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The Impact of PTSD on Military Families (Part 2 of 2)

The Impact of PTSD on Military Families (Part 2 of 2)

A panel of guests discusses what post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is, how it impacts individuals and families, and where they can turn for help. (Part 2 of 2)
Original Air Date: November 11, 2010

Opening:

John Fuller: Welcome to a special Veterans’ Day edition of “Focus on the Family.” Last time we heard a gripping discussion with some guests who have experience with combat PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, including Major Robert Nuttall.

Recap:

Robert Nuttall: So, for me, I just went back in my foxhole and I pushed the world out. And I didn’t want to let anybody in, not even my wife or family, because what I was going through. I was in the pit, if we want to use what David calls it. It was about as low as you can go.

End of Recap

John: Well, like Major Nuttall, roughly one in five soldiers are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and we’ll learn more about that today. Parents, please note that because of the graphic nature of war and its effects, we’re not recommending this broadcast for younger children. Author and Focus president Jim Daly is our host and I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: Well, John, this is a tough subject and it’d be easy to become discouraged when talking about so much heartache that’s associated with the trauma that our combat troops have experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan and certainly, in past wars like Vietnam.

There are hundreds of thousands of combat veterans who’ve been diagnosed with PTSD. And as it was described in the last program, PTSD is a normal response to abnormal situations. And certainly, there are many thousands who have not been diagnosed and that grieves my heart.

This is a huge issue and these men and women have sacrificed so much for us and they need our help and their families need our help, too. And so, for those reasons, we wanted to dedicate these two days around Veterans’ Day here to lift this issue up in front of our listeners, so that they could better understand the issue of PTSD.

John: Well, certainly, we are appreciative to the troops and their families for all of their service to us. Now returning with us is Major General Bob Dees. He’s retired after a long and very distinguished career with the Army. He’s a very highly decorated soldier and since 2005, he’s been pouring his life into giving back to those in the Armed Forces. He travels all across the country, educating people in and out of the military about this topic.

Also joining us, Dr. LuAnn Callaway and she holds a Ph.D. in psychology and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling. She’s been counseling for 30 years and for the past 20, has been working with victims of PTSD.

Body:

Jim: And John, we also have the Nuttalls here with us, Robert and Amy. Robert had a medical retirement from the Army Reserves as a Major. He was diagnosed with PTSD after serving in Iraq. He and his wife, Amy have four children and they live in Texas.

Robert and Amy, last time you were telling us about a car accident that you had in Houston, two months after you returned from duty in Iraq. You were hit by a drunk driver at about 100 miles an hour, if I recall. Robert, you were just about to share with us something of significance. What happened to you spiritually through all of this? And where was God in this? And really, the question many of us have, were you a Christian at the time?

Robert: Well, the biggest decision I made in my life is, as my unit was getting Patriot missiles shot at us from Saddam Hussein and we had already been attacked twice, I made a decision before the war started that I needed to get right with the Lord and I was baptized days before the war started, going into Iraq. So, I would not know the significance of that decision really until sometime later. It did have a very positive effect, the way that I led troops in combat.

But coming home and dealing with all of this depression and post-traumatic stress, the accident happened. It just drove me farther into the pit and then, I began to see that glimmer of hope, that God was gonna pull me out of the pit.

Jim: What was that?

Robert: Well, I was relatively a young man. I was 34-years-old. My wife had said, “You need to go get help at the VA.” I found a wonderful doctor at the VA, a Christian doctor. And he began to help me and it was divinely inspired, God’s providence. I ran into General Dees and his ministry and that began a season of healing in my life. And I was discerning what to do with the rest of my life. And God says, “Quit prayin’. I got your answer right here. Serve Me.”

So, I went to the VA and I said, “I believe God is callin’ me to seminary.” And the VA says, “Robert, you’ve had serious brain damage. You’ve had to relearn how to talk. You had to relearn how to think. You have memory issues. You have cognitive issues, processing issues. These medical doctors and Ph.D.s say that you cannot be successful–

John: Hm.

Robert: –in school. And I said, “Well, are you gonna let me go or not?” And I graduated from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University–

John: Hm.

Robert: –with honors and just to add the little maraschino cherry on top, I also won the preaching award. (Laughter)

Jim: That is outstanding. Robert, congratulations. Amy, you had to be thrilled to see Robert’s recovery after looking back on that accident.

Amy Nuttall: Absolutely. We’ve had a wonderful success story in our family, in our life, but it took a lot of work and it still takes a lot of work every day.

