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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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Feb 27, 2024

What does it look like to live in intimacy with God each day? We are delighted to have Faith Eury Cho with us today, sharing about what friendship with God means, even in the “wilderness” times in our lives. 

Faith is the CEO and founder of the Honor Summit, a gospel preacher, and author of the new book, Experiencing Friendship with God: How the Wilderness Draws Us to His Presence. Faith does a great job de-mystifying this lofty topic, so you don’t want to miss this conversation. 

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • What does “friendship with God” actually mean? 

  • Practical ways to “practice God’s presence,” even if it seems out of reach 

  • How friendship with God impacts marriage

  • How to grow spiritually with your spouse

  • Ways to take these concepts into parenting / grandparenting 

  • How to navigate the wilderness seasons of our faith 

 

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

 

QUOTES

  • “Sometimes without even knowing, we believe so that God can give us a better life.” - Faith Eury Cho

  • “Friendship with God is just intimacy on a day to day level.” Faith Eury Cho

  • “We need to really redefine what experience actually means. Because if we go into any relationship, any - our spouse, our kids, our friends - having a set agenda of what experiencing that relationship should look like to us, it can be very unhealthy really quick.” -  Faith Eury Cho

  • “Start simple. Start with something that is a natural offshoot to your regular rhythms of life.”  - Faith Eury Cho

  • “I remember moments I would tell God, ‘I don’t have a prayer to pray, I don’t have a song to sing, but I’m here.’”  - Faith Eury Cho

  • “God cares about every little thing, and we want to give him the opportunity to show us that.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “Some of us are friends with fear, not the presence of God, and I think we’ve got to break up with our fear!” - Faith Eury Cho



QUESTIONS FOR YOU

  • What is one way you and your spouse like to worship God together? 

  • Have you seen God move during a ‘wilderness’ season? 

 

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Feb 20, 2024

How’s the romance in your marriage? How does it compare to when you were dating? (… and does that matter?)

Romance can fall by the wayside in marriage because it seems like an “extra” that you’ll get around to when you have extra time or money, or if you feel inspired to make a grand gesture. 

But today Dr. Kim shares several reasons NOT to let that be the case in your marriage. Listen to learn why you need to bring the romance back and HOW to realistically make that happen. 

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

Episode highlights include:  

  • Dr. Kim shares specific ways romance benefits a marriage 

  • What does romance look like for men vs. for women? 

  • What to do if you’re just not feeling it 

  • Whose job is it to make sure the romance is good?  

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

 

QUOTES

  • “Most people would say at some point it was there. So how do you get it back?” - Dr. Kim Kimberling

  • “We kind of quit doing romantic things because we’re not feeling it. Sometimes we have to go ahead and do them, so that we feel it again.”  - Dr. Kim Kimberling

  • “Marriage is a lot better when you’ve got romance in it.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling

  • “I think we’d like it to come naturally, like it does in the movies 

  • “It’s ok to have the conversation. We have to get past the mindset of, ‘If you really loved me, you’d know.’” - Dr. Kim Kimberling

  • “Romance is a great way to show your spouse, I see you, I appreciate you, and I care about what you care about.” Lindsay Few 

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOU

  •  Have you talked about romance with your spouse? 

    • Ask them: What is sexy to you? What is romantic to you? 

    • Don’t judge their answers! 

    • Answers may change over time, so check in every now and then. 

 

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Feb 16, 2024

Whether you love it or hate it, you spend the majority of your waking hours doing it. And as today’s guest tells us, it’s mentioned over 800 times in the Bible: We’re talking about work.  

That’s why we’re so pleased to have Jordan Raynor join us on the podcast today to talk about how your work matters to God - today, every day of your life, and for eternity. This conversation will leave you inspired and encouraged to engage well with the word God is calling you to do, every single day. 

