Nurturing Young Hearts in a Broken World

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 […]

Why I Have Hope for the Porn Problem

Recently a friend forwarded a Fox News article that asserted five ways that porn was good for us.¹ It was directed to women. I guess they figured most men didn’t need convincing to head over to their favorite porn site. Statistically, a lot of men use porn, but a growing number of women also fall prey to it. In 2016 one porn site alone logged 4.6 billion hours of porn watched—that’s over five thousand centuries.² Sounds pretty hopeless, but it’s not, because we were created for something much greater. I’d […]

“My Teen Uses Porn”: Ten Ways to Come Alongside Your Teen (Part II)

If you missed Part One of this important message, please read it first (link). I shared the first five points including the need for prayer and possibly an apology, and what that might look like. I explained how important it is to identify with your child’s struggle in some way. We’ve all seen porn, and we all know what shame feels like. It’s important also to continually affirm your child’s worth, no matter what they may do, and to connect deeply in a variety of ways to nurture his or her heart. Once you’ve worked to create […]

“My Teen Uses Porn”: Ten Ways to Come Alongside Your Teen (Part I)

How can it be that the baby you nurtured and protected, the one you would literally give your life for, has a struggle with porn? You anticipated acne, a bad attitude, and late nights, but not porn. Just yesterday she was jumping rope and he was building with Legos. Most teens who are addicted to porn haven’t even had their first kiss, yet feel trapped in an endless, virtual world of sex. It’s like a deep, dark hole that keeps sucking them further in.

If you are aware of your child’s struggle, consider it a blessing that it’s no longer in […]

Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain | A book review

Many Jesus-loving Christians—young and old, male and female—are falling prey to porn and the bondage it brings.

Their friends or family, often out of their own pain or frustration, may shame, rebuke, or offer pat suggestions like “Just pray more,” or “You need more faith.” Others say, “It’s an issue of the heart.” While remarks from well-meaning fellow Christians may be true, they’re often not helpful. And while a struggle with sexual sin such as porn use may be a heart issue, it’s also a head issue.

To learn how porn affects the brain and why it’s so addictive, I consulted someone […]

A Life Restored

For many years we have had an old antique bedside table in our bedroom. I wouldn’t say it was particularly valuable or beautiful. The top was built out of five pieces of oak wood glued together to make a wide top. The finish was worn and showed numerous water rings, cuts, deep scratches, and large nail holes where repair had been attempted over the years. The top was cracked in two at one of the glue joints and it was not level. The legs were very rickety. But it stood like that beside our bed for almost twenty years.

About a […]

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