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Many couples contact Focus on the Family because they feel like married roommates. Their intimacy has faded, their relationship is no longer deepening, and they're growing apart instead of becoming one.Drifting in marriage happens when couples stop making their relationship a priority. After the fun of dating and the splendor of the wedding celebration, other things begin to distract husbands and wives from each other.Spouses stop talking to one another about what they're thinking and feeling.The post Reconnecting with Your Spouse appeared first on Jim Daly.
From his days playing on the field, coaching on the sidelines and now, serving up insight in the broadcast booth on NBC's Football Night in America, many of us have admired Tony Dungy. But while Coach Dungy has a keen football mind, we especially appreciate him for his commitment to his family and the boldness with which he shares his deep Christian faith. “My job as a dad is to point my children to the Lord, and everything else in life will take care of itself,” he once observed. With eleven children, Coach Dungy exemplifies and models Christian fatherhood.The post WATCH: Tony Dungy, Jim Daly: Don't Do This When It Comes to Racial Tensions appeared first on Jim Daly.
Would you be able to forgive the person who shattered your life?In a recorded message on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Journeying from Tragedy to Triumph,” Bryan Koch shares how a drunk driver turned a pleasant Sunday afternoon motorcycle ride into a horrendous tragedy for his family.After a lovely summer afternoon drive, Bryan and his wife, Lynn were less than a mile from their home when their motorcycle was run off the road by a driver whose blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit.The post Journeying from Tragedy to Triumph appeared first on Jim Daly.
Our culture is so toxic for young girls that an increasing number are suffering from a growing list of troubles – from low self-esteem and anxiety to depression and eating disorders. What's the answer?It isn't so much a “what” as it is a “who.” Mothers are instrumental in helping their daughters navigate a world that is often against them.One of Mom's key roles is being a good listener. Teen girls usually seek out Mom for advice and feel most comfortable sharing their heart with her.The post Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter appeared first on Jim Daly.
President Biden's administration is just over one month old, but there are many developments since Inauguration Day of interest and relevance to the family and the issues we as believers at Focus on the Family care deeply about.Congress is expected to begin debate this week on H.R. 5 – otherwise known as, “The Equality Act.” The legislation would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”Don't be fooled by the title of the bill.The post Three Things Every Family Needs to Know About What's Happening in Washington D.C. appeared first on Jim Daly.
Jesus' mother was Mary.The prophet Samuel's mother was Hannah.King David's mother?The Bible doesn't tell us. But she must have had tremendous insight into how to raise a boy to become man. Everyone remembers David for conquering Goliath. Yet, his strength and trust in the Lord were developed as a teenager in the field:“But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth.The post Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence appeared first on Jim Daly.
Vicki Rose was sitting on the beach when she realized her life was crashing down around her. Up and down the coastline families played together, built sandcastles, splashed in the waves, and created memories.Vicki sat there alone, sobbing. Her kids were hundreds of miles away with a babysitter. Her husband, Bill, was back in their hotel room, sick, trying to survive withdrawals from his drug addiction.Vicki had once believed that marriage would offer her the love and care she'd always wanted, heal her childhood hurts, and fill up her emptiness.The post Staying Together When You Feel Like Leaving appeared first on Jim Daly.
Give her an opportunity, and Pamela Christian will gladly tell you about the day she died.It all began during an afternoon of tennis with girlfriends. She had been battling stomach problems all morning, a problem she dismissed as indigestion. But after a few practice swings, she started feeling short of breath and lightheaded, too much for the amount of exertion her warmup required.In a matter of minutes, she began vomiting and collapsed to the ground.The post Sudden Cardiac Arrest: A Survivor's Story appeared first on Jim Daly.
Do you feel like a failure as a parent?At Focus on the Family, we hear from thousands of parents who do.Formulaic parenting is a common reason for this. It's the go-to method for a lot of moms and dads. They believe that parenting ought to be predictable. The right input should guarantee the right outcome. When it doesn't, they wonder, “What's wrong with me? What's wrong with my child?”A better approach is something called “trust-based relational parenting,” an idea that many say has revolutionized their parenting.The post Building a Lifelong Relationship with Your Child appeared first on Jim Daly.
