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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: June, 2024
Jun 21, 2024

Most of us deal with self doubt, regret, and feelings of not measuring up. But learning to love ourselves properly means learning to see ourselves as God does, and it allows us to love others more freely and graciously. 

 

Today, Bryan Crum will help you step away from nagging self doubts and into a solid biblical perspective. Give your marriage the gift of seeing yourself and your spouse through God’s eyes.

 

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • Unexpected lessons learned from people who are facing their mortality 

  • Why is it hard to accept loving and valuing ourselves properly? 

  • Rewriting negative messages we’ve learned 

  • Ideas to break away from self-doubt 

  • Why relationships are needed to help us learn to love ourselves 

 

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

 

QUOTES 

  • “I’m on a mission to help people fall in love with God’s greatest creation; and that’s us.” - Bryan Crum 

  • “We all want to know our time on this earth means something.” - Bryan Crum 

  • “I’ve discovered 2 truths about living: 1. We’re priceless. 2. For some reason, we’ve forgotten that truth.” - Bryan Crum 

  • “We interact with people every day but we don’t always treat them like they are valuable.” - Bryan Crum 

  • “When we acknowledge the truth of what we’re worth, we’re acknowledging a truth heaven knows well.” - Bryan Crum 

  • “The first step is to stop comparing ourselves to each other.” - Bryan Crum 

  • “There's power in giving each other the benefit of the doubt.”   - Bryan Crum 

  • “Giving each other grace is a small step that covers a lot of distance.” - Bryan Crum 

  • “Marriage is promising each other that we’re all-in. We’ve got to make the conscious choice to say, ‘I’m still here.’”  - Bryan Crum 



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Jun 19, 2024

Conflict is no one’s favorite, but it is an inevitable part of life. And today Donna Jones teaches us why it’s nothing to be afraid of by busting some of the most common misunderstandings that lead to conflict avoidance, and providing a biblical roadmap to handle conflict in a healthy way. 

Tune in to learn more about approaching conflict in a healthy, biblical way. 

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • The biggest mistakes most couples make in conflict 

  • The trick to de-escalate in the heat of the moment. 

  • The inner characteristics that build better conflict habits 

  • Help to break conflict patterns in your marriage 

  • The healthy way to apologize well

 

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

 

QUOTES 

  • “When we handle conflict in a healthy way, the outcome is peace. Peace between us and who we have conflict with; peace in our own souls.” - Donna Jones 

  • “When we are in conflict, it literally affects everything about us. We function, but on the inside, we’re torn to pieces.” - Donna Jones 

  • “The reason so many of us think conflict is bad, is that we never learned to see how conflict can turn out good.”  - Donna Jones 

  • “When we have conflict, we tend to think it means 1 of 3 things: There’s something wrong with you; there’s something wrong with me, or there’s something wrong with us. But conflict doesn’t mean that.” - Donna Jones 

  • “No relationship can survive an atmosphere of disrespect over the long haul.”  - Donna Jones 

  • “The most important thing is not an act, it’s an attitude: Humility.”  - Donna Jones 

  • “If you want to know how strong a person really is, look for humility.” - Donna Jones 



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Jun 18, 2024

We have gotten a lot of questions about gaslighting and narcissism, and today Dr. Kim is answering. This topic is layered and one podcast episode cannot take the place of more in-depth interventions, but we can offer helpful and hopeful next steps. In today’s episode we’re covering how to know what constitutes abuse versus the sin nature we all struggle with. Listen for 

 

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • Marriage counseling doesn’t work with abusers – So what does?

  • Can a marriage recover after long-term gaslighting? 

  • How to diagnose abuse using the power and control wheel

  • Does the “gray rock” strategy work in marriage?  

  • Reasons why emotional abuse is often dismissed 

 

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

 

QUOTES 

  • “Narcissism is all about power and control. Neither of those have a place in marriage at all.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “I don't think God expects anyone to live in an abusive situation. In many ways, it’s as much a violation of vows as adultery is to not take seriously your vow to love and cherish your spouse.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “You deserve to be safe.”  - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “If you look at the message of the BIble, you can’t defend any type of abuse, for any person, ever.”  - Lindsay Few 

  • “The goal would be repentance and reconciliation.” - Lindsay Few  

  • “The reason a lot of people minimize emotional abuse because they haven’t seen it.”  - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “I’ve seen people who gaslight and don't really understand what they’ve been doing.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “Nobody’s uplifted or brought closer to Christ through manipulative behaviors.” - Lindsay Few 

 

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Jun 14, 2024

Is there a war on fathers? Our guest on today’s podcast thinks so. The impact of fathers on their kids is so valuable, yet it’s incredibly difficult to know how to engage purposefully in the process of parenting. 

