Marriage to the Max Podcast

By Brett and Kellie Hurst

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Marriage to the Max is a weekly podcast hosted by Brett & Kellie Hurst, co-founders of Home Encouragement in Houston, Texas. Our goal is to encourage married couples to take marriage to the next level. We have a simple hope…and that is to make marriage a front-burner conversation! We are grateful to you for your interest in this podcast and we hope you will enjoy it.

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EPISODE 94 – OVERCOMING GRIDLOCK
22:04
We’re nearly through with our series about relationship principles from John Gottman’s research.  Today we’re looking at how to get unstuck when we’re stuck in conflict.  In the last episode
Sep 16, 2019
Episode 93 – Solve Your Solvable Problems
17:39
Every couple has problems.  Some are more simple than others to solve.  If you need some help determining whether or not a problem is solvable, listen to today’s conversation with
Sep 02, 2019
Marriage to the Max – EPISODE #92 – “Let Your Partner Influence You”
15:58
We’re continuing with our series based on Dr. John Gottman’s research on marriage.  Principle #4 is about allowing ourselves to be influenced by our spouse.  How good are you at
May 15, 2019
Marriage to the Max – Episode #91 – “Turn Toward Each Other”
23:11
We’re continuing with our series based on the research of Dr. John Gottman.  Today’s episode is all about learning how to turn toward each other.  Sounds simple, right?  Not necessarily. 
Apr 09, 2019
MARRIAGE TO THE MAX – Episode 90 – Fondness and Admiration
15:27
Fondness and admiration are two traits in marriage that need to be nurtured continually.  As Kellie and Brett Hurst of Home Encouragement continue with their series focusing on Dr. John
Feb 21, 2019
MARRIAGE TO THE MAX – EPISODE #89 “LOVE MAPS”
14:50
We’re kicking off a new series based on Dr. John Gottman’s expansive research on healthy marriage relationships.  Join Kellie and Brett Hurst of Home Encouragement today for the first in
Jan 24, 2019
EPISODE 88 – ATTUNEMENT
25:48
A simple definition for the word “attunement” is “to make harmonious”.  What married person wouldn’t want to have more harmony with his/her spouse?  Join in on today’s conversation with Kellie
Dec 06, 2018
EPISODE 87 – ODDS AND ENDS
16:05
Catch up with Kellie and Brett Hurst of Home Encouragement as they toss in a few marriage tidbits in this “catch-all” episode! Episode 87 – Odds and Ends by Kellie
Nov 10, 2018
EPISODE 86 “TRIGGERS: WHAT DO WE DO WITH THEM?”
22:02
In Episode #85 we introduced the concept of emotional triggers.  Now that we know what they are, and that they can cause emotional strife, what do we do with them? 
Sep 10, 2018
Episode 85 – Triggers: What Are They?
31:36
“Triggers” is a recent buzz word, but a very old idea. We all have them, but what are they, and how were those hot buttons originally installed? Listen to Part
Aug 21, 2018
Episode 84 – My Passive Aggressive Spouse
25:42
We all behave in passive-aggressive ways sometimes. But does it really work for us? Usually, we end up having to deal with the stuff we were trying to avoid in
Aug 01, 2018
Episode 83 – Is Your Marriage an Idol?
18:46
Every married person wants to be happy. But are you looking to your marriage to make you happy? Without realizing it, we can be guilty of expecting our marriage relationship
Jul 06, 2018
Episode 82 – The Magic of Affirmation
19:50
We all know how good it feels to be encouraged and valued by someone’s words. It’s all the more important in marriage … not just because it feels good, but
Apr 24, 2018
Episode 81 – #NoRegrets
17:49
Are regrets healthy? Some people don’t think so. Others think they’re necessary for change. When it comes to marriage, how good are you at admitting you have regrets? Listen in
Apr 03, 2018
Episode 80 – Hard Conversations
23:40
No one really likes to have them. Hard conversations, that is. It’s much easier to avoid them altogether. But if you’re in a close relationship with someone, they come around
Feb 27, 2018
Episode 79 – Life Transitions
23:47
Life is full of transitions. Sometimes very stressful transitions. When you and your spouse are going through transitions, how does it affect your relationship? Do you move toward each other?
