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Bringing Laughter to Everyday Life

Bringing Laughter to Everyday Life

Listen in and laugh out loud as comedian and singer-songwriter Tim Hawkins shares his humorous, unique perspective on various aspects of everyday life.
Original Air Date: August 31, 2016

Excerpt:

Mr. Tim Hawkins: I noticed in some airports, there – there – in a lot of airports, there are luggage stores.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: (mic tap-tap) Luggage stores in airports.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: I’m looking around, “Looks like everyone’s gotten luggage taken care of…” You ever see a guy with an armful of clothes…

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: …“Man I wish I had some kind of container, maybe with a zipper and a pulley-thing. Dunno if they make those yet.”

(LAUGHTER)

End of Excerpt

John Fuller: Welcome to today’s broadcast where we’re going to share some great humor to brighten your day. This is Focus on the Family with your host Focus president, Jim Daly. And I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John, we’ve covered some pretty heavy subjects on the broadcast recently, so I thought it’d be great to lighten things up by featuring one of my favorite comedians, Mr. Tim Hawkins. Tim does comedy shows in about a hundred cities a year, but you might know him from YouTube where his work has received over 300 million views.

John: That’s pretty amazing. And, best of all, he keeps things clean. He doesn’t go into the gutter like so many comedians do.

Jim: Well, that’s right and he’s actually a homeschooling father of four and I’m sure that gives him, um, really good material (laughter)…

John: No doubt.

Jim: …And Tim has a way of finding the humor in some of the more stressful situations of life and I hope he will inspire you to look at the stress in your life in a different way. And maybe after today you can find the humor there, too.

John: Well, I’d love to hear Tim do a bit, if you will, about all those robocalls and emails we got from the candidates and all the organizations wanting our votes during the election season. They were so annoying. Well, here now is Tim Hawkins from his DVD called Full Range of Motion on today’s Focus on the Family.

Tim: We’re actually building a new home. We moved. We’re – we’re building a house and it’s goin’ really well. And when I say it’s going really well, I mean, aaaaah!

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: They’re just nickel and dimin’ us to death, people. You know how it goes? You’re just like, “Homes starting in the 200’s.” We’re in the 500s now.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: They just don’t tell you certain things. We’re sittin’ down with the builder lady, you know, and she’s at her keyboard and she’s like, “Okay, um, thanks for coming to us today. I just want to sit you down and go over some of the options, some of upgrades for your house. You don’t have to do this. You don’t have to. They’re options.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Why are my fingers doing this? I have no idea. I’m a bird or an angel.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: She goes, “Okay, um, let’s see here, just some – just throw some out here. See if you want ‘em. Let’s see, are you going to be wanting doors?

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: “Yeah. That’s a good – I would, too. I would, too. Yes. Running water, is that something you want, too? Oh, yeah. Yeah, me, too. A lot of the younger couples are getting that.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Yep, flew into Dallas, got me a rent-a-car. Of course, in Dallas, where – well, who built Dallas? I want to know that really. It’s like, “Let’s let the people move here, then we’ll build the roads.” Yeah, that’s a great idea.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: You guys got bridges everywhere here and bridges all over the place. I saw one; I don’t know where – like up by 35; the bridge is stopped right in midair. You guys say, “off ramp,” you ain’t kiddin’.

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

Tim: “He’s off the ramp now.” It’s beautiful; sparks and metal flew.

But I got my rent-a-car in Dallas and you know, I had the GPS. Tells you what to do. That’s beautiful. That’s so nice, drivin’ along, “Turn left now. Turn right up ahead. Turn around and go the other way.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Then I get into Dallas. “You’re on your own.”

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

Tim: “Your guess is as good as mine. Good luck and may the Force be with you, Luke.” I love the GPS and when you make a wrong turn, do somethin’ bad, it’s like, “Recomputing. Recomputing,” not “You moron.” No.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: “You idiot.” No. “Recomputing.” Love that. I want life GPS; that’s what I want, you know. Just tell me what to do in my life. “Your fly is down.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: “Purchase gum; your breath smells like a sewer.”

