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The Value of Mentoring Fatherless Boys

The Value of Mentoring Fatherless Boys

John Smithbaker and Scott MacNaughton discuss the damaging impact of fatherlessness in America and how their mentoring ministry, Fathers in the Field, helps fatherless boys experience the love and faithfulness of their Heavenly Father.

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Child: Dad? Hmm, not there… I wonder where he could be? He wouldn’t have left me… would he?? Dad?!!?Where are you??

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John Fuller: I wonder how many children are asking that very question about a father who is missing or unwilling to connect with them. Or he is so checked out from his family that he may as well be absent from the home. Today on Focus on the Family, we’re going to look at fatherlessness and how some men are willing to step up to be the dad for boys who have no dad. Your host is Focus president and author Jim Daly, and I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John, the research about fatherlessness in America is heartbreaking. The stats are stacked against these children who grew up without dads. And they are more likely to grow up in poverty, abuse drugs, commit crime, experience early sexual activity and even contemplate suicide.

And single moms are not to blame. I know many women who are working above and beyond to provide the best life and family environment they can for their children, including my mom, who was a single-parent mom. But the fact is, there’s something in our wiring, in our DNA that desperately longs for the unique strengths and companionship and approval that only a dad can provide. And when that’s missing, we have a deep sense of emptiness in our lives.

And as I mentioned, I know this firsthand because most of my childhood was spent without a father. My dad suffered from alcoholism and would blow in and out of my life. And I could never count on him being there for me, especially when I needed him. I shared this story in my bookThe Good Dad,where I learned that God is faithful even in the messiness of life and that I could depend on him to help me be a better father than what I experienced growing up. That’s been my heartthrob since I became a parent, was be that dad that I didn’t have. Thankfully, there were also some male mentors in my life that helped me know what it meant to be a man. And I think that was a God incident. I didn’t plan for it. But they encouraged me and helped me overcome the challenges that face so many of us that don’t have dads growing up.

And that’s why I’m excited about this topic today and our guests because their ministry is having a life-changing impact, turning around the pain and loneliness that fatherless boys experience. And they are giving them a new hope for the future in Christ. And I love it.

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John: Well, our guests are John Smithbaker and Scott MacNaughton. And they’re both dads. They’re avid sportsmen. They have a passion for helping fatherless boys. And in 2005, they foundedFathers in the Field, which is a church-based ministry, connecting men to boys who are missing a dad in their lives. And the results, as you said, Jim, are just phenomenal.

Jim: They are. And let me welcome both of you to the broadcast.

Scott MacNaughton: What a pleasure. Thank you.

John Smithbaker: Yeah, thank you.

Jim: Man, you know, even listening to that set up, it’s got to grieve your heart, as it does mine, to know how many boys today and girls are growing up without a dad in the home. I mean, it’s probably one of the biggest plights in our country, don’t you think?

John S.: Absolutely, it’s our belief that it’s the society’s number one issue facing our country and our culture.

Jim: Yeah, it’s so true. Let’s start with that overall problem of fatherlessness. Some people say this is a national epidemic, just like we mentioned. And one of the leading social problems in North America today. Describe some common problems you’ve seen in the lives of those fatherless boys. What is the typical characteristics that you will see in those boys particularly who grew up without a dad?

John S.: The characteristics are somebody who is very angry because their hero has left.

Jim: Hm.

John S.: And that manifests itself in a lot of different ways as they grow up, everything from being lonely to being confused to being behind the eight ball from educational studies and how to grow up to be a man. So they are searching daily for what it means to be a man and trying desperately to get the affirmation of males.So they can feel that they are becoming a man. And then also to try and fill a hole that’s in their soul in some way.And that’s where everything kind of goes sideways is when they start trying to fill that empty hole in their soul that their dad and his input and his affirmation into his life should have filled.

Jim: You know, the way that can manifest, too, you try to compensate. That was my issue. I mean, I was going to pretend everything was fine. And, you know, I can get along. And I can do this even if I don’t have a dad. And I think a lot of young boys live in that spot. They kind of try to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. And that’s OK. And not everybody has a dad. And I can do this.

I can remember the effect for me, looking back now, especially in sports. And my dad was a big guy, 6’5”. And he played baseball. And he was athletic. But I can remember when I was quarterback of the football team. And I always said physically, I had the attributes that I thought I could keep going into college, and – but mentally and emotionally, what I suffered from was confidence. And I think now that I look back on it, I could trace that back to not having that dad who could give me that undergirding, so that when it’s third-and-3, I had to express that confidence in the huddle.

