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Laughter Really is the Best Medicine

Laughter Really is the Best Medicine

Phil Callaway is certain that laughter and a sense of gratitude are the keys to overcoming the stresses of everyday life. He shares how the Lord reminded him of that lesson through the extreme stress of his wife’s serious illness and subsequent remarkable recovery.
Original Air Date: July 20, 2022

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Phil Callaway: Friends, what are you thankful for today? Every day let’s set our default to Thanksgiving. It’s a choice that changes those around us and changes us too. Joy grows best in the soil of Thanksgiving.

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John Fuller: I wonder if you need a change in perspective today? Our guest, Phil Callaway can you help you with that. Your host is Focus president and author, Jim Daly, and I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: Phil Callaway is a Canadian humorist and author, and I know you will be blessed by his presentation today. He hosts a daily radio feature and podcast called Laugh Again that airs across North America, the United Kingdom, and even in Africa. He’s authored several books on finding joy in life, including his latest, Laugh Like a Kid Again. I love that title. And even though Phil makes it a habit to be joyful, his life is not perfect, as you’re going to hear today.

John: And with that, here’s Phil Callaway speaking at The Park Church in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, on today’s episode of Focus on the Family.

Phil: We love to laugh, but we gotta face it, laughter can be hard to find. Some of you know that. All of us, to one degree or another, know that. An- and sadly, Christians are not always the most joyful people. I know that’s a shock to some of you, but I remember sitting in church as a boy, looking around at the adults who looked, some of them, like prunes, and thinking to myself, “I don’t think I want to spend eternity with these people.”

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: Not with some of them anyway. We sang a song. Did you ever sing this? (singing)

Audience: (singing)

Phil: (singing)

Audience: (singing)

Phil: See, they had to keep asking-

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: … ’cause they couldn’t find it (laughs). How good it is to be in a church filled with joy. But you know, I did, I thought that joyful Christian was an oxymoron, like, you know, jumbo shrimp, and airline food, and, and Microsoft works. That kind of thing.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: But thank God I saw incredible joy in my parents despite all they’d been through. My mom could be a very funny gal. I was a thin child, I was so skinny I, I was swimming in a lake one summer and a dog come out to fetch me three times.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: But my mom, she’d say to me, “Son,” she’d say, “e- eat up, that way you’re harder to kidnap.” You know?

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: She could be funny. I think for mom, laughter was a windshield wiper. It didn’t stop the rain, but it allowed her to keep going. She survived an abusive childhood, a horrible abusive childhood, five miscarriages. Her first son died in her arms at nine months. My mom suffered from deep depression, as you might expect. But a kid doesn’t know that. In those days we didn’t know about the D word, she was just sick, that’s all I knew. And so I got into comedy to cheer my momma up. I would bounce into the bedroom, I’d make funny faces, I’d say funny things. Anything to coax a smile. If I got it right, she would laugh. She would crawl out of bed, “Go to the kitchen and make me breakfast.” It was h-… my first paying gig.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: It was. That same year, a friend and I found a way of getting a skunk into my neighbor’s trunk. My neighbor was a good man, he did not deserve this, but we had found this skunk and there it was in the middle of the road and just lying like that.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: And we thought, “Certainly it still serves some purpose.”

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: So we found a way of getting into a bag and into our neighbor’s… my neighbor’s trunk. You know, a-… nobody locked anything in those days, so it was an easy thing to do. We watched on a Saturday morning from behind some shrubs as that man came out of his house with his wife and his two children, one of each. They had a beautiful family thing going, life was going well for them, I think.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: And, uh, he was my Sunday school teacher, did I mention that?

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: I don’t think I did. And he played the accordion. And also carried a beeper, which I always thought was optimistic for an accordion player to think that someone might call him, but, uh, that’s besides the point.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: He had a beautiful wife and these two children, and they got into that car, and they took off. And, and they only got about 60 feet I reckon, and they came squeaking to a halt, and there was conversation in the car. I think she was blaming him for the smell. I don’t know what was happening. He got out of that car, opened that trunk, and we watched our Sunday school teacher completely lose his mind. It was a wonderful thing to see happen.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: This man slammed that lid; he kicked that bumper. He began using words he had not taught us in Sunday school.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: And it’s taken be years to have perspective on this, but I’ve started to realize that for every single one of us in this room, there comes along a time when a skunk gets into our trunk. Am I right?

