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!

(posted 3/4/2015)

"After months of separation, praise God, I've been back in the house for several weeks now, though my wife says it is still month-to-month. My posting this testimony is for the purpose of claiming Christ's victory in my wife's heart over the enemy's deceit in general. God will open her eyes fully, and quickly with persistent prayer."  (North Carolina)

(posted 9/14/2007)
"I have just come back from church and a couple who were involved in counseling told me that they were getting married again after four years of divorce. God is so good." (South Wales U.K.) (posted 11/20/2004)
"I was the prodigal just one year ago when my husband gave me a few of your messages he had printed off his computer. At the time I read them, cried a little and put them away. Unfortunately my husband gave up his stand, but shortly after, God yanked a knot in me. I repented with Godly sorrow and soon found those messages tucked away. I needed them because my husband had become the prodigal. I am happy to report that my husband is home and I am continuing to stand for his return to his salvation and for our marriage to be restored better than ever before. Sunday, God gave me a beautiful gift. My husband and I, along with our three children and his parents, attended our church together for the first time in a long time. My husband even expressed that he had a great day. God has a terrific plan in store for my family." (Illinois) (posted 11/20/2004)
"God does answer our prayers. I divorced my husband. I believed everyone when they said he would never change and I even gave up on waiting for God to work in his life. I loved him and so wanted for our marriage to work. We dated and made a few attempts in ourselves to try to pull things together again. These failed miserably. God sent a friend my way. She introduced me to your ministry.With God's help, her prayers, and your daily encouragement, I began my stand for the restoration of my marriage and my husband to Christ.  my husband had a heart attack and our circumstances seemed evenmore serious. Two weeks ago, my husband moved out of the situation he was in. He is now situated in our home and soon I will be situated there also. We have a long road ahead and thank God for your book‘Standing after the Prodigal returns'  Had I not have read this, our first two weeks would probably have already been miserable.  iinstead Ihave been able to deal with these issues in a different light and pray through a lot of them. I thank God daily for bringing us back together and know that soon my husband will again be the man of God he is meant to be." (Oklahoma) (posted 11/18/2006)
"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) (posted 1/28/2005)

“My husband has been back in our home living for over a year but we are still not officially back together. On Christmas Eve he said Merry Christmas to me and also said he loved me. We had a meal together with our four sons. Before dinner each of us said a prayer of thanks and asked God to help us as a family in the new year. My sons were very moved as they each read a special card their dad picked out for them. After we opened our gifts my husband had tears in his eyes. He told us this was the best Christmas Eve he has ever had. In God’s time I know my marriage will be fully restored. Please keep the faith.”  (Pennsylvania) 

(posted 1/4/2013)
 "After years of separation my husband and I remarried in January. Everyone told me that he would never change and to go on with my life, but I stood on what God had promised me. Like every couple, we have problems, but not the ones that separated us. I continue to pray for myself and others to hold on and not give up on Jesus. He is the only One who can help us on this road that we are on. I love Him so much."   (Mississippi). (posted 7/13/2006)

"One year ago tonight, I thought my world had come to an end when my husband left me for the OW. I had to take off work for a couple of weeks before I could function. I fasted and prayed like never before. I was led to RMM through a friend who stood for the restoration of his marriage. My husband and the OW told me I was delusional (speaking those things which are not as though they were). But who is delusional now? Tonight, I have my husband back in my life and it was SUDDEN, but the restoration is in baby steps. I am in awe at how God honors His word, praise, prayer, and fasting. My treasure is my relationship with my Lord from my stand. I learned from Charlyne that it does not matter what anyone says about my situation other than God. Ezekiel 17:24:  "'All the trees of the forest will know that I the LORD bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.'"  (Georgia)

(posted 9/17/2012)
“Last year at this time, my husband and I were barely speaking. Today he has been home almost 10 months… And we were blessed with our first grandchild. To have our family intact for such an incredible event has my heart overflowing. I am so thankful for all God has done for my family. Don’t give up. I will see the goodness of my Lord in the land of the living. God bless you all.” (Illinois) (posted 10/8/2014)

