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Pursuing Our Untamable God (Part 1 of 2)

Pursuing Our Untamable God (Part 1 of 2)

In a discussion based on her book Encountering Our Wild God, Kim Meeder shares inspiring stories illustrating that we can experience more of God in our daily lives by trusting Him fully, even when we don't fully understand His ways. (Part 1 of 2)
Original Air Date: November 29, 2018

Excerpt:

Mrs. Kim Meeder: And that’s why we don’t see. When we choose not to believe that God can crash through the barriers of pain. His love knows no barrier. Our job isn’t to understand how He’s gonna do it. Our job is to release the tide of His love through us.

End of Excerpt

John Fuller: That’s Kim Meeder, and she joins us today on Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller, and your host is Focus president and author Jim Daly.

Jim Daly: John, I am so excited to have Kim back with us. She’s a gifted storyteller and has such passion for leading people to the Lord, which, when you get down to it, that’s what it’s all about. And you’re not gonna want to miss a single minute of the program today, especially if you need a word of encouragement from the Lord. As believers, we know God’s presence is with us, sometimes more so than at other times. But much of the Scripture assures us that He is there, maybe especially in the downtimes. I think of Psalm 139, verse 7, when David writes, “Where shall I go from Your spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your presence?” You can’t hide from God. He knows you. He knows where you’re at every moment of every day of your life. He is all around us. And we want to give you a glimpse of His hand in the midst of everyday situations. And that’s what Kim so brilliantly captures. She’s so in-tune with the spirit of God. I deeply appreciate this sister in that way.

John: Yeah, and every time we have her on the broadcast, we hear from people, “Kim, God has just gifted you, and you know that.” And it’s a privilege to have her back. Just real quick, if you don’t know Kim, she and her husband Troy started Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch. Uh, they rescue abused and neglected horses. Uh, they nurture them back to health and, uh, use them in a riding program for kids, many of them abused and neglected. And Kim has incredible stories that have occurred on the ranch and a lot of personal stories, as well. And she’s captured some of those in a new book called Encountering Our Wild God: Ways to Experience His Untamable Presence Every Day.

Jim: Kim, welcome back to Focus.

Kim: Thank you, it’s wonderful to be back with my brothers.

Jim: (Laughter) Man, we’re like, energized – we’ve been talking already. And we got to start now with the – the broadcast because we’ve been at it – going, talking about…

Kim: (Laughter).

Jim: …What the Lord’s doing. It’s so much fun. But anybody who meets you immediately senses the presence of God. You just have that ability. Um, for those that don’t know you, the recap is – man, the Lord put you through some difficult stuff as a little girl. Just, if you could, freshen that story, uh, to remind the listeners – or for the first time, to tell them who you are.

Kim: Absolutely. What I know is true is that everyone comes from somewhere. And everyone has been through something. And God’s word is also true in – everywhere throughout Scripture, but in Psalms 23, we read that He says, “Don’t be afraid. I’m with you through this valley of the shadow of darkness. My rod and My staff, My comfort and My protection. I’m with you.” And that is also true as we walk through very, very dark times. That became real to me at a young age when I was 9. And as I have shared previously, at 9, that’s when my mom – I wanted to grow up and be like her. And my dad – there was nothing my dad couldn’t do. He was a superhero and wore a cape and flew, in my mind. And it was during that season of my life that my dad’s best friend came to my little grade school and put me in the back of his car, and my two older sisters alongside, and started to drive in silence down a very familiar road that led to my grandparents’ house. And he wouldn’t speak. And I knew, during that silent drive, that something horrific had happened. And we arrived to my grandparents’ house, and there were cars all over. And – and you could feel the grief just waving from the house. And for the first time in my young life, I did not want to go into a home where I only ever felt love. I was afraid. I was afraid. And I was pushed into the arms of a woman that I didn’t – I didn’t know her name. I recognized her. Finally, she just said, “I’m so sorry. I don’t know how to tell you this, but your father has just murdered your mother and taken his own life. I’m so sorry.” And I remember thinking, “Wait a minute. My dad loves my mom. And he loves me. And he would never do that. You’re a liar!” And I just popped off of her chest and ran out the back door in this child’s effort to just outrun the unthinkable and just ran and ran and ran until there was just nothing left. And it wasn’t even a long distance. It felt like days. And just fell down in the dirt. It was in an orchard that had just been plowed. And I remember just grabbing handfuls of dirt in this effort to hold on to their memory. If I can just hold on, it won’t be true. And – and then I could hear, like, animal sounds. And – and it was my voice. I didn’t even recognize my own voice. And I could hear myself saying, “Jesus, help me. Jesus, I need You now. Jesus, help me.”

