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!

“Thanks be to The Lord. My husband was planning to leave me but has since changed his mind and is staying home. He says he doesn't want to hurt me anymore. My miracle!”  (Pennsylvania) 

"I want to give God the glory for restoring my family. It has been a long journey, but after being separated and planning on divorcing, my husband came home last month. My children are so happy and although we still have a lot of work to do, God is working it all out." (California)

Our Lord moves mountains PTL. After a year and a half separation my prodigal is home. The devil led him astray to another woman and he hardened his heart and ears to the Lord. The Lord promises us that His Words do not return void. The Lord finds His lost sheep and while I let go and let God, always in prayer, God also found me and rebuilt me then opened my husband's ears and softened his heart and showed him the deception that Satan had blinded him with. Our God is an amazing God. Praise and Glory to Him, never give up. Allow God to move the mountain and fill your heart and your prodigal's heart because what He did for me He'll do for you. Amen."  (Florida)

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

"Just a thank you for being there, and to let you know that my husband and I are now reconciled. We separated a couple years ago, and God has worked in mighty ways in both of our lives. We just moved back together. God does indeed restore hurting marriages."  (Wisconsin)

"My wife and I were divorced. After 14 years we remarried. I’m glad to see the Steinkamp's testimony. It brings hope. I'll certainly be taking advantage of your online teachings to seek ongoing help for our marriage." (Missouri)

"The Lord unfolded a series of events which led to our restoration. We didn't plan on marrying in December this year, but God did. It was not by coincidence that we wore green and white just days before Christmas. Just as white symbolizes the grace and forgiveness of God, so green symbolizes new life, new beginnings, and growth. During our years apart, I attended Christmas Eve services. Each year their candlelight service had a theme. This year the theme was 'Promise Fulfilled.'" (California)

"My husband walked out. When he said he wanted a divorce, I fell to my knees and was led to Rejoice Marriage Ministries. I listened to Charlyne's teaching and began praying and searching scripture. I came to the realization that I would have to stand forever. Could I stand forever? God told me it was the only right decision, regardless of what anyone said. Ten days ago, my husband called and wanted to come home. He asked what the conditions were, I said no conditions. My husband is home and we are reigniting our marriage. I will continue to stand for my marriage and family. I am so grateful for a second chance to do it God's way." (Canada)

“God has answered in so many ways. There is a change in our relationship. God convicted me of His very personal love for me, which is all I need, and He told me to love my spouse for His Sake, for He loves my spouse. He granted me peace and a new will to fight and pray for my marriage. I thank and praise God for your ministry, which is like a beacon of light in a dark world.” (Illinois)

"My husband was done with our marriage and had moved on. I changed my ways, and I prayed and cried out to God. He held my hand and brought my husband home. God has healed our relationship over time, and we are very happily married. It has been two years since my husband returned. I praise God that I have had the opportunity to get close to Him and see His power and grace."  (Washington State)

"(My husband) has been gone since 1999, fleeing to Iowa to hide from me and from the Lord. Around Thanksgiving I prayed and asked the Lord if He would give me a glimpse of what was going on in the spirit. I knew that the battle was being won but it had been over six months since anyone in the family had heard from him.

On Thursday He called and we did chit chat for a bit. He was hungry to know about everyone. He said, ‘I have been so stupid, cannot believe that I could be so drawn away from the Lord. I miss Him and His music.' (He was also a worship leader.) ‘Tuesday morning at 5:00 A.M. the Lord woke me up with an urgency to go to Deuteronomy 30. I got my bible and read it. The Lord told me this was my last chance to be obedient, so I am leaving Iowa in the morning. I called (son) this morning and I will go to Texas. I don't know how long I will be there, but then I will be home. I love you and I am so sorry' On the morning of February 22nd, my prodigal loaded his stuff in his little truck and headed south to Texas."

