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!

"Five months ago, my husband admitted to having an affair and wanted a divorce. I praise God and I am so thankful that I found you. Your daily devotions have been a very important part of my survival. I have learned so much about the Holy Spirit, Prayer, Faithfulness, Righteousness, and the list goes on and on. There would be days when I was so discouraged, that I did not possibly know how I could go on and it seemed like ‘Charlene Cares' would know my feelings for the day. Thank God for the Holy Spirit. My husband came home this weekend and we are working on restoring our marriage. I will continue to let the Lord fight the battle, but I will always use my spiritual weapons." (Oklahoma) (posted 11/20/2004)

"I attended one of your meetings where I was able to pray for my spouse along with others who are believing for the return of their spouses. My spouse returned this Thanksgiving, free from all bitterness and a new sense of peace after they surrendered their life to Jesus. It is truly a miracle. I prayed that God would do what ever was needed to bring my spouse back home while at the same time protecting them from permanent harm. That is exactly what happened through a set of circumstances, God finally got my spouse’s attention and led them back to God and then to the family." (North Carolina)

(posted 1/4/2008)
"On September 7 my spouse came home. I found out that he had been doing a lot of thinking and that he wanted to work on us getting back together. I prayed scriptures with (husband’s) name and my name in them, for us both to be changed. Praise God, He gave me a new home and my husband back! God is faithful to His word; it will not return back void." (Tennessee) (posted 11/20/2004)

“I give God the glory, my husband came home. There were hard moments but God is faithful. I give thanks to God, now more than ever. I will place my faith in Him, knowing that He will finish what He started. He will restore what the locus has eaten; He will give breath and new life to my marriage. Do not doubt for one moment for nothing is impossible for God.   Ezekiel  37.”  (Florida)

(posted 12/29/2013)
"Thank the Lord Jesus Christ for His faithfulness and for you both My husband, of thirty-four years, is home, wearing his wedding ring, fully moved back in. The other woman has moved to another state. He came home almost a year to the day that he left. Your daily email, my pastor's wife, (the church I attend is a family restoring church), and my Christian friends were the tools that kept me standing on the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ, until it grew up and "produced 30, 60, 100 fold " (Mark 4). The 'Bob email' helped me see the wife that I was becoming and would be to draw my husband home. The absolute commitment and trust that Charlyne showed in the Lord Jesus Christ over her struggle in the later part of October will keep me centered as I go forth in this walk. Keep standing. The very days that it looked as if it would be impossible to win him back, I found out, were the very days that his eyes were being opened to the other woman and her faults. God is so good. I am not the person I was a year ago. I am so thankful for that. I had found true joy and peace before he came home. He could see that. He wanted what I had. "There is no peace for the wicked." Keep standing and keep seeking Jesus daily. Keep praising and seeking His ways. His Word does not return void." (Louisiana) (posted 11/20/2004)
“My husband and I had been married many years, and we began to face some really hard times. I started having an affair and we never really recovered after that. I eventually filed for divorce. I began a relationship with the other man, and I still didn't have any peace in my spirit. I constantly thought about my husband. I felt like God was calling me to stand for my marriage because my spirit was restless. I began to pray about it and my husband eventually texted me one night, asking if we and the kids could go to counseling. I thank God that He didn't give up on us and we are now in the process of restoring our marriage.”  (Alabama)
(posted 7/3/2014)
“One year ago yesterday, my husband emailed me and asked if we could meet to talk. He had been away from home in the far country with the other person for over two years. We had dinner together at one of our favorite restaurants where he asked me if I still wanted to work things out. Three weeks later, he was home. We have much to celebrate this week and I give my friend Jesus and Father God all the praise and all the glory. We are celebrating one year and many more to follow. Praise the Lord.” (New York) (posted 1/20/2006)

 

"After years of standing, the Lord has won this battle for me. My wife said that she thought I might like to take her out for a meal as she thought I might have a question to ask her. She wanted me to propose. We went ring shopping the next morning, found the perfect ring for her, and went out for a meal. I got down on one knee and proposed and she said yes. Praise the Lord. A wedding invitation will be in the post! All glory to God." (United Kingdom)

(posted 4/4/2008)

"My husband has returned home six months ago after six years away.  He said that he saw the writing on the wall--just when I was about to give up. He is now going to church with us. It just amazes me that God freed my husband from what held him captive all these years practically overnight. I would have given up had it not been for your encouraging and sometimes eye opening messages." (Florida)

(posted 11/24/2006)

