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!
This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17
"Today my spouse stopped by and asked me about the conference trip I won from my job because our daughter had mentioned it to him. He asked who I was going with and before I could reply he said, ‘I don't have anything to worry about because you're standing.’ He gave me a hug and told me to have a great time!” (Michigan)
“Out of the blue (with my lips zipped, daily prayer, and fasting) my ex-wife asked me to spend Christmas Eve at her house with my two girls and her family. It was a fantastic night. She also asked me to visit her sister's house with our girls on Christmas Day. Then, to top it off, we took our girls to see a popular play in our city. I texted her that I will be thinking of her, miss her, and will never stop praying for her, us, and our family. God does answer prayer. I'm continually blown away that He does speak to me in ways like this.” (Illinois)
“I just want to praise the Lord because my marriage was restored suddenly. My husband came back home suddenly! PTL. After so many prayers and scriptures, the Lord did it suddenly. I know this could only be from God. Now my family is back together, to God be the glory for all He has done!” (North Carolina)
"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment." 1 Timothy 6:7
“After almost a year of no contact and my wife refusing to even answer an email, I gave up my stand. The circumstances seemed impossible and after months of faithfully praying for hours every day with zero progress, I just couldn't do it anymore. I unsubscribed to Charlyne Cares and decided to attempt to move on. I began to question if I was doing the right thing. So I prayed to God yesterday. I prayed that IF my wife was ever going to come home, to please just allow me some progress with her in the next day or two. I prayed that I would even accept driving by her and her waving as a form of progress since we've had zero contact. I haven't even seen her driving in all these months. Today it happened. That exactly. I drove by her and she waved. Crazy circumstances led me to even driving by her to begin with. Prayer answered. So today I am restarting my stand.” (Kentucky)
"Feeling like I have bitterness, I asked God to help me forgive. I asked God for a Rhema word. Opening my Bible I found Matthew 8; 'He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying "I do choose, be clean.'" I also found the same word from another source where I get daily scriptures. Glory to God." (Colorado)
“Praise His Holy and Mighty Name! I just received an email from my ex-husband who lives 1000 miles away from me that he was currently on the train coming home to see his family and asked if I would join him for coffee or dinner. I am so excited! My heart will not stop pounding and it's all thanks to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I have not seen my husband in exactly a year and during that time, God has done a tremendous transformation in me and I pray my husband sees it. I am in great awe that my Heavenly Father, in spite of my many sins and transgressions, has forgiven, forgotten, and is so willing to bless me far more than I deserve. Standers, pray every chance you get. The Lord woke me up and got me on my knees in the middle of the night to pray. Prayers cause miracles. Do not give up, no matter what. Fast when given the opportunity and absorb yourself into His Word, daily. When life gives you more than you can stand - kneel!” (Missouri)
"Today is my anniversary. After a period of separation, our
marriage was restored. My husband is leading music in our church
and leads our family in nightly devotions. We still have a long
way to go, but I have faith that the Lord will continue to work
in both of us to bring us closer to Him and to each other."
“My husband was in town for a week and I sensed I was to pray against the enemy's weapons. My husband asked to meet him for a talk for the first time in four years. He told me he had asked his lawyer to file for divorce (I had my lips zipped all the time he talked) then he apologized for walking out on our marriage. When he gave me a chance to talk, I told him I had forgiven him a long time ago and prayed that he would forgive me, too. I said I will always love him and pray for him and that I didn’t agree with the divorce but knew that whichever road he took I believed that God was in control and trusted Him with our lives. Thank You Jesus that our restoration has begun. Lazarus was in the tomb for four days. My marriage has been dead for four years and now we WILL see the glory of God as it comes alive in Jesus’ Name.” (Australia)
“PTL God is good! My husband and I got remarried last Saturday. Don't give up, pray, cry, say, ‘Lord help me to keep the faith.’ God is on time. If He gave you what you wanted right now, you or your spouse might not be ready for it, so keep praying and let God do it in His timing. I love the Lord and thank Him for my restored marriage. This has been a long journey but with God it was all worth the wait. We are like one together. Thank You God, I owe You all the glory. Just know that God loves each of you and I will continue to pray for restored marriages. Amen.” (North Carolina)
“Using one of your favorite words, my husband ‘suddenly’ told me he wants us to get married again. On Valentine's Day he ordered me new rings. We are like a couple teenagers and he has talked more to me in the last 11 days than he did in over 28 years. God never gives up on us and He wants us to never give up on our spouses. 'Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.' Proverbs 19:21" (West Virginia)
"I give God praise for softening my husband's heart. He told me
he wants to work on our marriage. I was the prodigal and
divorced my husband and married the other person. That marriage
has been annulled and I have been standing for my marriage ever
since. I trust God to completely restore my covenant marriage.
