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!
“I know God is at work. No, my prodigal did not call to wish me happy birthday, but out of all the people in the world who could have, the very least I expected did. My sister-in-law did. She texted me with Happy Birthday and it was an amazing all day conversation. We even made plans to get together at a later date. I had been praying to have a breakthrough with her and by God’s grace we have! Not even an hour after her text, my mother-in-law came by my office, wished me happy birthday and gave me a big hug. God is so busy on the other side of our mountain. He is still answering prayers. I know my suddenly is near and I praise God for His mighty hand over our families. Matthew 17:20 - My mountain of divorce will be moved in God's time.” (Texas) (posted 4/22/2013)
"Even after our divorce, my prodigal husband has come home. The Easter time of fasting and prayer was the answer for our family. He went to church with us on Easter and the next night came to visit. Two weeks later, he moved home, praise God. Thanks to the Steinkamps for their wisdom from the Lord to teach us how to keep them home after they return. It is not an easy road, but there is so much laughter and joy in our home again." (Oklahoma)
This is what theLord says:"Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears,for your work will be rewarded,"declares the Lord. "They will return from the land of the enemy." Jeremiah 31:16 (posted 2/16/2012)
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (posted 6/24/2011)
"Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he
brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a
whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when
it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let
them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his
wonderful deeds for men." Psalm 107:28-31
"Months ago my prodigal started coming to see the children again
for the first time. A few weeks ago he called to inform me that
his wife had moved out. Last night he called to tell me that he
is filing for divorce. He has called several times to talk and
just to get support which I gladly give." (South Carolina)
“I asked the Lord if I was doing His will by praying for my prodigal’s return or should I move on like everyone has said I should. I found this ministry and received the message that I was to stand. A couple of days later my daughter found a wooden cross by our door exactly like the one in the picture you have in the testimonies page. I knew it was a sign for me to continue standing. My daughter and I hold this cross when we pray.” (Idaho) (posted 4/22/2013)
“For a few days, I was feeling a little uneasy about continuing my stand. I was almost ready to give up. I asked God to please give me a sign that I should keep standing for my marriage. The very next day, I noticed a Covenant Transport truck on the highway. I've never seen one before. I knew that this was the confirmation that I needed. That night, my husband sent me a text asking if he could come over to talk. He told me how he made a mistake by leaving and that he has had time to reflect on things. He realized the mistakes he made and he wants his family back. And he's willing to do whatever it takes to make things work. To God be the glory!” (Georgia)
“The Lord revealed to me that His Word would complete what it was set out to do. I prayed Hosea 2:6-7 over my beloved, over and over this weekend. When the enemy would give me thoughts of doubt, the Lord would remind me that He does not change His mind. He reminded me that my husband's body is not Satan’s but is the Lord's and mine. As instructed, I prayed with authority, and bound up the enemy. I poured the blood of Jesus over him. The Lord has allowed us to stay in the same home, although we sleep in separate beds. Today he returns from his trip. I know the Lord has been faithful, and that reconciliation is near, for He told me, ‘The days are coming.’ Amen, and praise the Lord.” (Florida) (posted 1/7/2013)
“Today is New Year’s Eve and also our anniversary. Right at midnight, while I was still praying, my husband sent me this text: Happy New Year baby! I was so happy to know that he was thinking about me and to be the first one he wished a Happy New Year. Even though he did not acknowledge our anniversary I know that God is working in my husband’s heart. This is a sign that God wants me to keep standing for my marriage restoration. To God be the glory!” (Washington)
“God is working. I received an e-mail today from my husband. He offered to help me with my daughter’s car repairs. She had asked him to before and he was not willing. I have been standing and praying for the Holy Spirit to soften his heart and I believe God is working. I cried ‘happy tears’ today for us for the first time since he moved out and told me he wanted a divorce. Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9.” (Oklahoma) (posted 10/28/2013)
"I thank God for you, Bob and Charlyne. I recently found out
that the divorce went through. I couldn't understand because I
know what God has spoken about a the future of me and my
prodigal. I sought God when I first received the initiation for
divorce and had such a peace. The enemy was trying to say that I
missed God, but Bob confirmed it when he wrote about the D-virus
and divorce. Even if a divorce is final, what does God say? God
kept reminding me when Jesus died the enemy thought he won, but
he didn't because Jesus was resurrected. I have never stopped
praying for my prodigal." (Virginia)
"I have not had contact with my sons-in-law for some time. I
asked the Lord for a sign that both of my daughters' marriages
would be restored. I opened up my email and found an electronic
airline ticket that was booked by my son-in-law. The airline had
my email listed under my son-in-law's name from years back. The
electronic ticket was sent to me by mistake. I was able to see
that my son-in-law is flying back to our home city." (State
removed due to nature of testimony.)
