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!

"My husband left home. Our son had cancer and was in treatment at the time. I moved away with my son. I was not going to let my husband keep doing this to me, I thought. The Lord really began working on my heart and my commitment to the covenant I made with Him and my husband. I moved back, repented, forgave, and prayed. I found Rejoice Ministries on the Internet and thought this was crazy, but soon realized very biblical. Many discouraged my stand. Our son was healed and encouraged me to keep praying for Daddy. My husband broke off the other relationship. He went to church earlier this year and began coming back to the Lord. I asked him out on a date. We were separated four years. He moved home in September. He is going to Promise Keepers tomorrow. God has restored our marriage and family. It is wonderful when a Prodigal comes home. They are thankful and you understand and are grateful. God gave us the privilege to stand. Thank you for your ministry." (Canada)

“I divorced my husband and listened to friends who said I deserved better. Immediately, I felt so overwhelmed with guilt. But he was very angry and didn’t want to reconcile with me. He eventually found someone else. During this time I came across this website and started praying for my husband. My husband returned to me this Christmas. We are getting remarried next month. What an awesome God we serve. So don't give up. God is in control.”  (Florida)

“Praise Jesus.  My hubby called me out of the blue and told me he loved me, he was sorry and he wants to work on his family. I've been praying all day for God to send him someone to talk with and He sent the OW - the last person I would’ve expected. But I've been praying for her, too, and she told him maybe you need to work out your marriage. Another person called and told him the same thing. He got conviction. I love You Jesus. Don't give up, remain faithful and God will see you through. Hallelujah, hallelujah. I give all the glory to my Lord and Savior.”  (Florida)

"I give my God the glory for sending my husband back home. He is coming home tomorrow. Thanks for this ministry for preparing me for this miracle as I waited in anticipation for my husband to come home. I will continue to stand on God’s promises and put Him first in my life. He has done a work in me to humble me and I thank Him." (Canada)

“What a sad time in my family's life when my husband decided to leave. I'd become so overwhelmed with grief. I called my husband repeatedly to no avail. Only when I made the decision to "let go and let God" did things begin to change. My prayers turned from ‘Change him Lord’ to ‘Lord, please do a work in me.’ Taking responsibility for my part in our separation and asking for the Lord's forgiveness was the key to transformation in my marriage. During our separation, I learned to turn my ear only to the voice of God. My husband returned home. I quickly learned that the real work began during our reconciliation. It's been a few years since we've reconciled but the first year was filled with learning how to forgive. In the end, I found out that forgiveness is simply a decision away. Thank You Lord! My husband and I will never be the same.”  (Texas)

“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)

"The Saturday before Christmas the phone rang and my prodigal husband asked me to open the door. He came home for five days to talk things out. I brought him to work with me on Christmas day and he played his guitar and sang Christian songs with the special needs people I work with. We went to a midnight church service together and listened to 'Stop Divorce Radio' into the wee hours of the morning. I couldn't have planned a better day. We are still unsure of who is moving where, but we are in agreement that God will be the head of this restored marriage. 'Cast your cares upon the Lord and he will sustain you. He will never let the righteous fall.'" (Connecticut)

"After many months of separation, my husband is home and is going to church with me. I started off with little faith, but I held on to Bible scripture and I started preaching the Word of God to anyone who would hear me. My faith grew as I shared the teachings I was learning. God is a merciful, loving God, who will not leave His faithful servants in shame." (Florida)

“Praise God for our marriage restoration. My husband is home some months now after being gone for a couple of years. He had an affair and was never coming home as he had meet the woman of his dreams. But God had other plans. My husband called me on New Year’s Day out of the blue wanting to try again. Our awesome God had spoken to him powerfully that day and turned my husband homeward. My husband has repented and is slowly turning his life around. Jesus, I trust in You.”  (Ireland)

"We divorced and my husband remarried. I found your website and started my stand. We barely had contact except through authorities. God is good and after years of separation and no ontact, I got a call telling me that my prodigal was sick and almost dying. I called him and on the exact date we had separated. He told me it was time for us to get back together again. I went to see him and took care of him in the hospital. He has recovered. He and the other person have separated and now we have a new relationship. Praise God! I am going to help him move home closer to us. God is above all." (Sweden)

