Proverbs 31 president Lysa TerKeurst announces divorce

By Danielle Jarvis
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The president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa TerKeurst, has announced that she and her husband are divorcing after 29 years of marriage.

TerKeurst is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Uninvited, The Best Yes and 20 other titles.

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In 2017, she made an end to her marriage, announcing the news on her Twitter and Facebook account. She gave the explanation that she was filing for a divorce from her husband Art TerKeurst because of his infidelity and substance abuse.

However, now, almost five years after giving their marriage a second chance, it appears to now be over.


“This year looked very different than I thought it would,” she said on social media. “It’s been a year of waiting, listening to God, grieving, and taking some time off to process and heal. As many of you know, three years ago, Art and I renewed our marriage vows after a painful separation. It has crushed my heart to know he has broken those vows.

“Over the past several years, I have fought really hard to not just save my marriage, but to survive the devastation of what consistent deception of one spouse does to the other. It’s brutal and heart crushing to constantly fear the hurtful choices of someone you love. I’ve had to learn the hard way there’s a big difference between mistakes (which we all make) and chosen patterns of behavior that dishonor God and the biblical covenant of marriage.

“I now believe the wisest (and hardest) choice I can make is to stop fighting to save my marriage of 29 years and, instead, accept reality.”

TerKeurst has also overcome both breast and colon cancer back in 2018.

“While there is clear biblical justification for my decision to end this marriage, I am choosing to hold most of the details private out of respect for our children and grandchildren, and to give space and privacy for my family and me to continue to heal,” she continued.

“It’s hard to face a future that looks nothing like what I desperately and constantly prayed it would look like. I don’t like this reality, but the truth is, relationship restoration doesn’t always work. I’ve cried and grieved over this and waited years hoping this wouldn’t be our story. But even when restoration doesn’t work, forgiveness always does.

“I’ve never been more grateful for the healing redemption God has done in my heart through the power of forgiveness. Bitterness and resentment could be eating me alive. But, miraculously, that’s not where I’m at. With time, prayer, and lots of counseling, my heart is healing.”