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, and that God created us as sexual beings. The fact that we desired sex revealed that we […] 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

  • 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…

  • 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…

Your Story

  • #MeToo Movement - Joy Pedrow Skarka

    #MeToo Podcast with Dallas Theological Seminary

    In this episode of the Table Podcast at Dallas Theological Seminary, Dr. Darrell L. Bock, Jurrita Williams, Jan Edgar Langbein, and I, Joy Pedrow, discuss sexual abuse and the #MeToo movement. This is only the beginning of a conversation that needs to continue to our churches.  When this was filmed I had a sinus infection […] Read more…

  • You are loved

    How to Heal a Broken Body Image

    I’ve struggled with body image issues for as long as I can remember. I fully believe that God loves me and that my husband loves me, but most days that is not enough. Today my friend Shannon Baker shares how she found healing from a broken body image. I pray you enjoy her beautiful words […] Read more…

Resources

  • Pastor Encourages Pornography to Stop Shame

    Should pastors encourage people to look at porn to avoid shaming them? “I’m not going to shame people when they already feel ashamed,” said a well known Lutheran pastor in an interview. She believes that consumption of pornography should not be shamed. I agree. We should never shame someone for viewing porn, but this doesn’t […] Read more…

  • Did you read I Kissed Dating Goodbye?

    In 1997, “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” advised Christians that God’s best for singles was to stop dating. Some 20 years later, author Joshua Harris pursues new insights on dating, sexuality, and relationships in a soul-searching examination of his signature work and its impact on a generation. Read more…