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Finishing Strong (Part 2 of 2)

Finishing Strong (Part 2 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 2 of 2)

John Fuller: Jill Briscoe, our guest last time, reflects on maturing in Christ.

Teaser:

Mrs. Jill Briscoe: 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.

End of Teaser

John: Welcome to another edition of “Focus on the Family.” I’m John Fuller and your host is Focus president and author, Jim Daly.

Jim Daly: John, I’m thinking of the folks listening who maybe are over 60, over 70, maybe have supported Focus on the Family for quite a while. We certainly appreciate you and what you have done. Your kids are raised. I’m sure Dr. Dobson’s Dare to Discipline was one of the books that you used. In fact, we had a[n] Institute student here a while back. That’s the college program that we ran and this kid wrote a poem. He was probably 22-years-old and he wrote this little poem. “Roses are red; violets are blue; I got spanked because of you.” (Laughter) And so, I mean, that was a heartfelt way of expressing it.

Today we want to talk to two experts (Laughing) who are in their 80’s–that’s what makes them the experts–about aging and they’ve written a book, Improving with Age. It’s Stuart and Jill and this is a fabulous resource. If you want to end well and please the Lord, and I know that’s your heart, that’s all of our hearts, let’s get off the grumpy trail and get on to a direction, a compass direction that really honors the Lord right to the end. That’s what we’re gonna talk about today, and I’m excited to get back to it. Welcome to both of you. Welcome back to “Focus.”

Jill: Thank you.

Mr. Stuart Briscoe: Thank you very much.

Jim: I so loved the beginning of the discussion last time. We talked about your childhood situation, being in England during World War II. In fact, Jill, you mentioned hearing Churchill’s speech—

Jill: Yes.

Jim: –one of his many wonderful speeches about courage. What caught your attention as a 6-year-old girl when you heard Winston Churchill encourage the nation?

Jill: Fear. I couldn’t help by hear the words over and over again: “They’re coming. We’ve nothing to stop them.” That’s what a 6-year-old hears from that and knows that the church bells had to be quiet, because that would be the signal for everyone in the world, in our world to know the invasion had begun. That was our way of communicating with the entire nation.

Jim: What an amazing way to start your life.

Jill: And so, what else but fear and I think how that worked in my life, perhaps because of my personality. I’m very timid, and I’m frightened of everything. I always have been. I don’t have courage, until I realized what is courage? Courage is being obedient, when you don’t feel like it. Courage is doing the right things, frightened out of your mind. Courage is going into a place that is a very difficult and dangerous place, because that’s where you should go.

Jim: Hm.

Jill: And I found that the power that I need isn’t a feeling. it’s a decision. Courage is a decision. I’ll go in if I must, frightened out of my mind because it’s the right thing to do.

Jim: Right, that is so beautifully said. I was at one of my boys’ Bible studies. It was Troy and he was probably 8 or 9 at the time. And I have a coffee cup that’s John Wayne. We’re gonna put it in the American vernacular. And at this Bible study, the Bible study leader said, “Can any of you define the word ‘courage?’” And Troy threw his hand up, and he said, “Yes, Troy.” And he said, “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”

Jill: Absolutely, I love that.

Jim: And (Laughing) the man said, “Where did you hear that?” He goes, “My dad’s John Wayne coffee cup.” (Laughter) But that’s really it; being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.

Jill: That’s exactly what it means.

Jim: That is the Christian way.

Jill: Knowing you have to say that, whatever the result of you saying something in a hostile situation, it needs to be said. And if you wait for “Oh, I love this” feeling inside you, for the “whomph: or what is courage? We think it’s a feeling. It is not.

Jim: What does courage look like in your 80’s? And you’ve served the Lord so well over the years. You’ve been pastoring for many, many years. You’ve done marriage classes and still do them, premarital counseling and all kinds of things. You’ve lived in the United States for 47 years. What does courage look like in your 80’s, when you know Father Time is right around the corner. You don’t know what day it will happen that you’ll step from this life into eternity. What does courage look like?

Stuart: I often quote the well-known theologian, Woody Allen (Laughter), who says, “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens,” because there’s a difference between death and dying. The Christian should have no fear of death. But the actual business of dying can be really “fiercesome.”

Jill: Yes.

Stuart: It can be appalling. My only sibling died just a month or two ago. He was four years younger than me, and he battled lung cancer. He never smoked in his life, but he had [been afflicted] with that.

