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 Dec 9, 2018

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 Jul 16, 2018

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Fun, engaging conversations about what it takes to build stronger, healthier marriage and family relationships. Join hosts Dave and Ann Wilson with FamilyLife Today® veteran cohost Bob Lepine for new episodes every weekday.

Episode Date
Catch the Little Foxes
25:28

Though the Song of Solomon was written thousands of years ago, Sharon Jaynes believes it still has practical applications for us today. It's not just about marital intimacy, but also about love, romance, and passion. Jaynes talks about the "little foxes," which can be people, church, work, or apathy that can ruin a marriage if a couple isn't careful.

Show Notes and Resources

The Weekend to Remember® https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jan 17, 2020
Kiss Me, and Kiss Me Again
28:07

Sharon Jaynes, author of "Lovestruck," looks to the Song of Solomon for practical wisdom on love and romance. Jaynes studies the Shulamite woman, who is head over heels for Solomon, to find out what is most attractive to a woman, and then tells what Solomon found most attractive in her.

Show Notes and Resources

The Weekend to Remember® https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jan 16, 2020
Song of Solomon: God’s Picture of Marital Intimacy
25:42

Author Sharon Jaynes dives headlong into the Song of Solomon to teach us about biblical romance. By studying the relationship between Solomon and his Shulamite, we get a picture of God's design for marriage. And, what we see modeled by our parents influences our ideas about love later in life.

Show Notes and Resources

The Weekend to Remember® https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jan 15, 2020
Habits of Joy
26:32

Dr. Marcus Warner and Reverend Chris Coursey, authors of the book "The 4 Habits of Joy-Filled Marriages," reveal four habits that, if practiced, will make your marriage happier. Find out more about the habits of playing together, appreciating one another, listening for emotion, and nurturing a rhythm.

Show Notes and Resources

The Weekend to Remember® https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jan 14, 2020
Cultivating Joy in Marriage
30:29

Dr. Marcus Warner and Reverend Chris Coursey want you to know how to cultivate joy in your marriage. They explain what recent discoveries in brain science have been found as they relate to joy, and encourage couples to sow seeds of joy into their marriages for a more satisfying marriage.

Show Notes and Resources

The Weekend to Remember® https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jan 13, 2020
Tyler Strong
27:51

Tony and Kelly Trent, parents of Tyler Trent, talk about Tyler's heroic battle with bone cancer. Tyler received his second diagnosis of bone cancer when he was a high school senior. Despite his treatment, he enrolled as a freshman at Purdue and lived his life to the full, cheering on the Boilermakers, until his death in 2018.
Show Notes and Resources

ESPN interview with Tyler Trent in 2018.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgBGwtk3qZY
Free Logos Bible Software for FamilyLife Today® listeners.  http://www.logos.com/familylifetoday
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jan 10, 2020
A Challenging Diagnosis
27:09

Tony and Kelly Trent reflect on the difficult cancer journey of their son, Tyler, one of the biggest fans the Purdue Boilermakers ever had. Tyler loved the Lord and had a fascination for sports statistics. At the age of 15, Tyler was diagnosed with bone cancer, but pressed on, despite the challenging treatment.

Show Notes and Resources

ESPN interview with Tyler Trent in 2018.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgBGwtk3qZY
Free Logos Bible Software for FamilyLife Today® listeners.  http://www.logos.com/familylifetoday
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jan 09, 2020
Believing for Our Prodigals
28:36

God is always working in our lives. But many times, we just don't see it. Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and her husband, Robert, remind us that we have a Father in heaven who is so good and faithful. Even if your loved one has turned their back on Him, continue to entrust that child or loved one to the One who knows and loves them best.

Show Notes and Resources

Free Logos Bible Software for FamilyLife Today® listeners.  http://www.logos.com/familylifetoday
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jan 08, 2020
Embracing Mystery
30:30

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and her husband, Robert Wolgemuth, talk about the mysterious providence of God. We live in a broken, sinful world, and each of us will face many twists and turns on our faith journey. God takes these hard places and redeems them and makes them new. Are you trusting God to write your story?

Show Notes and Resources

Free Logos Bible Software for FamilyLife Today® listeners.  http://www.logos.com/familylifetoday
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jan 07, 2020
Trusting Providence
31:27

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth joins her husband, Robert Wolgemuth, to share their love story. When Nancy was 57, Robert began to pursue her. Nancy was content being single, but tells how Robert, a widowed friend and colleague, won her heart. The Wolgemuths embrace the story God is writing through them.
Show Notes and Resources

Free Logos Bible Software for FamilyLife Today® listeners.  http://www.logos.com/familylifetoday
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jan 06, 2020
Getting Ready for Baby
27:27

Rob and Stephanie Green, authors of "Tying Their Shoes," share what kind of "help" is most beneficial to a new mother and her newborn. Fathers can feel a little unsure of what to do with the baby in those first few months, especially if a mom is nursing, but can find simple ways to bond with baby. The Greens list the top three things a couple needs to know before the baby is born.

Show Notes and Resources

Free Logos Bible Software for FamilyLife Today® listeners.  http://www.logos.com/familylifetoday
Find out more about FamilyLife's Art of Parenting® resource at https://www.familylife.com/parenting/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jan 03, 2020
Christ-Focused Parenting
27:06

Pastor Rob Green and his wife, Stephanie, remember when they first became parents, and encourage moms and dads to prepare themselves spiritually for the changes that will take place with the arrival of their newborn. Your identity changes when you become a parent, but your core identity of who you are in Christ remains the same. New demands can be draining, but it's the wise couple who finds a balance in caring for the new baby without neglecting the marriage.

Show Notes and Resources

Free Logos Bible Software for FamilyLife Today® listeners.  http://www.logos.com/familylifetoday
Find out more about FamilyLife's Art of Parenting® resource at https://www.familylife.com/parenting/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jan 02, 2020
Is She the One?
27:24

Pastor Ben Stuart remembers the first time he saw his wife, Donna, and walks us through the circumstances that lead to their courtship and eventual engagement. Stuart talks about the importance of clarity in a relationship and tells how he made his intentions clear as his relationship progressed.

Jan 01, 2020
What to Look For
28:22

Ben Stuart remembers the season he took a "time out" from the dating scene to focus on the Lord and recover emotionally after his parents' divorce. He reminds single men and women that singleness exists for devotion to the Lord and encourages them not to settle for someone outside the body of Christ, but to lean into Jesus as they walk in faith and wait on Him to lead them.

