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There's a buzzword in pop culture that's supposed to reveal the secret to a happy marriage.“Chemistry.”Successful relationships, we're told, ultimately boil down to two people sharing common interests.Obviously, the more points of agreement between a husband and wife, the better. But in God's economy, the secret to a thriving marriage isn't in a couple's similarities, but in how they handle their differences.God designed marriage to bring together two unique individuals into a sacred union where they “become one.” That requires a lot of hard work, selflessness, and a commitment to love your spouse through the good and the ugly.The post ‘Chemistry’ Isn’t the Secret to Marriage. Differences Are. appeared first on Jim Daly.
Author Dannah Gresh says one of the most common fears mothers share with her is, “Am I messing up my kids?”Her answer: Yes.That may not seem like a very encouraging response, but if you're struggling as a parent, you need peace. And to get peace, you need truth. And the truth is, every parent – myself included – is in the same boat.We're imperfect people raising imperfect people.But if that's true, how do moms learn to trust God with their parenting and with their children?The post Are You Messing Up Your Kids? appeared first on Jim Daly.
When actor and comedian Patton Oswalt suddenly lost his wife, Michelle, in April 2016, he went public with his grief.“She hasn't left a void. She's left a blast crater,” the heartbroken widower wrote in an open letter, where he also talked about the impact his wife's death has had on their 7-year-old daughter, Alice.And his public, palpable grief may be why some people have reacted with surprise – and even criticism – when news broke of Patton's recent engagement last week.The post After the Death of a Spouse, Is it Ever ‘Too Soon' for Love? appeared first on Jim Daly.
When Kim Meeder was growing up, she adored her parents.She thought her father was a superhero. He didn't wear a cape, fly, or leap tall buildings, but there wasn't much else he couldn't do. Her mother was the most beautiful and loving woman in the world, and Kim wanted to grow up to be just like her.But when she was just nine years old, Kim lost both of her parents in a horrific tragedy that shattered her heart and left her disillusioned with God.The post How Rescued Horses Can Help Hurting Children appeared first on Jim Daly.
By now you've surely heard about Charlie Gard, the 11-month-old British baby boy. This little fellow is at the center of a controversial court struggle over who should make his medical decisions: his doctors, or his parents?Charlie was born healthy to first-time parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates, but was soon diagnosed with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS) – an inherited disease that causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.Charlie shares this condition with only 16 other people in the world.The post Baby Charlie and the Chilling Consequences of Socialized Medicine appeared first on Jim Daly.
Who we are often gets buried underneath a mountain of what we do.There's something much deeper to all of us that we'll struggle to find until we get beneath the surface into the deeper question of “Who am I?” We were created for more than just working every day.Ernie Johnson Jr. had that kind of an identity crisis. You'd never know it from the outside. He was an award-winning sportscaster for national television networks.The post What Does Trust in God Look Like in a Crisis? appeared first on Jim Daly.
You don't have to know Chonda Pierce for long to believe that humor is wired into her DNA.Like the night the film about her life, Laughing in the Dark, premiered in theaters. Chonda asked her son to accompany her. Halfway through the movie, she leaned over and chuckled into her son's ear, “This is the saddest movie I have ever seen.”Humor has carried Chonda through a lot of heartache:Her suicidal father, who stood in the pulpit every Sunday but touched her inappropriately at home.The post Humor, Authenticity, and Grace with Chonda Pierce appeared first on Jim Daly.
A few Focus colleagues and I spent some time in California last week at a conference put on by our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom, the religious liberty legal defense nonprofit organization that, just last month, won the most important religious liberty case at the Supreme Court in recent history.You can imagine my surprise, then, when a couple of days later some news outlets were reporting that ADF is a “hate group.”Here are the headlines of the articles I'm referring to:ABC News: Jeff Sessions addresses ‘anti-LGBT hate group,’ but DOJ won’t release his remarksNBC News: Jeff Sessions Tells ‘Hate Group' DOJ Will Issue Religious Freedom GuidanceThe Supreme Court's 7-2 decision in the Trinity Lutheran case marked ADF's seventh win in seven years at the nation's highest court.The post According to the Media, I Attended a Hate Group Conference Last Week appeared first on Jim Daly.
