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Serving God With What You Have

Serving God With What You Have

Lori Salierno-Maldonado shares some humorous stories from her life to illustrate that, no matter how imperfect we are, we all have something to offer God.

Original Air Date: May 21, 2003

Opening:

Excerpt:

Dr. Lori Salierno-Maldonado: Here’s a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish. But how far will they go amongst so many?’ There was plenty of grass in that place and the men sat down, about 5,000 of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

End of Excerpt

John Fuller: That’s a story that comes from the Bible, in the New Testament, in the gospel of John and it illustrates a fact that God can do a lot with whatever you have to offer Him, even if it’s just a small lunch. I’m John Fuller and, Jim, we have an energetic guest speaker to explain this and more.

Jim Daly: Yeah, we sure do and on this first day of 2018, what a great topic to explore. You know, the feeding of the 5,000 is one of my favorite miracles because it involves that little boy giving his lunch in an act of faith to the disciples. And, obviously, it turned intoa miracle and it’s just a sweet and innocent image of that boy. I wonder what Trent and Troy would do if they had been there– would they have given their lunch? It’s probably the question every parent would ask, right?

John: I know what my son would do; he would trade his lunch for something else.

Jim: (Laughter) Trade up!

John: Yes.

Jim: Hey, think of the impression that made on that boy, to watch his little lunch feed 5,000! He must’ve been going, wow, where’s all that coming from? And that’s just the men that they counted, so think of all the women and children that were there too! What a faith builder!

And today’s guest is Dr. Lori Salierno-Maldonado. And she’s gonna bring that scene to life for us and share how that kind of childlike faith has worked in her own life and in her ministry.

John: And Dr. Lori is founder and CEO of Celebrate Life International, creators of the Teach One to Lead One Program, which is bringing truth to middle and high school students across North America. Here now is Lori Salierno-Maldonado, speaking at a Focus on the Family chapel service just a few years back.

Body:

Lori:Someone went to Helen Keller one time and said, “Helen, is there anything worse than being physically blind?” She said, “Yes, being able to see, but have no vision.” The word of God says that where there is no vision people will perish. Vision is the ability to focus on God’s plan for the world, to grow in his heart, to in his mind, but it’s also anticipating his power working through us to accomplish that plan. Vision is extremely powerful. In fact, it has been said, “Every great person and every great work has come under the influence of a vision.” And through this passage of Scripture we see that when God calls us to a vision he will invite us to be part of something bigger than ourselves. He’ll invite us to be part of something that requires the very best from ourselves and he will invite us to be part of something that will outlive ourselves.

But when God calls you to his vision he calls you to something that transcends safety. He calls you to something that transcends common sense. It is all about Jesus Christ. He will call us to be part of something bigger than ourselves that if supernaturally he does not intervene, we will not make it.

So when he saw the crowd coming toward them he said to Philip, “Philip, where are we going to buy bread for these people to eat?” He asks him this question because he wants Philip to see something. He wants the little boy to see something. He wants his disciples to see something. He wants the crowd to see something. He wants them to see who he is because as we come to understand who Christ is then we can begin to understand the vision that He has for our life.

In the gospel of John, the miracles, He uses them as windows to the reality of God. And Philip could not see it. He said, “Lord, if–eight months wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite.” He was inviting him to be a part of something much bigger than himself. What is interesting is that God is constantly initiating an invitation to you and to me to be a part of something much bigger than ourselves. The issue for us is, have we trained our souls to perceive His voice because he is initiating that call.

And when He invites us to catch a vision that will include something bigger than ourselves He’s going to ask us to live, to move, to breathe and to exist in the God space. Now let me tell you what the God space is. It’s where the need is greater than the resources. It’s where the opportunity is greater than your ability.But in this God space, complete and immediate obedience is required because it is not about you and it is not about me, but it’s about Jesus Christ.He’s inviting us to his current, and his current is so much larger than anything we can do, but he requires complete and immediate obedience. But He wants us as people of vision to live within the God space. Moses was in the God space when he had the Red Sea and the people of Israel behind him. David was in the God space when Goliath was before him. Elijah was in the God space when he was before the 450 prophets of Baal and brought fire down. He was in the God space. It’s the place where we move and we exist in the current of the power, the Holy Spirit and without God we cannot, and without us He will not. It’s an incredible invitation to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.