I am proof that prodigals do come home." (Kansas)
"My husband left for another woman. The only real contact that
we had was about our children. I have been standing strong for
my marriage the whole time. Two weeks ago my husband suddenly
showed up one night, and we have spent every day together since.
I know that God is leading us toward complete restoration, and
will bring my husband back into a right relationship with Him one
day. Praise God for He is faithful to all of His promises."
"I found a church yesterday. I took my daughter and God truly
blessed me through this service. I can't wait to return."
“I have been keeping a journal of prayers and such regarding my stand. Last evening I reviewed some of my journal and each prayer asked the Lord to cleanse me, help me confess any sins, heal me, strengthen me, help me forgive, on and on... all have been answered. I'm not done asking or praying. God is also helping my daughter's heart. I have to believe that He is helping my husband's heart as well, even though we have no contact. God does.” (Florida)
“Praise the Lord! My beloved husband came by our home to say that he wanted our marriage to work! Isn't the Lord faithful? Three years ago, the Lord gave me Isaiah 58 to read and led me to this website. To all my fellow standers, continue to love our Lord and walk closely with Him. He loves you, your spouse, and your children. He will get complete glory out of your story! Don't give up on God because He won't give up on you...He is able! Forever standing for marriage and families." (Georgia)
“My husband has been gone some years, living eight hours and a ferry ride away. Since Christmas, he has been coming home to occasionally visit. He has now rented a cottage by the sea for us for the entire summer near where he lives and works. He has also given me a large amount of money to pay the bills and has dealt with a problem with a teenage son. Previously I had to do everything. God is very good.” (Canada)
"...I will gather them from all around and bring them back into
their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the
mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them
and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two
kingdoms. They will no longer defile themselves with their
idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will
save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse
them. They will be my people, and I will be their God."
“Thursday (husband) came to me and begged for my forgiveness. He said that he had been so wrong and he would do anything to have me and our daughters back. He had to reach his own rock bottom before he looked to the Lord and begged for help. The Lord has truly answered my prayers. Your daily Charlyne Cares have been a life saver. You have helped me change my life.” (North Carolina)
“We had glare ice roads here. I flipped my car one and a half times yesterday. As I was flipping, I thought, ‘Here I come Lord.’ When I came to rest on the passenger side, I thought, ‘You DO want me here for the birth of our first grandchild and to continue my stand!’ I was extracted by the fire department. A steel fence post impaled my car hood, very close to me! Praise God, my work is not completed.” (Minnesota)
"Your ministry was the first thing I found the night I prayed for guidance on what the Lord wanted me to do in marriage. I was separated 16 months from a 23 year marriage. Your e-mail encouraged me so much through this journey. I know that the Lord will bless you abundantly for your unconditional love to his families. My husband is home. Yes Bob, he is wounded but praise God He will finish what He started. Every day God is giving me miracles through my husband. He also came home physically needing help. I consider it an honor to be there for him. You sent me your book on God does heal hurting marriages and hurting bodies. What a BLESSING !!!I know the Lord will restore his health totally!!! PRAISE GOD MY MIRACLE CAME HOME!!! In fact I told my husband that today!!! The day before he came home he said "You do realize that I am coming home with nothing, do you understand that?" I said "Probably more than you may think I do." One day he will read and hear the tapes of what I had learned while he was gone. Right now I am not asking questions just listening. It is an honor to wait on him and care for him."
