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 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."
"Praise the Lord and great is His faithfulness. After years of separation, and my spouse in another relationship for most of that time, my spouse and I have spent the last few months getting to know each other again and bringing reconciliation to our marriage. Our now-adult children have heard the good news that their Dad and Mum are back together again. I continue to pray for my spouse's salvation and thank God that He is working this out in His perfect time. I have noticed so many changes in my spouse and I am sure the changes in me are noticeable too. God has begun a good work that He will bring to completion." (Australia)

"I want to give praise to God that my husband is back. I was looking for answers when the Lord led me to your web site. I realized that only God could soften my husband’s heart. I began to concentrate on my relationship with God. Tuesday I prayed and lowered the ropes (from Charlyne Cares). Suddenly Wednesday morning my husband phoned. Shortly afterward, he came to fetch me and we had a talk with a friend of his who phoned the local pastor. We spoke to the pastor, and my husband agreed to stop divorce proceedings, to come home, to attend church Sunday, and also to attend classes with the pastor to restore our marriage." (South Africa)

"After false starts and other circumstances, my husband and I are back together. He moved with me out of need, but last week he told me that we can move forward. I am standing on the Word of God." (Illinois)

“I wanted to share some good news. My spouse and I divorced after almost thirteen years of marriage. Our situation was like many others I'm sure. I never thought once the divorce was finalized, that there would ever be a chance for reconciliation. As horrible as it seem, I felt that God had left me also. He was indeed there with me the entire time, I just did not see it. God brought me to a Christian counselor, who was to be the stepping stone to the beginning of the restoration of my marriage. My husband and I were remarried on our actual first wedding date. We may give up on Him, but He never gives up on us. He does answer prayer. The glory is all His.” (Ohio)
"God is faithful. My husband has been out of our home for many years. He is moving back home. This has been a long hard journey. I would have never made it without the Lord. There were many times I was that person Jesus was carrying in the "Footprints of Sand" story. I have so much to praise and thank the Lord for! Rejoice Ministries, thank you for your support. So many family and friends think I was a fool for standing. I know this is a great victory not only for our family but for God as God hates divorce." (Ohio)

“We want to share our family's joyful testimony and encourage all standers to never give up on God and know there is no mountain He can't move. This week we celebrated the anniversary of our marriage which God restored years ago and the next day the high school graduation of our daughter who had been diagnosed with severe autism as a young child. She will start college soon. Praise God ALL things work together for good for those who love the Lord.”  (Louisiana) 

"My husband came home Christmas Eve and has been home ever since. There are still problems with our relationship, but he says he wants to work it out. My husband has started reading the Bible and I am so grateful he is trying." (Maine)
"My wife and I were remarried. Last Sunday, she joined me at church and during the singing of the invitational song, she looked up at me and asked, "Will you go down with me?" We have both been baptized previously, but until our divorce we never had a real relationship with God.   The minister was aware of our story and shared it briefly with the congregation. He then baptized me and allowed me to assist in baptizing my bride. I believe that was a better day than the day we remarried. That evening, after I prayed for us, instead of saying, "Amen," she continued the prayer. What a blessing to pray together with my bride.   There were many times during our two years of divorce that I wanted to give up and I praise God for giving me the strength to continue standing to see the deliverance He had for me." (Texas)
"I have a restored marriage - praise God. My husband returned home.I received just one letter from my husband's solicitor. After the first visit to my solicitor it transpired that I could not afford to pay their expensive fees nor was I eligible for legal aid (I earned just £9 too much to qualify). So the next time I saw my husband I told him I couldn’t divorce him because I couldn’t afford to, he said I would still be hearing from his solicitor … but to this day nothing ever came - praise God. Soon after this a friend of mine invited me to a seminar, to a newly formed prayer group who prayed specifically for marriage restoration and healing of families. I had no idea what to expect and it was my first introduction to Christians, I had never seen people singing with their hands in the air! From this seminar I was put in touch with other people who were praying for their spouses, and I gave my life to the Lord. Since my husband’s return he’s been attending church with me every week and goes on his own when I’m not able to. During the summer of he attended a nurture group run by our church and in July he came home saying he had done it - yes he had given his life to the Lord. Praise God he was baptised. I thank my Father in Heaven for all He has done for me and is still doing. I thank Him for the prayer partners/ministries He brought into my life who prayed specifically for marriage restoration for without their encouragement and continued support I would not have be able to write this testimony." (England)

