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Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

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.
Original Air Date: May 14, 2021

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Gary Thomas: But here’s the thing, I want my kids to know I cherish your mom. It’s not enough that we made it to 36 years of marriage, I want ’em to be able to say when I die, “He cherished her for 50 years, or 60 years.” Love is good, love is great. But love and cherish is even better.

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John Fuller: Does that idea sound good to you? Gary Thomas will explain how to take your marriage beyond the duty of love to the higher goal of actually cherishing your spouse. This is a Best of 2021 edition of Focus on the Family with your host Focus president Jim Daly and I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John, this program was very popular when we aired it in May, so we’re bringing it back for another listen. You know, whenever we have Gary Thomas on this broadcast, I always feel inspired to do better in my relationship with Jean, and that’s a great benefit of doing this job. We get free marriage advice.

John: We do and plenty of it.

Jim: That’s true. Today, we’re going to share a prerecorded message from Gary, and it’s a great overview of his book called Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage. And I’d encourage you to get a copy from us here at Focus on the Family, where the proceeds go right back into ministry.

John: And you can learn more about Gary Thomas and that book Cherish at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. And we’re going to start this message after some opening remarks. Here now is Gary Thomas speaking at an event sponsored by Focus on the Family.

Gary: Wayne Williams grew up a Chicago Cubs fan, because that was his dad’s favorite team. It was his childhood. He and his father would listen to the games as they went throughout the car, driving around town, occasionally visit games, watch ’em on television. And if you know anything about major league baseball, you know that for years, being a Chicago Cubs fan was an exercise in frustration and futility. Been over 100 years since they’d been back to the World Series. But Wayne and his dad made a pledge, as good fans do, when, not if, when the Cubbies made it back to the World Series, they would listen to the games together. Wayne wouldn’t have had it any other way, it was just a part of his childhood. He couldn’t imagine wanting to experience the World Series without his dad there. So, when the Cubs finally made it back in 2016 it was a bittersweet moment for Wayne. It was sweet, ’cause the Cubbies are back in the big show, it was bitter because it was gonna be very difficult for Wayne to keep that pledge. He now lives in North Carolina; his dad was located all the way in Indiana. But Wayne grew up with the belief, if you make a promise, you keep a promise. So, he traveled all the way from North Carolina to Indiana, and another thing that made it a little more difficult is that Wayne’s dad had actually passed away some years before. But Wayne felt like that pledge still mattered. So, he traveled to Indiana, set up his camp chair on his father’s grave, turned on his phone, and Wayne and his father listened to the Cubs win the World Series together.

Gary: Now, I don’t know if that story moves you as much as it moves me, but the thought that a guy would keep his promise in that sense, to me, ’cause it… “Well, it’s just a sentimental promise from my childhood, and, and my dad’s not even still alive.” It, it doesn’t matter. But that he would still feel that his word mattered moves me.

Gary: And perhaps it moves me because God challenged me with the promise, I had made to completely renew my marriage. I thought I’d already had a pretty good marriage. But God reminded me of a pledge I made to my wife over 36 years ago, a pledge probably most of you made if you used traditional vows and it’s this, “I promise to love and to cherish, until death do us part.” You know what? That’s probably the last time I ever thought of the word cherish. It never, (laughs), never entered my mind again.

Gary: Spoke a lot about love, wrote books talking about love and marriage, and when I would speak on seminars I would… And last session would be on love. And I really believed God saying that He was doing a new movement where He wanted me to understand what it means to cherish my wife, learn to put it into practice, and then as it works, begin to share it with others.

Gary: And as we did, even though I said, my wife and I felt like we already had a pretty good marriage, doing that, raising the bar from just love to love and cherish lifted us to an entirely new level of delight in our relationship. Now, love is still the foundation of marriage. It’s sacrifice, service, hanging in there, loyalty, commitment, every marriage needs that. But cherish, well, uh, so you could call love sort of the bread, the substance of the relationship. Cherish is the jam, (laughs). It’s what makes the bread delicious.

Gary: And here’s what I wanted… I thought that maybe what God was up to, that we don’t just define marriages by they made it to 50 years, or 60 years, or as Paul Harvey used to say, some of them even 70 years. But they would be qualitative years, not just measuring our marriages by their quantity, but as a Christian church, modeling to the world that we seek a particular quality, and cherish could be that platform, it could be that bar that we look, that we evaluate ourselves as we seek to raise our marriage.