Dec 31, 2019
Single and Dating
30:35

Would you like your son or daughter to have the same dating experience as you? Ben Stuart, pastor of Passion City Church in Washington, D.C., talks about the dating culture and practices on today's college campuses. As former Executive Director for Breakaway Ministries at Texas A&M, Stuart remembers his own initiation into the campus traditions, as well as his dating missteps. Describing his dating life like "a dumpster fire," Stuart tells how he found a faith community where he belonged and, eventually, found love.

Dec 30, 2019
Homegrown
31:21

Are you, as a family, growing in your faith? Authors Josh and Christi Straub encourage parents to share their journey of faith with their children and to disciple them in the fruit of the Spirit. They remind couples that their children's discipleship requires teamwork, and they share thoughts on cultivating spiritual growth in the family while living out a Spirit-filled life.

Show Notes and Resources

Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Dec 27, 2019
When Healing is a Process
28:44

Dr. René Rochester and her best friend committed to each other they would get yearly mammograms. The year she almost missed it, Dr. Rochester was diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Rochester discusses how her faith in God and the support of the community He placed around her sustained her through it all, including a recent scare.

Show Notes and Resources

Listen to the entire episode "14: When Healing is a Process" from Unfavorable Odds™ with Kim Anthony with guest Dr. René Rochester. (1 hr. 5 min. podcast) https://www.familylife.com/podcast/unfavorable-odds/14-when-healing-is-a-process/
Subscribe to the Unfavorable Odds™ podcast.  https://www.familylife.com/podcast/unfavorable-odds/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Dec 26, 2019
What Christmas Says To The World
27:33

Because Jesus came to earth, believers have identity and purpose. Dave Wilson explains the ways Jesus' birth affects every aspect of our lives.

Dec 25, 2019
Hymns at Home
24:54

Keith and Kristyn Getty talk about writing hymns and how they've incorporated hymns into their home with their children.

Show Notes and Resources

Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Dec 24, 2019
Meeting and Working Together
26:53

Keith and Kristyn Getty talk about the spiritual practice of singing. They also tell the story of their courtship and the beginning of their working relationship.

Show Notes and Resources

Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Dec 23, 2019
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
29:11

Adoption hasn't been an easy journey for the Douglass family. Judy Douglass, a mother of three and the author of "When You Love a Prodigal," shares the realities of raising a rebellious child. Judy explains that she and her husband, Steve, fostered Josh for a number of years before feeling led to adopt him. While they knew it wasn't going to be easy, they assumed their love and attention would be enough. As Josh got older, he became involved with drugs and alcohol. Judy shares how she continues to be amazed at God's continued work in Josh's life.

Show Notes and Resources

Request access to Prayer for Prodigals online community.   http://www.prayerforprodigals.com
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Dec 20, 2019
Will You Take This Boy?
31:06

Judy Douglass, the founder and host of the online community Prayer for Prodigals, tells how she and her husband, Steve, came to foster and then adopt a 12-year-old boy named Josh. She was already the contented mother of two girls when she sensed God was going to give them another child. Judy miscarried and several years passed, but she couldn't forget God's words to her years earlier. Judy shares how Josh first entered their lives through the foster system and tells how their home life turned upside down once he became part of their family.

Show Notes and Resources

Request access to Prayer for Prodigals online community.  http://www.prayerforprodigals.com
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Dec 19, 2019
Intro to Adulting
32:40

Steve Argue, a faculty member at Fuller Seminary, tells parents how they can help their kids transition in life. In past generations, you became an adult when you reached certain milestones, like getting married, working full-time, or moving away from home. Now it varies from person-to-person. Parents can help their kids navigate their way forward relationally, vocationally, and spiritually by asking key questions and staying involved.

Show Notes and Resources

Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Dec 18, 2019
Learners, Explorers, and Focusers
28:25

How can you help your kids move into adult life? Steve Argue, co-author of "Growing With," notes that most young adults today are embracing a theology that tells them "God wants me to be happy," and He will show up for them when needed. The reason they've adopted this idea is because that's what has been modeled to them by their parents. But in college and real life, they find that ideology doesn't work. Not everything in life turns out as planned. Argue tells parents what to do when their child doubts their faith, and shows parents the different stages in the young adult journey.

Show Notes and Resources

Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Dec 17, 2019
Helping Walk Through Stress
30:17

Parenting teens and young adults can feel both complicated and challenging. Dr. Steve Argue, an Applied Research Strategist at the Fuller Youth Institute, empowers parents with three new strategies to help their young people have better connections with their family, faith, and world. Argue reminds us that it takes longer for young people to grow up these days compared to generations past.

Show Notes and Resources

Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Dec 16, 2019
When My Family Is Toxic
29:17

When the people in your family hurt you the most, what do you do? Gary Thomas, author of "When to Walk Away," explains that if a family member enjoys tearing you down and destroying the relationship, then it may be time to walk away. You can't fix your family of origin, but you do have the perfect opportunity to build a new legacy and a new family. We need to protect our family members from evil, and if that means limiting our time with those who are destructive, even at holidays, then so be it. Don't let a toxic person distract you from what God has called you to do.

Show Notes and Resources

Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Dec 13, 2019
Help! I’m Married to a Toxic Spouse!
28:50

Is your spouse mentally and emotionally draining you? Author Gary Thomas explains that when a spouse is controlling or has a murderous spirit, it might be necessary, in some circumstances, to walk away. Thomas reminds us that a person who is anti-God eventually becomes anti-us. If a man or woman is intentionally destroying those around them but wants to stay in the relationship, it might be because they want to preserve their platform for abuse. Sometimes separation or divorce can be a tool to remove the abusive behavior. Thomas contrasts a toxic marriage from a difficult marriage.

Show Notes and Resources

Bob Lepine references a previous FamilyLife Today® interview with Dan Allender on 3 types of people who sin against you.  https://www.familylife.com/podcast/series/bold-love/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Dec 12, 2019
Playing Spiritual Defense
30:35

Sometimes it's best to just walk away. That's what best-selling author and pastor Gary Thomas wants you to know when facing toxic people. Thomas remembers learning this lesson after a particular blog post he wrote became popular. One woman made it her mission to discredit him and his family, any chance she could. After trying his best to appease the disgruntled woman, a friend of Gary's suggested he read the book of Luke and count how many times Jesus walked away. To Gary's amazement, Jesus walked away from people 41 times in the gospels. Thomas defines what a toxic person does, and explains the best way to deal with them.

Show Notes and Resources

Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Dec 11, 2019
Finding Joy in Family Devotions
31:50

Who says family devotions can't be fun? Tim Shoemaker, author of "The Very Best, Hands-on, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions," tells families how to fully engage with the truths of Scripture while also having a good time. Shoemaker realizes that kids are really good at pretending to pay attention. That's why he encourages parents to change things up and try something more active, like shooting a potato gun or instantly freezing a hot dog. By engaging all their senses, you'll have more opportunity to share spiritual truth.

