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!

“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)

"I was the believing wife with an unsaved husband.Under the attack of satan I became weary and left my husband. He gave his life to the Lord and began praying for my return. I knew that God didn't want me to leave my marriage, yet I turned my back on God and on my marriage. Thank you God for not ever turning your back on me. After being divorced more than a year and after almost having married another man, God restored my marriage. I am the prodigal that did come home! We were remarried December 4th. Your ministry helped me more than I can express. I was stubborn and scared, yet your daily email messages always hit home - yes even though I was the prodigal!!! Thank you so for your ministry, and I would please like for you to pass on to others that 'us prodigals' do want and need people to pray for them no matter what 'we' say, and that 'we' do come home! Thank you so much. In God's Love ALL is possible!"

“There is hope, don't give up on your prodigal. Praise God, He has sent my husband home. We were angry and I was ready to file for divorce; there was no hope. By the grace of God, He sent a relative and a friend to convince me to pray for marriage restoration. I also found Rejoice Marriage Ministries that same week. My hardened heart took God in and soon I was praying for my prodigal husband's return to God and return to us. He returned suddenly! He  repented and recommitted to our family. I am still praying for my husband to completely return to God, and for the other person to return to God as well.”  (Pennsylvania)

"The checklist for standers you sent out in "Charlyne Cares" is excellent advice. As I read it, God showed me that even with my marriage restored, and in spite of all our problems, I still need to abide by these words of advice on this checklist. Many marriages are broken up because the spouse did not heed to the advice on the checklist and got into a relationship that caused a divorce. The Internet is a dangerous place where the enemy likes to prey on those with troubled marriages and on standers. Thank you Rejoice Marriage Ministries for this checklist that I needed to be reminded of." (Arizona)

"The Lord has kept His promise. He continually showed me that my marriage would be restored. Before the Christmas holidays the Lord did just that. Now my wife and I are planning our remarriage celebration. Thank You Lord for keeping Your promise!" (Texas)

“I am praising God. My wife, in-home prodigal, who has been adamant about me leaving our house, speaking divorce and separation, asked me last night if I would be willing to stay and share expenses. She spoke with a softness not seen in months. I know God is doing heart surgery. How timely your devotion from yesterday about standers living at home. Thank you but, even more, thank God Almighty.” (Ohio)

 

"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)

“PTL! My suddenly finally happened. After more than three years of separation and nearing the final stage of divorce, God restored my marriage. I had no idea that the Lord had moved the other woman out of my husband's life and was working on his heart in such a mighty way. He is worthy to be praised. Listen fellow standers, I got weary on the last stretch of my stand and was ready to move on but God intervened. Dear standers, please don't give up, even when it seems hopeless because my situation appeared that way. Just remember that Jesus is faithful. He is not a man that He should lie and He honors marriage. Never fail in bringing God's Word to His remembrance and claiming scripture for your marriage and family. I did and now my husband and I are moving on in our marriage by the grace of God. I’m praying for you all, so be encouraged because God will keep His promise.”  (Nevada)

“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)
"We did it!! The divorce from the non-covenant was final last week and we were married on Monday. I can't thank God enough for you and your teachings during this time. He truly led me to you and I am so grateful. I knew I wanted to wait on (my husband) to come home, but I didn't understand how long or how hard it would be. It took him over 5 years to come home and we had no contact during that time. But we are doing fine now and I know God will continue to help us heal. One of these days I hope we can come to Pompano Beach so that you can meet him. He is really a great guy and I know you would like him. I do have a prayer request, too. (My prayer partner) has stood with me during this time and she is very happy for us. But I know it is also hard for her. Please pray that her husband will also ‘come to his senses' and come home. She has been standing for 9 years and I know it is hard for her. Again, thank you for being there. I know that you are doing God's work and you are blessing many people. Keep it up - there are too many people out there who need to know the truth." (Pennsylvania)
“My prodigal has returned home. I am praising God for answering my prayers, as He said He would, and granting me the desires of my heart. It's one thing to hear songs on the radio, read the Bible passages of those touched by God expressing this same sentiment, but to feel it is beyond explanation. God does speak to us and He does answer prayer. My husband told me he 'kept seeing signs' telling him to come home. God was working the entire time I was wondering if He really was. Our God is an awesome God.” (Florida)

