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If you’re married — or soon to be — you’ve got questions. What makes this relationship work? How do I fix it when it breaks? Where do I go when I need help? Host John Fuller and marriage experts Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley help answer those questions with practical, down-to-earth insights based on God’s design for marriage. Find answers and inspiration in every short episode of this Christian marriage podcast.
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Your marriage is building a legacy that will one day be remembered. To encourage you to leave a godly legacy, Jim Daly chats with Kimberly and Danny Ray Thompson about living for what truly matters. You'll also hear John Fuller and the Smalley's share about a couple they admire.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book No, I Can’t Make Your Wife Disappear for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   How to Rekindle a Relationship with Your Spouse   Is Your Marriage Worth Imitating?   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Can you look back to a moment in your marriage and say, "only God could've done that?" Greg, Erin and share with John about a time that happened in their relationship. Also, Jim Daly speaks with Danny Ray and Kimberly Thompson about how God sustained them through a difficult childbirth.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book "God, Sex, and Your Marriage" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   Contact our Counseling Department   Relationship Rituals: 20 Ideas for Staying Connected to Your Spouse   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
What if your sex life was meant to be a reflection of God's love for His people? Jim Daly talks with psychologist Dr. Juli Slattery about how to honor God in our sexuality. John Fuller also speaks with Greg and Erin Smalley about why it's a good thing for couples to enjoy sex in marriage.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book "God, Sex, and Your Marriage" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   Contact our Counseling Department   How Important is Sex in a Relationship?   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Sex and Covenant Love

Sex and Covenant Love

2023-09-1212:09

What comes to your mind when you heard the word "covenant?" Dr. Juli Slattery and Jim Daly explain how something called "covenant love," can greatly impact your sex life. Plus, John and the Smalley's explain why it's good for married couples to pray about physical intimacy.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book "God, Sex, and Your Marriage" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   What is Intimacy?   How Important is Sex in a Relationship?   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Time for an honest question, have you tried to read your spouse's mind? Jim Daly and Counselor Randy Schroeder explain why that's not a good thing for your marriage. You'll also hear John Fuller and Erin Smalley talk about ways you and your spouse can share your honest thoughts with each other, instead of relying on assumptions.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book "Simple Habits for Marital Happiness" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   The Reactive Cycle   You Didn't Marry a Mind Reader: How to Communicate Your Expectations   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Have you ever been enjoying a nice dinner with your spouse, only to look up and see he or she was glued to a phone screen? John and Erin share how they are working on getting better about not overusing technology. Also, Jim Daly and Dr. Randy Schroeder address how you can have better tech habits in your marriage.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book "Simple Habits for Marital Happiness" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   7 Tips for a Technology and Social Media Detox   How to Reconnect When You're Lonely in Marriage   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Good Kinds of Storms

Good Kinds of Storms

2023-08-3115:53

Having a baby or getting a new job are wonderful blessings. Yet, those same things can add a lot of stress to your marriage. If you're in a stressful season, you'll be encouraged by what John, Greg and Erin have to say. Plus, Gary Thomas and Jim Daly offer a few practical ideas for maintaining your communication when you're overwhelmed by stress.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book "Making Your Marriage a Fortress" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   Finding Stability Amidst Marriage Stressors   Contact our Counseling Department   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
How do you maintain a strong connection with your spouse when you are going through a storm? Jim Daly and Gary Thomas will offer you three ways you can do that. You'll also hear John Fuller and the Smalley's share about tough times they faced, and how to keep your communication strong when life gets stressful.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book "Making Your Marriage a Fortress" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   Finding Stability Amidst Marriage Stressors   Contact our Counseling Department   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Can We Start Over?

Can We Start Over?

