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The best marriages have a teamwork mentality. Spouses serve each other, support each other, and celebrate each other. They tackle life together, and when one slips, the other gives grace. Husbands and wives can be vulnerable with each other because they know they rise and fall as one.

Do you want a marriage like this? On each episode of the Team Us Podcast, married couple Ted and Ashleigh Slater come alongside you and your spouse as friends and mentors. They talk openly, honestly, and humorously about the betters and the worsts of their marriage, sharing how grace, commitment, cooperation, and lots of laughter have kept them united over the years.

Whether you’re newly married and desire to build a strong foundation, or you’ve been married longer and your relationship needs a little TLC, you’ll gain practical, realistic ideas for strengthening your Team Us.

Team Us Ted and Ashleigh Slater

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The best marriages have a teamwork mentality. Spouses serve each other, support each other, and celebrate each other. They tackle life together, and when one slips, the other gives grace. Husbands and wives can be vulnerable with each other because they know they rise and fall as one.

Do you want a marriage like this? On each episode of the Team Us Podcast, married couple Ted and Ashleigh Slater come alongside you and your spouse as friends and mentors. They talk openly, honestly, and humorously about the betters and the worsts of their marriage, sharing how grace, commitment, cooperation, and lots of laughter have kept them united over the years.

Whether you’re newly married and desire to build a strong foundation, or you’ve been married longer and your relationship needs a little TLC, you’ll gain practical, realistic ideas for strengthening your Team Us.

    What You Can Do to Brave Sorrow Together in Your Marriage

    What You Can Do to Brave Sorrow Together in Your Marriage

    Sometimes we sit back and wonder how we made it through our weeping years. But here we are, still married, still friends, and still liking each other. It wasn’t easy to remain united when miscarriage, multiple job losses, debt, and a house that wouldn’t sell desperately fought to pull us apart. While an attitude of “us vs. the problem” helped, we realized we couldn’t stop with the idea of us against the world. We needed more.

    Today, we’re talking about how to walk together through the really hard situations, seasons, and losses that we experience as couples. We’re looking at what we can do to remain a strong team during them. So, listen in as we share three practical things you can do to better brave sorrow together in your marriage.

    4 Ways to Brave Sorrow Together:

    1. Refuse to play the blame game
    2. Face defeat together
    3. Allow freedom to grief differently from each other
    4. Point each other back to God’s character

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    Us Time Challenge:
    Make a list of the ways God has been faithful to you as a couple. Tape it to your fridge or bathroom mirror as a reminder of His goodness even in difficulty.

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    Team Us Resources:
    Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage
    FREE Team Us Study Guide

    Links Mentioned in This Episode:
    Braving Sorrow Together: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life Is Hard

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    Connect with Ted and Ashleigh:
    Website | Instagram | Facebook

    Episode Image Credit: Getty/Rudzhan Nagiev

    • 24 min
    Why You Need a Lighthearted Marriage and How to Get It

    Why You Need a Lighthearted Marriage and How to Get It

    For us, laughter and a sense of levity or lightheartedness has carried us through the years. Laughter has been, as Proverbs 17:22 says, “good medicine” for us. But laughter isn’t something that comes easily for all couples.

    While we’re not experts on why other couples struggle to laugh together, we do know one of the reasons we can. It’s because we make intentional efforts to live out our marriage with unburdened hearts.

    An unburdened heart is a lighthearted heart. Why? Because it’s one that’s not weighed down by grudges. It’s challenging to feel lighthearted and at ease in a marriage, if we’re keeping tallies on each other. If you want a lighthearted marriage, too, listen in as we share three guiding principles that we’ve found helpful.

    3 Ways to Have a Lighthearted Marriage:

    1. Practice the 49 percent/51 percent policy
    2. Serve with no strings attached
    3. Have a common enemy

    Us Time Challenge:
    Actively look for an opportunity this week to give in on something small with your spouse. Put into practice our 49 percent/51 percent policy and see what happens.

    Team Us Resources:
    Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage
    FREE Team Us Study Guide

    Links Mentioned in This Episode:
    The Benefits of Laughter article from Psychology Today

    Connect with Ted and Ashleigh:
    Website | Instagram | Facebook

    Episode Image Credit: Getty/Cosmaa

    • 25 min
    How to Embrace Conflict in Your Marriage as an Adventure, Not a Threat

    How to Embrace Conflict in Your Marriage as an Adventure, Not a Threat

    Bilbo Baggins once referred to adventures as “nasty disturbing comfortable things that make you late for dinner.” In some ways, he’s right. Adventures aren’t simply exciting, thrill-seeking activities. They stretch us in ways that force us to change.

    What does this have to do with conflict in marriage? Conflict is often uncomfortable and inconvenient. It disturbs our status quo and can even disrupt dinner plans…or gasp!…date nights. We often react like Bilbo and think, “Sorry, I don’t want any conflict, thank you. Not today.”

    But it’s important that we work through conflict in healthy, team-building ways. When we choose to put our marriage’s long-term health and mission ahead of our individual agendas, it’s well worth the effort. Not only are we strengthening and deepening our relationship, but we’re also ultimately choosing to reflect Christ.

