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!
"Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.
Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what
is evil has not seen God." 3 John 1:11
“Thanksgiving came and I can say it was a wonderful day! My husband started testing the waters a couple of months prior and it has been a transition filled with tons of pushing and pulling. Thanksgiving this year fell on our 14th wedding anniversary and glory to God we spent every second of it together! We brought in the day with our daughter, laughing and making plans for the next 12 months. Last year during this time he was involved with someone else and I only got a chance to see him briefly and that was filled with pain. Fast forward to this year and I was able to wake up beside him, spend the entire day beside him, and end the day beside him, God is faithful! I even received a beautiful gift accompanied with a reminder of how much I am loved. More healing and restoring needs to be done, but despite it all, my precious husband continues to talk of a future together!” (North Carolina) (posted 12/16/2013)
"God showed me I have been putting the cart before the horse. I
am fighting for restoration, when actually the first battle that
needs to be fought is for my hubby to know Jesus and be free."
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) (posted 4/1/2014)
"As many do, I was praying and asking God to confirm that I was
on the right path, asking the Lord to put me on my husband's
heart. That morning I received an email from my husband which was
short, but sweet, just to say that I was on his mind. God is
good and very many times, He is also quick to answer us."
“My husband and I have been divorced for several years now. After many years of prayer we are finally talking, dating, being friends again. Praise God! The Lord has been faithful to show me my part in the divorce and how I drove him away. Hallelujah! We have forgiven each other and on the road to restoration! Thank You Jesus!” (Texas) (posted 10/4/2011)
“PTL! For he does speak to His children. I've been attending a Christian church for several months, and the Lord has started a great work in me. I've been praying for my husband to go to church; that he may come to know the Lord like I am getting to know him. Well my husband finally went to church. Unfortunately it was for a funeral service. BUT GOD! The person who was to read the eulogy didn't show. The Pastor filled in and delivered a message worthy of praise. He spoke about how we must get right with God before time runs out, that He Loves us and wants to take care of us, that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He said we are all born with a sinful nature but that Jesus offers a way out, a better life, eternal life in paradise. He asked if anyone was there for the first time who wanted to get right with God to simply pray in the silent corner of their heart. He proceeded with the sinner’s prayer. I kept my eyes closed tight hoping my husband was saying it. At the end I heard him say AMEN! Thank You God!” (California)
"It looked like the end when we were granted a divorce on
Tuesday. My wife had a change of heart and we started talking.
Two weeks later we are putting a deposit on a new apartment and
making plans for the future. I cannot wait to get back under the
same roof again. Praise God." (Rhode Island)
“I must testify of the goodness of God. In the long years since my husband left, He has provided every need faithfully. My husband is kind and generous to me and always available if I have a need. I know God is able to restore and heal and I thank and praise Him for His faithfulness” (Florida) (posted 12/7/2012)
“Praise the Lord! For many months I have been standing with God to bring my husband home to me and our son. Many times I felt hopeless and not able to do anything, but God never stopped directing His will and promises upon this walk. God had started a major cleaning job in both me and my husband. He brought RMM on my path by an answer to prayer in a hopeless state of mind and I have been using each tool as a weapon in this fight. Finally a few days ago my husband spoke the words I had been longing to hear for so long: I will come back. Praise Him who sets the captives free! I continue to look to Jesus for everything in my life and I am in awe of how He has softened my husband's heart. Let this Light rekindle all the sparks in our marriage. All glory to Him!” (Malaysia) (posted 7/2/2012)
