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Welcome to the Forever Marriage Podcast! Forever Marriage at Lakewood exists to strengthen families by helping couples discover God’s design for marriage. One of our hopes for the FM Podcast is to provide Biblically based marital advice from experienced marriage counselors, Scott and Dawn Smith, who have been working with couples for 20+ years! 

Forever Marriage Podcast Scott & Dawn Smith

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Welcome to the Forever Marriage Podcast! Forever Marriage at Lakewood exists to strengthen families by helping couples discover God’s design for marriage. One of our hopes for the FM Podcast is to provide Biblically based marital advice from experienced marriage counselors, Scott and Dawn Smith, who have been working with couples for 20+ years! 

    S2E14: Pray with and for One Another

    S2E14: Pray with and for One Another

    Season 2: Six Keys to Better Sex in Marriage
    Episode 14: Pray with and for One Another
    In this episode the Smiths kick off Key 5 - Pray with and for One Another. In this key, the Smiths talk about how they believe prayer is the master key that has the potential to unlock all the doors of biblical intimacy for you and your spouse. Paul says in Philippians 4:6, " Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." We can talk to God about everything and prayer requests regarding our sex life is no different. These are 3 ways you can pray with and for one another:

    1. Pray for God to show you false or distorted beliefs you have regarding God and sex.
    2. Pray for God to give you longings only for one another.
    3. Pray proactively.

    Mentioned in this episode:
    Philippians 4:6-71 John 5:14-15Hebrews 4:16"Have a daily point of contact" blog referenced 1 Corinthians 6:18Ephesians 6:18Song of Songs 4:7

    • 32 min
    S2E13: 8 "Hedges of Protection" to Place Around Your Marriage (Pt. 2)

    S2E13: 8 "Hedges of Protection" to Place Around Your Marriage (Pt. 2)

    Season 2: Six Keys to Better Sex in Marriage
    Episode 13: 8 "Hedges of Protection" to Place Around Your Marriage (Pt. 2)
    In this episode the Smiths discuss Key 4 - Fiercely Protect Emotional Intimacy with and for One Another. In this key, the Smiths continue to share the "hedges of protection" they have placed around themselves to protect the fidelity of their marriage. The first 4 were covered in episode 12 and the last 4 are covered in this episode.

    5. Be cautious of social media interactions with others of the opposite sex, especially former "flames."
    6. Keep no secrets.
    7. Be mindful of affairs of the heart (emotional affairs).
    8. Don't lose your mind.

    Mentioned in this episode:
    Matthew 15:18-19Genesis 3 (Read and look for key words like "hide", "cover", "blame", "deny," etc.)Mark 4:22The 5 Love Languages by Gary ChapmanEphesians 5:13James 5:161 Peter 5:8Proverbs 20:1Ephesians 5:15-18
    Couple's Conversation:
    1. What "hedges" have you and your spouse agreed to place around your marriage?
    2. How are those "hedges" working?
    3. Are there additional "hedges" you would like your spouse to incorporate into their daily life?
    4. Are there areas of your spouse's life where they may have "blind spots" (areas of susceptibility they have that others see but your spouse doesn't)?

    • 37 min
    S2E12: 8 "Hedges of Protection" to Place Around Your Marriage (Pt. 1)

    S2E12: 8 "Hedges of Protection" to Place Around Your Marriage (Pt. 1)

    Forever Marriage at Lakewood exists to strengthen families by helping couples discover God's design for marriage.

    Season 2: Six Keys to Better Sex in Marriage
    Episode 12: 8 "Hedges of Protection" to Place Around Your Marriage
    In this episode the Smiths kick off Key 4 - Fiercely Protect Emotional Intimacy with and for One Another. In this key, the Smiths share the "hedges of protection" they have placed around themselves to protect the fidelity of their marriage. The first 4 are covered in this episode and the last 4 will be covered in episode 13. 

    1. Never ride in a car alone with someone of the opposite sex.
    2. Never eat alone with someone of the opposite sex. 
    3. Never meet alone with someone of the opposite sex.
    4. When traveling alone, have an accountability system in place.

    Mentioned in this episode:
    Colossians 1:27Hedges: Loving Your Marriage Enough to Protect It by Jerry JenkinsPhilippians 2:15Billy Graham's Modesto Manifesto

    • 35 min
    S2E11: 4 Experiences to Live with Your Spouse in an Understanding Way

    S2E11: 4 Experiences to Live with Your Spouse in an Understanding Way

    Forever Marriage at Lakewood exists to strengthen families by helping couples discover God's design for marriage.

    Season 2: Six Keys to Better Sex in Marriage
    Episode 11: 4 Experiences to Live with Your Spouse in an Understanding Way
    In this episode the Smiths conclude Key 3 - Regard Each Other's Needs as More Important than Your Own. They talk about how at various seasons of marriage and as you and your spouse age, you may have to deal with issues that can potentially affect your sexual intimacy. The Smiths discuss these 4 experiences to live with your spouse in an understanding way:
    Wives "coach" your husband to increase his knowledge and understanding of your unique biology, gynecology, health, and health history. Husbands, be coachable.Sexual trauma, changes in libido, sexual disfunction,  Illnesses, medication changes, injuries, and chronic pain can greatly affect your sexual relationship – communicate, seek wise counsel, and pray.Pregnancy and different seasons of life can present challenges.Often, infertility consumes the sexual relationship – talk and pray with each other.  Also, don't bear this burden alone.Scriptures mentioned in this episode: Proverbs 3:27, Galatians 6:2

    Couple's Conversation:
    Why is it sometimes difficult to be affectionate?Do you talk about how you can meet each other’s need for affection?  If not, why not?What do you need in order to be in the mood for sex?Do you feel comfortable initiating sex?  Why or why not?How often would you prefer or expect sex?What sexual activities do you enjoy most?Are there specific sexual acts that make you uncomfortable?How could we each contribute to making our sexual relationship more satisfying?

    • 30 min
    S2E10: Is She a Red Solo Cup or a Crystal Goblet?

    S2E10: Is She a Red Solo Cup or a Crystal Goblet?

    Forever Marriage at Lakewood exists to strengthen families by helping couples discover God's design for marriage.

    Season 2: Six Keys to Better Sex in Marriage
    Episode 10: Is She a Red Solo Cup or a Crystal Goblet?
    In this episode the Smiths continue discussing Key 3  - Regard Each Other's Needs as More Important than Your Own. We compare a red solo cup and a crystal goblet. We describe the two and explain how this is a helpful visual comparison for husbands and how they consider their wives. We also take a look at 1 Peter 3:7 and see what God's word says about how husbands are to think about their wives. 

    • 27 min
    S2E9: 3 Ways to Become a Student of Your Spouse

    S2E9: 3 Ways to Become a Student of Your Spouse

    Forever Marriage at Lakewood exists to strengthen families by helping couples discover God's design for marriage.

    Season 2: Six Keys to Better Sex in Marriage
    Episode 9: 3 Ways to Become a Student of Your Spouse
    In this episode the Smiths jump into Key 3  - Regard Each Other's Needs as More Important that Your Own. The idea explained in this key is that you and your spouse will experience better sex in marriage as you embrace the selfless nature of biblical sexuality. The Smiths unpack these three specific and practical ways to become a student of your spouse:

    1. Discover his/her love language.
    2. Determine when he/she is most receptive to sexual intimacy.
    3. Discern what destroys sexual intimacy for him/her.

    Mentioned in this episode:
    Philippians 2:3-4Romans 12:10Love Language book Love Language quizProverbs 3:271 Peter 3:7

    • 32 min

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