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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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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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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! 

 

Apr 30, 2024

Do you hope to break generational patterns of pain? Are childhood hurts haunting your marriage? Today’s guest Kristen Hallinan is a writer and speaker, and today she helps you see how to identify and break generational patterns to find hope, healing and redemption.

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  •  How your past trauma can affects your current reactions 

  • What makes it so hard to break cycles 

  • Red flags of unhealthy family dynamics 

  • How to work with God to find his redemption 

  • Steps to making a redemption plan for your marriage 

 

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



QUOTES

  • “It can be easy to say, ‘Why didn’t I know better?’ You didn’t know better because that’s all you knew.” - Kristen Hallinan 

  • “The more I’ve gotten to know who God is, the more I understand who I am.”- Kristen Hallinan 

  • “I used to believe if I just tried hard enough, I could grow up and create this perfect family.” - Kristen Hallinan 



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Apr 25, 2024

Today we are sharing the final episode with Kathy McAtee Young and her story of finding safety after decades in an abusive marriage. In this episode Kathy shares some of the barriers that prevent spouses in abusive marriages from seeking safety and help, ways to begin moving out of the abusive relationship, and the ways healing begins afterward. 

 

Don’t miss the conclusion to Kathy’s story. We pray this episode is helpful for you and your marriage. 

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • Reasons that abused spouse don’t trust their own judgment

  • Steps to get out of an abusive marriage

  • Is it ever appropriate to intervene if you believe someone is being abused? 

  • What the process of healing looks like after you get safe

 

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



QUOTES

  • “One of the hallmarks of an unsafe relationship is confusion.” - Kathy McAtee Young  

  • “God sees you. He cares. And he is faithful.” - Kathy McAtee Young 

  • “We don’t want your pity. Compassion, yes. There is a difference.” - Kathy McAtee Young

  • “Healing is a lifestyle, not a finish line.” - Kathy McAtee Young 

  • “When you can name it, then you can process it.”  - Kathy McAtee Young

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Apr 24, 2024

Today in Part 2 of Kathy’s story, Kathy shares the ways she sought support from the church when she realized her marriage was in trouble, the responses she received, and the effects that had on her marriage. In this episode Kathy shares why it’s not possible for the abused spouse to end the abuse, and the difference between biblical versus unbiblical advice about abuse. 

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

Episode highlights include:  

  •  Interventions the church put in place, and why they were not successful 

  • The wake up moment that turned things around for Kathy 

  • What is an appropriate response to spousal abuse? 

  • The red flags that advice or counsel about abuse is unbiblical 

 

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

 

  • Red flags that advice or counsel about abuse is unbiblical 

    • They won’t call out that abuse is abuse

    • They will not call the abuse sin

    • The safety of the abused spouse is not top priority 

    • There is no call for repentance 

    • They advise you to stay, regardless 

    • Blaming the abused for the abuse

QUOTES

  • “There is one person responsible for abuse: It is the abuser.” - Kathy McAtee Young 

  • “The Bible definitely commands forgiveness. It does not command reconciliation.”  - Kathy McAtee Young 

 

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Apr 23, 2024

When does an unhealthy marriage become an abusive marriage? Where can you go when you need to get out? In today’s episode we hear part 1 of Kathy’s real marriage story. Kathy shares how she came to believe that divorce was the most God-honoring option in her situation, and how she found safety after 30+ years in an emotionally abusive marriage. 

We are so grateful to Kathy for generously sharing her story. We pray this episode is helpful for you and your marriage. 

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • Dispelling myths about who falls into abuse 

  • Why marriage counseling does not work in abusive marriages

  • How Kathy learned her marriage was abusive

  • Why she stayed as long as she did, and why she later divorced  

 

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

 

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QUOTES

  • “I want to debunk the myth that abused women are poorly educated, lower income, women who can easily be taken advantage of. That’s just not accurate.”  - Kathy McAtee Young 

  • “Within the first year, I knew we had trouble…” - Kathy McAtee Young  

  • “Marriage counseling does not work if there’s abuse involved. I know that now.” - Kathy McAtee Young 

  • “Most people who are narcissists are really good at it.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “You have this idea that, ‘If she could fix all these things, then I wouldn’t be this way.’ That’s the blame shifting.” - Kathy McAtee Young 

  • “The heart of abuse is power and control. Everything else is tactics.” - Kathy McAtee Young 

Mar 22, 2024

Learn how conflict can create a deeper connection between you and your spouse. Today’s special guest, marriage coach Dana Che is very open about the struggles her marriage faced. In today’s episode she shares her marriage story, what got them through, and how you can use the conflict you face in marriage to draw you toward deeper connection. 

