Restored Marriage Testimonies

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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.

Charlyne



Share Your Testimony of Marriage Restoration!

"My husband has decided to return to our family. After praying and fasting, even in those times when I was about to give up because I saw no change, God has performed a miracle. We are on a journey to complete restoration. I will continue to stand for my marriage, as well as those of members in my family. To God be the Glory." (Alabama)

“PTL! A few days ago my husband came home. It was completely ‘suddenly’ as I had received an e-mail from his mom saying he was spending Thanksgiving with the OW. We were also scheduled to have a phone conference with the judge tomorrow- but she is sick and had to reschedule! I don't know what the future holds- but I know WHO holds our future and it is good! I have so many promises and signs from God it fills several pages of my journal! I am trusting God and leaning not on my own understanding. Whenever I start to fear, I rebuke the devil and remember that this battle is not mine- but the Lord's! PTL! Thanks and glory be to God and thanks to RMM!”  (Minnesota)

"Praise God for His faithfulness. As I read about Bob's condition, I thought the best news I could share is the restoration of my marriage. My husband is home and we are waiting for his divorce to the non-covenant to be posted as final, so we can apply for our marriage license. It has been difficult, but God's faithfulness, mercy, and love was always present. I 'got on with my life' by seeking God and serving Him as He led. I was able to go on mission trips, open my home to others, and be available to help my family. Many people did not understand, but to God be the glory." (Maryland)

"Last year God brought my husband home to me suddenly after being divorced for a few years. He had married the other woman but it fell apart and he came back to me. He came to faith in Christ during this time. t time. Even when I tried to give up, God always brought me back. I love my God, who makes all things new." (Texas)

"My husband is home again. After spending a month with us and leaving briefly again, he is home for good. Thank You, God and thank You, Bob and Charlyne, for all your teaching and encouragement. I knew what to expect and where to look for truth." (United Kingdom)
“My husband came home suddenly. This was unexpected. I want to thank you both for your words from our Lord that kept me and is still keeping me on the path. I am continuing to pray for my husband's ededication to God. Ephesians 1:16-23 is a favorite scripture that I prayed for my husband. Our Lord is so good and awesome. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or even think according to the power that works in us. Praise the Lord for His goodness. Prodigals do come home-suddenly!” (Oklahoma)

"Our divorce is gone. Thursday morning the same judge who pronounced our marriage dead years ago, signed papers to vacate the divorce. She happily announced it is as if the divorce never happened. All glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who gives us the victory. Thank You Lord for the grace to stand. Thank You Lord for restoring our family. Thank You Lord for the plans You have for us. Thank You Lord for creating Rejoice Marriage Ministries, providing Bob and Charlyne as Your hands, heart, and voice to care for us, love us, and mentor us as we stand for our marriages. May my husband and I be faithful and moldable in Your Hands as our marriage is restored."  (Oklahoma)

“After over 12 years of separation, my wife came to the church BBQ. It’s been 13 years since she came to church. There were many tears that day before she even arrived. Just when I was trying to understand what was happening, she asked if she could come to the house for the day when I was out as her relationship with her partner is over and she needed some time alone. I gave her a key for my house for her birthday. God is on the move. PTL!”  (United Kingdom)

“My suddenly came just as Charlyne says….suddenly. Just one week before my prodigal’s return, he said there would never, ever be hope for us. He was in a relationship with another woman and seemed happy. A lie from the enemy. Then he called and wanted to talk about us! Just like that. God transformed both him and me. We are so much more in love then we have ever been and the Lord answered every prayer big and small. My husband said he knew where God wanted him to be because of the verses he would turn to in the Bible. They always said the same thing. He was living in sin and God showed him that he needed to return to his family. PTL! God is so good. Believe my friends. My situation looked hopeless, but God! Your miracle could be just around the corner. Keep your eyes on God only. He wants your marriage restored even more than you do!” (Australia)

"After months of separation, God brought my husband home. Last Saturday we renewed our vows at our church. We stood together, holding hands in prayer and thanking God for healing and restoring our marriage. He has changed us both. God gets all the praise and glory." (North Dakota)

