Real Relationship Talk:  Conversations About Communication, Intimacy, & Rebuilding Trust
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Real Relationship Talk: Conversations About Communication, Intimacy, & Rebuilding Trust

Dana Che

Real Relationship Talk is the go-to marriage podcast for candid conversations about intimacy, communication, and rebuilding trust. From singles looking to be married to premarital couples, solo spouses, or married couples, we keep it real with a fresh perspective for all who are looking for a committed relationship. Each episode is packed with practical marriage advice, relationship tips, and relatable stories from all walks of life — from strong relationships to struggling ones.

It’s time to uncomplicate relationships. Dana Che and her guests deliver practical, inspirational, and real marriage and relationship advice from a fresh faith-based perspective. Whether working to rebuild trust after infidelity or preparing for a healthy marriage, it’s all here.

Real Relationship Talk goes beyond the surface and into the core issues of what makes a marriage work. We're not just a podcast – we're your partner and guide in the ups and downs of marriage. Subscribe now and strengthen the foundation of your relationship with every episode.

To learn more about Dana Che, including her online relationship courses and coaching programs, visit https://danache.com.

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The Truth About Toxic Masculinity & Rehumanizing Sex in Marriage
November 7, 2023 - 42 min
We’re breaking down the effects of toxic masculinity. Our guest, Zachary Wagner helps us redefine a healthy sexual ethic within the Christian faith, particularly in the wake of trauma & purity culture. Drawing insights from his book, Zachary explains how traditional teachings about sexuality can often dehumanize men and women. We propose a rehumanizing approach that honors God and embraces a full personhood perspective. Key Points Discussed: Purity Culture and Its Pitfalls Beyond Sexual Behavior to a Proper Sexual Ethic Dehumanization in Traditional Teachings About Sex Rehumanizing Sex in Marriage Why Some Fear Sexual Intimacy in Marriage Listener Takeaways: For Singles: Understand and develop a sexual ethic that honors yourself and others beyond mere adherence to rules. For Married Couples: Explore how to engage in your sexual relationship that is rehumanizing and considers the holistic well-being of both partners. For Church Leaders: Encourage teachings and dialogues that address the deeper relational and spiritual aspects of sexuality rather than focusing solely on behavior. Links Mentioned in this Episode:  Zachary Wagner’s Website & Book  Take my free “How Connected a Partner are You” Quiz! Visit www.realrelationshiptalk.com/187 for the full show notes and more resources!   Like the show? Be sure to SUBSCRIBE and I'd love your 5-star rating and review! Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
✝️ How to Pray for Everything in Your Life in Less than 5 Minutes!
November 3, 2023 - 11 min
How to Pray for Everything in Your Life in Less than 5 Minutes! Is your day so hectic that you don’t have time to pray? In this Faith Friday episode, we’re unpacking how to pray in less than five minutes. Praying effectively and efficiently, even amidst a busy life is not only possible but highly beneficial. Prayer doesn't have to be ultra time-consuming and should be a meaningful conversation with your Creator. It will grow into a longer conversation without you realizing it.  It’s important that we pray for more than just ourselves. I’m sharing two acronyms that will help you to pray in a short amount of time for nearly everything in your life. When we pray, we should always approach God with praise or thanksgiving. Psalm 100:1-2, 4 reminders of how to approach God in prayer.  Acronyms are very helpful when we need to remember how to do something. Prayer should not be rote, but learning an acronym or two can help you to focus your prayer life and make your prayers more efficient. The first acronym I share is an oldie but goodie. P-R-A-Y. And the second is a new one called T-R-I-P-S. Be sure to listen to the full episode to hear me break down each one!  For the full show notes, visit realrelationshiptalk.com/episode186.    Links Mentioned in this Episode:  Download your FREE Speak Life Affirmations Audio here.    SUBSCRIBE | SHARE | RATE | COMMENT  To ensure you never miss an episode, be sure to subscribe or follow on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, iHeart Radio, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Remember, sharing is caring! Thank you for sharing these episodes with your friends and family via email or social media. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How to Have More Spiritual Intimacy in Your Marriage
October 31, 2023 - 33 min
