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!

“It has been a long wait but I did not give up. Every time I was discouraged and wanted to give up, this website and the daily emails always gave me the reason and courage to believe in God more and to hold on. My husband is home! If the Lord has done it for me, even me, He can do it for anyone. He never answers too late. He answers when we are ready. Do not give up. Keep praying for your spouse and God will do it. Pray ,pray, pray but you must also believe that the prayer is going to move even those we think can never change. The Lord is able. Do not give up.”  (Minnesota)

(posted 11/4/2013)
  (posted 9/19/2014)

"Your ministry has been such an encouragement in my stand. Many times I had wanted to give up because the hurt was more than I thought I could bear, your "Charlyne Care" emails would get me through. I thought so many times that my situation was impossible to change, but you would always remind me that with God all things are possible, no matter what the circumstances are. I had told a friend that all I could do was pray and I was corrected and was told that, that is everything you can do, and that is so true. My husband returned home in December. God is faithful. 'When I am afraid I will trust in thee.' was a verse that I often quoted to myself in tough times. I still read your email everyday and they still keep encouraging me. God never fails." (New York)

(posted 3/3/2006)

"My wife and I split up. If there were ever circumstances that would seem as if I would never see the return of my wife, it would be this. I was left as a stander raising young children. I clung to God for my wife’s return. Today my wife has returned to me. To God be the glory." (New York)

(posted 6/29/2007)
"I have a praise report. After 15 months of waiting and praying, my husband came home to a loving, changed woman. God worked on me mercifully and He is currently working on changes and healing in my husband. It is scary, confusing and unnerving at times because I don't know what to do or say, but I do know that the Lord is with me and drawing my husband nearer to Him. We are learning to love each other again. Without your devotions I could not have made it!" (posted 11/20/2004)

"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)

(posted 8/30/2012)

"My husband and I were remarried on March 13. I just want to thank you for the way you have allowed the Lord to use your lives. Your ministry was my constant encourager. Thank You and praise Him." (Indiana)

(posted 8/31/2012)
"One year ago I found your site searching for help. I was facing separation and probable divorce. Two months ago my husband came back home and has agreed to marriage counseling. We are sharing a room and a bed once again; we are making plans for the future. It's tentative and slow going which is why I hadn't testified yet. But I felt God reprimand me for not sharing. God has worked a miracle and He is not done yet. Unless God builds the house it can't stand. I know he is working on the building and I praise his name and testify to all his blessings."  (Michigan)
(posted 8/30/2012)

“I can’t contain my joy, I have to share this with Rejoice Ministries which was an anchor of support throughout my stand.  After some years and several false starts, my prodigal is home. It happened suddenly; only God knows how. The OW called to apologize. I feel like I am dreaming.  Standers, take seriously what Charlyne and others say about Christ. He is alive and His promises to you will not return to Him void.  And also take Habakkuk 2:2 seriously. I wrote down all my revelations, coincidences, signs and promises which I will be sharing with standers soon.  I had to learn faith in God, not based on what I saw or perceived. This was only by letting go and letting God.  For now, beloved, be encouraged. Only last week I did not know my suddenly was near.”  (United Kingdom)

(posted 2/5/2013)
"I found this site when my husband and I separated. During the separation, my relationship with Jesus has grown. His love for me is beautiful. God has restored my life and my marriage."  (North Carolina)
(posted 8/30/2012)

“My wife and I were divorced. But only months later she began to come and see me and tell me she was sorry and she loved me. She got pregnant with the other man and pulled away for a time, but several months later she came home. A year after she left she suddenly came home a new person in Christ. We were remarried this year and just had a little baby boy whom I adopted. God has blessed us more than we deserve. Our marriage is so much better and more wonderful than words can express.”  (Maryland)

(posted 10/13/2013)

“He is home! Praise the Lord, my precious husband is home. After several months of separation and an OW, God moved in my husband’s heart and mind. His eyes were opened to see the truth. I loved him unconditionally and cried out to our Lord. This journey was unbelievably hard but it changed me and my marriage for the better and right into God’s arms. Standers don't you dare give up. I wanted to many times and I would have missed out on this beautiful blessing and testimony.”  (Florida)