Show Notes and Resources

Today's discussion clip was taken from the FamilyLife Today® interview with Don Whitney, "Passing on the Truth of God." https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-today/passing-on-the-truth-of-god/
Learn about FamilyLife's Art of Parenting® resource.  Join in online for free!  https://www.familylife.com/parenting
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Dec 10, 2019
Diving Into Family Devotions
28:08

Does the idea of family devotions seem boring to you? Author Tim Shoemaker wants you to know that while family devotions may take a little effort on your part, they definitely don't have to be boring! Shoemaker has been volunteering as a youth leader for 25 years, and he's learned a thing or two about capturing the attention of kids. Today, Tim is excited to share ideas and object lessons--like his coin trick, toilet paper race, and lit pickle trick--that will teach your kids about God and His principles.

Show Notes and Resources

VIDEO excerpt from the Art of Parenting® on family devotions played in today's program.  https://www.familylife.com/podcasts/familylife-today/art-of-parenting-video-clip-alistair-begg-on-family-devotions/
Learn about FamilyLife's Art of Parenting® resource.  Join in online for free!  https://www.familylife.com/parenting
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Dec 09, 2019
Calming Angry Kids
27:35

Does your childhood, or previous relationships, ever creep into your current ones? If you've ever noticed that certain themes tend to repeat in your relationships, you are not alone. Ron Deal is talking with USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer on this topic.

Dec 06, 2019
Communicating Needs Without Provoking Conflict
30:24

Do you desperately want to tell your spouse how you feel, but don't because of how they'll respond? Dave and Ann Wilson tackle a listener's question about healthy communication in marriage. Dave admits that it took years for him to learn to sit and listen to Ann tell him hard truths, and Ann also had to learn to express her frustration and observations in a way that wasn't threatening to Dave. Together they tell of the lightbulb "moment" that finally changed their approach to communicating and describe how affirmation has improved their marriage.

Dec 05, 2019
Family Reconciliation
32:41

Julie Plagens spent years estranged from her family of origin. However, after much prayer and counseling, Julie began to see that the real enemy wasn't her parents, but Satan. She committed to do whatever it would take to restore her relationship with her family, with God's help. She chose to forgive them, and followed that with fasting and prayer, asking God to reach out. Julie's prayers were answered. Later in the year, Julie's mother invited her over for dinner. Julie shares a word of wisdom to those experiencing brokenness in their family.

Dec 04, 2019
A Family Break Up
28:28

All of us have an extension cord tied to our family of origin. Author Julie Plagens explains what life was like after she cut ties with her family. While her health issues did improve, Julie admits that avoiding her parents and siblings was still difficult. Julie tells how prayer and Scripture became a lifeline and helped her heal mentally. She realized that by severing her family ties, she just traded one set of problems for another. After her father suffered a heart attack, Julie began to realize how unforgiveness had taken root and prayed for God to change her.

Dec 03, 2019
Breaking Free From Destructive Patterns
31:25

Julie Plagens, author of the book "Estranged," remembers growing up as the lonely daughter of a highly successful nightclub and restaurant owner. After ten years of running a booming business, Julie's father came to faith in Christ which led him to take a job as a janitor at a local church, and eventually he became a pastor. Julie shares how living under the shadow of her pastor father led her to stuff her anger and bitterness, which adversely affected her health. Realizing her life was on the line due to her resentment towards her parents, Julie tells how she made the decision to cut ties with her family for good.

Dec 02, 2019
The Complicated Heart
29:49

When Sarah Mae became pregnant as a teen, she chose abortion when encouraged by both her grandmothers. But through the shame and sadness, God's love still pursued Sarah.

Show Notes and Resources

Two Ways to Live: The Choice We All Face.  http://www.twowaystolive.com/
Listen to the entire episode "10: The Complicated Heart" from Unfavorable Odds™ with Kim Anthony with guest Sarah Mae. (1 hr. 11 min. podcast) https://www.familylife.com/podcast/unfavorable-odds/10-the-complicated-heart/
Subscribe to the Unfavorable Odds™ podcast.  https://www.familylife.com/podcast/unfavorable-odds/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Nov 29, 2019
Joyful, Prayerful, and Thankful
28:07

As believers, we should be joyful, prayerful, and thankful. Bob Lepine expounds on some biblical directives from 1 Thessalonians 5.

Show Notes and Resources

Two Ways to Live: The Choice We All Face.  http://www.twowaystolive.com/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Nov 28, 2019
In Their Shoes
28:27

Have you wondered what's going on inside a child of divorce? Ron Deal and Lauren Reitsema address common questions parents and stepparents ask about kids-and share insights that will help you love and lead them well.

Show Notes and Resources

Find  Ever Thine Home® resources at https://everthinehome.com/
Listen to episode 14 In Their Shoes from the FamilyLife Blended® Podcast with Ron Deal with guest Lauren Reitsema. (1 hr. 8 min. podcast) https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-blended-podcast/14-in-their-shoes/
Subscribe to the FamilyLife Blended® Podcast with Ron Deal. https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-blended-podcast/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Nov 27, 2019
Honoring Christ at Christmas
24:55

How do you prepare for the holidays? Dennis and Barbara Rainey are passionate about celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. Together they share fun ways they've done that, and tell how you can too. Hear their suggestions for having family devotionals around the names of Christ throughout Advent, and how you can decorate your tree and packages with the names of Christ.

Show Notes and Resources

COMING SOON: Dennis Rainey reads from Tim Keller's book "Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ" in what Dennis called "The Ultimate Reveal."  (5 min. podcast)
Find  Ever Thine Home® resources at https://everthinehome.com/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Nov 26, 2019
Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas
26:19

Christmas will be here soon, and Dennis and Barbara Rainey share fun, simple ideas to help you get ready spiritually. One way to focus on Christ is to celebrate Advent, the first season of the Christian church year. Barbara shares an easy way to gather the family around to consider the magnificence of Christ each Sunday through December.

Show Notes and Resources

Find  Ever Thine Home® resources at https://everthinehome.com/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Nov 25, 2019
Praying Through Conflict
26:54

How do you handle conflict? Authors Joel and Nina Schmidgall want couples to know that prayer is their ally when facing marital conflict. They encourage couples to prayerfully seek the Lord for the root of their conflict and ask Him for His wisdom in solving it. Couples need to intentionally create a safe environment to bring up hard topics, and affirm each other daily.

