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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: January, 2024
Jan 30, 2024

Does your home echo with the sounds of sibling squabbles?

Do you wish for more connection with your kids?

If so, today’s episode is for you! Don & Suzanne Manning, the founders of Crazy Cool Family, are passionate about equipping Christian families with strategies to cultivate a family culture they ALL enjoy living with! 

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • Effective ways to protect kids from screen & tech temptations

  • Where to invest your time and energy for the best parenting outcomes - and where NOT to 

  • The goal of disciplining our kids and how to work toward it 

 

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

 

QUOTES

  • “Don’t look at the outside and all the fearful things - don't waste your time and energy there: You’re going after your kids’ heart.” - Suzanne Manning

  • “Kids are wired to want us on their team. They want our input. ”  - Suzanne Manning

  •  “Control is based in fear, and connection is based in love.” - Don Manning 

  • “Most people try to control, because we don’t know what to do. But it doesn’t work.” Dr Kim Kimberling  

  • “We never tell parents they need to work harder. They need to work differently. Becoming an encourager and being a listener are two ways to do that.” - Don Manning  

  • “Our children are going to go where the encouragement is.” - Suzanne Manning 

  • “Because of technology and culture, connection today is more important than it’s ever been.” - Don Manning 

  • “The goal of discipline is self-control. When situations come up, they are opportunities to build self control in my kids. Opportunities to build them up for the next stage of life.” - Don Manning 



QUESTIONS FOR YOU

  •  Do you lean more toward connection, or control?

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 

 

 

  • Reduce unnecessary arguments, decrease stress in your home, develop better understanding of your spouse, AND strengthen your bond as a couple with THIS: Our 30-Day Communication Challenge

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  • Need more communication help? Sign up here to save your spot for Dr. Kim’s FREE webinar,  “7 Common Communication Mistakes Couples Make”

 

  • Questions about gaslighting, narcissism and blame? Submit them anonymously HERE or DM us on Instagram. Dr. Kim will answer them in an upcoming episode 

 

Jan 26, 2024

Are you uncertain with your  food choices or unhappy with your body? Is it possible to truly be at peace with food and your body? If you’re not comfortable with your body, this will spill over into your marriage. Gaining a biblical perspective with this will help you heal your relationship with your body and food choices, and in turn, your marriage. 

 

Today we are delighted to have Brittany Braswell joining us to tackle these personal and often painful topics, and share hope, help, and Biblical perspective on these topics. Brittany is a Registered Dietician, Christian speaker and host of the Joy-Filled Eater Podcast, and a wealth of wisdom and encouragement on navigating these challenging topics.  

 

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



Episode highlights include:  

  • What does Scripture actually say about body image? 

  • How our view of our body impacts our marriage

  • Brittany’s 1st priority for her clients’ nutrition – this might surprise you!

  • Tips to handle food choices if you and your spouse are not on the same page  

  • Ways to support your spouse if they are struggling in this area

  • Ways to ask for your spouse’s support if you’re struggling in this area  

 

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

 

QUOTES

  • “So much of it is our perception: If I see my body negatively, then I’m assuming my spouse does too.” - Brittany Braswell 

  • “So much of the conversation around body image is very me-centric, not Christ centric.”  - Brittany Braswell 
  • “The Lord blessed us with this variety of flavors and gave us taste buds to be able to enjoy them!” -  Brittany Braswell 

  • “It’s ok to ask for help. You don’t have to meet a certain criteria to deserve some support.”  -  Brittany Braswell 

  • “We can eat in a way that helps our bodies to thrive so that our bodies don’t become the thing that holds us back from fulfilling the calling and purpose God has placed on our lives.” -  Brittany Braswell  

QUESTIONS FOR YOU

  • If it’s hard for you to believe it when your spouse says they are attracted to you, dig a little deeper: Why is it hard to believe?  

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 

Jan 23, 2024

If you want to avoid communication breakdowns in your marriage, today’s episode is for you!

Today, Dr. Kim is going to share 3 very common mistakes he sees as he counsels couples, so that you can avoid them! Whether you need a total overhaul or just a few friendly reminders, today’s episode has practical, actionable advice that will help you improve the communication in your marriage. 

Are you making the same mistakes most couples make with communication? Dr. Kim has pretty much seen it all, and today he is going to help you avoid those mistakes, and build better communication instead. 

 

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  •  3 of the most common mistakes Dr. Kim sees over and over with couples he counsels: Blame, discounting, and distraction. 

