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Every morning, first things first, I head to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee. I see on my refrigerator the quote: “Bloom where you are planted.” Have you heard this before? It’s a pretty famous French Proverb, and I find inspiration in it. I think it’s a short way of saying that no matter where we are at this moment, we can bloom—we can be fully alive! 

However, to be fully alive, we need to be free.

I was reminded of this while scrolling through Instagram. Do you ever do that? I saw a post by Catholic musician, songwriter, and worship leader, Sarah Kroger, where she explained, “God made us free. Free from that which tries to steal our joy every day. Free to dream big and love deeply.” 

To be fully alive, we need to be free, as God made us to be, from every limitation. Sexuality is often an area of life where people, seeking joy and love, end up entangled in habits or a lifestyle that prevents them from attaining what they actually want. Seeking fulfillment, specifically through pornography, masturbation, and other sexual impulses, keeps us from being available to receive joy—a fruit of the Holy Spirit—and inhibits our ability to actively live in real love.  

The primary step to seeking this freedom is first to remember who we really are. What is our identity? Where do we come from, and where are we going? And what is our purpose? After all, if we don’t understand and embrace our fundamental identity, how could we ever be fully anything? And what does it mean if my purpose was never meant to include pornography?

God made us in his image. Our identity is rooted in this very truth. He designed us with all of his attributes: generosity, love, selflessness, beauty, goodness, meakness, zeal, justice, and so on. 

When we come to understand our identity and the gift of our sexuality according to God’s design, things begin to change. We begin to understand that God’s plan for life and love is actually what we long for and not what the pornography industry is promoting. We realize we are made to give and receive love according to God’s design, not the world’s design.

Introducing...

...a new free, video series for you to consider, titled Fully Alive: Overcoming Porn and Embracing God’s Design! These videos are designed to remind us of God’s plan for life and love. In it, we explain how pornography is not a path to fulfillment and is actually contrary to God’s design. We will also provide direction and encouragement in your battle to overcome an ongoing struggle or addiction to pornography, so you can live more fully in the freedom for which God designed us.

After watching these 7 videos of prayer, thought-provoking reflections, and presentations, you’ll discover (or maybe re-discover) that we are beloved adopted sons and daughters of God. I think you’ll find that knowing this has everything to do with living a full life in the here and now. 

We hope these seven days will give you the opportunity to open your heart and discover your identity and purpose. In particular, we hope you will discover that it doesn't include pornography. You will be more fully able to discover your identity and purpose as you eliminate pornography from your life. As we eliminate sin from our lives, and turn towards God, we are able to become more fully alive.

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Fully Alive

Fully Alive: Overcoming Porn and Embracing God's Design

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These seven FREE videos are designed to teach you about God’s plan for life and love. In these videos, you'll learn how pornography is contrary to God’s design and receive direction and encouragement in your battle to overcome an ongoing struggle or addiction with pornography in order to be more fully who God has created you to be!

Amanda Zurface is the Catholic Content Specialist for Covenant Eyes. Amanda holds a License and MA in Canon Law and a BA in Catholic Theology and Social Justice. Amanda has served in various roles within the Catholic Church both in the United States and internationally. She is the co-author of Equipped: Smart Catholic Parenting in a Sexualized Culture and Transformed by Beauty. She resides in Lexington, Ohio where she manages amandazurface.com: providing online spiritual direction and canon law consultation.