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.
“Praising God Almighty, my husband came home on New Year's Day! What an awesome way to start off 2014. All the testimonies I have read can never compare to actually living it. He said things that were what I was waiting to hear but the most incredible thing he said was, ‘I love you and I always have.’ I truly never thought he would say that until later into our reconciliation... but God. There were so many great moments but another one was when he thanked me for standing! Our three children are overjoyed and getting to see what a mighty God we serve. For you standers out there, stay strong, He is faithful and He will do it! All I keep thinking about is Ephesians 3:20. Don't be discouraged, stand strong to see firsthand what a mighty God we serve” (New Jersey)
"Suddenly, my spouse returned home. Through prayer, fasting and confirmation God answered my prayers. After receiving several text messages and attempts to find his way home my prodigal spouse is home. He is happy, healthy and humble. The battle is not over though, we must stay in the word of God always. Prayer really changes things. Thank you Bob and Charlyne for your support and prayers. You are a blessing to every troubled marriage." (Florida) Our of our faithful Rejoice Pompano people. We were honored to be with her when those messages started.
"Praise the Lord, my husband is home. It has been two years and a few attempts to come home. This time he is home to stay. It is a miracle at the work that our God has done. He has totally transformed my husband’s heart. The once bitter and angry person has vanished. He is even asking me questions about my faith. Nothing is impossible with God." (Florida)
"After a year my husband came home. At the beginning of my stand God spoke to me and said 'You will never be divorced.' He is true to His Word." (Ohio)
"In the beginning of my stand, I didn't believe that the restoration that Bob and Charlyne and others reported would ever happen for me. The only reason I continued my stand was for fear of being disobedient to the Lord. My Lord made it clear hundreds of times through His Word that my marriage would be restored. My spouse would repent and that He would never break His covenant with me. I was to wait in silence, trust God, be patient, and not fear the circumstances.
"There is still work to be done, but after my husband saying he was never coming back, he has been back home for over eight months. He was still broken though and it has taken this long for the Lord to heal. On Mother's Day, the Lord gave me the most beautiful gift. My husband took our family back to our church for the first time in two years. Please don't give up. Wait on the Lord. He will not break His covenant." (Texas)
"I am happy to let you know that my husband has told me he is home to restore our marriage completely. Just to prove that God can do immeasurably more than we can ask or hope for, my precious husband has now told me he loves me and that he thinks the world of me. Thank You Lord Jesus, for Your blessings. I give You all the praise and glory." (Canada)
“After months of prayer, fasting, shutting my mouth (not all the time, but enough), my husband has returned home. I thought that would be the hard part, but I see that my stand has only begun. He is committed and God has begun a good work in us. I truly survived with Exodus 14:14 (The Message translation). God will fight my battle, and me, I need to shut my mouth! Getting over an affair is very difficult, and only the pursuit of Gods presence keeps me at peace. I pray for all of my brothers and sisters still awaiting the return, and for those who are home, the strength and obedience to continue. May God get ALL the glory!” (South Carolina)
“My husband filed for divorce, moved out, then came back home but with little remorse. The OW moved here to be with him. At times it was harder living together like this than living separately. I would pray for God to separate that other relationship by mountains and oceans. And SUDDENLY things changed. Here we are now. He is loving and remorseful, telling me I am the best wife. We are expecting another baby due any day and moving across the ocean to live near mountains, away from the OW. Thank You God for being faithful! I am getting to know my God as Healer, Restorer, and Redeemer and it is incredible! I still look forward to my husband's salvation and surrender to Christ.” (Texas)
"God brought my spouse home after an absence of several months." (Virginia)
“My husband left home while I was pregnant. He vowed never to come back, but God! After the baby's birth, he came home but it turned out to be a false start. He came back home again which can only be the work of God. I believe God is working on bringing him back to the Lord. I just want to encourage all standers, as in His Word in Luke 1:37, never forget nothing is impossible with God. Be encouraged.” (Zimbabwe)
“After 13 years away from the church and family, my spouse stood in an appeal to re-commit her life back to Jesus in church last Sunday. It’s only in our conversations after all these years do I realize that God never for one moment let her go. At times when it seemed that nothing was happening, God was constantly speaking to her heart. Although at this time she is happy for us to be friends I pray for a full restoration of our marriage.” (United Kingdom)
“To Our Lord and Savior Jesus be all praise and glory. After two and a half years, another marriage, many mistakes by me, and more hours crying out to God then I could ever recall, my wife and one flesh mate is home. I cannot begin to describe the process that brought us to this glorious time except to say God kept His Word. When my wife left and God told me to wait for her I didn’t know what to make of it. He told me He had given me one wife and the only one He would give me. He told me to wait for her and be faithful to my vows. Yes it was suddenly, but it was a reunion I will praise Him for forever. I was worried when that day came that I would still be hurt and angry. But God took just enough time to take all that away and build the love and complete forgiveness I would need to welcome her home without condition or reservation. Don’t give up, not ever. He is not slow to keep His promises; He takes just the right amount of time to make us ready and complete His work and not a day more.” (Alaska)
