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!

"Praise the Lord. My husband came home after three and a half years. I want to thank you, Bob and Charlyne, for giving me spiritual guidance through my stand. Our God is an awesome God. For all you other standers I say, 'Just keep the faith and don't give up. God is faithful and will work it out for your good. God bless each and every one of you.'" (Michigan)

"My husband has been home for almost two months. I thank God for the work he has done in me. My husband says that I have changed. He treats me with love. I have been reading the book 'Standing After The Prodigal Returns' and it has been a great support. I know that God, not my actions, restored our marriage. I know that He wants my husband saved. I have learned that God is not far away from me, but very close each and every moment of my day." (Arizona)

"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)

"I have never been as close to God as when I was standing. I saw no hope for my husband and me, but God is bigger. I am now back with my husband and life is good. At the brink of darkness, I asked God to give me a sign to show me if He really wanted me to stand. That same day I received a packet in the mail from Rejoice Marriage Ministries. It was my sign." (West Virginia)

"On the date of our court hearing, my husband and I came to an agreement and we pulled the divorce out of court for now. We prayed together for reconciliation. We are going to marriage counseling. Thanks to God for the miracle and hope I have been given so far, and pray I will behave true to Jesus to get us through the difficult moments to a truly healthy happy loving and peaceful marriage and family relationship in God." (California)

“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)

"My husband filed for divorce and left me. It seemed impossible but God never quit working behind the scenes. Just before the divorce was final, my husband confessed and asked to come home. God is healing our family. Thank You, Jesus." (Kansas)

 (From a stander whose testimony of a restored marriage was taped for distribution.)  "When I received the tape this month I was so taken. All these years looking forward to the tapes you end, and then to see our names with 'Restored Marriage' printed on the tapes and CD’s was almost too much to take in for me. All those years, filled with so many tears and heartache. God probably wanted to shout at me, 'Dry your tears, I’m coming through for you,' but then my faith wouldn’t have grown so much." (Washington State)  You can order a tape of this testimony from http://stopdivorce.org/Index.php?viewItem=9819&viewCat=4,%2010 )

"Praise The Lord, my wife dropped the action for divorce and now is ready for me to come home. Only He can work this type of miracle. My spouse has been going to church with me and the reconciliation and restoration happened quickly. How great God is and how wonderful to let Him lead me." (New York)

"One year ago tonight, I thought my world had come to an end when my husband left me for the OW. I had to take off work for a couple of weeks before I could function. I fasted and prayed like never before. I was led to RMM through a friend who stood for the restoration of his marriage. My husband and the OW told me I was delusional (speaking those things which are not as though they were). But who is delusional now? Tonight, I have my husband back in my life and it was SUDDEN, but the restoration is in baby steps. I am in awe at how God honors His word, praise, prayer, and fasting. My treasure is my relationship with my Lord from my stand. I learned from Charlyne that it does not matter what anyone says about my situation other than God. Ezekiel 17:24:  "'All the trees of the forest will know that I the LORD bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.'"  (Georgia)

"I just wanted to agree with you about the necessity of the one who is standing to remain faithful and obedient to the Lord. I know it is hard, and sometimes so very dark. However, let one who held on to the promises of God say that it is more than worth it!!! My husband and I were discussing just last night why did it take so long? I know why. God was not only working on my husband, he was working on me. I am not the same person that I was 5 years ago, praise God. So, I just want to encourage those who are standing to let the light of God shine in their own lives so He can make you the mate He intended you to be. Then when God restores it will be incredible."
"Last weekend my husband asked me to move in with him. This request was on the 12th anniversary of our first date, which we never discussed, but God knew. Thank You Lord for Your faithfulness. I am trusting and believing God's promises to me. I am so much closer to the Lord than when we first separated. I don't know if I would have made it without learning to trust in the Lord." (Nevada)

 "After months of separation, my husband is back home. He told me that he went to see a lawyer around Christmas to divorce me, but he realized that he didn't want to go through it. I had been praying and fasting during December and received a second promise from God that my husband would be back. A month ago, my husband was still telling me that he would never come home. If it wasn't for finding Rejoice Marriage Ministries, my husband and I would be divorced by now. Charlyne taught me how to stand and Bob's books helped me understand my husband's point of view. They both taught me to not look at circumstances, even when things seems impossible. I give all the praises and glory to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for this miracle. My husband says he wants to forget the past and start over.  Prodigals do come home, and they come home when we don't expect it."  (Texas)

"I am back home with my husband after being separated for several months. We are open and honest with the past and I will continue to be prayerful. Thank you so much for your support while I was going through my storm. I know we have to continue to work on our marriage for the devil is busy, but I will continue to fight."  (Illinois)

“A few months after my wife left, I was introduced to RMM by my sister who was going through the same thing with her husband. We fasted often and prayed everyday even though she lived on the other side of the country. After a few months of praying her husband had an ‘epiphany’ as he described it and decided he wanted the marriage. When my sister told me this I was a bit jealous, unfortunately. We continued to pray for my wife and, yes, a few months later she too returned home. PTL! Please keep praying and never give up!”  (Michigan) 

