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Celebrating God’s Blessings on Thanksgiving

Celebrating God’s Blessings on Thanksgiving

In celebration of Thanksgiving, we present portions of previous interviews with broadcast guests who talked about the importance of being thankful in all circumstances, good and bad, and how parents can teach their children gratitude.

Opening:

John Fuller: We asked several staff members in the hallways what they’re thankful for and here’s what they said:

Excerpt:

Eva: This year, I’m thankful for my sons; they’re 3 and 5 years old and they just add so much joy and fun to my life.

Mike: I’m thankful that we can live in a state where we can hike and experience nature.

Kathryn: I’m thankful this year for technology because I just moved away from my family so it helps me keep in touch with them.

Ashley: This year I’m thankful that my family is healthy and happy.

Brian: I’m thankful for the opportunity each evening where I get to sit with my daughters before they go to sleep and talk with them.

End of Excerpt

John: Well, those are just a few things that each one of us can be thankful for and we want to take some time today to remember those things for which we can be grateful as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Welcome to Focus on the Family. Your host is Focus president and author, Jim Daly and I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John, I love Thanksgiving! You get to spend time with your family, eat great food– thank you, Jean– and of course you get to watch some football here and there! (chuckling) But most importantly, it’s time to gather together and thank God for all of His blessings toward us. And in Psalm 95:2-3, it says, “Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving. Let us make a joyful noise to him with songs and praise, for the Lord is a great God and a great king above all gods.”

So I want to take this opportunity to say that I’m thankful for just the Lord’s work through the ministry here at Focus on the Family. I mean, it’s fun every day to come in and help save marriages and help parents do a better job and lead people to Christ! I mean, it just is something we should be skipping into the office here for, John, and it’s so wonderful. Hundreds of thousands of babies saved through Option Ultrasound and I hope you supporting and doing, through that support, the work of the ministry, you are thankful for that as well. You know, it’s one thing to be here in the bone and the flesh and have to do it, but you guys participate in that by supporting the ministry. I truly am grateful to you. And I can’t wait to be in heaven, just all of us together, saying, Lord, we hope this pleased you, what we have accomplished. And of course, I’m thankful for my wonderful family, for Jean and our two wonderful boys and what we can do in the foster care for those kids coming in and out of our house.

John: Well, yeah, you’ve got a lot going on, Jim. And I certainly am thankful for my family. I love that verse, ‘cause it reminds me that God’s grace is so abundant and he gives so many gifts and I’m trying to open my eyes just to– not just the big things in His work in my heart and in my family’s life but also just the little gifts that He gives. I think He– somebody talked about little kisses from God and I think He sends things like a sunrise or a sunset and those are really rich little things we can be thankful for.

Today we want to help you kind of get your eyes up and onto God and to see the gifts that He’s given you. And I think you’ll enjoy the treat we have, which includes a free download of this broadcast. You can find that and of course a lot of other great resources at focusonthefamily.com/radio.

Jim: Yeah, here’s a question– now, I’ve got to admit, this sounds like a guy question everybody (chuckle), but why should we say thank you? Especially to God? He knows we’re thankful. So why do we have to say it again? And I think Dr. R.T. Kendall answered this beautifully in a conversation we had with him a while back.

John: And Dr. Kendall is a pastor, he has written more than 60 books. Here he reminds us that no matter what, we always have a reason to thank God.

Body:

R.T. Kendall: When I was still at Westminster Chapel, we were preaching through Philippians and when we came to chapter 4, verse 6, it says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, make your request known to God.” I was preaching on that.

I can tell you, this does not happen to me every day, but that day, when I focused on those two words, “With thanksgiving,” I felt so convicted. And I thought, “Lord, help me to get through this sermon, because I want to get down to the vestry and repent.” It was as though my whole life came before me.

And the Lord reminded me of one thing after another that He had done for me and He said, “R.T., are youthankfulfor that?” And I said, “Well, yes.” “You didn’t tell Me.” And when I got back to the vestry, I made a vow that I would be athankfulman for the rest of my life.

I keep a journal and I can tell you where I was at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, April 2nd, 1987. I do that, you know. it’s something I do. What I do now every day is read my journal for yesterday, go through every item and thank the Lord for every little thing. And you know how long it takes? About 20 seconds, that’s all.

