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 family and in-laws were with us on Thanksgiving. This was the first Thanksgiving in three years we were together. My spouse said the prayer and it was beautiful. God is good. He answers prayers We were divorced before my spouse suddenly came back.” (New Jersey)
“My husband left my kids and me last year. I had many people telling me that I needed to move on but whenever I thought of taking that step I would get a daily email from Rejoice Marriage Ministries which became steps to climb towards the restoration of my marriage. I forgave my husband and was in love with him much more than before. Earlier this year I started seeing changes in him. As the months went on, my husband told me that he loved me and wanted to move back home. He moved back home this month. I am grateful and thankful to God for healing and restoring my marriage and making me believe that nothing is impossible with God.”  (India)
“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 husband and I were having problems. He met someone and decided to move to another state with her. I was devastated and did not want our marriage to end but divorced him after pressure from him and others. I was online one night and came across Rejoice Marriage Ministries. I really felt inspired and started praying for my husband and our marriage. I had some doubt because I had never heard of standing before, but every time I looked at the site, I knew to keep going. After months with no contact we started talking again and I am thrilled to say we are now getting remarried next week." (California)

“I have been standing for some months now and my suddenly happened today. My wife and I really hadn't spoken because of a court order. But the order was dissolved last week and she got in contact to tell me that that she didn't want me back home. Within a week she had hit a lot of financial problems and had asked for my help. She texted me and she said she would go to the courts on Monday to do an immediate dismissal of the divorce. I thank God that she said that but I'm a little scared that she is doing it only because she can't do it financially. Please continue to pray that God softens her heart. Stay strong standers. God does hear our prayers. John 11:41-42.”  (Florida)

“After many detours my husband is back home. We were separated on and off for quite some time. I always knew in my heart there were a lot of things being kept hidden that needed to surface for healing of our marriage. One night I got down on my knees and prayed that God would reveal all of it and that anyone who might be trying to destroy our marriage would have their eyes opened and be stopped. Within days my prayer was answered. My verse for my stand has always been and will continue to be Matthew 19:6. Never lose hope. We serve a faithful and loving God who is the only One who can turn these ashes of marriage back into something beautiful. Glory be to Him always.”  (Virginia)

"God has restored my marriage. He has been faithful even in those moments when I thought I could not take it any longer My husband has been home since June and our marriage is stronger than it has ever been. There is still work to be done, but God is in control. Since it was not my effort that restored our marriage, but God Himself, I am trusting Him. I pray, pray and pray. I read the devotionals Charlyne sends us every day. Thank you Charlyne and thank You God for sending her to me when You did." (Arizona)

"I give God all the praise. My husband came home on Monday. I give God all the praise. Miracles do happen." (Ohio).

 "I walked out of my marriage in 2003 and quickly realized that I had made a mistake. After many mistakes that Charlyne warns against- seeking man's methods of restoration. I found myself lost and alone or so I thought. Then I discovered God's views on life, love, marriage and salvation. The road to restoration was frightening at first, but as I grew in the Lord and the more I focused on Him, the more I understood unconditional love and forgiveness. After being humbled and forgiven. My marriage was restored two years later. Now, I have the life and marriage that is founded in the Lord. In December, we celebrate our one year anniversary again. Praise the Lord. Rejoice Ministries was a lighthouse in my storm of martial problems." (Pennsylvania)

“About a year ago, my husband suddenly emotionally and physically abandoned our marriage. He stayed at the house but we were separated in every way. I prayed ceaselessly for his heart to be softened but things were seeming hopeless to the point that I filed for divorce. Even after I filed I never stopped praying for his return. Suddenly, just when I thought all hope was lost, he returned to me as quickly as he had abandoned me. The divorce papers woke him up from his delusion, he ended it with the OW and has come back to me with complete humility. I praise God every day for the restoration of our marriage and know that it was only His hands that have made this possible. It is only through His example of unconditional love and forgiveness that I have been able to welcome my prodigal back with open arms and feel the complete joy of knowing that our marriage is stronger than ever.” (Iowa)
“The Christian home and marriage I thought I had came crashing down around me. When my human heart was ready to give up to the world's solution, a new friend pointed me to Rejoice Marriage Ministries. I decided to take a stand against the evil that had taken over my husband. Through many godly people and praying scripture on his behalf daily, the Lord broke his heart and he came back to our family just before Christmas.” (Texas)
"After nearly four years of standing, my wife asked me to move back in with her. We're both believers and have both been about as full of sin as we could be. When God did the heart work on both of us, He brought us back together. Things are still tenuous and she's watching me carefully to see the change, but praise Him we are back on the road together." (Texas)

