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!

"Suddenly my husband turned up, 'weeping and praying' as God kept telling me he would. My husband has declared he is moving home.  God has proven Himself." (United Kingdom)

(posted 11/21/2008)

"A month after my husband left, the Lord led me on a fast. The entire time, I was receiving so many miraculous signs, but the possibility of my husband coming home eluded me more and more. Although marriage is perfectly designed by God, I had to let go of the fight. The next day, my husband felt led to ask forgiveness from God and myself. We've been living for God for one month." (New Jersey)

(posted 6/1/2007)

"Although my husband never left our home physically, he left emotionally and spiritually. He left the church. He talked badly about Christians. He had started pursuing other woman and told me he no longer had feelings for me. He was looking for somewhere to go.  Since he wasn't able to leave, I was able to stand with him still under our roof. God has taught me where I was wrong as well as shown me how to be patient and trust Him to restore my marriage. A few days ago my husband told me I am the love of his life and that he needs me in his life. He has returned to church and is allowing God to work in him. He acknowledged that he knows our marriage was saved because of my prayers. Every day God gives us something new. There are still battles, but we are winning the war. The love we now share is a new one and a growing one." (California)

(posted 11/23/2006)
“Last year at this time, my husband and I were barely speaking. Today he has been home almost 10 months… And we were blessed with our first grandchild. To have our family intact for such an incredible event has my heart overflowing. I am so thankful for all God has done for my family. Don’t give up. I will see the goodness of my Lord in the land of the living. God bless you all.” (Illinois) (posted 10/8/2014)
“My family and in-laws were with us on Thanksgiving. This was the first Thanksgiving in three years we were together. My spouse said the prayer and it was beautiful. God is good. He answers prayers We were divorced before my spouse suddenly came back.” (New Jersey) (posted 12/2/2005)

"My husband and I had been married for 20 years, with two children in college, when he left. I was devastated to say the least, and had no one to turn to other than God. After a few false starts, he came home in July. He has given up his apartment, is directing his finances to our home, and talks of our future together. While he was gone, I spent time with God, listened to Charlyne's tapes, read books from Bob and Charlyne and others that helped me get closer to God. Although he is home, the struggle is not over. The devil is not pleased that we are back together, but I also know that we serve a God who has already conquered the devil and we will succeed because God wants us to be together." (Georgia)

(posted 11/19/2006)
“My divorce was suppose to be final in December. Like He has so many times before, God blocked it from happening. My husband called me to say he did not want a divorce and wants to go to counseling. He called a marriage counselor and we have an appointment. Thank you for pointing me to God and His Word so I could have the strength to fight.” (Texas) (posted 1/13/2006)
“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) (posted 8/4/2014)

“God is not a man that he should lie, His ways and thoughts are not like ours. My husband left and never wanted to return but God, mighty God, brought him home. He will bring your spouse home. It is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when and when He does, He makes everything beautiful in its time.”  (Australia)

(posted 4/1/2014)

"My husband left and was out of control. I got clean and found this ministry. I lived by it daily. I knew God would bring him. Two years ago, my husband hit a tree on his motorcycle was in a coma for months, but with God’s grace and help, I foght for his life. I knew if he died he would not go to Heaven. I held on with God and my husband is alive. He is home learning to walk and talk and love. I wasn’t expecting God to bring him home like this. I have faith that my husband will continue to get better as will our marriage. God has promised, if I just hold on and never give up. I didn’t and I won’t." (California)

(posted 6/7/2007)

"We divorced and my husband remarried. I found your website and started my stand. We barely had contact except through authorities. God is good and after years of separation and no ontact, I got a call telling me that my prodigal was sick and almost dying. I called him and on the exact date we had separated. He told me it was time for us to get back together again. I went to see him and took care of him in the hospital. He has recovered. He and the other person have separated and now we have a new relationship. Praise God! I am going to help him move home closer to us. God is above all." (Sweden)

(posted 10/11/2007)

My wife filed for divorce. One year later, after court dates and mediation, she asked if I would have dinner with her and the kids. I accepted. I had not heard anything from her except business concerning the kids and the divorce. She called and asked me to lunch at a local park. I ccepted. As of today, my wife has dismissed the divorce and we start marriage counseling this Saturday morning. Thank You Lord. We have a long way to go, but I know He is right beside us through this new journey." (Missouri)

