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9 Characteristics of a Healthy Sexual Relationship for a Christian

9 Characteristics of a Healthy Sexual Relationship for a Christian

Sex is complicated. When experienced as God intended it’s beautiful, bonding, nourishing. But when sex is marred and distorted by the enemy it becomes deeply destructive. Sex cuts very close to the core of who we are as human beings. It’s much more than biology; it impacts and is impacted by everything about you and your relationship. But what really is a healthy sexual relationship for a Christian?

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Recovering from Spiritual Abuse

Recovering from Spiritual Abuse

When you’ve been harmed in the name of God, the path to wholeness is long and slow. Last time we talked about how your perception of God is damaged when God-talk is mixed up with abuse. Even if your head believes He is good, your heart experiences Him as the enemy. But recovering from spiritual abuse is possible.

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How to Experience God’s Presence

Do you struggle with spending time with God on a daily basis? 
 
If you’ve ever felt like quiet time with God isn’t meaningful or boring–you’re not alone. When our days get busy and times are tough, the first thing that often goes out the window is our time spent with God. Author Craig Denison joins the podcast to discuss why this happens and what you can do to partner with God for a renewed perspective on quiet time with God. 

Resources Mentioned: 

Check out Dr Carol’s article 5 Things You Can Do to Hear God’s Voice

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How God Works through a Messy Marriage

Marriage is messy. It’s God’s idea, but navigating the highs and lows of a relationship is part of learning to love well. 

Joshua Rogers, author and speaker, joins the podcast to discuss how to look at your own love story, and pay attention to the ways God may be at work.


Resources Mentioned: 

Make sure to check out our online course Sexpectations, and discover how to look at your sexual story with honesty and compassion and write the next chapter with hope.

Find more of our Marriage Resources on our Healthy Relationships page

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Everything Christians Want to Know About Sex, But Are Afraid to Ask

Christians today are encountering a culture that sends mixed messages when it comes to sex, sexuality and more. And sometimes the religious messages only add to confusion. Those messages have a profound impact and can lead to unhealthy sexual behavior or sexual aversion.

In today’s podcast, Dr. Carol discusses your Sexpectations and how it effects your sexual story. 


Resources Mentioned: 

Make sure to check out our online course Sexpectations, and discover how to look at your sexual story with honesty and compassion and write the next chapter with hope. 

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What God Hates: Abuse and the Church

Power and authority can be used for good, or for great evil. And when abuse happens in the name of God, the damage is even more severe.

Dr. Diane Langberg joins the podcast to discuss the impact of abusive behavior in the church and what can be done about it. 


Resources Mentioned: 

Make sure to check out our online course Sexpectations, and discover how to look at your sexual story with honesty and compassion and write the next chapter with hope. 

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Your life's experience, work, and ministry is really blessing my life. Thank you Dr. Carol - from one ministered soul to you a mouthpiece of God's Word. Whew! So I just shed a few more tears while writing this.

Mady

Your videos and articles helped me greatly. I had decided that that if by a certain time my husband and I were not making progress, I was leaving. But then my husband and I talked!!! We have a long way to go, but with God we will succeed. Thank you Lord, and thank you Dr Carol."

Anne

We faced this hurdle where we needed help. Dr Carol listened, and when she gave advice it felt like it was without judgement and made us both see the issue in a new perspective. Now our marriage is stronger than ever.

Brian & Suzi

ABOUT ME

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Hello, my name is Dr. Carol Tanksley

I’m an OB-Gyn physician, Doctor of Ministry, author, and speaker. And I’m so happy you’ve joined me on this journey to live Fully Alive!

I’ve practiced medicine for 25 years (in Texas since 2005), and am board certified in Obstetrics-Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology. I currently practice part-time, providing short-term relief for other OB-Gyn physicians and hospitals. This provides the flexibility for me to do more of the ministry work I love.

While continuing to practice medicine, I also obtained an M.Div. (Master of Divinity), and then a D.Min. (Doctor of Ministry) from Oral Roberts University, focusing on Christian leadership. My husband Al and I together produced a regular radio program “The Dr Carol Show” from 2009 until not long before his death in 2016.

Speaking, writing, and connecting with people both here and around the world lets me help men, women, and couples live more Fully Alive and experience the good health, loving relationships, and joyful spirituality that Jesus came to bring us.

I live in Austin, Texas, where I get to enjoy being Grandma Carol to four wonderful grandchildren.