Mom, God has wired you to love your son. Your soft, nurturing spirit is critical to his development. But as he grows into a young man, love will no longer be his primary emotional need from you.Let my own high school football days open a window into your boy's heart. I've had more than one coach grab me by the facemask and challenge my performance. Sometimes the whole locker room got it at once. “You guys are great athletes,” the coach would shout.The post What Your Son Needs More Than Love appeared first on Jim Daly.
My wife, Jean, does a good job of organizing our household – more than she gives herself credit for, for sure. I'm pretty organized at work, but at home the garage is my main thing.Where Jean and I both struggle is the closets. We're both busy with our everyday responsibilities, so extra items get tossed into the closet to be dealt with later. And when we have free time, who wants to use it cleaning out closets?The post How to (Finally) Get Organized appeared first on Jim Daly.
“I gave him everything I could physically and emotionally just to keep him around. He was a need, a necessity.”Author Danna Gresh says that comment from a college-age young woman is reflective of the curse described in Genesis 3:16: “Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”According to Dannah, the curse is like a “violent craving” for many women. It's not that they want a man, they feel like they need one.The post Wanting a Husband vs. Needing One appeared first on Jim Daly.
Focus on the Family has been celebrating its 40th anniversary with fun nostalgia from 1977 and a visit from the Vice President of the United States and an upcoming November cruise … but our anniversary isn't the only thing we're commemorating in 2017! This year also marks the 30th birthday of our beloved Adventures in Odyssey audio drama – and one way we're celebrating is by releasing a full-color NIrV Adventures in Odyssey Bible for kids. The post A New Bible for “Adventures in Odyssey” Fans appeared first on Jim Daly.
It's been called “the success sequence.”That's the order young people should reach major life milestones if they want to increase their odds of financial stability and success.Here what the success sequence looks like: Get at least a high school education, work full-time, get married, have children – in that order.Sadly, a new analysis of federal data finds that that's not the order many millennials are doing things – and they're paying the price.The post Marriage, then Baby. Why it Matters appeared first on Jim Daly.
Christians, non-believers, and people of other faiths have always had something in common. We have questions about life and about God.I recently had a conversation with Dr. Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, that reaffirmed to me that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has the answers to the questions we're asking right now in 2017.Like questions about identity. Who we are is often wrapped up in what we do, what others think of us, and what we own, all of which are the fruit of what we achieve.The post Tim Keller Answers What Christians, Non-Believers, and Other Religions Have in Common appeared first on Jim Daly.
David Green learned how to give to others long before he founded Hobby Lobby, the well-known chain of retail arts and crafts stores across the United States. His parents never had much money, but they were two of the most generous people David has ever known.David still remembers his dad writing someone a check for $100 even though the most he'd ever made in a week was $138. And his mom once gave a dress out of her own closet to a woman in need.The post How Hobby Lobby Founder David Green went from $600 in Debt to $4.5 Billion in Profit appeared first on Jim Daly.
Over the past few years, I've written again and again about the plight of the persecuted Church around the world. Our brothers and sisters in the faith are facing increasing violence and oppression internationally, especially in the Middle East, where many have been killed at the hands of ISIS. Beyond Christians, the genocide perpetuated by ISIS has also ravaged the Yezidi and Shia Muslim communities.This is why the State Department's position of United States Ambassador-at-Large International Religious Freedom position is so important.The post Good News: The U.S. Will Have a Religious Freedom Ambassador Again appeared first on Jim Daly.
What would you do if your child was diagnosed with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), ADHD, ADD, and ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder)?I like how Sally Clarkson responded. When her son Nathan was little, she wasn't sure what she was dealing with, but she knew there was something about him that was different than other so-called “good” kids.He frequently got into trouble and needed to talk – to argue, to ask questions, to complain. He was constantly moving, wiggling, and fidgeting with anything and anyone around him.The post Helping Your “Different” Child appeared first on Jim Daly.