"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)
"Since my husband returned home four months ago, Satan has attacked us relentlessly. However, Almighty God has won every battle for us. He has turned the bad into good every time. Thank you Charlyne and Bob for warning standers not to stop standing after our prodigals come home." (New York)

“After being separated for an entire year, my prodigal spouse made an announcement to my family at Christmas dinner, that he is coming back home to his family!! I was speechless and relieved after confirming what GOD said about not being ashamed. I placed my faith in His Word regarding the things of this world which are to fade away, but His Word and promises are forever! Amen, praise to the almighty Prince of Peace. I know we have a long road ahead of us, but I will continue to put GOD first in everything and I know we'll be fine. We've also begun to look for a new house to move into with our five children. I still hear Him talking to me daily, and I'm overjoyed that this is only the beginning of what He has in store for me and my family. So from now on, when things 'look' bad, I’ll count on my Father to bring me through, He knows what's best for us...GOD is awesome.”  (Georgia)

“Praise the Lord! I got my miracle. My spouse is coming home and the divorce dismissed! I had several years of crying out to the Lord day and night. I am so happy! I was in anguish crying out to the Lord God and heard a still small voice tell me to wait. After reading everything I could on God and marriage and studying scriptures about marriage. I told God I would wait as long as it took. Every time I experienced another obstacle I'd pray and remember what God said and my promise to Him. It looked hopeless. Finally after being forced to sign a court appearance paper I turned it completely over to God. This is when I saw the hand of God at work! Now when I look back, I see He's been working the whole time. Amazing! He is faithful. Never give up. God will do what He has promised! He is love. Learn to trust! My journey has only begun… But God! A scripture which really helped in the last month was Psalm 91:4.”  (Nebraska)

“PTL! My ‘suddenly’ is happening. My prodigal invited me to his house. I was tempted not to go for fear it would invoke emotion but I am so thankful I went. I had glamorized his new home and life and God showed me he is not happy. We have a long way to go, but I know God is working faster then I imagined! Anyone who heard my testimony would be blown away by the amazing things God has accomplished in my life and in such a short time considering my circumstances. God will finish what he started – have faith! He loves your prodigal more than even you do and will restore what He intended us to be!” (Arkansas)

"Last December I remarried my husband after being divorced for years. God is so good. He even blessed us with our first new home that we moved into in December as well. Our marriage has been wonderful, but the bumps we've experienced along the way are reminders that we can never stop praying for our marriages because we have an enemy that seeks to steal, kill and destroy. Praise the Lord."  (Florida)

"God is good. My husband came home yesterday and desires to restore our covenant relationship. I praise God for reaching down and touching him, and that God gave me the strength to endure during these hard times." (New York)

"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)
“My husband and I are getting along better than ever and even doing things together. Two weeks ago he spent his first night at our house this year. God had given me the scripture, 'Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!' (Luke 1:45) and I believe this is His confirmation to me that He is continuing to work for His glory. Praise Him.” (North Dakota)
“I just want to say PRAISE THE LORD, he is restoring my marriage and returning my prodigal wife to me. We hadn’t talked for a few months. I thought I should move on, and did for a while. A friend gave me this web address. I reluctantly opened your page and read the standers affirmation, and when I was done, God opened my eyes. I called my wife, and she was ready to talk. We are now still trying to get together, as I moved to the other end of the US, but all is in God’s gracious hands and restoration is finally in sight. Praise be to God for He is awesome and just.” (Delaware)
"Praise God, my prodigal came hom.  One year ago, New Year's eve, I prayed for direction from God. He told me to prepare my house for my husband. I made the decision to stand for our marriage right then and there. The holidays were hard.  My husband did spend Christmas with me and the kids. Then this year, right after New Year's, he called and asked if he could come to the house. I said he was always welcome. He wanted to come home. He's been home since and I praise God for His perfect timing. Yesterday was my birthday and my husband gave me a card, thanking me for loving him through all of this.  He said that just makes him love me more. I know we have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but with God's help, we can do it. Thanks to Bob and Charlyne for the daily email to keep my focus where it needed to be-on God.  He really does heal hurting marriages."  (Pennsylvania)

