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Dec 19, 2019

We are continuing our Enneagram Series with Beth McCord talking about How to Have A Thriving Relationship with an Enneagram 3. For the next several weeks Beth will be breaking down some real, practical tips for being married to each Enneagram number. 

If you are married to a 3 this is YOUR episode. But even if you aren’t married to a 3, we know you will find this episode helpful in learning more about your 3 friends. Part of loving people is knowing people. So use this series as a tool to know your people better, understand them deeper, and love them better. 

Beth McCord founded ‘Your Enneagram Coach’ and has been an Enneagram speaker, coach and teacher for over 17 years. She is seriously the best of the best so we are so blessed to have her share her time and expertise with us. 

Having been trained by the best Enneagram experts and pouring hundreds of hours into advanced certifications, Beth is leading the industry in simplifying the deep truths of the Enneagram from a Biblical perspective. Beth does one-on-one coaching, in-person events and workshops and online courses. She also offers training and support for those interested in becoming an Enneagram coach. So make sure you give her a follow on Instagram @yourennegramcoach and check out her website yourennegramcoach.com for more great info. 

We pray you enjoy learning more about 3s in this episode! 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “The core fear of Type 3’s is that they’ll be exposed as incompetent, ineffecient, or worthless.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 3’s desire to have high status, respect, to be valuable.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 3’s deceive themselves into believing that they’re only the image that they present to others.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 3’s love having checklists and things to accomplish.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 3’s feel like they have to do in order to get.” - Beth McCord
  • “The core longing for a Type 3 is to hear ‘you are loved and valued for simply being you.” - Beth McCord
  • “Whenever you hear ‘I have to’ replace it with ‘I get to.’” - Beth McCord
  • “When a Type 3 is doing well they’re calm, good communicators, and efficient. When doing well they’re irritated, self-promoting, and impatient” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 3’s can detach from emotions in order to get things done.” - Beth McCord
  • “Communicate with Type 3’s that you understand their fear and that you aren’t trying to harm their image.” - Beth McCord
  • “You don’t want to interrupt a Type 3 when they’re focused or working.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 3’s need a lot of encouragement, affirmation is huge for Type 3’s.” - Beth McCord
  • “When you’re communicating with Type 3’s keep things positive and have a plan for going forward.” - Beth McCord
  • “It’s unrealistic to expect a Type 3 to expose their own emotions.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 3’s have pushed aside their feelings and identity in order to become whatever others want them to become.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 3’s want to come at conflict with a problem solving approach.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 3’s need to learn how to be a human being, not a human doing.” - Beth McCord
  • “When Type 3’s are no longer focused on their own image and are instead focused on the image of their family, group or community, they can do amazing things for the Kingdom of God.” - Beth McCord
  • “Healthy Type 3’s can achieve and accomplish so much.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 3’s bring inspiring insight and vision.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 3’s know how to come alongside people and meet needs.” - Beth McCord

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Groove Life for sponsoring this podcast episode! Groove Life has the Groove ring that is the world's first breathable active ring that is not only super comfortable but functional. Born from need, GROOVE raises the bar on traditional silicone, activewear rings with its flexible material, patent-pending, inner breathable design, and beautiful colors. You can use the code “awesomemarriage” for 15% off your order! 

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Dec 17, 2019

We are continuing our Enneagram Series with Beth McCord talking about How to Have A Thriving Relationship with an Enneagram 2. For the next several weeks Beth will be breaking down some real, practical tips for being married to each Enneagram number. 

If you are married to a 2 this is YOUR episode. But even if you aren’t married to a 2, we know you will find this episode helpful in learning more about your 2 friends. Part of loving people is knowing people. So use this series as a tool to know your people better, understand them deeper, and love them better. 

Beth McCord founded ‘Your Enneagram Coach’ and has been an Enneagram speaker, coach and teacher for over 17 years. She is seriously the best of the best so we are so blessed to have her share her time and expertise with us. 

Having been trained by the best Enneagram experts and pouring hundreds of hours into advanced certifications, Beth is leading the industry in simplifying the deep truths of the Enneagram from a Biblical perspective. Beth does one-on-one coaching, in-person events and workshops and online courses. She also offers training and support for those interested in becoming an Enneagram coach. So make sure you give her a follow on Instagram @yourennegramcoach and check out her website yourennegramcoach.com for more great info. 

We pray you enjoy learning more about 2s in this episode! 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “What Type 2’s are longing to hear is that they are wanted and loved.” - Beth McCord
  • “Healthy Type 2’s are filled with the knowledge that they are loved by God and don’t need to seek the affirmation or approval of others to feel fulfilled.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 2’s come into any situation with the fear of being rejected.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 2’s need to know that it’s ok for them to take care of themselves, because that will allow them to better serve others.” - Beth McCord
  • “Use the sandwich method when delivering feedback to a Type 2: lots of affirmation and encouragement (the bun), then deliver the feedback in a kind way (the meat), then ending with affirmation and encouragement (the bun).” - Beth McCord
  • “There are helpful ways to communicate with each enneagram type and when we embrace and accept that things will go so much smoother in our relationships.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling
  • “The way that you want to receive love might be different from how your spouse wants to receive love.” - Beth McCord
  • “Be specific when thanking and showing appreciation to a Type 2.” - Beth McCord
  • “Recognize that rejection is a huge fear of Type 2’s.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 2’s are extremely gifted at knowing how to help people.” - Beth McCord
  • “In any conflict with a Type 2, it’s important to let them know that you know they meant well.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 2’s want to be heard and to talk about their own feelings without being given advice.” - Beth McCord
  • “To resolve conflict with a Type 2, it is important to be warm, affectionate, and relationally connected to them. If you don’t feel like you’re able to have that approach then it’s helpful to let a Type 2 know that you need time to get there.” - Beth McCord
  • “If you need to give your Type 2 feedback, never do that in front of other people.” - Beth McCord
  • “If there’s one thing to know about a Type 2, it’s that they fear rejection more than anything else.” - Beth McCord
  • “God has given Type 2’s a super power to know what people’s needs are, but if their help is not wanted this can cause problems.” - Beth McCord
  • “The biggest struggle in being married to a Type 2 is the intrusiveness of a Type 2.” - Beth McCord

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Groove Life for sponsoring this podcast episode! Groove Life has the Groove ring that is the world's first breathable active ring that is not only super comfortable but functional. Born from need, GROOVE raises the bar on traditional silicone, activewear rings with its flexible material, patent-pending, inner breathable design, and beautiful colors. You can use the code “awesomemarriage” for 15% off your order! 

