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 came home this past September in obedience to God. God still has a lot of healing to do in our relationship and I am still standing for the restoration of our marriage. (At Christmas) all four of us were in church together in over 18 months. God does answer prayer!"

"Praise the Lord, my husband has been home for several months. He has told me he will love me forever and would miss me if I wasn't around him. That's a big change from wanting a divorce just a few months earlier. More importantly he is spending more time around our children and that is a blessing. Thank You God." (Kentucky)

"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)

"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)

"My husband came home, thanks to many prayers. I, as well as others, had prayed for the Lord to send someone to speak with my husband and the Lord used several. One of my prayers has been for us to worship together again. When he returned to church with me, the front of the bulletin had a picture of a married couple with a scripture from Psalms." (Georgia)

"I spent over a year, standing and praying. Then suddenly, right after a court hearing, when we were due to be divorced that day, after a dream that a man said God sent him to speak to me and told me I would not be divorced, after the judge postponed the hearing for 2 months later, miraculously and by the grace of God, after 3 years of separation, 4 children and I standing and agreeing in prayer, God was faithful and my husband came home. God is awesome, don't ever give up. When all seems hopeless, still praise God for restoring your marriage, because it was when I wanted to give up that I walked by faith and not sight that he came home. Thank you Charlyne for your support and love." (California)

 "Your ministry has had an impact on building my faith and standing for my husband. I am from Sri Lanka and my husband left me. My  Lord took over as I called to Him in the day of trouble. I sought the Lord with all my heart and He began speaking to me through the scriptures. I journaled everything and He even told me from Psalm 81 that I could rejoice. My prodigal walked through that door and we are now working things out together in the Lord's paths." (Sri Lanka)

“To God alone be ALL the glory. He has come through for me. He has confirmed to me that my marriage is restored, my husband desires only me, and will be happy with me. He has removed the OW. He has given us anointing to conquer as a couple.....only the love of God can do such things for us. He has told me to build an altar of praise as He comes down. This is my season He says. Fellow standers...don't give up. God will surely come and save you. So great is His faithfulness. All praise to Him alone.”  (Uganda)

"My husband filed for divorce and left our home in July. After going through months of a bitter divorce, I decided to pray that God would speak to my husband and I believed what Psalm 37 says; 'Do not fret.' A month ago, we started communicating about the kids and just talking. One weekend after he had the kids, he called to tell me that he missed his family and wanted to come home. He has moved back home and says that is the last time he will ever leave his family. In the past, my husband has moved out several times instead of facing problems and talking about issues. I have always believed marriage is for life and now my husband is developing that same belief." (Arkansas)
“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)

"A month after my husband left, the Lord led me on a fast. The entire time, I was receiving so many miraculous signs, but the possibility of my husband coming home eluded me more and more. Although marriage is perfectly designed by God, I had to let go of the fight. The next day, my husband felt led to ask forgiveness from God and myself. We've been living for God for one month." (New Jersey)

"Oh PTL! I was shocked last month when my prodigal sent me an email listing all the things he missed about me! This line from his email confirmed what Charlyne has said all along: 'I feel as though, about a month ago I woke up, and looked around and wondered "Where is my wife? What am I doing? Why have I been gone, and who has been living my life and destroying my life in my absence?"' My prodigal has ended his affair and seeks me out for restoration. I praise my glorious Father for loving me and never giving up on me, even in my fits of doubt! God moves mountains in moments; never stop praying!"  (Kentucky)
We received a letter this week from a woman who has been a part of this Ministry for over ten years. Her file number is in the 300's on a list that now numbers in the ten thousands. For over ten years, she has received material from us, and we have been praying for her family. Since a weekend in the mid 1990's when she came to South Florida for a Rejoice conference, a photo of her family has been displayed on one of the photo boards in the Rejoice office. Look what the Lord has done:

"Just a note to let you know that my husband and I were remarried after being divorced for 14 years. Our marriage is still very much a work in progress. I know 'He who began a good work in me will bring it to completion.' Thank you both for all of your encouragement and help. More people need to know that God DOES heal hurting marriages!" (Ohio)

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, tomorrow, and forever." Hebrews 13:8

"On September 7 my spouse came home. I found out that he had been doing a lot of thinking and that he wanted to work on us getting back together. I prayed scriptures with (husband’s) name and my name in them, for us both to be changed. Praise God, He gave me a new home and my husband back! God is faithful to His word; it will not return back void." (Tennessee)
"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)

