I must admit. Post-kids, sex is so confusing and frustrating.
I never thought it was possible, but that day has finally arrived, ladies and gentlemen.
After my daughter was born, our biggest problem was frequency. We just never seemed to find time for it especially since our bed is like a cable network that only displays one show on a back-to-back loop: Three’s Company.
Stanley Roper: Not in my building!
Jack Tripper: I swear, it will be completely platonic.
Stanley Roper: What’s that mean?
Helen Roper: Like you and me, Stanley.
Then, some time ago, we got scared straight after reading a scholarly article *ahem* from Cosmo that said we were veering steadily on the path towards a (cue menacing music: Dum Dum Duuuuum!!!)…Sexless Marriage.
Out of fear that Cosmo readers would come chasing us down with pitchforks, we fervently started scheduling “play dates”. On an actual calendar. No, seriously. If it wasn’t marked on the calendar, it just wasn’t going to happen.
Ahh, crisis averted.
So, we got smug for a little while. Sexless Marriage is now a Sexfull Marriage. Mission Accomplished!
But, then, once again, it got complicated. Like AbbyA, “I carry all of my emotions to the bedroom. If I am beat up in my marriage relationship, I have no passion for sex.”
My husband and I may have increased the frequency of sex, but the mind-body-spirit connection was just not there anymore.
Take last month, for example. For our date night, (Phase 1) we went to this trendy eatery tucked away in the Design District, followed by (Phase 2) a really thought-provoking indie film at this funky art house theatre. In the last 45 minutes of the movie where the anticipation is steadily building to the grande finale, we get TWO phone calls from the babysitter (aka mother-in-law). My husband runs out of the movie in terror thinking the worst—abduction, bathtub drowning, choking on a chicken bone.
No, none of that.
Apparently, our daughter was “inconsolable” because she missed her stuffed animals back at home.
Umm, yeah, so? Does this warrant a phone call in the middle of date night? Right when the movie is reaching its cinematic climax?
As if this weren’t enough to destroy date night, we then get a SECOND phone call 30 minutes later. My husband runs out again to take the call. I end up watching the last few minutes…ALONE.
“Just calling to let you know that she’s sleeping like a baby. Just wanted to give you an update in case you two were worried!”
For the record, we were not worried. Truth be told, we could care less.
[Insert feelings of extreme annoyance on my part.]
Umm, really? Really, really? Can this “sense of relief” not wait until the end of date night? Or, at the very least, until the end of the movie?
Needless to say, I am seething on the car ride home. Date night is officially a bust for me because I simply can’t get over the fact that we were interrupted TWICE over something so seemingly nonsensical and trivial. To add insult to injury, years of deep-seated mother-in-law issues suddenly start bubbling to the surface.
When we get home, my husband is nonplussed about all of this and is ready for Phase 3 of date night—all guns blazing—as if nothing ever happened. I shoot him a look of a million daggers, but guiltily realize that we must move forward with Phase 3, lest we get universally tsked tsked by Cosmo readers everywhere—after all, it’s on the calendar. Gotta stick to the calendar at all costs! All hail the calendar!
And, what am I thinking about the whole time during Phase 3? About how hot and sexy things are under the sheets?
Just a constant, angry loop of: “Two phone calls? Two phone calls?? Really??? REALLY??? TWO PHONE CALLS????”
Yes, I am that petty, and so much more.
Forgive me, Lord.
What’s the point of all of this calendared sex if there is no mind-body-spirit connection?
Sex is an act that is blessed by the Spirit of God, confirmed in the mind, and re-affirmed by the body.
When one of these elements is out of whack, the whole act loses its luster.
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16
If you are languishing in some area of your sex-life, pray for a renewal of your mind-body-spirit connection. Turn off the worries and annoyances of the day, flood your heart with God’s love towards your spouse, and give into some good old-fashioned rollicking fun.
Pray for your physical relationship to experience a spiritual and emotional renaissance. Pray to God to bring the sexy back.
I know I will.
After all, from what I hear, it’s supposedly the best sex a girl can ever get.