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It's never been easy to be a mom, but social media is pressuring them in unique ways. Women are inundated with radically different ideas about what it means to be a mom. The image of perfection is everywhere.But that's all it is: a picture.There's no picture-perfect mom, and that's a good thing. There's no such thing as the picture-perfect dad, either. We're all falling short. God's grace is what brings us through, not our perfection.The post The 10 Myths of Motherhood appeared first on Jim Daly.
“We were doing all the right things. We knew each other's love languages. We went on date nights. We spent time away, just the two of us. We thought we were doing all the right things and yet, infidelity became a part of our story. That's when we realized it wasn't a lack of big things that were robbing us of intimacy. It was all the deeper emotions under the surface that went undiscussed that pulled our hearts away from each other one centimeter at a time.”That's how Mark and Jill Savage describe their marriage's slow descent into a dark abyss of infidelity and near-divorce.The post What to Do When You Feel There's No Future for Your Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
No one has children because it's easy.Quite the contrary, really. Raising children – especially nowadays – is hard work. That's probably why parents want to know if they're doing an acceptable job.And if we're being honest, we would admit we want to be doing more than just “OK.” Most of us want to measure up to some sort of perceived ideal. We want to be the perfect parent and have the perfect family.So we read books by all the “right” experts, and we try to follow a formula, and yes … we might even listen to the Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast.The post Read a Free Excerpt from My New Book “When Parenting Isn't Perfect” appeared first on Jim Daly.
You remember Clark Kent. He was a mild-mannered man … until he pulled open his shirt and revealed the superhero outfit underneath that announced his true identity. He was Superman, faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.Dads don't wear a superhero's outfit under their clothes, but don't let that fool you. They have true heroic power. Their mere presence can have a dramatic influence in the lives of their children.The post The Superhero Lurking Beneath Every Mild-Mannered Dad appeared first on Jim Daly.
The Eighth Commandment seems clear enough:“You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14).It should go without saying, but in the world’s terms, adultery is when voluntary intercourse occurs between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse.Straightforward enough, right? Well, the team here at Focus regularly fields questions such as:“My spouse sent a romantic text message to another person, is that cheating?”“Does an emotional affair really count as adultery?”Beyond mere curiosity, these are actual real-life situations.The post What Behavior Counts as Cheating on Your Spouse? appeared first on Jim Daly.
Last week I blogged about “13 Reasons Why,” the controversial television series from Netflix that, while rated TV-MA, targets the teen demographic.As you may know, “13 Reasons Why” tells the story of a teen girl who commits suicide and blames others for what happened.I explained that our parenting team and counselors here at Focus on the Family agreed with the experts who are concerned the show glamorizes suicide and might influence copycat behavior – and that our recommendation to parents is to not allow their kids to watch this series.The post Download Your Free ‘Parents Guide to 13 Reasons Why’ appeared first on Jim Daly.
“What were you thinking?”If you're a parent of teenagers, you've probably asked that question a few times. I know I have. On more than one occasion, Jean and I have looked at each other and asked the same question about one of our boys: “What is going on in that brain of his?”Well, according to Dr. Jeramy and Jerusha Clark, our guests on today's and tomorrow's broadcasts, there's an avalanche of change going on.The post The Inside Scoop on What's Going on in Your Teen's Brain appeared first on Jim Daly.
Most people enter marriage with high expectations. They dream of long walks through the neighborhood every night and long walks along the beach in the summer. Every day will be romantic and exciting.But somewhere between “I do” and “happily ever after” daily life settles into a predictable routine. And by “predictable” I mean “mundane” – dare I even say “boring.” Before long, discontentment kicks in, and we're living in what I call the “when's” and “if only's” of life.The post Rekindle Your Love for ‘Ordinary Life’ appeared first on Jim Daly.
What are you afraid of?A lot of us were scared of the dark when we were little. There's something about the lights going out that transforms ordinary shadows into dreadful monsters.Years later, we still have our monsters, don't we? Relational problems. Health crises. Significant life changes that are beyond our control. They're more sophisticated than the creepy things we feared hid under our bed as children, but they haunt us just the same.Back when you were a kid, you probably hid from your fears by pulling the blankets a little tighter.The post What Are You Afraid Of? appeared first on Jim Daly.
