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Choosing Life After an Adverse Diagnosis

Choosing Life After an Adverse Diagnosis

Peter and Suzanne Guy share their inspirational story about refusing to lose hope for their baby girl in spite of an adverse prenatal diagnosis which led their doctors to recommend abortion. Today, Rachel is a healthy, young woman, and she joins the conversation, discussing her and her family's active involvement in the pro-life movement.
Original Air Date: January 22, 2021

Excerpt:

Rachel Guy: It shocks me to think that they devalued me. It makes my heart hurt to think that there are thousands of children that were never fought for, simply because of their location, because of the health status.

End of Excerpt

John Fuller: That’s Rachel Guy and she is living breathing proof that we have a Creator who loves us and forms each one of us in a unique and special way. Rachel is here with her parents Suzanne and Peter Guy, and they have an incredible story to tell, of determination and love and hope. This is Focus on the Family and your host is Focus President and author Jim Daly and I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: Hey John. We’re gonna share an inspiring story from a family, a great family, who have a passion for life, a passion to share the good news of Jesus Christ and that’s a good combination right there. They’ve been through quite a journey with their daughter Rachel and what God did in her life has really changed each of their lives. And, you know, they experienced hardship with doctors and what the prognosis was, we’re gonna get into all that. But this is that kind of program that you’re probably gonna wanna share with a friend that’s going through some kind of difficulty. They may not feel like they know how to trust the Lord. This is a trust the Lord story and we’ll get into it with Suzanne and Peter, and their daughter Rachel right now.

John: And Suzanne is a pro-life speaker, she served as an advocate at a crisis pregnancy center in Georgia, for eight years. Rachel is also very active in pro-life causes. She’s the leader of Marietta 40 Days for Life. And then, Peter is actively involved, supporting both of those women and their efforts to defend pre-born babies.

Jim: Well, welcome to each and every one of you. Thank you for being here.

Suzanne Guy: Thank you for having us-

Peter Guy: Thank you very much.

Suzanne: It’s a privilege to be here.

Jim: Yeah, it’s good and Rachel, good to have you.

Rachel: Thank you. Privileged to be here.

Jim: It’s good. Well let’s start Suzanne and Peter with your story before Rachel’s birth and what was going on. You weren’t really active in the pro-life movement, uh, her arrival obviously changed everything. But tell us about your background and what was going on spiritually for each of you. And then you get married and what’s happening?

Suzanne: Um, well I had the privilege of meeting Peter in college. I had given my life to the Lord sort of in the middle of my college journey. And one of the first things God convicted me of, and He had a whole lot of stuff that He could have convicted me on. But the biggest thing that He convicted me about was my choice on being pro-abortion. I had bought into the lie, a woman’s right, a woman’s body. And when I gave my life to the Lord, it was the first thing that he said, “Suzanne, first of all not only is that not loving women well, but that is a distinct human being that is left out of the narrative in the my body, my choice, what about that other body involved.” So, God really did a work in my heart, but the crazy thing was, I did nothing with… I will say I changed my voting habits; I was very convicted; I knew that I had to start seeking out people that actively supported the sanctity of all human life. But other than that, I did not do anything.

Jim: Yeah and you meet Peter, I mean were you in that position where you were saying, “Well, if you wanna date me Peter, you gotta go to church.” Or were you already in church Peter?

Peter: Well that’s another story [inaudible 00:03:27] itself.

Jim: I want the truth.

(Laughter)

Jim: We know how college romance goes.

Peter: The truth was I was born and raised as Christian Scientist and I met Suzanne in college. We went to the same high school but never saw one another, We had mutual friends but never saw one another, which was unusual. And Suzanne and her mom, Mary, led me to the Lord through some gnashing of teeth and other things. But it was, it was a challenge-

Jim: That’s awesome.

Peter: But what we ultimately agreed upon, uh, was that she would start giving me books about being a Christian and pro-Christian. And I said I would stop reading the science and help cue the scriptures. We would just both focus on the bible. And that’s where we landed there.

Jim: Wow, what a great decision that was.

Peter: Yes, it was.

Jim: Focus on the word of God.

Suzanne: Exactly.

Peter: Focus on God’s word and then I become a believer and was saved.

Jim: So, you get married and then what’s the family plan? What the idea about children? Did you wanna get started right away or what was happening?

Suzanne: You know we had always really hoped that we would be able to have children right away and just assumed that would happen. And, um, as the years went on, we realized that not everybody is blessed that way, to be able to get pregnant right away. And that was a very, very hard, lonely at times, devastating journey. And I just wanna say to anybody listening, if you’re struggling with infertility, God sees, He cares, and He hears. It’s very hard.