“After being separated for several months, my husband moved home suddenly this weekend. Praise God!!! He does answer prayer. My husband said that the reason he came home was: 1.He saw changes in me that he wanted to be around. 2.He said he had heard the voice of God the last two months telling him to GO HOME. Praise God! The struggle has not stopped because my husband is home. If anything, I must keep up the intensity of my prayer time! Hold on; keep praying and fasting, and believing!”  (Louisiana) 

(posted 8/30/2012)

"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)

(posted 3/3/2006)

“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)

"A couple of years ago I met someone and in a short time we divorced our spouses and married each other. Everyone’s lives were turned upside down, including children. The Lord convicted us recently and we both agreed we needed to go back and make it work with our covenant spouses. We annulled our marriage and are now prodigals turned standers. God is good, our covenant spouses have forgiven us and we are rebuilding our relationships with our Heavenly Father and also with our spouses." (Kansas)

PS from the Steinkamps: May this praise give every stander such hope and encouragement especially if your spouse has 'married' the other person. God does speak to His children even after they have legalized their adultery. God is in the reconciliation and restoration business, turning these two people to Him and back to their covenant spouses. God is faithful. Two more marriages are being restored! Hallelujah!

(posted 10/24/2008)

"Glory to God, my prodigal has come home after being away for years. He wants to take it slow. I am still standing for my spouse as I know the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion. Thank you, Rejoice Marriage Ministries. You have shown me how to grow in the Lord. We can't do it alone without the Lord Jesus Christ." (Kansas)

(posted 1/30/2009)
"We serve a God who does the impossible! My spouse left his non-covenant marriage almost 6 months ago and moved to another state. During that time (although I saw nothing!), God was 'moving on His side of the mountain!' He recently announced to me that he wants his family back as quickly as he can get a divorce. His heart indeed changed suddenly, and thanks to this ministry and the work of the Holy Spirit, I am ready to receive him back! Our God is faithful to complete the work He has begun, and restoration is always His will! Never give up on the Lord's promises! Thank you RMM! Thank You, Lord!" (Tennessee)
(posted 8/30/2012)
"My husband is home again. After spending a month with us and leaving briefly again, he is home for good. Thank You, God and thank You, Bob and Charlyne, for all your teaching and encouragement. I knew what to expect and where to look for truth." (United Kingdom) (posted 1/28/2011)
"Praise God, my prodigal came home a month ago. He says he knows that the Lord brought him back and that he is here to stay. God is doing an awesome work in both of us. My husband has developed a fierce appetite for the Lord. Thanks you for your books, and the daily encouragement. God bless you both." (Delaware) (posted 1/28/2005)

"My prodigal and I have maintained a friendship after an emotional forgiveness letter I wrote to him. I have been praying and growing weary in my stand. We have started dating and getting to know each other again. The good thing is that we are learning trust and honesty during the process. We have agreed that this new start is a good start. God is so good and I know He is working." (Texas)

(posted 3/24/2006)
“My spouse and I have been reunited for over a year and we are very happy. Recently I have been pressing into God and praying for the salvation of my husband and my family. Two days ago he agreed to come to a church social coffee evening and he met a man that he got on very well with. Yesterday I ran into the OP at the shops and she gave me a very heartfelt apology. I gave her a hug and felt a load lift from us both. Nothing is impossible with God!”  (Australia) (posted 8/4/2014)
"We were divorced, but I asked my husband to come back and he did. It is a miracle that he is back and we are a family again. God isn't finished with us yet and I covet your prayers." (Georgia) (posted 3/18/2005)

 "Your ministry has had an impact on building my faith and standing for my husband. I am from Sri Lanka and my husband left me. My  Lord took over as I called to Him in the day of trouble. I sought the Lord with all my heart and He began speaking to me through the scriptures. I journaled everything and He even told me from Psalm 81 that I could rejoice. My prodigal walked through that door and we are now working things out together in the Lord's paths." (Sri Lanka)

(posted 11/2/2007)

"My husband moved out of our home. He said he was never coming back. I saw the hand of God nudge my husband back home slowly but surely. My prodigal came back home unannounced a month ago. God is faithful to complete what He started." (Kenya)

