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Trusting God When Times Are Hard (Part 2 of 2)

Trusting God When Times Are Hard (Part 2 of 2)

Crystal Evans Hurst shares fun stories about her family to make a serious point: only God has the right perspective on our life, especially when times are hard. We need to understand how being a child of God also makes us His responsibility, and what that really means in daily life. (Part 2 of 2)
Original Air Date: September 21, 2022

Preview:

Chrystal Evans Hurst: Maybe instead of lamenting your mess, you just need to own your mess and say, “God knows what he’s doing.”

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John Fuller: Hm, well we have more wisdom to share for you today from Chrystal Evans Hurst on Focus on the Family. Thanks for joining us. Your host is Focus president and author, Jim Daly, and I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John, Chrystal has been sharing encouragement for anyone who’s experiencing a difficult time. And her starting point can be found in Ephesians 2:10, which states that we are God’s workmanship. And Chrystal’s explaining what that really means for our everyday lives. And if you missed part one of Chrystal’s presentation yesterday, uh, please get in touch with us. We can send you the entire message on CD or audio download, or you can get the Focus on the Family app for your smartphone.

John: Yeah. Our details are gonna be at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast, or give us a call, 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY.

Jim: Chrystal Evans Hurst is a blogger, podcaster, homeschooling mom, and a very young grandmother (laughs). Uh, she’s the author of a book called She’s Still There: Rescuing the Girl in You. And she’s the daughter of our good friend, Dr. Tony Evans.

John: And once she gets going, I think you’ll recognize-

Jim: (laughs)

John: … her dad’s, uh, speaking style. She’s got it, and she can preach. And, uh, join us now for a front row seat at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for Chrystal’s message at a Women of Joy Conference on today’s episode of Focus on the Family.

Chrystal: My grandmother, who had, uh, sewn clothes both for her children and also other people to make money to send her children to camp, youth camp when they were young. She was a great seamstress. Um, wasn’t a living, something that she just did on the side to make extra money. And, uh, I said to her in sixth grade, “Will you help me learn how to sew?” I was graduating from the sixth grade and wanted to make my dress. And, um, y’all, I didn’t realize that when you sew, you don’t just whip out the fabric and put it on the machine. You have to painstakingly pin the fabric to a pattern and be very careful about how you cut it out. Uh, sewing takes a lot of patience because of the stages that you have to go through before you get to the thing. You have to cut it out, and you have to be pretty careful about how you cut, because how you cut will determine how easy it is to sew the pieces together, that everything lines up the way it’s supposed to line toge-… Well, I didn’t know all that in the sixth grade. So by the time we got to the end of the cutting, I was like, “Grandma, can you just finish it? I’m, I, I don’t think I want to learn how to sew.” I forgot about that. When we started homeschooling, my oldest daughter who’s very creative, very artsy wanted to take a quilting class. And I said, “I’ll quilt with you.” Well, you have to cut out a lot of little pieces. So I got most of the pieces cut out. I even got most of the front sewn together. But by the time she had finished her quilt, binding, backing and all, I just barely had the front of mine done. Y’all, I was so happy that the class was over. I didn’t know what to do. And I just said, “You know what? It’s okay. I’ll finish my quilt later.” I folded it up, that top of the quilt, and put it up in a closet ’cause I had forgotten that sewing is not the thing. I’m so glad that my daughter has gone on to be a wonderful seamstress. I figure it just skipped a generation. And one Christmas, she actually finished my quilt for me, put the padding in, put the binding on, but the backing in, and handed it to me one Christmas, said, “Here you go, mom.” I said, “Thank you so much. I’m so glad.” I forgot about that when she got married, and I had this great idea that I was gonna make her a memory quilt.

Audience: (laughs)

Chrystal:  ’cause I thought it’s so great that you can take printable fabric, and I was gonna have all the aunties and the cousins and the friends and all the women that have been in her life all these years to give her words of wisdom or scriptures or quotes, things that would encourage her in her marriage as she went on in her married life. And so I collected all the quotes, I printed them all out, got the fabric all situated. And then I realized I had to put it together.