But what we need is marriage GPS, guys, marriage GPS. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

(CHEERS AND LAUGHTER)

Tim: Just tell us what to do. Guys don’t know. “Say something about her hair.” “Hey, what’s up with your hair?”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: “Recomputing.”

The GPS, though, that’s funny. I – I love the GPS; it’s really cool. I wish they had redneck GPS. “Turn left at Walgreen’s. You’re gonna see a pit bull and a go-cart. But just keep a goin’. No, you went up – rec – rec – we’re doin’ it again. Doin’ it again.”

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

Tim: You need GPS. You ever – you ever been – I mean, ‘cause you ask people for directions, you know, and they don’t ev – you know, a lot of people, they just don’t know. You ever been in a small town and you have no idea how to get anywhere and you ask some old guy for directions? “Hey, how do I get to the mall?” “From here?”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: “No, from Pakistan. I was gonna start from there.

I think we have too much technology. I – I don’t know if you guys have seen this, the Quattro razor for men? Four blades, four. It’s too much. I got one. It’s like the first blade grabs the hair. The second blade grabs the hair a little bit lower. The third blade chops the hair off at the root. The fourth blade takes a hunk outta of your cheek…

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: …About the size of a tea bag. (Laughter) Why don’t they have a fifth blade? Put me out of my misery.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Lazy technology, the electric toothbrush, that always made me laugh – the electric toothbrush. What is brushing your teeth too strenuous an exercise for some people? You got people goin’…

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: “Man, I am really feelin’ the burn here. I wish this thing had a motor on it.” Why don’t you just have electric deodorant, aarrh!

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Like some people have, they have a rubber grip on their toothbrush. Brushin’ your teeth too fast there? Rmmm, blah!

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: I need to get some stick-em or something.

The last year for Christmas I got the laziest gift from my kids. They got me an alarm clock that projects the time onto the ceiling.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: ‘Cause y’all know how hard it is to go…

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: No, no, this has gotta stop right here. This is why – I need a Red Bull. This is takin’ it all out of me.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: You ever live with somebody that’s lazy. Isn’t that fun? Livin’ with a lazy person. My brother was the laziest individual in the world, my older brother. You just saw him.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: (Coughing) He was a guy, he would never throw the milk jug away. He’d empty out a milk jug, put it right back in the fridge. I’m like, “Dude, throw the thing away. Ain’t nothin’ in it.” He was like, “There’s stuff in there. There’s still milk in there.” So, I get out to the light. I’m like, “Hm. You mean that thin glaze at the bottom there, Hoss. Oh, that’s perfect, ‘cause I was gonna have a corn flake later.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: “Yeah, and this is gonna get it nice and soggy, uh-huh. The luck is mine.”

Lazy folks, how – we are all lazy. You guys ever be puttin’ gas in your car and you know that little latch, that little kick stand that holds the thingy? Don’t you hate it when that’s broke?

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Don’t you hate – doesn’t that just ruin your day?

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

Tim: You’re there goin’, “Oh, no! I gotta hold it now! Come on! What are we, in the Middle Ages? Let’s go! I’m gettin’ carpal tunnel over here.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: “I wanted to sit in the car while it was pumpin’, (Laughter) listen to my motivational tapes (Chuckling).”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: That ain’t happenin’. Pumpin’ gas, man. You guys ever prepay your gas? You give ‘em like 10 bucks and they set the pump for you. Well, that goes real fast until that last gallon for some reason. What’s that all about? You’re like, one dollar, two dollar, three dollar, four dollar, five, six, seven, eight, nine … nine dollars and 91 cent…

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: …Nine dollars and 91-and-a-half.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Like “Keep your eight cents. I got things to do!”

I was in Florida not too long ago. I saw a sign on the gas pump that said, “Do not siphon gas with your mouth.” You need that sign? Can you see some old boy one time, you know, he’s putting his gas in. “Hm. Well, I put my card in. Flicked that little switch. (Sniffs) Maybe I need to start siphonin’ the gas with my mouth.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: “Seems to be the next logical step, me – me just start suckin’ on the end of this nozzle.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Keep (chuckling) flowin’. Do not try this at home. Oh.

