Much of what we do through Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc. is measured against how it would have affected me when Bob and I were divorced, and then after we remarried.
We receive many notices of spouses coming home each week. From that joyful date, it is going to take the couple about two years to heal the hurts, forget that other person, and to reconcile. Only then will they be ready to help other couples. We will never knowingly harm a struggling couple by publishing a premature restoration report. We hear of too many prodigals who leave again, because too much was being said.
These pages are not intended to be a report of all Rejoice restored marriages. Neither are they trophies for this Ministry. They are published to give you hope and encouragement.
"After years of separation, my husband returned home the day before Thanksgiving. Our boys and I had hardly heard from him in months and now, suddenly, he is home. I am praising God for this miracle. I am so thankful that God did not give up on my husband and even arranged a divine appointment with a pastor who spoke the truth to him, which was one of my specific prayers for him. I am thankful that God kept me standing and praying for my husband through some very difficult times. I can't look back on anything that I have gone through and say that it was not worth it when I think my husband was lost and now is found. I know that God will continue to be with us as we deal with all the issues that come with our restoration. God is faithful and nothing is impossible for Him." (Washington State)
“Today is our wedding anniversary. It also marks one month that my husband has been home after many years away. I did not find your website until after Bob's death, but I would like you to know that through his writings I was able to see the truth on the other side of the mountain. I continue to pray daily for my husband and children until I see all the Lord has promised! May all standers be encouraged. God is faithful, loving, merciful and kind. God bless you all.” (Illinois)
"God is so good! My husband is coming home! I`ve followed RMM for almost four years . With a couple of setbacks, third time's a charm. After a few weeks of communication I pick him up from airport next week to come home. Although this is just the beginning God`s work isn't done. I's just begun!! (Michigan)
"My husband came home to us for Thanksgiving. Praise Jesus and His Holy Name. Our Lord keeps all His promises." (Pennsylvania)
"Papers were signed by the judge to dismiss our divorce proceedings. The Standers Affirmation was placed in the file at my request. My husband and I are at peace. We thank Rejoice Marriage Ministries so much." (Virginia)
On Thursday He called and we did chit chat for a bit. He was hungry to know about everyone. He said, ‘I have been so stupid, cannot believe that I could be so drawn away from the Lord. I miss Him and His music.' (He was also a worship leader.) ‘Tuesday morning at 5:00 A.M. the Lord woke me up with an urgency to go to Deuteronomy 30. I got my bible and read it. The Lord told me this was my last chance to be obedient, so I am leaving Iowa in the morning. I called (son) this morning and I will go to Texas. I don't know how long I will be there, but then I will be home. I love you and I am so sorry' On the morning of February 22nd, my prodigal loaded his stuff in his little truck and headed south to Texas."
"My husband has returned home six months ago after six years away. He said that he saw the writing on the wall--just when I was about to give up. He is now going to church with us. It just amazes me that God freed my husband from what held him captive all these years practically overnight. I would have given up had it not been for your encouraging and sometimes eye-opening messages." (Florida)
"I was invited back home after a long separation. My spouse and children need to heal. I know God is working. I only need to keep my eyes on Him." (Ohio)
"I praise and thank the Lord as He brought my husband home to us last night. I am so thankful for my deepened relationship with my Lord and for being made a new creature in Christ. May I never forget this experience or become lazy, but worship and grow with our Lord every day. For it was Him alone that brought my beloved husband home." (Maryland)
“PTL! After many months of separation, ignorance, and threats of divorce from my husband, out of the blue, he came to spend New Year’s Eve with me! We had an amazing conversation and I was pleased to hear that he had taken a look at and has begun to own up to his own wrongs through our marriage and was no longer solely blaming me! He told me that this was a positive move in the right direction for us and was very loving. My walk with Our Lord through this time has been life changing! Being an advocate of standing for my marriage had many looking at me as though I were crazy, but I followed exactly what the Lord has told me to do - to keep standing with love and kindness. My husband mentioned this great change in me and I can see how my walk with the Lord is inspiring him. The Lord kept asking me if I was ready this whole holiday season and I said "YES!" Now we are taking it slow and on the mend. I am giving the Lord all of His due glory!” (Pennsylvania)
"Praise the Lord my husband came home for Christmas. It was a complete surprise. God has been so good and faithful during this trial. He has given me many promises and scriptures. The Lord gently and patiently directed my steps. He has changed my heart for my husband and allowed me to love him unconditionally and deeper than ever. I am so to excited be on the path of restoration." (New Hampshire)