"My prodigal husband came to visit over the festive season. We decided on trying to sort things out, taking things one day at a time. I just love having him home. I thank God for what He has done. Thanks for your help. You encouraged me more than you will ever know." (South Africa)

"I just wanted to drop you a note. I had been standing for my marriage for the last 5 years, and three weeks ago God restored it. I say restored, but that doesn't seem quite the right word, because what He is doing is something that is so "new". He's building a relationship that really never was. It is pure, and thoughtful, yet strong and real. "Somehow only about a couple of months ago someone sent me something from your website, and I subscribed. I wish I had been aware of your ministry during the whole 5 year period. It was so very encouraging, yet God was so faithful that He used many, many people and resources during that time.

“My husband came home a few months ago, but he did not come home clean. At first he wouldn't accept my love or God's love, but now he is letting me love him and coming to church with me and starting to get involved there. It has been a struggle and many times I wanted to give up. It actually seemed harder having him home not loving me and the kids than when he was gone, because my circumstance was right in front of me when he came home. I have cried out to the Lord so many times in desperation, and He has given me the strength to continue to do what is right in His eyes. I am trusting the Lord to finish the good work He started in my marriage, and I continue to cling to Him and His promises. He gave me this verse: Exodus 14:13,14. I just want to encourage everyone to NEVER GIVE UP and wait for God's perfect timing. He will NEVER fail you! I love You Lord!”  (Canada)

"My husband decided the marriage was over when I was pregnant. The devotional about having the faith to move mountains inspired me to pray. When the baby was a few weeks old, he asked if we could give it another go and broke contact with the other person. Last Sunday I asked my husband to renew the marriage vows. He said yes. I had written and recorded a song for him as a surprise, and gave it to him at a restaurant, where it was played loudly. Then I 'proposed' to him. I cannot express how much of a miracle this is. God told me that we would be renewing our vows, at the same time as our baby's dedication. It seemed impossible, but now it is happening. If it weren't for Charlyne Cares I couldn't have held on. I nearly gave up, but thank God I didn't." (Wales)

“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)

“I came across this website more than a year ago when my husband and I separated. I had no hope but somehow God never let me give up. We are now back home together and extremely happy. And it truly was suddenly. My husband and I had gone for mediation and were on the verge of divorce...but God! I wish I could share all that God has done during my stand, it was unbelievable! I always believed in God but only through this struggle have I came to really know Him. Standers, please don't give up. Keep standing, keep believing. My husband laughed when I told him before that we would end up together but now all I hear from him is how much he loves me. The road is long and there will be many tears but having your marriage restored...it's an incredible feeling. Even my relationship with my in-laws have improved tremendously. In my wildest dreams I never could have seen our story end this way but God never let me quit.”  (South Africa)

“My husband returned home but I could tell he was still really struggling. We found out that there is a baby coming out of the other relationship. God prepared me for this news the week and day before. I handled it very well in front of my husband. I did break down after he left but God's strength got me through the night. To make a long story short, I am NOT giving up on our marriage! The enemy picked the wrong marriage to try to destroy. With all that is going on and family members contacting my husband with not so nice things to say, he told me that the only person he has seen God through has truly been ME! Praise God! God is working! Under the circumstances it looks hopeless, but with GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!”  (South Carolina) 

“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)

"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)

