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Finishing Strong (Part 1 of 2)

Finishing Strong (Part 1 of 2)

Stuart and Jill Briscoe, who've partnered together in ministry for most of their nearly 60 years of marriage, encourage listeners to maximize every season of their life for God's glory. Speaking to those in the second half of life, the Briscoes remind you that you're never too old to be useful in God's kingdom and that He always has a purpose for you. (Part 1 of 2)

John Fuller: Let’s begin today’s “Focus on the Family” by sharing a little behind the scenes banter from our guests.

Teaser:

Mrs.Jill Briscoe: I can’t remember how long we’ve been married. I can’t remember how old I was in the war and I can’t remember. I do know . . . am I 81 or 2?

Mr. Stuart Briscoe: I don’t know. You’ve lied about it for so long (Laughter).

End of Teaser

John: Well, obviously Stuart and Jill Briscoe have a great sense of humor and they’re with us today on “Focus on the Family” to talk about aging gracefully and finishing strong. And your host is Focus on the Family president, Jim Daly. Thanks for joining us. I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John, we only have so much time on this earth and it’s relatively short when you think of 80, 90 years if the Lord allows us those many years. And it’s like a vapor. In fact, the Scripture says, “Life is like a vapor” and it comes quickly. And before you know it, you’re in the fourth quarter, as I like [to say].I’m the football guy, right, so I’m thinking always in quarters. I’m ending the third quarter. I’ll be entering my fourth quarter pretty soon if you look at 20 years per quarter. And I am just grateful for how the Lord has steered my life.

And today, we’re gonna talk with a couple, Stuart and Jill Briscoe, who have been married almost 60 years and they have incredible wisdom. They have taught and pastored and in fact, did marriage,still doing marriage, premarriage counseling and I am looking forward to this conversation. And as I said, they’ve been married for almost 60 years. They’ve written a book called Improving with Age–I love that–God’s Plan for Getting Older and Better. You know, socially we don’t often think of it in that way, John.Let me just quickly say, welcome to both Stuart and Jill to “Focus on the Family.”

Jill: Thanks for having us.

Stuart: Thank you.

Jim: Now, you’ve been here once before, is that right, about 2000?

Stuart: Jill was here. I was not.

Jim: Let me start, because you have those wonderful British accents, which we all love and boy, you have been here for 47 years in the United States, but that accent has stuck, hasn’t it?

Stuart: Yes, I fear it’s one of my few remaining assets. (Laughter) So, I’m holding onto it.

Jim: And you’re still drinking tea.

Stuart: Ray Stedman said on one occasion when he introduced me in his church, he said that, “It’s a well-proven fact in American evangelicalism that if you have a British accent, theology is not necessary. (Laughter) And to prove it”—

Jim: ‘Cause you sound so smart.

Stuart: –and then he says, “And to prove it, here’s Stuart Briscoe.”

John: Oh. (Laughter) What a nice introduction. (Laughter)

Jim: That is funny, but I wanted to start the story today going way back as we were talking before we went to air here, about World War II and you both were young children at that time, but you have memories of that and Jill, we talked a bit about it. Describe that moment. You were 4-years-old and Stuart, I don’t know if you were 5 or 6.

Stuart: No, I was 9.

Jim: Okay. I’d like to hear from both of you that moment, because it’s rare to have somebody that actually was there and lived through that and can share about it. What were your recollections, Jill?

Jill: About halfway through the war when I was a little older than 4, my recollections were running down to the bottom of our garden, yard–

Jim: Yes.

Jill: –where my dad had dug a[n] underground little shelter for the family. If you had any land, you did that instead of looking for a general shelter down the road or near a church or something and went off to the war. And [we were] bombed every night. I’m sure I did sleep in my little pink bedroom, but I can’t remember too many nights.

So, we’d wait till the siren went and then run down and my sister, my mum and I would spend the night just holding each other and listening to the bombs fall. And I wasn’t churched, but I did go to a British school where Scripture and prayers, Anglican prayers had to be said every morning and I’m so thankful for that.

Jim: It did plant the seed for you.

Jill: It not only planted the seed, I could say the Apostles’ Creed off by heart, which is pretty good theology.

Jim: Most of us can’t.

Jill: And I would pray frantically through that. I didn’t know what else to do and everyone I could find. I prayed to God, the Father and I prayed to God, the Son and God, the Holy Ghost, we called Him. And my mind began to stop every time I prayed through to these People, or whatever—God—and I’d think, who is the Holy Ghost? And then a bomb would drop and I’d pray to the Holy Ghost.

