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How to Reconnect When You’re Lonely in Your Marriage

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Experts identify seasons of marriage prone to producing loneliness. The challenge is to anticipate those lonely periods, learn how to navigate them and turn them into growth opportunities.

Days after returning from their honeymoon, Troy and Sarah* packed their belongings and moved across the country to follow Troy’s military job.

Sarah had entered marriage with the romanticized idea that she would frequently enjoy quiet, candlelit evenings bonding with her husband. The gap between her expectations and reality was filled with a deepening sense of loneliness. The demands of Troy’s military service meant that they would sometimes be apart for days or even months. “Troy was busy preparing for his second deployment,” she remembers, “but I had no one — no family, no friends, no co-workers. I was so lonely.”

At the dawn of recorded history, one of the first things we learn about marriage is that the husband-wife relationship offers an antidote to loneliness. God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Genesis 2:18). But most married couples will tell you that loneliness does affect this sacred relationship at times. Although it can’t be avoided, the challenge is to recognize and even anticipate those lonely periods, learn how to navigate them and turn them into growth opportunities.

Experts identify three seasons of marriage that are typically prone to producing loneliness.

Season 1: After the honeymoon

Sometime during the first two years of marriage, the thrilling emotions of the honeymoon stage inevitably fade, and the reality of daily life crashes in. It happens to every couple. And it can lead to disillusionment and even loneliness.

Newlyweds often disagree about the division of household chores and other expectations going into marriage. Even if these issues were discussed in theoretical terms during courtship or premarital counseling, putting them into practice can be tough.

Dr. Greg Smalley, Focus on the Family’s vice president of marriage and family formation, and his wife, Erin, gained up-close experience with the impact of loneliness. “We became victims of the ‘chore wars,’ ” Dr. Smalley says. “In my mind, we had already settled the question of husband-wife responsibilities. I would work full time, and Erin would work part time while also maintaining our home. I didn’t understand that my desire to keep our responsibilities completely separate left Erin feeling isolated and alone.”

In her book Your Spouse Isn’t the Person You Married, marriage and family therapist Teri Reisser summarizes the tension: “Who will be responsible for dealing with dishes and dirty clothes? Perhaps the groom’s mom took care of these chores at home, but the bride doesn’t want to assume the role of solo housekeeper. Who will take care of things that break or malfunction around the new living quarters? Perhaps the bride’s father was Mr. Fix-it, and the groom doesn’t know one end of the hammer from the other.”

Geremy Keeton, Focus on the Family’s director of counseling, notes that if one of the newlyweds is deeply enmeshed with his or her family of origin, the other spouse can quickly begin to feel lonely. “It’s common to have longing or loneliness for one’s extended family that disrupts the marital relationship,” he says. Maintaining ties to one’s extended family is reasonable, but some spouses may need to establish better boundaries with their family of origin in order to prioritize their marriage.

Family-of-origin pressure points can indicate that the couple needs to openly address the issues before they fester for years, leaving one or both spouses feeling resentful, misunderstood and lonely.

Season 2: The arrival of children

Terrence and Julie were reeling after the birth of their first child. Although they loved the new baby with all their hearts, they both felt exhausted and shellshocked from late-night feedings, nursing complications and the complete disruption of their routine. Julie felt isolated and lonely as a stay-at-home mom, and Terrence felt neglected.

From the moment the first baby arrives to upend a couple’s sleep schedule, sex life and division of labor, child-rearing will consume virtually 100 percent of your marriage — if you let it.

Dr. Robert Paul, one of the architects of Focus on the Family’s Hope Restored marriage intensive program, says that it is common for couples to become so child-centered during these years that they can seriously damage their husband-wife relationship. “Especially when both parents work,” Dr. Paul says, “they become incredibly focused on the children when the family is together in order to compensate for the guilt of working outside the home.”

Without giving attention to the marriage, the emotional distance between these couples will only grow as the child-rearing years progress. The feelings may go unnoticed by one or both spouses until the day one of them is so lonely that the realization of just how much the marriage has suffered hits home.

Season 3: The empty nest

Isaac and Jennifer were in their late 40s when the last of their three girls moved out of the house. Up to that point, their home had always been full of chatter, especially around mealtimes. When their daughters moved out, Jennifer realized she and Isaac hadn’t talked at the dinner table in years. “Suddenly the only noise in the house was from ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ ” she says.

Isaac had trouble relating to Jennifer’s predicament. He was still active in his career and had established an identity outside of being a father.