(posted 8/3/2013)
“Praise God, my marriage has been resurrected! It looked hopeless, but that’s it. It only LOOKED hopeless. God is faithful, do not ever give up, ever! Stand for your marriage and you will see God do the impossible for you if you only seek Him first and put Him first above it all. My husband and I are joyful again and in love the way God wants it to be. God is the foundation of our marriage and He keeps His covenant. If only I could speak to you all personally of the miraculous and truly awesome things God did in my life and marriage. My prayer is that when you read this you are encouraged and the Lord will renew in you a steadfast spirit. Don’t give up. Just as He did for Joshua, He will do for you. He will break down the wall in the heart of your spouse!”  (Ohio) (posted 1/19/2015)

“Although my husband has remained in the house, he told me two years ago that he wanted a divorce. I began my stand at that time and would not agree to filing a joint petition for divorce and I know over the next two years, the Lord protected me from my husband filing divorce papers. During my stand, the Lord has changed me into someone I never thought I could be - I love my husband more than I ever have before and I finally have a beautiful relationship with the Lord. A couple of weeks ago, out of the blue, I received a text from my husband thanking me for all I have done for him and how much he really appreciated me. He then invited me out to dinner. The following week, we celebrated our wedding anniversary together and over the weekend he began sleeping in our bed. My husband hasn't verbalized his commitment to me and our marriage yet, but I know all things are possible through Christ Jesus!”  (Minnesota)

(posted 10/15/2012)

“Praise the Lord! I got my miracle. My spouse is coming home and the divorce dismissed! I had several years of crying out to the Lord day and night. I am so happy! I was in anguish crying out to the Lord God and heard a still small voice tell me to wait. After reading everything I could on God and marriage and studying scriptures about marriage. I told God I would wait as long as it took. Every time I experienced another obstacle I'd pray and remember what God said and my promise to Him. It looked hopeless. Finally after being forced to sign a court appearance paper I turned it completely over to God. This is when I saw the hand of God at work! Now when I look back, I see He's been working the whole time. Amazing! He is faithful. Never give up. God will do what He has promised! He is love. Learn to trust! My journey has only begun… But God! A scripture which really helped in the last month was Psalm 91:4.”  (Nebraska)

(posted 9/16/2013)

“My husband left home while I was pregnant. He vowed never to come back, but God! After the baby's birth, he came home but it turned out to be a false start. He came back home again which can only be the work of God. I believe God is working on bringing him back to the Lord. I just want to encourage all standers, as in His Word in Luke 1:37, never forget nothing is impossible with God. Be encouraged.”  (Zimbabwe)

(posted 8/15/2013)

“What a sad time in my family's life when my husband decided to leave. I'd become so overwhelmed with grief. I called my husband repeatedly to no avail. Only when I made the decision to "let go and let God" did things begin to change. My prayers turned from ‘Change him Lord’ to ‘Lord, please do a work in me.’ Taking responsibility for my part in our separation and asking for the Lord's forgiveness was the key to transformation in my marriage. During our separation, I learned to turn my ear only to the voice of God. My husband returned home. I quickly learned that the real work began during our reconciliation. It's been a few years since we've reconciled but the first year was filled with learning how to forgive. In the end, I found out that forgiveness is simply a decision away. Thank You Lord! My husband and I will never be the same.”  (Texas)

(posted 9/9/2013)

“God did what ONLY He can do! My husband is home after six months. He gave notice on his apartment in December but was adamant he was not coming home until January, 2014. The year 2013 was declared for my local church the Year of Completion. I was believing God that my husband would be home by December 31st. Last month he had a seizure and was in the hospital. Once released, he moved out of his apartment and has been home since. I went to a counseling session today and he came along. I told him he didn't have to say anything. He ended up getting involved and guess what, he's coming to the next session! I am still in awe because our situation looked completely impossible but with God ALL things are possible. Keep the faith, stand firm - even if you have to stand alone believing for your covenant partner. He's not perfect and neither am I, but we serve a perfect God who can turn the heart of any. Prayer changes things! Lord help me to zip my lips and to look to You ALWAYS!”  (Virginia)