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: A time when something comes along that we definitely would not have chosen. But what is it that separates those who resign, from those who rejoice? Those who slam that lid and kick that bumper and curse, from those who are able to find a little joy there perhaps years later (laughs)? What is it? I hope you want to know today.

Phil: I want to give you four secrets of a skunk buster. Four secrets that are absolutely essential to living life with joy. Are you ready? Many of you are taking notes. Not a single one of you is taking notes.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: Four secrets that are absolutely essential to sanity, success, and significance in turbulent, changing times. Four things that every kid knows, and every adult needs to be reminded of. Are you ready? Here we go. Point number one, say it with me, the world is full of cacti, but we don’t need to sit on one.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: I read in a UK newspaper a most fascinating story. A girl had brought a hamster to the vet, it hadn’t moved in three days, it would not eat, it would not drink. It was just leaning up against the side of the cage, stuck there. “Huh, what to do?” She took the hamster to the vet. Turns out, the vet opened the cage and pulled that hamster out, it was fine. It walked around and around on the table, kind of wobbling. She stopped it and she reached into the hamster’s mouth, and she pulled out a fridge magnet. A fridge magnet.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: Back home, this hamster had been out only for a few minutes, had been on the kitchen floor and scarfed up a fridge magnet and spent three days stuck to the side of the cage-

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: … due to its magnetic personality.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: Well, the hamster is fine now, I’m happy to report. But, you know, I got thinking about that and I thought, you know, “Th- that’s me lately. That’s me. I had been swallowing the wrong things.” Have you? Where is your focus? Where is it? Are you feeding on the wrong stuff? Bad news and gloom and doom or the whatsoever things of scripture, things that are pure and lovely and of good rapport, excellent and praiseworthy, are we thinking on those things? Maybe at night you go home, and you flip on the television, you watch news for three hours. I… Does anyone do this? Huh? The news anchor bids you good evening then spends an entire three hours telling you why it isn’t.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: And that seems to about some things up. What are swallowing? Where’s your focus? Lately, I got to tell ya, I have been noticing all that’s wrong and I have started wining. I know that surprises you. But we canceled more than a hundred speaking events, well past that, many during COVID. And when it all started someone said to me right away, “Hey, man, stay safe,” and I said, “Hey, thanks. I get it. But what I want to do during this, however long it lasts, is stay thankful.” He said, “How?” I said, “By going and looking for stuff I’m thankful for.” Can we do this? Yeah.

Phil: In April of that first year, I said to my wife, “Honey, I am thankful for my car. We just got 43 days to the gallon.”

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: I’m thankful I was able to go into a bank with a mask on and not get arrested.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: Isn’t that cool? Tell your grandchildren that one day. Radical gratitude is the great secret to a contagious joy-filled life. 1 Thessalonians says this, “Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” What a verse. What a truth. Radical gratitude. Is that you? I [inaudible 00:08:52].

Phil: When our kids were small, my wife, Ramona, was tested for Huntington’s Disease, I don’t know if you’ve heard of it. It’s fatal, it’s genetic, it’s hereditary. So three of her siblings had it at the time. We found out on Valentine’s Day after 10 months of waiting for the results of this simple blood test that she did not have it. It was the happiest day of my life, but before long things took a turn for the worse. I was in my office one day and I was working on a, a marriage magazine article, and I had just written out the line, “My visa card is missing, but the thief is spending less than my wife so we haven’t reported it yet.”

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: And, uh, the phone rang, it was not funny at all, it was Ramona on the line saying, “Honey, help me. I don’t know what day it is. I don’t know where I am.” And the phone went dead. I took off running for home. I found our three kids in the kitchen making their own breakfast in stainless steel bowl. And they looked up at me and Steven our eldest said, “Daddy, is momma gonna die?” I didn’t know. I knew all about Ramona. She moved in next door to me back in 10th grade and I made it my life Bible verse to love my neighbor as myself.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: She’s the second-best thing in life that’s ever happened to me apart from my relationship with Jesus Christ. But I came into our living room, she was unconscious on the floor, lying in a pool of blood, a large gash in her leg. She’d just had the first seizure of her life, and the first of many, many, many to come.

Phil: Some of you are in a similar spot. You don’t know the way ahead. Three words changed me over time. Three simple words. You see, I was a comedian, but laughter vanished, and bitterness took its place. And one Thanksgiving Day I was trying to think of stuff I was grateful for. I could not think of one single thing with the thing… the things that were going on. Ramona was down to 90 pounds. People didn’t recognize her, some of the people in our town. Having seizures every half an hour, grand mal seizures.

