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Removing the Barriers Between You and Your Prodigal Child

Removing the Barriers Between You and Your Prodigal Child

When someone you love makes poor choices in their lifestyle, relationships, or moral decision-making, there IS hope! Phil Waldrep provides concrete steps to removing any barriers that might stop your prodigal child from coming back to the Lord.
Original Air Date: November 23, 2022

Jim Daly: This is Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family. And before we get to today’s broadcast I want to mention a couple of things that are right in front of us right now in the culture.

One is the tragic shooting here in Colorado Springs at the gay nightclub. That breaks my heart that people have to lose their life for something like this. And this suspect, I believe, is not a stable person. We’re going to learn more over the days and weeks ahead but I want to make sure people hear me clearly that everyone is made in God’s image. Everybody deserves respect. And yet in a culture where we have pluralistic views, we’ve got to be able to voice our opinion.

So, with that said, I also want to make you aware of something that’s going on in the Senate that’s critically important. It’s called The Respect for Marriage Act. And they’re going to be voting on this probably next week. And it has the potential to really change the way religious liberty is expressed in our country.

Today, I’ve asked Kelly Shackelford, my good friend, he’s president and CEO of First Liberty Institute, to join me by phone to shed some light on everything that this bill entails. Kelly, welcome to the program.

Kelly Shackelford:  Thanks, Jim. Happy to be on.

Jim: All right. I wish it were better circumstances. Quickly. What is this bill about, Respect for Marriage Act? What does it say and how will it affect us, especially the Christian community, businesses, churches, the like? If it is passed?

Kelly:  It’s proposed as a… just something where people can be pro marriage between a man and a woman. But that’s not true. What it does is it actually weaponizes. It even creates a private cause of action where people can bring lawsuits against individuals or groups who take a different position. And so it’s really dangerous.

And there’s an attempt by Mike Lee, Senator Mike Lee, to offer an amendment that says you cannot use anybody’s beliefs on marriage, uh, their religious beliefs in any way to be punished. And if they were to accept that amendment it would take away all the danger. But they have not taken that amendment. And therefore, this is going to be a weapon that’s going to be able to be used to attack people and religious liberty in numerous circumstances.

Jim: Right. In fact, with that amendment that Mike Lee has proposed the other side has said it’s too aggressive. It’s too radical. Right? I mean, think of that. Just to affirm that we have a right to believe what we would like to believe based on Biblical principle. They’re saying that’s out of bounds. I mean, that… that right there is chilling.

Kelly:  It is. And again, this is, this is not just some statement that the federal government is now in favor of marriage between, you know, a man and a man or a woman and a woman. This goes further. It allows the Justice Department to go after people. It creates an ability to file lawsuits against people who have different beliefs. So this this is a whole new level of really weaponizing this whole battle of, you know, marriage to be used against people and their religious freedom and their beliefs on these issues.

Jim: Well, and without that special amendment that Mike Lee uh, has proposed, there’s some that are saying that the IRS, with their new 87,000 agents, will be cut loose to strip away 501c3 status for religious organizations like Focus on the Family, for churches, for others who have it.

Kelly: Yes.

Jim: Again, a different perspective, that they’ll use the power of the IRS to silence people, in essence.

Kelly: Yeah, that’s the argument. And if you, if people remember back when the argument was going on in this Supreme Court on the same sex marriage case, the Obergefell case, the Solicitor General in the United States who was arguing for the Obama administration answered that question when he was asked by one of the justices, “Hey, if we do this, could this be used for the IRS to take away the tax-exempt status of people who believe in marriage as a man and woman? Churches, nonprofit organizations?” And he said that could be an issue. And that is not taken away in this legislation.

Jim: Well, Kelly, I just applaud your efforts along with ADF and other organizations that are, you know, trying to defend religious liberty in this country. I mean the lawyers on the Christian side are also working. And I so appreciate your part of the battle there and being involved and doing what you do at First Liberty to help the cause.

Kelly:  Well, I, I… you know, Focus on the Family is the hero of the family. And we’ve got to stand together now that it’s under attack in a real specific way with this situation.