Robert: Uh-hm.

Amy: And so, I don’t want people to think that you have PTSD and then it just miraculously is healed. It’s something that you will deal with and your family has to learn how to deal with it.

John: It’s not all behind you, is it?

Amy: Right. I mean, we still deal with it every day.

Jim: Hm.

Amy: So …

Jim: But it’s something you have to learn to manage.

Amy: Absolutely, you have to learn to manage it.

Jim: General Dees, Robert just gave you an awful lot of–

Bob Dees: Oh, wow.

Jim: –credit there.

Bob: That’s … wow.

Jim: And that’s a wonderful thing.

Bob: We praise God for that, but it’s all credit to the Lord, because every day we see stories of tragedy, but every day we also see stories of triumph. And Robert and Amy are a story of triumph through help, hope and healing in the person of Jesus Christ. You know, it talks about how God saves those who are broken in spirit.

Jim: Uh-hm.

Bob: And He has certainly done that in their lives. And then, I just attest to seeing the effectiveness now of the Nuttalls nationwide. And they just do a wonderful job, helping people understand that this is prevalent across our nation and that through Jesus Christ, they can return to normal living and they can make a valuable contribution in the lives of many others that need to know about these issues and the solutions.

Jim: And it’s a wonderful outreach, a wonderful outreach. Amy, there are moms hearing us that want to ask this question I believe: What about you? What about you spiritually? Where did the Lord grab your heart in all this process? I mean, you’re the mom, tryin’ to hold this all together. Here you have your daughter with a broken neck from the accident. Your husband’s lost the back of his head. What is going through your mind and your heart?

Amy: Well, as I said previously, I really think God was with us that day. And I think things happen in your life for a reason. And I grew up knowing who God was, but I would say that I didn’t necessarily have a relationship. And since the accident, things have really changed in our life. We actually had moved to a new house just a couple days before the accident.

John: Hm.

Amy: And our neighbor heard about the accident and came over and got the local church in the neighborhood … they started bringin’ us meals as we came home, ’cause it was weeks before we came home from the hospital. And they brought meals for weeks and weeks and weeks. And this church had never met us. And so, I think it was really an testament [sic] to the power that God has to just use regular ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

And these people did nothing. They didn’t want to talk to us. They didn’t want us to come to their church. They just brought us a meal and gave us blessings.

John: Hm.

Jim: It was really the love expressed–

Amy: Yes.

Jim: –by the people of God towards you that opened your heart up to the need for God and Jesus to be more central in your life, right?

Amy: Absolutely. And I think a lot of people miss that. You know, you don’t need any special training. All’s you have to do [sic] is love somebody.

Jim: Hm.

Amy: Just go out and show ’em the love that Jesus Christ has showed you and you can move mountains.

John: Hm.

Jim: Amy, that is well said.

Bob: Jim, a brief interdiction on the intersection on this. There are 361,000 churches in America and this church that ministered to Robert and Amy is a wonderful example of how they can make a difference.

Jim: Hm.

Bob: And so, we would seek to light up all the churches in America, that they might find a “Robert and Amy Nuttalls” in their midst and help them recover from these hidden wounds of war.

Jim: Well, when we talk about changing the culture, that is the most effective way to do it, the way that Jesus prescribed–

Bob: Hm.

Jim: –and that is loving your neighbor as yourself.

Bob: Exactly.

Jim: And you certainly experienced that. Dr. Callaway, this type of story is not new to you, as well. Your son also served in the military and you had a very direct experience in this way. Share that with us.

LuAnn Callaway: Sure. When my son went to Afghanistan, since he’s our only child and a child saved from abortion, adopted–

John: Hm.

LuAnn: — our hearts absolutely went with him somewhere in his cargo pocket, I think.

Jim: Oh.

LuAnn: But when he was over in Afghanistan, he called home one time and when he spoke, I could tell something was wrong. I said, “Jacob, what’s happened?” And he said, “Mom, we were in a fire fight and we chased the Taliban insurgents into a building. And they were returning fire. We were firing. There was a lot of smoke, a lot of sand, the sand is like powder. It was everywhere. We couldn’t see. And Mom, I shot a Taliban insurgent and he had taken a 12-year-old little girl and put her in front of him as a human shield.”

Jim: Hm.

LuAnn: He was devastated. And I thought right then, “Okay, counselor, what are you gonna say now? This is your family. This is personal.” I said, “Jacob, these are the atrocities of war. I know how you love children and you would never have done this on purpose.” He said, “Mom, I had to pick up her body parts.”

