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.
"Praise God, it has been several years since my prodigal returned and while we still struggle I continue to pray for God's guidance. I am an attorney and I often get divorce cases. I have had an opportunity to counsel many and rejoice when they withdraw their petitions. God is good. While this does not help my business, I remain happy every time a client calls and tells me they have reconciled with their spouse." (Florida)
"My husband came home to us for Thanksgiving. Praise Jesus and His Holy Name. Our Lord keeps all His promises." (Pennsylvania)
“I was hard-hearted and pushed my spouse out and filed for divorce. God dealt with me and made a way for the divorce to be dismissed two months later. After over a year of my spouse telling me he was not coming home ever, he called on a Sunday morning and asked if I was going to church and if the gate was unlocked. He said he was going to start bringing his things home. Suddenly, just like you say. Praise God, He is working and I have zipped it. God Bless RMM.” (Washington)
"Labor Day weekend my husband threw me out of our house, saying he wanted a divorce. He had never treated me this way before. I found Rejoice Marriage Ministries and found hope and my way back to God. I have prayed and fasted, and now my husband is asking me on dates and we see each other a few times a week. Although my husband insists we live apart until he sorts through his issues, I am so thankful to God. I feel my husband and I are going to reconcile. Praise be to God." (Ohio)
My husband and I separated because we allowed anger to control us. After the anger cleared, I was devastated that he had moved two hours away. I begged him to come back, but he was convinced our marriage was over and seemed excited about his new life without me. I cried and begged God to save my marriage. I felt so alone, without any support from his family or mine. I found this website and it changed my life. I prayed many times daily, fasted, and studied the Bible. I developed a true relationship with my Heavenly Father and learned to turn it over to Him and trust His timing. When I did this, I saw changes in myself and my husband. After several months of separation and feeling my marriage was truly over, we have now reconciled and just signed a lease on a new apartment. Our future has never looked better, and we couldn't be more happy. Thank You Lord for never leaving my side! He can truly move mountains if you give Him your faith!” (Tennessee)
"I give praise to God. My husband left me for someone else and for months I prayed and fasted. My prodigal and the other woman decided to break things off. During this time God opened my eyes to how I needed to be a better wife and He changed me. My husband has been home for several months and every day I see God restoring the love that was dead in our marriage. Everyone was skeptical about my stand, and said my prodigal had his own free will, but I knew that God had called me to stand and that He would complete the work that He began." (Colorado)
“Praise God! My husband and I have been separated for many months and he has returned this week. God is restoring our marriage. Thank You Jesus and thank you Charlyne for your ministry.” (Texas)
“My husband has been home for a few months now. I am still in awe! I remember at the beginning of my stand how he told me he had no hope for us, and now he says he'll never leave again. This is God softening his heart! While his relationship with God still isn't where it needs to be, I can tell he's trying. I know the Holy Spirit is leading and guiding him into all truth, as this is my main prayer for him right now. There are still really bad days, but I keep walking in love, standing on God's Word, and I know that God will bring this good work to completion. He did not save my marriage to let it fail at this point. Standers, never give up. My situation was as horrible as it gets, but I set my face like stone and through the rough days I praised God all the more and quoted His Word continuously and the results are manifested. My husband is home! My marriage is being healed! God is so good and will watch over His Word to perform it.” (Texas)
"My husband came home after a brief separation due to his unfaithfulness. The first two years were very tough, but I kept reading God' words and praying for my family. My husband now brags about me to many people, his relatives and friends saying "he is the luckiest man and is very happy that (my name) is his wife." He also said that my words and actions toward others show God. With God, I could do this. I am still praying for my husband to become a true man and father of God for our sons. I am also praying our sons to find Jesus is their guide in their lives. I feel so peaceful in my heart and can face anything without fear now. Thank you. I pray all the broken families will be restored for children's sake." (California)
"The principles I've learned from the beginning of my stand are foundations for faith in my walk with God, even after my husband's return home. His time away was spiritual boot camp for me. I praise Him for the time of teaching before my husband came home. I've learned that my stand didn't end when he came home; it just grew to a new level, praise God." (Ohio)
"My husband has suddenly come home. He apologized for how bad he treated me and the children. He says he sees a change in me and that I am glowing. I told him that is the Holy Spirit." (Florida)
"My marriage is now restored after a year apart and my wife having an affair. She was saved a few months ago, six years to the day after I was saved. We have since moved back in together and are in a good church and in a Bible course together. Our children have since received the Lord also. Thank You God and thanks guys." (Ireland)
“Praise Jesus, my wife has returned home after many months of separation. Yes, it sometimes seemed hopeless, but I cried out to God. Jesus not only returned my wife home but has given me and our family a new life. Our life will now be built on the Rock. There is a lot to do but now we will be doing it with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Do not give up, cry out to the Lord. I will always remember with a smile Charlyne’s words when she says we shouldn't trust what we see with our eyes and hear with our ears when Jesus is our refuge: ‘.. it does not matter.’” (Finland)
"My husband left me and was going to file for divorce. Several months ago he began staying at home, but did not want to re-commit to our marriage. I felt like I was going crazy and I questioned if I was doing the right thing by continuing to stand. Every time I asked God, I got the same answer, so stand I did. My husband wants to renew our vows and move away and start over together. God is faithful and what He promises He will perform." (Texas)