You almost take on an idea that oh, if it doesn’t work out, OK, so what? And that’s not a, necessarily, healthy perspective. It can mask an unhealthy perspective. And I think that’s how it impacted me. Um, that lack of confidence. Do you see that in the boys that you work with?

Scott: Absolutely. I think that they’re – they’re longing to have the joy of accomplishment and others recognizing it. And when that main person in their lives, the father is not there, then he has really starting to regress and starting to think life doesn’t really matter. My accomplishments don’t really matter.

Jim: It’s almost like you aim for getting by.

Scott: Yeah. Mediocrity becomes – or even failing – becomes part of their mentality because other things are failing in their lives, you know, and they begin to just go down that track.

Jim: John, let me ask you, you were a fatherless boy yourself and then you became a father. And I don’t want to put words in your mouth – I’d like to hear it from your heart – did you repeat the errors of your own dad? Or what were the circumstances that got your attention on the importance of fathering?

John S.: That’s a great question. I knew that I was broken inside, but like a lot of fatherless boys, they decide if they’re going to flee from the situation or fight for their father’s affection.And so what I like to say is about 15 percent of them become decision makers in trying to fight for their father’s affection. And that’s what I did. So I tried to win everything, accomplish everything, be perfect in the eyes of the world and so my father would want to love me.

Jim: Was he distant? He was alive but not engaged?

John S.: He was alive. He lived on the other part of town.

Jim: So your mom and he divorced when you were what age?

John S.: Yeah. My dad left when my mom was pregnant with me and my sister was 3 years old.

Jim: So you had some relationship with him, though?

John S.: No. I had, really, zero relationship with him until my high school years, until I started excelling at football, and then he would come by.

Jim: Oh, man, talk about performance base then, huh?

John S.: Yeah. But I was fine with that because that’s what I was all about (laughter). Not in a healthy way.

Jim: Well, it gave you something to connect with, but the fact that, I mean, but think about it, you had to earn his affection in that way.

John S.: Yes. And that came very natural to me because that’s what my whole life was programmed around, was earning my father’s return in my fantasy land perspective or his affection. And, you know, obviously, that’s very unhealthy.

And so to answer your other question,so when I, you know, got married and had my first child, I was not saved yet. I didn’t get saved until I was 40 years old. And my oldest daughter was, you know, probably 3 or 4 years old. And I look back on that and I was in the process of repeating what my father did. And I was – we were probably on the road to divorce because I put myself and my career and my accomplishments ahead of my family and my wife. And then when the Lord saved me,he made me realize that, obviously, there’s a different way, that I need to love my wife and family like Christ loves the church.

It’s pretty much universal that the father wound through fatherlessness or abandonment or being left behind, however you want to ascribe it, that wound is a deep soul wound, it controls these boys, acts as a behavior for their entire life. Because they have made a vow to themselves they will never, ever forgive their earthly father for leaving them. So this bitterness and this anger and this unforgiveness really controls their life.

John F: Uh-huh.

John S: And so I was driving to meet my uncle, who was one man who stood up in my life growing up to…

Jim: Was this your dad’s brother or your mom’s?

John S.: My mom’s brother.

Jim: OK.

John S.: Um, Uncle Bucky. And I was meeting him to go fishing late at night, scrambling after work, you know how it goes, to go fly-fishing on the Green River in Wyoming there. And it was probably close to midnight and I was driving to meet him.And I felt this overwhelming sensation. I didn’t know how to describe it then, but I pulled my truck over on this dark highway road and – and got on my hands and knees and saw all my sins flash before me. And I – I begged for his forgiveness. And I thought I was done.

And then I heard – our – my Heavenly Father speak to me and say no, now you need to forgive your earthly father for leaving you. And what he taught me there and what these boys deal with is that unforgiveness of their earthly father is the deepest of soul wound and it’s the deepest of sin that they do not want to give up because the Bible makes it clear that unforgiveness is a sin.

And these fatherless boys carry this sin with them, in addition to a lot of other things how we act out. But I gave up those pretty fast.But when my Heavenly Father asked to forgive my earthly father – and it’s something I was told myself every day I would never do because it’s the unforgivable sin – I said OK, I will. And at that point, I felt a rush over my – my body. And I knew I was healed. And I knew I was forgiven. And I knew I was a new creation in the Lord.

And that was, really, the foundation of the ministry. And that is what we do as a ministry, is we focus on the father wound and bringing the Gospel and translate it into a fatherless boy language so they can hear the Gospel. And we get to the point and we share the most important truth a fatherless boy will ever here. And we say son, I’ve something very important to tell you. And he’ll say yeah, what’s that – to his mentor father now because there’s a level of trust established. He’ll say son, you need to forgive your earthly father for leaving you.

