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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: May, 2024
May 31, 2024

It often feels like the world around us is too broken. Where would you even start if you wanted to try and fix it? On the podcast today, Charlie and Andi Ashworth answer this question, and thankfully their answer is much simpler and more doable than it might seem. 

The Ashworths have spent decades sharing their creative gifts and encouraging others to do the same, and in today’s episode they artfully equip you to take small steps toward creativity, community, and reflecting the light of God’s love, right where you are. 

Don’t miss this bonus episode!  We pray this episode is helpful for you and your marriage. 

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • How should Christians engage with culture? 

  • A call for culture making - and how simple it is to actually do it 

  • Why the small things matter - and how to use them for good in your life

  • Hope for becoming the remedy to the loneliness epidemic

  • How to balance the desire for creativity and the need to get things done  

  • Battling the dis-integration of “mundane” versus doing things we like 

 

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

 

QUOTES

  • “We make less and less meaning of everything now, because it’s happening so fast and we’re receiving so much information.” - Charlie Ashworth

  • “There’s no small people; there’s no small things. Everything matters.”  - Charlie Ashworth

  • “We don’t know the stories that will continue after we do.” - Andi Ashworth 

  • “If all of life matters to God, then all of life matters to us.” - Andi Ashworth 

  • “We want a formula … but it is a process.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling  

  • “Based on your faith in Christ, what kind of culture are you making? Are you contributing good? Or are you contributing negativity?” - Charlie Ashworth  

  • “It’s antithetical to the word of God and to creation itself to think that we as people of God are somehow standing outside of it. It actually creates an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ mentality that is so unhealthy.” - Charlie Ashworth  

  • “Start with where you're at: You're actually getting up and making culture every day.” - Andi Ashworth

  • “As an artist, maturity looks like a seamless integration of a diversity of creativity over time.” - Charlie Peacock 

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May 28, 2024

Your marriage needs trust in order to be healthy. Without it, your connection with your spouse will fade, and you’ll experience more conflict and tension, and less of the closeness and intimacy marriage is meant to have. Don’t stay stuck like this! Turn things around by closing the trust gaps between you and your spouse and make your marriage a safe refuge for both of you. 

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • Areas where you might not realize you lack trust  

  • How to address it effectively with your spouse - without blaming 

  • How to have grace in the rebuilding process

  • Tips to building financial trust

  • Practical tips to become more trustworthy with completing tasks 

 

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



QUOTES 

  • “Without trust in a marriage, the marriage just crumbles.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling  

  • “We don’t realize how valuable trust is until it’s broken.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “Trust can be unique to the person and the situation.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “We have to own what’s driving our trust-breaking behavior.” - Lindsay Few

  • “The budget isn’t a prison, it’s a plan. But sometimes it will be uncomfortable.” - Lindsay Few

  • “The sooner you go to counseling, the sooner you’ll resolve your issues.” - Lindsay Few

  • “If you get stuck, you don’t have to stay stuck.”  - Lindsay Few

  • “Your spouse may make some mistakes, so look for Jesus in your spouse.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling

  • “I felt like he should trust me … but my action was not giving him anything to trust.” - Lindsay Few 

 

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May 24, 2024

Today we answer some of the most frequently asked questions we hear about sex. Dr. Kim and Christina covered this on an episode in 2021, and we’ve distilled their conversation into the most timeless and practical answers to common sex questions. 

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

Episode highlights include:  

  • How often is “normal”?

  • Dealing with dead sex drive 

  • Is oral sex ok in marriage? What about anal? 
  • Is there such thing as too much sex when trying to conceive? 

  • How to start talking to your kids about sex 

  • What do do if your spouse withholds sex

 

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

 

QUOTES 

  • “Guys, you have to continue to be romantic.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “I wanted my kids to talk to me about sex before they went to a friend or read it on a bathroom wall or a magazine. You want that door to be open.”  - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “You need to honor each other and respect each other’s body to honor God in marriage.” - Christina Dodson

  • “Guys, if you please your wife first, does it really matter when you orgasm? There's this unspoken pressure.” - Christina Dodson 

  • “There’s always an answer. I’ve never had a couple we couldn’t figure out an answer for.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling

  • “Stay at the comfort level of the one who is least comfortable. If you do that, you’re going to be ok.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

 

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May 21, 2024

Trust in marriage is not one-size-fits all. There are many areas where your marriage needs trust in order to thrive, and some might matter to your spouse more than they do to you, and vice versa. So today we’re talking about how to navigate any trust gaps you may have with your spouse, how to start the conversation about it, and rebuild what’s been broken so you both feel more connected and secure in your marriage.

