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!

"I received a letter from a friend this week that read, ‘...I really appreciate the constant love for God that you have. It is very humbling knowing all the trials God has let the devil put you through, yet you stay on the same road. I admire that in you. I really feel loved by you and am grateful for the free love that you administer to me. Thank you for praying for me and my family. I can feel God's presence.' Praise God! Our marriage was restored two years ago after three decades of unfaithfulness. My stand has been worth it, to be able to witness to others of my faith in our awesome God. Glory! (Iowa)

"I stumbled across your web site years ago when my marriage was falling apart and I was desperately seeking some sort of answer to my pain. You pointed me back to God. Thank you. My husband and I are now enjoying the beginnings of a newly restored marriage. God brought us back together just in time to be a united front against the devil's attack on my health. The day after I got my diagnosis, I received the email from you about the new healing newsletter. God has already promised to heal me and the beautiful thing is that now I know how to trust Him for it. I learned how to rely on and truly trust God when standing for my marriage. Isn't it wonderful how God prepares us for every step in our journey with Him?" (Missouri)

"My husband and I are together again. God said to me through His Word  and to my heart that He would do it, and now God has been faithful to me. My marriage is better than ever." (Barbados)

"I praise the Lord for His mercy. When my prodigal returned after many months separation, he lacked money, I asked the Lord, 'Please dear God, I have applied twice for a job and I got negative response. If You want to send me something, I beg you that someone offers me something to help my husband.' A Christian friend invited me to work real rstate with her. I give thanks to our faithful Lord. (Mexico)

 "What Satan meant for harm, God has surely used for His glory. My wife and I are currently working things out. We celebrated our homecoming by building a bonfire and destroying everything she had accumulated in the far country. We then burned all the divorce papers, which disappeared along with the lawyers. It has been a long hard struggle for three years, raising children alone, but God has strengthened me beyond measure. I love His Word. I love His promises. But most of all I have fallen in love with my Savior. He can do all things. We have a lot of work to do now, but our God is faithful and I know He is there with us. Standers, no matter what Satan throws at you, don't give in. Turn to Jesus and leave it in the hands of the One who can handle it." (Alabama)

“Some months ago my wife wanted a divorce. I believe because we had too many people, or voices instead of allowing God to be the main voice. It was more than any pain I have ever felt in my life, but I zipped my lips, and continued to pray. One day my wife came to pick up our kids, and she told me that God touched her heart to give us another chance. There is still work to be done, but to God be the glory! Suddenly  we are working to restore our home.”  (Illinois)

"My husband has been home for the last two months. As you often say, he returned home suddenly. Only four days before he returned home, he was trying to get me to answer some questions so he could complete divorce paperwork. I repeatedly refused telling him I would not and could not talk to him about divorce. We have been in marriage counseling since the day he came home. Each day I see the manifestation of the work God is doing in my marriage. I believe that he is now seeing the truth, God's plan is and has always been to restore our marriage. He has decided to finalize the adoption of our daughter, go on the family trip to Disney and to combine our finances again, all of which seemed impossible only a short time ago. I know my husband will soon be turning his life completely over to the Lord. All the praise and glory goes to our Lord, Jesus Christ."  (Georgia)

"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)

“Luke 1:45. I am in awe of what God is doing in both me and my beloved. My precious spouse returned home five months ago after a two year absence in the far country with the OP. Although I was praising God for what He did, I was in my own ‘hurry’ to move the marriage along to full restoration. But God had other plans! He is taking His sweet time in rebuilding our marriage slowly and with such care it takes my breath away to watch the changes. Last night I heard, ‘I love you, I’ve always loved you,’ for the first time in two years! God continues to speak to me in spite of my own selfish desires to hurry up. He gently reminds me that He is in control. In His time He will fully restore what the locusts came to destroy! He has and He is and He will! And yes, dear standers, in the natural things looked bleaker than bleak. No contact for months, my husband was so cold - but God! He did it for me, He will do it for you! Glory to God!”  (Minnesota)

"I want to thank Rejoice Marriage Ministries for sending encouraging messages. Your words always felt as if you were speaking only to me. You helped me find my way back to the Lord, and the power to stand for my marriage through so many tough days and lonely nights. I now have a closer walk with our Lord. Tomorrow my husband is stopping our divorce. God bless you and your ministry." (Ohio)

"My husband called and asked if we could talk about getting back together. God is so great. He continues to work on both myself and my husband everyday. My husband got his Bible out for the first time in months and asked others to pray for him. 'Thank You, Precious God, that You never fail and that You can do anything.'" (Texas)

