Most rituals are developed at a subconscious level. Our mind automatically creates behaviors that keep us safe and help us survive. Whether we are aware of them or not, everyday living contains rituals that might include eating, exercise, grooming, social media, work, spiritual disciplines and more.
The 50 Shades of Grey books and movies are not about healthy intimacy. They are about misguided attempts at intimacy. Sex, on the other hand, plays a part in the broken attempt to connect with another human being.
In many cases, the wife does not feel pursued in the marriage. Her husband may have pursued her vigorously before they were married, but since? Not so much. She feels alone. She feels empty. She feels as though she has lost something valuable. So what does it mean for a wife to feel pursued?
Some company, desperate to create a name for themselves and a memorable product, will use sex as a marketing tool during the Super Bowl. This may happen during the first quarter, before the halftime show (or during), or at the end of the game while confetti flutters down from the rafters. But mark my words—it will happen.
As wives, we have incredible power to either build up our husbands or tear them down. When we choose to use our words and actions to be the person our husband can always count on to have his back, we are pursuing him in a way that fills his heart and allows him to “rise up and call her blessed.”
The original Conquer Series was amazing—packed full of biblical teaching and practical application tools to help men walk in freedom. It’s hard to imagine that it could get any better. But you know what? It did!
For many of us, we already know what the day will bring, but we are unable to see the traps and other hazards that are waiting to ensnare us. We become so focused on what’s happening around us that we get lost in our own darkness; we forget to survey the land.
As we begin the New Year, we need to raise our self-awareness. If you are like me, you may have set goals or resolutions for the New Year. But, how often have we set New Year’s resolutions and failed at our attempts to change?
Countless times, I committed to friends, mentors, and eventually my spouse that I was going to change my bad habits and start walking in purity and freedom. I failed miserably over and over; and over. If you are looking to do the same in 2018, follow my advice!
Whether you love the holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations—or you tolerate them, the holidays can be draining. How do we recover from being emotionally stressed and drained as we face the New Year?
Between working, taking care of a baby, and preparing for the busy holiday season, it was difficult to find the time to sort through this pile of clutter. So, what does an over-committed, over-stressed, twentysomething wife and Mom do?
During the holidays, routines can quickly fall by the wayside. Groups take a week (or two) off when the meeting day lands on a holiday. Phone calls are harder to make from different service areas. With no looming group meetings to prepare for, homework slips off our radar.