I've previously mentioned on the blog how Focus on the Family has partnered with Goya Foods to help children living in at-risk communities.Today I want to share with you another reason why I'm proud of Goya and the principled leadership emanating from the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States.The story involves New York City's Puerto Rican Day Parade, which is scheduled this year for Sunday June 11th. This annual event celebrates the rich culture of the small Caribbean island and U.S.The post Goya Foods Declines to Honor Convicted Terrorist, Shows Principled Leadership appeared first on Jim Daly.
Back in February 2015 the world was rocked by the news that ISIS had brutally beheaded 21 Christian men on the shores of a beach in Libya.As you may know, Focus on the Family serves the Middle East region out of its Cairo, Egypt office – so when we learned about this unspeakable act of hatred and violence, we felt led to help.Focus Egypt went to work immediately ministering to the families of the murdered men in the immediate aftermath of the event and, later that year, building houses for the remaining family members.The post Two Years Ago, Focus Committed to Help the Families of Martyred Christians in Egypt. Here's an Update. appeared first on Jim Daly.
We have received encouraging news from Washington, D.C. The so-called “HHS mandate” – the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule requiring all employers to furnish possible abortion-causing drugs in company health plans – is undergoing a major religious freedom makeover.The old rule – created by President Obama's HHS as part of Obamacare – forced organizations like Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their conscience and provide the objectionable drugs, or be subject to millions of dollars in crippling fines.The post HHS Mandate Undergoing a Major Religious Freedom Makeover appeared first on Jim Daly.
“For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother, be united to his wife and the two shall become one flesh.”That verse is Genesis 2:24. It's usually referred to in the context of marriage. But Pastor Ted Cunningham pointed out to me that it actually begins as an observation about parenting.It declares that a man will leave his father and mother. The verse assumes that our children will leave home as an adult, not as a child who must then set out on a journey to become a grownup on their own.The post How to Help Your Kids Leave and Cleave Well appeared first on Jim Daly.
Disrespect is a common problem between kids and their parents today.It's hard to deal with someone who refuses to consider other people's opinions, who interrupts when someone else is talking, or who never apologizes for their own mistakes.Sounds like I'm talking about teenagers, doesn't it? Well, I'm actually referring to the way some parents behave.Spewing anger or yelling careless words to control a child will get compliance – at least for that moment.The post Which Comes First: A Disrespectful Teen… or a Disrespectful Parent? appeared first on Jim Daly.
It's quite a challenge to raise your children in front of a national audience. It's even more of an accomplishment when parents everywhere admire you for how respectful and in love with God your children are.That's one of the most frequent responses Korie Robertson has gotten in the years since her family's television show, A&E's “Duck Dynasty,” first aired. She and her husband, Willie, have six children, three of whom they've adopted.If you've seen the show, you've probably noticed that the couple's children always answer adults with a “Yes, ma'am” or a “No, sir.” Fans often ask her how she teaches her kids to be respectful and to have a deep faith in Christ.The post Korie Robertson on Raising Strong, Kind Children appeared first on Jim Daly.
I know you'll want to join us for our broadcast tomorrow for a special conversation I had with former President George W. Bush. We'll discuss his appreciation for our military and his efforts to support wounded warriors.The former president holds our men and women in uniform in such high regard that he vowed to help veterans for the rest of his life after he left office in 2009. He does that through the George W.The post Former President George W. Bush and His Support of America’s Veterans appeared first on Jim Daly.
Science continues to confirm and reconfirm the humanity of the preborn child.Case in point:It was reported the other day that babies in the womb can see – and that they respond to face-like patterns.According to the USA Today:“We have shown the fetus can distinguish between different shapes, preferring to track face-like over non-face-like shapes,” said psychologist Vincent Reid of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, a co-author of the study. “This preference has been recognized in babies for many decades, but until now exploring fetal vision has not been attempted … It turned out that they responded in a way that was very similar to infants.”Of course, that's because the preborn child is a developing infant.The post New Discovery Affirms the Pro-Life Teachings of the Bible appeared first on Jim Daly.
