The power of Jesus Christ is so real. He is our Savior. I know that I have healed and have been forgiven for my sins and I have been able to forgive those who have hurt me. Most of all I have been able to forgive myself and understand my worth as a daughter of God and a Sister of Christ!
Because an addiction to pornography develops and reinforces over time and with repeated use, open communication is vital in order to understand the nature and extent of a user’s problem with pornography. Here, we share a few insights specifically for the spouse of a pornography user, in hopes that this will ease the anxiety surrounding tough conversations when this problem arises. As hard as this issue is, honest dialogue about pornography use can be healing for both parties and even mitigate the harm pornography has on the user.
It is helpful to know that a process addiction is fundamentally a “powerful form of learning.” Free will is forfeited by degrees, which means that at some point, quitting is no longer a simple matter of self-control. But while the user will never be able to “unsee” the porn, the compulsion can be unlearned.
Leaving behind my eating disorder is like leaving behind my identity. I have experienced a profound void and emptiness which my new interests, pursuits, relationships, and passions have yet to fill. I often feel so alone, wondering if God really is there watching over me, but I remember the scripture found in Psalms 34:4 which says, “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
In that moment—the loneliest and darkest place of my life—I felt the comfort of a loving Father in Heaven. I felt the Spirit like I never had before. It was like a warm blanket wrapped around me and suddenly I knew that I would be okay, that I would come out the other side stronger. I felt peace and comfort and a small flicker of light.
This year, I am striving to search the scriptures and my own heart, to pray to a Father who knows the quiet hearts that hide sorrows my eyes cannot find. And to say with increasing fervor and deepening desire, “Here am I. Send me.”
As we’ve been taking a good hard look around us—at ourselves, our families, our media and our world, we’ve realized so many of us struggle with one very fundamental thing—loving ourselves, and seeing ourselves as God does.
With Valentine’s Day coming up next month we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to have a lesson focused on love. God is love. As Thomas S. Monson said, “Love is the very essence of the gospel, and Jesus Christ is our exemplar.”
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