Singleness & Dating

  • Does Sexual Shame Sometimes Make You Feel Stupid?

    Does Sexual Shame Sometimes Make You Feel Stupid?

    You’re not alone. As my now husband and I were dating, we felt shame for our sexual desires. We chose to avoid sex before marriage, but longed for “oneness.” No one told us this was normal, healthy even, that God created us as sexual beings. The fact that we desired sex revealed that we were […] Read more…

  • I married a Cancer Survivor | Guest Post on Boundless.org

    On May 27, 2017, I married my husband, Zack Skarka. I knew he had survived cancer, but I had no doubts in my decision to marry him. Check out my story on the Boundless Blog about trusting God with our fears. Love, Joy “Run. Bolt before he dies and leaves you heartbroken.” That’s what a […] Read more…

College

  • For the Girl Who Was Raped | JoyPedrow.com

    For the College Freshman Girl Who Was Raped

    I’ve been there. I was a college freshman who was lost searching for what would give me an identity. What would give me hope. What would make me feel loved. As a college student, one desires to fit in and find her place and to meet a guy. At least, that is what I wanted. Read more…

  • Why follow God in college?

    Why Follow God in College?

    The transition from high school to college can decide who you are, who you will become, and who you will follow. You must decide now, before you enter college, if you’re going to follow God in college. With the start of the new semester, many women will leave home and move to a new place […] Read more…

Bible Study

  • Sexual Shame

    3 Bible Verses for Healing from Sexual Shame

    With a past filled with sexual abuse, promiscuity, and an unhealthy sex education, I lacked a healthy view of sexuality. The biggest lie that I believed was that I was sexually broken. My view of sex was far from the truth that God promises in His love letter. I had two distorted and conflicting views of […] Read more…

  • Freedom from Porn for Women

    FREEDOM From Porn for Women | YouVersion Bible Reading Plan

    Addicted to pornography? Desiring freedom but feeling alone? Looking for a new devotional? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this new and FREE resource is for you. This inspiring reading plan on Bible.com is for women that struggle with pornography and seek FREEDOM. God has created each of us with a desire […] Read more…

Relationship With Jesus

  • Does Sexual Shame Sometimes Make You Feel Stupid?

    Does Sexual Shame Sometimes Make You Feel Stupid?

    You’re not alone. As my now husband and I were dating, we felt shame for our sexual desires. We chose to avoid sex before marriage, but longed for “oneness.” No one told us this was normal, healthy even, that God created us as sexual beings. The fact that we desired sex revealed that we were […] Read more…

  • Jesus Loves Porn Addicts _ JoyPedrow.com

    Jesus Loves Porn Addicts

    Jesus loves people who watch porn. Jesus even loves porn stars. Yes, Jesus loves both of these groups of people. No matter what, His love for them will never change. Why is this? Because Jesus came to save the broken, the lost, and the hurting. While on earth, Jesus spent most of His time with […] Read more…

Your Story

  • Can You Really Find Freedom From Anorexia And Bulimia?

      Today’s guest post shares a compelling testimony of a woman who struggled with anorexia and bulimia. She answers the question, “Can you really find freedom from anorexia And bulimia?” I love the power of our testimonies! I hope Katie’s story encourages you with the hope of Christ. Read more…

  • How to Stay Married for 50 Years

    How to Stay Married for 50 Years

     Unsurprisingly, many marriages end in divorce. When we hear about a couple that has been married for fifty years, we are shocked. What if this changed? What if divorce surprised us? What if being married fifty years was the norm? Meet Dale and Carol. Dale and Carol recently celebrated fifty years of marriage. Send them some […] Read more…

Resources

  • Dr. Sue Edwards Galatians Bible Study Giveaway

    Galatians Bible Study Giveaway!

    Looking for a new Bible study for yourself or small group? Get to know one of the authors, Dr. Sue Edwards, and enter to win a free copy of Galatians: Discovering Freedom in Christ through Daily Practice. About the Author “I live to raise up women like you all,” explains Dr. Sue Edwards as she […] Read more…

  • #MeToo Movement - Joy Pedrow Skarka

    7 Ways to Empower Women During the #MeToo Movement

    Every 98 seconds, an American experiences sexual assault. Raped my freshman year of college, I joined the 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) who experience rape and sexual assault each year in the United States. As a victim of sexual abuse, I joined the many women who spoke out in the #MeToo movement. After last […] Read more…