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Thanksgiving Stories from Our Listeners

Thanksgiving Stories from Our Listeners

Jim Daly and John Fuller present recordings of phone calls from listeners who contacted Focus on the Family to share their Thanksgiving stories and to express their gratitude for loved ones, God's provision and our nation.

Original Air Date: November 22, 2012

Opening:

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John Fuller: Well, happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and I hope you’re surrounded by loved ones on this very special day, as you reflect back on the past year and all that God has done in your life. This is “Focus on the Family” with Focus president and author, Jim Daly and I’m John Fuller, today sharing your comments of Thanksgiving to God.

Jim Daly: What a great way to start, John, Thanksgiving to think about those ways that the Lord has worked in your life and those things that we need to be thankful for. It’s one of the traditions we use at our family. We’re around the table. Jean, to her credit, started this.

John: And you all take turns?

Jim: We all take turns and we’ve done it probably now for 15 or 20 years.

John: Now do you each do one thing or do you keep goin’ around?

Jim: Well, if someone has more to share, they can certainly go two or three times, but it’s been one of our great family traditions. You know, we’re told in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, to give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. And that’s what we want to do today. We want folks to express their thankfulness and their gratitude toward the Lord.

And maybe you’re in a valley right now. That’s certainly possible, but I want to encourage you to stay tuned, because there’s an amazing thing that happens when we pause to give thanks and really focus our attention on God, even in the midst of that pain. It does something supernatural in us and gives us the strength to face those challenges that seem really too big right now.

I am hopeful that today’s broadcast will lighten that load for you and help you to be grateful and to have a grateful heart.

John: And I hope you’ll have that mind-set as we listen to recorded calls from you, our listeners. We opened the phone lines and we’re gonna start with Sheila, who called in from South Carolina and shared one particularly memorable Thanksgiving story.

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Prerecorded Phone Calls:

Sheila: I’d just like to share a wonderful memory. When my husband first joined the family, he came from a family of a mother, himself and a brother. I come from an extremely large family. The first Thanksgiving he attended had 48 people. One of his comments was, “Do you know all their names?” At which I giggled and said, “Yes and soon you will, too.”

But the memory that sticks out the most is that, a Thanksgiving that size there are always several turkeys. And he was the newest member to the family. He was given a turkey leg, which was his favorite meat. And we enjoyed the Thanksgiving.

The next year when it came time for Thanksgiving, we all gathered together and I don’t remember the number the second year, but when it came time to be served dinner, he ended up not getting a turkey leg. In fact, he ended up getting some white meat. And much to his distress, he couldn’t understand why and everyone pointed out to him, he was no longer the new guy on the block. He was, in fact, part of the family now and that meant he had to get in there and fight for himself. And it’s just been a blessing to see how God has made him part of such a big family. And believe it or not, now he likes going home I think almost more than I do. It’s just a blessing to see how God can make families from such different backgrounds be complete. Blessings to everyone. Happy Thanksgiving!

Zeb: I remember Thanksgiving back when I was still growin’ up at home and my mom and dad had a lot of love for children and had four of their own and adopted four more. And it wasn’t unusual for them to have a couple of our friends at the Thanksgiving table, friends who didn’t really have family who did things the way we did it. But we kinda compare it to the Waltons I suppose. Our kitchen table had been handmade for us, ’cause we needed long benches on both sides to hold everybody, so we had a bench on each side and a chair on each end. And it was just an awesome thing to think about the times that we had so many people around the table and the love that was shared there and the way that the love of Christ was portrayed and a lot of good memories there.

John: It must have been my freshman year of college and I came home from college and it was the night before, like Wednesday night I drove in and got in about 2 o’clock in the morning. So, I slept in till 11 or 12 the next morning on Thanksgiving Day. Missed the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade and the whole bit.

But I walked into the kitchen in my sweats and a T-shirt and mom looks at me like, you know, this is Thanksgiving dinner. I want you to dress up a little nicer. And so, being the smart aleck that I was, I went back to my closet and I found a tuxedo I’d worn the year before in a high school musical.

And (Chuckling) I put it on and came back in the kitchen where, you know, my grandparents had now gathered and my distance relatives are all in the kitchen and sitting down for a Thanksgiving dinner. And they just had a good laugh about it. It just, it was one of those things where, yeah, John’s the smart aleck of the family and he’s gonna put his mom through this.

So, it’s just always fun to have those family memories around the table. I know a lot of people will share the what they’re thankful for, but our family just likes to laugh. We just have so many great family memories of sharing stories around the table and that’s what makes Thanksgiving special at our house. So, thanks Focus for what you do and Happy Thanksgiving.

