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 have been married 32 years. Five years ago I became the prodigal, moving out and leaving my husband, living with another man. My heart was torn and I was deceived by the enemy. Feeling convicted, I sought to find a divorce recovery group but instead I found Rejoice Ministries and they were in my own back yard. I only went to two meetings but could not stay away from "Charlyne Cares". I became the stander and my husband had replaced me. I told him I was standing for our marriage and even wore my wedding ring, which he told me to take off. Now--Praise God, our marriage is restored!"  (Florida)

“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)

"Praise God, my husband has returned home. Although he is not admitting that it was God who sent him home, I know that it was the Almighty. I knew my prayers would be answered, but I didn't think it would be so quick. We have a lot of work to do and I know we can do it because I refuse to stop standing and praying." (Florida)

“My marriage was so rocky. I thought I was trying real hard, but still imagined I deserved more. I stayed away for a year. I came back in faith exactly a year later, trusting my husband's anger would subside if only I would obey the Lord, and reconcile. Your website was my friend and encouragement when I had little external encouragement. A year later, we couldn't be happier, and all has been healed ! It is true that only one spouse standing makes a difference and God still does miracles! I will never be sorry I came back home. I believe my kids are better off, and we are all happier. Thank you and Him!”  (Wyoming)

“My wife has recently returned home after five years of waiting, during which time I have, by the grace of God withstood three divorce attempts. God will move heaven and earth on your behalf as you remain faithful to your marriage covenant. Bless you and keep on crying to God - declaring the truth about your relationship. Repent, cut the ties to every falsehood and claim the wonder working power of the Blood of Jesus constantly in your situation. You know how precious your marriage is to the Lord. Be strong and courageous.” (England)

“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 am receiving my miracle.Wife called and is coming home Distance was NOT a factor even though she lived more than 6,000 miles away.I heard Him speak 11 months ago when I asked if He would save and restore my marriage and He said: "I'll do it for you" and the next day: "Don't be surprised when it happens". Phlippians:4:13: 'I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." I am indeed a new and improved man because of this fiery trial. Living above my circumstances and watching Him do this thing is beyond all my comprehension and expectation. Supernatural is the closest word that comes to mind. God has a "suddenly" plan for us. It truly is wise to wait."

"My husband came home suddenly two weeks ago. I am so grateful to God. I stood on the promise of that little mustard seed and miracles started happening everywhere in my life, not only my marriage is healed, but also my family is healing."  (New York)

“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)

  "Even though my husband stayed in close touch with me for all the years, I never had the first clue that he was so close to coming home. One day my husband came over and we starting talking about God. My husband was having a hard time sleeping at night. He said he kept feeling like he was almost hearing voices. I sent him home with some material. A few days later, he email me and asked about moving back home. He said he knew he had a lot of issues to work through, but knew he could do it if I would give him a chance. God's timing was perfect as we were able to celebrate our anniversary together."  (State withheld due to ongoing nature of this restoration.)

“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)
"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)

“After being separated from my husband for some years, I didn't want to pray him back and I felt terribly sad when I heard of the OW. But the Holy Spirit instructed me to pray for marital restoration. I was reluctant at first but I stumbled on this site the following day and I was encouraged. I decided to stand for my marriage. Shortly after, my husband sent me a message praying and thanking me for being a good mother to our kids. I felt it was one of the numerous false starts but to God be the glory, our story has changed because my husband is home and the other woman has finally decided to leave him. Praise the Lord!”  (Nigeria)

"My husband decided that the pressure to be responsible for a wife was more than he was willing to work at any longer. I was served divorce papers after his first 30 days from home. After flip flopping from faith to fear, one day I clearly heard from God that my marriage would be restored in His time. I dug my heels in and committed to standing for my marriage come what may. I told (my attorney) that he would be witness to a miracle straight from heaven. He scoffed. After nine months of our separation, we ended up at the same social event. At the end of the evening, he walked me to my car, where he blurted out, ‘I want to come home." Hallelujah! I could have never imagined it would happen this way. After being home for three months, we conceived another blessing. January, 2004, our gift arrived, a beautiful daughter. We continue to move towards total restoration and healing a year and a half later. We are living on 'the other side of a kept promise'" (Texas)

