Restored and Redeemed

Has your marriage been restored? Restored & Redeemed is a devotional for those in a restored marriage.

What Do You Do When Your Expectation of Restoration Doesn’t Match up to Reality?

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.  Genesis 6:8-9 

It finally happened. The marriage restoration you had been praying for all that time has happened. Your prodigal has come home! You may have felt like things would be perfect from now on. Phew! We made it.

But then, reality sets in. You realize you don’t have as much time to study the Bible now that your spouse is home and wants to spend time together. Combining finances again may produce heated discussions as you realize how much debt your prodigal took on while out of your home. Maybe truly forgiving is more challenging than you expected.

Right now, it may feel like the assignment God gave you hasn’t been fulfilled yet. Yes, your spouse may live under the same roof, but they aren’t yet walking with the Lord.

What now? Did you make a mistake? Did God make a mistake giving you the assignment to stand for your marriage? It may feel like the enemy is hitting you at every turn, trying to cause chaos and confusion.

Noah was someone in the Bible who God called to what seemed like an impossible assignment. I would have thought, “God, you want me to build an ark during a drought? Are you sure?”

Noah had a choice to make. He had to choose to listen to God’s instructions and trust Him. I can imagine that when Noah was hammering away at his ark, the people around him thought he had lost his mind. Whenever one of our neighbors takes on a giant project in their driveway, we see cars slow down and stare. “Really? You thought army green paint would look good on your colonial-style house?”

Are you still willing to listen to God? He brought your spouse home, but He isn’t done with your family yet. That is why my mom always said she would never stop praying for her prodigal. She knew the enemy would want to fill her mind with unbelief and doubt over the process of healing and restoring their marriage.

Like climbing a mountain, you will see the most beautiful scenery when you reach the top. Peace is often found after a difficulty. Don’t give up on what God wants to do in your marriage.

Continue to pray and fight for your family. Talk to your spouse. Share your feelings and come up with a plan together to address the areas that are causing strife.

God has done a beautiful thing in your family by restoring your marriage; don’t let the enemy win by giving up now.

God bless,



Want to receive the Restored & Redeemed devotional right to your inbox? Subscribe below!

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Get Charlyne’s Free Teaching:

The Path To Marriage Restoration​

This teaching is Charlyne’s introduction to “How To Stand & Fight For Your Marriage!” Charlyne’s goal is to teach you, a stander, or someone you know with marriage problems, the path to marriage restoration that she has learned over the past twenty-five years.