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God Uses Cracked Pots (Part 1 of 2)

God Uses Cracked Pots (Part 1 of 2)

Speaker Patsy Clairmont humorously shares how her personal flaws, mistakes and struggles demonstrate how God's light shines best through the cracks and broken places in our lives. (Part 1 of 2)

Original Air Date: July 12, 1989

Opening:

Excerpt:

Mrs. Patsy Clairmont: There are days when I wake up and I say, “This is the day that the Lord hath made.” And there are other days I wake up and I got, “This is the day that the Lord has made? Doesn’t feel like it.” There are days I wake up and I say, “I don’t feel like gettin’ out of this bed,” so for years I didn’t.

End of Excerpt

John Fuller: Today on “Focus on the Family” Patsy Clairmont shares how she overcame years of agoraphobia that literally left her bedridden. Now God had bigger plans for Patsy, as you’ll hear today and your host is Focus president, Jim Daly. I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: And of course, agoraphobia, John, is the fear of the outside world, just leaving your home. And Pasty eventually not only overcame that fear, but she was speaking in large stadiums and smaller venues, including leading a Bible study at the Pentagon. Once you hear Patsy’s story, you’ll understand just how amazing those accomplishments really are. This message from Patsy is one of our most popular programs of all time and we wanted to feature it as part of our 40th anniversary celebration. So, John, let’s get it going.

John: All right, here’s Patsy Clairmont, speaking at a women’s retreat just after she published her first book, God Uses Cracked Pots.

Body:

Patsy Clairmont: Well, Les and I–my husband and I–have been married forever. (Laughter) Any of you been married forever? (Laughter) Ah-ha!! Almost all of you. Hard to think of a time when you weren’t? Yes, I know. My husband says, “Amen to that, sister.” I married him when I was but a child. (Laughter) I married him when I was 17. I was going to marry him when I was 16 but decided to wait until I matured. (Laughter) We talked that over recently and realized had we waited for that moment to arrive, I could still be single (Laughter)and so would he. For we’ve learned that maturity is not an age you attain, but it’s an ongoing responsiveness to the voice of God. And so, there is never an age that we reach thatwe do not yet need to incline our ear and hear the Spirit of God speak to our life, for He desires to be doing that inner work within us until we step into His presence.

Well, Les and I have two sons. We have Marty, who is 23, and Jason, who is 14. We don’t believe in rushing into anything. (Laughter)Actually, Jason was a surprise. Surprise! (Laughter) I said, “You’ve gotta be kidding! I’m too old for surprises.”(Laughter) Well, to give you an idea, I mean, Jason has brought such sunlight into our home. And to give you an idea of what he’s like, I’ll tell you what happened to him when he was 7.

I sent him off to school one day and a little while later, there was a (Sound of knocking) knock at the door. And I opened the door, and it was Jason. I said, “Jason, what are you doing here?” He said, “I’ve quit school.” (Laughter) I said, “You’ve quit school? You’re 7-years-old. You’ve quit school? Why have you quit school?” He said, “Well, it was too long, and it was too hard, and it was too boring.” (Laughter) I said, “Jason, you have just described life. Get on the bus.”

Audience: (Laughter and Applause)

Patsy: Well, I cannot tell you how many times the Spirit of God has had to echo that one back in the recesses of this mind, for there have been many times that I thought that a problem was too hard. I mean, too hard? He says He’ll never give us more than we’re able to bear without showing us a way of escape. And I say, “You’re not looking. This is hard, very hard. It’s lasting a long time. And if you want to know the truth, it’s getting boring.” And I hear the Spirit of the Lord say (Sound of smack), “It’s life. Get on the bus.” (Laughter)

I have been speaking for the last half-dozen years on the topic “God uses cracked pots, and I’m the visual aid” (Laughter) and I’m delighted to be that visual aid. I remember as I was traveling from California back to Michigan, the Lord gave me a picture in my mind. Some might say that is a vision. “Vision” makes God’s people nervous, so I say it was a colorful thing that took place in the head. (Laughter) And what I saw there on the screen of my mind was a pitcher, the type that you would pour milk from. Down the front of it was a large crack. I saw the Lord take His hand and scoop up light, and put that light down inside of that pitcher, and then cover the top of it. And then I heard Him ask me, “Patsy, where does the light shine through?” And I said, “Lord, the light shines through the cracks, through the broken places.” He said, “That is how I am most manifested in your life, not so much by what you do well naturally, but what I must accomplish in you supernaturally that others might know that I am.”