(posted 9/4/2009)
“In 1997, I moved my family from Stockton, California to Los Angeles to pursue a well paying, highly visible position in higher education. I quickly became caught up in the 'power of the position' and was intoxicated with the money, travel, and eventually the women. I filed for divorce from my wife and ruined my family. My wife and her family, being the believers that they are, stood for our marriage. I, on the other hand, was the typical prodigal husband and backslid from God. Bob, I mirrored all your actions and events in your life during your prodigal years, and unfortunately, them some. A few months before our divorce, I received a 'Charlyne Cares' at work and God immediately began to work on my heart. At first I dismissed ever wanting to re-establish a relationship with Jesus again. Then, I tried going to church with the other woman, neither of which was the answer. To make a long story short, I soon realized my mistakes, repented, cried a million tears, re-committed my self to Jesus Christ, moved back to Stockton. I re-married my wife in December 2000. God is so very good. I firmly believe in the covenant of marriage and am a living testimony of the power of Jesus. I was the 'poster child' for the lying and cheating prodigal husband. If God was able to fix my heart and save my marriage, He can fix anyone. Praise the Lord!” (California) (posted 11/20/2004)
“My prodigal husband is asking me to come to where he is to work on our marriage. He says he loves me. Due to current situations we cannot do this right away, but what a joy to hear him say this. God promised restoration. What a great and mighty God. I praise Him.” (New York) (posted 4/29/2005)

"God is so good! My husband is coming home! I`ve followed RMM for almost four years . With a couple of setbacks, third time's a charm. After a few weeks of communication I pick him up from airport next week to come home. Although this is just the beginning God`s work isn't done. I's just begun!! (Michigan)

(posted 3/14/2011)
“After many years marriage, another many years divorced (me being the prodigal), and many months of standing for my spouse (my spouse and I switched roles as I became stander and he became the prodigal), we will be remarrying this week in front of God, family and friends. PTL, my family has been restored! God is so good. We owe Him all praise and glory. Standers, do not give up. God hears your cries. God hates divorce. I will continue to pray for all marriages till the day I die.” (Canada) (posted 8/31/2014)

"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.

(posted 9/12/2008)

"After several months of standing, my husband suddenly returned home two weeks before Christmas! We serve an amazing God. And thank God for Rejoice Ministries. They kept me standing when I did not have the strength to stand. Our reconciliation has been difficult but my wonderful Savior has drawn me so close to Him that I know He will restore my marriage to more than it was before this nightmare began. Keep standing standers! God will honor your stand. Stand strong!" (Kentucky)

(posted 8/31/2012)
“I am so excited! My husband came home. He had been gone since October, but began telling me that he loved me and being in contact with me on a regular basis. He told me earlier this month that he wanted to come home. At this point, I am just trusting in God. He has not forsaken me yet and I know He will give me the strength to endure whatever comes.” (Georgia) (posted 1/28/2005)
"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)

"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)

(posted 5/15/2009)

"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)

“God is not a man that he should lie, His ways and thoughts are not like ours. My husband left and never wanted to return but God, mighty God, brought him home. He will bring your spouse home. It is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when and when He does, He makes everything beautiful in its time.”  (Australia)

(posted 4/1/2014)
"My prodigal is coming home next week. There were times when I almost wanted to give up, but God never gave up on us. Truly with God all things are possible, even as they seemed impossible to us, divorce papers had been filed. All glory be to God." (Australia) (posted 11/20/2004)

"I am praising God. My husband is wanting to come home. I thank God for this trial, for I have grown so close to Him during this time. We have a long road ahead of us, but with God as the center of our marriage, we cannot fail. I am so thankful for the many blessings God has given to me and my family." (Georgia)

(posted 12/8/2007)
“God is wonderful! My miracle happened on New Year! My husband told me he didn’t love me anymore when I was pregnant with our first child, and he didn’t want our baby either. He never left the house but we weren’t together. Many times I wanted to give up, it was too difficult to continue. But the devotionals gave me peace and hope that God will restore my marriage. God answered part of my prayers when my baby girl was born and my husband fell in love with her immediately. I continued praying for our marriage and on New Year, my husband kissed me and told me this year will be different. I continue praying for full restoration and guidance. Don’t give up! Our Lord is with us and He will restore your marriage, just wait for His perfect timing.”  (Canada) (posted 1/19/2015)

"My husband and I divorced after I committed adultery. The Lord later changed my heart and I became the stander, but by that time my husband had a girlfriend. My husband came back to me just long enough for me to get pregnant. When he found out about the pregnancy, he went back to his girlfriend. They were discussing marriage. While I was pregnant and standing, the Lord sent me a dream that he would be back home by Christmas. He came home in late November 2008 and we were married last week." (Texas)

(posted 1/23/2009)