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Dec 12, 2019

In this episode we have Beth McCord joining Dr. Kim to talk about How to Have A Thriving Relationship with an Enneagram 1. For the next several weeks Beth will be breaking down some real, practical tips for being married to each Enneagram number. 

 

If you are married to a 1 this is YOUR episode. But even if you aren’t married to a 1, we know you will find this episode helpful in learning more about your 1 friends. Part of loving people is knowing people. So use this series as a tool to know your people better, understand them deeper, and love them better. 

 

Beth McCord founded ‘Your Enneagram Coach’ and has been an Enneagram speaker, coach and teacher for over 17 years. She is seriously the best of the best so we are so blessed to have her share her time and expertise with us. 

 

Having been trained by the best Enneagram experts and pouring hundreds of hours into advanced certifications, Beth is leading the industry in simplifying the deep truths of the Enneagram from a Biblical perspective. Beth does one-on-one coaching, in-person events and workshops and online courses. She also offers training and support for those interested in becoming an Enneagram coach. So make sure you give her a follow on Instagram @yourennegramcoach and check out her website yourennegramcoach.com for more great info. 

 

We pray you enjoy learning more about 1s in this episode! 



NOTEWORTHY QUOTES 

  • “We try to make Type 1’s understand that their inner critic is not the Holy Spirit.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 1’s long to hear, ‘You are good.’ Christ satisfies this longing.” - Beth McCord
  • “When Christ comes into a Type 1’s life there can be a peace that this person has never experienced before.” - Dr. Kim Kimbelring 
  • “For Type 1’s it’s all about ethics, morals, procedures, and things being done the ‘right’ way.” - Beth McCord
  • “Understand that the Type 1 has a harsh, condemning inner critic that is constantly berating them.” - Beth McCord
  • “1’s value problem solving over emotions, so it’s better to wait to approach a Type 1 until your emotions are at a more balanced place.” - Beth McCord
  • “It’s important to give your Type 1 time and space to process.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 1’s have a hard time being spontaneous because it feels irresponsible to them.” - Beth McCord
  • -”It can be helpful to ask your Type 1 to rank how loudly their inner critic is berating them on a scale of 1-10 so you know how to approach them.” -Beth McCord
  • “Hard as it might be to believe, most of the time Type 1’s are offering criticism and correction from a genuinely helpful place.” - Beth McCord
  • “If you’re married to a Type 1 you have to accept who they are, not discount their inner critic, but learn how to come alongside them and encourage them toward Christ.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 
  • “It’s not that the inner critic is inherently bad, it’s just that when we allow the inner critic to go offcourse and let it misalign with the truth of the Gospel, that is not going to be helpful to the Type 1 or anyone else they are around.” - Beth McCord
  • “Encourage a Type 1 when you see them succeeding and doing well in what they are doing.” - Beth McCord
  • “The list of things that need to be corrected, improved, and fixed never ends for a Type 1.” - Beth McCord
  • “The core weakness of a Type 1, resentment, is actually underlying sorrow.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 1’s are striving for perfection when Christ is already perfect for them.” - Beth McCord
  • “A healthy Type 1 has to learn to set boundaries for their inner critic.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling
  • “Type 1’s have a gut instinct and wisdom of knowing what is morally right.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 1’s are amazingly detail-oriented.” - Beth McCord
  • “Type 1’s see the world as it is and they want to improve it.” - Beth McCord
  • “It’s like Type 1’s can remember what earth was like before the fall and they want to do everything they can to bring us back to that perfect place.” - Beth McCord

 

SPONSORS

 

  • Thank you to Groove Life for sponsoring this podcast episode! Groove Life has the Groove ring that is the world's first breathable active ring that is not only super comfortable but functional. Born from need, GROOVE raises the bar on traditional silicone, activewear rings with its flexible material, patent-pending, inner breathable design, and beautiful colors. You can use the code “awesomemarriage” for 15% off your order! 

 

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Dec 10, 2019

This episode is a real treat because we have Beth & Jeff McCord joining Dr. Kim. Beth founded Your Enneagram Coach and is an Enneagram speaker, coach and teacher.

Beth & Jeff live outside of Nashville and have been married for 24 years. Combining the gospel and the Enneagram has been instrumental in Beth and Jeff's marriage and parenting.

The Enneagram is simply a map for self-discovery and personal growth based on 9 basic personality types.

When we come to know what’s at the root of our thoughts, feelings and actions, we can stop placing unhealthy and unrealistic expectations on our spouses to “fill us up.” Our marriages can be transformed when our eyes are open to the unique ways our spouse was created, allowing us to better love, serve, communicate and resolve conflict. The Enneagram is simply a tool to self discovery and others discovery. And like Dr. Kim is always saying, we need to be “a student of our spouse.” The Enneagram is one way to do just that. 

In this episode Dr. Kim, Beth & Jeff share about how they have used the Enneagram to help create a thriving, gospel-centered marriage. 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “When a heart is at rest from the truth of the Gospel, all kinds of fruits come from that.” - Jeff McCord
  • “The Enneagram is like a rumble strip on the highway; you can use it to wake yourself up and not fall into the common pitfalls that you have before.” - Beth McCord
  • “The Enneagram gives you a way to navigate and understand marriage in a way that you might not have been able to before.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 
  • “The Enneagram accelerates growth and transformation when you use it correctly.” - Beth McCord
  • “We can be assured that God cares about our marriages, maybe even more than we do.” -Jeff McCord
  • “The Enneagram is a tool that gives us vocabulary and an organized way to understand our spouse’s personality.” - Jeff McCord
  • “The Enneagram allows us to speak to each other in one another’s personality dialect.” - Beth McCord
  • “Using the Enneagram is a great way to become a student of (or study) your spouse.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 
  • “Two people that are the same Enneagram number can look and act radically different depending on their levels of health.” - Beth McCord
  • “The Enneagram gives you an opportunity as a married couple to embrace your differences.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 
  • “The Enneagram shows us that we all see the world differently.” - Beth McCord

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Groove Life for sponsoring this podcast episode! Groove Life has the Groove ring that is the world's first breathable active ring that is not only super comfortable but functional. Born from need, GROOVE raises the bar on traditional silicone, activewear rings with its flexible material, patent-pending, inner breathable design, and beautiful colors. You can use the code “awesomemarriage” for 15% off your order! 

