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!

"God is good. My husband came home yesterday and desires to restore our covenant relationship. I praise God for reaching down and touching him, and that God gave me the strength to endure during these hard times." (New York)

"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)

"We serve a mighty God. Suddenly my beloved husband stated he wanted to move back in together. We found a home that made my spouse say it was going to be our new home. We decided to apply for it, got approved and received the keys all within one week. We are spending this weekend moving our things into our new home. God has answered many prayers and brought my beloved spouse home. He is faithful to His promises. Praise the Lord." (Connecticut)

“Thank You Lord. My husband had returned for a month but then left us again. We were devastated and could not understand why the Lord would bring him home just to leave again. Two weeks after he left he returned back a totally different man. I now understand God was still working on him and me. We pray together every night along with reading the Bible. Please don't ever give up. I was about to do just that the week before he returned. Please remember to only listen to God. I had many friends that week strongly telling me to give up and move on. Thankfully the Lord gave me strength to continue praying and standing. Thank You Lord for continuing to help our marriage. Always remember to put the Lord first and trust Him.”  (Florida)

"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)

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

“Praise the Lord my husband is home. This was my word to the Lord that he will receive all the praise and Glory for my husband coming home, I will make my Lord’s name known to the world. The Lord has thought of me so much and I am just glad I can write my testimony so many others will learn to love and serve the Lord, Thank you very much for your prayers; please continue to pray for us. May my Lord receive all the Praise and Glory.”  (Dubai) 

"I just want to be a testomony to others that God is in control andnever give up hope. If you every get a second chance with your spouse, look upon it as a gift from God and pray every day and thank him for each other."

"Shortly after I left my husband and arrived in my sublet to start my new life, I heard God telling me that I would not divorce my husband but stand in the gap and pray for his salvation and that He would heal and restore our marriage. God led me to Rejoice Marriage Ministries who became our marriage counselor with hundreds of miles between us. God first began a great work in me, healing me and showing me the error of my ways. Now, praise God, I am back home after nearly a year and God is working on my husband as I continue to stand forever. Praise God." (North Carolina)

“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)
"My husband and I have been separated for 17 months. I found yourweb site shortly after the separation began. We had a court date set. Now 5 months after, my husband tells me he wants to come home soon. Says he loves me now. He wasn't sure before and now wants his family back. Thank God and you for the daily encouragement."

"Give glory to God! Despite my husband filing for divorce, moving out, and working across the country right now, God has touched his heart in a mighty way! I know that we serve a God who can do the impossible, as He has spoken to my husband in dreams and visions. He recently broke off the relationship with the OW and wants to come home to me and my son! Standers, you have no idea what God is doing on the other side of the mountain. I am so grateful for this time of growing in God and learning to seek Him and hear His voice. I cannot stop praising my Lord for what He alone has done and for sustaining me during this time. Psalm 55:22.”  (Washington)

"After 20 months of separation and my husband filing for a divorce, he came home last weekend. During most of the time that we were separated he told me that he would never come home; however I continued to pray and thank God that my husband was home and healed." (Texas)

"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)

"I was divorced, and I had such a difficult time dealing with the heartache and pain. Your daily dose of encouragement was sometimes the only hope I found besides the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise God, one year ago, my husband started going to church again after being out in the world. We started counseling with his pastor and dating one another. In July, he asked me to start attending his church and asked if I would take a parenting class with him. Of course I said yes! The decision to leave my church where I had so much support and love was difficult, but the Lord is teaching me that in order for us to get remarried, I must learn to submit in all areas! One month ago, he asked for my wedding ring, and he has hinted about getting remarried. I praise God for your faithfulness in sharing the power of prayer and how standing for prodigals matters! I believe I would have gone on with my life if I hadn't found Rejoice Ministries. My children are thrilled that their daddy wants to be a part of their mommy's life again! Thank you and praise God! I'll let you know when we're officially engaged!" (Kansas)
"My spouse and I have reconciled and he spends lots of time here at the house and we have traveled together to see our grand babies. God has been good to all of us, as my spouse realizes that had it not been 'for people like us' who believe in the one spouse, one marriage, one family for life/eternity; he might not had been able to meet/see his grand babies. (two little boys) Thank you for the prayers and for standing and showing some of us to stand; may our Lord Jesus Christ receive all of the glory." (Florida)

