Ep 128 – Testimony of a Restored Marriage – Brad & Anne

 

Nothing is impossible with God! Our guests, Brad and Anne share how the slow drift apart fractured their marriage. Their powerful restoration story is a  story of forgiveness, healing, and recommitment.

Stander’s Affirmation: https://rejoiceministries.org/a-standers-affirmation-3/

Restored & redeemed: http://eepurl.com/hy9ieD

Too Good to Not Believe: https://youtu.be/lKVX_XdaP04

 

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Kate
Kate
15 days ago

Amazing! Once again, many overlaps with my own story, especially with regard to changing US first! After everything fell apart in my marriage, I began to point fingers and do you know what happened? In His mercy and grace, every one of those fingers pointed right back at me! Like the mote and the beam! So began the work in my own life which continues to do this day. Thank you so much for sharing your story, and for your work, Rejoice Marriage Ministries.

Anne and Brad
Anne and Brad
8 days ago
Reply to  Kate

Thank you so much, Kate. And we, too, are SO appreciative of Rejoice Marriage Ministries!

Anna
Anna
15 days ago

This was truly a beautiful life-story of God’s redemption and marriage restoration. I pray that my marriage will be restored in Jesus’ Name. Thank you Anne and Brad for your transparency. May God continue to bless and keep their family.

Anne and Brad
Anne and Brad
8 days ago
Reply to  Anna

Thank you so much, Anna.

Kevin
Kevin
15 days ago

I’m very encouraged. Thanks so much for this!

Anne and Brad
Anne and Brad
8 days ago
Reply to  Kevin

We are so glad this was encouraging–we all need encouragement so much!

Esther
Esther
15 days ago

Dear Anne and Brad,
Ik know it’s not true, (thank God for that) but I feel God used your testimony to encourage especially me. In the Netherlands on the other side of the globe. What will stick to me is ” worship not rationalize or analyse” I also can’t say I desire but I am committed to believing God can and so I will wait for restoration of my marriage. He is able and also if He
choses not to I will not bow down. Comparing to the two of you I’m just a puppy with my 6 year stand. That also is a comfort hearing of longer restoration stories. Brad thanks for you speaking your heart and your honesty, proving Gods power that He is a God that can and does work miracles. I could listen to you for many hours. Anne I can’t wait till your Book’s finished.
On top of it all the verse from Malachi is the verse I incripted in my husbands weddingring back in 99. Thank you, thank RMM and Thank God. Praise Him. Halleluja.
Esther

Sally
Sally
9 days ago

Yes!

Anne and Brad
Anne and Brad
8 days ago
Reply to  Esther

Hi Esther, we have been eager to respond to your meaningful comment but were having a little trouble (technically) doing so. We are so glad that what we shared was encouraging. With you having stood for your marriage for six years, I don’t think of you as a “puppy” at all! You seem like a faithful veteran! And the fact that the Malachi passage has been so important to you, too, was such a neat connection. May God continue to help and bless you in your stand for your marriage. YOU have encouraged US!

Ellen & Ralph
Ellen & Ralph
15 days ago

Praise the Lord!!!! He is amazing. What a great story!

Anne and Brad
Anne and Brad
8 days ago
Reply to  Ellen & Ralph

Yes, He is so amazing! Thank you for your comment!

Vi
Vi
15 days ago

I really wanted to listen to this testimony but I had a hard time hearing some of the people talking. It was like they turned away from the microphone and I couldn’t hear what they said. It sounded like an awesome testimony.

Anne and Brad
Anne and Brad
8 days ago
Reply to  Vi

So sorry you had trouble hearing this. We had the voices drop off a couple times but it was mostly clear. Thank you for trying to listen.

W
W
14 days ago

Oh my God!! I needed to hear this today!! What evidence of God’s faithfulness!! He is the God who makes the impossible possible. Glory to God!! God bless Brad and Anne and their family!!

Anne and Brad
Anne and Brad
8 days ago
Reply to  W

Thank you so much!

Lalitha
Lalitha
14 days ago

So encouraged by this testimony. Thank you Brad and Anne for sharing your testimony. God bless you and your family. Thank you Charlyne, Lori and RMM staff for the daily encouragement to stand strong and not give up. This testimony gives me so much hope of how nothing is impossible with God and how God can reach my husband anywhere!

Anne and Brad
Anne and Brad
8 days ago
Reply to  Lalitha

Yes! He is the God of the Impossible! And we, too, are so thankful to Charlyne and Lori and all of Rejoice Marriage Ministries. Charlyne and Lori were so great to talk to and had such good questions and loving, listening ears.

Wanja
Wanja
13 days ago

Huge thanks to Brad & Anne for sharing your testimony – a powerful show of God’s amazing grace and mighty power. Charlene & Lori – may the LORD continue to expand your territory as you shepherd His sheep!