“PTL, my wife has returned! After some years away and many months of standing, she rededicated her life to Christ and is currently going through the fires of repentance. She has begun referring to me as her husband again and is speaking of a ministry that we need to start to help others. All standers need to know, never to give up! This came suddenly and in a period of extreme silence. BUT GOD kept bringing me back to being obedient each time I wanted to quit. There is so much to praise but I want it known that I've heard so much from her that sounded like I was listening to Bob's writings. All the times I thought things were 'perfect' on the other side of the mountain, she tells me she was never happy. She said how the Holy Spirit never left her alone and finally got so loud that she decided to have a mustard seed of faith to leave the OM and come home. Not out of love (but the rekindling by the Lord is taking place now) but out of obedience. Now the standing really begins. Never give up!”  (Kansas)

“Praise the Lord, for God is good and faithful. For the past two nights my husband has come home as God is answering prayers and the Holy Spirit is convicting and directing my husband's path. Standers, keep praying and looking to our Lord. For with God there is nothing impossible! Thank you for your prayers and keep praying for all standers, children and prodigals. Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.”  (Florida) 

"My husband moved back home this past week. We have been in weekly marriage counseling. My husband made a promise to not speak of divorce again. The Lord does answer prayers." (Michigan)

"After three years of separation, the Lord brought my spouse back home. He left me to raise our daughter alone while he pursued his selfish dreams and desires. He was truly blinded by the rulers of  this dark world. But God! After having almost no contact for the first year, through many tears and prayers, God changed his heart.  We began to communicate and even began dating. It often gets hard on this road to restoration, and often I want to give up, but God continues to push me forward through His words and encouragement. I know that God's hand is still at work. I thank God and praise Him as this Thanksgiving is my birthday and I will be able to celebrate it with my husband, daughter and our extended family in our home."  (New York)

“Thursday (husband) came to me and begged for my forgiveness. He said that he had been so wrong and he would do anything to have me and our daughters back. He had to reach his own rock bottom before he looked to the Lord and begged for help. The Lord has truly answered my prayers. Your daily Charlyne Cares have been a life saver. You have helped me change my life.” (North Carolina)
"God bless you. I need to share with you and all of those men and women who are waiting for the restoration of their marriages -- TRUST GOD and WAIT. My husband and I were at the brink of divorce. I had become depressed, desperate and was losing faith -- I even became suicidal--yes, how we sometimes open doors to satan and how fast he works to try to destroy us. However, one night at work, I was browsing through the Christian sites and found your site. I read and printed out the Standers Affirmation. Despite the fact that my husband kept telling me that he no longer loved me and to please come to terms with truth and reality and let go, I then decided to go unto my God and Savior and plea for the restoration of my marriage. He was having an affair and I felt in my heart that my marriage was over. He would humiliate me and tell me all sorts of hurting things. I in turn would tell him that I loved him and that I needed him. I then decided to keep silent and let God take over. As I prayed I told the Lord to help me accept the truth. I then confronted him and told him that even though I loved him and wanted my family and marriage to be restored but that I was going to let him go being that he felt he had found happiness and love. To my surprise he bowed his head and told me that he was not going to let his family go for anyone. I told him that I forgave him and that we needed to forget the past and start a new life. He agreed.

"Praise God my husband is home. The Holy Spirit opened my husband's and the other woman's eyes to what they were doing at 3 A.M. one morning and my husband was home the next day. There is still healing and work to be done but 'with God all things are possible.' To God be the glory." (Georgia)

 'Praise God for His faithfulness. I put before the Lord a request that my husband would be home in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with our family. My husband told me about a week ago that he was thinking of coming home the first week of December. I was grateful for that news but felt God calling me to continue to pray for a Thanksgiving homecoming. Today at church my husband came to me and told me he would be moving home on Tuesday. Two full days before Thanksgiving. God is faithful in keeping His promises. Our Lord does give exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever hope or imagine. He did it for me. He will do it for you. Glory be to God." (State withheld due to nature of testimony.)