Jim: Well, thank you. Thanks for being with us for a few minutes to give us more insight. Thank you so much.

Kelly: Happy to do it. Thanks, Jim.

Jim: Well, here at Focus on the Family, we want to certainly encourage you to pray for the country. Pray for the decisions being made in the Senate. And I want to ask you to be very specific and call your Senators in your state.

We’re specifically looking at five senators. Senator Sullivan from Alaska, Senator Ernst from Iowa, Senator Young from Indiana, Senator Capita from West Virginia, and Senator Loomis from Wyoming.

We need to have you call them and say, “Don’t support The Respect for Marriage Act, and to consider and to vote positively on Mike Lee’s amendment,” if that’s possible.

And let me give you the number. It’s H.R… The bill is H.R. 8404. The phone number is (202) 224-3121. That’s (202) 224-3121.

Also, you can stay informed on important developments in the news through our Daily Citizen, which is basically an electronic magazine that’ll come to you every morning.

You’ll find the links from our webpage. Also, focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. That’s focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. We’ll have everything listed there for your benefit. So please, call today.

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Pastor Phil Waldrep: You can be the world’s perfect parent and still have a child that becomes a prodigal. So, the question is, what did I do wrong? I did the research. You probably did nothing wrong.

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John Fuller: Well, if you have a wayward child, today’s speaker has encouragement for you. Welcome to Focus on the Family. Uh, your host is Focus president and author, Jim Daly, and I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John, our guest, Phil Waldrep, is a pastor and author who has worked with a lot of heartbroken parents who have prodigal children. And the message you’re about to hear is the result of research he did with 30 prodigals, half of whom had recently returned to the Lord. And I think you’ll be impressed with his insights.

John: And there’s a lot more in his book, which is called Reaching Your Prodigal. We’ve got that here at Focus on the Family. Uh, stop by the website to get your copy. With that, here now is Phil Waldrep.

Phil: If you have a prodigal, I want to share with you tonight six things you need to do that, uh, the Lord can use to help bring your prodigal back to Him. The first step you need to take is the one you can start practicing tonight. You need to overcome the guilt. You need to rest in the Lord and ask Him to help you to get over the guilt. You see, when people ask that question, “What did I do wrong?” Here’s what they’re saying. “Apparently, I failed as a parent. Apparently, I made a mistake. Because if I had done it right, my kids would turn out right. So, if my kids are not walking with the Lord, then apparently, I did something wrong.”

But before I answer the question, can we stop and ask why do we feel guilty? Well, the enemy wants you to feel guilty, because as long as you’re walking in guilt, he has control of the situation. And if you as a parent or grandparent ever start walking in victory, he will have first experienced defeat. So, he wants you to feel guilty. So, what does he use to make us feel guilty? Well, I have discovered there are two sources of our guilt.

First, we forget something about our kids and our grandkids that we know, but we never apply it to our children. All of us are sinners. All of us are bent toward sin. To put that another way, if all of us do what is natural for us to do, all of us become prodigals.

It’s not taking away from the seriousness to say that when your child chooses to walk away, they are doing what is natural for them to do. But there’s a second source of our guilt, and it comes from a misunderstanding of a verse in the Bible, because people always say, “But Phil, what about that verse that says, ‘Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he’s old, he will not depart from it?’” Now, that says if you do it right, they turn out right.

Can I tell you something tonight? You cannot find me three Old Testament scholars who understand Hebrew who will tell you that verse properly translating says, “You do it right, they turn out right.” There’s a school of thought that if you read books by Dr. Warren Wiersbe, for example, who’s a great Bible teacher, he says that proverbs are principles, not promises. But others say, and I tend to agree, when you understand the- the Hebrew words, the original language, the phrase, the rearing of a child referred to the growing of a tree, and it has the idea of the bent of a tree. That if a- if a tree was then in a certain direction, if you applied pressure against it, it would break and it would begin to die, which simply meant nothing about parenting, except that if we have children who have an interest in something, if we encourage and train them in that interest, they will pursue it for the rest of their life.

