekiel 36:26, and Exodus 14 to take a stand against the divorce and the other woman. He went to see her in the UK. He had just told her goodbye and to return to her husband when he was in an accident. He broke both wrists. He called me from the UK hospital to ask to come home. Our three young children now get a new heritage of restoration. Praise the Lord for His victory over the enemy's schemes!" (Texas)
“PTL! God is so good! My birthday was last Monday. I have been praying for God to please soften my prodigal's heart to call me on my birthday. My birthday came and went. No call from my prodigal. I asked God why hasn't he called. God told me to be very patient and wait on His right timing. I did, because I knew God is in control. Two days later, my prodigal called. We talked for a long time. It was so awesome just to hear his voice! At the end of the conversation, he asked me to come by his work; he wanted to give me present and he wished me a happy birthday! Thank You, God!” (Alabama)
"O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things,
things planned long ago." Isaiah 25:1
“My husband and I have been separated and he moved in with another woman. I was so devastated. I felt my marriage was over. I went to talk to my pastor about getting a divorce. He started praying and told me to trust God and don't give up. As much as I was hurting I still began to fast and prayed consistently for my husband, myself, and our marriage. The devil was extremely busy whileI was fasting, but I kept praying even though I was hurting. My husband called me at 5:52 A.M. on Valentine’s day and wanted to talk. We spent Valentine’s Day together. He's also been coming to church every Sunday as well since the beginning of the year. We are not living under the same roof yet but my breakthrough is on its way. It doesn't matter what it looks like in the natural. God is the author and finisher of our faith. With God nothing is impossible.” (Illinois)
"I saw my purple butterfly tonight when I pulled in the drive-
way. What an awesome Lord we have. Despite my problems, I know
God will prevail and win. He has shown me that it is I who needs
changing, I've been selfish. Now that I know this, I pray that
God will speak to my prodigal so he can come to know the new
"I got to go to a women's conference recently. The conference
title was 'How Big is Your God?' That is just what God has been
asking through my stand. There was a testimony of a woman with a
restored marriage and I know God wanted me to hear it. I praise
Jesus I was there." (Ohio)
"Praise the Lord. He has been working on the other side of my
mountain. After nearly two years of silence, my wife answered my
prayer request email concerning my pending cancer surgery. In
her brief reply, she extended her forgiveness and that I will be
in her prayers. We do serve an awesome God. Such a simple
message has raised my spirits to new heights." (Texas)
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Barren For 10 Years!
Eight days after our 10th wedding anniversary, my husband asked for a divorce. I was devastated, but it took this to utterly break me before God. That night, I didn’t go to sleep, but the Lord led me to scripture after scripture. I finally fell to my knees before my own sin. I couldn’t look away, blame, or give excuse for all the selfishness, pride, disrespect, disobedience, and rebellion that I had lived in for all 10 years of our marriage. Instead of feeling anger or betrayal toward my husband, I saw exactly the unlovable person I had been asking him to love all these years and I understood. The Lord changed me that night. I didn’t become a different person overnight, but each day God would strip away another layer. Immediately, He led me to a group of women who were standing for their marriages! They led me to Rejoice Marriage Ministries where I learned that I was a “stander,” and my husband was a “prodigal” (Luke 15). I loved that! It was so apt.
I believed my husband when he said there wasn’t another woman, but the Lord was preparing me for a different story. After a month of standing, the Lord was asking me if I would stand, even in infidelity. See, God knew the hardness of my heart. If I had initially known my husband had found someone else, I would have never been broken. I would have raged against my husband and would have felt justified as I took everything he had. But then, I would have never stood in the gap for my husband’s soul. Now, I know that everyone around me knew about the other woman, but they wouldn’t tell me. That was God. It took His work in me and gentle nudges to show me what His marriage covenant really means. As you know, the covenant made before God has no stipulations. I did not vow to love until my husband cheated. I did not accept a ring only until my husband’s love disappeared. I vowed until death, and God was holding me to that vow. It didn’t matter that it was the worst day of my life when my husband finally told me about the other woman. The next day wasn’t much better. I helped my husband move out, believing that God would bring him back. All of this, my husband knew, but he wouldn’t “come to his senses” for a while yet.
I was commanded by God to do four things:
1. To Stand: When I was so overwhelmed with how determined my husband was in pursuing this divorce, I told God that I didn’t want to fight this battle and I didn’t want to have to try and find a Christian lawyer to defend my stand. God spoke 2 Chronicles 20 to me and let me know quickly that I wouldn’t have to find a lawyer, nor would I have to fight this battle. It was HIS battle, and He was going to win it for me!
2. To Wait: I thought this meant that I would have to wait for my husband to come home, but God said I was to wait on Him and the work He was going to do in our lives.
3. To Be Silent: Whew! If you only knew me, you’d know how nearly impossible this is! But God was working and nothing is impossible for Him (Luke 1:37). I tried so many times to reason with my husband and point out what God was showing me, but it wasn’t my place and it only hardened my husband’s heart toward me. Through this, God showed me that I am nobody’s Holy Spirit. I can’t convict, and I can’t change a person’s mind. That is God’s job, but He showed me that what He does lasts forever, so I’m glad I can’t change anyone…it wouldn’t last. God told me that no man could change my husband. He was the only one who could change my husband and I needed to let Him work!
