Hope for Marriages Affected by Porn Addiction
Did you catch this week’s “Stop! Hammock Time” video on Facebook Live?
I interviewed my friend, Jen Ferguson (Author of Pure Eyes, Clean Heart: A Couple’s Journey to Freedom from Pornography and co-founder of the Knot Project) about porn addiction in marriage. It was a powerful time. Jen had so much wisdom and encouragement to share. View the interview here.
Don’t miss next week’s “Stop! Hammock Time” video (9pm EST on my Katie M. Reid Facebook Page). We have a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! 😉
Laying Dreams on the Altar
I love musicals! I used to dream of singing from a Broadway stage, or atop a piano at a jazz club (in a sequin dress, of course).
You can imagine my delight when I attended the “Child of the Promise” musical many years ago. Stirring songs surrounded the Biblical account of Jesus’ birth in a top-notch stage show.
One of the songs, “When the Dream Never Dies,” stuck with me. Zacharias’ wife, Elizabeth, sings it when she discovers she will be a mother, after years of barrenness.
The lyric that still surfaces in my heart is, “He has given me back what I laid at His feet- it must be God when the dream never dies.”
From seventh grade on, I was in one musical a year through my senior year. Being in these shows fed something deep within. Unfortunately, I was “living for the applause” and shining in the spotlight to collect glory for myself. My pride and hunger for acceptance was fed as I showed off.
Being in musicals helped me enjoy school more, but I was quite a diva. I also made impure choices behind the scenes in my theater days.
When I came to college I wanted a fresh start.
I considered trying out for “Fiddler on the Roof” but chickened out, afraid that I wouldn’t be doing it for the right reasons and might be tempted to make compromising choices again.
During my freshman year I discovered what it really meant to have a love relationship with Christ (largely in part to the Experiencing God Bible Study). And I felt compelled to lay my theater dream on the altar; surrendering it to the Lord.
I was unsure whether He would ever allow me to pick it back up, but, I knew it was what I needed to do.
There was pain in the surrender as I entrusted the Lord with such a big part of myself. Yet there was also relief, knowing that this yielding was a turning point.
Freedom Found in Surrender Series and Giveaway
My friend, Christy Mobley, is hosting an inspiring blog series, “Freedom Found in Surrender” and a giveaway with these two books: Still Waiting by Ann Swindell and Living Forward by Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkavy.
Head over to Christy’s site and leave a comment there to be entered to win and read the conclusion of my “Laying Dreams on the Altar” post…
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