Now I was invited to speak at an inner city school at a public assembly in their public school. When I got there the superintendent brought me aside and he said, “Word has gotten out in the community that you’re one of those, um, what do you guys call yourself, you church people? What do you guys call yourselves?” I said, “Blood washed, born again, believers in Jesus Christ.” He goes, “Yeah, yeah.” He said, “Word got out that you’re one of those and it got everyone in the community a little nervous and they asked me if I would pull you from the schedule, but I’m a man of my word. I’m a man of my word. And I said to them I will still have her speak.” He said, “Now you have to understand, we have not had an assembly in this inner city school for seventeen years because the last time we had one there was a riot and it was absolutely horrible. But I believe now we can try to re-instate that.” He said, “However, in order to bring comfort to the community.” We were in the gymnasium. He said, “Do you see that row of policeman in the back?” And I said, “Yes.” He said, “Let me tell you why they’re here. Just in case you get so “led” to cross the line between church and state, they will come up, pull you off stage mid-sentence. Is there any part of that that you do not understand?” I said, “Well who are the people in front of the policemen?” He said, “Those are the educators.” And they are like this. I said, “Why are they so upset?” He said, “They do not like you.” I said, “They don’t know me, how do they know they don’t like me?” He said, “Just don’t do anything that would embarrass me or my administration.”

In came a thousand kids on one side of the gymnasium, a thousand kids on the other side with the balcony filled. I sat down, the youth pastor who was part of that process leaned over and he said, [in a whisper] “I would never do what you’re about ready to do.” [laughter] And I said, [in a whisper] “Lord, why am I here?” He said, “Lori, do you remember in your prayer time when you said, ‘Lord, if there’s anything that other Christians are too afraid to do, I’ll do it.’” I said, “Yes.” He said, “This is one of them.” [laughter] The administrator got up to introduce me; he could not even get the attention of his student body, which is not a good sign. I got up and took the mic. Before I could say my first word a girl on the third balcony to my right stood up and she said, “Lady, take this,” and she gave me the finger. And as I’m looking at her a guy from the balcony yelled out, “Hey lady what ya doing after the assembly cause my two friends and I, we want to do ya.” And in that moment the Holy Spirit of the living God said to me, “Lori Salierno, your struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world. You have my Person, you have my Power, you have my Presence, you have the word of God, you have the body of Christ, you may not be able to speak my name but you can speak forth my truth. And I want you to know that if you will speak forth my universal absolute objective truth my word will not come back void but it will pierce the darkness. Speak forth my truth.” (Whoo)

So I started telling those students, I told them that they were created to live by universal objective truth. Telling them how to live by wise choices. And I got to the part of my presentation when I was talking about the only way that you can have safe sex is within a monogamous relationship in marriage and that you were created to be virgins, not Virginians, virgins [laughter] until you get married. Well when I used the word ‘virgin’ you would think that I had just poured strychnine over them. They hate that word. Someone went, “Virgin! Virgin! Virgin!”

Eight guys to my left stood up and they started rocking back and forth. And as they’re rocking they’re inching their way toward me and so I looked at the administrator of the school, the superintendent, to see what kind of assistance will I be getting when these men get to my body. And this is what he did. [gesture]

So I said, “Lord, if you do not give me an idea immediately I will be seeing you in heaven very, very soon. [laughter] And as soon as I prayed that the Lord brought an idea to my mind and I said, “I want the whole school to look at these eight guys.” And the whole school went [gesture]. I said, “When I said the word virgins they stood up because they’re the virgins of the school and they are proud of it.” I said, “Men, I want to tell you, we need more men in this country that will stand up and say we are virgins and will continue to be virgins until we get married. Way to go you leaders of this nation in the future.” [laughter] Those eight guys go [gesture].

