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 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)(posted 1/14/2013)
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.(posted 9/25/2012)
"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)(posted 1/19/2007)
“God has suddenly brought my spouse home. Our daughter announced we're getting back together to her teacher. Her teacher came to tell me she heard the good news and then she shared that ever since she was four-years-old she has been wishing that her parents would reunite. Divorce impacts a child their entire life.” (Missouri)(posted 8/30/2012)
"My husband and I been through so many trials with family deaths and his illness, that changed both of us. I became an unhappy and unappreciative wife. My husband left. My relationship with the Lord was suffering. Him leaving was the best thing that ever happened to me. It woke me up. I started praying as a stander. But little did I realize that the Lord was going to reveal all the things in me that needed to change. 1 Peter 3 and Proverbs 31 are Chapters that helped me see the kind of wife I'm supposed to be. I repented and started seeking the Lord to change my heart and my husband's. I had to accept that I could not change my husband, only the Lord can do that. I went to my husband and asked for his forgiveness for all my shortcomings as a wife. I asked him to give me another chance. He is now home." (California)(posted 12/1/2006)
"Praise the Lord, my hubby came back two weeks ago after many months of standing. As I did my stand with the help of God, prayer partners and Charlyne Cares things got worse. I tried not to lose hope. I kept believing God's promises and kept praying and fasting even harder. Now my hubby is back and we're getting along just like when we first met. God is restoring our family and things are completely different now. To God be the honor and glory." (Panama)(posted 8/6/2010)
“Praise God, my marriage is reconciled. Thank you for your ministry, it has kept me going! I wouldn't have made it otherwise!” (Texas)(posted 8/30/2012)
“Praise the Lord. Thank You God. This has been a horrible week where I felt as though I was hitting a wall whenever I tried to pray. What I didn't know was that the Almighty Father was working on my spouse's heart. He arrived home suddenly with all of his belongings to move back in. Our son was so happy he was crying. We all went to church the next morning and our son could not stop hugging his dad. Thank You God for bringing my family all back together. I will never stop thanking the Lord or praying for my marriage and other standers’ marriages. Pray and trust. ‘Do not fear, only believe.’ Mark 5:36.” (Florida)(posted 2/11/2014)
HER STORY: "I was looking for happiness that I didn't have at home, therefore I left my husband and divorced him. My husband was standing for our marriage restoration the whole time we were apart. When I asked him to marry me again, we both knew the marriage restoration road would be hard, but we are determined this time to allow our Lord Jesus Christ to lead us every step of the way. Philippians 4:6,7,& 13 gives me hope and assurance that God is in control."
HIS STORY: "Four years ago, my wife of nearly 30 years left. Shortly thereafter, the Lord God promised me He would heal and restore my marriage and family. On June 17, 2006, in front of our children and grandchildren, I married her again. A month ago I thanked her for divorcing me because it brought me closer to the Lord. Satan has stepped up his attacks since we remarried, but we are both determined to stand for our marriage." (Virginia)(posted 11/18/2006)
“Hallelujah! After being a prodigal wife for almost two years, God had blessed me with a softened heart. Much to my dismay, my standing husband suddenly changed. He was no longer interested in me. Deeply saddened and hurt, I lost hope with another woman being in the picture. I started to pray like I never did before. My children prayed often. I asked others to pray for my family if they hadn't already been doing so. Then a weekend of unfortunate events led to a sudden change of heart for my husband. It only took a few days for God to soften his heart and bring him back home. We are all under the same roof again and loving each minute. We've vowed to keep God in our lives and pray for all marriages. I give God all the glory. Don't ever give up! Keep standing!” (Florida)(posted 8/26/2013)
"I prayed for my husband to be changed, but I forgot to pray for change in myself. I was still so hurt and angry. Our divorce became final last summer and I finally let go of my anger and pain. When I changed God worked His miracle and my husband came home a few months after our divorce. We are so much happier than before." (New York)(posted 4/4/2008)
“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)
"We were separated for two years and have been back together for over a year. It has not always been easy, but the Lord never promised easy. He has allowed both of us to share what God has done in our marriage." (Indiana)(posted 6/9/2006)
"I want to thank the Lord for bringing my husband home one year ago. In the past year, I have seen the hate walls come down, and his softer, gentle side is being returned. What a wonderful God we serve." (Alabama)(posted 10/11/2007)
"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)(posted 6/29/2007)
"I had a problem with my mouth and was always saying hurtful things which made sure that my prodigal would not return. Praise God, after months of praying, my prodigal has told me that he wants his family back and will be moving back in with us. This is the best Christmas gift I could have received other than my closer walk to God that this situation brought me to. I praise God that He does not give up on us." (North Carolina)(posted 12/28/2007)
