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!



"A friend sent me a picture in the mail. She said she was praying for me and my husband and felt a nudging from God that I should receive it. It was an old black & white photo of a soldier (my husband is a soldier) with luggage to his side embracing his wife and kissing her. In the background of the photo there is a sign on the building that reads 'New Hope.' It was only after her thought to send me the photo that she noticed the sign. It was blessed confirmation in my stand. Praise God for new hope." (Canada)
“PTL! Our God is an awesome God! The past couple of weeks, ‘By His stripes you are healed" has been at the front of my mind and it has been a comfort and encouragement from our Lord! A couple of days ago I felt led to read 1 Peter 2 and again I felt comfort and was encouraged by it. Putting my Bible down again, I heard that small voice, ‘By His stripes you are healed.’ I did not know where that was in Scripture so I looked it up and found out it is in 1 Peter 2:24. I thought to myself, I just read that and don't remember reading it. So I went back and my translation (ESV) has it. By his wounds you have been healed. Even though I felt I missed the point, our God is kind and caring and patient enough to go back and show me what He is trying to tell me. God is so good! I know that I know that I know that God has restored this marriage and that my wife is coming home to be my one flesh partner that He has called her to be. I hope this encourages you and reminds you to listen to Him above all.”  (Ohio)
“About eight years ago my husband asked me for a divorce. I thought my world had come to an end. A few weeks later God lead me to Rejoice Marriage Ministries. I learned to stand for our marriage, to wait for God's timing, and not mine. By the grace of our Lord, my husband and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary. It is a blessing, a gift from God. I pray to the Lord above that you will ask God for guidance, and never give up or give in. Marriage is a gift, a wonder gift. Do not listen to the voices of friends, go to God. Please take one step at a time and wait for God's timing. When God knows you and your loved one are ready, it will happen.”  (Texas)

“Wow! I don’t even know where to start. I have been standing for my marriage for almost two years. Last month I decided to fast and pray for 20 days for a breakthrough with my prodigal. He was living with the OW so there was little communication between us. I received many signs during this time to continue my stand. Five days after my fast was complete my ex-husband called me and asked me to come home right away. When I got there he hugged me and our daughter very tight and said that he was home! We got married four days later! This was from a man who said that he would never marry again....BUT GOD! It happened ‘all of sudden’ just like RMM said it would. I'm so grateful for this ministry that gave me daily hope. Our God is awesome! Even when we don’t see it, He is working it out! Please standers, don’t give up! He will do just what He said He would do!”  (Kentucky)

“In response to the post last Sunday on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, I wanted to share as a nurse where my stand has been. I was attending nursing school when Roe v. Wade resulted in legalizing abortion in 1973. I am sorry to say that in my early days as a nurse, I was ‘on the fence’ about whether or not abortion was correct. I considered myself a Christian but was not really born again. When my marriage was attacked in the late 1970's, I was at my low point and gave my life and my marriage to the Lord. As a result, I began to really study the Bible for the first time in my life and I saw how God valued life and that we are created in His image. I could no longer be on the fence, trying to be politically correct. Fast forward to many years later. Now I have the privilege of being a nurse who does ultrasounds in a crisis pregnancy center. All glory to the Lord for what He redeems!”  (Minnesota)
"God answers prayer. I asked to know if my husband was all right due to having no contact and I needed him to put house payment money into the account. My husband sent me an email. He also put the money in the bank. God showed me that my prayers are being heard." (Mississippi)
"I want to thank you for the Daily Bible Reading Calendar. Following the reading plan has just breathed new life in me. It has revolutionized my spiritual life. God is restoring my very soul through His Word day by day. It is so easy to be deceived and not recognize the power available to us through this spiritual discipline. Thank you so much." (California)
“PTL! All in God's timing. My daughter is getting married soon. I asked her to let me know if my husband and his non-covenant spouse were attending so I could prepare my heart for the first encounter (they live out of state). Today, she told me that he was coming ALONE. As I was praying for wisdom on how to handle this, my husband called. He finished the hour long conversation with a happy ‘see you in about a month.’  My suddenly is around the corner.”  (Florida) 
Read more about what the Lord can do on our Restored Marriages page. 
"I want to praise God. We are celebrating our one year restored anniversary. My husband is better than ever. He has totally given up alcohol and has rededicated his life to our family and the Lord." (Colorado)
“Praise God, my wife is home! Through many months I heard all the things read about on this site. I saw the ugly emotions and heard the ugly way prodigals talk to standers. I was told there was no chance, she had her free will. There was no sign in the natural that she was close; circumstances did not point to her coming back. But God! My suddenly happened, out of the blue. Now she is invested in me, the kids, and the future. God's ways are higher than our ways and it will come to pass in His timing! I read the Saturday testimonies and never thought I would be able to post. Hold tight standers. God cannot lie. There will be a day where God will move and all your reality will change for his Glory."  (Arizona)

