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The Five Levels of Intimacy by Barbara Wilson

When I first learned about intimacy levels, I was a sexual health educator going into schools and colleges teaching young people about saving sex for marriage. But God, the ultimate multi-tasker, began using what I was teaching others to show me what was happening in my own marriage. My husband and I had sex before we were married…very early in our relationship. Here we were now around 20 years married, and I was struggling with two things. First, I didn’t enjoy sex, and couldn’t understand why. Second, I didn’t feel emotionally close to my husband. In fact, I often felt lonely in my marriage and desired that we could share more deeply with each other. This was making me question a lot of things…

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When You Feel Very Alone in Marriage by Sheila Wray Gregoire

God designed marriage to be a genuine partnership. Sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes it’s very lopsided. Now if your spouse isn’t much of a partner, that doesn’t absolve you of the responsibility to live up to your partnership. We’re to care for our homes and our kids and our husbands regardless. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy, and it doesn’t mean that we should do everything for those who persist in laziness, enabling very un-Christ like behavior.

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Guess What? Women Struggle with Porn, Too.  By Jessica McCleese

Many women are embarrassed (and ashamed) to admit that they look at pornography. We’ve been taught this is a man’s struggle; therefore, women typically feel as though nobody will understand, or that people will think horrible thoughts about us. We have a tendency to be incredibly hard on ourselves making it difficult to admit our burden. Humans are built for community, we must not carry this burden alone!

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How Do I Know if I’ve Been Sexually Abused by Barbara Wilson

Sexual abuse has a broader definition than we may assume. There are four types of sexual abuse: verbal, visual, physical and psychological. Barb explains each of these to us in a thought-provoking article.

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4 Things We Did to Raise Humans We Actually Like  By Rhonda Fast

We really wanted to enjoy our children at all stages of their life and it was important to us that we weren’t raising our kids to be teens and adults that were whiney, entitled or disrespectful. We felt that if we enjoyed certain traits in our kids, the rest of the world might just appreciate them, as well. We’ve learned that it’s well worth the time and effort needed in order to raise interesting and thoughtful humans that we love spending time with.

Written by FamilyLife Canada