My husband and I were talking to a couple of friends and one of them mentioned boundaries in ministry. She has boundaries that she guards. If someone tries to get her to change or tries to do something that effects what she thinks God wants her to do, she will put her foot down and guard that boundary. (She is not a lone ranger and does have people who can speak into her life, this is just about guarding where she has clear direction.)
My husband and I jumped on the idea as a marriage concept. Couples need to have boundaries around their marriage that keep their marriage healthy and on track. When someone or something threatens to break through the boundaries you need to put your foot down. So when your friend keeps trying to interfere with scheduled date nights or your kids keep trying to turn your bedroom into a playroom, it’s time to put your foot down. I’m not saying you can’t be flexible, just that you need to watch that people are not frequently running over needed boundaries, making intimacy tough for the two of you. Discuss with your sweetie what you think you need for a happy, healthy marriage and then hold that line.
Boundaries are to protect life, not to limit pleasures. Ed Cole
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Nice list of ideas for you and your church ~ Step Up, Church, and Talk about Sex (from Hot, Holy and Humorous)