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Far too many couples are just surviving their marriage when it was meant to thrive. This is the place for practical tips on how to build an awesome marriage. Our passion is to help you strengthen your marriage.

Dr. Kim Kimberling hosts the show. Dr. Kim is the President of Awesome Marriage, has been married for 53 years, and has been a professional counselor for 40 years. He is the author of 7 Secrets to An Awesome Marriage and 14 Keys To Lasting Love.

Dr. Kim is joined by co-host Lindsay Few, Content Director for Awesome Marriage. She has been married for 20 years. Her husband is a church planter, and they love ministering to married couples together.

Tune in each week to hear practical ways on how to have an awesome marriage!

This podcast is brought to you by the ministry of Awesome Marriage.

Awesome Marriage Podcast Dr. Kim Kimberling

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Far too many couples are just surviving their marriage when it was meant to thrive. This is the place for practical tips on how to build an awesome marriage. Our passion is to help you strengthen your marriage.

Dr. Kim Kimberling hosts the show. Dr. Kim is the President of Awesome Marriage, has been married for 53 years, and has been a professional counselor for 40 years. He is the author of 7 Secrets to An Awesome Marriage and 14 Keys To Lasting Love.

Dr. Kim is joined by co-host Lindsay Few, Content Director for Awesome Marriage. She has been married for 20 years. Her husband is a church planter, and they love ministering to married couples together.

Tune in each week to hear practical ways on how to have an awesome marriage!

This podcast is brought to you by the ministry of Awesome Marriage.

    Types of Trust Every Marriage Needs | Ep. 614

    Types of Trust Every Marriage Needs | Ep. 614

    Trust in marriage is not one-size-fits all. There are many areas where your marriage needs trust in order to thrive, and some might matter to your spouse more than they do to you, and vice versa. So today we’re talking about how to navigate any trust gaps you may have with your spouse, how to start the conversation about it, and rebuild what’s been broken so you both feel more connected and secure in your marriage.
     
    We pray this episode is helpful for you and your marriage. 
     
    Episode highlights include:  
    Several types of trust marriages need, and why they matter
    The side effects of missing trust 
    Simple steps to catch a trust slip-up so that trust is not broken
    Specific trust-killers you need to avoid 
    How to build trust - and keep it
     
    *Music for this podcast is created by Noah Copeland. Check him out here! 
     
    QUOTES 
    “It helps to build trust if you accept me as I am, not as you wish I would be.” - Lindsay Few 
    “I may not even be aware if I did something that affected the trust, and I want to know.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling 
    “If it’s important to her and it keeps coming up, I want her to tell me about it.” Dr. Kim Kimberling 
    “I’d be so offended when he didn’t trust me, but when I think about the reality, I wasn’t trustworthy.” - Lindsay Few 
    “Trust is between two people. It’s not just your perception of yourself.” - Lindsay Few 
    “It’s not like we quit making mistakes, it’s just that we handle them differently now.”  - Dr. Kim Kimberling 



    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 
    What would happen if you took the next 4 weeks to reframe your spouse and your marriage with a biblical approach? Cultivate a better perspective – and a better marriage, with our Reframing Challenge
    Sign up HERE to get the Couple’s Conversation Guide for each week’s new episode 
    Does your sex life need a reboot? Improve your sex life with our Locking Lips Kissing Game! 
    If your marriage has been damaged by porn, the Marriage Undefiled Online Course provides a path to rebuild trust and repair your marriage.  
    Click HERE to get the Couple’s Conversation Guide for each week’s new episode! 
    The free printable Weekly Check Up is a simple way to keep short accounts and keep building trust.

    • 35 min
    Lust vs Desire: What's the Difference? | Ep. 613

    Lust vs Desire: What's the Difference? | Ep. 613

    Does lust have a place in marriage? What sets it apart from sexual desire? Today we’re working through the reasons this question matters for your marriage, and how to have a marriage that glorifies God in every aspect, including how you steward your sexual desires. 
    We pray this episode is helpful for you and your marriage. 
    Episode highlights include:  
     Defining the difference between lust and desire, biblically 
    The godly purposes for sexual desire in marriage
    Specific reasons why misused sexual desire is destructive 
    How to maintain purity in marriage 
    Why porn affects your marriage even if your spouse doesn’t know you use it
     
    *Music for this podcast is created by Noah Copeland. Check him out here! 

