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.
“PTL that God brought my ex-husband back to me. Yes I said EX! I prayed for many years for the Lord to soften my husband's heart, but he was never willing to allow God to work in his life. After a long separation and divorce my husband came back to me after he spent many months in prayer and finally opening his heart to the Lord! I spent our entire separation standing still and allowing God to change me. I never imagined He would bring my husband back to me all this time later with a renewed heart and spirit! We are now back together and working toward re-marriage. PRAISE YOU JESUS!” (Virginia)
“PTL, my wife has returned! After some years away and many months of standing, she rededicated her life to Christ and is currently going through the fires of repentance. She has begun referring to me as her husband again and is speaking of a ministry that we need to start to help others. All standers need to know, never to give up! This came suddenly and in a period of extreme silence. BUT GOD kept bringing me back to being obedient each time I wanted to quit. There is so much to praise but I want it known that I've heard so much from her that sounded like I was listening to Bob's writings. All the times I thought things were 'perfect' on the other side of the mountain, she tells me she was never happy. She said how the Holy Spirit never left her alone and finally got so loud that she decided to have a mustard seed of faith to leave the OM and come home. Not out of love (but the rekindling by the Lord is taking place now) but out of obedience. Now the standing really begins. Never give up!” (Kansas)
“He is home! Praise the Lord, my precious husband is home. After several months of separation and an OW, God moved in my husband’s heart and mind. His eyes were opened to see the truth. I loved him unconditionally and cried out to our Lord. This journey was unbelievably hard but it changed me and my marriage for the better and right into God’s arms. Standers don't you dare give up. I wanted to many times and I would have missed out on this beautiful blessing and testimony.” (Florida)
“Praise God! His promises just keep manifesting left and right! My husband and I have been separated for several months and he filed for divorce not too long ago. Another woman was involved and in the natural our situation looked so hopeless. But God! I started standing and walking in love towards my spouse and he immediately noticed a difference. No longer was I hurt and angry and defensive, but I had a peace that even my prodigal could see. He began texting me and emailing me to actually coming over and just hanging out with the kids and me. This turned into him spending the night twice because he didn’t want to be in his new house alone! Now he's telling all his friends that we are trying to work things out! PTL! There's a long way to go but God has brought us this far and He will perfect that which concerns us. Never give up, even when things look impossible!” (Texas)
On Thursday He called and we did chit chat for a bit. He was hungry to know about everyone. He said, ‘I have been so stupid, cannot believe that I could be so drawn away from the Lord. I miss Him and His music.' (He was also a worship leader.) ‘Tuesday morning at 5:00 A.M. the Lord woke me up with an urgency to go to Deuteronomy 30. I got my bible and read it. The Lord told me this was my last chance to be obedient, so I am leaving Iowa in the morning. I called (son) this morning and I will go to Texas. I don't know how long I will be there, but then I will be home. I love you and I am so sorry' On the morning of February 22nd, my prodigal loaded his stuff in his little truck and headed south to Texas."
