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 prodigal came home with a lot of baggage. Through prayer that baggage is being left along the roadside as we travel our journey to complete restoration. Our God is so faithful to never give up on us no matter how many times we cling to the handle of that baggage." (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)

"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)

“I've been standing for almost a year and my suddenly happened a few weeks ago. God used a car accident to open my husband’s eyes. God is in control of all things. My husband was enraged with anger, resentment and bitterness, BUT GOD. I wanted to give up so many times, but I stayed faithful believing that God was going to keep to His promise and bring my husband back home. He has not only returned back home, but we are more in love with each other than ever before. Keep the course, don't give up, the restoration of your marriage can happen at any moment. God was faithful in the midst of my hurt, confusion and loneliness. Thank you Rejoice Ministries for keeping me encouraged and hopeful in the midst of my fear and uncertainty.”  (California)

"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)

"After many years of marriage, my husband walked away and we lost everything we had worked so hard for, including our new home. Now, after 5 years of restoration, we are building a home in the same subdivision. I realized that God has restored what Satan had taken from our family. We have grown children and a child my husband brought home with him that is the apple of our eyes. We also have grandchildren and we all are so blessed to be a family. Thank you for all you've done for us over the past few years." (Virginia)

“God is so good and faithful. My husband has been a prodigal for a year and a half. He has also been living 500 miles away from me and the kids. Unexpectedly, my husband called and said that he wants to move back home. Hallelujah! Never give up. God hears our prayers and answers them, when we are obedient to His call to stand. After that surprising phone call I lay face down on my floor and wept in thanks to my awesome God. I have prayed for so long that God will heal my husband’s heart and He is doing it. Praise God!” (Alabama)

"Our divorce was to be finalized in a week. My husband talked to me and took our home off the market and he is moving back home this weekend. He is putting our divorce on hold for now. Praise the Lord. My prayers have been answered." (Texas)

 "My husband had an affair. For months I fought in my own strength and rules, eventually landing in the hospital. My husband asked for a separation. The situation appeared hopeless. It went from bad to worse. But the Lord has restored our marriage, gave us a fresh start, renewed love and renewed marriage vows. I thank the Lord for the grace He gave me to not give up. My faith, the size of a mustard seed, was enough for Him to move mountains. All Glory to our Mighty Heavenly Father." (South Africa)

“At the county courthouse, with our children holding the rings, tears in their eyes, we remarried. Thank You God for restoring our marriage and our family. I urge you to stand firm regardless of what others say. Please listen to God; He is the One true lawgiver who is able to save.”  (Missouri) 

 "Praise God, He has healed my marriage. After my husband left, I was devastated, but I felt that I must seek God, not the world. It was hard some days, but God put so many people in my life that had gone thru this. I started believing that nothing was too hard for God. We are going to a Christian counselor. I know that God can do anything. Praise be to the Lord." (Texas)

"I can tell you that it is worth it all, drawing closer to God and Him changing me personally. Now I watch as my returned prodigal is beginning to change." (Missouri).

"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)

"I have been on your mailing list for about a year now. The scriptures and inspiration have pulled me through these last 14 months of being separated and almost divorced from my husband. He decided this past Saturday that he wanted to try to be a father and a husband again. Thank you, God, and thanks to your ministry. Now that he is home ourreal work can begin. Keep up the good work that the Lord has given you. Keep praying for this family." (Ohio)

"When Bob and Charlyne shared that our prodigals may come home messy, I had no idea. But God held my tongue and continued to complete the work He started. He is faithful. My husband no longer drinks alcohol, has nothing to do with the other woman, is working regularly, and gives me money toward household expenses. All this without me saying a word. God is good."  (Oregon)

"Praise God, my husband has returned home. Although he is not admitting that it was God who sent him home, I know that it was the Almighty. I knew my prayers would be answered, but I didn't think it would be so quick. We have a lot of work to do and I know we can do it because I refuse to stop standing and praying." (Florida)

“Praise God from whom all blessings flow! After several months of separation from my husband and very little contact during that time, God has sent my husband home. I am a witness that prayer changes things in our lives if we will only believe in the promises of God. To all my fellow standers...NEVER stop praying for your spouse. We as standers must remember we cannot fight this battle with Satan through flesh and blood, we must fight this battle through spiritual tactics like prayer and fasting. Never cease from praying for your spouse and the other woman or man because both need to be forgiven and restored. Begin to confess the promises of God over your marriage and in God's perfect timing, He will restore your marriage.”  (Florida)