"My husband decided he was not happy and left me. I was devastated, and in the process of getting counseling, I learned a lot about myself. More importantly, I learned to trust God and stop trying to manipulate the situation. Three weeks ago, I finally totally turned this over to God. I began to love unconditionally, not listening to advice of others. (Husband) told me he might want to come home. Two days ago he told me he would probably come home soon. Yesterday he told me the stronghold was broken and his feelings had changed. He will be home on Saturday. From this day forward, I vow to be the wife God created me to be, and I thank God and Praise Him for His mighty work. I also thank God for this ministry. Many days I was ready to give up, but Charlyne Cares shined light in the dark places. I look forward to a time of total restoration and healing in my marriage." (Florida)
"After a year of standing, my marriage is now restored. My husband came out for a month in January, and ended up staying here and not flying back home. He was worried about a job, but I told him that the Lord would provide. Today he went for an interview and will be a bus driver. Although we still have much ahead of us, the miracles that have come before our family are amazing. We are now a family again." (Kansas)

“Praise the Lord. Thank You God. This has been a horrible week where I felt as though I was hitting a wall whenever I tried to pray. What I didn't know was that the Almighty Father was working on my spouse's heart. He arrived home suddenly with all of his belongings to move back in. Our son was so happy he was crying. We all went to church the next morning and our son could not stop hugging his dad. Thank You God for bringing my family all back together. I will never stop thanking the Lord or praying for my marriage and other standers’ marriages. Pray and trust.Do not fear, only believe.’ Mark 5:36.”  (Florida)

“God did it again. I was away on business and left Mom and our daughter at home with a part-time caregiver. My beloved and I had several false starts over the past years of my standing. But God... Jesus touched his heart and he started hanging around the house more while I was gone. Suddenly, the Lord impressed it upon him that he needed to be home even if it meant quitting a job that has kept him from home for a long time now. The next thing I knew my family and husband were on their way to stay with me near my job. They have been here for almost a week now. My husband went to church with us for mid-week Bible study and we are going to church again today. God is faithful! We are restored for good in Jesus Name.”  (Florida)

"I thank God and give Him the praise our restoration has now begun. My prodigal has begun moving his things home! I am still in awe of God and what He has done! He changed my prodigal's heart and brought him home. I now hear hope in my prodigal that had vanished."(Missouri)
“I sent in a testimony that my husband returned home on Memorial Day. My praise report is that he went to church with me yesterday. This is his first time in church in over four years. On our way to church, I saw a Covenant Transport truck, which I rarely see. Praise the Lord.” (Missouri)

I found your website and committed myself to God completely and trusted Him with restoring my marriage. I also allowed God to change me. My husband fell back in love with me, but didn't think I would want him if I knew what he had been doing. He called me asking if I could forgive him if I knew everything. I told him that I already knew and had forgiven him. He came home that night, confessed everything, and has rededicated his life to God and our marriage. Thank you so much for encouraging me not to give up my stand." (Idaho)

“I was hard-hearted and pushed my spouse out and filed for divorce. God dealt with me and made a way for the divorce to be dismissed two months later. After over a year of my spouse telling me he was not coming home ever, he called on a Sunday morning and asked if I was going to church and if the gate was unlocked. He said he was going to start bringing his things home. Suddenly, just like you say. Praise God, He is working and I have zipped it. God Bless RMM.”  (Washington)

“A season ago I was being handed divorce papers. I had been a born again believer for over 30 years and found as I went through this trial clinging to the Lord, that I had been saved by His death at the cross, but I had never grown beyond that and really developed a deep relationship and walk with the Lord. God used my time of separation with my husband to work in me, walk with me, and reveal Himself to me. I had never been able to say I am truly in love with the Lord before. I fought my divorce, trusted and obeyed the Lord, and He was faithful. Just in His time, my husband was moved by the Lord to seek reconciliation with me. He dismissed the divorce, and today he is living at home and I am watching in awe as God rebuilds our marriage stronger than ever, with Him at the center. I consider it a unique blessing to have gone through a trial of this magnitude and seen a small glimpse of the power, love, faithfulness, forgiveness, peace, and joy that our Savior is and has for us.”  (Missouri)

 "I walked out of my marriage in 2003 and quickly realized that I had made a mistake. After many mistakes that Charlyne warns against- seeking man's methods of restoration. I found myself lost and alone or so I thought. Then I discovered God's views on life, love, marriage and salvation. The road to restoration was frightening at first, but as I grew in the Lord and the more I focused on Him, the more I understood unconditional love and forgiveness. After being humbled and forgiven. My marriage was restored two years later. Now, I have the life and marriage that is founded in the Lord. In December, we celebrate our one year anniversary again. Praise the Lord. Rejoice Ministries was a lighthouse in my storm of martial problems." (Pennsylvania)

