Many believe only men struggle with pornography addictions. Not so, and the stigma, shame and guilt women feel keeps them from bringing this sin-issue into the light. This summer, Vanessa and Renata are co-leading a 5-week Connect Group that will meet every other Saturday from May 25 to July 20. This group is for women that are ready to experience victory over porn and sexual addictions. It is our heart to create a safe, confidential space to share, study the Scriptures, pray for and encourage one another with accountability as we come alongside each other and journey together as God heals, restores and sanctifies hearts and lives for the end-result of living victorious lives!
If you haven’t already met or been impacted by Vanessa and her incredible faith in Jesus, read on to hear how God powerfully moved in her life!
For several years I struggled with an addiction to pornography. My first encounter with porn was when I was about 4 years old and I was watching TV and a commercial came on. My mom tried to turn the tv off in time but the image stayed with me. When I was a teenager I was a bit of a flirt and promiscuous. I led a lot of guys on through middle school and high school. For college I was not as promiscuous. I can’t remember the exact date it was that I started watching porn but society definitely had a role on that. From it being in everything from TV shows/movies to commercial ads, to Instagram, I didn’t think it wasn’t a big deal so I decided I’d check it out. What started out as “checking it out,” turned into once a month, to many days a week until there was a point where I couldn’t fall asleep unless I watched porn. I was extremely depressed and hated myself so any time depression, anxiety or lack of confidence kicked in I turned to porn to “satisfy” me. To feel like I was accepted and loved. I was addicted for a couple years and out of desperation, I gathered with a bunch of other broken women at something called recess. There I learned that the spiritual warfare is real, and that these spirits can torment us and truly having us believing that we are unworthy of everything God has called us into when we tap into them. It was through this group of women that we prayed, confessed, and turned our eyes back to Jesus. It was there I realized the power in the name of Jesus and that perverse spirit torments me no more! Hallelujah! I have been tempted many times afterwards even immediately after giving my testimony but because I now know the power that I hold against the enemy through Jesus, I’m able to call out the spirits as soon as they try to attack. Accountability with others has been a major blessing that has also helped me through. For God doesn’t want us to walk alone!
While I was addicted, I truly believed that I was the only one going through it. I believed that I was completely unworthy of anything Jesus and kept turning away. Now I know better and I hope that through this class we can overcome this addiction. I want other women to know that they are NOT ALONE! That there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that you have done, or are doing that is outside of the grace of God! Hallelujah! If He is the God who He says He is, I believe that he can heal and relieve us of sexual addiction and set us free! He did it for me so I know He can do it for you!
Dates: Concluding July 27
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Renata Lee’s Apartment (Downtown Brooklyn)
Step into the light and love of Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer. There is no sin too great, no hurt too large that He cannot heal.
Your Sisters In Christ,
Vanessa Samuel & Renata Lee