7 areas of intimacy in marriage

7 Areas of Intimacy That Are Present In Your Marriage

One simple and useful definition of intimacy is “shared privacy”. David Olson, co-founder of Prepare-Enrich, family specialist and member of Better Marriages Advisory Board,...
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What Your Marriage Vows Really Mean

When you get married, you vow faithfulness to your spouse. You vow exclusivity to them. You promise to never flirt, lust, or seek attention...
Donna at tolovehonorandvacuum.com wrote a great post about how to pray for your sex life. While it's written to women, this is great advice for men too. #Christianmarriage #Christianhusband #Christianwife #marriageintimacy #prayer

3 Things to Pray For Your Sex Life

Donna at tolovehonorandvacuum.com wrote a great post about how to pray for your sex life. While it's written to women, this is great advice...

10 Ways Men Can Improve Their Marriage’s Sex Life

Today's thoughts come from longtime Friend of the Newsletter™ Sheila at To Love, Honor, and Vacuum and is written by guest poster Keith Schooley.  Psst…...
"Recently I was speaking at a women's gathering, and one of the women asked what to do about the resentment in her heart toward her husband. Even though the issues were relatively minor ones, the resentment was killing her desire for sex." Find out how these tips can help you get your intimacy back. #marriage #marriagetips #marriageadvice #Christianmarriage

Don’t Let Resentment Steal Intimacy in Your Marriage

Resentment can steal intimacy in your marriage, but don't let it. Recently I was speaking at a women's gathering, and one of the women asked...
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Sexy Has Nothing to Do With Your Body

When I talk to women about sex in marriage, one of the most common concerns is their bodies. “I’m just not sexy!”...
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50 Shades of Silly: Why ‘Grey’ Sex Isn’t All That Great

I (Josh) tend to be a contrarian, which means when marriage blogs got on an anti-50 Shades of Grey kick I kinda rolled my...

Don’t Take Sex So Seriously!

Yet again, Sheila from To Love, Honor, and Vacuum comes through with a great post about sex. Enjoy! And check out her site for...

How to Stay Attracted to Your Spouse

Today's tip is an excerpt from a new book by counselor Debra Fileta called Choosing Marriage. If you like what you read today you should...
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One of the Best Decisions We Made in the Bedroom

A few friends lovingly challenged Kristen and me to get rid of the television in the bedroom. I argued, made excuses and rationalized, but...
Of course, being physically affectionate can also be difficult when the person that you’re touching isn’t particularly affectionate, either. But don’t let awkwardness stop you, because physical touch does add a lot to a relationship.

How Being Physically Affectionate Breathes Life into Your Marriage

What do you do if touch isn’t your love language–but others in your family crave touch? On Mondays I like to put up a reader...
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Why It’s Okay to Flirt

Today's post comes from a new friend of ours here at Thriving Marriages. Brie Gowen wrote a great post recently about why it's still...
2 ways to add romance to everyday life

2 Ways to Add Romance to Everyday Life

The loss of passionate romance is a common complaint in marriage. It seems that once the confetti and rice are swept away and the...
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Ladies: Sex Should Feel Good For You Too, So Speak Up!

Are you shy? I don’t mean scared at parties. I mean, do you have difficulty letting your husband know what feels good in...
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What To Do When You Have Mismatched Sex Drives

Today's post is from Bonny Logsdon Burns, who writes at OysterBed7.com. Follow Bonny there for more great resources on Christian Marriage, and thanks to Beth...
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36 Conversations That Will Turn Your Spouse On

Married couples should flirt and have intimate conversations. You stoke the fire of your interest about anything (i.e., job, hobby, faith, politics,...
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Two Ways to Fire Up Passion in the Bedroom

If you've been part of the Thriving Marriages community for awhile then today's post from Les and Leslie Parrott is a "back to basics"...

Your Sexuality Isn’t a Sin

Man oh man is this post from Juli at Authentic Intimacy good. I've been spending a lot of time lately writing about a (surprisingly...
Do you remember the beginning? Wasn't it blissful? Well, you can get that feeling all over again with these 8 ways. #marriage #Christianmarriage #Christianwife #Christianhusband

8 Ways to Fall in Love All Over Again

Schedule your next date night and don’t tell your spouse the plans. The anticipation will spark a renewed sense of fun. Practice the daily...

6 Signs of Healthy Sexuality

I (Josh) hear regularly from spouses in marriages with a sex life that is abusive, exploitative, unsatisfying, or absent. Today's great post from Gary...
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Ingredients to Good Sex: Pt. 1 – Romance

The sex need that rated the fifth highest among women in our survey was romance. Nearly 53% of the women placed romance as a...
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Ingredients to Good Sex: Pt. 4 – Initiation

For Men: Initiation In an earlier post, when we discussed a husband’s need for his wife to respond, we said that her resistance to his...
10 ways porn kills marriage

10 Ways Porn Kills a Marriage

The effects of porn are devastating. Pornography is ravaging marriages. In our culture porn is treated as if it’s harmless, but it’s not. Porn will...
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Your Past Can Be a Benefit, Not a Barrier, In Your Sex Life

In our house, we like this show called Impossible Engineering. It’s documentary style and the basic premise is they look at a phenomenal...
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Ingredients to Good Sex: Pt. 5 – Nonsexual touch

For women: Nonsexual Touch Most women need and desire physical touch that does not lead to sex. They need to feel secure that every physical...
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My Spouse Watches Porn: Now What?