“I am a former prodigal turned stander. I divorced my covenant spouse many years ago. I was feeling discouraged since he wasn’t interested in a restoration with me. In the grocery store, of all places, I saw a package of grapes marked ‘Together at Last.’ I had never seen them before. My suddenly is coming!” (California)
A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE
By Mary in Missouri
As another Christmas is drawing near, I am filled with such excitement knowing it is the day we celebrate the greatest miracle of all, which is the birthday of our Savior, Jesus Christ! I can't even imagine how exciting it was back in time when everyone was awaiting the actual birth of Jesus!
I wanted to share with everyone my own Christmas miracle of 2010 which is that my precious prodigal came home after three years of being in the far country! Praise the Lord! It was a few hours after Christmas Day of 2010 at 2:00 A.M. I was still awake, sitting in the living room when I heard a key in the door and in walked my dear prodigal! I can't describe the overwhelming joy in my heart when I saw him walk through the door! He had listened to a sermon and the minister said, “Receive your forgiveness and go home” and that is just what my husband did!
I could write a book about everything that took place from the day he left until the day he came home but it would have to be just that, a book! Maybe someday I will write a book about my stand if God leads me in that direction. Anyway, through much prayer by myself, my prayer partner and many other people's prayers, God touched my husband's heart and my husband turned his heart back to God and back to me and our children.
The years that my husband was away were very difficult for me and our two adult children. There were many tears, trials and conflicts. In the beginning of my stand, I just wanted my husband back but later on I realized that the most important thing to me, because I loved my husband so much, was his soul and where he would spend eternity. He was a Christian but had walked away from God and in the process he was then deceived by the enemy and tempted by another woman whom he started a relationship with.
There were days when I just felt like giving up and moving on but by the grace of God I didn't. I am so thankful to God that He sustained me and gave me strength to stand even though I felt I was so weak at times but it was worth it!!! I was up against negative advice, even from my own children, to move on with my life. It got so bad that I didn't even feel like God could hear me talking or praying to Him since nothing ever seemed to change. I know now that He was there with me all the time and the Lord was working everything out for my good, my husband's good, and our children's good.
A few of the good things that came out of this attack by the enemy to destroy our family are that my daughter's faith in God and walk with Him has gotten stronger. My husband realizes how much he and I are alike in every area of our life where before he thought we had nothing in common, which was a lie from the enemy. Our family has gotten closer to God and to each other. God has blessed us so much and in so many ways since my husband turned his heart back to God and back to his family! God turned what the enemy meant for evil and destruction into so much good for us. I just can't begin to tell you all the blessings that God has bestowed on us because there are so many.
I read other people's testimonies and I would wonder if I would ever have one to share. I have to admit that sometimes when I felt so hopeless I didn't even want to read testimonies and I am ashamed that my faith became that weak.
So, I just want to say, in all humility and honesty,that no matter how hard it gets in your standing for your prodigal spouse, don't give up on them! They need your prayers and interceding on their behalf because they are blinded by the enemy and they can't see the way out without our prayers for God to remove the blinders from their eyes so they can see God's truth and find their way back to God and home to their spouse and family!
God bless you all and may He give you His strength, His peace, and His joy as you stand in the gap for your precious prodigal! Please don't give up on them! It will be worth every difficult day, hour and minute of standing and praying!
God be with you and bless you and I am praying for you all!
“I had been having a week full of blessings, helping others and my job going well. Still I was looking for that sign to encourage me about my stand. While driving on a different road than normal, I looked up and saw a Covenant Transport truck. One of the most touching things is my son was with me at the time and we had just been talking about how happy my husband will be to come home. I had never seen one of these trucks before, so I know it was meant for me at this time in my stand to show me I am believing the Word God has spoken to me.” (Indiana)
"The girls and I went outside this morning to finish shoveling as
we had gotten 36 inches of snow in 28 hours. The snowplow left a
huge pile almost five tall in our driveway. We saw someone had
shoveled us out. We thought it was a kind neighbor, but it was
my husband who drove in from out of town at 6:00 A.M. to shovel
us out. Thank You Lord that he still is concerned about us."
