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.
"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)
“Praise Jesus, my wife has returned home after many months of separation. Yes, it sometimes seemed hopeless, but I cried out to God. Jesus not only returned my wife home but has given me and our family a new life. Our life will now be built on the Rock. There is a lot to do but now we will be doing it with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Do not give up, cry out to the Lord. I will always remember with a smile Charlyne’s words when she says we shouldn't trust what we see with our eyes and hear with our ears when Jesus is our refuge: ‘.. it does not matter.’” (Finland)
"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)
"Praise God, He has healed my marriage. After my husband left, I was devastated, but I felt that I must seek God, not the world. It was hard some days, but God put so many people in my life that had gone thru this. I started believing that nothing was too hard for God. We are going to a Christian counselor. I know that God can do anything. Praise be to the Lord." (Texas)
"During Holy Week my prodigal who divorced me last year began moving things home. On Easter we spent time with both extended families after no contact with them in years. Hallelujah, Jesus is risen and He is resurrecting our marriage." (Ohio)
“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)
“Praise the Lord my husband is home. This was my word to the Lord that he will receive all the praise and Glory for my husband coming home, I will make my Lord’s name known to the world. The Lord has thought of me so much and I am just glad I can write my testimony so many others will learn to love and serve the Lord, Thank you very much for your prayers; please continue to pray for us. May my Lord receive all the Praise and Glory.” (Dubai)
“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)
“On our 14th wedding anniversary, my husband and I renewed our marriage vows. For almost three years, he left me and the children for someone else. The situation seemed impossible for many people including Christians, but I kept on believing what God told me. After fasting and praying, my husband left the OW last November and now we have a new marriage. Our children are witnesses to what God can do. Many people were crying at our celebration and realized that our miracle can also be their miracle. God is wonderful! Keep praying in Jesus’ name and wait for the unbelievable!” (Mexico)
“PTL - my husband is home! The other person kicked him out and he and all his stuff have been home for over six weeks now. It has been just like Charlyne said- totally, suddenly and unexpected. Although my precious husband is grieving the broken soul tie and relationship, I see signs every day that God is doing a new thing in his heart! And even though we are divorced on paper and he is sleeping on the couch- he is HOME! He and I are talking more than we did our first years of marriage. He even mentioned getting married (jokingly- but I claimed it in Jesus name!) We have been out on dates together and are pretty much getting to know each other again. It's been many years of him being gone and it looked so completely hopeless. Even though the other has been ‘brought’ home with my husband in his grief - I know to keep praying for her, her family and mine. God is no respecter of persons - if He did it for me, He WILL do it for you! Ephesians 3:20.” (Minnesota)
"Praise the Lord, my husband is home. It has been two years and a few attempts to come home. This time he is home to stay. It is a miracle at the work that our God has done. He has totally transformed my husband’s heart. The once bitter and angry person has vanished. He is even asking me questions about my faith. Nothing is impossible with God." (Florida)
“I have been fasting and crying out to Jesus. I gave it all to Him, but asked, ‘Lord I don’t want anything that is not in your time, but Father have mercy on my broken heart. If it is Your will and time, O Lord please bring my bride back. If it’s not Your time then I'll deal with it, just have mercy, O Father, on my heart.’ That night I must have woken up ten times frantically looking for my phone, and I didn’t even know why, but I never found it. I woke up in the morning and I felt God telling me to go get my phone right now, so I did. When I looked at it I saw that I had a text from my wife. She said that she didn’t know what to do anymore. She knew what she was doing was wrong and that I am her husband and she loves me with all of her heart. She said that she wanted me to come home! I immediately broke down and began to cry and praise the Lord. Praise the Lord for all of His power and majesty, as well as His mercy and grace. I know we still have a long road ahead of us to full recovery, but the Lord will get us through! Thank You my Lord and Savior, my rock and my refuge, I love You Jesus!” (California)
"After many years of marriage, my husband walked away and we lost everything we had worked so hard for, including our new home. Now, after 5 years of restoration, we are building a home in the same subdivision. I realized that God has restored what Satan had taken from our family. We have grown children and a child my husband brought home with him that is the apple of our eyes. We also have grandchildren and we all are so blessed to be a family. Thank you for all you've done for us over the past few years." (Virginia)