"Praise God, after moving out a few months ago, my prodigal husband moved back home with me last weekend. God is working in our marriage to restore what was lost. I know God is faithful and will continue to have His hand in our marriage to restore it to what it was originally intended to be." (Georgia)
“I came across this website more than a year ago when my husband and I separated. I had no hope but somehow God never let me give up. We are now back home together and extremely happy. And it truly was suddenly. My husband and I had gone for mediation and were on the verge of divorce...but God! I wish I could share all that God has done during my stand, it was unbelievable! I always believed in God but only through this struggle have I came to really know Him. Standers, please don't give up. Keep standing, keep believing. My husband laughed when I told him before that we would end up together but now all I hear from him is how much he loves me. The road is long and there will be many tears but having your marriage restored...it's an incredible feeling. Even my relationship with my in-laws have improved tremendously. In my wildest dreams I never could have seen our story end this way but God never let me quit.” (South Africa)
"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)
"After being home for several months, my spouse told me he is tired of being weighed down by his guilt. He met a minister from our church today, and said he wants to go to church Sunday after being away for years. I love You Jesus." (Texas)
“My restoration process has begun! Praise the Lord! It was so suddenly, with no indication that it was coming. It's been many months of separation, but standing feels so worth it now. It was hard, but the Lord carried me through, and now He is fulfilling His promises. My husband has agreed to go to counseling together and told me he loves me all in a few hours. It is truly a miracle! At the beginning of our separation, God gave me Isaiah 61:7. My husband also told me he was in the process of buying a house...for us! God is giving me my marriage and a new house to begin our restored marriage in. A DOUBLE PORTION. The Lord is amazing! I love You, Lord!” (Virginia)
"Praise the Lord, my prodigal husband has returned home through prayer. I thank the Lord for His love for me and also for giving me a new heart to unconditionally love my husband. I thank God for leading me to your ministry and for all you have done in helping me make the right choice in following God's plan and not my own fleshly desires. I love my husband and can say that going through this spiritual battle has taught me more than I could have ever imagined. Thank you Jesus and both Charlyne and Bob for all your openness in sharing your life." (California)
“After being separated for several months, God brought my wife back, only after I myself reconciled with the Lord first and finally gave my marriage into His hands. God drew me closer to Him and not only did my wife come back home, but came back with the desire to seek God and put me as her head and leader where God wants me to be. Remember, God comes first and He'll take care of everything else, EVERYTHING! Never give up standers, God does have perfect timing. Don't believe in the devil's lies. Prodigals do come home when lead by God! I can’t stop thanking my Savior Jesus Christ! Pray and seek God” (Texas)
"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)
"My husband is home. He had only moved into our basement, but had left our marriage. I am so thankful that a friend told me about this Ministry. My husband and I are both reading 'After The Prodigal Returns.' We went to a weekend military marriage seminar and renewed our wedding vows. Praise the Lord." (Colorado)
“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)
“At the county courthouse, with our children holding the rings, tears in their eyes, we remarried. Thank You God for restoring our marriage and our family. I urge you to stand firm regardless of what others say. Please listen to God; He is the One true lawgiver who is able to save.” (Missouri)
“For months after asking Christ back into my life, I've been standing in the gap for my wife. I left after finding out about some circumstances. Through weekly fasting and prayer, I've begged Jesus to lead me home to be with my family. My wife told me to just move on. But I kept fasting and praying. As of now, I'm home with my children more often. God led me home. He is working on me, my kids, and I know my wife. I saw four Swift trucks today - though I don't ever remember seeing them in the past. God is good. All the time.” (North Carolina)
"Praise God, my husband returned home after being gone for three months. I felt like giving up at first, but the more I started reading God's Word I knew his promises. I went through some ups and downs, but I learned to trust and depend in the Lord. I started speaking positive about my husband and my marriage. Know that God's Word is true. If He did it for me, He'll do it for you." (North Carolina)
“I've been coming to RMM for many months now. My husband, who many of you have prayed for, came home three months ago! This was after four sets of papers sent to me, none of which I signed. We are in the restoration process, but this has been a long, long road. For you standers out there waiting on your miracle, don't give up! As soon as you think you can't hold on any longer is just when the tide will turn! Our God has shown me so many marvelous things and I am still continuing to pray for all prodigals and standers out there! I prayed for God to bring my spouse home...but you know what? He did double! God is a God of miracles! And he doubles what the locust has eaten. Not only did he bring my husband back home, but he has now blessed us with our first baby! Praise God! Lord, I give you all the glory, and even though the devil may still be lurking, You God are the One who has already won this battle!” (Virginia)
I GOT MY MIRACLE
My husband left in March 2010 right after I had lost my mother to cancer in December 2009. I begged him not to leave me at this time but he was blindsided by Satan’s lies. The road was very hard. I filed for divorce in June 2010 and he didn’t like the fact that I filed the papers. I was so angry with him that it didn’t matter what he said or did, I was not ever going to take him back. We were trying to come to an agreement about the divorce decree. He never would sign the papers. He would make up excuses as to why he couldn’t sign them. I then realized he didn’t want the divorce, but I didn’t care; I was going through with it anyway.
