For most of us, something sexual like porn came into our lives unexpectedly and before we knew it, we were changed by it. For many, porn use has become a compulsive or addictive struggle. Though we can quickly delete porn history from a device, it’s impossible to erase its effects on a life.
God created us as sexual beings who are naturally impacted by sexual things. Porn, sexual abuse, sexual touch, and even lingerie ads can be arousing to children and adults. These encounters change us.
Statistics on the average age of first exposure to porn are varied. Many professionals say most children […]
Talking about sexual things can be uncomfortable. I know. As a child, I looked at the porn I found, yet couldn’t tell anyone. In college, I fit the description of a “good” Christian yet crossed many boundaries sexually. My closest friends had no idea, and I carried a lot of shame. As my own kids grew, we had a few talks about sex. It wasn’t always easy, and it wasn’t enough.
Most parents I speak with aren’t comfortable talking about sex and sexuality with loved ones. They pause and put it off, and in the silence, the sexualized culture rushes in. Avoiding such […]
Beau Brezina is a counselor with Christian Families Today. He and his wife, Patti, are teaching their children foundational truths to guide them in a sexualized culture. In honor of Father’s Day, we’ve asked Beau to share some of what they’re teaching in these important years.
In the early 1990’s, Atlanta, Georgia was in a frenzy. The city was hosting the 1996 Summer Olympics, and a good host city had to be prepared. Stadiums were built. Roads were paved. Housing was constructed. Unfortunately, some dorms were built with faulty foundations. I can only imagine how difficult […]
Jeff Shaw, Director of Out of Darkness (a ministry of the Atlanta Dream Center), is our guest blogger. Jeff wrote this a few weeks ago and has since stepped into the amazing role of “Dad.” In honor of Father’s Day coming soon, we asked him to share some thoughts about raising sweet Oliva in the current culture.
In 2011, the Lord called me to start a ministry offering 24-hour help to individuals wanting out of the sex industry. To date, Out of Darknesshas worked with over 1,000 victims. For six […]
In our last post we discussed creating an atmosphere in your home where it’s okay to talk about anything. It’s your job as a parent to normalize conversations with your children about bodies, sex, and porn. You won’t do it perfectly, but you can do it and God will provide. (SeeNurturing Young Hearts in a Broken World.)
This week we are going to get more practical, and right off the bat I want to challenge you to be a strong parent with deep convictions, deep love, and abounding grace and compassion. Protecting well will mean:
I’m the third of nine children, and my entire life I dreamed of being a mother. My mom kept bringing babies home for me to play with, dress, feed, and love…. living, breathing baby dolls. Mothering is in my blood.
When I finally received the news that I was pregnant it was via a phone call. This was before home pregnancy tests, so a couple of days after my doctor visit a stranger delivered the words I’d waited my whole life to hear: “You’re pregnant.” My reaction? I didn’t scream, dance, or start planning the Reveal Party; I cried. My eyes […]