How to Repair Your Marriage with Jill Savage

In order to stay connected in marriage for the long-haul, it's all about learning how to repair well.

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So often, we see people who feel like their relationships have to be conflict-free to be considered healthy. But in reality, it’s all about learning how to repair and reconnect well, in the midst of the realities of everyday life together. In today’s episode, Neal is talking with Jill Savage, who has an incredible story of redemption in her marriage after her husband’s infidelity, is the author of 14 books, and has so much wisdom to share about relationships. There were a ton of mic drop moments in this one, and we are so excited to share it with you!


Guest Bio

Jill Savage is an author and speaker who is passionate about encouraging families. She is the author or co-author of fourteen books including Professionalizing Motherhood, My Hearts At Home, Real Moms…Real JesusLiving With Less So Your Family Has More, No More Perfect Moms, No More Perfect Marriages (with her husband Mark)and her most recent release Empty Nest Full Life. Featured on Focus on the Family,, Family Life Today and Today’s Christian Woman magazine, Jill was the founder of Hearts at Home, an organization that encouraged moms from 1994-2017. Jill and her husband, Mark, have five children, three who are married, and eight grandchildren. They make their home in Normal, Illinois.

Key Takeaways

  • “Our tendency is to listen to respond. Instead, we need to listen to understand.”
  • Defensiveness is a core part of disconnection in so many relationships.
  • The 5 most powerful words for a couple are: “Tell me more about that.”
  • Relational healing is possible, but it takes work!
  • “The space between our expectations and reality is discontentment.”
  • The breakdown of a marriage doesn’t happen in a moment. It happens through slow fades that pull our hearts apart one inch at a time.
  • It’s not always about how we talk to our spouse, but also about how we talk about our spouse. Even more, how we think about them.
  • We have to be willing to look at ourselves and the dysfunction we’re bringing to the table.

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