 

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • What we can learn from our conflict triggers

  • How to deal with different conflict styles in marriage 

  • Steps to break generational cycles in your marriage 

  • The power of speaking life to our spouse and our marriage 

  • How being emotionally unavailable tends to show up in husbands and in wives & what to do about it  

 

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



QUOTES

  • “As a wife, I knew I couldn’t change my husband … but that didn’’ keep me from trying.” Dana Che 

  • “When you actually engage in conflict, you can start to learn more about your spouse, what’s important to them.” -Dana Che 

  •  “You’ve got to feed the right things if you want to change the wrong things.” - Dana Che 

  • “Just like you learned that bad behavior, you can unlearn it and learn something new.” Dana Che 

  • “True repentance is visible.” Dana Che 

  • “What we believe, we will begin to speak. What we speak, we will begin to behave.” Dana Che



QUESTIONS FOR YOU

  • What does your most recent marriage conflict reveal about what’s most valuable to you?  

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 

  • Find more from Dana at DanaChe.com, where you can take her “Connection Check” quiz 

  • Listen to the “Real Relationship Talk” podcast 

  • Joining Marriage Changers now means you score a huge haul of marriage-building goods when our annual *7 Most-Popular Resource Bundle* goes live on April 2nd! 

 

Mar 19, 2024

Why do Christians need counseling? Isn’t the Gospel enough to transform us? We hear these questions fairly often. Today Dr. Kim and special guest Jason VanRuler dive deeper into these questions and the conversation about the role of therapy and counseling in a life devoted to following Jesus.

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

Episode highlights include:  

  • How often do clients have no idea that they haven’t gotten past their past? 

  • Unexpected ways your past might be showing up & affecting your marriage today

  • Updating the negative messages we believe about ourselves 

  • The effect of vulnerability on our marriage connection 

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

 

QUOTES

  • “Where there's a disconnect in relationships, it’s often a disconnect from the system we witnessed growing up and what we’re trying to make happen today.” - Jason VanRuler 

  • “When we get comfortable, the old ways seep out to the surface.”  - Jason VanRuler 

  • “Every time a client says a negative message about themselves, I ask, is that the message you think God gave you?”  - Jason VanRuler 

  • “One of my great joys is working with people to eliminate distractions so they can focus on the truth and live the life God has called them to.”- Jason VanRuler 

  • “If we want to feel connected and we’re not feeling connected, a lot of times that emotional intimacy and depth is the missing link.”  - Jason VanRuler 

  • “When we get vulnerable and honest, it attracts intimacy from our partner and we have a different relationship.”  - Jason VanRuler 

  • “The marriage we want is often on the other side of vulnerability. We just don’t often know how to get there.”- Jason VanRuler

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOU

  •  Do you recognize any ways you haven’t gotten past your past? 

 

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Mar 15, 2024

Are you a man living in the stress bubble? It’s when the years of marriage, career building and raising kids all happen at once. You’re figuring everything out, trying to be there for it all, and it. Is. Stressful. If you’re there, you want to hear from a godly dad who has been there. 

We’re so happy to share this conversation with Jim Ramos. Jim’s wisdom and experience will equip and encourage you to be the husband and dad you want to be. Don’t miss this episode.

