For the past three years, I’ve chosen a theme of sorts for the year and published posts that encourage us toward the goal. They’ve been:
I’ve given a lot of thought over the past several weeks to my theme for 2018. When I didn’t feel that God was clearly speaking to me on what it should be, I consulted trusted advisors who had provided me godly counsel in the past. Their answers weren’t clear either.
The only thing that kept coming to mind were vague phrases like:
Hmm, tough words for a gal who likes to be passionately proactive. But after a lot of mulling over those phrases, I feel like God wants me to let go of the theme this year. Not because it isn’t a good idea, and I might return to it in 2019, but keeping that up takes time that might be better spent right now on finishing books, tending to my email inbox, and pursuing speaking in a more focused way.
As usual, I asked myself how this lesson I’m learning in life applies to marriage and the marriage bed. And here it is: Oftentimes improving the intimacy in our marriage doesn’t start with doing more stuff, but rather choosing to let go.Oftentimes improving the intimacy in our marriage doesn't start with doing more stuff, but rather choosing to let go. Click To Tweet
Although I enjoy giving advice on actions you can take to help your marriage enjoy greater sexual intimacy, sometimes the right answer for a spouse’s situation is to just let something go. Here are some ways in which spouses may need to step back or surrender:
- Let go of that sexual fantasy your spouse doesn’t want to engage in and appreciate all the activities you do enjoy in your marriage bed
- Let go anger about your spouse’s past sins and focus on the present and the future
- Let go of your inhibitions and learn how to absorb pleasure in the moment
- Let go of the worry about what you might discover or what others will think and visit the doctor or counselor already
- Let go of unrealized expectations and create new dreams for your marriage bed
- Let go of the anxiety you feel about confessing sin and come clean to your spouse and/or your Christian community
- Let go of your tension over the kids knowing that you have sex and embrace lovemaking for your marriage’s sake (and theirs)
What do you need to let go to create a better, more intimate marriage in 2018?What do you need to let go to create a better, more intimate marriage in 2018? Click To Tweet
I’m sure your answer and mine are not the same. But it’s a question we should ask ourselves. The best goal for the sexual intimacy in your marriage this coming year could be letting go of something you’ve been holding onto that keeps you from experiencing the deep intimacy God wants you to have in your marriage.
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