 

"Even though we are separated, my husband agreed to go to a marriage conference with me. God answered my prayers by bringing healing and understanding to both of us. He has decided he would like to reconcile. We have obstacles to overcome as we are living in different states, but I believe God will work out all the details. Praise God my prodigal is on his way home. " (California)

(posted 3/24/2006)
If there is anyone who hurts more than the wife of a prodigal, more than the children it's a mom! I heard the faint voice of my 39 year old daughter, attempt to stop crying and sniffles on the phone and a brief outline of what had happened, but I praise God that she had found Charlyne Cares and had already begun to follow the guidelines and seek God's face. Especially ‘Zip the Lip’ was important. The next thing she did was tell me where to go on the web to get daily devotionals which I faithfully read and believed along with her. Though we were 100 miles apart, our hearts were so close. I also ‘Zipped the Lip,’ and now they are a family again, reconciled. Praise and honor to God, our loving Father and Jesus His Son! I keep devotionals I have printed to pass on to others! Your work in leading families closer to Christ is so helpful and Christ honoring! Many thanks." (Missouri) (posted 11/20/2004)
"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) (posted 11/20/2004)
"I divorced my husband, was convicted and began a stand. At some point, he and I began dating again but, all the while, I was thinking of fleeing again. I kept visiting your site and reading Charlyne Cares anyway. God was always pulling. I earnestly looked for Bob's input there because he had been in the far country. Thank you, Charlyne and Bob, from the bottom of my heart. My husband and I are beginning counseling and have plans to remarry much to the happiness of our nine year old son." (Ohio) (posted 11/20/2004)
“Praise God, He has brought my prodigal spouse home. God has also had the divorce that my prodigal spouse started in 2001 dismissed in January. My husband has been home for four and a half months. It's as Charlyne and Bob have stated,”Prodigals do come home!” (Texas) (posted 2/18/2005)
“My husband left our home at my insistence. I really believed the right thing to do was to divorce him, though he didn’t want the divorce. The divorce went through, though at the end I didn’t even want it! I had no peace about our family being fractured. My husband was working at the other end of the state and I could see that his relationship with our youngest son was becoming lost. I reached out to my husband with honesty and, for the first time in a long time, he also responded in honesty. In a little over a week he will be moving back home and starting a new job here. Praise the Lord!”  (Florida) (posted 8/4/2014)
“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) (posted 11/18/2005)

A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE

By Mary in Missouri

As another Christmas is drawing near, I am filled with such excitement knowing it is the day we celebrate the greatest miracle of all, which is the birthday of our Savior, Jesus Christ!  I can't even imagine how exciting it was back in time when everyone was awaiting the actual birth of Jesus!

I wanted to share with everyone my own Christmas miracle of 2010 which is that my precious prodigal came home after three years of being in the far country!  Praise the Lord!  It was a few hours after Christmas Day of 2010 at 2:00 A.M.  I was still awake, sitting in the living room when I heard a key in the door and in walked my dear prodigal!  I can't describe the overwhelming joy in my heart when I saw him walk through the door!  He had listened to a sermon and the minister said, “Receive your forgiveness and go home” and that is just what my husband did!

I could write a book about everything that took place from the day he left until the day he came home but it would have to be just that, a book!  Maybe someday I will write a book about my stand if God leads me in that direction.  Anyway, through much prayer by myself, my prayer partner and many other people's prayers, God touched my husband's heart and my husband turned his heart back to God and back to me and our children.

The years that my husband was away were very difficult for me and our two adult children. There were many tears, trials and conflicts.  In the beginning of my stand, I just wanted my husband back but later on I realized that the most important thing to me, because I loved my husband so much, was his soul and where he would spend eternity.  He was a Christian but had walked away from God and in the process he was then deceived by the enemy and tempted by another woman whom he started a relationship with.

There were days when I just felt like giving up and moving on but by the grace of God I didn't. I am so thankful to God that He sustained me and gave me strength to stand even though I felt I was so weak at times but it was worth it!!!  I was up against negative advice, even from my own children, to move on with my life.  It got so bad that I didn't even feel like God could hear me talking or praying to Him since nothing ever seemed to change.  I know now that He was there with me all the time and the Lord was working everything out for my good, my husband's good, and our children's good. 