    QUOTES 
    “Lust is more about what you see, what you’re attracted to and what it can do for you.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling
    “In the Bible, it’s not like they lived in a Puritanical culture at that time. No, it was probably every bit as bad…we just access things in a different way now.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling
    “If we look at Scripture, lust was never mentioned in a positive light.” - Lindsay Few 
    “We won’t ever clear that bar, but he’s taken care of it through his life, death and resurrection, so there is grace and forgiveness.” - Lindsay Few 
    “The best sex is within the context of a Christian marriage.” - Dr. Kim Kimberling
    “If it’s reduced to that ‘just get it over with’ kind of situation, whoa. Red flag. The goal is not just to satisfy the urge, the goal is mutual enjoyment, pleasure, connection and building of the marriage.” - Lindsay Few
    “Vulnerability is uncomfortable, but it can lead you to prevent something a lot more painful.” - Lindsay Few 
     
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:  
    If your marriage has been damaged by porn, our free  5 Steps to Healing After Porn Betrayal webinar with Dr. Kim is a great first step toward healing
    Our Marriage Undefiled Online Course with Matt Cline takes a deeper look at ways to heal and restore your marriage 
    Sign up HERE to get the Couple’s Conversation Guide for each week’s new episode 
    Getting Your Sex Life Off To A Great Start by Cliff & Joyce Penner
    The Gift of Sex by Cliff & Joyce Penner
    The Best Way to Affair Proof Your Marriage (Past Episode) 
    Does your sex life need a reboot? Improve your sex life with our Locking Lips Kissing Game! 
     

    • 47 min
    How to Handle Mismatched Sex Drives in Marriage | Ep. 612

    How to Handle Mismatched Sex Drives in Marriage | Ep. 612

    Most couples are not going to be completely aligned with sex drive. There are a lot of factors that  can cause this, but there are also a lot of solutions!
    Today we want to equip you to have a productive approach to making your sex life the best it can be in marriage. 
    We pray this episode is helpful for you and your marriage. 
     
    Episode highlights include:  
    Why is it so hard to have a productive conversation about sex? 
    Should the lower-drive spouse “just do it” for the spouse’s sake? Why or why not? 
    Why respecting your wife’s drive level helps her feel sexy 
    Ways to respect your spouse’s drive 
     
    *Music for this podcast is created by Noah Copeland. Check him out here! 
     
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 
    What would happen if you took the next 4 weeks to reframe your spouse and your marriage with a biblical approach? Learn how to have a better perspective – and a better marriage, with our Reframing Challenge
    Does your sex life need a reboot? Improve your sex life with our Locking Lips Kissing Game! 
    If your marriage has been damaged by porn, the Marriage Undefiled Online Course provides a path to rebuild trust and repair your marriage.  
    Click HERE to get the Couple’s Conversation Guide for each week’s new episode! 
     

    • 44 min
    Breaking Generational Cycles For a Healthy Marriage with Kristen Hallinan | Ep. 611

    Breaking Generational Cycles For a Healthy Marriage with Kristen Hallinan | Ep. 611

    Do you hope to break generational patterns of pain? Are childhood hurts haunting your marriage? Today’s guest Kristen Hallinan is a writer and speaker, and today she helps you see how to identify and break generational patterns to find hope, healing and redemption.
    We pray this episode is helpful for you and your marriage. 
     
    Episode highlights include:  
     How your past trauma can affects your current reactions 
    What makes it so hard to break cycles 
    Red flags of unhealthy family dynamics 
    How to work with God to find his redemption 
    Steps to making a redemption plan for your marriage 
     
    *Music for this podcast is created by Noah Copeland. Check him out here! 