Jim: Yeah.

Kim: I didn’t even know who Jesus was. I wasn’t raised in the church. I wasn’t raised in a Christian home. I can only remember going to church twice before that. All I knew about Jesus is, “I think He’s the Guy on the cross.” But I didn’t know that God’s word is true in places like Romans chapter 1, where it says that God has made within the heart of every man the desire to know Him. And it doesn’t matter how you were raised or what culture you’re from or what you were taught to believe. When our heart is being crushed, we know intuitively to turn to the One who made that heart, because we know, somehow, through the power of His spirit, that He’s the only One Who can heal it and redeem it.

Jim: Hmm.

Kim: I did not know then the power of verses like Romans 10:13 that says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Everyone. A few verses higher it says that salvation is as near as your lips and your heart, and “if you profess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that He’s God, you will be saved.”

Jim: Yeah.

Kim: I didn’t know any of that. All I knew in that moment of crush was that there was a pop in my heart, an ignition of hope, and that, somehow, I’m gonna get through this. Somehow, I’m gonna make it. And now I know, in a way that I cannot verbalize, I’m not alone anymore.

Jim: Yeah.

Kim: And that was the beginning of knowing Jesus Christ in this wild child’s life.

Jim: Yeah.

Kim: That was the beginning of everything. I didn’t know then that every ounce of pain you and I will ever feel in this life the Lord has already assigned for His will. And I know that in a way that only God can, you’re gonna do something amazing because of this. I don’t get it. You never asked me to. You don’t ask me to understand Your ways. You only ask me to trust You for them.

Jim: Yes.

Kim: And that’s not hard.

Jim: Yeah. You have written this great, new book, Encountering Our Wild God. Now, some people think, “No, God’s not wild. How could you say that? It almost sounds sacrilegious, that God would be wild. No, He’s tamed. He’s refined.” Go there for a minute. Why did you choose a title to describe God as a wild God?

Kim: You and I cannot look at what He has created and not know that He is not wild and unfathomable and untamable and uncontainable. He – His word is true in Isaiah 55, where He says, “Oh, don’t you know My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts? And as high as the heavens are above the earth, so am I higher in My dealings than you. My love, My joy, My peace, My hope cannot fit. It cannot fit into your understanding. Don’t even try. Just trust Me for it. Just trust Me for it.” His redemption – we cannot fit it in the confines of the little, teeny, tiny box that makes sense to us. God is wild. His love crashes through every boundary that we think He can’t get through. His redemption and His hope and His peace roars over the mountain range around us – that we just say, “God, it’s impossible. It is impossible for me to get through this.” And He just roars right over it, and mountains skip out of the way. And they say after, “You are God and our Maker.” And we just experience this tsunami of love that pours over us. It doesn’t matter if we understand it. It just is. Nothing that He is can fit with anything that we understand about Him. Our God is wild. He doesn’t ask us to understand. He just asks us to trust Him. For believers, because of what Jesus Christ has already done, there’s always a way. We just can’t see it, but we can trust Him for it. We can just say, “I trust You, Jesus, more than my education, more than my logic, more than my skill set, more than how I feel. Oh, my word, more than our emotions. I trust You more. Here I come. I’m getting out of the boat, and I’m running to You, Lord. Will You catch me?” And I just see Him with His arms open, saying, “Run, beloved, run. This is what I’ve designed you to do.”

Jim: Mmm.

Kim: “I’ve designed you to run to Me through everything that makes sense in your mind. I’ll catch you every time. Will you trust Me more than your senses? It is I Who am with you always.”