I knew then that I better get ready, that he may end up with PTSD. And so, I called 22 other counselors. I said, “We’ve gotta be mobilized. We have 4,000 Georgia troops coming back to this area and they’re with the Reserve and they are not gonna be going back to a base. They’re gonna go back to flippin’ burgers or working, you know, in a school as a teacher. And we need to be ready to present an answer for them if they do come home with PTSD.”

So, for 10 weeks, every Saturday, 23 of us had the joy of connecting with General Dees. In fact, he was the first one I called after I hung up from Jacob and he may–

Jim: Uh-hm.

LuAnn: –want to talk to that.

Bob: Well, just briefly, it’s different when it’s your son.

Jim: Hm.

Bob: And this very experienced counselor, you know, she has a mother’s heart. And I said, “You ought to encourage him as a soldier; it’s a noble task and he has been looking evil right in the face. And he stands on the line between a light and darkness. And were it not for 19-year-olds like young Jacob, that would be the fate of all young girls around our globe, around our nation.” And so, she understood that and she relayed that to him with a mother’s heart and then with a counselor’s heart.

Jim: Dr. Callaway, boy, that just rips me up to think about what you were facing, what your son was facing. He returned home. Tell us about how that worked out.

LuAnn: Sure.

Jim: How did you work with him?

LuAnn: Sure. The first 30 to 40 days after a soldier redeploys, comes home, there is a honeymoon period. And we didn’t see any symptoms and were rejoicing that he wasn’t resorting to alcohol. He wasn’t driving fast. It just seemed like he’d made it without PTSD.

John: Hm.

LuAnn: At the 41st day, it seemed like a switch was turned in his brain and every symptom of PTSD was seen by my husband and I and–

Jim: Hm.

LuAnn: –including two suicide attempts–

John: Oh.

LuAnn: –which is probably the biggest problem that we see with soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Jim: To help us fill that in, the suicide, what were other things that were occurring that obviously, as a trained counselor [you] understood, but perhaps there’s a mom and dad that don’t know the symptoms. Fill those out a little bit. What are the things you’re looking for?

LuAnn: He did start over drinking. He was drinking a lot and having blackouts. He was walking in his sleep. He was moving cars around outside and he wouldn’t remember ever getting up.

John: Hm.

LuAnn: He slept with a sawed-off shotgun in his bed with him.

John: Oh, my.

LuAnn: In fact, soon after he redeployed, he bought four weapons. They just seemed to get bigger; with each purchase it was a larger weapon.

John: Hm.

Jim: And as a counselor, as Robert said before, is that a way of the medicating of oneself, the alcohol and trying to bury those feelings and then trying to protect by buying weapons and other things?

LuAnn: It is. It’s a form of self-protection. They’re so used to in Afghanistan and in Iraq, always being aware of where there weapon is. And they get home and they’re having these nightmares, there’re flashbacks. And they want that weapon near them. He said, “Mom, if you come up the stairs, walk really hard and then knock lightly on the door.”

John: Hm.

LuAnn: So, not only were we seeing himself destruct with alcohol and driving fast and he wrecked my car around a telephone pole and he discharged his weapon in his room and said that it had fallen off of a table. But he then said, “Mom, I felt the bullet go across my chest.” It went through three walls at our house, so it had to be close.

John: Hm.

Jim: Now as a caregiver experiencing this, there’s a lot of stress related in that. And you’re a trained professional. What do you do? What does a mom and dad do when their 18-, 19-, 20-year-old son comes home?

LuAnn: We absolutely froze. We didn’t want to make anything worse, but we didn’t know how to make it better either. I tried to counsel him, but you know how that goes with your own children. He didn’t want Mom to counsel. So, I made him aware of these other counselors that would be glad to talk with him.

Eventually, his acting out became so severe that he went into a program and he’s doing better. We’ve still got a long ways to go.

Bob: Jim, if I may add for the parents, it’s useful to know that there is help available. There’s a sense of desperation, but there are resources available. There are people that understand that are available. And so, parents needs [sic] to tap into that.

John: Well, that’s right and of course, we do have some guidance and information about some of those resources here at the Focus website. And we’d specifically want to make note of a book called Two Wars, which chronicles the story of an Army Ranger’s difficult losses in battle and then the subsequent internal struggles. And we’ll provide details about that and some articles and we’ll link over to some other faith-based resources. The starting point is www.focusonthefamily.com/radio . And our guests on today’s program are Major General Bob Dees, Dr. LuAnn Callaway and Mr. Robert Nuttall and his wife, Amy.