"After much prayer and fasting, standing, waiting, loving and forgiving, all by the grace of God, my beloved is home. We still have healing to do, but He who began a good work will continue until it is completed." (Illinois)

"A week ago my husband came home!! This was our second separation. God gave me a peace about the whole thing. During the first separation, all I could pray was God please send my husband home!!! During the LAST separation, my prayer was, "Father He doesn't know You and Your Word says, 'You will give us one heart and one way so that we may fear You forever, for the good of us and our children after us.' (Jeremiah 32:39) I pray for God to send him home as much as I prayed for his soul. He suddenly called me a week ago and I was reluctant to call him back, but he called me back before I could call him. This man that came back is the man I fell in love with, the one who knew I was sensitive and could wound easily. This new husband that God gave me is so sweet, loving, tender and remorseful. No one could have ever told me this would happen (that he would be remorseful). I want to let you know God is faithful and please don't doubt Him. He does exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask for or think of. Please pray for total healing and rebuilding of our marriage. Please know even on my darkest days this was a light to receive your email."(South Carolina)

"Our awesome God has kept yet another promise and my spouse has come home. Now we begin a new journey together. I praise God that He has given me this mission and led me gently down a very difficult, but right, path." (Ohio)

“This weekend my husband has been with us at our home. We have been separated for many months and recently I was becoming weary, physically and spiritually. But the Lord has given me signs that He is working and He does hear my prayers. Tonight my husband was going to go back to where he is staying and he did leave, but 15 minutes later he came back. He said he will sleep on the couch and he said he is confused. God is so good and faithful. Keep your eyes focused on Him and remember you have the victory!”  (Kansas)

 "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)
 "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)
"I have seen and been a witness to the miracle of a restored marriage! We were divorced in 2000, and praise God we will be getting remarried! The theme of our wedding/praise and worship service is ‘Amazing Grace'. Through God's grace, we have seen His infinite wisdom and experienced His healing and restoration! I had to get out of God's way so He could work the situation out where He would be glorified. I praise God for your faithfulness in helping people like me." (Kansas)

"I thank God for deliverance, healing, love restored, joy, respect, peace and God in my marriage in Jesus name. I thank God for bringing my husband back home. The only person who is mad is Satan."  (New York)

“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)

“Several months ago we parted, though we were still good friends. My heart, like many others, was broken. From day one the Father gave His word to me that He would rebuild us and reunite us. Ezekiel 36:6-12. God is faithful. My prodigal is returning. We are moving his belongings in each day. God is faithful dear standers. My refuge has been Jesus, and this website has been such a tool of blessing on how to respond to my husband while away, and zipping the lips, and totally trusting the Lord to carry us and care for us and restore us. Our restoration and rebuild journey together as husband and wife has now just begun. Praises to Him.”  (New Zealand)

“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)

"Sunday will be our wedding anniversary. My returned husband and I will be renewing our vows at our church. The pastor also asked me to give my testimony at the morning service. I am excited to share what God has done for us to so many. I want all to know that God still brings prodigals home and that nothing is too hard for Him. This time last year I was alone at Christmas, but I felt filled with the peace and joy of Christ and His promises. All Glory and praise to God for this miracle." (Texas)
"The divorce my husband filed was set to be final. On Thursday, after many legal maneuvers, my Husband agreed to dismiss the Divorce. Praise the Lord! I went to the hearing and the Judge entered the dismissal with prejudice! He and I spoke of how few times a divorce is dismissed and he was glad to see a reconciliation! I sat through two other divorces while the order was being prepared in his chambers, and this Judge, seeing our reconciliation, encouraged the other couples to reconsider and to take time. Neither of them took his advice, but maybe he will keep on making these suggestions and others can be saved through him. God is so great." (Florida)(This stander is an attorney.)