(posted 3/22/2007)
  (posted 8/19/2014)
“After a failed restoration attempt, the Lord really started to work on me. I learned about my stubbornness, how to be a better wife, homemaker and mother, and most importantly, how to lean completely on Him, The process was painful for me, as I had made my husband an idol. Then the Lord worked mightily in my husband. My husband came back home on Christmas. Full restoration is taking place. I want to tell anyone who had a failed restoration attempt, do not give up. Just press on. The failing might be because there are still changes to be made.” (United Kingdom) (posted 1/20/2006)
“After many detours my husband is back home. We were separated on and off for quite some time. I always knew in my heart there were a lot of things being kept hidden that needed to surface for healing of our marriage. One night I got down on my knees and prayed that God would reveal all of it and that anyone who might be trying to destroy our marriage would have their eyes opened and be stopped. Within days my prayer was answered. My verse for my stand has always been and will continue to be Matthew 19:6. Never lose hope. We serve a faithful and loving God who is the only One who can turn these ashes of marriage back into something beautiful. Glory be to Him always.”  (Virginia) (posted 10/13/2014)

“PTL! My Father is in the restoring business...He brought my prodigal home after almost a year of very little communication and my husband saying, I'm not coming back. I have to admit I gave up after a conversation I had with him and He told me he was happy where he was. The next day I went online and filled out divorce papers. When I handed him the papers he said he needed time to read through them, but never signed them. Instead he told me He was going to stand for our marriage just the way I had. A few months later we are together working things through, but putting God first. I continue to pray for a full restoration and for God to give all standers His peace and strength! Please don't give up on your marriage, it is worth fighting for. Thanks RRM for helping me through this.”  (Texas)

(posted 2/17/2014)

 "Praise the Lord, my husband returned just as suddenly as he left me. I had just about given up on standing when God sent me the message that I was closer than I thought. Two days after receiving that message I got the phone call I had been waiting for. Our God is the one of suddenly. He is so good. Charlyne’s testimony is what helped me see that my situation was not hopeless." (Texas)

(posted 9/5/2008)
"I first heard of Rejoice Ministries through Focus on the Family. I was so desperate, I would try almost anything to restore my broken marriage. I sent you a picture of the two of us together for prayer. One year passed, then another, then another. I had given up hope, but as my hope was failing, God gave me a scripture, Isaiah 62:5. I claimed that entire chapter. I held on to that promise, I took it personal, I prayed for the Word to come real in my life. I put God in remembrance of his word. I read it every day! "I had moved on to someone else, thinking my ex-husband had re-married someone else. I got on with my life. I started doing volunteer work, taking exercise classes, meeting other people. Then it happens. My ex-husband called me and we started talking as friends. The calls continued. To make a long story short, we are re-married. It was not my doing or his, it was God. God has proved His love for me in so many ways, I could never tell it all! Tell all the standers, when God gives them a promise, hold on to it!" (Illinois) (posted 11/20/2004)

“PTL that God brought my ex-husband back to me. Yes I said EX! I prayed for many years for the Lord to soften my husband's heart, but he was never willing to allow God to work in his life. After a long separation and divorce my husband came back to me after he spent many months in prayer and finally opening his heart to the Lord! I spent our entire separation standing still and allowing God to change me. I never imagined He would bring my husband back to me all this time later with a renewed heart and spirit! We are now back together and working toward re-marriage. PRAISE YOU JESUS!”  (Virginia)

(posted 10/13/2013)

"My marriage has been restored after months of separation. Even though my husband became a daily part of our lives before Thanksgiving, he didn't want to come home until after Christmas. I didn't rush him but allowed the Lord to work on his heart and now he has moved back in and wants to become a member of my church. Praise the Lord." (New Jersey)

(posted 1/16/2009)

“Praise God for the work He has done in my life. My wife and I were apart, the divorce papers were filed and we were due to go to court in a few weeks. But I prayed and fasted and God heard my prayers. My wife called me and said she wants me to come back home to be a family. Our God is still working on marriages so pray and ask Him to restore. He wants to do it for you as He did it for me.”  (Louisiana)