"This weekend during the times my prodigal and I were together
the other person called his cell. I said a brief prayer each
time, remembering scripture from Hosea, and praise God, their
conversations were unpleasant and abruptly ended." (Minnesota)
“After being gone many months, my husband began sleeping at the house...and then he never left. It took six weeks for me to realize he'd moved home! There was no conversation or apology, just a changed man. I had doubts and I wavered (a lot). Every morning I woke up and read the encouragement waiting for me on this site, and then I warily began my day in faith. One day at a time, the many, many months came to an end and in the midst of it all, Charlyne guided me. This woman I'd never met taught me to pray for my husband and how to find comfort in God's Word. This stranger supported me when others doubted me. My husband and I are packing for vacation. God is healing our marriage and restoring it to something more than we could have imagined. A year ago I was hurting so deeply that I couldn't even imagine a day when we would vacation again. Today my heart is full.” (Oklahoma) (posted 8/26/2013)
“I’m a ‘til death do us part’ stander who promised God, before my husband even proposed, that I would always love this man no matter how rough the road got. The road got pretty rough and my husband left and remarried. Our son was married recently and there were the usual associated challenges with the OW and my husband. Much grace was needed. My heavenly Father helped me through it all, praise Him. Immediately after the ceremony, my husband hugged me and kissed me on the lips. He made lovely comments about how I looked and thanked me for every aspect of the wedding. Then he asked me to dance as the band played ‘Stand by your man.’ How great is our God?? I will stand by my man as I promised many years ago. I will be faithful just as He is faithful….’til death us do part.” (Australia)
"Praise God my marriage has been restored. Over the past several
months Jesus has revealed his heart to me and we have moved
mountains together. I went from a believer to a follower. The
key to this resurrection was being immersed in the Word and
countless hours in prayer. God has been so faithful. Thank you
Bob and Charlyne for this ministry." (Minnesota)
"After our divorce had been finalized, God has been softening my husbandâ€™s heart and opening up communication again. I fasted on Thanksgiving and prayed for my husband to be here for Christmas. Less than a week after Thanksgiving he called me and told me he is falling in love with me again. He is planning on coming for Christmas. Praising Jesus for my restoration is coming soon." (Michigan)
“God has used this trial to rescue me from the pit. Day by day, the Lord is revealing Himself and gently helping me to build a relationship with Him. His grace has been sufficient. There is nothing more fulfilling and peaceful than walking with the Lord. His Word is life. My prodigal husband is back home since last month and I continue to pray for his salvation. Yesterday, for the first time in years, he went to church with us as a family. God is answering all my prayers in His own timing. I continue to pray for the salvation of all prodigals worldwide, for the restoration on the solid rock of Christ Jesus of my marriage and all marriages. Psalm 126:1-6.” (Maryland) (posted 11/3/2014)
"Praise the Lord. My husband asked me and our daughter to spend
the night with him at his apartment. I had decorated it, prayed
over it, and declared God's Word over it. Thank You Lord Jesus."
“Several months ago my husband left me and our boys. In my brokenness, I cried out to the Lord, because I knew He was my only hope. I always believed in the power of prayer. I humbled myself before God, completely submitted my will to Him, gave Him my whole heart and began to obey the Word. I began spending all my spare time in His Word, in prayer and listening to worship music. The Lord started to speak to me. He told me to just trust in Him because He would restore my marriage in His time, if I would give Him total control. I kept my eyes on Him and off my circumstance. I learned to walk by faith and not by sight. When Satan was attacking the strongest, God was moving in my husband’s heart. Then my 'suddenly' happened. My husband came home. All the glory goes to God!” (Canada) (posted 7/11/2012)
"My spouse and I have been divorced for years. I have been
standing for only a few. My car had been in the shop this past
week. I hesitated to call my prodigal, but the Lord led me to
anyway. I called and asked him if he could take me to school.
He agreed. It was nice to be in the same car and I even got a
few smiles out of him. Thank You, Lord for loving us enough to
show us how mighty You truly are." (Tennessee)
"God is good because all of my needs are being met. When I do
not see the when and how, He sends the answers to my questions.
I know that God is able and His Word will not return void."