"After years away in the far away country and numerous false starts home, the Lord has brought my husband back. My circumstances seemed so hopeless but God prevailed, even if there is no home for him to come home to because my kids and I moved back to my parents' house. We now literally have to start from scratch, yet he still opted to leave the comfortable life he had in the far country. The spiritual warfare is even more real to me now, but I choose to rest upon the Lord." (Philippines)

“My prodigal of many years returned home in progressive stages over a few years, through which we maintained our purity. Last weekend on our original wedding anniversary, we remarried before three dozen family members and friends. The LORD provided everything, even a 'bridal canopy' to decorate the wall behind us. Today we re-enacted part of it and gave our testimony before a dozen other friends and neighbors, giving glory to Christ for our miracle. These have been the happiest days of our lives. I have watched my spouse become a believer, opening himself like a rosebud blossoming into a fragrant beautiful flower. As a woman giving birth in pain afterward forgets the labor for the joy of holding her child, I too, can barely recall the devastation and pain I had during my stand. Keep looking to the goal, to the Savior, my brothers and sisters. The reward is worth the cost we pay. I have seen that every prayer I had prayed has been answered. Wait for the appointed time!”  (Pennsylvania)

“My wife returned home after a three and a half year stand. My entire stand I could sense the Lord reminding me to trust Him. I can honestly say the greatest joy in my stand was the deeper relationship I gained with the Lord. I consider all that was lost in the past three and a half years as gain. My message to all standers is to completely trust in the Lord Jesus. He will never leave you nor forsake you. No matter what your circumstance may be, never, ever give up on the Lord to restore your marriage.”  (Pennsylvania) 

"Our awesome God has kept yet another promise and my spouse has come home. Now we begin a new journey together. I praise God that He has given me this mission and led me gently down a very difficult, but right, path." (Ohio)

"I was the believing wife with an unsaved husband.Under the attack of satan I became weary and left my husband. He gave his life to the Lord and began praying for my return. I knew that God didn't want me to leave my marriage, yet I turned my back on God and on my marriage. Thank you God for not ever turning your back on me. After being divorced more than a year and after almost having married another man, God restored my marriage. I am the prodigal that did come home! We were remarried December 4th. Your ministry helped me more than I can express. I was stubborn and scared, yet your daily email messages always hit home - yes even though I was the prodigal!!! Thank you so for your ministry, and I would please like for you to pass on to others that 'us prodigals' do want and need people to pray for them no matter what 'we' say, and that 'we' do come home! Thank you so much. In God's Love ALL is possible!"

“I want to praise God that my husband has not left and we are drawing closer to each other every day. It's tiny little baby steps, then a big leap forward, then a step back. God is so awesome that the steps back are smaller and smaller as He directs my husband back to both of us. We are praying together now in the morning before each of us go to work. There are the little things that only I would notice that are suddenly back again. God is so good. I have to keep reminding myself that His timing is perfect, but I expect my miracle every day by faith. It's coming. We can't give up and we can't stop praying because our spouses’ souls are worth so much. I've been praying Psalm 51 and 32 this week over my husband and myself, and wow, Charlyne, you were right. Thank you for being a blessing to me.”  (North Carolina)

“PTL! Fellow Standers, never give up. My spouse recently returned home. Psalm 147:15 (AMP) He sends forth His commandment to the earth; His word runs very swiftly. We are so happy that he is home and I know that God heals all wounds in His time. I pray my spouse will become saved. Keep praying and fasting, the Lord will deliver your prodigal home. Just keep the faith and know that it's not over ‘til God says it’s over. Please be encouraged by my testimony, God delivers.”  (Alabama) 

"Praise the Lord, my husband unexpectedly returned home today. His lease was up and he said he was going to move into another apartment. I just didn't know it was mine! Thank You Lord for the wonderful blessing and provision for the needs and desires of our family. We are so grateful." (Georgia)