And so, there [are] plenty of things to fear there. But you don’t allow it to paralyze you. You say, “Well, this is life and you even go, if you think carefully about it, you say, “I am simply living in the curse of sin in this world, that you know, God says you will rebel against Me and you will die.

And it happens, and it’s ugly and it’s nasty, from the dying point of view. So, you need a lot of courage to face up to that. There are a lot of wonderful people I’m sure listening to this program, who are bedfast. They don’t have very much to look forward to, but they’re lying there in their beds with quiet courage.

Jim: Yes.

Stuart: They’re dealing with their pain, and not just physical pain, emotional pain. Their children are too busy to have much time for them. The grandchildren, they say, “Well, how in the world could we raise kids who have tattoos?” You know, I mean, this bothers them and yet, they want to be grandparents. Hey, so they saddle up again

Jill: Yeah, that’s a lot to look at.

Stuart: I think that’s the kind of courage that we’re talking about.

Jim: Absolutely. In fact, Jill, you had some health challenges and you were in the hospital. How did you process that spiritually, intellectually? And what did God do in that moment?

Jill: Well, because I was converted in hospital through a nurse, all my trips into hospital in my life have been colored by that. And the girl that led me to the Lord said, “The mission field’s between your own two feet at any given time, Jill.”

I said, “What are you talking about?” I’d never heard of a mission field, never mind (Laughter) what you do. She said, “You’ll find out. Here’s the head nurse. Tell her what just happened.” And seven nurses, that first day she pushed me into. So, I got it. And she said, “Hospital is always a prime place. People are frightened.”

She’d frightened me out of my mind. She said, “I’ve been praying that you won’t get well for a bit.” I said, “Well, thanks.” (Laughter) She said, “I’ve got a lot to tell you.”

Jim: Wow.

Jill: “And I’ve heard your language. I’ve seen your friends. I’ve got to make use of all the time I have, because I know what you’re going back to at college.”

Jim: Boy, that must have gotten your attention.

Jill: It got my attention. I said, “When are you gonna start praying I get better?” She said, “That’s my business.” (Laughter) It’s what I needed.

Jim: Yeah.

Jill: And so, she taught me what it was all about basically. So, my trips into hospital, including last year at Christmas Eve with an obstruction, and rushed into hospital, have always been with a spiritual anticipation of, I’m going in for a Jill rider.

Jim: Yeah, it’s like God meets you in that moment.

Jill: Oh, I get excited and it was wonderful. I recommend going in over Christmas to any of you (Laughter) if you have a choice, because they let everybody go home they can. There’s 20 doctors with nothing to do, hangin’ around.

It was wonderful, and I got even a note on my door after four days there, “I need to talk to you.” No name. It was one of the nurses. And it just gives you such an incredible opportunity. And so, spiritually, yes. But I’m very fond of myself, physically, you know. I don’t like it if I have a cold. And that doesn’t change.

Jim: Yeah.

Stuart: We were talking earlier about what people can do, is to a larger extent related to their health.

Jill: Yeah.

Jim: That’s true.

Stuart: There are some people in hospital who are desperately ill. They feel awful, Jill, and in this particular case, the way they were treating Jill, they kept her there for a few days thinking they could manage to sort the thing out without surgery. She was not in any pain. And so, it was rather a nice situation.

Jill: Yes.

Stuart: She didn’t have to any Christmas entertaining, and I had the joy of sitting in hospital for a whole Christmas.

Jim: Reading probably.

Stuart: Oh, yes, that’s right, you see.

Jill: Oh, yes. (Laughter) He’s in clouds.

Stuart: –So, that was how it worked for her at that particular time.

Jim: Stuart, you mentioned in your book, Improving with Age, that you were an avid jogger. Now I don’t know why you would do that, but (Laughing) you love to job obviously, but there came a moment when you said, “What am I doin’?” Describe that.

Stuart: (Laughing) Well, yes, I played rugby in my foolish youth and then I went into the Marines. I served in the commandos and so, physical fitness was (Clearing throat) always something I was interested in.

And so, I tried to maintain it and of course, traveling around the world, as we do and I have always [run]. It didn’t matter where I was in the world, you could always go out and run. And so, I did that for years and years.