"God really does restore what the locust has eaten. The three years we were separated seems like a little blip on the screen. It's as if we were never apart. My husband thanks God every day in his prayers for bringing us back together. Charlyne is absolutely correct when she says to get the house ready. I didn't. My husband had accumulated a lot during his absence. It was months before we got it under control, but we did it without a cross word between us. Praise the Lord. (Canada)
"On January 1 of 2010, I wrote Romans 5:3 on my Facebook status, emphasizing 'patience.' I was an at-home prodigal. So I repented and began my stand. Loving unconditionally and trusting God's word. My wife came home two weeks ago but remained distant. After a few hours of prayer I came home to a repented wife! I forgave, Marriage healed!" (Louisiana)

"Praise the Lord my husband returned home a few days ago. He has left the other woman who was pregnant." (North Carolina)

"My husband filed for divorce and left me. It seemed impossible but God never quit working behind the scenes. Just before the divorce was final, my husband confessed and asked to come home. God is healing our family. Thank You, Jesus." (Kansas)

“I divorced my husband after years of poor decisions. Months later, the Holy Spirit told me to start praying for my husband. I contacted him, but he had started dating another woman. I prayed for Him every day, as I knew he had fallen away from the Lord. Months later, they broke up and he began calling me and we have been talking ever since. I went to visit him recently and we had a great time. We have a long road ahead, and my husband lives over 1,000 miles away, but I believe God will deliver him home soon, turning the mountains into paved roads for Him to return to God and then to me. Praise the Lord!”  (Minnesota)

“My husband and I were apart for several years and Jesus met me in my utter devastation and brokenness in the most beautiful way. He led me to a church and to a friend who introduced me to this ministry. During my stand, my husband and I only communicated by email. It was gut-wrenching and I was tempted at times to change my email address. As the new year approached, I sensed a change and thought it might be time for me to let go of my stand and move on, but my husband contacted me. We spent a day together and he held me and told me he could breathe again. We continued seeing each other and a few months later bought a house and were remarried on our original anniversary date. He is a different man who says things he never said. The last year has been filled with precious moments and some ugly ones too. I take those to the Lord and it's not long after that those issues are resolved, although it can be a scary process. The Lord is building our house and making it what He always intended.”  (Alabama)

“My husband and I have reconciled and he will be moving home soon. He contacted his attorney and told him he wanted the court date cancelled. He also told his attorney that we were reconciling. Praise the Lord. He is so good and faithful. God has really blessed us and answered many prayers. He is an awesome God.” (West Virginia)
"My prodigal has just returned home. After 2 years of living in the far country, he has come to his senses. He moved his things back home on yesterday, 2 years and 2 months after moving them out. My prodigal expressed his desire to come home in March, but continued to live one foot in and one foot out of our lives, living in two worlds. In November, he told me that he would be moving again but not back home. He decided to move in with someone else because he didn't feel that he was ready to come home yet, to do right. I cried out to the Lord, I know that you didn't bring me this far to leave me. I remembering feeling like I have all but given up on my stand, but the Lord continued to tell me to press on and just believe him no matter what. I remember reading a praise report from one of your standers which gave me much encouragement. I also remember writing you for encouragement and you sent me a beautiful teaching tape from Charlyne entitled "The truth shall set them free." I called this my emergency tape, for I would listen to this on the times when I felt like given up. I also have highlighted specific paragraphs and statements in Bob's 'Prodigals Do Come Home,' things that were closer relative to my prodigal. I praise God for last week was our 5 year wedding anniversary. Yesterday evening, he told me that he wanted to come back home. That he had several dreams where he was being told literally that I was his wife and to go home. I told him praise the Lord, I have been waiting for you. He told me that he was so grateful to have a God fearing wife to stand for him, in spite of the mess he had made of his life. I praise God for I have now picked up my copy of 'After The Prodigal Returns' to read. Something Charlyne always says is the standing really begins after the prodigal comes home and I truly believe it. I just praise God for not giving up on me to not giving up on my spouse. Thank you for your wonderful ministry. I know as I have heard many others that this stand is far from over, and it really has just begun! PTL."
"My husband decided that the pressure to be responsible for a wife was more than he was willing to work at any longer. I was served divorce papers after his first 30 days from home. After flip flopping from faith to fear, one day I clearly heard from God that my marriage would be restored in His time. I dug my heels in and committed to standing for my marriage come what may. I told (my attorney) that he would be witness to a miracle straight from heaven. He scoffed. After nine months of our separation, we ended up at the same social event. At the end of the evening, he walked me to my car, where he blurted out, ‘I want to come home." Hallelujah! I could have never imagined it would happen this way. After being home for three months, we conceived another blessing. January, 2004, our gift arrived, a beautiful daughter. We continue to move towards total restoration and healing a year and a half later. We are living on 'the other side of a kept promise'" (Texas)