Jim: When you had to go through that struggle physically and it was seven or eight years later, I think-

Suzanne: Correct.

Jim: After you got married, if I know the story correctly, that you had some breakthrough in that area. What happened?

Suzanne: Well we were very blessed. But I will tell you just something, um, before I say that, that, um, God was really doing a work in my life personally saying, “Suzanne, this is a good, right and beautiful dream that you and Peter have but you’ve made the dream more important than the dream giver.” And that was really the defining moment in my life. A real surrendering, setting free, that I just said to the Lord, “I’m so sorry. Because it was good, right, and beautiful thing, I didn’t realize that made it more important than You.” And I made the dream giver back on the throne of my heart, made Him the focus and I was really finally freed up. And you know, went back to school to study teaching and then low and behold, one of those days after many, many, many trips to going to the different drug stores to get the pregnancy test, we saw that little line show up and we could not believe it, that we were pregnant.

Jim: Yeah. So, you read the positive pregnancy test and you start with the doctor. And what happening in those early weeks of pregnancy? Everything is going normally or what’s happening?

Suzanne: Well, we had been told because we had had so much trouble conceiving and struggled with infertility. We were told that we really needed to go to one of the best hospitals, with the best practices, with the best doctors. So, we were heavily, it was heavily suggested to us to go to this particular doctor, in this particular practice.

Jim: Kind of high-risk orientation.

Suzanne: Exactly, exactly. And we never thought to question that. Now for a really important piece of the puzzle. So, I started seeing this specific doctor. Everything was going pretty well, but at one point they did what was called an alpha-fetoprotein test, I never thought to question anything about any of the tests, because we were so excited that we were pregnant. I mean, I didn’t say, “Hey, what does this mean? Why are you doing this?” That kind of thing.

Jim: Sure.

Suzanne: So, um, the test came back with results that the doctor said, “Hey, we’d like to do an amniocentesis because there is a, a high percentage that your child would have down syndrome.” And without missing a beat, I said, “Well that’s okay.” You know, and we’re not going to risk harming the baby by having an amniocentesis, and if the child has down syndrome, the child has down syndrome.

Jim: Right. So, we don’t need the test.

Suzanne: Right, exactly. And, um, that was the first time very noticeably my doctor was very upset with me. I even remember thinking, “Why would he be upset with me? Why would a doctor behave in that manner?” And it honestly should have been a huge red flag, but again we were new to this. So, you know, he kept being persistent and Pete was not at the doctor visit with me and I kept on saying, “No, we are not going to do it.” So, he was very frustrated, but he said, “Okay.” And we would go back to another visit with a level two ultrasound many weeks later. But in the meantime, I had developed something called hyperemesis. I didn’t know what the terminology was at the time but violently, violently throwing up all the time. To the point where my mom said, “I cannot believe that the doctor is not sending you to the hospital to get an IV.” And I said, “Mom, every time I call him, he acts frustrated with me, he tells me this is normal, just to let it go, I don’t need an IV.” Again, you know, I should have had many red flags, but I just thought, “This is a doctor, he, I was told he was one of the best, we were entrusted into his care, so he must be giving me good advice.”

Jim: You went in, and in your point being, get a second opinion, get another referral.

Suzanne: Absolutely.

Jim: Try to find other people who are truly pro-life in the profession of being a physician. Then you go in for the ultrasound. What… And that took another turn for the worse. What happened in that diagnosis?

Suzanne: Well, Pete and I were very excited about our 22 week, that’s when it was scheduled, for our 22 week ultrasound. We were talking back and forth if we were going to find out the gender. We just could not get to this ultrasound fast enough; we were both so excited. And at the last-minute Pete got called out of town on a business trip. But we were so excited about this appointment that we agreed that I would go without him and that I would call him after and tell him all the wonderful news and that kind of thing. So, I go to the appointment, I’m lying on the table, the cold gel is on my stomach and that, the ultrasound tech is moving the wand around, and I’m excitedly looking at that beautiful baby, the humanity of that beautiful child on the ultrasound screen. And then the next thing I know the technician says, “I need to excuse myself and go get the doctor.”