 

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • Several types of trust marriages need, and why they matter

  • The side effects of missing trust 

  • Simple steps to catch a trust slip-up so that trust is not broken

  • Specific trust-killers you need to avoid 

  • How to build trust - and keep it

 

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

 

QUOTES 

  • “It helps to build trust if you accept me as I am, not as you wish I would be.” - Lindsay Few 

  • “I may not even be aware if I did something that affected the trust, and I want to know.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “If it’s important to her and it keeps coming up, I want her to tell me about it.” Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “I’d be so offended when he didn’t trust me, but when I think about the reality, I wasn’t trustworthy.” - Lindsay Few 

  • “Trust is between two people. It’s not just your perception of yourself.” - Lindsay Few 

  • “It’s not like we quit making mistakes, it’s just that we handle them differently now.”  - Dr. Kim Kimberling 



MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 

  • What would happen if you took the next 4 weeks to reframe your spouse and your marriage with a biblical approach? Cultivate a better perspective – and a better marriage, with our Reframing Challenge

  • Sign up HERE to get the Couple’s Conversation Guide for each week’s new episode 

  • Does your sex life need a reboot? Improve your sex life with our Locking Lips Kissing Game

  • If your marriage has been damaged by porn, the Marriage Undefiled Online Course provides a path to rebuild trust and repair your marriage.  

  • Click HERE to get the Couple’s Conversation Guide for each week’s new episode! 

  • The free printable Weekly Check Up is a simple way to keep short accounts and keep building trust.

May 14, 2024

Does lust have a place in marriage? What sets it apart from sexual desire? Today we’re working through the reasons this question matters for your marriage, and how to have a marriage that glorifies God in every aspect, including how you steward your sexual desires. 

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

Episode highlights include:  

  •  Defining the difference between lust and desire, biblically 

  • The godly purposes for sexual desire in marriage

  • Specific reasons why misused sexual desire is destructive 

  • How to maintain purity in marriage 

  • Why porn affects your marriage even if your spouse doesn’t know you use it

 

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

QUOTES 

  • “Lust is more about what you see, what you’re attracted to and what it can do for you.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling

  • “In the Bible, it’s not like they lived in a Puritanical culture at that time. No, it was probably every bit as bad…we just access things in a different way now.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling

  • “If we look at Scripture, lust was never mentioned in a positive light.” - Lindsay Few 

  • “We won’t ever clear that bar, but he’s taken care of it through his life, death and resurrection, so there is grace and forgiveness.” - Lindsay Few 

  • “The best sex is within the context of a Christian marriage.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling

  • “If it’s reduced to that ‘just get it over with’ kind of situation, whoa. Red flag. The goal is not just to satisfy the urge, the goal is mutual enjoyment, pleasure, connection and building of the marriage.” - Lindsay Few

  • “Vulnerability is uncomfortable, but it can lead you to prevent something a lot more painful.” - Lindsay Few 

 

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May 7, 2024

Most couples are not going to be completely aligned with sex drive. There are a lot of factors that  can cause this, but there are also a lot of solutions!

Today we want to equip you to have a productive approach to making your sex life the best it can be in marriage. 

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • Why is it so hard to have a productive conversation about sex? 

  • Should the lower-drive spouse “just do it” for the spouse’s sake? Why or why not? 

  • Why respecting your wife’s drive level helps her feel sexy 

  • Ways to respect your spouse’s drive 

 

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

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 

  • What would happen if you took the next 4 weeks to reframe your spouse and your marriage with a biblical approach? Learn how to have a better perspective – and a better marriage, with our Reframing Challenge

  • Does your sex life need a reboot? Improve your sex life with our Locking Lips Kissing Game

  • If your marriage has been damaged by porn, the Marriage Undefiled Online Course provides a path to rebuild trust and repair your marriage.  

  • Click HERE to get the Couple’s Conversation Guide for each week’s new episode! 

 

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