Singleness & Dating

  • Sexual Sin and Grace

    Sexual Sin and God’s Grace | What to Do When You Keep Messing Up

    In the midst of the guilt, shame and pain of sexual sins, painful thoughts fill my mind, “I can’t believe I sinned… again. Does God hate me for my addictions? Will I ever find freedom?” If you are struggling with sexual sin today, I’ve been in your shoes. I’ve spent a lot of time talking […] Read more…

  • Engaged & Waiting

    Engaged and Not Having Sex | The Fight for Purity

    In four months I can freely have sex with my husband whenever we want, but for now, we can’t. We’re engaged and waiting. Deciding to honor God in purity, my fiancé and I are refraining from experiencing sexual intimacy. This isn’t easy. In fact, waiting is hard. We’ve messed up and have pushed the boundaries […] 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

  • How to Heal from Sexual Abuse _ JoyPedrow.com

    How to Heal from Sexual Abuse

    Five years ago I thought I would never heal from the rape I experienced my freshman year of college. My nights were filled with tears and my days were filled with doubts. Why did this happen? Does God allow rape? (Check out the answer to this question on Bible.com.) With countless unanswered questions and tears […] Read more…

  • Galatians 5 Bible Study

    How to Live in Freedom & Stand in Christ | Galatians 5:1 Bible Study

    In high school I was a religious hypocrite, yet I had no idea how I was damaging the gospel. I grew up going to church, but the gospel I heard was you have to be a good and perfect Christian to get to heaven. This was an impossible goal to reach. As hard as I […] Read more…

Relationship With Jesus

  • Instant Intimacy _ JoyPedrow.com

    Instant Intimacy: When one click, swipe or like isn’t enough.

    Desiring to feel loved and beautiful, I downloaded Tinder and uploaded my cutest selfie. Sick of being single and waiting on God’s perfect timing, I wanted to take things into my own hands. I wanted control over my dating life. Impatient and not trusting God, I began the quest for a man. Swiping right if […] Read more…

  • Not Even a Ring Can Fully Satisfy

    Not Even a Ring Can Fully Satisfy

    I recently got engaged to a godly Christian man. Let me share with you our proposal story. Zack and I were back at his apartment after a night of two-stepping. That morning I had landed in Dallas after being away for a few weeks. When I got home from the airport Zack had given me […] Read more…

Your Story

  • Our stories are powerful _ JoyPedrow.com

    Will God use my story in a powerful way?

    Do you believe that your story is powerful? Maybe you were saved at a young age and you fear your story isn’t as powerful as others. Or maybe just like me, you struggle believing that God could use your broken past for his good. I want to share with you that no matter your story, […] Read more…

  • Sexually Abused in College, Now What?

    Sexually Abused in College – Now What?

    My time in college was nothing like what I planned. I entered college thinking I was a Christian. I believed in God, but I didn’t know Him. I didn’t know His heart, His character or that He was the only one who could satisfy the longing in my heart to be loved. Instead, I thought […] Read more…

Resources

  • Does God allow rape? _ JoyPedrow.com

    Does God Allow Rape? | Guest Post on Bible.org

    Have you ever wondered if God allows rape? As a victim of rape, I thought the rape was my fault. I did not fully understand that I was experiencing the result of sin until years later. No matter the reason for the rape, it still wounded me deeply. Because of my hurt and pain, I […] Read more…

  • 3 Reasons Women's Ministries Need to be Authentic, Vulnerable & Bold

    3 Reasons Women’s Ministries Need to be Authentic, Vulnerable & Bold

    “Joy, you are so vulnerable and so brave. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I could never be as bold as you to freely talk about these issues.” – Women’s Minister That was the response I got from a women’s minister as I talked about the growing epidemic of porn addiction for women. […] Read more…