Audience: (laughs)

Chrystal: So I called a lady in our church who actually had made me a quilt when I got married. I said, “Hi, Miss. Faye. How are you?” She said, “I’m fine.” I said, “You know, I love that quilt that you made me so much.” She said, “Baby, I’m so glad. I loved making that quilt for you.” I said, “Miss, Faye, I need a favor.” She said, “What is it?” I said, “I want to make my daughter this memory quilt for her wedding, for her bridal shower. Would you help me? I’ve done all the work to print out all the quotes and scriptures and all that on the individual, um, sheets. And I would love for you to help me put it together.” She said, “I would love to help you do that.” She said, “When do you need it?” Y’all, it was a Tuesday. I said, “By Friday.”

Audience: (laughs)

Chrystal: She said, “Well, I don’t think I could finish it by Friday. What I might be able to do is just sew the, the squares together, so at least you have something to share with her.” I said, “I’ll take it.” So Saturday morning, the bridal shower came. And, you know, this is a hot mess. And if you’ve ever seen the back of a quilt, you know the threads go everywhere, okay? So any, any time you’re sewing, what you see on the front is not necessarily the beauty represented on the back. On the back side, it’s the sign that you were just trying to get the thing done. On the front side, it’s the sign that you actually wanted to present a finished product. So I wanted to show her. I didn’t want people to see the messy back, so I asked my sister, Priscilla, to hold one side of the quilt while I held the other side of the quilt. And the edges are frayed; I didn’t want anybody to see that. So we kind of rolled the top and rolled the side, and then got some binder clips from the office supply store and just stuck it together. When we opened up the quilt, every woman in the room said, “Oh, my goodness. That’s so beautiful. How thoughtful. How lovely. What a great gift.” And all I was trying to make sure of was that they didn’t see the mess on the back side. I did give that front-facing quilt back to Miss. Faye. She did put it together, and I want to tell you that is a beautiful quilt that my daughter loves to this day. But when I presented it to her the day of her bridal shower, she was just as excited, if not more excited that day than the day I gave her the finished product. Why? One, because she didn’t see the back, and two because if she had seen the back, she wouldn’t have cared. What if in the middle of our lives as God is piecing us together with our experiences and our various personalities, what if we know the backside is messy? What if we know individually, the back side of our story, we know where we’ve been, we know what we’ve done, we know what we’ve been through? And we pray to God that nobody sees the messy back. And let me tell you something. When you really believe that you are his workmanship. When you really believe in Psalm 139 that it says you are created in your mother’s womb, and God knew you before anybody else saw you, and he stitched you together with a beautiful intention for your life. When you really believe that, then you’ll stop hiding because you’ll understand that even unfinished, even a little messy, you are his workmanship.

Audience: (Cheering and applause).

Chrystal: What would happen if you decided to show up and act like God is gonna use me where he puts me, I’m not gonna apologize for the messy back, I’m not gonna apologize for what’s not finished because I know he’s doing a work in me. That Philippians 1:6 says that God is gonna finish the work that he started in me. So why are you hiding if you believe that that is true? You are his, and you are his workmanship. We like to hide, though. We don’t want anybody to know what happened, where we’ve been, what we’ve been through. We don’t want anybody to know what’s happening right now in our homes. And let me tell you something when you hide, when God is asking you to show up, you are short cutting your life. There’s someone out there in the world, in your world who needs to know that if they don’t have it all together, that God can still use them. There’s someone out there in the world that goes to your place of work or goes to your church who needs to know what you’ve been through so that they know that God can get them through. There’s someone that needs to know that God can comfort them the way he’s comforted you during a dark season, and if you show up all the time all put together, they don’t know what Jesus can do.