"I had written that my husband came home after being separated. Now, a year later, my marriage grows stronger every day. We are very much in love with each other. Not only did God heal my marriage, but He also healed my womb. I am several months pregnant with our first child. Glory to God." (New Jersey)
"Praise God, I did not give up on my spouse. God wouldn't let me even though almost daily I begged Him to give me permission to let go. He promised me that my husband would be His and I held on to that promise. God was faithful and saw me through these hard times. Today my husband is home with me and my children, attends church with us, and is being transformed. Thank You Jesus." (Virginia)
“A marriage restored many wonderful years now, Praise God! Our marriage is better than when we first fell in love, and each year God has been faithful to deepen our love and intimacy. He transformed not only our marriage, but our Christian walk as well. This is what the LORD says: ‘I will go before you, Cyrus, and level the mountains. I will smash down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.’ Isaiah 45:2 (NLT) The battle is God’s. All we have to do is stand faithfully, waiting for Him to act. Even now, when I see a rainbow, I am moved; it reminds me that God heard my prayers and answered them. Thank you, Jesus for Your love and mercies and restoring our marriage.” (North Carolina)
"My prodigal is home today. During the court session his lawyer told me, my husband wanted to see the children. Saturday we all went out to eat and he is home. We are both very emotional right now. Everything happened so fast it is still hard for me to believe. Praise God." (Oklahoma)
“Thank You almighty powerful Lord, My husband came home a month ago. We had been separated with not much contact. Through RMM, I learned about the spiritual battle we are in and how our spouses are not the enemy. My husband said that the Lord had been weighing on his mind. Praise the Lord! I am so blessed that the Lord continues to guide us through our spiritual journey of marriage restoration. I know that our battle with the enemy is not over, so please do not stop praying for your spouse's salvation and your marriage even after they come home. I forgave my husband, but I learned to forgive the OW and pray for her salvation also. We must be careful not to give a foothold to the enemy. Pray for the armor of God, a hedge of protection around your spouse and to send warrior angels to protect you and your spouse. I pray your miracles and restorations come soon.” (Alabama)
“PTL! After many months of separation, ignorance, and threats of divorce from my husband, out of the blue, he came to spend New Year’s Eve with me! We had an amazing conversation and I was pleased to hear that he had taken a look at and has begun to own up to his own wrongs through our marriage and was no longer solely blaming me! He told me that this was a positive move in the right direction for us and was very loving. My walk with Our Lord through this time has been life changing! Being an advocate of standing for my marriage had many looking at me as though I were crazy, but I followed exactly what the Lord has told me to do - to keep standing with love and kindness. My husband mentioned this great change in me and I can see how my walk with the Lord is inspiring him. The Lord kept asking me if I was ready this whole holiday season and I said "YES!" Now we are taking it slow and on the mend. I am giving the Lord all of His due glory!” (Pennsylvania)
I GOT MY MIRACLE
My husband left in March 2010 right after I had lost my mother to cancer in December 2009. I begged him not to leave me at this time but he was blindsided by Satan’s lies. The road was very hard. I filed for divorce in June 2010 and he didn’t like the fact that I filed the papers. I was so angry with him that it didn’t matter what he said or did, I was not ever going to take him back. We were trying to come to an agreement about the divorce decree. He never would sign the papers. He would make up excuses as to why he couldn’t sign them. I then realized he didn’t want the divorce, but I didn’t care; I was going through with it anyway.
I know God was giving me every sign in the world about me stopping my divorce. By September, I clearly heard the Lord say to stop the divorce and that Marcus was going to come back home. The Lord gave me Isaiah 54 to stand on. I called my lawyer and he asked me if I wanted to put a hold on the divorce. I told him I wanted it stopped. He was very confused but I shared my stand with him.
The next months I began my journey to work on myself and get my relationship back on track with God. I told people that I was not going to give up on Marcus and he was going to come back home. They just shook their heads like I was crazy, but I knew God spoke to me. God changed my heart and He really started blessing me for obeying Him. My husband began to see the change in me also. He started communicating with me again.
2011 was the year that I really began to cry out for my husband’s soul, at that point it wasn’t about him coming home. I knew that if he died he was going to Hell and I had to fight for his soul. I began fasting and really doing spiritual warfare for my husband. By October 2011, I really began to see a change in him like he was tired and ready to come home. I would ask him to come to family functions and he would show up. Marcus would still refer to me as his wife. I knew God was working on him. The enemy knew his time was about up so he would try to bring out some big guns. I prayed and pressed on.