    QUOTES
    “It can be easy to say, ‘Why didn’t I know better?’ You didn’t know better because that’s all you knew.” - Kristen Hallinan 
    “The more I’ve gotten to know who God is, the more I understand who I am.”- Kristen Hallinan 
    “I used to believe if I just tried hard enough, I could grow up and create this perfect family.” - Kristen Hallinan 



    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 
    Sign up HERE to get the Couple’s Conversation Guide for each week’s new episode 
    Learn more about how to make your marriage conflict healthy by joining Dr. Kim for the 8 Guidelines for Fighting Fair Webinar 
    Dr. Kim recommends the book, The Body Keeps the Score 
    Grab Kristen’s book, Legacy Changer for more great info on the topic
    Follow Kristen on Instagram and check out her website

    • 39 min
    Escaping an Emotionally Abusive Marriage Part 3: Help to Get Out and Get Safe | Ep. 610

    Escaping an Emotionally Abusive Marriage Part 3: Help to Get Out and Get Safe | Ep. 610

    Today we are sharing the final episode with Kathy McAtee Young and her story of finding safety after decades in an abusive marriage. In this episode Kathy shares some of the barriers that prevent spouses in abusive marriages from seeking safety and help, ways to begin moving out of the abusive relationship, and the ways healing begins afterward. 
     
    Don’t miss the conclusion to Kathy’s story. We pray this episode is helpful for you and your marriage. 
     
    Episode highlights include:  
    Reasons that abused spouse don’t trust their own judgment
    Steps to get out of an abusive marriage
    Is it ever appropriate to intervene if you believe someone is being abused? 
    What the process of healing looks like after you get safe
     
    *Music for this podcast is created by Noah Copeland. Check him out here! 



    QUOTES
    “One of the hallmarks of an unsafe relationship is confusion.” - Kathy McAtee Young  
    “God sees you. He cares. And he is faithful.” - Kathy McAtee Young 
    “We don’t want your pity. Compassion, yes. There is a difference.” - Kathy McAtee Young
    “Healing is a lifestyle, not a finish line.” - Kathy McAtee Young 
    “When you can name it, then you can process it.”  - Kathy McAtee Young


    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 
    Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline : 800-799-7233 https://www.thehotline.org/
    Visit Kathy’s website to learn about the helpful resources and services she offers 
    Kathy can also be reached for coaching on Instagram 
    This previous episode explains a Biblical perspective on abuse
    Lies That Keep You With Your Abuser with Dr. David E Clarke | Ep. 541 

    • 48 min
    Escaping an Emotionally Abusive Marriage Part 2: Seeking Church Support | Kathy’s Story Ep. 609

    Escaping an Emotionally Abusive Marriage Part 2: Seeking Church Support | Kathy’s Story Ep. 609

    Today in Part 2 of Kathy’s story, Kathy shares the ways she sought support from the church when she realized her marriage was in trouble, the responses she received, and the effects that had on her marriage. In this episode Kathy shares why it’s not possible for the abused spouse to end the abuse, and the difference between biblical versus unbiblical advice about abuse. 
    We pray this episode is helpful for you and your marriage. 
    Episode highlights include:  
     Interventions the church put in place, and why they were not successful 
    The wake up moment that turned things around for Kathy 
    What is an appropriate response to spousal abuse? 
    The red flags that advice or counsel about abuse is unbiblical 
     
    *Music for this podcast is created by Noah Copeland. Check him out here! 
     
    Red flags that advice or counsel about abuse is unbiblical 
    They won’t call out that abuse is abuse
    They will not call the abuse sin
    The safety of the abused spouse is not top priority 
    There is no call for repentance 
    They advise you to stay, regardless 
    Blaming the abused for the abuse

    QUOTES
    “There is one person responsible for abuse: It is the abuser.” - Kathy McAtee Young 
    “The Bible definitely commands forgiveness. It does not command reconciliation.”  - Kathy McAtee Young 
     
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 
    Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline : 800-799-7233 https://www.thehotline.org/
    Visit Kathy’s website to learn about the helpful resources and services she offers 
    Kathy can also be reached for coaching on Instagram 
    This previous episode explains a Biblical perspective on abuse
    Lies That Keep You With Your Abuser with Dr. David E Clarke | Ep. 541 

    • 47 min

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