Jim: Hmm

Suzanne: Now I knew in that moment that something was probably not right. But I was not prepared for what was about to happen. A doctor from the practice, not my primary OB-GYN, comes rapidly in the door, in the most elevated frantic voice, a voice that I didn’t even think doctors spoke to patients in, saying, “You need to have an abortion. Half your amniotic fluid is gone, your baby must have a chromosomal abnormality, not compatible with life.” We heard that, if we heard that 20 times, we heard it 30 times. Over and over, before I could even say anything, she just kept emphasizing, “Your baby must not have any kidneys, your baby must not have a bladder, and your baby clearly has a chromosomal abnormality, not compatible with life. You could die and your baby most certainly will die.” And when she finally took a breath and I got to interject something, praise God in that moment He gave me the presence of mind to say, “I would never abort, my husband and I would never abort. This child is valuable and I’m not going to abort. Stop saying that please.” But she was very frantic and continued to go on and on, saying all these different things about this chromosomal abnormality and how our child would never live. And when I refused, she said, “Fine,” not in a happy way, “Fine, come back in two weeks.”

Jim: Wow. That’s amazing. Just the pressure and you draw so wonderfully into that moment, and, and it’s a tough moment.

John: Yeah and our guests today are, um, Peter and Suzanne Guy, and their daughter Rachel. This is Focus on the Family with Jim Daly. And if you’re following along, thinking I’m feeling those same frantic emotions that Suzanne was feeling. Or if you’ve had an experience that really has you unsettled, give us a call. We have caring Christian counselors here and we’d be honored to be able to talk with you and kinda get you into a place of calm and peace and see what God might be doing. Our number is 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY or stop by www.focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: So, uh, what happens next? You go away for two weeks, you come back. You know, what happened at the point?

John: And Peter you’re no doubt there.

Jim: I put him for this one.

Peter: I’m there for that one, yes.

Suzanne: Most definitely. Well I will tell you something, um, after that 22 week visit, I immediately called Pete on some phone, explained what happened, he said, “Suzanne, I’m going to call your primary care OB-GYN.” He called that person and that doctor said to Pete, “Don’t worry about it, just tell her to drink more water.” Fast forward to week 24. Yes, my wonderful husband was with me that time.

Jim: Yeah.

Suzanne: We were definitely going to make sure we were there together.

Peter: That’s when we got more difficult news.

Suzanne: The interesting thing, so we go back, I’m there for the ultrasound again and this time there was no amniotic fluid.

Jim: Yeah.

Suzanne: The same doctor said, “For certain, you could die, your baby most certainly will die. You have no amniotic fluid, for sure there’s a chromosomal abnormality, not compatible with life.” We both said that we’d not abort but what was about to happen next was truly more chilling than even having this doctor in the most animated frantic way speaking to us. Because we were sent up to an office with yet another doctor in the practice. But in the most calm, bone-chilling, casual way, he told us the only thing, the only answer, the only thing they would offer us was an abortion. And he said it as if he was talking about something that was so casual. The taking of a human life, as if it was not that. As if all of a sudden, our child’s life had become disposable. She’d gone from a valuable human being to just because of a poor prenatal diagnosis, all of a sudden, she was seen worthy of a death sentence.

Peter: And I, I asked him, I said, “Well, we would like some other options.” And what did he say Suzanne?

Suzanne: He said in all his years of practice, nobody in our position has ever not aborted. He said to us, “Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of other children.” To which I said, “We don’t care if we have a 100 other children. This child is valuable.” And he said, “I think you guys are not understanding me. Your child will have no quality of life. Your child will be blind, deaf, have mental issues, if your child even lives.” And we said, “Our child will most certainly have quality of life because our child will know the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.”

Jim: So, I mean, everybody is going, “What happened?”

Suzanne: Well, there are some things that happened in between. So, Pete so beautifully said toward the end of our back and forth conversation, “What will you do for us? We’ve made it clear; we will not take our child’s life.” And he said, “Go home and wait for your baby to die and you will give birth to a stillborn child.” So, we went home with a level of depth and despair that I cannot put human vocabulary to.

Jim: Yeah

Suzanne: But as we started-

Jim: But God, I love this part.

Suzanne: But God.

Jim: But God.

Suzanne: But God.

Jim: But God.

Peter: All of our hope. But God.

Suzanne: But God. We, you know, started asking people to pray, sharing what was going on. I will never forget the holy spirit let words of Rachel’s granny, my mom, Mary. She said this simple statement that to this day is the driving force in our life and can I say may no one ever minimize the voice of one person, taking words straight from God’s heart and mouth to theirs, breathing hope and life into a desperate situation. Everybody that we’ve been telling, so supportive, so loving, we will pray. My mom said, “Suzanne, is there still a heartbeat?” I said, “Well, yes.” She said, “Suzanne, if there’s a heartbeat, there’s hope. We pray.” And that simple statement

Peter: What a 180. 180.