"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)
"I am praising Jesus. My husband and I are spending time together. We are now on the way to a restored marriage. He still needs to surrender to Jesus. I am confident that He who began a good work in my husband will complete it. We plan to buy a new home with Jesus leading and directing our steps. God has begun to restore relationships with our children and our grandchildren are thrilled to have grandpa back in their lives. We celebrated our granddaughter's birthday. It’s amazing just as God promised me. I keep looking to the Lord who will bring my husband back to Him. Thanks, Bob and Charlyne for your help." (Arizona)
"Praise the Lord, we just celebrated our second anniversary of a marriage restored. God is faithful. Thank you, Jesus for carrying me through and calling me to this situation. Nothing is impossible for the Lord." (Minnesota)
"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)
“I pray the Holy Spirit uses this testimony. My husband left me suddenly. God told me pray like never before! I drew close to God in every way. Everyone, including my husband, told me to divorce him. He rejected God. Everything (in circumstances) said that it was over. I prayed for him every day and stood firm. I knew that these difficult circumstances were not something that was out of God's control. He finally reached out to me and said he couldn't do it any longer. He confessed everything. I got him safe to treatment, he accepted Christ in his life this week, and repented and asked for my forgiveness, which I readily offered! He says he loves me and has always loved me and thanks me for standing by him. He and I feel hope for our marriage. The Lord has great plans for our lives!” (Ohio)
"I give my God the glory for sending my husband back home. He is coming home tomorrow. Thanks for this ministry for preparing me for this miracle as I waited in anticipation for my husband to come home. I will continue to stand on God’s promises and put Him first in my life. He has done a work in me to humble me and I thank Him." (Canada)
"Praise God, after moving out a few months ago, my prodigal husband moved back home with me last weekend. God is working in our marriage to restore what was lost. I know God is faithful and will continue to have His hand in our marriage to restore it to what it was originally intended to be." (Georgia)
“I have been reading your daily devotions and standing, waiting for my wife to stop the divorce for some years . We are three weeks from the final court date. My wife came by tonight and said she wants to call off the divorce. Praise God!” (Maryland)
"My husband left and filed for divorce. The Lord led me to Rejoice Marriage Ministries and I started standing for my marriage, fasting and praying. God led my entire household into a breakthrough. My kids all rededicated their lives to Jesus and joined in praying for their prodigal dad. All of a sudden, my husband called me and asked to come back. He is now a changed man. The divorce was retracted and we are planning a wedding renewal ceremony with our family and friends. God is so faithful. Thanks to Bob and Charlyne for the ministry God has given them." (Washington State)
"My husband and I were having problems. He met someone and decided to move to another state with her. I was devastated and did not want our marriage to end but divorced him after pressure from him and others. I was online one night and came across Rejoice Marriage Ministries. I really felt inspired and started praying for my husband and our marriage. I had some doubt because I had never heard of standing before, but every time I looked at the site, I knew to keep going. After months with no contact we started talking again and I am thrilled to say we are now getting remarried next week." (California)
"God is good. I was feeling depressed and lonely and I prayed those feelings away. I knew something big was going to happen and praised God in anticipation. The next day my husband showed up with his belongings, asking to come home. I am so grateful and aware that I am now standing firmer than ever because the enemy will attack more now than ever." (Texas)
“PTL! Fellow Standers, never give up. My spouse recently returned home. Psalm 147:15 (AMP) He sends forth His commandment to the earth; His word runs very swiftly. We are so happy that he is home and I know that God heals all wounds in His time. I pray my spouse will become saved. Keep praying and fasting, the Lord will deliver your prodigal home. Just keep the faith and know that it's not over ‘til God says it’s over. Please be encouraged by my testimony, God delivers.” (Alabama)
"My husband has returned home six months ago after six years away. He said that he saw the writing on the wall--just when I was about to give up. He is now going to church with us. It just amazes me that God freed my husband from what held him captive all these years practically overnight. I would have given up had it not been for your encouraging and sometimes eye opening messages." (Florida)
“I have been fasting and crying out to Jesus. I gave it all to Him, but asked, ‘Lord I don’t want anything that is not in your time, but Father have mercy on my broken heart. If it is Your will and time, O Lord please bring my bride back. If it’s not Your time then I'll deal with it, just have mercy, O Father, on my heart.’ That night I must have woken up ten times frantically looking for my phone, and I didn’t even know why, but I never found it. I woke up in the morning and I felt God telling me to go get my phone right now, so I did. When I looked at it I saw that I had a text from my wife. She said that she didn’t know what to do anymore. She knew what she was doing was wrong and that I am her husband and she loves me with all of her heart. She said that she wanted me to come home! I immediately broke down and began to cry and praise the Lord. Praise the Lord for all of His power and majesty, as well as His mercy and grace. I know we still have a long road ahead of us to full recovery, but the Lord will get us through! Thank You my Lord and Savior, my rock and my refuge, I love You Jesus!” (California)
“My wife left me years ago. We reconciled after a few months only to separate again and eventually divorce. Although I was led to RMM through a friend's bumper-sticker and began to stand, it seemed that each month we were more and more alienated from each other. When things were at their worst, communication sad and hurtful, the kids aching and life very hard, God quite suddenly reversed the downward spiral. He (and He alone!) began to soften first my heart, then my wife's. He allowed opportunities for me to show my love to her again. And He started a process where each month we began to fall in love more and more all over again. Praise to His precious Name and Glory, we were remarried this past summer and are still growing in His love. HE is doing this restoration, and it is clearly HIS plan. In fact, He has used these past years to teach me so much and open His Word to my heart. I can thank Him for these trials, even though the hard times are so hard, His love and plan never failed.” (Oregon)
"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)
"Yesterday my husband returned home and repented. God is changing our lives. It was a special moment in my life, surprised and without words on how to thank the Lord for the victory. The Glory is all for my Lord. It was long months of waiting, but my God is so great and so faithful. To my Jesus be the glory and honor." (Guatemala)
"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)
"I was just about ready to give up this past Summer. I had been standing for 15 months. I had the divorce papers ready to type up and the typewriter jammed and would not type! A friend of mine gave me the name of Rejoice Ministries. I called them and decided to pray for my marriage to be restored (at the time I was very angry and disappointed in God). I kept going to the meetings and praying scripture having only faith that the Word of God would not return void. I prayed Scripture for myself too. I felt a change in me."