Today's post involves a wife asking Juli Slattery @ Authentic Intimacy what she should do after catching her husband viewing pornography. A thought up front:...
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Why the Golden Rule Doesn’t Work During Sex

If you’re married, we’re sure this will come as no surprise to you: Men and women view sex differently. Very differently.

What the Enemy Wants You to Believe About Sex

Today's post from our friends at Authentic Intimacy and guest blogger Jerusha Clark is so, so, SO good. I (Josh) regularly receive emails from readers...
I believe the fruit of marriage is intimacy. An intimate marriage is a healthy marriage. And, where intimacy is lacking, something has happened. Here are 10 types of marriages that will never experience intimacy. Learn these 10 ways you could be killing intimacy in your marriage! #Christianmarriage #Christianwife #Christianhusband #marriagetips #marriagesupport #marriageintimacy #marriagetips

10 Ways to Kill Intimacy in Your Marriage

Today's article about 10 ways to kill intimacy in your marriagecomes from our friend Frank. Check out his website to see more resources he...
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10 Reasons Your Wife Doesn’t Want to Have Sex

I have a lot of guys who read the blog, and I get tons of emails from guys, and the most common problem I...
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An Affair is Always Intentional

Paul and Virginia Friesen are friends and co-workers in their ministry to married couples. I love their take on how every affair is an...
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Your Wife’s Top 3 Sexual Needs

Women long to have a solid relationship with their husbands, but the sex part—at least the way they feel that their husbands...
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3 Ground Rules for Sexual Playfulness

Today's great post from Julie at Intimacy in Marriage has some great thoughts on why turning your spouse on is great, and how to do...
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Last Year Was One of the Hardest Years of My Life … but One...

Most of the time here at Thriving Marriages we bring you the best content we've found around the web for building a...
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The Intimacy Men Don’t Know They Need

A blockbuster quote from a blockbuster book (Unwanted) by Jay Stringer unmasks what I have seen but been unable to describe in marriage: “Few of...
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Practice Your Way to Better Sex

For many women, sex just isn’t that great at the beginning of the marriage. This week we’ve been looking at specific ways to have better...
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4 Things Newlyweds Should Know About Sex

Today's post comes from our friends at tolovehonorandvacuum.com and guest writer Ngina Otiende. Check out her blog here. As a single woman I had dreams of easy...

Does Your Husband Really NEED Sex?

I'm a little hesitant to share today's post from Juli at Authentic Intimacy - not because it isn't amazing, because it's really good! -...
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Making Time for Making Love

Today's post from Juli @ Authentic Intimacy post is a practical, honest look at the challenges of making sex a priority when you have...
You can experience more marriage intimacy. Following are 10 ways to experience more intimacy with your spouse. #marriage #marriagesupport #marriagetips #Christianmarriage #Christianhusband #Christianwife #intimacy

10 Easy Ways to Boost Marriage Intimacy

Today's post about marriage intimacy comes from Scott Kedersha. What I like about this post isn't just the content, but the links to some...
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Why Your Awkward Sex Life is Okay

Growing up in the Bible belt as a pre-teen, sex always seemed awkward or dirty. It was only talked about as an example of...
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Ingredients to Good Sex: Pt. 2 – Affirmation

For Men: Affirmation "I don't understand why Josh is so withdrawn," Lila told Gary during a counseling session.  During the entire session, she had nothing...
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Awkward Sex Life? That’s Okay

So if before marriage you, like one of our editors, thought your sex life would be the most incredible, easiest thing in the world...you...
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5 TED Talks for Your Marriage

Our friends over at simplemarriage.net recently posted 5 TED talks for your marriage that would be great for you and your spouse to watch...
God's will

1 Surprising Way to Discover God’s Will

One of the Bible's under-appreciated themes is the dozens of different ways he speaks. God's will is found through a burning bush, out of...
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Why So Many Christian Marriages Are Missing Great Sex

Sex has the potential to be the most profoundly satisfying and rich part of a marriage. Sex the way God intended it...
Affairs can ruin everything. It's worth studying how to avoid an affair. As someone who got dangerously close to an affair myself, several of these points rang true to me. No marriage, no matter how good, is 100% bulletproof to temptation. #Affairproof #infidelity #Marriageadvice #MarriageSupport

7 Ways to Avoid an Affair (#4 is huge!)

It's worth studying how to avoid an affair. As someone who got dangerously close to an affair myself, several of these points rang true...
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1 Easy Way to Have a Great Weekend with Your Spouse

Want to have a great weekend with your spouse? Sometimes here at Thriving Marriages we post long, detailed content that dives into the deep waters...
Valentine's Day

6 Great Books to Give (or Read) for Valentine’s Day

You know you love it. Or maybe not. Regardless, Valentine's Day is coming like a freight train and you might be lacking...

3 Great Reasons to Schedule Your Sex Life

Today's topic is yet another great post from Sheila at To Love, Honor, and Vacuum. Today's debates the pros and cons of calendaring out...