Restored Marriage Testimonies

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Much of what we do through Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc. is measured against how it would have affected me when Bob and I were divorced, and then after we remarried.

We receive many notices of spouses coming home each week. From that joyful date, it is going to take the couple about two years to heal the hurts, forget that other person, and to reconcile. Only then will they be ready to help other couples. We will never knowingly harm a struggling couple by publishing a premature restoration report. We hear of too many prodigals who leave again, because too much was being said.

These pages are not intended to be a report of all Rejoice restored marriages. Neither are they trophies for this Ministry. They are published to give you hope and encouragement.

Charlyne



Share Your Testimony of Marriage Restoration!

"My husband 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)

(posted 11/17/2006)

“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)

(posted 12/31/2012)
“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)
(posted 8/30/2012)

 "My prodigal came back last week. He suddenly sees the other person in a different light and wants his family. Praise the Lord. My prayers continue to be for him to stay on this path and for him to repent fully." (Minnesota)

(posted 6/1/2007)

“When I began my stand, my prodigal cut off all communication with me at that point after moving to live with his parents. I began daily prayers and I quit my ‘works of the flesh’ to bring him home. Yesterday I asked God if my stand is real. This morning I found a 3,000 word email from my husband. Praise Jesus! My husband wants to come home but he's scared. He was able to share with me why he left. Now I know what I need to work on.”  (Idaho) 

(posted 3/25/2013)
“My husband divorced me after 25 years of marriage. On Thanksgiving, he told me that he loved me and wanted to remarry and was grateful for the unconditional love and support that I'd shown. We have been dating and he says we will probably be remarried by spring. I am praying that the ceremony will occur on the same date and time of our first marriage. This past weekend we were looking at engagements rings. I am in a daze. It is like in Psalms 126:1; 'When the Lord turned again the captivity...we were like them that dream...' Had I not had the support and encouragement of Rejoice Marriage Ministries, my hope would have been cast away. Jesus, the Resurrected, does resurrect relationships.” (Illinois) (posted 1/13/2006)
“I just want to say PRAISE THE LORD, he is restoring my marriage and returning my prodigal wife to me. We hadn’t talked for a few months. I thought I should move on, and did for a while. A friend gave me this web address. I reluctantly opened your page and read the standers affirmation, and when I was done, God opened my eyes. I called my wife, and she was ready to talk. We are now still trying to get together, as I moved to the other end of the US, but all is in God’s gracious hands and restoration is finally in sight. Praise be to God for He is awesome and just.” (Delaware)
(posted 8/30/2012)
"My husband left me and our teenage daughters last July, leaving us hurt and devastated. Little did we know that he was also. After several months of hurting and even going as far as paying for an attorney and filing for divorce, the Lord has intervened, much through the daily devotionals from your ministry that I would send him at work. Praise God he just moved back into our home and the divorce proceedings were dismissed. He was reading these devotionals every day and we still are. We still have things to work through, but we know what God wants for us." (Arkansas) (posted 3/16/2007)
“My husband moved back home this past week! We have not discussed anything and I have not felt led to say anything. That’s surprising, because I usually have something to say all the time. During our separation, God revealed some truths to me: words can hurt. So I want to wait for God to move me to speak. I am continuing to pray as I step out the way and let God handle everything. I need that restraint because I don’t want to get in the way of Him and His son, my husband. Let’s continue standing. When the enemy sees he is about to lose a captive, he will fight as hard as he can to keep you and your spouse bound. Be prepared to fight for your marriage and family with radical choices.” (Texas) (posted 10/13/2014)
"December 4 was 'D Day' for me. All my prayers were answered. My prodigal husband just showed up and rang the doorbell and asked if he could return home. He was living in the far country and things were not working. My husband, who does not enjoy reading, is reading Bob’s “Prodigals Do Come Home” and has told me three times how much he is enjoying it and absorbing the material. Thanks for the wonderful email that help guide my footsteps. Praise to God who granted this miracle." (Louisiana) (posted 1/28/2005)

"After months of standing strong and firm in the Lord for my marriage and my family, my husband has returned home. God moves mountains. Praise be to Him. The first step has been taken, we now have hundreds more to take. I know by putting God first He will guide us through." (Iowa)

(posted 5/11/2007)

"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)

(posted 11/25/2006)

