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Dr. David & Mrs. Stuart Anderson

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Are you one of the many couples who began your relationship in what we call the "high octane" or honeymoon stage, only to now wonder, “where did all that love and connection go?” Perhaps at times you experience misunderstanding, indifference, disconnect, resentment, and a lack of romance. If this is part of your current story, the Red Truck Marriage Podcast will help. Hosted by speaker and marriage counselor, David Anderson, Ph.D., and his wife, Stuart Anderson, M.S., speaker and author, the ...
 
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Welcome to our second of 6 episodes discussing what we believe are the 6 Topics Couples Argue About in Marriage. Today we talk about How Couples Can Manage Disagreement in Parenting. So have you ever wondered why parenting can be such a "hot-button" topic in marriage? Today we discuss the answer to that question, and so much more! We offer sound su…
 
Welcome to our first episode discussing what we believe are the 6 Topics Couples Argue About in Marriage. The first topic we cover today is: How to Respond to the Lack of Attention and Affection in Marriage. So have you ever had feelings of anger, hurt, frustration, and loneliness when your spouse seemed unwilling or unable to give you attention an…
 
Are you like many couples who long to put an end to constant arguing? In marriage, we ALL face the daily challenge of preventing conversations from turning into conflict. When we allow conflict to become a daily occurrence, we develop destructive communication habits that can impact the entire family. Today we talk about how to replace those destru…
 
Today we talk about an experience we had while out to dinner with friends. One of the couples was celebrating their wedding anniversary, which made the moment "ripe" for meaningful discussion about marriage. The question we threw out to the table of six was, "What are the top one or two 'pro tips' you can offer us for staying emotionally, spiritual…
 
We are inundated with magazine articles, YouTube videos, TV commercials, and even podcasts about the importance of self-care... but what about Couple-Care? The lack of Couple-Care is the reason Stuart and I frequently hear couples say, "We can't really explain it, we got busy with life, and now our sense of real connection and partnership has gone …
 
Let's face it, arguments between spouses occur way more than most couples would like to admit. The question is whether or not the argument crosses the line into being hurtful or destructive. We have all behaved (out of escalated emotions) in ways that make us wish we could have a "do-over!" Today we discuss a PLAYBOOK that will not only help you av…
 
Have you ever noticed that oftentimes conflict in your marriage is fueled by stress? If you are like many couples, the answer is "yes" to this question. Stress is a common thread that all people share, and it can become very destructive in marriage. So what can you do about it? Today we discuss how stress can dramatically impact the "day-to-day" in…
 
So why is Grace and Forgiveness so Scandalous? It's the most unnatural act of humankind, and goes against almost every fiber in our body! Yet, we are all starving for the freedom, peace, restoration, and joy that only Grace and Forgiveness can give. Today we talk about what grace and forgiveness look like in relationships and why it is truly the pa…
 
Do you remember in the story Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the Evil Queen became angry when the mirror answered her question with THE TRUTH? Apparently, the Evil Queen was not interested in the truth that could help her become the best version of herself! Today we talk about what it means to "hold a mirror up in front of our spouse" for the purpo…
 
So have you ever "punched up" a particular dish you are serving with your secret sauce, those ingredients that would take your meal from ho-hum to spectacular? Marriage can sometimes seem ho-hum and in need of some secret sauce! If this is your marriage, you have two options... 1) Learn to live in a marriage that falls painfully short of the connec…
 
Do you ever find yourself expending a ton of physical and emotional energy on tasks that don’t really seem to satisfy the desires of your heart and soul? Maybe you're that person who is constantly responding to the demands that pop up throughout the day instead of dedicating time to pursue your passions or calling. If so, you probably end up like m…
 
The holidays can be a very stressful time of the year for a whole host of reasons. Many couples say that navigating the expectations of their extended family is on or near the top of the list of reasons for experiencing stress! Why is this so prevalent? Do your attempts to please grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and other extended family membe…
 
One of the most common complaints spouses have is that their partner won't talk about their feelings. The absence of sharing feelings frequently leaves couples wondering if there is more to married life than simply managing the mundane day-to-day, having sex once in a while, and taking a vacation every year. We want you to know you CAN have so much…
 
Have you ever watched a child play and wondered why they have so much joy? Perhaps their joy and zest for life come from the play itself! Couples who are intentional about play tend to describe their marriage as life-giving (at least most days)! Many couples who get caught up in the day-to-day hustle and bustle forget the powerful positive effect "…
 
Why is it that the topic of sex catches almost everyone's attention? Perhaps it's because sex is linked to such a huge bag of emotions... some good and some not-so-good. For many couples, there are very positive associations like emotional and spiritual connection, bliss, deep joy, exclusivity, and physical pleasure. Yet for others, the association…
 
