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Imagine two keys.Now imagine threading those keys onto a ring. Here's the question: Are either of those keys more complete together than they were individually?Answer: No! And neither will you be if you're single and hoping to be married one day. “Singlehood” is often mistakenly assumed to be synonymous with “incomplete” – as in, there's something unfinished in you that only a spouse can complete.As romantic as Hollywood makes that scenario sound, it's not really true.The post Cultivating a Healthy Single Life appeared first on Jim Daly.
Do you view God as distant, unhappy, or angry? Do you wonder if He cares about your happiness?Some in the Christian community consider happiness an ungodly pursuit, one for the spiritually immature. They say that God calls us to joy, while happiness is what the world offers.If that's how you've been taught, you may be surprised by what our broadcast guest Lisa Harper has to share – that God is happy and that happiness is a gift from Him that we should actively pursue.The post Does God Care if You're Happy? appeared first on Jim Daly.
Colorado Springs residents woke up earlier this month to the difficult and upsetting news that a police officer had been shot, a victim of a targeted assault just east of the city's downtown area.Cem Duzel, a 5-year veteran of the force, remains hospitalized and in critical but stable condition. A native of Long Island, New York, the Turkish-American patrolman has been described by friends and colleagues as “quiet,” “kindhearted” – and “one tough cookie.”Since news of the shooting, support and prayers for the wounded officer have been pouring in from all over the world.The post In Praise of Law Enforcement appeared first on Jim Daly.
King Artaxerxes commissioned Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah and his men set to work with trowels in one hand and swords in the other (4:17) defending against enemies on all sides.In many ways, married couples face similar opposition. They're building their homes with jobs, hard work, and children in one hand and the sword of the Word of God in the other, defending their families against a culture that's increasingly hostile to them.The post What to Do When Your Fairy Tale Marriage Fades appeared first on Jim Daly.
Buzz surrounding television commercials is usually reserved for the Super Bowl, and for good reason. For last year's big game, NBC commanded in excess of $5 million for a 30-second advertisement.But I have to tell you, I saw a spot the other day from Gillette that put a lump in my throat and a smile on my face.Yes, it's an ad for a new razor, of which there are many, but it's a lot more than a company simply hawking its wares.The post Is This the Best Ad You've Ever Seen? appeared first on Jim Daly.
I've always liked the poem by William Wordsworth titled “Character of the Happy Warrior.” Though not intended, it is an appropriate charge to Christians who seek God's strength in their efforts to engage winsomely.Here are a few poignant verses:Who is the happy Warrior? Who is heThat every man in arms should wish to be? …Who high endeavors are an inward lightThat makes the path before him always bright …Who, doomed to go in company with Pain,And Fear, and Bloodshed, miserable train!The post Don't Be a Miserable Christian appeared first on Jim Daly.
By the time kids enter middle school, their march toward independence is well under way.But let's face it – it can be a confusing time for parents.When a child spreads his wings, it can feel like he's turning his back on you instead. But that's not really the case. Your middle schooler needs you as much as he always has.In some ways, more.He just needs you in a different way than he did in his formative years.The post How to Help Help Your Child Thrive in the Middle School Years appeared first on Jim Daly.
On my first day of kindergarten, I refused to go. My mom had to drag me down the block to the school.But something magical happened that first morning – and her name was Mrs. Smith, my kindergarten teacher. I had an immediate crush on her. In fact, I was so smitten, I didn't want to leave that afternoon. So just like my mother had to drag me to school, my teacher had to drag me home.The post Conquering the First Day of Grade School … as a Parent appeared first on Jim Daly.
According to a recent report from the United States Census Bureau, most people believe it’s “socially desirable” for the husband to earn more than his wife.In fact, in the event that a wife does earn more than her husband, researchers discovered that couples tend to downplay or under report the financial difference.Why?Obviously, there’s a lot of history, tradition and even controversy surrounding this topic. For instance, the issue of pay equity is hotly debated and often comes up in the midst of political campaigns.The post Does It Matter If a Wife Earns More Than Her Husband? appeared first on Jim Daly.
