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!



"Contact has become more frequent with my husband. At the end of our last conversation he said Happy Valentine's Day. I didn't think he would even remember Valentine's Day. God is faithful. He needed that time to change me." (Canada)

"My husband called me just to say good morning. The next day he came to see our daughters and I caught him staring at me. I thank God for allowing me to see that He is working on my husband. Thank You, Jesus." (Georgia)
“I have been divorced for many months and my wife wanted nothing to do with me. After loving her unconditionally and being willing to do anything and everything she asked of me, her heart is being softened by our Lord. Yesterday, she asked if I would support her in changing her job. I was shocked that she asked and wanted my support. I got the opportunity to talk with her about it and at the end I held her hand and prayed over her. I praise God that He is working in her heart. I believe that our marriage is restored and our suddenly will come at God's perfect timing. I will never give up on God or my wife. PTL!” (Texas)
"My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken." Psalm 62:1-2

"My Husband said he was going with his uncle to the men's breakfast at church and that he needed his suits so he could go to church, ‘since Easter is coming.' I have been praying for him to return to church." (New York)

“All praises be to God, He is faithful. I asked the Lord this weekend to fill me with His love. I just wanted to feel the presence of the Lord. God showed up in so many ways. On Friday God revealed to me that if I just stay the course and trust Him He will lead us all the way. He also told me of how when oysters get a grain of sand on the inside of them they become irritated and they push to get the sand out. Through the struggles, they produce a valuable pearl as the end result. God was not finished. My husband called us today and I was able to ask him if he was saved. I also asked him if the Holy Spirit spoke to him, would he be willing to listen and he said yes. What a mighty God.” (Texas) 
"I thank God that my prodigal husband took me and the kids out to dinner for my birthday and bought me a gift. He also came to church last Sunday. God is faithful." (Canada)
“The Lord has answered my prayers. Our family is reunited after a long and painful separation. We have a long way to go, but the Lord is faithful. My husband is unemployed and has been since the time we have reunited, but God is our provider. The Lord is using me to provide for my family and I believe in this way He is opening my husband’s eyes to the truth. My husband has turned away from the OW and is now striving hard to receive God’s blessing. I believe this has made me closer to God and stronger in prayer. I feel the Lord is guiding me every day in how to trust Him and not fear. Standers, God uses the toughest situations to build your faith and in the end you will say, I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day. 2 Timothy 4:7-8. Praise the Lord.”  (Arab Emirates)
“As I was driving to work this morning, I was praying and crying out to God with all sorts of questions that have been on my mind about how and when He will bring my husband home. Just then, I looked to my right and saw a van that said, “Everlasting Homes, Inc.”and under it said, “Restoration Specialist.”God is the Restoration Specialist and only in Him can an Everlasting Home be rebuilt. Only He knows how and when, but I trust and believe as He says, that He will do it.”  (Minnesota) 

"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)

"PTL! My father had encouraged me to ask (more like demand) for money from my prodigal for a specific medical need. I prayed about it instead and God answered, through my husband! He blessed me financially and when I asked why, he just said because he wanted to and it was overdue. I just thanked him and praised the Lord for his perfect timing, and allowing me to see again He is in control of the situation 100%, not my prodigal or even me, Amen!" (Texas)