Audience: (Applause)

Chrystal: What if as you are, unfinished, un-put together is just the way God wants you to be right now? And what if you trusted in the perspective that God is always up to something good in your life. That it’s true in Romans 8:28 when it says, “God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love him,” that it’s true? If you believe that, how would you show up in your life? I want you to know that you are not an accident or an afterthought. You are here for a purpose. My friend, Valorie Burton says, “God made no mistakes when you were created. You are uniquely designed for success in your purpose.” He made you alive, and I need you to recognize that perspective on your life, even messy, is okay. I went to a bible study for years. I would love to say that I went to a bible study for years, uh, because I was just so hungry for the word of God. I was, but that wasn’t my first motivation. My first motivation was, it was a bible study for young moms, and they would keep my kids. Can somebody just say amen?

Audience: (Cheering).

Chrystal: You’re gonna keep them for three whole hours? Three hours? Two hours for bible study and one hour for fellowship? I will stay for all the fellowship you want me to stay for. Thank God, thank Jesus. But I went to this bible study, and every table had a mentoring mom. And at the beginning of every year, a mentoring mom would get up. Uh, all the mentoring moms, they would line up and they would share their name, they would share how long they’ve been married, how many kids they had, and the last argument that they had. And so every year, a woman would talk, say, she’d say, “My name is Patty, and I’ve been married for 30 years. I have three children. The last argument that we had was him not mowing the grass on a regular basis.” And then one year, there was a lady named Jade. And she said, “My name is Jade. My husband and I been married for 37 years. We have three children, and the last, uh, argument that we had was about his socks on the floor.” Fast forward to the next year. Jade got up again because she was still a mentoring mom. And when it came to be her turn, she said, “My name is Jade. My husband I would have been married for 38 years this year. He passed away. We have two children, and honestly, I would give anything to have an argument about his socks on the floor.” Perspective. Sometimes the mess is actually good. Sometimes the mess, you’ll look back years from now and realize that that was the good old days. Sometimes the mess, the thing that you’re running from is actually where your experiences in life that you will treasure are actually happening. Maybe instead of lamenting your mess, you just need to own your mess and say, “God knows what he’s doing, so I’m gonna engage and I’m gonna trust him, and I’m gonna keep the perspective that I’m his workmanship. And even though this is messy, he’s working on me.”

Audience: (Applause).

Chrystal: You are his, you are his workmanship. You were created in Christ Jesus. Galatians 2:20 says, “I’ve been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself up for me.”

John: This is Focus on the Family, and you’re listening to Chrystal Evans Hurst. And, uh, we have her book called She’s Still There. We’re making that available today when you make a donation of any amount to the ministry of Focus on the Family. Uh, contribute today, and, uh, request that book. We’ll include a free audio download, by the way. Our number’s 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY, or stop by focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Let’s return now to more from Chrystal Evans Hurst.

Chrystal: I was totally immersed and engaged in the wedding of Harry and Meghan. I got up early in the morning to make sure I could see all the little funny hats and all the women coming to the wedding, and the who’s who. But I had two screens going. I had one going ’cause I could watch the wedding festivities, and I had another screen going ’cause I was googling a way Meghan Markle, Meghan Markle. I wanted to know more about Meghan Markle. I was amazed at some of the old photos of her, because there are certain things that were not a part of the new Meghan Markle, little things like nail polish. Many times in old photos, she had dark nail polish on, like the black or the dark purple. Definitely a couple times, I saw red. The new Meghan Markle wasn’t wearing red, because royalty doesn’t wear red. Did you know that? If you ever look at their fingernails, they’re always nude, natural, blushy colors. She was an actress. She gave up her whole situation. She’d worked her whole life to be an actress, had a steady job on a show, Suits I believe, and gave that up. Why? ‘Cause Harry loved her. And she said, “If Harry loves me and says that I am royalty, then I’m gonna act like royalty, I’m gonna believe that I’m royalty, I’m gonna adjust the way I dress, adjust the way I look, adjust the way I walk, adjust where I go, adjust where I work because Harry loves me.” Question I want to ask you is do you actually believe that you’re loved by Christ Jesus, that you’re in Christ Jesus, that he is covering you, and because he’s covering you with his blood and offers you the gift of salvation because of his sacrifice on the cross? The bible says if any man believes on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, he will be saved. That means you are covered, you’re a part of God’s family. When you’re a part of God’s family, you are royalty. Are you acting like you’re royalty because you believe that you’re in Christ Jesus? Are you acting like you’re loved? Are you willing to change thing about your life, move where you live, change where you work, change how you dress, change how you think? And look at how people referred to her after the change. It’s princess Meghan. Royalty. What changed? Who loved her and the fact that she believed she was loved? Now here’s the thing, you know, she done change back in a couple of ways.

