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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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How do you respond when your spouse does something that really frustrates you? Matt and Lisa Jacobson tell Jim Daly the story of their first serious argument in marriage, and how turning to the Lord helped cool their emotions. However, if it feels like your marital frustrations have been going on for years or even decades, John and the Smalley's will offer some good perspectives.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast 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   Contact our Counseling Department   Four Ways Couples Can Wake Up from Feeling Stuck in Marriage    If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
One of the best ways to improve your marriage is when you simply appreciate being together. Jim Daly asks Matt and Lisa Jacobson why it's good for your relationship to enjoy fellowshipping as a couple. They'll even discuss the need for respect. Also, John Fuller and Erin Smalley address how a husband can show his wife that he respects her.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast 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   Submission' May Not Mean What You Think It Means   Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage    If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
It's important to never take your spouse for granted. A great way to do that is to remember how you and your mate fell in love. John, and the Smalley's share why remembering your love story can help your marriage today. Then, Bill and Pam Farrel join Jim Daly to discuss how it's good to take advantage of simple opportunities for romance.   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   6 Ways to Make Your Marriage Happy   God Designed Men and Women to Be Different in Many Ways    If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
What do you find romantic? Jim Daly joins Bill and Pam Farrel to discuss how men and women desire romance differently. Also, John and the Smalley's encourage you to seek to romance your spouse over getting what you want every time.   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   Keeping Romance Alive    If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Small acts of generosity add up over time. Bob and Linda Lotich talk with Jim Daly about how God put it on their hearts to give away $1 million. Then, you'll hear from John Fuller and Greg Smalley who will encourage you and your mate to be generous with even small amounts that you have.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Simple Money, Rich Life: Achieve True Financial Freedom & Design A Life of Eternal Impact for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Generosity in Marriage: Small Acts That Make a Big Difference   Investing in Others Through God’s Love    If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Practicing generosity to your local church is a wonderful thing to do as a couple. John and Greg address how they've learned give regularly to their respective church congregations. Also, Jim Daly speaks with Bob and Linda Lotich on why God wants us to be cheerful givers.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY   Receive the book Simple Money, Rich Life: Achieve True Financial Freedom & Design A Life of Eternal Impact for your donation of any amount!   Focus on Marriage Assessment   Listen Anytime   Tithing When Your Spouse Objects   Coping With Financial Crisis and Maintaining Your Marriage    If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Past sexual abuse can be one of the most difficult things to discuss with your spouse. John, Erin and Greg provide hope to people who've been sexually abused. Plus, Jim Daly speaks to Dr. Michael Sytsma about how you can be a source of healing, if your spouse has experienced past sexual trauma.   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!   Hope Restored   Listen Anytime   Sexual Trauma and Its Effect on Marriage   Contact our Counseling Department    If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Unrealistic expectations going into marriage will lead to disappointment. That principle also applies to sex. John, Erin and Greg discuss how unhealthy expectations is something many couples struggle with. You'll also hear Jim Daly talk with Shaunti Feldhahn and Dr. Michael Sytsma about loving your spouse, even when sex isn't going perfectly.   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   5 Things Experts Wish You Knew About Healthy Sex in Marriage   Contact our Counseling Department    If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
How do you remain thankful for your mate, even when you notice their flaws? John and the Smalley's share some ideas for seeing the best aspects of your spouse. Plus, Matt and Lisa Jacobson talk with Jim Daly about how God's love for us compels us to better love our mate.     Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast 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   Four Ways Couples Can Wake Up from Feeling Stuck in Marriage   Believing the Best About Your Spouse    If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
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.
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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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