Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Best Podcasts to Prepare for Marriage

I didn't blog while wedding planning because let's face it, I was just too overwhelmed.  Planning a wedding in 6 months, organizing a cross country move, and preparing to build a house while working full time really kicked my butt, so blogging was put on the back burner.  Unfortunately, that meant I didn't blog any of the fun planning process.  We dreamed, created, and poured so much love into preparing for the wedding and our marriage.  It was very hard because C was already living in North Dakota for the majority of the months leading up to the wedding.  That meant we skyped with our preacher for a premarital meeting and did a lot on our own.  Today I wanted to share the most helpful thing I did to prepare for our marriage.

I love listening to Christian podcasts.  I use to drive a lot.  Thirty minutes to and from work, and I was also driving back and forth to Louisiana before C moved.  The radio gets old and we can always use more Jesus in our lives, so I turned to podcasts a while ago.  When we got engaged, I immediately started searching for marriage/relationship podcasts on the church feed I had recently been listening to.  That lead me to look for others.  I ended up finding two series from two different churches that I absolutely loved.  I was actually turned onto so many great ideas from these podcasts, the message in our wedding ceremony was based on them and it was one of my favorite parts of the wedding.  

The first series I listened to was The Love Story by Church of the Highlands.  I love listening to Pastor Chris, he is so funny and shares so much great information.  The series is based on Song of Solomon and the church website describes the series by saying:

They are actually starting another love/relationship series this Sunday.  I can't wait to tune in! 

The second series I listened to was my absolute favorite.  It was called XOXO by Cross Point Church.  There were so many good points made for any relationship in this six part series.  It made me realize that two unholy and imperfect people are entering into a relationship, and I can't dwell on what the other person is doing that annoys me.  I have to focus on fixing myself and my sins.  My life no longer revolves around my own selfish ideas and wants.  Jesus gave up everything for us.  The least we can do is give a little for the ones we love to make a relationship work.  Cross Point describes the series by saying:

This series really resonated with me and can be applied to any relationship.  I wanted the message in our ceremony to be applicable to anyone in any type of relationship, so this podcast really helped with that message.

Another list I used when looking for relationship podcast was this list of Top 25 Must Listen to Christian Podcasts.  This list might help if you are looking for other great churches to listen to!

Now go kick Wednesday's butt and thank God for another beautiful day!


  1. These podcasts sounds so inspiring. What a great way to spend your time on the road and through planning the wedding. I'm willing to bet these podcasts will continue to foster your relationship with your husband for years to come. Thanks so much for sharing this on #SHINEbloghop with us this week. We're so happy you were able to join us :)

  2. Love this! I travel a lot
    During my workday so I might have to check this out!

  3. I had to do some digging around on your blog. I'm a Georgia girl living in southeastern Montana. This winter has been nothing like the past 3 since we moved here. We just drove over to Dickinson yesterday to do a little shopping.

    I love podcasts and online radio stations since we live in the middle of Nowheresville and the only radio stations that play in the house are am stations.

    Thanks for linking up with Thankful Thursdays. I hope to see you next week.