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • Jim defines the 4 phases of fatherhood 

  • Advice for the dad who never had a role model to guide him

  • Common mistakes dads make in the “stress bubble” years 

  • Types of provision that the family needs from a husband / father

  • 3 easy things Jim did that he recommends for all couples 

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

QUOTES

  • “Whether we tell our kids that we’ve made mistakes or not, they’re still noticing. Especially during those teen years.” - Jim Ramos

  • "Our families require much more than physical provision. The damage most men do has nothing to do with physical provision; it has to do with heart care and soul care.” Jim Ramos

  • “You don’t have to be flashy. You don't have to be Superman. You just have to show up.”   - Jim Ramos 

  • “As men we have to realize our wife is the most important person on the planet, and it’s our job to make one person feel special.”  - Jim Ramos 

  • “You will not be remembered for what you did 9-5, you will be remembered for what you did 5-9.”  - Jim Ramos 

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOU

  • Jim shared 5 traits that set a “man” apart from a “male”:

  1. Protect integrity
  2. Fight apathy 
  3. Pursue God passionately
  4. Lead courageously
  5. Finish strong each day 
  • Which one of these is God calling you to grow in today? 

 

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Mar 12, 2024

Dr. Kim has said that prayer is the #1 most impactful thing you can do for your marriage. Today he explains why that is, and how to make it a habit in your marriage. Today we want to make praying with your spouse more approachable by sharing 4 biblical prayers to pray with your spouse that will grow your marriage. 

The Bible lists a lot of reasons for marriage, and praying in line with God’s purpose and intention for marriage is very powerful. 

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

 

Episode highlights include:  

  • Why prayer is an essential act of spiritual protection against the enemy 

  • Why it’s so hard to get started, and how to overcome 

  • Healthy perspective shifts praying will provide in your marriage 

  • How to handle some of the uncomfortable realities of answered prayers 

  • The power of prayer to help you take personal responsibility

 

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

 

QUOTES

  • “Praying together puts God where he wants to be in our marriage: Right in the center of it. - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “The enemy does not want Christian marriages to work.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “When you pray together you find that it unites you.”  - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “There’s a ripple effect: It’s not just about the couple, it’s about the family; it’s about the community.” - Lindsay Few 

  • “I am more of who God created me to be after being married to Nancy all these years than I would have been without her.” -  Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “God put us together. He’s got some fun stuff for us to do. Let’s look out and let’s get this stuff going!” - Lindsay Few

  • Blame is a very human response…but we all have a way we can influence the world. We do have control over how we’re responding to God’s call on us.” - Lindsay Few

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOU

4 Prayers to Pray together: 

  • Protection from the enemy of our souls
  • That your marriage will sharpen you
  • Pray that your marriage be fruitful
  • That your marriage will be a light 

 

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Mar 5, 2024

When we pray, it can be tempting to make our prayers a wishlist. But praying in line with God’s word changes things, and today we’re talking about why that matters and how to pray biblically for your marriage. Today Dr. Kim shares 4 prayers that line up with Scripture that you can be praying daily to grow you, and your marriage! 

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

Episode highlights include:  

  • Why it matters to pray biblically

  • What makes a prayer biblical

  • The risk involved in praying these things, and the reward they provide

  • How these prayers have impacted Dr. Kim and Nancy’s marriage 

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

QUOTES

  • We’ve probably all heard some things taught, or caught, that were not biblical. We’ve heard ideas like, 'If God loves you, He’ll make you happy,' or 'If you marry the right person, marriage will be easy,' that do not line up with Scripture.”- Lindsay Few 

  • “Trusting him may be the hardest first step for some of us, because we’re not sure what he’ll do.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “Sometimes the prayer we want answered is just the thing that’s easiest for us.” - Lindsay Few 

  • “He’s always good, even though we don’t see it at times.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “Each of us can be thankful that God knows not only what’s best for us, but for the whole world. We don’t have to be burdened with that. He’s got that.” - Lindsay Few 

  • “If you’re lining up with what God states in his word that He wants to have happen, that’s going to be really powerful.” - Lindsay Few 

  • “We can’t hide anything from God.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 

  • “Sexual desire is created for a reason. It’s not a secret from God.” - Lindsay Few 

 

4 Prayers to Grow You and Your Marriage: 

  • Pray that God will help you love like Christ loved. 

  • Ask God to search you, know your heart, and reveal any offensive way.

  • Pray that your desire will be for your spouse only. 

  • Ask God to help you see your spouse as He does. 

 

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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? 

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 

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. 

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 


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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 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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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: 

 

 

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  • 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! 

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