“I got your website from a friend and since that day it has provided inspiration and hope for my tomorrow. After struggling for 18 months, my husband has decided that our marriage of 16 years is worth fighting for. I bless God that he has left the other woman and returned both to God and his family. I realize that it is not always easy, but I thank God for restoration has come to my household. I want to encourage anyone else going through this, remember God honors covenant. As he was with Abraham, He will be with you, but you have to trust Him. Praying for marriages worldwide and ask that you keep us in your prayers, that God will strengthen us.”  (Bahamas)

(posted 10/7/2013)

"I want to praise God. We are celebrating our one year restored anniversary. My husband is better than ever. He has totally given up alcohol and has rededicated his life to our family and the Lord." (Colorado)

(posted 7/18/2008)

"Everything looked hopeless. Court proceedings were underway and complex. I hadn’t spoken to my wife for months. The day before we were again due in court, my wife came to my office and handed me a court notice of discontinuance. I was speechless. We spent Saturday at a Christian bookshop buying resources to rebuild our marriage. God is absolutely amazing." (Australia)

(posted 7/3/2009)
"Praise the Lord, my husband of many years changed his mind and returned home. We are going to counseling and we are both learning to listen to each other. Pray, pray, pray is the only advice I can give. God had to change me too!" (Canada) (posted 1/28/2011)

"The checklist for standers you sent out in "Charlyne Cares" is excellent advice. As I read it, God showed me that even with my marriage restored, and in spite of all our problems, I still need to abide by these words of advice on this checklist. Many marriages are broken up because the spouse did not heed to the advice on the checklist and got into a relationship that caused a divorce. The Internet is a dangerous place where the enemy likes to prey on those with troubled marriages and on standers. Thank you Rejoice Marriage Ministries for this checklist that I needed to be reminded of." (Arizona)

(posted 3/3/2006)

"Even after our divorce, my prodigal husband has come home. The Easter time of fasting and prayer was the answer for our family. He went to church with us on Easter and the next night came to visit. Two weeks later, he moved home, praise God. Thanks to the Steinkamps for their wisdom from the Lord to teach us how to keep them home after they return. It is not an easy road, but there is so much laughter and joy in our home again." (Oklahoma)

(posted 5/25/2007)

"Things keep improving in my marriage every week. My husband is home and is considering taking our house off the market. God is awesome."  (Texas)

(posted 11/24/2006)

"Praise God, my husband returned home after being gone for three months. I felt like giving up at first, but the more I started reading God's Word I knew his promises. I went through some ups and downs, but I learned to trust and depend in the Lord. I started speaking positive about my husband and my marriage. Know that God's Word is true. If He did it for me, He'll do it for you."  (North Carolina)

(posted 11/23/2006)

“Glory and Honor to my God. My husband returned home after several months of living in sin. God fulfilled His promise.  I came to Your feet, sad and with great need of You. You opened your arms and comforted me.  Thank You my Lord. Forever I will worship You, because only in You I put my trust.  If You are for me who can be against me?”  (United States Minor Islands)

(posted 3/3/2014)
"God is faithful! Two weeks after my spouse came back to God, he then came back to me. Repentance and restoration!  Don't give up; it's worth it all."  (Missouri)
(posted 8/30/2012)
"My husband left with no warning. God put it in my heart to examine myself and how I contributed to the demise of our relationship. I started reading the Bible and then begin to focus on scriptures that spoke of marriage, wifely duties and faith. I started praying daily for restoration and continued to pray no matter what he said or did to hurt my feelings. I prayed a hedge of thorns around him and called out to God to stop what he hates (Divorce) and restore what he loves (Marriage). I prayed that my husband, who is a Christian, would be convicted by the Holy Spirit to turn away from sin and open his heart back to our marriage. I cried so many tears but remained faithful. Many times I would be about to give up but then God would encourage me with a sign and I would press on.   Suddenly my husband started calling me. I was able to express my regrets about my past behavior.  He returned home in September, praise the Lord." (Maryland)
(posted 1/12/2007)

"Although my husband never left our home physically, he left emotionally and spiritually. He left the church. He talked badly about Christians. He had started pursuing other woman and told me he no longer had feelings for me. He was looking for somewhere to go.  Since he wasn't able to leave, I was able to stand with him still under our roof. God has taught me where I was wrong as well as shown me how to be patient and trust Him to restore my marriage. A few days ago my husband told me I am the love of his life and that he needs me in his life. He has returned to church and is allowing God to work in him. He acknowledged that he knows our marriage was saved because of my prayers. Every day God gives us something new. There are still battles, but we are winning the war. The love we now share is a new one and a growing one." (California)