“In May, the Lord revealed to me through a dream that my husband would be back in my life after nine months. There was a false start in June, which was very painful, but it was not God's timing. Now, nine months later, our restoration is happening. There are still strongholds of lust, pride, idolatry, fear, and addiction, but God has brought us this far and I know He will continue to deliver us, according to His good purpose. To Christ be all the glory, we are nothing without Him.”  (Florida)

“Praise be to God! After several years of being separated and standing all this time believing God for a miracle, glory to God, my miracle is done. He wants to come home. Thank you, Holy Spirit for speaking through this ministry. I open my arms in praise because I know this was a miracle.”  (Dominican Republic) 

 "My husband left. After much prayer, God impressed on me to that He would heal and restore. When I felt like I couldn't go on, God would send a friend, an encouraging word, or a confirming devotion from Charlyne Cares. I knew I had to hold on and wait. Praise God, my husband has been back home for six months. What Satan intended for our harm, God is using for good. We are together as a family, and worshiping in church together after almost two years apart. When it looks completely impossible is when God comes in." (Kentucky)

"Once I understood that I had to let go and let God, my marriage was restored. My prodigal is home, attending church, going to counseling, and has established a new circle of godly friends. Thank You Lord for letting me see Your light through all the darkness." (California)

"After months of reading Charlyne Cares, fasting and praying, God  has directed my wife to stay and end her affair. We are starting the reconciliation process, and I know God is in control. Praise be to the One who can reclaim hurting marriages." (Minnesota)

"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)

"My husband is home again. After spending a month with us and leaving briefly again, he is home for good. Thank You, God and thank You, Bob and Charlyne, for all your teaching and encouragement. I knew what to expect and where to look for truth." (United Kingdom)

“Well I knew in my heart I would be writing this one day, but in my head I don't think I truly believed it. My wife and I separated. I wanted to stay together, but she pursued a divorce. Very close to the final hearing to end our marriage she began to soften, to change, to open her eyes. We began our restoration about this time last year. Although there have been some bumps along the way, we seem to get over them easier than before with God's help. I am so glad I did not quit on my wife! Keep praying for your spouse and trusting in God's Word!”  (Ohio)

"Through following God's Word, and staying in faith, this weekend was a breakthrough. We are now talking of re-marriage and doing it right this time, with Christ as the center of our marriage. Praise be to God."  (Louisiana)

BRIANNA’S MIRACLE

My husband Joe and I were married for five years before he decided on a family vacation to Disneyland that he "just couldn't do this anymore." That was Halloween week and he had moved out of the house by Thanksgiving weekend.

My two-year-old daughter and I were devastated and shocked. Both of us claimed to be "Christians" and had a relationship with the Lord, attending church frequently, but never centered our lives and marriage around Jesus. I panicked at the prospect of being a single parent and immediately began searching Christian internet dating sites for a new partner. I met and began a long distance relationship with a man in a different state, seeking to fill the void in my life with this new relationship. I wandered as deep into the far country as my husband did until I was convicted one night by the Holy Spirit about being double-minded. How could I be actively praying for God to save my marriage when I was having an affair with a man "just in case" I actually ended up divorced?

My mother-in-law gave me a book shortly after that called "Can My Marriage Be Saved?" which is a compilation of stories of saved/reconciled marriages. One story referenced Covenant Keepers and when I looked them up online in a Google search, I came upon Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc. 

Your materials captivated me; I had heard of covenant marriage but never this concept of "standing." Once I got a hold of it I couldn't get enough of the Bible and what it teaches about the covenant and God’s design for marriage. I started acting on these principles praying God’s truths over my marriage and family and I began to notice a change in myself so quickly that it was actually shocking. I prayed for the Lord to break me and mold me into the wife He wanted me to be. I didn't want to have an adulterous relationship any longer and became content having Jesus fill that space in my life. I made a commitment to honor the covenant even if Joe wasn't at the moment, and I took God at his Word that he is a God of healing and restoration.

Joe and I spent the holidays together and the further I got into my studies about standing, the easier it became for me to treat him with such God-given kindness and grace that my co-workers actually used to joke with me that we had a better relationship while going through a divorce than several of them did married. I took these little opportunities to witness to them about what I was standing for and what I knew God could do, and they would snicker at me and tell me to move on. I truly didn't believe that our divorce would go through...but it did. On April 20, 2010 a judge ruled our marriage "dissolved." I loved your teachings about praying over the divorce decree and that it is just a piece of paper, but does nothing to break the covenant if you keep standing (quite a concept for me to regard a court ruling as "just a piece of paper, since I'm a lawyer!!).