Gary: And for me, the big difference is that love focuses me on my obligations. I need to sacrifice, I need to serve, I need to be faithful. Cherish focuses me on the beauty, the excellence, the worth, the wonder of my spouse. And so, she doesn’t think I’m there just because I made a promise and I’m trying to hold to it, but instead I’m learning to train my mind and my heart to see the wonder of who she is, the wonder that made me want to marry her in the very first place.

Gary: I think that cherish is essential, not just if you want to give your wife or your husband a special experience, or if you wanna have a super marriage. I actually think pursuing cherish is essential to not slip back into contempt. And the reason is this, we don’t live in a neutral world. As fallen people in a fallen world, we live in a world that assaults our affections for each other on a daily basis. We can have an al star weekend, and then life happens.

Gary: Uh, shortly after my wife and I became empty nesters we got to spend a weekend with my youngest daughter, she was back up in Philly. So, we traveled from Houston. And we knew it’d be a fun weekend. Kelsey’s our lastborn, she’s the classic extrovert, just a lot of fun to be around her, we knew we’d have a lot of fun. And we also knew it’d be a meaningful relational time. Those of you who are empty nesters know that when the kids go away you just, you just love the thought of getting to spend an entire weekend with them.

Gary: So, so it was a great weekend, it was firing on all cylinders. We had a, a fun time, the relational time, the romantic time. And I was just determined, since it’s one of those all-star weekends, I wanted to take that Philadelphia feeling and bring it back to Houston, right? Just kind of keep that glow. And the challenge was, the very next morning we had the first flight out of Philly back to Houston.

Gary: As a concession for my wife, I had a full day of work ahead. And it’s not a problem for me to get up early, I- I’m, I’m sort of like a farm animal. That I, I get up so early, the first number is usually a four when I wake up. My wife is definitely not a morning person. So, I’d been up for a couple hours, I’d already had my caffeine, and Lisa was getting up, and I, I wanted to make sure we made it to the plane on time, because I believe in boundaries, right? I believe you leave enough time so that if every light is red, and you get a flat tire, and the plane leaves on time, you’re still there, you left boundaries.

John: You’re listening to Gary Thomas on today’s episode of Focus on the Family. And you can get Gary’s book, Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage, as well as a CD of this broadcast when you call 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY. 800-232-6459, or donate and request those resources at our website, focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Let’s go ahead and return now to more from Gary Thomas.

Gary: Unfortunately, my wife doesn’t believe in boundaries. My wife believes in divine intervention, right? As long as God knows she really intended to leave on time, she really tried hard, He’ll make every light green. He’ll hold the plane at the gate, He knows her good intentions. And I, I didn’t wanna to pressure her, ’cause, while I’m not clinically OCD, I live in a neighborhood right next door to it.

Gary: I, I know that can be obnoxious, and I didn’t wanna lose this Philadelphia feeling. So, I, I was trying to be as gentle as I could. “Well honey, you think we could leave pretty soon?” And she said, “Uh, uh, taxis out front.” It’s like, “Whoa.” I mean, I, shocked out how’d she get up and order the taxi, that’s fantastic. So, I just kind of chilled out with my phone, and emailed for five minutes, and she sits up the suitcase and says, “All right, you can take the suitcase. Did you call the taxi?”

Gary: I said, “No. You said the taxis are out front.” She goes, “No I didn’t.” I said, “Call the front desk, see if there’s a taxi out front. If there’s not, have ’em order one.” Now, between you and me I heard four syllables. “Taxis out front.” I’m a morning person, she’s not. I’d had caffeine, she hadn’t. I felt like in a court of law I would win this marital discussion. But I didn’t wanna win, I wanted to keep this Philadelphia feeling all the way to Houston.

Gary: And so, we have this silly way of dealing with it that actually can work. We just put our arguments in the third person. So, we’re walking toward the elevator, and I go to my wife I said, “You know, honey, I, I don’t know what it’s like in your marriage. Um, b- but in my marriage, one thing that makes it difficult, if my wife wakes up early and hasn’t had her caffeine, I, I get four syllables and I’m supposed to get an encyclopedia of information out of it. And I, I wanna please her, but it’s just hard for me to do that.”

Gary: She says, “Yeah, that sounds like it would be difficult. But, you know, it’s not nearly as difficult as what I have in my marriage.” And I said, “Really?” She goes, “Yeah. Actually, I have a husband who doesn’t listen to me very carefully, but he thinks he does. And so, I give him very clear directions and he doesn’t pick ’em up, and then it’s all my fault.” And I said, “Y- Yeah, that sounds like it would be more difficult.”