For example, if you had a child who loves music, and you give them music training, they will love music the rest of their life. On the contrary, if you have a child who doesn’t love music, or isn’t musically inclined, and you try to force them to love music, they probably will hate music the rest of their life. Uh, and I see that played out in my own life.

Uh, I remember one day when my mother came home, and she said to me, “Phil, have I got news for you.” I said, “What is that mom?” She said, “Mrs. Smith has an opening, and you’re gonna get to take piano lessons.” And I said, “Mom, have I got news for you. I don’t wanna take piano lessons.” And my mother says, “Oh, you don’t understand. You’re gonna go. You’re gonna love playing the piano.” I went to Mrs. Smith, who was this wonderful lady, went to her house, 30-minute lesson. That was the longest 30 minutes of my life.

I have no musical interest. I love music, but I have no interest in playing, but my mother said … I said, “Mother, I didn’t like it.” She said, “Oh, you’ve got to go two or three times.” Well, I went two or three times. And after a month, I’m praying, “Dear God, please can I have a root canal, so I don’t have to go to piano lessons.”

But you see, in defense of my mom, she had a dream. Because in her family, there are no musicians. However, in my father’s family, there are many musicians. Now, my father wasn’t, but my grandfather, I’m told, could play 12 different instruments by ear, and my mother knew I had my father’s genes. And if she could just bring that musical gene to the forefront, then I would be the first musician in her family.

So, for nearly four long years, I went to piano lessons. And finally, after four years, my mother looked at me, tears in her eyes, and she said, “Son, I don’t think you’re enjoying taking piano lesson.” A little slow, but she gets there. But that’s an example.

You see, that verse would say to my mom, he has no interest. He’s not bent that way, so he’s not gonna pursue it. On the other hand, if I had musical interest, and was taught, I would pursue it. But I said all that to say that verse does not teach, if you do it right, they turn out right.

If you believe that if parents do it right, their kids turn out right, would you please tell me tonight what God did wrong with Adam and Eve? What did Jesus do wrong with Judas? You can be the world’s perfect parent and still have a child that becomes a prodigal. So, the question is, what did I do wrong? I did the research. You probably did nothing wrong. So, from this day forward, until the Holy Spirit tells you what you did wrong, you must say to the devil, “I did nothing wrong, and I will not feel guilty anymore.” (clapping)

But then there are those who will say, “But wait, I know what I did wrong.” Sometimes, we do make mistakes as parents and we do things that hurts our family. And when you do, you need to go to your prodigal and say, “I was wrong. I sinned. Will you forgive me?” Now, I need to tell you, they don’t always grant forgiveness. But when you ask for their forgiveness, when you know what you’ve done wrong, or the Lord has told you what you’ve done wrong, or even if you’re prodigal tells you what you’ve done wrong, don’t try to debate it. Just acknowledge and say, “You’re right, will you forgive me?” And when you acknowledge and ask for forgiveness, it removes the barrier and the excuse they can use.

But then there’s a third thing you must do. You must continue to love your prodigal without conditions. You must love them unconditionally. “Well, now Phil, I need to tell you, I do love my prodigal unconditionally.” Oh, really? Do you have a child tonight that you would prefer I didn’t know belong to you? You have a child that you have put your head on a pillow and cried and privately said, “God, I wish they had never been born.” If so, that’s not unconditional love. Unconditional love says, “I may not approve of what you’re doing, but I love you the same.”

In the story of that wonderful father in the Gospel of Luke, the son did the- the one thing that hurt his father. When you understand the Jewish culture of that day, for a son to have anything to do with pigs was horrible. Far worse than any alcoholism, or drug addiction, or gambling addiction, or- or sexual sins, far worse than any of that was to have a son associated with pigs, but the father never stopped loving his son.

John: You’re listening to Focus on the Family, and that’s Pastor Phil Waldrep, offering hope and, um, you can get his book Reaching Your Prodigal when you contact us and make a donation of any amount to the Ministry of Focus on the Family. When you do that, we’ll include a free audio download of his entire presentation as well. Donate and request those at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Or give us a call, 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY. 800-232-6459. Let’s go ahead and hear more now from Phil Waldrep.