“Praise the Lord, for God is good and faithful. For the past two nights my husband has come home as God is answering prayers and the Holy Spirit is convicting and directing my husband's path. Standers, keep praying and looking to our Lord. For with God there is nothing impossible! Thank you for your prayers and keep praying for all standers, children and prodigals. Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.”  (Florida) 

"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 prodigal was in the far county for months, then suddenly everything changed. What God has promised He will fulfill no matter what the enemy is saying. We are over a year into our restoration. My husband has thanked me for standing for him and our marriage."  (California)

"December 4 was 'D Day' for me. All my prayers were answered. My prodigal husband just showed up and rang the doorbell and asked if he could return home. He was living in the far country and things were not working. My husband, who does not enjoy reading, is reading Bob’s “Prodigals Do Come Home” and has told me three times how much he is enjoying it and absorbing the material. Thanks for the wonderful email that help guide my footsteps. Praise to God who granted this miracle." (Louisiana)
"My husband and I were married for 15 years. We separated in 2002 and divorced in 2004.I'm happy to inform you that we were remarried on 6/18/11.Marriage is serious business and needs to be entered into with much thought. It will  only work with God at the center. God says that he hates divorce. We should too! It is never the answer! I believed in the covenant I entered into and was going to remain single until God reconciled us or my husband died. It didn't matter what my husband did. I was responsible to God for the vows I took. Thank you for taking a stand for marriage. To God be the glory!”  (Florida) 

"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)

“A few months ago I was ready to give up on my marriage. The divorce hearings were proceeding and everything just seemed hopeless. I was directed to this site and I found out that I was not wrong in thinking that God did not want me to move on. I told my husband this and it didn't have an immediate effect. But I just knew that I could not give up. I submitted my court date in December, which was supposed to be my final one, and it was rescheduled to January. The last week of December my husband called me to come talk. Last week he moved back in and today he filed papers to cancel the divorce. Praise God! Although there's work to be done, I know without a doubt that we will make it.”  (Wisconsin)

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

“Praise God! I have finally heard the words that I have prayed for. My husband is coming home! After a year of separation, God has moved my mountain. Trusting in God doesn't sound easy, but with self discipline, praying on the full armor of God daily and never speaking negativity has given me the joy and patience I need. I wish I could express to the ones who are struggling to stand, just how much it works. The enemy tried to lie every minute of every day, but when I spent more time in thanking God instead of fighting the enemy, my life changed. God will do right for those who love him. He wants me to be happy, he wants my children to have a father here to comfort them. But we had to learn to love God first. God is jealous. As soon as I started feeling the need to read more scriptures, sing more praise songs, give him the praise for all the simple things, my life changed! My husband still has some legal issues to deal with, but he has spoken the words and planted the seed I will water!”  (Arizona)

"I have been standing for a couple of years. At a very weary point, I met a couple who had been separated and divorced for a few years. The Christian wife prayed and waited. The husband returned and they were remarried. They each told me they were more in love and happier this time and told me not to give up. I knew this was God encouraging me. I shared Rejoice Ministries with them and they were so grateful to see all the restored marriages just like their own." (Wisconsin)
"God is working miraculously each day, changing personalities of family members so they are not even responding to things that they would have normally. He is answering my prayer, healing relationships and preparing hearts for the day my in-home prodigal says he is staying home for good. To God be all the glory for all he has done and for who He is. If we have Him we can not go wrong." (Pennsylvania)

"Things keep improving in my marriage every week. My husband is home and is considering taking our house off the market. God is awesome."  (Texas)