Gary: Which, guys, that’s how that exercise always ends. I’m just tipping you off at the start. But here’s the thing, if I were to ask you what makes your marriage difficult, nobody in here would have to say, “Give me 10 minutes so I can think of something.” You know immediately, because every marriage is difficult in its own way, some of you are hoping I will call on you and you can tell the entire room what’s difficult about being married to the person you’re here with, because that’s all, just the reality of marriage.

Gary: And so, cherishing helps up push back against that difficulty to remember why we married our spouse, why we celebrate our spouse in the first place. And is it possible to get there? I truly believe it is because the perfect God who cherishes the imperfect us is more than capable of inspiring us, equipping us, and empowering us to cherish our imperfect spouse. And how do we get there?

Gary: First thing we have to do is to remember our promise. I said I would cherish her. Am I doing what I already committed to do? Wives you said you would cherish your husband, are you doing that? Husbands, wives want more than simply hearing, “I love you.” They wanna be cherished. They want Song of Songs 4:9, “You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes.” They wanna know, men, that they still have that hold on us, that there’s something about seeing ’em in a crowd that just makes us stop short.

Gary: And where I saw so convicted by the Lord is, I realized if I don’t learn to cherish my spouse and continue to practice cherishing my spouse, she will never be a cherished wife. I’m the only one that can do that. And one thing that shocked me after I’d gone through this for a ways, I was working in my office for a couple hours, I heard Lisa waking up. And the best way to describe it is, my heart leapt.

Gary: I began to cherish Lisa because I believe God convicted me to do it. He said I’d made the promise, I wanted to be obedient. But like all of God’s commands, we’re blessed when we do ’em. And I realized it makes sense. When you learn to cherish your spouse, the fact that they’re awake and you get to interact with them, that makes you excited. (laughs). ‘Cause your favorite person in the world is now awake. It wasn’t like that the first 10 years of our marriage, it wasn’t like that the first 20 years of our marriage.

Gary: But you know what? Wives, your husbands wanna hear it too. Now, they’re gonna be suspicious of the word cherish. When I would interview guys while I was writing the book, it’s almost like, “Do I have to turn in my man card if I say I wanna be cherished?” But you know what? They want the concept. A pastor I know who was traveling with seven men, these were all leaders in his church, men that the whole church looked up to, families that the whole church would look up to.

Gary: He wanted to figure out what was going on with these marriages. He said, “Guys, how many of your wives love you?” All seven hands went up. Then he said this, “How many of your wives like you?” All seven hands went down. Every man felt loved, not one felt cherished. Their attitude was, “She’s a good Christian woman, she’ll be true to me, she’s not going to leave me, but at best I’m tolerated.” And what that does, women, it creates an entirely different dynamic in marriage.

Gary: After Cherish had just come out I was speaking at this large church. Something happened, doesn’t happen very often to be, I got as sick as I’ve ever been. By God’s grace, I rarely get sick, which is good when you try to set your schedule a year in advance. But I barely got through the event. And then I was in the hotel room with Lisa that night. And you know how when the fever breaks and you start to shiver, and you’re so cold?

Gary: So, I’m just kind of shivering there in bed, and Lisa starts to pull me close. I said, “Honey, watch out. You’re gonna get sick. This is awful.” And she said, “Well, aren’t you cold?” I said, “Yeah.” She pulls me closer and says, “I gotta get you warm.” That sounds gross to the younger couples. But wives, let me ask you, or husbands, let me ask you, what will a wife do for a man that truly cherishes her? In a world where she’s probably taken for granted by her kids, judged by a lot of friends, just ignored by so much of the world as she goes out of whatever. But when she comes to home a man that she knows truly cherishes her, what will she do for that man?

Gary: In my experience, whatever she has to do for his welfare. And wives, what do you think a man will do for a wife that he knows truly cherishes him? In a world, a competitive world where he often doesn’t measure up, where he might get fired, he might be losing his mojo as he gets older, and his hair, and all the other stuff that goes on. And yet, he comes home and here is a woman that doesn’t tolerate him, she cherishes him. What will he do for her? Whatever he has to do for her welfare.

John: Gary Thomas on Focus on the Family. And this is a reminder that we have his book, Cherish, and a CD of this presentation available to you when you call 800-A-FAMILY, or request those at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Gary: So, what are the one of steps… It’s just, (laughs), so difficult trying to challenge a, a book in, in 20 minutes, or encapsulate it. But here’s one thing that is so crucial, it begins with a new mindset. Romans 12:2 says this, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” If I wanna begin to cherish my spouse, I have to find a mental image that makes me maintain that right approach of thinking about my spouse.