I know God was giving me every sign in the world about me stopping my divorce. By September, I clearly heard the Lord say to stop the divorce and that Marcus was going to come back home. The Lord gave me Isaiah 54 to stand on. I called my lawyer and he asked me if I wanted to put a hold on the divorce. I told him I wanted it stopped. He was very confused but I shared my stand with him.
The next months I began my journey to work on myself and get my relationship back on track with God. I told people that I was not going to give up on Marcus and he was going to come back home. They just shook their heads like I was crazy, but I knew God spoke to me. God changed my heart and He really started blessing me for obeying Him. My husband began to see the change in me also. He started communicating with me again.
2011 was the year that I really began to cry out for my husband’s soul, at that point it wasn’t about him coming home. I knew that if he died he was going to Hell and I had to fight for his soul. I began fasting and really doing spiritual warfare for my husband. By October 2011, I really began to see a change in him like he was tired and ready to come home. I would ask him to come to family functions and he would show up. Marcus would still refer to me as his wife. I knew God was working on him. The enemy knew his time was about up so he would try to bring out some big guns. I prayed and pressed on.
My miracle came in April 2012! Marcus suggested we renew our wedding vows in a little ceremony with family and friends who helped me pray for my marriage. God did just like He said He would. He brought my husband home and we celebrated our wedding anniversary on a cruise. I am the happiest I have ever been. To God be the glory for all He has done. I would like to thank Charlyne and Rejoice Marriage Ministries for all the encouraging emails sent daily. I am still reading them and praying for all the standers and prodigals. I will forever be a stander.
"Please praise God with me. My husband told me that he will be moving home in two weeks. We have been separated for a little over a year and struggling before that. God has dramatically changedhis thinking and softened his heart. From the day I began praying scriptures for him, I could see that God was making a difference. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we work on restoration. We both need more healing, but God is so good, I know itwill come. Thank you, thank you for your ministry. God led me to your web site at a very low point in my stand (I didn't even have aname for my conviction until then). Your tapes and daily e-mail messages have helped immensely. God bless you."
“Months ago my spouse told me he didn´t love me anymore. After his request to separate, I moved to his home overseas. I started to pray to Jesus for a miracle for my marriage. After months of praying and crying to my Lord, my husband stopped his other relationship. He has started being loving to me and speaking about us or our family. We just started healing our hearts and still need a lot of prayers, but for Jesus, all is possible.” (Chile)
"A few years ago I was dependent on Rejoice Marriage Ministries to keep me on track while God restored my marriage. If God can soften the heart of my prodigal He can do anything. God wants your prodigal back." (Florida)
"Praise the Lord. After a year of separation, my prodigal has returned home. We still have much work to do, but the words of Jesus Christ rings within my heart, 'Peace be with you.' (John 20:19). Thank you Bob and Charlyne for standing for Jesus Christ not just in marriage, but in life." (Georgia)
"I praise the Lord for His mercy. When my prodigal returned after many months separation, he lacked money, I asked the Lord, 'Please dear God, I have applied twice for a job and I got negative response. If You want to send me something, I beg you that someone offers me something to help my husband.' A Christian friend invited me to work real rstate with her. I give thanks to our faithful Lord. (Mexico)
“God is more than wonderful! The OW was always writing me that my husband would divorce me and marry her. All the time God gave me Isaiah 54. After a few years of praying, fasting and waiting, God confirmed for me in many ways to go back to Mexico with my two little boys. ( We were living very alone in Germany). God opened in an awesome way all the doors in Mexico and three months later my husband left the OW and came to Mexico with us. His love for God is now greater than before and our marriage and his relationship with the kids is better than ever. God is faithful! Keep on praying, fasting and believing what God has already said. He will do it in His perfect timing.” (Mexico)