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Below you will find a sampling of testimonies from standers and prodigals that will encourage you in how God is moving in their lives.

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“I thank God for Charlyne and Bob’s dedication to restoration of marriages. God led me to this website when all seemed dark. Every morning I look forward to the devotionals. I have learned to say that my suddenly is coming and that God is working on the other side of the mountain. Glory to God.”  (Kenya) 


PTL! My husband came to see me this past Monday. He came to visit me and our six dogs. Before he arrived, I prayed that God would have complete control over this visit and to help me zip my lips. God is so faithful! My husband and I had great conversation. We had such a great time laughing and playing with our dogs. He said a few things that stung my heart a little bit but I knew that was Satan trying to throw his last few fiery darts at me. PTL those darts deflected right off of me! I zipped my lips and was able to show my husband unconditional love. When he was leaving, I hugged him and told him that I loved him. When he left I was filled with so much joy! PTL! I know God is working!”  (Georgia)  


“My stand was being discouraged by my family, so this week I asked God to show me one more time if I was to continue my stand. Yesterday, I realized that there was a missed call from an auto company on my cell phone. I immediately thought of my husband. I told God if this call was for my husband then it meant that I will continue to stand. A message had been left for my husband to call a number back. I was excited and confused at the same time. Why would my husband give my cell phone number as the contact for his car application? I texted him the message and number and received a text from him asking me to call. When I called him, my husband told me that he never applied for a car but he missed me and wanted to see me. He came over to our home that night and gave me a big hug. In our talk, he said ‘I don't think I will make it to Heaven, I feel so far from God.’ Immediately I knew God had called me to stand for my husband. Whether my suddenly comes now or later I will stand.” (Maryland) 


“Praise the Lord! God is awesome. In faith and in thankfulness I felt led to share a word of encouragement. God is so great and His love endures forever. I hold on to Isaiah 55:11 that God's word never returns void but it will be accomplished and that includes the restoration of my marriage. Here's what I learned - Play it forward. Although my promise has not yet manifested in the natural, I thank God that He has used me to start a women's prayer group for restored marriages and miracles are happening! Recently, I said lightheartedly, ‘Sure would be nice if today is the day Lord.’  At that same time I passed a business with the name, ‘Consider It Done.’ Isn't God great? Be encouraged, your miracle will be accomplished!”  (Connecticut)


“I'm so thankful to the Lord above for His faithfulness. I was blessed today to see a beautiful rainbow. It was so unexpected, but I knew it was for me. He has assured me that He is faithful to keep His promises.”  (Georgia) 


"I met with my attorney and afterward I was feeling discouraged because my husband is proceeding with a divorce. I stopped to pick up lunch. I looked down at my receipt and read the name of the guy who had waited on me: Jesus. Thank You, Father, that you had that little bit of encouragement all lined up for me. I remembered that You are always with me in this storm." (Washington)


"But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield." Psalm 5:11-12


"My bride did something really nice for me on Saturday and Monday, I was so excited I couldn't stop sharing how great God is and what He's done for me. It's now Wednesday and I haven't heard a peep from her since Monday and Satanhas been trying to really let that get to me. On the way to tonight's service at church God put my favorite praise song on and I began to cry and ask for forgiveness for being weak. At that very moment, and during the most powerful and meaningful part of that song, I turned and there passing me was a huge Covenant Transport truck! I pulled over and bawled. I've looked over and over for one of those trucks knowing full well I would never see one. How wrong I was and how great and mighty our Lord is! I love You Father!" (California)


“Praise God. I have been listening and reading everything I could in this ministry since my husband left several years  ago. I have been very weary lately and asking God again for His plans for me and my husband. This morning I sat before the Lord and asked Him to give me His Word for my spirit. I heard Ephesians 5:20:  Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Then Job 33:26-30. What an awesome God we serve. He gives to us who wait upon the Lord’s strength and He renews our spirit. May God strengthen all who are waiting and seeking Him.”  (Texas) 