"My husband moved out months ago, leaving me and our children devastated. Praise the Lord, last week my husband announced that he was coming home. I continue to stand for full healing and restoration of our marriage. If God can bring him back this far, He can completely heal our marriage. I give thanks and praise to a great and awesome God." (Canada)

“My husband suddenly left the other woman yesterday. He asked me if I could store some of his personal items and signed himself into a men's shelter in hopes of getting help to put his life back together Please pray for him to make Jesus his Lord and Savior.” (Illinois)

“My husband was gone for a few years, but God brought him home almost a year ago and is healing and restoring. He is awesome! My van broke down in the middle of the road and it is an expensive repair. I have been praying that God would give my husband and me wisdom as to what to do. Today's 5 minute daily devotional from Charlyne was about math. In my spirit, God confirmed to me that the problem was already taken care of. We serve the most amazing, awesome God! God hears and answers all prayers. He brought my husband home and has already taken care of my vehicle. I love You Lord and praise You! Keep praying; keep believing! Revelation 12:11.”  (Oklahoma)

“My husband has been home for a few months now. I am still in awe! I remember at the beginning of my stand how he told me he had no hope for us, and now he says he'll never leave again. This is God softening his heart! While his relationship with God still isn't where it needs to be, I can tell he's trying. I know the Holy Spirit is leading and guiding him into all truth, as this is my main prayer for him right now. There are still really bad days, but I keep walking in love, standing on God's Word, and I know that God will bring this good work to completion. He did not save my marriage to let it fail at this point. Standers, never give up. My situation was as horrible as it gets, but I set my face like stone and through the rough days I praised God all the more and quoted His Word continuously and the results are manifested. My husband is home! My marriage is being healed! God is so good and will watch over His Word to perform it.”  (Texas)

"I give thanks to the Lord. My husband's attitude toward our marriage changed. He returned home a month ago and we have been very happy enjoying every minute of it. He is doing his best to make everything right again. I know I must continue looking to the Lord for help. The battle is not our, but the Lord's. God answers prayer."  (Florida)

“God is more than wonderful! The OW was always writing me that my husband would divorce me and marry her. All the time God gave me Isaiah 54. After a few years of praying, fasting and waiting, God confirmed for me in many ways to go back to Mexico with my two little boys. ( We were living very alone in Germany). God opened in an awesome way all the doors in Mexico and three months later my husband left the OW and came to Mexico with us. His love for God is now greater than before and our marriage and his relationship with the kids is better than ever. God is faithful! Keep on praying, fasting and believing what God has already said. He will do it in His perfect timing.”  (Mexico)

"My husband and I divorced after I committed adultery. The Lord later changed my heart and I became the stander, but by that time my husband had a girlfriend. My husband came back to me just long enough for me to get pregnant. When he found out about the pregnancy, he went back to his girlfriend. They were discussing marriage. While I was pregnant and standing, the Lord sent me a dream that he would be back home by Christmas. He came home in late November 2008 and we were married last week." (Texas)

“Praise God for bringing my wife back after over seven years of separation. We have now been back together for many months and going strong. I thank God for giving me the strength to stand and wait and bringing me to Rejoice Marriage Ministries. I pray for everyone out there waiting for their time to come. Just remember it is God's timing.”  (Minnesota) 

“Praise God, my wife is home! Through many months I heard all the things read about on this site. I saw the ugly emotions and heard the ugly way prodigals talk to standers. I was told there was no chance, she had her free will. There was no sign in the natural that she was close; circumstances did not point to her coming back. But God! My suddenly happened, out of the blue. Now she is invested in me, the kids, and the future. God's ways are higher than our ways and it will come to pass in His timing! I read the Saturday testimonies and never thought I would be able to post. Hold tight standers. God cannot lie. There will be a day where God will move and all your reality will change for his Glory."  (Arizona)

"My wife returned five days ago after driving for 18 hours to reach our home. I will take the time to more fully share this wonderful miracle restoration when I am able. There has been no time for the Internet since her return as our every waking hour has been spent together, healing, and communicating. I received so much encouragement from Rejoice Ministries. I came often to this site and the Charlyne Care's emails were absolutely a daily help." (Arkansas)

