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We’re diving deep into topics like desire, sexual integrity, relational healing, and so much more. Get ready for honest, safe conversations with women, about women. Together let's do the important work of connecting your sexual struggle to your story to God. Your sexuality is, in fact, Sacred by Design

Sacred by Design Regeneration Ministries

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We’re diving deep into topics like desire, sexual integrity, relational healing, and so much more. Get ready for honest, safe conversations with women, about women. Together let's do the important work of connecting your sexual struggle to your story to God. Your sexuality is, in fact, Sacred by Design

    3 Myths We Believed About the Purity Culture

    3 Myths We Believed About the Purity Culture

    If you grew up in the “Purity Culture,” there is work to be UN-done. Teens growing up in this powerful subculture of the church were taught about sex through deep shame and tight restrictions.  

    Words like Clean and Dirty reduced sexuality as something to say “no” to, but, there is more. Let’s bust through some of the myths purity culture taught, while trying to catch a glimpse of the much wider vision God has for us as women. 

    Let’s move away from being scared of our design, desires and body in order to embrace our sexuality for what it is; Sacred By Design.
    (In each episode, we’ll be incorporating a Spiritual Practice. In this episode, we’ll be naming some ways Purity Culture may have hurt us mind, heart, and body; so we’ll be doing a “Body scan.” Please join us.)

    Highlights:

    How often did we have that modeled for us; contempt towards others and shame for ourselves? That’s hefty. And it’s bound up in fear and shame, it misses out on the love and beauty and honor that’s intrinsic to how we are as women, to how we’re made.
    What if it was a virtue that we grow in, that we cultivate with God’s help. Not just a marker or a status, but something that’s continuing. That’s a big shift and one that I continue to try to come back to.
    “Chastity is a free, joyful, wholehearted, and creative giving and receiving of love – in the way that best suits the place we find ourselves (married, single, celibate, dating, engaged, elderly, prepubescent, adolescent, same-sex attracted, sick, disabled, divorced, widowed, etc.” - Father Derek Sakowski

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    • 14 min
    Desire

    Desire

    Desire feels like a hush-hush topic, especially for Christian women.  There’s almost an element of shame, maybe selfishness, attached to the word.  In this episode, we’re challenging the shame with an open conversation. Understanding that you are sacred by design means carefully looking at and exploring the intricacies of your sexuality.  
    Your desires are worth exploring. Let’s dive in.
    (Spiritual Coaching sessions usually incorporate a spiritual practice that draws us nearer to God. Look to our show notes for a step by step way to practice what we work through together today.)

    Highlights:

    Ask God to help you get in touch with your desires: “What do I really long for? Lord, would you help me sift through them?  What are desires from you? What are the desires I’ve created?”
    Every desire, even the distorted ones, reveal something of God and how He created us.
    “A man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God.” - G. K. Chesterton
    “The reason we are not able to see God is the faintness of our desire.” - Meister Eckhart 
    “Your desire for more of God than you have right now, your longing for love, your need for deeper levels of spiritual transformation than you have experienced so far is the truest thing about you. You might think that your woundedness or your sinfulness is the truest thing about you or that your giftedness or your personality type or your job title or your identity as husband or wife, mother or father, somehow defines you. But, in reality, it is your desire for God and your capacity to reach for more of God than you have right now that is the deepest essence of who you are.” ― Ruth Haley Barton, Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation 

    Spiritual Practice - Solitude
    Begin where you are and with what you enjoy. 
    Choose an activity that allows you to retreat from the front lines of life - gardening, running, journaling, painting, swimming, walking.
    Keep it simple, take it slow.
    Try setting a timer for quiet. Take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. 
    Try beginning your Practice of Solitude by saying “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” 
    Then listen.

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    • 16 min
    Sacred by Design

    Sacred by Design

    Welcome to “Sacred by Design” - a conversational podcast by women, for women seeking to get closer to Jesus diving deeper into topics like sexual integrity, relational healing, spiritual health, and so much more.

    God crafted you with your sexual desire.  Along the way, something may have twisted that gift. Let’s get back to valuing your sexuality.

    Every bit of you is sacred by design.

    No matter where you are in life and maybe even because of what you’re battling; we hope you hear that loud and clear in each episode.

    Every other week, we'll share our hearts and a spiritual practice to turn what we're discussing into real life change.

    You're invited!

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    • 6 min

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