The reason that I can speak on cracked pots is probably already obvious to you (Laughter), but just in case, I’ll give you a little greater insight. My mother accepted Christ when I was 9-years-old, and that made a difference in our home. And there was a song on her lips, and believe me, that was an improvement, and we were delighted with the sounds coming forth from her life, but did not care to get too involved ourselves. We were standing back, waiting to see if this was truly real or if it was a passing phase of life.

And she walked faithfully with her God, and continued to, as each member of her family was drawn into the fold and that was a very exciting thing for us. But I first was introduced to Christ as a little girl in Sunday school and it seemed like the right thing to do, but I hadn’t the vaguest idea that it was supposed to mean I would change, and so I didn’t.

And when I got into my teenage years, I became wise. I don’t know where it comes from in teenage years (Laughter), but, all of a sudden, you know so much. (Laughter) For some of us, we cannot look up until we are so far down there isn’t any other direction for us to look and that was true in my life, as I made a succession of very poor choices that only complicated my need. For I did have a need: a longing, a loneliness. I had anger and pain. I had all of the things that all of us deal with at some level and to some degree.

And I tried to meet the needs in my life in other ways other than Jesus. And finally, I came to the end of myself, and coming to the end of me was the best thing that could have happened, because then I looked to Him. And I said, “Lord, I have nothing left to offer You but the ashes of my life.” And then I read in the Word of God where it says that He takes ashes, and He makes beauty. He takes something that is broken and seems useless and He begins to create it to be a vessel of honor and a vessel for His use.

Now, people, I was agoraphobic for a number of years. Sounds like part of the Ringling Brothers, doesn’t it? What it actually means is [that] I was a prisoner in my own home, held by the bars of my emotions. [I] lost about six years in emotional turmoil and struggle, paralyzed by fear. And people expect me to say, “And then I came to know the Lord and He set me free.” But the truth of it was, I came to know the Lord and then I became agoraphobic. Well, what in the world?! (Laughter) I didn’t read it that way. It said in here that I could have abundant life and that I should have joy and that overflowing. And see, it … it just didn’t seem to be working for me. I didn’t understand and I became to develop fears and when I would get one fear, I’d nurture that thing.

Now I didn’t realize that’s what I was doing, but I would give in to that fear. And when you’re not willing to face your fears and you begin to give in to it, it calls for a friend. Over here; she’s open and a whole group of fear (Laughter) moves in your life. You see, and then you’re afraid first of all of riding in a car. And then you’re afraid to leave home. And you’re afraid of hospitals and you’re afraid of doctors.

And you’re afraid to be all alone, and you’re just afraid of being afraid and it becomes a very limited lifestyle and certainly has no joy in it. And at this time, I was saying to my husband, “Honey, what you need in your life is to know Jesus.” (Laughter) He looked, and he said, “Why?” (Laughter) You see, that’s your first clue you might not be walking in quite the way that exhibits the power of God in your life, if they have to question why they need to follow Him as they examine your life.

Program Note

John: Patsy Clairmont on”Focus on the Family,” one of our 40th anniversary classic programs and you can get a CD of this message with extra content for a gift of any amount when you call 800-A-FAMILY; 800-232-6459 or request that at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio.

End of Program Note

Patsy: Now He began to work in my life and I’ve gone from hiding away, afraid to come out of home, to flying across the country every weekend to speak to groups of people and lifting up the name of Jesus and proclaiming that He does set prisoners free. And He requires us to be part of our own healing and that’s what I’ve come to share with you this evening.

I would like to give you some steps that will help you to stabilize in the emotional responses of your life. Any of you bring any emotions with you? (Laughter) Hm? Hormones? Let me see. For those of you who understand what it is to have oceans of emotions, to be flooded with feeling and not knowing how to respond, may I help to give you some direction, as I am reminded once again myself, some principles from the Word of God. All of these start with the letter S. They are all action verbs. They all require our participation. For the Lord does not want us sitting in the stands saying (Sound of clapping), “Okay, God! Go get my life all together,” but He requires us to be part of it.

The first step is set your mind. Set your mind. Now, gals, there’s not one of us here that hasn’t set our mind. Is that not true? (Laughter) I’m not saying necessarily in the direction of our God, but have you not set your mind? Has not your parents, or perhaps your mate or a boss, a teacher, sometime in your life, said, “You will not do thus and so”? And in your heart, you said, “Oh, yeah? (Laughter)Watch this.” That is a mind-set. That is a determination in the mind with the will that you will do exactly as you say.

There are days when I wake up and I say, “This is the day that the Lord hath made.” And other days I wake up and I go, “This is the day that the Lord has made? Doesn’t feel like it.” (Laughter) There are days I wake up and I say, “I don’t feel like gettin’ out of this bed.” So, for years I didn’t. (Laughter) I don’t feel like washing these dishes and they mounted to the ceiling. (Laughter) I don’t feel like being nice and so, believe me, I wasn’t.