RESOURCES

  • Find everything you need at becomingus.com! Including the course for YOUR marriage’s Enneagram combination. Beth & Jeff have a ‘Becoming Us Course’ for each couple type combination. That is 45 courses customized for each couple type combination. They go deeper into the “dance” (relational dynamics) and give you practical resources and insights to help transform your marriage. 
  • Buy ‘Becoming Us’ today! 
  • Not sure what your Enneagram Type is? You can take the free assessment here! Also be sure to take the FREE MARRIAGE ASSESSMENT here
  • Learn more about each type with this FREE SUMMARY! 
  • Check out more great insights by Beth on her blog
  • Discover your Enneagram number with the Discovering You course. Already know your Enneagram Type? Then it’s time to take a deeper dive with the Explore You course. 
  • You can get some one-on-one coaching with Your Enneagram Coach here
  • Do you or your spouse struggle with confidence? You aren’t alone if so! Snag our new resource Confidence Busters & Boosters to help cultivate confidence in each other and build up your marriage. 
  • Become a Marriage Changer and receive some sweet exclusive benefits. Learn more here!

Sign up to get Dr. Kim’s One Thing To Grow Your Marriage Each Day via email, text, or podcast here!

Dec 5, 2019

In this series we have been dissecting the Top 8 Marriage Issues in 2019. These 8 issues are the top 8 issues that Dr. Kim has seen this year with marriages.

 

In this episode Dr. Kim & Christina talk about the #1 biggest issue in marriages this year which is: infidelity. 

 

An affair always rocks a marriage. Some couples are able to ride that rocky storm and see God’s grace and redemption in amazing ways. Other couples choose to end a marriage after an affair, and that’s okay too! But in this episode Dr. Kim & Christina talk about why affairs happen and answering the question- can we affair proof a marriage?

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “The worst thing we can do is to think that we’re not vulnerable to having an affair or being unfaithful in our marriage.” - Dr. Kim Kimbelring
  • “A lot of couples don’t realize how valuable trust is in their marriage until it’s broken.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 
  • “If at all possible, try not to be alone with someone of the opposite sex who isn’t your spouse.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 
  • “Don’t stay friends with old boyfriends and girlfriends on social media.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Groove Life for sponsoring this podcast episode! Groove Life has the Groove ring that is the world's first breathable active ring that is not only super comfortable but functional. Born from need, GROOVE raises the bar on traditional silicone, activewear rings with its flexible material, patent-pending, inner breathable design, and beautiful colors. You can use the code “awesomemarriage” for 15% off your order! 

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Dec 3, 2019

In this episode Dr. Kim and Christina talk about the 2nd biggest issue in marriages this year which is: sexual differences, specifically how to deal with libido differences or loss. 

We are happy to be a safe place where you can learn about sex, find yourself relating with other couples in the stories we share, and most importantly - work hard to have great sex in marriage and enjoy this gift God has given us. 

In this episode Dr. Kim and Christina share about how to deal with sexual differences in marriage.


NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “When you’re not married Satan tries to keep you in the bed, when you are married Satan tries to keep you out of the bed.” - Christina Dodson
  • “Don’t start conversations with your spouse about differences in desire and libido when you are frustrated.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling
  • “Because of our culture we all drag sexual baggage into marriage.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling
  • “One of the coolest things about sex in marriage is how it continues to evolve and grow as you learn more about each other.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 
  • “You have to be intentional about discussing problems in your sex life, you can’t ignore these issues when they come up.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling
  • “There’s so much more to sex than just the physical act.” - Christina Dodson
  • “Your spouse needs to know that they are more important that your sexual relationship.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling
  • “Sex is an important part of a marriage but it’s not THE most important part of a marriage.” Dr. Kim Kimberling 
  • “Sex alone isn’t enough to hold a marriage together.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Groove Life for sponsoring this podcast episode! Groove Life has the Groove ring that is the world's first breathable active ring that is not only super comfortable but functional. Born from need, GROOVE raises the bar on traditional silicone, activewear rings with its flexible material, patent-pending, inner breathable design, and beautiful colors. You can use the code “awesomemarriage” for 15% off your order! 

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Nov 28, 2019

We are doing a series on the Top 8 Marriage Issues in 2019. These 8 issues are the top 8 issues that Dr. Kim has seen this year with marriages. We will be breaking them down starting with #8 and working our way towards the #1 marriage issue. 

In this episode Dr. Kim & Christina talk about the 3rd biggest issue in marriages this year which is: values and beliefs.

Our value system and belief system is foundational to all our other opinions and actions in life. So when a couple isn’t on the same page, it can naturally cause many issues. 

In this episode Dr. Kim and Christina share about values and beliefs in marriage and how to cope when you and your spouse aren’t on the same page. 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “If your spouse doesn’t agree with you on something it can be helpful to rate how important something is to you on a 1 to 10 scale to help your spouse understand how important (less important) something is to you.” - Christina

  • “Find the hot button topics in your marriage and agree on how to talk about them or agree to disagree with each other if that’s healthier for your marriage.” - Christina

  • “There are some things in marriage it is absolutely ok to compromise on; one thing you should not do is allow compromise with your spouse to cause you or them to sin.” - Christina

  • “If you aren’t married yet, be prayerful before going into marriage with someone who’s values and beliefs are much different than your own.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Pray and ask God for wisdom on how to handle conflict in your marriage in a way that honors Him and honors the vows you made to your spouse, and let Him lead you through it.” - Dr. Kim

  • “God will sometimes give you more than you can handle so that you turn to Him for help.” - Dr. Kim

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Honoring Intimates for sponsoring this podcast episode! Honoring Intimates is a safe place for believers to learn about marital sex and shop for the highest quality lubricant, lotions, and lingerie items at reasonable prices. There are no inappropriate images on the site and the company uses mannequins to display their lingerie. Use the code “AWESOMEMARRIAGE” to receive 20% off your entire order. 

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Nov 26, 2019

We are doing a series on the Top 8 Marriage Issues in 2019. These 8 issues are the top 8 issues that Dr. Kim has seen this year with marriages. We will be breaking them down starting with #8 and working our way towards the #1 marriage issue. 

In this episode Dr. Kim and Christina talk about the 4th biggest issue in marriages this year which is: life stages

We all go through different life stages. One thing is for sure, life does not stay the same. But will we adjust as life goes on? Or will we not adjust? 

Our marriage needs to grow and adjust in every new life stage. 

