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Things I Wish I Knew Before Marriage

FamilyLife Today® - 9/19/2019 12:00:00 AM

Ann Wilson talks to engaged women about things to keep in mind, things to be prepared for, and things to talk with their fiance' about before saying "I do."

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New Priorities

FamilyLife Today® - 9/18/2019 12:00:00 AM

Authors Ryan and Selena Frederick talk about the importance of leaving margin in your marriage. The Fredericks share how a European backpacking trip made them realize they were spread too thin, leaving little time for each other. Their schedules were full with church involvement, demanding jobs, and hobbies, but their relationship lacked depth and purpose. Hear about the radical changes they made once they agreed that "life is short," and God needs to come first.

Show Notes and Resources

Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Network.
Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
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Finding a New Dream

FamilyLife Today® - 9/17/2019 12:00:00 AM

Authors Ryan and Selena Frederick talk about their early years of marriage when they headed overseas to fulfill Selena's dream of working on a horse farm in Switzerland. Selena worked as an au pair/groomer and Ryan worked as a stable boy, until Ryan's health took a turn for the worse. Ryan tells how an infection in his heart valve and open heart surgery changed his perspective on life and tested his marriage.

Show Notes and Resources

Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Network.
Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
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Thoughts on Purity

FamilyLife Today® - 9/16/2019 12:00:00 AM

Ryan and Selena Frederick, authors of "Fierce Marriage," reflect on meeting in 8th grade and the romance that unfolded in their high school and college years. Desiring to keep their relationship pure, they decided to marry at 20 and 21 years old. Together they tell how waiting until marriage to be sexually intimate didn't ensure them the instant fireworks they expected and that in reality, oneness in sex took time and effort.

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Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
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What if He’s Not Worthy of Respect?

FamilyLife Today® - 9/13/2019 12:00:00 AM

When a husband doesn't deserve respect, should his wife show it anyway? Shaunti Feldhahn describes what many women have discovered by doing just that. This isn't a naive pep talk. It's a presentation of transformational steps wives can take when their husband shows little respectability.

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The Power of the Tongue

FamilyLife Today® - 9/12/2019 12:00:00 AM

Words can encourage and give life, or they can destroy and kill. Dave and Ann Wilson tell how they learned this principle the hard way in their marriage and family.

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Appreciating the Song of Solomon

FamilyLife Today® - 9/11/2019 12:00:00 AM

Wheaton College President Phil Ryken sheds some light on the passionate poetry of the Song of Songs. The book is a collection of songs about a couple whose relationship is heading into marriage. The main characters, Solomon and the Shulamite, value and love each other. They can't wait to be together, and express their love to one another eagerly and expressively.
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Waiting on Love

FamilyLife Today® - 9/10/2019 12:00:00 AM

Phil Ryken, president of Wheaton College, helps us understand the deeper meaning behind the Song of Songs by walking us through each alluring chapter. First he explains the meaning behind Song of Songs 2:7: "Do not arouse or awaken my love until she pleases," and points listeners back to God's design for sexual intimacy. He also reflects on his honeymoon and the wise choice he made after struggling through his and his beloved's first disagreement.

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Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
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Understanding the Song of Songs

FamilyLife Today® - 9/9/2019 12:00:00 AM

Wheaton College President Phil Ryken discusses the greatest love song that has ever been written: the Song of Songs. One of the main ways God speaks to us is through the wedding relationship. Song of Songs is the soundtrack for the romance that begins in Genesis and ends on the wedding day of Revelation. Ryken shows us how Solomon's passion for his bride mirrors Christ's passion for us.

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Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
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Where to Go to School

FamilyLife Today® - 9/6/2019 12:00:00 AM

Author Shelly Wildman, a mom to three grown children, joins Dave and Ann Wilson to talk about school choice. Wildman explains why she and her husband picked public education. Aside from other benefits, they liked the missional aspect of public school and thought it would be a great way for their family to get to know their neighbors.
Show Notes and Resources

Download the Family Values Exercise, a tool to help you prepare today for the decisions and transitions that will affect the next stage of your family’s life. https://www.familylife.com/values-exercise/
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A Family on a Mission

FamilyLife Today® - 9/5/2019 12:00:00 AM

What does it mean to live on mission? Shelly Wildman believes that if parents want kids who are on fire for the Lord, they must have a committed relationship with Christ themselves. Parents must show their kids that they are there to walk through their faith struggles and be available to talk through those harder, deeper issues in our culture. Also joining in the discussion is Dave and Ann Wilson's son, Cody.
Show Notes and Resources

Kevin DeYoung on family devotion fails. (1 min. video) https://www.familylife.com/podcasts/familylife-today/art-of-parenting-video-clip-kevin-deyoung-on-family-devotions/
Download the Family Values Exercise, a tool to help you prepare today for the decisions and transitions that will affect the next stage of your family’s life. https://www.familylife.com/values-exercise/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

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Why Are We Doing This?