And it was one of those times when I was around 6, towards the end of the war I suppose or getting there, that I just panicked and started to scream, “Stop it; stop it; stop it; stop the bombs!” And I can remember “Stop the bombs falling, all over my mommy’s sewing machine, my sister’s dolls.” I can remember that. And “Stop it; stop it; stop it.” And into my hole underground came the Holy Ghost. I cannot explain the calming, physical calming peace of God—

Jim: Right.

Jill: –that happened, but I’m totally misrepresented that. I thought God said yes. It’s alright, little girl. I’ll look after your house and everything.” And that morning when the all-clear went, a bomb had damaged, not taken, damaged the back of our house. And so, my search for God began in a very muddled way. Who are You? Why did You tease me? You said, ‘I’ll look after you,’ and then You allowed a bomb to come that near?”

Jim: Hm.

Jill: And so, theologically, my search for God began then. Who is He? Why would He do that?

Jim: Sure.

Jill: Where was He? And I carried that all the way through to my conversion at Cambridge.

Jim: And you’re at Cambridge, college age years I would assume and uh—

Jill: Yes, uh-hm.

Jim: –that’s when your heart and your heart (Sound of click) solidified.

Jill: That’s when I found Jesus.

Jim: Yeah.

Jill: Yes.

Jim: [It] made all the difference.

Jill: Oh, more than all the difference, all the difference and more–

Jim: That is so well-said.

Jill: –obviously.

Jim: Stuart, how about you as a 9-year-old boy? What were your recollections of what was happening?

Stuart: One of the most vivid recollections was before the war started and I was playing outside my home one day when I heard a funny engine sound. It didn’t make any sense, ’cause there were no vehicles anywhere near me. And then I looked up because a great shadow came across the road and it was one of the great German airships.

Jim: Oh.

Stuart: And it was flying very, very low and I could hear the engines. We could see people sitting in the airship. And I remembered the big iron cross symbol on the side of this thing. It was the most terrifying thing. It was almost silent, just this burring sound, this huge balloon going low over our houses. Our parents quickly figured out that it was a reconnaissance trip that they were doing, because we lived nearby one of the major ship-building yards in England, where they built all the aircraft carriers and the submarines.

Jim: Right.

Stuart: And so that was one of the most vivid recollections and that was before the war started.

Jim: Right, so they were already penetrating. What an amazing way to start your lives–

Jill: Uh-hm.

Jim: –I mean, as children and to have that kind of trauma and then how it helped, I’m sure, in some ways shape your worldview, your commitment to Christ and all those things.

Stuart: Uh-hm.

Jill: Well, yes. My father had a car business. After the war he came back and some of the survivors of the Holocaust came to Europe and began to talk about being liberated from the camps. And my father emptied his car showrooms and a big car showroom, so that they could come and one of them had painted with mud some of the atrocities and he put those up and took them round to Europe and told his story. And I don’t know, but I went home and said to my mom, “Mum, who are the Jews?” And she said, “They’re God’s people.” And I said, “Really? Why didn’t He look after His own?” And that was the second huge thing I began to wrestle with. How could God allow that to happen to His people, you know?

Jim: Let me ask you Jill and we’re gonna get to your book, which is about aging.

Jill: Yes, yes.

Jim: And we will pull this back in, but even sitting here listening to you as a 50-something guy, listening to you, who have gone through World War II, this is part of the process we’re talking about, when we talk about aging, sharing those stories with younger people—

Jill: Of course.

Jim: –so that we could better understand what you’ve gone through.

Jill: Right.

Jim: And we’re actually practicing it right now. But I do want to ask you, if I could say it in baseball terms, if I could use that—

Jill: Yes.

Jim: –baseball analogy, two strikes—

Jill: Yes.

Jim: –as a young girl, not feeling like God kept His promise and then realizing at a little later age perhaps, that you know, why would God not take care of His own people? That’s strike two.

Jill: Uh-hm.

Jim: How did you come to faith at Cambridge later in your college years? How did you make—

Jill: Influence—

Jim: –that connection?

Jill: –of Intervarsity, Dr. John Stott’s church.

Jim: Right.

Jill: I never heard him in his church, and C.S. Lewis’s conversion at Oxford. And then he came to Cambridge in my last two years. And he was on the BBC history channel, talking about medieval history, which is his subject.

