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Lysa Terkeurst: It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way

Lysa TerKeurst has endured her fair share of suffering within the last few years. She has gone through colon surgery, her husband’s marital infidelity, and breast cancer. As a well-known Christian voice, Lysa couldn’t deal with her pain privately, she had to also deal with it publicly. Being transparent is at the core of who Lysa is. She openly shares her joys and disappointments and her recent trials are no exception. She explains, “Sometimes our expectations look like one thing, but then our actual experience is quite another thing. The distance between those two becomes the fertile soil of disappointment where fear, disillusionments, and doubts about the goodness of God grow wild and fierce... So, what do we do about it? How do we live the joyful and abundant Christian life when we are so afraid of the next unexpected hardship and heartbreak? And why would our loving God allow all of this hurt?" Lysa says the Lord ministered to her in her deepest sorrow and shares how He is still faithful in the middle of life’s storms.

One of the most prolific quotes that Christians use when enduring hardship is that God will not give us more than we can handle. But Lysa points out that it never says that in the Bible.  Scripture declares that, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Cor. 10:13, NIV). Lysa explains, “God doesn’t expect us to handle this. He wants us to hand this over to Him… If we keep walking around, thinking that God won’t give us more than we can handle, we set ourselves up to be suspicious of God.”

Lysa also says that God, being the master potter, takes the broken pieces of our lives and puts them back together. Yet, what do you do if there are no broken pieces? What if you are so shattered that there is only dust? Through the study of scripture, Lysa realized the significance of dust: we are made from dust and we return to it; Jesus used dust to heal the blind man; when mixed with water, dust becomes clay which can be molded into anything the potter desires. This has given her hope when she was so overwhelmed and looking for answers from the Lord as to why we must endure trials and tribulations.

In the midst of all of the heartache and medical issues, Lysa took a sabbatical from speaking and writing to slow down--spending time with the Lord and painting. When the time was right, Lysa returned to the ministry--finishing her book and speaking again. She says the most important lesson she has learned through all of this is the important of trusting God with our outcomes--not hanging our hope only on the outcome that we desire.

Lysa has recovered from colon surgery, is cancer free, and she and her husband Art are working hard to restore their marriage.  Lysa is honest about her expectations, “…there are no guarantees where we will be by the time this book is published. I’m in a long season of life not looking like I thought it would. There is no part of me that doesn’t want us to make it. I want my family together. But there are things that have to change in order for us to come back together in a healthy way. Those things take time, and everyone has to make choices that align with that.”

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Guest Info


NY Times best-selling author

Has written over 20 books, her latest: It’s Not Supposed to be This Way (Nelson, 2018)

President, Proverbs 31 Ministries


Has been featured on Focus on the Family, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah etc.

Spoken at Women of Faith events and numerous churches across the country

Married to Art

Mother of 5 children


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