“My husband came home last night. Your Web site has given me so much hope and kept me in the Word. My husband says he's still confused about us, but wants to try to work things out for our boys. I just thank the Lord he's back and that he's willing to give it a chance. God has opened my eyes to my faults and failures. I know God is still working on me. I believe He will change both our hearts and make our marriage better than it ever was.” (Texas)
"My husband has been gone for months and in a adulterous relationship. Today he came over to give me money and I asked if we could talk. He told me that he wants to come home. He said he knows that our marriage was ordained by God and I been more than wonderful thru it all. He thanked me and said he loves me and is working things out." (Florida)

"My husband and I have been back together since 2010. I kicked him out after what was done even though we were both unhappy. He had no relationship with the Lord and I was wavering from the faith. But then I made up my mind I wanted the marriage to work and cried out to God. It took some time, but after standing on God’s Word, prayer, and fasting, my husband came back and eventually gave his life to the Lord. This wasn’t his plan but God had other plans. It took some time but the prodigal did come back, and God worked in both of our hearts. We are better this time around than the first, serving the Lord which is the icing on the cake. I love You Lord forever. To God be the glory.”  (Florida)

"It's been many seasons since God has blessed the restoration of our marriage. I was totally shocked when my wife was gone one day. God led me to your ministry and with the help of another program, God showed me what I was doing wrong in my marriage. My wife tried to push my buttons and saw the change God had made in me. I was surprised when she came home. That is when the standing really starts. God restored not one but two marriages."  (Pennsylvania)

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

"We celebrated  wedding anniversary. My prodigal came home four years ago and God has continued to work on both of us. We have our trials, but I know there is nothing too hard for the Lord if we let Him have His way.  If I had listened to people instead of the Lord, my husband wouldn't be here now. It doesn't mean I didn't receive valid, Godly counsel, but sometimes God spoke opposite of what people would say. The first time my husband thanked me for not giving up, I cried because Charlyne had written about that moment and I believed her. God had confirmed to me over and over that it would happen..” (California)

“This is for anyone who is waiting for their marriage to be restored. I’ve been praying for several years for my marriage to be restored. God kept me close with Him during the time of waiting. Early last month I went to church with my ex-husband. The preacher called me up in front of church and said what you have been praying for is coming true, just hold on to God. I praised God’s Holy Name and thanked Him. My ex-husband had no clue at the time and wanted to know what I had been told. I told him I could not tell him, I had to wait on God. Last week my husband asked me to marry him! This is a miracle from God. It’s been hard, wanting to give up, not sure if God was listening, friends trying to tell me to move forward with my life. But I said, God Your will for my life. So please do not give up. Hold on to God’s Words and His plans for your life. Thank You Father for Your love and understanding Your plan for my life.”  (North Carolina) 

"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)

“I got a call from my husband after a long wait of not hearing from him, telling me he missed me and he was coming home. He wanted to spend the rest of his life with me as we always planned. He has been home now for a short time and our marriage is stronger than it was before. There is work that needs to be done but this I know, God does come through and restores marriages as He is doing with mine. I will praise Him daily as he works on both of us as we are one again.”  (Florida)

“I thank God that this Christmas was different. My prodigal was home to celebrate with us for the first time since 1996. Prayer and faith in God changes things. Only He could take all the bitterness and hurt away to make this a blessed and peaceful time together. Only by submitting to God and letting Him work in our lives could our circumstances change. I give God all the praise and glory for the changes He has made in our lives and for the changes yet to come.” (Missouri)

“I thought my husband’s leaving was all my fault. After a week of separation I found out about the other woman. I stood for my marriage; I never gave up. I tried and tried to speak to him but he refused. One day he decided to talk to me and we had a good talk. The week after that he called me for lunch. After several months of separation, he moved back home after breaking off the relationship. We just celebrated the best Thanksgiving ever. We are still working on restoring our marriage but we know it will be better than ever before. My husband has thanked me for not giving up on him. I am thankful for God's faithfulness and mercy!”  (Oklahoma)

“I have been standing for some months now and my suddenly happened today. My wife and I really hadn't spoken because of a court order. But the order was dissolved last week and she got in contact to tell me that that she didn't want me back home. Within a week she had hit a lot of financial problems and had asked for my help. She texted me and she said she would go to the courts on Monday to do an immediate dismissal of the divorce. I thank God that she said that but I'm a little scared that she is doing it only because she can't do it financially. Please continue to pray that God softens her heart. Stay strong standers. God does hear our prayers. John 11:41-42.”  (Florida)

 "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)

"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)

"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)

"I prayed for my husband to be changed, but I forgot to pray for change in myself. I was still so hurt and angry. Our divorce became final last summer and I finally let go of my anger and pain. When I changed God worked His miracle and my husband came home a few months after our divorce. We are so much happier than before." (New York)

"My husband has suddenly come home. He apologized for how bad he treated me and the children. He says he sees a change in me and that I am glowing. I told him that is the Holy Spirit."  (Florida)

“Praise, glory and honor to God and my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I filed for divorce due to many circumstances. This weekend, I discovered the prayers here on this website and prayed them for three nights over the weekend. Last night, my husband called me, with a convicted heart, asking me to withdraw the divorce petition and to reconcile. Glory to God!”  (Georgia)

