“10 Steps to Go a Year Free of Porn and Masturbation” – Contribution to XXXChurch Article

I wanted to share with our readers about my recent contribution to a new XXXChurch article called “10 Steps to Go a Year Free of Porn and Masturbation“. It provides some great insights for those wanting to make this strong commitment in the New Year. Click here to read:

10 Steps to Go a Year Free of Porn and Masturbation

Wishing you all a happy New Year filled with freedom!

Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C, LifeSTAR of the Central Valley

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Amazing Things Before, Amazing Things to Come

I started my day listening to this message. It turned out to be a gift from God and exactly what I needed to hear as I near the finish line of 2014. It is refreshing to hear again that God is in the business of doing amazing things in my life. I need to stew in Erwin’s reminder from Joshua to “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things”.  Change is all the more enticing when I view it not as a chore but as an invitation to adventure, mission, and meaning. In 2015, I don’t want to sit and watch what God does in the church and the world. I want to BE part of the change that impacts the world. May we prepare our hearts for the new year, remembering the miracles we witnessed before and the looking expectantly ahead to the amazing things to come, as we embrace all that God calls us to do and be.

A Connected Christmas: The Secret to Avoiding Auto-Pilot and Making Today Meaningful

Christmas is here. The day of celebration, gratitude, and connection….at least in theory. I desire these high values yet often find myself indulgent and disconnected. Vacations and holidays are traditionally a struggle for me. So often, self-care slumps, discipline diminishes, and disconnection dominates. These tendencies are my auto-pilot.

Two days ago I found myself headed toward that familiar highway to hedonism. I thought, “here we go again”, believing I was cementing a course for the holidays that would leave me disconnected and disappointed.

What happened next changed everything. That’s why I needed to share it with you.

LifeSTAR Central Valley Blog

Christmas is here. The day of celebration, gratitude, and connection….at least in theory. I desire these high values yet often find myself indulgent and disconnected. Vacations and holidays are traditionally a struggle for me. So often, self-care slumps, discipline diminishes, and disconnection dominates. These tendencies are my auto-pilot.

Two days ago I found myself headed toward that familiar highway to hedonism. I thought, “here we go again”, believing I was cementing a course for the holidays that would leave me disconnected and disappointed.

What happened next changed everything. That’s why I needed to share it with you.

I imagine there are many who start this Christmas day with the “inevitable” indulgences staring them down. Whether it’s the seemingly avoidable spreads of sugars or numerous other numbing experiences, we all have the vices that sing our heart away from meaningful connection. Yet, we still have choices.

Here is what I did…

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