Gary: And I wanna go back to the Garden of Eden. Just one I think is so powerful for a brief slice of time. Eve was literally the only woman in the world. There was no one Adam could compare her to. He couldn’t say, “Well, her hair is thick but she’s not as athletic as that one, or as funny as that one.” And, and the same thing was true, that Adam was literally the only man in the world. Eve couldn’t say, “Well, you know, he’s not very relationally involved. He’s got a good sense of humor but he’s not as athletic or as hard working as that one.”

Gary: Adam defined for Eve and Eve defined for Adam what a man is, and even more, what a man or a woman is supposed to be. And if I wanna cherish my spouse I have to have this attitude where I look at my wife as Eve, the only woman in the world. Comparisons stops. Comparison is the opposite of cherishing. Comparison leads to contempt, because what we do is, we compare our spouse’s weaknesses to another spouse’s strengths.

Gary: And I just ask, why do we do that? It never helps. I know you’ve done it. Have you ever negatively compared your spouse mentally for 10 or 15 minutes? And then do you ever end up saying, “I feel so happy right now?” (laughs). “I have so much more joy, I feel so much more…” No, but we, we still do it. I love to read the Christian classics. And one of the writers had a beautiful image of how everything in creation is just an imperfect shadow, because only God has everything in totality.

Gary: The example he used in nature would be, for example, a blackbird. Beautiful voice, not much to look at. A peacock, annoying voice, beautiful bird. In the same way you look at trees. One tree’ll give you great fruit. It’s good if you’re hungry. But you don’t build a house with a fruit tree. You go in the forest to get lumber. And so, everything in creation shows you, there’s just nothing that’s complete. If we allow that to be true in marriage, we recognize we can only find God to be fully, totally complete. So, we stop comparing our spouse.

Gary: If we married a peacock we are so into peacocks. If we married a blackbird, we are thankful for blackbirds. We make this commitment to contentment. Song of Songs 6:9, guys. This is what every wife wants to experience. “My dove, my perfect one, is the only one.” Comparison is stopped. I cherish you. It’s to have this exclusive attitude.

Gary: I was speaking at a sacred marriage conference one time. It was at a big church, and we were running late. They came into the green room. They said, “Gary, we can’t open the church doors until you come out, uh, and do a mic check. We forgot to do it.” And I said, “Oh, okay.” So, I’m rushing there. My wife’s setting up the table. She couldn’t be here tonight, I’ll get into that in just a moment, this morning. And, um, i- but if you had met her, she just looks freakishly young.

Gary: Uh, one time she was at the book table, and somebody said, “You must be so proud of your daddy.” She said, “I am, but he didn’t write these books.” Right? So, it kind of defends what this woman said. So, this middle-aged woman saw, I went by Lisa, I didn’t have to time to stop because I’m in a hurry. So, I just kind of pat her on the rear end and smile. Which she doesn’t mind. I wouldn’t do it if she did. Just acknowledging her.

Gary: And this woman got this nasty look on her face. She marches up to Lisa. “Is that Gary Thomas?” And Lisa’s just taken… “Um, yeah?” And she got even angrier. “Are you, his wife?” And Lisa just felt like I was being insulted, like I would act that way. And she wouldn’t normally respond this way, but it just sort of came out, she said, “No, he, he was with his wife last weekend. This weekend it’s my turn.” I said, “Honey, you can’t say that.” She goes, “But your… It’s not you in a million years. That’s not…” I go, “She doesn’t know that, read the pape…” She did clear it up, by the way, if that is going around.

Gary: But it’s this… No. She went… And this woman said, “You only look at your wife that way, you only treat your wife that way.” I want to have that same expectation for me mentally that my dove, my perfect one, is the only one. And learn to even showcase her to myself so I can see her excellence. The challenge is, an- and this is just neurologically true, neuroscientists talk about a state called tolerance. If you don’t seek to remember the blessings of your spouse, which is why one year I created a journal, and every day I wrote down something I was thankful for Lisa. A character trait or something she had done.

Gary: And it became this Christmas present that I gave to her at the end of the year. Because I know if we don’t do that, what happens is, something great just becomes a status quo, the normal, you stop cherishing your spouse and you start comparing your spouse. And so, when I gave her that journal, at first she was upset with me because she thought I was asking her to fill something out, and she goes, “That’s so not me.” And then she saw what it was, and she started to tear up. And my oldest daughter said, “Sheesh dad, that’s like something you see in a Hallmark movie that nobody ever actually does.” (laughs).

