Facing Crisis

Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Healing Our Hurting Marriage

Pastor Paul Westbrook and his wife, Melody, talk with openness and honesty about the marital crisis they faced and describe how counseling from the National Institute of Marriage (now called Hope Restored) helped restore and strengthen their relationship.

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A Grand Plan for Mac and Mary Owen

Travis Thrasher

One couple tells about the heartache of placing a child up for an adoption, drug addiction and co-dependency. Find out how God mercifully redeemed their marriage and family by rewriting their story.

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Beating the Odds: 10 indicators your marriage will survive porn addiction

Rob Jackson

Ultimately, pornography addicts are dependent on God for recovery. But certain patterns lead to healing, and others result in heartbreak.

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3 Myths About Forgiveness When Your Spouse Betrays You

Shelley Martinkus

When her husband confessed a porn addiction, Shelly thought she had forgiven him. A year later, she was still holding hatred toward him. That realization started her on the path toward true forgiveness.

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Aaron and Melissa Klein

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One Couple's Fight to Honor God With Their Bakery

Benjamin Hawkins

Aaron and Melissa Klein endured long court battles and ultimately suffered the loss of their bakery after refusing to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. But their faith and marriage relationship proved strong.

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3 Things to Say — and Not Say — After You Admit Your Porn Addiction

Joe Dallas

After admitting your pornography addiction to your wife, you need to rebuild trust. Lots of men say the wrong thing. This guide will help you know what you should say and what you shouldn't.

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How We Finally Won the Battle Against Pornography

Michelle Stumbo

Michelle's fiance admitted he had a problem with pornography. After they married, she thought the addiction was in the past, but he kept relapsing. This is Michelle's story of hurt, help and hope.

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Sexual Brokenness in Marriage: A Biblical Way to Respond

Jonathan Daugherty

“I have a secret, a big one.” These words can panic a spouse. What do you do when you hear them? How do you respond? Fear is justified after trust-breaking sexual betrayal, but you can work through it.

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Restoring Trust After a Confession of Pornography Addiction

Joann Condie with Geremy Keeton

Healing a marriage after the damage of a pornography addiction is no simple matter. A healthy marriage requires deep commitment from both spouses. And to heal a broken marriage, both must take action.

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The Problems of Pornography: Sexual Dysfunction and Beyond

Freda Bush

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is not new, but ED is no longer occurring only in middle-aged and older men. Many men with ED are under 40. Research suggests this might be the result of pornography addiction.

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How Pornography Prevents Intimacy in Your Marriage

Jonathan Daugherty

Does viewing pornography as couple enhance intimacy in marriage? Marital sexuality is to be exclusive. So, pornography not only decreases true intimacy in marriage but actually prevents it.

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When Your Husband Confesses Addiction to Pornography

Meg Wilson

Meg was devastated by her husband's confession, but her response initiated a new level of intimacy with God for her. Now she ministers to women devastated by their husbands' poor sexual choices.

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The Importance of Vulnerability in Fighting Pornography Addiction

Geremy Keeton

You can't keep hiding. You can't kick the habit on your own; no one can. If you really want to be free, you're going to have to open up to others. You're going to have to learn to be vulnerable.

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What You Need to Know About Your Husband's Porn Confession

Joann Condie with Geremy Keeton

Relational problems often get worse before they get better. Some husbands wait weeks after the discovery of porn use before they admit to additional bad behavior. Here’s what wives need to know.

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How to Love Your Spouse by Quitting Porn

You’re ready to quit using pornography and come clean to your spouse, maybe. What happens next? How much detail should you share? What’s the best approach to restoring your marriage?

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How a Pastor Overcame Pornography and Used It for Good

Nick Stumbo

This is the story of one pastor's battle for sexual integrity and how God helped him overcome pornography so he could help people with similar struggles. God transforms us so we might help others.

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Pornography Addiction: How One Couple Found Hope

An affair, pornography addiction, codependence. How could Karen and Bill sort out all of their issues and build a healthy marriage with authentic communication?

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Series

Dealing With Depression

Don't get tangled up in the notion that depression is a sin.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

Episode

Together in Death

If your child has been taken from you, let your marriage be a reason that you feel the strength to carry on.

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Trusting God in Trials

Erin Smalley

When I trust God wholeheartedly — even amid trials in my life or in my marriage — I can see that the Lord is using everything so that I reflect His image in my life. But this isn’t always easy.

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Resources to Help You Fight Pornography Addiction

Doug Burford

Many options exist for people wanting to break free from sexual compulsions. Are they equally effective? How do secular approaches differ from Christian approaches? Is a recovery group necessary?

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Portrait of Erik and Kelley Shamblin sitting on stone steps

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A Marriage Beyond Hope?

Thomas Jeffries

An ill child, a bankruptcy and  a parent's death put pressure on Erik and Kelley Shamblin's marriage. An affair made things worse. With the help of intensive counseling, the couple is making it.

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How to Draw Together During Tough Times

Carol Kent

A parenting crisis can really test a marriage. What can you do to keep your marriage strong during trials? Here’s how to develop a stronger bond in the face of seemingly insurmountable pressures.

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