In this episode Dr. Kim and Christina share about how to adjust to life stages and keep your marriage strong over the test of time and life’s changes. 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “The things you do to connect and have a good marriage will change throughout your marriage.” - Dr. Kim

  • “There’s value to being and living in the present.” - Christina

  • “What does it look like to be fruitful where you are right now in life?” - Christina

  • “As long as you’re on this earth God has a plan and a purpose for you and for your marriage.” - Dr. Kim

  • “If you talk about it with your spouse then you can plan for it.” - Christina

  • “If your marriage isn’t growing in each stage of life, that should be a red flag that you need to do something different.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Don’t let your stage of life define you, you are more than where you are currently at in life.” - Christina

  • “If your spouse is struggling with adjusting to a new phase of life, come alongside them and let them grieve the loss of the previous season if they need to.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Find a mentor couple who is ahead of you in life to learn from.” - Christina

  • “You’ll need to learn to say no to different things in different life stages.” - Dr. Kim

 

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Honoring Intimates for sponsoring this podcast episode! Honoring Intimates is a safe place for believers to learn about marital sex and shop for the highest quality lubricant, lotions, and lingerie items at reasonable prices. There are no inappropriate images on the site and the company uses mannequins to display their lingerie. Use the code “AWESOMEMARRIAGE” to receive 20% off your entire order. 

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Nov 21, 2019

We are doing a series on the Top 8 Marriage Issues in 2019. These 8 issues are the top 8 issues that Dr. Kim has seen this year with marriages. We will be breaking them down starting with #8 and working our way towards the #1 marriage issue. 

In this episode Dr. Kim and Christina talk about the 5th biggest issue in marriages this year which is: traumatic situations. 

Because we live in a broken and fallen world, so many couples end up facing traumatic situations. Death of a child, abuse, suicide of someone close to you, assault, a life-changing diagnosis, war, natural disaster, the list goes on. Often times when faced with traumatic situations, naturally, couples struggle to cope and many end up losing their marriage over it. But does a life changing event have to mean the end of your marriage? 

Dr. Kim has walked alongside countless couples through life-changing events. A traumatic situation does not have to mean the end of your marriage. 

In this episode Dr. Kim and Christina share about how to cope with life-altering and traumatic situations in a way that builds up your marriage instead of tearing it down. 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “A traumatic situation is anytime life goes differently than we thought it would.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Your grief might look different from your spouse’s grief and that’s ok.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Nobody can’t define what grief looks like for you.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Allow your spouse to express whatever emotions they feel when they’re grieving.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Put God in the middle of your grief.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Be present with your spouse when they’re grieving, don’t put pressure on yourself to say the right thing, your presence alone will help them.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Be honest when you’re communicating with your spouse about your grief.” - Christina

  • “Blaming is not going to heal anything.” - Dr. Kim

  • “After a life-altering event you have to find a new normal.” - Christina

 

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Honoring Intimates for sponsoring this podcast episode! Honoring Intimates is a safe place for believers to learn about marital sex and shop for the highest quality lubricant, lotions, and lingerie items at reasonable prices. There are no inappropriate images on the site and the company uses mannequins to display their lingerie. Use the code “AWESOMEMARRIAGE” to receive 20% off your entire order. 

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Nov 19, 2019

We are doing a series on the Top 8 Marriage Issues in 2019. These 8 issues are the top 8 issues that Dr. Kim has seen this year with marriages. We will be breaking them down starting with #8 and working our way towards the #1 marriage issue. 

In this episode Dr. Kim & Christina talk about the 6th biggest issue in marriages this year which is: stress. 

So many of us deal with stress on a regular basis. Being stressed out makes it hard to be a good spouse. It’s hard to be intentional in your marriage or really even focus on your marriage at all when you are consumed with stress. It’s bad for our health and our mental space. Stress piles negative emotions on to our marriage and steals joy. 

In this episode Dr. Kim and Christina talk about what stress does to marriages and how to deal with stress in a healthy way as well as some tips to help you eliminate any unnecessary stress in your life.

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “People died of diarrhea back then.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Deciding what you can and can’t do something about can help you be realistic about what you’re stressed about.” - Christina

  • “If there is nothing that you can do about something, the best (but not always easiest) thing to do is pray about it and leave it in God’s hands.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Our emotions are good indicators but they’re not good truth tellers.” - Christina

  • “Ask your spouse to come alongside you and help you deal with your stress.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Take the time to empathize with your spouse when they’re stressed.” - Dr. Kim

  • “To the moms: the best thing you can do for your kids is to take care of yourself.” - Christina

  • “Don’t buy into the lie that stress is just the way you are; there’s an answer to stress.” - Dr. Kim

  • “God gave you a spouse to walk through life with, don’t push your spouse away in times of stress, embrace them.” - Dr. Kim

 

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Honoring Intimates for sponsoring this podcast episode! Honoring Intimates is a safe place for believers to learn about marital sex and shop for the highest quality lubricant, lotions, and lingerie items at reasonable prices. There are no inappropriate images on the site and the company uses mannequins to display their lingerie. Use the code “AWESOMEMARRIAGE” to receive 20% off your entire order. 

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Nov 14, 2019

For the next few weeks on the podcast we are doing a series on the Top 8 Marriage Issues in 2019. These 8 issues are the top 8 issues that Dr. Kim has seen this year with marriages. We will be breaking them down starting with #8 and working our way towards the #1 marriage issue. 

In this episode Dr. Kim & Christina talk about the 7th biggest issue in marriages this year which is: boredom. 

With time, some spouse’s become bored with their relationship. Boredom in marriage is a dangerous thing to dwell on and can easily slip into even bigger issues. 

It also doesn’t help that our culture is telling us that monogamy and marriage is boring. But marriage does NOT have to be boring. There are real, practical things you can do to keep boredom at bay and protect your marriage from boredom. 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “Connection = Zero Boredom in marriage.” - Dr. Kim

  • “You don’t have to be screaming and yelling and throwing things at each other for you to go to marriage counseling.” - Christina

  • “Boredom can happen if we’re not intentional about giving to our marriage as much as we’re taking from it.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Be intentional about having fun with each other, even when life gets busy; remember there’s something that got you to the altar in the first place.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Find creative questions to ask each other.” - Christina

  • “There are going to be times you get bored in your marriage, it’s about recognizing when that’s happening and committing to reconnecting so you don’t stay bored and disconnected.” - Dr. Kim

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Honoring Intimates for sponsoring this podcast episode! Honoring Intimates is a safe place for believers to learn about marital sex and shop for the highest quality lubricant, lotions, and lingerie items at reasonable prices. There are no inappropriate images on the site and the company uses mannequins to display their lingerie. Use the code “AWESOMEMARRIAGE” to receive 20% off your entire order. 

