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 wanted to stop by and encourage someone going through difficulty. I've had a restored marriage now over two years. The circumstances seemed impossible. My husband seemed so much in love with the other person but she's been gone from his mind, heart and life completely. I almost gave up because the storm was its biggest right before it was completely calmed by my Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST. My husband is closer to the LORD, which I never pictured happening, and the Lord has placed other men in the same situation he was in so that he may help them not make the same mistakes. Praise our Lord for not giving up on us when we try to give up, and bless Charlyne and her ministry to continue what they do best. When I was about to give up, I would remind myself… if I cannot trust God to get me out of this situation then how could I trust him in other situations?”  (California)

"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)

“WOW is all I can say about my day today! My suddenly arrived. I hadn’t heard so much as a peep out of my husband, in many months. I got up this morning and had a message from him that he wanted to come pick me up so we could talk. I spent the whole day with him and he apologized to me like five million times and told me how much he's missed me! He told me that he had been so miserable and that every TV show, song, movie and video game reminded him of me! He said he hadn’t been able to sleep and that he's been waking up every day around 4 a.m., just about the time I've been falling asleep after praying! He wants to work things out, PRAISE THE LORD! The Lord is SO AWESOME! To everyone, don't give up on what you're praying and believing for. The Lord is faithful. Continue to pray for us as we start the reconciliation of our marriage as I continue to pray for all of you! The Lord receives ALL of the praises and glory!"  (Texas)

“I just wanted to update you that my husband and I were remarried in August, after two years separated and five months divorced. Your ministry made a huge difference in my confidence that this could happen. I also referred your site to a friend whose marriage is being restored and it has blessed her immensely.”  (Florida)

PTL! My husband had filed for a divorce. The day of our hearing, the judge asked my husband’s attorney to make his statement and my husband stood up and said ‘I DO NOT WANT THIS DIVORCE, I WANT MY WIFE BACK.’ That was definitely my suddenly. I went alone and prayed for the Almighty God to carry me through this hard day and soften my husband’s heart, that today would be the time to do it Lord.  PTL, He came through just when I needed Him. Always have faith in the Almighty Lord, He is working in your favor even when it doesn’t seem like it. Never give up, God will never disappoint you. I was very weary at first, but God showed me He is always there. He loves you and your spouse. God bless and I will be praying for all prodigals and standers forever. Believe in His Word and have faith. It’s so powerful.” (New York)

"I sent Rejoice a prayer request and subscribed to Charlyne Cares. You replied with an email stating that forgiveness was the first step. I entered an agreement to stand for our marriages with a friend of mine at work who is newly divorced. We met daily to pray, share, and encourage each other. My prodigal returned home last Thursday after five months of separation. Our God is truly an awesome God! The Lord showed me that a large part of the problem in my marriage was me. I was able to see how harmful my unforgiveness had been on my marriage.I also prayed that God would allow me to see my husband as he sees him. I thank God for your ministry. You have been a source of encouragement, hope, and an education in faith! My personal relationship with the Lord is richer as a result of your teaching and sharing. I continue to stand for my family and others around the world. I thank God for you and your ministry and for being the children of God that you are. I am unable to express my heartfelt gratitude in this email. I look forward to meeting you and worshiping with you in Nashville in November. I thank God and I thank you." (Tennessee)
“My husband left our home at my insistence. I really believed the right thing to do was to divorce him, though he didn’t want the divorce. The divorce went through, though at the end I didn’t even want it! I had no peace about our family being fractured. My husband was working at the other end of the state and I could see that his relationship with our youngest son was becoming lost. I reached out to my husband with honesty and, for the first time in a long time, he also responded in honesty. In a little over a week he will be moving back home and starting a new job here. Praise the Lord!”  (Florida)

"God has brought my husband and I back together. I can see God making improvements in my husband and also in me. Thank You Father for all that You do." (Oklahoma)

“Praise the Lord, after many months, my wife is back home with my son. Every day I was supported by the faith in our Lord Jesus. Thank You, Jesus. There ìs peace in our marriage and we'll keep following the Lord’s path from now on.” (Honduras)

“God has suddenly brought my spouse home. Our daughter announced we're getting back together to her teacher. Her teacher came to tell me she heard the good news and then she shared that ever since she was four-years-old she has been wishing that her parents would reunite. Divorce impacts a child their entire life.”  (Missouri)

"I just want to be a testomony to others that God is in control andnever give up hope. If you every get a second chance with your spouse, look upon it as a gift from God and pray every day and thank him for each other."

