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Author Gary Thomas thought he had a pretty good marriage. Then God reminded him of the pledge he'd made to his wife at their wedding, a pledge you probably made as well if you used traditional vows.It's this: “I promise to love and to cherish you until death do us part.” Gary now admits that the moment he said those words at the altar was the last time he considered the word “cherish” in terms of his marriage.The post Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day appeared first on Jim Daly.
Why do kids misbehave?According to Dr. Kevin Leman, all misbehavior is a call for attention. If your children don't get attention from you through positive actions, they'll get it through negative actions.He says the four goals of misbehavior are:Once you understand the reasons behind your child's misbehavior, the most important question still remains: what do you do about it?Dr. Leman is our guest on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior” to share how to uncover the root cause of whining, backtalking, and tantrums, and how to offer your children more love and acceptance without coddling them.The post Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior appeared first on Jim Daly.
What is the goal of foster care?That's a big question with a multi-faceted answer. We're not all called to do the same thing, but we're all capable of doing something. The ultimate goal is for every believer to feel empowered with a sense of calling and direction about their role.“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Cor.The post Foster Care: How Everyone Can Help appeared first on Jim Daly.
Mom, are you suffering an identity crisis? When you introduce yourself, do you say, “I'm just a mom”? Do you see your own shortcomings and minimize the role you play in your kids' lives?I understand the temptation to think that way. On the surface, there's nothing glamorous about chasing kids around the house, fixing meal after meal, and stepping on toys scattered down the hallway.But motherhood is a unique calling. You're not simply changing diapers; you're molding character.The post Finding New Strength as a Mom appeared first on Jim Daly.
Ronald Reagan was the first president I voted for, though my decision came after some thoughtful soul-searching. Although I shared most, if not all, of his ideological perspectives, Governor Reagan campaigned on a promise to reduce the Social Security Beneficiary Benefit. Having been orphaned, I was receiving this assistance and depended on it to help make ends meet. For me, a vote for Reagan was a vote that would come at a price – as in dollars and cents.The post WATCH: Ronald Reagan: A Man of Faith – A New Documentary from Focus on the Family appeared first on Jim Daly.
Today is the National Day of Prayer.If you're not familiar with it, this annual observance is held on the first Thursday of May and invites people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.In honor of today, I hope you'll tune in for a special edition of our Focus on the Family Broadcast we're calling “Bringing Purpose and Power to Your Prayer Life.”Our guest is Kathi Lipp, who will help listeners learn how to pray diligently for themselves and others.The post Bringing Purpose and Power to Your Prayer Life appeared first on Jim Daly.
President Joe Biden's “American Families Plan” is being touted by the administration as “an investment in our kids, our families, and our economic future.”In reality, it's a very bad bet – and for numerous reasons.Of particular interest to me in the bill is the president's proposal to spend an extra $225 billion on childcare and another $200 billion on “free” preschool. The premise and rationale for such a massive expenditure is that more federal dollars equate to healthier kids and families.The post President Biden's “American Families Plan” Risks Hurting the Very People it's Supposed to Help appeared first on Jim Daly.
When Jean and I first entered premarital counseling, we knew that we were meant for each other. We enjoyed most of the same things and were alike in almost every way.When we finished our last session a week later, that had all changed. We were both thinking, “Wow, we are nothing alike!” And we were wondering, “Are we going to be okay?”At some point, every couple recognizes their differences, and something strange happens when they do: The whole idea of “two becoming one” gets turned into, “My spouse should become more like me.”When author and blogger Melanie Shankle realized how different she and her husband were, she had a revelation.The post The Joys and Challenges of Marrying Your Opposite appeared first on Jim Daly.
Bodysurfing a huge wave is exhilarating. But you learn one thing really quick: Being on top of the wave is exciting. It's not so fun when that wall of water crashes over you, and you're sent tumbling out of control.Feeling overwhelmed is a lot like that. Some days … well, you're tumbling through an emotional ocean that's crashing around you.Many families feel overwhelmed. A phone call comes with bad news. You receive a text from someone with whom you have a strained relationship.The post What to Do When You're Feeling Overwhelmed appeared first on Jim Daly.
How much human potential has been aborted? The toll is inconceivable. Since the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion in all fifty states back in 1973, over 62 million children have been lost – children who would have grown up to be scientists making discoveries, scholars and innovators solving problems – and athletes accomplishing incredible feats on the gridiron. Like Micah Parsons. At twenty-one years of age, the Penn State sophomore linebacker is expected to be drafted in the NFL draft's first round on Thursday night.The post Saved Life of Future NFL Linebacker Reminds us all of Human Potential & Abortion's Cost appeared first on Jim Daly.
Last week's fatal shooting of a Columbus, Ohio teenager by a police officer set off another fierce debate about the competence and racial motivations of law enforcement. As you will recall, Columbus police were called out to a violent knife attack. Body camera footage later revealed one of the teen girls attempting to stab the other just prior to the gunfire. To be sure, the police officer, who was white, was faced with a horrific dilemma that required an almost instantaneous decision.The post Tragic Death of Teen Represents a Collapsing Culture Not Police Brutality appeared first on Jim Daly.
Dementia is one of the most difficult issues that families face today because the diagnosis is often a surprise, even though the statistics surrounding it are staggering.Dementia is the general term for deterioration in memory and thinking, behavioral processing, and the ability to perform everyday tasks for yourself.Sarah Smith, our guest on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Finding God's Beauty in Alzheimer's and Dementia,” was shocked when her fiercely independent mother – nicknamed Beauty – was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's.The post Finding God's Beauty in Alzheimer's and Dementia appeared first on Jim Daly.