Nov 22, 2019
A Shared Vision
24:17

Joel and Nina Schmidgall, authors of the book "Praying Circles Around Your Marriage," encourage couples to pray with and for each other, and to watch God do something amazing. The Schmidgalls encourage couples to ask the Lord to give them a shared vision so they can live lives of purpose.

Nov 21, 2019
Praying Boldly for Your Marriage
25:03

Are there areas of your marriage you've given up on? Authors Joel and Nina Schmidgall talk about the importance of praying without ceasing, especially for your marriage. God honors bold prayer, and bold prayer honors God. Let's step up boldly to God's throne of grace and ask Him for our heart's desire.

Nov 20, 2019
Keeping Your Eyes on Jesus
25:11

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Laura Story talks about life with her husband Martin, who suffers from a memory deficit due to a brain tumor. Although challenging, Story sees his disability as God's means of grace and tells how God has slowed them down through these circumstances to live in the moment and see His goodness. Faith, she reminds us, is praising God even when we don't see Him.

Nov 19, 2019
Surrendering Your Dreams to God
41:18

Christian singer and songwriter Laura Story talks about the song, "Indescribable," that launched her career and tells how she's found joy in her circumstances. Laura's husband, Martin, whom she's been married to since 2004, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and lives with memory deficit.

Nov 18, 2019
Connecting With Your Sons
29:00

Author Joel Fitzpatrick loves to take walks with his son where he can represent the love of the Father to him. In a day when disconnection is the rule, Fitzpatrick challenges dads to talk to their sons about the topics they deal with on a daily basis-school, money, identity, and more. Connect with your sons. They'll be better for it.

Show Notes and Resources

The Weekend to Remember® https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Nov 15, 2019
A Father and Son Connection
26:47

As a youth pastor, Joel Fitzpatrick has seen countless boys struggle with what it means to have a life shaped by the gospel. Fitzpatrick encourages fathers to dive into deep conversations with their sons about friends, disappointment, girls, sex, and more. He shares communication tips on these topics from his book, "Between Us Guys."

Show Notes and Resources

The Weekend to Remember® https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Nov 14, 2019
Great Money Milestones
28:50

Our purse strings are tied to our heart strings. Financial advisor Art Rainer encourages believers to showcase the generosity of God by giving generously to those in need. Rainer lists eight money milestones couples can aim for that can help them get their finances and their giving on track.

Show Notes and Resources

The Weekend to Remember® https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Nov 13, 2019
The Money Disruptors
27:25

Art Rainer, author of "The Marriage Challenge: A Finance Guide for Married Couples," talks about four different money personalities in marriage: the saver, spender, investor, and ignorer. He explains how to talk about money before and after marriage, including how to address bad money habits, like hiding purchases, that can derail a marriage.

Show Notes and Resources

The Weekend to Remember® https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Nov 12, 2019
The Motivation for Financial Health
26:49

Financial expert Art Rainer shares how his parents' handling of the family finances influenced his own approach to money. Rainer reminds us that God wants believers to be a conduit of His blessings. As we give generously, we advance God's kingdom.
Show Notes and Resources

The Weekend to Remember® https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Have the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Nov 11, 2019
The Spiritually Awake Dad
28:13

Pastor Jerrad Lopes, author of "Dad Tired," rallies dads to be "all in" when it comes to spiritually engaging with their children. Lopes strives to be the spiritual leader in his home and wants his kids to see just how much he needs Jesus to change his broken heart. A wife is key in her husband's spiritual growth when she prays for him.

Show Notes and Resources

Hear more from Jarred at DadTired.comhttps://www.dadtired.com/
Dad Tired Facebook Group.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/dadtired/
The Weekend to Remember® https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Nov 08, 2019
Getting Your Dad Game On
24:57

Pastor Jerrad Lopes, founder of an equipping ministry for fathers called DadTired.com, shares practical advice to dads for leading their families spiritually. Lopes reminds dads that they can't just tell their sons what to do, but they need to show them what to do. Lopes' ultimate desire for his kids is to see them loving the Lord and each other.

Show Notes and Resources

Hear more from Jarred at DadTired.comhttps://www.dadtired.com/
Dad Tired Facebook Group.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/dadtired/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Nov 07, 2019
Becoming a Kingdom Man
26:48

Pastor Jerrad Lopes' father left when he was 3 years old, instilling in Jerrad a deep desire to be the father to his children that he never had. Marriage and fatherhood proved challenging, however, and he tells what finally woke him up from his self-absorption.
Show Notes and Resources

Hear more from Jarred at DadTired.comhttps://www.dadtired.com/
Dad Tired Facebook Group.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/dadtired/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Nov 06, 2019
Listener Letters: Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs
25:35

FamilyLife Today® hosts Dave and Ann Wilson tackle the tough questions from listeners. Hear their advice about dealing with an angry spouse.
Show Notes and Resources

FamilyLife's Art of Marriage® https://www.familylife.com/art-of-marriage/home/
The Weekend to Remember® https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember/
Send in your questions of what you would like to hear FamilyLife Today® address in a future program.  https://www.familylife.com/contact-us/general-feedback/
Download "My Family's Gratitude Plan" full of activities, articles, and printable Scripture for your family.  Send it!  https://www.familylife.com/family-gratitude-plan/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Nov 05, 2019
Thanksgiving Traditions
24:55

Dennis and Barbara Rainey remind us how important it is to give thanks to God for all His good blessings, not just at Thanksgiving, but always. Hear suggestions of how to keep thankfulness at the center of your Thanksgiving celebration.
Show Notes and Resources

Find Thanksgiving resources from Ever Thine Home® at https://shop.everthinehome.com/collections/thanksgiving
"Untie Your Story" https://shop.everthinehome.com/collections/thanksgiving/products/uys-gratitude-2
Download "My Family's Gratitude Plan" full of activities, articles, and printable Scripture for your family.  Send it!  https://www.familylife.com/family-gratitude-plan/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Nov 04, 2019
The Childless Stepmom
28:49

Motherhood and stepmotherhood, while both rewarding, also come with their own unique challenges. And for a woman with no biological children, stepping into the role of stepmom can be a bewildering labyrinth of complexities. Ron Deal and Laura Petherbridge discuss how to navigate this winding path.

Show Notes and Resources

Listen to episode 16: The Childless Stepmom from the FamilyLife Blended® Podcast with Ron Deal and Laura Petherbridge. (1 hr. 14 min. podcast) https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-blended-podcast/16-the-childless-stepmom/
Subscribe to the FamilyLife Blended® Podcast with Ron Deal. https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-blended-podcast/
Download "My Family's Gratitude Plan" full of activities, articles, and printable Scripture for your family.  Send it!  https://www.familylife.com/family-gratitude-plan/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Nov 01, 2019
The Intentional Mom
26:15

Kara-Kae James, a mother of four, knows what it feels like to be in the throes of motherhood and barely holding on. James offers words of wisdom and tells young moms how they can live above the chaos if they will entrust themselves to the Lord and lean hard into His Word, reminding themselves who they are in Christ and believing in their vital role in the family.