"My wife and I decided to give it another shot after being apart for months. When we went to church together, the pastor hit home with his sermon. Thanks to your using God's Word, it has changed me, and my outlook on life. My faith is stronger, and I won't stop now." (North Carolina)

"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)

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

"I first give honor to God, my Lord and my Savior. My husband and I are living together under one roof. This is a big step considering we both had separate places and separate lives. We were separated for nine months. My husband called me one Sunday after church and we have been together ever since. The Enemy found a way into our marriage through our separation and I am dealing with some things. I know God works everything out for our good and I have to leave that to Him. God knows he is "at home" with my marriage."  (North Carolina)

“My husband and I divorced in 2003. I started standing in 2004, and we were reunited in 2005. We are getting remarried this month. God restored our marriage and so much more. He gave us back all the years we lost. Our young son cannot remember our time apart. God is amazing. Bob and Charlyne, thank you for your daily Word. It pulled me through so much.” (Texas)

"After months of being separated and being at the point of waiting for the judge’s decree in our divorce, my husband wants for us to be together. I was directed to Rejoice Marriage Ministries by God the night I was served with divorce papers. Even our pastor told me if my husband wants to leave the marriage there is nothing I could do. I thought that was so wrong. At that time I did not know what 'standing' was, yet, everything in me fought against those words. Then God led me to your ministries. I was desperate. I have been standing since then. We have been to counseling and are on our way to restoring our marriage. God is an awesome God." (Florida)

"God is so amazing. My husband filed for divorced. I was devastated and didn't know what to do. I turned to this Website by accident and began to stand for my marriage. We were scheduled for court on June 2 and God intervened on that date. The Lord brought my husband back on Father's Day. The best part is that my husband has given his life to the Lord and he's committed to living in God's will. The Lord holds true to His Word and His promises."

"My husband moved back home this past week. We have been in weekly marriage counseling. My husband made a promise to not speak of divorce again. The Lord does answer prayers." (Michigan)

"My husband left and filed for divorce. The Lord led me to Rejoice Marriage Ministries and I started standing for my marriage, fasting and praying. God led my entire household into a breakthrough. My kids all rededicated their lives to Jesus and joined in praying for their prodigal dad. All of a sudden, my husband called me and asked to come back. He is now a changed man. The divorce was retracted and we are planning a wedding renewal ceremony with our family and friends. God is so faithful. Thanks to Bob and Charlyne for the ministry God has given them."  (Washington State)

"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)

"Praise the Lord, my hubby came back two weeks ago after many months of standing. As I did my stand with the help of God, prayer partners and Charlyne Cares things got worse. I tried not to lose hope. I kept believing God's promises and kept praying and fasting even harder. Now my hubby is back and we're getting along just like when we first met. God is restoring our family and things are completely different now. To God be the honor and glory." (Panama)

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

"Praise the Lord my husband came home for Christmas. It was a complete surprise. God has been so good and faithful during this trial. He has given me many promises and scriptures. The Lord gently and patiently directed my steps. He has changed my heart for my husband and allowed me to love him unconditionally and deeper than ever. I am so to excited be on the path of restoration." (New Hampshire)

"Three years ago my husband left me and young child to pursue his dreams and plans. I secured a lawyer and knew the exact date that I would file for divorce. But God stepped in. God began to speak to me like I had never heard before. He told me that he did not want this divorce and that He would do a new thing in my life. I cried out to the Lord and grew stronger in Him and His might. During that time, God put three things on my heart that He would do: provide me with a new job, give me a house for my family, and save my marriage. I am blessed to say that God has done all three. My husband returned home in March. Today I reached one of the lowest points since the restoration. I cried and prayed all the way to the train this morning, calling out to God to save my marriage and send me a word. God put many scriptures on my heart which were all confirmed by reading Charlyne Cares today. My God is with me and He will fully restore this marriage. What an awesome God we serve." (New York)

