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with Ted and Ashleigh Slater

What a Friendship Inventory Is and Why Your Marriage Needs One

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Today, we’re talking about how the friends we keep make a difference in our marriages. It’s not only important that as couples we have community, but also that we’re purposeful in whom we bring into our confidence.

So, we’re going to share what we call a “friendship inventory” you can do to make sure you’re confiding in the right people. It’s also a helpful tool to determine whether you’re being this kind of friend to others.

Plus, if you’re struggling to even have the right people in your life, we’ll share some ways you can seek out these kinds of friendships.

Friendship Inventory Questions:

1.Does this friend esteem marriage?
2.Does this friend view the opposite sex with respect?
3.Does this friend build up my marriage and not just me?

Ways to Develop Godly Friendships:

1.Join a church that values marriage
2.Get involved in that church
3.Become members of a small group

Us Time Challenge

Take the friendship inventory to see how you’re doing at being a friend who esteems marriage, respects the opposite sex, and builds up your friends’ marriages. Think about ways you can do better.

Team Us Resources:
Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage
FREE Team Us Study Guide

Connect with Ted and Ashleigh:
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Episode Image Credit: Getty/Nadya Ustyuzhantseva
June 22, 2021
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Meet Your Host
Ted and Ashleigh first met in Chesapeake, Virginia in 2001. In December 2002, they said, “I do, of course!” Since then, they’ve lived in five more states and celebrated the births of four daughters. Both have master’s degrees in Communication from Regent University, and over the years they’ve served as premarital mentors for engaged couples.

Ted’s a website developer, and Ashleigh is the author of the books Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment and Cooperation in Marriageand Braving Sorrow Together: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life Is Hard.

Ashleigh has also written for publications including, Focus on the Family Magazine,, and HuffPost.

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