(posted 1/18/2014)

“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)

(posted 9/26/2013)
"My husband came home last night, praise the Lord. We just talked a lot. Please continue to pray for us as we come back together and seek help to stay together." (Georgia) (posted 11/20/2004)

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

(posted 3/3/2014)

“Praise God from whom all blessings flow! After several months of separation from my husband and very little contact during that time, God has sent my husband home. I am a witness that prayer changes things in our lives if we will only believe in the promises of God. To all my fellow standers...NEVER stop praying for your spouse. We as standers must remember we cannot fight this battle with Satan through flesh and blood, we must fight this battle through spiritual tactics like prayer and fasting. Never cease from praying for your spouse and the other woman or man because both need to be forgiven and restored. Begin to confess the promises of God over your marriage and in God's perfect timing, He will restore your marriage.”  (Florida)

(posted 7/9/2013)

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)

(posted 1/18/2008)

"When Bob and Charlyne shared that our prodigals may come home messy, I had no idea. But God held my tongue and continued to complete the work He started. He is faithful. My husband no longer drinks alcohol, has nothing to do with the other woman, is working regularly, and gives me money toward household expenses. All this without me saying a word. God is good."  (Oregon)

(posted 4/28/2006)
“My husband came and told me he wasn’t sure of his love for me after many years of a good marriage. I was completely blind-sided by his confession. I began to claim Jesus’ authority over our marriage and home. I pleaded with God to remove the pain. Instead God began a hard/ beautiful work in me. My husband left for months. I kept praying, had others interceding, and stood. He is home now for several months. We are very slowly healing. Has it been easy? No, but God has been so amazing and is becoming my everything! God is so faithful. When all seems lost, He never disappoints, leaves or quits loving. I believe God is going to use what Satan meant for evil for His glory in us!”  (Alabama) (posted 8/4/2014)
"My husband and I are back together afer being apart for over a year. Pray for our marriage and for our little boys." (Louisiana) (posted 11/20/2004)

"Praise the Lord, my prodigal has come home. It was just like Charlyne said it would be; unexpectedly." (Florida)

(posted 8/31/2007)
"I was the believing wife with an unsaved husband.Under the attack of satan I became weary and left my husband. He gave his life to the Lord and began praying for my return. I knew that God didn't want me to leave my marriage, yet I turned my back on God and on my marriage. Thank you God for not ever turning your back on me. After being divorced more than a year and after almost having married another man, God restored my marriage. I am the prodigal that did come home! We were remarried December 4th. Your ministry helped me more than I can express. I was stubborn and scared, yet your daily email messages always hit home - yes even though I was the prodigal!!! Thank you so for your ministry, and I would please like for you to pass on to others that 'us prodigals' do want and need people to pray for them no matter what 'we' say, and that 'we' do come home! Thank you so much. In God's Love ALL is possible!" (posted 11/20/2004)
“Praise be to God, my husband called, confessed, and wanted to come home. We spent the weekend together. He showed up at church, sat with us, and rededicated his life to the Lord. The service was about marriage and the Lord testing our faith when things get hard. God is so good and faithful.” (Texas) (posted 5/27/2005)
"Our divorce was days away. All we had to do is sign the papers and make it final. During the past months, my faith in Jesus has grown 1000%. I began to pray for the restoration of my marriage. Along the way, Jesus has shown me myself. Not only did I need to pray and trust, I also had to live my life according to Jesus. When I did that, and really changed, my prayers were answered. My husband and I are going to stay together and work on the marriage.  Our walk with Jesus is only beginning and I am so excited."  (Ohio)
(posted 4/20/2007)