Is racism the biggest problem facing the black community?Dr. Shelby Steele doesn't think so. Dr. Steele, himself an African American, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, specializing in the study of race relations, multiculturalism, and affirmative action.He believes “the single worst and most overwhelming problem, bar none” facing the black community is the breakdown of the black American family. Black women get married at half the rate and divorced at twice the rate of white women.The post A Fascinating Perspective on Racial Issues appeared first on Jim Daly.
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).If you're single, have you applied that verse to your dating relationships and search for a godly spouse?Many Christian singles seek the same things in a mate as non-Christian singles. They focus on whether or not they're physically attracted, share common interests, enjoy each other's company, or share chemistry.Each trait has its place in a marriage, but none provide a relationship with the stability a couple needs to build a life together.The post A Fresh Look at Dating appeared first on Jim Daly.
The COVID-19 toll is often tallied and reported in terms of deaths, hospitalizations and overall cases of the virulent pathogen.Yet, data is beginning to show that the tragic consequences of the year-long pandemic extend far beyond the physical and into the financial, emotional, mental and spiritual dimensions of our lives.Here at Focus on the Family, our counselors report a steady uptick in calls from hurting individuals. In fact, it's not just that we're hearing from more people than usual – but that the challenges they're sharing with us seem to be darker and more devastating than ever before.The post Unmasking the lies behind the so-called benefits of the “COVID Divorce” appeared first on Jim Daly.
Just weeks after the social media giant Twitter blocked Focus on the Family's Twitter account, it was announced earlier this week that YouTube had banned and removed all videos from LifeSite News, one of the internet's most popular venues for pro-life information.Their offense?A spokesperson for YouTube suggested the pro-life site violated its COVID-19 misinformation policy.“In accordance with our long-standing strikes system, we terminated the channel LifeSite News Media for repeatedly violating our COVID-19 misinformation policy, which prohibits content that promotes prevention methods that contradict local health authorities or WHO,” the spokesperson said.The post YouTube's Silencing of LifeSite is Chilling Example of Censorship appeared first on Jim Daly.
I don't cook dinner very often. I think Jean prefers it that way. Her degree is in biochemistry. Not only is she smart, but she naturally thinks in terms of precision. Recipes are to be followed. If the instructions call for one cup of flour, she'll measure exactly one cup. She'll even use a knife to scrape off the excess, so the amount is perfect. She'll even add more if it's not quite full.As for me, well, let's just say I'm a “free spirit.” Scraping away excess flour is a waste of time to me.The post Adding Some Spice to Your Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
The data is alarming.According to the National Alliance of Mental Health, more than 17 million U.S. adults – over seven percent of the population – had at least one major depressive episode in the last year.Over 40 million adults in the U.S. – 19 percent of the population – have dealt with some form of anxiety.According to the CDC, 3,000 teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 attempt suicide every day.If depression is a struggle for you, you're not alone.The post Walking Through Depression appeared first on Jim Daly.
What is God's love language?I'm sure your familiar with Dr. Gary Chapman's take on the five love languages:AffirmationActs of serviceQuality timeReceiving giftsPhysical touchUnderstanding the concept helps us strengthen our relationship with our spouse and with our children by expressing love to them in the specific ways they feel that love. The five love languages are how we feel love from others as well.Because we were created in God's image, we each feel God's love and presence primarily in one or two of these ways.The post Using Your Love Language to Grow Closer to God appeared first on Jim Daly.
Let me tell you about a boy named Tom. At an early age, he developed a hearing problem, which caused him a lot of trouble at school. He was easily distracted. He frustrated his teachers by disrupting the class and steering the conversation in random directions. His teachers considered him “stupid, restless, and a slow learner who asked too many questions.” Tom's public education was a complete failure.If that were your child, how would you react?The post Nurturing Your Child's Purpose and Passion appeared first on Jim Daly.
Earlier this week, USA Today published a provocative editorial titled, “Christian nationalism is a threat, and not just from Capitol attackers invoking Jesus.” Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), our guest on today's broadcast, was singled out by the essayist and falsely accused of being one of those dangerous individuals who uses his faith for political purposes. It's true the senator is a devout believer in Jesus Christ and a strong defender of his country – but that doesn't make him a religious nationalist – that is, someone who fuses his love of God with his country in idolatrous fashion. Many of us cringed when we saw Christian symbols and signs inside the Capitol melee of January 6th.The post Are Evangelicals Christian Nationalists? appeared first on Jim Daly.