Jim: Yeah, the God side of the equation is so – I mean, you are expressing it. I mean, that vivid imagery that you’re giving us – God’s open arms. The question is on our end, how do we learn to walk in that kind of simplicity? We overcomplicate it.

Kim: Right.

Jim: I haven’t done the right things. We keep a scorecard. The Lord may not love me because I did this, this and that.

Kim: Right.

Jim: How do we settle our hearts to look at the simplicity of God in that wild nature of helping us?

Kim: Absolutely. Our enemy is a thief and a liar, and he dwells in that analysis to paralysis. “You not. You’re never. You always. You don’t know enough. You don’t say enough. You don’t know His word enough.”

Jim: Right.

Kim: Blah, blah, blah.

Jim: All the accusations.

Kim: Correct. When serving God, knowing God, releasing His spirit that lives inside of us is really as simple – pray, listen and do what He asks. It really is that simple. All throughout God’s word, we are commanded: “Pray without ceasing. Pray at all times. Pray on every occasion of the power of the Holy Spirit.” Every opportunity you get, pray, pray, pray. We’re commanded by God Himself when He spoke over Jesus, “This is My beloved Son who I’m well pleased. Listen to Him.”

Jim: Yes.

Kim: In Isaiah 55:3, He says, “Come to me with your ears wide open.” Listen, listen, listen. And do. The whole New Testament is about doing. James – the whole book is about doing. Ephesians 2:10, “You’re My masterpiece created to do” – action – “what I’ve planned for you long ago.” We pray. We listen. We do. And that’s when we see this, the Holy Spirit roar through us into the environments around us. It really is that simple. And as I’m learning how to do this, He is transforming not only my life but all the lives in my environment.

Jim: Yes. I love that. I’m thinking of that Scripture that says, “Do these good deeds so that they’ll honor your Father in heaven.” I think the “they” is the world. And it’s saying – it doesn’t say, “Talk a good game.”

Kim: Right.

Jim: Do these good deeds because that’s what people give credence to. That’s – that means you believe it when you’re doing it. Whatever it is your doing. Good things and bad things.

Kim: Right.

John: So, pray, listen and then do and not, uh – not out of fear but knowing God your Father has you. We’re listening to the heart of Kim Meeder today on Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller. Your host is Jim Daly. And you can learn more about Kim, her ministry, the ranch and this new book, Encountering Our Wild God when you call 800-A-FAMILY. Or stop by focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: Kim, last time you were here, you shared a wonderful story, uh, about going to Goodwill. But there is actually more to the story involving a horse named, I think, Alula…

Kim: Mm hmm.

Jim: …If I have that right.

Kim: Correct.

Jim: What happened?

Kim: So, part of our ranch is to rescue abused and hurting horses. And a while back, our ranch was contacted by a family that was just distraught. And they said, “We have a horse we can no longer take care of, and she has a horrific wound on her shoulder. And, uh, she was our dad’s horse. And the other day, he didn’t come in for dinner. And we waited and waited. And finally, we went out to go find – my dad didn’t come in. And he had passed away of natural causes in her corral, in one of the places that he valued the most. And this beloved, little mare was standing over him very carefully, guarding him and grieving his loss. The one that loved her the most had passed away right in front of her.” And they said, “Will you just come and take her? We just don’t know what to do.” And so, we brought her home that day. And her wound was significant. It had been stapled closed, and all the staples had failed. And it was just yawning open inches of flesh and sinew and connective tissues. And she was grieving. And so, we brought her into our ranch and helped her back to health. And her name is Alula. Alula’s a name of a star, and her scar is star-shaped.

Jim: Hmm.

Kim: And so, God is always painting a masterpiece, as referred to in Ephesians 2:10. And when we don’t like the current picture, all it means, and my wise sister tells me this, all it means is that, Kim, he’s not done yet. And so, in practicing pray, listen, do, I was working on a project. “Lord, I need frames. Where would you like me to go?” I’m just asking Him in. I’ve lived so much of my life on autopilot. “I know how to do this. I know how to do that. I know how to run this ranch and go grocery shopping, get fuel, buy coffee. Oh, but God, here is a spiritual part. I better ask You. I better pray.”

Jim: (Laughter).