Phil: Let me give you two illustrations tonight of two men who experienced virtually the same thing. Watch how these two men responded and see if you can identify which father in these two stories practiced unconditional love.

In a church not far from where we live, there was a man that you would call a fellow member of the church. I mean, a- a very revered man, a very godly man. And one day, his teenage daughter came home and said, “Dad, mom says she will not tell you and I must tell you, but I’m pregnant.” Of course, the girl wasn’t married. And the Father by his own testimony said, he got angry. And he began in his anger to pound on the coffee table and say, “I cannot believe you have done this. You have disgraced this family.” And in his anger, he looked at his daughter and he said, “I want you to get your things. I want you to leave. I never want to see you again. And as far as I am concerned from this day forward, you and this child are dead.” And she left.

The father bragged about what he did. But in the church that he attended about six months after that happened, they were having a Sunday evening service when the pastor walked to the pulpit after the singing. And the pastor of his church said, “Tonight, I just wanna talk to you as my congregation.” He said, “We have learned this week that our 15-year-old daughter is going to be an unwed mother. Our hearts are broken. We are embarrassed. We have cried a lot at our house. Now, I’m here to tell you that my wife and I have made a decision,” the pastor said. “We’re gonna love our daughter, we’re going to support our daughter. She has chosen to give life to this child. We’re gonna help her if necessary, rear this, uh, this daughter. And if that means that you want me to step down as your pastor, I will and I will take secular employment.”

And then the pastor said, “I want you to know that while I am ashamed of what my daughter has done, my wife and I are not ashamed. She is our daughter.” And in the presence, in the presence of that congregation, he walked over to his daughter, embraced her and said, “I love you.” Two men facing similar situations. Can I ask you tonight? Which of those two daughters do you think is in church tonight serving God? It was the one who experienced unconditional love.

You say, “But Phil, if we extend unconditional love, aren’t we approving their sin?” Well, may I ask you, did God approve your sin when he gave you unconditional love? Of course not. And I’ve discovered the one force that prodigals can handle is unconditional love. Now, with that being said, I need to hasten to the next point, because this is where many people misunderstand unconditional love. Because unconditional love re-, loves people regardless but here’s the next point. You must also stop removing the consequences of their decisions.

Unconditional love does not say every time they get in jail, “I’m obligated to get them out.” That’s not unconditional love. Unconditional love does not say every time they lose everything, the gambling, “I’ve got to go and pay the gambling debts.” That’s not unconditional love. I believe you can extend grace the first time, but prodigals can become great manipulators. And they can try to manipulate you, “Oh, daddy, oh, mommy, if you will just … One time, if you will just pay these debts, I’ll go to church, I’ll serve God, I’ll be a missionary.” If you’re not … And you have to look at them and say, “Son, daughter, I love you, and I’ll come visit you every day in jail. And I’ll be there for you to go with you, to get counseling for your addictions, but I cannot rescue from the pigpen.”

So, let me cancel you tonight. Stop removing the consequences. When they make bad decisions, let them face the consequences. Let them face what they’re doing. They may get angry, they may get upset. But trust me, them times prodigal come to themselves when they sit in pig pens for a while.

Then there’s a fifth thing. Guard your words. Watch what you say. When I interviewed those prodigals, one of them said something to me and he put it best. He said, “You know, Phil, I don’t understand my mom.” I said, “You don’t?” He said, “No. She tells me all the time how she can’t stand her preacher. Worst preacher she’s ever had. And she tells me all the time how she don’t like the music at her church. Well, she said they’ve run the music program in her church. And she tells me all the time how sorry the people in her Sunday school class are, that she’s just tired of all of those hypocrites at her church. And then next Sunday, she’s in shock when I don’t wanna go to that sorry church and listen to that awful music and that terrible preacher.”

Let me tell you what the devil does when we get into complaining mode about church. He takes a megaphone and he magnifies it to your prodigal. He does. Now granted, I’m like you, sometimes, you know, they do things at church, in our church, and I didn’t like it. I’m going quite a bit speaking, so I’m not there a lot. And every time I go, they moved my Sunday school class.