4. To Be Still: This was the hardest command. As my husband progressed in the Far Country, I saw the state of his soul. I couldn’t believe a born-again believer could believe the lies Satan was telling him. Satan takes the Word of God and twists it to fit what the flesh wants, which Charlyne taught me only leads to doing the will of Satan (2 Timothy 2:26). My husband was trying to find biblical justification for all of his actions and what his flesh wanted. Obviously, he couldn’t but he gave it his best effort. Needless to say, and he finally admitted it after he came home, he was miserable out in the Far Country, even though he told me then how “peaceful” he was! (Standers don’t believe anything your prodigal says!) There were many days I would lie on the floor in our home begging God to release me from this stand. I didn’t want my husband anymore after seeing where Satan had taken him. I didn’t want a man who would cheat on me. I didn’t want any of this! But God would let me rant and rave, then remind me of all the promises He’d given me and remind me that this path, though excruciating, was His best for me. Daily, I had to surrender my will to Him, believing He knows what is best.
My husband works offshore. He sent me an email saying he was coming home in a few weeks when he came back in town. He told me he believed God had finally answered him. He sent an email to the other woman ending their relationship. I was amazed! The Holy Spirit told me to rejoice. Ah, but Satan wasn’t done yet! A few days later, I discovered that my husband was still talking to the other woman and was beginning to doubt coming home. As the days drew closer, my husband was determined that he wasn’t coming home and told me he may never come back. I was prepared for false starts thanks to your ministry, but the Lord reminded me that He had told me to rejoice. So instead of me telling everyone that my husband wasn’t coming home after all, I would say, “He says he’s not coming home…” Our God has a bigger plan, and thankfully, He’s greater than man (Job 33:12).
I invited my husband to our house for dinner the night he came in from offshore. Although he resisted, he finally agreed to come. I had a vision to run to him when he came home, just as the father did for the prodigal. When my husband pulled in, he parked in the back of our yard. I ran across our yard in my bare feet smiling the whole way. When I got to him, I jumped into his arms and bear hugged him. He was laughing and smiling. He now says that when he saw me do that he knew he wouldn’t be able to leave! That night he kept trying to leave, but God wouldn’t let him. I told him that I understood if he couldn’t stay…I knew God would bring him home! Finally, after watching him wrestle to the point of exhaustion, he started drifting off to sleep on the couch. I told him to come to bed, but he said he had to do something first. He went out to his truck where he left his cell phone and texted the other woman that he was staying home. Now I understand the struggle; she had told him that if he ever came back home, they were over. My husband told me that was the first night of sound sleep he had through all of this!
I have to admit, the restoration of our marriage has often been more difficult than the standing. God has reminded me that He is still working on the other side of that mountain, and He’s not done yet. I want to encourage other standers that God doesn’t work the way we think or expect. His ways are higher than our ways and our thoughts are not His thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). The Lord has been revealing His truth in doses to my husband. I’m still learning to obey those four things God commanded me. Just because my husband is home and our marriage is better than it has ever been, it doesn’t change where we’ve been and who we are to become. I will forever be a stander for my husband and our marriage.
God gave me a lot of promises while my husband was in the far country and I look forward to God fulfilling every single one of them. The first promise He answered is the return of my husband. The second promise was recently confirmed. For 10 years I have been barren. We are pregnant with our first child! Standing and restoration have been hard, but I still believe my God is greater and He knows what’s best! “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” Luke 1:45
“My husband filed for divorce each and every time we had a court date I would put it on the court page. There have been times he didn’t show up and the time he did he cried uncontrollably. I finally got up enough nerve to ask if he wanted to dismiss the case but he answered no. I continue to pray for my marriage and my husband though there are many obstacles and false starts home. I knew my husband didn’t want the divorce because he didn’t comply. God did it! The judge dismissed his case and my husband hasn’t expressed any anger. God is in control over all. Thank You Jesus.” (New Jersey)
“I was really burdened by the size of our upcoming bills. I knew we didn't have enough to pay everything. I was also feeling an uneasiness as I needed to communicate this with my husband. I told God I didn't know how to pray but trusted Him and believed Him. God opened my husband's heart to ask and then he gave me money to help. I prayed to God that I was scared and confessed my part in not being a good steward. In less than 24 hours, I had scheduled a new client, and received three new orders! We do serve a personal God who loves us and cares. ‘Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.’ Luke 12:7.” (Indiana)
"Today I went to a vacant business of the same profession as my
husband and sat in the parking lot. I prayed, claiming it for
him. I took pictures of it and sent them to my husband with a
message saying that I wanted him to see what his own business
looked like. He called tonight and told me that he is calling
tomorrow to find out who owns the building and to express his
interest. We talked for almost two hours. The conversation
tonight was like none I had ever had with him before. God is
changing his heart and mine." (South Carolina)
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be
terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be
with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