It's estimated that 80% of women are lonely in their marriages.Many wives who struggle with loneliness believe it is impossible to change their marriages. Their relationships are plagued by disappointment, anger, or monotony. Why? The answer often lies in unmet expectations.When we're dating, it's tempting to seek complete fulfillment from the person we love. But once we're married, we find that our spouse simply isn't able to fulfill our every need. This can lead to a host of issues.The post Restoring a Marriage Plagued by Disappointment, Anger, or Monotony appeared first on Jim Daly.
We are pleased by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement of the creation of a new Religious Liberty Task Force within the Department of Justice designed to promote and protect the freedom of people of faith.Freedom of religion is considered to be our “first freedom,” not simply because it is the first guarantee contained in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, but also because it is the freedom upon which our nation was founded and the national heritage that gives deeper meaning to our other freedoms.The post Jim Daly Praises New Religious Freedom Task Force appeared first on Jim Daly.
If God is loving, why does He allow pain and suffering in our lives? Can He truly be good, even in dark circumstances?Jesus' death on the cross guaranteed heaven for us in the next life. Then, there will be no more struggles, no more heartache, no more tears.But what about in the meantime? What good is God to us in this life? What is He up to in our lives right now – especially if He doesn't appear to be up to anything at all?The post God's “In-Between” Story for You and for Me appeared first on Jim Daly.
Week ending July 20th:I Don’t Want a Divorce (by Dr. David Clarke)30 Days to Taming Your Tongue (by Deborah Smith Pegues)The 10 Best Decisions Every Parent Can Make (by Bill Farrel)Ken Davis: Good News (by Ken Davis)Parenting Your Powerful Child (by Kevin Leman)Raising Kingdom Kids (by Tony Evans)Job – Bible Study Book: A Story of Unlikely Joy (by Lisa Harper)Red-Hot Monogamy (by Bill Farrel)Kingdom Marriage (by Tony Evans)Unoffendable (by Brant Hansen)Sharing God’s Big Love with Little Lives (by Jean Thomason)Growing Kids with Character (by Hettie Brittz)God & Country (by Andy Stanley)Through the Eyes of a Lion (by Levi Lusko)The post Focus on the Family Best Seller List appeared first on Jim Daly.
What kind of legacy do you want to pass on to your children?Your answer to that question is important. When parents don't pass down a good legacy, future generations suffer the consequences.People often say that today's kids are a lost generation. Dr. Tony Evans says that they're actually the product of a lost generation. The problems our children are facing in the world are far greater than the problems we experienced.The number of children being raised in single-parent families has increased, so has teen suicide, juvenile delinquency, and sexual promiscuityamong young people.The post Dr. Tony Evans: How to Raise Kids With a Kingdom Perspective appeared first on Jim Daly.
According to Emily Sanford, the lead author of a new research study, the typical family dog has an uncanny ability to empathize with its owner.“We found dogs not only sense what their owners are feeling, [but] if a dog knows a way to help them,” she said, “they'll go through barriers to help them. Every dog owner has a story about coming home from a long day, sitting down for a cry and the dog's right there, licking their face.The post Does Your Dog Feel Your Pain? appeared first on Jim Daly.
Deborah Pegues is the author of the book 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue. The idea for the book came to her after she didn't control her tongue with a friend.She thought she was helping when she told somebody else something she wasn't supposed to tell. Her attempt to help backfired, and she discovered firsthand what happens when we don't use our words wisely.That's when Deborah decided to go on a “tongue fast.” For 30 days, she refused to speak negatively about anything – not the traffic, not the weather, nothing that she couldn't directly positively influence.The post Why Our Words Never Die appeared first on Jim Daly.
