Redeeming Thanksgiving: Cultivating a Heart of Thanksgiving to Restore the Broken

*Republished from November 1, 2017. Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday for a long time! I love everything about it: The food, the fellowship, the family, the fall, and all the wonderful feels. (Hehe, I didn’t even mean to make those all words that start with F until the end. Fun! Haha)  But the past few years have taken a big ole dump all over my Thanksgivings.  In 2015 I caught my husband in an affair (the first time I had discovered an actual physical affair) days before Thanksgiving. I don’t remember much about that Thanksgiving Day, other than feeling completely shell-shocked. Like the world was still moving silently around me, but in slow motion – while I was frozenRead More →

Pornography &Marriage in a Millennial World Part 2 - Be Informed, Know the Facts

Part Two – Be informed. Know the Facts Last week we talked about the dangers of pornography in marriage from a Biblical perspective. This week let’s get informed about some of the facts surrounding this issue. This article was originally published for the site, which is no longer active. So I am publishing it here in order to be sure the content remains available. I am grateful to the ladies who worked at for trusting me with this topic, and giving me the opportunity to speak out. It’s no small issue to tackle. Here is what I wrote: To the readers, let me startRead More →

Pornography & Marriage in a Millennial World Part 1 - Know Who You Are, Know why it Matters

Part One – Know Who You Are. Know Why It Matters  A few weeks ago, I had an experience that has rocked me to my core. Since that day I have been overwhelmed with a burden for the generation of women who identify as millennials. Many in this young group of ladies are entering the early years of marriage. My eyes have been opened to an issue they’re dealing with that breaks my heart. An issue that sends me to my knees.   It comes as no surprise to me that the world at large has turned a blind eye to the life-shattering dangers of pornography, but I was stunned to find that even among “moral”Read More →

Sunshine Blogger Award

I’m doing something a little different today. I was honored to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by my friend Diane at Worth Beyond Rubies. Thank-you Diane, it means so much to me to be recognized by other bloggers who know what goes into keeping something like this going. So, today I’m going to answer the questions I was asked as part of this award, nominate my own bloggers, and ask them my burning questions. This will be fun, so read on! About the Award The Sunshine Blogger Award is a peer recognition award to showcase bloggers who are creative, uplifting, and inspiring. It alsoRead More →

Do I Trust God's Good Plan for Me?

We’ve resolved to find the courage to ask ourselves the hard questions, and answer them honestly, understanding it is a difficult but important part of the healing process. We’ve already wrestled with whether or not we want to heal. We’ve looked our Healer in the eyes and evaluated our instinct to answer, “I can’t,” finding in that process the tools we needed to finally pick up our mats and walk! We’re moving forward now, refusing to go back to old ways and answering another hard question today: Do I trust God’s good plan for me? Let’s dig deep and evaluate ourselves honestly, because this isRead More →

Do I want to Heal? Finding the courage to answer the hard questions

Asking ourselves the hard questions is a difficult but important part of the healing process. Questions like do I want to heal, do I trust God, and am I willing to obey no matter what have to be addressed. But even more important is having the courage to dig deep and answer them honestly! Until we can be real with ourselves and with God, we’ll never find the tools to deal with the situation as it actually stands. We’ll waste our time working on issues that don’t address the heart of the matter. So let’s ask ourselves one of those hard questions today. Let’s look at the answers thatRead More →

4 Myths about Recovery from Sexual Addiction

I hope you read last week’s post by my all-time favorite guest author, My Love! He shared the first two of four myths about recovery from sexual addiction, or, “lies sex addicts believe about recovery.” If you didn’t catch it, please go back and read it now. You really don’t want to miss it. Today he’ll finish up with the last two myths about recovery. We’re looking forward to many more posts from him in the future which you’ll now be able to find under the “For Him from My Love” category. Okay, here he is:  I spent more than 20 years of my life as a slave to sexual addiction. ThroughoutRead More →

4 Lies Sex Addicts Believe about Recovery

I’m so excited to be sharing a 2-part post with you all this week and next written by a very special guest author: My love! You guys have been asking for this for a while, and we heard you. In fact, we’re starting a whole new category for these posts, (For Him from My Love) so you can look forward to seeing more from him in the future! Today, he’s sharing some lies sex addicts believe about recovery. Not only are these lies that held him back for many years, they’re issues we’ve seen again and again in the lives of other addicts as we’ve spent the pastRead More →

How to Respond to the Infinite God of the Bible

For the past four weeks we’ve been studying the Bible to learn some of what the Infinite God has revealed to us about Himself. We discussed His identity as the Triune God, and unpacked the unique characteristics of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Today, we’ll wrap up this series with a look at His infinite qualities, and how we should respond.  Psalms 90:1-2 – Lord, through all generations, You have been our home! Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, You are God.  The Infinite God who Made Himself Known  How incomprehensible the infinite is to us mortals! AsRead More →

Getting to Know God the Spirit

We’ve been working our way through a study of the One God of the Bible. In week one we examined how He reveals Himself in the form of three unique Persons. Then we spent a week studying the Father, one studying the Son, and now we have reached the week in which we’ll examine Scripture to see what we can learn about God the Spirit.  2 Corinthians 3:17-18 – For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the LordRead More →