"My husband told me he didn't think he loved me. He moved out. He came home after a year. I still hadn't heard the words 'I love you.' He is saying them to me again. He and I are working on our marriage and it is all because of Jesus. God is ever faithful and true. I had to learn that the hard way, but when I finally did put all my trust in the Lord, that's when He moved." (Ohio)

"God is answering my prayers. My husband is back home and now my children can have the joy of having mom and dad together. Thank you Jesus." (California)

God has been good. He has looked beyond my faults and has seen my needs. I was a stander. My husband and I have been separated for some years and towards the end I allowed the devil to capture me also. We were both in other relationships. I gave up…but God! I have a praying father-in-law and mother. My husband came home last week with all his stuff. He is still in the other relationship but I know God is working and I ask that you continue to pray for us. That we both fully surrender our lives and our marriage to God's will. God deserves all our praises.”  (Jamaica)

"My spouse has came home broken, wounded, and very ashamed. He is going to church frequently, so I know he will surrender his all to God soon. To God be the glory." (Oklahoma)

"We were divorced, but I asked my husband to come back and he did. It is a miracle that he is back and we are a family again. God isn't finished with us yet and I covet your prayers." (Georgia)

"My prodigal came back and we have been living together many months now as a family. I know that God is in control and is continually working on my husband. Even when I told God I was giving up, He would inject my prodigal into my life again, to remind me to stand firm. Thank you Bob and Charlyne. Without you, my family would still be broken." (Texas)

"I thank God for blessing in my home. After leaving home saying he wanted a divorce, my husband physically came home this year, but mentally was still in the far land. It has not been easy, but after much prayer and fasting, God has performed a miracle in my home. By Thanksgiving my husband was excited about spending Thanksgiving with me, our children and my family. I give all praise to God for restoring our marriage. Every day is better than the day before." (Kentucky)

"My husband and I have been separated for 17 months. I found yourweb site shortly after the separation began. We had a court date set. Now 5 months after, my husband tells me he wants to come home soon. Says he loves me now. He wasn't sure before and now wants his family back. Thank God and you for the daily encouragement."
"My husband has been back home with our family for a year this month. Thank you so much for your daily devotionals. I have told many people that I feel like you are a second set of parents to me. So many times I would open my email to read the exact word I needed for that exact time. My husband is growing each day to be the Godly man and father I believed he could be. Before your ministry, I didn't know I had a right to stand on our covenant. I love you both dearly, and if I never meet you on this earth, you will be some of the first I search for when we all get to Heaven." (Georgia)

“The Lord is amazing! Never had I imagined my husband would come home after all of the things that had happened but he is home! After receiving daily devotionals I grew so strong in the Lord and prayed on my knees for forgiveness of making this mess myself and asking for a second chance. The Lord did just that. My husband was coming to spend weekends with me anyway but this time he didn't leave. He is back home. There still are some rough patches to seal and work to do in us both. However, I have learned that putting the Lord first and in the middle of our marriage in our household, the Lord will hold our family together like never before. Before I took it for granted and I didn't put Him first. Now I know and now I am grateful for what is right in front of me and I will praise Him every minute of the day!”  (Ohio)

“Glory to God, my husband returned back home early December. Believing what the Lord had shared with me, about his return and confirming that word, I stood and prayed for my husband, our marriage and family. The other relationship broke off and my husband came back. I know healing is on the way and I also know that I need to be patient. God was and is faithful to His Word. I'm trusting Him for the complete healing in our marriage and family. I encourage those who are standing for their spouse to continue pressing in to the presence of God. Only He can fill that void and give you the peace you need in the meantime. Praying for all marriages!”  (New York) 

“I am so excited! My husband came home. He had been gone since October, but began telling me that he loved me and being in contact with me on a regular basis. He told me earlier this month that he wanted to come home. At this point, I am just trusting in God. He has not forsaken me yet and I know He will give me the strength to endure whatever comes.” (Georgia)
Charlyne, God does restore marriages and saves lives. I now pray for his salvation. I know that soon he will give his heart to my Lord. God bless you and you may print this letter so that others can be encouraged."

