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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Parenting A Child with Down Syndrome

Parenting A Child with Down Syndrome

In 2005, Shauna Amick was surprised to learn during her third pregnancy that her child would have Down Syndrome and a life-threatening heart defect. Shauna’s doctors immediately & repeatedly recommended termination, which she refused to do, relying upon pro-life verses she had learned from the Bible. In this episode, Shuana praises God for Sarah’s Down Syndrome because that’s who He made Sarah to be and she brings glory to His name.
Original Air Date: March 21, 2022

Preview:

Shauna Amick: Sarah has enriched my life and the lives of others in wonderful ways. Her life is meaningful and full of purpose. The hundreds of other special needs parents I’ve met along the way, they tell me they feel the same. The world is a better place because of our children.

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John Fuller: Well, that’s Shauna Amick describing her beautiful daughter Sarah, who has Down Syndrome. Today on Focus on the Family, we’re going to hear about Shauna and Sarah’s remarkable journey and how God kept showing up in their lives. Your host is Focus president and author Jim Daly, and I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John, I wonder how many people know that today, March 21st, is World Down Syndrome Day, and which is a day of celebration and global awareness officially observed every year by the United Nations since 2012. And this is a growing global campaign to advocate for the rights, inclusion and well-being in people with Down Syndrome. But ironically, uh, we completely disregard pre-born babies who have been identified with this particular disability.

John: Hmm.

Jim: It’s estimated in the United States that 67% of pregnancies with a Down Syndrome child and in abortion. 67%. And in some European countries, it’s as high as 90%.

John: That is really sad, and, um, I mean, any abortion is tragic. It’s heartbreaking that so many in our culture, though, are looking at these precious lives saying doesn’t matter, not valuable, even though these are babies created in God’s image.

Jim: Absolutely. It doesn’t mean there’s not hardship, there will be. But how do you become more like Christ right there within your own family? Here’s the thing John, God doesn’t make mistakes. There are going to be obstacles in, uh, a world that is full of sin and has fallen away from God. But we can quickly um, see those imperfections in someone with Down Syndrome or some other physical or mental disability. And maybe we judge them, or we pity them for the condition they’re in. But God often does his greatest work through our weaknesses, right? And, uh, where there is a mess, God has a greater plan of purpose that’s far beyond what we can imagine. And that’s been the experience of our guest today, and I’m looking forward to discussing this issue with her.

John: Yeah. Um, Shauna is an author, speaker and disability rights advocate. She’s the Director of radio marketing for Joni and Friends. The ministry founded by her good friend Joni Eareckson Tada, and Shauna is the mom of three, and uh, she’s a contributing author to a book we’re offering today called, Real Families, Real Needs: A Compassionate Guide for Families Living with Disability. And then Shauna has captured her own personal story in a little booklet, My Baby Has a Disability: Life Giving Questions and Answers. And you can learn more about these resources when you contact focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: Shauna, welcome to Focus on the Family.

Shauna: Thank you for having me. I’m so happy to be here.

Jim: Yeah, we’re recording in Southern Cal, at our good friends here at Ambassadors Conference Room actually. It was nicer than to make this available to us.

Shauna: Sure was.

Jim: Uh, Shauna, I understand you’ve been a pro-life advocate for more than two decades and you also worked with pregnancy resource centers. By the way, let me get that unabashed plug for pregnancy resource centers. You want to get involved in your community, call them up and see how you might volunteer, help them, certainly support them financially. The PRCs deserve that kind of local support, and they’re in your community. I am almost sure that they’re there for you. So you were doing that and in 2005, your pro-life convictions were tested. How were they tested?

Shauna: Well, I uh, ended up being pregnant with my third baby and went in for what I thought was going to be that routine ultrasound where you get to find out if you’re having a boy or girl. And I’m confessing that was about the extent of my vision for the day. I wanted to know what color I was going to be painting the room when I got home. And as I laid on that table and the ultrasound technician took longer and longer to look at this baby growing inside of me, and then settled on my baby’s heart and stared at the ultrasound image of Sarah’s heart for close to 45 minutes. And with my untrained medical eye, I knew we had a problem.