But then he’d throw in questions and statements, and he began about his atheism, and then moved to his agnosticism, and then his deism, and then apparently, I never heard him on there, but somebody in Oxford, Cambridge, even over in the universities of the world, began to scribble down some of his quotes.

Jim: Yes.

Jill: And somebody gave it [to] me in the lunch line. I can’t see a face. I can’t remember who it was. They’d been listening and it was on heaven and hell. And I left the lunch line and went and read it, and it intrigued me. I just said, not a prayer, “If only someone would tell me. If only.” And God read me. I always say, if you don’t know how to pray or what to say in trauma, just say, “Read me, God.”

Jim: Read me.

Jill: And He did and three weeks later I was in hospital, because they thought I had appendicitis. And the girl in the next bed to me was one of John Stott’s recent converts, a nurse. And she led me to Jesus.

Jim: Isn’t that something.

Jill: But she took that picture of the door, well, Lewis’s quote, “There is a door opened in the pitiless walls of the world, and one day we shall get in.” And she used Revelation 3:20, I always say out of context, but it worked. (Laughter) And when she said “door,” I said, “I know about the door.” And she said, “How do you know about the door?” And I was able to tell her what I could remember of Lewis’s quote.

Jim: Amazing.

Jill: And then I just said, “Can you take me through the door to meet God?” And she said, “Yes.”

Jim: Yes.

Jill: That was how I came to Christ.

Jim: Isn’t that beautiful? Every story’s unique in that way.

Jill: Yeah, that’s right.

Jim: You two have lived across an amazing time in the history of the world. I mean—

Jill: Uh-huh.

Jim: –when you think of World War II, and what you saw as little children, and then seeing God kind of marginalized in culture, Western Europe particularly and trying to understand still, “God, what are You doing? Read me. Help me to read You.” Before we get to aging, let me ask that question, which is a big question, Stuart. How do you read what God is up to right now in the world?

Stuart: Well, He’s building His kingdom and He is totally committed to building His kingdom and He’s told us to be involved, minimally by praying “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come.” That should be in the forefront of all God’s people’s minds. Thy kingdom come. We’re in the kingdom business. We’re in the kingdom-building business and God is doing it. He is moving relentlessly, inexorably towards the grand consummation or His grand, cosmic, eternal plan.

Now that being the case, the evil one is not sitting idly by and it seems to me that we’re seeing most darkly the great battle, the great conflict in the world. And if I can use the vernacular, I would say I think we can anticipate the good getting “gooder” and the bad getting “badder.”

Jim: It seems accurate.

Stuart: And that’s what I see going on in the world. The dreadful things that are happening, the new dreadful things that are happening are just unspeakable. And yet, on the other hand, the remarkable things that are happening. We have the privilege of traveling all over the world and, you know, we’re fascinated with China. We’re fascinated with India, the two largest nations in the world. That’s where the Spirit is mightily at work.

Jim: That’s so true.

Stuart: And then in surprising places like Iran, and what is going on there. So, the kingdom is coming.

Jim: You’re listening to “Focus on the Family.” Today we’re talking with Stuart and Jill Briscoe. We are going to talk about their book, Improving with Age, but this was heartfelt and I so appreciate deviating from the script, so to speak, to talk about those experiences.

Let’s get into it, though. Let’s talk about aging and the difficulties of aging. Society seems to not appreciate those who are aging the way we should. Speak to that need for people to embrace the process of aging that God has laid out there.

Stuart: Well, it is an undeniable fact that everybody is aging. From the moment we’re born, we start aging. The natural tendency, as people move on in life, is to try to deny it, or defy it–

Jim: Or cover it up.

Stuart: –or delay it, you see.

Jim: Right.

Stuart: Deny, defy, delay. What I tell them is, be realistic about this thing. Deny it if you will. Defy it if you can; delay it if you think you’re going to have any success, but I’ve got news for you. It will defeat you in the end. And so, start thinking seriously about what it means to be living as a person who is aging. Now, it was the late Dr. Vernon Grounds who said, “Aging is diminishing.”

Jill: Uh-hm.

Stuart: And there are many, many ways when, of course, people get up into the senior years, but let me hasten to add, it’s not just seniors who are aging. When we got into our senior years, there is a diminishing. And it’s perfectly obvious. Now deny, defy, delay, that all goes on, but the process continues.

