Episode #261: Making Love Last: Divorce-Proofing Your Young Marriage with Laura Taggart

Episode #261: Making Love Last: Divorce-Proofing Your Young Marriage with Laura Taggart

Making Love Last

With thirty years of experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist, Laura Taggart understands the unique struggles of newly married couples who find marriage much more difficult than they imagined. Failed expectations, unanticipated conflict, and disagreements about money, sex, children, and more have many young couples assuming they made a mistake, married the wrong person, or just weren’t ready. As a result, one-third of all married couples divorce before their ten-year anniversary.

In this practical and hopeful book, Taggart offers the wisdom and help she would share as a counselor with a couple beginning their marriage. She helps couples examine their true expectations for marriage, provides six action steps for improving the way couples relate, and gives couples a new picture of what it means to enjoy marriage for a lifetime.
Each chapter includes discussion questions for couples or small groups as well as additional questions for personal reflection.

Marriage is such hard work. We all would like an easy way to divorce-proof our relationship. None of us go into marriage thinking it won’t last but most of us also have no idea what it takes to keep the marriage from failing. Guest, Laura Taggart, author of the new book Making Love Last: Divorce-Proofing Your Young Marriage, answers Kathi’s hard questions about how we handle conflict, why marriage is difficult, and what we can do about it from the very beginning.

Early on in our marriages, differences can be scary and cause a lot of tension. Laura addresses the ebbs and flows of different stages of our marriage, how we can pursue happiness together, learning how to get through difficulties gracefully and how to deal with our own feelings.

If you are married, have a friend whose marriage is in a tough spot, listen in for some new insight in keeping marriages strong.

 

Giveaway!
We are giving away a copy of Laura’s new book! Comment below and tell us what is one thing about marriage that surprised you. One winner will be chosen. Open to US residents only.

 

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Meet Our Guest

Laura Taggart

Laura Taggart

Laura Taggart has been a licensed marriage and family therapist for nearly thirty years. As director of marriage and family ministry at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville, California, she founded a highly successful marriage mentoring ministry to help young couples develop a solid foundation for their young and often struggling marriages. A popular speaker at conferences and retreats, she has also taught as an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Episode #261: Making Love Last: Divorce-Proofing Your Young Marriage with Laura Taggart

Episode #260: Doing Busy Better – Part 2 with Glynnis Whitwer

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Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God’s Gifts of Work and Rest

So many women are living overcommitted lives and buckling under the nagging guilt. When they are busy, they feel guilty for not playing with their kids or having a quiet time of prayer and Bible study. When they try to rest, they feel guilty because there’s so much left to do. It’s an endless cycle of overwork and exhaustion. Yet inside every woman’s heart is a longing for true rest. It’s there because God designed us that way–but it seems out of reach.

Enough is enough. Our lives probably aren’t going to get less busy, especially if we’re in a demanding season of life, but we can do busy better. In this burden-lifting book, Glynnis Whitwer helps women examine their hearts and their schedules in order to seek a healthy and holy balance between–and enjoyment of–both work and rest. She shows readers how to prioritize their goals and their time, how to be present in the moment as Jesus was, and how to find the freedom of true soul rest. Most importantly, she shows women that their worth is found not in their accomplishments but in the love of the One who made them for work and for rest.

Kathi and Glynnis pick up the conversation from where they left off last week discussing Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God’s Gifts of Work and Rest. They wrap the discussion on “bad busy” and pick up the conversation with what “good busy” looks and feels like in our lives. From her own experience, Glynnis realized she is always going to be busy. It’s her personality. She is her best with a lot going on. She was able to stand back and realize what kinds of busy fostered good or bad in her life.

Find out what the “good busy” is in your life and how to identify if you’ve crossed over into bad busy.

Free Bonus Chapter & Planning Pages, Plus Study Guide with Purchase

Visit Glynnis’ website to download special gifts for Kathi Lipp listeners.  For access, please use password: kathilipp. You’ll be able to download the Free Bonus Chapter, Overcoming Burnout, and the gorgeous three-page planner.

Book Giveaway

Leave a comment on this podcast within 7 days telling us “What part of busy is God nudging you to give away?”  A winner will be selected randomly from the comments to receive a copy of Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God’s Gifts of Work and Rest.

*Book Giveaway only available to US participants.

Meet Our Guest

Glynnis Whitwer

Glynnis Whitwer

Glynnis Whitwer is on staff with Proverbs 31 Ministries as the Executive Director of Communications. She is the editor and one of the writers of Encouragement for Today, the Proverbs 31 email devotions, with over 750,000 daily readers.

Glynnis and her husband Tod have five young adult children live in Glendale, Arizona. Visit www.GlynnisWhitwer.com or www.Proverbs31.org to learn more.

Episode #261: Making Love Last: Divorce-Proofing Your Young Marriage with Laura Taggart

Episode #259: Doing Busy Better with Glynnis Whitwer

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Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God’s Gifts of Work and Rest

So many women are living overcommitted lives and buckling under the nagging guilt. When they are busy, they feel guilty for not playing with their kids or having a quiet time of prayer and Bible study. When they try to rest, they feel guilty because there’s so much left to do. It’s an endless cycle of overwork and exhaustion. Yet inside every woman’s heart is a longing for true rest. It’s there because God designed us that way–but it seems out of reach.