"I want to give God glory and honor for giving me the strength and peace to continue my stand for the restoration of my marriage. Having this relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ has made me realize that it is not about me but His Glory that will come out of this trial, and He has a purpose in my life as well as my spouse’s." (New Mexico)
"Today my prodigal called me at work twice. He wanted to help pay the children's medical bills. Some of these bills date back without him previously offering to help. He had even called the hospital to find out about financial assistance for me." (South Carolina)
“I should be upset that once again my husband has gone back to the OW, but God's Grace is amazing. During these times when she is out of his life, the kids and I see the gentle and caring man he is. We can see he wants to come home...but shame, guilt and Satan tells him he can't. So, my husband heads back to the prodigal pen and we see anger and frustration. But God! Each time back with her is shorter and the man who returns to us each time is more caring. I know my husband is going to turn his life back over to the Lord and come home soon. I had to give it all to the Lord and surrender every day. It hurts to see my love hurt so badly, but I know my Heavenly Father is in control. I trust and believe that my suddenly is coming. Please never lose hope, walk in faith and keep your eyes on Him. He is moving our prodigals' mountains and lifting you out of the valley. God bless you all, you are always in my prayers.”  (California)
"Finally I heard something I've waited 9+ years for. My prodigal specifically asked me to pray for him! I said he had no idea of the many prayers being lifted up for him and he replied "Honestly, I think maybe the prayers should stop for a little bit." PRAISE GOD, He heard my cry! My heart rejoices that He moves on the other side of the mountain!! This was my suddenly for today. Never give up, God is faithful! Thank you LORD, and thank you Charlyne (and staff) for your constant prayers and encouragement for our families."  (Virginia)
"I heard a sermon about putting action behind your faith. Right away I thought of my anniversary which was approaching. I immediately made reservations at a nice restaurant and told my wife. She said there was no way she was going to celebrate something she was trying to end. On the day of our anniversary I decided that I would go without her. She called that day to say she would go. God was faithful as I was obedient." (Texas)
"I just received an email from my prodigal telling me that our June final court date has been moved to November. This was totally unexpected and I knew nothing about it. May God use this time to bring my husband home." (Illinois)
“It has been a long wait but I did not give up. Every time I was discouraged and wanted to give up, this website and the daily emails always gave me the reason and courage to believe in God more and to hold on. My husband is home! If the Lord has done it for me, even me, He can do it for anyone. He never answers too late. He answers when we are ready. Do not give up. Keep praying for your spouse and God will do it. Pray ,pray, pray but you must also believe that the prayer is going to move even those we think can never change. The Lord is able. Do not give up.”  (Minnesota)
"I prayed and fasted for my husband to come home. There has been no communication for years. All I had to lean on was God's promise to me that He would restore my marriage. This week my husband contacted me out of the blue. I had specifically asked God to let me hear from my husband. Even though my husband thinks divorce, God has softened his heart to talk to me and stay in touch. I know that my marriage restoration must be on the way. Praise God." (South Carolina)
"As I was on my way home, I turned on the radio and it was playing praise music. I sang along and continued praying for the restoration of my marriage. I asked God to give me a sign that He is hearing my prayers and suddenly a van merged in front of me. The van said 911 Restoration. I remembered Amos 9:11: 'In that day, I will restore David's fallen tent. I will repair its broken places, restore its ruins and build it as it used to be...' Praise God for this sign. Even though we are still divorced, I know God will restore our marriage in His time." (California)
"Last Monday the divorce dismissal was signed. My husband, though still out of our home, spent most of the weekend with us. He came to church with us on Sunday and the church body welcomed him back. Next week will be three years that my husband has been gone, but I never gave up the hope of Jeremiah 32:27 for our marriage; 'Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; Is there anything too hard for Me?' God continues to work His miracles." (California) 