"My husband and I been through so many trials with family deaths and his illness, that changed both of us. I became an unhappy and unappreciative wife. My husband left. My relationship with the Lord was suffering. Him leaving was the best thing that ever happened to me. It woke me up. I started praying as a stander. But little did I realize that the Lord was going to reveal all the things in me that needed to change. 1 Peter 3 and Proverbs 31 are Chapters that helped me see the kind of wife I'm supposed to be. I repented and started seeking the Lord to change my heart and my husband's. I had to accept that I could not change my husband, only the Lord can do that. I went to my husband and asked for his forgiveness for all my shortcomings as a wife. I asked him to give me another chance. He is now home." (California)

"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)

“My husband and I are getting along better than ever and even doing things together. Two weeks ago he spent his first night at our house this year. God had given me the scripture, 'Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!' (Luke 1:45) and I believe this is His confirmation to me that He is continuing to work for His glory. Praise Him.” (North Dakota)

"God is faithful. My husband has been gone for months. Not only have I been praying for him to come home, but that he would get another job due to the stress it caused. I was hired at a new job and a week later my husband was hired by my boss. My husband asked me out to dinner the night before his job opportunity and a week later he came home. He even bought us new wedding bands yesterday. Praise God, He is working on both of us." (Kentucky)

“My husband and I had been married many years, and we began to face some really hard times. I started having an affair and we never really recovered after that. I eventually filed for divorce. I began a relationship with the other man, and I still didn't have any peace in my spirit. I constantly thought about my husband. I felt like God was calling me to stand for my marriage because my spirit was restless. I began to pray about it and my husband eventually texted me one night, asking if we and the kids could go to counseling. I thank God that He didn't give up on us and we are now in the process of restoring our marriage.”  (Alabama)

"Praise The Lord. God saw fit to bring my prodigal home suddenly. Thank You Jesus." (Indiana)

"More than 4 years ago my prodigal spouse came home. He left our home to pursue a life with another woman, but God had other plans. My prayer through our storm was, of course, that God would restore our marriage on the Solid Rock of Jesus, but also that He would one day use us both to help others in hurting marriages. About 3 weeks ago that prayer was answered. I now work at my church and my husband and I have been given the trust and opportunity to counsel with couples. Please pray that God would show us what He wants in starting this ministry at our church. Never give up!!" (Texas)

"Thank you for your constant encouragement in pointing me to relevant scripture. I can't remember how many times it was exactly what I needed to hear. My husband is ready to com home and to be remarried. God amazes me with answered prayer, bit by bit. We may be married again by next month. It is so exciting to see how God is working things out." (Indiana)

"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)

"God has done an awesome work in my family. My spouse has moved back home after two years of separation and divorce. God works in ways we don't know nor understand. He is so awesome. God used my Mother's death to touch my spouse's heart. He is faithful to His Word as long as we don't give up on His promises. I know God has even greater things in store for us. I still fast and pray as my spouse has not come fully back to us and mostly the Lord. I know that God has done such a mighty work so far, who am I to second guess God in how He plans to fully restore us? It is all in His time and His way. Thank you for recognizing that God wants all marriages restored, but that He does that in many different ways. Thank you for telling the people that you will not give them specific answers to some questions; that God has a plan for their lives and that He will work His good for us individually." (New Jersey)

“I left my spouse years ago. I was the prodigal but many months ago I became the stander. My situation seemed hopeless. My husband’s life was out of control. I was devastated. I prayed unceasingly. I gave up many times and just when I started to think there was no hope, my suddenly came completely unexpected. My husband came to me and told me he loved me and wanted to reconcile our marriage. I see now that if I had just been still and let God be in control it could have happened much sooner. PTL! God is faithful.” (Canada)

"There was no love or respect between me and my husband. He moved out in anger. I started standing many months ago, praying for him and loving him unconditionally. This week my husband moved everything back home and we are working on restoring our marriage, but with a new light in it thanks to God and His grace." (Maryland)

"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!"