 

If you’ve had a hand in raising kids, you already know that parenting is not for the faint of heart! That’s why we are so thankful to share today’s episode and Kent Evans’ practical advice and encouragement for dads. Kent Evans is a wise and helpful mentor for dads who are searching for their purpose in parenting. Listen and learn Kent’s simple, practical tips for dads and moms alike. 

 

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • What prevents dads from being confident to engage in fatherhood? 

  • The reasons why your kids need an imperfect dad 

  • Advice for the dad who feels like it’s too late to start to engage well  

  • Steps to growing in your purpose as a dad 

  • Advice for the wife who wants her husband to engage 

  • An incredible tip for finding friends & community 

 

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

 

QUOTES 

  • “Satan wants us to take us out of the fatherhood game by getting us to self-select and walk off the field.” - Kent Evans 

  • “God wants to be known as a dad, therefore there’s a war on fathers.”  - Kent Evans 

  • “My experience as a dad is that God can take care of the things I mess up.” - Dr. Kim 

  • “Even if we could be perfect, it would not be beneficial. It would deprive them of the example of how to fall off the horse then get back on.” - Kent Evans 

  • There are few things more motivating to a man than the praise of his wife, but it’s multiplied by an exponent when she does it in front of the children.” - Kent Evans 

  • “I didn’t get it right. I didn’t do it perfectly, but God took my loaves and fishes and they landed as nourishment.”

 

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Jun 11, 2024

Marriage doesn’t have to get boring … but for too many couples, it has. If you’re ready to break out of the routine and restore the joy in your marriage, this one's for you! 

 

Listen for ways to have more interesting and connective conversations, new ideas of things to try, and how to avoid common mistakes that keep couples from enjoying their marriage. 

 

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • Better questions to ask for better conversations

  • 2 common mistakes that keep couples from having fun together 

  • Several ideas for fun things to try 

  • For Dr. Kim’s bullet point list of steps, sign up for the Conversation Guide

 

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

 

QUOTES 

  • “When we’re dating our future wife, we guys up our game.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “We loved our time with our kids, but we realized we also had to be intentional about our marriage.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “You have to give yourself time to do the fun stuff. The mundane will still be there when you’re done.” - Lindsay Few 

 

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Jun 7, 2024

Do you ever feel like you and your spouse are two ships passing in the night? Strangers living under the same roof? Business partners executing the plans you’ve made for your kids and household? Then you’re in a disconnected marriage. The marriage relationship should nurture both spouses.

If you’ve lost the connection in your marriage, or just want to step up from where you are right now, tune in today to learn the practical steps for reconnecting. 

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • Why do couples disconnect? 

  • The steps to reconnection

  • A helpful source for fun marriage ideas and resources 

 

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



QUOTES 

  • “Little tweaks can make such a difference.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “Living separate lives is not going to get you a connected, fun marriage.” Christina Dodson 

  • “We weren’t always there but we chose to stay in the marriage and work through things. It’s worth it.”  - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “You can continue to grow, but you have to work at it.”   - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

 

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Jun 4, 2024

If your marriage communication is a struggle, you are NOT alone. So many marriage issues come back to communication, and if your communication is awesome, your marriage will be too! But most of us will have some trouble with communicating well with our spouse, and it’s the biggest issue couples ask us for help with. That’s why today we’re equipping you with 6 tips to communicate well in the good times and in the bad. 

 

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • How to talk so your spouse can listen 

  • Use the “title page” trick to help your spouse listen to you 

  • Dr. Kim’s 6 tips to communicate well

  • How to find a good counselor if you need one 

  • How to restart the openness & honesty in your marriage 

 

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

 

QUOTES 

  • “I think what happens for guys is that when we’re dating our future wife, we up our game.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “It’s hard for me to put my thoughts and feelings into succinct words.I can easily ramble on… but that doesn’t make for good communication.” - Lindsay Few 

  • “The bottom line is you want them to hear what you’re saying, so how do you best communicate in a way that they’re going to hear it?”  - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “If you’re going through a hard time, call it that. Work together to reclaim your time and energy.” - Lindsay Few 

  • “We can’t give away every piece of our heart, mind, time and energy to things that drain the life out of us.” - Lindsay Few 



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