Lisa: When we were first married, my husband’s brother and his wife came to visit us for Thanksgiving weekend. And I’m not much of a cook. My husband’s a good cook and our sister-in-law is a really good cook. So, I let them get things going. I made a salad and then I just kind of faded into the background. A couple hours later I came back into the kitchen and I saw that my husband had put a framed photo of me on the kitchen counter, apparently so that I could make a cameo appearance for making a Thanksgiving meal.

Barbara: I was 12-years-old Thanksgiving 1965. We lived in Northern California where it rained most Thanksgivings. My parents had recently gotten back together after a year and a half of separation. My brothers were at home from school and we were together as a family.

Just moments before our afternoon Thanksgiving dinner, I went outside to get something. For the first time in my life, I saw a double rainbow. I was overwhelmed that God blessed this Thanksgiving Day with two rainbows at one time. I snapped a photo and have it to this day to remind me of His double blessing.

David: Hello, this David from Troutman, North Carolina. A few years ago I had the opportunity to be in Botosani, Romania with a group of orphans. And these kids had never been out to eat at a restaurant or anything of that nature. And on that Thanksgiving Day, we were able to bus these kids to Suceava, about a 40-minute bus ride and gave them the opportunity to eat a Happy Meal at McDonald’s.

Now these kids had never seen a hamburger. There were two sisters that were sitting side by side. One was probably 4, the other probably 6. And in Romania, you don’t get a refill on your drinks. The 4-year-old drank all her drink and looked at her sister. And without hesitation, her sister, who had never been to McDonald’s and probably didn’t think she would ever get to go again, opened up her sister’s cup and poured the remaining part of her drink into her younger sister’s cup. That just tore me up.

Then the next morning, we went to the orphanage and as the kids were going to school, every single kid either had the Happy Meal box in their hand, some of the French fries, but one of the kids, a little young lady probably 6-, 7-years-old, had half a hamburger. Her friend had never been to a McDonald’s or out to eat and so, she wanted to take her friend this half a hamburger, so that her friend could share with her the experience of going to McDonald’s. So, it just really touched my heart and opened up my eyes to the real world, not what we have here in America, but to the real world of true love and true compassion.

Laurie: I just wanted to share that my husband and I have two biological sons and 10 years after our second son was born, we decided to adopt a daughter. The first thing is, that when they handed our daughter to us at the airport, she came from South Korea, there was this exact same feeling that we each had when they handed us our sons, when they were born. That was an amazing experience and bond of life for her coming into our family.

The other part of this that I wanted to share is just the amazing gift that her birth mother gave us, just that gift of life that, that woman, that precious woman decided that she would not abort this child, but she would carry this child to term and then make the decision to give that daughter to another family.

And of course, we know that God was orchestrating all of this for our family, but just that amazing gift. There’s nothing like it that we’ve ever experienced. And our daughter is growing up wonderfully and we are so blessed. And so, thanks. Bye.

Delores: Hello, this is Delores Leisner [sp?] from Racine, Wisconsin. My husband and I had discovered after attending a conference that God had given us each the same challenge, to support a missionary with a certain amount for six months. The only amount matching that in our budget was the food. We spread the budget on the bed and prayed.

You’ll have to surprise us for dinner, God, because we believe You want us to do this and we also believe You don’t want us to starve. My family had not spoken to us for two years since we’d become Christians and yet, days after we prayed that prayer, my brother called and said he was coming to visit Sunday and would bring a chicken for the pot if that was okay.

We were shocked, but agreed. When he came, instead of a hug, he said, “Oh, no, I forgot to ask if you have a freezer.” When Ken assured him we had an empty one, they revealed five coolers hidden under their luggage and blankets in their car.

My brother said he’d been butchering beef with his father-in-law when he had this overwhelming urge to bring us this meat immediately. Ken and I burst out laughing when we saw them tossing the packages in the freezer, because they were all white, blank, no writing.

Chris apologized he hadn’t had time, but we said, “They’re perfect, because God did surprise us for dinner every day for the six months.” And when I went to open the last white package I didn’t recognize it. All that was left on the shelf was one jar of tomatoes and some macaroni. The picture cookbook identified the meat as short ribs and directed us to cook it in tomato juice and add macaroni.

I’m so thankful that God gave us this experience, because we not only learned to trust Him, but we learned to appreciate everything that we have. And every Thanksgiving I think of this event and how God provides every single thing that we have.