I’m getting older, it’s on the top floor. Can I tell you something? I don’t want to sacrifice my kids or my grandkids, because I’m being petty over something I want. Instead, I want to use words that build up and affirm because, you know, the very person you disliked the most at church may be the very person God is trying to use to get the attention of your prodigal.

Hey, and let me take that another step. Don’t just guard your words about while your child is a prodigal, guard your words when they get right with God. Did you notice in Luke 15 in that story? When the prodigal son came home, his father did not do what most of us would do. See, we would fold arms and say, “Okay, (laughs) where have you been? Don’t you wanna tell us about all them pigs you’ve been with? And don’t you wanna explain how you spent all that money?” Father didn’t do that. The father had enough sense to keep his mouth shut. No, when your prodigal gets right with God, you kill the fatted calf. Think about that. You kill the fatted calf and you rejoice and you praise God.

Then there’s a sixth thing. Pray specific prayers. When I’ve talked with prodigal who have gotten right with God, I’ve noticed there are two things God uses on a consistent basis to get the attention of a prodigal. Now, if that’s true, shouldn’t this be the two things you’re praying tonight? The first thing God uses is someone who is a friend, someone their age who comes into their life who has a heart for God. And through that friendship, it might be a co-worker, it might be someone who coaches Little League Baseball with them. It might be a- a- another lady at the PTA Council. They can be a next door neighbor, but someone comes into their life. A friendship is formed, but that friend has a heart for God. And God uses that friend to nudge your prodigal back to Him.

So, the first thing you pray is, “God would you bring into the life of my prodigal people who have a heart for you?” And then there’s a second prayer you pray, and it will be the hardest prayer you’ve ever prayed. But if you can pray this prayer and mean it, all this other stuff is easy. When I talked to those prodigals who have gotten right with God, I discovered that the majority of them is either a friend who nudged them back to the Lord, or it was the sickness and death of a parent or grandparent. So, are you willing to say tonight, “Lord, I am willing to do whatever it takes. If it means you have to take me on the glory, I’m willing to do it if it gets my prodigal back to you.” Tough prayer.

In our office several years ago, one of our staff members had a suggestion. He suggested that we take Wednesdays and have everyone bring their lunch. And then we assign one of those Wednesdays to each staff member, you know, each of them taking Wednesday. And on that Wednesday, they all share that personal testimony. Well, I knew for one girl in our office that was going to be very difficult to share, because she’s related to me. Her grandfather was my mother’s oldest brother. Her grandfather was my uncle.

And I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed it, but when you give your testimony, the hardest place to share is in front of relatives, especially the ones that have known you all your life. So, I’ve known her all of her life, and knew she became a Christian when she was young. I know when she went to college, she became a prodigal, and I knew she had gotten a heart right with God. But I was gonna be in town the day she shared, I knew it would be hard for her, and it’s one of those situations you’re like, “Well, I need to be here. I’m in town, but I don’t need to be here. It would be hard for her to share.”

And so I remember, I- I just … My prayer time, I told the Lord, “Lord, I don’t know whether to be here or not.” And that day, I got a call and my wife and I got invited to a banquet, uh, uh, to a- a dinner, uh, a luncheon engagement we needed to go to. And so I said, “Well, we’ll go to that. That’s a word from the Lord.” So, we agreed to go to the luncheon. So, I went in to-, on Tuesday before that Wednesday into Marla’s office. And when I did, I said, “Marla, I gotta tell you something, I’m not gonna be here tomorrow when you share.”

I don’t believe I could have told her she had won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, and she would have been in the happiness. She looked at me and said, “Ooh, I’m glad. I’ve been praying all week you’d be sick tomorrow, you wouldn’t be able to come to work, and I- I didn’t have to do that.”

So, the next day, we went to the luncheon, I came back, went into the office of a young man who was an intern at- with our office at that time. And I said, “How did Marla do?” “Oh, she did great.” Told her how she became a Christian as a young girl, came a prodigal, got away from the Lord in college, and how it was through the sickness and death of her grandfather, my uncle, that got her heart right, broken before the Lord.

