Embracing Your Role as a Spouse


Jim Daly with Paul Batura

On our Best of 2021 list of Focus on the Family Broadcasts is “Embracing Your Role as a Spouse,” with our guest Kevin Thompson. On the program, he describes the three roles of a spouse:

  1. As friends, spouses play and laugh together.
  2. As partners, spouses handle conflict and communicate well.
  3. As lovers, spouses put sizzle into their relationship.

Kevin is the lead pastor at Community Bible Church in western Arkansas and regularly counsels couples. He’s also a conference speaker with popular talks about the topics of marriage and parenting.

Kevin says successful couples should base their relationship on more than making money, managing the household, and raising kids. Every day they can wake up with the mindset of:

  • How can I make my spouse’s life better?
  • How can I create the life that he or she desires to have?
  • How can I make his or her dreams come true?

We explore a spouse’s three roles and challenge couples to live them out by investing emotionally, physically, and mentally in their relationship.

Kevin also shares five keys to saving your marriage:

  1. Humility.
  2. Respect.
  3. Mercy.
  4. Communication.
  5. Resilience.

Listen to my full conversation with Kevin Thompson on your local radio station, online, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or on our free phone app.

While you’re online, I encourage you to take a few moments to try our free Marriage Assessment tool. It will help you quickly determine what’s working well in your relationship and identify areas where you may need some improvement.

I’d also like to extend an invitation for you to participate in our end-of-year campaign here at Focus on the Family. Generous friends are matching every donation you make to this ministry. Which means your gift will go twice as far toward rescuing hurting marriages, equipping parents, and giving families hope. When you do, I’ll send you a copy of Kevin’s great book, Friends, Partners, and Lovers: What It Takes to Make a Marriage Work as a way of saying thank you for touching others with the love of Christ. To make your pledge, or for more information, visit our website or call 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).

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