Y’all ever seen these commercials for these pills, this medication you take. It’s like one pill for one thing, but they list like 100 side effects, just like they’re just scrolling for a minute. And you’re thinkin’, is that really a good trade?

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: That can’t be a good trade. You have people goin’, “Well, I can take the headaches, nausea and vomiting if it’ll make my elbow feel better.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: “It’s really worth it; it is. I mean, I’ve been taking it, ooh! Aah! Aah! I can move it around…”

((LAUGHTER)

Tim: “….Play with the kids and I, Uugh! Uuh! Eeh! Uh! Ehhuh! Buhaa! Eeh! I got full range of motion here.”

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

Tim: Crazy.

I was watching one of these – I was watchin’ the Cartoon Network with my kids recently. I saw a commercial like that. It was a pill for bladder control issues on the Cartoon Network, bladder control pill.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: You know what the first side effect was? Diarrhea!

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Like no thanks; I’ll take the lesser of two evils just now. Yeah, I’ll mull that one other, uh-huh. No, I’ll play the hand that fate has dealt me. No, you go ahead.

(LAUGHTER)

John: Well, you’re listening to comedian Tim Hawkins on Focus on the Family today and, uh, we’re so enjoying this presentation. More in just a moment. Let me just say that we have a CD or audio download of this program, or, even better perhaps, you watch Tim’s entire show, including some amazing song parodies. We have the DVD available for you when you call 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY. Or donate and request that DVD at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Let’s go ahead and hear more now from Tim Hawkins.

Tim: I noticed there’s this woman’s clothing store I see a lot, a lot around here, woman’s clothing store. The actual name of the store is The Dress Barn.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: (mic tap tap) The dress barn. That’s the best name you could come up with there; that’s – that’s the one you want to go with. Think I’m ever takin’ my wife to a place called The Dress Barn . “Honey, let’s go to The Dress Barn.” Recomputing.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Sorry. Dress Barn, what are the people like that work at The Dress Barn. Can I help ewe!

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Aaaah! That blouse is right over heeer! Yaaah! It’s only 20 buck, buck, buck, buck, buck, buck, buck, buck, aah! Aah! Aah!

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

Tim: The Dress Barn.

But now I got three kids of my own and, uh, it’s like you try to give ‘em good advice, you know. I try. I’m tryin’. I’m doin’ the best I can. Sometimes parents, we just fail at advice. I remember my mom when I was a kid. She used to give me good advice too late. Think about it, good advice, too late. Like when I was a kid, I hit my head on the corner of the table. (sound of thump) “Careful.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: “Boy, I’m sure glad you were there, Hoss, who knows what would have happened, Nostradamus?” Moms are a big help when you lose somethin’ aren’t they? You know, somethin’? Your mom is just not a help at all. “Hey, Mom, I can’t find my wallet.” “Well, it’s gotta be somewhere.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: It’s like “That’s good; I thought I was goin’ crazy for a minute. I thought I was lookin’ for somethin’ that didn’t exist. Thank you.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: And then they go, “Where’d you leave it last?” You’re good. Thanks, Captain Obvious. I was on a totally different track. I was lookin’ where I left it first!

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Mom was the worst nurse in the world. Some women as they’re parenting, mothers, they just don’t – you do the same thing no matter what’s wrong with the kid. You tell ‘em to do the same thing. Some of you ladies – look, ladies, Vicks VapoRub does not cure everything.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: “Rub some Vicks on it.” “Okay. It’s bleeding.” “I don’t care; just rub it in.” You guys ever, you know, you go to bed, your mom puts that Vicks VapoRub on your chest all over. Wasn’t that the longest night of your life?