And one day, I caught a glimpse of myself in a store window (Laughter) that I was running past and I thought, “That looked like an old man stumbling.”

Jim: Aw.

Stuart: And so then I thought, why am I still doing this? How long have I been doing this? How many shoes have I worn out on this? And how many thousands of miles have I run? I had no answer to any of those questions. I thought, I’m hot, I’m tired, I’m sticky, I’m aching. I’m having no fun at all. So, I walked home.

Jim: (Laughing) And you didn’t run.

Stuart: And on the way home, I heard the birds singing and I walked past a lilac bush that I’d [run] past dozens of times; never smelt it before.

Jim: Hm.

Stuart: And I realized that I had been focusing on one aspect of my life, blinkered as far as many other aspects of my life were concerned. And well, John, it was a case of realizing, you know, your days of running are gone. Forget it. That’s gone, but your days of walking are beginning, and your of walking at a slower pace are the beginning of observation that you’ve been too busy t notice before.

Jim: Well, let me dig into that a bit because I think there’s something beautiful in that. God seems to be about simplicity.

Jill: Yeah, uh-hm.

Jim: And so many of our years, especially our early years are about complexity. You know, we’re getting our careers going. We’re raising young children, then raising teenagers. And so, you know, you’re really going at light speed it feels like. What have you learned in your 80-something years, where the Lord is speaking in that whisper? It’s not a lightning bolt, and you need to slow down and listen. That’s a beautiful analogy. Practically, how have you heard the Lord in your 70’s and 80’s?

Stuart: Well, I would say, this is another thing we take up in the book, Jim, where I talk about contemplation. I talk about meditation. I talk about reading. I’ve always been an activist, I think actually I probably suffer from ADHD, but they didn’t know what they called it when I was doing it.

And so, even when I’m studying, I can sit still studying for about 20 minutes. That’s my limit. I’ve got to get up and do something, then. And so, I just don’t keep up the same pace now, but I’ve embraced that, and I’ve realized that, that gives me opportunities, as I said earlier, to be what I’ve never been and do what I’ve never done. So, reading, I’ve always liked to read, but I’ve taken on much bigger reading projects now. And actually, I have a very good friend who now sends me books, as if I haven’t got enough books to read, but the books that he sends are always absolute treasures, most of which I’ve never heard of.

Jim: Yeah.

Stuart: And I find, my mind is expanding.

Jim: How do you keep that appetite, though? How do you really do that? So many people want to slow down.

Stuart: My grandson said to me one day, “You have your nose in a book a lot of the time, Papa.” I said, “That’s true.” (Laughter) They said, “Why? Why?” And I said, “Because the older you get, the more you realize, you don’t know. And at the same time, the older you get, the more you realize you’re running out of time to find out.” And so, the older you get, I believe, the greater your sense of curiosity should be, mingled with a sense of urgency.

Jim: Yeah.

Stuart: And so, we had quite an interesting talk about that until their eyes glazed over. (Laughter)

Jim: Yeah and reading is such a great treasure, and so many people, young people particularly, don’t admire that or move in that direction.

Stuart: A lot of older people have told me, “I haven’t read through a book since I graduated from college.”

Jim: So, that’s one good thing that they could do to stay active.

Stuart: Oh, absolutely.

Jim: Stay nimble.

Stuart: Absolutely.

Jim: Jill, let me ask you this. You described yourself as a bit timid in the old days, at least. It sounds like the Lord is still giving you courage to talk to people.

Jill: Oh, I’ll be timid till I see Jesus.

Jim: Well, in that context, being a grandparent can be intimidating because you don’t know how to always respond, how to engage. And teenagers and 20-somethings can be intimidating to grandparents, ’cause they may not have the same values. They may not agree on certain worldview issues. How do you stay courageous as a grandparent with your grandchildren, who might be a bit more difficult?

Jill: Well, I tell you, it’s prayer, not for them, with them. And you’ve got to get your grandkids scared to death of your prayers whoever you are, grandma or grandpa. Let me give you an illustration. If they know your prayers work, they’re gonna be scared of you praying for them, okay.

I realized this very early on in a good sense, that they’ve gotta be scared. And I remember when some of them were all in their teenage years and we have a lot of celebrations and bandstands, Summerfest. And Stuart’s always made it his business to know where their music’s concerned, exactly who the bands are, what they are. So, we knew who was coming week after week after week. It just goes on all summer. Different bands come, and thousands of people go down to Summerfest.