"I praise and thank the Lord as He brought my husband home to us last night. I am so thankful for my deepened relationship with my Lord and for being made a new creature in Christ. May I never forget this experience or become lazy, but worship and grow with our Lord every day. For it was Him alone that brought my beloved husband home." (Maryland)

“Praise God and thank you for sharing Cari and Ryan's video. I can't wait to watch it again with my daughter. I've been standing for my marriage for many years now and my prodigal entered into a non-covenant marriage. Our daughter is about Cari and Ryan's daughter's age, too, and she has given up hope. Nothing is impossible with our God! Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him. I love You Lord!”  (Pennsylvania)

"My covenant spouse came home in a suddenly. I had claimed in prayer Proverbs 19:2, Ezekiel 36:26, and Exodus 14 to take a stand against the divorce and the other woman. He went to see her in the UK. He had just told her goodbye and to return to her husband when he was hit by a car as a pedestrian. He broke both wrists. He called me from the UK hospital to ask to come home. Our three young children now get a new heritage of restoration. Praise the Lord for His victory over the enemy's schemes!" (Texas)
"My husband filed for divorce about two weeks ago and prepared to move out. Thanks for him listening to a 19 year old son, on the same day, he canceled the filing and never moved out of our home. I praise God for this. He has told me the truth of his life, becoming an honest man again. God is working in him and in me every day." (Louisiana)
"I have stood for the restoration of my marriage for nine years. If it had not been for God's grace and mercy, I would have quit a very long time ago, especially since over two years my husband has been in a non-covenant marriage. He announced to me two weeks ago, that he has left the other woman and is planning to file for a divorce. He wants to come home and for us to be re-married. Can I say it is finally over? No, it is only the beginning. Each time I wanted to give in, the Lord would remind me that He was in control and that it is He that fulfills His purpose for my life. Please continue to lift us up." (Texas)

“Praise God! My wife left almost a year ago. After many nights of prayer, tears and walking with God, my wife has returned! Thank you so much for all the prayers from all you standers. Keep standing and God will bless you! There were times I wavered but God stayed faithful to His Word!”  (Maryland)

“Praise be to God! After several years of being separated and standing all this time believing God for a miracle, glory to God, my miracle is done. He wants to come home. Thank you, Holy Spirit for speaking through this ministry. I open my arms in praise because I know this was a miracle.”  (Dominican Republic) 

"God spoke clearly to me and told me to stand, and He brought healing to my spirit. My husband watched these changes in me, but his hurt kept him isolated and angry. But God was working in his heart too. Five months ago, my husband confessed that he still loved me. Since that time, God has restored all aspects of our marriage. There is a trust and an intimacy that was never there before. God's peace reigns in our home and we continue to experience His blessing and provision." (North Carolina)

“It has been seven years since my husband came back home. Our marriage and love for one another is stronger than ever. God is good and He does restore marriages! My husband is a changed man. To all who are praying for their prodigal to come home, don’t stop praying!”  (Texas)
"My husband came back home this weekend. The Holy Spirit let me know it was time. My husband is not saved, but he said God told him it was time and he wants to truly get to know God and go to church. I know the battle it not over until he is totally delivered and my husband confesses Jesus as Lord. I thank you for your prayers and the book, 'Prodigals Do Come Home.' It was very powerful in my life.” (New York)

"I want to thank Rejoice Marriage Ministries for sending encouraging messages. Your words always felt as if you were speaking only to me. You helped me find my way back to the Lord, and the power to stand for my marriage through so many tough days and lonely nights. I now have a closer walk with our Lord. Tomorrow my husband is stopping our divorce. God bless you and your ministry." (Ohio)