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: You’re there, ooh. (pause) “I think I’m at Woodstock. What am I …? Ooh!”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: My kids are crazy though. Man, they’re nuts. I say I love ‘em to death. They’re just not – I mean, I got a little boy. He’s just like – he’s little and, uh, just crazy. I was walkin’ down the stairs one time. I saw him eating a Milk-Bone dog biscuit. He’s my third child, so I let him.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Yeah, you parents know exactly what I’m talkin’ about. You do.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: It’s not that you don’t love ‘em as much. You just don’t care about certain things. You’re just a little more lackadaisical about certain issues. Eatin’ a Milk-Bone, I’m like, “Sure, go ahead. Eat the thing. It’s probably good for his teeth.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: “Look at that shiny coat. Look at that. He’s beautiful. Get the Frisbee. Go get the Frisbee.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: (Chuckles) Get the Frisbee.”

I don’t know. And my three – you know, when my son was 3, he’s like – he’s – boys, they just make up games like they want to hurt themselves. They do. I’m like out in the backyard one time. My son comes out. “Hey, dad! Throw that brick at me and see if I can get out of the way.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: “Yea!” Game – it’s called “Dodge Brick! It’s great! Fling one right at my head and don’t tell me when you throw it. I’ll try to listen for the whiz.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: He’s my third child. Don’t you judge me…

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

Tim: …’Cause it wasn’t until that brick left my hand, I was thinkin’, “this is probably not a good idea.” Let’s (Sound of swoosh) “Oh!” “Careful!”

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

Tim: Yeah. “Oh, go sit on the pot son; go sit on the pot.”

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

Tim: “I don’t know why, just do it. I got some Vicks. I’ll be right back.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: I do a lot of comedy in churches though. I – I go to some really cool churches and some really messed up ones. No offense.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: No offense; no offense. I do. See, if you’re not a Christian here, I mean, that’s cool. We’re glad you’re here, but we – you gotta know, Christians, they use language sometimes in like – like code, like it doesn’t mean what we’re saying.

We have this – this phrase “servant’s heart.” Do you ever hear that phrase, “servant’s heart?” I hear that all the time. “Tim, you’ve got a servant’s heart, dude. You have got a servant heart.” See, I hate it when somebody says I got a servant’s heart. It means they want me to start stackin’ chairs, you know.

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

Tim: I love the way people talk about their church. It’s like a code, you know. It’s another code. Do you hear someone say about a place, “I love it there. I love the music there?” Well, that means the preaching stinks.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Yeah, you see what I’m sayin’? Yeah, you know where I’m goin’ with this. They say I love the music. Well, I love the preaching, that means the music stinks. You hear somebody say about a place, “I love it there. No one judges me and I can be who I want to be.” You’re at a bar.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: (Laughter) That’s where you are. Keepin’ it real, folks; keepin’ it real. (Laughter)

I think the way we pray, it’s – it’s – prayer is – prayer is a powerful thing, but I think it’s – when you grow up in church, it’s that you hear prayers all the time in different styles and stuff and little quirks that people have when they pray. I don’t know, little phrases that I don’t understand to this day. But we use the phrases, but we – we – that’s just what we heard growin’ up. We think that’s just the right thing to say when we pray, you know, like “hedge of protection.” You ever hear that? I hear that a lot, hedge of protection. “Tim, we are praying a hedge of protection around you, buddy. That’s right, a hedge, around you and your whole family.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: A hedge, huh? I don’t mean to complain. Is that the best you can do?

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: How about a thick cement wall around me, with some razor wire on top of that bad boy?” Hedge of protection, get you a set of clippers, get right through that thing. I’m sure the devil’s got a set of those. I mean, you think a hedge is gonna scare the devil away. Well, he’s like, “What is this greenery?

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

Tim: I can’t get through that. Move that bush. My greatest weakness is landscaping. How did they know?”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: That’s how the devil walks, like this, whoa. He has a pointy tail, he doesn’t want to step on his tail. And he talks like a game show host. “Fantastic!”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: “You get the turtle wax.” (Laughter)

Forget the last 30 seconds ever happened in your life, I know.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Some people like when they pray, they get nervous and they say “just” too much. You know, we pray in a small group, it’s like, “Lord, I just want to just… We’re just… We just… We just, come be just and spare us. Just, we just, just and justing us and justification. And just… We say just… And we just…” And you’re like, “Just finish the prayer.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: “You’re just not ready for this. Start stackin’ chairs.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: “Come back next week and try again.”