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Nov 12, 2019

For the next few weeks on the podcast we are doing a series on the Top 8 Marriage Issues in 2019. These 8 issues are the top 8 issues that Dr. Kim has seen this year with marriages in the counseling room. We will be breaking them down starting with number 8 and working our way towards the number 1 marriage issue in 2019. 

Today we are kicking off the series with talking about the 8th biggest issue in marriages this year which is: jealousy. 

Jealousy puts a real strain on your marriage. When you have jealous feelings it affects you, your spouse, and your marriage. In this episode Dr. Kim and Christina talk about this issue and how to deal with it in a healthy way. 

You may think jealousy isn’t a struggle for you, but there are some subtle ways this often plays out that doesn’t always get noticed and addressed. 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “A lot of times jealousy can be tied to insecurity or discontentment.” - Christina

  • “Paul in the Bible is a great example of being content with whatever he had and whatever situation he was in.” - Dr. Kim

  • “You can get so consumed with jealousy that you neglect your marriage.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Jealousy affects your ability to be present in your marriage.” - Christina

  • “If you are willing to be honest with yourself and why you’re jealous, these jealous feelings can be an opportunity for God to grow and teach you.” - Christina

  • “You have to run your race, you can’t run someone else’s race.” - Christina

  • “If your spouse is struggling with jealousy, it gives you an opportunity to come alongside them and help them work through those feelings.” - Dr. Kim

 

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Honoring Intimates for sponsoring this podcast episode! Honoring Intimates is a safe place for believers to learn about marital sex and shop for the highest quality lubricant, lotions, and lingerie items at reasonable prices. There are no inappropriate images on the site and the company uses mannequins to display their lingerie. Use the code “AWESOMEMARRIAGE” to receive 20% off your entire order. 

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Nov 7, 2019

Can we implement boundaries with our spouse? Is it loving? Is it Christ-centered? 

Boundaries in marriage may seem counterintuitive to some, but we believe it should be normal and natural in a marriage. 

In this episode, Dr. Kim and Christina share about boundaries with your spouse: why you need them, examples of what they might be, and how to implement them. If you have never thought about boundaries with your spouse, we hope this conversation is helpful to you and that it provides you with some great talking points that you and your spouse can explore as you work to have a healthier, happier, holier marriage. 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “You can help your spouse see that they might need to set a boundary with someone by asking them questions.” - Dr. Kim

  • “You can encourage your spouse to learn about boundaries but also be willing to walk with them through what that will look like.” - Christina

  • “Always offer your thoughts on your spouse’s situation as a suggestion, not as a solution to their problem.” - Dr. Kim

  • “You might need to set a boundary with someone if you’re taking on their consequences.” - Christina

  • “If you’ve never set boundaries before start setting them in safe places first.” - Christina

  • “Remember that if someone doesn’t respond to the boundaries that you set in a healthy way, you can only control yourself, you can’t control how they will react.” - Dr. Kim

  • “It sounds silly but role playing setting boundaries with your spouse can be really helpful for them to prepare for those hard conversations.” - Christina

  • “Let your spouse know that you are not going to stop loving them if they set a healthy boundary with you.” - Christina

 

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Honoring Intimates for sponsoring this podcast episode! Honoring Intimates is a safe place for believers to learn about marital sex and shop for the highest quality lubricant, lotions, and lingerie items at reasonable prices. There are no inappropriate images on the site and the company uses mannequins to display their lingerie. Use the code “AWESOMEMARRIAGE” to receive 20% off your entire order. 

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Nov 5, 2019

Can we implement boundaries with our spouse? Is it loving? Is it Christ-centered? 

 

Boundaries in marriage may seem counterintuitive to some, but we believe it should be normal and natural in a marriage. 

 

In this episode, Dr. Kim and Christina share about boundaries with your spouse: why you need them, examples of what they might be, and how to implement them. If you have never thought about boundaries with your spouse, we hope this conversation is helpful to you and that it provides you with some great talking points that you and your spouse can explore as you work to have a healthier, happier, holier marriage. 

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “Boundaries with your spouse can actually draw you closer together.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Having boundaries in your marriage isn’t meant to be a punishment, it’s meant to be freeing for you and your spouse.” - Christina

  • “You can’t have true intimacy without boundaries.” - Christina

  • “I tell singles that I counsel, you have to show the person you’re dating the real you at some point during the dating process.” - Dr. Kim

  • “It’s unloving and unwise to not set boundaries where they need to be.” - Christina

  • “To rescue people from the natural consequences of their behavior is to render them powerless.” - Dr. Henry Cloud & John Townsend (from Boundaries book)

  • “It’s so important to talk about boundaries in your sexual relationship.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Boundaries helps you understand your marriage relationship better.” - Dr. Kim

  • “Your spouse’s comfortability should matter to you more than what you want for yourself.” - Christina

  • “Boundaries are about controlling the only person that you can control: yourself.” - Christina

  • “Don’t set boundaries to manipulate or control your spouse.”  - Dr. Kim

  • “If you’re in an unhealthy relationship, be prepared for setting boundaries to cause a lot of conflict.” - Dr. Kim

  • “A boundary without consequences isn’t a boundary at all.” - Christina

 

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Honoring Intimates for sponsoring this podcast episode! Honoring Intimates is a safe place for believers to learn about marital sex and shop for the highest quality lubricant, lotions, and lingerie items at reasonable prices. There are no inappropriate images on the site and the company uses mannequins to display their lingerie. Use the code “AWESOMEMARRIAGE” to receive 20% off your entire order. 

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Oct 31, 2019

Everyone has the same amount of time - 24 hours in a day. But so many of us struggle to manage this time well. Some of us say yes to way too many things and then that leaves us burnt out and miserable. Others of us don’t use our time wisely enough and don’t steward their time well to get done what they need to get done. 

In the fast paced, hustle glorified, culture that we live in where everyone has access to you all the time it can be really hard to set limits on our time. But if we don’t plan well, our time will just pass us by. But if we do plan well and set up healthy boundaries, we can have healthier relationships, a better marriage, and get off the "hustle til you’re burnt out" game that way too many of us are playing. 