How can you develop spiritual intimacy when you and your spouse are in different spots on your faith walk? Today's special guests are Rob and Joanna Teigen, authors and marriage and family mentors who are passionate about helping marriages and families flourish. Rob and Joanna met in bible college, where they began their courtship. They were both Christians, but Joanna was relatively new to her faith when they met. We talk about what to do when a couple is “unequally yoked” or mismatched spiritually. Also, what should a good devotional life as a couple look like? Here are more takeaways from our conversation: Dealing with Spiritual Mismatch Navigating the Waiting Season Creating Spiritual Practices Building Spiritual Intimacy Fun and Laughter in Spiritual Intimacy   For the full podcast show notes, visit https://realrelationshiptalk.com/episode185.   Links Mentioned in this Episode: Website - Rob & Joanna Book Store  Growing Home Together Podcast  Take My Free “How Connected a Partner Are You” Quiz   SUBSCRIBE | SHARE | RATE | COMMENT  To ensure you never miss an episode, be sure to subscribe or follow on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, iHeart Radio, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Remember, sharing is caring! Thank you for sharing these episodes with your friends and family via email or social media. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
✝️ How to Share Your Faith When You Don't Know a Lot of Scriptures
October 27, 2023 - 10 min
It’s Faith Friday! Have you ever wanted to share your faith journey but hesitated because you felt you didn’t know enough Bible? Today, I'm going to address a common concern: How can you share your faith when you don't know many scriptures?  You're not alone if you've felt this way. Many Christians hesitate to share their faith because they believe they need to be Bible experts. Francis of Assisi said, "Preach the gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words." Your life is a testament to your faith. Be mindful of how you live. Three keys to sharing your faith are:  Live your life in a way that compels people to want to know Christ. Learn the art of listening. Share your story in relation to God's story. Be sure to listen to the full episode to hear me break these keys down. For the full podcast show notes, visit https://realrelationshiptalk.com/episode184.   Links Mentioned in this Episode:  Get your FREE “Speak Life” Audio Affirmations here.    SUBSCRIBE | SHARE | RATE | COMMENT  To ensure you never miss an episode, be sure to subscribe or follow on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, iHeart Radio, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Remember, sharing is caring! Thank you for sharing these episodes with your friends and family via email or social media.   Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Jada Pinkett Smith & Living Separate While Married
October 24, 2023 - 27 min
Before deciding to divorce, some couples ponder living separately. With the recent revelations by Jada Pinkett Smith about her in-home separation from Will Smith, we're discussing the pros and cons of living apart while married, including my own experiences and insights about when Shaun and I "separated" within our marriage. Jada Pinkett Smith's new book, Worthy, reveals that Jada and Will Smith have been separated for seven years, although not divorced. There are many questions people have about the concept of in-home separation in marriages, and this episode helps to address some of those. Key Take-Aways In-Home Separation: It’s best to set boundaries and parameters if you live separated and married. Purpose of Marriage: What is the real purpose of marriage?  Seeking Help: If you are considering living separated and married, first seek help.  Don't Care What People Think: Don’t stay in a marriage because of societal expectations or fear of what people might think.  Don't Give Up: Your marriage still has life in it. Don't give up on your marriage quickly.    Links Mentioned in this Episode: Need marriage coaching? Schedule your discovery call today. Take my free "How Connected a Partner Are You" Quiz!   SUBSCRIBE | SHARE | RATE | COMMENT  To ensure you never miss an episode, be sure to subscribe or follow on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, iHeart Radio, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Remember, sharing is caring! Thank you for sharing these episodes with your friends and family via email or social media. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
✝️ How Do We Know God is Real?
October 20, 2023 - 11 min