Jim: Just to write a few—

R.T.: But it’s—

Jim: –things down.

R.T.: –just a way of beingthankful. So, when you ask the question, you know, it sounded a little prideful or presumptuous, but I havevowedto bethankful. And something I found out that I didn’t know about when I wrote the book, did you know medical science has shown thatthankfulpeople live longer?

Jim: Oh, I believe that.

R.T.: Yeah, yeah. It … it’s been statistically proved [sic],thankfulpeople live longer.

Jim: Is gratitude a feeling or is it uh … simply more than that? What is gratitude andthankfulness?

R.T.: Well, it is a feeling, but it does need to be expressed. And I remember when uh … we had a prayer meeting at Westminster Chapel and uh … we had done this for years, uh … an hour before the evening service. And I said, “Tonight we are not going to ask for anything. We’re just gonna bethankful. And we’re gonna spend the whole 30 minutes thanking God. No petitions, no requests. So, let us pray.”

Total silence. I said, “What’s the matter with you people? Aren’t youthankful?” And silence. And I said, “Well, is anybodythankfulfor salvation?” Oh, yeah, one man said, “Well, Lord we thank You that You’ve saved us.” And I said, “What about Jesus? Are youthankfulfor Jesus?” “Well, yes.” “Well … well tell Him.” In other words, going through the most obvious things.

People say, “Oh, He doesn’t need to hear that. He … He knows.” I said, “Wrong.” We take it for granted. Do you remember when Jesus healed 10 lepers. Only one came back and said, “Thank you.” And the first thing Jesus said, “Where are the nine? Where are the nine?”

So, I have come up with these principles, Jim. God loves gratitude. God hates ingratitude. Gratitude must be taught.

Jim: R.T., do you think, putting myself in that situation, trying to understand why people were hesitant, do you think it was an unfamiliarity with it or as you said, they just didn’t know how to express. Why is it important to express things to God? Let me ask it that way.

R.T.: Because He said to. That’s the reason. It … it’s a command. The Psalmist again and again, “Give thanks to the Lord. Enter into His courts with praise, with thanksgiving.” And God wants to be told this. This is the thing that convicted me while I was preaching that day on Philippians 4:6. I saw it so clearly. And you know, it was … I don’t say this was an audible voice. I’m not saying that, but it was as powerful as if it were. It was as if the Lord said, “R.T., you come from Kentucky. You make it to Westminster Chapel. Not bad for a boy from Kentucky. Are you thankful?” “Well, yes, Lord.” “You haven’t told Me.”

Jim: Hm.

R.T.: I said, “Well, Lord, Youknow; YouknowI’mthankful.” And this is the thing that was put on my heart for days. And that’s why I wrote this book. God just wants you to tell him.

John: Such a good reminder of how important it is for us to be thankful and to have those conversations with God. You know, if we’re being honest, it’s easy to thank Him when things are going well, but when things don’t go our way, we often forget to say thank you, don’t we? Here’s a friend of Focus on the Family, Susie Larson, who had to ask herself that question. Lord, where are You and why should I be thankful when things in her life kept going wrong.

Susie Larson: You know, coming into marriage, most of my friends were about four or five years older than me and so, they were a stage or two ahead of the game. They had nice homes. Their kids wore name-brand clothes. Parenting seemed to come out of instinct for them. So, I was quite sure that’s how my life would be.

Jim: Now was that real? Or is that what you perceived?

Susie: No, but—

Jim: Was that really where—

Susie: –they really—

Jim: –they were living?

Susie: –had a lot goin’ for them.

Jim: Okay.

Susie: And they were in good stages of life. They had their health. They … they had good lives and I’m sure they had their struggles. I know they did, but really um … they had good lives. And so, you know, I really went into marriage going, “I want so much to raise authentic Christ-following kids who have a real faith and not somethin’ that they’ve put a face on and … on Sunday morning.”

But I did not know that the way up would be down. And God had a different plan for us altogether. And the first seven yearsof our marriage were marked by unrelenting back-to-back crises. And for example, just many months on bed rest with high-risk pregnancies, followed by many more months in bed. I was bit unknowingly by the deer tick during my third pregnancy. So, after six months in bed, I spent many more months in bed, battling that terrible disease.