My dad does this when he prays. He uses “Father” way too much when he prays. “Father, we come to You, Father, in the Spirit of Father, Father, You are Father. We come to You, Father, Father, just, just, Father, Father, just, just, just, Father, Father.”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: You don’t talk to your friends like that. “Ed, Ed, come over, Ed, Ed, Ed, you are Ed, Ed, Ed, Ed, Ed, Ed, Ed, Ed. Ooh, Ed, Ed, Ed, Ed.” He wouldn’t be your friend anymore if you did that.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Like he keeps sayin’ it. My name’s Joe.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: The best though is the way people – the way they pray over food. That’s the funniest. When we pray over food, we don’t know why we say it. You ever heard this one? “Lord, bless this food and the hands that prepared it – the hands that prepared it.” Why not the whole body?

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: No, just the hands.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: It’s like Jurassic Park, “Eee! Eee! Eee!”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: (Laughter) Best – I love this one over food. Sometimes we pray over food and ask God to make up for our bad choices when we eat. That’s funny. No matter what it is, “Lord, bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies. Lord, bless this bag of Cheetos…

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: …And this jumbo Dr. Pepper, Lord. Somehow make this nourish us in some way. I don’t know how You’re gonna do it, Father, but we just trust in You now.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Father, change the molecular structure of this food, this complete trash we’re about to shove in our gullet. Change the Cheeto into a carrot stick on the way down.

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Spirit of low carb, rain down on me now!

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: I pray a hedge of protection around my pancreas, Lord, right now. Intervene!”

(LAUGHTER)

Tim: Thank you!

Jim: (Laughter)

John: Well, we’re gonna have to end right there, I’m so sorry to say. Uh, this has been a great message from Tim Hawkins on Focus on the Family and, Jim, I think we’ve all been right where he was.

Jim: Oh, we sure have, John. And more times than I can count. And I hope Tim’s message has helped you unwind a little bit and have a good laugh. Uh, before we wrap up today, I just want to remind you that Focus on the Family is listener-supported. We rely on your gifts to stay on the air. So, if you benefit from our program, uh, with laughter, would you please consider supporting us today? Let me bring you just one statistic that really matters: in the past year, Focus on the Family helped over 300 thousand people dedicate, or re-dedicate, their lives to Jesus Christ. That’s 800 people a day! And that’s an impact of eternal value. So, please partner with us as we share the hope of Christ with families who really need it. And when you make a donation of any amount, I’d like to send you the DVD of this message from Tim Hawkins, with lots of extra content, including some song parodies that Tim does so well. I know you’re going to enjoy it! And right now, some generous friends of this ministry are offering to double your donation, so that it has twice the impact, so take advantage of that offer today.

John: Yeah. And that DVD again is called Full Range of Motion. Ask for that when you donate and call 800-A-FAMILY. 800-232-6459. Or at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. And when you’re online with us look for a video segment of a conversation we had with Tim Hawkins on his last visit to our studios. And then next time on this broadcast, we’re going to turn a corner to a very serious topic as we hear from best-selling author and speaker, Lysa TerKeurst. She’ll share about finding hope during a very difficult time in her marriage.

Teaser:

Mrs. Lysa TerKeurst: I was the only one that held on to the only hope at the end that my marriage was going to make it. And the thing that I kept saying to myself, Jim, is, “I’m just going to leave a little bit more room for God to move.”

End of Teaser

John: On behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for joining us today for Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller inviting you back as we once again help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

Hear real life stories of parents who have made the decision to choose life even though the circumstances were overwhelming. You’ll see why “ALL” life is precious to God and why choosing life is always the right decision!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

Have you ever wondered what a baby looked like in the womb? With today’s technology, Moms and Dads can see the baby’s heartbeat, facial expressions, and movements! You’ll find out why more women choose life once they hear their baby’s heartbeat and realize it’s a real living human!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 5: It’s Going to be Amazing!