Jim: Yeah, you didn’t know quite yet.

Shauna: I really had no idea what the problem was, but I knew that I had, I had had two children already. I knew we didn’t take this long doing an ultrasound, and I knew enough about the human heart to know that there were supposed to be four chambers in it. And Sarah had no chambers in her heart. It was uh, a circle with a little piece of tissue that would kind of float around every time my heartbeat. And I asked the technician, “When are you going to tell me?” And she said, “Oh, I’m going to have the doctor come in and see you.” And the doctor sat in front of me and told me that my baby had what was called an AV Canal Heart Defect. And that that specific heart defect was a red flag for Down Syndrome. She then told me about all the other markers that she saw through ultrasound, and immediately offered an abortion. And at that point, I couldn’t really speak, I just shook my head, no.

Jim: Let me ask you, though, in that moment when when a medical professional, I mean, obviously, you’re going through trauma,

Shauna: Mm-hmm.

Jim: and you’re getting all your fears confirmed and things you may have even had mommy’s intuition about, right? And then they say, yeah, we would highly recommend an abortion. What flows through your mind at that point?

Shauna: Hmm. Uh, this is going to sound ridiculous, but I was kind of sitting with my arms crossed and I literally pinched my arm. It just didn’t feel like reality.

Jim: Yeah.

Shauna: I don’t know that I could tell you in the moment. There were a whole lot of thoughts going through my head other than, no. But after the fact, very soon after I left the office, I just started praising God that I knew the truth of scripture, that all life is sacred. It was actually Psalm 16, that God gave me and carried me through the next five months of that pregnancy. Specifically, “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places, and I have a delightful inheritance.” And, you know, I would drive by. I mean, we were in the hospital all the time after that, throughout the rest of the pregnancy, I, it became a high-risk pregnancy. Uh, Sarah was born on a beautiful June morning and just quickly started dying as they told me because of her heart defect. And it would be six weeks until she was strong enough to have the surgery itself, and then another two months of staying in Children’s Hospital in Boston recovering. And so every day I would see other moms with healthy babies, no heart defect, no disability, and God would just remind me, the boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places to.

Jim: Yeah, but even in that, I mean, there is there’s that immediate faith response that you had, which was a good step in God’s direction. Did you at some point in that journey, begin to say, I’m not feeling close to the Lord? I, you know, did you have moments where you were struggling?

Shauna: I had moments of struggling with Sarah’s diagnosis. I certainly had a lot of fear, uh, that on this side, I think what was I afraid of, right? Um, but-

Jim: What were you afraid of?

Shauna: What was I afraid of? The unknown.

Jim: Yeah.

Shauna: And I think-

Jim: The difficulty of it,

Shauna: Sure.

Jim: … the challenge it would be. That seems reasonable.

Shauna: And I think even that is part of how our culture kind of indoctrinates us to think that people with disabilities are somehow less valuable because what would be there to fear in Down Syndrome? I can say that today. (laughs)

Jim: Right.

Shauna: 16 years ago, I was terrified. I didn’t know what this would look like. So, um, I’m grateful that it didn’t shake my faith. Um, it totally shook my core. I can say that, and I had a lot of questioning, uh, the Lord, why? Why would he do this to my baby? Why would he do it to me? And, um, three months later, after open heart surgery, after everything that she had to go through at, uh, in the queue and the Children’s Hospital, and I was finally told I could bring my baby home. I, uh, I said, well, I’m going to go for a walk before I put her in the car. That made everybody nervous. I don’t know if they expected me to come back or not. Um, but I had it out with the Lord. Can I say that?

Jim: Sure

Shauna: I said, what happened to the bread I asked for? Why did you give me the stone? And, uh, about four miles into my walk, I really heard the Lord say, you were asking for a stone. I gave you the bread.