It was one of those terrible headlines you didn't want to click on:“Teens filmed, mocked man as he drowned, police say”Jamel Dunn, 32, drowned on July 9th off the coast of Cocoa, Florida, while several teenaged boys looked on. Mr. Dunn was disabled, and at no point did the teenagers even try calling for help. Authorities who subsequently interviewed the boys reported that it seemed they didn't have any regret over their behavior.It's hard to fathom how hard the hearts of these boys must be to watch a man die and do nothing to help him.The post What Every Father Must Teach His Son appeared first on Jim Daly.
When do you plan to retire?Notice I didn't ask, “When do you hope to retire?”According to financial planner Chris Hogan, retirement is a function of our finances, not our age. And good financial strategies are all about telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.Chris helps people learn how to do that by boosting their “Retirement IQ” with these three questions:How much money do you want to live on per month?The post Strategies for Planning Your Retirement appeared first on Jim Daly.
Are you stuck?A lot of us are. We've got a friend … a spouse … an in-law … a coworker who is tough to be around. And we want to get unstuck.But we don't know how.On our radio program today and tomorrow is Dr. Daniel Nehrbass, who will share more in-depth about the nine choices you can make to change the course of the complicated relationships in your life:ListenEmotional appealTeachingBoundariesCompromiseSacrificeLeavingRepent of your role in the relationshipDo nothingEach of these nine have what Dr.The post How to Get Unstuck from Complicated Relationships appeared first on Jim Daly.
So, here's the scenario. It's a weeknight, and your child has spent most of the evening on the same school assignment. It's pretty clear he doesn't understand the information. To top it off, he's brought home a note from the teacher warning you about a failing grade. Now what do you do?Parents often assume the worst, thinking their child has a behavior problem, difficulty learning, or is just plain lazy. In fact, most of the time, school challenges like this aren't a crisis.The post Unlocking the Secret to Your Child's Ability to Learn appeared first on Jim Daly.
The secret to winning in a team sport is no secret at all. Teammates have to share a common goal and know how to work together to achieve it. When you wear the same uniform, it's not about “me,” it's about “we.”That commitment to unity is what makes a marriage work, too. But working together as a team isn't always easy. Just ask Joshua and Christi. They sometimes miss the goal of teamwork in their marriage, too.The post Moving Your Marriage from “Me” to “We” — 15 Minutes at a Time appeared first on Jim Daly.
I'm delighted to share a big announcement: Focus on the Family is the major promotional partner for the award-winning docudrama “MULLY.”This powerful film tells the story of Dr. Charles M. Mully, a man who gave up riches and power to help the more than 2.6 million abandoned children living on the streets in Kenya, Africa. The movie's themes of selflessness, service, and the intrinsic worth of every child drew us to this film – and I know they'll reverberate in your heart, too.The post Meet a Man Who Has Saved Thousands of Children appeared first on Jim Daly.
Brides around the country are scrambling to find new wedding dresses after Alfred Angelo, a bridal gown chain, filed for bankruptcy and closed its stores without warning – leaving many of its bridal gown and bridesmaid orders unfulfilled.It's a nightmare for women who, in some cases, paid for gowns they won't receive.But some Alfred Angelo brides in Oklahoma City found out their wedding day dreams will be saved by a big-hearted seamstress who contracted with the local store.The post VIDEO: A Big-Hearted Seamstress Saves the (Wedding) Day appeared first on Jim Daly.
How do you define success?Everybody probably has a slightly different answer. The late Zig Ziglar once said that whatever else success may be, you can't truly be successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.Mark 8:36 says, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”We're all pulled in different directions, and we can easily lose sight of what's most important in life.The post Jesus' Model for Leading Our Families appeared first on Jim Daly.

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