In this episode, Dr. Kim and Christina share about the importance of setting up time boundaries and how to implement them. 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “You have to be an example for your kids of what it looks like to prioritize your spouse.” - Dr. Kim
  • “You have to manage your time to plan for the future.” - Christina
  • “Make sure your schedule reflects your priorities.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Make a habit of doing the things that are important to you.” - Dr. Kim
  • “When we feel like we’re constantly busy we often don’t take the time to do things that are going to have long-term benefits on our marriage.” - Dr. Kim
  • “There’s no shortcut to having time with your spouse; you have to make quality time with them happen.” - Dr. Kim
  • “We had to learn to say no, even to good things, if they would get in the way of us spending quality time together and investing in our marriage.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Decide as a couple where you want you want to prioritize your time and then build the rest of the things you do in life around that.” - Dr. Kim
  • “It’s a red flag that you’re not doing a good job of prioritizing your marriage if you haven’t talked to your wife in so long that you forgot what her name is.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Take the time to address red flags in your marriage as soon as you see them; it will save you so much time in the long run.” - Dr. Kim

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Plant Package for sponsoring this podcast episode! With Plant Package, the prep work of gardening is done for you. Plant Package is delivered straight to your door with easy instructions on how to plant your fun new plant that even someone with a black thumb could execute! Plant Package selects durable seasonal plants, an appropriate and stylish container, sends just the right amount of soil and plant food, and includes instructions for assembly and plant care. The Plants can thrive indoors or outdoors – the choice is yours! Use the code “awesome” to receive a FREE Starter Kit with your order. Starter kits include gardening gloves, a gardening shovel, and farm hand’s soap. Simply select “ADD STARTER KIT” and enter the code AWESOME on the payment checkout page. 

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Oct 29, 2019

What does it look like to honor our marriage, protect our marriage, and still have honoring relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ? 

So many couples want to know what is okay and not okay when it comes to friendships with the opposite sex. 

In this episode, Dr. Kim and Christina share about safe boundaries, why they are important, and how to implement them practically. 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “Establishing boundaries with the opposite sex is one of the ways we accomplish the goal of having an awesome marriage.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Having boundaries in place with the opposite sex protects you and your marriage.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Never say you can’t be tempted; we are all sinners and can be tempted.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Boundaries aren’t a lack of freedom; they’re ensuring the safety of your marriage.” - Christina
  • “You’re not going to have a good marriage if you’re only thinking about yourself.” - Christina
  • “A good thing to ask yourself is, ‘Am I ok with my spouse seeing this text or email that I’m sending to someone of the opposite sex?’” - Dr. Kim
  • “It’s much easier to ignite a flame that’s already been lit than to start a new fire; don’t keep in touch with your ex boyfriends and girlfriends.” - Christina

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Plant Package for sponsoring this podcast episode! With Plant Package, the prep work of gardening is done for you. Plant Package is delivered straight to your door with easy instructions on how to plant your fun new plant that even someone with a black thumb could execute! Plant Package selects durable seasonal plants, an appropriate and stylish container, sends just the right amount of soil and plant food, and includes instructions for assembly and plant care. The Plants can thrive indoors or outdoors – the choice is yours! Use the code “awesome” to receive a FREE Starter Kit with your order. Starter kits include gardening gloves, a gardening shovel, and farm hand’s soap. Simply select “ADD STARTER KIT” and enter the code AWESOME on the payment checkout page. 

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Oct 24, 2019

Well we love it when you guys send it topics you want us to cover! One listener recently suggested we cover what it means to “come alongside your spouse.” It’s something Dr. Kim says a lot, what does it practically mean? How would Dr. Kim define this method that he so often encourages us to do? 

In this episode, Dr. Kim goes deep into describing it and defining it for us. 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “Coming alongside your spouse is the visual representation of walking in unity together and supporting one another as a married couple.” - Christina
  • “Coming alongside your spouse is the manifestation of being on the same team as your spouse.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Something is wrong if you’re in a marriage and you feel like you’re all alone.” - Dr. Kim
  • “How you come alongside your spouse might look different from how your spouse comes alongside you; we all receive love and support in different ways.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Ask yourself: is what you’re doing right now going to help you have an awesome marriage?” - Christina
  • “If it’s important to your spouse make it important for you.” - Dr. Kim
  • “The worst loneliness is when you’re in your house with your spouse and you feel lonely. You’re not coming alongside each other in your marriage, you’re just coexisting” - Dr. Kim
  • “It’s so important to have empathy in a marriage.” - Dr. Kim
  • “We may not always understand why our spouse feels the way they do but we can accept that they are feeling that way and come alongside them.” - Dr. Kim
  • “How you handle your differences in marriage will either draw you together or tear you apart.” - Dr. Kim

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Plant Package for sponsoring this podcast episode! With Plant Package, the prep work of gardening is done for you. Plant Package is delivered straight to your door with easy instructions on how to plant your fun new plant that even someone with a black thumb could execute! Plant Package selects durable seasonal plants, an appropriate and stylish container, sends just the right amount of soil and plant food, and includes instructions for assembly and plant care. The Plants can thrive indoors or outdoors – the choice is yours! Use the code “awesome” to receive a FREE Starter Kit with your order. Starter kits include gardening gloves, a gardening shovel, and farm hand’s soap. Simply select “ADD STARTER KIT” and enter the code AWESOME on the payment checkout page. 

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Oct 22, 2019

In this episode Caroline Harries joins Dr. Kim to talk about waiting and how God is good even in the waiting. They talk about infertility, support groups, and how infertility and waiting can affect your marriage. 

Caroline is an author of a 60-day devotional ‘In Due Time’ as well as the founder of ‘Moms in the Making’ faith based infertility support groups. She shares her story and talks open and honestly about her waiting and their marriage in the waiting. 

Chances are you are waiting on something. Maybe it’s a baby, maybe it’s a house, a job, a fresh start, or restored relationship. Whatever it is you’re waiting on - this conversation is going to encourage you. 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “1 in 8 women experience infertility; it’s not as rare as you think.” - Caroline Harries
  • “We have to make God the focus of our lives, no matter what season of life we’re in.” - Caroline Harries
  • “In every trial you face you choose to run to or away from God.” - Caroline Harries
  • “It’s important to not make having a baby an idol or put that in the place of pursuing a relationship with God.” - Caroline Harries 

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Plant Package for sponsoring this podcast episode! With Plant Package, the prep work of gardening is done for you. Plant Package is delivered straight to your door with easy instructions on how to plant your fun new plant that even someone with a black thumb could execute! Plant Package selects durable seasonal plants, an appropriate and stylish container, sends just the right amount of soil and plant food, and includes instructions for assembly and plant care. The Plants can thrive indoors or outdoors – the choice is yours! Use the code “awesome” to receive a FREE Starter Kit with your order. Starter kits include gardening gloves, a gardening shovel, and farm hand’s soap. Simply select “ADD STARTER KIT” and enter the code AWESOME on the payment checkout page. 