“Hallelujah! My spouse has been home for over a year now and it has been challenging at times, BUT God...He has been so good, faithful and direct. What I needed to learn was living out Philippians 4:8-9 and be very, very thankful, spending time praising Him and resting at His feet. Though sometimes I get weary, God answers prayers at His perfect time. One of those is to hear my spouse say thank you and I love you. I got all this recently, quick to praise God! As I was reading the Word, I felt led to Psalm 15 and share this with you, beloved standers. Read verses 4b and 5b, and be encouraged and strengthened once again! All glory to Jesus Christ.”  (Malaysia)

"My husband has returned home days ago after months of separation. He insisted on a divorce the day he left, but praise God for His faithfulness to those who seek him. We serve a mighty and powerful God. My husband now wants to make our marriage work. Thank you, Charlyne and Bob for obeying God's leading." (Louisiana)

"God is so amazing. My husband filed for divorced. I was devastated and didn't know what to do. I turned to this Website by accident and began to stand for my marriage. We were scheduled for court on June 2 and God intervened on that date. The Lord brought my husband back on Father's Day. The best part is that my husband has given his life to the Lord and he's committed to living in God's will. The Lord holds true to His Word and His promises."
"My prodigal returned home recently. I am thankful to your ministry for encouraging me daily to stand and believe. I know that I still need to stand as my spouse needs to be strengthened in the Word, and get his life back on track, but I know all of this will happen in God’s time. My desire and prayer is for God to be glorified in the complete healing and restoration of our marriage, so that we can be a support and strength to other couples. I will continue to pray for Bob, Charlyne, other standers and prodigals."  (Connecticut)

“Well I knew in my heart I would be writing this one day, but in my head I don't think I truly believed it. My wife and I separated. I wanted to stay together, but she pursued a divorce. Very close to the final hearing to end our marriage she began to soften, to change, to open her eyes. We began our restoration about this time last year. Although there have been some bumps along the way, we seem to get over them easier than before with God's help. I am so glad I did not quit on my wife! Keep praying for your spouse and trusting in God's Word!”  (Ohio)

As soon as I was able to let go and let God fully, my marriage was restored, thanks to the Lord. It all happened just like you said it would. God's time is perfect. My husband left the other woman suddenly, checked into the hospital to detox for alcoholism and came home broken and in need of love first to God, then to a praying, standing wife and four children. No questions asked. Zipping my lips  as you said is what is making this all a joyful restoration. It is work in progress. He is now to God's glory the lead vocalist for our church choir. Watching him praise God with tearful eyes is what fills the holes that the enemy tried to bore in me. But God, Praise the Lord. What a mighty God we serve. I hope I can encourage every stander to never, never lose heart. Continue to hold on because just like Charlyne and Bob said it was all worth what we have now. Thank you for being used by God to keep people like us shining the light for our lost prodigals to find their way home. I love you Bob and Charlyne." (New York)

“My husband was gone for a few years, but God brought him home almost a year ago and is healing and restoring. He is awesome! My van broke down in the middle of the road and it is an expensive repair. I have been praying that God would give my husband and me wisdom as to what to do. Today's 5 minute daily devotional from Charlyne was about math. In my spirit, God confirmed to me that the problem was already taken care of. We serve the most amazing, awesome God! God hears and answers all prayers. He brought my husband home and has already taken care of my vehicle. I love You Lord and praise You! Keep praying; keep believing! Revelation 12:11.”  (Oklahoma)

"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)

"A few years ago I was dependent on Rejoice Marriage Ministries to keep me on track while God restored my marriage. If God can soften the heart of my prodigal He can do anything. God wants your prodigal back." (Florida)

“My husband divorced me after 25 years of marriage. On Thanksgiving, he told me that he loved me and wanted to remarry and was grateful for the unconditional love and support that I'd shown. We have been dating and he says we will probably be remarried by spring. I am praying that the ceremony will occur on the same date and time of our first marriage. This past weekend we were looking at engagements rings. I am in a daze. It is like in Psalms 126:1; 'When the Lord turned again the captivity...we were like them that dream...' Had I not had the support and encouragement of Rejoice Marriage Ministries, my hope would have been cast away. Jesus, the Resurrected, does resurrect relationships.” (Illinois)

