Your Marriage Can Survive Infant Loss

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Left to Right: Lindsey Dennis, daughter Briella, husband Kevin, and son Jaden (photo courtesy of Lindsey Dennis)
When my husband and I learned that our unborn baby would not survive outside the womb, we were devastated. Kevin and I held on to each other for dear life. We wept as one, we prayed as one and we clung to God’s Word as one.

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When my husband and I arrived for our 20-week ultrasound, our only fear was that the sonographer might mistakenly reveal the gender of our firstborn child. We wanted to be surprised.

Instead we received a different surprise, one that filled our hearts with pain, confusion and heartache. We learned that our baby had a fatal disease. Our child would continue to grow in my womb, but could not survive outside it.

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Lindsey Dennis' story was featured on the Focus on the Family Broadcast

Just eight months into our marriage, we had no foundation for how to navigate the tragic news about our daughter. (We found out that we were having a girl.) But what we did know in those early days and months of pregnancy was that God would sustain and equip us for the journey. In fact, it’s a promise.

Throughout God’s Word, He promises His people that He will be with them (Isaiah 41:10). He addresses those words to His people in the very heart of the storm. And we were indeed in the heart of our own storm.

Yet the feelings of connection and oneness that Kevin and I experienced in those initial weeks of shock eventually took a disorienting turn. While tears, depression and sadness continued to be the overriding theme of my heart, Kevin began to take charge, protect and do.

I truly appreciated and needed him to engage in these new ways, but I was confused. Was he not sad anymore? How was he able to put one foot in front of the other and I still couldn’t find my balance? We began to discover what many couples who have navigated grief together have learned: that each person grieves differently. And we could still be one, even if our individual expressions of grief look different.

Freedom to grieve differently

I wanted that shared feeling of oneness in our tears to remain the same. Somehow I thought that sameness meant oneness – that the only way to grieve was how I was grieving. But I learned that wasn’t the case at all. In fact, as I saw how Kevin experienced grief and He did the same, we were able to encourage the other in far richer ways.

Kevin helped me find my feet and do things that brought hope and healing to my heart. And I helped Kevin with the emotions that were stirring in him and become more connected to his child still growing inside of me. Together, we named our daughter Sophie. Indeed, we were a team on this journey, even as we began to realize that neither one of us could fully bear the weight of what the other was experiencing.

Our marriage could not survive as an island

We quickly told friends and family about our daughters’ condition. When others asked how they could help, we simply said, “We want to celebrate her life for as long as she is with us.”

That simple request turned into celebrations – both extravagant and simple – of Sophie’s life each week as our friends and loved ones rallied around us. Not only did our community help strengthen us to walk this journey; they also gave us experiences that we simply did not have the energy or forethought to come up with on our own. From tea parties to meeting Disney princesses to being serenaded by a “boy band,” our community enabled us to create lasting memories etched with joy and laughter amid our tears.

We invited our closest family and friends to our wedding because we needed our community to be a part of the sustaining of our marriage covenant. We knew we didn’t want to do marriage alone, and we realized that even more as we endured the loss of a child.

Anguish revisited

Grief is still lonely, and it isn’t easy to invite others into the raw and broken places of your heart. This became increasingly difficult for us when, just nine months after saying goodbye to Sophie, we learned that our second child (another girl) carried a similar medical condition and would also not survive once born.

Medically speaking, the doctors had told us that there was no reason to believe that this condition would appear again, thus our shock in the medical office that day was palpable. Our anguish felt deeper than what we had already experienced, and our hopes for how our family would form were crushed.

We knew that we would once more carry our daughter to term and cherish every moment together God gave us, but I wondered how our marriage – and I – could survive a second loss. Friends, family and even strangers once again rallied around us, supporting us in new and meaningful ways. People sent encouraging notes and gifts, friends helped us build family memories and our closest friends simply sat and cried with us. We felt depleted, still grieving the loss of our first daughter while already anticipating the loss of our second.