“I can only give our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ all glory, thanks, and praise. My husband and I have been through so much. I could not take the arguing and fighting anymore so I left our home, instead of bringing it to the Lord. Then my husband filed for divorce. I regretted that decision so many times, but at the time all I could do was pray and believe in God and see our marriage, family, and home being restored. Now after many struggles, tears shed, fasting, and praying and putting all my faith and trust in God, my husband and I are reconciling. He is dismissing the divorce and proclaimed that he would always love me. Just trust and believe in God and give Him all thanks and glory. When He does restore your marriage, continue to give your marriage to God and continue to pray for your family. PTL”  (Georgia) 

“My husband and I just renewed our marriage vows at our church last week. Four years ago it seemed impossible, but through God all things are possible. I asked the Lord to be the architect of our marriage and He is rebuilding us every day. Our marriage is stronger now because there are three - God, my husband and me. May I also add the real work starts when the Holy Spirit brings them home. Don’t give up your spiritual warfare; it's a battle and you must stand. God will do the fighting for you, because the battle is ultimately His. He only requires your diligence to keep standing because that's when the devil steps up his attacks. Stay strong in the Lord and He will make you a loving couple again. Be blessed.”  (Pennsylvania)

“I give God the glory, my husband came home. There were hard moments but God is faithful. I give thanks to God, now more than ever. I will place my faith in Him, knowing that He will finish what He started. He will restore what the locus has eaten; He will give breath and new life to my marriage. Do not doubt for one moment for nothing is impossible for God.   Ezekiel  37.”  (Florida)

"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 wife returned home after a three and a half year stand. My entire stand I could sense the Lord reminding me to trust Him. I can honestly say the greatest joy in my stand was the deeper relationship I gained with the Lord. I consider all that was lost in the past three and a half years as gain. My message to all standers is to completely trust in the Lord Jesus. He will never leave you nor forsake you. No matter what your circumstance may be, never, ever give up on the Lord to restore your marriage.”  (Pennsylvania) 

"God is so good. Friday my spouse told me he's ready to turn his path and work on our relationship. We have been talking daily since and spending time together. God is the center of restoration and I pray to Him more daily because this is only the beginning. Thank you for your ministry. God bless you and your family." (Indiana)

“My husband left and was in the far country for many months. He came home for a time, telling me it was just for the kids, that he still felt nothing for me. Although I still held on and prayed all day every day, he left again. Two weeks ago I signed divorce papers and signed for an apartment. BUT GOD! One night I had a knock at my door. My suddenly happened! My husband came home! Last night he told me he loved me. We still have work to do but God is so faithful. I still pray and fast for other marriages all around the world. To God be the glory!”  (Tennessee)

"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)

“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)

“PTL! God has restored my marriage after a year of standing. I felt like giving up but after praying and despite everything, I decided to stand for my husband. I prayed for his salvation and for the other relationship to end. The OW realized my husband needed to do the right thing. After a year God brought him back to us. We are in the process of looking for a house to move into together when his lease is up. Now, everyone knows when married couples are happy the devil tries to sneak in. Circumstances conspired to confuse my husband’s head and heart. But he said he is coming back to our family and will never leave me again. God is good!”  (Georgia)

“Several months ago we parted, though we were still good friends. My heart, like many others, was broken. From day one the Father gave His word to me that He would rebuild us and reunite us. Ezekiel 36:6-12. God is faithful. My prodigal is returning. We are moving his belongings in each day. God is faithful dear standers. My refuge has been Jesus, and this website has been such a tool of blessing on how to respond to my husband while away, and zipping the lips, and totally trusting the Lord to carry us and care for us and restore us. Our restoration and rebuild journey together as husband and wife has now just begun. Praises to Him.”  (New Zealand)

"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)
“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)
“I have been so blessed. My husband had moved back home, but in less than two weeks was seeing the other woman again. Many were the times I was tempted to stand up for myself, but God always reminded me that He was my defender. Last night my husband told me that she was out of the picture for good! He will be attending church with us on Christmas Eve for the first time in over a year. God is so faithful.” (Ohio)

“My suddenly happened last Sunday. My prodigal called and asked me to pick him up. The OW packed all her things and moved away. My husband has asked me and the kids to move in with him. Glory to God for His awesomeness. We still have some ways to go but praise God he is home with us. Trusting God for His promises of complete restoration and New Beginnings. God is always in control and on the throne making a way from no way. Thank You Lord for everything. Thank You Lord for bringing me through and I thank You for my husband and family too.”  (Georgia)

"Suddenly my husband turned up, 'weeping and praying' as God kept telling me he would. My husband has declared he is moving home.  God has proven Himself." (United Kingdom)

"It's been months since my husband came home and recommitted his life back to our marriage and back to our Lord Jesus Christ. Our marriage not only survived, but has flourished and is better than ever. Our son sees the changes and teases us because we are more affectionate and closer than ever. My husband still thanks me for not giving up on him and for loving him unconditionally. Our God does move mountains." (Idaho)

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