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Oct 17, 2019

The holidays can highlight grief and loss in our life. It’s a time that is centered around nostalgia, memories, and family. So it’s no surprise that the holidays can bring up a lot of grief for people who have experienced loss. 

In this episode Dr. Kim and Christina talk about grief and how to support each other as a married couple as one or both of you grieve. 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “During the holidays, set aside time to think about the person you’ve lost. ” - Dr. Kim
  • “Don’t smother your feelings, take time to grieve your lost loved one.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Don’t feel like you have to say the perfect thing to your grieving spouse. Just be there for them.” - Dr. Kim
  • “The way you deal with grief is by going through it.” - Dr. Kim
  • “You can cling to the promises of God found in the Bible when you’re grieving.” - Christina
  • “Jesus shows us that it’s ok to grieve.” - Dr. Kim
  • “God can handle your questions and anger.” - Christina
  • “Everyone experiences grief differently.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Give your spouse lots of grace as they grieve.” - Dr. Kim
  • “You can’t fix the situation for your spouse but you can walk with them through it.” - Dr. Kim

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Plant Package for sponsoring this podcast episode! With Plant Package, the prep work of gardening is done for you. Plant Package is delivered straight to your door with easy instructions on how to plant your fun new plant that even someone with a black thumb could execute! Plant Package selects durable seasonal plants, an appropriate and stylish container, sends just the right amount of soil and plant food, and includes instructions for assembly and plant care. The Plants can thrive indoors or outdoors – the choice is yours! Use the code “awesome” to receive a FREE Starter Kit with your order. Starter kits include gardening gloves, a gardening shovel, and farm hand’s soap. Simply select “ADD STARTER KIT” and enter the code AWESOME on the payment checkout page. 

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Oct 15, 2019

The holidays are coming and that excites some of you but stresses others out. The holidays season, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas can put a lot of extras on our calendars and in our budgets. It can be a time where couples fight a lot or expectations aren’t met.

All of us want to have good holidays with our spouse and family, but often we don’t prepare well so that we can execute that well. 

In this episode Dr. Kim and Christina talk about holiday marital stress and how to prepare for the holidays with your spouse. 

Tune in to learn how to prepare well for the holidays!

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “You have to increase your knowledge and awareness of each other in your marriage.” - Christina
  • “Don’t wait until the week before a holiday to let family know if you’re changing your usual holiday plans.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Have your holiday plans set by October to avoid stress later on.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Have conversations with your spouse about how to make the holidays less stressful.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Make sure there’s alone time for just you and your spouse in the holiday plans.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Decide what your priorities are for your family for the holidays.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Boundaries aren’t punitive, they’re for saving relationships.” - Dr. Kim

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Plant Package for sponsoring this podcast episode! With Plant Package, the prep work of gardening is done for you. Plant Package is delivered straight to your door with easy instructions on how to plant your fun new plant that even someone with a black thumb could execute! Plant Package selects durable seasonal plants, an appropriate and stylish container, sends just the right amount of soil and plant food, and includes instructions for assembly and plant care. The Plants can thrive indoors or outdoors – the choice is yours! Use the code “awesome” to receive a FREE Starter Kit with your order. Starter kits include gardening gloves, a gardening shovel, and farm hand’s soap. Simply select “ADD STARTER KIT” and enter the code AWESOME on the payment checkout page. 

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Oct 10, 2019

What does it mean to be a husband and how can Christian men prepare well to become godly husbands? There are a lot of messages out there today about men and what it looks like to a husband, but what does God say about being a husband? How can modern men prepare to be Godly leaders in their home? 

In this episode Colby Taylor joins Dr. Kim to talk about that. Colby is a Pastor at Life.Church and good friend of mine. Together Colby and his wife, who you heard from on Tuesday, lead the Engaged Events we put on to help couples prepare for a marriage that’s even more beautiful than the wedding. The next Engaged Event in OK is THIS month so be sure to grab tickets on our website before they sell out. 

Tune in to learn how to prepare to be a husband! 

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “There’s a lot more sacrificing in being a husband than I ever anticipated.” - Colby Taylor
  • “As long as you’re married you’re always learning things about each other.” - Dr. Kim
  • “You can’t give yourself to your wife if you don’t give yourself to Jesus first.” - Colby Taylor
  • “Seek out someone you see as a Godly man and ask them to mentor you.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Don’t be afraid to be honest and vulnerable about your feelings.” - Colby Taylor

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Plant Package for sponsoring this podcast episode! With Plant Package, the prep work of gardening is done for you. Plant Package is delivered straight to your door with easy instructions on how to plant your fun new plant that even someone with a black thumb could execute! Plant Package selects durable seasonal plants, an appropriate and stylish container, sends just the right amount of soil and plant food, and includes instructions for assembly and plant care. The Plants can thrive indoors or outdoors – the choice is yours! Use the code “awesome” to receive a FREE Starter Kit with your order. Starter kits include gardening gloves, a gardening shovel, and farm hand’s soap. Simply select “ADD STARTER KIT” and enter the code AWESOME on the payment checkout page. 


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Oct 8, 2019

What does it mean to be a wife? How can we prepare well to be good wives? In a world where the world “wife” is displayed so differently depending on where we are turning to, it can be really confusing. Christian women who are planning to get married have desires to be a godly wife. But most of us don’t know how to prepare for that. 

In this episode Amanda Taylor joins Dr. Kim to talk about preparing to be a wife.