But one thing that I’ve found absolutely fascinating is Paul’s take on this. He said, “Outwardly we’re wasting away.” If you like, that’s diminishing. “But inwardly we’re being renewed day by day.” And so, aging from a biblical point of view requires me to deal with two things that are moving in opposite directions.

One is physically diminishing; the other is spiritually growing and we need to be focusing on both. I find that very often, if people do talk about aging, it’s almost invariably about the physical diminishing—the aches and the pains, the worries about the next generation, whether they’re going to have enough money for retirement, the problems with your care, Affordable Care Act, what are they going to do with that? The international turmoil, these are the things that they talk about.

What we should be talking about is, yes, we have got to be looking realistically at these things. That’s life, but what about the improving with age? What about this idea of the inner life of the spirit growing and maturing and expanding and explosively moving out?

Jim: Yes.

Stuart: That’s how we look at aging.

Jim: Let me ask you this question. I’m assuming you’re in your 80’s, but I’m—

Jill: Yes.

Jim: –only guessing.

Stuart: Jill’s not sure. (Laughter)

Jill: I’m—

John: She’s 39.

Jill: –I’m 81. (Laughter)

Jim: Yeah, 39. My—

Jill: Okay.

Jim: –mother was 39 for at least 20 years. (Laughter)

Jill: I get [that]. That happened in my 70’s. (Laughter) I’m in my 80’s. Stuart’s 84 or 5? (Laughter)

Stuart: I’m actually 86.

Jill: Are you really? (Laughter)

Stuart: Sure.

Jill: When did that happen?

Stuart: When I had the last birthday.

Jim: You missed that cake. (Laughter) But in that regard, I don’t know that many people, I mean, I’m in my 50’s. John, you’re in your 50’s.

John: Fifties, yeah.

Jim: When we’re looking ahead, I don’t know that we see the goal to be even more mature in our faith in that diminishing.

Jill: Uh-hm.

Jim: You said it so beautifully, that these are actually contradictory—

Jill: Yeah.

Jim: –directions. But what a beautiful thing as you’re approaching your last quarter of life, to have a goal to be better spiritually than you were 20 years ago. How does a person go about doing that?

Jill: You know, if I could just interject. We have a very large ministry in our church to seniors—not just to seniors; they have a large ministry in our church to everyone else. But I was going out to speak to them and said to Stuart, he said, “Where are you going?” And I said, “I’m going to speak to the seniors. I love ministering to them.” He said, “Them is us.” (Laughter)

Jim: Yeah, them is us.(Laughing)

Jill: Do you know, having got my biblical view right, I know it, but the growing younger and younger and younger-till-glory bit is so possible that you don’t internally, spiritually feel old—

Jim: Right.

Jill: –even when you are.

Jim: On the inside.

Jill: It’s a reality. It’s not something that’s just spiritual. I honestly thought it was them not me, and that’s silly, you know.

Jim: I understand exactly.

Jill: But God can do that if we concentrate on the spiritual youth.

Jim: Well, and so often, I think people, especially in the Western culture, it’s about comfort and leisure; the leftovers of Hellenism. And so, we’re aiming for that in our 401(k)’s and whatever retirement plans we have. We’re looking forward to moving to a wonderful warm state like Florida. I know you are, John. (Laughter) And you know, maybe playing golf on the weekends and playing bridge with our friends and having nice socials together. That’s not what the Lord is suggesting, is it?

Stuart: Oh, I think the Lord is certainly committed to work, but He’s also insists on leisure right from the Creation ordinance.

Jim: He likes that idea.

Stuart: That was clearly established. So as far as I’m concerned, I don’t have any problem with people working. I don’t have a problem with people arriving at a point of leisure.

But one of the things we write about in the book is what I call “Productive Leisure.” And it’s not an oxymoron.

Jim: What does it look like?

Stuart: Well, productive leisure, well, it’s the old issue of retirement, you see. The Bible says, well, and people say the Bible never mentions retirement. Well, of course it doesn’t. It doesn’t mention nuclear arms. It doesn’t mention flush toilets. It doesn’t mention—

Jim: (Laughing) Right.

Stuart: –a lot of things. And so, we don’t argue from silence. But what God did do, He did create people to be productive. So, if a person is fortunate enough to retire, that does not mean that they now suddenly cease to be human, in that they are called to be productive.

So, by all means retire. That means you don’t have shareholders to satisfy. You don’t have to pay wages at the end of the week. You don’t have to pay off your mortgage, all this sort of thing. That gives you a rest. That gives you a break.

