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!

“Last Sunday my prodigal and I had a huge misunderstanding. We had a big blow-out and things looked quite grim. I prayed and cried out to the Lord. Within 36 hours my prodigal called to say he wanted to meet. We met for dinner and he told me that he had broken off his other relationship and that he wanted (us) to start dating again, but take things very slowly. I waited years for my prodigal and now that we have started a journey back to restoration, those years seem like nothing.” (Canada)

“I divorced my husband and listened to friends who said I deserved better. Immediately, I felt so overwhelmed with guilt. But he was very angry and didn’t want to reconcile with me. He eventually found someone else. During this time I came across this website and started praying for my husband. My husband returned to me this Christmas. We are getting remarried next month. What an awesome God we serve. So don't give up. God is in control.”  (Florida)

"My wife and I have started talking and seeing each other again. She stays in another state with the kids, but God used the kids to keep telling her to come home. We are now working on our marriage and we even went to her reunion last weekend together and enjoyed ourselves. Praise the Lord." (North Carolina)

"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)

"We just passed the one year anniversary of the remarriage to my husband. The relationship could not have been any deader, with my husband's announcement to marry the other woman. Suddenly, the Lord breathed life into the dead situation. As a stander, I would read the Saturday Testimonies and cry out to the Lord, with the hope of one day being on the other side, reconciled and restored. God kept His promise. I am grateful to Rejoice Marriage Ministries for helping me to stand through biblical based principles and encouragement." (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)

"I want to give God the glory for restoring my family. It has been a long journey, but after being separated and planning on divorcing, my husband came home last month. My children are so happy and although we still have a lot of work to do, God is working it all out." (California)

“My suddenly is almost here! After many, many months of ‘it’s over,’ my prodigal told me this morning that he is done with the OW, and asked if I would like to go away later this year to work on our marriage! He said we have been married too long to just give up and he’s not interested in any other relationships. It has been such a hopeless couple of years and an impossible situation. This last week I had felt that ‘it’s time to move on with life,’ even though I knew the promises God had given me. I was weak…BUT GOD! He will keep His promises. I know there is a long road ahead, and many wounds to be healed, but I thank my Lord that He is working in my marriage! Don’t give up, I almost did. I now wait for my prodigal to come back to the Lord as that has been a promise from the beginning. Please pray for us as I will keep praying for you.”  (Oregon)

“I asked my husband for forgiveness in my part of the decay of our marriage by letter in October. Since then we have had several dates a week, daily texts and an anniversary present the day after our anniversary that he called an early Christmas present and another present the Sunday before Christmas. He asked me out to lunch as a surprise. God is softening his heart and moving my husband’s feet toward home. I have already received many wonderful gifts from our Lord that are greater than any worldly ones I could receive.”  (Georgia)  

“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)

“At first I was the prodigal. I left home believing that because I had suffered my husband’s infidelity I was free to leave my marriage. One night I prayed that I would be able to see my husband the way the Lord sees him. I wanted to be friends because we have two children and many years together. One day I suddenly woke up understanding that my place was to be home with my family. I decided through the help of friends and God pulling at my heart to take a stand for my marriage. My husband did not accept my stand right away and had already entered into another relationship. He expressed many times that he no longer desired the marriage or a relationship with me. I zipped the lips and prayed scripture over my family every day. I separated myself in prayer and began to announce by faith the restoration of our marriage. To God be the glory, my marriage is restored! Thank you RMM, you played a big role in my testimony.”  (New Jersey)

"My husband and I are back together. Praise God. It happened just like you said it would, fast and unexpected. There was a lot of hurting and loneliness, when it was all said and done, it really wasn't that long. The Lord transformed me from this hateful person who was always yelling, to this loving, caring, person. I am now the wife that he not only deserves, but always wanted. I cannot take any credit with this as it is only by the grace of God that changed me. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement duringmy trial." (Tennessee)
"I was divorced, and I had such a difficult time dealing with the heartache and pain. Your daily dose of encouragement was sometimes the only hope I found besides the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise God, one year ago, my husband started going to church again after being out in the world. We started counseling with his pastor and dating one another. In July, he asked me to start attending his church and asked if I would take a parenting class with him. Of course I said yes! The decision to leave my church where I had so much support and love was difficult, but the Lord is teaching me that in order for us to get remarried, I must learn to submit in all areas! One month ago, he asked for my wedding ring, and he has hinted about getting remarried. I praise God for your faithfulness in sharing the power of prayer and how standing for prodigals matters! I believe I would have gone on with my life if I hadn't found Rejoice Ministries. My children are thrilled that their daddy wants to be a part of their mommy's life again! Thank you and praise God! I'll let you know when we're officially engaged!" (Kansas)