And our eldest grandchild, who was 17, I said to him one day, “Whatcha doin’ tonight, Danny?” And he says, “Oh, we’re going to hear the band at Summerfest.” I said, “Which one?” And he told me and I said, “Danny, that’s not a good idea.” “Oh, it’s all right. We’re all [in] the group from church, Nana, we’re all going together, Nana.” And I said, “It’s not a good idea. Look at me, Danny. Why don’t you wait? There’s a country western coming in three weeks. That would be fine. We’ll come with you to that.” “No, no, no, we’re going.”

I said, “You’re gonna do it, aren’t you?” He said, “Yes.” I said, “Okay, Danny, I’m going to pray for you.” He said, “Don’t!” (Laughter) Scared to death of my prayers.

Jim: Conviction.

Jill: And as it happened and this is funny in a way, he got sick. I didn’t ask. I said, when I heard this, I thought, oh, my word. (Laughing) Danny called me.

John: You didn’t pray for him to be sick, did you?

Jim: Wasn’t what she prayed.

Jill: He called me and said, “Nana, I got sick.” I said, “Danny, I promise you I didn’t pray you’d get sick.” Now we laugh about it. He’s the one that’s 30.

Jim: Yeah.

Jill: He’s had a long spiritual journey. He came back, and he loves God. He’s out and out now, and not long ago he said, “Nana, we became absolutely intent on you praying for us, because we knew your prayers worked and you shared it with us. And then when you went away, you said, ‘Let’s meet in the throne room on a Monday, wherever we are in the world, all of us on a Monday, whenever Monday is, and eternity’s the same.”

And so, we did. All the grandkids growing up, we all prayed for each other on a Monday wherever we were and we met in the throne room. And I just tried to show them why would it not make a difference if we’re all together beneath the prayers of angels—

Jim: Amen.

Jill: –talking with God, right? And that’s just one aspect of grandparenting and we can all do that.

Jim: Yeah, it’s beautiful, beautiful story.

John: And as we’re talking about the kinds of ministries you can have with your grandchildren, broaden that out just a little bit to churches. You’ve said that you have a really dynamic church. I imagine there are a lot of folks in their senior years who aren’t plugged in, who either they don’t feel invited, or they don’t feel equipped. How can they get started? What would you say to them?

Stuart: I think we’ve got a real problem in the church with “generationalism, but that’s what we’ve done and we’ve divided up our churches into peer groups. And we have to find ways of intentionally bringing the peer groups together.

I had a youth pastor at one point on my staff and I was able to get him to intentionally come back. We’d had a Sunday evening service in those days. He intentionally came back. He didn’t need to, because he’d been very busy over the weekend, but he came back on the Sunday evening, and he rounded up the kids, and he brought them to the Sunday evening big service. That was the big thing, because all they experienced apart from that was a gathering of teens.

John: Isolated as teens.

Stuart: So, they never learned the church, you see. They never learned cross-generational things. Jill came across something recently where she saw older people and young people sitting together and the younger people were teaching the older people their computers. But they were doing this in the Sunday school hour, but then, including in that, in that computer teaching time, the young ones teaching the older ones, they were then bringing in some cross-generational teaching at that time.

Jill: Neat idea.

Jim: Yeah, that’s a great idea.

Stuart: One of the things that I have done, well, the basic thing we’ve got to do if we’re gonna have any influence on our young people is, be interested in what they’re interested in.

Jill: Yes.

Jim: Hm.

Stuart: And that’s going to take a conscious effort at times, but just be interested in what they are interested in. And that takes time. People have often asked me, what are your hobbies? And I said, “Hobbies? How do you spell that?” (Laughter) You see, but I said, “My hobby is, I have 13 grandchildren. Fortunately, or unfortunately, a very high percentage of them are superb athletes. And so, I’ve spent an enormous amount of time just being with them.

Jill: When we’re there, right.

Stuart: But one of the things I do now, is I have a “Papa’s Monthly Roundup,” and I write to all my grandkids once a month and I ask them all to write back to me with a statement of their “beings” and “doings” of the last month and that is very interesting. They don’t always write back. They don’t always write back on time. You’ve got to corral them, but they’re all unanimous in saying, “Don’t stop it, Papa.”

Jill: Yeah.

