When Steve Trader made the decision in his 40s to retire from a successful career with a global pharmaceutical corporation and go into ministry, he and his wife Barb found themselves tested in their ability to communicate, relate to one another, and deal with adversity. In this edition of The Redeemed Man podcast, Steve and Barb share what they’ve learned about surviving the different “seasons of marriage,” especially the hard ones—everything from career changes and “empty nesting” to divorce and major family tragedies—and managing the difficult transition from one season to the next. Find other couples you can pray with and confide in, they advise, and know when your spouse needs you to listen rather than solving every problem.
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1:28—What does restoration mean to you?
2:35—A little about Steve and Barb Trader and how they met
5:43—Communicating, and not being controlling, through major life changes
11:24—The value of praying/worshiping together and with other couples
14:12—The adjustment to being “empty nesters”
18:57—Keeping marriage fresh and putting up with irritations
24:00—Dealing with difficult “seasons” of marriage and the transition into new ones
29:59—The importance of having fun (and a funny memory from Barb)
32:17—Advice for single/recently divorced people on finding the right person