“I asked my husband for forgiveness in my part of the decay of our marriage by letter in October. Since then we have had several dates a week, daily texts and an anniversary present the day after our anniversary that he called an early Christmas present and another present the Sunday before Christmas. He asked me out to lunch as a surprise. God is softening his heart and moving my husband’s feet toward home. I have already received many wonderful gifts from our Lord that are greater than any worldly ones I could receive.”  (Georgia)  

(posted 12/31/2012)
"After years of separation and living 1500 miles apart, this Christmas my husband and I were together as a family again. He came home this past spring, and even though my situation looked hopeless God has done a miracle! As a sign from God, my husband even discovered my wedding ring, which had been lost in a move 2 years ago, and proposed to me to reaffirm our commitment to each other." (Kansas) (posted 1/28/2011)

"The day the Lord became visible in our relationship was the day my husband asked me to do a particularly painful thing. Although he knew it hurt me, he also knew I prayed and did it because the Lord told me to. I honored and reverenced my husband and as he saw that in me, he turned slowly and is now back at home. The trials and struggles are still with us, but I know that doing God's will day by day works." (Ohio)

(posted 6/22/2007)

“My prodigal of many years returned home in progressive stages over a few years, through which we maintained our purity. Last weekend on our original wedding anniversary, we remarried before three dozen family members and friends. The LORD provided everything, even a 'bridal canopy' to decorate the wall behind us. Today we re-enacted part of it and gave our testimony before a dozen other friends and neighbors, giving glory to Christ for our miracle. These have been the happiest days of our lives. I have watched my spouse become a believer, opening himself like a rosebud blossoming into a fragrant beautiful flower. As a woman giving birth in pain afterward forgets the labor for the joy of holding her child, I too, can barely recall the devastation and pain I had during my stand. Keep looking to the goal, to the Savior, my brothers and sisters. The reward is worth the cost we pay. I have seen that every prayer I had prayed has been answered. Wait for the appointed time!”  (Pennsylvania)

(posted 11/14/2012)
“My husband has been home for three months and both of us continue to depend on the Lord for the complete restoration of our marriage. Your ministry has been such a help and support to me throughout my stand. I still thank God for bringing him home.” (Delaware) (posted 1/28/2005)

"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)

(posted 6/7/2007)

"My husband is home. He had only moved into our basement, but had left our marriage. I am so thankful that a friend told me about this Ministry. My husband and I are both reading 'After The Prodigal Returns.' We went to a weekend military marriage seminar and renewed our wedding vows. Praise the Lord." (Colorado)

(posted 7/27/2007)
"I would like to share with you the happiest moment of my life. After 15 months of separation my wife is back! In June last year, after living for 6 years in marriage my wife told me that I was a bad husband and she would not want to spend the rest of her life with me. Our 5 year old son lived with my wife, we separated. I was lost, I was sad, I was miserable, I felt what every of us standers would feel guilt, rejection. I didn't know what to do, but one thing I knew for sure -I did not want to divorce my wife. After one month I found your Internet site. That was a big relief and a big hope for me. These 15 months of standing were very hard for me, I could not see the results of my and my friends' prayers. God is Great! He moves suddenly and His miracles are so powerful and wonderful! On Sunday we went to church and lit three candles and thanked God for His wonderful miracles, for healing of our family. What did I learn from these experiences? First of all and the most important - that one should believe and trust our most loving Almighty God in every step, in every breath of his or her life. Faith moves mountains! God's ways are perfect. I have changed and I have a new changed loving wife. Of course there is much to be done, but I leave everything to God, I believe in God's will. Secondly, the harvest of standing for your family and for your spouse is priceless. My wife told me yesterday that she thought such things can happen only in movies, that adultery can never be forgiven. With unconditional love we can show to others that everything is possible with God. We can show other people how good it is to seek God and to be obedient to Him. The third thing, if you leave God's path finally you get lost and miserable. Yes, my wife told me she was feeling like that, though during our separation she used to pretend she was happy and smiled to me whenever I saw her. This used to weaken my faith, I used to think "God, you said that it was bad not to listen to you, but look - she is happy!" I didn't know what she felt inside because I was looking through worldly eyes. I am so thankful to our Loving God for these experiences. I would like to help other hurting families in my country and in the whole world. Please pray for us. I also would like to offer this report as an encouragement to all standers. Sorry for my grammar mistakes I am not very good at English." (Lithuania, Eastern Europe) (posted 11/20/2004)
"To make a long story short my husband has gone to stop the divorce today. My marriage was dead and God has brought it back alive. I never thought that my husband would come back home. Never give up because God is right there with you holding your marriage together." (Maine) (posted 11/20/2004)