It's an age-old question most of us have asked. At some point, you've probably wondered how we know "Is God real?" whether you have faith or whether you are still curious about faith matters. Faith plays a central role in addressing the question, “Is God Real?” The Bible says that faith is “the substance of things hoped for. It is the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1. Faith is the cornerstone of a relationship with God.  It takes more faith to believe there is no God than to believe there is one. Although invisible, wind can move leaves, which we perceive easily. We can’t see the wind but we can see the effect of the wind. God's presence is evident through his impact on the world and through his believers. Embrace faith, which is the key to experiencing God's reality.   What were your key takeaways from today’s Faith Friday episode? Please share them with me on Instagram @mrsdanache. Embrace faith and experience God through His creation.    Links Mentioned in this Episode:  Download Your Speak Life Audio Affirmations Today! SUBSCRIBE | SHARE | RATE | COMMENT  To ensure you never miss an episode, be sure to subscribe or follow on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, iHeart Radio, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Remember, sharing is caring! Thank you for sharing these episodes with your friends and family via email or social media. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How to Create a Sexually Safe Marriage - Dr. Andrew Bauman
October 17, 2023 - 41 min
In our hypersexualized society, marriages have often been the carnage leaving some to wonder are marriages sexually safe anymore. Today, on Real Relationship Talk, we are blessed to have Dr. Andrew Bauman teach us how to have sexually safe marriages. We dive into the impact of pornography, trauma, and objectification of women on individuals and relationships. Our conversation takes into consideration the effects of purity culture, the importance of intimacy, and practical steps for couples to foster healthy sexuality. It’s jam-packed and oh, so good! How to Create a Sexually Safe Marriage Andrew and I discuss a myriad of topics around the issue of healthy sexuality in relationships. Some of what we discussed are as follows:  Purity Culture and Debunking False Myths About Men's Needs True Healing from Past Sexual Trauma The Damages of Objectifying Women  What Good Sexual Health Looks Like Overcoming Fear About Sexuality in Relationships It’s jam-packed and oh, so good! ALSO LISTEN TO: How to Have Non-Awkward Conversations About Sex with Your Spouse      Links Mentioned During this Episode Dr. Bauman’s Website The Sexually Healthy Man - Book   SUBSCRIBE | SHARE | RATE | COMMENT  To ensure you never miss an episode, be sure to subscribe or follow on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, iHeart Radio, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Remember, sharing is caring! Thank you for sharing these episodes with your friends and family via email or social media. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
✝️ How to Stop Sinning in 5 Simple Steps
October 13, 2023 - 11 min
We all have habits that are hard to let go of . . . sometimes even sins. Have you asked yourself, "How do I stop sinning?” Tune in to this Faith Friday episode to explore the concept of sin, something we all struggle with. We will go over five practical steps to help individuals live a life above sin. Romans 7:14-25 stresses the importance of recognizing the internal conflict that sin creates and is a passionate, present-tense plea from the apostle Paul about his struggle with sin. Before we know how to stop sinning we must first ask ourselves, What is sin? The definition of sin is anything that displeases God, not just external actions but also internal thoughts and feelings. As emphasized in the scripture above.  Take a listen to the full episose to hear five simple steps to overcoming sin and living a life of true freedom.    Links Mentioned in this Episode:  Uncovering Shame Recovering Vulnerability    SUBSCRIBE | SHARE | RATE | COMMENT  To ensure you never miss an episode, be sure to subscribe or follow on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, iHeart Radio, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Remember, sharing is caring! Thank you for sharing these episodes with your friends and family via email or social media. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Just Friends Huh? The Truth About Platonic Friendships in Marriage
October 10, 2023 - 47 min