"My husband and I have been restored for over two years. I cannot believe how much my husband loves me now. This must be God loving me through my husband, because I have never known this kind of love. This is such a testimony to me about how, when God does something, it is so much better than anything we try to make happen ourselves. I am so blessed." (Arizona)

“Praise God for He has restored our marriage. My husband demanded a divorce. I was devastated. I was a new believer and I couldn't grasp what was happening to my life. God was telling me to let my husband go. He also told me that the generations of divorce would end now. I was confused and cried out to God. God led me here, to RMM, and I never looked back. I submitted everything to the Lord. He worked on me and showed me things that I needed to change. God softened my heart towards my husband and cleansed my heart of unforgiveness. God continued His work in me and a few months later, my husband returned home. I encourage all standers to listen to the Lord and concentrate on fixing themselves and allow the Lord to fix our prodigals. He is so very faithful, even when our spouses are not. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8.”  (Ohio)

“Praise be to God. My husband is back and this time for good. God never fails. Whenever I felt like giving up, God gave me hope. Exactly a month before my husband’s return God spoke to my heart and said it’s over, he's coming home. Now I see after his return that God has not only convicted my husband and brought him home but He has changed me. Dear standers, things will look really bad just before it settles down. Just claim and hold onto God’s promises because the God we love is a never failing God. Romans 8:28  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  (Sri Lanka)

"Please praise God with me. My husband told me that he will be moving home in two weeks. We have been separated for a little over a year and struggling before that. God has dramatically changedhis thinking and softened his heart. From the day I began praying scriptures for him, I could see that God was making a difference. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we work on restoration. We both need more healing, but God is so good, I know itwill come. Thank you, thank you for your ministry. God led me to your web site at a very low point in my stand (I didn't even have aname for my conviction until then). Your tapes and daily e-mail messages have helped immensely. God bless you."

“My wife called me and sounded down. When I asked her if she was OK, she said no. She admitted that she had made of mess of everything, and that she wanted to start doing things the right way. She wanted to be my wife again. She had gone so far as to move in with a man who purposely got her pregnant. She had just lost the baby through a miscarriage and realized the situation she put herself and my children through. Praise God for a change in heart! Thank you so much for you prayers and guidance through my troubled days.” (Florida)
“My wife has recently returned home after five years of waiting, during which time I have, by the grace of God withstood three divorce attempts. God will move heaven and earth on your behalf as you remain faithful to your marriage covenant. Bless you and keep on crying to God - declaring the truth about your relationship. Repent, cut the ties to every falsehood and claim the wonder working power of the Blood of Jesus constantly in your situation. You know how precious your marriage is to the Lord. Be strong and courageous.” (England)

"Thank You, Lord, for the miracle You gave to my family. My husband has been taking steps toward home and moved his remaining things home last weekend. He had even filed for divorce, but never followed through. He told me the Holy Spirit never stopped speaking to his heart and that he loves me and is so grateful for me never giving up on him. Thank you for the tapes that would suddenly appear in my mailbox at the most needed time. Praise Jesus." (New Hampshire)

(We received the following message this week from the returned prodigal of a stander from Monday night’s Rejoice Pompano.) "Please read this to the standers meeting on Monday. I hope in some way God will touch the standers wondering if their prodigal spouses are thinking about them. While I cannot speak for other men, I can speak to my own experience. I was away from my wife for two years. There wasn't one day that I didn't think about my wife. I found myself in a hole and asked God with all my heart to help me out of the non-covenant relationship and back home to my wife, and family. While other may say to you it doesn't look promising, while others may say life must go on, while others may say that you are a fool, he is not coming home and that you have rights, you have one very important choice; believe them or believe God. When your going through the pain, the answer doesn't seem obvious, but it is. God is the only choice who will move the heart of your husband (or wife) at times when they don't even know what hit him. God will make a way." (Florida)

"Praise be to God for bringing my husband home. I thank God for allowing me to show my husband unconditional love. I can see the Lord at work in my husband. I can, for the first time ever, go straight to my Heavenly Father for guidance in my marriage. We still have a long way to go, but praise and glory goes to God that we will be able to take this road together." (California)

