Proverbs 31 Ministries president ends marriage over infidelity
By Logos Post News Desk
Teaching women how to be faithful, God honoring, husband and children loving women has characterized Proverbs 31 Ministries since it began. However, the president of the ministry has decided to end her marriage, citing continued, unrepentant infidelity on the part of her husband.
Lysa Terkeurst, president of Proverbs 31 and a best-selling author and speaker updated her followers on her blog this week, citing marital unfaithfulness by her husband of 25 years as the reason she can no longer go on in her marriage.
"Anyone who knows me and Proverbs 31 Ministries knows how seriously I take marriage," she wrote on her blog. "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."
Terkeurst shares when she first found out, 18 months ago, she tried to get help and love her husband through it.
"When I first found out about Art’s infidelity 18 months ago, I made the decision not to divorce him. I had just finished fasting and praying for 28 days and really felt led by the Lord that I was to love Art in my reaction to this shocking news and trust God for every step moving forward," stated Terkeurst.
"I was still committed to doing everything I could think of to make our story one of restoration, even in the face of the worst kind of betrayal imaginable. I prayed continually. I sought counsel from family and other wise friends. And Art and I even made repeated trips across the country together for intensive counseling especially designed for marriages in crisis. But 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."
In terms of continuing the ministry to thousands of women around the world, Lysa says she is not giving up. After a season of counseling, she will continue to pursue God and serve him in this way. "Though my heart is so heavy that I’ve certainly pondered giving up, I’m determined not to let darkness win here. Therefore, after a season of rest and continued Biblical and professional counseling, I will continue to do ministry with an even deeper belief in the goodness of our God and a greater empathy for the deep heartbreak that happens to us all in this broken world."
Lysa said Proverbs 31 was never about the picture perfect life or marriage, rather it's about seeking the Lord in everything we do. "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."