 "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)

"Easter morning my husband called and wanted to go to church with me and the kids. At the end of the service, my husband and my son stood to rededicate their lives to Jesus. Later my husband invited us over to eat. When we got there he had his wedding ring on, and he said he wants to reconcile and come home! Glory to God, the answers to my prayers are manifesting." (Texas)

“My husband and I just renewed our marriage vows at our church last week. Four years ago it seemed impossible, but through God all things are possible. I asked the Lord to be the architect of our marriage and He is rebuilding us every day. Our marriage is stronger now because there are three - God, my husband and me. May I also add the real work starts when the Holy Spirit brings them home. Don’t give up your spiritual warfare; it's a battle and you must stand. God will do the fighting for you, because the battle is ultimately His. He only requires your diligence to keep standing because that's when the devil steps up his attacks. Stay strong in the Lord and He will make you a loving couple again. Be blessed.”  (Pennsylvania)

"It's been months since my husband came home and recommitted his life back to our marriage and back to our Lord Jesus Christ. Our marriage not only survived, but has flourished and is better than ever. Our son sees the changes and teases us because we are more affectionate and closer than ever. My husband still thanks me for not giving up on him and for loving him unconditionally. Our God does move mountains." (Idaho)

“My husband and I were separated for a number of months. The situation appeared hopeless. One day I stumbled upon this ministry and felt the Lord leading me to stand for my marriage. I wasn't even sure what that meant, but I surrendered my life completely to the Lord. He led me and embraced me through every tearful, lonely night. My husband told me when he left that he wasn't coming back, but I knew the Lord would restore what we had lost. He did that and more. It has been nearly two years since my husband has come back home. Our marriage is stronger than ever. Believe what the Lord has promised, and consider that He is moving even when our eyes fail to see it. The separation was awful, but God used it for our good, to fix what we couldn't. What He did for us, He will do for you. Bless the Lord!”  (Texas)

"Nine months before our 25th anniversary, my husband demanded a divorce. I thought my life was over. God intervened after my constant cries of defeat and regret. I called and asked him to the movies and when he saw me, that was the turning point. God spoke to him and told him that it had been a mistake. Five months after that turning point, we were remarried in St. Thomas. There is always hope, no matter what. God is the hope. We give Him all the glory, honor and praise." (Ohio)

"Praise the Lord, my husband came home suddenly. He is being delivered from bondages. What Satan used to divide our marriage, God has used for the good." (Michigan)

"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)

"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)

"My husband has been home since May. Although we sometimes struggle with issues, I give it to God. I give him all the praise. My husband realizes how much he was deceived. I am just so happy that my family is together again." (Florida)

“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)

“Glory be to God! My husband has returned home.  God has really transformed his heart. I got a call at five in the morning saying he never meant for things to get so bad and he wanted to come home for good. Although I had prayed and fasted with the other stander teams last week, the day before he called I was ready to quit but I said I would keep praying for other standers and their prodigals regardless of my choice. God knew I was tired and weary. I had already gone and got divorce papers and almost told him no out of my own selfish fears. I’m glad I didn’t. He apologized for everything in tears and even prayed before bed. God is great!”  (Illinois)

"When my husband told me that he was going to get a divorce, it was almost a relief. I had been standing with my life in limbo. Now he would have nothing to threaten. I had peace and a determination to stand. God had other plans. On Easter my husband said he wanted us to start going to church together. Since then, issues at my apartment led to him inviting me to stay with him. We are in separate rooms, but we are under one roof, praying together and working on our marriage in faith." (Texas)

“All glory to God - my husband and I are restored! Praise God he moved out and into an apartment just a short way from us and we joined as members of a family and him as the main member as it should be. God has taken so much pain and turned it into an amazing love for him and one another. Thank You God from the bottom of our hearts. Amen.”  (South Africa)