"I was praying for an Easter miracle. On Friday night (Good Friday) when I thought all was lost, my husband suddenly called and said he needed me. He said he needed to come home. He was done with the other person and really needed me. He had packed his car and was calling me from the road. God is faithful. All in His perfect timing." (New York)

“God is so, so good! My husband has been home since before Thanksgiving. He stopped the divorce a few days after that. It has been a homecoming not of party hats and loud cheers- but gentle smiles and unconditional love. Charlyne you gave me the best advice ever when you said to ‘zip your lips!’ I have become a listener instead of a talker. I have learned to trust completely in God that He will restore this marriage slowly brick by brick on the solid rock of Jesus. I know that God will make this marriage better than ever in His perfect timing! I believe with all my heart that my husband is home to stay. To all the other standers out there- never give up! This happened suddenly- just like Charlyne said!”  (Minnesota)

“PTL God is good! My husband and I got remarried last Saturday. Don't give up, pray, cry, say, ‘Lord help me to keep the faith.’ God is on time. If He gave you what you wanted right now, you or your spouse might not be ready for it, so keep praying and let God do it in His timing. I love the Lord and thank Him for my restored marriage. This has been a long journey but with God it was all worth the wait. We are like one together. Thank You God, I owe You all the glory. Just know that God loves each of you and I will continue to pray for restored marriages. Amen.”  (North Carolina)

"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)

"The checklist for standers you sent out in "Charlyne Cares" is excellent advice. As I read it, God showed me that even with my marriage restored, and in spite of all our problems, I still need to abide by these words of advice on this checklist. Many marriages are broken up because the spouse did not heed to the advice on the checklist and got into a relationship that caused a divorce. The Internet is a dangerous place where the enemy likes to prey on those with troubled marriages and on standers. Thank you Rejoice Marriage Ministries for this checklist that I needed to be reminded of." (Arizona)

"I have a restored marriage - praise God. My husband returned home.I received just one letter from my husband's solicitor. After the first visit to my solicitor it transpired that I could not afford to pay their expensive fees nor was I eligible for legal aid (I earned just £9 too much to qualify). So the next time I saw my husband I told him I couldn’t divorce him because I couldn’t afford to, he said I would still be hearing from his solicitor … but to this day nothing ever came - praise God. Soon after this a friend of mine invited me to a seminar, to a newly formed prayer group who prayed specifically for marriage restoration and healing of families. I had no idea what to expect and it was my first introduction to Christians, I had never seen people singing with their hands in the air! From this seminar I was put in touch with other people who were praying for their spouses, and I gave my life to the Lord. Since my husband’s return he’s been attending church with me every week and goes on his own when I’m not able to. During the summer of he attended a nurture group run by our church and in July he came home saying he had done it - yes he had given his life to the Lord. Praise God he was baptised. I thank my Father in Heaven for all He has done for me and is still doing. I thank Him for the prayer partners/ministries He brought into my life who prayed specifically for marriage restoration for without their encouragement and continued support I would not have be able to write this testimony." (England)

"My husband has been home for a few weeks. We are doing nightly devotionals and weekly Christian counseling. He told me that he had no peace while he was gone. He now realizes what a treasure he really has and he is trying to be the spiritual leader that God has called him to be. With God all things are possible and our family will be completely healed. Thank you for teaching me how to stand for my marriage and trust the Lord to hear my prayers. He did and my husband is a changed man." (Florida)

