• Gary Thomas, Sacred Marriage, p. 159
    “While men may need to be reminded of the importance of frequent nonsexual touching, many wives have learned that if a woman is not pursuing her husband sexually, just about every other movement toward her husband may go unnoticed.”
  • Dennis and Barbara Rainey, Rekindling the Romance, p. 176
    “Your marriage doesn’t have to settle for mediocrity. There is a plan that delivers hope. The God of the universe who created a billion galaxies and flung them into space created romance for you and your wife to enjoy. I’m convinced that God wants your romance to blossom and grow, not shrivel up and become non‐existent; He wants you to experience great sex, satisfying oneness, and a whole new level of intimacy you never dreamed possible.”
  • Dave Harvey, When Sinners Say I Do, p. 165
    "Bitterness is one of the most common causes of neglected sex. From the soil of anger and unresolved conflicts, it grows quickly into a virulent week that chokes out intimacy. Married people turned bitter use their bodies as a weapon, a weapon that harms by withholding. A weapon used to punish the other person for sinning against us. This calls for forgiveness."
  • Fred and Brenda Stoeker, Every Heart Restored, p. 72
    “When we wives disobey God and do not make ourselves sexually available to our husbands, we block off their main, natural route for expressing intimacy. Of course, in the wake of his sexual sin or his addiction, it may be necessary to mutually agree to a sexual moratorium to allow the healing process to begin.”
  • Robert Lewis, Rocking the Roles, p. 129
    “The most important thing to a man in sex is how his wife enjoys his lovemaking. Real sexual fulfillment for a husband ultimately does not come from the pleasure he receives, but from the pleasure he senses you, his wife, receive from him! … On the other hand, a wife who gives in to her husband’s advances with an ‘I’ll let him have what he wants’ attitude deeply frustrates him. He will pick up on it easily, and it will stir up more insecurity than pleasure. He’ll come away feeling empty and having questions about himself.”
  • Gary Thomas, Sacred Marriage, p. 195
    “Honestly ask yourself these questions: Is sex something I’m giving to my spouse, or withholding? Is sex something I am demanding, or offering? Is sex something I am using as a tool of manipulation, or as an expression of generous love? If God looked at nothing other than my sexuality, would I be known as a mature Christian or as a near pagan?”
  • Dave Harvey, When Sinners Say I Do, p. 154
    “While it can be difficult to start, couples who have worked at openly talking about their fears and expectations around sex find not only a richer love life, but a deeper, more trusting marriage.”
  • Dave Harvey, When Sinners Say I Do, p. 152
    “Marriages that are sexually satisfying in private carry into the public sphere a certain sparkle, an open demonstration of joy and unity that helps point people to the Creator of marriage."”
  • Emerson Eggerichs, Love and Respect, p. 253
    “Your husband’s anatomy and design is much different from yours. He needs sexual release as you need emotional release. This is why he loves the act of sex in and of itself. It is a pleasurable act that brings him satisfaction. As a woman, you may feel that the two of you have to feel and be close in order to share sexually. For him, however, it is the reverse: the sexual act is what brings the two of you close!”
  • Chip Ingram, Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships, p. 134
    “The relationship of marriage provides the only God‐designed setting in which a man and a woman can express deep gratitude to their Creator as they share his gift of sexuality with each other for life … A view of love that has no place for God will produce neither love nor gratitude to God for His generosity.”
  • Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus, Intimate Issues, p. 37
    “Hormone levels greatly influence sexual desire. A man is like a river. His testosterone levels flow constant and steady. A woman is like an ocean. Her hormones ebb and flow, depending on where she is in her menstrual cycle. In the early part of her cycle when estrogen levels are high, desire for sex can wash over her with the force of a typhoon. Several days later, after ovulation, she may want nothing to do with sex.”
  • Theda Hlavka, Saying I Do was the Easy Part, p. 73
    “When you consider the fact that the sexual relationship is the most complex element of marriage, and no one ever talks about it, it’s no wonder many couples are struggling … Many couples think that if they have to discuss this delicate issue, they’re failures. This isn’t true.”
  • Fred and Brenda Stoeker, Every Heart Restored, p. 73
    “The well‐being of a married man’s psyche is tied inextricably to the quality of his sex life. If he feels good about his sex life, that sense of satisfaction spills over into every other part of his experience. And conversely, if his sex life is floundering, then in his mind, other disasters cannot be too far behind.”
  • Robert Lewis, Rocking the Roles, p. 128
    “Few things affirm a man in his masculinity as does his wife’s sexual responsiveness. Spontaneous hugs, kisses, and other demonstrations of affection, as well as intercourse, do more than make a man feel good. These actions meet a much deeper need. They reassure a man. They confirm him in his masculinity!”
  • Dennis and Barbara Rainey, Staying Close, p. 253
    “Sex is a thermometer that measures the depth of the relationship … For sex to be truly satisfying to both partners, each has to risk being totally open and vulnerable to the other.”
  • Esteem them for acknowledging the need to invest in their marriage by improving their sexual intimacy
  • Let them know they are not alone. Many people struggle to mature in this area of marriage, but it’s worth the investment!
  • Encourage them with Scriptures of hope and help
  • Encourage them to understand the basic gender differences regarding sex and how this can lead to mutual self‐sacrifice
  • Encourage them to pray every day together, even if it’s just for a moment or two—“first love” can lead to mutual love
  • Encourage them to not give up or lose hope, and to not even consider divorce as an option
  • Encourage them to watch out for argument triggers that have a way of killing any hope for tenderness (James 1:19)
  • Encourage them to put their thoughts down on paper if it helps diffuse the strong emotions involved
  • Encourage them not to settle for isolation, but to do the hard work to move back toward one another sexually
  • Remind them that they cannot control their spouse, only God can do that
  • Encourage them to consider attending a FamilyLife Weekend to Remember marriage getaway
  • Remind them their spouse is not their enemy
  • Encourage them to choose a good Christian resource on sexual intimacy in marriage and to read it with their spouse
  • Encourage them to realize that neglecting marital sex puts the relationship at risk—in other words, it’s worth the time!
  • Make a “wish list” of 3 things you desire in your relationship with your spouse. Take turns sharing your “I wish” statements with your partner and describe how you would feel if your wish came true.
  • Talk to your spouse about what affection was like in your family growing up (verbal and non-verbal).
  • Think about how your father and mother may have shown affection differently.
  • Discuss ways your family could express more affection for one another.
  • On a scale of 1-10, rate how much affection you feel you have in your marriage right now. Talk about what you would like it to be if you and your spouse could agree on how to gently and patiently bring about change.
  • Consider discussing your sexual past with your spouse in a way that is open and honest.
  • Talk with your spouse about what helps you to get in the mood for sex.
  • Ask your spouse how often they would like you to initiate sex.
  • Discuss with your partner the frequency of sex in your marriage and if you each feel this is satisfactory.
  • If there are any specific sexual acts that make you uncomfortable, discuss those with your spouse.
  • Try to think of one thing you could you do to make your sexual relationship more gratifying.