Jim: And in this case – um – it didn’t necessarily work out to the expectation you had hoped for. And it’s important for people to hear that. And I – I would ask you, if you would, to describe that because it doesn’t always end up the way we think it should go. So what happened when you approached your dad to try to ask for his forgiveness and reconcile?

John S.: That’s a great question. You know…I went back and wrote a letter to my dad and, basically, shared with him, you know, what you did was very wrong, mattered greatly in my life, but through the power of Christ, I’ve been forgiven, and I’d like to share the gospel with you and with the motivation of since we’ve had no time on earth, I’d love to spend forever with you. And it was the most therapeutic thing I did. And we incorporate that into the ministry curriculum now. But…But it took me a long time to write and a lot of tears through it. But I was so thrilled to be able to send that to him. And I was so thrilled for him to receive it. But he didn’t receive it very well.

Jim: How did he respond? What did he say or…

John S.: Well, he wrote a letter back, basically blaming my mom for everything and not taking any responsibility for it.

Jim: Right.

John S.: And playing the blame game and – and all that. And so that – that was fine, but then I still had this overwhelming urge to go share the gospel in person with him. And I did. And I, actually, took my sister. I asked my sister to go along. And she went along. And I shared the gospel with him. And that was the last conversation I really had with him. And he said no, I don’t believe in that stuff. And then he ended up dying about a year and a half later of cancer…

Jim: Oh, my goodness.

John S.: And I tell these boys – I said, you know, forgiveness is different than reconciliation, but when you do forgive your earthly father for leaving you and your – your wound is healed, it doesn’t mean you don’t walk with a limp, it doesn’t mean you don’t have a scar that you bump into now and then, but that bitterness and anger, that wound is no longer festering. It’s healed. But there could be a scar that you bump into now and then.

Jim: Yeah, that’s well put.

John F.: This is Focus on the Family with Jim Daly. And I’m John Fuller. Our guests are John Smithbaker and Scott MacNaughton. And it’s our privilege to talk with them about ministry to boys, in particular, without fathers. And if this is something you’d like to learn more about, we’ve got details at focusonthefamily.com/radio or call 1-800, the letter A and the word FAMILY.

Jim: Scott, you also have a father story.

Scott: Yes.

Jim: Share that with us.

Scott: Well, mine started out in the way back in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, where my parents actually ran a children’s home. So I grew up in a children’s home where there were 50 children that were either wards of the state or orphans, and, uh, it was a Christian school. It was a – a farm, that we all grew up on and lived on for the first 11 years of my life. And, uh, my dad was both a pastor, and he was an agronomist. Uh, he had his master’s in agriculture, so his, um, he had a dual purpose of helping mountain folks make the best use of their two-acre plots on the side of the Kentucky mountainside in Appalachia.

And, um, so I was exposed to fatherlessness, at a very early age because the children that I grew up with and, and so it – it was always a part of my heart but I – I never thought that I, myself, would become fatherless. As I mentioned, my dad was a pastor. We left Kentucky when I was about, uh, 12, and ended up in, uh, Lander, Wyo., and where my dad was the organizing pastor of the church that actually startedFathers in the Field, and of which the church I am now the pastor…

Jim: Oh, interesting.

Scott: …But the story – the story has quite a – a middle gap, uh, there where my dad got an unbiblical divorce from my mother after 33 years. And uh, he was excommunicated from the church. And he, uh, – he never repented of that, and made excuses, like John’s dad, did as well, for 26 years.

Jim: Hm.

Scott: But through faithful prayers, and many, many others, uh, even in the church that he started that still loved him greatly, he repented, just, uh, and actually asked my mom for forgiveness just a year and a half before she died.

Jim: That’s powerful.

Scott: And so there is the story where God truly intervened, both in my dad’s life, and in my life, and – and many of our, uh, family’s life and church family.

Jim: Let’s move, in these next few minutes, to the ministry, um, that you lead,Fathers in the Field. Describe it – the accomplishments, what your big goal is, what you’d love to see happen. John, what does it look like?

John S.: Yeah, it’s a great question, thanks. The mission ofFathers in the Fieldis to really intentionally deal with the father wound that resides in these fatherless boys – not to gloss over it, not to pretend it’s not there, but to speak honestly and openly with them.

And as I said earlier, the path that the Lord took me on is really what we wanna tell these boys. So we intentionally have men commit to them for over a three-year period and make an intentional commitment into their life with a signing ceremony that puts this commitment down – because part of the wound is understanding that men have let them down their entire life.

Jim: Right.

