I love my weekends, but there are a few things I really look forward to when a new week rolls around: teaching Cardio30 on Monday morning and a new Java with Juli podcast.
If you’ve not heard of Java with Juli, it’s a podcast that discusses women’s questions about marriage and relationships from a biblical perspective. Dr. Juli Slattery and author, Linda Dillow, chat openly about the everything from dealing with in-laws to sex in marriage, all from a Bible-based, God-honoring perspective. They actually record the podcast in a coffee shop in Colorado, so you can hear coffee beans being ground, milk steaming and the tinkling of coffee cups hitting the table after someone takes a sip. It’s like you’re actually sitting down with Juli and Linda in a coffee shop having a genuine discussion about marriage and relationships. I usually listen to it in the car, but when I have time, I love to brew my own cuppa joe and sit down to enjoy some girl talk.
I love this podcast especially because Juli and Linda aren’t afraid to touch the tough topics that church and your typical women’s Bible study address. I grew up going to church and a Christian school, so I’ve heard the basics: marriage is for life, don’t have sex until you’re married, wives are to respect their husbands and husbands are to love their wives, two become one, but there’s not a lot of real talk about intimacy in marriage. Is it okay to enjoy sex? What if you don’t? What if one or both of you had sex before marriage, can your sexual life be redeemed? What if he struggles with pornography? What if you think lustful thoughts about Ryan Gosling? I feel like these kinds of questions generally aren’t approached in Christian circles and if we want answers, we have to go to Cosmo magazine or watch chick flicks to get them. Java with Juli approaches these tough questions tactfully and Biblically and I love listening to their candid conversations and “bold truths,” as their slogan says.
This week’s podcast in entitled “When The Honeymoon Is Over” and it discusses what to do when marriage doesn’t meet your expectations.
Did you know that 20% of marriages end in the first 5 years? 20%! That’s a large percentage for a relatively short time of marriage and it’s extremely sad that so many couples are unhappy with marriage so soon after getting married. As a relatively newly married lady myself (we’re almost 3 years in), I can attest that marriage isn’t always what I thought it’d be. Sometimes it’s hard, oftentimes it’s waaaaay different than I envisioned, and every day I realize I’m more selfish than I ever knew. Does that mean I married the wrong man? Did I make a mistake? Juli, Linda and Comminications Coordinator, Hannah do an excellent job of hashing out how to respond when marriage is different than you anticipated. I encourage you to take a listen. You can find today’s podcast here
And if you love Java with Juli, which I think you will, there are dozens more great podcasts to listen to here or, you can do what I do and add Java with Juli to your podcast app on your iPhone and get them loaded directly to your phone each Monday! Java with Juli is a part of Authentic Intimacy, a ministry designed to bring God’s truth into the emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of intimacy. I’ve mentioned the ministry once before in this post. The Authentic Intimacy website is a great resource for marriage advice, encouragement and inspiration. Check it out here!
Hope you all have a fantastic week!
Have you heard of Java with Juli or Authentic Intimacy?
What are you looking forward to this week?