I have an outstanding set of tools in my garage. My brother and brothers-in-law are jealous of my collection. I have hammers, a circular saw, a miter saw, a router … everything I need for a decent workshop.The trouble is, I'm not much of a handyman. That circular saw … I've never used it. And the router? I'm not entirely sure what it's for. I never really learned how to use all of those tools.The post Men and Relationships: What Works and What Doesn't appeared first on Jim Daly.
Pain has been called “the gift that no one wants.” And with good reason. Pain is a very real part of life – for all of us.Many of you know my story. My mom died when I was nine years old. My stepdad abandoned me and my siblings within hours of her funeral. A few years later, my biological father died of alcoholism, and I spent several years in foster care. I got through it all mainly because of Christians like my football coach, who inspired me to turn to Christ and walk a path of hope and healing.The post Walking Through the Healing Process appeared first on Jim Daly.
Do you believe that God can save a marriage – any marriage?Patricia Ashley didn't always think so. At one time, her marriage to Vernon was dead. She says, “I didn't love my husband. I didn't hate him. I wasn't glad to see him come. I wasn't glad to see him go. It didn't make a difference what time he came in or if he came in at all. It was dead.”They were isolated from each other.The post Experiencing a Fulfilled Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
It's ironic, but true. In an age when technology connects us more than ever, teenagers are lonelier and more disconnected than any previous generation.In the five years prior to the pandemic, the number of high school seniors who said they felt lonely dramatically increased – from 26 percent to almost 40 percent. In the past year, that percentage has increased to well over 50 percent.Even taking Covid restrictions into account, today's kids don't engage face to face as much as past generations did.The post Helping Our Kids Manage Technology Well appeared first on Jim Daly.
I sometimes wonder if government officials who champion abortion are blinded to the truth – or just knowingly embrace an indefensible position for the sake of ideological partisanship. Secretary of State Antony Blinken comes to mind. He recently declared, “Standing up for human rights everywhere is in America's interests.” I would agree – it's never right to embrace a wrong and defending the dignity of each person is a noble ideal. The United States may not be the world's police force, but America has historically stood up for those in need, something we can all be proud of. Yet during the same speech, Mr.The post No, Secretary of State Antony Blinken – Abortion is Not a Human Right appeared first on Jim Daly.
In 2021, it's more common for young adults to live with a boyfriend or a girlfriend than to be married.One of the main reasons for this (for non-believers and believers alike) is the desire to be certain that the relationship is rooted in love. After all, you don't buy a car without first test driving it. Why wouldn't you take a relationship for a spin before making a lifetime commitment?Perhaps the best reason to avoid cohabitation is that the data suggests that doing so significantly increases the possibility that a relationship will end badly.The post Does Living Together Help or Hurt? appeared first on Jim Daly.
What do you do when you've prayed for a miracle … and the miracle never comes?Jason Hague faced that situation after his son Jack was born. Like any father, Jason had dreams for his relationship with his son – the games they'd play together, the conversations they'd have.Around age two, Jack started to regress developmentally. He struggled to walk. He lost his vocabulary and his ability to communicate. Jack was soon diagnosed with autism, and everything in Jason's family changed.The post Fighting for Joy as a Special Needs Parent appeared first on Jim Daly.
Do you remember when you were first married – how you and your spouse enjoyed endless conversation, had fun together every weekend, and always seemed to have time for one another?Do you remember how all of that changed in the years after you became parents – how every moment seemed busy with sports practice, dentist appointments, and school programs?Once a couple has children, it's easy for the marriage to get pushed down the priority list.The post Loving Your Spouse in the Midst of Parenthood appeared first on Jim Daly.
Bracelets as a form of fashion go back thousands of years, whether as jewelry made of gold, silver or even wood.In recent years, though, bracelets have been used to help communicate a message or champion a particular cause.My friend, Randy Hatcher, co-founder of Explore Your Faith, recently alerted me to a neat bracelet his organization is distributing. Here is how they describe it:The bracelet is intended to be a relational, live, Gospel conversation starter.The post A Bracelet That Can Change Someone's Life appeared first on Jim Daly.
There's an old saying: “If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.”In most homes, Mom sets the tone. She's the temperature gauge. If she's in a great mood, everything else will run smooth.Many women enter motherhood envisioning themselves as patient, kind, loving, soft, and gentle. And when they actually have a child, they're confronted with the reality that children have a will of their own from infancy.Children have an incredible way of pushing a mom's buttons and triggering what author Becky Kopitzke calls the “momster.” Motherhood will find a way to squeeze out the most sinful parts of a woman, even one who strives to be under control and in tune with God.The post Ditching the Cranky Monster Mom appeared first on Jim Daly.
If you made a list of all the bad things that you never thought would happen, what would you write down?For some, picking up the broken pieces of your life and starting over again with a blended family might be at the top of that list.This new chapter may have come about through death or divorce or some other circumstance, but the challenge is the same: how to overcome the difficulties common to blended families and give this new part of your life its best chance to thrive.The post Improving Your Marriage as a Blended Family Couple appeared first on Jim Daly.
What do you feel when you read this Scripture? “Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest'” (Matthew 9:37-38).What about this one? “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation'” (Mark 16:15).Do verses like these about evangelism excite you? Or do they strike fear into your heart?The post Using Your Unique Personality to Share Your Faith appeared first on Jim Daly.
By Pat FitzpatrickAs a young teacher in Atlanta, I developed a mentoring friendship with a colleague who taught Old and New Testament survey. George was a master of the English language like none other I have ever met, which was made even more impressive by the fact that English was the sixth or seventh language that he had mastered in his forty-five years on earth.I often reflect on a conversation he and I had in the school's dining hall in the late 1980's.The post GUEST POST: The Power of Easter appeared first on Jim Daly.

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