After a couple has chosen life, hear the heartwarming stories of children that culture would have cast aside, yet are making tremendous impacts in their communities. Whether the diagnosis was adverse or the circumstances were difficult, these stories will inspire you to come along side of families who have chosen life!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

So, after all you’ve seen through the SeeLife ‘21 Episodic journey; what can you do now? We’ll share how you can partner with some amazing organizations that are making significant impacts in the pro-life movement! You want to Celebrate Life!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

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Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt is a public speaker, a Bible teacher, and the the author of 10 books. Find out more about Jodie and get some free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars) at her website, jodieberndt.com.

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

You will discover how using the Bible to shape your desires and requests opens the door to God’s provision—and frees us from things like worry and fear in our parenting! This expanded edition of the bestseller features updated content on issues like technology and identity, and comes with new material designed to invite children into the family prayer circle. Purchase now and receive 10% off your product.

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

To be an effective parent, you must be a leader in your child’s life, guiding with a gentle hand and setting a solid example. Dr. Randy Schroeder provides the insight you need to be a leader-parent. As he explores the foundational Rs—relationship, routines, responsibilities, and rules—you’ll better understand the role you play in your child’s life. You’ll learn great phrases to employ such as “Either/Or/You Decide” and “When You/Then You”. While there is no perfect parent, this nuts-and-bolts material will equip you to lead your child in a loving, confident manner.

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

Dr. Randy Schroeder has spent more than four decades writing, counseling, speaking, and teaching. For nearly 25 years, he was Vice President of Student Personnel Services, Dean of Students, and a professor of pastoral counseling at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. He’s also led a successful counseling practice helping individuals, couples, and families to thrive in their lives and relationships.

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

Effective parenting is now within your grasp! With this inspiring how-to comprehensive book, achieve extraordinary results in raising a child to be self-assured, self-reliant, and responsible! You will be able to successfully lead and lovingly encourage your child toward a Godly life!

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

God designed marriage to reflect His love to the world; and because of this, the enemy wants to destroy God’s beautiful design. Based on his book, Defending Your Marriage, Dr. Tim and Noreen Muehlhoff share about the reality of spiritual warfare against marriages, and how to combat the enemy’s lies with the truth of God. Couples will be encouraged that they’re not alone in the fight for a godly marriage and better equipped to be a shining example for the world around them.

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

Dr. Tim Muehlhoff is a professor of communication at Biola University in La Mirada, California where he teaches classes in family communication, interpersonal communication, apologetics, gender, and conflict resolution.  Tim and his wife, Noreen, are both on staff with Biola’s Center for Marriage and Relationships  where he is a co-host of The Art of Relationship podcast. 

Defending Your Marriage

Is your marriage under attack? Sometimes it can feel like the world is trying to tear your marriage apart. Internal conflicts or external pressures might make you wonder if something sinister is going on. How can you tell if you’re facing spiritual opposition? And what can you do about it? Tim Muehlhoff provides a straightforward resource for protecting your marriage from the threats of the evil one. He looks at what Scripture says about spiritual warfare and how our everyday struggles have deeper spiritual realities. And he provides practical steps for guarding our marriages with the whole armor of God.

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

For those of faith whose passion has waned over time, Kim Meeder will reinspire you in your relationship with Jesus Christ as she tells powerful, true stories about God that will spark renewed joy in your heart and encourage you to share the Gospel with others.

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Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder and her husband, Troy, are the co-founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon, that rescues abused horses and pairs them with hurting kids for mutual healing. Kim is a popular motivational speaker and the author of a half dozen books including Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope, which feature inspirational stories from her ranch.

Revival Rising

With enthusiasm that will set ablaze your passion to reach the hurting, Kim Meeder encourages you to let the holy fire of God’s presence fill your heart, soul, mind and strength. As your fear and pride melt away, those around you who are losing their battle for hope will be transformed by encountering His redeeming love in you. This–this is revival rising.

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

For those of faith whose passion has waned over time, Kim Meeder will reinspire you in your relationship with Jesus Christ as she tells powerful, true stories about God that will spark renewed joy in your heart and encourage you to share the Gospel with others.