Anne and Brad
Anne and Brad
8 days ago
Reply to  Wanja

Amen! May God guide and bless Rejoice Marriage Ministries, leading them in His way.

Rose
Rose
11 days ago

thank you. It seems like the same timeline as my husband and i are facing. We were married in 78 separated in 2001 and divorced in 2006. He married and divorced and struggling with financial and legal issues because of this. When I first started this walk I too looked up the internet and found Rejoice Marriage Ministries after talking with our friend and pastor who said it didn’t do any good to save the marriage. Been standing all this time. We finally connected at our son’s wedding in October and we have been mending fences ever since. Long and slow process. He thinks we are friends and that’s it. I have shown him that I am grown which kind of surprises him. He sent me my first Mother’s Day card this year (PTL). My son is hurting so we have alot on our plate.it is far from over. I know I have done wrong in our relationship and my friends and family don’t think so. I am sure that we will get back together when we turn that corner with God saying it is finished. He has alot of work for us and I am learning every day. My family friends think we instantly will get back together and they see disaster. Of course, God’s not done yet. I cannot accept him back because I want him to get right with God and that is God’s goal too. Really trying for my husband and my son to see the light and not have to walk in darkness. PLease pray for us and all other standers who think this is fast and easy and the prodigal will come instantly and loving. I see it doesn’t work that way. Once a stander always a stander.

Anne and Brad
Anne and Brad
8 days ago
Reply to  Rose

Rose, I so appreciate your comment. It IS uncanny how many shared connections we have, in timing and circumstances. I really understand how it can be hard when well-meaning friends and relatives are not fully supportive. I definitely experienced that. And our sons had so much to work through, and actually, are still working through things even as there is great joy in our family’s restoration. I rejoice with you that your husband sent the Mother’s Day card–an encouragement! And I so agree with the statement of Charlyne’s (quoted below), “Once a stander, always a stander.” Her encouragement to keep praying even after the prodigal returns or begins to return is some of the best advice I received from the ministry. It is not an easy path, but it is such a rewarding one. May He continue to give you much grace and wisdom as you walk it.

Geoff
Geoff
11 days ago

Gday Charlyne, Lori and the team. God bless you all just because of who you are.
My question/thought is on forgiveness.
I struggle to understand what we call and are taught what forgiveness is. From a Biblical perspective I understand forgiveness is to forgive and forget, which (to me) means there’s no talking about it later coz it’s forgotten. Then there’s the whole “trust” issue. If it’s an issue then have we really forgiven? My marriage is not yet restored but as Jesus has forgiven all my sins – past, present and future, so I forgive myself, my wife, my family and others.
Charlyne you said the devil reminds us “look what they’ve done” and that we are to take our thoughts captive. May I suggest we repeat those same words back to that devil adding and look where it got you eternally speaking.
Just some thoughts.

Anne and Brad
Anne and Brad
8 days ago
Reply to  Geoff

I love your thoughts, and the RMM response to your comment. I just wanted to add…. When one of our sons pondered talking to his dad about past hurt he was hesitant to because he felt, “I’ve forgiven him–doesn’t it seem unforgiving to revisit the past?” A wise counselor told him, “I think your dad would want you to share.” Brad DID want this and our son shared, not maliciously but honestly, and it was wonderful. In fact, there are pieces from that time that still need to be revisited, and love makes us willing to do all that is needed to help others heal. Thank you, Geoff, for sharing your thoughtful questions.

Kelly
Kelly
10 days ago

Thank you for that testimony it touched my heart. I am the stander and I have been praying for a long time for my husband and our marriage.

Anne and Brad
Anne and Brad
8 days ago
Reply to  Kelly

The road can seem so long! May the Lord continue to help you and encourage you. Thank you for sharing.

Tris
Tris
7 days ago

I was so blessed to hear the testimony of Brad and Anne. Being a fellow long term stander for my marriage, it gives me hope that others have remained in the fight for extended periods & were blessed.. The Lord gave me a similar message, needing to work on me first. I know His work will never be finished, but I am so much closer to the Lord now. Continuing to pray & wait!

Anne and Brad
Anne and Brad
4 days ago
Reply to  Tris

We relate so much to the way the Lord has brought us closer to Him through this journey. May He continue to give you strength and patience, joy and faith.

Melissa B.
Melissa B.
6 days ago

Like so many others that have communicated below, this came from God for “such a time as this” in my life. I have tossed giving up for so many reasons multiple times a day. I get exhausted with my own inconsistencies of the back and forth of standing. Thank you so much for sharing your story. My heart and ears needed to hear this!

Anne and Brad
Anne and Brad
4 days ago
Reply to  Melissa B.

Melissa, I (Anne) often noticed how my emotions would vacillate, and how often the enemy taunted and tempted. We are so glad this came at a timely moment to encourage. We are all in this together for Jesus’ sake!

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