 "Praise the Lord for His goodness, grace and mercy. My husband, children and I spent the holiday together as a family visiting his family in another state. The trip went really well. My husband went to church with us for the first time in a long while. The pastor spoke on marriage, saying when we made our vows it was till death do us part. It was God’s confirmation. After we returned from our trip, my husband said he would be moving home this week. I thank the Lord for His continued faithfulness." (Virginia)

 

"After years of standing, the Lord has won this battle for me. My wife said that she thought I might like to take her out for a meal as she thought I might have a question to ask her. She wanted me to propose. We went ring shopping the next morning, found the perfect ring for her, and went out for a meal. I got down on one knee and proposed and she said yes. Praise the Lord. A wedding invitation will be in the post! All glory to God." (United Kingdom)

"After several months of standing, my husband suddenly returned home two weeks before Christmas! We serve an amazing God. And thank God for Rejoice Ministries. They kept me standing when I did not have the strength to stand. Our reconciliation has been difficult but my wonderful Savior has drawn me so close to Him that I know He will restore my marriage to more than it was before this nightmare began. Keep standing standers! God will honor your stand. Stand strong!" (Kentucky)

"Praise God for His faithfulness. As I read about Bob's condition, I thought the best news I could share is the restoration of my marriage. My husband is home and we are waiting for his divorce to the non-covenant to be posted as final, so we can apply for our marriage license. It has been difficult, but God's faithfulness, mercy, and love was always present. I 'got on with my life' by seeking God and serving Him as He led. I was able to go on mission trips, open my home to others, and be available to help my family. Many people did not understand, but to God be the glory." (Maryland)
"I have been separated by mutual choice. I was a terrible wife, treated my husband horribly. I filed for a divorce. But I accepted the Lord in my life and He showed me what type of wife I was to be. I truly believe that God took me out of marriage to show me how valuable it really was. Along the way, I kept praying and believing. In June, while sitting at my desk crying and asking God what should I do, I distinctly heard two things – first, "Put me first" and secondly, "I will send him home." He allowed my husband to return home. During my stand, my husband specifically said to me "we will be divorced one way or the other." Praise God for His faithfulness and love." (West Virginia)

"Through following God's Word, and staying in faith, this weekend was a breakthrough. We are now talking of re-marriage and doing it right this time, with Christ as the center of our marriage. Praise be to God."  (Louisiana)

"Thank you for sharing God's Word, truth and encouragement. The scripture each day speaks to my heart. My husband of 24 years has been gone for over 5 months. Three weeks ago he came to assurance of salvation for the first time in his 45 years. I've seen a change. We both hope and pray that we will be able to rebuild our marriage and family with God's help." (Minnesota)

"My husband and I just celebrated our 18th Thanksgiving together, including two years ago, when he was not living at home. Praise God. This morning my husband and I were talking about my praying for our daughter. He said I shouldn't worry because my prayers cause things to happen. I praise God that He does work through my prayers and that my family can see God working. I praise God for every holiday and every day that we can be together as a family." (California)

"Praise the Lord, my husband has come home 'suddenly'! Thank you so much for proclaiming that God heals hurting marriages. I learned to forgive my husband for everything, love him unconditionally, and stand for my marriage boldly proclaiming the word of God - my husband came home. We have been praying together every night. Thanks to your books I knew what to expect and I'm still standing for him to be saved and our marriage completely healed. I will continue to pray for hurting marriages and give my testimony to other couples in crisis." (Maryland)

“My marriage is restored! After two plus years of standing and praying God sent my husband home. Don't give up. Keep praying and allow God to work and prepare you for the return of your prodigal spouse. He will do it.”  (Maryland)

 "I thank my Lord for His faithfulness. My husband and I separated. The Lord brought me to your web site and I began my stand for the restoration of my marriage and for the restoration of my husband's spiritual walk with the Lord. After many difficult situations, God has brought my husband home today. God is faithful." (Texas)