"I walked out of my marriage in 2003 and quickly realized that I had made a mistake. After many mistakes that Charlyne warns against- seeking man's methods of restoration. I found myself lost and alone or so I thought. Then I discovered God's views on life, love, marriage and salvation. The road to restoration was frightening at first, but as I grew in the Lord and the more I focused on Him, the more I understood unconditional love and forgiveness. After being humbled and forgiven. My marriage was restored two years later. Now, I have the life and marriage that is founded in the Lord. In December, we celebrate our one year anniversary again. Praise the Lord. Rejoice Ministries was a lighthouse in my storm of martial problems." (Pennsylvania)
“I left my spouse years ago. I was the prodigal but many months ago I became the stander. My situation seemed hopeless. My husband’s life was out of control. I was devastated. I prayed unceasingly. I gave up many times and just when I started to think there was no hope, my suddenly came completely unexpected. My husband came to me and told me he loved me and wanted to reconcile our marriage. I see now that if I had just been still and let God be in control it could have happened much sooner. PTL! God is faithful.” (Canada)
"My husband left suddenly and has been home now for a year and a half. So much has happened in that time. God has become Lord of my life, but even more important is that my husband surrendered his life to Christ. Now we have a Christian home. God has led us to buy our first home together. I've learned lessons in faith that will always help me. My husband's beginning to learn, knowing how God has led me. What an incredible blessing to hear him pray. It's worth it all." (Ohio)
“My husband went into the far country and was involved with another woman. I felt lost but knew in my heart the Lord was calling me to stand. The Lord got me through. He gave me so many promises and so many people saw His miracles including me moving back home. I am truly blessed and know the Lord is still working in our hearts. Today my husband asked if we were going to do the ‘Love Dare.’ Victory is won. Praise the Lord.” (Washington)
"Once I understood that I had to let go and let God, my marriage was restored. My prodigal is home, attending church, going to counseling, and has established a new circle of godly friends. Thank You Lord for letting me see Your light through all the darkness." (California)
“Praise, glory and honor to God and my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I filed for divorce due to many circumstances. This weekend, I discovered the prayers here on this website and prayed them for three nights over the weekend. Last night, my husband called me, with a convicted heart, asking me to withdraw the divorce petition and to reconcile. Glory to God!” (Georgia)
"PLT! After being separated for many months, my husband texted me and asked if he could come home. I said yes. He arrived with all of his items packed in his car. I stepped into my suddenly season and received my long awaited breakthrough. God does hear and answers our prayers. His word will not return to him void. Thank you Charlyne and RMM for teaching me to be patient and trust in the Lord with all my heart. Your daily devotionals have been a blessing to me. I will continue to pray for all standers and prodigals to come home suddenly as mine did. To God Be The Glory." (Michigan)
“I am praising God for my husband's return to our home. We spent a wonderful Father's Day together and just last night we went out with friends from our church and he remarked on how nice it was to be home with our kids. I know there is still a long road ahead of us and a lot of things that God needs to work out for us. My trust is in Him for a total restoration of our marriage, a true miracle and for our marriage to be a testimony to our children of forgiveness and God's amazing power to change people. Thank you for your continued prayers.” (Florida)
"My marriage has been restored after months of separation. Even though my husband became a daily part of our lives before Thanksgiving, he didn't want to come home until after Christmas. I didn't rush him but allowed the Lord to work on his heart and now he has moved back in and wants to become a member of my church. Praise the Lord." (New Jersey)
“Praise God for our marriage restoration. My husband is home some months now after being gone for a couple of years. He had an affair and was never coming home as he had meet the woman of his dreams. But God had other plans. My husband called me on New Year’s Day out of the blue wanting to try again. Our awesome God had spoken to him powerfully that day and turned my husband homeward. My husband has repented and is slowly turning his life around. Jesus, I trust in You.” (Ireland)
"After being home for several months, my spouse told me he is tired of being weighed down by his guilt. He met a minister from our church today, and said he wants to go to church Sunday after being away for years. I love You Jesus." (Texas)
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!
“Recently God has been doing great things. Despite divorce, my prodigal and I are staying under the same roof. I have had some bad times but the Father always brought me joy. Throughout this entire trial I have been trusting in Jesus and He has not failed me yet. I am encouraged to see this through to total restoration.” (Florida)
"My husband and I separated for several months. I was an emotional wreck. I began praying and believing God for my miracle. I later realized I had made my stand an idol. I asked God to forgive me for not appreciating Him and the life He had blessed me with, and for carrying on as if I could not live. That same night my husband came home. Bless the Lord." (Illinois)
“We want to share our family's joyful testimony and encourage all standers to never give up on God and know there is no mountain He can't move. This week we celebrated the anniversary of our marriage which God restored years ago and the next day the high school graduation of our daughter who had been diagnosed with severe autism as a young child. She will start college soon. Praise God ALL things work together for good for those who love the Lord.” (Louisiana)