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Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder and her husband, Troy, are the co-founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon, that rescues abused horses and pairs them with hurting kids for mutual healing. Kim is a popular motivational speaker and the author of a half dozen books including Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope, which feature inspirational stories from her ranch.

Revival Rising

With enthusiasm that will set ablaze your passion to reach the hurting, Kim Meeder encourages you to let the holy fire of God’s presence fill your heart, soul, mind and strength. As your fear and pride melt away, those around you who are losing their battle for hope will be transformed by encountering His redeeming love in you. This–this is revival rising.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

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Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

Cover image of Rhonda Stoppe's book "Moms Raising Sons to be Men"

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

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Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

Cover image of the book "Marriage Triggers" by Guy and Amber Lia

Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 2

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

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Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

As a spouse, you have three roles to play—a friend, a partner, and a lover. On this one-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Pastor Kevin A. Thompson explores those different roles and challenges you to live them out by investing emotionally, physically, and mentally in your relationship. As friends, he suggests we learn to play and laugh together. As partners, he equips us with solid ways to handle conflict and communication. As lovers, he offers some thoughts on how to bring back the sizzle. He shares five keys to saving your marriage: humility, respect, mercy, communication, and resilience. You’ll be encouraged to intentionally invest in your marriage.

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

Kevin A. Thompson (MDiv, Beeson Divinity School) is lead pastor at Community Bible Church, a growing multi-site church with four locations in western Arkansas. Every year he meets with nearly one hundred couples with a range of needs, from pre-marital counseling to navigating the most serious betrayals. A marriage and parenting conference speaker, he and his wife, Jenny, have two children and live in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He blogs at kevinathompson.com.

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Friends, Partners, and Lovers: What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work

With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin Thompson shows how to live out three distinct roles in marraige. Using solid biblical principles, he helps you and your spouse grow your friendship, be supportive partners through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

You can confidently and lovingly share your faith—you just need to learn some new tactics to do so! In this Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast, apologist Greg Koukl outlines the “Columbo” tactic of asking questions, the “self-defeating argument” tactic to find holes in your opponent’s arguments, and other specific methods for engaging in faith-building conversations with others. Greg pulls from his over 30 years of experience debating atheists and agnostics to help you share your faith with grace and truth.

Mr. Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl is a writer, public speaker and talk show host who’s spent 30 years advocating for and defending the Christian worldview. Greg has written or contributed to 15 books, including The Story of RealityTactics, and Precious Unborn Human Persons. Greg has published nearly 230 articles and has spoken on 80 college and university campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

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Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. In Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to stop challengers in their tracks and how to turn the tables on questions or provocative statements. Most important, you’ll learn how to get people thinking about Jesus.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

As an abortion doctor at Planned Parenthood, Dr. Patti Giebink believed she was helping women. Later, she began reading scripture and God gradually changed her heart on the abortion issue. Patti tells the story of her long journey from abortion doctor to pro-life and encourages listeners to share the message of life with compassion.

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

Dr. Patti Giebink is an OB-GYN who serves on the board of the Alpha Center, a well-known pregnancy center located in Sioux Falls, S.D. She also travels intermittently to work in mission hospitals in Pakistan and other countries. After completing her medical training, Dr. Giebink worked for Planned Parenthood from 1995-1997, during which she was the only abortion-provider in the state of South Dakota. She eventually experienced a radical change of heart on the issue of abortion after receiving God’s grace, forgiveness, and love, and she is now a passionate advocate for the pro-life movement.

Cover image of the book "Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life"

Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life

Unexpected Choice is told from the perspective of a doctor who actually performed abortions through Planned Parenthood. The book chronicles her journey from being a pro-choice physician to someone speaking on behalf of the pro-life movement.

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

As a latchkey kid, Wendy Speake turned to sugar for comfort. Every Friday, she would pedal to the candy show and use her allowance to fill her bag with candy. And one day, when she was older and a mom of three young boys, she came to realize that she was still “pedaling” away from her stress and using sugar as comfort, instead of turning to Jesus. She was joyless, worn out, tired, and in need of a change. In this interview, Wendy will challenge Christians to take 40 days to focus on fasting from something they turn to instead of Jesus for comfort. She invited people to break free from a dependence on sugar and taste the goodness of God.