Audience: (laughs)

Chrystal: But the reality is she’s still operating under the banner of Harry’s love. Harry was smitten. Did y’all see how Harry looked at her? Smitten. And when I tell you that God is smitten by you, He made you in his image, and when he looks at you, not only does he see a wonderful creation, ’cause there’s never been nor has there ever been someone like you, nor will there ever be someone just like you. The fingerprints are different, the pattern on your tongue says you’re unique, the pattern on the back of your retina… Remember Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible, it would scan his eyes? It’s true. There are physical things about you that no one else has nor will they ever. The same is true of your soul, your personality, your experiences, your gifts, your abilities, your interests, your passions. There is no one like you. And when God looks at you, he says, “Look at her. She’s one of a kind.” And you are loved so deeply and so ferociously, so much by a God who created only one of you. And if you actually believe you’re loved, how does that change how you see your life? How does that change the lens through which you see what happens in your every day? Listen, I really mean it. There is no one like you. I am barely dressed today, because my sister makes sure I look decent every time I leave the house. I’m so glad she has the gift of shopping, because I don’t. I believe in black; I believe in yoga and t-shirts, I believe that when God created elastic waist with drawstring, he was thinking about me specifically.

Audience: (Cheers)

Chrystal: She enjoys it. It’s a passion for her. There’s nobody like you. A lady one time came up to me and she says, “I got it. I know. I got my purpose. I, it, it just dawned on me while you were talking. I finally know my purpose.” I said, “What is it?” She said, “Brownies.”

Audience: (laughs).

Chrystal: I was like, “Okay. That might be my purpose, too, but why do you say that?” She said, “Every Sunday, I make brownies at church, every Sunday. And I thought all this time that this is just some random thing I do. I now realize I love it so much, I do it every week. Nobody has to ask me. I’ll bring brownies or muffins or cake or cupcakes. And I bring them, and everybody calls me the brownie lady. But what I realized is this thing that God has put in my heart to do, he made me like that. He gave me the gift of the enjoyment of baking. And when I bring it out of my house ’cause I don’t want to eat it all, and I put it on the back table at church, what I am doing in obeying my gifting, my calling, doing what I’m passionate about is setting the table for fellowship, because all the people gather around the table, and they talk. It’s not about the brownies, it’s about me using my passion, offering it up in my local church, and letting God decide what he does with it there.” We’ve got to believe in the beauty of who you are because of whose you are. And the beautiful thing about you is that you were created to do something good. Every, uh, Monday in my house, we have oatmeal. Every Tuesday, we have smoothies and some kind of bread. On Wednesdays, every Wednesday, we have scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon. I make it in the oven. Once I realized I could make it in the oven and not kill myself dying of hot grease, it’s like, “This is wonderful.” So I put it in the oven, it’s awesome. On Thursdays, we have hot cereal. On Fridays, we have pancakes. I do this because I don’t want them to ask me every morning, “What’s for breakfast.” You know what’s for breakfast. It’s Monday.

Audience: (laughs).

