I could have had a post all ready to plug and play today, but I do not. And I am grateful for that. Why?
Because it means you get to see my heart, right where it is, right in the middle of launch day.
Because it means being fully real. And that is what we are all about here at SDG.
So far, it’s been a fun day, interacting with people all over the great world of social media. My bible study had class without me because one of my ladies offered to teach and at the end, they sent me a text LOVE BOMB. How cool is that?
Y’all, if I could sum up today in one word, it would be LOVE.
The LOVE God has shown Craig and me during the process of writing the book. For His grace and mercy and encouragement to transcribe our story from our hearts to ink and paper.
The LOVE our friends, IRL and online, have shown us through their words of encouragement, their offers of help, there willingness to simply utter the taboo word: pornography. You have been instrumental in bringing us to this day when we make a concerted effort to tell everyone we know (and everyone you know) about our humble offering, created to help people know they are not alone in a battle that many do not know how to fight.
The LOVE I know God has for His people, the marriages He blessed at millions of altars around the world…it reverberates in my heart. This morning as I prayed, God gave me this vision:
Thousands of couples, hands clasped together, heads bowed, were in this never ending circle, rows and rows deep, all moving toward the center where God Himself stood. As they moved closer and closer to Him, He raised His arms, which became like wings, and He sheltered all of them, His very presence falling upon them.
Can you imagine? So many marriages sheltered by Him, so many people unwilling to let sin and shame keep them from their spouses, from their God, from freedom and healing and truth?
Today, I took a break from my computer and went for a run. It was a four-miler, but a four-miler replete with hills. I was 1/4 of a mile shy of finishing and I had two choices: the last hill or the flat straight-away. Both paths would lead me home.
It made me think of the whole journey Craig and I have been on – not just the book journey, but the whole process-of-recovery journey. Recovery from pornography addiction, control, jealousy, shame, fear. The list could go on. And I’ll tell you – I still struggle with control and fear. Just the other night, Craig was showing me a video on his iPad and these yucky links were on the sidebar. I went left, let my fear consume me…started
asking questions interrogating him. Guess what – those same links showed up on my computer when I pulled up the YouTube. It wasn’t him. It was the world’s way of doing things, of preying on anyone, and Satan used it to blind me to what I know to be true.
You can write a book and still need to take your own advice. This is why God repeats Himself over and over in His Word. It takes a lot of practice and even then, after we’ve practiced and practiced, there are days we slip, and realize we need more reminding.
Anyway – the hill. The choice – the hill or the flat. I could tell you with the analogy of the running to the book that the book is the hill – it was hard. There were times when it was arduous, when we didn’t feel like we would make it to the finish. There were tons of questions that threatened to keep us back from the perpetual one-foot-in-front-of-the-other (will we be humiliated? what will people think? how do we tell our children?). Yes, the analogy might fit. Telling the world our hearts can be hard.
But then, I keep thinking – what if the book is the straight-away? The flat? Because now, in our hands, on our tablets, in our hearts forever, are the words we scratched out proclaiming deliverance, the power of God, the purpose of marriage, the hope eternal, the unconditional love of God, and the freedom of forgiveness.
See now, when I lapse, I am more quick to remember. With one glance of the cover of my book, I know…God is bigger. God has brought freedom. I can choose not to live in fear, in worry, in anxiety, in comparison. Instead of I can choose to press in, to pray, to lay my burdens down, to be awake to God, to release, and not give into to the temptations of this world.
I’m reminded of this verse from Isaiah 40:
“A voice of one calling: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all the people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.'”
Our purpose of this book is to prepare the way for the Lord, that He might minister to your hearts through our story – whether porn is a problem or not. May the glory of the Lord be revealed, for He is able. And may we all stand, Soli Deo Gloria Sisters, and see it together.
Now for FUN! (It is my One Word, you know.)
Craig and I decided since porn can be such a downer, we don’t want to just give away a copy of our book. Nope! We want to send you on a date, too. Since we want anyone who wins to be able to take part, we are doing some gift cards that can be flexible for locations around the country (this giveaway can only be for the continental U.S.).
So, what’s in this Date Night Package?
- A signed copy of Pure Eyes, Clean Heart: A Couple’s Journey to Freedom from Pornography
- One $25 gift card to 1-800-FLOWERS (girls, you give this to the guy and see what he does!)
- One $10 gift card to Redbox
- One $50 gift card to Restaurant.com
Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win! We will chose the winner on October 12th (Sunday!)
If you’d like to purchase this book, here are some options:
Amazon.com will release the book soon, but you can pre-order it here. It’s available for immediate download to your Kindle here. If you are a Barnes and Noble shopper, the paperback will ship October 10th, but you can have it on your Nook immediately by ordering here. Of course, if you’d like to order the paperback immediately, you can order it from Jen’s wonderful publishing house here (it’s on sale!). If you’d like any more info on the book, come drop by the website!
This week’s SDG Connections Posts: On Wednesday, Tracy Steel shares about finding beauty in all things, even cancer. On Friday, Heather shares about her journey to freedom from addictions and how she came to know Jesus. On Saturday, Jen will have our latest John study up.
SDG Gathering Important Information
Lisa Smith is helping me facilitate our gatherings each week. She is visiting those of you who link up on “even” numbers and I am visiting the “odd” (don’t worry, I’m not calling YOU odd). She will also be sharing on Mondays with you from time to time, opening up her heart and life to you, as you faithful do with us each week you link up. We do have some important housekeeping items about this gathering, so if you have not read them, please come here to catch up. The condensed version: Link up ONE post that shares your heart authentically and be sure to check in with some of your sisters who have linked up with you. Leave a heartfelt word of encouragement for them after you visit their space. This is a community where we actively seek to get to know each other.