"The Lord guided me all through the time of separation and divorce. I could not have done it without Him. If I had found this web site and your tapes sooner, I may not have been divorced. My husband has been home for two years now and I can't thank you enough." (Maine)

“I have been standing for two years. Our faithful Lord God has been speaking to my husband in the far country. I stopped trying to get my husband back and started doing everything I could to walk uprightly before God. Two days ago my husband told me he is moving back home. Hallelujah! You can't tell me God doesn't answer prayer He gets the glory for doing the impossible. I'm still standing and will keep on standing as I watch and see what God is going to do in our marriage.” (California)

"I have been standing for several months and God healed my hurting marriage. Thank the Lord. My prodigal heard the Lord speaking to him in a vision/dreams at night. I couldn't believe the God touched his heart and gave him a heart transplant. I prayed and God moved. I know we still have work to do. I want to tell you thank you and the enemy has been defeated once again."  (Texas)

“I am praising God today and every day. My husband and I were remarried Tuesday after five years of separation and divorce. Though my stand was very hard, God never let me give up even when I begged Him. I thank Him that He didn't allow it. Thank you also Bob and Charlyne for your support and prayers.” (Mississippi)

“When my stand was just beginning, I received some nice dresses from my sister. One was a beautiful ivory one. When I tried it on, I pictured myself renewing my vows in it and prayed that would come to reality one day. My prodigal returned ten months ago, but I never told him of that prayer request. Monday he asked if I would like to renew our vows next month on our anniversary. He has already contacted our preacher & reserved the church for that day! We called our family and all are almost as excited as we are. 'All things are possible to him who believes.' All praise and glory belong to God.” (Texas)
“Hallelujah! My husband and I remarried after three years of divorce. God led me to stand for our marriage two years after divorce, and a year and a half later God restored our marriage. We attended counseling and got to know each other again for a year. We remarried on the same date as we first got married. Praise God! Standers put ALL your trust in God, He never promises without fulfilling. Isaiah 55:10-11.”  (South Africa)

"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)

“Hopeless is the only way I could describe my situation. My husband left, told me he loved the OW, and said he was never coming home. It was difficult to do, but I did not listen to my husband. I listened to and believed God and His Word. I blocked out the advice of friends and loved ones and only obeyed God. My husband came home and it was still a fight. I tolerated things from him that I thought I never would tolerate out of obedience to God. No matter how messed up I thought my husband was, I continued to allow God to lead, guide, and work on me. God told me to relocate with my husband. My husband was still saying he didn't think we would be together. I was so afraid, but I chose to obey God in spite of my fears. We moved and PTL so did God in such a mighty way! My husband is loving, affectionate, and apologetic for the role he played in our trial. I have grown so much spiritually and will forever stand for my marriage and yours! God is able! Pray and have faith! Victory is yours!”  (Louisiana)

"Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always...Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." I Chronicles 16:8-11,34
“My husband wants to come home. It really looked hopeless. He and the other woman spoke about marriage all the time. I prayed thorns around my husband almost daily. I stayed true to him and to the Lord. I never doubted in the Lord and now I have my husband back.” (Pennsylvania)

"It looked like the end when we were granted a divorce on Tuesday. My wife had a change of heart and we started talking. Two weeks later we are putting a deposit on a new apartment and making plans for the future. I cannot wait to get back under the same roof again. Praise God." (Rhode Island)

“Praise God! I have finally heard the words that I have prayed for. My husband is coming home! After a year of separation, God has moved my mountain. Trusting in God doesn't sound easy, but with self discipline, praying on the full armor of God daily and never speaking negativity has given me the joy and patience I need. I wish I could express to the ones who are struggling to stand, just how much it works. The enemy tried to lie every minute of every day, but when I spent more time in thanking God instead of fighting the enemy, my life changed. God will do right for those who love him. He wants me to be happy, he wants my children to have a father here to comfort them. But we had to learn to love God first. God is jealous. As soon as I started feeling the need to read more scriptures, sing more praise songs, give him the praise for all the simple things, my life changed! My husband still has some legal issues to deal with, but he has spoken the words and planted the seed I will water!”  (Arizona)

