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!

"Praise the Lord my husband has been home for several months after months of separation. My husband moved away from me and our children. The Lord used this time to work in the both of us. Three days before my husband came back the Lord gave me Joshua 1:11: 'Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.'  My husband called me and asked me to book him a ticket to come home. He is now a man of God." (Canada)

"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)

“Our Lord moves mountains, PTL. After a year and a half separation, my prodigal is home. The devil led him astray and he hardened his heart and ears to the Lord. The Lord promises us that His Words do not return void. The Lord finds his lost sheep and while I let go and let God, always in prayer, God also found me and rebuilt me. Then He opened my husband's ears and softened his heart and showed him the deception that Satan had blinded him with. Our God is an amazing God. Praise and glory to Him. Never give up. Allow God to move the mountain and fill your heart and your prodigal’s because what He did for me He'll do for you. Amen.”  (Florida)

"I was sitting here praying and fasting for my husband that he would return home. I resolved to pray all night. He just returned home. Praise God." (Australia)

“My husband and I just renewed our marriage vows at our church last week. Four years ago it seemed impossible, but through God all things are possible. I asked the Lord to be the architect of our marriage and He is rebuilding us every day. Our marriage is stronger now because there are three - God, my husband and me. May I also add the real work starts when the Holy Spirit brings them home. Don’t give up your spiritual warfare; it's a battle and you must stand. God will do the fighting for you, because the battle is ultimately His. He only requires your diligence to keep standing because that's when the devil steps up his attacks. Stay strong in the Lord and He will make you a loving couple again. Be blessed.”  (Pennsylvania)

“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 filed for divorce, moved out, then came back home but with little remorse. The OW moved here to be with him. At times it was harder living together like this than living separately. I would pray for God to separate that other relationship by mountains and oceans. And SUDDENLY things changed. Here we are now. He is loving and remorseful, telling me I am the best wife. We are expecting another baby due any day and moving across the ocean to live near mountains, away from the OW. Thank You God for being faithful! I am getting to know my God as Healer, Restorer, and Redeemer and it is incredible! I still look forward to my husband's salvation and surrender to Christ.”  (Texas) 

"I wrote in the past about my wife and I being separated and then planning for divorce. By God's grace, we have reconciled. I moved back in our home in early December, just before our anniversary. We had a re-commitment ceremony at our church on Saturday and are now on our second honeymoon." (South Carolina)

"My husband has been back home for eight months. In the last few months, he has come home emotionally. This has been wonderful. We still have some hurdles to overcome, in God's timing."  (New Hampshire)

“I just wanted to drop a line to thank you once again for your prayers for the return of my unsaved husband several years ago. We just had our 27th anniversary. Our marriage is going great. He is a Christian man and we are closer and stronger than we ever were. I believe him leaving me was for the best, but at the time I didn't understand. God was preparing us both for a better walk in life. My new saying now is...Our God is stronger than Satan, Amen!”  (Florida) 

"God is indeed awesome. Not only did He bring my prodigal home, but He is also working in bringing restoration to his whole family. Right before this happened, I was close to giving up. I was weary after the long stand and the back and forth. As I was driving home from work, crying out to the Lord, a car pulled in front of me, and there on her bumper was a Rejoice Marriage Ministry bumper sticker telling me that God does heal hurting marriages and there was hope.  I cried all the way home thanking the Lord. Days later my miracle happened. Praise God that He never gives up on us." (Colorado)

"My husband asked forgiveness of everyone and said God had spoken to him in dreams. He thanked me for standing for our marriage. I have read 'Charlyne Cares' devotionals daily. Thank you for your daily support. My husband is home. What looked impossible, God made possible." (Oregon)

"After a separation and divorce, the Lord answered my prayers. I am so happy to report that after 1 year of prayer, forgiveness and change, my family is getting back together and we are remarrying. Our understanding of each other is beyond what I could have ever expected and our children couldn't be happier." (Florida)

"I thank God for restoring my marriage. What seemed to be dead a few months ago has been given new life. One thing that helped me through some of the most difficult days was hearing 'never give up' on my spouse, my marriage, my God. What Satan meant for harm, God has used for good." (Indiana)

"My husband is back home after an affair. He strayed from the Lord and now is back. The devil had hold of my husband but God's pull was stronger. Praise God for healing our marriage. We are going to renew our wedding vows this Sunday. It feels so good to sit in church with my husband next to me. We pray together every day, something we never did before. Without your daily Charlyne Cares giving me hope, I probably wouldn't be typing this. Thank you Bob and Charlyne. I know I am one of the luckiest women on earth. My husband just told me he loved me second only to God." (Tennessee)