Enough is enough. Our lives probably aren’t going to get less busy, especially if we’re in a demanding season of life, but we can do busy better. In this burden-lifting book, Glynnis Whitwer helps women examine their hearts and their schedules in order to seek a healthy and holy balance between–and enjoyment of–both work and rest. She shows readers how to prioritize their goals and their time, how to be present in the moment as Jesus was, and how to find the freedom of true soul rest. Most importantly, she shows women that their worth is found not in their accomplishments but in the love of the One who made them for work and for rest.

Kathi talks with her guest, Glynnis Whitwer, author of Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God’s Gifts of Work and RestThey discuss how being busy is not wrong, but there are ways to do it better where a sustainable balance exists between work and rest. And don’t we all need to find that balance?! And better yet, can’t we do it without all the guilt?! (AMEN!) We can do busy better.

Glynnis points out, “This is for the woman who works too much!  The woman who feels guilty when working and guilty when they rest.” Can you relate? Glynnis explains four kinds of “bad” busy:

  • Busy without boundaries
  • Busy Buddy
  • I’m not called to do what I am doing.
  • Busywork

But be encouraged, not all busy is BAD. Listen in to learn more and start doing busy better!

Meet Our Guest

Glynnis Whitwer

Glynnis Whitwer

Glynnis Whitwer is on staff with Proverbs 31 Ministries as the Executive Director of Communications. She is the editor and one of the writers of Encouragement for Today, the Proverbs 31 e-mail devotions, with over 750,000 daily readers.

Glynnis and her husband Tod have five young adult children live in Glendale, Arizona. Visit www.GlynnisWhitwer.com or www.Proverbs31.org to learn more.

Episode #261: Making Love Last: Divorce-Proofing Your Young Marriage with Laura Taggart

Episode #250: How to Prepare a Talk When You’re Asked to Speak

Are you a reluctant speaker like our co-host Erin MacPherson? Public speaking is the number #1 fear of the majority of people in the world. But we find more and more that God asks us to share our story or expertise with small and large groups even when we don’t consider ourselves a speaker. Kathi is here to give you the same pep talk she gives to Erin every time she is asked to speak and majorly helpful tips that will get you past the scared and help you focus on what you are supposed to share. You never know when you’ll be asked to speak. Listen in and be prepared! Plus this episode is super fun.

Kathi and Erin mention Kathi’s podcast for speakers and writers. The Communicator Academy Podcast can be found here.

Learn to Speak Events

Other events to improve your speaking:
Toastmasters.org
Scorre Conference
Leverage Speaker’s Conference

 

Meet Our Guest

Co-host - Erin MacPherson

Co-host - Erin MacPherson

Erin MacPherson lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Cameron, her sons Joey and Will and her daughter Kate. She is the author of “The Christian Mama’s Guide Series“, a staff writer for Dun & Bradstreet and a freelancer for publications like Thriving Family Magazine, MOPS MomSense, FamilyLife Magazine, Daily Guideposts and BEMag. She blogs about her life, her kids and her faith at ChristianMamasGuide.com.

Episode #261: Making Love Last: Divorce-Proofing Your Young Marriage with Laura Taggart

Episode #233 – Living Out Your Personal Manifesto

Kathi & Cheri’s Personal Manifesto

Creating your personal manifesto is an amazing way to pre-decide how you are going to handle certain people or situations. Check out Kathi and Cheri’s and even a few of our favorites from those that sent them in that have already read Overwhelmed.

Hopefully, you didn’t make a New Year’s Resolution this year and instead created a Personal Manifesto. What is a personal manifesto?  A personal manifesto is a series of present tense statements that embodies your values in reference to who you are and who you aspire to be through God’s grace and power. While resolutions are pass/fail and sometimes tear you down, manifestos build you up and help you to make positive changes in your life.

 

 

Tips for Living Your Priorities

Kathi and Overwhelmed co-author, Cheri Gregory provide three tips for living out your manifesto.

  1. Microsteps – Small steps when baby steps are too big.  Microsteps are useful when each step requires different parts of your brain and totally different functions.   Many of us are used to all or nothing thinking and this creates overwhelm.  Microsteps breaks the bonds of procrastination and perfectionism.
  2. Prep and Plan Day – Once a week you reserve time to take care of the business of life.  Prep is for the short term – the coming week.  Planning is long-term.
  3. Morning and Evening Routines – Having routines limits the decisions you have to make and helps with overwhelm.

Listen in and learn how you can live your priorities and implement the above steps. Mentioned Links: Refrigerator Bread Recipe

Meet Our Guest

Cheri Gregory

Cheri Gregory

Cheri Gregory is a teacher, speaker, author, and Certified Personality Trainer. Her passion is helping women break free from destructive expectations. She writes and speaks from the conviction that “how to” works best in partnership with “heart, too.”