Susan: Hi, this is Susan from Fayetteville, North Carolina. And my favorite time of year is fall and Thanksgiving, because I feel like it’s a time that we can reach out to others. For about 10 years now, I have been doing a Thanksgiving time at our house on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, so that my children who are now grown and have families of their own can still come and be with me for Thanksgiving, as well as have time to be with their families of their spouses.

So, it’s just a really wonderful time to reach out to others and share a meal and just be so thankful for everything God has given us. I have been blessed beyond measure many times over by our heavenly Father and His love for me and for this world. And I just hope that everyone will focus their thoughts on God and what we have to be thankful for this year. Being in Fayetteville, I live right beside of Fort Bragg and I am so thankful for our troops and the safety of our nation. And I pray that God will continue to keep America safe. Thank you.

Randy: This Thanksgiving I’m just particularly thankful for my lovely bride which the good Lord gave me 4 1/2 years ago. We’ve also been blessed with a 19-month-old ball of fire and wind who we know as our son and a little girl that’s due about the time that this broadcast will air, around Thanksgiving.

Also very thankful for the ministry of Focus on the Family and the direction that they helped our family to keep on track in honoring the Lord and needless to say, most of all for the grace and forgiveness by that sweet atoning blood of Christ.

Pearl: During this time of reflection at Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for my 71-year-old mother-in-law, Linda. This year she and my father-in-law celebrated 50 years of marriage. They’ve raised four kids who love Jesus and have 18 grandchildren. I realize how thankful I am for her because she’s always available. But at the moment, she’s not within an easy phone call. She’s on a missions trip to Kenya for three weeks. I’m thankful for her godly counsel, guidance and deep abiding trust in our Savior.

Her remarkable example of love for her husband has been a godly pattern for me to follow. She has lived out contentment and joy. My mother-in-law’s testimony is communicated clearly from the way in which she lives–consistent to her faith, borne out each day in the things she does and the choices she makes.

Faye: I have so much to be thankful for. Some people looking on would think, you shouldn’t be thankful. You’ve been through a lot. Let me explain by sayin’ my husband left me 3 1/2 years ago. We were missionaries together and he just up and left me with my three children and my youngest was just about 3- or 4-months-old.

But I’m thankful because I have learned to know the Lord in such a closer way. I have learned to be attentive to His still small voice and to lean very, very hard on Him. Yes, there have been a lot of tears, a lot of pain, a lot of anguish and loneliness. But I have learned the Lord in a way that I never would have if I hadn’t suffered. And I’m just so thankful to Jesus. He has spoiled me rotten during this time, just taking such good care of me, watching over me and the children, giving me emotional strength. I’m just thankful for Jesus today.

Deborah: I am so thankful for my three children, Rebecca, Andrew and Brianna. They’re three teenagers and they are just amazing. They have God in the center of their life and they’re doing His work. And I’m just so proud to be their mother and I thank God to give me this great job of being a mom. It’s definitely not easy and especially being a single mom, it’s not easy. But with God, you could do anything (Laughing). It is just amazing.

And I also want to thank God and for my mom and my dad. My mother has Alzheimer’s and she’s suffering. And my father’s her sole caregiver. I help out as much as I can. And they’ve been a blessing in my life. But it definitely is amazing, God’s hand on my life and I want to thank Him.

End of Prerecorded Phone Calls

Program Note:

John: Well, there is someone who’s grateful, Deborah from Florida, sharing her blessings on this Thanksgiving day. And here at Focus on the Family, we hope you’re having a great day. We’re so glad that we can hear these calls that you’ve provided us with and you can get a free audio download of this program today when you stop by www.focusonthefamily.com/radio . And we’ll include some extra content on the site about giving thanks and a little bit more detail about Focus on the Family, as well and how you can partner with us in encouraging families. Let’s go ahead and hear our next call. It’s Jennifer in North Carolina.

End of Program Note

Prerecorded Phone Calls:

Jennifer: I’d like to say I’m thankful for my two special parents, Archie and Portia Ratliff. My dad has been a pastor all of his adult life and for some reason, God saw fit to allow him to get cancer a year ago. They have been such a godly example through it all, even though this has been the hardest time in their entire lives. They not only minister to a church of around 7, 800 people, but minister to us, their family every day.

It’s our turn to minister to you both now, Mom and Dad. We take you both before the Lord every day. I am so thankful for the heritage you have given us and for the testimony you have been through this major valley. I love you both so much.

