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Trauma in Relationships: Military Couple Thankful to God

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Carrin and Jeremy Eyman
A Naval Corpsman's injury in Afghanistan changed his career and his marriage. But God used the trauma for good.

When the plane landed in Bagram, Afghanistan, Jeremy Eyman was ready to roll. The 33-year-old Navy Corpsman specializing in trauma surgery was highly skilled, highly regarded and rising fast through the ranks. Nationally, he’d been chosen fourth for the Sailor of the Year honor. His ambitions were high, and on that day in 2010, he was prepared to do his job.

But a roadside bomb changed everything — for him and his wife, Carrin.

“Honestly, our marriage is better than if we hadn’t gone through these things,” Carrin says. “Because it really forced us to become one. We knew we had to talk about everything, even if we didn’t want to talk about it.”

Carrin can say this, even though Jeremy had kept his trip to Afghanistan a secret for almost a year. Day after day, month after month, her husband’s angry and atypical behavior baffled her. Eventually, Jeremy was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and PTSD

“Everything we’ve gone through, God has used as success for others, as well as for us,” Jeremy says. “Was it easy? No. But God has been working this whole time.”

What’s their advice for other couples dealing with trauma in their relationship?  “You have to talk,” Jeremy says. “It’s so easy to say that — it’s easier said than done. But there’s no other way.” In 2010, Jeremy wasn’t talking to anyone about what he’d been through. And it almost cost him his life.

The secret deployment

The Colorado couple were happily married for 10 years and the parents of two when Jeremy flew to Germany on assignment. “I knew in the back of my brain that I could get orders to go downrange, but I hid that from Carrin,” he says. He was in Germany only two weeks when his specialized skills were needed in Afghanistan. 

After two days in Afghanistan, Jeremy joined a convoy to bring patients back to Germany. “They were blaring music to pump you up,” he recalls. “And then you go out there.” When a roadside bomb exploded en route, Jeremy’s vehicle took the indirect blast. “I don’t know how to talk about this,” he says. “It was very gruesome. I didn’t have my Kevlar [helmet] on, so I hit my head pretty hard in the vehicle. Your training kicks in, and I ran up to the scene. I’d never seen anything like that. I could not save my fellow Marine.” 

Jeremy knew the man hit directly by the bomb was a father, about two years older than he was. Grief and sadness filled him. “I’m trained to bring men and women back, to put all else out of my mind and do what I have to do. But I personified it and that affected my combat awareness … I felt like I failed.”

No more Navy

Back in Germany, Jeremy took a run to de-stress and ended up passing out. He wound up in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, where he kept losing consciousness, which resulted in falls and concussions. 

“Here I was in the ICU, filled with patients near death, missing limbs, fresh from downrange, and I’m walking around with a nurse escorting me everywhere. That was embarrassing,” he says. “I couldn’t do my job because I was passing out. I got called into my chief’s office, and he told me that my job as a corpsman was over.” Within 72 hours, Jeremy’s successful Navy career ended. 

Meanwhile, Carrin didn’t even know her husband had been in Afghanistan. In a short phone conversation, Jeremy told her that he’d passed out and was in the ICU. That’s all she knew.

“I was afraid to face the reality at home,” he said. “I felt she was going to leave me.”

After spending 31 days in a San Diego naval hospital where he used to work, Jeremy asked to be released. “That was dumb,” he says. But they couldn’t figure out why he kept losing consciousness, and he wanted to go home.

Trauma and their relationship

Even though he was honorably discharged from the Navy because of his medical condition (which was still undiagnosed), Jeremy was able to work in a Colorado hospital performing cesarean sections.

“I could still do my job effectively at the beginning, but then I had two episodes where I passed out in triage,” he explains. He was relegated to administrative work, and his depression and sense of failure worsened.

I can’t protect my family. I’m weak physically, mentally, he thought. “I had no diagnosis, I was bad at my job and I couldn’t provide for my family,” he says about his emotional state at that time. “Everything was a failure. In my mind, the writing is on the wall — she’s going to leave me. I let those lies come in. And in that state of mind, you’ll believe anything and everything.”

At home, Jeremy was not the same man who’d left for Germany. Carrin still didn’t know about the deployment to Afghanistan, but she knew something was wrong. Why did highway traffic and the kids’ bickering make her husband so upset? Why had he thrown that peppermint across the room where it shattered against the wall? He was uncharacteristically angry, sad and hypervigilant. And he kept passing out and falling on furniture.

“I knew he wasn’t telling me everything, but I didn’t know what it had to do with,” she says.

Jeremy says he was hiding his mental and physical suffering from what he’d witnessed in Afghanistan. “I fell into dark thoughts of depression and felt like a burden and a failure to my wife, my kids, my church family and everyone else. No one knew the spiritual battle I was losing.”

His lowest point came one night during his shift at the hospital, when he’d often climb the stairs to the roof during breaks. “I’d made the decision that I could walk those stairs, gain access to the roof and commit the unthinkable from the top of the building. I was numb, and I was believing the lies that I was a burden to Carrin.”