It’s God who sustains our marriage

The Lord was our refuge and our place of comfort as we walked through the loss of Sophie, but the news that we would also lose our second child shattered our understanding of how we thought God worked and who He was. Whereas God’s Word had felt “living and active” during my first pregnancy, it began to feel empty and void of power as I wrestled with new questions and fears.

As much as we appreciated the prayers and support of friends and family, Kevin and I recognized we were now on a journey that we could not navigate without professional help. Good counselors gave us the tools we needed to cope with our new reality of loss upon loss. And we learned how to cling to God even when we didn’t feel like it.

As we opened our hands to receive His grace, God was faithful to guide us each step along the road of grief. In learning to grieve together, we have also learned to trust God and surrender our hopes and dreams for our family to Him.

Four precious gifts

Nearly 14 months after we lost our second daughter, Dasah, we joyfully welcomed our son, Jaden, into our family through adoption. Two years later, we decided to ask God whether He would have us trust Him for another pregnancy.

After countless blood tests and research, we had no medical reason to believe the unthinkable could happen again. But I was still filled with fear and anxiety, wondering if I could endure yet another loss. Kevin was willing and ready to step into that uncertainty much sooner than I was, but he also understood what the prospect of another pregnancy meant to me, so he patiently waited as I processed my fears with God, him and others.

I didn’t know if or when I would be ready to open that door again, but God reminded me of His sustaining power and the reality that I had no regrets in carrying our first two daughters to term. I was reminded that, though those days were filled with so much sadness and loss, they were also filled with joy and hope.

It was a privilege to know and love my first two daughters for even the brief time they were outside the womb. It was an honor to be Sophie and Dasah’s mother. And I knew that, should God ask us to walk the road of loss again, I would not regret carrying another child to term. Instead, I wondered if I would regret not trying again for fear of what might unfold.

So Kevin and I began to trust the Lord for our fourth child. And as I write this, my now-13-month old baby girl is taking a nap while her big brother, Jaden resists his. Her name is Briella Dawn, who arrived in my arms on July 2, 2018.

Our story is not the one I would have ever imagined. It’s certainly not the story I thought would unfold when I said my vows to my husband more than seven years ago. But it is the story God has given us – one that included deep loss, great joy, intense conflict and even deeper intimacy with each other and with God. And it is a story that has included, so far, the gracious gift to be the parents of four beautiful children.

It has certainly not been an easy road. Grief still rears its head in my heart and in our marriage, and we continue to deal with the effects of losing two children. But I am thankful for how God has taught us to cling to Him, to invite others into our lives, and that it is OK to process grief differently. Infant loss does not have to destroy a marriage. Enduring tragedy as a couple can be the very place where we learn to trust Christ to sustain us in what feels like impossible circumstances.  

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In Buried Dreams: From Devastating Loss to Unimaginable Hope, Lindsey Dennis writes that we can never plan for the unexpected turns of this life, but we can reach for the One who is there for us in the loss.

We were devastated. In those initial days of shock and sadness, Kevin and I held on to each other for dear life. We wept as one, we prayed as one and we clung to God’s Word as one. I had never felt closer to him and I had never felt more known by him. And we were still just newlyweds.

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Lindsey Dennis' story was featured on the Focus on the Family Broadcast

Just eight months into our marriage, we had no foundation for how to navigate the tragic news about our daughter. (We found out that we were having a girl.) But what we did know in those early days and months of pregnancy was that God would sustain and equip us for the journey. In fact, it’s a promise.

Throughout God’s Word, He promises His people that He will be with them (Isaiah 41:10). He addresses those words to His people in the very heart of the storm. And we were indeed in the heart of our own storm.

Yet the feelings of connection and oneness that Kevin and I experienced in those initial weeks of shock eventually took a disorienting turn. While tears, depression and sadness continued to be the overriding theme of my heart, Kevin began to take charge, protect and do.