"Thank you for sharing God's Word, truth and encouragement. The scripture each day speaks to my heart. My husband of 24 years has been gone for over 5 months. Three weeks ago he came to assurance of salvation for the first time in his 45 years. I've seen a change. We both hope and pray that we will be able to rebuild our marriage and family with God's help." (Minnesota)

“I cannot thank you enough for your website! My husband has decided to reconcile and come home. Thank You Jesus! Keep the faith and keep praying and reading. Each time I questioned my stand I would get a sign to continue even though family/friends were not supportive.”   (Virginia)

"In the beginning of my stand, I didn't believe that the restoration that Bob and Charlyne and others reported would ever happen for me. The only reason I continued my stand was for fear of being disobedient to the Lord. My Lord made it clear hundreds of times through His Word that my marriage would be restored. My spouse would repent and that He would never break His covenant with me. I was to wait in silence, trust God, be patient, and not fear the circumstances.

"There is still work to be done, but after my husband saying he was never coming back, he has been back home for over eight months. He was still broken though and it has taken this long for the Lord to heal. On Mother's Day, the Lord gave me the most beautiful gift. My husband took our family back to our church for the first time in two years. Please don't give up. Wait on the Lord. He will not break His covenant." (Texas)

“My husband has been home for a few months now. I am still in awe! I remember at the beginning of my stand how he told me he had no hope for us, and now he says he'll never leave again. This is God softening his heart! While his relationship with God still isn't where it needs to be, I can tell he's trying. I know the Holy Spirit is leading and guiding him into all truth, as this is my main prayer for him right now. There are still really bad days, but I keep walking in love, standing on God's Word, and I know that God will bring this good work to completion. He did not save my marriage to let it fail at this point. Standers, never give up. My situation was as horrible as it gets, but I set my face like stone and through the rough days I praised God all the more and quoted His Word continuously and the results are manifested. My husband is home! My marriage is being healed! God is so good and will watch over His Word to perform it.”  (Texas)

"All glory to the Lord. My husband returned to the Lord and moved back home with us this week. We know the enemy will continue his attack against our family, but we will trust in God to carry us through and fight the battle for us." (California)

"My husband is coming home. He told me he misses and loves me and the kids. He said he didn't know why he was not able to admit this. God is also touching his heart spiritually. He has been asking me about church. God will complete what He has started in my family. I have been tempted so many times to give up, but God would always give me encouragement." (Georgia)

"Praise God for He is so faithful. Two years ago the Lord gave me my first promise that He was going to restore my marriage, and this past weekend I moved in with my husband. When God gave you a promise, He doesn't change His mind. He will complete what He starts. We may not know how long it will take, but just know that He will complete what He starts." (Missouri)

"After months of not talking and fighting, my husband suddenly came home. Before that I felt the Lord telling me to get ready. Praise God." (Hawaii)

“A week before Christmas a few years ago, my wife had enough. I got the dreaded call on the phone that I was no longer wanted, needed or loved. My prayer, hope and desire was to get my wife and children back. I searched the Word for whatever scriptures I could find that supported what God's will was for my situation. I've was separated for two years with many months going by that my wife wouldn't even let me see or talk to my children. I continued to pray for my wife, to pay her on time, to give her cards of encouragement and reminded her whenever appropriate that I did not want a divorce, that I was committed to the end. This marriage looked as dead as it could get in the flesh. Two weeks ago I received a call from my wife and she had enough of running things her own way. She was convicted to turn back to God and her husband and wanted to what is right. She said the phrase that melts the heart of every prodigal's loved ones, 'I want to come home.' God's timing was perfect.” (Florida)
"I have been separated by mutual choice. I was a terrible wife, treated my husband horribly. I filed for a divorce. But I accepted the Lord in my life and He showed me what type of wife I was to be. I truly believe that God took me out of marriage to show me how valuable it really was. Along the way, I kept praying and believing. In June, while sitting at my desk crying and asking God what should I do, I distinctly heard two things – first, "Put me first" and secondly, "I will send him home." He allowed my husband to return home. During my stand, my husband specifically said to me "we will be divorced one way or the other." Praise God for His faithfulness and love." (West Virginia)
"I always and will give God all the Glory! The Lord has touched my husband's heart. My husband and I been back together for many months. In this process of my faith, God has brought my husband and I closer together and we have a great friendship that we never had when we were in our marriage" (Ohio)
“My divorce was suppose to be final in December. Like He has so many times before, God blocked it from happening. My husband called me to say he did not want a divorce and wants to go to counseling. He called a marriage counselor and we have an appointment. Thank you for pointing me to God and His Word so I could have the strength to fight.” (Texas)

"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)

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!