Show Notes and Resources

Find out more about FamilyLife's Art of Parenting® resource at https://www.familylife.com/parenting/
Like Arrows movie. http://likearrowsmovie.com
Download "My Family's Gratitude Plan" full of activities, articles, and printable Scripture for your family.  Claim yours!  https://www.familylife.com/family-gratitude-plan/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 31, 2019
The Challenge of Motherhood
27:25

Kara-Kae James, author of "Mom Up," thought that motherhood was a cinch. And then she had kids! Three children in three years, in fact. James admits that motherhood made her emotionally and mentally tired, weary and burned out, especially as she struggled with postpartum depression. James encourages other weary moms to seek help and community to overcome the motherhood blahs.

Show Notes and Resources

Find out more about FamilyLife's Art of Parenting® resource at https://www.familylife.com/parenting/
Like Arrows movie. http://likearrowsmovie.com
Download "My Family's Gratitude Plan" full of activities, articles, and printable Scripture for your family.  Claim yours!  https://www.familylife.com/family-gratitude-plan/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 30, 2019
Fostering Emotional Safety
28:33

Family coaches Josh and Christi Straub explain what it means to be emotionally safe and how feeling safe is the hallmark of an emotionally healthy home. The Straubs explain the value of teaching children to identify feelings like: jealous, guilty, angry, sad, surprised and embarrassed. They include a feelings chart in the back of their book that parents can use with their children.
Show Notes and Resources

Download "My Family's Gratitude Plan" full of activities, articles, and printable Scripture for your family.  Send it!  https://www.familylife.com/family-gratitude-plan/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 29, 2019
Understanding Your Child’s Feelings
30:44

Parents don't always know what their children are feeling. Authors and counselors Josh and Christi Straub explain how their children's book, "What Am I Feeling?," can help children identify and name what's going on in their hearts. Learning to control your emotions begins, Josh says, with learning to name what you're feeling.
Show Notes and Resources

Download "My Family's Gratitude Plan" full of activities, articles, and printable Scripture for your family.  Send it!  https://www.familylife.com/family-gratitude-plan/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 28, 2019
Revealing Beauty from Ashes
28:14

Coming out of a marriage filled with sexual betrayal left Sheri Keffer emotionally exhausted and filled with shame. Keffer, now a relationship therapist, tells how God kept her together when her marriage fell apart. Hear what her life is like now since starting over.
Show Notes and Resources

The Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS) for Partner Specialists that address the traumatic stress found in partners affected by sex addiction.  https://www.apsats.org/
There are many Sexaholics Anonymous and Sex Addicts Anonymous groups available online.  FamilyLife does not endorse or recommend specific providers or organizations.
Sheri mentions the book "Strike the Original Match" by Dr. Charles Swindoll.
The Holiday Survival Guide has plenty of wisdom, insight, and guidance on how to manage holiday stressors.  https://www.familylife.com/holiday-survival-guide/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 25, 2019
Repairing, Rebuilding
24:55

Intimate Deception" author Dr. Sheri Keffer reflects on her first marriage and her husband's repeated porn use. After nine months of marriage, he did seek counseling, but instead of feeling hope, she wondered why she wasn't enough. Keffer, now a relationship therapist, talks about the post-traumatic stress she and other women experience when their husbands confess sexual sin.
Show Notes and Resources

The Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS) for Partner Specialists that address the traumatic stress found in partners affected by sex addiction.  https://www.apsats.org/
There are many Sexaholics Anonymous and Sex Addicts Anonymous groups available online.  FamilyLife does not endorse or recommend specific providers or organizations.
The Holiday Survival Guide has plenty of wisdom, insight, and guidance on how to manage holiday stressors.  https://www.familylife.com/holiday-survival-guide/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 24, 2019
Healing Wounds of Sexual Betrayal
27:17

When Sheri Keffer's fiancé confessed that he had called a 900 number, she wasn't even sure what that meant. She shrugged it off, assuming he wouldn't do it again since he was a pastor. But once they married, Keffer tells how her Prince Charming's secret became more difficult to hide. Keffer encourages women to keep their eyes open for red flags and to ask the hard questions about porn use before marriage.
Show Notes and Resources

The Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS) for Partner Specialists that address the traumatic stress found in partners affected by sex addiction.  https://www.apsats.org/
There are many Sexaholics Anonymous and Sex Addicts Anonymous groups available online.  FamilyLife does not endorse or recommend specific providers or organizations.
The Holiday Survival Guide has plenty of wisdom, insight, and guidance on how to manage holiday stressors.  https://www.familylife.com/holiday-survival-guide/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 23, 2019
Called to Forgive
27:30

Anthony Thompson's wife was one of nine people murdered on June 17, 2015, at EAM Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina. At the bond hearing, he stood before the killer and said, "I forgive you and my family forgives you." Who or what enabled him to say that?
Show Notes and Resources

Audio clips at the beginning of the program come from Charleston County Government and Voice of America.
Listen to the entire episode "9: Called To Forgive" from Unfavorable Odds™ with Kim Anthony and guest Anthony Thompson. (41 min. podcast) https://www.familylife.com/podcast/unfavorable-odds/9-called-to-forgive/
Subscribe to the Unfavorable Odds™ podcast.  https://www.familylife.com/podcast/unfavorable-odds/
The Holiday Survival Guide has plenty of wisdom, insight, and guidance on how to manage holiday stressors.  https://www.familylife.com/holiday-survival-guide/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 22, 2019
Listener Letters: Meeting Each Other’s Needs
30:10

Sometimes people say the strangest things-and on occasion, they're hurtful. What do you do when the person is your husband and his complaint is about your weight? That's exactly what one listener asked us. Join us for an insightful and compassionate discussion of this difficult topic.

Show Notes and Resources

Send in your questions of what you would like to hear FamilyLife Today® address in a future program.  https://www.familylife.com/contact-us/general-feedback/
Get updates for the Vertical Marriage small-group study from Dave and Ann Wilson and FamilyLife.  https://www.familylife.com/verticalmarriagestudy/
The Holiday Survival Guide has plenty of wisdom, insight, and guidance on how to manage holiday stressors.  https://www.familylife.com/holiday-survival-guide/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Consider becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 21, 2019
Feeling Like a Phony
27:00

Do you ever feel like there's a "scarlet letter" you're carrying around because of your past? Ron Deal says there's no need to carry around that baggage and we should let God deal with it. Ron talks us through the story of the woman at the well.