Jim: Amy, as a wife of a combat veteran, Robert, what did you know about PTSD? Was it something just very vague or no knowledge whatsoever?

Amy: I knew nothing. In fact, I just thought Robert was severely depressed. And I kept telling him, “You are depressed. You’re depressed. Snap out of this. Look at all the wonderful things that are happening in our life. You know, we have this new house. We have a new baby.” I mean, we had all these things that were happening that were positive and wonderful and he couldn’t see it.

And so, if I was talking to other military wives, I would say, if you see something wrong, then there’s something wrong, because you are gonna be the person most connected to that soldier. From the outside, I think a lot of the family didn’t realize all the problems that were happening internally. Um … but if you’re a wife and you see something’s wrong, go and get help or at least, do some research. I mean, like General Dees has said, there’s so many outlets out there.

Jim: Robert, in many ways, as we sit around the table here, you’re the son who represents Dr. Callaway’s–

LuAnn: Yes.

Jim: –son. You went through it. Describe again, just describe for us that pit. You know, all of the folks around you, when I hear Amy talking, they want to help. They don’t know what to do. They see you crying in your backyard as you’re digging a hole for a palm tree and it’s hard to understand. Help us better understand that war within your own heart and mind.

Robert: You know, the war just doesn’t stop when you get off that airplane comin’ home. Your friends, you know, that you lost, they flash before you. You’re still losin’ friends. You’re still losin’ friends today. You’re not even in Iraq. You know, I wish I could go back, but then again, I hated it over there. You know, I wish …

Jim: Why would you wish to go back? Explain that.

Robert: Because I was a good leader. I was a good leader to soldiers. If I was over there, maybe more of ’em would come home. So, there’s a part of me that … and then, there’s a part of me that says, “Well, what was so special about me that I got to go home?” Many people didn’t. We still got [sic] many flag-draped coffins bein’ flown back home–

John: Hm.

Robert: — into our communities all over this country. Why me? Why did I live?

John: Is there guilt associated there with that?

Robert: There is; there is survivor’s guilt–

John: Hm.

Robert: –you know. And then, I want to go back over there. Then I don’t want to put my family through that. Do you see the tension? It’s a battle within a battle, even within myself. And then, you go to sleep and then the war starts again. You start hearin’ the bullets and the smells, the flesh; you smell it.

John: Hm.

Robert: You’re walkin’ down the mall and all of a sudden, there’s a pop. And you’re on the ground and people are laughin’ at you. And you know and you kinda brush yourself off like, you know, there’s no way to be cool after that. I mean, but nobody knows why you hit that ground, you know, the pain.

That was a sniper that I just heard, you know, walking through the mall. There’s just so much pain, you just want to shut everything out. You want to shut your friends out. You don’t want to watch TV. You don’t want to read the newspaper. But it’s all around you.

Jim: Robert, in your relationship with Christ, so often people will say, you know, Christianity’s a crutch. But it’s our salvation, isn’t it? Talk very specifically about how Christ has helped you through this dark period of your life.

Robert: I go back to the book of Joshua. When Joshua was about ready to enter the Promised Land, God knew his heart. And He said, “Joshua, I will never leave you. I will never forsake you. I will be with you through this.” This is what God said to me in the war. He goes, “You’re gonna need me.”

John: Hm.

Robert: “But I’m gonna get you through this.” And when I was fighting this war at home, I felt the same verse, Joshua 1:9. You know, “Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or discouraged, for I will be with you wherever you go.” It was that encouragement to fight the good fight. You know, the horse is made ready for the day of the battle, but victory rests with the Lord.

And it’s a fight that we fight and I’ll fight it, I imagine you know, till the day I go to my glory, you know, I’ll still have this issue with me, because it doesn’t leave. Last week, I had two soldiers call me, dealing with post-traumatic stress. And I [was] talkin’ to ’em for over an hour apiece. It just doesn’t go away. And it’s helpful to me that I know that I’m helping other people.

LuAnn: Uh-hm.

Robert: I feel like I’m blessed right now to be a blessing to others–

Jim: Well, you certainly have–

Robert: –who are dealing with this.

Jim: –you certainly have a sense of peace about you, given everything you’ve gone through.

John: Uh-hm.

Jim: And that comes through even here at the table.

Robert: Well, I just praise God that I’m here.

Jim: Yeah.

Robert: It’s a miracle in and of itself.