“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)

"My husband left our home and began a relationship with another woman. I experienced pain beyond description; right now words fail me to fully describe the agony I was feeling. I was attempting to draw closer to God through all of my pain. I did everything I could to work toward moving forward and accepting that my marriage had failed. I sought help from anyone who would listen, family, friends, and church members. Basically everyone was telling me I should divorce my husband, that I deserved better, so I begun my process to divorce my husband. I felt it was the only thing I could do. The Lord led me to your website and I began the spiritual journey toward healing my marriage. The Lord told me not to my divorce and believe Him for my marriage to be restored. I trusted God and I believed Him even though my circumstance seemed impossible. On Mother's Day, my miracle returned home. He is broken, wounded, and needs Christ, but I trust God completely for the rebuilding of our family.   (Georgia)

"I praise God for leading me to your web site. My husband and I have been married over four years and have a beautiful little boy. I am grateful that I did not proceed with divorcing my husband, nor did he. We, too, were listening to everyone but God. He led me to your web site and told me to go home, beg for forgiveness and seek reconciliation. We have a long way to go, but we are not fighting like we used to. My husband is more responsive to me and the baby and he has not disappeared at night like he used to. He even began calling me sweetheart and showing his love for me in different ways. Until this trial, I had never been on my face praying for anything. Now I am beginning to read the Bible more regularly and really seeking God's direction. Though not always easy, it has become an excellent opportunity to grow as a wife, mother, women and as a Christian. It is building my faith as I stand and wait on God. Thank you and God bless.” (Florida)

“My husband, daughter and I have spent the holidays together. Now we are looking for a house to live in together. I pray every day for my husband to receive Christ in his heart. I feel he has a very big call to youth and families. I remain faithful, standing in the gap to see my marriage fully restored emotionally, physically and spiritually. I give glory to God, His son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to continue transforming lives around the world.”  (Ecuador) 

"I want to share how great God is. After being separated for two years, my husband has returned. He is a changed man. Still we await the final victory of his accepting Christ as his personal Savior. Stand firm, even though it may not be in our time frame that our prodigal returns. The Lord knows what’s best for us." (Florida)

“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)
"I have been married 32 years. Five years ago I became the prodigal, moving out and leaving my husband, living with another man. My heart was torn and I was deceived by the enemy. Feeling convicted, I sought to find a divorce recovery group but instead I found Rejoice Ministries and they were in my own back yard. I only went to two meetings but could not stay away from "Charlyne Cares". I became the stander and my husband had replaced me. I told him I was standing for our marriage and even wore my wedding ring, which he told me to take off. Now--Praise God, our marriage is restored!"  (Florida)

PTL! My husband had filed for a divorce. The day of our hearing, the judge asked my husband’s attorney to make his statement and my husband stood up and said ‘I DO NOT WANT THIS DIVORCE, I WANT MY WIFE BACK.’ That was definitely my suddenly. I went alone and prayed for the Almighty God to carry me through this hard day and soften my husband’s heart, that today would be the time to do it Lord.  PTL, He came through just when I needed Him. Always have faith in the Almighty Lord, He is working in your favor even when it doesn’t seem like it. Never give up, God will never disappoint you. I was very weary at first, but God showed me He is always there. He loves you and your spouse. God bless and I will be praying for all prodigals and standers forever. Believe in His Word and have faith. It’s so powerful.” (New York)

"My married is RESTORED! Praise God. Thank you for your daily encouragement. With GOD all things are possible. Keep up the good work. You have been a blessing to me." (Georgia)

“Praise God for the work He has done in my life. My wife and I were apart, the divorce papers were filed and we were due to go to court in a few weeks. But I prayed and fasted and God heard my prayers. My wife called me and said she wants me to come back home to be a family. Our God is still working on marriages so pray and ask Him to restore. He wants to do it for you as He did it for me.”  (Louisiana)

