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Caring for the Forgotten Generation

Caring for the Forgotten Generation

Chaplain Bill Goodrich of God Cares Ministry describes the vibrant opportunity to befriend and share Christ with the elderly in your community. He shares his heart for this forgotten generation of precious people who deserve our love and attention.
Original Air Date: November 25, 2022

Chaplain Bill Goodrich: We have seen- based on the principles that we teach for nursing home ministry, we’ve seen about 85% of the residents take Jesus’ hand for salvation and for strength, to get them through their days.

John Fuller: There’s a mission field near you with lonely, often forgotten people, and they’re living out their final days in a nursing home, or a senior center. They’re longing to be loved. This is Focus on the Family, with your host, Focus president and author, Jim Daly. I’m John Fuller. And today, we’re talking about sharing the love of Christ with the elderly. And Jim, this is something every one of us can pray about and actually do something about.

Jim Daly: Oh, we can, John. And it’s so important that we remember the value of every human life. We talk about that a lot here at Focus on the Family. It’s been part of our core principle for 45 years. And we concentrate heavily on the pre-born, and we have great programs like Option Ultrasound. We’ve saved, together with the donors that have helped us, uh, half a million babies almost-

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: And we’re gonna hit that number, uh, I think soon. And uh, yet, there is the other end of the continuum. Those that are aging, those that are in special care, uh, homes around the country.

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: And I’m so grateful. Patty Watkins was my assistant and she, every year, started to organize people to take, uh, little, um, gifts to these nursing homes around Colorado Springs. And she was instrumental in getting Jean and I to get the boys involved, and we would take these gifts to these- uh, these folks who were, for the most part, just in their rooms.

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: And some of their own children were not visiting them very often, so it kind of broke our heart when we had our first-time experience. So today, we want to talk about that.

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: And there’s something like 1.3 million seniors in nursing homes around the country. Uh, that right there, if you could reach 1.3 million people, would you do it? As a believer, talking to others about Jesus and what he’s done for you?

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: I think it’s a great harvest field, if we think of it that way.

John: Indeed it is. And in the studio with us, to share some passion about this topic, is Chaplain Bill Goodrich, the Founder and President of God Cares Ministry, which is based in Ohio. Uh, Bill has been involved in nursing home ministry for several decades now and has written a book called Nursing Home Ministry: Where Hidden Treasures Are Found. And we have copies of that book here at Focus on the Family. Uh, stop by focusonthefamily.com/broadcast or call 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY.

Jim: Bill, welcome to Focus.

Bill: Thank you. It’s an honor- honor to be here.

Jim: Yeah, it’s good to have you. And what a great area of ministry, you know? So often, we think of the elderly as, maybe you know, they’ve lived their lives and we think of them of having family that cares for them until the very end. And that’s true of many, and that’s a good thing. But so often, like I said, 1.3 million uh, reside in nursing homes. I think there’s another million people who are in assisted living facilities. So, that’s a lot. 2.3 million people. And there’s something like 35% of the elderly who will be in, um, one form or the other of that kind of living environment. And I guess the right place to start is, so often, those older folks are neglected. So, what got you into this ministry?

Bill: Well Jim, that’s kind of funny because I had no idea how I got into this.

Jim: (laughing)

John: (laughing)

Bill: (laughing)

Jim: That’s usually the lord then, right? (laughs)

Bill: Yes. Um, I have a mechanical, carpentry kind of a background, and so I knew that that’s what I would be doing for the church. Maybe building buildings and stuff like that. But, uh-

Jim: Wow.

Bill: … somehow I ended up- I- I actually heard a interview on a radio program, they were looking for volunteers at a nursing home. And so, I- I went and interviewed and they said, “Would you bring people out for the church service on Sunday afternoon? We have five pastors that rotate through, um, the months and uh, bring them out, h- let them sit through the service and then when they’re done, take them back to their rooms.” And so, that’s what I did. But after about a month or two of this, watching the hunger inside their hearts for- for-

John: Mm-hmm.

Bill: … what Jesus offers, I began to pray and ask God, “What can be done? What can I do to help these people grow closer to Jesus?” And, that’s how it began.

Jim: You know, it’s int- interesting because, even in our experience, you know, we kind of fell in that direction because my assistant, Patty Watkins had said, “Hey, do you wanna sign up to do this?” And I, you know, “Oh, that’d be great to expose the kids to that.” Now the reality is, it’s- uh, your experience will be all over the map. I remember one woman that we encountered. She was dressed to the hilt and she was sitting on the edge of her bed, mentally sound as could be. We walked in and she said, “It’s so good to see you. Thank you for coming and visiting me.” It was sweet. She was lucid, she had all her faculties.