When the assembly was over the superintendent came to me, he goes [heavy breathing] he said, “How did you do that?” I said, “Well, let me cross the line between church and state and I’ll tell you.” One of those big ole guys came over and he walked over to me and he said, “Yo mamma, we ain’t no virgins.” I said, “I know.” He said, “But you got talkin’ about truth and how we’re supposed to live by objective universal truth and my friend leaned over and he said, ‘let’s shut the yappy chick up.’” He said, “You know no one else in the school will do anything about it cause they’re afraid of us. So we stood up, it’s our gang. We started rocking back and forth inching our way toward you so we could intimidate you to shut up. Then you had the whole school looking at us like we’re the virgins of the school.” He said, “We sat down and my friend leaned over and he goes, ‘now I hate her.’” This guy said, “You might hate her but she’s got you to back up, sit down and shut up.” He said, “Lady, do you really think I could be a leader of integrity in this country?” I said, “Yes, and not only that, but you can know the one who loves you more than anyone on this earth. He’s the one who created you, Jesus Christ.” He said, “How do you know he loves me?” I said, “Because he sent me here to tell you that.”

I went in the back of that gymnasium in a little tiny bathroom, knelt down to this toilet and I said to the Lord, “Dear Jesus, I will never do that again if you don’t want me to.” [laughter] And when I prayed that prayer the Lord said, “Not only am I going to have you do it again but I’m going to raise you up as point leader of the momentum in this country that’s going to take Biblical absolute universal objective truth into the public educational system of the United States and we are going to cultivate the hearts of young people and bring a generation out of darkness into light and I am asking you, are you available?” (sigh) “Lord the educational system is so big and so confused and so political.” “Are you available? I’m asking you Lori, to be part of something bigger than yourself. Something that you can not do without my supernatural intervention. Are you available?” I said, “Yes Lord.”

I don’t know how he’s going to do it. I didn’t know how he was going to do it there, but it wasn’t about the how, it was about the what. I simply had to be available to the what. And Focus I want to tell you something, the same is true of you. We may not know how he’s going to do it completely, but bottom line, are we available to be a part of something bigger than ourselves?

Program Note:

John: You’re listening to Dr. Lori Salierno-Maldonado on this New Year’s Day edition of Focus on the Family and we’ll have more for you in just a moment. Let me mention, you can get a free audio download of this presentation so you can listen again and share it with a friend at focusonthefamily.com/radio. And she was mentioning being a part of something bigger and you can do that by becoming a monthly supporter of this ministry and being a part of what God is doing worldwide through Focus on the Family. Please, make your monthly pledge when you visit our website. Let’s return now to Dr. Lori.

End of Program Note

Lori: And then Jesus shows us this little boy. In Mark chapter six the same reporting of this story, Jesus says in Mark six, “Go see what is available.” He was inviting them to part of something bigger than themselves, but He required the best from someone. “Go see what is available.” So his disciples, they go and they find this little boy. Isn’t it so incredible, it’s a little boy. And the disciples go to him and say, “Son, what have you got there?” “I have a lunch.” “What’s in it?” “I don’t know. My mom made it.” “Could you check it out?” “Sure… um, five barley loaves and two small fish.”

Now we know by that lunch, that description has just described a boy that is in poverty, because the barley loaves were the bread of the poor and the two small fish were probably much like two sardine to keep them eatable in that condition while they were not refrigerated because they didn’t have refrigeration. So the disciple said to the little boy, “Um, son, Jesus Christ would like your lunch.” “Is He hungry?” “Well, no these people are.” Now he has an option. He can say, “What does that have to do with my lunch?” And the disciples could have said, “Well it’s a good question, we’re not sure but we believe that He wants to feed these people with your lunch.” And the boy can decide to deny it or join it. He could say, “Listen, I can’t help it if you guys didn’t bring your lunch. Anyway if I give you my lunch how am I going to eat? Besides, my lunch will not feed this multitude.” He could have denied the miracle and not been a part of the vision that God had for him.