"My husband and I spoke on the phone today after years of being separated. He wants to reconcile. After years of drugs, abuse and so many issues. I was able to share with him a promise God had given us years ago. When I finished we were both in tears." (California) 

To God be The Glory. My husband and I were remarried on Wednesday, June 19. We were divorced in 1998. The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart in 2000 that my husband and I would be remarried. I said to myself how can this be since he does not know the Lord, but I carried that promise in my heart. My husband then became a believer. We were then in each other’s lives, however I did not officially start standing until November 2003 when I received deep conviction in the middle of the night from The Holy Spirit as to my mistakes in not treating my husband properly from my heart. In the summer of 2004, I was led to Rejoice Marriage Ministries where I first heard the word “standing” and understood what I was already doing. He came home in February 2011, after two other relationships, and he came home very broken. Here we are, husband and wife, again after 13 years. My husband had no intentions of ever coming home, but God!  (Florida)

"When my spouse left me, I deepened my relationship with Christ and was praying for marriage restoration. I then realized that I was the prodigal, as I had left my first husband and had married another. I was given the opportunity by God to be obedient. He took the obstacles out of the way. On Christmas my loving husband proposed to me and on January 1, I was remarried to my true covenant spouse. Thank you so much, Mr. and Mrs. Steinkamp, for all you do to help restore all of us prodigals to the Kingdom." (Tennessee)

"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)

"I give praise to God. My husband left me for someone else and for months I prayed and fasted. My prodigal and the other woman decided to break things off. During this time God opened my eyes to how I needed to be a better wife and He changed me. My husband has been home for several months and every day I see God restoring the love that was dead in our marriage. Everyone was skeptical about my stand, and said my prodigal had his own free will, but I knew that God had called me to stand and that He would complete the work that He began." (Colorado)

We praise the Lord for one of our local recently restored couples who will be renewing their wedding vows this weekend at a North Carolina church.

"Praise be to God. My husband swore he would never come home or have anything to do with me. I pleaded with God to restore our marriage. The very next day my husband came home. God is working on me to forgive him and not listen to Satan who wants to destroy our marriage. Thank You Lord for protecting me." (Florida)

“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) 

"Praise the Lord, my prodigal has come home. It was just like Charlyne said it would be; unexpectedly." (Florida)

“Praise God! My entire family - brothers and parents - got together for Christmas for the first time in 16 years. It was wonderful, as we reconnected in healthy adult ways, as I prayed we would. Today God showed me that this marriage separation with my husband is not just for me. It's for him, and it's for my family members' healing, also. I am so thankful for these trials because I have become closer to God and closer to my parents and brothers through it. I'm letting go and letting God. Even though my suddenly didn't come during the holidays, I'm still praying. All my life I prayed my brothers would help me one day, and they did during this Christmas. They helped me find a new home and helped move me into it. God took my little prayers and moved mountains. I am so grateful for His goodness. I'm praying for all of your marriages.”  (Arizona) 

"When my husband told me that he was going to get a divorce, it was almost a relief. I had been standing with my life in limbo. Now he would have nothing to threaten. I had peace and a determination to stand. God had other plans. On Easter my husband said he wanted us to start going to church together. Since then, issues at my apartment led to him inviting me to stay with him. We are in separate rooms, but we are under one roof, praying together and working on our marriage in faith." (Texas)

"Praise be to our Almighty Lord. My spouse asked if he could come home. He will be moving in this week. He has shared that he is coming home out of obedience to the Lord. Our children are thrilled at the return of their father." (California)

"I first heard of Rejoice Ministries through Focus on the Family. I was so desperate, I would try almost anything to restore my broken marriage. I sent you a picture of the two of us together for prayer. One year passed, then another, then another. I had given up hope, but as my hope was failing, God gave me a scripture, Isaiah 62:5. I claimed that entire chapter. I held on to that promise, I took it personal, I prayed for the Word to come real in my life. I put God in remembrance of his word. I read it every day! "I had moved on to someone else, thinking my ex-husband had re-married someone else. I got on with my life. I started doing volunteer work, taking exercise classes, meeting other people. Then it happens. My ex-husband called me and we started talking as friends. The calls continued. To make a long story short, we are re-married. It was not my doing or his, it was God. God has proved His love for me in so many ways, I could never tell it all! Tell all the standers, when God gives them a promise, hold on to it!" (Illinois)