A few of the good things that came out of this attack by the enemy to destroy our family are that my daughter's faith in God and walk with Him has gotten stronger.  My husband realizes how much he and I are alike in every area of our life where before he thought we had nothing in common, which was a lie from the enemy.  Our family has gotten closer to God and to each other.  God has blessed us so much and in so many ways since my husband turned his heart back to God and back to his family!  God turned what the enemy meant for evil and destruction into so much good for us.  I just can't begin to tell you all the blessings that God has bestowed on us because there are so many.

I read other people's testimonies and I would wonder if I would ever have one to share. I have to admit that sometimes when I felt so hopeless I didn't even want to read testimonies and I am ashamed that my faith became that weak.

So, I just want to say, in all humility and honesty,that no matter how hard it gets in your standing for your prodigal spouse, don't give up on them!  They need your prayers and interceding on their behalf because they are blinded by the enemy and they can't see the way out without our prayers for God to remove the blinders from their eyes so they can see God's truth and find their way back to God and home to their spouse and family!

God bless you all and may He give you His strength, His peace, and His joy as you stand in the gap for your precious prodigal!  Please don't give up on them!  It will be worth every difficult day, hour and minute of standing and praying!

God be with you and bless you and I am praying for you all!

(posted 10/1/2012)

"I spoke with Charlyne on the phone in 2003 after my husband left home. Charlyne spent time with me and taught me about 'free will'  and how to stand. My husband finally returned home on Good Friday, 2004. My son and I were thrilled at what the Lord had done."  (Georgia)

(posted 11/25/2006)
"PLT! After being separated for many months, my husband texted me and asked if he could come home. I said yes. He arrived with all of his items packed in his car. I stepped into my suddenly season and received my long awaited breakthrough. God does hear and answers our prayers. His word will not return to him void. Thank you Charlyne and RMM for teaching me to be patient and trust in the Lord with all my heart. Your daily devotionals have been a blessing to me. I will continue to pray for all standers and prodigals to come home suddenly as mine did. To God Be The Glory."  (Michigan)
(posted 4/17/2011)
"I want to thank you both so much. My husband and I have been separated for 8 months and he has finally returned. I know the road to true reconciliation is long, but with the Lord on our side I have so much faith that we can do this. Thank you for your book 'After The Prodigal Returns." (California) (posted 11/20/2004)
“PTL! My at-home prodigal had been involved in an affair for several years. During that period I used to pray and fast but the affair still continued. By the grace of God, just when I was just about to give up on my marriage, I came across this website. I learned that it was not all about God ending that other relationship but about God changing my inner self first. I learned to trust in God and to let go of all my bad habits. I learned it was important to pray that God first brings my husband to a point of repentance. Right now my husband is a changed person and he has ended the relationship with the OW. God is just so faithful.”  (Zimbabwe) (posted 12/5/2014)
"My covenant spouse came home in a suddenly. I had claimed in prayer Proverbs 19:2, Ezekiel 36:26, and Exodus 14 to take a stand against the divorce and the other woman. He went to see her in the UK. He had just told her goodbye and to return to her husband when he was hit by a car as a pedestrian. He broke both wrists. He called me from the UK hospital to ask to come home. Our three young children now get a new heritage of restoration. Praise the Lord for His victory over the enemy's schemes!" (Texas)
(posted 8/30/2012)

"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)

(posted 11/25/2006)

"Thank you Steinkamps for being with me all those midnight hours when I cried all night. Listening to your encouraging tapes that told me to never give up and keep praying. After years my husband is home." (Ohio)

(posted 4/18/2008)

“Glory be to God! My husband has returned home.  God has really transformed his heart. I got a call at five in the morning saying he never meant for things to get so bad and he wanted to come home for good. Although I had prayed and fasted with the other stander teams last week, the day before he called I was ready to quit but I said I would keep praying for other standers and their prodigals regardless of my choice. God knew I was tired and weary. I had already gone and got divorce papers and almost told him no out of my own selfish fears. I’m glad I didn’t. He apologized for everything in tears and even prayed before bed. God is great!”  (Illinois)

