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 suddenly moment happened after months of praying for my husband. I prayed that morning that the Lord would surprise me somehow through my husband and that night, He did. The date was a special date to the both of us and God knew it. My husband came home changed, PTL. The Lord is continuing to restore us and renew our hearts towards Him. I will forever be thankful to RMM and all your prayers. Don't give up, God never will!”  (Florida)

"My prodigal husband returned home Thanksgiving Day. We married the very next day. Our children joined us to celebrate this long awaited day. God is faithful and His timing is perfect." (Florida)
“My husband and I have been divorced three years. I had no thoughts of reconciliation because our marriage had been very troubled. But God! The Lord began to work and cleanse my husband during this period. He drew closer to Christ and began to pray for our broken marriage. Recently, I found Rejoice Marriage Ministries and I also began to pray for a new marriage. Praise God we have reconciled! We are more in love than we ever were and we will remarry soon. Best of all, my husband now has a real relationship with Christ. He now has rejoined our church and we attend as a family.” (Ohio)

“God is amazing! My prodigal left but I told him I loved him and would be praying for the restoration of our marriage. Praise God my prodigal is home. I still believe that he is being blinded by Satan but in my darkest moments I surrendered my life to Christ. God became so real to me. I see things now the way Jesus does. God is still working on my heart. I am not giving up. He is my Comforter, Counselor and Healer. I stand amazed at the strength God has given me. I know without a shadow of a doubt God will completely restore my marriage. My God is so big, so strong and so mighty there is nothing my God cannot do! Proverbs 3:5-6.”  (South Carolina) 

"I give Jesus all the praise because my husband is almost moved back in. Most of his belongings are back in the house and he is selling his apartment furniture. I continue to believe that his heart will move spiritually back home to Jesus as well. Nothing is impossible with God." (Canada)

PTL! My husband had filed for a divorce. The day of our hearing, the judge asked my husband’s attorney to make his statement and my husband stood up and said ‘I DO NOT WANT THIS DIVORCE, I WANT MY WIFE BACK.’ That was definitely my suddenly. I went alone and prayed for the Almighty God to carry me through this hard day and soften my husband’s heart, that today would be the time to do it Lord.  PTL, He came through just when I needed Him. Always have faith in the Almighty Lord, He is working in your favor even when it doesn’t seem like it. Never give up, God will never disappoint you. I was very weary at first, but God showed me He is always there. He loves you and your spouse. God bless and I will be praying for all prodigals and standers forever. Believe in His Word and have faith. It’s so powerful.” (New York)

We praise the Lord for one of our local recently restored couples who will be renewing their wedding vows this weekend at a North Carolina church.
"My husband and I were separated for months and it was very difficult. I began to stand for my marriage as the Lord requested me to. I sought God during that time and He answered me. My husband is back home and is getting closer to the Lord. Praise the Lord for my marriage is built upon a solid rock." (South Africa)
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, after 13 months my prodigal returned from the far country.  I read to treat your spouse Christlike and be obedient to God's Word and let Him guide me. I allowed God to become my intimate partner and made my bedroom my sanctuary where I could read Charlene Cares email and meditate with no interruptions. I learned to really pray and lean on God and not the flesh. I realized I had always been too needy and was a bottomless pit in relationship to my spouse. I changed, and my prodigal sensed the new me.  The joy in knowing that I was being obedient to God's word catapulted my whole family into the process of a healed marriage.   (Louisiana)

“Men, it is difficult for us to wait for a prodigal wife. Images come to our mind that kill us. But STOP! They are lies from the enemy. I had many months of complete and utter silence from my wife until I gave in to God's will and trust. One month later she came back with tears, fear, and a greater love. Remember to pick up your cross and follow Christ. God will renew your home, just as He is rebuilding mine. Amen!”  (Texas)

 "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)