"My marriage has been restored twice. Perhaps the first time was an extended false return. I knew what to do the second time and we now have a one-year-old baby. I knew to trust God when everyone told me, 'this time it's really over.' I went to the Bible and I returned to this website for encouragement. I signed up to receive the "tweets" from this ministries twitter account. One very dark, painful night I received 2 "tweets." One read, 'a prodigal tosses and turns as he tries to sleep tonight, fighting with Satan.' We now are blessed with two children! I am blessed to still be learning." (Oregon)
"My husband and I are in the process of reconciliation and it's true what God says, because this is a new marriage. A new love is here and it's all built on the solid rock of Jesus Christ. God is taking away my pain just as He said He would and my husband's guilt and shame is easing up. This can only be the work of the Holy Spirit whom we are trusting to bring about everything needed. Thank you RMM; you helped me stand". (Georgia)

"I am praising the Lord that my God brought my husband home this past weekend. It was very suddenly. Thank you Bob and Charlyne for your wisdom and direction on how to stand. I thank God for you both. There is much to continue to stand for, but God can do anything." (Arizona)

"I just wanted to drop you a note. I had been standing for my marriage for the last 5 years, and three weeks ago God restored it. I say restored, but that doesn't seem quite the right word, because what He is doing is something that is so "new". He's building a relationship that really never was. It is pure, and thoughtful, yet strong and real. "Somehow only about a couple of months ago someone sent me something from your website, and I subscribed. I wish I had been aware of your ministry during the whole 5 year period. It was so very encouraging, yet God was so faithful that He used many, many people and resources during that time.
"I give God all praise for returning my husband and I from the far country. Next month marks a year of our reunion. I have discovered He has many lessons to teach His children. I was reminded of where I was this time last year. Because of my sin, my husband filed divorceand was in another relationship. I was home alone attempting to get our children ready for school. Filling out all of the forms was heart breaking. A different address for dad, trying to find an emergency contact, filling out applications for free books and lunches. I give God all the glory, honor, and praise as this year my husband is at my side. We have a lot of work to do to win the trust back that was lost but I know that no weapon formed against us will prosper. I am a servant of God." (Illinois)
"Since my husband came back last July, I went through many different emotions and trials, but I kept praying. I kept asking God to improve me, and I leave everything up to Him. My husband and I took a two day trip on our own last weekend. He gave me an early birthday present, gold earrings and told me that I am his one and only best friend and he is happy he has me. We'll need more time to heal wounds in our hearts but I am confident that God will heal us soon. Thanks for your prayers and I believe in God's power." (California)

“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)

I have had hardly no contact with my husband. Yesterday he called and said he loved me and wants to get back together. The Lord is so faithful. My situation looked hopeless, but I kept going by God's Word to walk by faith and not by sight. I didn't see anything happening, but I didn't have to because God had His plan all along. I thank my Lord Jesus.” (Georgia)
“God is so good and faithful. My husband has been a prodigal for a year and a half. He has also been living 500 miles away from me and the kids. Unexpectedly, my husband called and said that he wants to move back home. Hallelujah! Never give up. God hears our prayers and answers them, when we are obedient to His call to stand. After that surprising phone call I lay face down on my floor and wept in thanks to my awesome God. I have prayed for so long that God will heal my husband’s heart and He is doing it. Praise God!” (Alabama)

"My prodigal came home with a lot of baggage. Through prayer that baggage is being left along the roadside as we travel our journey to complete restoration. Our God is so faithful to never give up on us no matter how many times we cling to the handle of that baggage." (Oklahoma)

“After some years of standing for the restoration of my marriage, my husband returned home six months ago. There were a few hiccups along the way, but last Friday, Valentine’s Day, we were remarried. The last two years saw many nights praying in my closet, fasting, and sending my Angels out to bring my husband home. I cannot tell you how many miracles God worked along the way. A couple of days ago, my husband told a friend of ours, how much in love with me he is, that for the first time in his life he had total peace, and how there was always an ‘inner presence’ drawing him back home. Don't give up standers! When you know God has called you to stand, you can be certain that it is just a matter of time... God is so good!”  (Alabama)

"My prodigal returned home some time ago. He is still fighting addictions and has not accepted Christ as his Savior yet. This past week I looked in the bedroom saw my husband on his knees by the bed. When I entered the room he was crying like a baby and asked me to pray for him. He will be saved soon." (Florida)

"My husband has been gone for months and in a adulterous relationship. Today he came over to give me money and I asked if we could talk. He told me that he wants to come home. He said he knows that our marriage was ordained by God and I been more than wonderful thru it all. He thanked me and said he loves me and is working things out." (Florida)

"God spoke clearly to me and told me to stand, and He brought healing to my spirit. My husband watched these changes in me, but his hurt kept him isolated and angry. But God was working in his heart too. Five months ago, my husband confessed that he still loved me. Since that time, God has restored all aspects of our marriage. There is a trust and an intimacy that was never there before. God's peace reigns in our home and we continue to experience His blessing and provision." (North Carolina)