“God has been good! In the last couple weeks I have seen mediation get canceled for a third time after posting it on the Court Room Page! Hopefully the next time it will get canceled for good! Also my husband went on a marriage retreat with me and committed to pray about the divorce. I have been standing for some time to stop this divorce, and I can truly see God's hand working! Thank you Rejoice Ministries!! Your ministry has been strong in helping me to keep standing!” (Florida)


"On Easter Sunday as the kids and I were on our way to church, I saw my husband and the other woman. I drove beside him and my son spoke to his father. Afterward, my stomach began to ache, but I thanked God for allowing me to see my husband. To God be the Glory." (Texas)


“A few days ago my spouse emailed to say he had changed his mind and would not be visiting for the holidays. I could be disappointed but I am not. God has given me enough evidence that He is going to work things out and I believe Him. I will continue my fast and my stand for God brings the dead back to life and creates new things out of nothing!”  (Jamaica) 


"I divorced my husband and married someone else. I was recently told that he is not my covenant husband. I received this right away and knew this was why my non-covenant marriage wasn't working. I was not in the Lord's will but thought I was. I was the prodigal, and now I am the one standing for my covenant marriage and family restoration. Now my prodigal and I are friends, share jokes on email and text messages daily. Praise the Lord." (New York)


Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.”  Daniel 3:28 


“Yet if there is an angel on his side as a mediator, one out of a thousand, to tell a man what is right for him,  to be gracious to him and say, ‘Spare him from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for him’—  then his flesh is renewed like a child’s; it is restored as in the days of his youth. He prays to God and finds favor with him, he sees God’s face and shouts for joy; he is restored by God to his righteous state.”  Job 33:23-26 


I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.  Psalm 27:13-14 


"God led me to this ministry when I was at my lowest. It gave me the hope and encouragement I needed. It has been an instrument in leading me down a more peaceful path, secure in who I am in Christ and where He'll lead me, as long as I'm obedient. Praise God." (Texas)


"I continue to thank God every day. I have been standing for my marriage for some time, never giving up and praying for God's Holy intervention every day. My prodigal husband is still very much a part of our lives; I still can depend on him for anything. That alone helps me know that he still cares. Praise God for the wonderful things that I know He will do in my marriage; I just have to be patient!!" (Alabama)


Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the LORD.   Ephesians 5:21-22 (KJV)


"I just received a beautiful bouquet of roses and other flowers at work for Mother's Day.  Of course it is from my son, but my husband's writing is on the card and he called shortly after to find out how I liked them.  He is moving us towards restoration.  This is already the best Mother's Day I have ever had." (Minnesota)


“Near the beginning of my stand, a friend told me I was a modern-day Hosea, and I've held tight to that story of God's great love for His children. God is working on the other side of the mountain, and though the mountain still seems too big, and my husband doubts my faith, while he was on the phone with me telling me that he'd applied for a job in my city, I saw two Covenant Transport trucks and two Swift trucks! And then a few days later, after my husband had doubted my faith, a bright green ‘Hosea Construction’ truck was parked just behind my apartment! My love for the Lord just burns within me, and I'm standing for the day my husband knows God's restoring love to his core.” (Ohio)


"My husband came home to be with our sons after months of being away with another woman. So I praise the Lord for that - I know He is still working on my husband to restore him and our marriage." (California)


“A few weeks ago, I was asking God if He wanted to restore my marriage as I was driving. While I was speaking I drove up to see a sign that read ‘RESTORE!’ For a year I have been praying and searching for a job in my husband's city. Last week several jobs outside my career field were posted there. After praying, I submitted my application. I asked God that if this was of Him, to allow me see a Covenant Transport truck. I saw three and a truck with the name of the job I applied for! This morning I awoke to see a hummingbird outside my door and a red cardinal, both very special symbols to me of God's presence. For a year, God blocked me from going to that city, but now I believe if God allows me to go, restoration is near.”  (Georgia) 