Suzanne: was used to take us from a place of despair and darkness, to putting our eyes on Jesus and not living like our daughter was dead because she was very much alive. And all of a sudden, we had a bounce back in our step and we are going to fight for this baby. So, we called up, we were not going to go to church that weekend, we were so sad. But now we had a new bounce in our step, we went to church, Pete talked this amazing OB-GYN that we went to church with, she said, “I know your primary OB-GYN, I’m going to call him.” She called him and said, “I know this family. Please fight for their baby, won’t you at least do some more tests, fight for their baby.” He said, “The only test I will offer them is an autopsy.”

Jim: Wow. It’s like the whole deck is stacked against you with physicians.

Peter: Yes, dismissed. Fully dismissed, no hope, no action for life for Rachel, you had been dismissed by this doctor.

Jim: So, what happened?

Suzanne: So then, this wonderful doctor friend said, I, she said. “I’m gonna talk to some doctors at my hospital,” and she did. And they said, “We will honor their request to fight for their child’s life.” because they saw the humanity of our daughter and they saw two patients. And they saw that our child was not disposable. They saw that she was every bit as valuable even if she was everything those doctors said, sick or not, obviously in a very concerning situation, that she was a human being worth fighting for. God bless pro-life doctors. I assumed when Rachel was younger, she once said to me, “Mom, why didn’t you go to a pro-life doctor in the first place?” I said, “Rachel, your father and I thought that all doctors were pro-life.”

Jim: Well that’s a good lesson out of this whole situation for everybody.

Suzanne: Amen.

Peter: Yes, it’s a life lesson.

Jim: It is so true. Um, so you have a c-section. Rachel is born, she goes in the NICU, describe that quickly cause I’m gonna get Rachel in here.

Peter: Well, I was gonna say we’ll fast forward to 26 and a half weeks um Suzanne had been in the hospital, uh, both with Rachel unborn, monitoring them and they rush them in for the c-section at one point and I was in the room hiding behind the blue sheets. So, um, and then I saw Rachel come up from behind the blue sheet and they said she wouldn’t make a noise and she was making all kinds of noise and her arms were swinging.

Jim: The normal stuff.

Peter: The normal stuff. It was a beautiful thing and doctor later told us that it was like taking a pit out of a peach, but there she was. And then she was taken to the NICU and that’s a whole another story.

Suzanne: One pound two ounces.

John: Wow.

Peter: Yeah, so my wedding ring here, it fit over her hand and slipped past her elbow. That’s how tiny she was. And then she spent a lot of time in the NICU, we would take one step forward and three steps back, and there were a lot of babies in the NICU.

Jim: What, five months right?

Peter: Five and a half months, yeah. Five and a half months.

Jim: But she made it.

Peter: She made it and we brought her home. We brought her home.

Jim: Rachel, I mean you sitting here listening to all this story. I know you’ve probably heard it a thousand times, if not 10,000 times. Um, to hear those doctors talk about you so disposable, now that you’re here and how old are you now?

Rachel: 22.

Jim: 22 and you’re living and walking, you’re doing fine in your, your health. What do you think about, when you think about the way those doctors talked about you?

Rachel: It shocks me to think that they devalued me, it makes my heart hurt to think that there are thousands of children that were never fought for, simply because of their location, because of their health status. It shows the reality that if somebody is not as saved, or if we aren’t putting the Lord first, how quickly our mindset of the humanity of a life can be lost. And when I was, um, 14 years old, in 2012, the Lord said write the doctors who didn’t fight for you and I said, “Lord, I don’t know what I’m gonna say, help me guide me.” God got me in His scriptures, God through a, a six month process he gave me the message. He said, “You share the gospel with them, you share with them that I desire to see them forgiven and set free. You share with them that you forgave them.” And I can’t forgive them without my Lord. I can’t but in Him I can. And you ask them to use their power to fight for life and not to harm life. I sent the letter, I didn’t have any expectations of what I, of getting any response back but by the Lord’s grace and by His mercy I got two responses back of the doctors. And they both said, “I didn’t think that you would live, I’m thankful that you’re alive.” It was an absolute heartbreak and brokenness to see how easily they dismissed my life. Yet it was also the Lord’s hope to see that they could be renewed, that they could be transformed, that, that in all of us the gospel message transforms us and so God could use, you know, and I think about in Genesis 50:20 and the summary, it talks about what in Joseph what men made for evil, God used for good for the saving for many of the lives. And man meant, and sin meant, and hell meant for my life to be taken. But God said, “No, no, not on my watch.” And it’s just a responsibility that I think that our family recognizes to proclaim the Lord Jesus as, and to show also that we have a responsibility not only to speak of spiritual life but to speak of the fact that God has given us responsibility as believers to proclaim life for the gospel and to proclaim the physical life is fought for.