And what was so sad about her situation, she said her two sons had put her in this nursing home and that they rarely come to visit her anymore. That broke my heart because she was capable of so much. I mean, she was older but she was all there. And I thought, man, my heart just broke for her, that they’re not even stopping by to visit her. And, I just remember that experience because I- I felt like, “Wow, she needs people to stop in and say hi.” It’s all she needed.

Bill: Yes. About 80% of the residents receive less than one visit a month from family or friends.

Jim: Think of that.

John: Mm-hmm.

Bill: Yeah, that’s really a tragedy.

Jim: It’s really heartbreaking. So, kind of like, adopt a grandparent, adopt a parent, right?

Bill: Yes.

Jim: That’s part of it. Now, I wanna be honest because we had some, you know, kind of humorous but scary encounters too. I remember Troy had the bag, we had a blanket in these gift bags and some other uh, things that uh, uh, the person would receive. And so, Tr- (laughs) Troy was probably like five, and it wasn’t smart, we were going through the halls and popping into different rooms. And he went in by himself to this one room and all of a sudden I heard this woman screaming, “He took my wallet. He took my wallet.”

John: (laughing)

Bill: (laughing)

Jim: And she didn’t have all her faculties, and of course Troy came running out of the room like, “Daddy, I don’t know what she’s talking about.”

Bill: (laughs)

Jim: “I’m innocent. I’m innocent.” (laughing)

Bill: (laughing)

Jim: But we had to walk through that with him. I thought it was a good experience, I mean-

Bill: Yeah.

Jim: … just to say, you know, “When you get older, sometimes you don’t see things clearly-”

Bill: Yes.

Jim: “… your mind isn’t working quite right,” etc.

Bill: Yes.

Jim: But that’s part of what you encounter in doing that ministry as well.

Bill: Even though a person’s cognitive abilities are- are diminished, they still have a spirit-

John: Mm-hmm.

Bill: … and they are still open to the things of God. Jesus said, “My words- the words I speak are spirit.” And- and so, when we speak the word of God in a spirit of love, he reaches in and touches them in a way that is amazing.

John: Mm-hmm.

Bill: I’ll tell you story. I had a friend, her name was Ursula. And she, uh, used to come to our little Bible study. She was very quiet but she enjoyed the service. Because of HIPAA, they take away uh, the ability for us to know what’s going on with people when they move-

John: Sure.

Bill: So, she was- uh, one day she was just gone.

John: Mm-hmm.

Bill: And we- we couldn’t find her, didn’t know-

Jim: Oh, you mean physically?

Bill: Yeah. Yeah, physically.

Jim: Wow.

Bill: She was just- uh, she was not present in the home anymore, and so we didn’t know where she was. Anyway, uh, it was about a month or two late- later when I happened to be going down a hall and I saw her in a bed. It was like, so exciting, you know, “Here’s my friend, Ursula.” So I went in there, I knelt next to her bed and, uh, started just talking to her, “Ursula, how are you?” And she lost her ability to speak and all c- she can do was gibber.

Jim: Uh-huh.

Bill: She could not put one whole word together.

Jim: Aw.

Bill: And she would gibber, gibber. But I could tell she was happy to see me-

Jim: Uh-huh.

Bill: … she knew who I was, at least in- in presence. And uh, I said, “Ursula, I have something so important to tell you. Jesus loves you and so do I.” And it was really interesting ’cause her continence changed-

John: Mm-hmm.

Bill: … and her gibberish talk became solemn, like something was wrong.

John: Mm-hmm.

Bill: I was telling her that Jesus loved her, but I think she was telling me, “Something doesn’t align with that in my life.”

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Bill: And so I let her talk a little bit. And I said, “You know, Ursula, in this life there are so many things that don’t make sense, so many things that are broken, we can’t understand them. But when you get to heaven, Jesus is gonna make it all clear to you and it’s gonna be all right. It’s gonna all turn out for your good.” And she looked at me and paused for a moment, and she said, “Thank you. That was…” And then she gibber, gibber, gibbered.

John: Ah.

Jim: Right. But just clearly said, “Thank you.”

Bill: Yes.

Jim: I mean, that is so beautiful. Like, her clarity was there. It was a God moment.

Bill: God allowed her to have that window.

John: Yeah.

Jim: Boom.