My miracle came in April 2012! Marcus suggested we renew our wedding vows in a little ceremony with family and friends who helped me pray for my marriage. God did just like He said He would. He brought my husband home and we celebrated our wedding anniversary on a cruise. I am the happiest I have ever been. To God be the glory for all He has done. I would like to thank Charlyne and Rejoice Marriage Ministries for all the encouraging emails sent daily. I am still reading them and praying for all the standers and prodigals. I will forever be a stander.
"God has healed our broken marriage. Every prayer for my wife's heart has been answered. God has broken all contact with the other person, and has rescued us. I can testify that our marriage has gone from one of the worst to one of the best. God is faithful." (British Columbia)
"It took ten long years of standing, but God miraculously restored our marriage. Many people told me to get on with my life, but I knew I had heard from the Lord that He would restore my marriage. My husband is so grateful that I obeyed the Lord and never gave up on him. One of our favorite verses is the one about forgiving "seventy times seven," because we had so many issues to resolve, but the rewards of a loving, happy home is well worth it." (Colorado)
"After false returns, I was embarrassed to send a testimony. Now after months of restoration I can say my Lord has changed my husband’s heart of stone and has given him a heart of flesh. There is power in the Word of God. Thanks, Charlyne and Bob, for supporting me. Praise be to God." (Sweden)
“I wanted to follow up on our restored marriage. It's been two months since my spouse has returned and I continue to stand and praise God. I have a blessing that my spouse has accepted Christ back into her life and understands the spiritual warfare that was bound to come. And it has. But by keeping our eyes up and not out and focused on Him, we press on. We're happier than we were before and are growing daily through the trials. Keep in mind that the standing does not stop once your spouse returns. It intensifies and the enemy does everything in every fashion to try and break it again. Trust in God. He is faithful and continues to pull us through all of the trials. We're praying together for all standers and prodigals to grow close to God or turn their hearts to Him...soon.” (Kansas)
"I want to praise God. We are celebrating our one year restored anniversary. My husband is better than ever. He has totally given up alcohol and has rededicated his life to our family and the Lord." (Colorado)
My husband filed for divorce and we were suppose to be in court, but I stood and told him we were not getting a divorce. I have prayed for him ever since I started standing. I have almost given up many times, but God would not let me. Yesterday my husband called and told me he was cancelling the court case and is coming to Germany with our children. He is willing to make our marriage work. Thank you, Lord. 'For nothing is impossible with God.' (Luke 1:37) Amen. (Germany)
(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 )
"My husband has returned home six months ago after six years away. He said that he saw the writing on the wall--just when I was about to give up. He is now going to church with us. It just amazes me that God freed my husband from what held him captive all these years practically overnight. I would have given up had it not been for your encouraging and sometimes eye opening messages." (Florida)
“God protects his creation, marriage. He is faithful and does keep His promises. The Lord gave me a promise of restoration long before I even knew what ‘standing’ meant. My husband swore it would never happen. Hours before he came home, he wanted to sit down and discuss the visitation schedule for our sons. I told him I refused what Satan wanted for our family and I wouldn't discuss it. Later that night the Lord answered my prayer, sooner than I thought. I had almost given up, but knew I had to hang on and trust HE was taking care of it all. Today, I sit here in awe of our marvelous, almighty, faithful God. He restored, reconciled, and renewed our love and marriage. A marriage that by man's views was long gone. Praise God, I am forever in awe of His love and faithfulness!” (Florida)
My husband came home seven months ago. He was in a non-covenant relationship. God revealed to me that He would force him home. That’s just what happened when the other woman threw him out. God is still working on healing our marriage, but He has promised me that my husband is home to stay. I am believing that God will heal and make this marriage better that I can imagine. God does heal hurting marriages. I praise and thank him for all He has done, and is still doing." (California)
“After many, many years of standing, my prodigal’s heart is back home. Only God can do this as you pray His will be done. We celebrated our wedding anniversary together on Valentine’s Day, after many years of not being together We are working on reconciliation now. Forgiveness is the key.” (Florida)