Kim: And the Lord has loved me enough to say, “Honey, don’t you realize every moment that you’re breathing, that’s the spiritual part? I want you to ask Me into all of it.” Psalms 37:23 says that He wants to be invited into every detail of our lives. “So, Lord, where do you want me to go buy picture frames?” Answer was strangely immediate – Goodwill. Awesome.

Jim: (Laughter).

Kim: I love Goodwill. It’s like a giant yard sale every day. And so, instantly, shopping these affordable aisles with my little blue basket, gather up a bunch of frames, go to the only checkout line that’s available. And as I step to the next position in line, that’s when I heard the young woman who was serving a man say, “Oh, I’m sorry. I don’t know how to do this transaction. I’m gonna have to call for help.” So, she called for help. Help came, cut right in front of me. She was short. She had fiery-red hair and laser-blue eyes, and she was mad. And she hit my basket and almost knocked everything out as she goes into the next checkout line. And she opens it up, and she sneers, “Did you find everything you need?” She hasn’t looked at me yet. And I said, “Actually, I found more than what I needed. I’m going to do this speaking tour and I found more than what I was even looking for.” “Oh, that’s great. What do you speak about?” And so, I gave her just a thumbnail. And I said, “I get to speak about hope and a little bit about the ranch.” “Oh, that’s great.” And she’s checking through all these frames. And then this beautiful, young woman rocks back on her heels and starts to shout in my face, “I’m so glad that you talk to people about hope because I’m sick and tired! Nobody takes responsibility for anything anymore, and I’m sick of it! I’m just sick of it!” And like a bell on a clear day, I can hear the Holy Spirit say, “I want you to point blank her with what I’ve done for you.” And I got to be honest, my first response was, “Abort! Abort!”

(LAUGHTER)

Kim: “She’s mad. The guy behind me is mad. Everybody is mad. She’s not gonna hear it, Lord. It’s a bad time. It’s a bad time. Really. Okay. I’m going in, God.”

(LAUGHTER)

Kim: And so, I read her little name tag, and it said Angel.

(LAUGHTER)

Jim: God has a sense of humor.

Kim: He does.

(LAUGHTER)

Kim: And so, I said, “Angel, honey, you’re right. I’m so glad that I get to talk to people about hope because hope is so vitally important to our heart and for our life that, without it, everything is meaningless. Hope is so important. I remember not only the day but the moment that genuine hope came into my heart, and that was the day that my dad murdered my mother and took his own life. And that was the day that I met the Author of hope. That was the day I met Jesus Christ, and He’s been in my heart ever since.” And she just went, “Huuuuuuhhhh.” She didn’t move. She didn’t breathe. She stood there with her shoulders up to her ears, staring at the floor for what felt like a day. She looked like I had shot her with an arrow. And after a long moment, she starts to exhale and her shoulders start to settle down, and as she’s raising her eyes to meet mine, they’re flooding with tears. And she goes to open her mouth, and these two huge, heavy streaks go down her face. And this is a young woman who just screamed in my face. Now she is speaking in a voice that I can barely hear. It’s the voice of a little, little girl. And she says in this tiny whisper, “I’ve never shared this with anybody. When I was 12, my mom killed herself right in front of me.” And all I did was just open my arms in that universal gesture that, “Oh, baby, this hug is for you.” It was like throwing a life ring. She wanted that so desperately, she didn’t even go around the counter. She launched up onto the checkout counter, put her knees on the counter, and just buried into a total stranger’s neck and just wept and wept and wept. And right there in the checkout line of a Goodwill store in a little town, one former orphan got to introduce another orphan to the love of Jesus Christ. If you want to know the simplicity of the wild love and redemption of our God, it really is as simple as we pray, and we listen, and we do, and we just follow His spirit where His spirit wants to go. Jesus said Himself in John 4:23 and 24 that God is spirit. He’s looking for anybody, anybody who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. “Will that be you? Kim, will it be you? Will you worship Him by following the voice of His spirit while standing on the truth of His word?” Because they always go together. What the Holy Spirit asks us to do will never work outside of the power and truth of God’s word because He’s the One Who wrote it.

Jim: Yeah.

Kim: We pray. We listen. And we do.