Chrystal: So on Thursday mornings, I actually don’t… That’s my least enjoyable breakfast. Uh, we make cream of wheat or cream of rice. The reason we make, uh, one, uh, or the other is I grew up on cream of rice. I don’t enjoy it, because if you’re gonna heat milk up the temperature it needs to be for the cream of rice or cream of wheat to cook, you have to stand there and stir it. So I just stand there making figure eights to make sure the milk doesn’t boil and that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. But the reason why I do this is because after it gets hot and just starts to boil, and then I put in the cream of rice or cream of wheat, and then stir it until I can feel that the thickness and the consistency’s changing a bit, letting me know that the expansion of those granules are happening, and then right at the right time, I pour it into individual bowls, setting them up so that I can, after that, put a pat of butter right on the top because that’s what the box says I’m supposed to do, put a pat of butter on the top. And when the kids walk through the kitchen and they see that it’s cream of rice or cream of wheat day, they say, “Whoo, yes. She made the good stuff.” They love it, but I had to stand there and stir it. The bible says in I Timothy, “Stir up the gift that is in you.” Uh, that’s II Timothy 1:6. I Timothy says, “Do not neglect the gift in you.” But here’s the thing about what God wants to develop in you, the good works that he wants you to do, it is the good stuff. But here’s the problem, y’all. We don’t like sometimes standing there to stir it. We don’t want to show up and be committed in that ministry. We don’t necessarily want to show up and stay in that job. Sometimes we want to, uh, uh… We, we just are sick of the person we’re married to. We don’t want to stand there and stir it, but then we look at other people who are enjoying the good stuff, and we want to know how they did it. Well, listen, sometimes they just stood there and stirred the thing. It wasn’t time that was celebrated, it wasn’t time they enjoyed, it wasn’t time that they were, uh, excited about it, but they knew, they believed that something on the other end of the stirring was gonna be good, so they stood there, and they put in the time. They put in the time on the job, they put in the time in their education, they put in the time to study God’s word, they put in the time to taking care of the body. So when we see the other side of it, we say, “There’s the good stuff.” What if the good work that God wants to do in you requires you in the season that you’re in to just stand there and stir it, just to be faithful where you are, to do the things that’s not exciting, to do that thing that’s not celebrated, to do the thing that you may not even enjoy, but you’re just trying to be faithful where you are, just trying to be faithful so that he can use you. You don’t even know what the good works are that God has planned for you totally, but I can guarantee you that often, when we see the good stuff in other people’s lives, there’s a season of their lives where they just stood there and stirred it, being faithful where they were planted. We all have a starting point at the blood of the Lamb. And I realize that our starting points are the same in Christ, but then we have to go down the road. And often along the road, some things in our lives spill. I understand that it’s messy. I understand that you don’t like it. I understand that it wasn’t planned. I understand that you really don’t understand why God would even allow this. But let me remind you of this. Regardless of what happens, you are his. You are his workmanship. You are created and covered by Christ Jesus, and if you’re still here, there is still something for you to do. So when life goes awry, when life doesn’t look the way, you want it to look, when it’s painful, when you’re discouraged, I want you to keep in mind that you are still here, and the seatbelt represented by the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross for your sins means that you are covered, you are saved, you are safe.

Audience: (Applause).

Chrystal: Keep perspective, so no matter what the doctors say, you get to live forevermore. No matter what those kids are doing and going astray, that does not mean that God cannot redeem the time. No matter what you lost, the debt that God can recover, the locusts have stolen, God can bring that back many times over. I need you to keep perspective that as long as you’re here and still moving down the freeway of your life, and there’s still more for you to do.

Audience: (Applause).

Chrystal: So it’s okay to cry over it, lament over it, be a little frustrated. God can handle that. There’s nothing you can say to him that he hasn’t heard somebody else say. Go on and be honest, ’cause he knows what you’re thinking and feeling anyway. But then I need you to say, “But what’s the right perspective?” Thank God that I’m yours. Thank you, Jesus, that I belong to you. Thank you so much that you made me like no one else. Thank you so much that I am covered in Christ Jesus, that you are covering me. No matter what is happening in my life, you are causing all things to work together for the good, my good and your glory. And then thank you for the good work that you’ve given me to do. Help me to see it. Help me to be faithful. Help me to do it, and then I trust you to keep me going along the road. So where do I start? Where do you start? Listen, y’all. I ran a marathon once. One time, that’s it, that’s all I got. I ran through the finish line, and then I kept running to Cracker Barrel, and that was the end of that.