Wendell: My most memorable Thanksgiving was about 65 years ago. I was about 17-years-old and was asked by the man whom we called “Uncle Elmer” to drive him to a speaking engagement at his church an hour or so west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He was a victim of polio and his usual driver-helper was not available. I picked him up at his room at the seminary where he was a student, lifted him from his bed into his wheelchair and from the wheelchair into the car. As a young man, I loved to drive a car, so I enjoyed the trip.

The only thing I remember about his message was his picturesque description of his denominational affiliation as “Bapto-Presbyterian.” This courageous man continued serving his Lord and Savior, in spite of having essentially no use of his arms and no use of his legs for the rest of the life the Lord provided for him.

Harold: Yes, I just wanted to say how grateful I am for the “Focus on the Family” program. I never miss it during the weekdays. And what I’m thankful for this season as we sit around our table Thanksgiving Day, is that my three sons, my six grandchildren and two daughter-in-laws and my precious wife all know and have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. That’s the greatest gift they could give me, so that we’ll all be together for eternity worshipping our God and Father. Thank you guys and gals for the job that you do. I appreciate the gals on the phones when I call in to make a contribution. Just keep up the good work and I’ll keep listening.

Marjorie: Our college-age daughter had left home abruptly and she had no contact with us for many months. The anguish was overwhelming at times. I shed many tears during those long months. I prayed daily that the Lord would keep her safe. I would wake up many nights and pray for her.

I had a renewed fervor for my daily devotions and was led to start reading the Bible from Genesis through the end. Eventually our daughter made contact with her brother and some other family members. She started calling us and would leave a brief message on the answering machine.

Occasionally she would let us pick her up to visit. One night she called and was crying. She was ready to come home. Even now I read in my journal how I shed tears of joy and relief. She is now living with us and has a job. I am thankful she kept our agreement and attends Sunday school and church services with us. God is faithful to answer our prayers. I am claiming God’s promise found in 3 John, verse 4. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Cheryl: Two years ago my mother and father were going out of state for my father’s follow-up appointment after surgery. And they were in a car accident and my mother was killed and my father walked away with no injuries at all. And my mother used to make Thanksgiving just so special and she was just a godly woman. Every day was special around her. She just made even strangers feel bright around her. She was just a shining star.

But I am so thankful that God spared my dad and he made it through his cancer treatments, his radiation treatments and he’s doing marvelous[ly] now. So, I thank God for healing my dad and I am just so very blessed to have my dad around still. Thank you and God bless. Bye, bye.

Amanda: I was just callin’ about my mom, Debbie Henry. Her and my dad have been together for 25 years. She had breast cancer Stage 4 and she survived that. And then a year later, she found out she had cancer, oral cancer and she had to go through radiation with that and now she survived that. And she’s on the road. She’s cancer free and through all of that, she just stayed with God and stayed and just surrendered her life to God completely, knowing that He was in control of the whole situation and everything that she was goin’ through.

And I’m just so grateful and I thank God that He just gave her the grace to get through all of that and just come out on the end where now she has a testimony that nobody else can even imagine goin’ through somethin’ like that. And I’m just so thankful that she just would share that and share the grace of God with other people and the love of God. And I’m just thankful that she’s my mom. I wouldn’t ask for nobody else. She’s awesome and now I can look up to her and know that anything is possible, ’cause I’ve seen her go through that and God got her through that. So, I just want to say that, I love you, mama. And I love you, that’s all I can say and I’m proud of you.

Ramos: Proverbs 14:12 say, there’s a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. And I’m thankful to God that He saved my life. He changed my thoughts; He changed the way I think. He changed the way I walk. But what I didn’t know is, I didn’t know that God can heal.

I didn’t know that He was gonna use me as a leader in a church. I didn’t know that He was gonna make me a prison ministry leader. I go to the prisons to visit the youth and I lead a team of 10 people six times a year and we take food to feed their tummies and we take the Word of God to feed their souls.

I praise and thank God today for where He has me. I’ve been in the ministry for three years now. I’ve been saved for 16 years, but it took me a while to get out of my seat. However, God has truly changed my life. I thank You, Lord and I love You, in Jesus’ name.

Debbie: This is Debbie from London, Kentucky. [I’m] thankful for my wonderful family. God has worked several miracles in my life and family. First, He saved my marriage that was literally destroyed. He has restored a love and respect that had been gone for a long time and taught us how to forgive and rise above failures.

God has blessed us with three wonderful children and their spouses, one grandson and one grandbaby on the way that has been a dream for my oldest son and his wife for over six or seven years now. Several miscarriages and heartbreaks took place in years past and now we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our second grandbaby.