"God has shown me He can do anything. My husband is now divorced from the other woman and is spending more time with me and our kids. God is rebuilding our friendship. We were together in church on Christmas Eve and he was here on Christmas morning. He is attending church and has apologized for all of the hurt he has caused me." (Florida)
“My husband came back after many months of separation. On many occasions I wanted to give up, but your website encouraged me and my suddenly came one night when the Holy Spirit said to me He is coming back very soon. I asked God how long is Your soon and within an hour he was home. Never give up because God is working on the other side. I am still in awe of what God can do if you believe.”  (South Africa)
He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth- the LORD God Almighty is his name. Amos 4:13
“My husband's younger sister died suddenly and I have seen how God has used even this saddest of occasions to bring us closer. I prayed that I would be able to comfort my husband based on the scripture God has given me repeatedly which is Ezekiel 36:35-36. ‘And they will say, this land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited. Then the nations that are left all around you shall know that I am the Lord; I have rebuilt the ruined places and replanted that which was desolate. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it.’ PTL on the day of the funeral as my husband broke down in tears, I was able to go to him, hold him close to me and publicly comfort him as he stood and sobbed into my arms in front of a very packed church. It was through this sister that I met my husband and of course the OW will NEVER have the memories we share. She did NOT attend the funeral! God is still in control.”  (United Kingdom) 
"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." Colossians 3:13-15
My precept study sister introduced this website. Charlyne has stirred my heart to be stander for my prodigal to turn back to the Kingdom of God. Yes Ialso desire to memorize God's precious words in my heart. I am learning during my 4mth of ordeal. I desire to draw near to the Lord and have a deeper relationship with Him. Jesus is the center of my life, nothing else matters, nothing in this world will do, Jesus you the center, everything revolves around you..... I sang this song everyday and take every word in my heart.  (Singapore)
"I had a small glimmer of hope yesterday once again. My wife asked me if I wanted my Christmas ornament back that had my name on it. I told her I wasn't worried about it. She responded that she couldn't throw it away and wanted someone to make use of it. Praise God He does speak." (North Carolina)
"PTL! My husband called this weekend and said 'Can you come get us?' I picked up my family not five minutes away and brought them home. Bags packed, food in hand, happy faces and joy in my heart - I brought my family home that late midnight hour. God is working on the other side of the mountain. As far as I am concerned my marriage has already been restored. I know that God is faithful to complete what he started."  (Washington)
If there is“My husband came home last weekend. I cried when he asked me if he could. It has been a very long hard road and definitely a lesson in life, but our loving father never let me go. Even when I felt I wasn't worthy of His love, He gave me strength, unconditional love and peace in my heart when things were bad and I wanted to give up. Thank you for your ministry. It reminded me who to turn to and to keep believing my Father cared. It has been three long years, but because of our Father in heaven, I have changed so much. I know the journey is not over, just started a new chapter and I will need the Lord even more now. If He can help me through the past three years, I know He will be with me the rest of the way. Don't ever give up. There were many times I felt like it, but the Lord always brought something or someone in my path to keep my faith going.” Praises to our loving Father and thank you again for your ministry.” (California)
"Last fall I prayed for God to send me a mentor. He brought a retired pastor and his wife to our church. Now that they do not run a church but they disciple new believers to get them rooted in the Word. I learned last week they are moving across the country to be closer to their children. When I heard the news, I thought of Charlyne and how her prayer partner was removed shortly before Bob returned home. I thank God for bringing them into my life and the many lives they will continue to bless. Never give up standers, this couple has a restored marriage of 40 years! Praise God! Not only a restored marriage but a living example of an entire family touched and changed by God's love, mercy and grace. Amen!"  (Illinois)
“Yesterday my husband called inviting me and my daughter to his home. He asked if we could stay the night. We had a blessed time.”  (Germany) 
“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)

