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 husband has been home 7.5 months now and it's been a glorious time. God not only removed my husband from darkness and sin but he removed me it, too. I was a bitter wife and didn't respect my husband the way God calls me to. To all standers, never give up on what God calls you to do. Your true unconditional love will knit your spouse's heart to you again. The other day I told the same story about how I knew my husband was the one and I expected my husband to tell the same story from 17 yrs ago but instead he said "when you showed me unconditional love." God will complete His good work." (Georgia)(posted 2/18/2011)
“A few months ago my husband decided he was leaving us. I was desperate and as I was searching on the internet, I come across RMM. I started standing. God is good! My husband has not left and he is taking the whole family on vacation. We still have a long way to go but Jesus is with us. Standers, don't give up. What He did for me He will do for you.” (Belgium)(posted 8/15/2013)
"God does heal hurting marriages. My husband is not only home in our house but today he came home to our God." (California)(posted 10/4/2007)
"My husband has finally come home for good. He has been home for a few months and I know that God is going to finish the work He started." (Georgia)(posted 6/26/2009)
"The Lord guided me all through the time of separation and divorce. I could not have done it without Him. If I had found this web site and your tapes sooner, I may not have been divorced. My husband has been home for two years now and I can't thank you enough." (Maine)(posted 1/19/2007)
“I can only give our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ all glory, thanks, and praise. My husband and I have been through so much. I could not take the arguing and fighting anymore so I left our home, instead of bringing it to the Lord. Then my husband filed for divorce. I regretted that decision so many times, but at the time all I could do was pray and believe in God and see our marriage, family, and home being restored. Now after many struggles, tears shed, fasting, and praying and putting all my faith and trust in God, my husband and I are reconciling. He is dismissing the divorce and proclaimed that he would always love me. Just trust and believe in God and give Him all thanks and glory. When He does restore your marriage, continue to give your marriage to God and continue to pray for your family. PTL” (Georgia)(posted 3/25/2013)
"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)(posted 1/26/2007)
“I cannot thank you enough for your website! My husband has decided to reconcile and come home. Thank You Jesus! Keep the faith and keep praying and reading. Each time I questioned my stand I would get a sign to continue even though family/friends were not supportive.” (Virginia)(posted 12/3/2012)
"Tomorrow I am leaving this place to begin the journey to reach my husband who is working far away. I told the Lord that if He would turn my husband’s heart to want his family together, I would go wherever that meant. Little did I know it would be on the other side of the world. Praise God for what He is doing and His great love towards us." (Virginia)(posted 8/14/2009)
“God is faithful! After separating from my husband a year ago, God kept giving me the message of restoration. Now my husband is home and ready to commit and work on our marriage. Nothing is impossible with God.” (Kenya)(posted 11/26/2012)
"My husband and I got back together after months of separation. I stood for my marriage the whole time, and thanks to God and "Charlyne Cares," I got through. We celebrated our anniversary last week. On that day, God tested my husband. He saw the other woman unexpectedly even though she lives miles away. He decided not to talk to her because there was no point. He didn't feel anything for her and felt happy with me. He told me he is where he wants to be and in the anniversary card he thanked me for not giving up on us, even though when we were apart he thought I was crazy for waiting for him to come back. God is amazing." (United Kingdom)(posted 12/8/2006)
"Last Saturday I felt weary after hearing my favorite television preacher speak about the conditions that allow for divorce. I cried out to the Lord telling Him that I needed a confirmation to keep me going. Five minutes later, my husband called to say that he's coming home. Praise You Jesus." (Philippines)(posted 5/16/2008)
“I am in awe of what God has done for my family in this past few weeks. Not only did my precious husband come home suddenly, before Thanksgiving, but as of yesterday our divorce was canceled! God totally spoke through my husband on a phone conference we had with the judge. When asked if we were in process of reconciliation- my husband said yes! I was led by the Holy Spirit to just keep quiet, pray and let my husband do all the talking! Today I received a text from a friend who said she had a vision of my unsaved husband playing guitar in church. How awesome is our God! I know I will be standing forever and this journey is far from over- but ‘Nothing is impossible with God!’ Throughout my stand I have and will continue to claim that and Luke 1:45 every single day! And yes, to the world my marriage was dead and buried... but God! I pray every day God continues to work in me as much or more as He works in my husband. PTL and thanks RMM.” (Minnesota)(posted 8/31/2012)