John S.: And one commitment, one broken promise after another is happenin’ to them all the time through relationships, through people with good intentions that aren’t following through, whatever it is – that callous and wounds on their heart develops over time. So we understand that it’s gonna take some time to peel those callouses back.

Jim: Well, in reality, they may be the first man in that boy’s life who actually kept his promise, which is so critical.

John S.: Well, it is. Well, it’s the beginning of the healing process – is the word commitment, and a man to live up to it. Part of what we do is coach and mentor these mentor fathers to say, listen, it doesn’t matter at all for the first year what you say to this boy. He not even listening to one word you’re saying. It’s like Charlie-Brown-talk to him.

John F.: Hm.

John S.: What matters is when you say you’re gonna pick him up at 8 o’clock to bring him to Sunday school and church, and that car or truck rolls up in – side – front of his driveway, his heart will leap for joy because a man lived up his commitment because fatherless boys across this country have looked out to the window when somebody has promised to show up, and they do not.

Jim: Man.

John S.: So that is what helps. Then when they see that you actually are living up to your commitment over a period of time, then they’re willing to listen to what you have to say. And all…

Jim: Credibility.

John S.: Credibility and trust – and that’s when we say, like we said earlier, son, I have something very important to tell you.

Jim: Yeah.

John S.: And – and the partthat I didn’t get to say is because that credibility and relationship has been established – this boy asked the most grace-filled question of that mentor father after the mentor father shared what he needs to do.He say – they all say the same thing, “I will never do that.” But they ask, but why should I? I mean, that is a powerful question from a fatherless boy who didn’t want to learn before – now is signaling he wants to learn because he asked that question – why should I?

John F.: Why should I forgive my father?

Jim: Scott, you have a story of one boy in particular that really touched you, and I’m sure, uh, you touched his life. What happened?

Scott: Well, the very first, uh, boy in our ministry -we call ‘em field buddies – and, uh, the men – I was the mentor Father. I had the privilege of mentoring Mason. Uh, he was nine and a half years old. At that point in his life, he had never met his earthly father. And we began this journey together. And, again, the trust issue was there. I mean, he was all on surface-level things, but he would never go deep with us. But, by the, uh, middle to the end of our first year together, we started talking about – and we – our first year’s curriculum is on the Lord’s Prayer. So they memorize the Lord’s Prayer, which begins, our Father who art in heaven; and we begin to unpack what that really means from a spiritual standpoint, from our heavenly Father never leaving nor forsaking us.

And, uh, we actually asked the question at the end of our first year about, uh, what would you do if you saw your earthly father, or, uh, would you forgive your earthly father? And I have his actual journal. It says, in big fifth grade block letters, I will never ever forgive my earthly father.

And it was that next week that he received his very first letter from his father, who was in jail. And, uh, he started that – an initial contact with his dad. He got to meet his dad when he was 10 years old. And – but it’s a story of great disappointment on his part as well because his dad got out of jail, promised him the world, delivered nothing. And so it became another scar wound on his life. But God used it. Over the next – I’ve now, ten and a half years with this young man, had the privilege of seeing him commit his life to the Lord, be baptize – I got to baptize him, uh, in our church – and, uh, to – to see what God was doing – just through intentional but natural things – things I love to do, I got to do with Mason and take him along.

Jim: How’s Mason today?

Scott: He – he is 20 years old. He is, uh, making his way in life. The way I know that God has impacted him is that he calls me, and he still wants to stay connected. He is asking, uh, for advice. And, you know, I think he’s still trying to maneuver, uh, spiritually where he’s going to end up.

Jim: So he’s normal?

Scott: He’s normal. (Laughter) Absolutely.

Jim: That’s a good achievement. I mean…

Scott: And – and the fact that he called me last week, uh, our favorite thing to do was turkey hunting together. He called me while I was turkey hunting, knew – and knowing I was there, and he said, I really missed it. He was very emotional about, uh, the times we had together.

Jim: I’m sure for him– and this is the point of the whole ministry, isn’t it? To demonstrate the love of our Heavenly Father to these boys who have no earthly father to hang on to. Man, that’s powerful. And I’m sure many boys have been transformed by what your mentor fathers are doing.

Let me speak to the men who are listening to us. I hope you’ve heard the heart of these men and their message. Children growing up today need the power and influence of a godly man in their lives. The research is clear. The presence of a father figure contributes to almost every measure of success in a child’s life. And that starts with your own family. Pay attention to the boys and girls that God has given to you– given to your care. Engage with them. Encourage them. Introduce them to the love of Jesus, the most important thing you can do!