Phil: I finally got everybody into… to bed and I was asleep to, and an- and suddenly there was little kid in our room. It was one of our children, thankfully.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: But Jeff tapped me on the shoulder, woke me up to inform me that he could not sleep, and I had to be up in about three hours anyway. So, I took him across the hall, and I tucked him in, I said, “Jeff, I want you to think of some things you’re glad about.” This little kid looks up me, says, “Dad, you start. Daddy, you start. Three words.” And I thought of those verses that we just went over, “Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances.” All circumstances. I thought, “If the person who wrote that was in prison like he was, I can do this too.” And I started on my thankful list. What are you thankful for this morning? I am thankful for someone to thank; above all I thank. I’m thankful for the dark, it’s the only time I can see the stars. I’m thankful that I get to make breakfast now Ramona sleeps in a little bit more often, so we find ourselves eating cake and ice cream for breakfast occasionally. These contain the four basic food groups, sugar, eggs, artificial flavoring, and cholesterol.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: Yes. And I am thankful for three wonderful children who surround us with laughter, and energy, and mischief, and love. And I think, “I’ll go to sleep now, like all of them are.” Don’t get me wrong, I still whine sometimes. I am most accomplished at it. I whined the other day about hard butter. Ask Ramona, [inaudible 00:12:23] but what it does to the bread. Say aw.

Audience: Aw.

Phil: I know you’re surprised, and you feel sorry for me. I went into the bathroom with my socks on and the floor was wet, and now my socks are wet.

Audience: Aw.

Phil: My hand is too chubby to shove into the Pringles chip container.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: So I have to tilt the container.

Audience: Aw (laughs).

Phil: My seedless watermelon last summer had a seed in it.

Audience: Aw. (laughs)

Phil: In Sacramento, California, a Women of Faith, uh, event, a weekend event, was oversold by 1500 seats, which is a wee bit of a problem if you’re organizing something, so they began to get volunteers to phone all of the women coming and apologize. “We want to get everybody in, so we’re gonna move in smaller chairs. You’ll be sitting, some of you, very close to the platform and we’re sorry.” But one hour into that weekend meeting, people were upset, and the complaints began to arrive. And so they asked the next speaker if she would mind just apologizing again on behalf of the organizers, and she said they would… that she would.

Phil: Some of you know who this lady is. Her name is Joni Eareckson Tada. I’ve been blessed to spend time with her on two occasions. What an amazing gal. She was paralyzed, for those of you who don’t know, in a diving accident in Chesapeake Bay when she was 16 years of age. Her life forever changed. But all over the world she is known for her joy and for her gratitude despite what has happened to her. She got up in front of these ladies, she was wheeled up there, and she said this, “I understand some of you aren’t comfortable sitting in the seats you’re sitting in tonight. Well, neither am I. And I’ve been in mine for more than 40 years.” Then smiling her beautiful smile, she said, “I have thousands of friends who would give anything to sit where you are sitting if just for tonight.” Many of those women said that was a pivotal moment in their lives, when they changed from bitterness to gratitude. What a gal, Joni. Friends, what are you thankful for today? Every day let’s set our default to Thanksgiving. It’s a choice that changes those around us and changes us too. Joy grows best in the soil of Thanksgiving.

John: You are listening to Phil Callaway on Focus on The Family. And you can get Phil’s book, Laugh Like a Kid Again, and a CD of this entire presentation, when you call 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY, 800-232-6459. Or donate and request those at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Let’s return now to Phil Callaway on Focus on the Family.

Phil: The world is full of cacti, but we don’t need to sit on one. Second point is don’t jump from the train when you’re in a tunnel.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: Every kid knows this, right? But sometimes we adults seem to forget. This means different things to different people here, I know. It makes me think of my marriage. A recent study shows that you can live four years longer by staying married. I mentioned that at a marriage event and a guy came up to me, he would… he, he looked pretty, pretty sour.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: And he said, “Yeah, that four years longer thing,” he said, “I, I disagree. I, I think it just seems longer.”

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: He said, “That’s just four more years of misery.” I said, “Well, that’s up to you, man.” He said, “How long you been married?” I think it was 35 years at that time for us, I said, “35 years.” He said, “In a row?”

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: “Yeah, it’s possible.” He said, “How?” I said, “Oh, God’s grace. God’s grace.” My wife, she, she loves me despite the ridiculous things I have done. She knows the worst about me and loves me. God’s grace, repentance, and forgiveness. Do I hear an amen?

