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A Deep Drink

Proverbs 5:15,18-19
15 Drink water from your own cistern, And running water from your own well.
18 Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth.
19...And always be enraptured with her love.

Tuesday night Jayme went out with some of her playgroup girlfriends. She came home saying that I wasn't going to believe that night's coversation at the restaurant. As soon as the six of them sat down, one of them started the night asking how often everyone else was intimate with thier husbands. It just took off from there as they had a very frank discussion about the intimacies of married life. Jayme said it was like a suburban version of "Sex In The City" - all of these Christian, married women with at least 2 kids each talking about sex; everything from thier appetite to cultural influences to thier own inscurities. Jayme said that one of the women said that she was so thankful for this opportunity to speak so openly because she had been wanting to talk about this stuff with someone for a long time.

Duing this fast I've been on, I've felt that one of the things the Lord wanted to "cut off and cut out" was this underlying lust that keeps hanging around in my life. It's power has been nutralized, but it has never been fully killed. So I pulled Pure Desire and Every Man's Battle down off the bookshelf to brush up on some of the strategies for winning this war.

(Note: As I'm writing this right now on my laptop in my living room, I haven't installed my internet filtering software yet. As I typed in the link to Dr. Ted Roberts website "Pure Desire," I put .com instead of .org which led to the front page and multiple pop-ups for porn sites. wow - that's a lot to handle at 6:15 am. Even a simple slip can have big consequences. My family uses Cyber Patrol. I'm also getting our staff guys to use Covenant Eyes, an internet tracking software that reports your surfing to an accountability partner. There are also filtered internet service providers. A list of them can be found at Focus on the Family's Pure Intimacy site.)

Now back to the topic. One of the tools that Every Man's Battle suggests to fighting lust is to "starve your eyes." It simply not to let youself find any sexual gratification from anthing else other than your wife. (Gratification can come from just a sneaked glance or prolonged look at another woman, real or broadcast. It doesn't have to lead to "a release.") I have found that to be difficult because Jayme and I have seen that these images are everywhere! But it is crucial if I am going to stay healthy to rid myself of the "junk food" of lust to feast on the love of my wife.

My wife truly is the love of my life. My thrist can only be satisifed by her. Proverbs 18:22 says He who finds a wife find a good thing, And obtains favor from the LORD. Lord, thank youf or the favor you have given to me in my wife. Together we will drink deeply from the fountain of intimacy you have blessed us with.

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