"Two weeks ago my husband came home. I have been standing for my marriage for five years. He said he did not want to live like he had been living any more. He wanted to be a family again with me and our children. The Word works! Keep believing." (Louisiana)

“After some months of standing and praying, my wife came home suddenly. God spoke to her and brought her home last week. God is so good!”  (Ohio)

"My husband came back on my birthday. It has been so wonderful to have him home. Please pray for us. God is working every day. He is faithful. God bless you all. I will keep praying for all marriages." (Florida)

"My husband and I are entering our ninth month of restoration. Three years ago he began an affair. Thus began my schooling from the Lord of how and why to stand for our marriage. At one point we were within hours of being divorced. All the while the Lord kept encouraging me that this was only the shadow of death not the real death of our marriage. At times the grief was almost unbearable, but the Lord faithfully walked me through each hard day and always provided everything me and our three children needed. Three years and two false starts for home later, I can say the Lord has healed, strengthened, and set our 19 year marriage on a strong foundation. He used Rejoice Marriage Ministries so powerfully to help us. Thank you  forever." (Arizona)

"My husband has been home for the last two months. As you often say, he returned home suddenly. Only four days before he returned home, he was trying to get me to answer some questions so he could complete divorce paperwork. I repeatedly refused telling him I would not and could not talk to him about divorce. We have been in marriage counseling since the day he came home. Each day I see the manifestation of the work God is doing in my marriage. I believe that he is now seeing the truth, God's plan is and has always been to restore our marriage. He has decided to finalize the adoption of our daughter, go on the family trip to Disney and to combine our finances again, all of which seemed impossible only a short time ago. I know my husband will soon be turning his life completely over to the Lord. All the praise and glory goes to our Lord, Jesus Christ."  (Georgia)

BRIANNA’S MIRACLE

My husband Joe and I were married for five years before he decided on a family vacation to Disneyland that he "just couldn't do this anymore." That was Halloween week and he had moved out of the house by Thanksgiving weekend.

My two-year-old daughter and I were devastated and shocked. Both of us claimed to be "Christians" and had a relationship with the Lord, attending church frequently, but never centered our lives and marriage around Jesus. I panicked at the prospect of being a single parent and immediately began searching Christian internet dating sites for a new partner. I met and began a long distance relationship with a man in a different state, seeking to fill the void in my life with this new relationship. I wandered as deep into the far country as my husband did until I was convicted one night by the Holy Spirit about being double-minded. How could I be actively praying for God to save my marriage when I was having an affair with a man "just in case" I actually ended up divorced?

My mother-in-law gave me a book shortly after that called "Can My Marriage Be Saved?" which is a compilation of stories of saved/reconciled marriages. One story referenced Covenant Keepers and when I looked them up online in a Google search, I came upon Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc. 

Your materials captivated me; I had heard of covenant marriage but never this concept of "standing." Once I got a hold of it I couldn't get enough of the Bible and what it teaches about the covenant and God’s design for marriage. I started acting on these principles praying God’s truths over my marriage and family and I began to notice a change in myself so quickly that it was actually shocking. I prayed for the Lord to break me and mold me into the wife He wanted me to be. I didn't want to have an adulterous relationship any longer and became content having Jesus fill that space in my life. I made a commitment to honor the covenant even if Joe wasn't at the moment, and I took God at his Word that he is a God of healing and restoration.

Joe and I spent the holidays together and the further I got into my studies about standing, the easier it became for me to treat him with such God-given kindness and grace that my co-workers actually used to joke with me that we had a better relationship while going through a divorce than several of them did married. I took these little opportunities to witness to them about what I was standing for and what I knew God could do, and they would snicker at me and tell me to move on. I truly didn't believe that our divorce would go through...but it did. On April 20, 2010 a judge ruled our marriage "dissolved." I loved your teachings about praying over the divorce decree and that it is just a piece of paper, but does nothing to break the covenant if you keep standing (quite a concept for me to regard a court ruling as "just a piece of paper, since I'm a lawyer!!).