Feb 05, 2018
Episode 78 – Don’t Say This When You Fight
18:21
When we argue, we sometimes say things we regret. We also say and do things that may seem helpful, but aren’t. Are you unwittingly saying something in the middle of
Jan 23, 2018
Episode 77 – Boundaries Within Marriage (Part 2)
20:17
A follow up to Episode #76, join Kellie and Brett Hurst of Home Encouragement as they engage in the remaining laws of healthy boundary setting. Episode 77 – Boundaries Within
Dec 04, 2017
Episode 76 – Boundaries Within Marriage (Part 1)
30:34
Healthy couples know and respect each other’s needs, choices, and freedom. Because of this, they can give themselves freely and lovingly to one another. Respecting each other’s personal boundaries is
Sep 25, 2017
Episode 75 – The Top 10 Complaints From Unhappy Husbands
23:14
Turnabout is fair play. Our last episode dealt with common complaints of wives. Now it’s the mens’ turn! Tune in to today’s episode with Kellie and Brett Hurst of Home
May 30, 2017
Episode 74 – Top 10 Complaints of Unhappy Wives
22:23
Everyone complains. And married couples are no different. Someone recently compiled a list of the most universal complaints of unhappy wives. Interested in what made the list? Tune in to
Apr 10, 2017
Episode 73 – The Art of Apology
22:40
The 1970 film “Love Story” contained an infamous line that perpetuated a ludicrous mindset. “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”. Gag! Anyone who’s been married for longer than,
Jan 19, 2017
Episode 72—Is Your Marriage Emotionally Safe?
25:21
We all want our marriages to be the safest place on earth. Physically safe, of course. But emotional safety is key as well. How do you build emotionally safety into
Nov 14, 2016
Episode 71 – Technology Intruder
29:46
While most of us rely heavily on our smartphones and devices to help us run our lives more efficiently, are they getting in the way of our most personal relationships?
Sep 27, 2016
Episode 70—Tackling Money As A New Couple
21:44
It’s been said that we spend a third of our lives either earning or worrying about money. One of the most common questions we hear from engaged couples is, “How
Sep 13, 2016
Episode 69 “Can Long Distance Relationships Thrive?”
17:34
No one really desires to be in a long distance relationship. Marriage is challenging enough when you live in the same house and see each other every day! Is it
Jun 01, 2016
Episode 68 – Loving Your In-laws Well
30:23
What does the term “in-law” bring up for you? Tension? Anxiety? Full on craziness? Before we break out the bad mother-in-law jokes, remember that in-law relationships go both ways. You
Mar 16, 2016
Episode 67 – Keeping Your Marriage Strong While Raising Little Ones
31:44
How in the world do you work on your marriage relationship when you have small children who demand every last ounce of your time, energy, and attention? Is it even
Feb 08, 2016
Episode 66 – Odd Sox
26:39
When sorting laundry, why is there so often a lone sock that ends up without a mate? Such is the world of topics for podcasts. Once in a while we
Sep 11, 2015
Episode 65 – How to Kill Your Marriage
32:37
Sometimes it’s helpful to turn something on its head. Marriage tools can be like that. Instead of talking about what we should be doing to make our marriages better, this
Jun 23, 2015
Episode 64 – What Will the Next 3 Years Bring?