And then consider how you can be a role model or a mentor father to a boy without a dad in his life. If your church doesn’t have a program likeFathers in the Field,look for opportunities to encourage or do something fun with a fatherless boy in your sphere of influence. It’s that simple! That’s what coaches and Christian men did for me and you’ll never know how much your kindness and attention can change the trajectory of one boy’s life.

John F.: Mm-hmm. And it starts with one step toward that child and offer to help and one resource that we’re going to point you to is, Jim, your book,The Good Dad,you mentioned it earlier, in which you show men how to overcome those father wounds, if we can call them that and the past mistakes to become better fathers. As you say, it’s not about being a ‘perfect’ dad, but just trusting God to help you connect with your child through love and grace and patience– and some fun– just what you were talking about.

Jim: Be the good dad.

John F.: Well, we have a complimentary copy of The Good Dad for you when you make a financial gift of any amount to Focus on the Family today. That’s our way of saying thank you for supporting this ministry and our efforts to shore up and strengthen families. Visit focusonthefamily.com/radio to donate and learn more or call 1-800-A-FAMILY. 800-232-6459.

Jim: John and Scott, I’ve got one more question for you and I think it’s a good one. What kind of feedback are you hearing from single moms when a Christian man engages with that son of hers and spends time with sharing God’s love? What happens in the heart of that mom?

John S.: Well, it’s certainly a big sense of gratitude, um. You know, the single moms, in our opinion, are the widows of our time. And 85 percent of these single moms are not coming to church. So what happens is, when we go in a church and get them engaged in the ministry, part of what we do is we have to educate the church how to go outside the church building, into the fields of the fatherless, and find these single moms because these boys, typically, are not in this church.

And once a church proactively reaches out into the life of a desperate hurting family, the gratefulness is unreal. And what happens is the church, then – that’s the other reason why we use the church – is the ministry ofFathers in the Fieldis specifically to the life of that boy, not to the broken family. But because we go through the church, the holistic approach of using the church really manifests itself in that family.

Jim: And that’s what churches are all about – or should be.

John S.: And single moms are just – just profoundly grateful.

Jim: Well, John and Scott thank you so much for being on the broadcast with us. John Fuller will hook people in, and if they want to get active and get churches – their churches – involved – I hope many do because there’s so many kids that are desperate.

Scott: Absolutely.

Jim: …To have a father or a mentor in this life.And what a joy to point young boys in the right direction.

Scott: Thank you.

Jim: And that’s quite a way to spend some of your time on this earth. So thank you again.

Scott: Thank you very much.

Closing:

John F.: And you will find information about Fathers in the Field at focusonthefamily.com/radio and as we’ve said, we really want you to get involved with that ministry. At the website, you can get a CD or download of our conversation or the mobile app so you can listen on the go. We’ll also have information about Jim Daly’s bookThe Good Dadand then finally, take a moment to fill out our Listener Survey, won’t you? Just tell us what you think about these broadcasts– what you like, how we might improve– your feedback is vital as we continue to bring these broadcasts to you on a daily basis.

Now, coming up next time on Focus on the Family: the testimony of a former soldier turned pastor who experienced a very close call with a failed parachute.

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John Murphy: In that moment, my only thought– it wasn’t my wife, my family. It was– I just got back from a deployment where I could’ve died a hero and I’m about to die here, out here on this training jump.

Jim Daly: A practice jump.

John Murphy: Yeah.

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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.

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Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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

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

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

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

Mr. Greg Koukl

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

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

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

As an abortion doctor at Planned Parenthood, Dr. Patti Giebink believed she was helping women. Later, she began reading scripture and God gradually changed her heart on the abortion issue. Patti tells the story of her long journey from abortion doctor to pro-life and encourages listeners to share the message of life with compassion.

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

Dr. Patti Giebink is an OB-GYN who serves on the board of the Alpha Center, a well-known pregnancy center located in Sioux Falls, S.D. She also travels intermittently to work in mission hospitals in Pakistan and other countries. After completing her medical training, Dr. Giebink worked for Planned Parenthood from 1995-1997, during which she was the only abortion-provider in the state of South Dakota. She eventually experienced a radical change of heart on the issue of abortion after receiving God’s grace, forgiveness, and love, and she is now a passionate advocate for the pro-life movement.

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Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life

Unexpected Choice is told from the perspective of a doctor who actually performed abortions through Planned Parenthood. The book chronicles her journey from being a pro-choice physician to someone speaking on behalf of the pro-life movement.

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

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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!

Thank you for committing to pray for the pre-born!

Sign up below for your free seven-day prayer guide. This daily guide will help give direction to your prayers for the pro-life movement. We will be praying with you!