Every married couple faces an Everest – a mountain-sized struggle that can only be overcome by scaling the problem together. In Captain Harold and Rachel Earls' case, the Everest was literal.Harold was a cadet at West Point when he wrote his bucket list. The top two dreams were “get married” and “climb Mount Everest.”In 2016, those dreams collided when Harold told his new bride of only a few months that he planned to travel to the other side of the world and climb the tallest – and most dangerous – mountain on earth.The post Mount Everest and Marriage: Braving New Heights Together appeared first on Jim Daly.
The late Democrat senator from New York Daniel Patrick Moynihan once famously observed, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” But not according to Twitter, the social networking service with 330 million users. As I mentioned last week, Focus on the Family's Daily Citizen was blocked from the site and accused of “hate speech.” The tweet in question simply stated, “On Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden announced that he had chosen Dr. Rachal Levine to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of HHS.The post The Censoring and Silencing of Conservative Speech appeared first on Jim Daly.
Have you ever tried to push a fully inflated beach ball under the water?You can only hold it beneath the surface for so long. Sooner or later, your strength will give out, and the ball will pop back up.It's a lot like parenting.To explain how, we've invited Milan and Kay Yerkovich back to our microphones to discuss how to develop a deeper connection with your children by understanding their love styles.Milan and Kay explain the coping mechanisms we develop in childhood to avoid relational pain.The post Understanding Your Child's Love Style appeared first on Jim Daly.
On the eve of the March for Life, in what can only be considered as a poke in the eye to those of us seeking to protect preborn life, President Joe Biden rescinded the “Mexico City Policy” on Thursday – a safeguard that has prohibited the use of taxpayer money to fund abortions overseas. What happened to your call for unity, Mr. President? In a recent poll, over 77% of Americans oppose this action. Yet as he signed the executive order in the Oval Office, President Biden suggested the policy would ensure healthcare for women. Abortion is not healthcare, but what about the health and care of those little babies, President Biden? Fittingly, an icy, winter wind is blowing across Washington, D.C., today, less than 24 hours before the start of this year's March – the annual commemoration of the Supreme Court's tragic 1973 ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 states. I'm in our nation's capital, absorbing the sights of National Guard troops and barbed wire – but still grateful for those who will be standing in solidarity for the innocent children who have no voice. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is forcing this year's March to look very different than previous editions, when hundreds of thousands of people usually descend on this city.The post President Biden Champions Abortion – But the March for Life Goes On appeared first on Jim Daly.
As I've noted before, Big Tech titans are the new emperors of the twenty-first century, wielding an inordinate amount of power by silencing individuals and organizations that don't comport or cave to their political or social point of view.In recent weeks, high-profile, outspoken individuals have been banned from social media, including former President Donald Trump and Mike Lindell, CEO and founder of My Pillow.You can now add Focus on the Family's The Daily Citizen to the list.The post Twitter Censors Focus on the Family's The Daily Citizen appeared first on Jim Daly.
On our program today, we're airing a classic Focus on the Family Broadcast you won't want to miss.“Teacher of the Year” is a tribute to teachers, featuring a talk by Guy Doud, voted Teacher of the Year in 1986. His inspirational and humorous message highlights the powerful difference teachers can make when they reach out to students who feel like outcasts relegated to the sidelines of their school.I'll always remember Mrs. Bandy, the school nurse at my elementary school.The post Teacher of the Year appeared first on Jim Daly.
Ladies, today I've got a simple idea that'll help you create a happier marriage: affirm your husband.Right away, you may be thinking: “Affirm him? Where's my affirmation?”I get it. No doubt your husband has plenty of areas where he could improve. And praising him can be a challenge if he's not reaching out to you in a meaningful way. But hear me out. Affirmation is the key that unlocks your husband's heart. He craves respect – from his boss, from his kids, and from you.The post What Wives Can Do to Bless Their Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.

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