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

Episode highlights include:  

  • 3 ways your everyday work matters for eternity 

  • Why Jordan advocates for making an “Anti-Bucket List”

  • The Biblical truths of Heaven & Eternity that NO ONE is talking about 

  • The “abridged Gospel” that most of us believe & the implications we miss if we do 

  • The practical ways these deep biblical truths will impact your marriage 

 

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

 

QUOTES

  • “When we understand what God’s word has to say about work, it frees us up to be exceptional both at work and at home.” - Jordan Raynor 

  • “While God’s word is clear that our labor in the Lord is not in vain, it also makes clear that GOd doesn’t need you or me - His purposes will not be thwarted. He does not need us, he wants us.” - Jordan Raynor  

  • “I can be at peace walking away from my work at the end of the day … because I know that if the things on my to - do list are on God’s to - do list, he’s going to complete them with or without me. That’s terrifically freeing.” - Jordan Raynor  

  • “Scripture mentions work more than 800 times. There’s no need to doubt whether or not God cares about your work.” - Jordan Raynor 

  • “When you understand that 100% of your time at home and at work matters to God, you become fully alive. And this world is desperate to see people that are fully alive.”  Jordan 

  • “I went to Christian school for 13 years. And I remember frequently sitting in chapel, and quietly dreading the thought of heaven.

  • “We are called to keep watch for Christ’s return, not by sitting on our hands and waiting for heaven to drop from the sky, but by working with our hands and joining him in cultivating heaven on earth today.” - Jordan Raynor 

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOU

  • How does the Biblical idea of stewarding your time change your daily work life?  

 

Feb 13, 2024

Work - life balance is not limited to the workplace: It’s also the work of running a home, and it’s a challenge for most couples to share this load well. Today Dr. Kim is sharing some of his best tips for finding balance in the home. 

The struggle to find work - life balance does not end when you get home in the evening. Taking care of a home and family is a huge portion of our workload that you can’t ignore. But you can find ways to handle it well – TOGETHER!

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • Tips for spouses who work outside the home 

  • Tips for those who work from home 

  • Tips for stay-at-home parents 

  • Signs you & your spouse need to work toward better balance 

  • The need for boundaries to help with balance; how to work on them together

  • What to do if you get stuck, or if you’ve tried to address things and it’s not working

 

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

 

QUOTES

  • Resolving conflict doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It takes work, but when you talk and listen well, you’ll find that most things, you can resolve. - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • At the end of your life,  you’re not going to look back and say, “I wish I’d looked at my phone a few more times.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling  

  • If you get stuck, it’s ok to get help.  - Dr. Kim Kimberling

  • The things that matter work themselves out in the very small details of life. - Lindsay Few

  • Maybe you think everyone else is doing it all, so you’re trying to do it all. I don’t think that’s realistic or healthy. - Lindsay Few 

  • It’s easy to fall in those traps and not really know that you’ve even fallen into them. - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • We have to make sure we’re saying what we mean and what we need instead of just hoping our spouse catches the hint. - Lindsay few 

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOU

  • Is the workload in your home balanced?  

  • Do you have a mentor couple in your life? 

  • Are your boundaries with tech (screentime, phones) working well? 

  • Talk with your spouse and rate how you’re doing with work / life balance together, on a scale of 1-10? 

 

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Feb 6, 2024

Practically speaking, balance is hard to find, and even harder to maintain. While work-life balance is a very common issue, it IS possible to alleviate unnecessary stress and find better balance. 

 

In today’s episode Dr Kim will share practical tips to help you find that balance. Dr. Kim shares some of the common pain points that he sees couples facing, and some of the best ways he’s seen to deal with those. 

 

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • Tips to help you handle the stress between spouses so that your marriage tension doesn’t add onto the stress of work-life balance 

  • Some early signs of burnout you cannot afford to ignore 

  • The importance of making peace with imperfection

  • Helpful perspective tips for both career and extracurricular commitments 

  • Practical tips for work-from-home balance 

 

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

 

QUOTES

  • “I was saying no to my family a lot because I was saying yes to all these other things.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling

  • “Figure out who you are, who you’re working for, what do you really want, and what do you need to get there. Sometimes we get on that treadmill and we just keep going.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling

  • “I think it is changing, but there’s still a culture that glorifies overwork, burnout and hustle. It can be hard to step out of that because it feels important to be in it.”  - Lindsay Few 

  • “We have a God that is bigger than my mistakes and imperfections. If I really think the world depends on me being perfect, then I’ve got a problem.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling

  • “You don’t just get balanced and stay balanced forever. It’s a constant work in progress.” - Lindsay Few

  • “We look around and everyone’s dealing with this, so we just think this is normal. If something has resonated with you, it’s okay to acknowledge that you want things to go better.” - Lindsay Few

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOU

  • 4 reflection questions to help you move forward: What worked, what do I want to do more of, what didn’t work, what do I want to do less of? 

    •  God wants you to thrive. Trust that when you seek these answers, He will answer.  

 

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