Jim: Kim, I mean, it’s hard to breathe because you are bringing such great truth to the listener. And we have flown through the first half-hour. I mean, this is amazing. The place to end it – because I can envision that person weeping with you right now, another version of that clerk…

Kim: Right. Right.

Jim: …Who’s never felt the love of God, has not seen the enthusiasm of a believer like you’ve got. And I think the place to end is for you to pray for those people who are saying, “Lord, I want that. I don’t know You. I’m in the apple orchard, grabbing at the dirt like Kim was as a little girl.” Pray for them, and let’s come back next time, and we’ll get into more of that – the whys and the hows.

Kim: Mm hmm. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, I speak the power and the authority and the pure love of Your name over every single person who is listening today, who has collapsed in that place of brokenness and despair and grief and pain and suffering, that believes You do not see. Right now, Holy Spirit, will You breathe over them? In their car, in their office, in their kitchen, out in a field, wherever they might be that they would feel the fire of the presence of the living God descending on them. “Don’t you know I love you? You’re My son. You’re My daughter. And if you were the only one, I’m coming for you, and I’m here right now reaching for you, My beloved. Will you reach back and take Me by the hand? I’ve got you. I’ve got you. And you are gonna make it. Will you call on My name and invite Me into your heart and your life to lead you through this time? I’ve got a plan. I’ve got a purpose, and it’s good because I am good. Can you feel My arms around you now? I love you so much. Let’s walk out these days together. And I will show you, side by side, My goodness and My wild love for you, My beloved.” Thank You, Jesus. Thank You that Your redemptive love knows no boundaries of men. And when we ask You to come in, You do. And You heal every broken corner and closet and drawer and crack. Your light is unstoppable. And it lights the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. Thank you, Jesus. Come in. Now we pray, all for Your glory. Have Your way. Amen.

Jim: Amen. Kim Meeder, man, this is the gospel. And I want to pick up next time, if you’re willing to stay with us, and talk about the introduction that you made between this Angel at Goodwill and Alula. Let’s pick it up there. Can we do it?

Kim: Yes, sir.

John: Kim’s stories are so gripping and so captivating. And that’s why she continues to be such a popular guest here at Focus on the Family.

Jim: Well God really has gifted her, not only in reaching out to broken people, but in sharing her stories in such a way that demonstrates His grace and mercy. And as you’ve been listening today, I know you’ve been touched by these stories of redemption. I have. And that’s really at the heart of what we do here at Focus on the Family. Everything points back to the Lord and His redeeming nature. And we want to encourage you in your faith walk. We hear from people all the time who have benefited from the ministry happening here at Focus. In fact, one woman wrote to us and said, “As a stay-at-home mom for many years, I loved listening to Focus on the Family. I am a better Christian, wife, mother, and daughter because of your programs. I often share with my daughters and husband what I learn from each day’s conversation. My daughters are now almost 22 and 19, and they know what a blessing Focus on the Family has been in our lives. Thank you for all you do.”

John: Oh, that’s wonderful. And really encouraging to hear.

Jim: It is. And that’s why we’re here. To help people like this listener, like you, strengthen your marriage and your family. We’re praying for you and providing resources to help in any way that we can. And that’s why we launched the [email protected] streaming service and opened up a free trial of Adventures in Odyssey Club.

John: And, in addition, of course, we continued to have timely help through these broadcasts and, uh, we’re doing Facebook Live events and so much more.

Jim: That’s right, John. And to keep all of this going, we need your help. As you can imagine, we’re seeing a growing need among families, but we’re also seeing a decrease right now with unemployment being as high as it is in the giving. But God does provide. We’re confident of that and you have the chance to be part of what He’s doing. Through a matching opportunity your gift today will be doubled allowing Focus on the Family to provide twice as much help and outreach to families in need. No amount is too small. 15, 20, $25. And we would greatly appreciate your partnership today.

John: And as our way of saying thank you, we’ll send a copy of the book we’ve been talking about today, Encountering Our Wild God, by our guest Kim Meeder. So, donate and get your book by going online – focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Or by calling 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY. On behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for listening today to Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller inviting you back tomorrow for more of the conversation with Kim Meeder as we once more help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

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

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

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