(posted 9/9/2013)

"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)
"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) (posted 11/11/2005)

"My husband and I were married for 20 years when he left for greener pastures because of sin and blindness on both our parts. After five years, the Lord got my attention, and after fully surrendering to Him, my husband came home unexpectedly after two non-covenant marriages. On the day he received a divorce from the second non-covenant at 10:00 A.M. we were remarried with our daughters as our witnesses. Seventeen years later my husband became emotionally involved with a young woman at work. He truly suffered knowing how wrong he was. The Lord restored him, and our marriage and we are more in love today than 45 years ago when we were first married. We praise God and give him all the glory for His love and for Bob and Charlyne's ministry. We are truly thankful. Things that are impossible with men are possible with God." (Oklahoma)

(posted 11/20/2006)

“Praise God my marriage is restored. My husband texted me out of the blue, telling me he wants his family back, that he loves me very much and our children, and has learned to value me.”  (Nevada) 

(posted 2/12/2013)
"My husband was a prodigal husband one year ago. He cheated on, stole from, and lied to me about everything. He wasn't a good father and was never around. He confessed his sins one year ago to God and me and asked for forgiveness. He got saved and baptized that same month and now one year later, he has his own ministry in our church. He goes to our local homeless shelter and has Bible study there and every Sunday he goes there to pick up people that can't come to church. He is a great father and is very involved with me and the children. I praise God because he is so good." (Texas) (posted 11/11/2005)

"My husband has been talking about divorcing me. I have been pursuing God relentlessly. Now we are back under the same roof and sleeping in the same bed. I would not have thought this possible. God is showing me that He is in control. Praise God." (Virginia)

(posted 1/4/2008)

“Wow! After several long months of being apart, my family is whole once again! And it was just like you said, Charlyne, suddenly! My situation looked bleak, but God! I am in awe at His wondrous power and His unfailing promises. He restored and is rebuilding, and I am just giddy with joy. Thank you for being a lighthouse for others in a time where the world says ‘give up.’ The best words ever were hearing my husband thank me for loving him and never giving up. All glory and praise to our Lord because it was certainly His strength in my weakness that pulled me through. Thank you Lord Jesus for loving me and for never letting me down!”  (Georgia)

(posted 5/14/2014)

"After a year and a half of struggling, trying to figure out what to do and what not to do, praying and crying, I found this ministry and started receiving the daily devotionals which helped me stand and gain my strength to listen to God. He has brought my prodigal home. We still have work to do and God has work to do in us, but praise God my husband is home." (Florida)

(posted 2/19/2010)

"My husband told me he didn't love me and didn't think he had ever loved me. He left me for another person and soon was asking for a divorce. I was still reeling from these circumstances when my father was diagnosed with cancer. I began to cry out to Jesus and was led to your ministry. I read about the sightings of Covenant Transport trucks as signs with some amusement. Later though, when I was at my lowest point, I was at an intersection with a long light and I bowed my head for a few seconds and asked my Lord to please show me for certain I must continue to stand. I looked up and there making a long, slow turn in front of me was a Covenant Transport Truck. It must have come from around the corner while I prayed. I startled my daughter laughing and praising God. My husband suddenly asked me to take him back a few weeks after that. My husband now says he never stopped loving me and is committed to restoring our marriage. My father's recent tests show no sign of cancer and a rib that was involved shows signs of healing." (Louisiana)

(posted 11/20/2006)
(posted 2/16/2015)

"My husband and I were having problems. He met someone and decided to move to another state with her. I was devastated and did not want our marriage to end but divorced him after pressure from him and others. I was online one night and came across Rejoice Marriage Ministries. I really felt inspired and started praying for my husband and our marriage. I had some doubt because I had never heard of standing before, but every time I looked at the site, I knew to keep going. After months with no contact we started talking again and I am thrilled to say we are now getting remarried next week." (California)