Cheri is the co-author, with Kathi Lipp, of The Cure for the “Perfect” Life and the upcoming Overwhelmed.

Cheri has been “wife of my youth” to Daniel, her opposite personality, for twenty-eight years and is “Mom” to Annemarie (25) and Jonathon (23), also opposite personalities.

Cheri blogs about perfectionism, people-pleasing, highly sensitive people, and hope at www.cherigregory.com.

Episode #261: Making Love Last: Divorce-Proofing Your Young Marriage with Laura Taggart

Episode #225- Get Yourself Organized for Thanksgiving

Get Yourself Organized for Thanksgiving

The holiday hustle and bustle begins with Thanksgiving. It’s the launch to all of the beauty and chaos of the holiday season. But we want to take the chaos out of the holidays, including the day of the turkey dinner (i.e, large family gathering). In Get Yourself Organized for Thanksgiving, Kathi and her co-writer Paula, give you a 7 Day Simple Plan for a Stress Free Holiday!

Holidays can be stressful, Thanksgiving is no exception. While the focus is to be counting our blessings, the stress can send us over the edge. Cooking a big meal for a larger than normal group of people is stressful. Even if you aren’t cooking, fixing a dish to take with you, making sure everyone is on their best behavior, dealing with relatives that sometimes push your buttons can cause extra stress. Listen in as Kathi talks about 10 ways to reduce Thanksgiving Stress and enjoy the day. Her tips will help you plan, clean, prepare the meal, and enjoy the day with less stress.


Don’t miss our Get Yourself Organized for Christmas challenge. We’ll be going through 21 days of (simple & quick) projects that will get your Christmas organized well ahead of time so you can enjoy a stress free holiday season. Subscribe to the blog. The challenge begins November 14, 2016.

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas

Have you lost your Christmas joy? Does the thought of jam-packed malls, maxed-out credit cards, overcrowded supermarkets, and endless to-do lists give you the feeling that maybe Scrooge was on to something?

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Episode #261: Making Love Last: Divorce-Proofing Your Young Marriage with Laura Taggart

The Best of Kathi Lipp-#125 Wanting God More Than Anything Else (Revisited)

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This week Kathi has been flying all over speaking to audiences so we decided to go into the vault and bring back a favorite. We can all use a reminder to come closer to especially as we head into the holidays.

Do you want God more than anything else?

After a quick trip down memory lane (does anyone else still use Elizabeth Arden Sunflower perfume like Kathi does?), this week’s guest, Lisa Whittle, author of I Want God, shows us how to find spiritual revival in the midst of our crazy, scary lives. She helps us see that a close, deep, deconstructed relationship with God is not only possible, but is actually simple to get. She tells us how:

• We can get over our fear of revival and get started on a journey to go deeper with God in a real way.
• The disconnect between our desire for God to deconstruct us and the fear that he will can stand in the way of our  spiritual growth.
• To allow yourself to fully feel the God hunger within you and then to do something about it.
• Christians can hop off the roller coaster of passion with God for a truly, deep relationship with our God.

Download Lisa’s free 7-day Wanting God devotional to start your own soul revival. Plus, tell us in what area of your life your heart is crying for God most and you will be entered to win a free copy of Lisa’s book I Want God.

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Are you ready to want God more? Ready for spiritual revival? Don’t miss out on the #GiveGod7Days Challenge devotional. This link will take you to Lisa’s site where you can sign up (scroll down to find it).

 

Meet Our Guest

Lisa Whittle

Lisa Whittle

Author and speaker, Lisa Whittle, is a natural leader and bold thinker. Her refreshing, bottom line approach appeals to audiences across the nation as she points them to a passionate pursuit of God.

Episode #261: Making Love Last: Divorce-Proofing Your Young Marriage with Laura Taggart

Episode #174-25 Questions You’re Afraid to Ask About Love, Sex, and Intimacy with Juli Slattery

 

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Sex, Love, and Intimacy…. It’s a part of our lives and yet, no one wants to talk about it. I mean REALLY talk about it. Even as adults, we have questions we are afraid to ask.

Kathi and Erin talk with author Juli Slattery about her book 25 Questions You’re Afraid to Ask About Love, Sex, and Intimacy to get to the heart of the questions to ask yourselves about godly sex.

Meet Our Guest

Juli Slattery

Juli Slattery

Dr. Juli Slattery is a widely known clinical psychologist, author, speaker and broadcast media professional. Her commitment to biblical principles, relatable style and quick wit have made her a highly sought after speaker to women’s groups.

Juli served as the co-host of the Focus on the Family daily broadcast from 2010-2012. She then sensed the Lord calling her to leave her position at Focus to co-found Authentic Intimacy, a women’s media ministry focusing on intimacy in marriage & intimacy with Christ. Juli’s books include Finding the Hero In Your Husband, No More Headaches, Beyond the Masquerade and Guilt Free Motherhood.

She and her husband Mike have been married for 19 years. They are raising their three boys in Colorado Springs where Juli can be found playing in the mountains and trying to manage her addiction to soy lattes.

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