My little ones, two of ‘em had major respiratory issues, so we’re in and out of the hospital with them. When things started to get better for me, my husband ended up with cancer. So, we had our share. And I’ll be honest with you. I battled uh … jealousy. I love my friends, but I would look at what they had and for the life of me, could not figure out why—

John: Uh-hm.

Susie: –I was a “have not.” And on top of that, you have well-meaning people who say things like, “You know, a loving God wouldn’t let that many hard things happen to one family unless you were maybe hiding sin. So—

Jim: Ooh.

Susie: –if you just come clean with whatever it is you’re dealing with.” And I truly would open my heart to say, “Speak into my life if You see anything. Nobody wants out of this more than I do.”

Jim: Sounds like a Job experience, I mean, almost verbatim.

Susie: It very, very much was. In fact, I actually had a lot of people ask if we’d read the book of Job. But um … God was getting at something in me, because I’d become a striver and someone who’s really trying to earn my way. And so, when the … when the foundation was cleared and it really culminated um … one day. Our house was falling apart. We had s … more debt than income with medical debt.

I’m laying on the couch, hooked up to a[n] IV therapy, hooked to our broken miniblinds. Our dryer had been broken for the umpteenth time, so we had a rope hanging across the living room with all ofthese clothes that I wanted to burn, ‘cause they were all old, beat-up, garage sale clothes.

And so, I … it was a constant reminder in my face of where my life was going. Our house was really falling apart. Different people were taking care of my kids, because I was so sick. My husband barrels in the door, tryin’ to keep the mood light–bless his heart–and he blows a hole right through the entryway. (Laughter)

John: Oh, my goodness.

Susie: I mean, really, he stepped in and boom! The floor gave way and he was up to his armpits in a hole in our entryway. I’m hanging from this IV, looking at these clothes. I looked down into the entryway, my shell-shocked husband, who’s standing up to his armpits in this gaping hole and I said, “We are pathetic losers. (Laughter) We live in the money pit!” You know, I was beside myself.
And my sweet husband climbed out of the hole and I wanted to break down and cry, because it was such a … such a terrible spot. But I opened up my journal and something inside inspired me to start writing the things I was thankful for.

And so, I said, “Lord, I thank You that I have a husband, who keeps coming home every day after work. He doesn’t keep driving. And he’s so good. I’m 20-something and I’m a debt. He married a lemon. I mean, I really felt like that. He got the raw end of this deal. I thank You that I have three little boys down the hall who are … don’t know we’re in the crisis of our lives.”

Jim: Uh-hm.

Susie: “And … and I have water I can get out of the faucet. And I have some food in the ‘fridgerator.” And before I knew it, I literally did fill three pages of my journal with things that I was so grateful for. And I was sobbing in gratitude . And at that moment, surrounded by that despicable mess, I was the wealthiest woman alive and I really did feel that way…

Jim: You and I have uh … you know, amazing kindred spirits, I think, because you … you’re the mom going through it. I was the little boy going through it in our respective families. Um … there were days we had nothing to eat. I mean, literally. I can only imagine the pain in my single mom’s heart that I’d wake up and literally, we’d have a little … maybe some Cheerios and we had to put Kool-Aid on ‘em, because we didn’t have any milk and then you take one bite of that and you spit it out and you go to school, ‘cause it’s disgusting. You have a similar story I think, with pancakes.

Susie: Yes, I remember that well. I um … we didn’t have any food in the cupboards except a little bit of pancake mix. And I couldn’t ask friends for help. Church had helped. Friends had helped. I was at the end of myself. There … I was not gonna ask one more person. It just … I was at that point and I didn’t feel like God wanted me to either.

And I woke up already under mycircumstances, already depressed because we had more bills than income, more mouths to feed than food. And I was battling this disease. I was in my 20s. I felt like I was 90. I had … my face pulsated for numbness … with numbness for about three months and my eye twitched constantly for about three months. I had memory losses. I couldn’t remember at times who was the President at the moment and so horrifying and so scary to be so young, have three active little boys and to feel like, “I’m either gonna die or I’m gonna barely live, but this is killin’ me.”