"Although my husband left and moved in with the other person, I sent my husband a text to wish him a Happy Valentine's Day and let him know he was loved and always welcomed home. He texted back. I praise the Lord for this sign of encouragement." (Colorado)

“My husband came back slowly. It started on my birthday, then all of a sudden he is living with us again. There have been some really good days, but also some very hard days. On the hard days I just zip the lips. It works. This is all God´s work! Don’t give up. So many people can’t be wrong. Maybe we seem like a bunch of crazies, but so did Jesus when He walked on this earth. So better to be crazy than normal if it means we resemble our Lord a bit. My life will never be the same again; since I met Jesus and His love for me, life matters. Key words for me were: Thankfulness, apologize, zip the lips, offer the hard times for someone in need.” (Mexico)
“Praise be to God. I had been having problems in my marriage for a long time and when I couldn’t take it anymore I sinned against God and my marriage. A former colleague introduced me to your site and it changed everything; the way I looked at things and how I handled my issues. I began trusting God to take control of my marriage and I found peace. Things started improving between my spouse and me. We are struggling with trust issues but I leave it to God. He knows us better than anyone and the battle belongs to him. I believe I have won and my total rejoicing is just around the corner, praise be His holy and mighty Name.” (Kenya)
“My husband emailed me today after a long time of no contact. He asked me for my new phone number. He remembered that I got a new one but he couldn’t find it and he gave me his new number. I have been very down lately with circumstances and no contact from him. I prayed just yesterday that I needed a positive sign that God wanted me to continue waiting. I asked that He would have my husband respond in a positive way. My husband asking for my number is shocking to me. That tells me he has been thinking of me. I am excited to see what is coming next!”  (Louisiana)
“Although my divorce did go through in the eyes of the court a few weeks ago, I know that the Lord will rebuild what the locusts came to destroy! I have had so many signs in the past few weeks that my assignment from God is to continue to stand. I was also able to share a word about standing on my local Christian radio station last night. One of my prayer partners told me that Satan would not try too hard to destroy something that was already dead. I will not quit until the devil has to! I will stand and believe forever! “  (Minnesota) 
“My prodigal wife left some months ago. I had to switch job roles within my company around the same time and the Lord gave me a third job at a well known freight carrier to make ends meet. The Lord picks me up when I start to get weak. He placed a Covenant Transport truck in the door next to where I was unloading. When that one was loaded, he placed another one in the same door. I could feel God was telling me, ‘I'm right here next to you.’  Praise God for I know my marriage will be restored!”  (Oklahoma) 
"I sometimes have moments when I wonder if God hears my prayers. He never fails to show that He does. One evening my husband stopped by my house to check on me and the kids. He came into my room, gave me a kiss and told me he loved me. I was so grateful that I couldn't go back to sleep and started praising the Lord." (Georgia)
"I have a praise report. After 15 months of waiting and praying, my husband came home to a loving, changed woman. God worked on me mercifully and He is currently working on changes and healing in my husband. It is scary, confusing and unnerving at times because I don't know what to do or say, but I do know that the Lord is with me and drawing my husband nearer to Him. We are learning to love each other again. Without your devotions I could not have made it!"
"I am praising God that my teenage daughter returned from a mission youth trip with a renewed faith in our Lord. I had forced her to go due to a conviction from God that I needed to be sure she went. She loves the Lord and church, and is once again a joyful child. She even encouraged her father who no longer lives with us to attend one church service with her, which he did. Thank You Lord for this gift of encouragement." (Virginia)
"I found this site when my husband and I separated. During the separation, my relationship with Jesus has grown. His love for me is beautiful. God has restored my life and my marriage."  (North Carolina)
“When my wife left with our children I felt the call of God to stand in the gap for her salvation and the restoration of our marriage and family. I wanted to know how many marriages are had been restored (I like statistics, facts). The only answer the Spirit led me to believe was Bob Steinkamp's: ‘No one can give an accurate statistic because not everyone reports back when the marriage is restored.’ I've got the answer that I needed: God defies human statistics He keeps no record of wrongs!” (Maryland)
"But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.' 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."   Mark 10:6-9

"Praise to our Father God, prodigals do come home. I prayed, scared and hopeful at the same time. I am happy to say God changed my husband's heart and mine. We are like newlyweds all over. He is going to church again and reading his Bible. We are praying together, and planning to attend a marriage conference. My prayer is that we would boldly proclaim the gospel of Christ with our lives and win others to Him. Your daily devotions were full of scripture and encouraged me in my stand. I thank God for you." (North Carolina)

“PRAISE THE LORD!! I knew the Lord and Holy Spirit were talking to my husband. After several weeks of intense prayers my husband said he wanted us to be friends. I remembered one of Charlyne’s devotionals about starting as friends.... I accepted the offer to be friends. The next evening he called me to say ‘Your prayers have been answered..... she moved out.’ I managed to remain calm and supportive. I can see things changing and God is softening my husband’s heart.... Praise God with all the glory!”  (Illinois) 
"Praise the Lord! My husband has come back from the far country. He came to the house and asked to move back in. He said he read about divorce in Leviticus. He also was sitting at the bar listening to people older than himself complaining about being alone and he didn't want to be one of those people. He said he realized he had someone who loved him unconditionally and a place he could be. Praise the Lord for providing for me and changing my heart. I am not the same person I was when he left. God provided for me and my children's every need. Thank you again for allowing God to work through you and give the Godly wisdom to pass on to others."
"My husband left me years ago and married another woman. Despite all, I kept standing and praying for him. I pray for the other woman too. I claimed all promises of the Lord on my marriage and my husband. Early this year, the marriage ended. Months ago, he contacted me and started rebuilding our marriage. Praise the Lord that He kept His promises and words. Thanks, Charlyne and Bob for this encouraging site." (India)
September 2, 2010 is the day I rededicated my life to the Lord. From that point I've been on the Damascus Road experience. We have been through 3 court dates, 2 divorces cases, and we are still together. I did not give up on my marriage. As hard it was I continued to pray, fast and read my word. My husband is going through something and it is up to me as long as we are still married to pray for him to turn from the hands of the devil. My husband still loves me but has done so much I think he is scared to turn back. I have learned that when GOD is control, no judge or anyone else for that matter can separate us. The scripture I refer to often is, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13(South Carolina)
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