Jim: Huh.

Shauna: And it just about knocked the wind out of me and I, I walked in, I said, okay, I’m ready, I’m ready. Let’s go. I took my baby home. I set up her little hospital room right next to my bed and and we’ve been doing life together for 16 years now.

Jim: Yeah. And, but, uh, yeah, I so appreciate the vulnerability of what you were struggling with because, you know, women are listening right now who are maybe facing all kinds of things that are challenging their faith. It may be a diagnosis of their pre-born child and what’s happening in the fears of that and might be difficulty in their marriage. It could be a whole host of things.

Shauna: Right.

Jim: So I do appreciate that honesty and to the blackness of your heart. We all have sin in our heart, right?

Shauna: Yeah.

Jim: So we’re all going to have doubts and fears, that’s part of being in this life. But it’s so amazing when we choose faith in Christ, no matter what form that takes,

Shauna: Right.

Jim: ’cause I really think it puts a smile on his face when we trust Him. You had a couple of experiences that really helped bolster you, what you called kind of the, I would call God incidences,

Shauna: Yes.

Jim: … the coincidences that occur. One was where, um, you were in a fast-food restaurant, and something happened. What was that?

Shauna: I was, yes, okay. Well, um, I had been crying for a good many weeks at that point, and I had my two older children, Veronica and Gideon. Veronica was six and Gideon was four, and we lived out in the boondocks. Okay, so there wasn’t a matter of getting in the or going out the front door and going for a walk to see people. I had been kind of housebound, uh, living out in the woods with these kids, and I just had a little bit of cabin fever and thought, okay, that’s enough crying for for now, and let’s pack up and we’re going to go do something crazy and go get some fries, right?

Jim: That’s crazy.

Shauna: Laughter.

John: Junk food to the rescue.

Jim: Well, can I come?

Shauna: Oh, well,

Jim: I like fries.

Shauna: I packed up the kids and we headed into town and parked ourselves and got our our, you know, chicken nuggets and fries and just started being normal people for a moment. And, um, I don’t know if I lasted maybe 20 minutes and then I just, you know, had another episode. I looked out the window and just started crying again. And, um, this lady, all of a sudden, I can feel her hand on my shoulder, and she just tapped me on the shoulder. I looked up and she said, “Honey, I don’t know what what’s going on right now, but you know, I just want you to know it’s going to be okay. That my friend and I are praying for you, and we want you to know everything’s going to be okay.” Now, that would have been enough. But when she pointed to her friend, it was a young man with Down Syndrome.

Jim: Oh, my.

Shauna: And she had no idea. I mean, she knew I was pregnant. She could see that,

Jim: She just saw you crying.

Shauna: but she had no idea what I was crying over.

Jim: That’s amazing.

Shauna: I feel like,

Jim: It’s like the Lord was saying-

Shauna: … that’s that’s one of those, be careful how you entertain strangers, right? They could be angels unaware.

Jim: That’s so true. Another God incident was listening to the Focus broadcast?

Shauna: Oh my goodness. Oh yes, that’s when the Lord turned my car into this holy sanctuary.

Jim: What happened?

Shauna: Okay. Another day where um, and of course, this is, I lived in New England. It’s cold, right? So again, we’re not going for a walk. What can we do? I got to get out of the house. I packed the kids up. We’re going to go to the mall. Uh, this beautiful God moment where I look in the back seat as I pull into the mall parking lot and the two kids are asleep, right?

Jim: Perfect.

Shauna: Like that in itself, you know?

John: Yeah.

Shauna: And so I thought, well, I’m going to let them sleep. I’ll just listen to the radio. And here comes Focus on the Family. And you know, I’m not quite remembering word for word, but it was something, the intro was something like, um, “Have you been diagnosed with an adverse, or have you had an adverse diagnosis in your pregnancy? Well, stay tuned because this show is for you.”