“My husband has returned home after many months. No one thought that there was hope. My friends and family urged me to move on and get a divorce. Every time I was close to giving up, I did not feel God releasing me from my marriage. God made the impossible possible. Anytime I feel myself getting frustrated and offended I remember what God says about showing love. It is no longer about me but what God says. My husband has even started to do a devotional with me at night. When your spouse returns don't go back to the same attitude that you had before he left. Be the new you in Christ alone.” (Tennessee)(posted 2/24/2013)
“This is for anyone who is waiting for their marriage to be restored. I’ve been praying for several years for my marriage to be restored. God kept me close with Him during the time of waiting. Early last month I went to church with my ex-husband. The preacher called me up in front of church and said what you have been praying for is coming true, just hold on to God. I praised God’s Holy Name and thanked Him. My ex-husband had no clue at the time and wanted to know what I had been told. I told him I could not tell him, I had to wait on God. Last week my husband asked me to marry him! This is a miracle from God. It’s been hard, wanting to give up, not sure if God was listening, friends trying to tell me to move forward with my life. But I said, God Your will for my life. So please do not give up. Hold on to God’s Words and His plans for your life. Thank You Father for Your love and understanding Your plan for my life.” (North Carolina)(posted 12/17/2012)
“PTL, we serve an awesome God. My husband came home suddenly. He called and said that he was having problems with the OW and he admits he made a very big mistake by getting into a relationship. He confessed his faults and asked to come back to his family whom he missed deeply. Charlyne, you are so right; our miracles do come suddenly. One victory God fulfilled as He promised. Now I am praying for my husband's salvation that will be sure to come suddenly, too. Thank You God; You are faithful to Your promises.” (Canada)(posted 9/30/2012)
"Even after our divorce, my prodigal husband has come home. The Easter time of fasting and prayer was the answer for our family. He went to church with us on Easter and the next night came to visit. Two weeks later, he moved home, praise God. Thanks to the Steinkamps for their wisdom from the Lord to teach us how to keep them home after they return. It is not an easy road, but there is so much laughter and joy in our home again." (Oklahoma)(posted 5/25/2007)
“First I'd like to start with praising God. Thank You Lord! I was devastated. Our marriage was a disaster. When I found your ministry, I started to stand firm. My family and everyone else thought I was crazy. I started fasting one day a week for the ministry and praying. I stood on God’s promises! My husband started coming around and we started dating. I did exactly what Charlyne said, 'Zip your lips.' It took some training. The enemy was working overtime. My scripture verse is Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV) No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord. My husband moved home last week. I will always continue to pray and stand! God is working in us!” (New York)(posted 5/6/2013)
Our marriage was restored and I remarried my wife on our wedding anniversary. The scripture you/ve been sharing and your admonition to start praying in His word were life changing. God changed my heart of stone to a heart of flesh that is willing to follow His decrees. His word encourage me not to be afraid, nor be discourage, despite of the vast army or adversity in front of me. When I realized who my enemy was, I felt that the battle was won. I realized that we have a weapon that is not found in this world. Thank you, Charlyne, for your repeated encouragement to go back to His word and use its power to gain victory. One powerful verse that I keep uttering was in Ezekiel 36, which says that He will restore what was destroyed, rebuilt what was in ruin, and cultivate what was desolate. To God be the glory (Australia)(posted 1/26/2007)
“He is home! Praise the Lord, my precious husband is home. After several months of separation and an OW, God moved in my husband’s heart and mind. His eyes were opened to see the truth. I loved him unconditionally and cried out to our Lord. This journey was unbelievably hard but it changed me and my marriage for the better and right into God’s arms. Standers don't you dare give up. I wanted to many times and I would have missed out on this beautiful blessing and testimony.” (Florida)(posted 8/3/2013)
“Glory to God, we have a restored marriage. I have been fasting, praying and breathing the Word of God every day. And just when things felt the most hopeless and discouraging, SUDDENLY my wife called. Reconciliation was the last thing I expected. BUT GOD totally smashed the wall between us. My wife told me that she had been having dreams, sorrow and she broke into despair. She opened up a secret that shook our world and if not for the grace of God and my walk with Him, none would be prepared to embrace the news. But the response was nothing short of a miracle. Only the blood of Jesus could do such a miraculous healing. We are planning to remarry. I still pinch myself. God is true to His Word. Jeremiah 29:11-14.” (Indonesia)(posted 8/19/2013)
"Praise the Lord my husband returned home a few days ago. He has left the other woman who was pregnant." (North Carolina)(posted 3/19/2010)
Praise the Lord, my husband came home. He wants to work on our marriage and for the first time in years has asked me what I need for him to do to show me he loves me. I am so grateful to God. Nothing short of a miracle from God brought him back to me. (Kentucky)(posted 10/6/2006)
"My husband has been home 7.5 months now and it's been a glorious time. God not only removed my husband from darkness and sin but he removed me it, too. I was a bitter wife and didn't respect my husband the way God calls me to. To all standers, never give up on what God calls you to do. Your true unconditional love will knit your spouse's heart to you again. The other day I told the same story about how I knew my husband was the one and I expected my husband to tell the same story from 17 yrs ago but instead he said "when you showed me unconditional love." God will complete His good work." (Georgia)(posted 2/18/2011)