Resources for women

Got a phone call regarding my earlier post from Mark Laaser (the audio download). In that audio a female recovering sex addict (who is now a therapist) shared for about 25 minutes. A friend of mine asked, what resources are there for female sexual addicts, and wives of sexual addicts?

For women who are sxual addicts:

for wives of sxual addicts:

Mark Laaser Seminar on Sex Addiction

I ran across this 49 minute audio seminar on sexual addiction by Mark Laaser. He is a recovering sexual addict and a christian sex addiction therapist. He was mentored by Patrick Carnes and wrote a great book called “Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction.”

He talks about some things that we don’t usually discuss on this blog or in the support groups, that I think will be really helpful for you guys.

Click here to listen to it

If you can’t get it to play, leave a comment for me and I will get it converted to an easier format to play on your computer.

More About Joseph and Forgiveness

Today I’ve been asking the Lord, why? What about Joseph that made him so different from his brothers? How could his heart be so pure that he would forgive, resist the advances of the egyptian woman, rule in wisdom, etc…? His brothers were steeped in sin, murder, jealousy, sexual immorality, violence, vengence. His father also had an inferiority complex because he was not daddy’s favorite, so he swindled his brother, lived a life of striving, deceit, and fear.

I was thinking, perhaps it was Jacob, perhaps Jacob changed from the time that Reuben was born, until the time that Joseph was born, so Joseph had a different family environment.

One website’s estimations of the ages of Jacob’s sons when they sold Joseph into slavery:
1723 BC
Joseph was 17 years old when his brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt. [Gen 37:1]
Isaac 168 / Israel & Esau 108 / Reuben 23 / Simeon 22 / Levi 21 / Judah & Dan 20/ Naphtali, Issachar & Gad 19 / Asher & Zebulun 18

Another source had similar ages listed, and used various date clues in the text so it seems accurate:

So there was only around 6 years between all the brothers. They all grew up in similar family environment.

Joseph’s mother was loved, and he was loved. He was favored, that was the only difference. But it makes such a huge difference.

It says that Joseph was tending the flock with his brothers (could be translated Joseph was tending his brothers with the flocks… seems to say he was already being pruned for family leadership). Later it shows that although teh brothers were sent away to tend the flocks, Joseph was with his father at home, shows special treatment, more time with father, perhaps training.

Genesis 37
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented [a] robe for him. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.