God has been so good to me and I want to tell those listening who have given up on their marriage. The world says the easiest thing to do is to walk away from a troubled marriage and find someone else. But I am a living witness that God does put marriages back together and restores a love between two people and completely heals broken hearts in the process. Thank God for miracles today.

Eileen: Just recently I felt like I was at the end of my rope again, just struggling with a lot of probably emotions, depression, anxiety. Just being a Christian, we’re swimming upstream you know. So, we have a lot of odds against us, but thank God for Focus on the Family, because you know, I’m in my car and I’m desperate and I’m praying and cryin’ out to God for some hope and the Lord always sees me through it seems.

And so often, it’s been through “Focus on the Family.” And I just am very thankful for this program. God uses so many avenues and I just thank God that you know, Focus on the Family is such a God-centered, Christ-centered ministry. I pray for you guys and I also want to support you, too, (Sniff) because I want to put my money where my mouth is.

End of Prerecorded Phone Calls

Closing:

John: Well, Eileen, thank you so much for that encouragement and for each one of you who participated in the program so far. It’s been a wonderful reminder that God works in our lives through so many different people and different circumstances. And that comment, Jim, is such an encouragement to us here at Focus, to know that people are being helped by what we’re doing through this radio program.

Jim: And that is an encouragement. You know, every day thousands and that’s why we do it and we’re grateful to those who do support us. I loved Eileen’s transparency. We really learn what it means to depend on God when we’re in those valleys. I like that say, you know, trust somebody who walks with a limp. That’s a valley experience and you know what, women like Eileen are being helped every day by the efforts of Focus on the Family.

And we’re only able to do that, to reach these people in the valley, because of your partnership with us. And in fact, we’ve received some new research that shows each hour of every day, we help 22 families work through a significant crisis involving their children. And another 130,000 marriages have been saved through our collective efforts. Man, I am so grateful to everyone who is supporting this ministry and who is praying for us, as well. Together we are literally touching hundreds of thousands of people. I want to say thank you during this Thanksgiving season. I am grateful to the Lord and grateful to you for being there for those people who desperately need help and hope.

John: And we would welcome your contribution to the work of Focus on the Family today. You can donate at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio. While you’re there look for the free audio download of today’s program. We’ve got that for you. You can put it on your computer or SmartPhone and listen again.

We have other resources, well to help you in your faith journey, to help in various family circumstances and situations and as we approach Christmas, to get into the true heart of the holiday season. Again, the download and those resources at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio.

Well, our program was provided by Focus on the Family and on behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for listening. I’m John Fuller, hoping that you’ll join us tomorrow. We’ll have Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley with us to help you navigate family conflict. Sometimes that happens this time of year and you’ll hear trusted advice to help you and your family thrive.

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

As a spouse, you have three roles to play—a friend, a partner, and a lover. On this one-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Pastor Kevin A. Thompson explores those different roles and challenges you to live them out by investing emotionally, physically, and mentally in your relationship. As friends, he suggests we learn to play and laugh together. As partners, he equips us with solid ways to handle conflict and communication. As lovers, he offers some thoughts on how to bring back the sizzle. He shares five keys to saving your marriage: humility, respect, mercy, communication, and resilience. You’ll be encouraged to intentionally invest in your marriage.

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

Kevin A. Thompson (MDiv, Beeson Divinity School) is lead pastor at Community Bible Church, a growing multi-site church with four locations in western Arkansas. Every year he meets with nearly one hundred couples with a range of needs, from pre-marital counseling to navigating the most serious betrayals. A marriage and parenting conference speaker, he and his wife, Jenny, have two children and live in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He blogs at kevinathompson.com.

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

With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin Thompson shows how to live out three distinct roles in marraige. Using solid biblical principles, he helps you and your spouse grow your friendship, be supportive partners through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

You can confidently and lovingly share your faith—you just need to learn some new tactics to do so! In this Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast, apologist Greg Koukl outlines the “Columbo” tactic of asking questions, the “self-defeating argument” tactic to find holes in your opponent’s arguments, and other specific methods for engaging in faith-building conversations with others. Greg pulls from his over 30 years of experience debating atheists and agnostics to help you share your faith with grace and truth.

Mr. Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl is a writer, public speaker and talk show host who’s spent 30 years advocating for and defending the Christian worldview. Greg has written or contributed to 15 books, including The Story of RealityTactics, and Precious Unborn Human Persons. Greg has published nearly 230 articles and has spoken on 80 college and university campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

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Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. In Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to stop challengers in their tracks and how to turn the tables on questions or provocative statements. Most important, you’ll learn how to get people thinking about Jesus.

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

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Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

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

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

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