“God is awesome! I was separated from my husband for several years without any form of communication. God led me to your website and I asked Him to step in, touch my husband’s heart and restore my marriage. My situation looked hopeless but God kept strengthening me through His Word. God gave me the courage to reach out to my husband after several failed attempts. He was really bitter and said all sorts of unpleasant things to me but all through, God helped me to ‘zip my lips.’ After the call, I was devastated but saw it all as a ploy of the devil to discourage me and make me give up on my marriage. I held on to God’s promises about the restoration of my marriage. Finally my suddenly happened! A few days later, I was led in my spirit to call my husband again and he was willing to reconcile and work on our marriage. We are now on the road to reconciliation.” (Nigeria)

"I must praise my Lord, as a stander for twenty-two years. There is hope! God does heal sick, hurting and dead marriages. Nothing is too hard for our Lord God. The Lord does see your tears and hears your cries for your marriage to be restored. I cannot tell you how many times I thought Bob would never come home. I thank the Lord for allowing Bob and I to encourage others to believe in the power of our awesome mighty God. I thank Bob for being obedient to the Lord's voice, coming home to his Lord, to me and to our precious three children. Our three children are married and we have seven beautiful grandchildren. Yes, it is worth all the praying and fighting the heavenlies for your spouse to come home. Never give up! Happy 20th anniversary, Bob, of our remarriage." (Charlyne)

 "My prodigal was in the far county for months, then suddenly everything changed. What God has promised He will fulfill no matter what the enemy is saying. We are over a year into our restoration. My husband has thanked me for standing for him and our marriage."  (California)

"After months of being separated and being at the point of waiting for the judge’s decree in our divorce, my husband wants for us to be together. I was directed to Rejoice Marriage Ministries by God the night I was served with divorce papers. Even our pastor told me if my husband wants to leave the marriage there is nothing I could do. I thought that was so wrong. At that time I did not know what 'standing' was, yet, everything in me fought against those words. Then God led me to your ministries. I was desperate. I have been standing since then. We have been to counseling and are on our way to restoring our marriage. God is an awesome God." (Florida)

"I first heard of Rejoice Ministries through Focus on the Family. I was so desperate, I would try almost anything to restore my broken marriage. I sent you a picture of the two of us together for prayer. One year passed, then another, then another. I had given up hope, but as my hope was failing, God gave me a scripture, Isaiah 62:5. I claimed that entire chapter. I held on to that promise, I took it personal, I prayed for the Word to come real in my life. I put God in remembrance of his word. I read it every day! "I had moved on to someone else, thinking my ex-husband had re-married someone else. I got on with my life. I started doing volunteer work, taking exercise classes, meeting other people. Then it happens. My ex-husband called me and we started talking as friends. The calls continued. To make a long story short, we are re-married. It was not my doing or his, it was God. God has proved His love for me in so many ways, I could never tell it all! Tell all the standers, when God gives them a promise, hold on to it!" (Illinois)
"The Friday before Father's Day my husband made the first step in coming home to our family. By Labor Day weekend we were all under one roof. Two weekends after that we were baptized as a family. Thiscoming Saturday we will be renewing our vows. Our faithful Father hasanswered my prayers down to every detail." (California)

“I am a stander here in Denver. I am writing to thank you for being such willing, obedient, and caring vessels of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know I came across your web site by divine appointment. I have known of God and Jesus since childhood, but didn’t have a real sincere relationship or walk with our Lord. Your daily 'Charlyne Cares' were anointed and got me through some of the worse days of my entire life. Ultimately, and against my will, my husband filed, followed through, and divorced me in February, 2005. But God... There is so much more I would love to share, but the details are mainly what the enemy meant to harm me, my husband, our children, and family. God is mending broken lives, hearts, and our marriage and family. Our circumstances were worse than any I have ever heard of, and I know that me, my husband, and our family, are walking, breathing, testimonies to what God can, will, and has the power to do.

“Please thank Lori for me. One day I called when I had received divorce papers in the mail and was just beside myself. She prayed with me and also sent me scriptures to pray, as well as Christian coloring books for our children.