And I want to tell you something, we can too. God will come to you and invite you. He’ll come to me and invite me and we can either say “yes” or we can say “no.” But if we’ve got ourselves so focused on the lunch, we’ll never say yes to the Savior. But this little boy said, “You bet, I gotta see this.” So he brought this meager little lunch to the Lord Jesus Christ. Once again God won’t do it without us and we can’t do it without Him. The little boy didn’t have much but he had the materials of a miracle. Moses didn’t have much but he had the materials of a miracle. David didn’t have much but he had the materials of a miracle.You don’t have much, I don’t have much, but we have the materials of a miracle. We have our little lunch. And when we surrender our lunch in the hands of the almighty God and the person of Jesus Christ it immediately becomes His unlimited possibilities. We don’t have much, but we must give him everything that we’ve got because God requires that we give him the best of everything that we are.

On a flight from L.A. back to Atlanta, Georgia– I’m getting my doctorate right now, writing the dissertation, I had so many miles that they bumped me up to first class with those points. And I just asked the Lord when I got on the airplane, I said, “Lord, I love you to death. You know I do. I love sharing the gospel with everyone I meet, but could it be that this trip with three and a half hours of uninterrupted flying that I might be able to do my homework and progress toward my dissertation. I would just prefer not to share You with anyone today, if that’s just okay. Just this one time.” Well, I sensed that He said okay. I don’t know.

So I got on and I was next to the aisle and this lady was next to the window. And we got up in the air and she looked at me and she said, “Hi ma’am, how are you?” And I just went [gesture]. And I kept writing and reading. She said, “Do you fly Delta much?” Doing my work and she said– the food came and I chose not to eat and she said, “You don’t like the food here on Delta.” And I’m like, I’m thinking lady consider yourself extremely fortunate because when I engage I don’t let go. [laughter] And so as I’m reading, a couple hours go by and she had consistently been asking me questions. I did not say one word but just gave her that polite little ‘could you just buzz off?’ And after about two hours she said, “Are you a teacher? I mean, is that what you do for a living?” (sigh) I looked at her and I said, “No. I am the CEO of a non-profit organization called Celebrate Life International. We are dedicated to student development by building character based on practical leadership skills and strong moral values. We provide personnel and programs and materials that help young people develop lives of integrity, stand strong in healthy habits, create positive relationships and multiply their influence among their peers. I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, but we have, in the next few years, about seventy-three million teens between the ages of twelve to twenty-one and most of those guys are in fifty-one thousand high schools and we’re going to take the objective absolute universal truth that comes from God’s Word. We’re going to take it into that system, the educational system of the United States of America, bring a generation out of darkness into light, to cultivate their hearts to hear the gospel. That’s what I do for a living.” [laughter] She said, “Well, you just met your best friend.” I said, “Why, who are you?”

She said, “My name is Dr. Barbara Border. I work for the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC.” [applause] I said, “I’ve got to go to the bathroom.” [laughter] I got in that little bathroom and I said, “Lord, can you believe I have beensitting next to a woman who works for the U.S. Department of Educa…” “Lori, do I have your lunch?”

And in that little bathroom, thirty-three thousand feet in the air, I said, “Lord, don’t you think a football player would be a better point leader? What about a beauty queen with a title and a crown? Jesus, [tearful] I am so ordinary. This little lunch is nothing.” He said, “Do I have it? I do my work best in weaknesses of humanity.” Thirty-three thousand feet in the air I lifted up my handand I said, “Lord, metaphorically speaking, this is my lunch. Yes, I’m available. I’m willing and I’m obedient.” He said, “I need the best of everything that you are. Now get back out there.”

I went back out there, I sat down next to her, she said, “So, you’re going to transform public education in the United States of America with objective truth, teaching it in the context of kind relationship, is that correct?” “Um…” She said, “You did say that didn’t you?” I said, “Yeah, it just sounds more scary when you say it than when I say it.” [laughter] She said, “Exactly what do you need to do this?” “Well,” I said, “I need key conta–networking contacts with people that are decision makers. I need a tremendous amount of resources and I need a lot of prayer.” She said, “Would you be willing to come to Washington, D.C. and speak to the entire educational system, the Department of Education and share with the same persuasion, power and boldness the fact that you feel that you have a solution for our system. Would you be willing to do that?” “Yeah”She said this, “I’ve been in this system for thirty years and you’re right, it’s dark and we don’t have the answer. Maybe, just maybe you have the solution to our problem.” I said, “I don’t have the solution, but I know the One who does.” And since that contact I’ve been to Washington, D.C. twice, our program is in public schools, it’s in alternative schools for at-risk students and this fall, the juvenile justice system has opened their doors for our program. [applause] God will call us to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, call us to be a part of something that requires the best of ourselves, but it will also call us to outlive ourselves because we’re still talking about the little boy today.