Everyone's authentic marriage story is powerful and sacred! Is it possible that there is a Greater Author to that story, and we are invited to "co-author" it with Him? Today we discuss our own marriage story, both the wonderful and not-so-wonderful. We hope it encourages you to discover ways to create a marriage that offers restoration to each othe…
 
If you’ve been married for a while, you have experienced those seasons in your marriage when it seems the emotional or physical juices aren’t exactly flowing. Perhaps there are some obvious reasons that you can identify or maybe not… all you know is, as a couple, you feel like you’re living out your marriage in a desert with no idea of how to chang…
 
Have you ever tried to address a conflict within your marriage, but resorted to trying desperately to change your spouse? Or perhaps a better question... have you ever felt frustrated, hopeless, or even angry because your spouse won't do or act in a way that seems so right or logical to you? My guess is yes! We have all been guilty of trying to do …
 
If you are like most people, the feeling of stress or anxiety is at full strength this time of year. For many couples, their children are starting back to school, fall sports are in high gear, and our world continues to struggle through health, political, and social crises. We know this for sure... when stress is high, marriages are impacted! But g…
 
We often say at the end of each episode that it's not good to navigate marriage alone. This wisdom is the driving force behind the Red Truck Marriage podcast! Our belief is that great marriages are developed in the context of a great community! Today we talk about a dream of ours that has finally come to pass... It's the Red Truck Marriage Mastermi…
 
Is there room in your marriage for transformation? By transformation, we mean remarkable improvement in the emotional, spiritual, and physical connection with your spouse. Great communication is the pathway to having such transformation. Today we talk with personal development experts, Wyman and Rosemary Winbush. The Winbushes have a heart for help…
 
One of the most powerful and meaningful gifts a spouse can give their partner is affirmations. That's right! The authentic spoken word is food for the soul! The question is... how do I affirm or build my spouse up in such a way that truly matters? Today we talk about three principles of affirmation that will over time create a sacred space in your …
 
So have you ever been faced with the decision to bring love or kindness to your spouse when you really didn't feel like it? It’s usually during those times when you don't particularly feel all that connected, or you feel tired or frustrated with the person you said "I Do" to. The dilemma comes when you know in your heart that the right thing is to …
 
No matter how strong your marriage is, there will always be times of feeling an emotional, spiritual, or physical disconnect. Those are the times when you realize you are just going through the motions as a couple, or "doing life" alone. If this is your story, you can take action... there is hope for even the most disconnected couple. The key is ha…
 
Do you really know or have you ever asked what your spouse's Life Dreams are? How would your marriage be impacted if both of you became each other's Biggest Fan, a fan who not only cheers the other on... but one who also comes down from the stands and participates in helping each other be successful?! Setting your spouse and marriage up for success…
 
Would you like to be at a place in your marriage where you or your spouse are able to manage emotions even if the other struggles to do so? That is... a person who stays in "your own shoes?" Most of us want to be that person who is able to maintain our sense of self, even when our spouse is "off track" emotionally. We don't want to follow our spous…
 
So how is it that we can work so hard on changing something about our behavior, start having success, then all of a sudden the "old' behavior comes back and impacts our relationships negatively? Well that my friend is called the "TWITCH!" Most married couples have experienced setbacks (twitches) in their marriage without a moment's notice. The key …
 
Does the topic of money bring joy and peace in your marriage, or does it generate fear and anxiety? Most likely, we all have our stories that would include all of the above! Do couples with an abundance of money feel more joy? Is it a good idea for you to talk about family finances with your children? How has your family of origin shaped how you th…
 
The Red Truck Marriage community is growing by the minute, and we think we know why! Couples are hungry for a marriage full of grace, truth, compassion, forgiveness, intimacy, and friendship. It is such an honor to inspire and equip couples to drive that "Red Truck" in their marriages! So what exactly does it mean to drive such a truck in your marr…
 
We are very grateful to have thousands of downloads that expand 6 continents. What do we think is the common thread with all of our listeners? They are all seeking to become more intimate in their marriages. This could be the most important episode regarding intimacy in marriage so far! Today we tell a story of a couple who want a level of intimacy…
 
We have all felt the emotional divide that hurt and anger can cause in our marriage. If left unattended, the divide can create habits of existing that don't just fade away! We are left feeling betrayed, hurt, alone, resentful, and dismayed. So what is the antidote? It's what author Philip Yancey calls "the Last Best Word"... GRACE! Today we talk ab…
 
Very few things could be more difficult than watching your child or teenager fight to maintain a strong sense of worth or confidence when the world seems to hijack it. As parents, there are things you can do to help your child hold firm to the very foundation that brings strength, power, courage, and the fortitude to live out God's best in their li…
 
So what about the word Courageous? The root word, courage means heart... It takes a boatload of HEART to be an effective parent! Parenting can be a major source of joy and conflict in marriage. At times, we frequently second-guess if our parenting will make our children the best version of themselves. The stakes seem high! It's never a question of …
 