(posted 7/3/2009)
"Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always...Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." I Chronicles 16:8-11,34 (posted 11/22/2006)

"My husband and I have been restored for over two years. I cannot believe how much my husband loves me now. This must be God loving me through my husband, because I have never known this kind of love. This is such a testimony to me about how, when God does something, it is so much better than anything we try to make happen ourselves. I am so blessed." (Arizona)

(posted 9/5/2008)

“All the glory goes to God. My husband came back after several grueling months. I read these testimonies, wishing and, at times, doubting that I would get the privilege to write one. But God! Throughout the storm, when my husband's heart was hardened, God found a way to bring him back to me with a soft heart. I'm so thankful, and these testimonies gave me strength when I had felt like giving up. Please don't give up, God hears your cries and will not hold back when the time is right. The Lord gave me Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV). Call onto me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things that thou knowest not as well as Matthew 7:7 (KJV) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. I will keep praying for restored marriages all around the world. Don't give up, He is faithful.”  (California)

(posted 11/18/2013)
"I found this site when my husband and I separated. During the separation, my relationship with Jesus has grown. His love for me is beautiful. God has restored my life and my marriage."  (North Carolina)
(posted 8/30/2012)
"My husband told me that he is still in love with me! Our second court date came and went. He also told me last week that he would like to cancel our divorce proceedings and we have been talking about him coming home! He ended up calling his lawyer yesterday and canceling everything! Praise the Lord, He is so good!" (New Jersey) (posted 11/20/2004)

"My husband has returned. I trusted in the Lord and the Lord was true to His word. For the first time in my life I learned the Lord was my everything and I learned to trust Him." (California)

(posted 3/7/2008)
   "My husband returned home from the far country only days ago. He told me today that he was thinking about going back. I am reading, fasting and praying for God to give him strength to see this as an attack from the Devil. I have to leave it with God because He is the only one who can save my husband. Thanks to Rejoice Marriage Ministries I know this is the right thing to do. No nagging or threats, just plain praying and fasting. I know God brought him back and He is the one who can control the situation." (Georgia) (posted 7/13/2007)

“When my husband left is when I found God again. I pray just about all day, every day for the restoration of this marriage. I begged my husband to come back, but I knew I had to be still and trust God and His timing. Two days ago, my husband came by to see our daughter. He told me he wanted to be a family and wants God in his life and our marriage! I was so excited! There is still pain and I know that if God can forgive him, I will too! I'm erasing all negativity from my heart and mind so it will not hinder the restoration process. God works miracles! Praise His Holy and Precious Name! Amen!”  (Louisiana)

(posted 11/25/2013)

“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)

(posted 2/12/2013)
“Just as our local power company took time to restore the power to our home after Hurricane Wilma, so did God take his time to restore my marriage. The power company needed to make sure that everything was fixed and all the connections were intact. Then they needed to make sure that other people around us were ready. They needed to make sure that everything was 100% before they threw that switch, so that the power did not just flicker and then go off again, but comes on and stays on for good. This is how God has restored my marriage to my wife. After being separated for two years, we are finally restored. God will restore your marriage. If you try to do it yourself, your restoration will only be a 'flicker.' Let God do it. He knows what He is doing and He will do it right so that your family's restoration brings permanent 'light' to your home." (Florida) (From a man who attends Rejoice Pompano.) (posted 11/11/2005)
"After finding out about my husband’s affair, my mind was made up that I was getting a divorce. Praying to God that my next husband would be a good and faithful one, God spoke to me. He said 'You already have a husband. Just be patient.' Being patient is easier said than done but I wanted to obey God. My husband remained in our home. As I relied On God, His Word and promises, it became easier. With much prayer and fasting my husband’s actions began to change. Then one day he apologized for hurting me and our family. He thanked me for staying by his side and keeping our family together. God is good." (Illinois) (posted 1/19/2011)

"It has now been several months since our marriage was restored. My husband had moved thousands of miles away. Through much prayer our family will be celebrating our first Thanksgiving together in years. I have so much to be thankful for." (New Hampshire)

(posted 11/23/2007)
(posted 11/17/2014)
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