"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! I took a stand to say I would not interfere in what God was doing in my husband. No manipulation or anything. I got my first inclination that divorce was not the answer when I tried to look up information on the Internet about how to get a divorce. When I typed in ?divorce' an error message came back and read 'Error Bad Request.' Thank You Rejoice Marriage Ministries for encouraging me to stand." (Maryland)

“I have been standing for my marriage for some time. God kept telling me to trust, have faith, and believe. It was challenging but God gave me peace through it all. He ushered me gently into spiritual rest, resting in Him and His promises. My husband moved out months ago but yesterday, out of the blue, he texted and said that he misses me, he wants to be back with me and that he loves me! All praises to God! I spoke to that mountain and it had to move! God is faithful and His Word never returns void! Praying for all prodigal spouses and children and still standing.”  (Mississippi) 

"Glory to God, my prodigal has come home after being away for years. He wants to take it slow. I am still standing for my spouse as I know the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion. Thank you, Rejoice Marriage Ministries. You have shown me how to grow in the Lord. We can't do it alone without the Lord Jesus Christ." (Kansas)

“This week marks a full year that my husband has been back home and the Lord transformed both of us and our marriage. My husband is now my best friend which is a brand new relationship for us after so many years of strife. Please standers, NEVER give up! Draw closer and closer to Christ and make Him first in your life and He will make your path straight. One day during my stand the Lord spoke to my heart and said, ‘Your husband may never come home, you could lose your job, your home and your family but you will NEVER lose Me!’”  (Canada)

“My patience and prayers have been answered.  Thanks to God, the support of your group and the strength from God to remain patient, tolerant and loving toward my ex-wife, we remarried in our parish church in February, on our original wedding date. Our divorce was final in June of last year and by November my ex wanted to cut off any further contact. Then miraculously, only days later, she was moved to return and wished to put our marriage back together. Thank you for all your prayers and support. Praise the Lord our marriage has been restored.”  (Michigan)

"Years ago my husband walked out. It was devastating. I prayed and fasted and found Rejoice Marriage Ministries. Charlyne and Bob helped me to stand. Today, on our anniversary we are not divorced and are able to say that we survived being a statistic."   (New York)

“My marriage is restored! After two plus years of standing and praying God sent my husband home. Don't give up. Keep praying and allow God to work and prepare you for the return of your prodigal spouse. He will do it.”  (Maryland)

"Praise God my prodigal and I are going to be married. How God is faithful! This has been the most trying, difficult time in my life, but the things I have learned. Praise God for his goodness. I just wanted to thank you Charlyne for your encouraging words, your tapes and books. They kept me motivated. Please continue to pray for us. I want my marriage built on the solid rock of Jesus. Please pray for our protection and for the reconciliation of our children to their Dad. He changed (husband's) heart. I know he will change the hearts of my children as well. Thank you, thank you thank you." (Ohio)
 "After almost a year of separation and divorce papers being filed, my spouse has returned home. To God be the glory. Nothing is impossible with Him." (Arkansas)

“Glory to God, we have a restored marriage. I have been fasting, praying and breathing the Word of God every day. And just when things felt the most hopeless and discouraging, SUDDENLY my wife called. Reconciliation was the last thing I expected. BUT GOD totally smashed the wall between us. My wife told me that she had been having dreams, sorrow and she broke into despair. She opened up a secret that shook our world and if not for the grace of God and my walk with Him, none would be prepared to embrace the news. But the response was nothing short of a miracle. Only the blood of Jesus could do such a miraculous healing. We are planning to remarry. I still pinch myself. God is true to His Word. Jeremiah 29:11-14.”  (Indonesia)

"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)
 "After years of separation my husband and I remarried in January. Everyone told me that he would never change and to go on with my life, but I stood on what God had promised me. Like every couple, we have problems, but not the ones that separated us. I continue to pray for myself and others to hold on and not give up on Jesus. He is the only One who can help us on this road that we are on. I love Him so much."   (Mississippi).
"My husband and I went through a time when he was not at home. We had small children at the time and things didn’t look good in the natural at all. I stood on the Word of God, believing and trusting that He would heal, renew, and restore our marriage. It took a year before my husband came home, and even after that God had lots of work to do on the both of us. Now we have beautiful children and a restored marriage with such a Godly bond. Yes, we have to work at our marriage just like everyone, but we allow God to be in control and have authority, and blessings beyond our imagination have followed. Our last child is our little reward for obedience in standing in faith. Nothing is impossible with God. Our situation looked hopeless and came out shining God’s glory so bright." (North Carolina)
"I want to thank you both so much. My husband and I have been separated for 8 months and he has finally returned. I know the road to true reconciliation is long, but with the Lord on our side I have so much faith that we can do this. Thank you for your book 'After The Prodigal Returns." (California)
"A year ago my wife left me, and this weekend we will be moving in together. God has brought us back together so let's praise Him." (Alaska)
“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)