My little girl and I used to pray together at night and thank God for restoring our family and for the brothers and sisters that were yet to be born to Joe and me. She would ask when will Daddy come home and I would talk to her about God’s promises and tell her that we'd wait for him as long as it took. Thankfully, my story of reconciliation didn't take long. Literally two weeks after our divorce decree, there was Joe, who was on my front porch weeping over the mistake he had made and asking if we could "date.” Because of where my relationship was at with Jesus, I found it so easy to forgive him and confess my own earlier affair. God had given me a love for Joe that I had never experienced during our marriage.

We began an awesome time of courtship, healing, and inviting Jesus to be Lord over our relationship. I drafted a motion to the Court asking them to vacate our divorce decree and Joe moved back home last October. Our son was born on August 4 and is nicknamed "the miracle baby" by the same friends and co-workers who snickered at me when I told them God would heal and rebuild our family. As crazy as it sounds, I'm actually glad the divorce was final. I think it makes our reconciliation an even greater testimony to God’s powerful awesomeness than if it were just a divorce "close call!” Praise Jesus!!

"Nothing is too difficult for our God. I had the privilege of having a restored marriage, but I stopped standing soon after and my prodigal left home again. I kept looking at the circumstances, but God was working behind the scenes. I thank the Lord that I am seeing my prodigal’s heart

"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)

"Praise The Lord! My husband returned home after being absent from our family for over 2 years. We are working things out and are going to attend a marriage course at our church. God is so good! (Maryland)
"My husband was a prodigal husband one year ago. He cheated on, stole from, and lied to me about everything. He wasn't a good father and was never around. He confessed his sins one year ago to God and me and asked for forgiveness. He got saved and baptized that same month and now one year later, he has his own ministry in our church. He goes to our local homeless shelter and has Bible study there and every Sunday he goes there to pick up people that can't come to church. He is a great father and is very involved with me and the children. I praise God because he is so good." (Texas)

“God is so, so good! My husband has been home since before Thanksgiving. He stopped the divorce a few days after that. It has been a homecoming not of party hats and loud cheers- but gentle smiles and unconditional love. Charlyne you gave me the best advice ever when you said to ‘zip your lips!’ I have become a listener instead of a talker. I have learned to trust completely in God that He will restore this marriage slowly brick by brick on the solid rock of Jesus. I know that God will make this marriage better than ever in His perfect timing! I believe with all my heart that my husband is home to stay. To all the other standers out there- never give up! This happened suddenly- just like Charlyne said!”  (Minnesota)

"My marriage was hopeless, dead as could be. But God. My spouse, who was breathing fiery threat, is now the sweetest supportive mate. We are building a beautiful home, and I am going to graduate school, a lifelong dream."  (New York)

"My prodigal is home. He is on the couch after years apart. I have been looking at houses and my prodigal is seeing us as a family. He calls me his wife even though the divorce is final."  (California)

"After months of separation, my husband and I are back together. The road is bumpy sometimes, but God led me to this path rather than divorce and I know it is the right one. I praise God for His presence in my life and His promises for our future. With His help I know we will make it." (Illinois)

“I was a stander for several years. My husband came home. He has a son from this time in the wilderness. The child has become the apple of my eye through the strength and guidance of my Lord Jesus Christ. If it weren't for this separation, I would have never given my life to Jesus Christ. My husband and the world were my first priorities; not my Savoir Jesus Christ.”  (Texas)

“After many years marriage, another many years divorced (me being the prodigal), and many months of standing for my spouse (my spouse and I switched roles as I became stander and he became the prodigal), we will be remarrying this week in front of God, family and friends. PTL, my family has been restored! God is so good. We owe Him all praise and glory. Standers, do not give up. God hears your cries. God hates divorce. I will continue to pray for all marriages till the day I die.” (Canada)

“Praise be to God! After several years of being separated and standing all this time believing God for a miracle, glory to God, my miracle is done. He wants to come home. Thank you, Holy Spirit for speaking through this ministry. I open my arms in praise because I know this was a miracle.”  (Dominican Republic) 

“I just want all standers everywhere to know, that after a restored marriage for many years, I am still blessed by the daily email devotions. Standers, always welcome these encouraging emails to keep you focused on God's promises and direction in God's Word, as your job to pray and stand for your marriage does not end when it is restored. I still pray for my spouse, and I am still standing on the promises of God's Word. The daily devotionals encourage me to keep praying and keep abiding in Christ. God continues to bless me through them.”  (Colorado)