Audience: (laughs).

Chrystal: But let me tell you this. I’m not a runner. I’ve never been, like, a runner in my life. Like, it’s not a thing that I’ve always done. But when I decided to run a marathon, you want to know why I started? I walked out of my front door and went for a walk, went for a walk. And I walked longer, then I ran a little bit, and then I built up to the 26.2. Marathons start with one step, one step. You ever seen a person of faith and you wondered how did they get there? How did they believe in God? Why did God show up in their lives like that? I can guarantee you that a person in your life of great faith that you admire started with one step. It is a walk of faith, walking one step at a time. So that means no matter where you are, you don’t have to worry about the marathon. You don’t have to worry about the half-marathon. You don’t have to worry about the long distances. What you need to do is get up from your chair right now and decide to take one step, and believe that God, as he says in his word, will order your steps and guide you to exactly where you’re supposed to go. And as he’s guiding you and directing you, if something in your life happens that you don’t expect, you need to look up with graciousness and gratitude in your eyes and say, “I don’t like this mess. I wish I hadn’t lost this. I wish this wasn’t happening in my life right now, but with gratitude, God, I trust you, and I thank you that you hit the brakes, and I thank you that no matter what happened in my life, I am saved by grace, and I can live forever with you. And that perspective is all I need today.” Lord Jesus, I just thank you for your word. I thank you that we’re yours, and I thank you that you have covered us. And I thank you that you hit the brakes on Calvary so that none of us would have to live apart from you eternally. And when life blows up on us, would you forever remind us that we always get to keep in mind that we’re alive? What would you have us do while we’re breathing on this earth? And then even when we’re not, would you remind us that we get to live forever with you? Help us to keep the right perspective. In Jesus’s name we pray, amen.

John: And that’s where we’ll have to end this presentation from the Women of Joy Conference featuring Chrystal Evans Hurst.

Jim: Wow. She is a dynamo. And what an encouraging message. And it’s true that we can handle the ups and downs of life better when we have the right perspective, God’s perspective. Uh, a great way to find that insight is through reading your bible on a daily basis to soak your mind in God’s thoughts. You can try a one-year bible. It gives you short, daily readings from the Old Testament, the New Testament, plus the Psalms and Proverbs. I’ve done that. Uh, invest about 15 minutes a day, and you’ll be able to read the entire bible in one year.

John: Yeah, Dena and I are doing that, and we love being able to exchange ideas as we read. And, and we are going through the bible in a year. It’s a great program.

Jim: And if you’re new to the faith or if you’re on the fence about the claims of Christ, let me encourage you to reach out to us. We have a free e-booklet called Coming Home that explains what the Christian life is all about. Get a copy when you visit our website or give us a call if you’d like to talk about it.

John: We are here to help. And our number is 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY, or you can find the Coming Home booklet and other resources at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: And let me encourage you to donate to Focus on the Family as we do our best to introduce people to Jesus Christ and help them build a great marriage, and be godly, effective parents. That’s our mission here. And when you make a donation of any amount, we’ll send you a copy of the book by Chrystal Evans Hurst called She’s Still There: Rescuing the Girl in You. It offers great insights on how to be the woman God designed you to be, even if you had some detours in your life so far. Get your copy from Focus on the Family where the proceeds to right back into ministry.

John: Yeah, just give us a call here. Our number is 800, the letter, and the word FAMILY, 800-232-6459, or you can donate online and request Chrystal’s book at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. And by the way, when you get that book from us, we’ll include a free audio download of Chrystal’s entire presentation, as well. Next time, Dr. Randy Schroeder shares simple habits to improve your marriage.

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

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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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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

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Kim Meeder

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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

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Debra Fileta

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

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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!

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