Bill: Yes, it was beautiful.

Jim: See, that’s the beauty of engaging with those folks at that time. And you know, I- I- I guess the reason I mentioned all that is, it- it’s just a wide variety of experience that you’re gonna encounter there, right?

Bill: Yes.

Jim: These are people in their 80’s and 90’s, for the most part, who again, their families have placed them there for all kinds of reasons. Some get visits, some get very few visits. And that’s what you end up encountering, and you get all kinds of different mental capability-

Bill: Yes.

Jim: … and emotional capability in those visits as well. You also have a story, uh, I think it was a Jewish man that you encountered. Let’s- let’s cover that territory too ’cause that’s a great story.

Bill: We have a Bible study in the nursing home and, uh, one of the nurses came up to us and said, “There’s a gentleman down the hall that would like to talk to a minister.” So, I went down to talk to him and I said, “I heard you’d like to talk to a minister.” And he said, “Well actually, I just would like to talk to somebody who’s intelligent.”

John: (laughs)

Bill: And I laughed and I said, “Well, I don’t know if I can help you with that-”

Jim: (laughs) That’s good.

Bill: “… but I can- I can help you with a minister.”

John: (laughing)

Jim: (laughing)

Bill: And uh, as it turned out, he was a Jewish man. And uh, he had an interesting perspective of, even, the Jewish faith. But he started kind of drilling me with questions. And I said, “Look Ed, I don’t- I don’t wanna like, debate with you. I just wanna come and be your friend and help you and- uh, to understand the things about God.” And he said, “Oh, no, no, I want you to do that also.” Anyway, long of it short, uh, I- he began to ask questions that were kind of tough ones-

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Bill: … you know, about God and, “Why is this?” And, “If- if Jesus came to give peace, why is there still war?” And things like that. And finally, I said, “You know Ed, you are asking calculus questions. You need to get the basics first.” And- uh, and he just couldn’t hear what I said.

Jim: Ah.

Bill: And this was, uh, over a couple months of just visiting, and he was very antagonistic, very sarcastic. And- uh, but God, you know, our first and primary goal when we meet people in the nursing homes, is to build caring friendships. And as our friends are open, help them to take Jesus’ hand so that he can lead them where he wants to take them. And so, uh, you know, I just kind of endured his- his sarcasm and that. Long of it short, uh, I began to realize that Ed was not hearing me. And so, I said, “You know, Ed, there’s something that’s missing here. And Jesus told us that if we would open our heart to him and surrender, he would come in and then he would make sense of these things that I’m telling you.” And so, the next week I came in, I brought a little card with a- a prayer of surrender and salvation on it.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Bill: And on the back of it, there was a place that you can sign are name and, “On this date, I received Jesus as my lord and savior.”

Jim: Oh, okay. Yeah.

Bill: So I gave that card to him and he looked at me and he goes, “So, this is the magic prayer, huh? If I say this then I’m going to heaven.” And I said, “Ed, if you say this prayer and you mean it from your heart, God will receive you into his kingdom.”

John: Yeah, well said.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Bill: And he said- he said, “Okay.” And sat down and he started talking about something else. Now the interesting part, God moved Ed into a different room that was right next to our Bible study.

Jim: (laughs)

Bill: So even though he couldn’t get out of bed, he could hear everything that was going on. So, he would ask us for the scripture handouts that we had, that had the Bible verses and a prayer on the bottom, and he would follow along for the, uh, Bible study.

It was funny, one time I came into his room after the service and he looked at the paper and he says, “Well, I want you to know…” There were five verses on it, he says, “I want you to know I agree with everything on here except for the first four.”

Jim: (laughing)

John: (laughing)

Bill: And I said, “Well, that’s great.”

Jim: He does sound cantankerous.

Bill: Yes, he was rough.

Jim: (laughs)

Bill: And I says, “Well, that’s great. You agree with one of them. Let’s talk about that.”

Jim: Yeah, (laughs) g- good.

Bill: And so, uh, oh, about another month, it was several months here, but about ano- another month later, he- I came into his room and he says, “Here, look at that card.” And I picked it up and I’m just kind of like, looking at the prayer and he goes, “Well, turn it over.” And I turn it over, his name and- and date was on it.

Jim: Wow.

John: Mm-hmm.

Bill: And I said, “Did you mean this from your heart, Ed?” He said, “Yeah.” And I shook his hand and I said, “Welcome to God’s kingdom.”

John: Ah.

Jim: Wow.

Bill: Shortly after that, he started wearing a cross.