I was walking down the hall, so depressed. And something fluttered, an opportunity fluttered within me. And it was just the Lord saying, “There’s an opportunity here.” And I opened up the cupboard and saw my … my little bag of pancake mix. And I made one pancake, a big large one and put a candle in the middle. And I had my three chubby little boys sittin’ around the table on their phone books and booster chairs. And their eyes lit up like, “Who’s birthday is it?” you know. (Laughter)

And I put the plate in the middle of the table and I said, “Guys, aren’t we just so blessed.” I said, “Daddy’s out there workin’ so hard for us. We have this roof over our head. God is with us. We’re just gonna celebrate how blessed we are and we’re gonna eat off the same plate right now.”

And they just leaned in and they blew out the candle and we ate together. And then we went out and played in the sand box. And that again, was a landmark moment for me, because I was so depressed when I woke up. And God showed me that in every situation, there is a cause for thanksgiving.

John: In the New Testament, Paul admonishes us to rejoice always, pray without ceasing and give thanks in all circumstances. That’s in 1 Thessalonians, chapter 5. This is John Fuller, along with Jim Daly. You’re listening to Focus on the Family and today we’re celebrating Thanksgiving and what it means to be thankful. And don’t forget, we have a free download of today’s broadcast and other thanksgiving programming at focusonthefamily.com/radio.

It’s important for us to look back and remember where this holiday comes from. Many of us know the story of the Pilgrims, but we often forget how difficult their first years were here in the New World. Let’s take a closer look at the story of the first Thanksgiving and listen to a conversation I had with American historian, Bill Federer, who explained the significance of that event.

Bill Federer: In Europe, prior to the pilgrims coming over, they had this philosophy that whatever the king believed, the kingdom had to believe. Well, in England, King Henry VIII was the head of the Anglican church. He was not a very spiritual gentleman. He ended up having six wives. Their fates were: divorce, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. So, there was a group of people that thought they wanted to purify the Church of England. They were nicknamed the Puritans.

John: Puritans.

Bill: The king didn’t think he needed any purifying, thank you, so he persecuted them. And so, they decided to come to the New World. They decided to go to the Jamestown Colony. Their ship was the Speedwell, but it didn’t speed very well and so, they started leaking. They had to take it back to England, using up precious supplies and precious time. And then they got into the smaller Mayflower.

The Mayflower left; took a couple months to come across. It was winter time now, so the North Atlantic was stormy–so stormy that the main beam cracked. And they had to … one printer had his printer screw; stuck it under there; put the beam back in place. The deck was four-feet high–the under deck where they had to be confined and you can imagine crying babies. You know, one person died on the way over and a baby was born on the way over.

When they got to the New World, they had been blown off course and did not land in VA. So, they were north of there. They tried to come around, but the waves and the shoals were too great. So, they decided to land at Plymouth Rock. When they got ashore, they were afraid that they would land in an area where the Indians would be hostile. But lo and behold, those violent Indian tribes had been wiped out by a plague that came through that area. So, the one place on the English seaboard … New England seaboard the Pilgrims landed, there was not an Indian tribe there that they were displacing.

When they were there, the first winter half of them died. It got so bad, the men were out there chopping wood, building cabins. And they’d get sweaty; the sweat would turn into a fever. They’d catch pneumonia … die. At one place, only three people were healthy enough to be standing.

John: Now you said half of them died. How many were there?

Bill: There was about 102 and then the one born and the other died. So, when they … they … at the end of that first winter, there were 52 of them. And they would bury them at night time, ‘cause they thought if there were some Indians watching, they wouldn’t notice how weak they were.

Then the next spring is when a miracle happened. They would not have made it through another winter. The next spring, an Indian comes into camp and begins to speak to them in broken English. And he tells them of another Indian, who had been to England. And now this is where the story gets interesting.

As it turns out, the same time the Pilgrims left England and went to Holland, an Indian was lured on a ship, taken captive to England and lived there for nine years, who … by these fishing, you know, men. His name was Tisquantum, later Squanto.

John: Uh-hm, yes.

Bill: He finally got passage back to the New England coast. When he landed there, he was reunited with his family and this is what William Bradford wrote in hisHistory of the Plymouth Settlement.

“About the 16th of March,1621, a certain Indian came boldly among them; spoke to them in broken English. His name was Samoset. He told them of another Indian, whose name was Squanto, a native of this place, who’d been in England and could speak better English–better than himself.