Show Notes and Resources

Learn more about the Summit on Stepfamily Ministry. https://www.summitonstepfamilies.com/
Shop Ron Deal's newest resources: https://shop.familylife.com/Products.aspx?categoryID=171
Subscribe to the FamilyLife Blended® Podcast with Ron Deal. https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-blended-podcast/
Visit FamilyLife Blended® online for articles, videos, and resources for blended families. https://www.familylife.com/blended
Get updates for the Vertical Marriage small-group study from Dave and Ann Wilson and FamilyLife.  https://www.familylife.com/verticalmarriagestudy/

Oct 18, 2019
Who Isn’t Dysfunctional
26:39

How can I share the gospel if my family is a mess? Ron Deal reminds us that most of the families featured in Jesus' lineage were dysfunctional, so you're in good company.

Show Notes and Resources

Learn more about the Summit on Stepfamily Ministry. https://www.summitonstepfamilies.com/
Shop Ron Deal's newest resources: https://shop.familylife.com/Products.aspx?categoryID=171
Subscribe to the FamilyLife Blended® Podcast with Ron Deal. https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-blended-podcast/
Visit FamilyLife Blended® online for articles, videos, and resources for blended families. https://www.familylife.com/blended
Get updates for the Vertical Marriage small-group study from Dave and Ann Wilson and FamilyLife.  https://www.familylife.com/verticalmarriagestudy/

Oct 17, 2019
Are You a Christian?
31:00

Pastor Dean Inserra contrasts the difference between those who say they are a Christian and actual followers of Jesus Christ. Inserra walks us through the list of eight different cultural Christians, including Country Club Christian, Christmas and Easter Christian, and Social Justice Christian, and tells why these people are missing the mark.

Show Notes and Resources

Two Ways to Live, the choice we all face.  http://twowaystolive.com/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Get updates for the Vertical Marriage small-group study from Dave and Ann Wilson and FamilyLife.  https://www.familylife.com/verticalmarriagestudy/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 16, 2019
Christmas and Easter and Other Cultural Christians
27:12

If you grew up going to church, does that automatically make you a Christian? Author Dean Inserra reminds us that salvation isn't a right of passage, but a response to your understanding to the good news of Jesus Christ. Find out what you should say to a child when he or she wants to ask Jesus into their heart.

Show Notes and Resources

Two Ways to Live, the choice we all face.  http://twowaystolive.com/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Get updates for the Vertical Marriage small-group study from Dave and Ann Wilson and FamilyLife.  https://www.familylife.com/verticalmarriagestudy/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 15, 2019
What is a Cultural Christian?
29:15

America may be the largest mission field yet. Why? Author Dean Inserra explains there are plenty of people who claim to be Christians-they believe in God and are good people, but when it comes to Christ's atoning work on the cross, they are clueless. Inserra talks about the best way to reach people who don't know they're lost.
Show Notes and Resources

Two Ways to Live, the choice we all face.  http://twowaystolive.com/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Get updates for the Vertical Marriage small-group study from Dave and Ann Wilson and FamilyLife.  https://www.familylife.com/verticalmarriagestudy/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 14, 2019
Understanding the Adolescent Shift
27:29

How connected are you to your child's heart? Mike Berry, father to eight adopted kids, talks honestly about the massive influence parents have on their children. Berry explains the shift that happens to kids as they move into adolescence and parents become seemingly secondary to their child's friends. Instead of retreating, Berry encourages parents to stay engaged and involved.

Show Notes and Resources

Art of Parenting® Video - Tim Kimmel on Asset Friends and Liability Friends.  (1 min. video) https://www.familylife.com/podcasts/familylife-today/art-of-parenting-video-clip-tim-kimmel-on-asset-friends-and-liability-friends/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 11, 2019
The Grace to Forgive
26:24

Mike Berry, a foster dad of 23 kids over the years and father of eight adopted kids, talks about winning the heart of a child. Berry recalls the darkest season of his parenting years when his son, who suffers with fetal alcohol syndrome, was out of control and injured another child. He recalls what he felt that day and the words he spoke in anger. Seeking forgiveness, Berry tells how being willing to confess and offer grace to forgive is key in winning a child's heart.
Show Notes and Resources

Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 10, 2019
A Mother’s Assignment
27:47

Linda Weber, wife of pastor Stu Weber and mother to three grown sons, talks to new moms about their important assignment. Weber encourages moms to believe what the Scriptures tell them about their role and to come alongside their children to help them process the world around them. Find out how a mother's love impacts a child's brain.

Oct 09, 2019
Making History
27:02

Mom, you have a life-giving mission. Linda Weber, an author and mother of three grown sons, shares how she sought to make her kids feel important and accepted, knowing that her actions and words would leave an eternal mark. Weber reminds moms that their influence makes a big difference both now and in the future.

Oct 08, 2019
Why Is He So Touchy?
32:13

Why is he so touchy?" It's a question a lot of wives ask. Shaunti Feldhahn and Brian Goins dig into this subject and reveal that while a guy looks confident on the outside, inside he isn't sure he measures up.Find out how influential a wife can be as her husband grows into the man God wants him to be.

Show Notes and Resources

Subscribe to the Married With Benefits™ podcast.  https://www.familylife.com/podcast/married-with-benefits/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Network.
Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 07, 2019
The Source of Self-Control
25:21

If self-control is a fruit of the Spirit, then how do we allow the Spirit to cultivate that fruit in our lives? Rob Bugh explains that when we value Jesus above all else and are faithful to the gospel, the fruit of the Spirit naturally manifests. He also discusses how this quality is especially critical in blended families.

Show Notes and Resources

Learn more and register for the Summit on Stepfamily Ministry. https://www.summitonstepfamilies.com/
Find your getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 04, 2019
The Importance of Self-control
28:44

Rob Bugh talks about the importance of self-control in blended families. Self-control is overcoming sinful passions, and is not optional for believers. Bugh tells about how a lack of self-control caused great regret in the early years of his new marriage.

Show Notes and Resources

Sign up to view all the videos from Blended & Blessed, including Rob Bugh's talk. https://www.familylife.com/blended-free-gift/
Learn more and register for the Summit on Stepfamily Ministry. https://www.summitonstepfamilies.com/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 03, 2019
What About Single Women?
30:04

Abigail Dodds teaches on the beauty of God's good design regarding gender. Women, Dodds explains, are absolutely just as fearless as men, but their physical reality naturally makes them nurturers. If women are created to bear life, then what about single women? Though singles are excluded from child-bearing, they aren't excluded from anything essential to God's kingdom. Hear how single women can be nurturers and life givers in their homes and communities.