26:42
Life can certainly throw us some surprises, both good and bad. For some things, we’ll never be completely prepared. But for other things, we can get ready. What will the
Mar 18, 2015
Episode 63 – Contract vs. Covenant
22:07
Is marriage really just a contract between two people? “I agree to love you as long as you agree to love me”? Or is it something more? Are we humans
Feb 03, 2015
Episode 62 – Routine Of Romance
28:33
Can the words “routine” and “romance” go together? They may seem to contradict each other, but in this episode, Brett and Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement put a new spin
Nov 18, 2014
Episode 61 – Pornography
47:59
In this episode, Brett and Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement ask therapist Tim Mavergeorge about the topic of pornography and how it can negatively affect marriage. Although internet pornography is
Oct 21, 2014
Episode 60 – The Connecting Marriage
25:13
In this episode, Brett and Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement finish their series on the 3 different types of marriage by describing the crème de la crème … the connecting
Sep 08, 2014
Episode 59 – The Coasting Marriage
20:07
In this episode, Brett and Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement continue unpacking the 3 different types of marriage. In this busy world of careers, parenting, and other demands, couples can
Aug 22, 2014
Episode 58 – The Crisis Marriage
26:07
How do you know if your marriage is in crisis or danger? In this episode, Brett and Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement discuss the ingredients of a “critical” marriage. Most
Aug 06, 2014
Episode 57 – Understanding Addictions (interview With Tim Mavergeorge)
24:40
Addictions of one or both spouses can create tremendous challenges for marriage. To move forward as a couple, it is very important for healthy understanding of what addictions actually are
Jun 17, 2014
Episode 56 – Everyone’s An Expert
27:47
This week, Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement discuss how any spouse can bring something positive to a marriage. In fact, since everyone has been created with special gifts,
May 30, 2014
Episode 55 – Defensive & Stonewalling
21:42
This week, we conclude with the part two of John Gottman’s “Four Horseman”, referring to four negative characteristics (based on research) that can be deadly to a marriage if not
May 06, 2014
Episode 54 – Criticism & Contempt
23:44
This week’s topic deals with the first two of John Gottman’s “Four Horseman”, referring to four negative characteristics (based on research) that can be deadly to a marriage if not
Apr 23, 2014
Episode 53 – Insights For Ministry Couples (interview With Dave & Terri Peterson)
47:01
Marriage has enough challenges on its own. But what if you are a married couple serving together in ministry? Are there additional obstacles to navigate? This week, Brett & Kellie
Apr 03, 2014
Episode 52 – How Much Sex Should A Married Couple Be Having?
27:31
It’s a very provocative question….one that could cause a fight! Is there even a definitive answer? This week Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement attempt to respond to this
Mar 18, 2014
Episode 51 – Two Traits That Can Help Your Marriage
19:14
Do you ever get discouraged about your marriage relationship? Over the course of a long life together, that is certainly normal! This week, Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement
Feb 27, 2014
Episode 50 – One More Time With The Marriage Quotes
17:47
During this episode, we bring back the polarizing series of “Famous Marriage Quotes”. You either love ‘em or you hate ‘em! At any rate, this week Brett & Kellie Hurst
Jan 20, 2014
Episode 49 – Emotional Needs
32:03
Is it okay to admit that you have emotional needs? Why, of course it is! Without being able to communicate your emotional needs to your spouse, it’s going to be
Dec 18, 2013
Episode 48 – Dealing With Depression In Marriage (interview With Trisha Taylor)
30:06
How does a married couple manage depression? In this episode, Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement have an informative conversation with author and therapist Trisha Taylor (www.trishataylor.org) about common
Nov 19, 2013
Episode 47 – All In The Family (Interview with Richard & Sheri Bright)
35:39
How much does your family of origin influence your marriage? Does it tend to make you look at life through a very specific lens? Maybe your spouse is not as
Nov 08, 2013
Episode 46 – Dealing With Anger (an Interview With Trisha Taylor)
27:12
Are you currently encountering a great deal of anger in your marriage? Is all anger bad? How does a couple manage anger effectively? Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement
Oct 14, 2013
Episode 45 – A Divorced Person’s Guide To Marriage
16:15
What do married couples have to learn from people who have walked through divorce? Actually, quite a lot, as it turns out. This week, Brett & Kellie Hurst discuss some
Sep 11, 2013
Episode 44 – Lessons In Leadership
21:11
Can business leadership principles also benefit a marriage? That may not sound very romantic, but, actually, some principles can. This week, Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement discuss a
Aug 20, 2013
Episode 43 – The Anatomy Of An Apology
20:02
When was the last time you apologized to your spouse? Maybe a better question would be to ask when was the last you needed to apologize to your spouse? What
Jul 30, 2013
Episode 42 – Managing Anxiety In Relationships (interview with Ken Shuman)
52:04
How do you manage anxiety in marriage? Are you tempted to disengage? Even worse, do you have a tendency to want to manage your partner? This week, Brett & Kellie
Jul 16, 2013
Episode 41 – Have Some Fun!
21:13
Do you play enough together as a couple? When was the last time that you felt like you had a truly fun time with your spouse? Well, pardner….that’s too long!