Are you interested in bringing out the best in your spouse and giving your best to your spouse? If so, this episode of the Red Truck Marriage podcast is for you! Today we are joined by our dear friends Tony and Trisha Vismor talking about ways to do just that! Tony is the Senior Pastor (our pastor) of Grace Fellowship Church near Athens, Georgia. H…
 
We have all been in conversations with our spouse when we later thought... "I wish I hadn't said that!" or "I wish I could take back those words!" We are now left with hurt, disconnection, and all the other emotional "wreckage" that follows. So how do you stop the bus from going too far down that road of destructive conversation in your marriage? W…
 
None of us said to our soon-to-be spouse... "I've got an idea, let's get married and wreck all this romance we are enjoying!" What we said was... "Let's get married and do this together for the rest of our lives!" So what happened? Day-to-day life came our way and hijacked life as we knew it. The question now is... How do we respond in such a way t…
 
Are you like many others who know the destructive power that clutter and chaos can have on marriages and families? You know...the struggle of managing work and family, or when there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to care for yourself, your children, let alone your marriage? If this is all or part of your story, we are thrilled that you a…
 
Have you ever "rocked out" dancing to a song without really knowing the lyrics? If your answer is "yes," you aren't alone! Today we unpack the lyrics of one of the most insightful songs on marriage we have ever heard or danced to. If you have never considered your marriage as a form of dance, you probably will after this episode! Singer-Songwriter,…
 
Happy New Year! Although January is the month for celebrating new beginnings, the truth is our stories don't start over. They go on with all the twists and turns (plots) of any truly authentic human story... just as it should be! Today we discuss the Power of Your Marriage Story. You will hear how the "Great Author" (God) writes our marriage story,…
 
It's New Year's Eve, and we are producing an episode that we believe is so fitting for this time of year! As you know, our desire is for couples to learn new ways to live out God's best in marriage. We believe it begins with asking great questions that provide a window to see the mind and heart of your spouse! Today we discuss 5 Questions To Know Y…
 
Do you ever have those days or even seasons when you're not feeling much "In-Love" with your spouse? Of course you do! The question is... What do you do about it? One thing is for sure, DON'T Panic or Settle for Less than God’s Best! Today we discuss how couples can navigate those times when life circumstances seem to hijack all the emotional, spir…
 
Do you want to lift your marriage to new heights of connection, partnership, and joy? To do this you will need something reliable, strong, permanently fixed, and that will pass the test of time! This is especially the case when life circumstances do all they can to distract and discourage a strong marriage. Today we discuss what we call the Four Pi…
 
There are some clothes you should never take off, especially when you are with your spouse! Hold on- We're not down on physical intimacy! We're talking about not taking off the clothes described in the New Testament. These clothes are ones that "give life" to your spouse (and should be worn at all times) and are meant for those of us who want a mar…
 
We believe resentment toward your spouse is the #1 Intimacy Killer! Guess what?... Nobody is exempt from it! The feeling of resentment is part of the human experience in relationships. And it doesn't have to hijack your connection with your spouse! In fact, you will discover today that there is an "upside" to resentment. Today we talk about proven …
 
Do you ever wonder why stress in your life will eventually show up as conflict in your marriage? We have seen this play out with couples many times over the years. It’s even in our story! This episode is Part 2 of how to break free of the powerful and destructive Life Stress - Marital Conflict - Emotional Disconnect - Self Protection cycle. Today w…
 
Do you ever wonder why stress in your life will eventually show up as conflict in your marriage? We have heard this story with couples many times over the years. It’s even in our story! Today we talk about the difficult cycle of Life Stress - Marital Conflict - Emotional Disconnect - Self Protection Couples who aren't aware or stay in this cycle wi…
 
This week we talk about perhaps one of the most important topics in marriage... The Power of Words! The words we speak have the power to Build Intimacy or Take Intimacy away. We give examples of how to be more intentional in your marriage to be that person who "breathes life" into your spouse's spirit. We also discuss why it can be difficult to bot…
 
This week has been a remarkable and painful time in our history, as the number of lives lost to Covid-19 reached 100,000 and we witnessed another senseless death of an African-American, Mr. George Floyd. Today we discuss (in the context of marriage) how division is rooted in the faulty thinking of "dualism." It is a relatively short episode, but lo…
 
We all said, "I do" with the hopes and dreams that our marriages would be different than any relationship we ever had. We wanted a relationship full of connection, joy, trust, and romance; one to truly call sacred. Today we talk about how confession/apology and forgiveness are the keys to making your marriage that sacred place you call "home." What…
 
This episode begins with a story of our 20-something-year-old daughter (at the time) joining us for dinner, and out of the blue she asked... "How do you do it?" It wasn't a question about, you know, how we "do it." It was more personal than that! It was about how in the midst of our imperfections we still remain friends. Her question was really abo…
 
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