The Good and Beautiful God
We were there for me to attend a 3 day seminar at the American Academy of Family Physicians Annual Conference.
We had a wonderful marital get-a-way together, AND I learned so so much great information attending good talks on many important and applicable things to our lives and health. I look forward to sharing these things in my upcoming blogs as I get my notes together.
This week I will review allergies and common colds/sinus infections and Eric wrote a great article on the dangers of soda pop. So, stay tuned. In Family & Faith, I am starting to write about tremendous soul training which I am learning from reading James Bryan Smith’s, “The Good and Beautiful God”, and marriage tips about finances and great reasons to schedule sex in your marriage!
Schedule sex with your spouse AT LEAST one night or time per week!
This will develop a high sexual comfort level since you know you will have sex at least once a week.
- Eliminates “The Ask” (and potential rejection from the spouse with the higher desire)
- Increases desire (it engages the brain because it is the largest sex organ in the human body)
- Increases anticipation (can anticipate and prepare for your marital recreation!)
- Allows for prime time planning (put it in the best time for each of you)
- Helps couples prepare physically (hot bath or shower or freshly shaved body)
- Builds trust and intimacy in a marriage (if we commit to this, we must honor our word and agreement)
Spontaneous sex can have its place in life, but scheduling sex always has its place on our calendar!
Adapted from “Red-Hot Monogamy” by Bill and Pam Farrel
Upcoming blog – traits of a red-hot lover, from “Red-Hot Monogamy”!
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“The Good and Beautiful God”, by James Bryan Smith
This is the first in a series of 3 great and life changing books by Mr. Smith, which we are reading in my weekly small group. I will start to highlight some of his biblical based insights and teaching from the first chapter of his first book in this blog, and continue it over the next several blogs. With each chapter, James includes a soul training exercise to help train our souls.
“The only thing that counts is faith working through love” (Galatians 5:6) in our hearts, our homes, our work, our community, and our planet, and “it all starts with knowing the God Jesus knows, and loving God with every fiber of your being.” Mr. Smith states that most people want to change but fail – not because they are not trying, but they are not training properly and relying upon the Holy Spirit (God and Jesus in us!).
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone and the new has come!“, 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Our lifelong transformation into all God has planned for us is accomplished by changing our own and worldly narratives into Jesus’ and God’s narratives, soul training exercises, being in Christian fellowship and community, and the Holy Spirit.
Exercise 1 – At least one day this week sleep until you cannot sleep anymore, and go to bed at a consistent time each night… The greatest enemy of Christian spiritual formation is exhaustion. Most studies show that people need at least 8 hours of sleep a night to maintain good health (so God designed us to spend at least 1/3 of our lives sleeping) – this leads us to be happier, less tired, and more creative, energetic, and productive. God designed us to be stewards of our lives – or body, mind, and soul. We cannot neglect our body and be effective in our spiritual growth and transformation!
From one of my wonderful and so special patients, Amber: “I found a great new medicine for fatigue… it’s called SLEEP!!! My husband and I feel so much better and sleep so much better by going to bed at the same time each night!”
I will discuss the next several chapters in my next blog. Until then, I pray that you and I will allow the Holy Spirit to work in and with us to make a regular bedtime and sleep at least 8 hours a night. I pray that we (and our families, friends, and world) all grow each day more and more in love with God with every fiber of our being!
Hugs and love,