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 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)
“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)
“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)
"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)
“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)
"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)
"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 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)
“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)
“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)
“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)
"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)
"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)
“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)