Stuart: “We need this.” So, “Papa’s Monthly Roundup” has been part of their lives for a long time. Now we have their married spouses a part, yes.

Jim: To join in.

Jill: Yes.

Stuart: And we actually have one young woman who adopted us as—

Jill: As grandparents.

Stuart: –grandparents. She adopted us.

Jim: (Chuckling) She wanted in.

Stuart: She’s another story. She’s another program for you, Jim, sometime.

Jim: (Laughing)

Jill: Whole program.

Jim: That is beautiful. We’re wrapping up right here at the end and Jill, I did want to end with this question, which I think will help many. Was there ever a time that you lacked the sense that you could be useful for the Lord’s service in this whole journey? Did you ever have doubts about where you could fit in, in your 70’s and now in your 80’s?

Jill: No, it’s coming right back to that three weeks in hospital; that’s my seminary.

Jim: (Laughing)

Jill: I’ve never had a chance to go. She sent me off. I was in a seminary teaching not long ago here and a lady came up to me and she said, “I want to do what you do. I want to go round the world, you know, and teach.” I said, “Oh, good. Which church have you joined while you’re in seminary, and are you teaching Sunday school there?” She said, “No, when I’m in seminary; I want to lead,” you know.

Jim: Right.

Jill: So anyway, in that conversation I said, “Let me tell you some of the things I do.” And she said, “Well, you don’t need to do those things now, do you?”

Jim: Yes.

Jill: But it’s just being who God wants you to go whatever you do. And I had a wonderful talk with somebody behind the airline counter coming to this three-weeks’ ministry. I don’t care if I did anything else.

Jim: So, you’re looking for that opportunity always.

Jill: I’m expecting it.

Jim: Yeah, expecting it.

Jill: I don’t have to look. Why would God, who’s so short of workers, not use you every time you go out the door?

Jim: Yeah.

Jill: I had a fabulous time in the check-out counter in the grocery store the other day. And then I spoke to a big meeting at night. Asked me what was my highlight– It was that encounter by the corn flakes.

Jim: What keeps us from expecting it though? Because it doesn’t come naturally.

Jill: Because raise up your eyes and look at the harvest. They’re white and pray that the Lord of the harvest will thrust out workers. It’s ready and He’s talking to the disciples who brought lunch back. And get your eyes off your lunch. What’s He saying? He’s looking at the harvest, you know, all the people coming up the hill.

Jim: Yes.

Jill: And they’re just [about] lunch.

Jim: Well, your resource, which is a wonderful resource, Improving with Age, Stuart and Jill Briscoe, the authors, our guests today and last time, you’ve done a wonderful job putting this together, and I’m tellin’ ya, if you’re an adult child, maybe in your 50’s, and you have parents who need to read this, get it for them as a gift and vice versa. I mean, if you’re that 70-, 80-something, and you’re saying, “Lord, what do You have that I can do to feel productive, this is a tool that you can dive into, and there are many, many examples, and we’ve only really scratched the surface here in our two days with the Briscoes.

But this is something that you can do, and I believe you can open your eyes to that harvest that Jill was just mentioning and be even more productive in the latter years of your life than you were in your 20’s and 30’s and 40’s. So, take the challenge. End well, and it has been so good to talk to both of you. Thanks for bein’ with us.

Jill: Well, thank you.

Stuart: Thank you.

Jill: It’s great.

Stuart: Thank you. Our pleasure.

John: And you can learn more about the book, Improving with Age and the subtitle is, God’s Plan for Getting Older and Better. We’ve got it at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio or call, and we’d be happy to tell you more, 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY.

And by the way, we feel so strongly about the Briscoe’s book and getting it into your hands, make a generous donation of any amount today to the work here at Focus on the Family and we’ll send a copy to you. It’s our way of saying thank you for investing in what we do here to reach families, just across the spectrum, from pre-married to seniors. We care and you’re part of the ministry when you donate. Again, donate and get the book and other resources at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio.

Coming up next time, one woman’s journey to embrace the gender she was born with.

Excerpt:

Ms. Linda Seiler: I think one of the main things we need to do is make Jesus the focal point, because the biggest problem a transgender person or a homosexual person has is not their sexual issues. It’s [that] they’re disconnected from Jesus.

End of Excerpt

John: And on behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for listening. I’m John Fuller, hoping you’ll join us again next time, as we once again, help you and your family thrive.