Jim: Yeah, wow.

Shauna: And do you know that those two kids stayed asleep for that whole program so I could sit in the front and have Focus on the Family, minister to me.

John: Hmm.

Shauna: And truly, I truly did feel like that car just turned into God’s holy sanctuary, just speaking to my soul.

Jim: Yeah, that’s beautiful.

John: Wow. Well, what a privilege to be a part of your story and thousands and thousands of others. This is Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller and we’ve got Shauna Amick with us today, and, uh, she has contributed to a book Real Families Real Needs: A Compassionate Guide for Families Living with Disability. Uh, we’ve got copies of that here at the ministry. Just call 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY or stop by focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: Shannon, you really identify with an Old Testament character. I think those that know the story of Hagar would put the pieces together, but explain Hagar, her travails and how you identify with it.

Shauna: Oh, sure, sure. All right. Well, um, people are going to want to read Genesis 16 to get the whole Hagar story, of course. But she’s the outcast who’s just feeling rejected and far from the Lord. And, um, I didn’t really identify with Hagar until the night before Sarah’s open-heart surgery, when um, for those first six weeks of Sarah’s life, she had been connected to all kinds of life support. And we knew that open heart surgery was waiting for her in the morning. And so I set myself up for this all-night prayer vigil in Sarah’s hospital room and right around midnight. Her nurse came in and started unplugging her from all of these life support machines. And of course, I was flabbergasted because I had been told for six weeks, she can’t survive without this.

Jim: Wow.

Shauna: Before I could say anything, her nurse picked Sarah up out of her little hospital crib and put her in my arms and said, “I think you and your baby should go for a walk.” And I was about to ask, and she said, “Just don’t leave the hospital and be back in 20 minutes.” And it was all in her eyes. I had 20 minutes before, you know, it would affect Sarah’s health and not being connected to life support. So kind of like a zombie even I went on autopilot down the hall, and I got in the elevator and in a very childlike way, I wanted to get as close to God as I could. So I pushed the top button in the elevator, uh, not knowing where I was going to land. I really had not left Sarah’s room for those first six weeks. Well, the elevator door opened and what was waiting for me was floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the Boston skyline at midnight. It’s quite a fascinating scene. And I ultimately felt very small, like here I am with millions of other souls, all of us needing the Lord. And who am I? Uh, and I’m holding this dying baby in my arms, right? The only prayer I could squeak out was the name of the Lord. And so I just said, “Jesus.” And I felt in that moment that God said to my heart, “I see you, I see you, and I see that dying baby in your arms.” And you know, Sarah still had Down Syndrome. She was still going to need open heart surgery in a matter of hours. We didn’t know if she’d survive it. That was the whole reason that that dear nurse let me go for a walk with my baby. It was the only time I ever held her without any tubes in between us. But what changed in that moment is I was no longer the outcast. I was no longer rejected, or I did not feel far from the Lord. He saw me, right? He saw what we were going through, and it completely changed my perspective and gave me the strength to go into surgery the next day.

Jim: Yeah. That’s a wonderful story of how the Lord will encourage us. Do you think in that circumstance, do you think the Lord would do that for everybody? And sometimes we just miss it?

Shauna: Oh.

Jim: I mean, I tend to lean that direction that he’s there, but sometimes we’re so um, lacking being in tune with him or even having our heart open to him that we’ll miss those moments where he’s expressing himself.

Shauna: Yeah, yeah. Well, you know what, I always I fully believe God speaks our love language.

Jim: Yeah.

Shauna: Right? So for some of us, it’s words, other times it’s maybe he shows us something in nature.

Jim: A hand on the shoulder.

Shauna: Exactly, right? And we do need those eyes to see. Um, so I mean, this is going to sound really very simple, but that’s why we’ve got to stay so close to him, right? In the word and in prayer. I would have missed it otherwise.

Jim: Tell us about your daughter today.