“Praise God! King of Kings and Lord of Lords! I am an ex-prodigal turned stander (this alone is worthy of my praise). God, in His infinite grace, has brought me out of my wilderness. I was lost for the past seven years but now I am a new creature in the Lord. God placed a new heart and spirit in me. If He can do that with a person who was in a relationship with an OP and on the brink of marrying the OP, imagine what God can do for you and your spouse. My love for Him grows more and more every day as I get to know more about Him. He is so amazing and during this season of my life I am so honored to know that he is my Husband and I his wife. Isaiah 54:5. Praise God, He is worthy!” (Florida) (posted 8/4/2014)
I had to go to my friend's barn. I left the barn and passed my
prodigal. He waved and I waved back. I placed my order at a
drive thru when I saw him go back down the road. He pulled into
the parking lot and motioned for me to come over. He said he
wanted to let me know he had been thinking about me and would
come by to visit in a few days. How's that for God's timing?
“I must praise God and thank Him for His faithfulness and compassion. He always says what I need to hear. I awoke on my birthday very sad and discouraged. I pleaded with God to take away the pain and give me a tangible sign that He is removing my mountain. I heard: ‘I have given you a sign - Jesus.’ God proved His faithfulness by sending Jesus. God proved His love by dying for us. God proved His power by raising Jesus from the dead. God has to remind me often of this, because I do doubt. But then He does something that makes me ask, ‘Why do I doubt?’ As I was very sad, believing my husband would not acknowledge my birthday, I got a text from him: ‘Happy Birthday!’ Thank You, Lord.” (Arkansas) (posted 4/26/2012)
“Committed to standing, I moved all my prodigal's items into a new apartment by myself and helped with some of the bills. I knew in my heart that regardless of the situation I would love my prodigal through good and bad. Within the following month I lost my job and was forced to live with praying relatives until I got back up. I put in several applications and checked on them constantly with no response. Then one Saturday I had a fervent conversation with the Lord and He heard me. In the beginning of that following week the Lord awoke me by calling my name and directed me to check on a particular application. Before I hung up the phone I had an interview that same day and was offered the job the following day. Praise God! God is good. Keep praying, He hears and answers my fellow standers.” (Florida) (posted 8/8/2012)
“Thank You God for loving us. Thank You for providing for us. Thank You Lord that You love us enough that You sent Your only Son. Thank You Jesus for dying for us. Thank You God for Your faithfulness. I just want to praise God that He is caring and loving and by my side during this dark valley. Thank You God in advance for the day my prodigal repents and turns to You. Thank You for the day our marriage will be restored as only You can restore. Praise be to our Heavenly Father!” (Tennessee) (posted 2/11/2014)
"Mother's day, my son handed me a dozen red roses and a beautiful Christian card my husband and son had chosen. The flowers were wrapped in a yellow scarf similar to the one I have tied to my door knob, awaiting my spouse's return. My prayer that morning was for the Lord to reveal if my spouse's heart is softening. Praise You Jesus." (Illinois)
“I am amazed once again at how my God and Father shows His love for me, even in my times of doubt. I am a stander for the second time with my one and only husband. This time around things have gone further, divorce papers have been filed, but things are moving very slowly. During both my times as a stander I had never seen a Covenant Transport truck, but on the day I needed it most, I not only saw a Covenant truck, but a Swift truck, and a Heartland truck. I had just received the settlement agreement from my husband. I felt heartbreaking pain once again, but God, in His special way, reminded me He is there. I didn't ask for any more signs; just His Presence, His forgiving love for my husband, and even the OW. I didn't contact my husband, but he contacted me, telling me he still cares for me, and will always take care of me, and our kids. This gave me the opportunity to confirm to him, one more time that I made a covenant with him, no matter what. Our God is faithful.” (California)
"I am speechless at seeing my suddenly happen just like that. After months of separation, my husband called my best friend and told her to tell me he loves me and is coming home. I thank God for His divine intervention. I stood in hopelessness and believed when it all looked impossible. A couple of days ago, God told me to be still and know He is God. I did not relate much to what He was saying as everything was just a huge mess. I understand now. And I thank Him for His grace. Hallelujah.” (South Africa)
"Praise to God for His faithfulness. After last year's rock slide
we in western North Carolina suffered hardship, especially the
restaurant where I worked. I lost most of my hours. The
Interstate recently reopened. Through this I still gave my tithe
at church and my monthly contribution with Rejoice Marriage
Ministries." (North Carolina)
