Sin & Addiction

Resources To Educate Yourself On Pornography

You have an incredible gift, the gift of learning. We all learn through experience as well as through reading and researching.  One of the greatest tools used in retraining behaviors, improving, breaking habits, or making adjustments in life is learning. The more educated we are about ourselves and about the issues that concern us, the better we are at making choices that benefit us and others. I use to struggle with pornography, and one way my perspective and desire changed about it came as I learned more about its devastating affects to my body/mind, learning what the industry is truly like, and ultimately paying attention to what God says about sexual impurity being a sin. The more information I received, the more I was equipped

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I Talked Behind Your Back Today

The Lord has been showing me things about my character that I have a habit of justifying.  For some reason my justification does not sound just anymore. Instead I feel a conviction to repent. I hesitated to share this with you… I didn’t want everyone I have ever had a conversation with to read it and be hurt, wondering if I have talked about them behind their backs. I didn’t want people to view me as a mean person. I didn’t want to acknowledge I actually struggle with this, because then I will be admitting how much I failed as a friend. There can be a ton of fear wrapped up in exposing the parts of us that are less than perfect, but the truth

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Dear Woman with Pain and Regret

Dear Woman with pain and regret, I see you. And I know you. I watch you walk in, and smear a smile on your face, convincing your troubled heart everything’s fine for now. How you’ve put on just the right outfit, wrapped that trendy scarf around your neck, and sauntered in, praying no one will detect what’s happening way inside. You bury your hurt deep, and have gripped your pain tight, and often believe you don’t deserve to let it go. You believe it’s your burden now, after all you’ve been through. I watch you chit-chat with the women, while you let comparisons begin to fly in your mind. They seem fitter, and cuter, and certain to be living a life far happier than yours.

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When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned

I am a type A personality through and through. I can make lists for days and I love having a “plan.” When I was younger I had big dreams and I loved writing in my journal. I would sit back, imagining how God was going to bless every decision I made. Life was all going to go according to my plan. I transferred to a Christian college my sophomore year and my mission was to get a ring by spring. It was my plan to find a Godly husband. I assume God didn’t get my memo because I stayed single most of college and was bitter that God was not bringing me the man of my dreams within my timeframe. Then one by one, each

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Trusting In God’s Promise For Marriage

Sometimes sin infiltrates our lives and our marriages. Sin wounds us and offers helplessness. Sin can weigh so heavily on our hearts that we literally feel like our spirits are crushed. Our heart feels broken. We are left feeling too weak to face tomorrow. Too sad to crack a smile. We are overcome with desperation and isolation. Sin has the ability to drive us away from God. Regardless of who sinned in your marriage, it hurts all the same. What matters, is your response to the sin. This was a painful lesson for me to learn. Here’s the good news. God has a plan for your life. And He has a promise for your heart. It defies all logic. Sometimes, God’s plan just doesn’t make

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How I Overcame Trauma And Crisis In My Life

If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. (II Timothy 2:13 NKJV) This scripture speaks volumes about the Hope we have in God. Even when we don’t realize that hope is present, it is. Therefore, we can always live in hope. The other night, I was sitting with my husband talking about how much has changed in our lives this past year when suddenly I began to cry. I really didn’t know why I was crying because I wasn’t sad. I started to “think out loud”, as I like to call it… I began to realize why I was getting emotional. You see, I went through quite a crisis in my personal life this past year which only my husband, my pastors

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