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Olympic Gold Print
Written by Karen Farris   

As the world tunes into the London Olympics, Americans will be checking out the world’s fastest female hurdler, United States sweetheart, Lolo Jones.  Her story comes complete with heart-breaking losses in 2004 and 2008. She hopes to go for gold in 2012. She’s no stranger to hurdles on the track and the hurdles she’s faced growing up in a dysfunctional home.

Her athleticism became a way to run past her challenges. She offered the sacrifice of training throughout high school, college and the years beyond. Her focus was always the Olympics. But that wasn’t her only sacrifice.

Lolo, who’ll soon turn 30, has remained a virgin.  She states, “It’s just a gift I want to give my husband. But please understand this journey has been hard. There are virgins out there and I want to let them know that’s it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Harder than training for the Olympics. Harder than graduating from college has been staying a virgin before marriage. I’ve been tempted. I’ve had plenty of opportunities.”

Virginity is a choice—and it’s one that requires strength, endurance and willingness to go against the culture. Olympic-trained Lolo Jones knows that life is much more than gold medals. She grew up with a broken home and longs to share a bond that has the strength to last. Lolo is making the harder choices now in order to remain faithful to her future husband. That’s a gold medal choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 July 2012 10:05
 
Sex Before Marriage Print
Written by Karen Farris   

Sleeping with someone you plan to marry acclimatizes them to the idea of sleeping with someone to whom they are not married. Eric Metaxas

 
STD Rates Rise…again Print
Written by Karen Farris   

If you’re waiting for good news on STD rates, you’ll need to wait longer. Even with 60% condom use among teens, the STD rates just continue to rise. The young adult population (15-24) is facing an epidemic. That’s sad considering they are just getting ready to roll into independence, freedom, and all that life could offer.

Since 2000, the syphilis rates have doubled right along with Chlamydia infections. When the statistics were tallied in 2010, the Center for Disease Control reported that 1.3 million cases had been reported—this is the largest number of cases EVER reported for ANY condition.

Sex is a choice—and like any choice there are consequences. For young women, one of those consequences will be infertility due to an STD. Each year another 24,000 women become sterile.

Sexual activity is viewed as a right of passage—one more way to have fun. If that were really true why are teen depression rates rising right along with the STD rates? Here’s some free advice: if you’ve had sex, get tested. If you want to consider another choice, think about abstinence. Saving sex for the person you want to spend the rest of your life with is one way to stay healthy—both physically and mentally. And look for other ways to have fun. Worrying about consequences won’t be part of the deal.

 
Porn Prison Print
Written by Karen Farris   

She picked at the cinnamon roll and let her coffee go cold. I sat and waited for her to find the words that wouldn’t come. She was mindlessly twisting her wedding band and kept looking out the window past me.

 

We listened to the jazz music in the background and watched customers order their caffeinated pleasures. As I looked at the young woman across from me I thought about how much older I was. Decades ago I was like her, a young bride. I remembered struggling in the first years of marriage. But our struggle was a financial one. Her problem was far worse.

 

Her two-year-old marriage was on its way to becoming a statistic. But not the kind she had ever expected. She was dealing with adultery but not one she anticipated—pornography.  I knew the statistics: $14 billion spent annually in the US.  The biggest users? 12 to 17 year-old boys. But her husband was 25.

 

But he got hooked young. Keeping it well hidden, the ugliness didn’t emerge until he and his wife were so distant that they weren’t even sure they were in love anymore. Like my young friend said, “too many other women are in bed with us—nothing can erase them from his head.”

 

Think about the men and boys you know. They are vulnerable. Think it’s no big deal? Talk to a former porn addict. They’ll set you straight. When I used to visit schools and talk to students about sex, those who emailed me later were almost always boys—wondering what to do about their porn problems. They already hated its grip and didn’t have a clue where to go for help.

 

We live in a soft-porn culture--magazines, movies, TV, music. Its suggestiveness lures people in. Just inside that door is a greasy grimy pornographic prison. If you wonder why sex crimes are increasing: pornography. It’s ruining lives.

 

As I watched my young friend walk out of the coffee shop I knew her life, her dreams, and her marriage were no longer the same. I’ve lost hope listening to too many of the same stories. I knew my friend had even less hope than I did.  Maybe pornography hasn’t touched your world. I hope it never does.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2012 14:25
 
Gonorrhea Fights Back Print
Written by Karen Farris   

 

Once one of the easier STDs to treat, gonorrhea is fighting back with a nasty challenge to antibiotics. It has developed the ability to mutate and become resistant to treatment. This is really bad news since this pesky disease is responsible for 106 million infections annually.There are now cases of drug-resistant gonorrhea in Australia, France, Japan Norway, Sweden and Great Britain. But don’t let the distance fool you. These diseases spread quickly AND globally. It will be in a town near you soon.

So just how bad is gonorrhea? To begin with there are often no notable symptoms. As the disease advances –which happens even when the victim is unaware, there might be a discharge and pelvic pain. Sometimes not until the disease is too far advanced do people seek treatment. This disease is one of the leading causes of infertility in men and women.

Bottom line? Abstain from sex until marriage. There is no other guaranteed way to avoid this once treatable disease—along with the 40 plus STDs out there.  Health is a terrible thing to lose…especially yours.

 
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