(posted 5/27/2013)
“I lived with the love of my life, my prodigal spouse, for several lonely years after he had an affair. When the pain was unbearable, God said, ‘Trust Me not him.’ When I felt I couldn’t go on, my Father said, ‘Giving up on (my husband) is giving up on Me.’ Ouch! After that, I knew I was never giving up and neither should you or you’ll miss the best blessing of your life. The OW gave my husband temporary relief from the shame he felt due to a 40 year battle with pornography. He no longer felt worthy of my love or God’s, so he left us both. After years of praying scripture over him and loving him like Christ, his heart was transformed and with the help of Celebrate Recovery he was able to heal. Last Valentine’s Day was our new beginning and we are now in marriage ministry helping others! Glory to God! It only takes one in the one flesh union to pray for restoration. In God’s perfect time and without delay, thy will be done. And His will is for your marriage to survive and thrive. Are you that one spouse who will pray?”  (Texas) (posted 1/27/2015)

 

"I am seeing God's hand more and more every day. My returned prodigal has had to quit work because of illness. Only God knows how we are making it on just my salary. Every time the money is needed, it comes right on time from somewhere. God even worked out a legal matter from while my prodigal was in the far country. My spouse asked me to pray for this situation. This was the first time in many years he asked me to pray for something specific for him. I prayed God would go before him into the courtroom and work it out. God did, and only a small fine was required, the exact amount given to me as an extra bonus at work the day before. I even got a raise today. God never ceases to amaze me." (Georgia)

 

(posted 5/11/2007)

“I felt neglected and alone. I had an affair. My husband knew and two years after the fact couldn't take it anymore and began to act out himself. I was at a loss. I knew it wasn't him; it was pain and anger. I clearly heard God tell me to stand; that He would reach my husband and give me a marriage seven times better than we'd ever had before. I spent  months of praying and loving him as he continued to act out. I hated what he was doing, but I knew it was Satan and I knew God had already defeated Satan. Thanksgiving Day he told me he loved me and put his wedding ring back on. Two weeks later he bought me a new ring and re-proposed. My suddenly came just in time! PTL!”  (Indiana)

(posted 12/31/2012)

"After months of separation, my husband and I are back together. The road is bumpy sometimes, but God led me to this path rather than divorce and I know it is the right one. I praise God for His presence in my life and His promises for our future. With His help I know we will make it." (Illinois)

(posted 2/27/2009)

“I have been reading your daily devotions and standing, waiting for my wife to stop the divorce for some years . We are three weeks from the final court date. My wife came by tonight and said she wants to call off the divorce. Praise God!”  (Maryland)

(posted 1/27/2014)

“A few months ago, our home was in such turmoil. I was disappointed to come to this after fighting for my marriage for 16 years. Prior to that, our middle child ran away from home. I was weak and weary from the physical and emotional pain but oftentimes, some friends would show up and pray for us when I was too tired and weary to do it myself. One day, I read about Moses and some battle he fought that lasted for 53 days. Somehow, I knew God was telling me that was also for me. Sure enough, after 53 days of intense standing in prayer, my husband called me and asked for my forgiveness with tears of repentance. We reconciled and I must say that he came home a changed man, and he is still changing to this day for the better. Meanwhile our son also came back home and we were finally reunited as a family. So I didn't have one but two prodigals coming back home!”  (Canada)

(posted 5/16/2013)

"My husband and I are restored and this past weekend we moved into the home we purchased together. Without God and your ministry encouraging me I don’t think I would have made it. God Bless you." (Oklahoma)

(posted 5/16/2008)

“My husband and I were apart for several years and Jesus met me in my utter devastation and brokenness in the most beautiful way. He led me to a church and to a friend who introduced me to this ministry. During my stand, my husband and I only communicated by email. It was gut-wrenching and I was tempted at times to change my email address. As the new year approached, I sensed a change and thought it might be time for me to let go of my stand and move on, but my husband contacted me. We spent a day together and he held me and told me he could breathe again. We continued seeing each other and a few months later bought a house and were remarried on our original anniversary date. He is a different man who says things he never said. The last year has been filled with precious moments and some ugly ones too. I take those to the Lord and it's not long after that those issues are resolved, although it can be a scary process. The Lord is building our house and making it what He always intended.”  (Alabama)