"God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?" Numbers 23:19


“A few days ago, I felt an internal push to contact the OW.  I sat on that urge and prayed through it because I have done that before and found out later I was close to a breakthrough, but then I messed it up by not waiting. Later that afternoon, I got a promotion at work. I wanted to contact my husband and tell him, but I feel the Lord has instructed me to be quiet and wait. (Lamentations 3:26). Later that night, he texted me about our daughter, then suddenly, out of the blue, asked how my day was. So I texted him about my promotion. He called me and we talked for a while. Praise the Lord! I stayed still and obedient and the Lord gave me the desires of my heart. God is so faithful in even the little things. I am so thankful I didn't act on that urge. Look at the blessing I would have missed if I'd taken things into my own hands. God is so good. A promotion and a great conversation with my husband in the same day.”  (Texas) 


“Praise God my husband is home! When my husband left me I was devastated and lost. Everyone told me I needed to move on and I was crazy for holding on. Every Saturday I would read the testimonies and I would pray that one day I would be able to write one myself. You have to believe, have faith, and trust God, He holds true to His Word. Everything Bob says about what the prodigal is thinking is true. My husband is happy to be home and has wanted to come home, but was scared and ashamed. We are now expecting our second child and we couldn't be happier. He even told me that every time I told him I refused to let go he would smile inside, even though he said I needed to move on and it was pointless to hold on. Please, never give up. Galatians 6:9. You will all be in my prayers.” (Florida)


“I have been standing for my mate for awhile now. My sons and I haven't kept Father's Day since he left. Well, this year I asked my sons if they wanted to invite their dad over for ice cream and cake on Father's Day. They agreed and we invited him. The four of us had a great visit. He was so grateful and kept thanking us for the invitation. He gave my oldest the best hug as he was leaving.”  (California) 


"It was close to payday and my check was already spent and I did not know how I was going to make it in between the next pay period. I sought the Lord and reminded Him of His precious Word in Malachi 3:10. When I received my paycheck it was double my usual pay. I brought this to the attention of our bookkeeper and she told me would deduct the difference the next pay period. Glory. My tax return was deposited into my account and that gave me more than enough to cover my next check, which was much less than the first one. Praise God." (Georgia)


"On Father's Day my prodigal husband came to church with our kids. When the pastor called for prayer intercession my husband stepped forward to the altar crying and very distraught. A fellow church member I had been praying would talk to my husband went to him. He spent the rest of the sermon crying and listening to my husband and counseling him on marriage restoration. The Lord is starting to break the chains that are binding him. Praise God." (Puerto Rico)


"PTL, I had a great Christmas and New Years. My prodigal's birthday was a few days later and I thank the Lord for giving me the opportunity to celebrate with him at our home. He lives in another state but he spent this week with us and we are celebrating our son's birthday together on Saturday! He filed for divorce and it is still pending but I know the Lord is working, softening his heart. I am trusting God that there will be no divorce in my marriage. I know God will glorify Himself in the impossible.”  (North Carolina) 


"My pastor asked me to share my testimony at all three services on Easter. Two years ago I was seen as a man who hadn't accepted his divorce. Last year I was seen as crazy by our church for still standing after a non-covenant marriage and child. This year I spoke to the largest attendance of the year. Amazing how far God has taken me in three years.  (Washington)


"Last night I asked God to show me a sign to continue to stand for my prodigal spouse after the encouragement from reading the testimonies. Several moments later I received a random text from her. Tears began to pour. I'm learning to let go and let God. Still I stand." (California)


“Although I've failed in areas of my stand, God continues to work on our behalf! My beloved and I have been separated with minimal contact. Our toddler had to spend two days in the hospital and neither of us left his bedside! We worked through some tough circumstances and ended up having a beautiful time as a family, followed by a date night. I have begun to pray for the OW's heart."  (Texas)


“I am so thankful for RMM and for the Lord Jesus having me stand in the gap for my marriage. I spoke to my husband today. He is engaged and trying to get married. When I asked if they set a date, he stated things are in the way right now. Praise the Lord! I am standing in the gap, that my husband will move back home and we will remarry. The Lord has me loving my husband in a way I could not before because God has shown me how to love him.”  (Minnesota)  


"In that day I will restore David's fallen tent. I will repair its broken places, restore its ruins, and build it as it used to be"  Amos 9:11 