Jim: Oh.

Bill: Which is a pretty big thing for a Jewish person.

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: Absolutely.

John: Yeah.

Bill: And uh, shortly after that… I- I mean, during the- the months that follow, he was a lot more open. Well, I- I just wanna conclude by saying, uh, several months later, I came to- uh, I- I really had a inkling to visit him on a Saturday. Our Bible studies are on a Tuesday but I just came out-

John: Yeah.

Bill: … really felt strong to go visit him. Uh, when I got to his room, he says, “Oh, it’s not Tuesday, what are you doing here?” I says, “Ed, I just felt strongly that God wanted us to visit with each other today.” He was so touched by that, and so we just began to talk and share. He had some scriptures that he wanted me to read for him, and we prayed. It was such a great time, just a real great bonding. About two weeks later, I came to visit again and he was gone. He was in heaven.

Jim: Yeah. Wow.

Bill: So…

Jim: You think of that, th- that should convince many people to say, “Okay. I’m gonna try to get engaged.” Um, let me just get the capsulation before we take a little break and John tells people how to get a hold of us, and perhaps links to your ministry as well at the website. But it’s God Cares Ministry. What are your main goals? What are you trying to achieve with God Cares Ministry?

Bill: Well, what we do is we train, equip and support Christian volunteers who will go into senior care homes to share the love and the word of Jesus, helping residents take his hand to find hope and peace. That’s ultimately what our mission statement is.

Jim: And that story does encapsulate that.

John: Yeah, yeah.

Bill: And so, I would say this too, our- our work, we don’t go in to evangelize, per se. As I said earlier, our first and primary goal is to develop caring friendships.

Jim: Yeah.

Bill: And through that friendship, to help the resident take Jesus’ hand. We use a little bit different language in this environment because it’s not a Christian environment, necessarily, in a nursing home.

Jim: Right.

Bill: And so, we have to be wise on how we come in there. And uh, the caring friendships and helping people take Jesus’ hand is well received even among the administration.

Jim: Yeah.

John: Well, God Cares Ministry is, uh, the organization that um, our guest, Bill Goodrich, uh, leads. And we want you to learn more, we’ll link over uh, the details about what they do and, uh, the book that Bill has written called, Nursing Home Ministry: Where Hidden Treasures Are Found.

Bill: Mm-hmm.

John: You’ll find details at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast, or call 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY.

Jim: Bill, let me ask you about the pandemic, COVID and the impact. Nursing homes were in the news quite a bit um, you know, typically for not good reasons. Where, certain states were allowing in- infected people to go into the nursing homes, come out of the hospital. It’s still being debated, I think, now in terms of the wisdom of that. But describe, kind of, that bump for your ministry and a- h- how your hands got tied, right? I mean, you- you couldn’t go into the buildings, I’m sure.

Bill: Yeah. We had a couple thousand volunteers that were shut out of the care homes.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Bill: And it was very difficult. And we got before the Lord and we prayed, “How do we get the word of God to these residents anyway?” And now, there were a lot of window visits-

Jim: Huh.

Bill: … a lot of Skype and Zoom visits-

Jim: Right.

Bill: … which was great. Uh, but it was extremely uh, minimized in that.

Jim: Yeah, not a lot of human interaction. I mean, the poor patients or the poor residents couldn’t even meet with their family members, right?

Bill: That’s correct.

Jim: Uh, Jean and I didn’t have a- a family member in that situation but we knew lots of friends-

Bill: Yes.

Jim: … where their parents were in that. It was heart wrenching.

Bill: It was devastating, uh, for the residents, and even the staff too-

Jim: Huh.

Bill: … who was caring for them. The loneliness was so thick and so difficult for the residents. Uh, you know, you can’t isolate human beings without causing major struggle.

Jim: Let me- let me insert something, an observation there. You know, the Lord uh, in Genesis, I mean, he creates us for relationship. And when we don’t get it, we suffer.

Bill: Yeah. The residents became anxious, fearful, hopeless-

Jim: Ah.

Bill: … and their companion was a television. And that did not help at all, it accelerated those problems.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Bill: And even now, when we’re allowed to go back in, we’re finding that they’re ambivalent, they’re, uh… We had to kind of restart. A lot of the residents passed away ’cause it was over a two-year period-

Jim: Wow. Yeah.

Bill: … that, uh, we were not able to be in there. So, we’re starting over really. Reestablishing relationships and, you know, pointing them to the Lord.

John: Yeah.

Bill: And it just takes a little bit of time to get things started again.