“Thank You almighty powerful Lord, My husband came home a month ago. We had been separated with not much contact. Through RMM, I learned about the spiritual battle we are in and how our spouses are not the enemy. My husband said that the Lord had been weighing on his mind. Praise the Lord! I am so blessed that the Lord continues to guide us through our spiritual journey of marriage restoration. I know that our battle with the enemy is not over, so please do not stop praying for your spouse's salvation and your marriage even after they come home. I forgave my husband, but I learned to forgive the OW and pray for her salvation also. We must be careful not to give a foothold to the enemy. Pray for the armor of God, a hedge of protection around your spouse and to send warrior angels to protect you and your spouse. I pray your miracles and restorations come soon.”  (Alabama)

“Praise God, He has brought my prodigal spouse home. God has also had the divorce that my prodigal spouse started in 2001 dismissed in January. My husband has been home for four and a half months. It's as Charlyne and Bob have stated,”Prodigals do come home!” (Texas)
"Praise God for His Word and thank God for Rejoice Ministries that helped me 'stand' during our separation. After 32 years of marriage I was asked to leave. Praise the Lord I am back 'home' and my husband and I are in church and praying together. There is still much work to restore the faith and trust that the months of seperation cost. Your books and tapes helped me keep on keeping on in prayer when it would have been easier to listen to my worldly friends. Thank you and God bless you and this ministry."
“I just wanted to update you that my husband and I were remarried in August, after two years separated and five months divorced. Your ministry made a huge difference in my confidence that this could happen. I also referred your site to a friend whose marriage is being restored and it has blessed her immensely.”  (Florida)
  “My husband has been home for several months! Praise God, only He could have made it happen!  God changed his heart. Please standers, believe that prodigals do come back and stay home. Our marriage has been better than ever and God is now the center of it all! My husband is growing spiritually and I’ve learned to zip my lips. It was impossible, but God came down and made it possible. Trust Him only! As I was reading my Bible tonight I went to Jeremiah 24:6-7 and I had dated the day that the Lord gave me that Word. It was the day before my husband asked to come back home. I had no clue he was coming back, he had given me no signs. But I believed and claimed that promise to my family. And the Lord is restoring a double portion! Believe! Let go and let God! He is the God of the impossible and He will not give His glory to another!”  (Florida)
"I just wanted to say thank you and praise the Lord. My husband left me for another woman. After standing for my marriage and with the help of your ministry my husband returned home October 2001. I still read your messages and just wanted to let you know how much it helped me in my life. May God bless you both."

“My husband moved back home several months ago. I have to pick him up from work once a month and as soon as I picked him up a Covenant Transport truck was there on the highway. Oh how far He has brought us since this time last year. I have no words for how thankful I am that with Him ALL things are possible. PRAISE THE LORD!”  (Tennessee)

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

"Praise be to God. My husband and I are remarrying soon. God has  changed him completely around and he has become the man of my dreams. I am grateful to Rejoice Marriage Ministries. There were times when I felt like giving up. God has truly reconciled our hearts and   lives."         (California)                                                                     

“Wow! After several long months of being apart, my family is whole once again! And it was just like you said, Charlyne, suddenly! My situation looked bleak, but God! I am in awe at His wondrous power and His unfailing promises. He restored and is rebuilding, and I am just giddy with joy. Thank you for being a lighthouse for others in a time where the world says ‘give up.’ The best words ever were hearing my husband thank me for loving him and never giving up. All glory and praise to our Lord because it was certainly His strength in my weakness that pulled me through. Thank you Lord Jesus for loving me and for never letting me down!”  (Georgia)

“My restoration process has begun! Praise the Lord! It was so suddenly, with no indication that it was coming. It's been many months of separation, but standing feels so worth it now. It was hard, but the Lord carried me through, and now He is fulfilling His promises. My husband has agreed to go to counseling together and told me he loves me all in a few hours. It is truly a miracle! At the beginning of our separation, God gave me Isaiah 61:7. My husband also told me he was in the process of buying a house...for us! God is giving me my marriage and a new house to begin our restored marriage in. A DOUBLE PORTION. The Lord is amazing! I love You, Lord!”  (Virginia)

"My husband and I are going through separation and my prodigal has been involved with someone and even filed for divorce. By the grace and mercy of the Lord, we are now attending marriage counseling, dating once a week, and attending church together as a family. I give God all the praise for putting my marriage on the path of restoration." (Georgia)

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