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194: Is Your Marriage a Sanctuary or a Battlefield?

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This week on PFL, we talk about the value of your marriage here on this earth, but also for eternity. Frank & Tracey Honess talk specifically from their marriage and some of the principles that have guided them in the last nine years of their relationship with each other, especially through addiction and recovery.


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If you and your spouse are struggling and would like help on your journey, please feel free to contact us! Or, if you’re a wife and need some extra help from another wife who’s walked through what you have, head on over to the “Support for Wives” section and shoot Tracey a a message by filling out the contact form. All communication is strictly confidential.

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Purity Tip: Lead With Your Heart

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More often than not, what our eyes gravitate to is what gets us in trouble. We see something we want and we begin to desire it. But the Lord wants us to use wisdom and not allow our feelings to dominate what is healthy for our lives. I have to check my feelings at the door of my heart many times! So today, do as Proverbs 4:23 says: “Above all else, guard your heart, because it determines the course of your life.”

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Porn and Mental Health: 10 Facts from the Experts

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Is porn use associated with greater mental health or the opposite? Here are 10 facts from the experts.

1. Multiple studies have shown that frequently viewing porn is correlated with more casual sexual partners, sex with friends, and sex at an earlier age. 1 2 3 4

2. According to a study of college-age men, the more men watch pornography, the more likely they are to have lower self esteem. 5

3. According to a study among adolescents, porn use is frequently associated with cheating on one’s girlfriend. 6

4. According to a study of Dutch adolescents, exposure to sexually explicit movies online is significantly correlated with the belief that women are sex objects. 7

5. According to another study in the Journal of Sex Research, the more frequent someone’s porn use is, the less satisfied they tend to be with sex and human relationships. 8

6. According to a study at the University of Sydney of 800 regular porn users, 20% said they prefer porn over sex with a partner. 9

7. According to a study published in the Journal of Sex Research, just as it is with those who have substance dependencies, porn use was shown to interfere with someone’s working memory capacity. 10

8. According to a study published in the journal Human Brain Mapping, when men view porn the regions of the brain called the thalamus and hypothalamus are significantly activated. These are the regions responsible for some of our core drives like food, water, and sex. This means when men view porn, it doesn’t register to them as something they just desire. Their brain experiences it as a survival need. 11

9. According to a study of youth ages 10 to 17, there’s a significant correlation between watching porn and feelings of loneliness and major depression. 12

10. According to a study of adolescents from Israel, boys who viewed more porn were less likely to have pro-social attitudes, meaning they were less likely to desire or actually be involved in behaviors that benefited society as a whole. 13

The evidence is clear. Consuming porn is associated with all kinds of mental health concerns. We deserve better as a society. Our kids deserve better. The women in our lives deserve better.

As commonplace as porn use is today, if porn made us healthier, we would be healthy by now.

Source: Covenant Eyes