Have you caught the vision of what God wants to do in your life because I want you to know when you take your little lunch and you surrender it to him, you will catch a vision of Jesus Christ like you’ve never done before. And surrendering it to him becomes his unlimited possibilities to be able to feed a multitude in the power of Jesus Christ because it is all about him. Jesus Christ was Adam’s redeemer. He was Eden’s tree of life. He was Abel’s vindication. He was Noah’s ark, Abraham’s sacrifice, Isaac’s hope. Let’s surrender to him. Jesus Christ was Isaiah’s prince of peace, Jeremiah’s balm in Gilead, Hosea’s love, Micah’s mercy, Amos’ justice, David’s music, Solomon’s wisdom, Zechariah’s birch and Malachi’s messenger.

And then Revelations says, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty who was and is and is to come. You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals because You were slain. And with your blood You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. Worthy is the lamb who was slain. To receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise now to Him who sits on the throne and to the lamb [emotion] be praise, honor, glory, and power for ever and ever.” Focus take your little lunch, surrender it in his hand and you will reach a nation and I will be running right beside you because we want to prepare a people for the coming of our Lord. Amen, so be it, Amen.

Thank you.

(Applause)

Closing:

John: And with those stirring words, we come to the end of this New Year’s Day edition of Focus on the Family. What a powerful message given to our staff by Dr. Lori Salierno-Maldonado, encouraging us to take, as she said, our little lunch, whatever talent or ability that might be and to surrender that to God.

Jim: And he’ll use it, John, just as He has in Lori’s life. It’s so amazing what God can do with very little and yet He chooses so often to work through us, rather than miraculously change a situation. He uses us as His hands and feet to minister to others. Why? So that our faith will be strengthened as we see the miraculous results. And I want you to know, that’s our mission here at Focus on the Family- to help you and your family thrive in Christ. It’s not just a slogan– we mean it!

Here’s a recent note we received from Kathy and her husband Robin: “We lost our young daughter through a car accident and Focus on the Family was a spiritual lifeline. We wrote you a note and were amazed by your response. You sent us some powerful books about the grief process and assigned a retired minister to call us every few weeks to see how we were doing. Your organization reaches thousands of people and yet we were not just a number. We were parents in pain and you ministered to us personally. Thank you.”

John: What a privilege it was for us to be able to be there for this couple in that moment of sorrow and in the following days. Wow.

Jim: Ya know, John, it’s so true, this is about relationship. Jesuswas about relationship. As we begin the new year, I’d like to ask you to be a partner with Focus on the Family, in ministry together. The bestway for you to do that is to pray for us– that’s always number one. And then consider making a pledge to be a monthly donor to Focus. It doesn’t have to be a large gift. But by giving monthly, you are helping us have a more stable foundation for the challenges of being here month in and month out for people who need our help. Through this radio program, our counselors, and so many more tools that we provide. So add us, if you can, to your 2018 budget, won’t you? You can make that monthly pledge online today and when you’re at our website, be sure to look for a free audio download with today’s message from Dr. Lori.

John: Yeah, our staff has the day off to spend with their families, so you’ll want to visit the website, focusonthefamily.com/radio. And if you enjoyed today’s broadcast, certainly, get the free download and share it that way, but also, tell a friend to listen in tomorrow when we have another of our top programs of 2017 about the importance of spiritual training of your children through family devotions.

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Jonathan Evans: Hey, it’s important for us to get around the table because that’s the time we can really spend with our kids and we’ve got all of their attention and we’re able to get the eye contact and get them away from the video games and away from the TV and really pour into them.

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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

Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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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,

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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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.

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.

Headshot of Focus on the Family broadcast guest Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

Headshot of Guy and Amber Lia

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

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

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

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

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

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 1

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

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

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

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