2023-08-2412:11

When you're in the middle of an argument with your spouse, there's tremendous value in learning to pause and start over. John and the Smalley's discuss how taking a moment to stop can help resolve an argument in your marriage. You'll also hear Jim Daly chat with Danny Ray and Kimberly Thompson, as they address ways they've learned to start over in the midst of conflict.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book "No, I Can’t Make Your Wife Disappear" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   Contact our Counseling Department   Relationship Rituals: 20 Ideas for Staying Connected to Your Spouse   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
At some point in your marriage, you'll make a mistake or handle a situation poorly. Danny Ray and Kimberly Thompson share a funny story with Jim Daly about a time something went awry in their marriage. Erin Smalley and John Fuller will also give some tips for how to forgive yourself, even after you make a mistake.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book "No, I Can’t Make Your Wife Disappear" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   Contact our Counseling Department   Relationship Rituals: 20 Ideas for Staying Connected to Your Spouse   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Sex is meant to be a gift from God', but how can you see it as a blessing when you've made many mistakes? Jim Daly and Dr. Juli Slattery share how the gospel can redeem you from sexual brokenness. You'll also hear a powerful story from Dr. Greg Smalley, as he chats with his wife Erin and John Fuller.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book "God, Sex, and Your Marriage" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   Contact our Counseling Department   An Interview With A Post-Abortive Father   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Many of us enter marriage with a distorted view of God's design for sex. To give you some hope, Jim Daly talks with Dr. Juli Slattery about two wrong perspectives about sex, and how God can redeem them. You'll also hear John Fuller chat with the Smalley's about why there's a spiritual battle regarding our sexuality.     Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the "God, Sex, and Your Marriage" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   Contact our Counseling Department   Rekindling Intimacy   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Have you ever said something sarcastic to your spouse, only to have him or her be offended? The Smalley's share with John Fuller about how sarcasm has been a struggle in their relationship. Plus, Jim Daly speaks with Dr. Randy Schroder on why sarcasm is bad for your marriage. They'll also address how to leave your family of origin well so you can prioritize your marriage.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the "Simple Habits for Marital Happiness" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   Contact our Counseling Department   Contempt in Marriage   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Telling your mate how much you appreciate him or her is very life-giving to your relationship. John talks with Greg and Erin Smalley about reasons they appreicate each other. Also, Focus President Jim Daly and Dr. Randy Shroeder address why it's healthy to develop a habit of showing gratitude to your spouse.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the "Simple Habits for Marital Happiness" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   Contact our Counseling Department   How to Appreciate Your Spouse's Unique Personality   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
It's easy for many people to feel isolated in their marriages today. John and the Smalley's discuss factors that can lead to feeling disconnected in your relationship. You'll also hear Jim Daly and Gary Thomas address why isolation is so bad for your marriage.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the "Making Your Marriage a Fortress" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   Contact our Counseling Department   Three Ways Your Imperfect Marriage Can Bless Others   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Tension in your marriage can be caused by a number of factors. But what if the real reason you're upset is not what you think it is? Gary Thomas speaks with Jim Daly about a couple who's worked through challenges and frustrations in their marriage. Plus, John Fuller and the Smalley's address how finances can be the cause for friction in your relationship.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the "Making Your Marriage a Fortress" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   Contact our Counseling Department   Money and Marriage – How to Thrive in Love and Money   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
It's freeing when you can learn to love your spouse even when things are not perfect. But what do you do in the seasons of life deal you a bad hand? John and the Smalley's will share about a couple who handled a hard season of life well. Plus, Jim Daly talks to Danny Ray and Kimberly Thompson about how God can use messy situations in your marriage.    Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the "No, I Can’t Make Your Wife Disappear" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   Relationship Rituals: 20 Ideas for Staying Connected to Your Spouse   How to Rekindle a Relationship with Your Spouse   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Having a team mentality is one of the keys to making your marriage work. John talks with Greg and Erin about how they've learned to adopt a team mindset. Plus, Jim Daly speaks with Danny Ray and Kimberly Thompson on how they've learned to appreciate their different temperaments.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the "No, I Can’t Make Your Wife Disappear" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   Relationship Rituals: 20 Ideas for Staying Connected to Your Spouse   How to Rekindle a Relationship with Your Spouse   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Most couples find it challenging to talk about sex. If you're facing some discouragement in this area, John, Greg and Erin will discuss things that will help you. You'll also hear Jim Daly and Dr. Juli Slattery share about the gift sex is for married couples.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the "Finding the Hero In Your Husband" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   The Best Way to Deal with Mismatched Libidos in Your Marriage   Contact our Counseling Department   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
When facing a struggle in your marriage, one of the best things you can do is give it to the Lord. But what exactly does that look like? John, Erin and Greg will encourage on how to give a marriage challenge to God; and Jim Daly speaks with Dr. Juli Slattery on ways she's learned to trust Jesus in her marriage.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the "Finding the Hero In Your Husband" for your donation of any amount!   The Focus on the Family Marriage Assessment is designed to evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage. Do you know your marriage's strengths and weaknesses?   Why and How to Pursue a Healing Separation   Contact our Counseling Department   Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
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Eric