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Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

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

Mr. Gary Thomas

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

Hear real life stories of parents who have made the decision to choose life even though the circumstances were overwhelming. You’ll see why “ALL” life is precious to God and why choosing life is always the right decision!

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

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

Have you ever wondered what a baby looked like in the womb? With today’s technology, Moms and Dads can see the baby’s heartbeat, facial expressions, and movements! You’ll find out why more women choose life once they hear their baby’s heartbeat and realize it’s a real living human!

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

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 5: It’s Going to be Amazing!

After a couple has chosen life, hear the heartwarming stories of children that culture would have cast aside, yet are making tremendous impacts in their communities. Whether the diagnosis was adverse or the circumstances were difficult, these stories will inspire you to come along side of families who have chosen life!

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

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

So, after all you’ve seen through the SeeLife ‘21 Episodic journey; what can you do now? We’ll share how you can partner with some amazing organizations that are making significant impacts in the pro-life movement! You want to Celebrate Life!

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

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

To be an effective parent, you must be a leader in your child’s life, guiding with a gentle hand and setting a solid example. Dr. Randy Schroeder provides the insight you need to be a leader-parent. As he explores the foundational Rs—relationship, routines, responsibilities, and rules—you’ll better understand the role you play in your child’s life. You’ll learn great phrases to employ such as “Either/Or/You Decide” and “When You/Then You”. While there is no perfect parent, this nuts-and-bolts material will equip you to lead your child in a loving, confident manner.

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

Dr. Randy Schroeder has spent more than four decades writing, counseling, speaking, and teaching. For nearly 25 years, he was Vice President of Student Personnel Services, Dean of Students, and a professor of pastoral counseling at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. He’s also led a successful counseling practice helping individuals, couples, and families to thrive in their lives and relationships.

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

As a spouse, you have three roles to play—a friend, a partner, and a lover. On this one-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Pastor Kevin A. Thompson explores those different roles and challenges you to live them out by investing emotionally, physically, and mentally in your relationship. As friends, he suggests we learn to play and laugh together. As partners, he equips us with solid ways to handle conflict and communication. As lovers, he offers some thoughts on how to bring back the sizzle. He shares five keys to saving your marriage: humility, respect, mercy, communication, and resilience. You’ll be encouraged to intentionally invest in your marriage.

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

Kevin A. Thompson (MDiv, Beeson Divinity School) is lead pastor at Community Bible Church, a growing multi-site church with four locations in western Arkansas. Every year he meets with nearly one hundred couples with a range of needs, from pre-marital counseling to navigating the most serious betrayals. A marriage and parenting conference speaker, he and his wife, Jenny, have two children and live in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He blogs at kevinathompson.com.

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

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

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

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

Mr. Greg Koukl

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

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

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

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 1

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation

Welcome to the 40-Day Sugar Fast, a fast that begins with us giving Jesus our sugar and ends with Jesus giving us himself–the only thing that can ever truly satisfy our soul’s deep hunger. On this 40-day journey you’ll learn how to stop fixating on food and other things you use to fill the voids in life and instead fix your eyes on Christ. Anyone who runs to sugar for comfort or a reward, who eats mindlessly or out of boredom, who feels physically and spiritually lethargic, or who struggles with self-control will discover here not only freedom from their cravings but an entirely new appetite for the good things God has for us.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 2

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

Dr. Lee Warren is a neurosurgeon who has faced many heavy challenges in his life – from serving in the Iraq War to removing deadly brain tumors to experiencing the loss of a teenage son. He’ll share about his difficult quest to find answers to some of life’s toughest questions, while holding onto his faith in God and the sure hope of heaven

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Dr. Lee Warren

W. Lee Warren, M.D., is a brain surgeon , inventor, Iraq War veteran, and author of I’ve Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know, winner of the Christian Book Award®. His previous book, No Place to Hide, was included on the 2015 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s Recommended Reading List. Dr. Warren has appeared on The 700 Club and the CBS Evening News, and his writings have been featured in Guideposts magazine. His Dr. Lee Warren Podcast, which is heard in more than 60 countries, helps listeners use the power of neuroscience, faith, and common sense to change their lives.

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I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know

This gripping inspirational memoir grapples with the tension between faith and science—and between death and hope—as a seasoned neurosurgeon faces insurmountable odds and grief both in the office and at home.

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

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

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

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!