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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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It's common for married couples to ask, "how often should we be physically intimate?" While there's no rule, Jim Daly speaks to Dr. Michael Sytsma and Shaunti Feldhahn on why many couples struggle to agree on frequency. You'll also hear John and the Smalley's offer encouragement to couples who are struggling to enjoy sex.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Secrets of Sex & Marriage for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Contact our Counseling Department   The Best Ways to Deal with Mismatched Libidos in Marriage   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
How do you deal with a situation where you and your spouse have differing desires regarding sex? Jim Daly talks with Dr. Michael Sytsma and Shaunti Feldhahn about three kinds of sexual desire that most couples deal with. Also, John and the Smalley's discuss what couples can do if one or both spouses are resistant to sexual intimacy.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Secrets of Sex & Marriage for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Contact our Counseling Department   The Best Ways to Deal with Mismatched Libidos in Marriage   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Undealt with pain from your childhood can sometimes come up unexpectedly in the ways you treat your spouse. John, Erin and Greg will encourage you to deal with wounds from your childhood. You'll also hear Jim Daly talk with Lisa Jacobson and Phylicia Masonheimer about the need for getting difficult things out in the open.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book The Flirtation Experiment for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Contact our Counseling Department   Coping with Alienation, Anger, and Anxiety in Marriage   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
When you've had a long day, it's easy to pull out your phone and not talk with your spouse. John and Greg emphasize why it's important to be disciplined with your screen-time in marriage. Plus, Jim Daly speaks with Lisa Jacobson about how she learned to stop watching shows with her husband every evening. Also, Phylicia Masonheimer shares about a time that praying with her husband before bed helped her marriage.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book The Flirtation Experiment for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Three Ways to Nurture the Marriage You Want   Phubbing, Social Media and Your Marriage   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
One of the biggest factors in how husbands and wives communicate is the unique ways each of your brains are wired. Bill and Pam Farrel join Jim Daly to address the different ways God designed men and women's brains. Plus, John, Greg and Erin share why your understanding what your mate needs can help you be a better communicator.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Understanding the Differences Between You and Your Spouse   Why are Men Like Waffles? Why are Women Like Spaghetti?   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Do you ever get frustrated by the different ways and your spouse communicate? Jim Daly talks with marriage experts, Bill and Pam Farrel about the differences in how men and women talk. You'll also hear John and the Smalley's share why it's best to show appreciation to your mate, even in spite of your differences.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Understanding the Differences Between You and Your Spouse   Why are Men Like Waffles? Why are Women Like Spaghetti?   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
How do you handle painful memories? While it's not fun to think about them, we encourage you to not hide from them either. Jim Daly and Dr. Ron Deal encourage blended families to work through painful situations from the past. Plus, John and the Smalley's encourage you to give yourself grace, even when you get something wrong today.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Preparing to Blend for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Contact our Counseling Department   Hope Restored   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Sadness and pain happen in every family. How do you pick up the pieces, even when you can't shake painful memories? Jim Daly and Dr. Ron Deal address some of the ways sadness and grief impact blended families. Also, John and the Smalley's explain how practicing vulnerability can help heal past wounds.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Preparing to Blend for your donation of any amount!   Hope Restored   Listen Anytime   Contact our Counseling Department   How Remarriage Affects Kids   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Have you tried to be encouraging to your spouse, but he or she wasn't receptive to it? Jim Daly talks to Shaunti Feldhahn and Dr. Michael Sytsma about some healthy perspectives on if your spouse isn't receiving your kind words. Plus, John and the Smalley's discuss how positive affirmations can help a couple build trust and have more enjoyable intimacy.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Secrets of Sex & Marriage for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Contact our Counseling Department   Honest Affirmation Can Make Your Marriage Great   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Being affirmed by your spouse is great, but do you need it to survive? John, Erin and Greg explain why affirming your spouse is healthy, and discuss the difference between a need and a strong desire. You'll also hear from Jim Daly and Dr. Michael Sytsma on why feeling good about yourself is your decision, and should not be dependent on what your spouse says.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Secrets of Sex & Marriage for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Discovering Mutual Pleasure in Marriage   Honest Affirmation Can Make Your Marriage Great   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