“But God! My husband lives at home but we are separated and he has been insisting that he is divorcing me and is in love with someone else. Today he asked if I would like to go golfing with him. We had a fantastic time and he even flirted a little! Even though this situation has been so difficult, the Lord has drawn me close and I am so content in my God. He is moving mountains and softening my husband’s heart. Not to mention the incredible changes He has made in me. And I now have such a large group of new brothers and sisters in Christ who are amazing!” (Texas)
"As I seek God's will for myself and my prodigal husband, I find guidance from Him through my sister in law. As I struggled if I should invite my husband to Christmas eve, she sought God’s will for me. She got an immediate answer that kindness is never out of fashion, so I invited him. My husband accepted, drove hours to and from my home to be with me and our children and grandson. We went to church, he kissed me publicly and we had a wonderful family time. God's will and timing is perfect." (Ohio) (posted 12/30/2009)
“A few days ago I wrote an email to my husband that our oldest son was coming to visit me and my daughter this weekend. I thought it would be nice if my husband would come. God has provided many wonderful meetings with my family in recent weeks, so I had not been praying for the following weekend. I wanted to show God that I can be patient. Yesterday my husband said that he's going to come. Praise be to God. He knows our desires.” (Germany) (posted 8/24/2012)
"PTL during this Holy Week my husband, who wants to leave us, spent the day with our daughter whom he had been neglecting. He took her shopping to buy baby gifts for our baby, and sent me a text that said,'love you.' We have a long road, but thanks be to God for showing me during this Holy Week all things can be resurrected." (New York)
"My wife moved out. My daughter wanted to live with her. I gave
it to the Lord. After many months, the Spirit touched my
daughter's heart in church one morning, and since then she has
been on fire for the Lord. Only God could have pulled that off.
I prayed, I took her to church, and I set an example for her.
God did the rest." (Nevada)
“Praise God my prodigal has just relocated to be near home. He says it is mainly to be near our child. This is a miracle because communication was scarce. With God nothing is impossible.” (England) (posted 8/3/2013)
“After being separated for several months, God brought my wife back, only after I myself reconciled with the Lord first and finally gave my marriage into His hands. God drew me closer to Him and not only did my wife come back home, but came back with the desire to seek God and put me as her head and leader where God wants me to be. Remember, God comes first and He'll take care of everything else, EVERYTHING! Never give up standers, God does have perfect timing. Don't believe in the devil's lies. Prodigals do come home when lead by God! I can’t stop thanking my Savior Jesus Christ! Pray and seek God” (Texas) (posted 2/12/2013)
“I was called to stand a few years ago. In these last few years I have seen the Lord constantly at work at my spouse's heart, especially in this past year. We are divorced in the eyes of the court, and my spousal support is due to run out soon. I am not able to work outside the home because of our childrens' needs, and the spousal support is how I pay the house payment and a lot of our bills. This week out of the blue, he said that he was going to petition the court and extend the spousal support because he doesn't want us to have to move. This is the second time this year that he has been moved to help us in a big way. Several months ago he asked the court to raise the child support amount. The judge was very surprised, and told us she doesn’t remember that ever happening in her court before.” (Michigan) (posted 1/10/2012)
"The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." Proverbs 18:10 (posted 10/16/2009)
“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) (posted 1/14/2013)
“God's Word convicted me. James 3:16:For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. I had asked my husband long ago to forgive me for not being a godly woman during our marriage, but I had asked out of self ambition (to get him back) and not out of obedience to God. So I started praying for the opportunity to have this conversation with him. Right before he was to come over Satan started working on me, ‘You've already asked forgiveness. You're going to upset him.’ But I heard God say, ‘Error on the side of obedience.’ I asked my husband for forgiveness and he then asked me to forgive him. He HAS NEVER asked me that AND he said he prays for me every night! I give God all the praises! Keep standing for your marriage! God is working even when we don't see it!” (Arizona) (posted 7/30/2012)
"The Lord is so good. Sometimes when I need encouragement I pray
that God will give my spouse any excuse to call me. Last week I
said that prayer and ten minutes later my spouse called about
something insignificant. If God is doing all those things that I
see, there is no telling what He is doing on the other side of
the mountain that I cannot see. To God be the glory." (Arkansas)
"I recently saw my husband and he has put his wedding ring back
on. I am keeping the faith and pray that God makes a way for my
husband to communicate with me about our marriage." (Maryland)
“Glory be to God our provider who sees our hearts and knows our needs. My suddenly happened and my husband is home. I know it is still a long way to go before total restoration, but I see the glory of God daily in our lives. Thank you RMM for all the support and showing me the way when I was hopeless.” (South Africa)