Your Story Matters Amanda Voigt - Infertility

"Though paved with pain and heartache, the seasons I struggled the most have also become the seasons I cherish the most. For in those seasons, I found myself at the feet of a good, good Father, lavished with grace, mercy and hope." - Amanda Voigt

SHOW NOTES

“I never thought I would do something like this.”

Amanda’s journey with infertility. How did it all unravel?

“It’s lonely.” “Your friends get the dream and you’re not.”

“I had to be excited to see my best friend’s baby in the hospital.”

How does it feel when people try to “Christianese” your suffering.
“It’s a blow when you’re already down.”
You just need to sit with someone and try to feel what they are feeling.
Don’t try and make it better or find answers for them.

How did you manage the process of infertility?
Looking to adopt.
Insurance ended up paying for it with Luke’s new job.
Do what you need to do,...

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Your Story Matters Lauren Zachry - Addiction

An inspiring interview with a woman who overcame drugs and thoughts of suicide - only to find the two greatest loves of her life!

Your Story Matters is a series of shows focused on you, the listener.  Listen as Amy Smalley showcases women's stories of triumph and victory over seemingly impossible obstacles.  Each woman featured in this series of special podcasts has a story to share that will inspire and motivate you.

Today's show features Lauren Zachry, a woman plagued by drugs but pursued by an unconditionally loving man.  If you struggle in life, you don't want to miss this show because Lauren's story can lead you to feel like you're "drowning in joy"!  

  •  Addiction is like coming out of the water in the deep end of the pool.
  • Only Jesus can fill our God-sized hole.
  • How do you know if you’re in bondage with addiction?
    • Different for everybody
    • “I was in denial.”
    • All drug addicts know they have something, are they ready to face...
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Four things every couple needs to know about sex

Today we are talking about sex, possibly one of the greatest gifts outside of eternal life God ever gave humankind! To help us with this conversation, Dave Willis of strongermarriages.com, is going to lend his expertise...and trust me, this guy has millions of readers, likes, and more.

Coming up next we talk about the 4 things every couple needs to know about sex.

About Dave and Ashley Willis (www.strongermarriages.com)

  • Almost 1 million likes on their Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/strongermarriages/
  • Millions of readers on their blog
  • Pastor at Stevens Creek Church near Augusta, Georgia
  • Authors of The 7 Day Marriage Challenge (Husband edition and Wife edition)

4 things every couple needs to know about sex

Where do you come up with all this great content?
Who was your inspiration to get into marriage ministry?
What’s the worst fight you and Ashley have had?

  1. Most MEN see sex as a form of stress relief while most WOMEN need stress relief BEFORE they can be in mindset to...
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The four most important things to know about your marriage

Did you ever have that friend in college that you just couldn’t get rid of?  Me too, in fact, I’ve been trying to get rid of the guy on my show today for more than 20 years!  But now he’s made it onto my podcast, and he’s actually got something very cool he wants to share with you today.  

We are talking cars, marriage, and possibly the four most important things you need to maintain in order for your marriage to thrive!

SHOW NOTES

  1. Drive Your Marriage Car Forward
  2. The four tires on your marriage car:
    1. Emotional
    2. Mental
    3. Physical
    4. Spiritual
  3. Emotional
  4. Mental
    1. Worldview
    2. A.B.C. Principle
    3. Positives and Negatives
  5. Physical
    1. “Life is more a both and not an either or.”
  6. Spiritual
    1. Do not worry. Fear is real but for the believer we are demanded not to worry.
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The LOVE Talk wrap-up show

Over the last 6 shows you’ve learned the core skill taught in every one of our Smalley Marriage Intensives, Love Talk, by far the most powerful way to communicate with someone where feelings and needs can get expressed in a way that leads you naturally into win/win solutions.

Today we’re going to give you the top 4 lessons learned in these Love Talk episodes. If you can remember these 4 things, you will be able to resolve conflict with anyone at any time.

  • You need structure when it comes to resolving conflict
  • Listen, Own, Validate, and Express
  • Take a time-out before it gets too heated
  • Be a great listener, which means validating well
  • Only settle for win/win solutions
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Win – Win solutions are the heart of any dynamic relationship

You are catching us at the tail end of our series on LOVE Talk, the most powerful communication method on earth! Last show you learned how to share your feeling and needs as the customer in a way that helps others receive them and honor them.

  1. Brainstorm all possible ideas
  2. Never settle on a win/loss
  3. If you get stuck, seek help (Smalley Marriage Intensive or a friend)
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Share in a way that others can’t help but validate you

The last time we were with you, you discovered the role of employee and how that may be the most important role we learn when it comes to conflict resolution. On today’s show, you are going to learn how to be a great customer. You’ll want to listen today, because we are going to show you a way you can share the most important things in your life to your significant other and actually have them respond in a loving manner!

  • LOVE is the essence of LOVE Talk! (Listen, Own, Validate, and Express)
  • Share only feelings and needs
  • Never use the word YOU…
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Learn how to listen like a champion

Previously on Smalley Marriage Radio you discovered the most powerful way to stop STUPID conflict by using a time-out. Today, you get to learn the role of employee, that if I’m honest, is possibly the most important role you can learn when it comes to resolving conflict.

  • LOVE is the essence of LOVE Talk! (Listen, Own, Validate, and Express)
  • The employee only worries about Listening and Validating.
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The power of a timeout to stop stupid arguments

How timeouts help you stop stupid conflict:

  1. Stop escalating,
  2. Get away from each other, this allows you to calm down
  3. Pray, this allows you to gain perspective
  4. Own your part, this allows your partner to hear you and not be so defensive
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The most easy way to understand the heart of communication

Last show we talked about the importance of having structure in how you resolve conflict. So you can’t just go all willy-nilly during conflict and think you’re going to get anything solved.

SHOW NOTES

Today is about the most powerful word picture in the history of the world when it comes to resolving conflict!  If you’re going to resolve conflict, then you are trying to replicate the experience you get when going through the drive-through at a Chick-fil-a.

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