Audience: Amen.

Phil: We laugh together. We just do. I remember her birthday; I forget her age.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: Try that. I like to go around the house tightening jars, just… and that way she needs me more.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: Go ahead and laugh. A stifled laugh will back up on you and spread to your hips, so let it go.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: Let it go. Don’t jump makes me think of the disunity I’m seeing in so many relationships and families right now. My prayer for you is that you will love one another as I have loved you. Those are the words of Jesus. We can do this. Despite the things we disagree about, let’s come together over [inaudible]. Above all, we are to be known by our love.

Phil: Ramona’s seizures continued. She was not doing well. I had a man say to me who called himself a Christian, he said, “Callaway, come here,” he said, “some advice,” he said, “put her in a home and get on with life.” That was what comes from a culture that we’re in, a throwaway culture. If it’s broken, we don’t fix it. But we began to pray. And, uh, Ramona, I got to tell ya, is doing unbelievable well. That’s a long story in itself. But thanks to doctors and the healing power of our savior, Jesus Christ, she’s doing so well. But I look back and wonder what it woulda been like had I followed that guy’s advice.

Phil: Contrast that advice with my brother-in-law, Bill and Jim. My brothers-in-law. They were my heroes in life. And it’s simple why. These guys have nursed their lives through decades of Huntington’s Disease. When they didn’t know them, they were there. Miriam, my wife’s eldest sister, was down to… she… well, she just was doing very poorly but she was visiting a doctor in Vancouver, and he said, “Miriam, we’re stunned. 25 years with Huntington’s, your attitude is amazing.” He said, uh, “We can’t understand it. You’re only showing 50% of the symptoms associated with Huntington’s. We think your belief in a higher power might have helped you.” And Merriam started to laugh. She said, “That would be God (laughs).”

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: She said, “Doc, life is falling apart at the edges but not at the core. Right at the core I know that I’m loved my God. I’m promised eternal joys of heaven. And I have a husband who loves me. Children who love me too. And I have a beautiful fridge magnet that say, ‘Lord, if you can’t make me thin, make my friends look fat.’”

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: You know something? Nurses in the care center she was in told us, “When we’re discouraged, we go, and we talk to Miriam.” She was down to 40 pounds at the end. Women were showing up to see her to be encouraged. How is that possible? How is it? It’s the joy of the Lord that was so evident in her life and the hope of heaven, where all her question marks would be straightened into exclamation points.

Audience: Amen.

Phil: She was going home.

Phil: A young man was on a flight where turbulence was terrible, people were screaming and praying. I’ve been twice on flights like that. Don’t want to do it again. But beside this man, a little girl was there. Her feet were curled up underneath her. She was reading a book amid all the terrible turbulence. The adults scared to death yet worry and fear seemed to have no place in her thoughts. So this plane eventually lands thankfully, and the pale passengers sitting there stunned, these passengers, and this man leaned over to the girl, he said, “That storm was horrible.” She nodded her head, “Yeah.” “But but you didn’t seem afraid. How come?” She smiled at him, she said, “My daddy’s the pilot and he’s taking me home.” Storms, I suspect one has entered your life recently, darkening the horizon, tossing you around. Do you feel like running, my friend? Would you focus on this? We have a pilot who has never once missed a runway.

Audience: Amen.

Phil: “He sustains all things,” says Hebrews 1:3. “No human wisdom, or understanding, or plan can stand against the Lord,” that’s Proverbs 21:30. Isaiah 46:10, “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose. Heaven’s throne is occupied, and all is well.” So don’t jump. Stay committed to that spouse, that task, those kids that drive ya crazy. Your faithfulness may not seem like a big deal right now, but trust me, we’re all leaving footsteps everywhere we go and it’s up to us whether those footsteps will be worth following. And God’s grace is there for you. If you have fallen away, if you have jumped, He’s catching you. He’s there. Don’t jump from the train when you’re in a tunnel.

Phil: Third point, courage is fear that has said its prayers. Fear has gone rather viral recently, I think you’ve noticed that. But Jesus never said, “Be of good fear,” did he?

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: “But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” I love those words from Jesus shortly before he was… he was headed to the cross. You know, when I was a kid, I didn’t have much use for prayer, I don’t know about you. My mother taught me how to pray, “If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul be taken.” I’m thinking, “What am I gonna die of? I’m four.”

