Intimacy issues have become a multi-billion dollar business, but what most people don’t realize is that, a lot of the time, those issues are more mental and emotional than physical. If we are going to take a look at our struggles with connecting with someone intimately, then we must go back to where it all began, where we learned about intimacy in the first place. What all goes into our understanding of and experience with intimacy?
In this episode, Jory and Jennifer explore the roots of our sexuality, as well as our ability to connect. Intimacy isn’t just about sex, it is also about your mind, your heart, and your spirit. Learn to look deeper into your intimate life and how it was shaped by the family you grew up in and your early experiences with intimacy. We will share how you can take a look back to understand and then turn forward and move in a more healthy and God-honoring direction with your relationships.
About Jennifer Miller
Jennifer Miller is a Christian pastor, counselor, and author who has dedicated her career to helping individuals, couples, and families strengthen their faith and their relationships.
Her new book, “No Longer Two: A Guide to How God Created Men, Women, and Marriage,” available on Amazon, is a compilation of all the wisdom she has gained and shared over the years on what truly makes relationships work.
In addition to teaching and writing on marriage and family topics, she serves as the Co-Executive Director of The Center for Living Well, a nonprofit Christian wellness ministry, based in Phoenix, Arizona with divisions in Canada and Michigan.
Jennifer’s Success Tips
~ Consider the “rules” you learned about intimacy from your parents and family of origin and how they may be affecting your current relationships
~ Choose to be intentional about letting go of the “rules” that no longer serve you well and then initiate behaviors that take you in a more healthy and God-honoring direction
~ Know that you are not defined by your childhood or past experiences, including those you consider mistakes, and look for ways to overcome, change, and grow
~ Read No Longer Two: A Guide to How God Created Men, Women, and Marriage by Jennifer Miller, available through Amazon
Jennifer’s Quote of the Day
“Ever wonder why we have grandiose fantasies and dreams for marriage? I believe it is because we innately know that it is meant to be something amazing.” ~ Jennifer Miller, No Longer Two
Jory’s Success Tips
- The best thing you can do for yourself: develop a healthy relationship with God.
- The best thing you can do for your kids: model healthy relationships with God, with yourself, and with your spouse.
- Maintaining healthy relationships is a hallmark of effective leadership.
Jory’s Verse of the Day
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. ~Roman 12:10
Listen to Jory and Jennifer by clicking the audio player below.
Piano music by David Nevue.