Show Notes and Resources

Sign up for FamilyLife emails full of content to help you grow closer together and to God.  https://www.familylife.com/subscriptions/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 02, 2019
Using Your Gifting
24:49

Abigail Dodds, author of "(A)Typical Woman," says that despite the culture's depiction of women as warriors, women's bodies were made to do something very different. To understand a woman's role, you have to study how a woman is made. Men have 50% more body strength than women. Women, on the other hand, are softer, and have the capacity to bear children. Dodds explains that just because a woman is created differently than a man doesn't make her inferior. A woman's fragility, like a crystal chandelier, only increases her value.

Show Notes and Resources

Sign up for FamilyLife emails full of content to help you grow closer together and to God.  https://www.familylife.com/subscriptions/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Oct 01, 2019
What Does It Mean to Be Wholly a Woman?
26:44

Author Abigail Dodds, a wife and mother to five, talks about the way men and women are inherently different from one another. It's easy to generalize male and female characteristics, but we must be careful.  The gifts of the Spirit, she reminds us--love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control--can be exhibited by all believers, regardless of gender.
Show Notes and Resources

Sign up for FamilyLife emails full of content to help you grow closer together and to God.  https://www.familylife.com/subscriptions/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
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Sep 30, 2019
You, God, and Your Marriage
30:37

Author Nina Roesner reflects on a wife's need to be right and to be known. Roesner admits this was a problem early in her marriage, but explains that as she went deeper in her relationship with Christ, it became less of an issue. Instead of trying to control a situation, Roesner encourages wives to walk through each situation with their husbands without criticizing.

Show Notes and Resources

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Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
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Sep 27, 2019
His Word and Your Marriage
30:25

Nina Roesner, author of "12 Truths to Change Your Marriage," explains what happens when a spouse loves the marriage more than they love Jesus or His Word. When Roesner's marriage wasn't meeting her expectations six months in, she thought she had married the wrong person. She didn't realize the infatuation part of love wears off. Roesner tells what she learned about respect and submission.

Show Notes and Resources

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Sep 26, 2019
Staying Connected, Letting Go
27:42

What's the best way to nurture a healthy relationship with your grown children? Author Jim Burns encourages parents to continue to show their love and support to their grown children even if there have been years of distance between you. Constantly preaching to your sons and daughters will only keep them at arm's length. If an adult child is married, parents have to allow them to leave and cleave to their spouse. In other words, let go.

Show Notes and Resources

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Sep 25, 2019
Your Adult Kids and Finances
26:25

At what point do you cut your children off financially? HomeWord president and best-selling author Jim Burns cautions parents not to enable their adult children by continually giving them money or bailing them out, especially if it's money parents will need for their own retirement someday. A financial gift occasionally is okay, but it's important to teach your kids to handle money in a healthy way. Burns also answers challenging questions about adult kids visiting with their significant other.

Show Notes and Resources

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Sep 24, 2019
Keep Your Mouth Shut and the Welcome Mat Out
28:35

Author Jim Burns, president of HomeWord, coaches parents of adult children on how to keep the relational ties open once their young adults leave home. The relationship will change, and it's okay to grieve the loss of the day-to-day relationship, but a more satisfying adult-to-adult relationship should eventually take its place. Burns shares what to do if adult children come back home temporarily, and tells how he's living this out with his own daughter.

Show Notes and Resources

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Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
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Sep 23, 2019
How to Destroy Your Marriage Before It Begins
25:17

Ann Wilson coaches engaged women, offering practical suggestions for pursuing sexual purity before marriage, and gives a realistic picture of what to expect on their honeymoon.

Show Notes and Resources

Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Network.
Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Sep 20, 2019
Things I Wish I Knew Before Marriage
28:20

Ann Wilson talks to engaged women about things to keep in mind, things to be prepared for, and things to talk with their fiance' about before saying "I do."

Show Notes and Resources

Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Network.
Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Sep 19, 2019
New Priorities
24:55

Authors Ryan and Selena Frederick talk about the importance of leaving margin in your marriage. The Fredericks share how a European backpacking trip made them realize they were spread too thin, leaving little time for each other. Their schedules were full with church involvement, demanding jobs, and hobbies, but their relationship lacked depth and purpose. Hear about the radical changes they made once they agreed that "life is short," and God needs to come first.

Show Notes and Resources

Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Network.
Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Sep 18, 2019
Finding a New Dream
28:36

Authors Ryan and Selena Frederick talk about their early years of marriage when they headed overseas to fulfill Selena's dream of working on a horse farm in Switzerland. Selena worked as an au pair/groomer and Ryan worked as a stable boy, until Ryan's health took a turn for the worse. Ryan tells how an infection in his heart valve and open heart surgery changed his perspective on life and tested his marriage.

Show Notes and Resources

Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Network.
Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Sep 17, 2019
Thoughts on Purity
27:10

Ryan and Selena Frederick, authors of "Fierce Marriage," reflect on meeting in 8th grade and the romance that unfolded in their high school and college years. Desiring to keep their relationship pure, they decided to marry at 20 and 21 years old. Together they tell how waiting until marriage to be sexually intimate didn't ensure them the instant fireworks they expected and that in reality, oneness in sex took time and effort.

Show Notes and Resources

Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Network.
Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Sep 16, 2019
What if He’s Not Worthy of Respect?
32:38

When a husband doesn't deserve respect, should his wife show it anyway? Shaunti Feldhahn describes what many women have discovered by doing just that. This isn't a naive pep talk. It's a presentation of transformational steps wives can take when their husband shows little respectability.

Show Notes and Resources

Subscribe to the Married With Benefits™ podcast.  https://www.familylife.com/podcast/married-with-benefits/
Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast Networkhttps://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/
Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
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Sep 13, 2019
The Power of the Tongue
32:25

Words can encourage and give life, or they can destroy and kill. Dave and Ann Wilson tell how they learned this principle the hard way in their marriage and family.

Show Notes and Resources

Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
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Sep 12, 2019
Appreciating the Song of Solomon
28:16

Wheaton College President Phil Ryken sheds some light on the passionate poetry of the Song of Songs. The book is a collection of songs about a couple whose relationship is heading into marriage. The main characters, Solomon and the Shulamite, value and love each other. They can't wait to be together, and express their love to one another eagerly and expressively.
Show Notes and Resources

Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
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Sep 11, 2019
Waiting on Love
26:15

Phil Ryken, president of Wheaton College, helps us understand the deeper meaning behind the Song of Songs by walking us through each alluring chapter. First he explains the meaning behind Song of Songs 2:7: "Do not arouse or awaken my love until she pleases," and points listeners back to God's design for sexual intimacy. He also reflects on his honeymoon and the wise choice he made after struggling through his and his beloved's first disagreement.