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: “Hardening of the arteries? Kidney stones? Osteoporosis? What?” And then my older brother threatened to kill me, and my prayers took on new urgency.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: And so it is in life, right? Courage is fear that has said its prayers. Finally, before I sit down, live so the preacher won’t have to lie at your funeral.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: Yeah? Have you been to one of those funerals and you’re wondering, “Who are they talking about? The guy in the casket?”

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: You would have loved my parents. My momma, I’ve told a little of her story. My dad was part scotch and part club soda.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: Until Jesus got a hold of his life and changed him. And he was such a man of integrity. At both of their funerals people told me, “They were people of integrity. They were the real deal.” Four best-selling authors told me that my mo-… that, that they never would have written one paragraph without my mother’s encouragement. They were those kind of people. And they didn’t leave much behind them when they passed away. We have looked everywhere with shovels.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: Or did they? They left behind them the example of two godly people who just love Jesus. Love their kids enough to tell them so. Didn’t chase the stuff of Earth. Chased things that are eternal. And as a result, I am one very, very rich boy this morning. I turned 35 a few years ago-

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: … tucked my son Steven to bed, he looked at me, he said, “How, how old are you again, Dad?” I said, “I’m 35.” He said, “Wow, you’re half dead.”

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: He did. So I tucked him in calmly, went across the hallway, and removed him from the will.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: Actually, I got thinking, “I can’t believe how fast life goes.” And I (laughs), I thought, “I better find out what I want on, on my tombstone,” so I started looking. There are funny ones out there, “See, I told you I was sick,” is one.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: “Here lies an atheist, all dressed up, no place to go.”

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: In Tallahassee, Florida a, a terrible one put there by a lady whose husband was known as a womanizer, it says, “Frank, at least I know where you’re sleeping tonight.” Terrible.

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: I hope that won’t speak of any of our lives. I know what I want on my tombstone. Just want it to say this, “He found God’s grace too amazing to keep to himself.” Each of us can live that way for God’s glory.

Phil: Steven was five, we were headed past a graveyard on a Sunday afternoon, he pointed out the window, a hole was dug in the ground and a pile of dirt beside it, he said, “Dad, look, one got out.”

Audience: (laughs)

Phil: And the more I laughed at those words, the more I hung onto them. Because that’s our ultimate reason for hope this morning and for great joy. That’s why we can laugh like a kid again. One got out. Jesus Christ has risen, my friend. He is the one that gives us strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. The one who got out. I want to give you a blessing this morning from Romans 15:13, just says this, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” God bless you. Thank you very much.

John: What a great perspective today on Focus on the Family, from our guest, Phil Callaway.

Jim: John, this has been so refreshing and I really appreciate how Phil shares scriptural truths with stories that display his unique sense of humor. And I got to tell ya, that’s a great combination when you’re going through a terrible time. And let me recommend that you follow up on this broadcast by getting a copy of Phil’s latest book, Laugh Like a Kid Again: Live Without Regret and Leave Footsteps Worth Following. It’s a collection of heartwarming short stories rooted in God’s truth that will really encourage you. So, get a copy from us here at Focus on the Family, where the proceeds go right back into ministry, not into shareholders’ pockets. And we can send that out to you for a donation of any amount. And boy, if this broadcast has brought up some painful issues for you, please give us a call. Our friendly staff would be honored to listen to your concerns and pray with you. And if your situation warrants it, we’ll have one of our caring Christian Counselors give you a call back for a one-time consultation. And that’s a free service we provide thanks to the wonderful donor community.

John: Yeah, just give us a call if you need to talk or to request a copy of Laugh Like a Kid Again. Our number is 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY, 800-232-6459, or stop by focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. And I know we’re kind of midway through summer, but if you’re going to be in Colorado Springs at any point in time, stop by and see us. We have a great welcome center where you can stretch your legs, shop at our bookstore, and enjoy our children’s play area and soda shop. It’s a pretty cool place. Coming up next time, help for busy moms who want to get closer to God.

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Courtney Ellis: And by the time I had turned out of our street, I was already distracted. And I saw someone walking by with a cute tank top and I thought, “Oh, maybe I would like that tank top and I wonder where you can buy such a tank top?” And it’s like-

Jim: (laughs)

Courtney: … I already… It’s been 20 seconds.

Jim: Yeah.

Courtney: I couldn’t focus on Jesus for 20 seconds.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

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

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Debra Fileta

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

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

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

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

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

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

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

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

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

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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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 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.

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Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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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.

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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 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!

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