Let's get to the heart of the issue instead.
I think the basics are things like -
love, honesty, vulnerability, trust, commitment, selflessness.
These are the basic tools you need to take with you to bed.
(But actually, you should try to keep them with you at all times.)
As I said the other day, my friend Linda has been blogging about sex.
I have been impressed by it.
She & I have conversed about it.
We've talked about problems & pain that many deal with in their marriages.
We've prayed about it.
We've read books about it.
I have wanted to be able to write about the subject.
But, it is scary.
Sex is powerful & it affects us SO deeply, either negatively or positively.
It is a delicate matter. I might say something wrong. I might hurt someone.
I don't want to.
I think that is the similar issue many couples face.
They don't know how to talk about it.
It is a delicate issue.
They don't want to hurt the other one.
They don't want to be hurt.
How do you even approach the subject?
It is scary.
But, the marriage bed should be a place of safety.
It should be a place where we can show love.
The kind of love that can cast out those fears.
Don't you think the scariest part is the uncovering of your heart?
Open, laid bare, naked.
What if you look foolish? Needy? Broken?
What will the other person think?
Can I tell you something?
My husband & I had a great honeymoon.
It was a great beginning for our oneness.
There was uncertainty. There was learning.
There was pain. There was patience.
We went to Ireland. We got married on a Saturday. We flew out on Monday.
We got off the plane in Dublin & went to the train station.
We barely made it onto the train in time, to head west to Galway.
On that train ride, my body gave us a little wedding present.
|me in Ireland|
But, it helped to teach us something.
We were learning to talk about hard things.
Things like sex & emotions,
male & female & being different from each other,
needs & understanding each other & the like.
|the husband there, too|
And it is a conversation we are committed to continuing in together.
We try to speak in love, with honesty.
The more vulnerable & selfless we are,
the more trust there can be.
(The next good gift we got on our honeymoon
was when I lost my toiletries case on the bus.
Make-up free, hairy legs,
This is who I am, baby!)