“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)

“For the first time in over 20 years of marriage, I have received from my prodigal a dozen beautiful Red Roses for Valentines. The Lord must be working on this man's heart. We are making plans now for remarriage. All praise to His Glorious Name.” (England)
"I am praising God because I just moved back home. My wife divorced me just over a year ago. I tried the divorce recovery group and the singles group at church. It didn't take long to figure out I didn't belong there. You have been my only support in standing for my marriage. There were many times I wanted to give up but I knew I couldn't because I knew it would mean giving up my family. Please pray that the Lord would continue restoring our marriage and our family." (Connecticut)

"After years of standing and my husband coming back many times, I believe this time it is for real. I believe and will never give up because my Redeemer lives." (Georgia)

"My husband came home the evening before Thanksgiving. I give all the glory to our Lord because as soon as I "let go and let God" and began crying out to Him for the restoration of our marriage and for my husband's heart, my sweet husband began responding to me very differently and showed slow signs of questioning his decision to proceed with the divorce. I just focused my heart on deepening my relationship with Christ and allowed Him to do the rest! What a blessed Thanksgiving it was for our home!" (Georgia)
"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)
"Yesterday I received the book "A Spiritual Journey Toward a Healed Marriage" from Charlyne (thank you for the signed note in the front cover of the book) I read the first two Chapters of the book and the Chapters in the BIBLE highlighted in the book and prayed the prayer at the end of Chapter Two Anyway, when I got the book, I prayed so hard and thought to myself, there is no excuse for not praying even if I am not feeling well. As I prayed last night, I prayed for my husband with earnesty. This morning when his alarm went off I felt him tap me on my arm and he said "I love you honey." Music to my ears even at 5:00 AM in the morning. He has been saying "I Love You" lately, but I could really feel that he meant it with all of his heart this morning. He has even come to Bible School twice this week for the adult class. I feel so blessed. Thank you once again for the prayers going up for us." (Kentucky)

“God is so good! My prayer used to be God please change my husband, but it became God please change me. And God has. It has been painful and heartbreaking at times. But God! I have seen so many Swift trucks and Covenant Transport trucks recently that it has amazed me! Today my husband is on his way back with his things! I stand amazed and in awe at the God I serve and the love He has for me! He is amazing! Don't ever quit standing for your spouse. God does above everything we could ever want or ask for. I praise His name! Thank You dear Heavenly Father.”  (Oklahoma) 

“My husband came back to me one year ago. He is a Christian now and is completely transformed. This is what I prayed over him while he was away. I had a cross that reminded me to pray for my husband; sometimes two or three times a day.” (Texas)

"It has been a year since my wife and I have reconciled. I thank and praise God every day for that. He is so faithful." (Florida)

“Praise God! King of Kings and Lord of Lords! I am an ex-prodigal turned stander (this alone is worthy of my praise). God, in His infinite grace, has brought me out of my wilderness. I was lost for the past seven years but now I am a new creature in the Lord. God placed a new heart and spirit in me. If He can do that with a person who was in a relationship with an OP and on the brink of marrying the OP, imagine what God can do for you and your spouse. My love for Him grows more and more every day as I get to know more about Him. He is so amazing and during this season of my life I am so honored to know that he is my Husband and I his wife. Isaiah 54:5. Praise God, He is worthy!”  (Florida)
“When praises go up blessings come down! I divorced my husband a couple of years ago and I soon realized my mistake. Needless to say, his heart grew hard and full of unforgiveness. He began a relationship with another woman which got serious quickly. I became hopeless and feared the worse. But I began to cry out to the Lord and He led me to your website and placed true believers in my life to intercede for my marriage. My spouse bought the other woman a ring! I thought all was lost but when God is for you who can be against you? I let go and let God! Praise God, within a few days my spouse came to me and the kids and said he wants his family back! We are now living together and going to Christian counseling. This all happened within seven days! Don’t give up on God no matter what the circumstances are saying.”  (Virginia)
"I was the prodigal just one year ago when my husband gave me a few of your messages he had printed off his computer. At the time I read them, cried a little and put them away. Unfortunately my husband gave up his stand, but shortly after, God yanked a knot in me. I repented with Godly sorrow and soon found those messages tucked away. I needed them because my husband had become the prodigal. I am happy to report that my husband is home and I am continuing to stand for his return to his salvation and for our marriage to be restored better than ever before. Sunday, God gave me a beautiful gift. My husband and I, along with our three children and his parents, attended our church together for the first time in a long time. My husband even expressed that he had a great day. God has a terrific plan in store for my family." (Illinois)