“I came across this website more than a year ago when my husband and I separated. I had no hope but somehow God never let me give up. We are now back home together and extremely happy. And it truly was suddenly. My husband and I had gone for mediation and were on the verge of divorce...but God! I wish I could share all that God has done during my stand, it was unbelievable! I always believed in God but only through this struggle have I came to really know Him. Standers, please don't give up. Keep standing, keep believing. My husband laughed when I told him before that we would end up together but now all I hear from him is how much he loves me. The road is long and there will be many tears but having your marriage restored...it's an incredible feeling. Even my relationship with my in-laws have improved tremendously. In my wildest dreams I never could have seen our story end this way but God never let me quit.”  (South Africa)

“Praise God for the work He has done in my life. My wife and I were apart, the divorce papers were filed and we were due to go to court in a few weeks. But I prayed and fasted and God heard my prayers. My wife called me and said she wants me to come back home to be a family. Our God is still working on marriages so pray and ask Him to restore. He wants to do it for you as He did it for me.”  (Louisiana)

“I was in the grocery store and was talking with a lady. She and I were sharing our faith. I told her, ‘I have a story to tell.’ I didn't know I would be here sharing my story. Reading the testimonies here today, I heard a small still voice say, ‘Share your story.’ I've been a stander for many years. I'll be the first to admit, it hasn't been easy but God is faithful! For several years I didn’t hear anything from my husband. Then my suddenly came. There were phone calls. He is not the same man, God is changing him. Next thing I know, he came home this past Christmas Eve to give gifts. To God be the glory! Never give up hope. Keep trusting and believing God!”  (Ohio)

"My wife and I were re-married in August and we are on our way to a restored marriage. Thanks for all of your help and encouragement. There have been a few bumps but I'm so positive we will make it this time. I continue to read Charlyne Cares every day. Nothing is impossible!" (Texas)
"God has restored our marriage. My husband has returned home for good after coming and going for a few years. God changed him. My husband rededicated his life to Christ and God has now shown us the vision to begin a ministry in helping couples have successful lasting marriages. He is doing all he can to be the husband and father Christ intended him to be. God is faithful. He can and will restore your marriage. Keep praying!" (Canada)

“I have been standing for some months now and my suddenly happened today. My wife and I really hadn't spoken because of a court order. But the order was dissolved last week and she got in contact to tell me that that she didn't want me back home. Within a week she had hit a lot of financial problems and had asked for my help. She texted me and she said she would go to the courts on Monday to do an immediate dismissal of the divorce. I thank God that she said that but I'm a little scared that she is doing it only because she can't do it financially. Please continue to pray that God softens her heart. Stay strong standers. God does hear our prayers. John 11:41-42.”  (Florida)

"My husband has been home for several months and everything is going great. I would read testimonies about how restored marriages were better than before the prodigal left and I was skeptical. It is true. My husband is more attentive and loving than before we were first married. God brought home a new man. I knew God was going to restore our marriage but I didn't know it was going to be this good. To God be the glory."  (Michigan)

“My patience and prayers have been answered.  Thanks to God, the support of your group and the strength from God to remain patient, tolerant and loving toward my ex-wife, we remarried in our parish church in February, on our original wedding date. Our divorce was final in June of last year and by November my ex wanted to cut off any further contact. Then miraculously, only days later, she was moved to return and wished to put our marriage back together. Thank you for all your prayers and support. Praise the Lord our marriage has been restored.”  (Michigan)

"My husband has been home since September. God is working in our lives. He brought a new job to my husband. It would be easy to say everything is perfect. I have to rely on God's calling in my life to continue to change our family. We spend New Year's playing a kid's game with our daughter. I thank God for allowing that night to happen. I pray Ephesians the sword of the spirit over my family each day and while my husband was gone. I committed to teaching Sunday School at our church. He reminded me what is most important; my family. I have to shut my mouth when I get angry and thank God instead of wanting things my way. I have to remember, 'I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me.' He is restoring my family." (Nevada)