I truly appreciated and needed him to engage in these new ways, but I was confused. Was he not sad anymore? How was he able to put one foot in front of the other and I still couldn’t find my balance? We began to discover what many couples who have navigated grief together have learned: that each person grieves differently. And we could still be one, even if our individual expressions of grief look different.

Freedom to grieve differently

I wanted that shared feeling of oneness in our tears to remain the same. Somehow I thought that sameness meant oneness – that the only way to grieve was how I was grieving. But I learned that wasn’t the case at all. In fact, as I saw how Kevin experienced grief and He did the same, we were able to encourage the other in far richer ways.

Kevin helped me find my feet and do things that brought hope and healing to my heart. And I helped Kevin with the emotions that were stirring in him and become more connected to his child still growing inside of me. Together, we named our daughter Sophie. Indeed, we were a team on this journey, even as we began to realize that neither one of us could fully bear the weight of what the other was experiencing.

Our marriage could not survive as an island

We quickly told friends and family about our daughters’ condition. When others asked how they could help, we simply said, “We want to celebrate her life for as long as she is with us.”

That simple request turned into celebrations – both extravagant and simple – of Sophie’s life each week as our friends and loved ones rallied around us. Not only did our community help strengthen us to walk this journey; they also gave us experiences that we simply did not have the energy or forethought to come up with on our own. From tea parties to meeting Disney princesses to being serenaded by a “boy band,” our community enabled us to create lasting memories etched with joy and laughter amid our tears.

We invited our closest family and friends to our wedding because we needed our community to be a part of the sustaining of our marriage covenant. We knew we didn’t want to do marriage alone, and we realized that even more as we endured the loss of a child.

Anguish revisited

Grief is still lonely, and it isn’t easy to invite others into the raw and broken places of your heart. This became increasingly difficult for us when, just nine months after saying goodbye to Sophie, we learned that our second child (another girl) carried a similar medical condition and would also not survive once born.

Medically speaking, the doctors had told us that there was no reason to believe that this condition would appear again, thus our shock in the medical office that day was palpable. Our anguish felt deeper than what we had already experienced, and our hopes for how our family would form were crushed.

We knew that we would once more carry our daughter to term and cherish every moment together God gave us, but I wondered how our marriage – and I – could survive a second loss. Friends, family and even strangers once again rallied around us, supporting us in new and meaningful ways. People sent encouraging notes and gifts, friends helped us build family memories and our closest friends simply sat and cried with us. We felt depleted, still grieving the loss of our first daughter while already anticipating the loss of our second.

It’s God who sustains our marriage

The Lord was our refuge and our place of comfort as we walked through the loss of Sophie, but the news that we would also lose our second child shattered our understanding of how we thought God worked and who He was. Whereas God’s Word had felt “living and active” during my first pregnancy, it began to feel empty and void of power as I wrestled with new questions and fears.

As much as we appreciated the prayers and support of friends and family, Kevin and I recognized we were now on a journey that we could not navigate without professional help. Good counselors gave us the tools we needed to cope with our new reality of loss upon loss. And we learned how to cling to God even when we didn’t feel like it.

As we opened our hands to receive His grace, God was faithful to guide us each step along the road of grief. In learning to grieve together, we have also learned to trust God and surrender our hopes and dreams for our family to Him.

Four precious gifts

Nearly 14 months after we lost our second daughter, Dasah, we joyfully welcomed our son, Jaden, into our family through adoption. Two years later, we decided to ask God whether He would have us trust Him for another pregnancy.

After countless blood tests and research, we had no medical reason to believe the unthinkable could happen again. But I was still filled with fear and anxiety, wondering if I could endure yet another loss. Kevin was willing and ready to step into that uncertainty much sooner than I was, but he also understood what the prospect of another pregnancy meant to me, so he patiently waited as I processed my fears with God, him and others.

I didn’t know if or when I would be ready to open that door again, but God reminded me of His sustaining power and the reality that I had no regrets in carrying our first two daughters to term. I was reminded that, though those days were filled with so much sadness and loss, they were also filled with joy and hope.