"After months of standing strong and firm in the Lord for my marriage and my family, my husband has returned home. God moves mountains. Praise be to Him. The first step has been taken, we now have hundreds more to take. I know by putting God first He will guide us through." (Iowa)
"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)
“Seeing God work is so amazing, there are no coincidences with God. Charlyne asked once in a devotional how did you find RMM? When I think that I found a RMM tract tucked away in a drawer just when I needed it, all I can say is that God is amazing. Every time I try to give up on standing for my marriage I hear from the LORD through His Word, and when I see my small prayers answered I praise my LORD. I have committed to memorizing more of God's Word this year and I have started with Habakkuk 3:17-18, 'Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD,I will be joyful in God my Savior.'God is good always, in all ways God is good.” (California) (posted 1/18/2012)
"Last week my divorce was final. I can still praise God because
He is in control. I will praise God during this storm, as He is
faithful to His promises." (California)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 (posted 1/29/2012)
"I have just come back from church and a couple who were involved in counseling told me that they were getting married again after four years of divorce. God is so good." (South Wales U.K.) (posted 11/20/2004)
“While my husband has been gone for quite a while now, I have also been asking God about what He has in store for my future career and which church I should go to. God has told me to be patient and that He has things in store for me now if I just trust Him. I knew that there were people in my life that I was meant to be with at this time but I did not always know why. The other day a friend said to me that she wanted to go to church. She is struggling with life but has seen the strength and peace that God brings me and wants some of that too. It is amazing to see what affect our stand has on those around us without us always realizing it.” (New Zealand) (posted 2/11/2014)
“I was praying for a sign from God that He hears me and things are changing. About a week later, I was up early doing morning prayers. My phone rang and an elderly woman asked if I was (my name). She told me she prays for me every day. She prays for my health. I could not figure out who this person was and she kept saying she prays for me! I asked her to pray for my husband as he's still on his journey. She quoted the story of the bridegroom coming and the oil in the lamp not going out. She told me to keep the oil burning in my lamp for my husband. I do not know who she was except maybe the woman I shared a hospital room with last May! She praised God and was repeating my name and scripture. Praise God He sent a strong message to keep waiting and be ready for my husband! Amen, thank You Lord!” (California) (posted 1/7/2013)
“Praise our Lord, my daughter and grandchildren came to the hospital to pick me up after surgery. No cancer thank our dearest Lord, a miracle. I felt our Lord said I shall live and not die to declare His mighty works. The promises He has given me and confirmed by many will be done as He promised. I know my covenant one flesh husband will know His Lord and live to obey Him soon for His glory. Praise His Holy Name.” (Australia) (posted 4/28/2013)
"Our home phone has always been in my wife's name. I called to
have the account changed to my name. I was told I would have to
open a new account, change phone numbers, and also begin a new
internet account at a higher monthly fee. This was all going to
cost more. The operator suggested I was better off to leave the
account alone. I told her I took that as confirmation that God
is going to bring my wife home and restore my marriage."
“My spouse has called after several years and is leaving the OW. With virtually no contact for almost a year to me and our son, he wants to come home. I did as Charlyne said and asked God to let me zip my lips. He called almost a year ago and he was miserable then, but I did not zip my lips. I need lots of prayer because he is messy, however, I am trusting God for the outcome. His words were, ‘We have been married 30 years and I want to spend the rest of my life with you.’ I have grown considerably in the last year, so I believe this is God's perfect timing. Only God! PTL!” (South Carolina) (posted 1/27/2014)
"Yesterday I was astonished when my husband told me my hair
looked nice, when for years he has only said unkind words to me.
I thank God. I have asked for love like His for my husband."