Tune in to learn how to prepare to be a wife! 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “When you prioritize your spouse over your children, you are modeling a healthy marriage for your kids.” - Dr. Kim
  • “You have to depend on Jesus in order for your marriage to work.” - Amanda Taylor
  • “Selfishness can wreak havoc on a marriage.” - Amanda Taylor
  • “I think selfishness is the biggest problem we struggle with in life.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Ask women whose marriages you admire for advice and wisdom.” - Amanda Taylor
  • “The couples that I see that are doing well in their marriage are always working on their marriage.” - Dr. Kim
  • “You can avoid a lot of potential trouble when you’re married if you lay a strong foundation when you’re engaged.” - Amanda Taylor
  • “Putting your husband’s needs above your own can be so hard but it’s worth it.” - Amanda Taylor
  • “Really think through your marriage vows and what they mean before you say them on your wedding day.” - Amanda Taylor

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Plant Package for sponsoring this podcast episode! With Plant Package, the prep work of gardening is done for you. Plant Package is delivered straight to your door with easy instructions on how to plant your fun new plant that even someone with a black thumb could execute! Plant Package selects durable seasonal plants, an appropriate and stylish container, sends just the right amount of soil and plant food, and includes instructions for assembly and plant care. The Plants can thrive indoors or outdoors – the choice is yours! Use the code “awesome” to receive a FREE Starter Kit with your order. Starter kits include gardening gloves, a gardening shovel, and farm hand’s soap. Simply select “ADD STARTER KIT” and enter the code AWESOME on the payment checkout page. 


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Oct 3, 2019

“Peace” and “wedding planning” may seem like 2 things that don’t go together. But we want to help you keep the peace during your wedding planning process. This is part 2 of a conversation with Dr. Kim & Amanda Taylor talking about all things wedding planning and how to do this well with your relationship intact and healthy ready to start your new marriage. 

Amanda is the owner of Embellished Weddings here in Oklahoma City where she plans and coordinates weddings. Because Amanda has planned so many weddings, she has an up close look at couples during this time. I can’t for you to hear what she shares in this episode! 

Tune in to learn how to keep the peace during wedding planning. 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “Communicate and talk through expectations with your family about their level of involvement in your wedding.” - Amanda Taylor
  • “A lot of problems related to family that come up in the wedding planning phase were already there before the couple was engaged.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Know your future spouse and what level of input they want to have in the wedding planning process.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Embrace who your future spouse is, their quirks, sense of humor, and personality, during the wedding planning process.” - Amanda Taylor
  • “Set your wedding budget based on what is important to you as a couple and stick to it!” - Amanda Taylor
  • “The amount of money spent on the wedding does not define what the wedding is going to be.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Don’t go into debt for your wedding.” - Dr. Kim

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Plant Package for sponsoring this podcast episode! With Plant Package, the prep work of gardening is done for you. Plant Package is delivered straight to your door with easy instructions on how to plant your fun new plant that even someone with a black thumb could execute! Plant Package selects durable seasonal plants, an appropriate and stylish container, sends just the right amount of soil and plant food, and includes instructions for assembly and plant care. The Plants can thrive indoors or outdoors – the choice is yours! Use the code “awesome” to receive a FREE Starter Kit with your order. Starter kits include gardening gloves, a gardening shovel, and farm hand’s soap. Simply select “ADD STARTER KIT” and enter the code AWESOME on the payment checkout page. 


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Oct 1, 2019

Weddings are a big deal and wedding planning can be extremely stressful. Tensions are high and family is involved and it seems like there are so many emotions and expectations that are swirling around. It’s enough to make you go crazy! And maybe some of us do just that - go a little crazy.

Well we want to avoid the crazy as much as we can and learn to keep the peace during wedding planning. 

In this episode Amanda Taylor joins Dr. Kim to talk about keeping the peace during wedding planning. Amanda is a return guest on the podcast. Amanda and Colby have been married for 12 years and have 6 beautiful children. Amanda is the owner of Embellished Weddings here in Oklahoma City where she plans and coordinates weddings. Because Amanda has planned so many weddings, she has an up close look at couples during this time. 

Tune in to learn how to keep the peace during wedding planning. 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “The point of the wedding is the marriage.” -Amanda Taylor
  • “I tell every couple right before their wedding to soak in these moments and remember that you’re marrying the person of your dreams.” - Amanda Taylor
  • “Enjoy being engaged - don’t talk about your wedding every time you’re together.” - Amanda Taylor
  • “It is possible to enjoy planning your wedding, it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience.” - Amanda Taylor
  • “Don’t get so caught up in the wedding planning that you forget about who you’re engaged to.” - Amanda Taylor
  • “There is a big difference between cold feet and a red flag.” - Dr. Kim

SPONSORS

  • Thank you to Plant Package for sponsoring this podcast episode! With Plant Package, the prep work of gardening is done for you. Plant Package is delivered straight to your door with easy instructions on how to plant your fun new plant that even someone with a black thumb could execute! Plant Package selects durable seasonal plants, an appropriate and stylish container, sends just the right amount of soil and plant food, and includes instructions for assembly and plant care. The Plants can thrive indoors or outdoors – the choice is yours! Use the code “awesome” to receive a FREE Starter Kit with your order. Starter kits include gardening gloves, a gardening shovel, and farm hand’s soap. Simply select “ADD STARTER KIT” and enter the code AWESOME on the payment checkout page. 


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Sep 26, 2019

In this episode Dr. Kim and Christina share a dozen secrets husbands don’t tell their wives. We polled you guys on Instagram to get your real and honest answers and today we are sharing those secrets (anonymously).

Some of these secrets might surprise you and I bet you’ll relate to some if not all of them!

Our hope is that shedding light on these secrets will deepen your connection and that you and your spouse will have some real, honest conversations about this episode that will lead to more a more transparent friendship between you two.  

Tune in to find out what husbands aren’t telling their wives! 

RESOURCES

  • This month’s resource at Awesome Marriage is Every Moment Scripture For Your Marriage.’ This resource is a great way to speak God’s truth into your marriage, even in the midst of difficulties. Every Moment Scripture For Your Marriage’  is a 13 page PDF, with 12 bible verse cards & 12 marriage encouragement cards to help you prepare and face the storms that come your way in your marriage. Grab your resource here! Thank you for making the ministry possible! 
  • Become a Marriage Changer and receive some sweet exclusive benefits. Learn more here!
  • Sign up to get Dr. Kim’s One Thing To Grow Your Marriage Each Day via email, text, or podcast here! 
  • Dr. Kim’s new book, 14 Keys to Lasting Love, came out earlier this year. If you haven’t ordered your copy yet- what are you waiting for? Order here now. 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

  • “Your sex life should be an ongoing process.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Wives can work to be a safe place for your husband to talk about their insecurities with.” - Christina
  • “Us guys are so much more sensitive than we want to let on.” - Dr. Kim
  • “Don’t friend your exes on social media.” - Christina
  • “Come clean sooner vs. later. One more day of lying is only going to make things worse.” - Christina

 

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