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Awesome Marriage Podcast

Far too many couples are just surviving their marriage when it was meant to thrive. This is the place for practical tips on how to build an awesome marriage. Our passion is to help you strengthen your marriage. Dr. Kim Kimberling hosts the show. Dr. Kim is the President of Awesome Marriage, has been married for 53 years, and has been a professional counselor for 40 years. He is the author of 7 Secrets to An Awesome Marriage and 14 Keys To Lasting Love. Dr. Kim is joined by co-host Lindsay Few, Content Director for Awesome Marriage. She has been married for 20 years. Her husband is a church planter, and they love ministering to married couples together. Tune in each week to hear practical ways on how to have an awesome marriage! This podcast is brought to you by the ministry of Awesome Marriage.
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Now displaying: December, 2023
Dec 12, 2023

No one loves talking finances, but we do think you’ll love today’s conversation with Julie Baumgardner! Julie shares how to get curious about what money means to your spouse, how two spouses’ separate financial backgrounds and “money stories” can stop being a source of tension, and start becoming a shared value. 

Listen to this episode if you’re ready to get on the same page with your spouse about finances this season - without fighting about them! 

 

Episode highlights include:  

  •  Questions to start a productive conversation about finances with your spouse

  • How to uncover the hidden money lessons you learned growing up, then to get on the same page with your spouse. 

  • What recent research says about the connection of money and marital happiness 

  • How to learn more about your spouse’s perspective about money 

  • Ways to work together toward shared values around money in your marriage

*Music for this podcast is created by Noah Copeland. Check him out here

 

QUOTES:

  • “You have different perspectives about money. You don’t necessarily talk about what it means to you, how you think about it, therefore you argue about it.” - Julie Baumgardner  

  • “You can have conversations about money without having to be methodical about every single penny.” - Julie Baumgardner 

  • “If you can’t figure out how to live within your means with a little, it will be very complicated to figure out how to live within your means with a lot.” - Julie Baumgardner 

  • “It isn’t ‘You’re right, I’m wrong,’ you’re being curious. And in being curious, you’re learning.” - Julie Baumgardner 

  • “If you can tell that money is creating stress, what is it about money that’s stressful?” - Julie Baumgardner 

  • “Keep your eyes wide open for where God is calling you to join Him in his work. Be aware, and where you see a need, be a Kingdom builder. ” - Julie Baumgardner 

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

  • What matters most to the two of you when it comes to money? It’s never too late to define your core values around money in your marriage. 

  • What is it about money that’s stressful?  If it’s “what ifs," then name the what-ifs and talk through them. 

 

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Dec 8, 2023

Is it possible to parent without fear of the teen years? We say yes! So does today’s guest, Kristen Hatton. We are delighted to have Kristen on the podcast today to share how to prepare for some of the aspects of parenting teens that many parents find daunting. 

 

Episode highlights include: 

  •  Kristen shares ways to know if your fears are becoming idols in parenting 

  • Proactive VS reactive parenting: Which one are you? 

  • The difference between overparenting and underparenting and how they affect your kids 

 

*Music for this podcast is created by Noah Copeland. Check him out here

 

QUOTES 

  • “Frequently parents are living in “reactive” mode, and often it’s because we’re just so busy.”  - Kristen Hatton 

  • “If I always say yes to my kids going in different directions with their friends, or being on a travel team, and we’re always just so busy, then all the sudden, church goes by the wayside. Family time goes by the wayside." - Kristen Hatton  

  • “Often, what children experience from their parents is how they view God. So I want them to know my unconditional love and acceptance, so that they see that that’s how God is too.” - Kristen Hatton 

QUESTIONS: 

  • To evaluate if something you love has become an idol: Are you holding it with an open palm, or a clenched fist? Can you be OK without it? 

  • Evaluate your emotions to help you see your idols. Ask: Why am I so angry? Why am I so irritable? Is something controlling me? What occupies my time, habits, thoughts, money, and conversations?

  • Talk with your spouse to decide: 

    • What do we want most for our family? How are we doing to get there?

    • What do we want to impart to our kids? 

    • What will we allow? What won’t we allow? 



MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 

  • Learn more from Kristen: 

  • Our FREE 16 Ways To Navigate the Teenage Years as a Team will help you keep your marriage strong during this season.

  • GIVEAWAY TIME! We are giving away a bundle of our TOP 3 RESOURCES of 2023: 44 Tips to Better Sex in Marriage, 21 Day Husband Encouragement Challenge, and 21 Day Wife Appreciation Challenge! To enter just leave an honest review of the podcast wherever you listen, screenshot it, send in to info@awesomemarriage.com. Giveaway ends 12/15 10am CST. 

  • Dr. Kim’s newest book, Love, Intimacy and Sex in the Second Half is now available as an eBook! Grab your copy here! 

  • We want to help you make 2024 your best married year yet with 12 Marriage Resolutions for the New Year! Click though for all the details of this uplifting resource! 
Dec 5, 2023

Holiday season is upon us, and with it all things festive! I’m guessing your schedule didn’t have much extra space to begin with, so now there’s a risk of becoming truly overbooked. How can your marriage be a priority, even with so much going on? 

Today Dr. Kim is sharing several of his best tips for prioritizing your marriage, even in this busy season. 

We pray this episode is helpful for you and your marriage. 

Episode highlights include: 

  • Ways to share the load of holiday tasks & preparation better 

  • How prioritizing your marriage this season can decrease your stress 

  • Dr. Kim’s 5 ways to prioritize your marriage this season 

  • How to implement this if you aren’t on the same page right now

  • Tips to de-stress your holiday gatherings and enjoy them more 

*Music for this podcast is created by Noah Copeland. Check him out here

QUOTES

  • “It doesn’t have to be a whole evening, it doesn’t even have to be a whole hour. It can be just 15 minutes, but you protect that time.”  - Dr. Kim Kimberling  

  • “I think quality time is one of the most important things we do in a marriage, and it also seems to be one of the easiest to bump.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “Make sure you're on the same page together, then enjoy it together.”  - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “There’s so much unnecessary tension you can eliminate if you can start to use team language and work together.” - Lindsay Few  

 

QUESTIONS

 What is one favorite Christmas tradition you and your spouse have, just for the two of you? 

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 

  • GIVEAWAY TIME! We are giving away a bundle of our Top 3 Resources of 2023: Our 44 Tips to Better Sex in Marriage, 21 Day Husband Encouragement Challenge, and 21 Day Wife Appreciation Challenge! To enter just leave an honest review of the podcast wherever you listen, screenshot it, send in to info@awesomemarriage.com. Giveaway ends 12/15 10am EST. 

  • Dr. Kim’s newest book, Love, Intimacy and Sex in the Second Half is now available as an eBook! Grab your copy here! 

  • Related episode: “What is team Language? Ep. 501

 

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