Jim: But- but you can see the difference, right?

Bill: Yes, absolutely.

Jim: What a difference a relationship makes.

Bill: One of the things we were able to do, Jim, was to create these uh, scripture handouts. They’re giant print scriptures with a prayer on the bottom and a word puzzle on the back. And we put them on our website and the activity directors of home were able to download these and pass them out to the residents.

Jim: Ah.

Bill: So the word of God was still able to reach many people. In fact, we reached more through that than we did in 25 years prior to the pandemic.

Jim: Ah, wow.

Bill: So-

John: Because you had the directors of the activities actually distributing to all residents, right?

Bill: That’s correct.

Jim: Yeah.

John: Yeah.

Bill: And uh, so uh, we had about 5,000 activity directors distributing these to uh, residents and some of the staff in the home.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Bill: So we know that the word of God was being spread throughout this pandemic.

Jim: Yeah. Uh, you know, one of the great concerns we have at Focus is that our culture is devaluing life. We have a number of states that have uh, legalized assisted suicide. It’s kind of spreading around the world, really. What are you seeing, broadly, with the culture uh, beyond the church? And, how do we- how do we stand for life at this uh, end of the spectrum?

Bill: In our fast-paced society, we see people- we see the value of people by what they can give or do, or do for us.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Bill: And it appears that the residents can’t do anything for us. But as the book is called, Nursing Home Ministry: Where Hidden Treasures Are Found, once you get past the skin and the awkwardness of that environment, you find out that the treasures are still inside those bodies.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Bill: And whatever we give, if we give love, if we give kindness, if we give truth, Jesus has said, “Give and it will be given to you; uh, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing.” That’s what happens. We find this amazing return. So many r- uh, of our volunteers say, “I go to give but I get so much more than I can ever give to them.”

John: Yeah.

Bill: And it’s not like we go there to get something-

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Bill: … we go to give, in the- in the principle that Jesus said, in Luke 6, comes back to us.

Jim: Yeah. It’s so- so true and so good. Uh, demographers are saying that basically baby boomers will outnumber, in a few short years, uh, the younger generation. And it- it- it’s unfortunate because you look at the, uh, abortion uh, deaths, 63, 64 million-

Bill: Mm-hmm.

Jim: … um, it’s taken out, you know, that- that uh, younger generation. So, we have a top-heavy generation. H- how do we encourage people to get that right, to uh, move into these people, the elderly people’s lives and do what you’re doing, to talk to them about the Lord? I mean, if you’re in your 30’s and 40’s, maybe 50’s, I- I got a lot going on, Bill. I mean, really? You want me to go on a Saturday or on a Tuesday and- and talk to some elderly people?

Bill: Well, just as you said, Jim, you took your family there. And I think it’s a great family ministry.

Jim: It is.

Bill: It is a- a great way to help our young children recognize the value of people. It’s so important that we see them beyond the outside appearance, but that they’re still people. And they’re the people that built our churches and our highways and our structures that allow us to have the- uh, the benefits that we have today in this world.

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Bill: You know? And here’s the thing that I see. That, when people are devalued, that’s when you can say th- it’s not important to keep them. The- the younger generation is gonna have such a strain to take care of the older generation because of the top-heavy point that you made. And when that happens, the- the consensus is going to be, “Let’s get rid of them.”

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Bill: They have found that the last two years of a person’s life, they spend more money on healthcare in that last two years-

Jim: Yeah.

Bill: … than they do all their previous life.

Jim: Right.

Bill: And so, to- to save resource, they’re gonna be looking at that. It’s God’s will that we love them. And that’s why Jesus said that, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is to look after widows and orphans in their distress.” We don’t consider them orphans but they are like or- orphans because they do not have families, so many of them.

John: Yeah.

Bill: And they- we need to do what we can to take care of them.

Jim: Yeah, that’s so true. And you know, at Focus on the Family, again, we’ve stood for life right from cradle to grave, as we say-

John: Yes.

Jim: … and- and God’s natural hand and all of that.

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: We don’t support euthanasia or, you know, some kind of economic overview as to how people should uh, spend the money at the end of their lives. I mean, it’s for them to decide. But we support life right to the end, and we would say natural death. You know, letting God play that role-

Bill: Mm-hmm. Yes.

Jim: … in that. And I wanna make sure everybody knows that. Um, you mention in the book, uh, that few- few churches really speak to this area of ministry, and- and that’s unfortunate actually. Because again, if our goal as the Christian church, is to bring people into the kingdom of God, if that’s job one, to go and har- you know, be part of the harvest of souls, then churches are missing it, uh, because this area is so white under the harvest, you might say.

