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Awesome marriages don't happen on accident. Far too many couples are just surviving their marriage when it was meant to thrive. This is the place where we give you practical tips on how to build an awesome marriage. Our passion is to help you strengthen your marriage. Dr. Kim Kimberling hosts the show. He is the President of Awesome Marriage he has been married for 51 years and has been a professional counselor for 35 years. He is the author of 7 Secrets to An Awesome Marriage and 14 Keys To ...
 
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I love something Christina said on a recent episode: “When your marriage is reflected in your budget, your calendar, your thoughts, and your prayers then it is a top priority.” As we get the new year started, it’s a great time to take stock of your marriage. What’s going well, and what’s just not working? So today I’m talking to Dr. Kim about what …
 
Today’s podcast is a real gift. It’s not every day we get to hear from a guest who is in their tenth decade of life, and has had not one, but two awesome marriages! Today Dr. Kim interviews Ernstena “Ernie” Parker Wood, who shares some stories of following God faithfully through life in ministry, marriage and widowhood, with wisdom and warmth. Don’…
 
Spiritual Intimacy isn’t something you hear very often but it’s a real thing that you can have in your marriage! Although it sounds deep and intangible, it can be very simple and anyone can grow in this. Today Dr. Kim and Christina talk about what spiritual intimacy is, and give practical ways to deepen the spiritual intimacy in your marriage. We p…
 
One thing we’ve been hearing a lot from couples is that they don’t feel close to each other or that their relationship feels like it’s missing some depth. Today we’re taking some time to talk about emotional intimacy and give you ideas of practical ways to deepen the emotional intimacy in your marriage. We pray this episode is helpful to you and yo…
 
Sex is an important part of an awesome marriage… and it’s also one of the top issues couples say is a problem in their marriage. We get lots of questions about sex and today we’re answering as many of them as we can, and no question is off limits! Tune in to hear Dr. Kim and Christina answer these sex FAQs. We pray this episode is helpful to you an…
 
Purity is something a lot of people talk about while single and dating, then not so much in marriage. BUt the truth is, sexual temptation does not disappear just because you are married. Married people still need to submit to God and honor him with sexual purity in marriage. Tune in this week to learn what that looks like, and how to move toward pu…
 
The Christmas season will be here soon, and it’s a great time to refocus on our faith as we celebrate Jesus’ birth. But exactly how can we do that in the midst of normal life plus holiday busyness?! There are lots of reasons why it’s easy to miss making our faith a part of daily life with our spouse and kids. So today, our special guests Deepak and…
 
Could you be an accidental gaslighter? We’re all vulnerable to bad patterns in marriage so it’s wise to pay attention to them. Last episode we defined gaslighting and talked about what to do if this has become part of your marriage. Today we are talking about accidental gaslighting. Tune in to take a solid look at some signs you might be accidental…
 
What is gaslighting? Is there still hope for a marriage where this has taken place? The term “gaslighting” has been on the rise in recent years, but what does it really mean? Dr. Kim and Christina unpack what it is, the warning signs, and what to do if you or someone you know has dealt with this. Tune in to learn more about what it is and what to d…
 
Can you change your life simply by changing your mindset? Dr. Kim and today’s special guest Margaret Feinberg believe you can! Margaret is an author, Bible teacher and host of the popular podcast, The Joycast. In her newest book, More Power to You, Margaret says that we can break free from negative thought-spirals in just 90 seconds each day. Tune …
 
Dr. Kim often says there is no coasting in an awesome marriage. Marriage isn’t something that you do once then just sit back and ignore. It is always moving. The question is, are you moving it forward, or slipping backward? Today Dr. Kim and Christina discuss why and how perseverance matters in marriage. Join us for practical tips and encouragement…
 
In this episode Jennie Lusko joins Dr. Kim to talk about her story of coping with the loss of her daughter and how to walk through tragedy with your marriage still intact. Jennie bravely shares her story of loss and struggle in her book, The Fight To Flourish. One thing we love about this book is that Jennie reminds us we don’t have to have it all …
 
