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Getting Help: The Process of Growing, Changing & Healing

“You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.”   (Peterson) What does getting help look like? How can we have true and lasting change, healing and growth? 1. The first step to getting help is actually realizing that you need and truly desire help.  It's nearly impossible to receive help, or help someone who doesn't recognize their need for, and truly want, help. I was completely at the end of my rope when I first stepped foot into that counselor's office over 15 years ago.  I wasn't just open to receiving help, I was desperate.  There was no way that I could keep holding this deep dark secret in any … [Read more...]

Covenant Eyes Gives Away 1 Year of Internet Accountability {Giveaway}

If you've been following the Gatekeeper series, you may have picked up on the fact that (around here) we view internet accountability and filtering as necessary as is the internet itself! Covenant Eyes is the service we love. I have participated with the service for years and years and love seeing this company's passion for purity. No Internet? Impossible! Let's face it: the internet is practically impossible to live without. Schools across the country (from elementary through post-grad) utilize the internet. Online purchasing (from toilet paper to trail mix) is growing by the minute (Amazon is a force to be reckoned with!). Social media (like Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook, … [Read more...]

How Three Minutes Changed My Life

The first pornographic video I ever saw was 3 minutes and 23 seconds long.  Less than five minutes earlier, I was a typical thirteen year old girl, just looking for information for school.  That search led me right into hardcore pornography.  I had never searched for inappropriate terms.  I didn’t even know pornography existed.  By the end of that video, my entire world turned on its head. I clicked on the video and it led me to the website, and right to a streaming video feed.  No warnings.  No age verification.  Just porn-- free, uncensored, violent, and in abundance. The Addiction So began four years of an escalating problem with … [Read more...]

Gatekeepers: Becoming Wise Protectors of Our Families

A little girl's innocence is robbed of her in the dark night hours. By her uncle. She finds herself in a hell on earth which she does not understand and didn't ask for, but is told to never speak a word of it to anyone. A seven year old boy hears the word "sex" and looks it up online. Seconds later, he's flooded with images burned into his young brain. Fascinated and yet aware that somehow this is wrong, he begins a secret life - hidden from his parents. A teen, with heart pounding like a drum, shares with his parents that he is gay. And holds his breath for their response, desperately hoping to read love and not hatred in the eyes of the ones who gave him life. A husband wakes up … [Read more...]