When I first found Christian sex blogs, I quickly realized that I learned as much from reading the comments as from the articles. The information authentically shared by individuals gave me a window into the struggles and triumphs of men and women just like me and my husband. But this window didn’t just inform me, it spurred me on towards growth. As I heard the testimonies of others I began to believe that God could change me too. Community creates growth, whether in person during an Awaken-Love class or anonymously on the Awaken-Love blog.
Meeting with a group of women during an Awaken-Love class helps us to not feel so alone. As we laugh and cry, we support each other. When one of us has a break through it fills us with hope. As we share our baggage and pray over each other, God changes us. I would love for every woman to experience the community at an Awaken-Love class but that’s not always possible.
Recently a woman living in South America contacted me about taking an Awaken-Love video class. Unfortunately, no English-speaking people live near, so I suggested she take the class on her own or with her husband. A few weeks later another woman living in Europe emailed wondering if some kind of online community existed for the video class. God has amazing timing and I immediately thought about the woman in South America. So, this winter two women will watch the videos in two different countries, and then skype or email afterwards to process what they learn. The internet is an amazing tool to create community.
I want to work towards creating more of a community on the Awaken-Love blog. This Fall I wrote a blog post titled, Do We Want to Know – Even About Pornography. The article focused on equipping wives to create a safe place for their husband to come clean. Several men felt led to comment about the battle they faced. As they shared their journeys and encouraged each other, I have no doubt that other men reading were ministered to. Their advice to each other was probably far more valuable then mine. I loved how the community on the Awaken-Love blog strengthened each other.
One of my goals in 2018 is to nurture and create community on the Awaken-Love blog. I want the blog to be a safe place to comment about your experiences, ask real questions and hear from others. When you share your testimonies, you minister to readers all over. If you don’t want anyone to know who you are, then make up your name or use “anonymous”. Use your story to encourage others and to spur them on towards growth.
To help me create community on the Awaken-Love blog will you answer a few questions?
What topics would you find helpful?
What do you wish other people understood?
What do you wish you understood?
What can I do better to foster community on Awaken-Love?