    Listen in as we talk about conflict as an adventure, how to face your disagreements with a team-first perspective, and why your timing in resolving issues matters.

    Strategies for Facing Conflict as a Team
    1. Embrace conflict as an adventure
    2. Trade a me-first perspective for a team-first perspective
    3. Choose carefully how and when to work through conflict

    Us Time Challenge
    Think back to when you went on an adventure together. Talk about what was hard, but how you worked together to overcome the challenges. Discuss how that brought you together. Then talk about how you can apply some of the things you did to how you face conflict now.

    Team Us Resources:
    Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage
    FREE Team Us Study Guide

    Links Mentioned in This Episode: The Hobbit

    Connect with Ted and Ashleigh:
    Website | Instagram | Facebook

    • 27 min
    How Your Individual Differences Can Help You Grow Together

    How Your Individual Differences Can Help You Grow Together

    After we got married, we were surprised by how differently we celebrated holidays and birthdays. One of us loved to go big, while the other preferred to treat them like any other day. But, as we’ve slowly learned over the years, differences like that don’t have to divide us. When we approach them with the right attitude, they can unite us.

    As a couple, our differences can serve as a great reminder that we need teamwork. We need unity, cooperation, and commitment. And, as we band together for the common good of our relationship, instead of focusing on the places where we feel disappointed or our likes rejected, it becomes easier for us to appreciate, and not despise, the other’s uniqueness.

    What are some practical ways you can do this in your marriage? Listen in as we share three things we do so that our differences help us grow together and not apart.

    3 Ways to Grow Together and Not Apart
    1. Build on common interests
    2. Don’t force change
    3. Learn to stretch by trying new things

    Us Time Challenge
    Go on a date. You can either pick your favorite common interest that you share, or one of you can decide to try something the other enjoys. Plan this week’s date around it.

    Team Us Resources:
    Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage
    FREE Team Us Study Guide

    Links Mentioned in This Episode:
    The Princess Bride

    Connect with Ted and Ashleigh:
    Website | Instagram | Facebook

    • 17 min
    Why Becoming a Team Takes Time... and That’s Okay

    Why Becoming a Team Takes Time... and That’s Okay

    From its inconceivable R.O.U.Ses to its iconic lines, the 1987 film The Princess Bride is a favorite at our house. For us, one of the most memorable characters is Inigo Montoya. His patience and persistence as he hunts for the six-fingered man remind us that it takes time to execute a “death wish.” But what does a “death wish” have to do with marriage?

    While we joined a new team when we promised, “I do,” that doesn’t mean the unity and cooperation we talked about in episode 1 are going to be easy or automatic. It takes time after we get married to make that transition from “me” to “us.”

    One reason is that all of us come to marriage with ingrained habits. These are the things that steal joy from our relationship, keep us from walking in unity and practicing cooperation, and can even weaken our resolve to stay committed. Listen in as we share three practical ways you can practice patience for the old as you and your spouse work together toward the new.

    3 Ways to Practice Patience, Persistence, and Grace:

    1. Pick your battles (recognize the difference between our spouse sinning and our spouse just annoying us).
    2. Make a Communication Sandwich
    3. Focus on progress, not perfection

    Us Time Challenge:
    Take some time to make a list of a few ways you’ve noticed that the other has made progress in an area. Figure out a fun and creative way to affirm each other for their growth.

    Team Us Resources:
    Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage
    FREE Team Us Study Guide

    Links Mentioned in This Episode:
    The Princess Bride

    Connect with Ted and Ashleigh:
    Website | Instagram | Facebook

    • 19 min
    How to Create a Game Plan for Your Marriage

    How to Create a Game Plan for Your Marriage

    Have you ever watched curling matches during the Winter Olympics? We have!

    One year, we found ourselves hooked on this sport that’s nicknamed “chess on ice!” And, as we observed the strategy, intentionality, and sweeping that curling requires, we couldn’t help but compare it to marriage!

    Every team, whether it’s in curling or in marriage, does better with a game plan. Yet, it’s the sweeping—or grace—that helps us as couples bring home the gold. Grace is to marriage what sweepers are to curling.

    So, if you’re not sure what sweeping even is, listen in as we explain the basics of curling. We also chat about anime volleyball, and give you practical ways you can create a game plan for your marriage.

    5 Game Plan Strategies for Your Team Us:
    1. Literally get on the same page
    2. Have a shared understanding of grace
    3. Believe the best about each other
    4. Play to each other’s strengths
    5. Celebrate the victories, not the defeats

    Take the "Us Time Challenge":

    Like we did, schedule a time and place to literally get on the same page. Grab paper and pens and go to a park, a coffee shop, or sit down together at your dining room table. Spend some time writing down qualities you’d like to see better characterize your marriage. Talk about specific ways you can work toward each ideal.

    Team Us Resources
    Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage
    FREE Team Us Study Guide

    Links Mentioned in This Episode
    Haikyu!!
    Curling for Dummies Cheat Sheet

    Connect with Ted and Ashleigh:
    Website | Instagram | Facebook

    Episode Image Credit: Getty/artbesouro

    • 24 min

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