Unmet and unclear expectations can do major damage in your marriage. Expectations and misunderstanding them is a main source of most conflict in most marriages. Today, Dr. Kim and Christina share some helpful tips from our friends at Emotionally Healthy Leader to help you better understand healthy expectations and implement them in your marriage. T…
 
If you’re anything like us, you’ve heard your fair share of venting and husband-bashing. And it’s all too easy to join in and commiserate! So what does “speaking life” mean for marriage, and why should we be doing it? Today Lindsay joins Christina on the podcast for another “Wives Edition” episode to talk about speaking life into marriages around u…
 
Is your family suffering from burnout and busyness? Do you suspect that there might be a better way to run your home than what you’ve been doing? Today Jefferson Bethke joins Dr. Kim on the podcast to talk about a biblical vision for families. In some ways, it runs counter to what we’re used to, but today Jefferson presents a biblical case for why …
 
Has you or your spouse’s insecurity affected your marriage? We’re all insecure about something, and the way we see ourselves will end up spilling over into the way we relate to others. Nowhere is this more likely to happen than in marriage. In this episode Dr. Kim and Christina share practical ways to address your insecurity and your spouse’s insec…
 
Is your marriage what you dreamed it would be? None of us will ever have a perfect marriage - it’s just not humanly possible! But there are ways to shrink the gap between your marriage hopes and your marriage reality, and it is worth the work! Today Dr. Kim and Christina give you practical ways to do just that. Tune in to learn real, simple, time-t…
 
Does your marriage have margin? What do we mean by “margin” in marriage? Dr. Kim has some great insight into what this means and why it matters for your life and your marriage. Listen today to learn practical ways to build and manage margin in your life, and how doing this will help grow your marriage. We pray this episode is helpful to you and you…
 
How does curiosity help you have an awesome marriage? How can you keep growing even in the busyness and changing seasons of life? We are so happy to have Bob Goff on the podcast today. Bob and Dr. Kim talk about how to dream big, be courageous and grow together in marriage, share the answers to those questions and more. Listen to their fun and enco…
 
Loneliness in marriage is a uniquely difficult pain, but that’s where you are today, you’re not alone. At Awesome Marriage, people often tell us they feel alone in their marriage. Yet there is hope: We also see marriages restored and transformed time and again! If you’re in a lonely, disconnected marriage today, we pray you will take heart and not …
 
Are you considering marriage counseling? Have you booked your first appointment and plan to go soon? Or have you tried counseling, but it just didn’t work like you hoped it would? Whatever situation you are in, today’s episode has some tips to help you make the most of it. Just showing up to the appointment won’t change your marriage. Today Dr. Kim…
 
Have you ever wondered if you need marriage counseling? Does going to counseling mean you have a bad marriage? Have Dr. Kim and Nancy gone to counseling themselves? With 40+ years of experience as a Marriage Counselor, Dr. Kim has seen couples come to counseling for just about every reason and he has a lot of great insight into this topic! Tune in …
 
You asked, we’re answering! Today Dr. Kim and Christina wrap up our podcast series on communication by answering your questions. Communication in marriage is a detailed and nuanced topic; there are no “one size fits all” answers, but there are some basic principles that can really help you and your marriage to grow toward better communication. List…
 
We’ve heard that opposites attract. But what happens when opposites commit to a life together and the friction begins? All too often in marriage, we try to change our spouse rather than accepting the unique ways God made them. Today Dr. Kim interviews Jay and Breona Washington. Jay is an Introvert Coach, and together they unpack some ways to make t…
 
Did you know there’s a strategic reason for the way bars are designed? Today Dr. Kim and Christina talk about what happens when communication grows stale or stops altogether. What leads to us getting stuck in a rut with communication? How can we avoid that? How can we get back out? Today we share insights into all of those issues, plus your mind mi…
 
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