That day, when I left, I sat in my car for a moment because that meant something to me when I heard it, because I was very close to her grandfather. I remember the day he came to our office brokenhearted over some of his grandkids. And I remember the day in our office he prayed, poured his heart out to God and said, “God, whatever it takes, I want you to do it to get the attention of my grandchildren.” And he said, “Lord, if it means you’ve got to take me home to glory, I want you to do it.” Less than a year later, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. And for two and a half months, he fought through treatment, but then he died.

And it was during that two and a half months that Marla got her heart right with God. Wrote her grandfather a letter. Her father read it to him on his deathbed. And as I sit in my car, I said, “Lord, thank you for a grandfather who is willing to say whatever it takes and willing to do. Thank you for that.” And then I thought, “Lord, wouldn’t it kind of a shame that our grandfather never got to see her really grow in the Lord and her husband came to know the Lord, and he’s a deacon leader in their church, and how they’re involved in ministry? And I said, Lord, it’s just a shame that he didn’t get to see that.”

So, I had an idea. Never done this before. I said, “Lord, it’s just me and you here and nobody else. Well, I really hadn’t thought about this much.” But I said, “Lord, can I ask a favor of you?” I said, “Lord, if you are on the streets of heaven today and you see my uncle, Bud, her grandfather, would you stop him and tell him for me that his granddaughter stood today and bless your name? Would you tell him for me that his prodigal has come home? Would you tell him for me that his prayer and his death was not in vain? Would you, Lord, just tell him for me?”

You see, I wish I could tell you, boy, there’s a surefire way you walk out here it’s gonna happen. No. What I’ve talked about tonight is putting you in a position of strength where you can help your prodigal. I’ve talked about removing the barrier so that when you’re prodigal comes to themselves, and they will, it may not be tomorrow, it may be 10 years. But when they come to Messiah, that young man in Luke 15 knew he could go home to his father, there were no barriers there. So, you remove all of the barriers, but you’re in a position of strength and you’re not manipulated by guilt.

I wish there was a surefire way, but what I’m giving you tonight is hope. I’m giving you hope. But wait, you say, “But Phil, what if it is my death that causes my- my prodigal to come back to the Lord? I won’t get to see it.” Can I ask you something? Wouldn’t the next best thing to seeing your prodigal get right with God down here would be hearing about it over there? To one day have the Son of God walk up to you and say, “Have I got news for you?”

You know, the prodigal that broke your heart, the one you thought wouldn’t make it, the one that calls you to cry yourself to sleep. They stood today and blessed my name. You may not get to see it here, but you get to hear about it over there. But the good news is tonight, that there’s hope and prodigals will come home.

John: Uh, it’s so important to have that eternal perspective on our wayward children. That’s Pastor Phil Waldrep.

Jim: It really is, John. And we’re almost out of time, so let me just say that if your heart is aching right now, please reach out to us. Our friendly staff would be honored to hear your prodigal child story and pray with you. Uh, that’s one of the most important things we can do for you. And if needed, they can request a free call back from one of our caring Christian counselors. And we’d also recommend Phil Waldrep’s book called Reaching Your Prodigal: What Did I Do Wrong? What Do I Do Now? And we’ll send that out to you for a donation of any amount, and we’ll include a free audio download of Pastor Phil’s entire presentation. And if you can’t afford to give, we get that, we understand, just call us and we’ll send the book to you, and we’ll trust others will help us cover the cost of doing that. It will be an honor to minister to your family in that way.

John: Yeah, we’re here to help. And, uh, our number is 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY. Or you can donate online and request your copy of Reaching Your Prodigal and that free download at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. 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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Amy Carroll shares how her perfectionism led to her being discontent in her marriage for over a decade, how she learned to find value in who Christ is, not in what she does, and practical ways everyone can accept the messiness of marriage and of life.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 2

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.

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

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

Mr. Gary Thomas

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

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

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

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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 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.

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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.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

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

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

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