“Last week, my car was stolen. The police came and left quickly, and I knew exactly what to do - I needed to fight this spiritually, the way I fight for my stolen marriage. I asked God to use the car in the life of the thief (my car bears God's name along the windshield), and then could I have it back. For an hour I sang praise songs. My car was recovered a few hours later. The mechanic couldn't start it later that day, and after making calls to people who wanted to but couldn't help me, I suddenly knew I was to call my husband. He was having a bad day, but he agreed to help. He got it started, but he left me at the tow yard with two cars. RMM has taught me to be gracious and take this well. The next day he called to apologize. God worked much good through the theft – and with the blown fuse, my car had been abandoned in an intersection!” (Washington)
“Move on. Get over it. Free will. After several years of standing, the God who is able to do immeasurably more than I could ever think or imagine restored my marriage, despite negative feedback from friends, family, pastors and my church. This was a good thing because now, as the Word says, ‘no flesh shall glory.’ We can only thank our God and our King. Listen to His voice, believe He is able to perform it, and He will. My spouse's free will does not supersede God's will. He is mighty to save. Don't let well meaning counselors get you focused on casting out Satan's lies of anger, despair, or fear. Ask the Lord to respond to the truth of His love, hope, thankfulness, gratitude and peace He placed inside of you, no matter how fragile these are. The Word says the greatest thing is love. Love cannot fail because God is love. Thank You Father that You are faithful, Your mercy is new every day. I will praise You all my days.” (North Carolina) (posted 7/30/2012)
"My prodigal texted me and said that he wants me back, but just didn’t know where to start because he knows he messed things up. I know it won't be long until the false start is a complete restoration. My Lord has shown me that I also need a lot of work." (South Africa) PS-Bob wrote "Finding The Way Home," his book for prodigals, for people just like this man. (posted 9/4/2009)
“To God, be the glory for the wonderful miracles He performed for me this last week. I saw a rainbow and knew that this was God’s reassurance of the restoration of my marriage. My husband was very civil towards me when I went to pick up our child and I know that was God’s way of assuring me again that He is up to something and is definitely softening our hearts and working towards our marriage restoration. ‘Now to HIM who is able to do immeasurably more than we all ask or imagine, according to HIS power that is at work within us.’ Ephesians 3: 20.” (South Africa) (posted 2/14/2012)
"After a year of my standing, my wife said that she was done and
was getting a divorce and that there was nothing I could do. I
moved on, even though I knew I was still married. My wife has
had a change of heart and is now the stander. I am now the
prodigal, but am reaching through the confusion to rejoice in her
rededication to Christ. I pray that I can find my way back and
that her stand will be as strong as mine was. I gave up when
there seemed no hope. If I would have just hung on for a little
bit longer, we would be together now." (Texas)
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on
whom his favor rests." Luke 2:14
"I found this ministry a year ago, and decided to stand. My
husband had decided he wanted a divorce and everyone told me to
move on. I spoke God's promises daily and decided that no matter
what I would trust God first. My husband woke up one day last
week and his eyes were opened, just as I had been praying for
months! He has cancelled the divorce, and is moving home. God
is good, and it was worth every bit of the suffering to have my
spouse home again!" (Connecticut)
“My mom and I have been praying for her marriage to my dad for years. He lived in another state for five years, but last week he came home and got a job. They are not back together yet but God is working. My dad said he would never come home. Thank You GOD! Do not give up on God. P.U.S.H. - Pray until something happens!” (Tennessee) (posted 6/23/2012)
“I am still standing on God's Word and I have even more peace than before. I would have never thought my relationship with my Savior could be such a blessing. My friends have commented on how strong my faith has become. The evil one is also attacking my kids but all this does is make me pray more for I know this is the end of my breakthrough. I am the head and not the tail and I will never give up on God, my husband or my family. I love You, Lord and I bless You daily. Stand and wait and God will deliver.” (Pennsylvania) (posted 1/29/2012)
"My anniversary is tomorrow and I have been down, knowing that I
will not be spending it with my wife. Today I asked God for a
sign that He was working behind the scenes on my wife's heart.
Your devotional for today was titled "Our Anniversary"! . I
started crying right at my desk. I believe God meant this just
for me. He knows just what we need and when we really need it."
