#323: Bye, Awkward Side Hugs! Getting Over Our Fear of Opposite-Sex Friendships

Was Jesus a bit aloof with Martha and Mary because He didn’t want them to think there was, you know, “chemistry”? Did He give Mary Magdalene side hugs? We don’t actually know the answers to these questions, of course, but if we look at the way Jesus had intimate interactions with both men and women in the Gospels, we think not.  In our churches, however, we’ve become so uncomfortable with our bodies, with sexuality, and with male/female relationships, it’s almost like we don’t know how to be friends with the opposite sex at all—especially if you’re married! In this episode, Juli talks with author Bronwyn Lea about getting over our fear and awkwardness and teaching men and women how to build intimate, non-romantic, and life-giving relationships.

Guest: Bronwyn Lea

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#70: Stepping up as a Stepmom

Being a stepmom is one of the hardest roles a woman can take on. Because, let's be honest: you fell in love with your husband, you didn't really fall in love with his kids--at least not right away. In this candid and lively conversation with two stepmothers, we dig deep into the heart of boundaries, relationships, and love with someone else's children in your life.

Guests: Kathi Lipp and Sarah Kallberg

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#322: The Secret Superpower of Kindness

Think about your toughest relationship: The wife who only ever seems to offer you the cold shoulder. The husband you’re finding it hard to respect. Or the coworker or in-law who drives you crazy. What if you had the power to change things?  What if YOU could make these relationships better?  In this episode, Juli asks author and researcher Shaunti Feldhahn to share the most fascinating thing she learned while surveying thousands of men and women, and how she discovered how kindness is a “superpower” that can change the dynamics of ANY relationship. Grab your java and join us!

Guest: Shaunti Feldhahn


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#321: Taking Your Marriage Back From Porn

One of the most painful experiences as a wife is learning of your husband’s porn addiction—or learning that he’s turning to porn again (and again). Author (and wife of a now-sober porn addict) Rosie Makinney is passionate about equipping wives with the appropriate steps to fight for their marriages, help their husbands, and find support for their own healing as well. Where do you draw boundaries? How do you know if he’s in a healthy support group? Is it okay to take time off from sex? We address all of those questions and more in this episode of Java with Juli. Grab your java and join us!

Guest: Rosie Makinney

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#320: Bonus! Looking for the Spark in Your Marriage?

Thanks to COVID-19, you and your spouse have likely spent a lot of time together the last five months—but that doesn't necessarily mean your marriage isn't on rocky ground. Are you and your spouse in need of some TLC (or time away from the kids 😅)? Or have things have gotten so difficult that reconnecting feels hopeless? In this bonus episode, Juli and her guest, Matt Turvey from Winshape Marriage, talk about the difference between marriage retreats and “marriage intensives" and how each can make healthy marriages stronger or rescue a marriage in crisis. Grab your java and join us!

Guest: Matt Turvey


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