Jim: Well …

Bob: Jim, with Robert and with so many others, that verse out of 2 Corinthians is so relevant. It says, “Comforting others with that with which I’ve been comforted.” And we’re finding that a lot of these post-traumatic stress sufferers come to their place of healing totally, after they recognize they were able to help others.

Jim: And General Dees, your motivation for this, obviously you’re retired military, but what tapped your heart to say, “I want to do something beyond the service I’ve already given this country, to help young men and women and their families like Robert and Amy?

Bob: Well, Jim, these are the (Choking with Emotion) sons and daughters of America–

Jim: Yeah.

Bob: –who are going into harm’s way on our behalf. And at this time of the year around Veterans’ Day, we have to love them. We have to support them in every way possible. We have to affirm their efforts. You know, where would we be without our veterans of past, present and prayerfully, of the future? Where would we be? We would not be the land of the free and the home of the brave. They do noble things on behalf of the innocent and the underprivileged around the world. So, we need to support them. That’s why I’m in it, to support the sons and daughters of America. And as I led them for over 30 years in the U.S. Army, I just saw their noble sacrifices, their selfless service.

Jim and John: Hm.

John: Dr. Callaway, I’m not sure we’ve heard how your son’s doing now. And then, I’d also ask just from your professional experience and your personal experience, talk to those parents, those spouses, those caregivers for these returning veterans who are looking at PTSD and dealing with it on a daily basis.

LuAnn: It’s often the case that family members, direct family members–wives, moms and dads–40 percent of our soldiers are coming back and living at home with Mom and Dad. And they often suffer with secondary post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s just, things are out of order.

And it’s very difficult for a family, even as a counselor, it’s been very difficult to understand and be there and keep things low key, because anything that happens in the house, like Robert was describing, they have an exaggerated startle response.

John: Hm.

LuAnn: They jump at everything. One of the most difficult things is, that our soldiers come home with intense anger, just fury. It’s just white rage. And so, when you’re a mom or a wife, you just want to provide a soft place for them to fall and that they don’t have to be angry at you.

And you asked about my son. He is doing better. He’s not drinking like he was and he’s slowed down significantly.

John: Hm.

LuAnn: He’s in a program and he’s getting counsel, so it’s going to be okay. It’s not gonna be easy.

John: Hm.

Jim: And his faith is certainly a part of that, as well.

LuAnn: He has reconnected with his faith and believes that now, that God’s not mad at him and um … that God loves him and that’s half the battle.

John: Hm.

LuAnn: You oftentimes just look them in the eye and say, “I love you and God loves you. And no, you’re not covered with blood. I can touch you. I can hug you. You’re fine and you’re going to be fine.”

Jim: I could just hear that. I mean, I’m teared up thinking about that father again that’s struggling with his son, but how important it is for that father to express love–

LuAnn: Absolutely.

Jim: –to that son.

LuAnn: It’s the healing.

Jim: Yeah.

LuAnn: And for God to express love to them, that’s the ultimate healing.

Jim: ell, that is true. General Dees, what a privilege. Thank you for your work. Thank you for that. And Dr. Callaway, thank you for your heart, for your training, for your son, for his service to this country.

LuAnn: Please do that.

Jim: Robert and Amy, I’m glad you made it through and God’s richest blessings to you.

Robert: Thank you.

Amy: Thank you.

Closing:

John: Well, it has been a rather emotional time in the studio, hearing about the very difficult times that our guests, Robert and Amy have endured. As Jim said, we’re so grateful to them and also to Dr. Callaway and General Dees for addressing this very important topic these past couple of days. I hope you’ve learned a lot more about PTSD and that you’ll follow up with us online to get some resources and to be better equipped to help others.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that every day Focus on the Family is providing counseling services to help people cope with traumatic situations, whether it’s a soldier who’s come back from an assignment or another family crisis. That counsel would not be available from Focus on the Family to a needy individual if it wasn’t for your faithful prayer and financial support. Let me invite you to reach out to families in need and to give them a helping hand by donating 20 or 30 or maybe $50 every month so we can assist them with counseling and resources. Become a Friend of the Family when you call 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY; 800-232-6459.

Our program was provided by Focus on the Family and made possible by generous listeners like you. On behalf of Jim Daly, thanks for listening in. I’m John Fuller, inviting you back tomorrow. We’ll have a special broadcast about ways that you can show kindness to others, as we once again, offer encouragement to help you and your family thrive.

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

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

Mr. Gary Thomas

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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.

Cover image of Kevin Thompson's book "Friends, Partners & Lovers"

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.

Bundle of Why Your Kids Misbehave

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!