516: SEX OUT OF OBLIGATION

“Sex is an art form not a chore.” —Anonymous

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For just a minute, think back to those “we can’t keep our hands off of each other” early days of your marriage. The sex back then might have been filled with sexual desire, tons of energy, and a connection that made you want more and more. 

There was a feeling of excitement about what it would be like and how wonderful it would feel. It created expectations and teased at the things to come in your marriage. 

512: THE CHATTER IN MY HEAD

“When eagles are silent, parrots begin to chatter.” Winston Churchill

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When life gets busy, it’s easy to let the thoughts of the day or even your inner voice impact your ability to be truly intimate. That “chatter” in your head can be loud. This noise becomes a distraction to intimacy and prevents you from being fully present with your spouse.  

So what are you supposed to do to break through that noise in your head and focus on intimacy? 

508: MUTUAL MASTURBATION

“Sometimes the most important conversations are the most difficult to engage in.” —Jeanne Phillips

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Masturbation can be a difficult topic in marriage and the idea of mutual masturbation even more challenging. The thought of this word alone can make you feel uncomfortable. 

This word has a lot of power to influence people’s thoughts and attitudes. For many masturbation is equated with sin or pornography. Others feel there’s no place for it in a marriage. And others don’t know what to think based on all of the viewpoints they received over the years.

507: MARRIAGE THROUGH THE YEARS: PART 1 — NEWLY WED

“A wedding is an event, a marriage is a lifetime. Invest more in your marriage than your wedding and success is inevitable.” —Anonymous

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Marriage has many seasons. As the years pass, your marriage will see ups and downs, wins, and challenges. That’s why equipping yourself on how to have an extraordinary marriage no matter how long you have been married is so important. 

One of the best ways to understand the seasons of marriage is to start at the beginning and explore the “newly wed stage.”