Jul 10, 2013
Episode 40 – Guilty Pleasures
21:18
What are the cheesier things you enjoy that you would never admit to anyone—except for your spouse? Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement believe that husbands and wives that
Jul 02, 2013
Episode 39 – Forgiveness
29:43
Why is forgiveness so often so difficult for us? Wouldn’t we rather be free of the pain that unforgiveness can cause? This week, Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement
Jun 25, 2013
Episode 38 – A Sea Of Love (interview With Danny & Trisha Kennedy)
40:11
What happens when a romantic getaway cruise suddenly becomes anything but that? Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement interview their friends Danny and Trisha Kennedy who, earlier this year,
Jun 18, 2013
Episode 37 – Miss Communication Vs. Miscommunication
18:47
Do you always mean what you say? This week, Brett Hurst of Home Encouragement unwisely interviews his wife Kellie about words and phrases that she uses in their marriage relationship
Jun 11, 2013
Episode 36 – Tried And True Tools
27:51
What relational tools work best to get a marriage back on track? Since every married couple is different, there are too many effective tools to mention. However, this week, Brett
Jun 05, 2013
Episode 35 – Private Eyes
32:41
This week, Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement discuss the ideas of personal privacy as it involves couples. Should a wife have the access codes and passwords into her
May 28, 2013
Episode 34 – Recovering From Infidelity (interview With Mickey And Stephanie Peters)
41:29
This week, Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement interview Mickey and Stephanie Peters of Upside Ministries in Houston. The Peters have a remarkable story of infidelity recovery as well
May 22, 2013
Episode 33 – Again With The Marriage Quotes?
18:50
This week on “Marriage to the Max”, Brett & Kellie Hurst revisit some famous and not-so-famous quotes about marriage… mainly not-so-famous. We hope you enjoy the conversation. This particular series
May 14, 2013
Episode 32 – Relational Time Management
20:57
Although this sounds like a seminar, in this episode of “Marriage to the Max” Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement are merely having an informal conversation discussing how to
May 07, 2013
Episode 31 – The Importance Of Rituals In Marriage
20:29
Sometimes, in marriage, the most seemingly insignificant traditions can be the most important ones. As a couple, do you have little rituals that you share together that help make your
Apr 29, 2013
Episode 30 – Starting A Married Life Group (interview With David & Sue Harkins)
35:51
Marriage was never designed to be a relationship that exists in isolation. In our opinion, especially in today’s world, the challenges of staying on course in a God-centered, fulfilling marriage
Apr 24, 2013
Episode 29 – Why Is My Spouse Always The Problem?
18:33
Wouldn’t life be so much easier if your spouse would just “get with the program”?  If only our spouses were as enlightened, kind, compassionate, trustworthy, athletic, dependable, productive and brilliant
Apr 16, 2013
Episode 28 – What Do Today’s Dating Men And Women Seem To Want?
23:46
In this week’s episode, Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement discuss a recent survey that apparently gauges what today’s dating men look for first in women…and…what dating women seem
Apr 10, 2013
Episode 27 – Deep Thoughts About “The Bachelor”
20:11
Can a couple really find “true love” on the reality show “The Bachelor”? Only time will tell… as will the ratings. This week, just for fun, Brett & Kellie Hurst
Apr 02, 2013
Episode 26 – Money Talk With Randy Schroeder (part II)
36:25
What are the types of conversations that married couples should be having together on the subject of money and finances? In this episode, Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement
Mar 26, 2013
Episode 25 – Money Talk With Randy Schroeder (part I)
43:07
What is the number one cause of divorce in America? What is the least talked about significant topic in most marriages? Most studies indicate that money is the number one
Mar 19, 2013
Episode 24 – “what Is Your Favorite…?
16:50
The many stressors of life can often simply wear out a married couple. Because of this ongoing daily pressure, couples often strangely find themselves unable to make conversation together. This
Mar 12, 2013
Episode 23 – I Didn’t Sign Up For This!