Bill: You know, there’s a lot of statistics about, if you don’t accept the Lord by age 20 or 25 or something, you’re unlikely to do that. We have seen, based on the principles that we teach for nursing home ministry, we have seen about 85% of the residents take Jesus’ hand-

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Bill: … for salvation and for strength to get them through their days.

Jim: Yeah. Wow.

Bill: It’s incredible. They are so open if you come to them. You know, if you bring a childlike evangelistic program to them, they’re gonna reject it. But if you respect them for who they are, somebody that’s older than you, that’s been there before you-

Jim: Yeah.

Bill: … and understands things that you never even thought of, if you come to them like that and then you share th- with them what Jesus promised-

Jim: Yeah.

Bill: … they are very open.

Jim: Bill, right at the end here for the viewer or the listener, um, how do you get involved? Okay. “So, that’s interesting. I’d like to think about that and talk to my husband and see if we could get k- our kids involved in that,” kind of like what Jean and I did with Trent and Troy-

Bill: Mm-hmm.

Jim: … what do we do?

Bill: Well, of course, we’re here to do anything and everything we can to help an individual and/or a church develop a outreach to a nursing home. It doesn’t take a lot. Let me just say this, that there is a great need inside a nursing home. Anyone who’s a Christian and has a love for elderly people can do it, and we can help you get started.

Jim: Yeah.

Bill: We have books, we have videos, we have coaching. Whatever we can do, we will help you get started-

Jim: Great.

Bill: … and that’s what we’re here for.

Jim: And what we’ll do is we’ll uh, link to the website-

Bill: Great.

Jim: … and people can come to focusonthefamily.com and get that information and uh, we’ll m- make that link. But thank you for what you’re doing, Bill. Thank you for the heart. I can just see your gentle spirit all over the place here and how uh, that must be so encouraging for those people in these assisted or nursing home environments, to have you come in with your gentle and sweet spirit and talk with them about the Lord. Uh, you’re in the right spot.

Bill: Thank you, brother. I am so grateful for the life I get to live. It’s such an honor and privilege to do this work.

Jim: How about that? Giving yourself in that way so people can come to know the Lord at the very end of their lives. I think that’s time well spent and I so appreciate it. Thanks for being with us.

Bill: Thank you, Jim. Thank you, John.

Jim: Well listen, if you wanna know more, let’s start with the book, Nursing Home Ministry. And you can get a copy of that right from Focus on the Family. Just contact us, if you can help support us, we’ll send it as our way of saying thank you for that support. If you can’t afford it, we’ll get it to you, um, ’cause you can put that toward the nursing home ministry. So, uh, we just wanna get it into your hands. So get a hold of us here at Focus on the Family.

John: Yeah. Our phone number is 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY. 800-232-6459. And you’ll find us at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: John, also, as we begin to wrap up another calendar year of ministry, I want to urge our friends to uh, give families hope by supporting Focus on the Family. If you would allow me to be so bold, hundreds of thousands of people reach out to us every year with needs in their families, their marriages, and for help in representing Christ and the culture. How do we go about doing this? Focus is just a super resource center for everybody. Uh, some generous friends have made it possible for you to double your gift to Focus through a matching opportunity. They’ll match whatever you give today, so please call us and donate and double your giving today.

John: Mm-hmm. And call today, our number is 800-A-FAMILY. And thanks in advance for your generosity. Well on behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team here, thanks for joining us today for Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller, inviting you back as we once more help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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Nursing Home Ministry: Where Hidden Treasure Are Found

Receive the book Nursing Home Ministry and the audio download of the broadcast "Caring for the Forgotten Generation" for your donation of any amount! And now through a special matching opportunity, your gift will be DOUBLED, dollar for dollar!

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Reflecting on Our Blessings at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the blessings God has given us and express our gratitude for His bountiful grace and mercy. Becky Kopitzke will share fun ideas to incorporate gratitude into your family’s Thanksgiving traditions.

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Removing the Barriers Between You and Your Prodigal Child

When someone you love makes poor choices in their lifestyle, relationships, or moral decision-making, there IS hope! Phil Waldrep provides concrete steps to removing any barriers that might stop your prodigal child from coming back to the Lord.

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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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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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 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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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.

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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

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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,

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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

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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.

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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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Debra Fileta

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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 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!

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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 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.

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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.

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!

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

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