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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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What can you do when your spouse isn't showing the spiritual maturity you'd hoped for? Jim Daly talks with Matt and Lisa Jacobson about why it's best to focus on your own walk with God. Also, John asks Greg and Erin about how you can practically stay focused on the Lord.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the 2-Book Bundle: Loving Your Husband/Wife Well for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Improve Your Marriage Through Thankfulness   Spiritual Unity: How I Built Trust in My Marriage    If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
What do you find romantic? John, Erin, and Greg share examples of what's romantic to them. Plus, Bill and Pam Farrel talk with Jim Daly about simple, yet effective ways you can romance your spouse.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. 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   Romance: It's Not Just for Valentine's Day   Understanding the Differences Between You and Your Spouse    If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
How do you and your spouse try to resolve conflict? John asks Greg and Erin about ways they've learned to get better at managing conflict in their relationship. You'll also hear a lighthearted discussion Jim Daly had with Bill and Pam Ferrel on how they've worked through misunderstandings.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. 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 you talk about and make decisions on money as a couple is extremely important for the unity of your marriage. John and the Smalley's address common mistakes couples make regarding their finances. Then, Jim Daly speaks with Bob and Linda Lotich about some of the rules they have for handling money.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book Simple Money, Rich Life for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   How to Prevent Cyberbullying in Your Child’s Life   Contact our Counseling Department    If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
What does it practically look like to trust God with your money? Bob and Linda Lotich join Jim Daly to discuss a phrase that helps them manage their money - Assets Under Management. Also, John and Greg address the need to practice financial stewardship in your marriage.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book Simple Money, Rich Life for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Coping With Financial Crisis and Maintaining Your Marriage   Money Tips from God    If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Sadly, many marriages today have at least one spouse who's struggling with pornography. Jim Daly speaks with Dr. Michael Sytsma and Shaunti Feldhahn about the great damage porn can do to a marriage. Then, John and Greg discuss some practical steps a person can take towards wholeness if he or she is struggling with pornography.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book the Secrets of Sex & Marriage for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Responding to Your Husband's Secret: Porn   No Porn Marriage Podcast   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Sex is a wonderful gift for marriage, and yet, it can also be complicated. John and Greg address how physical intimacy is a top issue many couples fight over. You'll also hear Jim Daly talk with Shaunti Feldhahn and Dr. Michael Sytsma about how couples can work through scenarios where one spouse wants sex more than the other. Finally, Erin Smalley will offer a helpful perspective on how to ask your spouse for sex.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book the Secrets of Sex & Marriage for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Article: The Best Ways to Deal with Mismatched Libidos in Marriage   Article: What is Intimacy?   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
It's wonderful to reflect on how you and your spouse fell in love. John asks the Smalley's to share their fun love story. Then, you'll hear Jim Daly talk to Matt and Lisa Jacobson about how their first meeting didn't go so well, and why God still used it anyway.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the two book bundle Loving Your Husband/Wife Well for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Improve Your Marriage Through Thankfulness   The Story of Us   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
For couples that have a child with special needs, the challenges are very real. John, Erin and Greg address what it's been like for each of their marriages to raise a child who has special needs. Plus, Jim Daly talks with Lisa Jacobson about how she and her husband Matt kept their marriage strong, even during some challenges with their daughter.   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   Managing Marriage and Children with Special Needs   Contact our Counseling Department   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
When your spouse shows genuine interest in something you enjoy, it's like good medicine for the heart. Bill and Pam Farrel talk with Jim Daly about how they've encouraged couples to express curiosity in something your mate likes doing. Also, John and the Smalley's cover a common communication struggle many husbands deal with in marriage.   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   Learn how You're Feeling with the Feelings Wheel   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 and your spouse work through your different communication styles? Jim Daly is joined by marriage experts, Bill and Pam Farrel, and they'll share common mistakes men and women make in communicating. Plus, John and the Smalley's give some tips to help you avoid miscommunications in your marriage.   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.
The discussions you have about money early in your marriage help set the tone for your financial habits as a couple. Jim Daly speaks with Linda and Bob Lotich about some of the conversations they had about money when they were a young couple. Plus, John talks with the Smalley's about some money rules they've implemented in their marriage.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Simple Money, Rich Life for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Communicating About Debt   3 Steps to Stop Bankruptcy From Bankrupting Your Marriage   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
What were some of your financial habits going into marriage? Jim Daly talks to Bob and Linda Lotich, who get very honest about how they handled money before walking the aisle. Also, John, Greg and Erin bring up why it's important for you and your future spouse to talk about your money habits before getting married.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Simple Money, Rich Life for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Contact our Counseling Department   3 Steps to Stop Bankruptcy From Bankrupting Your Marriage   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
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.
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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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