"The Lord has kept His promise. He continually showed me that my marriage would be restored. Before the Christmas holidays the Lord did just that. Now my wife and I are planning our remarriage celebration. Thank You Lord for keeping Your promise!" (Texas)

 "My prodigal was in the far county for months, then suddenly everything changed. What God has promised He will fulfill no matter what the enemy is saying. We are over a year into our restoration. My husband has thanked me for standing for him and our marriage."  (California)

"Thank you for your constant encouragement in pointing me to relevant scripture. I can't remember how many times it was exactly what I needed to hear. My husband is ready to com home and to be remarried. God amazes me with answered prayer, bit by bit. We may be married again by next month. It is so exciting to see how God is working things out." (Indiana)

“I got your website from a friend and since that day it has provided inspiration and hope for my tomorrow. After struggling for 18 months, my husband has decided that our marriage of 16 years is worth fighting for. I bless God that he has left the other woman and returned both to God and his family. I realize that it is not always easy, but I thank God for restoration has come to my household. I want to encourage anyone else going through this, remember God honors covenant. As he was with Abraham, He will be with you, but you have to trust Him. Praying for marriages worldwide and ask that you keep us in your prayers, that God will strengthen us.”  (Bahamas)

"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)

“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) 

"My husband came home last month. We'd been separated for a year. When we separated, I just wanted a divorce...but God!! I found this site four months ago and began to STAND. My husband is from a different culture and believes it's ok to have other women on the side. I'm learning to not be a victim and to rely on God. I've made God my focus and I know it's possible for God to change his heart and mind and make him a new man. Thank you Jesus!"  (Georgia)
"I have a praise report after 15 months of waiting and praying, my husband came home to a loving, changed woman. God worked on me mercifully and He is currently working on changes and healing in my husband. It is scary, confusing and unnerving at times because I don't know what to do or say but I do know that the Lord is with me and drawing my husband nearer to Him. We are learning to love each other again. Without your ministry I could not have waited. Without you deveotions I could not have made it! God is using you mightily and I will pass on your website to anyone I can. Thank you so much and all glory and honor be to the Lord our God!"

"My husband and I just celebrated our 18th Thanksgiving together, including two years ago, when he was not living at home. Praise God. This morning my husband and I were talking about my praying for our daughter. He said I shouldn't worry because my prayers cause things to happen. I praise God that He does work through my prayers and that my family can see God working. I praise God for every holiday and every day that we can be together as a family." (California)

“God is faithful! My husband came back home. Only God could do it. It was an impossible situation, but God turned my husband's heart back to his family. There was an OW and he said he would never come back. Don’t look at the circumstances, but trust Jesus. Pray, fast, study the Word daily! Make God your husband and He will be faithful to your family. He did it for me and He will do it for you. To Him goes all the honor and glory and praise. Hallelujah.”  (Florida)

“My husband is living with me again. He loves me more than before and wants me to renew our vows. I am so very happy. I also have a better job now. Thank You Jesus, thank You my Lord.”  (California)

“Glory to God! My husband started talking about divorce some months ago. I started standing for my marriage and letting God do a good work in me. I did the Love Dare, too. Now my husband is coming over and spending days and nights with us! He has started to say I love you again and God has been amazing. All the praise and glory to our Almighty, nothing is impossible to Him. My husband is coming home. Praise the Lord!”  (Oklahoma)

"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)

"Praise the Lord, my husband of many years changed his mind and returned home. We are going to counseling and we are both learning to listen to each other. Pray, pray, pray is the only advice I can give. God had to change me too!" (Canada)

"Praise God for He has answered my prayers. My husband returned home but still struggles with thoughts of the other woman. It's tough to hear about it, but the Lord taught me perseverance and long-suffering while my husband was away. I just continue to talk to God about it and trust that He will deliver my husband from those strongholds. Prayer and fasting do work. My husband is not a reader, but he read Bob's book, and it was such an encouragement to him. Praise God for all He has done. I have to keep reminding myself that restoration is not an event, but a process." (New York)

"My husband came home to us for Thanksgiving. Praise Jesus and His Holy Name. Our Lord keeps all His promises." (Pennsylvania)

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