"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;"
Eph 5:25

Saturday, June 25, 2011

More Marriage Intimacy Stuff

I know I said that I wasn't going to post any more info about marriage blogs, but I received comments from a few people who convinced me to keep going.   So, from time to time I will comment on a few such blogs that I find helpful.   I hope my readers find the information useful as well.

I must warn you, some bloggers cover controversial and delicate subjects, often in embarrassing detail.  It won't be G-rated reading.   If you are uncomfortable with the contents, then maybe you should read these blogs after you examine your heart before God, ask him to free you from your chains, and deal with the source of your discomfort. 

I am aptly convinced and convicted by the Holy Spirit to keep reading, studying, and posting because
God wants us to continue to grow closer in our relationships to Him and closer in our marriage relationships.  Such growth should never stop, but rather should continue throughout our lives here on Earth.  We must always learn more and put that knowledge into practice often so that we may achieve the "one flesh" bond that God wants for every married couple.

To experience oneness in marriage (to know and be known ... completely)  is the ultimate goal.  It is God's design for marriage.  We were made for each other, to complete each other.  We are not actually "one" until we have abandoned ourselves to the other ... completely.  That means we must open ourselves up to our spouses and to the plan God has for marriage; to be one flesh spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and of course, physically. 

That said, I will not post anything here that is not founded on solid biblical principles.  In other words, I want to study marriage from God's perspective and His Word.  After I have sorted through all the gobbledygook, then I will pass it on to you.

OK, so here is a partial list of what I've been reading lately

Focus on the Family Spiritual Intimacy
An excellent 11-part series on spiritual intimacy in marriage.  Biblically based and easy to understand.

Crosswalk Spiritual Intimacy in Marriage
This article outlines some good tips on opening up to your spouse and beginning the spiritual intimacy journey as a couple.

Sounds of Encouragement Intellectual Intimacy in Marriage
Article by Barrington H. Brennan (actually written in 2004) explaining that the boundaries of an intimate marriage extend far beyond the four walls of the bedroom. 

GrowthTrac Emotional Intimacy
Jill Savage writes about trust and communication as important aspects of emotional intimacy in marriage.  

Focus on the Family What It Means To Be Intimate
Even though this is a singles series, it's an outstanding series of articles about developing emotional intimacy.

One Flesh Marriage To Be Known ... Completely
A great definition of "intimacy."

The Intimate Couple Christian Marriage Advice on Sex and Marriage
Advice about biblical intimacy for married couples.  Sex was God's idea.

The Generous Husband Permission Granted to Have a Great Sex Life
There are a lot of sexual messages that get pushed on people.

The Generous Husband It's Not Going To Fall Off!
For Husbands: How to deal with sexual rejection.  Also some tips for wives who want to help hubby out.

Christian Nymphos Giving Up on the Good Girl
For wives:  An article about breaking the cycle of wrong thinking about sex.

As these articles deal with marriage, it is always best when both spouses read them carefully and prayerfully, either together or separately.  It's always fun to follow up with a little couple-time discussion. I hope the material presented here blesses you in your marriages.

I will share more as I learn.

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