“About four or five days later, came the aforesaid Squanto. He continued with them and was a special instrument, sent of God, for their good, beyond their expectation. He showed them how to plant corn, take fish and other commodities. Guided them to places unknown. Never left them till he died.”

He was a native of these parts and one of the few survivors of the plague. Squanto was also their interpreter with the Indians, so they never had any attacks, like they had in Virginia–a tremendous testimony of the godly heritage. Their third year there, William Bradford issued the first officialThanksgivingand he said that, “All ye men and ye children and ye wives shall assemble on the … the hill on Thursday, November 29th in the year of our Lord, 1623, and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed at ye Plymouth Rock, to hear ye pastor renderThanksgiving to ye Almighty God for His blessings.” So, it wasn’t like the modern school textbooks thatThanksgivingwas to thank the Indians. It was to thank Almighty God.

John: Great insights and passion from Bill Federer about that first Thanksgiving. And as we close, we have one final perspective featuring Joni Eareckson Tada, who has been wheelchair-bound for the past 50 years. You think she’d be angry, but she’s instead chosen to thank God for the many blessings in her life.

Jim: Joni, some people may not be familiar with your story, a powerful story, as a teenager, the accident that happened. Could you uh … tell us again, how that happened and then we’ll go from there?

Joni Eareckson Tada: Well, here we are in the middle of summer and it was on a hot day like this thatmysister, Kathy and I went swimming on the Chesapeake Bay and … and she was in the water. I swam out to this raft. Took a stupid dive, hit bottom immediately.

John: Hm.

Joni: I don’t know wheremyhead was. I was doing a pike dive off of a raft. Hello!

Jim: Oh.

Joni: I must have been 17-years-old and thinkin’ that I could recklessly do whatever I wanted to do withmyathletic body and … and come out all the better for it. But this time I hit bottom.

Jim: Hm.

Joni: And that snappedmyneck, breakingmyuh … fourth cervical level and leaving me paralyzed. For the longest time in the hospital, I think I was just numb and I was buoyed up by the well wishes of friends, telephone calls, get-well cards comin’ out ofmymailbox, just posters on the … lots of visitors, it was a novelty.

Jim: Hm.

Joni: For a while there, just being in the hospital, having this strange condition that had happened to me was a novelty. But whenmyfriends began to go off to college that fall and other friends began to move out of town, get married, when I began to witness their lives going on and I was still stuck in that hospital, the visitors weren’t coming by as frequently. No more get-well cards. Boy, that’s when the reality of the doctors’ words, “You’ll never walk again or use the … your hands. Your hands and your legs are gonna be paralyzed the rest of yourlife, Joni.”

That’s when I began to just feel this overwhelming sense of despair, not just depression, but despair, hopelessness.God, I can’t do this. I mean, You’ve got the wrong person. I’m not the bookworm type, who’s good at sitting in one place for a long time. I’m athletic. Don’t You remember that? I mean, I’m … I’m the girl who plays tennis, who likes to hike and horseback ride and swim. And You got … got the wrong lady here.” I just could not understandGod’s thinking, why He would allow this terrible accident to happen, especially since just a month or two earlier, beforemyaccident, as I was graduating from high school, I had prayed to be drawn closer to Him. Like hello!

Jim: Hm.

Joni: If this is Your idea of an answer to prayer,God,for a closer walk with You, man! You arenotgonna be trusted with any more ofmyprayers. This was just … You just took me too seriously. You … You couldn’t have … didn’t You understand? I mean, I wasn’t thinkingparalysis.
So, that’s where I was stuck in a miry pit of despair, depression, hopelessness. I can’t do this. OGod, I can’t do it. And thankfully, in the midst of that depression, it wasChristian friends, young people frommyhigh school, who um … had heard aboutmyinjury, neighbors, just frommychurch, Christian friends who didn’t know a lot about disability. They didn’t know whether to call me a[n] invalid, cripple, motion-impaired, physically challenged—

Jim: Hm.

Joni: –differently enabled. I mean, they didn’t know all the fancy-schmancy euphemisms, but they loved Jesus. They loved His Word and they knew that I was a kid in desperate need of help.