“My marriage was so rocky. I thought I was trying real hard, but still imagined I deserved more. I stayed away for a year. I came back in faith exactly a year later, trusting my husband's anger would subside if only I would obey the Lord, and reconcile. Your website was my friend and encouragement when I had little external encouragement. A year later, we couldn't be happier, and all has been healed ! It is true that only one spouse standing makes a difference and God still does miracles! I will never be sorry I came back home. I believe my kids are better off, and we are all happier. Thank you and Him!”  (Wyoming)

(posted 2/11/2014)
“When praises go up blessings come down! I divorced my husband a couple of years ago and I soon realized my mistake. Needless to say, his heart grew hard and full of unforgiveness. He began a relationship with another woman which got serious quickly. I became hopeless and feared the worse. But I began to cry out to the Lord and He led me to your website and placed true believers in my life to intercede for my marriage. My spouse bought the other woman a ring! I thought all was lost but when God is for you who can be against you? I let go and let God! Praise God, within a few days my spouse came to me and the kids and said he wants his family back! We are now living together and going to Christian counseling. This all happened within seven days! Don’t give up on God no matter what the circumstances are saying.”  (Virginia) (posted 8/11/2014)

"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)

(posted 5/2/2008)

“This weekend my husband has been with us at our home. We have been separated for many months and recently I was becoming weary, physically and spiritually. But the Lord has given me signs that He is working and He does hear my prayers. Tonight my husband was going to go back to where he is staying and he did leave, but 15 minutes later he came back. He said he will sleep on the couch and he said he is confused. God is so good and faithful. Keep your eyes focused on Him and remember you have the victory!”  (Kansas)

(posted 9/16/2013)
“I had been struggling with the need to end a prodigal lifestyle, and the yearning to re-unite with my abandoned loved ones, but just didn't how or where to start. Your e-mail devotionals, in tandem with a miraculously leading through the ministry of my local church, helped me see that all I had to do was strongly believe it possible, and prayerfully take the first steps. I took those steps of faith with God, and have regained joy by being very warmly embraced by my loved ones.” (Nigeria) (posted 2/18/2005)

 "The Lord brought my husband home. The experience changed me. The Lord guided me and encouraged me every step of the way. There were many times I felt like the loneliest person on earth, but The Lord pulled me through. There were so many things I am grateful that I didn't see or know about. I followed the advice to keep my eyes on the Lord. Satan distorts everything so I just believed what the Lord told me." (Arizona)

(posted 3/22/2007)

“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)

(posted 8/19/2013)

"Once the prodigal, I have been standing for my wife. My wife called me and told me she loved me and wanted to come home. It has been a hard road at times but as Charlyne and Bob have pointed out, there is power in the spoken Word of God. Thank you so much my Lord, my Rock, my Deliverer." (Florida)

(posted 4/19/2007)
"My wife returned five days ago after driving for 18 hours to reach our home. I will take the time to more fully share this wonderful miracle restoration when I am able. There has been no time for the Internet since her return as our every waking hour has been spent together, healing, and communicating. I received so much encouragement from Rejoice Ministries. I came often to this site and the Charlyne Care's emails were absolutely a daily help." (Arkansas) (posted 6/24/2005)
(posted 12/11/2014)
"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)

“Praise God! My suddenly has happened! My husband and I have been separated for  months. He told me he did not want to be married with such conviction I believed him. I was going to give up my stand but God said no. So I continued to fast and pray. Last Sunday God told me it was over. I didn't know what He meant until a couple days ago. I received a text from the OW saying my husband was miserable and we belong together. The next day my husband called and said he wanted to talk. He told me he wants his old life back and his marriage. I received a text from the OW saying I need to be with my husband and she will never see him again. My soul is overjoyed with thanks and love for God restoring my marriage. Keep the faith standers. With God ALL things are possible. Be blessed; this is only the beginning.”  (Nevada)

(posted 12/16/2013)

“PTL! After many months of separation, ignorance, and threats of divorce from my husband, out of the blue, he came to spend New Year’s Eve with me! We had an amazing conversation and I was pleased to hear that he had taken a look at and has begun to own up to his own wrongs through our marriage and was no longer solely blaming me! He told me that this was a positive move in the right direction for us and was very loving. My walk with Our Lord through this time has been life changing! Being an advocate of standing for my marriage had many looking at me as though I were crazy, but I followed exactly what the Lord has told me to do - to keep standing with love and kindness. My husband mentioned this great change in me and I can see how my walk with the Lord is inspiring him. The Lord kept asking me if I was ready this whole holiday season and I said "YES!" Now we are taking it slow and on the mend. I am giving the Lord all of His due glory!”  (Pennsylvania) 

(posted 1/14/2013)
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