"Yesterday we had a court date for our divorce. It was dismissed. My husband is trying to get it re-filed. Praise God that it was canceled yesterday. I pray that the Lord will not let the new petition go through." (Texas)


“Praise God! My wife has been calling me since yesterday. She said she misses me. I saw her for a few minutes today and she kissed me goodbye. Thank You God! Please pray for our marriage to be restored and God gives me favor in her eyes and heart above every man on earth. Thank You God!”  (Nebraska)


“Our God is awesome. I am more than grateful for His provisions, protection and comfort during my stand. I needed a car and my parents gave me their car that they hardly used. It is practically new. I needed money to pay my bills and He provided enough for me to tithe and pay my bills. I need a job and I know He will provide. He has confirmed His will for me to stand by speaking directly to me and when I doubted, He sent a prophecy through a pastor who knew nothing of my situation. I thank You Lord for making Your will known for my life. Thank You for saving my life, my husband’s life and for testing my faith. It is hard, but to know that patience and trust is the incubator for faith is priceless. Matthew 17:20 is so true. My faith has been small, but my rewards are great.”  (Florida)


"My wife has been gone several years now and I know how hard it is for many to even hear those words. But God used these trials for His glory, turning me from a carnal Christian who never opened his Bible to a man who never closes it and prays without ceasing. All of us will be tested to see if our faith is real. What my wife may have used for evil, God has used it for good and now my life is His and my wife and children see a change in me where God has changed my heart. In His time, He will change my wife's heart and restore us. Use this time alone for God to change you as He has changed me." (Idaho)


"Last Monday the divorce dismissal was signed. My husband, though still out of our home, spent most of the weekend with us. He came to church with us on Sunday and the church body welcomed him back. Next week will be three years that my husband has been gone, but I never gave up the hope of Jeremiah 32:27 for our marriage; 'Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; Is there anything too hard for Me?' God continues to work His miracles." (California) 


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  2 Corinthians 5:17


"My anniversary came. I was walking out of church and thinking of the importance of the day. When I looked across the street, I noticed a Covenant Transport truck passing by. That was my confirmation that God was thinking of the covenant that my husband and I once made." (California)


Read more about the history of Covenant Transport trucks and standers. 


“I have been standing for many years. Today, I got to see in my prodigal's heart. He sent some pictures of himself over the last few years via text and knew I would want them. He then proceeded to say, ‘God reminds me daily of how beautiful your heart is. And how He has shaped you into his image.” He said so many beautiful things that I know God is working in his heart. I wanted to share this because I know how lonely the road gets and how we as standers sometimes look to the world for understanding and get disappointed. Praise the Lord because He is working and will deliver. I know that God will restore my marriage completely and on time. He will never fail us, because He cannot and will do EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY above what we think.”  (New York) 


"My husband and I have not spoken since he moved out. I have prayed for us to communicate, but only in God's timing. Out of nowhere I saw him while driving and we have been talking ever since. This was my confirmation that the Lord really does hear my prayers and He is moving in my marriage. Praise God." (Indiana)


“I am standing for a second time for my marriage and have grown so much and learned so much about our Lord. I never took fasting seriously but I cried out to God and he gave me Isaiah 58 and taught me about fasting as I cried out to Him ‘Lord what should I do?’ Praise God, my husband spent the whole weekend with us and went to church with us on Sunday!”  (California) 


"Praise God my husband has returned home. Satan still brings up other women but my God is mighty and I know He is going to win the victory." (Louisiana)


"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18


"My husband was a prodigal spouse for years. I too had given up, and was moving on. Towards the end of this year my husband gave his life to the Lord Jesus. He asked if he could go to church with us, and before the minister could complete the altar call, my husband went forward with tears streaming down his face. God is at work." (Illinois)


“I was praying for my husband and the Lord gave me the parable of the prodigal son. That was two years ago. I didn't understand until I found this wonderful ministry that has helped me so much. The Lord is showing me hearts everywhere I look. I know God is doing something big with my husband.”  (New York) 


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