Focus on Marriage Podcast

Focus on Marriage Podcast

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.

Episodes

August 4, 2022 15 min
One of the worst things you can do is try to have a serious conversation with your spouse when one or both of you is tired. It might be that you need to set some rules for when you discuss heavy topics. John, Greg and Erin share how setting boundaries on when to have difficult conversations is beneficial to a marriage. Featuring Dr. Randy Schroeder. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY Rec...
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When you and your spouse were first dating, you naturally did things to make each other feel happy. As time goes on in marriage, it can be easy to neglect doing those things that drew you together. John, Erin and Greg offer some ideas for how simple habits can actually get better with time and practice in your relationship. Featuring Dr. Randy Schroeder. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY...
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July 28, 2022 13 min
Besides your relationship with God, your relationship with your spouse is the most important one. To help illustrate that point, John, Erin and Greg share what it is like when their spouse reaches out to them before other friendships. Featuring Pastor Kevin Thompson. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY. Receive the book "Friends, Partners and Lover" for your donation of any amount...
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July 26, 2022 14 min
Many couples will tell you that a strong friendship is one of the best aspects of marriage. But if couples are not careful, it can be easy to get caught in the business of everyday life. John, Greg and Erin talk about how they encourage couples to keep their friendship strong, even when times get busy. Featuring Pastor Kevin Thompson. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY. Receive the book ...
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July 21, 2022 10 min
When a wife learns her husband is struggling with pornography, it's very heartbreaking. In that situation, where do you turn to for help? John, Erin and Greg discuss common mistakes wives make in that situation and point to some ways to get help. Featuring Mrs. Rosie Makinney. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY Receive the book "Fight For Love" for your donation of any amoun...
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July 19, 2022 11 min
Small compromises with pornography can lead to a serious addiction problem. When left undealt with, it will do a lot of harm to your marriage. John, Erin and Greg talk about why some men choose to look at porn, and offer help to those caught in an addiction cycle. Featuring Mrs. Rosie Makinney. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY Receive the book "Fight For Love" for your donation...
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There's an old saying that goes, "You don't just marry your spouse, you marry his or her family." But how do you work through a situation where a relationship with your in-laws is strained? John, Greg and Erin offer some encouragement to couples who are struggling to get along with their in-laws. Featuring Gary Thomas. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY Receive the book &...
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July 12, 2022 10 min
As a husband, one of the best things to recognize is that your wife is God's daughter. John, Greg and Erin discuss how having daughters has helped them understand why this principle is important for marriage. Featuring Gary Thomas. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY Receive the book "A Lifelong Love" for your donation of any amount: https://donate.focusonthefamily.com/don-fof...
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July 7, 2022 12 min
While no spouse can meet all of your dreams and desires, it's still important to make your expectations clear. Without sharing what you're expecting, you'll be setting yourself up for disappointment. John, Erin and Greg describe how they've seen unexpressed expectations cause tension in a marriage. Featuring Dr. Randy Schroeder. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY Receive ...
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All of us have expectations for what we thought marriage would be like. Yet, at some point, things won't go according to plan, and how you respond will make a big difference in those situations. John, Greg and Erin discuss what it looks like for couples to have healthy expectations for each other. Featuring Dr. Randy Schroeder. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY Receive the book "...
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June 30, 2022 10 min
Couples who go the distance don't just drift into a successful relationship. Truth be told, it takes consistent effort to succeed in marriage. John, Erin and Greg share how you can stay intentional in striving for a great relationship with your spouse. Featuring Pastor Kevin Thompson. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY. Receive the book "Friends, Partners and Lover" for your ...
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June 28, 2022 10 min
While some video games aren't necessarily bad, if they prevent you from communicating with your spouse, they can do great harm to your marriage. John, Erin and Greg provide some hope to those with a spouse who's addicted to playing video games. Featuring Bill and Pam Farrel. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY Receive Bill and Pam Farrel's book "The First Five Years: Make ...
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June 23, 2022 12 min
Sadly, many married people today have a secret addiction to pornography. If left in the dark, it can destroy the very foundation of your relationship. John, Greg and Erin explain why pornography is so dangerous and offer hope to those who are afraid to confess they have a problem. Featuring Mrs. Rosie Makinney. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY Receive the book "Fight For Love" ...
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June 21, 2022 11 min
When things aren't going well in your marriage, having supportive friends is one of the best blessings you can have. None of us are meant to go through life isolated and alone. John talks with Greg and Erin about how they try to maintain community amidst their busy schedules. Featuring Dr. Tim and Noreen Muehlhoff. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY Receive the book "Defending Yo...
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June 16, 2022 13 min
Is it possible to love your spouse without expecting anything in return? Truth be told, we can only love that way if we're relying on God's love to fill our souls. John, Greg and Erin share how they encourage couples to apply this principle to their marriages. Featuring Gary Thomas. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY Receive the book "A Lifelong Love" for your donation of...
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June 14, 2022 12 min
Unrealistic expectations are something all of us struggle with, yet they're very damaging to a marriage. John, Greg and Erin share how they've learned to adjust their expectations in marriage. Featuring Gary Thomas. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY Receive the book "A Lifelong Love" for your donation of any amount: https://donate.focusonthefamily.com/don-fofm-podcast-2...
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June 9, 2022 14 min
After your marriage has gone through a hard time, it can be tempting to bring up past hurts to your spouse. The truth is, recovery is anything but an easy road. John, Greg and Erin share how you can be honest about the past in your marriage, without dwelling on it. Featuring Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY. Receive the book "I Do Again" for your donat...
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June 7, 2022 10 min
When there's been a betrayal in a marriage, healing can take a long time. While waiting for restoration isn't easy, God is willing to send you some help. John, Greg and Erin discuss how you can be patient in your marriage, when you're hoping for reconciliation. Featuring Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY. Receive the book "I Do Again" for you...
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June 2, 2022 13 min
If we're honest, we all struggle with selfishness in marriage. However, a good dose of gratitude can be the best solution for selfishness. John and Greg share how being thankful can greatly benefit your marriage. Featuring Bill and Pam Farrel. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY Receive Bill and Pam Farrel's book "The First Five Years: Make the Love Investment That Lasts a Lif...
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May 31, 2022 13 min
All of us can find something annoying about our spouse. But, you can choose to show grace even when you don't feel like doing so. Greg talks with John about how he and Erin have worked through irritations in their relationship. Featuring Bill and Pam Farrel. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY Receive Bill and Pam Farrel's book "The First Five Years: Make the Love Investment T...
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