“At the end of the summer my husband moved us into a home near his work. He had been gone for nearly three years before restoration. Though I was reluctant to leave the area where we lived for many years, God in his goodness has supplied much Christian fellowship and many friends in a short time. Restoration is happening all through our family between four generations. Miracles do happen and God is rebuilding our family on the Rock of Jesus Christ. Praise be to God! I hope this is of encouragement to others to know that God can restore a very large and diverse family. He does more than we can think or imagine.”  (Canada)

“Hallelujah! My spouse has been home for over a year now and it has been challenging at times, BUT God...He has been so good, faithful and direct. What I needed to learn was living out Philippians 4:8-9 and be very, very thankful, spending time praising Him and resting at His feet. Though sometimes I get weary, God answers prayers at His perfect time. One of those is to hear my spouse say thank you and I love you. I got all this recently, quick to praise God! As I was reading the Word, I felt led to Psalm 15 and share this with you, beloved standers. Read verses 4b and 5b, and be encouraged and strengthened once again! All glory to Jesus Christ.”  (Malaysia)

“Praise God for He has restored our marriage. My husband demanded a divorce. I was devastated. I was a new believer and I couldn't grasp what was happening to my life. God was telling me to let my husband go. He also told me that the generations of divorce would end now. I was confused and cried out to God. God led me here, to RMM, and I never looked back. I submitted everything to the Lord. He worked on me and showed me things that I needed to change. God softened my heart towards my husband and cleansed my heart of unforgiveness. God continued His work in me and a few months later, my husband returned home. I encourage all standers to listen to the Lord and concentrate on fixing themselves and allow the Lord to fix our prodigals. He is so very faithful, even when our spouses are not. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8.”  (Ohio)

“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)

"My prodigal returned home some time ago. He is still fighting addictions and has not accepted Christ as his Savior yet. This past week I looked in the bedroom saw my husband on his knees by the bed. When I entered the room he was crying like a baby and asked me to pray for him. He will be saved soon." (Florida)

“My prodigal returned in March this year after moving out of our home in November last year. Although the period may seem short, it was the longest and hardest, yet best, time in my life. I learned more about my Savior and His love than I have in the 15 years since I have been saved! He taught me how to cast my cares on Him daily. He taught me how to find comfort in His Word, rather than look for comfort in people or things. He gave me such a desire for the Word that now all I want to do is please Him in my life and in my marriage. My husband is back home for good. The old me would still be playing the blame card, but now I realize that the devil is a thief who wants to destroy what God has put together. Now, rather than blame, I pray and trust Him to make all tings work out for our good. I will not allow the devil to rob my wonderful children of the joy of growing up in a Christian home where both parents love and worship Jesus. He has made us more than over comers and I intend to prove through my life and prayers what is the acceptable and perfect will of God concerning marriage.” (United Kingdom)

"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)

"My husband and I are under the restoration process, I had the pressure of family, but our Lord led me each step. My parents are old and suffering and Dad urged me to divorce my husband. I told him that even if my husband is not worthy, Jesus is the only one "to undo the evil" (1 John 3:8). The love I have received in this trial has drawn me closer to God. I am still waiting for my prodigal, who is with me, but has not opened his heart with His Savior. God will open his eyes and heart." (Mexico)

"I praise God for leading me to your web site. My husband and I have been married over four years and have a beautiful little boy. I am grateful that I did not proceed with divorcing my husband, nor did he. We, too, were listening to everyone but God. He led me to your web site and told me to go home, beg for forgiveness and seek reconciliation. We have a long way to go, but we are not fighting like we used to. My husband is more responsive to me and the baby and he has not disappeared at night like he used to. He even began calling me sweetheart and showing his love for me in different ways. Until this trial, I had never been on my face praying for anything. Now I am beginning to read the Bible more regularly and really seeking God's direction. Though not always easy, it has become an excellent opportunity to grow as a wife, mother, women and as a Christian. It is building my faith as I stand and wait on God. Thank you and God bless.” (Florida)
"I am a stander for my own marriage. I've had a great example in standing and showing sacrificial love from my Dad. My Mom and Dad were divorced in 1998 after 41 years of marriage. Since that time my Dad has never doubted that one day they would be remarried. He has responded in love to my Mom. Valentines Day 2006 they were remarried at the ages of 73 and 69. God has done a tremendous work in their lives. My once wounded hearted Mother, told me a month ago that at age 69 she has that giddy love for my Dad that she had when they were dating 50 years ago. God will truly restore the years that the locust have devoured. His plans and His ways are so much better than ours.” (Arkansas)

