Christian author, founder of the Proverbs 31 Ministries and popular women's conference speaker, Lysa Terkeurst has announced that she is divorcing her husband of 25 years. Terkeurst announced her heartbreaking news on Tuesday through a blog post on her website.
Citing adultery and substance abuse as the causes of the marriage's demise, Terkeurst wrote: "For the past couple of years, his life has sadly been defined by his affection for this other woman and substance abuse. I don't share this to harm or embarrass him, but to help explain why I have decided to separate from him and pursue a divorce. God has now revealed to me that I have done all I can do and I must release him to the Savior."
"Anyone who knows me and Proverbs 31 Ministries knows how seriously I take marriage. I've always encouraged women to fight for their marriages and to do everything possible to save them when they come under threat. So, for the past couple of years I have been in the hardest battle of my life trying to save my marriage," she shared.
Terkeurst confessed that she has known about the infidelity for quite some time but decided not to pursue a divorce in hope of reconciliation. The couple attended counseling, they traveled more together, spent more quality time with each other but still, none of it changed his actions.
She continued, "Sadly, though I have repeatedly forgiven and accepted him back, he has continued to abuse substances, be unfaithful, and refused to be truthful to me and our family."
TerKeurst says she will continue with Proverbs 31 Ministries after taking some time off to rest and heal. "Many people think Proverbs 31 is a picture of a perfect woman; but the Proverbs 31 woman is, at her core, someone who seeks the Lord in everything she does and trusts Him wholeheartedly with her life. Our mission is to meet women where they are in the real, hard places we all experience, and to intersect God's Word right there. We are simply a group of women sold out to saying yes to God-and He truly does the rest," TerKeurst wrote.
She asks, simply, for prayers. "Pray for my precious children and grandchildren. Pray for me. Pray for our team at Proverbs 31. And yes, please, please pray for Art," TerKeurst wrote.