God’s help on a dark day

Jeremy is the extrovert in their marriage, with a history of calling his wife often. Carrin is the opposite; she calls Jeremy if there’s an emergency. But that night was different.

“I had this whole overwhelming feeling,” she explains. “I know it was from God.” She felt in her heart that she needed to call her husband, and the prompting didn’t go away. As Jeremy reached the top of the stairs on that rainy evening with his plan in mind, his phone rang. “It was Carrin,” he says. “I was shocked. I was confused.”

Carrin told him, “I don’t really have anything to say. I just wanted to say I love you.” After their short conversation, Jeremy sat down and cried. Oh my goodness, what was I just going to do? What just happened here? he thought. “God showed me His love and grace and mercy through Carrin,” he says. “The veil was lifted.”

After he pulled himself together, he finished his shift. “I was still depressed but I wasn’t scared,” he recalls. “I knew I wasn’t going to do something like that.” 

If you deal with trauma

Jeremy is one of the more than 430,000 U.S. service members who was diagnosed with a TBI between 2000 to 2020. And the National Center for PTSD estimates that 11 to 20 percent of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have this disorder. Thinking about suicide is yet another battle vets face. Boston University research shows that more than four times as many troops and veterans of post-9/11 wars have died by suicide than in combat. 

If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, Jeremy has advice. “You’ve got to talk to someone. I know so many veterans who have committed suicide. I’ve known veterans who were close; I’ve been on the phone with them. I understand that you can get so low, that you can get so hopeless. But there are so many stories I could share of veterans who were on the verge, and then this person decided to show up at their door.

“It just takes that one genuine person to show they care. You can save someone’s life — literally. I’ve seen it in other people’s lives. It was because one person gave them a hug that day or listened to them or didn’t judge them.”

Jeremy finally talked to his wife after that night and told her the truth about what had happened in Afghanistan almost a year prior. And he asked for her forgiveness. “He was fearful and afraid to tell me,” Carrin says. “But I remember that my whole body relaxed. It was a relief. And I was sad for him, because if he had told me earlier, I would have been able to help him.”

Healing from trauma 

The Eyman’s marriage entered a new phase, one where Jeremy focused on healing and Carrin added caregiving to her role. It wasn’t easy. For three years, Carrin not only handled homeschooling, household and caregiving duties, she was responsible for a long list of new tasks — things Jeremy couldn’t do at that time.

“I had to drive him to all his appointments, to speech therapy, his job,” she explains. Jeremy says his wife “got the brunt” of his issues. “She was dealing with a grumpy young man, because I would get so upset with my speech therapist and Carrin would have to help me with tests.”

Carrin remembers walking into a Rocky Mountain National Park visitor’s center with Jeremy one day and seeing panic in his eyes. “I have to get out of here,” he said. When she found him outside, they realized that the sound of the center’s wind chimes had triggered a trauma response.

Even though they were highly involved at their church, Jeremy wasn’t comfortable sharing their struggles there. “It was pride,” he says. “I didn’t think anyone would understand.” They discovered that isolation isn’t good and regret not seeking support. 

At one point, the caregiving burden left Carrin feeling depressed. “I could feel my soul was exhausted,” she says. “I remember telling one of the ladies at a retreat, ‘You know that Scripture about your bones being crushed? That’s how I feel.’ …

“It’s Satan who says, ‘I want to get you alone; I want to get you where you don’t have any hope,’ ” Carrin adds. “And I really think there’s so much about the church that says you need fellowship. Because anything that is hidden and in the dark is shameful, but once God puts a light on it, it’s not a shameful thing anymore.”

All things work together for good

After Jeremy got a job at the local Wounded Warrior Project, the couple found themselves feeling less alone. Other vets were a big part of the healing process for Jeremy, and Carrin received support from understanding wives. The Eymans were a source of support to others, too.

“Because of what we’ve gone through, we’ve been able to help others,” Jeremy says. Working with veterans on mental health issues was an open door to share what God had done in his life, he adds. “The seed was planted many, many times with veterans and their families. God has used a lot of this for good.” 

Jeremy also helped a neighbor woman who was struggling with suicidal thoughts. “He was able to talk her down,” Carrin explains. “His compassion came through. I think she understood that he wasn’t judging her — that he was a listening ear, that he was someone who got it.”

At their church, the couple recently became leaders in a marriage ministry and shared their story of dealing with trauma in their relationship. “It’s hard to be vulnerable,” Jeremy admits. “But God has used this situation to help me help others and bring it all back to Him. And [the marriage ministry] is just another step.” 

The last 12 years have shown them that God’s promise in Romans 8:28 is true, Carrin adds. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” 

“Even when it seems hopeless and that the valley will never end, God is working and God is good,” she says.

Find support

If you or someone you know is dealing with trauma and its effect on relationships, call Focus on the Family’s Counseling Department at 1-855-771-HELP (4357) on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Mountain Time). To find licensed Christian counselors in your area, search Focus on the Family’s Christian Counselor Network.

You can also learn more about TBI and PTSD at Military One Source.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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 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.

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!

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