“Sometimes I have so much doubt whether I should pray for my marriage. I cried out to God and said that if it really is His will, could He give me a sign. 20 minutes later my husband called and said he wanted to stop by and have coffee with me. We ended up going to the same theater play in the evening. Also, my husband and I decided this weekend to visit our daughter who is 450 miles away in a rehabilitation center. So we spent this weekend together as a family. God is always greater than our thoughts.” (Germany)
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PTL! I have been tithing ever since I got saved and my husband left. The Lord always provides for his children! I want everyone to know how great my God is! I owed a bill that I didn't have the money for so I called to see if I could pay it off in payments instead of having to pay it all at once. PTL! The person I spoke with credited me over half the bill. Also, I wrote down my future house plans so I could share them with Jesus and He could help us reach that goal because my daughter and I were living with my parents. PTL! He led us to the right apartment, exactly the way I asked for it (with washer and dryer included), and people at work started giving us furniture. The only thing I had to buy was a dining table. The Lord provided everything else., including food, the pro-rated rent, and the following month's rent! He is a wonderful husband, and faithful in every way imaginable. PTL! Glory to Him and only to Him!” (Texas)
"My wife and I were in divorce court the first of this year. Through your support and encouragement, we are back together and doing better than ever. God has made a way where there was no way. Thank you for all you have done for me in the last year. You may never know just how many times Charlyne Cares spoke to my heart." (Washington State)
“I was the prodigal first. My wife waited and prayed without knowing what she was doing. I finally gave up to torment and came home to find out she had given up. I moved back into our house and she moved out. It has been hard, but I found RMM and figured out I was already standing. Soon after I flipped open my Bible to a random page and this was the very first sentence: ‘Now I will rescue you and make both of you a symbol and a source of blessing. So don’t be afraid. Be strong, and get on with rebuilding the Temple!’ Zechariah 8:13b (TLB). The past few weeks something has been going on. Her family has told me about several conversations they have had with her and her heart seems to be changing. Just last weekend we went to dinner and she told me she thinks about me every second of every day and still loves me. Praise to our Mighty God!” (North Carolina)
"I prayed that if the Lord wanted me to have Bob's new book that
He would get it to me. It came in my mail today. Now I have an
anniversary present to give to my prodigal husband. Thank You,
Lord, for answers to even our half-uttered prayers. He just
keeps building me and He is so wonderful." (Wisconsin)
"I have been praying and saving a seat for my husband in church.
Praise be to God he came on Thursday. Thanks for the book 'The
Saved Seat.' Many of those that have been standing with me in
faith also saw the results and their faith has increased. God is
so good." (California)
"A court date is approaching. I was hoping for a word from the
Lord. Today my verse of the day from Mark 13:11 read: 'But when
they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or
premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in
that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy
Spirit.' This verse speaks volumes to me. Thank You Lord for
calming my heart. I know you will be with me. (Texas)
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"After being separated for several months, my husband broke up
with the other woman and is back home. God does bring prodigals
back home suddenly. Praise God. He rescued me and my spouse and
has brought us to the path of restoration and reconciliation.
Thank you, Charlyne and Bob for all your guidance and support."
"Sunday afternoon we attended a birthday party with our prodigal
and got family pictures taken together. I asked God to use my
husband’s hands to show me He is still working. I was held by my
waist during the picture. Thank You, Jesus." (California)
"Yesterday, after some time of being a stander for my wife, I told God, I wanted to give up the fight. I am powerless without His help, but today this is what I got: God gave Jehoshaphat this answer. 2 Chronicles 20:17 - "'You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord who is with you. Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out, for the Lord is with you.'" (Kentucky)
"Thank You, Lord for delivering my husband out of the miry
clay. We are spending time watching TV and having dinner
together. God is rebuilding our marriage on the solid rock of
Jesus Christ." (Singapore)
“I have faith God will restore my marriage. I prayed for a New Year miracle. I also learned more about myself that day and wanted to say I was sorry to my husband. I didn't because I didn't want to interfere in God's work. I know God's way is the best way and His timing is the perfect timing. When the fireworks went off, I started to cry because I missed him. Suddenly around 2 A.M. I got a text saying he was at a friend’s without the OW and started to think of me. He still loved me. I am not sure what he means by all this but I want to thank God for softening his heart because he hasn't texted he loves me since he left. I also got an opportunity to text I was sorry for hurting him. Praise, praise God.” (Australia)
“Last week I cried out to the Lord regarding our marriage. I felt I was obligated to move on, I was tired of being lonely. I asked God to show me something. I promised to stand if that’s what God wanted me to do; if not I was ready to move on. Later that night while watching a Christian network, God spoke life to me, saying my turnaround was coming, the marriage I was praying for was getting ready to change in my favor. He spoke specifically about restoring marriages. Thank You Father for the word. Praising God now." (Georgia)
"Since the beginning of June I have been praying for my spouse's heart to be turned back to his children in line with the devotionals received. PTL, my spouse has called 3 times this month and even visited our home to see the children which he has not done in over a year. May God continue to turn the heart's of the Fathers to their children as he has promised." (Zimbabwe)
We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me. Colossians 1:28-29