"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)

“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)

"We serve a mighty God. Suddenly my beloved husband stated he wanted to move back in together. We found a home that made my spouse say it was going to be our new home. We decided to apply for it, got approved and received the keys all within one week. We are spending this weekend moving our things into our new home. God has answered many prayers and brought my beloved spouse home. He is faithful to His promises. Praise the Lord." (Connecticut)

"My husband has been home 7.5 months now and it's been a glorious time. God not only removed my husband from darkness and sin but he removed me it, too. I was a bitter wife and didn't respect my husband the way God calls me to. To all standers, never give up on what God calls you to do. Your true unconditional love will knit your spouse's heart to you again. The other day I told the same story about how I knew my husband was the one and I expected my husband to tell the same story from 17 yrs ago but instead he said "when you showed me unconditional love." God will complete His good work." (Georgia)

“My husband is home after months of being away. PTL! He had an irregular heartbeat and had to be brought to the hospital. Our child and I were there with him at the hospital providing love, support and care. Thank God his condition normalized and he was discharged. I was planning to ask him if he could come for a few days so we could take care of him. Without prompting him, he asked first if he could come home! Oh my! Since then, he has been home and we are starting to be like a family again. I will continue to pray and ask for God's grace to keep us together and grow in love. The Lord is amazing! When I started to let go and let God, that was when God did his part. God works in mysterious ways. He is real, God is good!”  (Philippines)

"My husband walked out. When he said he wanted a divorce, I fell to my knees and was led to Rejoice Marriage Ministries. I listened to Charlyne's teaching and began praying and searching scripture. I came to the realization that I would have to stand forever. Could I stand forever? God told me it was the only right decision, regardless of what anyone said. Ten days ago, my husband called and wanted to come home. He asked what the conditions were, I said no conditions. My husband is home and we are reigniting our marriage. I will continue to stand for my marriage and family. I am so grateful for a second chance to do it God's way." (Canada)

"My prodigal husband is home. He has said goodbye to the other person, moved out and made a clean break. We seem to be doing very well. He is very caring and treats me like a princess. We've had several special, sharing conversations. He told me of times when he thought of me, but felt he had messed up too badly to even call. He said if I hadn't kept reaching out to him in love he would not have believed I really forgave him. Nothing is impossible with God's help." (Virginia)

"All the glory to God! After many months, my suddenly happened, and I witnessed the moment God changed her! I withdrew my divorce filing, so she was aware that I was standing and knew God told me He would restore us. She’d been staying in our home for a couple of weeks and was able to see how God has changed me. He was working in her. Last week, we spent five days on vacation as a family – her idea! When we got home, we were talking, and at one point I said, ‘That was before. I was very selfish then.’ At that very moment, I saw her eyes soften, and she walked over and hugged me tight! It was the first physical contact she’d initiated in many months! I hugged her back, and she was crying and said, ‘I want to come home. I want to come back to my house.’ Sunday, she brought some clothes back and came home with her ring on! I didn’t have to say a thing. She wanted to put it back on! Our God is so awesome! TRUST Him and never give up! Just let go and TRUST Him!” (South Carolina)

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