"I prayed for my husband to be changed, but I forgot to pray for change in myself. I was still so hurt and angry. Our divorce became final last summer and I finally let go of my anger and pain. When I changed God worked His miracle and my husband came home a few months after our divorce. We are so much happier than before." (New York)(posted 4/4/2008)
“God answered the prayer of my heart, which was that the Holy Spirit speak out to my husband, confirming that indeed we were still married in his eyes. This was the husband who kept saying he didn't see me as his wife anymore. My husband has begun his journey home. Just as the prodigal's father, I wait expectantly and with nothing but love to receive my prodigal spouse. God is faithful and never changing! He is worthy of all praise.” (Florida)(posted 1/22/2013)
"My husband’s been home for a month. God gave me Psalm 107:28-31, revealing that our storm has been stilled, that our marriage is being restored. I know it's because God has finally gotten through to me and I am putting Him first. This past weekend we attended a marriage conference. My husband told me he is committed to me and mostly to our Lord. We've had some great moments. I thank God for this season. I know He needed to straighten me out, and now I know how to be a better companion. I give God the glory." (Texas)(posted 4/28/2006)
"My husband and I are going through separation and my prodigal has been involved with someone and even filed for divorce. By the grace and mercy of the Lord, we are now attending marriage counseling, dating once a week, and attending church together as a family. I give God all the praise for putting my marriage on the path of restoration." (Georgia)(posted 10/11/2007)
"Your ministry has been such an encouragement in my stand. Many times I had wanted to give up because the hurt was more than I thought I could bear, your "Charlyne Care" emails would get me through. I thought so many times that my situation was impossible to change, but you would always remind me that with God all things are possible, no matter what the circumstances are. I had told a friend that all I could do was pray and I was corrected and was told that, that is everything you can do, and that is so true. My husband returned home in December. God is faithful. 'When I am afraid I will trust in thee.' was a verse that I often quoted to myself in tough times. I still read your email everyday and they still keep encouraging me. God never fails." (New York)(posted 3/3/2006)
"Praise God! My husband moved back home! We were separated for several months and God told me immediately to fight for my marriage. I have been praying and standing for my husband since the day after he left. I had seen God moving, but my husband still said he was going to get a divorce. We even went through the pretrial. About that time, I started asking my husband to slow things down. He asked me to dinner so we could talk and he surprised me by saying he still loves me and would like to make things work, but he still had some reservations. We talked for the next few days, and it became clear he wanted to make things work. He moved home right before Christmas. The best Christmas present that our boys and I could have asked for! Never give up on God! He is faithful! We still have work to do, but God is faithful.” (Ohio)(posted 1/27/2014)
"After a year of turning his back on his Lord, my husband returned to the Father and to our family. We are in a new town, away from where all the pain happened and able to start a new life. We still need much prayer. However, the blessings have been great and I know God will continue to heal our marriage." (California)(posted 6/7/2007)
After several months of separation with no contact, my husband called on July 4th to tell me and the children to have a safe holiday. He began to talk about marriage counseling and us getting back to together. He invited us to a game of his. That night he packed up and came home with me and the kids. This was after no contact and no hope other than the Lord for many months. It came so quickly. I pray now more than ever that we can be the husband and wife that the Lord requires us to be. Praise God." (Alabama)(posted 7/25/2008)
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)(posted 9/1/2006)
“I want to share my restoration story. God is AMAZING! I was unfaithful, selfish, unappreciative, and worst of all, not following God as I should. During my time separated from what meant the most to me, I had time ALONE to realize how bad of a person I had been to my wife. I attended a church while away where every message seemed to be directed at me. It was God correcting my heart. I have been back for almost a year now and pray with her every day.” (New Mexico)(posted 3/4/2013)
“My wife returned home after a three and a half year stand. My entire stand I could sense the Lord reminding me to trust Him. I can honestly say the greatest joy in my stand was the deeper relationship I gained with the Lord. I consider all that was lost in the past three and a half years as gain. My message to all standers is to completely trust in the Lord Jesus. He will never leave you nor forsake you. No matter what your circumstance may be, never, ever give up on the Lord to restore your marriage.” (Pennsylvania)(posted 12/23/2012)
