Friday, August 2, 2013

5 Minute Friday: Story

So glad I get to share a story with this man.
I wasn't going return to the telling of my story in blog land until Monday (I've been on a blogging break).  But you see, it's 12:30a.m. and I cannot sleep and I happened to notice the prompt for tomorrow's (today's!) 5 Minute Friday post.  And so, in the dark corner of my living room, I'm compelled to write because today (yesterday!), my husband and I finished telling our story.

In a mere 51,437 (or something like that) words.

It's our story about a man who was addicted to porn and a woman who was addicted to control.  And it has a happy ending, but boy, there were days that I doubted that happy ending would come to fruition.

As I typed the last word today (yesterday!), I was overcome.  Overcome by the accomplishment of telling our story in tandem, back-and-forth chapters.  Overcome by the sheer amount of pain endured while we lived and wrote our story.  Overcome by the enormity of God's grace that brought us to this point in our journey.  Overcome by the number of people who encouraged us to not give up, who stood on the sidelines and cheered, who got in the trenches and prayed.  Thank God for these people.

Above all, thank God for our safe arrival to this place of hope.  Not just for ourselves, but for other couples that face the tenacious claws of the porn industry, and ultimately, of the abuse of the incredible gift God has given to us in our bodies and in intimacy with our spouse.

In the telling of our stories, there is such freedom.  Freedom awaits. For you.  For me.  For us.


I'm hanging out with Lisa-Jo this morning.  Want in?  Here's the deal:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..


  1. wow... congratulations on a) writing your story and b) trusting God with the "happily ever after"

    i bet there are so many people trapped living in a story like that that will find freedom through what you and your husband share. i can just picture the conversations you'll have, the marriages that will be restored and the ripples of change in real peoples lives

    praying for courage in the next step and grace and ease for the seasons ahead!

    blessings, claire
    (after you in FMF)

  2. Hi Jen! Welcome back! I hope your break was a good one. Congratulations on finishing the book. What a weight off your shoulders. And..can you believe that the prompt today was "Story"? Wow! You have certainly shared yours.

    Have a great weeekend :)

  3. I love that you guys are sharing your story. You both inspire me.

  4. I am so proud of you for sharing your story. Praying you have a blessed weekend.

  5. Yes! To freedom, to forgiveness, to a future with hope and purpose!

    LOVE this redemption, the restoration ...

  6. Can't wait to hear more about your story. Bravo!

  7. Praying for continued spiritual protection for you guys as your story goes out. Bravo!


  8. Congratulations on finishing your story! What a good team efffort. :)

  9. Hi Jen, hurrah for you both, finishing your book. I sit here and shake my head...simply cannot imagine the anguish, the broken trust and faith, the restoration only God could give. God bless you both and give you His strength for the journey He has before you and for being obedient to Him.

  10. The prompt was 'Story'? Seriously? Oh God is so good in making sure we shed in His light, in whatever avenue He thinks of. Now on to the next adventure--praying this book through.

  11. LOVE this and you, BTW I have been meaning to tell you, that you have beautiful eyes! Can't wait to read your book!! AND love that your story glorifies Him!

  12. I know this was a long and tedious process. I can only imagine! Bravo for your courage and for marching forward in faith, allowing God to write the story through you, so that others will be encouraged and not lose hope!

    Christy @ A Heartening Life

  13. tears. no words. just tears. love ya'll, friend.

  14. This is so exciting because the thing is, people need to hear this story. There is so much of this story that needs to be told. I have been walking thru with a momma who's son is caught up in this and she needs your story. A story of redemption!

    Oh, and this picture of you and your man......You are one HOT Momma, Yawza!

  15. Nice to hear your words here, Jen. I know many will be blessed by you telling your story.

    "In the telling of our stories, there is such freedom."

  16. Your story is a testament to God's faithfulness and timing to all those who struggle with similar circumstances! Congratulations for your book!


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