Jim: And I so appreciate that. What a perspective, you gotta be so proud of your daughter.

Peter: Oh yes.

Jim: She’s 22.

Peter: Yes.

Jim: Okay. All of us parents are going, only if. (Laughs). But I mean, what an amazing thing, your passion, born out of your pain. This idea of your mom, Mary, well named by the way.

Suzanne: Yeah (laughs).

Jim: But your mom, Mary saying, “Hey, as long as there’s a heartbeat there’s hope.”

Peter: Yeah.

Jim: And wouldn’t that be the better scenario for these doctors to go by? Rather than, you know, their God syndrome somehow bestowing upon them the thumbs up or thumbs down for life. Just trust God until the end. And I, I think the whole culture has to battle with this, because we in this situation where it’s easy to say, “Let’s terminate.” It’s much more difficult to trust God. And but man you’re here and you’re a walking, living testimony to what God intended for you.

Suzanne: Yes.

Jim: And this is the testimony that, you know, raises the eyes of Rome, to say, “What is it that this people believe? How did that person survive? She should have never survived. We gotta know more about her God.” And that’s the letter that you wrote. And that is good too. Man, this is so good. Um, looking at the end the wrap up statement here, how’s it changed your family?

Suzanne: Oh boy, um, let me think of how to say that in a succinct way. Honestly, um, I believe her life more than ever has shown us the importance and priority of saying yes to Jesus, trusting Jesus even when people with bigger and fancy degrees are telling you something. It’s so easy to accidentally even as believers look at someone from a worldly perspective and say, “They’re smarter than I am, they’ve bigger degrees than I have,” but to remember that ultimately we must filter everything through God’s opinion and view of things. As a woman who was in a crisis pregnancy, having doctors breathe down my neck, saying this was my only option, I fight for the women to say that no one ever regrets choosing life. No one ever regrets saying yes to Jesus. Even if she had not lived, she was still valuable and worth fighting for and we all have a role to play in fighting for these children and loving women in unplanned pregnancies, or planned crisis pregnancies, better and well. There is a role for every person to play.

Jim: Wow that’s perfectly said. Thank you all for being with us. This has been really encouraging, thank you.

Peter: Thank you for having us.

Suzanne: Thank you both for fighting for life.

Rachel: Yes.

Jim: Oh, you bet. Let me… This should excite you as well. We’ve been doing our option ultrasound, which is placing ultrasound machines in pregnancy resource clinics around the country. And we’re are nearing 500,000 babies saved. I think we’re at 465,000 over those 16 years, there 465,000 Rachel’s and Bobby’s, and everybody else that have been saved because their mother who is abortion minded saw the picture of their baby and said, “Yes, I’m gonna choose life.” And we wanna continue, my goal is to try to reach a million by say 2025. That would mean that we’ve got to accomplish in five years what took us 15, but we’ve got it down. And with the help of these pregnancy resource clinics, who are at the ground level. And I would say to your point, Suzanne, support that local pregnancy resource clinic.

Suzanne: Absolutely.

Jim: Volunteer time, clean the toilets there. Do those things that need to be done and support them financially, which is what Focus has been trying to do all these years. But I think together we can get there to that million saved.

Suzanne: Yes.

Jim: And it’s only $60, $60.

Suzanne: To save a life.

Jim: To save a life. It’s $600 for the abortion, and $60 to save a baby’s life. And I would encourage you to think about, maybe you could do that monthly. Think of saving 12 children’s lives, every year. That would be the way to go, I think. And Jean and I are committed to that. So, thank you again for being with us. And I hope, man I hope Rachel and Suzanne and Pete’s testimony moves you to say, “I can do something,” $60, can you do that? Let’s do it together.

John: Yeah, join us as we speak up for life and defend those who have no voice. You can join the support team for Option Ultrasound, which as Jim said has been going on now for 16 years and very, very effective in saving babies. Make that monthly pledge if you can or one-time gift of $60, we will so appreciate that. You can donate when you call 800-A-FAMILY or at www.focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. And as I said earlier, if you are in a tough spot, if maybe you’re facing a pregnancy that is difficult or you’re not sure where it’s gonna be going, give us a call, we have caring Christian counselors. Our donors make that service free and they’d love to talk to you. We’ll set up a time for you to have a consultation with one of them. Just call 800-A-FAMILY. And on behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team here, thanks for joining us today for Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller inviting you back as we again help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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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.

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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,

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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!