"Everything looked hopeless. Court proceedings were underway and complex. I hadn’t spoken to my wife for months. The day before we were again due in court, my wife came to my office and handed me a court notice of discontinuance. I was speechless. We spent Saturday at a Christian bookshop buying resources to rebuild our marriage. God is absolutely amazing." (Australia)(posted 7/3/2009)
"God has done an amazing work over the past year. I received an email from my spouse, who was deployed to Iraq, telling me he wanted a divorce. I was served with divorce papers. But God suddenly changed my husband’s heart. Without warning he decided to dismiss the divorce. We moved to a new state, he began a new job, and I am pregnant with our second child. God is faithful to keep his promises." (Georgia)(posted 11/2/2007)
"My husband and I woke early this morning. We held hands in front of a warm fire. It's Christmas morning and our teenagers are still in bed. This scene should not be happening. We almost let satan steal our precious family. My husband came home a few years ago after filing for divorce. God has healed and restored our marriage. He taught me how to stand and pray for my marriage. He showed me how to change my bad attitudes and let Him change my husband. All that we went through has made us closer and now I stand in prayer for marriages." (Arizona)(posted 12/29/2009)
“Praise God for He is good. My wife and I had breakfast yesterday and she hugged me and kissed me for the first time in three years. I have been standing for our marriage reconciliation since she left. Prayer does work, God has been with me and our children. She told me as she was hugging me that I should not be worried; soon we will be back together and when we do we will have to do a wedding. She told me she still has her wedding ring. I have never had such a happy day in my life. Jesus is King. I will praise HIM all days of my life.” (South Africa)(posted 12/3/2012)
“When my husband left, I turned to God and prayed and fasted many times. I asked God to reveal to me whether He would save our marriage. He gave me many signs. I wanted to give up but God would not let me. My husband asked me to file for a divorce and I cried. One week later God spoke to me and told me to call my husband. I called him and he had nothing nice to say to me. He continued to ask me for a divorce. I was very humble and told him I would pray for him and I love him. Then he hung up the phone. One hour later, he called back and told me he wanted to reconcile and he loved me very much. That was nothing but God. He touched my husband’s heart instantly. My husband is not home yet, but he is in the process of moving back. He left the OW and started reading the Bible. No matter what your situation looks like, God is working behind the scenes. Trust Him and don't give up. In your darkest moments God is standing with you.” (Virginia)(posted 2/11/2014)
"I give God all the praise. My husband came home on Monday. I give God all the praise. Miracles do happen." (Ohio).(posted 12/1/2006)
“I am a stander here in Denver. I am writing to thank you for being such willing, obedient, and caring vessels of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know I came across your web site by divine appointment. I have known of God and Jesus since childhood, but didn’t have a real sincere relationship or walk with our Lord. Your daily 'Charlyne Cares' were anointed and got me through some of the worse days of my entire life. Ultimately, and against my will, my husband filed, followed through, and divorced me in February, 2005. But God... There is so much more I would love to share, but the details are mainly what the enemy meant to harm me, my husband, our children, and family. God is mending broken lives, hearts, and our marriage and family. Our circumstances were worse than any I have ever heard of, and I know that me, my husband, and our family, are walking, breathing, testimonies to what God can, will, and has the power to do.
“Please thank Lori for me. One day I called when I had received divorce papers in the mail and was just beside myself. She prayed with me and also sent me scriptures to pray, as well as Christian coloring books for our children.
“I truly believe in the Word of God being alive and active and I know without a doubt that prayer works. I sincerely hope and pray that my husband and I get to personally meet you both some day. Until then, I will continue to pray with and for Rejoice Marriage Ministries, and stand for my family and marriage, and all marriages and families.
“I end this on a wonderful, suddenly, miracle note. My husband returned home and we are being remarried on our original wedding date, August 3. Praise God!” (Colorado)(posted 8/31/2012)
"Last Friday, my (ex)wife asked me, 'Will you marry me again?' She has been in the far country for years. Our grown children had been devastated by Satan's attack, but my 'ex' will be my wife again in ten days. Our children are going to give her away." (Virginia)(posted 6/9/2006)
"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)(posted 3/14/2008)