Without a close relationship with their athletes, there is little difference between a coach and a spectator. Without intimacy in a marriage, there is little difference between a spouse and a roommate. In 1 Corinthians 7:5, God tells us quite bluntly, “Do not deprive one another [of intimacy], except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” Christ gave us the gift of intimacy with our spouse because it truly sets a lukewarm relationship on fire.

When intimacy is lacking with your spouse, try something creative or thoughtful to spark your connection:

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