“Praise be to God. My husband is back and this time for good. God never fails. Whenever I felt like giving up, God gave me hope. Exactly a month before my husband’s return God spoke to my heart and said it’s over, he's coming home. Now I see after his return that God has not only convicted my husband and brought him home but He has changed me. Dear standers, things will look really bad just before it settles down. Just claim and hold onto God’s promises because the God we love is a never failing God. Romans 8:28  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  (Sri Lanka)

“Praise God my marriage is restored. My husband texted me out of the blue, telling me he wants his family back, that he loves me very much and our children, and has learned to value me.”  (Nevada) 

“I thank God that this Christmas was different. My prodigal was home to celebrate with us for the first time since 1996. Prayer and faith in God changes things. Only He could take all the bitterness and hurt away to make this a blessed and peaceful time together. Only by submitting to God and letting Him work in our lives could our circumstances change. I give God all the praise and glory for the changes He has made in our lives and for the changes yet to come.” (Missouri)
“My husband suddenly left the other woman yesterday. He asked me if I could store some of his personal items and signed himself into a men's shelter in hopes of getting help to put his life back together Please pray for him to make Jesus his Lord and Savior.” (Illinois)

"To God be the glory. My husband came home suddenly a few days ago. God is good." (Texas)

“My restoration process has begun! Praise the Lord! It was so suddenly, with no indication that it was coming. It's been many months of separation, but standing feels so worth it now. It was hard, but the Lord carried me through, and now He is fulfilling His promises. My husband has agreed to go to counseling together and told me he loves me all in a few hours. It is truly a miracle! At the beginning of our separation, God gave me Isaiah 61:7. My husband also told me he was in the process of buying a house...for us! God is giving me my marriage and a new house to begin our restored marriage in. A DOUBLE PORTION. The Lord is amazing! I love You, Lord!”  (Virginia)

“I have given up a few times in my stand but God has always reminded me He is faithful and to trust Him. Earlier this year I received my suddenly from my beloved, but due to me giving up and detouring it caused us to split up. For months I agonized about missing my suddenly. I attended the Dallas Rejoice on the Road conference and was encouraged by Charlyne praying for me and my beloved. After the prayer, Charlyne told me to continue praying and be prepared to write my testimony. I decided to let go and let God, stop trying to control my spouse coming back to me, seek God for His will for my life, and grow in Christ. During the process God taught me to trust Him to move on the other side of the mountain and that He is faithful. Well to God be all the Glory. My spouse has contacted me to say he is now ready to work on us and reconcile.”  (Texas)

“Using one of your favorite words, my husband ‘suddenly’ told me he wants us to get married again. On Valentine's Day he ordered me new rings. We are like a couple teenagers and he has talked more to me in the last 11 days than he did in over 28 years. God never gives up on us and He wants us to never give up on our spouses. 'Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.' Proverbs 19:21" (West Virginia)

"As soon as I was able to let go and fully let God, my marriage was restored, thanks to the Lord. It all happened just like you said it would. God's time is perfect. My husband left the other woman suddenly, checked into the hospital to detox for alcoholism and came home broken and in need of love, first to God then to a praying, standing wife and our children. No questions asked. Zipping my lips, as you say, is what is making this all a joyful restoration. It is work in progress. He is now to God's glory the lead vocalist for our church choir. Watching him praise God with tearful eyes is what fills the holes that the Enemy tried to bore in me. Praise the Lord. What a mighty God we serve. I hope I can encourage every stander to never, never lose heart. Continue to hold on because just like Charlyne and Bob said, it was all worth what we have now. Thank you for being used by God to keep people like us shining the light for our lost prodigals to find their way home." (New York)

"After months of separation, praise God, I've been back in the house for several weeks now, though my wife says it is still month-to-month. My posting this testimony is for the purpose of claiming Christ's victory in my wife's heart over the enemy's deceit in general. God will open her eyes fully, and quickly with persistent prayer."  (North Carolina)

"Praise God! I kept standing for my marriage and after 6 years of separation we are now back together in our home. We serve a God who can work suddenly. Never give up." (Delaware)
“God has answered in so many ways. There is a change in our relationship. God convicted me of His very personal love for me, which is all I need, and He told me to love my spouse for His Sake, for He loves my spouse. He granted me peace and a new will to fight and pray for my marriage. I thank and praise God for your ministry, which is like a beacon of light in a dark world.” (Illinois)