“My suddenly happened on Saturday. And it came totally different from what I ‘dreamt’ and ‘hoped’ for. After many months of separation and hardly any communication, the OW broke off the relationship with my husband so he had nowhere to go. She phoned me to come to her house to basically come and get him and his stuff. Oh dear, everything just went so horribly wrong when he saw me.... I just kept praying and praying for strength and to zip the lips. He eventually came home hours later, moved into the spare bedroom downstairs, and he is a ‘stranger’ to me. I will keep on praying for the divine work of the Lord in our marriage and for His breath of life and the salvation of my husband. PTL for bringing my prodigal ‘home.’ He is under the same roof now and the rest will come in God’s perfect timing.”  (New Zealand)

"I don't know if you will remember me from your early days. My husband(name) came to visit you after we reconciled. He and I are stilltogether and it has been ten years. My friend (name) and her husband are also still reconciled. We were talking today and saying that weare so grateful for the support this ministry gave us as we walked through that time in our life. I gave someone your web site addresstoday who is just starting to stand for her marriage. This is thefirst time I have been to the web site and did not know about it until(name) gave it to me today. I know God is blessing. Thank you for yourlove and faithfulness." (Texas)

“Praise God, my wife is home! Through many months I heard all the things read about on this site. I saw the ugly emotions and heard the ugly way prodigals talk to standers. I was told there was no chance, she had her free will. There was no sign in the natural that she was close; circumstances did not point to her coming back. But God! My suddenly happened, out of the blue. Now she is invested in me, the kids, and the future. God's ways are higher than our ways and it will come to pass in His timing! I read the Saturday testimonies and never thought I would be able to post. Hold tight standers. God cannot lie. There will be a day where God will move and all your reality will change for his Glory."  (Arizona)

“My divorce was suppose to be final in December. Like He has so many times before, God blocked it from happening. My husband called me to say he did not want a divorce and wants to go to counseling. He called a marriage counselor and we have an appointment. Thank you for pointing me to God and His Word so I could have the strength to fight.” (Texas)
"Surrendering my husband to the foot of the cross was the hardest thing I have ever done. I knew this ordeal was about me and my faith. God has blessed me with a few fantastic Christian friends who have held me up in those darkest hours. God showed me that my husband needed my respect, just as He calls my husband to love me unconditionally. My husband wasn't in the Word, but I was. Praise God. Last night my husband said he wanted me to know he was days away from the door for good, however he saw a change in me. That change was Jesus shining through me. I thank God for his faithfulness. My husband and I have much work to do and I continue to pray for God's will to be done." (New York)

"I thank God for restoring my marriage. What seemed to be dead a few months ago has been given new life. One thing that helped me through some of the most difficult days was hearing 'never give up' on my spouse, my marriage, my God. What Satan meant for harm, God has used for good." (Indiana)

“I found this website at a low time in my marriage. God told me to go on a 30-day-fast. Before this time I was praying very fervently. Also when everything first happened I went to God and He said I would not get a divorce but my husband was pushing for one. Once I started to fast God started moving and quickly. I hadn't talk to my husband in months and on the last day of the fast 'my suddenly' came. My husband called and said he was ready to come home. To God be ALL the glory!!!”  (Texas)

"During Holy Week my prodigal who divorced me last year began moving things home. On Easter we spent time with both extended families after no contact with them in years. Hallelujah, Jesus is risen and He is resurrecting our marriage." (Ohio)

"Praise be to God! It has been almost a month since my husband suddenly came home, right before Thanksgiving. It had been almost two years to the day since he said he didn't love me anymore and left. Just as quickly he said he was ready to come home. This was a total surprise to me. Just three months prior he had filed for divorce and had repeatedly told me he would never come home. How great is our God. Thanks so much to the wisdom of Charlyne and Bob and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. My stand will never end, because what was meant for evil is for the salvation of many. Our God reigns!" (New Mexico)

"After a year of separation, my prayers were answered and my wife invited me back home and we are in love again. Praise God." (Pennsylvania)

"My beloved husband has asked me to move in with him in his new house. He said he has been happy with me these last few months since we started seeing each other. Praise The Lord." (Florida)