“My suddenly happened! I received a call from my hubby asking if I could have company. We began to talk and I looked up and he had his wedding ring on. I almost burst out in tears. I was so surprised and shocked! One day lead to another and Sunday we went to praise the Lord. It was awesome. Later he said he didn’t want to go back! GOD HEARS..GOD KNOWS..GOD CARES! We were separated for many months. We were separated before for a while and he came back and stayed for some months. It was a false start but this time is a NEW START for us because GOD makes all things NEW. God can and will restore your marriage. Just believe, pray, fast, and be a doer of His Word. People came against me but I stood alone with God. He rewarded and delivered His promise. I will continue to trust God and COUNT IT ALL JOY.” (Missouri)
"Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your spirit is
good." Psalm 143:10
"When my husband walked out, I had a newborn baby, an 8-year-old and no job. The Lord taught me to completely trust in Him alone for everything. The Lord showed His faithfulness and was always there. Finally the Lord restored our marriage. Our family is back together and healed not because I or my husband did anything right, but ONLY because God stepped in and completely, miraculously healed our marriage. Praise Him!” (Texas)
I thought in my heart, “God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed.” Ecclesiastes 3:17
“After many months of separation I do see the Lord working. My husband has not had the finances for a lawyer and he left the OW right before Christmas. He continues to pay all of our bills allowing my son and I to stay in our home. I feel like any plans my husband makes the Lord is having the final say. PTL! I have been crying out to the Lord for a restored marriage. I don't know how long this will take but I continue to trust the Lord.” (Florida)
“My husband left and was in the far country for many months. He came home for a time, telling me it was just for the kids, that he still felt nothing for me. Although I still held on and prayed all day every day, he left again. Two weeks ago I signed divorce papers and signed for an apartment. BUT GOD! One night I had a knock at my door. My suddenly happened! My husband came home! Last night he told me he loved me. We still have work to do but God is so faithful. I still pray and fast for other marriages all around the world. To God be the glory!” (Tennessee)
"I am standing with faith for my marriage. My court date was in
January but they postponed the date. I believe it is the work of
God. After praying for my husband I received a Word from God
which clearly says that God is at work for my family restoration.
All the glory to God and I am waiting to come with a great
restoration testimony soon." (United Arab Emirates)
Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:3-6
"My husband calls almost every day saying how sorry he is. When
I came home from work last night there was big box waiting for me
at my door. It was a gift from my husband. I know that God is a
restorer and He is working on our behalf even now. God is good."
“My husband has been the prodigal within our marriage for many years. In my own strength I battled to save it when I found out about the OW three years ago. Though he ended it with her, his heart never returned to me. He became bitter and left. He came home for a false start which I forced, then left again. He has now filed for a divorce. God has really been working on me. I only really committed to standing in December. I found your website in January. Twice my husband has had plans to serve me and, PTL, twice God has stilled his hand. I'm learning the importance of prayer, fasting, tithing, scriptures, and zipping my lip. He still says he's never coming home and hasn't loved me and doesn't want me in his life, but God is really working at repairing relationships with our teen son, daughter, and now granddaughter. My husband even comes and watches the baby so our daughter can go to school. PTL...thank you for your prayers.” (Oregon)
“PTL! My Father is in the restoring business...He brought my prodigal home after almost a year of very little communication and my husband saying, I'm not coming back. I have to admit I gave up after a conversation I had with him and He told me he was happy where he was. The next day I went online and filled out divorce papers. When I handed him the papers he said he needed time to read through them, but never signed them. Instead he told me He was going to stand for our marriage just the way I had. A few months later we are together working things through, but putting God first. I continue to pray for a full restoration and for God to give all standers His peace and strength! Please don't give up on your marriage, it is worth fighting for. Thanks RRM for helping me through this.” (Texas)
“About two years ago things became quite tense at home. It became almost unbearable and I told my husband to leave. Last year he began communicating that he was coming home, but each time he failed to do so. I was quite discouraged and thought that it was a waste to continue standing for my marriage. Two weeks ago I received a call from him saying that he was coming home! He was home the day before his birthday. It's been some time since we were together on his birthday. My family members were hostile towards him when they saw him, but I was still able to receive him in love despite the opinions of others. There is still so much work to be done, but I know that God is working out all the details. I must trust that God is still in control.” (Georgia)
“Praise God, He has brought my prodigal spouse home. God has also had the divorce that my prodigal spouse started in 2001 dismissed in January. My husband has been home for four and a half months. It's as Charlyne and Bob have stated,”Prodigals do come home!” (Texas)
“I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.” Ezekiel 34:26
“My wife has filed for divorce but we are still living in the same house. I have been convinced from the beginning that this divorce is not God's will. In searching the internet for ‘marriage restoration’ I came across RMM. What a wonderful blessing! I read the‘Testimonies’ and ‘Restored Marriages’ pages often and have been very blessed by them. The important point being that even though my wife barely talks to me right now, it is truly a gift from God that we are in the same house. Thank You God! I am standing and God is working on the other side of the mountain. Praise Jesus!” (Florida)
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the
nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10
"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
"I have been helped by Rejoice Marriage Ministries for a few
years. My husband left me and our children and filed for
divorce. We are still married and God is working. Since that
time, God has provided for our every need. I have also
faithfully tithed my meager income and divided it between four
worthy ministries. I stepped out in faith recently and increased
my giving from 10% to 15%. My cup overflows and God's grace has
been abundant. It truly is more joyous to give than to receive."
