Intimacy

Help! My Sex Life Sucks

Are you feeling hopeless about your sex life? There's a lot of confusion about what can make or break a terrific sex life. This seven-part series is for you. You'll find no toys or magic solutions being sold here. This series unmasks some of the lies we've been taught about sex and will set you on the path toward sexual healing and freedom. 1) Five...

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50 Shades of….Not Sex?
50 Shades of....Not Sex?

The blockbuster sales of 50 Shades of Grey seem to suggest that we’re looking for something, but what exactly? In a recent article for CNN, Shannon Ethridge suggests that maybe what we’re looking for isn’t sex at all, but intimacy. She writes, "When I explain through my writing, speaking and life coaching that I am an 'advocate for healthy...

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Emotional Abandonment: Bridging the Gap
Emotional Abandonment: Bridging the Gap

Do you sometimes feel emotionally disconnected even though your spouse is standing right next to you? FamilyLife Directors Neil and Sharol Josephson have been married for over thirty years and have spoken with thousands of couples. In this video series, they discuss gender and personality differences for emotional abandonment, and how the way your...

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Why Do I Struggle with Sexual Intimacy?
Why Do I Struggle with Sexual Intimacy?

There’s another way your abuse could be impacting you and that’s in your enjoyment and desire for sex with your spouse. In addition to the ways sexual abuse damages our bodies, spirits and emotions, sexual abuse also damages our view of sex. When we’ve been used for others’ sexual pleasure the experience becomes associated with a negative...

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How Do I Know if I Need Healing?
How Do I Know if I Need Healing?

Sometimes we can feel a certain way for so long that it starts to feel normal, comfortable even. It becomes so familiar that we stuff down that nagging thought that we should do something about our struggles. The process of healing can seem scarier than what we’re experiencing now. I met a woman at a retreat who began to share with me that her...

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Past Abuse: Why do I feel this way?
Past Abuse: Why do I feel this way?

Perhaps you’ve been struggling for years with feelings that you can’t understand or explain. Here are some of the ways sexual abuse affects a child, which can follow into adulthood. Maybe you’ll see some of yourself in the list below: Self-blame: When children experience trauma, their inherent egocentrism leads them to believe that they...

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How Do I Know if I’ve Been Sexually Abused?
How Do I Know if I’ve Been Sexually Abused?

Sexual abuse has a broader definition than we may assume. There are four types of sexual abuse: verbal, visual, physical and psychological. Verbal sexual abuse includes sexual threats, sexual comments about your body, lewd or suggestive comments and inappropriate sexual conversations with children. Visual sexual abuse includes exposure to pornographic,...

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Childhood Sexual Abuse: How the past affects the present
Childhood Sexual Abuse: How the past affects the present

Rough estimates put one in three girls and one in six boys in the US at risk for being sexually abused. But exact figures are hard to assess because most children delay reporting their abuse until later in adulthood or never report it at all. Many of the women I’ve led through healing were not believed when they did report it, or worse, they were...

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