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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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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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English


Episodes

Connecting Well in the Evening

2/20/2024
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.

Duration:00:11:17

Respecting Your Spouse’s Brain Wiring

2/15/2024
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.

Duration:00:09:55

The Ways Men and Women Process Information

2/13/2024
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.

Duration:00:12:30

Don’t Hide from the Pain

2/8/2024
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.

Duration:00:13:17

The Ripples of Grief for Blended Families

2/6/2024
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.

Duration:00:09:54

If Your Spouse Doesn’t Receive Positive Affirmations

2/1/2024
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.

Duration:00:07:54

Owning Your Responsibility to Feel Good

1/30/2024
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.

Duration:00:11:10

Maintaining Joy When Your Plate is Full

1/25/2024
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.

Duration:00:10:06

When Your Husband Doesn’t Initiate Romance

1/23/2024
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.

Duration:00:11:46

Openness That Leads to Healing

1/18/2024
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.

Duration:00:09:51

A Wedding for Blended Couples

1/16/2024
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.

Duration:00:10:35

When You and Your Spouse Don’t Agree on Discipline

1/11/2024
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.

Duration:00:14:43

Blended Couples and Their Finances

1/9/2024
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.

Duration:00:14:04

Focusing on the Best for a Better Sex Life

1/4/2024
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.

Duration:00:12:02

Are We the Only Ones Struggling with Sex?

1/2/2024
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.

Duration:00:13:06

Taking the Chance to Flirt

12/28/2023
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.

Duration:00:11:18

Stop Criticizing and Start Planning

12/26/2023
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.

Duration:00:10:17

Can God Heal the Betrayal?

12/21/2023
Adultery does great damage to a marriage, and it's strongly warned about in the Bible. Pastor Rick and Tiffany Bulman discuss what happened after her affair with a friend came to light. Also, John and the Smalley's share about what you can do, if you're wondering if you'll ever trust your mate again. 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 Contact our Counseling Department Recovering From an Affair If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.

Duration:00:11:35

Your Spouse Had an Affair, Now What?

12/19/2023
Sadly, many marriages today are broken when one or both spouses have been unfaithful to the marriage vows. If you know someone in that scenario, there can be restoration. Pastor Rick and Tiffany Bulman tell about the moment where her affair came to light. Plus, John and the Smalley's discuss how they've seen God heal many couples through the Hope Restored program. 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 Contact our Counseling Department Recovering From an Affair If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.

Duration:00:10:48

Is Sex Really That Important?

12/13/2023
Sometimes, one spouse desires sex more than the other. When that happens, how can you and your spouse talk about it? John and the Smalley's address why it's good to put your spouse's needs above your own. Also, Jim Daly talks to Dr. Michael Sytsma and Shaunti Feldhahn about why it matters that you and your spouse have a good sex life. Receive the book Secrets of Sex & Marriage for your donation of any amount! Focus on Marriage Assessment Listen Anytime Find Questions You Can Ask Your Spouse About Sex Contact our Counseling Department If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.

Duration:00:09:35