17:44
“I didn’t sign up for this!” This week, Brett and Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement discuss a phrase that they hear often from married couples, both newly married and those
Mar 05, 2013
Episode 22 – Date Night At The Hospital
17:56
Where would you take your spouse for a “dream” date night? A sunset beach setting? A mountaintop view? Or would it be your local hospital? In this episode, Brett &
Feb 26, 2013
Episode 21 – Interview With Chris And Meka Arend
33:08
This week on “Marriage to the Max”, Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement interview good friends Chris & Meka Arend. The Hursts and the Arends have been in the
Feb 19, 2013
Episode 20 – Conflict 201
26:28
We appreciate your ongoing listening to “Marriage to the Max”, the weekly marriage podcast hosted by Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement. This week, we revisit the topic of
Feb 12, 2013
Episode 19 – Your Communication IQ
20:44
Welcome back to “Marriage to the Max”, the marriage podcast hosted by Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement. In this week’s episode, we discuss “Your Communication IQ“. As a
Feb 05, 2013
Episode 18 – Realistic Expectations in Marriage
22:04
Thanks for listening to “Marriage to the Max”, a weekly podcast about marriage hosted by Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement. This week, our topic is “Realistic Expectations in
Jan 29, 2013
Episode 17 – Interview With James And Rachel Poysky
33:55
This week on “Marriage to the Max”, we bring you a rich marriage conversation with our good friends, James and Rachel Poysky. James earned an MA in Psychology, an MA
Jan 22, 2013
Episode 16 – Return Of The Marriage Quotes
24:10
Welcome back to “Marriage to the Max”, a podcast hosted by Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement. This week, we return to an experiment we tried a few episodes
Jan 15, 2013
Episode 15 – Introverts vs. Extroverts
19:39
This week’s episode is entitled “Introverts vs. Extroverts” and deals with the challenges and opportunities of marriages and households that incorporate the strengths and growth opportunities of both general types
Jan 08, 2013
Episode 14 – Setting Goals With Your Spouse
22:52
Happy New Year to you and your family! And thanks for listening to “Marriage to the Max”, hosted by Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement. We are so grateful
Jan 01, 2013
Episode 13 – Interview with Deborah Kristen
33:17
Merry Christmas and welcome back to “Marriage to the Max”, a marriage podcast, hosted by Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement. We hope you and your family are celebrating
Dec 25, 2012
Episode 12 – A Marriage of Grace
11:49
We’re so glad for your continued listening of our marriage podcast, “Marriage to the Max”, hosted by Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement. And we greatly appreciate your ongoing
Dec 18, 2012
Episode 11 – Protecting Against Affairs
27:32
Welcome back to “Marriage to the Max”, a marriage podcast hosted by Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement. We’re always grateful that you join us for these podcast episodes.
Dec 11, 2012
Episode 10 – Conflict 101
19:51
Thanks for listening again to “Marriage to the Max”, a marriage podcast hosted by Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement. We hope you have been enjoying each weekly episode.
Dec 04, 2012
Episode 9 – Marriage Quotes
22:31
We’re grateful for your continued investment into our marriage podcast, “Marriage to the Max”, hosted by Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement. We enjoy bringing you this podcast with
Nov 27, 2012
Episode 8 – Interview with Adam Mason (Part II)
24:21
Welcome back to Marriage to the Max, the weekly podcast hosted by Brett and Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement. In this week’s episode, we conclude with “Part 2” our in-depth
Nov 20, 2012
Episode 7 – Interview with Adam Mason (Part I)
27:31
Thank you for your continued listening of our marriage podcast, “Marriage to the Max”, hosted by Brett and Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement. In this new episode, we are honored
Nov 13, 2012
Episode 6 – Communication 101
24:22
Welcome back to “Marriage to the Max”, the weekly marriage podcast hosted by Brett and Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement. This week, we discuss “Communication 101”. This is a vital
Nov 06, 2012
Episode 5 – Divine Romance
25:54
This week, Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement discuss “Divine Romance” on the Marriage to the Max podcast. Is the idea of romance between a man and a woman
Oct 30, 2012
Episode 4 – Silver Anniversary Lessons
21:55
Thanks so much for listening to our new marriage podcast, “Marriage to the Max”, hosted by Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement. Your positive emails are keeping us going
Oct 23, 2012
Episode 3 – Date Your Mate
20:13
Thank you again for listening to our new podcast, “Marriage to the Max”, hosted by Brett & Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement! This week’s topic, “Date Your Mate”, is obviously
Oct 16, 2012
Episode 2 – F.A.C.E. Time
18:22
Thanks to everyone who listened to last week’s first episode of our new podcast, “Marriage to the Max”, hosted by Brett and Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement. It was great
Oct 09, 2012
Episode 1 – The Three Types of Marriage
12:16
Welcome to our new blogsite for the Marriage to the Max Podcast. Marriage to the Max is a weekly podcast hosted by Brett & Kellie Hurst, co-founders of Home Encouragement
Oct 03, 2012