"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 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 returned home suddenly after being in the far country for over five years. I praise God that he rededicated his life to the Lord this past Sunday. Although there is much work to be done in us and the circumstances don't seem perfect, I know that my God is faithful and will in His time restore this marriage and make it better than it ever was." (Delaware)

"Praise the Lord, my hubby came back after several years. God heard my cry and fulfilled His words to perform it. Thank you for Charlyne Cares that constantly encouraging me to stand, pray without ceasing and persevere. Your ministry help me tremendously." (Malaysia)

"After 22 years of marriage, my spouse left home. God became my Counselor, Deliverer, Comforter, and strong tower. The more I read His Word, the anguish and tears were replaced with peace and contentment as God continued to refine me. After four years, God brought my spouse home physically, but not completely in his heart. While my spouse was gone, Thanksgiving was spent in different homes of friends and family. This year, my spouse and I are hosting the family for Thanksgiving. It is such a blessing to witness the excitement of our young adult children as they contribute to the preparation. here again. Thanks be to God for our family once again, celebrating Thanksgiving together. I can't describe how much your ministry has kept me encouraged and in tune to God's Will."  (North Carolina)

"Praise the Lord, my husband has been home for a year now. Restoration has been slow but steady. It was worth standing in the gap. Thank You, Bob and Charlyne." (Canada)

 "My husband came home last week, testing the waters. Praise to You, Jesus." (Texas)

"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)

"I would like to thank God for bringing my prodigal husband back home after false starts. I gave up my hope for a while and became a prodigal also. We both almost got married to other people, but to God's glory He restored my marriage, saved and changed my husband and we were remarried on May 7th." (Tanzania)

“Praise God! My entire family - brothers and parents - got together for Christmas for the first time in 16 years. It was wonderful, as we reconnected in healthy adult ways, as I prayed we would. Today God showed me that this marriage separation with my husband is not just for me. It's for him, and it's for my family members' healing, also. I am so thankful for these trials because I have become closer to God and closer to my parents and brothers through it. I'm letting go and letting God. Even though my suddenly didn't come during the holidays, I'm still praying. All my life I prayed my brothers would help me one day, and they did during this Christmas. They helped me find a new home and helped move me into it. God took my little prayers and moved mountains. I am so grateful for His goodness. I'm praying for all of your marriages.”  (Arizona) 

"Several months ago I began to share the daily devotionals with one of my best friends who had been standing before me. I would print out the devotionals and give them to her, as she doesn't use a computer. My friend and her son hadn't seen her husband, who was residing out of state, and rarely spoke on the phone. The encouragement and guidance she received from your ministry changed her perspective, her prayers, and lifted her spirit. Thursday her husband showed up with everything he owned, totally unannounced...flowers in hand declaring his desire to return to her and his family. The wonder and glory of this miracle has caused a wonderful ripple among us all and praises are up and bountiful. They are planning to remarry A.S.A.P.. (Virginia)
"My husband returned home to our family the week before Christmas! We are communicating well, attending church together, and building our family back! My husband is way more helpful around the house, more hands-on with our girls, and so positive and happy! I am thanking God for His faithfulness! I am also thanking Rejoice Marriage Ministries for the peace and encouragement I received from the daily devotionals, CD's and books! Keep standing....God does want to restore your marriage." (Texas)

"I want to share how great God is. After being separated for two years, my husband has returned. He is a changed man. Still we await the final victory of his accepting Christ as his personal Savior. Stand firm, even though it may not be in our time frame that our prodigal returns. The Lord knows what’s best for us." (Florida)

“I just want to praise God for all the blessings. My husband has now been home over a year and has recently called his childhood pastor to remarry us. We have set a date in October. Our family has learned to put God first and not take the small things for granted. Standers, stay strong on the path you have been called to do. Your spouse is lost in the wilderness. My husband knew when I was interceding in prayer. The Holy Spirit speaks to them when we pray.” (Illinois)
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