“You don’t want to be in love. You want to be in love in a movie.” Sleepless In Seattle

I love to go to the movies! I won’t, however, go to the theater just for the sake of going. I don’t go to the movies to waste time. I go to the movies to laugh, to be inspired and especially to see two people fall in love. I said, “love”, not “lust.”

I have been married for over 20 years. I know from experience that there is more to a marriage than sex. Don’t get me wrong, sex is part of a healthy marriage, but it isn’t the only way to express love; and many times it isn’t the best way.

I have a 17-year-old daughter in school and an 11-year-old son that I educate at home. Some days are frustrating. I am 41 and premenopausal. Some days are exhausting. I have a part-time job that I try to excel at. Some days are overwhelming. There are nights when the lights go out that I am just glad that the house is quiet. I lie awake praying that no one talks in their sleep; because I’m sure if they do they will be calling my name.

I don’t want this post to sound negative. I KNOW I am blessed. I am thankful for my family. The point is…I get annoyed when I go to the movies and see a man and woman meet and then five movie minutes later they are ripping off their clothes and steaming up the camera lens. I prefer to see a love unfold over the course of the movie as she encourages her love interest to go for his dream and he, in turn, encourages her. I love to see him protect her from a guy with wrong motives and see her sit by his side when he is sick. I prefer to know that they want to be intimate with each other but they waiting until they vow their lives to each other in marriage. This is true love. This is enduring romance. I am thankful for the man who made a life-long commitment to me. He has shown me love; not just the physical kind but the God kind, the unconditional kind. Dear Reader, I hope you are trusting God for this kind of love and accepting nothing less!

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