"After four years of standing through trials and tribulations, my husband is home. Praise God. On Sunday at church God told me that it was granted and my husband came home this week. I give all of the praise to God because through all of this I became closer to Him and I am thankful for all of it. My family is back together for the Holidays and many more to come. Thank you, for your words of encouragement, love, and support. My prayers will continue to go up for those standers still waiting. God answers prayers, Amen." (Texas)

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)

“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)

We just received an update letter from Sondra and Andy, from Washington State, who now have a restored marriage after a non-covenant marriage of ten years. Sondra writes:

“We both are doing very well. God is growing Andy so fast. He continues to meet with our pastor and he is reading 'Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire' By Jim Cymbala. Today I was reading 2 Chronicles 15, in my Bible and verse 7 was underlined - 'But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.' In the margin I had written; 'I was discouraged and felt God speak to me,' dated 3-11-96.

“It is so neat to read through my Bible and come across the prayers of a hurting heart and see how God has been so faithful--prayers that were prayed for Andy, scriptures verses with his name in them and dated and now all these years later, I see before my very eyes them coming to pass. Those were such hard, hard days, but God was there so close, always speaking. Many times I will have flash backs of different things I went through and then to look over and see my husband and the ring on his finger--when all looked just so impossible--I am humbled and awe-struck.

“Sometimes, years back, I would think to myself when I would get doubtful that if marriage restoration were not in God's heart to do; why would He be blessing and growing this ministry and then I would be encouraged.”

"I would like to share with you the happiest moment of my life. After 15 months of separation my wife is back! In June last year, after living for 6 years in marriage my wife told me that I was a bad husband and she would not want to spend the rest of her life with me. Our 5 year old son lived with my wife, we separated. I was lost, I was sad, I was miserable, I felt what every of us standers would feel guilt, rejection. I didn't know what to do, but one thing I knew for sure -I did not want to divorce my wife. After one month I found your Internet site. That was a big relief and a big hope for me. These 15 months of standing were very hard for me, I could not see the results of my and my friends' prayers. God is Great! He moves suddenly and His miracles are so powerful and wonderful! On Sunday we went to church and lit three candles and thanked God for His wonderful miracles, for healing of our family. What did I learn from these experiences? First of all and the most important - that one should believe and trust our most loving Almighty God in every step, in every breath of his or her life. Faith moves mountains! God's ways are perfect. I have changed and I have a new changed loving wife. Of course there is much to be done, but I leave everything to God, I believe in God's will. Secondly, the harvest of standing for your family and for your spouse is priceless. My wife told me yesterday that she thought such things can happen only in movies, that adultery can never be forgiven. With unconditional love we can show to others that everything is possible with God. We can show other people how good it is to seek God and to be obedient to Him. The third thing, if you leave God's path finally you get lost and miserable. Yes, my wife told me she was feeling like that, though during our separation she used to pretend she was happy and smiled to me whenever I saw her. This used to weaken my faith, I used to think "God, you said that it was bad not to listen to you, but look - she is happy!" I didn't know what she felt inside because I was looking through worldly eyes. I am so thankful to our Loving God for these experiences. I would like to help other hurting families in my country and in the whole world. Please pray for us. I also would like to offer this report as an encouragement to all standers. Sorry for my grammar mistakes I am not very good at English." (Lithuania, Eastern Europe)
"I give God all praise for returning my husband and I from the far country. Next month marks a year of our reunion. I have discovered He has many lessons to teach His children. I was reminded of where I was this time last year. Because of my sin, my husband filed divorceand was in another relationship. I was home alone attempting to get our children ready for school. Filling out all of the forms was heart breaking. A different address for dad, trying to find an emergency contact, filling out applications for free books and lunches. I give God all the glory, honor, and praise as this year my husband is at my side. We have a lot of work to do to win the trust back that was lost but I know that no weapon formed against us will prosper. I am a servant of God." (Illinois)