great shows

Jan 26th
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ForexTraderNYC

as a man, i feel it may be over reaction by spouse..isnt just like a movie but different kind? what if couples watch together..not that i want to promote porn..just being objective..many couples watch netflix n watch sumthin to giv spouse company..no? if females cant join their husband in their genre of movie...then atleast giv hubby privacy? ..again i recognize porn as sin n against it. objectively spking, D advocate.

Jan 18th
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Mahdi Olavi

hi😊 this episode is not available for listening or downloading. would you please solve the problem.Tnx

Aug 16th
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Susanna Lain

I like this podcast because it reminds me that there are still people who act like it's the 1800s. It's an interesting listen for anyone who wants to see what it's like to be indoctrinated, but I can't reccomend listening to it for actual advice.

Mar 26th
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Lusero Sanchez

God bless thank you so much!🙏

Feb 18th
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ID17217914

Glad to come across this Podcast. I love the bit size content. Very insightful discussions

Feb 16th
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Glory Dey

This channel has become an anti-abortion activist propaganda for conservative views especially Christian doctrines. I believe in Life being precious but the issue of abortion is more than just having a dogmatic view. We need to have a scientific approach to life and population. There are cases where abortion is valid like cases of sexual abuse, poverty, victims of crime, serious medical and neurological disorders, etc..we must keep open mind in allowing abortion. It is worse to give birth to a child in such cases and destroy his or her right for good quality life. Rampant population also give rise to all kinds of poverty, ignorance, abandoned & orphaned children, crimes, social backwardness. This does not serve good for humanity. There is enough of overpopulation and dumb consciousness humanity on this planet. There should be checks and balances when abortion is absolutely necessary so that we don't misuse it. But to spread one sided view via this channel is not intelligent and does

Mar 28th
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Nicole Brewer

This truly brought tears to my eyes. My spouse and I are separated right now. I’m praying God will bring us back together.

Feb 7th
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K.

The references are Proverbs 5:18-19

Dec 3rd
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cyrille ekane

hello,I can't download your podcasts for some reason.can you help me please?

Jul 12th
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Rae of Life

I love this podcast but I was just surprised...did he just say "even beautiful women"...wow. Lady I'm sorry, you are beautiful!

May 13th
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Shane Lees

Bigot, homophobe, have no idea why this was recommended to me. This organization has hurt so many people.

Mar 27th
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Frederik Cronje

Thank you for this awesome channel. my wife and I listen to this together

Jan 18th
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iTunes User

I actually listen to the regular Focus on the Family Brodcast along with this one, but I enjoy the more bite size content they put forward here. Most of it is repurosed, but I have heard some exclusive stuff as well. Good prodcution, well put together. Sometimes can be a bit of an ad, but the info is still great.

Aug 31st
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iTunes User

I appreciate the work that goes into creating this podcast. The content is high quality and the length is perfect for people on the go. Thanks to Focus on the Family, and to Dr. Dobson for sharing your wise insights.

Aug 31st
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iTunes User

I wish all married couples would take the time to pray for their marriage and their spouse. Marriage today seems more like a temporary experiment than a lifelong commitment. I strongly recommend this podcast for married couples as well as singles seeking marriage.

Aug 31st
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