For Ernie Johnson, Sr. – legendary baseball player and sports broadcaster – life's most special moments were symbolized by a blackberry bush at one of his 8-year-old son's Little League games.The game was momentarily postponed when two of the outfielders got sidetracked. While looking for a ball that had gone over the fence, they discovered a blackberry bush and immediately forgot all about the ball, their teammates, and the game that was in progress.Ernie loved baseball.The post How Ernie Johnson, Jr. Found God in a Blackberry Bush — and in a Romanian Orphanage appeared first on Jim Daly.
Would you give up a potential $2 million payday to see your daughter graduate from high school?Professional golfer Phil Mickelson is doing just that.Because the opening round of the U.S. Open falls on the same day as his oldest daughter's high school graduation, Phil has announced plans to withdraw from this year's event.It's not the first time Mickelson has chosen family over work.Back in 1999, Mickelson was competing at the U.S. Open in North Carolina just as his wife, Amy, stayed in their home back in Arizona.The post One Dad's $2 Million Sacrifice for His Daughter appeared first on Jim Daly.
Some people over fifty see the aging process as the glass being half empty.Some see it as half full.Then there's the comedian I once heard who saw the glass as twice as big as it needed to be.Stuart and Jill Briscoe use the glass analogy as a way to describe what they call their “realistic view of aging.” The top half is completely empty, and the bottom half is completely full.Aging is an undeniable fact of life.The post How to Have a Realistic – Yet Hopeful – Outlook on Aging appeared first on Jim Daly.
As soon as we announced that Vice President Mike Pence was planning to speak at our 40th anniversary chapel this coming Friday, reporters began asking why.Focus on the Family has had a friendly relationship with Vice President Pence, who is an outspoken Christian, for years. His commitment to families and the preborn has been evident since his early days as an Indiana state representative, during his tenure as governor of the Hoosier State – and it's remained steadfast in the White House.The post Vice President Mike Pence to Speak at Focus' 40th Anniversary Chapel Friday appeared first on Jim Daly.
Elementary school kids give their dads a sweet surprise in a Father's Day commercial by Kleenex, “My Dad My Hero.”Police officers, a fire fighter, a banker, a rocket scientist – all of the fathers come in prepared to tell the young students about their jobs.However, during their presentations, the kids' teacher steps in and says, “We actually brought you in for another reason.”And that other reason is sure to bring a smile to your face:What a great reminder that being a dad is, in the words of one of the boys, the “best job ever.”So to all of you dads out there – I hope you have a happy Father's Day this Sunday.The post Father's Day Ad Gives Heartfelt Twist on Career Day (video) appeared first on Jim Daly.
Wives, when you were dating, it was probably easy to see the best in your husband. But at some point after you said, “I do,” did you discover yourself taking him for granted?It happens. But you can make choices that will get your relationship moving in the right direction more quickly.I think you'll be inspired and encouraged toward a stronger marriage with our radio program today, “How to Have a Happier Husband,” featuring a conversation with popular guest Kathi Lipp.The post Kathi Lipp’s Guide to a Happy Husband appeared first on Jim Daly.
“She felt like she had given me the most precious, delicate part of who she was, and I had thrown it in the trash.”That's Jonathan Daugherty speaking there, and the she he's referring to is his wife. He'd just confessed to her that he was addicted to pornography and had had multiple affairs. The revelation left her devastated and curled up in a fetal position. The shame of his behavior left Jonathan suicidal.Fallout like that is not unique.The post The Only Way to Break the Power of Sexual Sin appeared first on Jim Daly.
I wake up every day with a desire to serve the Lord. I want other people to see Christ in me when I'm confronted with challenges. I want them to say, “Wow! I would've reacted entirely differently in that situation. What do you have that I don't?”But then someone cuts me off in traffic.…Or my boys don't behave the way I've told them to a dozen times.…Or I'm exhausted after a long flight and an unexpected delay complicates my plans.The post Ray Vander Laan Explains Authentic Christianity appeared first on Jim Daly.

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