Can you have platonic friends of the opposite sex in marriage? Today, special guest Sylvia Chipman and I explore the possibility of platonic friendships within the context of marriage. We discuss the significance of forming heart-to-heart connections, the importance of intentions, the role of friends, and the challenges of being called out. We emphasize trust and safeguards, the value of open communication, and the need to be ready to listen to your partner.    Where does it start:  Are you putting your marriage first? It can be as simple as someone filling a need when you or your partner is not.     Boundaries   Sharing your heart and baggage with platonic friends in marriage comes down to boundaries. A spouse may have good intentions but can create unwanted soul ties outside their marriage. You might not have any bad intentions, but be careful not to leave room for mishaps and misunderstandings.     Heart-to-Heart Connections  Genuine bonds are formed within any friendship emotionally and spiritually, transcending physical attraction. Emotional connections can be more profound and enduring, even if you start by just helping out a friend. Sylvia shares a story on how this happened to her.    Intentions Matter  People often find themselves in complicated situations without intending harm.  It is essential to recognize and understand your intentions, as well as others.     The Role of Friends  Friends can provide valuable perspectives and call you out when necessary. Good friends help you identify your blind spots and make more informed   decisions. There are things we can’t see, won’t see, or might not want to see.     I hope this podcast episode serves as a valuable resource for anyone seeking guidance on balancing platonic friendships while preserving the sanctity of your marriage. Communicate effectively, establish trust, and prioritize your relationships by providing practical advice and real-life examples. As always, A good relationship isn’t one that works; it's one where you put in the work.  **To catch the full show notes with all the details, go to Real Relationship Talk Podcast.   Blog Mentioned  PLATONIC FRIENDS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX  Learn More About Sylvia Chipman   Instagram, Facebook, YouTube   Thrive Marriage Coaching  SUBSCRIBE | SHARE | RATE | COMMENT   To ensure you never miss an episode, be sure to subscribe or follow on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, iHeart Radio, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Remember, sharing is caring! Thank you for sharing these episodes with your friends and family via email or social media.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
✝️ How Do I Find My Purpose In Life?
October 6, 2023 - 10 min
Do you ever wonder how to find your purpose? Many of us ask, "Why am I here? What is the meaning of it all?” Today's Faith Friday episode explores this profound internal question. We’ll dive into the core of our existence, offering insight into uncovering and fulfilling your life's purpose.    The Search for Purpose  Statistics show that 57% of people in the US are actively seeking more meaning and purpose in their lives. Moreover, only 10% claim to know their life's purpose, with a mere 5% living in alignment with it. This suggests that most people feel adrift, wanting a clearer sense of purpose.  The Quest for Meaning - A Universal Experience  You're not alone if you're grappling with how to find your purpose. Even King Solomon, renowned as the wisest man in biblical history, faced existential questions. In Ecclesiastes 2:9-11, Solomon reflects on the vanity of his worldly accomplishments despite his immense wealth and wisdom.    Ecclesiastes 2:9-11 NLT  9. So I became greater than all who had lived in Jerusalem before me, and my wisdom never failed me. 10. Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. 11. But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.    Thank you for joining this insightful Faith Friday episode! For the full show notes from this episode, click here Real Relationship Talk Podcast. Share your thoughts and feedback on today's episode via Instagram @MrsDanaChe.  As you embark on your faith journey, may your life be filled with wonder and purpose.    ALSO LISTEN TO: 5 Powerful Principles for Waiting in Hope    SUBSCRIBE | SHARE | RATE | COMMENT   To ensure you never miss an episode, be sure to subscribe or follow on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, iHeart Radio, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Remember, sharing is caring! Thank you for sharing these episodes with your friends and family via email or social media.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
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Meet Your Host
Dana Che is the founder of Thrive Relationships, where she serves as a marriage and relationship coach and host of the Real Relationship Talk podcast. She also serves as a pastor at her church. Whether in the church or on her podcast, Dana's mission is singular: to help people thrive in their relationships with the Lord and with each other.

On Real Relationship Talk, she is known for her graceful candor, humor, and her encouraging yet challenging advice. Dana holds a B.A. in communication from Regent University. She has a fierce passion for fashion and is a lover of all things sparkly. She shares her life with Shaun, her loving husband of twenty-three years, their four amazing children, and their “multi-cultural” dog in beautiful Virginia Beach, VA.

Connect with Dana:
Instagram: @mrsdanache
Website: danache.com
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