Gary: But here’s the thing, I want my kids to know I cherish your mom. It’s not enough that we made it to 36 years of marriage, I want ’em to be able to say when I die, “He cherished her for 50 years, or 60 years.” Love is good, love is great. But love and cherish is even better. Thank you. (Clapping)

John: Wow, what a powerful example of the principle of cherishing your spouse. This has been a best of 2021 edition of Focus on the Family featuring Gary Thomas.

Jim: Boy John, as we said at the top of the program, Gary always makes me want to do better as a husband and father. And he did it again today. You know, over the years I’ve kept journals for each of my boys. Writing notes to them as I traveled around the world, literally for Focus on the Family. But it never occurred to me to keep a journal for Jean, writing down what I love about her, even just for one year, like Gary did for Lisa, his wife. What a gift.

John: That really is a great idea, something I might try to do for Dena in the future.

Jim: Definitely. It’s just one of the many great ideas found in Gary’s book. It’s called Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage. Get a copy from us here at Focus on the Family for a donation of any amount, and the proceeds will go right back into our efforts to strengthen and save marriages around the world. Here’s just one example of the impact we’re having on marriages every day. We heard from a listener named Amanda who said I’ve been listening to focus on the family since I was in high school, knowing that I would need marriage and parenting advice for the future. Now I can say that Focus has made a huge impact on our 30-year marriage and helped us raise four children to adulthood. I don’t know why I’ve never donated. Now that I think about it, I was pretty selfish to benefit from the broadcast, but never financially support your efforts to get them on the air. Please accept my donation and thank you for staying so biblical and relevant over the years.

John: It’s wonderful to hear from a longtime listener like Amanda, and it’s great to think that even back in those high school years, she was learning through Focus on the Family, kind of about the challenges ahead and getting the tools she would need to succeed.

Jim: That’s right. And you know, the past year has been difficult for so many families, and many marriages are struggling under the stresses caused by the pandemic. But our research shows that over the last 12 months, we’ve helped over 100,000 couples across North America navigate and survive a major marital crisis, and almost 600,000 couples say Focus on the Family helped them build a stronger and more satisfying marriage. A lot of people don’t know about the many resources that we offer to support your marriage in addition to the broadcast. We have a free online marriage assessment where you and your spouse can take a short quiz and then see the strengths of your relationship and the areas that you could use a bit of work. We have the Focus on the Family marriage podcast hosted by Greg and Erin Smalley, which provides marriage focused advice and encouragement from a variety of guests. And we have a team of counselors here that are available to spend time with you on the phone. If you have an issue in your marriage that you need to discuss, it’s a free service that we provide. And for marriages that need even more help, we have a four-day intensive called Hope Restored, where couples who are experiencing challenges can find healing with a success rate of over 80 percent. When we surveyed those couples two years later. All of these resources and so much more available thanks to our donors, we rely on you to help us in our marriage, strengthening efforts, bringing hope to families each and every day. So, if you’ve benefited from these broadcasts, like Amanda, please donate. Be a part of the ministry and right now special friends of this ministry have offered to double your donation dollar for dollar so your gift will have twice the impact. So, get in touch with us today.

John: You can reach us by calling 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY. 800-232-6459. Or donate at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast and request that book, Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage. And be sure to take advantage of that matching gift opportunity, donate today, as you can. And be sure to explore all of the marriage resources we have for you there at the website. Next time, more from our top broadcasts of 2021. Debra Fileta will explore the healing process and what it means to be healthy in every aspect of your life.

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Debra Fileta: In this world, we will go through hard things, you know. And to be able to face those with confidence and acknowledge those hurts, makes space for them as one of the ways that we heal.

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

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Newest Release - Episode 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.

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.

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.

Cover image of Dr. Randall Schroeder's book "Simple Habits for Effective Parenting"

Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Cover image of Kevin Thompson's book "Friends, Partners & Lovers"

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

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

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

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

Mr. Greg Koukl

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

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

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

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

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

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

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

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

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

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

Cover image of the book "The 40-Day Sugar Fast"

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.

Bundle of Why Your Kids Misbehave

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.

Headshot of Focus on the Family broadcast guest Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

Headshot of Guy and Amber Lia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

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

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!

Thank you for committing to pray for the pre-born!

Sign up below for your free seven-day prayer guide. This daily guide will help give direction to your prayers for the pro-life movement. We will be praying with you! 

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