And I was such an unhappy, self-centered person and I would encourage you to begin to step out of the feeling level of your life and begin to become a woman of faith who says, regardless [of] how I feel, what I do will honor my Lord as much as I am able, that I will begin to respond in such a way that will show forth His loving-kindness, that will show forth His courtesy, that will show forth compassion, rather than becoming cynical and hard and calloused and resentful and bitter and angry and ornery.

Our youngest, Jason, taught us a lesson about a mind-set. He had, had a little scuffle with the Goliath in his life, and that’s his big brother. And he fell backwards over a stool–they called this fun?–and uh … fell backwards over a stool and caught his head on the edge of the wall and sliced it open. We had to take him in to emergency. And on the way in, Jason said, “Oh, Oh.” He said, “Is it bad? Is it bad?” I thought, “This is the first good thing about this injury; he cannot see it.” (Laughter) Somehow what you can’t see doesn’t seem to be quite as bad.

And I looked at it, and I said, “Well, your head’s still on.” I said, “Not too bad. Not too bad.” (Laughter) He said, “Well, well, what are they gonna do to me?”AndI said, “They’re gonna fix it.” And he said, “How?” I said, “Oh. (Laughter)They’re going to put it back together again.” And he said, “How?” (Laughter)I said, “Look, Jason, they’regonna stitch that thing shut.” (Laughter) He said, “Oh, Mom,” he said, “is it gonna hurt? Is it gonna hurt?” I said, “Probably. I don’t know.” (Laughter) I’d never had it done before. He said, “Well, what if it hurts more than I’m able to bear?” I said, “Then you’re gonna reach down inside of you, and you’re going to pull up your courage, because you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, and He tells us we can do all things through Christ Who will strengthen us.” So, if it starts to hurt more than you’re able to bear, I want you to reach down inside of you and pull up your courage.

Well, Jason got very quiet. We pulled up to emergency, went inside, put him on the table. The doctor checked him out [and] said, “Yes, sutures are necessary.” They brought in two nurses, one on each side of Jason–lest things get active (Laughter)–and the doctor began the cleansing and then the suturing. Well, it wasn’t long before they saw that, that doctor was really not needed for Jason, for he did not resist. He did not say, “Ouch,” or, “Don’t do that,” or “That hurts.” The child never said a word. And so, the nurses turned and were going to leave, and then they noticed there was someone else in the room that wasn’t doing well. (Laughter) So they put me in a chair, and they fanned me.(Laughter)

On the way out, the doctor said, “I cannot tell you what a privilege it was to work on a child like this.” And my husband turned and gave a look as if to say, “I wish I could say the same for his mother.” (Laughter) Well, I got to the vehicle. When we got inside, I said, “Oh, Jason, mother is so proud of you.” (Laughter)I said, “Did it start to hurt so bad you had to pray?” He said, “Oh, Mom,” he says, “I didn’t wait to pray. As soon as you told me, I prayed.” I said, “What a good idea.” (Laughter)

I wish I would’ve thought of that. (Laughter) I thought to myself, “What took this little boy from this cowering child who was saying, `Oh, oh, is it gonna hurt too bad?’ to this mighty little soldier who marched in there to get the job done?” And I realized that it was a mind-set–a determination to believe his God. And Romans tells us, “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.” I believe that’s Romans 8:6. If not, read the whole book; it’ll do you good. (Laughter)

And there are some of you that are uh … wounded, that feel as … as though you are bleeding and in need of some aid and some assistance.You’re feeling very shattered and fragmented and fragile and I would recommend, not a good doctor, but a Great Physician.

You know, often, I would go to Jesus, and, through those years where I struggled in my agoraphobia, and I would say, “Lord, if You love me, why don’t You just make me well?” And perhaps some of you have cried out in that way. “Lord, couldn’t you just make this better? It would make all of life so much easier, more pleasant, more honoring to You.” But we are unwilling to walk through at times and reluctant out of own natural inclinations to walk through really difficult places, because it does hurt, and we don’t realize that it’s through pain that we begin to learn some of our greatest lessons.

We need to begin to determine as part of the body of Christ, that we will be foundational women, that we will not be purposely flaky and flighty, because we don’t feel like being responsible. “Well, I can’t help it. This is just the way that I am.” (Laughter) That’s why Jesus came, to save us from that, “Just the way that I am” person. And we need that deliverance, don’t we? We need to learn how to set our mind.