"After a year my husband came home. At the beginning of my stand God spoke to me and said 'You will never be divorced.' He is true to His Word." (Ohio)

"God is indeed awesome. Not only did He bring my prodigal home, but He is also working in bringing restoration to his whole family. Right before this happened, I was close to giving up. I was weary after the long stand and the back and forth. As I was driving home from work, crying out to the Lord, a car pulled in front of me, and there on her bumper was a Rejoice Marriage Ministry bumper sticker telling me that God does heal hurting marriages and there was hope.  I cried all the way home thanking the Lord. Days later my miracle happened. Praise God that He never gives up on us." (Colorado)

"My husband apologized for all the hurt he caused. This week he called his attorney and is dismissing the divorce. The next day he drove hours to my home. We talked and then went over to our pastor and talked for another hour. My husband is making the restoration to his Lord. Before he left I gave him Bob's book 'Finding The Way Home.' I had it ready here for him for just that perfect time." (California)

"Praise God my wife and I are back together again after 2.5 years of divorce and separation. She wants to go to counseling with me and work on our relationship. God is so good in his perfect time and not ours. Thanks for all your prayers my fellow standers in Christ Jesus and a special thanks to Bob and Charlyne at Rejoice Pompano Beach for all your support and help. Please continue to pray for us and our family as we move forward with the Lord in this new beginning together." (Florida) (He attended Rejoice Pompano Pompano Beach Bible Study.)
"Praise the Lord, my husband has come home 'suddenly'! Thank you so much for proclaiming that God heals hurting marriages. I learned to forgive my husband for everything, love him unconditionally, and stand for my marriage boldly proclaiming the word of God - my husband came home. We have been praying together every night. Thanks to your books I knew what to expect and I'm still standing for him to be saved and our marriage completely healed. I will continue to pray for hurting marriages and give my testimony to other couples in crisis." (Maryland)

"My husband has been home for a few weeks. We are doing nightly devotionals and weekly Christian counseling. He told me that he had no peace while he was gone. He now realizes what a treasure he really has and he is trying to be the spiritual leader that God has called him to be. With God all things are possible and our family will be completely healed. Thank you for teaching me how to stand for my marriage and trust the Lord to hear my prayers. He did and my husband is a changed man." (Florida)

"The Lord has restored my broken marriage. I thank God for the day he led me through the Internet to Rejoice Ministries. Their ministry has been a great help to me during my stand for my marriage. The Lord has been good to me in so many ways. My husband has come back to the Lord through the power of prayer. I prayed every day and every night for the Lord to move over my husband's life, and I pray that every stander will never give up. The battle may seem long and hard, but in the end you will realize, as I did, that all you are going through right now will strengthen your relationship with the Lord and restore all that is broken in your life. God heals hurting marriages." (Florida)

"Thanks to God, my husband and I restored our marriage. My intention was to divorce him for infidelity and abandoning me with two children. In a desperate search to save my marriage, the Lord led me to your web site.

"My beloved husband has asked me to move in with him in his new house. He said he has been happy with me these last few months since we started seeing each other. Praise The Lord." (Florida)

“Praise God above. I have been a stander some months now. I was so devastated when my husband left but God is good and powerful. He talked to me through His Word that I should not leave my husband because He hates putting away. Now miracles and wonders were presented to me. Standing is not about how hard-hearted or hard-headed my husband is but how powerful God is. He has gone from an arrogant husband to a friendly one. God can turn favor upon favor to us standers. Keep on standers, believe, trust, stand and be still. Our God is mightier than we can imagine.”  (Philippines)
"My husband filed for divorce about two weeks ago and prepared to move out. Thanks for him listening to a 19 year old son, on the same day, he canceled the filing and never moved out of our home. I praise God for this. He has told me the truth of his life, becoming an honest man again. God is working in him and in me every day." (Louisiana)
“Saturday my husband told me he still loves me and wants to give us another chance. God is so wonderful. I was at my very lowest, my faith was so low and I thought about giving up. I was living in only what I was seeing and not giving God the chance to work on the marriage. Praise the Lord is all I can say.” (Alabama)

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

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