"Praise God for He has answered my prayers. My husband returned home but still struggles with thoughts of the other woman. It's tough to hear about it, but the Lord taught me perseverance and long-suffering while my husband was away. I just continue to talk to God about it and trust that He will deliver my husband from those strongholds. Prayer and fasting do work. My husband is not a reader, but he read Bob's book, and it was such an encouragement to him. Praise God for all He has done. I have to keep reminding myself that restoration is not an event, but a process." (New York)

“I am so thankful for what my Lord is doing in my life, and in my husband and my daughter. God is healing and working out the restoration of my marriage and my family. My husband has begun the healing with God and has told me that he is praying and is asking God's help. God is in control. Praise Him for loving us so very much.” (Florida)

"Thank you for your prayers. My wife and I have been back together for ten months. We have areas that still need healing but we are both trusting in God and are in the scripture every day. Your ministry is such a blessing. When everyone else said to get over it and move on, you encouraged me and led me to the trust in the Lord."   (Washington State)

“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) 

"My husband and I have been separated for 11 months. We have been talking and he has told me that he wanted to come home. On my birthday my prodigal called me at 1:30 AM and asked if he could come over. I said, ‘Of course I don't mind.' He came over and stayed Wednesday and Thursday. Friday he brought his clothes home. He asked me if I could take a few days off from work to go away with him. The Lord opened the doors for me to get away with my husband. We talked and talked and he is so opened about everything, (he was not before). He asked me to forgive him and said that he never wants to leave home again. I give praise to God above and thanks Rejoice Ministries for their prayers and support. God bless you and please, don't ever give up! God is listening and wants to bring marriages together again." (Florida)

"God really does heal marriages. I was the one who thought the grass was greener on the other side. When our marriage wasn't going according to my plan, I began to confide in another man. After divorcing my husband I was left feeling so empty inside. The other man was the one I thought would make my life complete. Thank God my husband was led to your ministry. He learned to pray the scriptures and stood for our marriage and prayed for my salvation. The Holy Spirit began to do a work in me. The Lord softened my heart and by God's grace I was saved. We have been remarried for over two years and our relationship with the Lord and one another keeps getting better. Please do not give up on your marriage or on God. What He did for us, He can do for you. Always remember that the grass is greenest where it is watered." (Michigan)

“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)  

"I give God all the praise. My husband came home on Monday. I give God all the praise. Miracles do happen." (Ohio).

"Thanks to God and your ministry my husband and I are celebrating a year since we got together after a long separation. It has been a difficult year to me since he did not come home as the man I would like him to be. Now he is attending church with me and the kids every Sunday and praying with us each morning. I am sure the Lord is doing the cleaning while I keep my lips zipped." (Mexico)
"My wife and daughter left our home months ago. I was served with restraining orders and then with divorce papers. I had not so much as spoken to my wife during the last four months. Our court date is less than a week away. I received a call last night from my wife telling me that she does not want the divorce and that she is contacting her attorney to stop the process. God is working another miracle." (California)
"My husband and I are back together. Praise God. It happened just like you said it would, fast and unexpected. There was a lot of hurting and loneliness, when it was all said and done, it really wasn't that long. The Lord transformed me from this hateful person who was always yelling, to this loving, caring, person. I am now the wife that he not only deserves, but always wanted. I cannot take any credit with this as it is only by the grace of God that changed me. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement during my trial." (Tennessee)
“I am so excited! My husband came home. He had been gone since October, but began telling me that he loved me and being in contact with me on a regular basis. He told me earlier this month that he wanted to come home. At this point, I am just trusting in God. He has not forsaken me yet and I know He will give me the strength to endure whatever comes.” (Georgia)

“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)

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