“About a year ago, my husband suddenly emotionally and physically abandoned our marriage. He stayed at the house but we were separated in every way. I prayed ceaselessly for his heart to be softened but things were seeming hopeless to the point that I filed for divorce. Even after I filed I never stopped praying for his return. Suddenly, just when I thought all hope was lost, he returned to me as quickly as he had abandoned me. The divorce papers woke him up from his delusion, he ended it with the OW and has come back to me with complete humility. I praise God every day for the restoration of our marriage and know that it was only His hands that have made this possible. It is only through His example of unconditional love and forgiveness that I have been able to welcome my prodigal back with open arms and feel the complete joy of knowing that our marriage is stronger than ever.” (Iowa)
"I did not know how else to share the GREAT NEWS that My prodigal husband came home, so I am taking this opportunity to share and encourage others. First I want to give thanks to God and to Rejoice Ministries for allowing the Holy Spirit to use you in a mighty way. I have been a stander for two years and needless to say, I had some battles to fight and mountains to climb. The awesome thing about it all however was all my struggles was with ME! Although my husband was involved in a affair, God through His Word got me to focus on Him rather than on my marital problems and that in turn changed me! My husband kept calling repeatedly letting me know how he knows he made a mistake and that his life is a mess and how did he get here. The hard part was listening to him about the feeling he has for the other person. The best part was him telling me how at peace he felt talking to me. God gave me such a spirit of peace and strength to hear him and not get upset and react and speak out of anger Praise be to God. I went to Texas to help him pack and bring him home where we are currently residing and rebuilding. Please continue to pray for us. May God continue to bless you and your ministry." (New Jersey)
"I have a restored marriage - praise God. My husband returned home.I received just one letter from my husband's solicitor. After the first visit to my solicitor it transpired that I could not afford to pay their expensive fees nor was I eligible for legal aid (I earned just £9 too much to qualify). So the next time I saw my husband I told him I couldn’t divorce him because I couldn’t afford to, he said I would still be hearing from his solicitor … but to this day nothing ever came - praise God. Soon after this a friend of mine invited me to a seminar, to a newly formed prayer group who prayed specifically for marriage restoration and healing of families. I had no idea what to expect and it was my first introduction to Christians, I had never seen people singing with their hands in the air! From this seminar I was put in touch with other people who were praying for their spouses, and I gave my life to the Lord. Since my husband’s return he’s been attending church with me every week and goes on his own when I’m not able to. During the summer of he attended a nurture group run by our church and in July he came home saying he had done it - yes he had given his life to the Lord. Praise God he was baptised. I thank my Father in Heaven for all He has done for me and is still doing. I thank Him for the prayer partners/ministries He brought into my life who prayed specifically for marriage restoration for without their encouragement and continued support I would not have be able to write this testimony." (England)

“We serve a mighty God! After many months of separation, my prodigal husband came home. We had been separated many times before and I always brought him home through works of the flesh and it wasn't permanent change. This time I did nothing but pray and stand. We have a long road ahead of us but instead of lecturing I am zipping my lips and crying out to our Lord Jesus Christ to convict my husband in his heart of his responsibilities. I KNOW our Lord will not fail us and He will provide all of our needs through my husband's hard work. He is risen and so is this dead marriage. Praise God Almighty who can raise anything from dry bones to the living.”  (Idaho)

(We received the following message this week from the returned prodigal of a stander from Monday night’s Rejoice Pompano.) "Please read this to the standers meeting on Monday. I hope in some way God will touch the standers wondering if their prodigal spouses are thinking about them. While I cannot speak for other men, I can speak to my own experience. I was away from my wife for two years. There wasn't one day that I didn't think about my wife. I found myself in a hole and asked God with all my heart to help me out of the non-covenant relationship and back home to my wife, and family. While other may say to you it doesn't look promising, while others may say life must go on, while others may say that you are a fool, he is not coming home and that you have rights, you have one very important choice; believe them or believe God. When your going through the pain, the answer doesn't seem obvious, but it is. God is the only choice who will move the heart of your husband (or wife) at times when they don't even know what hit him. God will make a way." (Florida)
"Several years ago my husband left our marriage and divorced me for another woman. The divorce turned me to God. I knew I could not be separated from God's love. As the pain started to melt into compassion for my then ex-husband I was able to forgive, and came to see that God was caring for both of us. One day he showed up at my door and was very contrite. He wanted to come home. He was a new man. He realized the hand of the devil had taken its toll. I welcomed him back with open arms. We are now remarried and happier than ever. Our remarriage is squarely based on Christianity."  (Wisconsin)
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