Week ending July 13:Sharing God’s Big Love with Little Lives (by Jean Thomason)The 10 Best Decisions Every Parent Can Make (by Bill Farrel)Letters from My Father’s Murderer (by Laurie Coombs)From Anger to Intimacy (by Dr. Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham)Raising Kingdom Kids (by Tony Evans)Parenting Your Powerful Child (by Kevin Leman)Growing Kids with Character (by Hettie Brittz)Kingdom Marriage (by Tony Evans)The First 9 Months (by Vicki L.The post Focus on the Family Best Seller List appeared first on Jim Daly.
According to the latest research, 77% of Americans are social media users, with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest serving as the most popular sites of engagement. The growth, popularity and influence of this forum is staggering, especially when you consider that back in 2005, only 7% of Americans had any type of social media account.Clearly, not all social media users are equal. Many of us primarily use it to stay in touch with family and friends, sharing pictures, stories and other points of interest.The post Should Christians Criticize Other Christians on Social Media? appeared first on Jim Daly.
If you're a parent, you may feel like you've got everything under control most days. But every now and then, something unexpected happens and nothing goes right with your kids. If that's been your experience, we've got some great encouragement for you today on the Focus on the Family Broadcast.That sense of frustration and of wondering, “What do we do now?” is something Jean and I have experienced many times with our boys.Parenting is filled with surprises for most of us, and it's often a lot harder than we expected.The post How to be Intentional and Flexible in Your Parenting appeared first on Jim Daly.
Jesus is your redeemer.I hope you believe that.Christians say that they do. That is what good Christian theology teaches, after all. But do we believe it?Let's face it, some days the hill we're climbing can seem so steep we lose hope that we can survive to the top. Life is hard. Jesus told us it would be. In John 14:33 says, “In this world, you will have trouble.” But he also offered hope to the suffering through His suffering on the cross.The post Our Hope and Our Peace in the Midst of Struggle appeared first on Jim Daly.
The Independence Day holiday evokes warm memories for many of us. From firework shows to backyard family celebrations, July 4th is a seasonal high point. I hope you and your family have fun plans for tomorrow.In that spirit of nostalgia, I wanted to share a poignant essay penned by my friend and colleague, Joel Vaughan. Joel, who serves as our chief of staff, recently lost his mother. A few years earlier they said goodbye to his father. The post Goodbye to a Home appeared first on Jim Daly.
We're celebrating Independence Day on our Focus on the Family Broadcast by featuring a wonderful message from Pastor Andy Stanley, who shares a unique perspective on the founding of America and offers insights on what those principles mean to us today. I had never heard it explained with Andy's approach, and I knew I had to share it with our listeners.Andy points out that Americans once shared a “national conscience” that was based upon the laws of God.The post Of God and Country appeared first on Jim Daly.
The culture is inundating us with messages that chip away at the moorings upon which God's design for marriage is built.We shouldn't be surprised.Ephesians 5:31 says, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” The next verse says, “This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church” (v.32).According to Paul, an intimate marriage says to the world, “This is a picture of Christ's love for His church.The post Keeping the Romance Sizzling in Your Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
Week ending July 3rd:Growing Kids with Character (by Hettie Brittz)Parenting Your Powerful Child (by Kevin Leman)Happily Ever After (by Ginger Kolbaba)Unoffendable (by Brant Hansen)Kingdom Marriage (by Tony Evans)Doing Good Is Simple (by Chris Marlow)Raising Kingdom Kids (by Tony Evans)Making Happy (by Les & Leslie Parrott)Through the Eyes of a Lion (by Levi Lusko)The Children’s Illustrated Bible (by Selina Hastings)ESV Economy BibleA Lifelong Love (by Gary Thomas)Miracle in Shreveport (by David & Jason Benham)Enjoy!The post Focus on the Family Best Seller List appeared first on Jim Daly.
I think Jean would agree that I have a pretty good handle on my anger.Okay, she'd probably rat me out for being “hangry” from time to time. But, c'mon, doesn't everybody get a little grumpy when they haven't eaten? The important thing is that I recognize what I'm really angry about. I'm not upset with Jean, I'm cranky because I want food.That distinction may sound like semantics, but it's actually key to resolving some of what ticks us off.The post Moving from Anger to Intimacy appeared first on Jim Daly.

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