My little girl and I used to pray together at night and thank God for restoring our family and for the brothers and sisters that were yet to be born to Joe and me. She would ask when will Daddy come home and I would talk to her about God’s promises and tell her that we'd wait for him as long as it took. Thankfully, my story of reconciliation didn't take long. Literally two weeks after our divorce decree, there was Joe, who was on my front porch weeping over the mistake he had made and asking if we could "date.” Because of where my relationship was at with Jesus, I found it so easy to forgive him and confess my own earlier affair. God had given me a love for Joe that I had never experienced during our marriage.

We began an awesome time of courtship, healing, and inviting Jesus to be Lord over our relationship. I drafted a motion to the Court asking them to vacate our divorce decree and Joe moved back home last October. Our son was born on August 4 and is nicknamed "the miracle baby" by the same friends and co-workers who snickered at me when I told them God would heal and rebuild our family. As crazy as it sounds, I'm actually glad the divorce was final. I think it makes our reconciliation an even greater testimony to God’s powerful awesomeness than if it were just a divorce "close call!” Praise Jesus!!

"My prodigal has asked me to remarry him. PTL! We have been divorced for four years. He has been promoted and is moving 2 hours away. Since I have had my stroke, and my partners have terminated my employment with them, I am free to pick up and move. Otherwise, I'd still be under contract with them. I knew God had a plan when I had my stroke 3 months ago. Yes, Bob, soon I will stand in church and tell of how God has healed my marriage. You'll are like parents to me." (Texas)

“God is amazing! My prodigal left but I told him I loved him and would be praying for the restoration of our marriage. Praise God my prodigal is home. I still believe that he is being blinded by Satan but in my darkest moments I surrendered my life to Christ. God became so real to me. I see things now the way Jesus does. God is still working on my heart. I am not giving up. He is my Comforter, Counselor and Healer. I stand amazed at the strength God has given me. I know without a shadow of a doubt God will completely restore my marriage. My God is so big, so strong and so mighty there is nothing my God cannot do! Proverbs 3:5-6.”  (South Carolina) 

"My husband told me he didn't think he loved me. He moved out. He came home after a year. I still hadn't heard the words 'I love you.' He is saying them to me again. He and I are working on our marriage and it is all because of Jesus. God is ever faithful and true. I had to learn that the hard way, but when I finally did put all my trust in the Lord, that's when He moved." (Ohio)

“The Lord took me on an incredible journey over two years after my husband left. The Lord provided for me where my husband failed to do so. Though I could not see it, and my husband gave me no signs of hope, the Lord was moving in his life and changing his heart. Then, on the day he left me, two years to the day, my husband asked me if he could come home. The next few months, after he was home, were not easy. I started thinking this was all a huge mistake. I was starting to fall away from my Lord, from my husband, and from my marriage. My once-prodigal husband had completely turned his life over and became a stander praying for me. I give all the glory to my Lord and Savior. Now, my husband and I have a happy marriage again with Jesus at the center. My husband and I are spending time together with the Lord each day and it's an amazing experience.” (Illinois)

"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)

"We celebrated  wedding anniversary. My prodigal came home four years ago and God has continued to work on both of us. We have our trials, but I know there is nothing too hard for the Lord if we let Him have His way.  If I had listened to people instead of the Lord, my husband wouldn't be here now. It doesn't mean I didn't receive valid, Godly counsel, but sometimes God spoke opposite of what people would say. The first time my husband thanked me for not giving up, I cried because Charlyne had written about that moment and I believed her. God had confirmed to me over and over that it would happen..” (California)

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

“PTL that God brought my ex-husband back to me. Yes I said EX! I prayed for many years for the Lord to soften my husband's heart, but he was never willing to allow God to work in his life. After a long separation and divorce my husband came back to me after he spent many months in prayer and finally opening his heart to the Lord! I spent our entire separation standing still and allowing God to change me. I never imagined He would bring my husband back to me all this time later with a renewed heart and spirit! We are now back together and working toward re-marriage. PRAISE YOU JESUS!”  (Virginia)

“My husband offered to housesit for me while the children and I went to see my parents. To make a long story short, my husband decided he was coming home and staying home and moved his things back. Praise God. He took care of everything, even when my husband kept insisting he would not be coming back, He brought him home, suddenly, unexpectedly. My husband’s response to me and others was, ‘Why would I want sausages when I can have steak at home?’ Amen.” (Australia)
"After years of separation and living 1500 miles apart, this Christmas my husband and I were together as a family again. He came home this past spring, and even though my situation looked hopeless God has done a miracle! As a sign from God, my husband even discovered my wedding ring, which had been lost in a move 2 years ago, and proposed to me to reaffirm our commitment to each other." (Kansas)
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