Someone used a picture– and that helps me; I’ve got that kind of mind; give me a picture rather than a page of instruction and I’ll catch on a little easier–of a train. And the engine represented faith, and the caboose represented our feelings. He said, “What a lot of us have done is we’ve picked up the caboose and we’ve placed it in front of our faith. And now our faith can no longer make the progress that it would if we would get back in line.” And so, we must deliberately, by an act of our will, pick up our feelings and say, “Feelings, you do your thing. If you need to yell and scream, then you’re gonna do it back here all by yourself at the end of the train and when you’re done, you’ll find me up front walking as a woman of faith.” Tired of being dictated to by every whim that you have? I’m going to begin to discipline you and allow you to grow up. And what will happen is, that not immediately, but eventually your feelings will begin to follow your faith and they will enhance your walk of faith with Christ. We need to learn how to set our mind.

And then, next of all–and this is a two-part step–we need to seek godly counsel and settle our past. In seeking godly counsel, my encouragement to you is that you would pray that God would place a godly woman in your life. Now, we’re not supposed to judge each other, so how will we know? Well, He says, “Don’t judge, but you’re allowed to be fruit inspectors.” So, what you do is you go up, and you check out the fruit in their life, and you soon see if what they say lines up with how they act and how they walk.

And when you find that kind of person, then I say get a bushel basket and go to that fruitful tree and shake that thing and everything that falls, you put in that basket and go home and have a banquet. For that is part of the way that He brings us understand; [it] is not only by the way He is able to speak within us and through the living Word and through all of His handiwork, but He speaks from one person in the body of Christ to the other.

And sometimes He’ll send someone in our life that brings the worst out of us. Have you noticed that? “I’d be fine if it wasn’t for them. Well, I never act this way with other people.” (Laughter) If that wasn’t in us, it could have never come out. (Laughter) They just figured out which button to push. And it’s God’s way of exposing more of who we are that we haven’t faced yet. And we keep saying, “[It] must be their fault. I’d be a wonderful wife if he was a more cooperative and thoughtful husband. (Laughter) I am a loving mother if you’d obey.” (Laughter)

And so, sometimes, what happens is, we need some help to sort some of it out, because maybe we can even identify something, maybe we’ve got a whole glob of anger, and we don’t understand. “Well, I don’t know where this thing comes from. It just keeps poppin’ up. I don’t know. I think I’m fine, and then, all of a sudden, “Whoo!” all over somebody.” (Laughter) And so, He’ll bring someone in to help us identify and understand that, which takes us right into our next point, which is to seek that godly counsel and then settle your past.

See, first, you go for help willing to listen, and then you begin to resolve deep issues from your background, for a lot of us have damage from yesterday that controls the way we act today, and we don’t even understand that this spoiled or resentful little child that comes out of us in different situations was that same one back here that was hurt there, and that when we resolve this, a lot of us say, “Well, Paul says, `Forgetting those things which are behind, I press on.’” Paul never said, “Denying what I know took place.” See, it’s a resolving, because that’s God’s way. He doesn’t say, “Take all your yesterdays and push ’em down into the darkness.” He said, “No, bring all of who you are under My healing and redeeming light.”

Closing:

John: Well, that’s a good place for us to press the pause button for this edition of “Focus on the Family.” We’re featuring Patsy Clairmont, who Jim, just seems to alternate between hilarious stories and then solid biblical ideas.

Jim: Well, we sure does, John and her advice is right on the money, so I want to remind those of you who are listening, that you can seek godly counsel by reaching out to Focus. We have caring Christian counselors here who are available to talk to you if you’re going through a painful time, a stress time, whatever it might be.

The beauty of Patsy’s message is, it is timeless and it connects and I’m sure it’s connected with many of you. Give us a call and we’ll have a counselor call you back as soon as possible.

If you’re doing well right now and perhaps Focus on the Family has helped you in the past, please consider giving to the ministry. We rely on your donations to be able to have this team of highly trained counselors here on the staff to help you and your family membersand everyone who calls and contacts us with a need. When you make a donation of any amount today, I want to send you the CD of Patsy’s complete message as our way of saying thank you.

John: And that CD includes quite a bit of extra content that I know you’ll enjoy. Donate and request a copy when you call 800-A-FAMILY. That’s 800-232-6459 or at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio.

And by the way, if you enjoyed today’s program, please tell a friend and listen in next time, as Patsy explains how to overcome pain from your past.

Excerpt:

Patsy Clairmont: What is it that you’ve been dragging around with you year after year after year? May I remind you that when Jesus shed His precious blood on Calvary, He not only died for our sins, but for our shame.

End of Excerpt

John: I’m John Fuller and on behalf of Focus president, Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for listening. Join us again next time, as we once again, help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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

Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

Headshot photo of author Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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

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

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

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

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

Mr. Greg Koukl

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

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

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

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.

Cover image of Dr. Lee Warren's book "I've Seen the End of You"

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!