Darryl and Tracy Strawberry are living proof that with God’s help, any couple can overcome obstacles that seem insurmountable and build a happy marriage. Their life together has been a difficult but rewarding journey.
They met each other in recovery. At the time, neither one was living for the Lord, and they were both broken people.
Darryl was $3 million in debt. He had been a power hitting, eight-time Major League All-Star who earned four World Series championships in 17 seasons with teams like the New York Mets and the New York Yankees.
Talent. Money. Success. Fame. He had it all. Until his career and his life were derailed by substance abuse and prison time. He lost two marriages and was estranged from his children.
Tracy was also in a bad place when she met Darryl. She had grown up with loving parents who were “beautiful people.” They were a middle-class family who raised their children with good values. But Tracy suffered sexual abuse at an early age, contributing to a long slide away from her parents’ faith that culminated in her decision to embrace the world and all that it offered. She ended up losing her children and suffered two broken marriages.
When Darryl and Tracy married, each brought years of brokenness and dysfunction into the relationship. They fought dirty. They called each other names. They threw things at each other. Their marriage became a living nightmare that seemed impossible to resolve. Everyone around them wondered how they could ever come out of their problems and make it work.
As you’ll hear on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Examining Your Part in a Difficult Marriage,” they chose to follow the Lord’s path and allow Him to re-direct their lives. You can hear the program on your local radio station, online, on Apple Podcasts, via Google Podcasts, or on our free phone app. Darryl and Tracy Strawberry are our guests. They’re with us to share how, by God’s grace, they found spiritual, emotional, and relational healing.
Darryl and Tracy’s story is a wonderful reminder that no matter how hopeless a couple feels, it’s rarely too late to save a marriage. If you’re on the brink of divorce, I encourage you to learn more about our Hope Restored program. These marriage intensives can go a long way toward restoring your hope, facilitating healing between you and your spouse, and bringing restoration to your relationship. The number for Hope Restored is 1-866-875-2915, or visit online.
I’d also like to offer you Darryl and Tracy’s book The Imperfect Marriage: Help for Those Who Think It’s Over for a gift of any amount. Visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459). If you can’t afford it, we’ll find a way to get it to you.