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Q&A: I've Never Prayed About Sex Before. How Do I Start?

Praying about your sex life? It's a little awkward at first. That's because even those of us who've grown up in church have been led to believe that sexual problems don't belong there. In this video, Juli opens the Word and reminds the crowd at a “God, Sex, & Your Marriage” event that it was God who created sexual intimacy — and He blesses it! It's O...

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Six Red Flags You Can't Ignore in Dating

by Joy Skarka Are you dating someone and wondering if the red flags you see are reason enough to break up with him or her? Do your friends and family have concerns about the relationship? If you feel in your heart that something is just not right, don’t ignore it. It might be the Holy Spirit. Does God care who you date? “The survey says, Yes!" Of course God cares! God is ...

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Q&A: Don't "Play Marriage" While Dating

In a dating relationship, how soon is too soon… - to share your past? - to pray alone together? - to share your hopes or fears? With so many ways to connect, emotional intimacy in dating can easily outpace commitment. In this video, Juli shares a few safeguards to help you set a healthy pace to becoming intimate as a couple. Other resources you may like: Sexual ...

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Resign As Boss: How To Help Your Husband Lead

This is part three of a three-part series from, "Finding the Hero in Your Husband, Revisited.” * As recently as a few decades ago, many Christian women believed that in order to be loving wives they had to limit their own personal potential. Loving and respecting a husband meant being essentially mute and supportive. In order to allow a man to assume the role of protector and lead...

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Q&A: What If I'm Not Sexually Attracted to the Person I'm With?

There's a question that keeps popping up in our inbox: What if I'm not sexually attracted to the person I'm with? Physical and sexual attraction wane over time. Physical and sexual intimacy can grow over time. In light of this, Dr. Juli Slattery shares her thoughts on the importance of physical attraction, yet how focusing too much on our feelings can detract from the intimacy t...

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7 Ways We Unknowingly Sabotage Intimacy in Our Marriages

This is part two of a three-part series from, "Finding the Hero in Your Husband, Revisited.”* A wife’s greatest dilemma is that you want your husband to lead, but you want him to lead the way you tell him to. There is a tension between desperately wanting to build the hero in your husband and being too proud or afraid to trust him. And so we end up using our power to...

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Q&A: My Friend Is Afraid to Date Because She Has an STD. How Do I Encourage Her?

"I have a friend who contracted an STD (herpes). She is in her 30s, and wants to get married, but is afraid to look for a mate because of her STD. What encouragement or advice can I share with her?" In this video, Dr. Jennifer Degler fills in for Juli and shares three ways you can help and encourage a friend who feels shame about having an STD. Dr. Jennifer is a clinical psychol...

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3 Reasons Women Tend To Take Over in Marriage

The first in a 3-part series from "Finding the Hero in Your Husband, Revisited."* Author Margo Kaufman once wrote, “The only thing worse than a man you can’t control is a man you can.” I’ve experienced this bind. Have you? I desperately want to build the hero in my husband. I want to see his strength, but I find myself too afraid and too proud to trust him. ...

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Q&A: Is Sexual Sin Worse Than Other Sin?

I've often heard the expression "sin is sin," but is it true about sexual sin? Are there degrees of seriousness of sexual sin? Do you counsel the one addicted to porn different from the one who graphically fantasizes? If we confess our sin — sexual or non-sexual — He is faithful and just to forgive. Aren't you glad? Because in this life, you and I will continue ...

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Want Your Marriage To Go the Distance? You'll Need More Than "Artificial Intimacy"

Here’s a little secret I learned a few years into marriage: I didn’t know if I really loved Mike until I felt no feelings of love toward him. The sense of “feeling love” had to fade away for me to be able to learn how to really love my husband. My friend, and this week's guest blogger, Gary Thomas gets this. If you're wondering if authentic intimacy can be kindle...

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