"After giving me divorce papers and moving out of the house, my
husband called saying that he would like to speak to my son. He
was very polite. God is amazing." (South Africa)
"I was invited to a meeting of Christian women encouraging other women. I left the meeting feeling very discouraged and doubting my stand. The following day I attended a prayer and counseling session. As we prayed and worshiped I asked God to confirm my stand. The person who prayed for me used the word restoration three times and prayed that what the locusts have eaten will be restored to me. The good to come out of that first meeting was that I met and now encourage a girl whose husband had just left." (Trinidad and Tobago)
“I had asked God for us to wake up as a family on Christmas Day. That did not happen quite as I had wanted. However our youngest son woke up Christmas morning with him (my husband had a broad smile as he talked about preparing breakfast for them both). This was not planned but God! All week I kept hearing ‘the writing is on the wall.’ Eventually I asked God what this meant and was brought to Daniel 5. God said he was hardening my husband's heart so he would be with the OW but while they, her family and friends are celebrating, He would be dealing with my spouse. My husband came to my house and we exchanged cards and gifts. I got a bit emotional but my husband was open to us talking. He again said he does not want a divorce and he does not want to marry again regardless of what the OW wants. I even got a hug. None of this was planned but God was in this all the way.” (United Kingdom) (posted 1/6/2014)
“God is great! I was discouraged and ready to give up but I decided to follow the Holy Spirit to send a Valentine’s Day gift. My husband also sent me flowers from my son. On Valentine's Day I decided to defeat the devil and spend the day with my son on his field trip. We went to a nursing home and brought cards to the residents sharing God's love with them. I know God is telling me to keep trusting in Him and that my testimony was going be even greater. Please don't give up; praise the Lord and rejoice while you wait for your breakthrough.” (North Carolina) (posted 2/24/2013)
“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” Luke12:11-12 (posted 5/12/2012)
"My prodigal has just returned home. After 2 years of living in the far country, he has come to his senses. He moved his things back home on yesterday, 2 years and 2 months after moving them out. My prodigal expressed his desire to come home in March, but continued to live one foot in and one foot out of our lives, living in two worlds. In November, he told me that he would be moving again but not back home. He decided to move in with someone else because he didn't feel that he was ready to come home yet, to do right. I cried out to the Lord, I know that you didn't bring me this far to leave me. I remembering feeling like I have all but given up on my stand, but the Lord continued to tell me to press on and just believe him no matter what. I remember reading a praise report from one of your standers which gave me much encouragement. I also remember writing you for encouragement and you sent me a beautiful teaching tape from Charlyne entitled "The truth shall set them free." I called this my emergency tape, for I would listen to this on the times when I felt like given up. I also have highlighted specific paragraphs and statements in Bob's 'Prodigals Do Come Home,' things that were closer relative to my prodigal. I praise God for last week was our 5 year wedding anniversary. Yesterday evening, he told me that he wanted to come back home. That he had several dreams where he was being told literally that I was his wife and to go home. I told him praise the Lord, I have been waiting for you. He told me that he was so grateful to have a God fearing wife to stand for him, in spite of the mess he had made of his life. I praise God for I have now picked up my copy of 'After The Prodigal Returns' to read. Something Charlyne always says is the standing really begins after the prodigal comes home and I truly believe it. I just praise God for not giving up on me to not giving up on my spouse. Thank you for your wonderful ministry. I know as I have heard many others that this stand is far from over, and it really has just begun! PTL." (posted 11/20/2004)
“God continues to speak even when the situation looks really awful! Most recently he used a man in a class I teach. He knows nothing about my situation other than I am separated and pray for my spouse (he too is praying for a separated spouse). He was leaving when he hesitantly came back and said he felt God telling him to give me the following message: ‘You are beautiful inside and out and a beautiful mother. All things are possible for one who believes.’ I just about jumped because early in my stand God showed me that message on a truck. He has continued to show this to me over and over at different times and in different ways. Both of us were encouraged and affirmed. God is amazing!” (Hawaii)
"Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old." Psalm 25:4-6 (posted 1/22/2010)
“‘For nothing is impossible with God.’ Luke 1:37 Our almighty God brought my husband home. Three weeks prior to this joyful event, God talked to me through the scripture in 1 Chronicles 17:25-27. We serve a faithful God. He is true to all His promises. Our family is a living testimony of God’s mighty power. You will give us one heart and one way so that we may fear you forever, for the good of us and our children after us. (Jeremiah 32:39) Praise the Lord! My tongue will tell of your righteous acts all day long, for those who wanted to harm me have been put to shame and confusion. Psalm 71:24 My fellow standers…never, ever give up! Our God will unfold before your eyes His mighty plans for your marriage and family.” (California)
“I just wanted to write and thank you for last weekend’s conference call. The restored couple's story is a mirror image of my own. The words her prodigal spoke to her are the exact words my prodigal has spoken to me. I am encouraged for restoration of my own marriage. Waiting on God's perfect timing for my restoration.” (Washington)
“I posted a testimony of the Lord blessing us with a new baby after marriage restoration, and last week I posted a prayer request because the doctor had suspected a partial molar pregnancy. Today we had another ultrasound and baby is perfect and has a heart beat! My husband and I were in tears, and we just praise the Lord for taking care of us! Thank You God for another blessing that is beyond words!” (Massachusetts)
"The Lord blessed our marriage with the return of my wife five
years ago. I want to encourage each of you to never give up even
when things seem dark. Some of my best growing as a believer is
in those times when all I had to cling to was God and His
promises. When doubts arise seek prayer and God's Word. God's
timing is always perfect, right now you have a great opportunity
to grow in your walk, to build your faith. After five years my
heart still rejoices when I read the restoration of marriages.
You are being prepared for something greater." (Florida)
“Earlier this year my brother and his wife were in a Bible study, having prayer for my marriage. A brand new believer, with virtually no knowledge of the Bible, leaned over and said to my brother ‘Talitha koum - I feel God wants me to say that to your brother's wife.’ After some study they found it was from when Jesus brought Jairus's daughter back from the dead. Monday I was in my final mediation; the divorce is final pending a judge's signature. The world would say my marriage is dead. Later that night I read Charlyne Cares guest devotional and the next to last paragraph says: ‘Keep walking towards your healing, because one day, like inMark 5:41, Jesus is going to take the hand of your spouse and speak to him or her and say,'Talitha koum!' (which means, 'Little girl I say to you, get up!)’” (Kentucky)
“My husband decided to end our marriage. We are a very young couple and this brought much sorrow to my life. But I accepted his decision with pain. Days after his departure I found this website and through this, I have learned many things. I accepted Jesus as my Savior. Now I give it all to Him and accept His will. I lost contact with my husband and we now behave as friends. I know the Lord is using all this to restore us as individuals and also our home.” (Columbia) (posted 9/26/2013)
"PTL! Never give up on your marriage. My husband who has been away for some years, spent the Easter holidays with me and our children. It is a miracle! I have been fasting and praying for this to happen and Lord has answered my prayers. I keep on standing for full marriage restoration. Thank you my Lord." (United Kingdom) (posted 5/12/2011)
“It is a long time now that I have prayed for our marriage to be restored. Now that I have found you, I am so grateful to know that I am not alone. The day I found your website I asked God for a sign that standing for my marriage is still right for me. Immediately a song came on the radio called, ‘Who Says You Can't Go Home.’ I was stunned by how quickly the Lord moves when we ask for help. I am trusting my marriage will be restored in God's time. He is so good and great!” (New York) (posted 4/15/2013)
“I felt neglected and alone. I had an affair. My husband knew and two years after the fact couldn't take it anymore and began to act out himself. I was at a loss. I knew it wasn't him; it was pain and anger. I clearly heard God tell me to stand; that He would reach my husband and give me a marriage seven times better than we'd ever had before. I spent months of praying and loving him as he continued to act out. I hated what he was doing, but I knew it was Satan and I knew God had already defeated Satan. Thanksgiving Day he told me he loved me and put his wedding ring back on. Two weeks later he bought me a new ring and re-proposed. My suddenly came just in time! PTL!” (Indiana)