"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)

(posted 7/10/2009)

"My wife and I have started talking and seeing each other again. She stays in another state with the kids, but God used the kids to keep telling her to come home. We are now working on our marriage and we even went to her reunion last weekend together and enjoyed ourselves. Praise the Lord." (North Carolina)

(posted 6/5/2009)

"It has now been several months since our marriage was restored. My husband had moved thousands of miles away. Through much prayer our family will be celebrating our first Thanksgiving together in years. I have so much to be thankful for." (New Hampshire)

(posted 11/23/2007)

"Praise God, my husband came home suddenly. When it looked impossible, God moved. We are taking it one day at a time and I am fully trusting the Lord to save my husband and for our remarriage. God is good all the time." (West Virginia)

(posted 4/7/2006)
"Thank you for teaching me to stand. We are reconciled and trying to walk together in Christ. Our children are happy as are my wife and I." (South Carolina) (posted 11/20/2004)

"My husband left our home after 35 years of marriage and said he would never be back. I was devastated and sought the Lord for answers. He told me to stand for my marriage and although it was one of the most difficult periods of my life, I grew in leaps and bounds spiritually and otherwise. One year later, the Lord brought him home and he has been home for three years now. The Lord's grace has been sufficient and this last May we renewed our vows. Today we will celebrate an early Thanksgiving with our grown children and 12 beautiful grandchildren. Our job was to make the pumpkin pies and turkey for the dinner and just listening to him whistling as he cooked and the excitement of a family gathering that could only be possible with the Lord, filled me with such joy. There has been such healing in our family and we now will leave a legacy for our children and grandchildren that wouldn't have been possible four or five years ago. My husband will do a solo for our church at Christmas called "Come Home." It is about the journey of the prodigal son and the Father's love for him. God is able to do all things. Nothing is too hard for him!" (Pennsylvania)

(posted 11/17/2006)

"I praise God for restoring my marriage. My wife was ready to leave me. I still loved her very much, but my sinful ways had caused many problems in our marriage. I finally realized that I needed God in my life and I asked Him to forgive me of my sins. Since then I have been reborn as a new man in Christ and He has helped me to overcome the worldly temptations. My wife has now started loving me once again. She can see that I am a changed man. I praise God and thank Him every day." (Ohio)

(posted 7/10/2009)

"I want to thank the Lord for bringing my husband home one year ago. In the past year, I have seen the hate walls come down, and his softer, gentle side is being returned. What a wonderful God we serve." (Alabama)

(posted 10/11/2007)
“My husband divorced me several years ago after getting involved with someone else. I got pregnant with him months after the divorce but he was still confused and did not stay. During the entire time he kept coming back and I showed him unconditional love as the Bible defines. He has always voiced to me that he considered coming home. I prayed so hard that one day he would make up his mind and decide to come back to his true family. That time is finally here! Last week he contacted me and let me know that he can no longer be without me and our three kids. We are planning to move away and start our lives anew in the Lord. For Christmas, we will give the kids the wonderful news (they don’t know their dad and I are back together). All I can say is thank You Lord for my restoration.”  (Maryland) (posted 12/22/2014)

"My husband has returned home days ago after months of separation. He insisted on a divorce the day he left, but praise God for His faithfulness to those who seek him. We serve a mighty and powerful God. My husband now wants to make our marriage work. Thank you, Charlyne and Bob for obeying God's leading." (Louisiana)

(posted 2/27/2009)

"I was sitting here praying and fasting for my husband that he would return home. I resolved to pray all night. He just returned home. Praise God." (Australia)

(posted 12/29/2009)
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