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

With a background in Hollywood as a trained actress, Wendy Speake ministers to women as a bible teacher by applying the power of drama, poetry and comedy to the study of Scripture and real-life application of biblical truths. She has co-authored two books with Amber Lia titled Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses and their latest, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New. Wendy is also the co-author (with Kelli Stuart) of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom.

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The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation

Welcome to the 40-Day Sugar Fast, a fast that begins with us giving Jesus our sugar and ends with Jesus giving us himself–the only thing that can ever truly satisfy our soul’s deep hunger. On this 40-day journey you’ll learn how to stop fixating on food and other things you use to fill the voids in life and instead fix your eyes on Christ. Anyone who runs to sugar for comfort or a reward, who eats mindlessly or out of boredom, who feels physically and spiritually lethargic, or who struggles with self-control will discover here not only freedom from their cravings but an entirely new appetite for the good things God has for us.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 1

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 2

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

Dr. Lee Warren is a neurosurgeon who has faced many heavy challenges in his life – from serving in the Iraq War to removing deadly brain tumors to experiencing the loss of a teenage son. He’ll share about his difficult quest to find answers to some of life’s toughest questions, while holding onto his faith in God and the sure hope of heaven

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Dr. Lee Warren

W. Lee Warren, M.D., is a brain surgeon , inventor, Iraq War veteran, and author of I’ve Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know, winner of the Christian Book Award®. His previous book, No Place to Hide, was included on the 2015 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s Recommended Reading List. Dr. Warren has appeared on The 700 Club and the CBS Evening News, and his writings have been featured in Guideposts magazine. His Dr. Lee Warren Podcast, which is heard in more than 60 countries, helps listeners use the power of neuroscience, faith, and common sense to change their lives.

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I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know

This gripping inspirational memoir grapples with the tension between faith and science—and between death and hope—as a seasoned neurosurgeon faces insurmountable odds and grief both in the office and at home.

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

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Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt is a public speaker, a Bible teacher, and the the author of 10 books. Find out more about Jodie and get some free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars) at her website, jodieberndt.com.

Cover image of Jodie Berndt's book "Praying the Scriptures for Your Children"

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

You will discover how using the Bible to shape your desires and requests opens the door to God’s provision—and frees us from things like worry and fear in our parenting! This expanded edition of the bestseller features updated content on issues like technology and identity, and comes with new material designed to invite children into the family prayer circle. Purchase now and receive 10% off your product.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

Cover image of Rhonda Stoppe's book "Moms Raising Sons to be Men"

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

Headshot of Guy and Amber Lia

Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

Cover image of the book "Marriage Triggers" by Guy and Amber Lia

Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 1

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

As a pediatrician, Dr. Meg Meeker has seen thousands of girls come through her office through the years. They struggle with eating issues, sexual identity, social media…and many other challenges in this toxic culture. Dr. Meeker will encourage parents to invest love and time in their daughters and develop their character to give them the best opportunity for a bright future, all rooted in a spiritual foundation. The discussion also includes healthy feminism vs. toxic feminism

Mrs. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker is a pediatrician who is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on parenting, teens and children’s health. With appearances on numerous nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, her popularity as a an expert on key issues confronting families has created a strong following across America. Her work with countless families over the years served as the inspiration behind her best-selling books which include Strong Fathers, Strong DaughtersStrong Mothers, Strong Sons and The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers

Cover image of Dr. Meg Meeker's book "Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture"

Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps to Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe

Meg Meeker has been a pediatrician for more than thirty years, is a mother and a grandmother, and has seen it all. She knows what makes for strong, happy, healthy young women–and what puts our daughters at risk. Combining that experience with her famous common sense, she explains the eleven steps that will help your daughter–whether she’s a toddler or a troubled teen–to achieve her full human potential.

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

In this episode, we will tackle tough questions like, “When does life begin?” and “What does the Bible
say about Life?” You’ll discover and understand the stages of pre-born life and that babies are more than
just a clump of cells!

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