I remember a young person sat atmyhospital bedside, opened up to me 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and read to me, “In everything give thanks, for this is the will ofGodin Christ Jesus concerning you.” And I felt like throwing up on his shoes. (Laughter) It was like, “You’ve gotta be kidding. No way.” Andmyfriend said, “Stop, let me read it again, because it doesn’t say, Joni, you’ve gotta feel thankful in all things. It says, “Give thanks.” You start small. You can’t give thanks for alifeof total paralysis, but you start giving thanks for those things for which you can give thanks.”

And so, he challenged me. And so, I didn’t feel like it, but I did it. “Okay,God, tomorrow morning I’m gonna wake up and I give thanks thatmy… okay,myhospital bed is near the window. That means I can see the trees and the birds and um … okay, um … they’re servingmyside of the hospital hallway breakfast first. (Laughter) That means the … the breakfast will be warm. And um … let’s see, Jesus. I give You thanks uh … okay, thatmyfriends occasionally, they’re comin’. Myfamily hasn’t deserted me. I can sit up in a wheelchair. I can go to physical therapy. I can think and see and feel and read.”

Oh,mygoodness. And about a month later thismiracleoccurred. Suddenly out of nowhere, I had this emotion of thankfulness.Godrewarded me for taking a step of faith when I did not feel like it, getting intoGod’s Word and … and believing it and acting on it, doing it. And He rewarded with me thepowerto overcome and actually feel thankful.

Closing:

Jim: I can’t imagine the difficulties that Joni’s gone through these past 50 years.50 years! It’s inspiring to hear how, in spite of her pain and difficulty, Joni still thanks God every day. And as an able-bodied person, man, that challenges me to be thankful for so much. Let’s be honest, what Joni has done is very hard. We hear a story like that or we hear verses that tell us to give thanks in all things and we know we should but because of things in our life, it’s hard to do it. It’s kind of like lip service, right?

But you may be listening right now and you’re struggling and I know that the holidays especially can be hard for a lot of people. And if that’s you, I want to encourage you to visit us online or call us on Monday when we’re all back from our families. We have caring Christian counselors who want to help you in whatever circumstance you’re in and that’s why Focus is here. So please, don’t hesitate! Call us– we want to help you with whatever you’re going through.

John: Well, we do and our number is 800-A-FAMILY. Jim mentioned earlier that our offices are actually closed until Monday. You can use our Find A Counselor Referral tool and a lot of resources to help your family at focusonthefamily.com/radio. And while you’re at the website, make sure to check out the free download of today’s broadcast and other programming featuring many of the special guests we heard from today.

Now coming up next time, we’re gonna have Phil Vischer helping your family navigate the most wonderful time of the year.

Teaser:

Phil Vischer: You know, because it’s very hard to do Christmas without the focus on presents.

John: Mhm. Oh totally.

Phil: Very hard.

John: As you said, if you don’t move to a desert island, it’s going to be impossible.

Phil: Yes. And if you try to do it, if you shut out all the… the elves and the Santa and the presents and all that, you just, you look like a Scrooge!

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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.

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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.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 2

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

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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.

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

Do you love your spouse, or do you truly cherish them? Gary Thomas encourages couples to make a daily effort to go beyond the ‘duty’ of love, and combat the natural inclination to drift apart, by choosing to see the best in their spouse.

Mr. Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas is an international speaker and best-selling, award-winning author whose books include Married SexSacred Marriage and Sacred Parenting. He has also written numerous articles for several prominent national magazines. Gary and his wife, Lisa, reside in Texas and have three children. You can learn more about Gary by visiting his website, www.garythomas.com.

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

“Most marriages survive by gritting teeth and holding on. But marriages can and will not only survive but thrive when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another.” Those are the powerful words of bestselling author Gary Thomas in his newest book–Cherish. And in a world desperate for marriage redemption, it is needed now more than ever. Thomas shows that although there are a countless number of marriages consisting of two people just going through the motions, there are real ways this pattern can be reversed: when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another in proven, loving, and everyday actions and words.

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

Discover the amazing work our PRC’s Directors, Nurses, and Volunteers are making in their communities! You’ll see firsthand testimonies of a PRC in action, and that there are other options outside of abortions! You’ll also discover how your family can support your local PRC!

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 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,

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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.

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!

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!