  • The impact each of these mistakes has on a spouse and marriage

  • The practical steps to avoid each of these communication pitfalls 

 

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

 

QUOTES

  • When you resolve conflict, both of you have to take responsibility for your part in it. I’ve never seen an issue where 1 person was 100% responsible. - Dr. Kim 

  • I think it’s easy for us to rationalize, fool ourselves, and take the time to think it through.  - Dr. Kim 

  • I’ve done it, I’ve seen it in other wives: It’s easy for us in parenting to discount our husband’s opinion. - Lindsay 

  • Listen in a way that you can let them know you heard what they said. - Dr. Kim 

  • As a parent with kids in the home, it’s great to have the reminder that they are benefitting from us putting boundaries that let us have an adult relationship with our spouse. As important as they are to us, we should value showing them that solid foundation and modeling marriage for them.  - Lindsay 

  • I identify with all three of these, I’ve done them all. I’ts not something you just get right then coast, you have to stay on top of it. - Dr. Kim  



QUESTIONS FOR YOU

  • Do you use “I” statements to communicate what you need with your spouse? 

    • For example: Instead of, “You always ignore me when I’m talking,” say, “I feel hurt when you scroll on your phone when I’m talking. I want to know that you care about what I have to say.” 

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 

  • Need more communication help? Sign up here to save your spot for Dr. Kim’s FREE webinar,  “7 Common Communication Mistakes Couples Make”

  • Questions about gaslighting, narcissism and blame? Submit them anonymously HERE or DM us on Instagram. Dr. Kim will answer them in an upcoming episode 

  • Want to reduce unnecessary arguments, decrease stress in your home, develop better understanding of your spouse, OR just strengthen your bond as a couple? Our 30-Day Communication Challenge is for you! 

  • With Dr. Kim’s One Thing email, you’ll get one practical tip each weekday to build your marriage.

  • The Marriage Multiplier is a quick weekly email that gives you practical ways to be intentional to grow your marriage. Sign up HERE

Jan 16, 2024

While their life appeared to be successful, fun and amazing, Andy and Sara’s marriage was at a breaking point. Their life was at a high point, but their relationship had reached a low. In today’s episode they share how their marriage recovered.

Can a marriage survive the damage of gaslighting and blame? Today’s episode is proof it can. Dr. Kim got to witness a complete transformation in Andy and Sara’s marriage. Their story is full of grace and hope, and we are so thankful to them for sharing it with us today.

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

Episode highlights include:  

  • How did things look good from the outside for as long as they did?

  • How Sara used waiting to grow closer to God 

  • The turning point that allowed Andy to start to change

  • The specific process that changed Andy from the inside out 

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

 

QUOTES

  • “We lived this big, giant, amazing life. The problem was, I was getting wrapped more and more into my success, thinking I was this great gift to humanity.” - Andy  

  • “I felt like he didn’t know me. He didn’t know my heart.” - Sara

  • “I was searching for the world to fill that void in my chest that only God can fill.” - Andy  

  • “You need to meditate and delight in the word of God to change the trajectory of your life.” Pastor Mike (via Andy) 

  • “The Lord didn’t care about all my success. He wanted me broken at the foot of the cross.” - Andy 

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOU

  • How have you seen God show up in the midst of difficult times? 
  • What are the little things your spouse does that make you feel loved? 

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 

  • Questions about gaslighting and blame? Submit them anonymously HERE or over on Instagram for Dr. Kim to answer in an upcoming episode 

  • Want to reduce unnecessary arguments, decrease stress in your home, develop better understanding of your spouse, OR just strengthen your bond as a couple? Our 30-Day Communication Challenge is for you! 

 

Jan 9, 2024

Your faith is a foundation for every aspect of life. So when you’re not on the same page with your spouse spiritually, it can make marriage more complicated.

Dr. Kim has helped couples deal with this situation time and time again, and in today’s episode he shares valuable insight into how you can deal with spiritual disunity in your marriage. 

Episode highlights include:  

  • Practical ways to pursue unity when you’re not unified on faith

  • The common mistakes Dr. Kim sees spouses make in this situation 

  • The major shift your marriage needs to start thriving

  • How to change your focus in order to enjoy your marriage 

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



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

 

QUOTES

  • “God loves them, and knows them so much better than you do, and He knows what works and doesn’t work for that person.” Dr. Kim Kimberling

  • “Just accepting your spouse and not trying to change them is essential. You can’t really have a thriving marriage until you make that shift.” - Lindsay Few 

  • “Growth hurts, but I’m glad I’m not the same as I was.” - Lindsay Few 

  • “My life is so much different and better because I married Nancy, even though some of it was so hard for both of us.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOU

  • Have you let go of trying to change your spouse, and let God take over that job? 

  • Pray and ask God: How can I love my spouse well today? 

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 

  • When your marriage is struggling, everything feels more overwhelming. We created  21 Prayers for Struggling Marriage to help make praying for your marriage less challenging. God is the one who can change your hearts and your marriage for the better, so inviting him to do those things is the best thing you can do for your marriage.

  • Do you want to reduce unnecessary arguments, decrease stress in your home, develop better understanding & connection with your spouse, or strengthen your bond as a couple? If you do, then our 30-Day Communication Challenge is for you! 

 

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