Hey friends, I am so excited about this post, I promise I don’t need to say more, Nicole’s got it all covered. Forgive us that it’s technically March but, I think you’ll understand.
Before we talk about vulnerable, passionate things I like to get to know each other.
HI! I’m Leanne’s friend Nicole and I like to get myself in trouble. I am a pastor and I founded “Love and Making It” – an online class and community created to help women lead brave and beautiful lives in bed and out. I will cross oceans to see you believe your own beauty and experience passionate love.
Listen. We are bombarded with sights and sounds that tell us we are just not good enough and neither is our spouse. Let’s rebel against all of those messages together! Sound good? Grab my hand, let’s go. …
Love and Making It: on earth as it is in heaven
How far do you let yourself imagine the goodness of sex and the body?
Imagine right now that you stood up and began to dance around. You dance, not like you sometimes do – with a bit of silliness, goofy smiling, and bounce – but with a sensuality and courage that takes your movement seriously.
You MOVE. Your hips sway side to side. Your hands move freely through the air and along your curves. You feel the muscles in your stomach contract and bend as you allow strength and flow into your hips’ dance. You are alive, strong, sensual, erotic, sexy. You are these things for no one but yourself.
Now. Is God present as you dance? Notice. What do you imagine God “feels” about you as you dance like this? Pleasure? Love? Appreciation? Encouragement? Judgment? Ashamed of you? Neutral?
Does your own sensuality call to a deep, positive truth about God or is it a source of shame and separation from God? How free are you to explore your own senses – even to the point of pleasure and beyond into orgasm?
“Of the delights of this world, man cares most for sexual intercourse, yet he has left it out of his heaven.” -Mark Twain
If we begin to see our own erotic enjoyment as good and an arena of life soaked in God’s loving spirit, our sexual experiences break open into spaces of freedom + play + passion + spiritual formation.
One of the major hindrances to our marriages’ vitality is that we see hugging our kids goodnight as more holy than kissing the soft flesh of our spouse’s manhood… let alone receiving his kisses on our own soft flesh.
Are we loving and redeeming everything except for sex? God made sex vital to our species continued existence. We can be pretty sure He means for us to include sex in our lives. And if He means for us to have it, we can be sure there is good in it for us.
What if we start including sex in our Lord’s Prayer?
“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Being on earth means being in a body. God said we are his “Good” creation. Women, especially, are “Very Good.” All of us, body and soul.
If Christ and Heaven are real, than isn’t God the most passionate, creative, explosive, climactic being in the universe? Why are we so shy about our own passions? Why does anyone worry that a little hip shaking and kissing could offend a God of tidal waves and heartbeats?
Rather than shy away from our sensuality, let’s cultivate it as an act of worship.
Keep the conversation going. Get some love from Nicole and stay connected with the Love and Making It community by signing up for her free Passionals: Part devotional, part passionate inspiration. A new round of the foundational “Love and Making It” ecourse is starting April 16th too! Connect with Nicole HERE.(http://eepurl.com/bckcNT)
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