“I truly believe in the Word of God being alive and active and I know without a doubt that prayer works. I sincerely hope and pray that my husband and I get to personally meet you both some day. Until then, I will continue to pray with and for Rejoice Marriage Ministries, and stand for my family and marriage, and all marriages and families.

“I end this on a wonderful, suddenly, miracle note. My husband returned home and we are being remarried on our original wedding date, August 3. Praise God!” (Colorado)

"My husband has been home 7.5 months now and it's been a glorious time. God not only removed my husband from darkness and sin but he removed me it, too. I was a bitter wife and didn't respect my husband the way God calls me to. To all standers, never give up on what God calls you to do. Your true unconditional love will knit your spouse's heart to you again. The other day I told the same story about how I knew my husband was the one and I expected my husband to tell the same story from 17 yrs ago but instead he said "when you showed me unconditional love." God will complete His good work." (Georgia)

“I am a stander and my prodigal spouse is slowly staying in our home. He has cut off communication with the other person. Looking back, I wouldn't change a thing. I am so much closer to our Father in Heaven. I am praying for a Christmas miracle of slow, gentle reconciliation of our marriage. We serve such an amazing GOD; He can do anything in His perfect timing. Let this testimony be a living example of when you trust and obey, GOD will bless you more than you can imagine. Fellow standers, be in fervent prayer pleading the blood of JESUS over your prodigal spouse.”  (Texas)

“After many months my husband came home. In my heart I knew God would prevail. I stood on His Word and remembered the scripture of forgiving others so that He may also forgive me. The Lord blessed me and my family and has brought us closer to Him. Our marriage is still not perfectly restored, but I know God is in control and He will work things out in his time. Miracles do happen when you put your faith in the Lord and live by His Word.”  (Texas)

"I sent Rejoice a prayer request and subscribed to Charlyne Cares. You replied with an email stating that forgiveness was the first step. I entered an agreement to stand for our marriages with a friend of mine at work who is newly divorced. We met daily to pray, share, and encourage each other. My prodigal returned home last Thursday after five months of separation. Our God is truly an awesome God! The Lord showed me that a large part of the problem in my marriage was me. I was able to see how harmful my unforgiveness had been on my marriage.I also prayed that God would allow me to see my husband as he sees him. I thank God for your ministry. You have been a source of encouragement, hope, and an education in faith! My personal relationship with the Lord is richer as a result of your teaching and sharing. I continue to stand for my family and others around the world. I thank God for you and your ministry and for being the children of God that you are. I am unable to express my heartfelt gratitude in this email. I look forward to meeting you and worshiping with you in Nashville in November. I thank God and I thank you." (Tennessee)
“PTL! My ‘suddenly’ is happening. My prodigal invited me to his house. I was tempted not to go for fear it would invoke emotion but I am so thankful I went. I had glamorized his new home and life and God showed me he is not happy. We have a long way to go, but I know God is working faster then I imagined! Anyone who heard my testimony would be blown away by the amazing things God has accomplished in my life and in such a short time considering my circumstances. God will finish what he started – have faith! He loves your prodigal more than even you do and will restore what He intended us to be!” (Arkansas)
“My husband came home New Year's Eve. I need God now more than ever. I continue my stand, and am thankful that God is doing a work in me.” (California)

“Praise God! After several months of absolute breakdown, ups and downs of standing and pressing through, God's divine interventions from both our sides started taking place. I believe as I read testimonies and prayed for others’ restoration as well, God was working behind the scenes on our family's behalf. Last weekend we decided before our loving Abba Father that we will give our over 30 years of marriage the very best the rest of our lives. Thank You Father! For those standers out there feeling low and helpless, remember - worship and trust God no matter what. He will bring you through and you will be reconciled at a time least expected.”  (South Africa)

