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February WEEK 2: SHARE The LOVE Month

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We are enthusiastically moving into WEEK 2 of our
SHARE The LOVE campaign and here’s where we are:
 

For those of you who may just be joining us in our effort to SHARE The LOVE,
here is what we’re up to…

 

We want to share with YOU a beautiful opportunity to partner together to help MORE women discover sexual and emotional freedom, and fall more in love with Jesus in the process!

 

Many of you know first hand, Women at The Well Intensive Workshops is all about that mission.  Whether you are 18 or 108, married or single, acting out or shutting down, Women at the Well provides the tools you need to find a healthy sexual and emotional balance once again.

 

Now here’s the WAY-COOLER-THAN-COOL part…

 
A fellow grassroots supporter has promised to match, dollar for dollar (up to $8000 total), whatever you can give this month toward our Women at the Well scholarship fund!
This generous gift, along with yours, would allow 40 women to attend ourWomen at The Well Intensive Workshops at HALF the regular cost (only $400 instead of $800).
We want to introduce you to Megan and what it meant to attend aWomen at the Well Intensive Workshop with scholarship assistance: 
 
Megan Interview
 

Please make a LOVE gift this month so more women like Megan can experience HEALING from their past, and find HOPE for their future!

 

HOW can we meet this goal and maximize this gift? 

If 10 people could give $800…
or if 20 people could give $400…
or if 40 people could give $200…
or if 80 people could give $100
we will meet our $8000 goal and DOUBLE
our funds to the full $16,000 for 40 scholarships!

 
But ANY amount you can give will help us tremendously toward this goal — ANY amount!
 

 

To inspire your generosity we would like to send each donor of $100 or more a special Women at the Well silver charm, along with one of the following books:

 

Every Woman’s Battle          The Passion Principles       To Know You
Every Woman’s Marriage      The Fantasy Fallacy          Veil of Secrets
The Sexually Confident Wife    Completely His

 

Ready to Double Your LOVE?

 

Click here to make your tax-deductible donation toward ANY woman who qualifies for financial assistance…

 
 
OR to make a donation toward a particular identified person’s scholarship,
click below…
 
 
 

Thank you for lifting this matching funds campaign and this entire ministry in prayer!  Together, we can make a HUGE difference in the world by helping one woman at a time, because…

a healthier woman makes a healthier marriage,
a healthier marriage makes a healthier family,

a healthier family makes a healthier community,
and healthier communities make a healthier society!

 

You can learn more about these workshops by going to:http://www.shannonethridge.com/wowintensive/.

 

THANK YOU for your LOVE and support!

 

P.S.  Please help spread the news about our SHARE The LOVE matching funds campaign — forward THIS EMAIL to any/all of your family and friends who share our passion for women, marriage, family, and the Loving God who created them all!

 

 

How Is Fantasy A Friend? -Part 1

How Is Fantasy A Friend?One of the most frequent questions I’m asked when people learn about how I wrote The Fantasy Fallacy: Exposing the Deeper Meaning Behind Sexual Thoughts in response to the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon is, “Do you think ALL fantasy is wrong?”

The answer is “Absolutely, positively NO!”

I do NOT think that ALL fantasy is wrong!  In fact, I think God designed the human brain in such a way that fantasy can actually be God’s gift to us for a wide variety of reasons!

In Christian circles, we may hear a little about how fantasy is our foe, but we don’t often hear about how fantasy can be our friend!  Let’s fix that, shall we?

I know… talking about this can seem a little uncomfortable, or even scary!  Just the word itself —fantasy— can illicit all kinds of anxiety among Christians. In fact, I’d say that fantasy seems to be an even more taboo word than sex!

But before we throw the baby out with the bath water and assume that all fantasy is unhealthy, dangerous, and therefore entirely off limits, let’s consider in this

5-part blog series how fantasy can actually be our friend…


Fantasy can help numb us to unbearable pain.

 When my daughter was a brand-new driver, she hit a tree and did a face-plant into her windshield, requiring twelve stitches to keep her ear attached to her head. As she lay trembling on the emergency room table wide-eyed with fright, I was desperate to help her cope with the pain and trauma of it all. I resorted to fantasy. “Erin, let’s pretend we’re going on a trip to anywhere in the world you want to go! Where to? Australia? Okay! Now tell me who do you want to take with you? Our friends Terrica and Sharon? Absolutely! Who else? Where will you want to take them once we arrive? What will we do there?” The fantasy went on for twenty minutes — long enough for the doctor to finish his sewing project. Through this experience, I was reminded of how our imagination is a gift from God — one that can distract us from great pain when necessary.

To be continued…

 

Excerpted from The Fantasy Fallacy: Exposing the Deeper Meaning Behind Sexual Thoughts  by Shannon Ethridge. Copyright 2012.  All Rights Reserved. Published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN. Used by Permission. Not to be copied without Publisher’s prior written approval.