It was a privilege to know and love my first two daughters for even the brief time they were outside the womb. It was an honor to be Sophie and Dasah’s mother. And I knew that, should God ask us to walk the road of loss again, I would not regret carrying another child to term. Instead, I wondered if I would regret not trying again for fear of what might unfold.

So Kevin and I began to trust the Lord for our fourth child. And as I write this, my now-13-month old baby girl is taking a nap while her big brother, Jaden resists his. Her name is Briella Dawn, who arrived in my arms on July 2, 2018.

Our story is not the one I would have ever imagined. It’s certainly not the story I thought would unfold when I said my vows to my husband more than seven years ago. But it is the story God has given us – one that included deep loss, great joy, intense conflict and even deeper intimacy with each other and with God. And it is a story that has included, so far, the gracious gift to be the parents of four beautiful children.

It has certainly not been an easy road. Grief still rears its head in my heart and in our marriage, and we continue to deal with the effects of losing two children. But I am thankful for how God has taught us to cling to Him, to invite others into our lives, and that it is OK to process grief differently. Infant loss does not have to destroy a marriage. Enduring tragedy as a couple can be the very place where we learn to trust Christ to sustain us in what feels like impossible circumstances.  

Buried Dreams

In Buried Dreams: From Devastating Loss to Unimaginable Hope, Lindsey Dennis writes that we can never plan for the unexpected turns of this life, but we can reach for the One who is there for us in the loss.

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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.

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For those of faith whose passion has waned over time, Kim Meeder will reinspire you in your relationship with Jesus Christ as she tells powerful, true stories about God that will spark renewed joy in your heart and encourage you to share the Gospel with others.

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Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder and her husband, Troy, are the co-founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon, that rescues abused horses and pairs them with hurting kids for mutual healing. Kim is a popular motivational speaker and the author of a half dozen books including Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope, which feature inspirational stories from her ranch.

Revival Rising

With enthusiasm that will set ablaze your passion to reach the hurting, Kim Meeder encourages you to let the holy fire of God’s presence fill your heart, soul, mind and strength. As your fear and pride melt away, those around you who are losing their battle for hope will be transformed by encountering His redeeming love in you. This–this is revival rising.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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 2

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

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

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

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 2

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

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.

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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

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

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

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

Mr. Greg Koukl

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

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

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

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.

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.

Author Wendy Speake smiling as she holds up her book "The 40-Day Social Media Fast"

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 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.

Bundle of Why Your Kids Misbehave

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!

Headshot of Guy and Amber Lia

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

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

Cover image of the book "Marriage Triggers" by Guy and Amber Lia

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

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

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 1

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

As a pediatrician, Dr. Meg Meeker has seen thousands of girls come through her office through the years. They struggle with eating issues, sexual identity, social media…and many other challenges in this toxic culture. Dr. Meeker will encourage parents to invest love and time in their daughters and develop their character to give them the best opportunity for a bright future, all rooted in a spiritual foundation. The discussion also includes healthy feminism vs. toxic feminism

Mrs. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker is a pediatrician who is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on parenting, teens and children’s health. With appearances on numerous nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, her popularity as a an expert on key issues confronting families has created a strong following across America. Her work with countless families over the years served as the inspiration behind her best-selling books which include Strong Fathers, Strong DaughtersStrong Mothers, Strong Sons and The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers

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

Meg Meeker has been a pediatrician for more than thirty years, is a mother and a grandmother, and has seen it all. She knows what makes for strong, happy, healthy young women–and what puts our daughters at risk. Combining that experience with her famous common sense, she explains the eleven steps that will help your daughter–whether she’s a toddler or a troubled teen–to achieve her full human potential.

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

In this episode, we will tackle tough questions like, “When does life begin?” and “What does the Bible
say about Life?” You’ll discover and understand the stages of pre-born life and that babies are more than
just a clump of cells!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!