"My husband walked out. When he said he wanted a divorce, I fell to my knees and was led to Rejoice Marriage Ministries. I listened to Charlyne's teaching and began praying and searching scripture. I came to the realization that I would have to stand forever. Could I stand forever? God told me it was the only right decision, regardless of what anyone said. Ten days ago, my husband called and wanted to come home. He asked what the conditions were, I said no conditions. My husband is home and we are reigniting our marriage. I will continue to stand for my marriage and family. I am so grateful for a second chance to do it God's way." (Canada)

"My husband came back home this weekend. The Holy Spirit let me know it was time. My husband is not saved, but he said God told him it was time and he wants to truly get to know God and go to church. I know the battle it not over until he is totally delivered and my husband confesses Jesus as Lord. I thank you for your prayers and the book, 'Prodigals Do Come Home.' It was very powerful in my life.” (New York)

“Praise God, He has restored our marriage brick by brick. Five years ago I was in a black hole of despair when I typed in divorce and God used your Ministry to transform my thinking and then my marriage. I have logged into Charlyne Cares each day. There is always a message there, which seems as if it is directed to me and whatever I am facing that day. I thank God with all my heart for the way His Word touches and transforms day by day. Nothing is too difficult for you.’ Jeremiah 32:17b (NASB) I thank God that this is true!”  (England)

"My wife moved out several months ago, taking our children with her.  I began to stand and she began talking about divorce.  Two weeks ago she asked me if I would start praying with her.  Last week she asked if I would help move her and our children back home.  On Good Friday,
I took off from work and the two of us moved all of their belongings back to our apartment.  The Lord has been healing our relationship every day.  I praise God for His miracle of restoration."  (Oklahoma)

“A few months after my wife left, I was introduced to RMM by my sister who was going through the same thing with her husband. We fasted often and prayed everyday even though she lived on the other side of the country. After a few months of praying her husband had an ‘epiphany’ as he described it and decided he wanted the marriage. When my sister told me this I was a bit jealous, unfortunately. We continued to pray for my wife and, yes, a few months later she too returned home. PTL! Please keep praying and never give up!”  (Michigan) 

"Praise the Lord. After a year of separation, my prodigal has returned home. We still have much work to do, but the words of Jesus Christ rings within my heart, 'Peace be with you.' (John 20:19). Thank you Bob and Charlyne for standing for Jesus Christ not just in marriage, but in life." (Georgia)

"My husband has been home for several months. Last week he took it upon himself to pay our household bills, something he has not done for years. What I expected to see happening in the restoration of this marriage, is not how the Lord is working things. I have been praying daily for my husband and big changes are happening all around me. Prayer does work." (Wisconsin)

“My suddenly happened last Sunday! My husband just showed up at our house and has been with us ever since! Our relationship is not where it needs to be, but we are together again. It was also our anniversary and he told me "Happy Anniversary!" God gets all the glory!  I continue to pray each day that God will help me to show the fruit of the Spirit daily to my husband: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. I will continue to leave this all in the Lord's hands.”  (Alabama)

“PTL! My prodigal has returned! After some months of him insisting on permanent separation and most likely divorce, I have held onto the hope and encouragement to stay standing. When I woke up sad and lonely, I prayed scripture over both of us and our marriage. My emotions subsided and I was able to have the strength of the Lord. Tonight my prodigal told me because I am allowing the Lord to work in my heart, he has to do the same for himself. He is coming home!" (Missouri)

"I am speechless at seeing my suddenly happen just like that. After months of separation, my husband called my best friend and told her to tell me he loves me and is coming home. I thank God for His divine intervention. I stood in hopelessness and believed when it all looked impossible. A couple of days ago, God told me to be still and know He is God. I did not relate much to what He was saying as everything was just a huge mess. I understand now. And I thank Him for His grace. Hallelujah.” (South Africa)

"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 and I separated for several months. I was an emotional wreck. I began praying and believing God for my miracle. I later realized I had made my stand an idol. I asked God to forgive me for not appreciating Him and the life He had blessed me with, and for carrying on as if I could not live. That same night my husband came home. Bless the Lord." (Illinois)

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