(posted 11/23/2006)

“This is a update to my testimony that I posted a few weeks ago. My husband has now come home. He has moved everything from his apartment and storage unit to our home. This was not an easy trial for me. I want to tell everyone that God never left my side. The day will come when God sends your spouse back home. Even though my husband was with the OW, he told me nothing was going right. He said God was speaking to him. He is also speaking to your spouse and paving the way for their return. God will not let the devil prevail in your situation. I encourage you to continue to trust God even if it seems hopeless. If God can change my spouse, He can change yours. Keep praying, fasting and believing in the power of God. You may not know how He is going to do it, but your suddenly will happen. God bless you all.”  (Virginia)

(posted 2/26/2014)

My husband came home seven months ago. He was in a non-covenant relationship. God revealed to me that He would force him home. That’s just what happened when the other woman threw him out. God is still working on healing our marriage, but He has promised me that my husband is home to stay. I am believing that God will heal and make this marriage better that I can imagine. God does heal hurting marriages. I praise and thank him for all He has done, and is still doing." (California)

(posted 11/23/2006)

"God brought my spouse home after an absence of several months." (Virginia)

(posted 6/20/2008)

"Praise God, I did not give up on my spouse. God wouldn't let me even though almost daily I begged Him to give me permission to let go. He promised me that my husband would be His and I held on to that promise. God was faithful and saw me through these hard times. Today my husband is home with me and my children, attends church with us, and is being transformed. Thank You Jesus."  (Virginia)

(posted 9/22/2006)

"I was invited back home after a long separation. My spouse and children need to heal. I know God is working. I only need to keep my eyes on Him." (Ohio)

(posted 4/3/2009)
“Praise the Lord, my husband just came home. I am rejoicing as I hang his clothes back in his side of the closet.” (Washington) (posted 6/17/2005)
“My prodigal has returned home. I am praising God for answering my prayers, as He said He would, and granting me the desires of my heart. It's one thing to hear songs on the radio, read the Bible passages of those touched by God expressing this same sentiment, but to feel it is beyond explanation. God does speak to us and He does answer prayer. My husband told me he 'kept seeing signs' telling him to come home. God was working the entire time I was wondering if He really was. Our God is an awesome God.” (Florida) (posted 1/20/2006)
“My family and in-laws were with us on Thanksgiving. This was the first Thanksgiving in three years we were together. My spouse said the prayer and it was beautiful. God is good. He answers prayers We were divorced before my spouse suddenly came back.” (New Jersey) (posted 12/2/2005)

“Months ago my spouse told me he didn´t love me anymore. After his request to separate, I moved to his home overseas. I started to pray to Jesus for a miracle for my marriage. After months of praying and crying to my Lord, my husband stopped his other relationship. He has started being loving to me and speaking about us or our family. We just started healing our hearts and still need a lot of prayers, but for Jesus, all is possible.”  (Chile) 

(posted 1/22/2013)
“When my husband choose to separate early in our marriage, I truly did not think he would ever desire reconciliation. Each morning, I committed to the Stander’s Affirmation, listened to Rejoice Radio throughout the day and read so many of your books/devotions. I am grateful that my husband maintained communication with me daily, which provided many opportunities to put into practice all I was learning. The Lord provided very specific opportunities for me to demonstrate unconditional love to my husband, which were the catalyst for his decision to come home. His return was suddenly and unexpected! We have made good progress in our reconciliation! There is more work to do but I praise God for the principles I learned and continue to learn.”  (Connecticut) (posted 11/3/2014)
“My prodigal returned in March this year after moving out of our home in November last year. Although the period may seem short, it was the longest and hardest, yet best, time in my life. I learned more about my Savior and His love than I have in the 15 years since I have been saved! He taught me how to cast my cares on Him daily. He taught me how to find comfort in His Word, rather than look for comfort in people or things. He gave me such a desire for the Word that now all I want to do is please Him in my life and in my marriage. My husband is back home for good. The old me would still be playing the blame card, but now I realize that the devil is a thief who wants to destroy what God has put together. Now, rather than blame, I pray and trust Him to make all tings work out for our good. I will not allow the devil to rob my wonderful children of the joy of growing up in a Christian home where both parents love and worship Jesus. He has made us more than over comers and I intend to prove through my life and prayers what is the acceptable and perfect will of God concerning marriage.” (United Kingdom) (posted 11/20/2004)
"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) (posted 1/28/2011)
“My prodigal and I have been restored for 6 years and I marvel at how God is still in the process of answering prayers that I prayed back then. I recently looked back at the scriptures I prayed over my husband and I am witnessing the transformation continuing even now. With God, all things are possible.” (California) (posted 11/25/2005)