Shauna: Oh, my goodness, I’d love to. Yes.

Jim: Well, and what have you seen? All those fears you’ve alluded to this earlier that if, you know, now I don’t have those fears. I, you know, it’s not there, what you’ve learned. So that’s what I want to hear. What have you learned?

Shauna: Okay, what have I learned?

Jim: In seeing your daughter.

Shauna: I have learned the truth of the sanctity of life. And, uh, believe it or not, every night when I’m praying over Sarah as we go to bed, I am thanking God that she has Down Syndrome because she would not be Sarah. She wouldn’t be Sarah any other way. So the very thing that completely threw me into a panic is what I am able to thank God for now. Uh, you talked about princess dancers, right?

Jim: Yeah.

Shauna: Um, Sarah, of course, means princess. So she’s my princess, and I’ll tell you what, that kid can dance. (Laughter) Um, so she loves music. She loves dancing. Her favorite artist is Elvis, of course.

John: Oh my.

Shauna: And she does a fantastic Elvis impersonation.

Jim: laughs

Shauna: So any chance she’ll get, she’ll put on her Elvis outfit and grab a mic and and do a little dance for us. You know, she’s just everything wonderful. She’s got every emotion that everybody else does, which is actually something that maybe somebody listening doesn’t understand. Folks who don’t have friends or family members with Down Syndrome will sometimes say to me, “Oh, isn’t that great, you’re your daughter has Down Syndrome, that means she’s always happy, right?” Which personally, it’s a little insulting because it’s almost taking away her humanity. Like, well, no, she’s a person. She’s got all the same emotions you have. So. she’s happy and she’s sassy and,

Jim: And everything.

Shauna: … she’s fun and she gets angry just like me, um, and she loves Jesus.

Jim: In fact, you mentioned in the describing of Sarah her ability to pray,

Shauna: Oh, yeah.

Jim: that she’s a prayer warrior. Again, that would surprise some people because we assume that cognitively that connection may not be strong. But how does she pray?

Shauna: Oh, you know, Sarah is 16 years, 16 years old at this point. Her language is getting more and more understandable. I, of course, can understand her. But I’ll tell you what, if there’s ever a chance when the pastor or anybody asks for a volunteer to pray, she’s always going to be the first to volunteer.

Jim: Chuckles.

Shauna: And there have been plenty of times where the rest of us, all we understand is Dear God. And then Sarah will just let loose, and she is, you know, calling down heaven. And at the end, you hear, “Amen.” Now, none of us might even know what she just prayed, but I promise you, Jesus knows what that little girl prayed, and I think it makes him smile.

Jim: Well, it’s so awesome. And even for some people to hear what you said a moment ago that, you know, your daughter with Down Syndrome that you sound comfortable with that, might even make them uncomfortable,

Shauna: Mm.

Jim: that you would be comfortable with that, right?

Shauna: Sure.

Jim: And I think the last question I wanted to ask you is just with that transformation that you’ve had moving from, what what has happened to me, Lord, to acceptance. And then, um, you know, today you wouldn’t want to do over.

Shauna: That’s right.

Jim: That’s powerful. Some people would be totally confused by that.

Shauna: Yeah, you know, I think that’s what I always want uh, moms to hear when they’ve been given a diagnosis, whether it’s Down Syndrome or any other kind of disability or adverse diagnosis, as I remember from my Focus on the Family broadcast there. Um, you can do this right. Don’t don’t let the world tell you that there’s something wrong with your baby. There’s nothing wrong with your baby. Uh, God’s hands knit that baby together in your womb exactly the way He designed, right? So, um, I guess if there was any do over, it would just be, I wish I was a little stronger,

Jim: Wow.

Shauna: uh, when I went through it, um, but certainly wouldn’t change a thing about Sarah. And, and that’s what I want other parents to know, that if they go through that initial, of course, it’s a crisis. Of course there’s tragedy. Of course there’s trauma, right? We wouldn’t be human, otherwise, if we didn’t have any of these emotions. But once you get on the other side, you’re going to praise God that your baby is exactly the way God made that baby.

