The culture is inundating us with messages that chip away at the moorings upon which God’s design for marriage is built.
We shouldn’t be surprised.
Ephesians 5:31 says, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” The next verse says, “This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church” (v.32).
According to Paul, an intimate marriage says to the world, “This is a picture of Christ’s love for His church. This is how intense Christ’s love for you is.”
Is it any wonder, then, that the culture drowns us in twisted messages about sex? Is it any wonder that pornography is such a problem in many marriages?
Authors Bill and Pam Farrel say that the most comprehensive relational studies all agree that the best sexual experiences take place within the context of marriage. It takes some creativity and a lot of intentionality, but there are answers for married couples struggling to deepen their intimacy.
And the rewards … well, they sizzle. Not only are couples happier when they feel intimately connected, but their relationships also serve as a picture of the most important message on earth – Christ’s love – to the world.
They’ll explain how couples can deepen their connection with the marriage acrostic TIME:
- Ten or twenty minutes a day to connect
- Invest in a weekly date night
- Monthly day away
- Escape yearly
They also share how to protect your marriage’s intimacy with the acrostic YES:
- Yielded to each other
- Extend intimacy in love
- Secure time together with privacy
This program isn’t graphic, but it’s probably not suitable for younger children, so please use your discretion and occupy your kids elsewhere, or listen later online, on iTunes, via Podcast, or on our free phone app.
I hope your summer is going well. I also hope you’ll consider supporting Focus on the Family prayerfully and financially. Each week our staff gathers together in groups to pray for specific requests friends like you share with us. Your prayers sustain us.
So do your financial gifts. When you donate any amount today, we’ll send you a copy of the Farrels’ book Red Hot Monogamy as our way of saying thank you. Their book contains over 200 practical suggestions – what they call “hands-on homework” – that will help couples put the sizzle back into their intimacy.
Right now is a great time to contribute to Focus on the Family. Generous friends will match your donation, dollar-for-dollar, so your gift will help twice as many couples.
Thank you for standing with us!