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Lysa Terkeurst: A Response

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Some of you are familiar with Lysa Terkeurst and Proverbs 31 Ministries. For those of you who do not recognize her name or the ministry, we have used a few of the materials from both Lysa and Proverbs 31 in our Bible Studies.  

Lysa’s latest blog post reveals a very painful personal crisis in her life, namely a difficult divorce involving infidelity and substance abuse. There are always two sides to every story but she says she did all she could do to save her marriage.

It is important to be discerning with everyone. However, let’s remember that discernment requires humility and Scriptural support. Judgment usually involves legalism and pride.  

While the Bible speaks strongly against divorce, because of the pain and brokenness it causes, it does allow divorce on a few Biblical grounds. Matthew 19:7-9 provides a Biblical reason for her divorce but doesn’t make this any easier.  

We live in a broken world where sick people die, marriages break up, people lose their jobs and children rebel. Life doesn’t always go as planned, even after doing all the “right” things. May this serve to remind us that it is all the more important to commit to understanding and pursuing the redemptive Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to offer the necessary hope to a hurting world.

Those in AAC Women’s Ministries will continue to stay on top of this but as for now we are still planning on using some of Lysa Terkeurst and Proverbs 31 material where appropriate.

What can we do? Consider praying for Lysa and her family as well as those in ministry like her. We all need spiritual protection and good accountability. The stresses and challenges are the same and sometimes more than we could ever know. Especially when a large audience is watching!

Let’s continue to pray and thank God for His faithfulness and as Lysa said, commit to trusting in God’s promises.

Postscript:  Lysa and her husband Art continued to focus on reconciliation and through hard work and God’s grace they recommitted their relationship to the Lord in December 2018.  She has also written a book about her recent challenging experiences and God’s redeeming grace in her new book, “It’s Not Supposed to be This Way”

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About the Author: Judy Episcopo

Judy loves being a wife, a mom, and grandmother. She is also one of those people who like cold pizza for breakfast.

But this is something she really wants you to know about her — she loves being involved with Women's Ministries at Appleton Alliance Church. It allows her to have a front row seat into how God is at work in lives of women. There are amazing women at Appleton Alliance Church and she can't wait for you to meet some of them. Judy’s goal for this blog is that you will not only appreciate hearing about these women, but you will also come to see yourself as part of this amazing faith community of women as well.

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