"After years of separation, my husband moving in with the other woman, many postponed divorce court dates and even a final divorce court hearing, my husband is back home. Praise God. My family and friends kept telling me to get on with my life, but God had told me in so many ways to hold on and wait for Him and my family would be rebuilt. When I finally got out of God's way and stopped trying to manipulate things He gave me my blessing. I will pray as long as it takes for salvation for my husband and my family. Thank you for your support." (California)

"My prodigal has asked me to remarry him. PTL! We have been divorced for four years. He has been promoted and is moving 2 hours away. Since I have had my stroke, and my partners have terminated my employment with them, I am free to pick up and move. Otherwise, I'd still be under contract with them. I knew God had a plan when I had my stroke 3 months ago. Yes, Bob, soon I will stand in church and tell of how God has healed my marriage. You'll are like parents to me." (Texas)

BRIANNA’S MIRACLE

My husband Joe and I were married for five years before he decided on a family vacation to Disneyland that he "just couldn't do this anymore." That was Halloween week and he had moved out of the house by Thanksgiving weekend.

My two-year-old daughter and I were devastated and shocked. Both of us claimed to be "Christians" and had a relationship with the Lord, attending church frequently, but never centered our lives and marriage around Jesus. I panicked at the prospect of being a single parent and immediately began searching Christian internet dating sites for a new partner. I met and began a long distance relationship with a man in a different state, seeking to fill the void in my life with this new relationship. I wandered as deep into the far country as my husband did until I was convicted one night by the Holy Spirit about being double-minded. How could I be actively praying for God to save my marriage when I was having an affair with a man "just in case" I actually ended up divorced?

My mother-in-law gave me a book shortly after that called "Can My Marriage Be Saved?" which is a compilation of stories of saved/reconciled marriages. One story referenced Covenant Keepers and when I looked them up online in a Google search, I came upon Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc. 

Your materials captivated me; I had heard of covenant marriage but never this concept of "standing." Once I got a hold of it I couldn't get enough of the Bible and what it teaches about the covenant and God’s design for marriage. I started acting on these principles praying God’s truths over my marriage and family and I began to notice a change in myself so quickly that it was actually shocking. I prayed for the Lord to break me and mold me into the wife He wanted me to be. I didn't want to have an adulterous relationship any longer and became content having Jesus fill that space in my life. I made a commitment to honor the covenant even if Joe wasn't at the moment, and I took God at his Word that he is a God of healing and restoration.

Joe and I spent the holidays together and the further I got into my studies about standing, the easier it became for me to treat him with such God-given kindness and grace that my co-workers actually used to joke with me that we had a better relationship while going through a divorce than several of them did married. I took these little opportunities to witness to them about what I was standing for and what I knew God could do, and they would snicker at me and tell me to move on. I truly didn't believe that our divorce would go through...but it did. On April 20, 2010 a judge ruled our marriage "dissolved." I loved your teachings about praying over the divorce decree and that it is just a piece of paper, but does nothing to break the covenant if you keep standing (quite a concept for me to regard a court ruling as "just a piece of paper, since I'm a lawyer!!).

My little girl and I used to pray together at night and thank God for restoring our family and for the brothers and sisters that were yet to be born to Joe and me. She would ask when will Daddy come home and I would talk to her about God’s promises and tell her that we'd wait for him as long as it took. Thankfully, my story of reconciliation didn't take long. Literally two weeks after our divorce decree, there was Joe, who was on my front porch weeping over the mistake he had made and asking if we could "date.” Because of where my relationship was at with Jesus, I found it so easy to forgive him and confess my own earlier affair. God had given me a love for Joe that I had never experienced during our marriage.

We began an awesome time of courtship, healing, and inviting Jesus to be Lord over our relationship. I drafted a motion to the Court asking them to vacate our divorce decree and Joe moved back home last October. Our son was born on August 4 and is nicknamed "the miracle baby" by the same friends and co-workers who snickered at me when I told them God would heal and rebuild our family. As crazy as it sounds, I'm actually glad the divorce was final. I think it makes our reconciliation an even greater testimony to God’s powerful awesomeness than if it were just a divorce "close call!” Praise Jesus!!

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