“God is an awesome God! I thank the Lord for this miracle as he brought my husband home, out of the far country. My husband was gone for months, and it seemed like all hope was lost, but then God connected me to RMM, and my life has changed. I began my stand, and even though it was not easy, God never left or forsook me during this time. I knew that the enemy wanted to destroy my marriage, but my mighty God said, ‘Not so, I will do a new work,’ and that is exactly what He has done.”  (North Carolina)

(posted 12/2/2013)
“I came across your website last year while my husband and I were separated. During that time I thought there was no hope for my marriage because my husband and I were not talking. He had moved into in his own apartment and was actively seeing other women. I cried and prayed and cried and prayed to the point where I was just about to give up because my prayers did not seem to be getting answered. Just when I was ready to give up on my husband and the restoration of my marriage, God sent my husband back to me. We have been back together going on four months now. Every day is a challenge but I am determined to continue to fight and make our marriage work. Please continue to pray for the restoration of my marriage as I will continue to pray for the healing of broken marriages all across the world. Thank you prayer worriers.”  (California) (posted 7/11/2014)
"Praise the Lord and Glory to God. My prodigal came home two weeks ago. He had been gone for almost two years. This happened suddenly and after he had filed for divorce. I had apologized for my part in all this and asked forgiveness. I told him I forgave him and that is when things started to turn around. I just gave it all to God. We are both dealing with a lot, but we are walking down the road together. God is faithful. He had put people in both our lives to help us on our spiritual journey, unbeknownst to the other. God always supplied my needs and always put something in my path when I got discouraged or wanted to give up. The road was certainly rough, but God does restore the years the locust have eaten. Bob and Charlyne, God bless you both and your ministry. You teach the truth from the Word and everything you tell us and warn us about is true. To all you standers, do not give up. God is faithful." (Maryland) (posted 11/20/2004)

"My husband asked forgiveness of everyone and said God had spoken to him in dreams. He thanked me for standing for our marriage. I have read 'Charlyne Cares' devotionals daily. Thank you for your daily support. My husband is home. What looked impossible, God made possible." (Oregon)

(posted 7/27/2007)

"God has done an amazing work over the past year. I received an email from my spouse, who was deployed to Iraq, telling me he wanted a divorce. I was served with divorce papers. But God suddenly changed my husband’s heart. Without warning he decided to dismiss the divorce. We moved to a new state, he began a new job, and I am pregnant with our second child. God is faithful to keep his promises." (Georgia)

(posted 11/2/2007)
"Thank you, for your prayers and encouragement regarding the restoration of my marriage that was resolved thru divorce proceeding over four years ago. We are still seeing each other and our boys are beside themselves. Thank God! We are finally attending a church together as a family, praise God! Hang in there standers and never stop praying!" (California) (posted 11/20/2004)

"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)

(posted 5/7/2010)

"There was no love or respect between me and my husband. He moved out in anger. I started standing many months ago, praying for him and loving him unconditionally. This week my husband moved everything back home and we are working on restoring our marriage, but with a new light in it thanks to God and His grace." (Maryland)

(posted 5/2/2008)
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." (posted 11/20/2004)
"Today is my wedding anniversary and I have a lot to rejoice about. My husband is home and we are celebrating together. The Enemy came in and tried to have his way and that's when I found your website and I am standing ever since. Although my husband never physically left, God brought his heart home and today we can celebrate each other. God has been so good and so faithful to us. What a great big God we serve." (New York) (posted 10/21/2005)
   "My husband returned home from the far country only days ago. He told me today that he was thinking about going back. I am reading, fasting and praying for God to give him strength to see this as an attack from the Devil. I have to leave it with God because He is the only one who can save my husband. Thanks to Rejoice Marriage Ministries I know this is the right thing to do. No nagging or threats, just plain praying and fasting. I know God brought him back and He is the one who can control the situation." (Georgia) (posted 7/13/2007)
(posted 11/17/2014)
"Praise the Lord! My husband came home during revival week at our church! God received all the glory that day as I gave testimony of my returned prodigal at service! It was unexpected and wonderful! God is so amazing and faithful! God will do what He says He will do in His perfect timing! I am a firm believer and a walking example! With God all things are possible!" (Indiana) (posted 1/19/2011)
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