"As Charlyne teaches, our stand should continue till the day we die. Don't give up - your miracle could be just around the corner. God will honor His Word. I nearly gave up and would have missed out on the good relationship my husband and I are now enjoying."
“After being gone for a little over two years, my husband came home! It was very sudden and unexpected just as I have seen others testify to. We had been spending weekends together for the past two months and I had resigned myself to the fact that this was the way we were going to live for the rest of our lives. BUT GOD was working behind the scenes and actually used us discussing our relationship and why things went bad to bring my husband home. He was not repentant and was actually blaming me for everything but God allowed me to hold my peace and zip my lips while he talked. When he finished I simply asked him If he would forgive me and he jumped up and hugged me and said yes! He went and got his clothes and was back at home that same night! I was in a state of shock! God is awesome! I believe fasting along with prayer was the catalyst to this sudden turn around. Please, please do not give up. I almost did but I promise you, your suddenly is coming!” (Oklahoma)
“I am in awe of what God has done for my family in this past few weeks. Not only did my precious husband come home suddenly, before Thanksgiving, but as of yesterday our divorce was canceled! God totally spoke through my husband on a phone conference we had with the judge. When asked if we were in process of reconciliation- my husband said yes! I was led by the Holy Spirit to just keep quiet, pray and let my husband do all the talking! Today I received a text from a friend who said she had a vision of my unsaved husband playing guitar in church. How awesome is our God! I know I will be standing forever and this journey is far from over- but ‘Nothing is impossible with God!’ Throughout my stand I have and will continue to claim that and Luke 1:45 every single day! And yes, to the world my marriage was dead and buried... but God! I pray every day God continues to work in me as much or more as He works in my husband. PTL and thanks RMM.” (Minnesota)
"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)
"After being separated, moving out of state, and raising an infant on my own, God has spoken life into our marriage. I have moved back into my home, my husband is attending and active in church regularly, and we are committed in letting God lead us in every step of reconciliation. Praise God for His wonderful promises." (Virginia)
“Six months ago, I moved with my daughter 400 kilometers away from my husband. I wanted to start a new life after my husband moved in with the other woman. But God wanted me to pray for my marriage. I was unable to find work and couldn’t work due to my daughter’s illness but God has always provided good supernaturally. God told me to do what my husband says. He wanted us to come back to our home. Two weeks ago, we moved again, and I got three job offers, and I wasn’t even looking. Praise be to God.” (Germany)
"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)
"My prodigal has returned to me. This situation will be used for the Glory of His Name. My prodigal has asked for my forgiveness and wants us to begin anew. He wants God in his life and that is what we are praying for. To God be the Glory, He is so faithful." (South Africa)
“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 the Lord, Elohim my Creator. He hears our prayers. My prodigal husband was suddenly relocated in his job and is now working near me and our child. He is living with us, therefore I am now seeing him daily. A year ago we were virtually not speaking. I am one step closer to total marriage restoration. Thank You heavenly Father. I stand on Philippians 4:6.” (United Kingdom)