 "What Satan meant for harm, God has surely used for His glory. My wife and I are currently working things out. We celebrated our homecoming by building a bonfire and destroying everything she had accumulated in the far country. We then burned all the divorce papers, which disappeared along with the lawyers. It has been a long hard struggle for three years, raising children alone, but God has strengthened me beyond measure. I love His Word. I love His promises. But most of all I have fallen in love with my Savior. He can do all things. We have a lot of work to do now, but our God is faithful and I know He is there with us. Standers, no matter what Satan throws at you, don't give in. Turn to Jesus and leave it in the hands of the One who can handle it." (Alabama)

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“The Lord is so good! Not long after the court date for the legal dissolution of our marriage was postponed, my prodigal spouse began communicating with me. Just recently, he has paused our relationship, again, but I know God is working to answer my prayers along with those of the prayer warriors working on my behalf. By the grace of God, court was canceled once again! I have faith that our loving Father is working on the other side of my mountain, and soon, my beloved will come home to stay. I will continue to pray for the restoration of my marriage and for all marriages. May the good Lord turn the hearts of the many prodigals from stone to flesh. Peace and love to all of you. Thank you for your prayers!”  (Texas) 
“Praising God again for the day of small things. It's been a long road standing for my marriage. I find that people give up on you when your stand goes on for a while, but I know God doesn't give up. I have cried out to Him on many occasions, and He has answered. Just this weekend my husband spent a good part of the day with us celebrating our son's birthday. A year ago, he was with the OW, celebrating her birthday. Praise You Father for what You will accomplish through this testimony.”  (California)  
"Tonight I was in an accident with my 3-year-old daughter in the car. PTL! nobody was injured. I called my prodigal and he said he'd be right there. He even asked me when he got there to pray for the other person with regards to a medical issue. I'm so floored by God's goodness, my husband asked ME to pray! Hallelujah!" (Florida)

“He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” 2 Corinthians 1:10-11

"On Father's Day I was doubting my stand and praying for a sign from the Lord. Twenty minutes later in church our pastor's sermon was on the Prodigal Son. I had my confirmation I was being obedient to His Word. God always gives us what we need when we need it. Praise Him." (Tennessee)
"God gets all the glory! This ministry is an awesome tool from God for an individual like myself to stand for my marriage. I serve a faithful God who delivered my husband from a non-covenant marriage. Now my husband and I are doing business together. I am still praising God." (Ohio)
“My beloved started to come every weekend around Thanksgiving. He has backed away again but I know he is not as happy as he tries to convince everyone that he is. He still calls our daughter often and the last weekend he was here, he helped me recover from a hospital stay. The Lord is working behind the mountain! The Lord has blessed me with finances and I was able to help several other families for the holidays with finances and meals.”  (Florida) 
"My mom reminded me recently that my younger brother and sister are watching my situation closely. Every time Satan tries to get me to give up I think about all those who are praying for me and I think about how they would feel if I gave up." (Pennsylvania)
“I thank God for the life I have been given; my health, the peace He has brought, and for forgiving me. Days ago, God told me to expect the opportunity to talk with my husband. The talk was peaceful. I realized that God is at work and that I must say nothing. The seeds of love and patience soon have their reward. I am thanking the Lord that in the midst of this tribulation and my disbelief, He let me see His work. I pray that all prodigals will be released and that their eyes are ears will be opened.”  (Mexico) 
"When my young children asked their dad if he was coming home, he said maybe. What a change from saying no. Our young daughter also asked her daddy if he was going to sleep-over at our house because we still had his pillow. Out of the mouths of babes. God is moving. The other woman has moved back home with her family." (Florida)

“Praise be to God! After several years of being separated and standing all this time believing God for a miracle, glory to God, my miracle is done. He wants to come home. Thank you, Holy Spirit for speaking through this ministry. I open my arms in praise because I know this was a miracle.”  (Dominican Republic) 