“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)

"The Friday before Father's Day my husband made the first step in coming home to our family. By Labor Day weekend we were all under one roof. Two weekends after that we were baptized as a family. Thiscoming Saturday we will be renewing our vows. Our faithful Father hasanswered my prayers down to every detail." (California)

“After many months in the far country, my husband came home suddenly! Praise God! We are very happy! He is very loving and we are enjoying spending time together and with the children. All God's promises are Yes and Amen. His Word does not come back to Him void. I pray that God continues to draw my husband and my children to himself with cords of love. He is restoring a very close relationship with our brothers and sisters and restoring our home. We are working together as a team on our property and exercising and doing things together. Our God is a God of restoration! "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you" Matthew 6:33. Thank you so much to Charlyne and all the team for giving me the assurance to stand in the gap for our marriage in the face of skepticism by others.”  (Australia)

"I am praising God because I just moved back home. My wife divorced me just over a year ago. I tried the divorce recovery group and the singles group at church. It didn't take long to figure out I didn't belong there. You have been my only support in standing for my marriage. There were many times I wanted to give up but I knew I couldn't because I knew it would mean giving up my family. Please pray that the Lord would continue restoring our marriage and our family." (Connecticut)

"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)

“After some months of standing and praying, my wife came home suddenly. God spoke to her and brought her home last week. God is so good!”  (Ohio)

"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)

"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)

Praise Jesus, it has been months since my husband left and said he would never be back, but the Lord is good and my husband is home. The change did not only come in him, but it came also in me. I placed my trust in Jesus Christ to help me withstand the pain and suffering, and as usual Jesus does not fail His children. I am praising the Lord. (Georgia)

“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)

"My husband moved out months ago, leaving me and our children devastated. Praise the Lord, last week my husband announced that he was coming home. I continue to stand for full healing and restoration of our marriage. If God can bring him back this far, He can completely heal our marriage. I give thanks and praise to a great and awesome God." (Canada)

“For the first time in over 20 years of marriage, I have received from my prodigal a dozen beautiful Red Roses for Valentines. The Lord must be working on this man's heart. We are making plans now for remarriage. All praise to His Glorious Name.” (England)

"After years of standing and my husband coming back many times, I believe this time it is for real. I believe and will never give up because my Redeemer lives." (Georgia)

"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)
“Praise be to God, my husband called, confessed, and wanted to come home. We spent the weekend together. He showed up at church, sat with us, and rededicated his life to the Lord. The service was about marriage and the Lord testing our faith when things get hard. God is so good and faithful.” (Texas)

“All glory and honor to God. He has restored and renewed our marriage. Not only do I see God’s hand working in our marriage but there are times when my husband has asked me to share our story with someone else who is hurting. God can and will move the mountain if we would just believe. The Lord gave me Amos 9:11 to hold onto and He has been faithful to His Word. Hold on standers, your breakthrough is on its way. He's going to come through.”  (Connecticut)

"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)

"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 and I are back together after being separated for months. I was told by everyone to give up and let go until someone sent me your website. You encouraged me to stand and your advice change my life. My husband could see God through me. I can forgive because I have finally learned how to forgive myself. We are back together, but I still look forward to reading your messages. They are still encouraging me. Thank you for all that you do." (North Carolina)

"My husband has been home for several months and everything is going great. I would read testimonies about how restored marriages were better than before the prodigal left and I was skeptical. It is true. My husband is more attentive and loving than before we were first married. God brought home a new man. I knew God was going to restore our marriage but I didn't know it was going to be this good. To God be the glory."  (Michigan)

"Today I go to the hospital to sit with my mother-in-law in ICU. My husband is home now, and this is my first chance to see her and my opportunity to share Jesus' love for my mother-in-law, not yet saved. I am praising the Lord and asking for the wisdom Jesus promised." (Ohio)

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