Jim: That’s freedom.

Stuart: That’s your freedom. But what it does, it gives you freedom to be what you’ve never been and do what you never did. So, be productive. Look for ways of being what you’ve never been. Look for ways of doing what you’ve never done.

John: Stuart, tying into what you said earlier about kind of exploding in our spiritual growth, the truth is, as I’ve aged, I find I actually can do less things. There are fewer things that I seem capable of doing, just physically. You know, I’m running out of gas. How does that translate into the possibilities of being productive spiritually, even if it means possibly “doing less?”

Stuart: Well, growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That’s a good place to start, you see. Looking at the 2 Corinthians 3 thing, where we look into the wonder of Christ, and as we are looking into the wonder of Christ, we are being transformed into the same image. That was talking about renewed. It’s talking about transformed. It’s talking about growing in grace.

And I don’t see that it says, “That’s up to 65, and then just let it go,” you see. So, you put it in the framework of what you’re able to do. And I mean, one important thing is, if people look at us and say, “Ah, they’re still trotting around the world in their 80’s,” we say, “We’re not models of anything except abnormality. (Laughter)

But what’s abnormal about us is, incredibly good health and we fully recognize that many people do not have good health. And then it becomes a burden for them. But they’d still work within their limitations.

We have a little lady called Shirley back in our church. She pulled a beauty on me one day. I was going to speak to the seniors at this church and she’d been asked to introduce me. And she made her way slowly, rather painfully up to the podium. And she said, “Our speaker today, Stuart Briscoe, needs no introduction, so he won’t get one.” (Laughter)

Jim: And then walked away.

Jill: Our seniors are great. They’re wonderful. (Laughter)

Stuart: This is Shirley; this is Shirley.

Jill: On your point, I think physically we don’t have all health, but we have enough.

Jim: Uh-hm.

Jill: America says, if I have all health, all rest, then I’ll volunteer; then I’ll do something. But you do it with not everything. You do it with what you’ve got. But what I wanted to say is gift doesn’t age. Spiritual gift does not age. And the wisdom that our seniors have is not all physical know-how or wisdom, but maybe they were able to do when they were younger to go out and mission and church.

And they feel marginalized by the church a little in America or a lot in America. Some people say they’re leaving the church as much as the Millennials are because they don’t feel wanted or needed or their wisdom isn’t asked for anymore.

But once you can say to them I’ve got two seniors who are brilliant with junior high kids, but they were moved on. You know, they got older and older and older. I took them back, those two people into the junior high work and put them in leadership and oh, advice or teaching. And the whole thing came alive. Gift doesn’t age.

And so, if we can show Christian seniors what was your heart? You had a touch with that. Or you were this on the missions committee? Well, you don’t need to go anymore, but we need you. Come back, you know.

Jim: Well, again, back to the years of wisdom and what you’ve gleaned over those years—

Jill: Uh-huh.

Jim: –that is a valuable resource to the body of Christ.

Jill: It’s huge.

Jim: And we don’t want to underestimate it.

Jill: Yeah.

Jim: We have flown by in this first half hour, but I want to stick with it and come back next time and talk more specifically about how the aging process affects us spiritually, those things we can do—

Jill: Yes.

Jim: –to ensure that we age gracefully and that we age in such a way to honor the Lord—

Jill: Uh-hm.

Jim: –and not dishonor the Lord and what that means, what those differences are, maybe in attitude and in all kinds of ways. Can we do that? Can you stick with us, come back next time?

Jill: Sure.

Stuart: Of course.

Jill: Of course.

Jim: Very good, and let me remind everyone that if you’re in that life stage, where you’re in the fourth quarter, and kids are gone, and now you’re saying, “Okay, Lord, what’s next?” Improving with Age, the book by Stuart and Jill Briscoe, may be exactly the resource that you need right now, and for a gift of any amount, we want to make that available to you. So, support the work here at Focus, and our way of saying thank you will be by sending along this wonderful resource to help you think, I think spiritually and godly about what you need to do as you age and through the fourth quarter.

John: Be sure to order your copy of that book and make a generous donation when you do. Our number 800-232-6459; 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY or online, www.focusonthefamily.com/radio.

On behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for listening. I’m John Fuller, inviting you back next time, as we continue the conversation with Stuart and Jill Briscoe, and once again, help you and your family thrive.

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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!