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.  Psalm 71:14

“PTL!! My Father is the God of restoration and love. My husband had a false start home last year, left and returned for good six months ago, completely wanting God to change everything we have done wrong. I see God changing him every day. It’s not always easy once God brings the prodigal home, but with God standing by your side He makes it easy. I see my husband’s craving for the love of God, how he wants God to change me. And He has changed me. God makes everything new. Please pass on to all standers that prodigals do return home when we are firm in our stand with God. Also, to standers with restored marriages, it’s not always a cake walk but pray unceasingly even after the return of your spouse as God has begun something great in our marriages. Thank You Jesus, I will serve You and love You all my life.”  (Sri Lanka)
“I want to say thanks be to God for providing for this long-time stander. God is faithful! Hold on! I want to encourage others that despite what it looks like, God is in control. He is the Comforter and His Word is true. I saw four Covenant Transport trucks in one day! A gift - God smiling. I appreciate all that He does for me and my family through the ups and downs of this journey. He has been and always will be there for us. Trust Him standers! You are not alone.”  (Delaware) 
"My daughter and my husband had not seen each other in over a year. But when she was up with her aunt, not only did she see her dad but I have a picture of them together and smiling. Thank You, Lord." (California)
"The Lord brought me to the story 'The Greatest Lover' by Bob for a reason. Everything that I had been questioning was answered. Today my husband and I were able to talk sensibly and really voice how we are feeling. I count it all joy because I know that the Lord is working on his heart." (South Carolina)
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:18 
"I am in love with Jesus. He is my Rock and I want Him to be glorified in everything. He changed and is continuing to change me. He has used me to minister to other people." (Florida)
“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) 
"I was sad because I was going to have to sell my engagement and wedding rings to pay for my part of the divorce. I asked the Lord if there was any other way to pay this without selling my rings. Two days later my prodigal called to say we received a tax return, which we were ordered to split. It even paid the remaining balance of my lawyer's bill. Praise God. What provision and a sign from Heaven to keep standing. Though it looks grim I have no doubt from God that my prodigal is coming home." (Michigan)
"This past Tuesday I had knee surgery number eight. Since my wife abandoned our marriage, I have no one to make meals, check mail and drive for me. Before surgery, I asked God to guide the surgeon's hands and to give me a speedy recovery, so I could fend for myself. Two days after surgery, my recovery is equivalent to what should have taken several weeks. In previous knee surgeries, I have never experienced this type of rapid healing. However, I was never this close with my walk with God. His blessings are a miraculous answer to my prayers. Praise God." (Alaska)
But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.  Micah 7:7 
"Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things...Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains." Psalm 107:8-9,13-14
“My divorce was finalized on Sunday and it crushed me. I t tried to manufacture my own restoration while separated and I thought for sure God was going to help me prevent divorce but He is sovereign, letting me know He has another plan. I was able to email my husband and let him know I would be standing for our marriage even after the divorce and told him how much I love him. He did respond and I thank God for that. Although I know it is going to be tough and a lot of work needs to be done before restoration, I know that I know that I know God has called us to be together and will restore our marriage in His timing. God gave me the scripture Micah 7:7 and that helped me to renew my faith during this next phase of my stand. I’m letting go and letting God!”  (Maryland)
"I am praising God for all the little things that are happening with my beloved over the last four months. It started with a few texts a week and then each week God adds a phone call or a stop by to check in or an actual date to the movies. We now have contact every single day in one shape or another. The other person is still in the picture, but I choose to praise my Lord for what I get every day. I am not going to lie; it has been a struggle and I do hurt. But I continue to believe what my Lord has spoken to my heart and soon God will suddenly make him to run away from her." (Pennsylvania)
"I was divorced, and I had such a difficult time dealing with the heartache and pain. Your daily dose of encouragement was sometimes the only hope I found besides the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise God, one year ago, my husband started going to church again after being out in the world. We started counseling with his pastor and dating one another. In July, he asked me to start attending his church and asked if I would take a parenting class with him. Of course I said yes! The decision to leave my church where I had so much support and love was difficult, but the Lord is teaching me that in order for us to get remarried, I must learn to submit in all areas! One month ago, he asked for my wedding ring, and he has hinted about getting remarried. I praise God for your faithfulness in sharing the power of prayer and how standing for prodigals matters! I believe I would have gone on with my life if I hadn't found Rejoice Ministries. My children are thrilled that their daddy wants to be a part of their mommy's life again! Thank you and praise God! I'll let you know when we're officially engaged!" (Kansas)