(posted 12/16/2013)

"God is ever faithful even when we are not. My husband has been home for a year. Praise God, blinders are being removed from his eyes and he is finally acknowledging he cannot do without God and crying out that he is broken. God is able to anything." (California)

(posted 5/11/2007)

"I have been standing for over seven years, and at the beginning of my stand I was driving home one evening crying asking God, 'Will he be home by Christmas?' At that moment, I saw a shooting star. God has shown me stars many times as encouragement, during my stand; on the sides of trucks, billboards, in songs etc. Last night when I talked to my husband, he talked about working things out to be able to come back home, this week before Christmas. I cried tears of joy at God's amazing faithfulness, love, and the power of prayer. Praise to our Lord!"  (Minnesota)

(posted 12/23/2012)

"My husband has been home for a few months after many false attempts. He is going to a Christian college majoring in theology. Sometimes I think that God has a sense of humor since my spouse is still not living a Christian life yet he wants to study in a Christian environment. This was also our first Thanksgiving together in many years and we went to Florida to visit family. For the first time I saw the Rejoice billboard that reads 'Forgive Them.'" (Georgia)

(posted 12/4/2009)

"Praise God for He is so faithful. Two years ago the Lord gave me my first promise that He was going to restore my marriage, and this past weekend I moved in with my husband. When God gave you a promise, He doesn't change His mind. He will complete what He starts. We may not know how long it will take, but just know that He will complete what He starts." (Missouri)

(posted 3/3/2006)

“My husband and I were separated for a number of months. The situation appeared hopeless. One day I stumbled upon this ministry and felt the Lord leading me to stand for my marriage. I wasn't even sure what that meant, but I surrendered my life completely to the Lord. He led me and embraced me through every tearful, lonely night. My husband told me when he left that he wasn't coming back, but I knew the Lord would restore what we had lost. He did that and more. It has been nearly two years since my husband has come back home. Our marriage is stronger than ever. Believe what the Lord has promised, and consider that He is moving even when our eyes fail to see it. The separation was awful, but God used it for our good, to fix what we couldn't. What He did for us, He will do for you. Bless the Lord!”  (Texas)

(posted 4/15/2013)

"After being separated for several months, my husband broke up with the other woman and is back home. God does bring prodigals back home suddenly. Praise God. He rescued me and my spouse and has brought us to the path of restoration and reconciliation. Thank you, Charlyne and Bob for all your guidance and support." (New York)

(posted 2/7/2009)

“All glory to God - my husband and I are restored! Praise God he moved out and into an apartment just a short way from us and we joined as members of a family and him as the main member as it should be. God has taken so much pain and turned it into an amazing love for him and one another. Thank You God from the bottom of our hearts. Amen.”  (South Africa)

(posted 11/14/2012)
“God brought back my spouse after many years of separation and living in separate countries. I feel doubly blessed for all I went through in the desert. Many people told me to divorce in the beginning, but God put it in my heart that marriage is sacred and that He could restore us. It was worth not giving up and now we have a wonderful testimony to give glory to God. All things are possible with God. Never forget that.”  (Australia) (posted 11/3/2014)

“The Lord we serve is a faithful and a loving God. It’s been some months since my beloved husband came to the Lord and to be with me and our baby. It has been a whole new journey for both of us, and we realized that our Mighty God is definitely a God of restoration. God still has to perfect me and my husband and I know He will complete it. The key to marriage restoration is to completely surrender yourself and your marriage into the hands of God and be humble, let Him take control. Pray unceasingly even after your spouse is back. Standers, NEVER EVER GIVE UP! God loves what you are doing, standing for your marriage which He adores too. God bless.”  (Sri Lanka)