FamilyLife Today® - 9/4/2019 12:00:00 AM

Shelly Wildman, author of the book, "First Ask Why," talks about the guiding parenting principles she used to help her focus on the most important things. Wildman and her husband wanted to parent their three girls well, but they also wanted to know why they were doing what they were doing. For Wildman, that meant not just raising her kids to pursue the American dream, but to live lives on purpose and for God. Wildman explains God's purpose for the family.
Show Notes and Resources

Download the Family Values Exercise, a tool to help you prepare today for the decisions and transitions that will affect the next stage of your family’s life. https://www.familylife.com/values-exercise/
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A Christ-Centered Marriage

FamilyLife Today® - 9/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

Pastor Rob Green, author of the book, "Tying the Knot," talks about the goal of premarital counseling: to help engaged couples see what marriage looks like when Jesus is at the center. When counseling, Green talks about red flags, like being spiritually mismatched, pornography, and relational baggage (like past abuse or a child from a previous relationship). A man or woman has to ask themselves whether or not they will extend grace to their intended and bear their burden. Green also talks about the green lights: a firm faith and dependence on Christ, a willingness to continually learn about one another, and involvement in a local church.

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The Importance of Premarital Counseling

FamilyLife Today® - 9/2/2019 12:00:00 AM

Rob Green, a pastor of counseling at Faith Church, talks about the importance of premarital counseling. As Green walks couples through the counseling process, he talks to them about the difference between role and expectation. Some things a husband is commanded to do, like living with his wife in an understanding way and continually learning about her. But other things, like taking out the trash or mowing the lawn, varies from couple to couple. Green reminds couples to talk about their expectations and to focus building their marriage on Christ.

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Praying for Your Kids

FamilyLife Today® - 8/30/2019 12:00:00 AM

Nancy Guthrie, author of "What Every Child Should Know About Prayer," recalls a season in her parenting when she realized she was worrying a lot more than praying. She fed her fears and allowed her train of thought to take her to the worst possible outcome. She realized her desires needed to be shaped by the Word of God. So many times parents' prayers revolve only around asking God to change our child’s circumstances, but praying through the Scriptures keeps us asking God to do the things in our children’s lives that only he can do.

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Teaching Your Kids to Pray

FamilyLife Today® - 8/29/2019 12:00:00 AM

When teaching kids to pray, Nancy Guthrie admits that thank you's dominate, and requests follow. Guthrie's desire is to see children grounded in the Scriptures and practicing real prayer. This requires that children understand who God is, which will help them move into prayers of confession--an aspect often missing in most family prayer times. Kids follow what we do more than what we say. If we want our kids to have an intimate relationship with God, we need to model that.

Show Notes and Resources

Our faith is challenged many times over the course of a lifetime, but never so much as when we experience the death of a child. David and Nancy Guthrie talk about the children they were blessed with, and what God has taught them about surrendering all to Him.  (25 min. podcast) https://www.familylife.com/podcast/series/holding-on-to-hope/
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Counseling for the Difficult Times

FamilyLife Today® - 8/28/2019 12:00:00 AM

Christian counselor Jonathan Holmes talks about the challenges of counseling a spouse experiencing emotional or physical abuse. He also tackles the problem of dwindling desire in marriage, and asserts that intimacy problems are typically spiritual problems and symptomatic of deeper issues. He also shares how he would counsel a couple experiencing spiritual differences.

Show Notes and Resources

Author and family therapist Dr. Ramona Probasco tells what it's like to be married to an abusive man because she's been there. (27 min. podcast) https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-today/the-big-secret/
Pastor Justin Holcomb explains while physical abuse is definitely a part of domestic abuse, mental, emotional, and financial abuse are just as devastating.  (26 min. podcast) https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-today/what-is-domestic-abuse/
Nancy Murphy talks about the domestic abuse she endured at the hands of her former husband. (25 min. podcast) https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-today/the-abuse-begins/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

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A Friend in Need

FamilyLife Today® - 8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM

Jonathan Holmes, pastor of counseling at Parkside Church and author of the book, "Counsel for Couples," gives practical advice for finding a good Christian counselor. Holmes talks about the characteristics a good counselor should possess, and reminds listeners that, just like Jesus, a biblical counselor is called to speak the truth in love and build up the body of Christ. As Christians, however, we all can walk beside someone in their crisis, even if we don't have all the answers.

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