The empty-nest stage is often the point at which all of the emotional distance created between couples during the child-rearing years finally becomes apparent. Husbands and wives suddenly scramble to find common interests after years of devoting all their time and attention to the kids.

According to Keeton, if couples reach this stage of life without having established patterns and habits that enable them to connect, they can both end up feeling profoundly detached.

Strategies to combat loneliness

Although the reasons for loneliness may be different in each stage of marriage, the tools and techniques that couples can use to combat it are applicable to any stage. Three strategies in particular can help couples reconnect during any marriage season.

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Be vulnerable

Dr. Paul says that couples who feel disconnected and alone need to find time to talk openly about
their unmet expectations, but without casting blame on each other. By sharing, they can work
together to determine which expectations are realistic and which ones are not. Dr. Paul notes that
confessing to your spouse that you feel alone in the relationship can have a positive effect.

“By saying you’re grieving or hurting or lonely,” he says, “you’re actually telling your spouse how much you love him or her. You’re saying, ‘I don’t just want to be with anybody — I want to be with you.’ ”

Establish boundaries

Couples can also combat loneliness by putting proper boundaries in place to safeguard their relationship. For newlyweds, this might mean occasionally saying no to a night out with friends or a visit to the in-laws in order to share some quality couple time.

For those in the child-rearing years, this could involve telling the kids they are limited to just
one extracurricular activity per semester. This frees up precious time for Mom and Dad to spend
together. For empty nesters, a solution might be saving up for a modest vacation that will provide a common goal and help the couple get to know each other again after the kids have left home.

Marriage and family counselor Tim Sanford calls this process “choosing your noes carefully.” He says, “Even if you’re saying yes to a lot of good — such as activities for the kids or a voluntary out-of-town sales trip for work — you’re saying no to the opportunity to connect with your spouse.”

Schedule times for intentional connection

“Couples must realize that a relationship that is not attended to will die slowly,” Keeton says.
“Intentional connection is an ongoing process.”

Dr. Smalley recommends asking deeper questions during date nights or other scheduled couple times such as “What has been the most positive spiritual experience that we’ve shared as a couple?” or “What three things have you done in our marriage that you’re most proud of?”

Conversation starters move couples from talking about work, household issues or the kids to topics that reach the heart.

In his counseling practice, Keeton uses the phrase “face time” to describe a key communication principle. “Couples need to establish a daily and weekly rhythm to get face time with each other,”
he says. “It’s a mix of business time and fun time. Sometimes couples need to connect and talk about the budget or the weekly calendar, and other times they just need to watch their favorite TV show together and make jokes during the commercials.”

Troy and Sarah visited a marriage counselor, who helped them work through their expectations for the relationship — both realistic and unrealistic. “I had this expectation that my new, darling husband would replace family, friends and co-workers,” Sarah remembers.

The counselor helped both of them adjust their expectations, encouraging Sarah to remember that Troy could not single-handedly fill the void left in her life when they moved away from home. She also gave Troy advice on how to empathize and connect with Sarah, even with the demands of military life.
Sarah says, “Together we changed our expectations, compromised and learned how to move forward.”

Terrence and Julie attended a marriage seminar for pointers on how to combat the loneliness and isolation they were experiencing. One of the speakers encouraged them to make their morning goodbye
a time of connection. He challenged them to say a quick prayer for each other — just 10 seconds — every morning before Terrence left for work. After praying, they would kiss on the lips for at least five seconds — no quick kisses blown across the room! Within a few weeks, they emailed the speaker and said that those brief prayers each morning helped them feel more connected.

Isaac and Jennifer had to be intentional about learning to talk again. He learned to empathize with Jennifer, who was grieving the changing of seasons in their home. “His voice had grown quiet in a house full of females,” Jennifer says, “and he learned to re-engage and come alongside me in my grief, rather than try to fix the situation.”

In the evenings, he would join her in the kitchen to help prepare dinner — something their girls used to do with her. They turned off “Wheel of Fortune” and engaged with each other. “We had to learn to talk about things other than kids and chaos,” Jennifer says.

Loneliness in marriage is a fact of life. No matter what stage you’re at, there are likely times
ahead when one or both of you will feel alone, even as you’re sleeping in the same bed. The good news is that you don’t have to settle for that kind of existence. Through being vulnerable, setting proper boundaries and committing to a robust level of intentionality, you can turn those times of loneliness into moments of connection and growth.

*With the exception of Greg and Erin Smalley, the names of all couples have been changed to protect their privacy

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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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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.

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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.

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,

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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 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

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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!

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