Jim: You know, Shauna, it strikes me that in this day and age, that mama’s heart for her child, it comes out so boldly in you. And even if in the beginning you didn’t feel it. You know you had to work through it, and I so appreciate that. But that mama’s heart, you think in our culture today with what I perceived to be just an all-out war against children,

Shauna: Right.

Jim: … to be honest with you.

Shauna: Yeah.

Jim: And so that, I’m pointing that out in that, you know, when you look at that, it’s just beautiful to see that you can embrace what is and that you can trust in God and and so many of us need to do that more so.

Shauna: Right. With, with regardless, right? As you said earlier, regardless of our our situation. I’m grateful the Lord trusted me with her, right?

Jim: Wow.

Shauna: I I, I consider that an honor. Yeah. Um, you know, if I can speak to the mama’s heart, can I, for just a moment?

Jim: Absolutely.

Shauna: Um, it’s, it looks different depending on who I’m talking to. So, um, and perhaps this will make sense, I hope it will. Sometimes I’ll have a little child, you know, a child come up and kind of be staring at Sarah. And, um, I I love this one scene where we were at a playground and a little boy not only was staring at her, but he finally came up to me and said, “What’s wrong with her?” And in that moment, my heart was just so tender because I saw this as a teachable opportunity.

Jim: Absolutely.

Shauna: Um, well, you know what, there’s actually nothing wrong with her. You know, she thinks a little different than you, and maybe she talks a little different than you, but she loves the slide just like you do. She loves to swing. And you know this little guy, I don’t know, maybe he was five, he he kind of thought about that and he said, okay, and they played together for the next,

Jim: Oh, wow.

Shauna: … 20 or so minutes. Um, that was a wonderful gift. I kind of get the other extreme. (laughs) I can get a little mama bear when sometimes I might have an adult who thinks there’s something wrong with my child. And you know, shame on me, I should have the same attitude and see it also as a teachable moment, but I’m just gonna, I think this is the time for confession on this Focus on the Family. (laughs)

Jim: Some woman’s in a, in a minivan listening right now.

Shauna: Yeah. And there’s nothing wrong with her. You know, I mean, I’ve had moms, uh, kind of pull their children away from mine as though they think they’re going to catch Down Syndrome, and that just breaks my heart. So, I guess if there’s anyone in the minivan right now listening to this, um, think about that mom of a special needs child and give her a little grace and mercy and realize that her child is just as valuable as yours.

Jim: That’s, that’s a good word for all of us, actually. Shauna, this has been so good. Thank you for sharing your heart.

Shauna: Thank you for having.

Jim: And lessons learned and the good things. I hope, uh, you know the listeners and the viewers, I hope you’ve caught the heart of what we’re talking about today, that if you’ve received that adverse diagnosis or maybe something else is happening in your life, that is adverse, we have caring Christian counselors who can talk with you, and even refer you to a counselor in your area if you feel that is your next step. So call us. And this is humanity in all of its goodness and all of its darkness. And what you’re going through is certainly something we’d love to talk with you about. Plus, we have resources for you, including Joni Eareckson Tada’s great book that Shauna was a contributor of. John, what is that?

John: That is called, Real families, Real Needs: A Compassionate Guide for Families Living with Disability. And as you said, Jim, Joni is kind of the main author and editor for this great resource. And as always, um, we are a listener supported, viewer supported ministry here at Focus on the Family. If you’re able to, uh, make a contribution of any amount today, uh, we’d love to have you join the support team, help us make broadcasts and resources available to families in need. It’s very simple to donate on the phone, 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY, or just click the link at our website. And when you make that gift, we’ll send the book to you as our thank you for being a part of the Focus on the Family ministry team. And on behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for joining us today for Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller inviting you back as we once again help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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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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