"My husband came home suddenly after several years of standing. We were back together for a year when my husband got sick suddenly and died a month later. It was all unexpected, but God brought him back home as he promised us all and I was able to take care of him while he was sick. I thank God for his last year at home with his family." (New York)
"My husband came home almost one year to the day of our separation. I know I have been greatly blessed and not just because of his homecoming, but because God has transformed and humbled me. Life is still a struggle and many times I have to remember all that the Lord has done and promised to do and that He has not taken us this far just to let us fall down. I have weeks of being so spiritually attacked but thank the Lord Charlyne and Bob's devotionals are always right on for getting me out of my pity party. This ministry is such a life line to me. God's finger prints are all over it. God amazes me so much. I'm so glad He chose me to know Him more. Stand firm no matter where in the restoration process you are, God is so faithful to give faith, peace and comfort especially when you think your situation has reached impossible. The most important thing I can share with a stander is this: 'Make sure God is first, in time reading His word, in chatting with Him privately, in His will. Does He want you to fast, clean, read or love more? You'll see miracle after miracle when God is first. Praise the Lord. He is so good.'" (Florida)
"I give God all praise for returning my husband and I from the far country. Next month marks a year of our reunion. I have discovered He has many lessons to teach His children. I was reminded of where I was this time last year. Because of my sin, my husband filed divorceand was in another relationship. I was home alone attempting to get our children ready for school. Filling out all of the forms was heart breaking. A different address for dad, trying to find an emergency contact, filling out applications for free books and lunches. I give God all the glory, honor, and praise as this year my husband is at my side. We have a lot of work to do to win the trust back that was lost but I know that no weapon formed against us will prosper. I am a servant of God." (Illinois)

“Praise God! my husband came home! God kept speaking to me for months telling me He would bring him home. a couple weeks ago a verse I never read before jumped off the page. Ezekiel 36:8 - ‘but you, O mountains of Israel, shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people Israel; for they will soon come home.’ And a few days later he was here with all his belongings. The only thing I want to do right now is give all the glory to my Lord. He truly did it!” (Illinois)  

“Glory to God! My husband came home after being gone some months. He told me he kept feeling like something was pulling him back home. He has taken the initiative to get Christian counseling and is asking others to pray for us as we work through this. We have a lot to work through, but I trust in Him to help us create an even stronger marriage. I am rejoicing and want to tell everyone that God is in the miracle business!”  (Arkansas) 

"My marriage has been restored for six months. My husband used to be angry toward God. Now, he's hanging out with godly men. I never thought I would see this day, but God kept his promise to me. Thank You God." (Missouri)

"My testimony isn't about me, but about some friends of mine. They were married for 21 years. About four years ago they divorced. Four weeks ago they remarried! What an inspiration for my stand as well as others. God is truly amazing!" (Michigan)

"My husband left our home after 35 years of marriage and said he would never be back. I was devastated and sought the Lord for answers. He told me to stand for my marriage and although it was one of the most difficult periods of my life, I grew in leaps and bounds spiritually and otherwise. One year later, the Lord brought him home and he has been home for three years now. The Lord's grace has been sufficient and this last May we renewed our vows. Today we will celebrate an early Thanksgiving with our grown children and 12 beautiful grandchildren. Our job was to make the pumpkin pies and turkey for the dinner and just listening to him whistling as he cooked and the excitement of a family gathering that could only be possible with the Lord, filled me with such joy. There has been such healing in our family and we now will leave a legacy for our children and grandchildren that wouldn't have been possible four or five years ago. My husband will do a solo for our church at Christmas called "Come Home." It is about the journey of the prodigal son and the Father's love for him. God is able to do all things. Nothing is too hard for him!" (Pennsylvania)

"Praise God! My wife emailed me yesterday and asked for forgiveness and asked if I would be willing to fix our marriage. I am so blessed. God has moved in her life and replaced that heart of stone with a heart of flesh. He filled it with Love and gained yet another victory over satan. It is still a long road but God has paved the way. Thanks Rejoice Ministries. You have been a blessing through this storm." (Iowa)
"It's been many seasons since God has blessed the restoration of our marriage. I was totally shocked when my wife was gone one day. God led me to your ministry and with the help of another program, God showed me what I was doing wrong in my marriage. My wife tried to push my buttons and saw the change God had made in me. I was surprised when she came home. That is when the standing really starts. God restored not one but two marriages."  (Pennsylvania)

“I have been receiving encouragement from RMM for many years and it's been such a blessing. I received a pamphlet that talked about the covenant of marriage when we were going through our divorce and I decided to stand for my marriage. I lived through five years of silence without hearing from my spouse, but God continued to encourage me to keep standing. I did ‘suddenly’ hear from my spouse and thought I had my restoration, but things don't always go the way we think. It's been three years since that suddenly, and we are now getting remarried! It's been slower than I thought, but God's timing is perfect. I am so thankful for the scriptures, prayers and encouragement. No matter how things look to us, God CAN and WILL do the impossible, if we keep believing. He is a great God!”  (Pennsylvania)

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