Author and ministry leader Lysa TerKeurst has shared with her Instagram followers that she has a new love interest. The news comes a year-and-a-half after TerKeurst announced her marriage of 29 years was ending due to the repeated unfaithfulness of her now ex-husband, Art TerKeurst.
“The hard parts of our story aren’t the end of our story,” said TerKeurst, 53, in the caption of a video she posted Thursday showing her enjoying life with her new beau. “If you would have told me this years ago, I would have thought ‘that sounds good in theory but it’s not my reality.’ I will never understand the twists and turns of life. But I am so grateful that when everything else feels so uncertain, the goodness and kindness of God is something we can count on.”
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Lysa TerKeurst Turns a Page to a New Chapter
Lysa TerKeurst is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, as well as the author of several books. In 2017, TerKeurst announced that after 25 years of marriage, she was getting divorced because her “husband, life partner and father of my children, Art TerKeurst, has been repeatedly unfaithful to me with a woman he met online.”
As someone who has helped other women fight for their marriages, TerKeurst shared she had pursued various strategies to save her own, but without avail. Art “has continued to abuse substances, be unfaithful and refused to be truthful,” she said.
However, a year later, the couple was still together. In December 2018, the two renewed their vows, celebrating the restoration of their union. “A million prayers. A miracle answer. A marriage restored,” TerKeurst wrote at the time.
But that particular miracle was not to be. Three years later on Jan. 1, 2022, TerKeurst revealed that she was ending her marriage for good as her husband had continued to be unfaithful.
“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,” she wrote. “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.”
A court filing later revealed that Art had spent over $118,000 of the couple’s money on an affair with a woman he met on SugarDaddy.com.
In December 2022, TerKeurst said she had come a long way in her healing journey. “I’m honestly surprised by how far I’ve come and how honest my laughter is now,” she shared. “My life looks different but it is full and joyful and I’m more grateful than I’ve ever been.”
On May 27, TerKeurst announced that she had news to share about someone special in her life. She acknowledged the recent years of “devastating heartbreak. Countless hours of counseling. Wondering. Asking. Years of being in crowded rooms but feeling absolutely alone. Feeling awful. Making a tiny bit of progress. Then regress. Feeling so intensely unsettled.”