What your marriage is in a busy season, how can you make time for fun and laughter? Jim Daly speaks to Lisa Jacobson and Phylicia Masonheimer about how they've learned to be joyful during busy seasons. John also talks with Greg and Erin about how they maintain joy, even with a taxing schedule.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book The Flirtation Experiment for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   A Laugh Between Us   What Is Intimacy?   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
What can you do if you desire romance, but your spouse isn't the romantic type? Jim Daly talks with Lisa Jacobson and Phylicia Masonheimer about a concept they call, "biblical flirtation." Plus, John and the Smalley's share about why it's good for men to be romantic toward their wives.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book The Flirtation Experiment for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Contact our Counseling Department   A Guy’s Guide to Romance   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Pretending like you've got it all together is not good for your your marriage. John and Greg address why it's not okay to act like your relationship is perfect, especially when there are issues going on. Also, Jim Daly talks with Pastor Rick Bulman about how he and his wife Tiffany don't hide from their broken past, and ways they've seen God heal their marriage.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Mended for your donation of any amount!   Hope Restored   Listen Anytime   Recovering From an Affair   Contact our Counseling Department   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
For couples facing remarriage, what's the way to do a wedding right? John and the Smalley's share how they've seen God restore people, even after an unwanted divorce. Also, Jim Daly and Dr. Ron Deal talk about ways kids can be involved in a blended family wedding.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Preparing to Blend for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   How Remarriage Affects Kids   Remarriage Doesn’t Wipe Away Memories and Old Habits   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
How do you and your spouse find agreement on ways to discipline your kids? John, Erin and Greg address how this is a common tension point for couples, and why having kids can help you be a better spouse. Also, Dr. Ron Deal and Jim Daly discuss what healthy discipline can look like for blended families.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Preparing to Blend for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Contact our Counseling Department   Discipline Is Worth the Effort   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Money is one of the top areas of conflict for married couples. If you're facing financial problems, John, Erin and Greg will explain why you can still have hope. They'll also address whether or not a prenuptial agreement is a good idea. Plus, Jim Daly and Dr. Ron Deal discuss how blended families can deal with financial issues.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Preparing to Blend for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Contact our Counseling Department   Making a Financial Plan Matters to Your Marriage   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
You long to feel emotionally safe in marriage. When you feel that safety, it can positively impact your sexual relationship. Shaunti Feldhahn and Dr. Michael Sytsma talk with Jim Daly about the need to focus on good things in your marriage, even outside of the bedroom. Plus, John and the Smalley's talk about how you can help your mate overcome his or her insecurities.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Secrets of Sex & Marriage for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Contact our Counseling Department   5 Things Experts Wish You Knew About Healthy Sex in Marriage   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
The truth is, many couples face challenges regarding physical intimacy. John, Greg, and Erin share why a satisfying sex life takes time and doesn't happen overnight. You'll also hear from Jim Daly, who talks to Shaunti Feldhahn and Dr. Michael Sytsma about common misconceptions many couples have about sex.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Secrets of Sex & Marriage for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Contact our Counseling Department   5 Things Experts Wish You Knew About Healthy Sex in Marriage   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
It can be easy to neglect romance when life gets busy. John talks with the Smalley's about how they've learned to be playful and flirtatious. Also, Jim Daly speaks with Lisa Jacobson and Phylicia Masonheimer about a concept they call, "biblical flirtation," that you can apply to your relationship.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book The Flirtation Experiment for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Flirt Your Way to a Better Marriage   Conversation Starters for Date Nights   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Have you ever been critical of your spouse and you didn't realize how your words hurt his or her feelings? Dr. Randy Schroeder talks to Jim Daly about how couples can recognize if they're criticizing their mate too much. Plus, John and the Smalley's address why planning things together, instead of complaining, can go a long way 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!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   The Reactive Cycle   6 Tools for Healthy Communication in Marriage   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
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Jun 21st
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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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