"Nothing is too difficult for our God. I had the privilege of having a restored marriage, but I stopped standing soon after and my prodigal left home again. I kept looking at the circumstances, but God was working behind the scenes. I thank the Lord that I am seeing my prodigal’s heart
"During Holy Week my prodigal who divorced me last year began moving things home. On Easter we spent time with both extended families after no contact with them in years. Hallelujah, Jesus is risen and He is resurrecting our marriage." (Ohio)
My husband has been home for two months. I remember reading that Charlyne didn't trust Bob when he returned for a while, but she trusted the Lord. I think of that a lot. I really started struggling again yesterday and today, and cried to the Lord for forgiveness, for peace, to show me what He's saying to me and how He wants me to respond, to help me be so sensitive to the leading of the Spirit, and to keep me in His will. Right in the middle of telling God once again that I just don't know if I can go on, a Covenant Transport truck passed me by. I knew the Lord was telling me, once again, that He will never break His Covenant with me to restore my marriage completely." (Texas)
"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)
"Months ago my wife asked me to move out and put a restraining order on me, and prevented me from having any contact with her. I began praying and believing God for restoring my marriage to my wife. I was very encouraged to know there are others who believe marriage is sacred and important enough to pray for. Last week my wife called me to say she wants to reconcile. We are going to church together tomorrow for the first time in a year." (Washington)
"I stood for my marriage for almost six months. I called a divorce attorney and things were deader than dead. Once I let go and let God, He restored my marriage and now my wife and I have a baby girl. I hope this inspires others to follow the Lord and not to listen to the world. He will fulfill his promise." (Germany/Armed Forces)
"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)
"My husband left 18 months ago. He then came home unexpectedly thru the power of God. We are doing well with God's help and are serving in our local church together. God is good." (Florida)
“It’s been a huge blessing since I came home. I've felt the Father’s love more now than I have ever felt. A lot of His love, mercy and grace I felt through my wife when I came home. I was expecting an angry, bitter wife but got the complete opposite. She loved on me and prayed for me and made sure I didn't feel the guilt of what I have done. I just want to encourage everyone that prayer is powerful and they are being heard. I kid you not, when I was gone, I would feel her praying for me and I would start to feel conviction. I encourage you to keep praying and that your prayers are being heard.” (Returned Prodigal in Florida)
“This is for anyone who is waiting for their marriage to be restored. I’ve been praying for several years for my marriage to be restored. God kept me close with Him during the time of waiting. Early last month I went to church with my ex-husband. The preacher called me up in front of church and said what you have been praying for is coming true, just hold on to God. I praised God’s Holy Name and thanked Him. My ex-husband had no clue at the time and wanted to know what I had been told. I told him I could not tell him, I had to wait on God. Last week my husband asked me to marry him! This is a miracle from God. It’s been hard, wanting to give up, not sure if God was listening, friends trying to tell me to move forward with my life. But I said, God Your will for my life. So please do not give up. Hold on to God’s Words and His plans for your life. Thank You Father for Your love and understanding Your plan for my life.” (North Carolina)
“Glory and Honor to my God. My husband returned home after several months of living in sin. God fulfilled His promise. I came to Your feet, sad and with great need of You. You opened your arms and comforted me. Thank You my Lord. Forever I will worship You, because only in You I put my trust. If You are for me who can be against me?” (United States Minor Islands)
“Out of obedience, I made fudge and delivered it to my prodigal. He thanked me but stated that he was ‘moving on’ and the court date in six weeks would be the final end. I cried out to God in tears: ‘Do WHATEVER it takes, Lord. I am willing!’ The very next night our dogs got into a fight (very odd). I ended up with a terrible bite and a broken hand. My son called our prodigal for help while I was at the hospital. While in the ER I prayed that he would see this as a picture of how life had been since he left us - chaotic, unprotected, and terribly injured. When he saw my stitches and cast, God broke him. He literally came to his senses. He has now ended all legal action, put all finances back together and we've reconciled. My ‘WHATEVER’ prayer initiated a wild scenario I could never have dreamt, but through it God brought my husband back to his covenant with God and me. I am so grateful and give all the praise to our God!” (Tennessee)
“My suddenly happened this week! My husband and I had been seeing each other over the past few weeks. He texted me on Monday to tell me he was at a crossroads and was thinking about giving notice at his apartment to move out. He said he would lose his rent deposit by leaving early but it was worth it. He felt life together would be better this time. He asked me what I thought. I told him that I had always said the door was open and this was his home. Two days later he was bringing belongings over and has been staying ever since! The Lord has transformed both of our hearts. I am trusting the Lord's timing in all of this and so very thankful for His mercy and grace! All the glory goes to Him! I have never been happier!” (Canada)
"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)