“Praise God! My husband and I have been separated for many months and he has returned this week. God is restoring our marriage. Thank You Jesus and thank you Charlyne for your ministry.”  (Texas)

“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)

"Today I go to the hospital to sit with my mother-in-law in ICU. My husband is home now, and this is my first chance to see her and my opportunity to share Jesus' love for my mother-in-law, not yet saved. I am praising the Lord and asking for the wisdom Jesus promised." (Ohio)

“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)

 "God is so faithful. My prodigal husband has returned home after six months of living with the other woman."  (Michigan)

"I need to update that praise report I sent yesterday. My repentant prodigal is home! He called last night to tell me thankyou, again, for being so nice to him. He was very emotional, saying he wasn't worthy of another chance. He refused to come over, but I finally told him I was turning on the porch light and would keep it on until he took that step of faith we had talked about earlier. He was here an hour later. He said as soon as he saw me yesterday he knew I was the only real thing in his life.  (That counterfeit thing you talk about Bob!) He told me he loves me, put his wedding ring back on, said he is completely committed to making this marriage work, and wants us to get counseling. Praise the Lord! He is awesome indeed!"

"My husband’s been home for a month. God gave me Psalm 107:28-31, revealing that our storm has been stilled, that our marriage is being restored. I know it's because God has finally gotten through to me and I am putting Him first. This past weekend we attended a marriage conference. My husband told me he is committed to me and mostly to our Lord. We've had some great moments. I thank God for this season. I know He needed to straighten me out, and now I know how to be a better companion. I give God the glory." (Texas)

"I wrote in the past about my wife and I being separated and then planning for divorce. By God's grace, we have reconciled. I moved back in our home in early December, just before our anniversary. We had a re-commitment ceremony at our church on Saturday and are now on our second honeymoon." (South Carolina)
"God is working miraculously each day, changing personalities of family members so they are not even responding to things that they would have normally. He is answering my prayer, healing relationships and preparing hearts for the day my in-home prodigal says he is staying home for good. To God be all the glory for all he has done and for who He is. If we have Him we can not go wrong." (Pennsylvania)

"My prodigal husband of many weeks returned home today with such a different outlook concerning our marriage. He apologized for hurting us and said to me that marriage is for life. Praise God and thank you so much for your prayers." (Florida)

"Last Sunday my husband came home. He said that he missed us and wanted to come home, if I wanted him to. I told him that he was missed and we wanted him home. I praise God that I was home when he came, because I was supposed to be out of town. Thank you for your ministry which helped me greatly with my stand." (Arizona)

“God brought back my spouse after many years of separation and living in separate countries. I feel doubly blessed for all I went through in the desert. Many people told me to divorce in the beginning, but God put it in my heart that marriage is sacred and that He could restore us. It was worth not giving up and now we have a wonderful testimony to give glory to God. All things are possible with God. Never forget that.”  (Australia)
“God brought me to your ministry when my husband left six years ago. It was a long, hard, battle, but he came back home three years later. Three years ago, on New Year's eve, we renewed our marriage vows. Our marriage was dead, but Jesus is the God of the resurrection. Praise God.” (Kentucky)

"After many months of separation, my husband is home and is going to church with me. I started off with little faith, but I held on to Bible scripture and I started preaching the Word of God to anyone who would hear me. My faith grew as I shared the teachings I was learning. God is a merciful, loving God, who will not leave His faithful servants in shame." (Florida)

“Eight months ago our God restored my marriage just before the  divorce could be finalized. What I tried to do in four months, God did in four weeks! As a man in this world it was a challenge to forgive and accept my wife's return. But the Lord has taken my hand and guided me through. The more I let go and let God, the more God does. I’ve learned to be dependent on God and not myself. God has not just restored my marriage to its past way, but I see Him working and revealing to me and her what He wants to do in our marriage. Standers, God is with you. He will not delay. He loves you and will bless you in so many ways. As my wife and I draw nearer to God, the more Satan’s attacks become defeated by God. Bad memories have less impact and days have become more fulfilling and abundant with joy.”  (Texas)