“God canceled our first court date, because of my prayers; the second one did take place. I had prayed for God to do something big and He did. Without going into all the details, what we went to court for the judge was not going to make a decision on and another date would need to be set. After the hearing, my lawyer told me that this had never happened and to consider it a gift. A gift from God. Things happened so quickly and something I was totally unprepared for was granted to me. I had a dream the night before about the very thing that happened. Part of me is still in disbelief because this time the something that happened was for my good instead of something being taken away. I praise God.” (Wisconsin)
"My wife called and told me she is coming home again. She will
go to marriage counseling for six months and wants to really try
to do the right thing this time. She is asking God to give her
the desire and love that a wife should have for her husband. I
thank God for touching our hearts in the past two years."
“Our divorce was supposed to be final this past Friday. It got pushed back 45 days. Yesterday I was having a very bad day. I decided not to go to work because I knew I needed to cry out to my God. I was reading Psalm 21:11 when my husband sent me a text about him not wanting me to have his name. I sent him a text back and said fine, whatever he wants. He called the kids that evening and we ended up talking. He admitted that he really does not want a divorce, and that he is scared of getting a divorce. But, he feels in order for us to be together we have to get divorced so he can be sure that he is not with me out of obligation. I just let him talk and quietly thanked God, for the prodigal double talk. I told him that I loved him and whatever he needed to get to the place where he needed to be was fine with me. Then God allowed my husband to share his feelings. For the first time in three years, he told me he loved me. When I started crying, he said don't cry, we are doing so good. PTL!” (North Carolina)
“It has been a few month since my husband left home and every time we have the opportunity to talk we always argue. I asked the Lord with all my faith to give me a sign if I should stand in the gap for the restoration of my marriage. The following week my husband call me and asked for forgiveness for everything that he had done in the past. This weekend we are going to spend it together with our children to celebrate Father’s Day. I have faith in God that He is going to save my marriage. Trust in Him; He has the last word in everything. Blessed be the Lord!” (Ecuador)
"But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing
for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love
your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O LORD, you bless the
righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield."
"My husband has finally come home for good. He has been home for
a few months and I know that God is going to finish the work He
"Last fall we had our first hearing, then more through the winter
to reach a settlement agreement. Finally we were to go to a
hearing in May. It required a postponement. Last week my
husband came to talk and said he was putting the divorce on hold
and is helping with financial issues." (Pennsylvania)
"My prodigal spouse called me after no contact for months. We
have been talking each day and he is talking about the
restoration of our marriage, even though he filed for divorce a
month ago. For the first time in over a year he went to church
Sunday. God is going to complete the good work He began in my
husband’s heart." (California)
“I am thankful to my Lord despite a lengthy separation and no signs of reconciliation. But I still believe. The Lord is my strength.” (California)
“My prodigal left many, many years ago and since then has been in several non-covenant marriages. Whenever I think I am being stupid and wasting my life or time, I get encouraged by this site and all of the other standers. I believe that God will bring my prodigal back home when it is His timing. I will not give up no matter how long it takes. Thank all of you for your testimonies! God bless.” (California)