“First of all, I want to say Praise The Lord! Praise Him! I could stop there, but I want to say how much I thank God for all He has done and is continuing to do. My ‘suddenly’ happened. I had not heard from or seen my hubby in over a year. He appeared at the back door of our home and said, ‘I don't know how I got here, I was not planning on coming.’ I knew what he didn't know... Praise Jesus! I will never come off the wall for my family, marriage and others’ salvation and marriages. I read on the testimony pages each week about not giving up and I promised God that I would go as long as He gave me His strength and that meant until death for me. I want to say to all: DO NOT GIVE UP! Please!”  (South Carolina)

"It has been a year since my husband confessed to a pornography addiction which led to immorality. I was more afraid to live than to die. God led us to many resources; counseling, a support group for sexual sin, Bible studies, and daily email from Charlyne. I needed it all, but mostly I needed God's Word ingrained in me. My husband and I are together and God is working a mighty miracle in our marriage, above and beyond what I could ask or think." (North Carolina)

"I give thanks to the Lord. My husband's attitude toward our marriage changed. He returned home a month ago and we have been very happy enjoying every minute of it. He is doing his best to make everything right again. I know I must continue looking to the Lord for help. The battle is not our, but the Lord's. God answers prayer."  (Florida)

“My husband came home the Thursday before Thanksgiving after being gone for months. He suddenly showed up at home with his clothes. I am so blessed that God spoke to me in so many ways while my husband was gone, always reminding me that He was in control and would use this crisis for His purposes. While my husband was moving his clothes in, our young daughter came home from school and followed him into the closet. She came running out to me and said, ‘Mom! Dad has put a lot of clothes in the closet. God is really working on him!' When my husband was gone for months I cried out, 'God, it's been so long.' He immediately responded, 'Yes, but isn't that a small price to pay to have a husband and marriage that is better than you could ever hope for or imagine?' The week before my husband returned, God gave me Psalm 31:21-22, 24; 'Praise the Lord, for he has shown me his unfailing love. He kept me safe when my city was under attack. In sudden fear I had cried out, “I have been cut off from the Lord!” But you heard my cry for mercy and answered my call for help So be strong and take courage, all you who put your hope in the Lord.'” (Indiana)

"Praise God, my husband has returned home. Although he is not admitting that it was God who sent him home, I know that it was the Almighty. I knew my prayers would be answered, but I didn't think it would be so quick. We have a lot of work to do and I know we can do it because I refuse to stop standing and praying." (Florida)

"My husband came home after a brief separation due to his unfaithfulness. The first two years were very tough, but I kept reading God' words and praying for my family. My husband now brags about me to many people, his relatives and friends saying "he is the luckiest man and is very happy that (my name) is his wife." He also said that my words and actions toward others show God. With God, I could do this. I am still praying for my husband to become a true man and father of God for our sons. I am also praying our sons to find Jesus is their guide in their lives. I feel so peaceful in my heart and can face anything without fear now. Thank you. I pray all the broken families will be restored for children's sake."  (California)

"My marriage has been restored for six months. My husband used to be angry toward God. Now, he's hanging out with godly men. I never thought I would see this day, but God kept his promise to me. Thank You God." (Missouri)

"My husband has been back home with our family for a year this month. Thank you so much for your daily devotionals. I have told many people that I feel like you are a second set of parents to me. So many times I would open my email to read the exact word I needed for that exact time. My husband is growing each day to be the Godly man and father I believed he could be. Before your ministry, I didn't know I had a right to stand on our covenant. I love you both dearly, and if I never meet you on this earth, you will be some of the first I search for when we all get to Heaven." (Georgia)
"Last night my husband asked me if we could try again. Praise the Lord. Praise God for the past few week's daily devotions written by Charlyne and Bob, which taught me about healing. I wanted us to go onwhere we left off when we were still married, but you taught me that healing needs to take place. I know that there is still a long road ahead." (South Africa)

“Several months ago we parted, though we were still good friends. My heart, like many others, was broken. From day one the Father gave His word to me that He would rebuild us and reunite us. Ezekiel 36:6-12. God is faithful. My prodigal is returning. We are moving his belongings in each day. God is faithful dear standers. My refuge has been Jesus, and this website has been such a tool of blessing on how to respond to my husband while away, and zipping the lips, and totally trusting the Lord to carry us and care for us and restore us. Our restoration and rebuild journey together as husband and wife has now just begun. Praises to Him.”  (New Zealand)

"My wife and I split up. If there were ever circumstances that would seem as if I would never see the return of my wife, it would be this. I was left as a stander raising young children. I clung to God for my wife’s return. Today my wife has returned to me. To God be the glory." (New York)

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