"I have been standing for over seven years, and at the beginning of my stand I was driving home one evening crying asking God, 'Will he be home by Christmas?' At that moment, I saw a shooting star. God has shown me stars many times as encouragement, during my stand; on the sides of trucks, billboards, in songs etc. Last night when I talked to my husband, he talked about working things out to be able to come back home, this week before Christmas. I cried tears of joy at God's amazing faithfulness, love, and the power of prayer. Praise to our Lord!"  (Minnesota)

"It has been a year since my husband confessed to a pornography addiction which led to immorality. I was more afraid to live than to die. God led us to many resources; counseling, a support group for sexual sin, Bible studies, and daily email from Charlyne. I needed it all, but mostly I needed God's Word ingrained in me. My husband and I are together and God is working a mighty miracle in our marriage, above and beyond what I could ask or think." (North Carolina)
"Praise the Lord, my husband has come home 'suddenly'! Thank you so much for proclaiming that God heals hurting marriages. I learned to forgive my husband for everything, love him unconditionally, and stand for my marriage boldly proclaiming the word of God - my husband came home. We have been praying together every night. Thanks to your books I knew what to expect and I'm still standing for him to be saved and our marriage completely healed. I will continue to pray for hurting marriages and give my testimony to other couples in crisis." (Maryland)

“After being separated from my husband for some years, I didn't want to pray him back and I felt terribly sad when I heard of the OW. But the Holy Spirit instructed me to pray for marital restoration. I was reluctant at first but I stumbled on this site the following day and I was encouraged. I decided to stand for my marriage. Shortly after, my husband sent me a message praying and thanking me for being a good mother to our kids. I felt it was one of the numerous false starts but to God be the glory, our story has changed because my husband is home and the other woman has finally decided to leave him. Praise the Lord!”  (Nigeria)

"Praise The Lord, my wife dropped the action for divorce and now is ready for me to come home. Only He can work this type of miracle. My spouse has been going to church with me and the reconciliation and restoration happened quickly. How great God is and how wonderful to let Him lead me." (New York)

"God does heal hurting marriages. My husband is not only home in our house but today he came home to our God." (California)

"My wife and I were in divorce court the first of this year. Through your support and encouragement, we are back together and doing better than ever. God has made a way where there was no way. Thank you for all you have done for me in the last year. You may never know just how many times Charlyne Cares spoke to my heart."  (Washington State)

"My husband moved back home this past week. We have been in weekly marriage counseling. My husband made a promise to not speak of divorce again. The Lord does answer prayers." (Michigan)

"My husband went to church with me last Sunday and recommitted his life to the Lord, and wants to restore our marriage. I really believe that God is using my life as a Christian woman with unconditional love for (husband) to also clear a pathway for him to see his way back to God. He wants to do whatever it takes to have us be on the road to learning how to really have and function in a marriage with Jesus being the Lord of our marriage and life together. I am in awe of what I am seeing and hearing from him! He said he wants to study and read the Word together and pray together-bottom line-walk with the Lord together. He told me that he could stand up and tell anyone not to go down the road he was on for all these years. For years I worried about how I could ever trust my husband again. I tell you, Bob and Charlyne, that thought is not even in my head or heart! I have seen and felt his love for me and his deep commitment to want God's way and blessing in his life and our life together as a couple. I will never forget what my husband told me last Monday night, 'I traded in gold for sawdust!' Wow! I am just in awe of what God is doing and look forward to all He has for us in our new future together." (Washington)
"I have just come back from church and a couple who were involved in counseling told me that they were getting married again after four years of divorce. God is so good." (South Wales U.K.)

"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)

“Praise the Lord! My beloved husband came by our home to say that he wanted our marriage to work! Isn't the Lord faithful? Three years ago, the Lord gave me Isaiah 58 to read and led me to this website. To all my fellow standers, continue to love our Lord and walk closely with Him. He loves you, your spouse, and your children. He will get complete glory out of your story! Don't give up on God because He won't give up on you...He is able! Forever standing for marriage and families."  (Georgia)

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