"Praise God for His faithfulness. After standing for my marriage, God restored it and brought my husband home last year. The pain of our marriage trial has been covered over and is being blessed through our obedience to doing it God's way." (New Hampshire)

“Thank You Lord. My husband came home on Valentine's Day. We still have a long way to go for healing and rebuking princes and principalities, but at least, my other half is standing with me at home. That's a huge part of the battle to victory. Please keep praying for us to regain the honor and level of respect that we should have for each other as spouses.”  (Illinois)

"My husband and I are going through separation and my prodigal has been involved with someone and even filed for divorce. By the grace and mercy of the Lord, we are now attending marriage counseling, dating once a week, and attending church together as a family. I give God all the praise for putting my marriage on the path of restoration." (Georgia)

“After being separated for an entire year, my prodigal spouse made an announcement to my family at Christmas dinner, that he is coming back home to his family!! I was speechless and relieved after confirming what GOD said about not being ashamed. I placed my faith in His Word regarding the things of this world which are to fade away, but His Word and promises are forever! Amen, praise to the almighty Prince of Peace. I know we have a long road ahead of us, but I will continue to put GOD first in everything and I know we'll be fine. We've also begun to look for a new house to move into with our five children. I still hear Him talking to me daily, and I'm overjoyed that this is only the beginning of what He has in store for me and my family. So from now on, when things 'look' bad, I’ll count on my Father to bring me through, He knows what's best for us...GOD is awesome.”  (Georgia)

"Praise God my husband has finally come home after nine months of being separated. While we've been apart God has done so much in my life. I went to church and sure enough God was there for me. I realized the whole situation of my marriage was not about my marriage, but about me. God wanted me to change and I have, my thinking is different and especially my attitude. I found your web site during one of the weeks that I felt like giving up on my marriage. I praise the Lord I found it. Thank you for being there." (Alaska)
If there is anyone who hurts more than the wife of a prodigal, more than the children it's a mom! I heard the faint voice of my 39 year old daughter, attempt to stop crying and sniffles on the phone and a brief outline of what had happened, but I praise God that she had found Charlyne Cares and had already begun to follow the guidelines and seek God's face. Especially ‘Zip the Lip’ was important. The next thing she did was tell me where to go on the web to get daily devotionals which I faithfully read and believed along with her. Though we were 100 miles apart, our hearts were so close. I also ‘Zipped the Lip,’ and now they are a family again, reconciled. Praise and honor to God, our loving Father and Jesus His Son! I keep devotionals I have printed to pass on to others! Your work in leading families closer to Christ is so helpful and Christ honoring! Many thanks." (Missouri)

"Praise the Lord, my prodigal has come home. It was just like Charlyne said it would be; unexpectedly." (Florida)

“My husband came home a few months ago, but he did not come home clean. At first he wouldn't accept my love or God's love, but now he is letting me love him and coming to church with me and starting to get involved there. It has been a struggle and many times I wanted to give up. It actually seemed harder having him home not loving me and the kids than when he was gone, because my circumstance was right in front of me when he came home. I have cried out to the Lord so many times in desperation, and He has given me the strength to continue to do what is right in His eyes. I am trusting the Lord to finish the good work He started in my marriage, and I continue to cling to Him and His promises. He gave me this verse: Exodus 14:13,14. I just want to encourage everyone to NEVER GIVE UP and wait for God's perfect timing. He will NEVER fail you! I love You Lord!”  (Canada)

"My husband and I are entering our ninth month of restoration. Three years ago he began an affair. Thus began my schooling from the Lord of how and why to stand for our marriage. At one point we were within hours of being divorced. All the while the Lord kept encouraging me that this was only the shadow of death not the real death of our marriage. At times the grief was almost unbearable, but the Lord faithfully walked me through each hard day and always provided everything me and our three children needed. Three years and two false starts for home later, I can say the Lord has healed, strengthened, and set our 19 year marriage on a strong foundation. He used Rejoice Marriage Ministries so powerfully to help us. Thank you  forever." (Arizona)

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