"I have been married 32 years. Five yrs ago I became the prodigal, moving out and leaving my husband. Living with another man. My heart was torn and I was deceived by the enemy. Feeling convicted, I sought to find a divorce recovery group but instead I found Rejoice Ministries and they were in my own back yard. I only went to two meetings but could not stay away from "Charlene Cares". I became the stander and my husband had replaced me. I told him I was standing for our marriage and even wore my wedding ring, which he told me to take off. Now--Praise God, our marriage is restored!" (Florida)

"When I was down and needed to hear from God I received an email from Rejoice Marriage Ministries that I was being prayed for. Thank you for allowing God to use you to encourage me that all is well." (Norway)
“God is moving so mightily in my life and I just want to thank HIM for His hand of mercy and His saving grace in my life and family, and my marriage. For healing my wife, and delivering her from the hand of Satan. My wife's heart is beginning to soften. In recent days my wife has sought me out and I know it was the hand of God. Up until recently it had been difficult for her to even get near me or even say a kind word to me regardless of what it was. I know our God is on the throne and HE is in the restoration and healing business. I know that our God is faithful, even when we are faithless. Praise the Holy God, the Living God, the Alpha and Omega, for there is nothing impossible with God and what He has promised to do He will do! Thank you so much for your prayers and devotion to the Word of God. May He bless you abundantly now and forever. Amen! Believing God for a miracle!!”  (Virginia)
“PTL my spouse told me he wants to move home! I'm still in shock because I've had such a bad week, and have been attacked by the enemy over and over. I was really down, but I did feel down in my spirit something good was coming, and I told myself that it made sense, because I wouldn't be having so much opposition if I weren't doing things God's way. Well, my husband came and spent today with the kids and me. I told him I missed him and his response was, 'I want to move home.' Thank You Jesus! This must have been what I felt coming up in my spirit! While he did admit it wouldn't be tomorrow, and he still isn't saved, God has been doing a mighty work in my husband's heart. Don't ever give up standers! Thank you RMM for your encouragement!”  (Texas)
“My husband separated but he finally came back home and told me how he missed me and how he wanted to be home. He became an in-home prodigal. The first two months were easy to zip my lips and let him be. But then his behavior changed and I let him know I didn’t like it. He did not like that and started distancing himself every week, and now is gone. But I praise the Lord that He has still softened my husband’s heart to help me financially and help with the baby. This false start really hurt me. I now said, ‘Okay Lord, I yield and surrender and need to zip my lips and trust.’ I know that by the pull of the Holy Spirit God will reach him again and this time for good. I believe that His Word will not return void.” (Texas)  
"I have been praying for my spouse to attend church and PTL my spouse and children were in church last Sunday. Our God is really awesome and I know He will never forsake us. So keep the faith and keep praying."  (South Africa)
"I prayed that the Lord would soften my prodigal wife's heart so that I could spend Father's Day with her and our children. She asked me if I would meet her and the kids for lunch on Father's Day. I thank the Lord for all He is doing to restore our marriage and our family." (Maryland)
“’...to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’” Acts 26:18 
“‘Praise God from whom all blessings flow.’ I had listed the date of a hearing on thecourt page which took place last week. I just got word today that the process has now been delayed due to waiting for more information to be presented to the court. I thank all who have prayed for us on this as I can see God's Holy Spirit working here. I hope and pray that this time can be used to soften my wife's heart to allow the Lord to work in her and that she can forgive me for all the sins I have committed against her for so long. I truly believe in my heart that we can avoid this divorce and truly reconcile and rebuild a new, lasting relationship that can be pleasing to God. I will continue to pray for all of those around the world who find themselves in need and discouraged in their stand.”  (Scotland)
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”  Matthew 7:7-8 
“I have been a stander for two years. I have seen a few Covenant Transport trucks during trips to Florida and Pennsylvania, but I NEVER saw one in my area. I believed it to be very unlikely that I would ever see one in this part of the country. I said to God, ‘If I ever see a Covenant Transport truck around here, I will take that as a definite sign from You that You are speaking to me about our marriage restoration.’ Lo and behold, I saw one on my way to work last week. The first words out of my mouth were, ‘Oh my God’ quickly followed by ‘Thank You Lord!’” (Rhode Island) 
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