(posted 4/21/2014)
 "After years of separation my husband and I remarried in January. Everyone told me that he would never change and to go on with my life, but I stood on what God had promised me. Like every couple, we have problems, but not the ones that separated us. I continue to pray for myself and others to hold on and not give up on Jesus. He is the only One who can help us on this road that we are on. I love Him so much."   (Mississippi). (posted 7/13/2006)

"I am praising the Lord that my God brought my husband home this past weekend. It was very suddenly. Thank you Bob and Charlyne for your wisdom and direction on how to stand. I thank God for you both. There is much to continue to stand for, but God can do anything." (Arizona)

(posted 10/24/2008)

"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)

(posted 11/23/2007)
“My prodigal and I attended church together on Sunday. I had taken my coat off and placed it, my purse, and Bible between us. He asked me to move my things on the other side of me so we could sit closer together. He held my hand during service. When the bishop asked first time visitors to stand, my husband stood and was welcomed with hugs by members of the congregation. When church was over, I asked my husband if he was he going to the meet the bishop. He said, ‘Next Sunday.’ I asked, ‘Are you coming back?’ He said, ‘Of course I’m coming back to church with my wife.’ Hallelujah! Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Standing on God’s promises.”  (Maryland) (posted 12/11/2014)
“Bob and Charlyne are correct – the return of your prodigal is the beginning of a lot of hard work, prayer, and belief that God will heal and restore your dead and dying marriage. It’s been a few months since my suddenly (thank You Jesus); the first month was the honeymoon phase, as my husband was very attentive and happy to be home. We’ve accomplished several of the goals we made the night he returned home. There are road bumps in this process and times where I have to retreat into prayer and ask God for strength and guidance. It’s so very hard at times, but I’m confident, consistent in my actions towards my spouse, and I believe that what God said He will do, He will do. My marriage will be restored and better than ever before. Standing strong.”  (Maryland) (posted 4/7/2015)
“I thank God that this Christmas was different. My prodigal was home to celebrate with us for the first time since 1996. Prayer and faith in God changes things. Only He could take all the bitterness and hurt away to make this a blessed and peaceful time together. Only by submitting to God and letting Him work in our lives could our circumstances change. I give God all the praise and glory for the changes He has made in our lives and for the changes yet to come.” (Missouri) (posted 1/21/2005)

“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)

(posted 3/17/2014)
“I had been struggling with the need to end a prodigal lifestyle, and the yearning to re-unite with my abandoned loved ones, but just didn't how or where to start. Your e-mail devotionals, in tandem with a miraculously leading through the ministry of my local church, helped me see that all I had to do was strongly believe it possible, and prayerfully take the first steps. I took those steps of faith with God, and have regained joy by being very warmly embraced by my loved ones.” (Nigeria) (posted 2/18/2005)
"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) (posted 1/28/2005)

“Well I knew in my heart I would be writing this one day, but in my head I don't think I truly believed it. My wife and I separated. I wanted to stay together, but she pursued a divorce. Very close to the final hearing to end our marriage she began to soften, to change, to open her eyes. We began our restoration about this time last year. Although there have been some bumps along the way, we seem to get over them easier than before with God's help. I am so glad I did not quit on my wife! Keep praying for your spouse and trusting in God's Word!”  (Ohio)

(posted 4/28/2014)

"After a long separation and many false attempts, my husband has finally come home. Though many encouraged me to go on with my life, I stood and prayed that my husband would love me. The Lord began to put love in my husband’s heart months ago. The more I prayed, the worse it was getting, then the Lord stepped in. My husband returned suddenly. We have a long road ahead, but God will do what He said He will do. Prayer changes things. I realized that no matter what others may say, God has the last say." (Maryland)

(posted 7/17/2009)

“I want to praise God for my suddenly. My husband and I have been separated for a few months. It was devastating but I knew from the moment he left this was not God's will. God clearly reassured me He was in control and He would restore. My husband began texting me ‘I love you’ and other encouraging things. He sent me an email to tell me he wanted to work on our marriage. Last week he told me his landlord was letting him out of his lease (PTL) and when I asked where he was going he said that was not up to him. I told him he could come home. PTL he agreed to this and will be moving home soon. I am so blessed! GOD is so good! I could just praise Him all day long.”  (Illinois)

(posted 5/6/2013)
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