Show Notes and Resources

Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
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Sep 10, 2019
Understanding the Song of Songs
27:40

Wheaton College President Phil Ryken discusses the greatest love song that has ever been written: the Song of Songs. One of the main ways God speaks to us is through the wedding relationship. Song of Songs is the soundtrack for the romance that begins in Genesis and ends on the wedding day of Revelation. Ryken shows us how Solomon's passion for his bride mirrors Christ's passion for us.

Show Notes and Resources

Find Your Getaway at one of FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Sep 09, 2019
Where to Go to School
27:22

Author Shelly Wildman, a mom to three grown children, joins Dave and Ann Wilson to talk about school choice. Wildman explains why she and her husband picked public education. Aside from other benefits, they liked the missional aspect of public school and thought it would be a great way for their family to get to know their neighbors.
Show Notes and Resources

Download the Family Values Exercise, a tool to help you prepare today for the decisions and transitions that will affect the next stage of your family’s life. https://www.familylife.com/values-exercise/
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Sep 06, 2019
A Family on a Mission
25:39

What does it mean to live on mission? Shelly Wildman believes that if parents want kids who are on fire for the Lord, they must have a committed relationship with Christ themselves. Parents must show their kids that they are there to walk through their faith struggles and be available to talk through those harder, deeper issues in our culture. Also joining in the discussion is Dave and Ann Wilson's son, Cody.
Show Notes and Resources

Kevin DeYoung on family devotion fails. (1 min. video) https://www.familylife.com/podcasts/familylife-today/art-of-parenting-video-clip-kevin-deyoung-on-family-devotions/
Download the Family Values Exercise, a tool to help you prepare today for the decisions and transitions that will affect the next stage of your family’s life. https://www.familylife.com/values-exercise/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Sep 05, 2019
Why Are We Doing This?
25:13

Shelly Wildman, author of the book, "First Ask Why," talks about the guiding parenting principles she used to help her focus on the most important things. Wildman and her husband wanted to parent their three girls well, but they also wanted to know why they were doing what they were doing. For Wildman, that meant not just raising her kids to pursue the American dream, but to live lives on purpose and for God. Wildman explains God's purpose for the family.
Show Notes and Resources

Download the Family Values Exercise, a tool to help you prepare today for the decisions and transitions that will affect the next stage of your family’s life. https://www.familylife.com/values-exercise/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Sep 04, 2019
A Christ-Centered Marriage
28:45

Pastor Rob Green, author of the book, "Tying the Knot," talks about the goal of premarital counseling: to help engaged couples see what marriage looks like when Jesus is at the center. When counseling, Green talks about red flags, like being spiritually mismatched, pornography, and relational baggage (like past abuse or a child from a previous relationship). A man or woman has to ask themselves whether or not they will extend grace to their intended and bear their burden. Green also talks about the green lights: a firm faith and dependence on Christ, a willingness to continually learn about one another, and involvement in a local church.

Sep 03, 2019
The Importance of Premarital Counseling
25:58

Rob Green, a pastor of counseling at Faith Church, talks about the importance of premarital counseling. As Green walks couples through the counseling process, he talks to them about the difference between role and expectation. Some things a husband is commanded to do, like living with his wife in an understanding way and continually learning about her. But other things, like taking out the trash or mowing the lawn, varies from couple to couple. Green reminds couples to talk about their expectations and to focus building their marriage on Christ.

Sep 02, 2019
Praying for Your Kids
26:58

Nancy Guthrie, author of "What Every Child Should Know About Prayer," recalls a season in her parenting when she realized she was worrying a lot more than praying. She fed her fears and allowed her train of thought to take her to the worst possible outcome. She realized her desires needed to be shaped by the Word of God. So many times parents' prayers revolve only around asking God to change our child’s circumstances, but praying through the Scriptures keeps us asking God to do the things in our children’s lives that only he can do.

Aug 30, 2019
Teaching Your Kids to Pray
28:57

When teaching kids to pray, Nancy Guthrie admits that thank you's dominate, and requests follow. Guthrie's desire is to see children grounded in the Scriptures and practicing real prayer. This requires that children understand who God is, which will help them move into prayers of confession--an aspect often missing in most family prayer times. Kids follow what we do more than what we say. If we want our kids to have an intimate relationship with God, we need to model that.

Show Notes and Resources

Our faith is challenged many times over the course of a lifetime, but never so much as when we experience the death of a child. David and Nancy Guthrie talk about the children they were blessed with, and what God has taught them about surrendering all to Him.  (25 min. podcast) https://www.familylife.com/podcast/series/holding-on-to-hope/
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Aug 29, 2019
Counseling for the Difficult Times
26:13

Christian counselor Jonathan Holmes talks about the challenges of counseling a spouse experiencing emotional or physical abuse. He also tackles the problem of dwindling desire in marriage, and asserts that intimacy problems are typically spiritual problems and symptomatic of deeper issues. He also shares how he would counsel a couple experiencing spiritual differences.

Show Notes and Resources

Author and family therapist Dr. Ramona Probasco tells what it's like to be married to an abusive man because she's been there. (27 min. podcast) https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-today/the-big-secret/
Pastor Justin Holcomb explains while physical abuse is definitely a part of domestic abuse, mental, emotional, and financial abuse are just as devastating.  (26 min. podcast) https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-today/what-is-domestic-abuse/
Nancy Murphy talks about the domestic abuse she endured at the hands of her former husband. (25 min. podcast) https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-today/the-abuse-begins/
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Aug 28, 2019
Tackling the Tough Issues
28:23

Jonathan Holmes, the founder and executive director of Fieldstone Counseling, tackles common problems couples face today, like infidelity and pornography. He also talks about the importance of forgiveness and the necessity of rebuilding trust.

Aug 27, 2019
A Friend in Need
31:52

Jonathan Holmes, pastor of counseling at Parkside Church and author of the book, "Counsel for Couples," gives practical advice for finding a good Christian counselor. Holmes talks about the characteristics a good counselor should possess, and reminds listeners that, just like Jesus, a biblical counselor is called to speak the truth in love and build up the body of Christ. As Christians, however, we all can walk beside someone in their crisis, even if we don't have all the answers.

Aug 26, 2019
Overcomer Movie
0:00

Director Alex Kendrick and actor Cameron Arnett talk about the Kendrick brothers' latest film, "Overcomer," a movie about identity.

Show Notes and Resources

OvercomerMovie.com

Aug 23, 2019
Refreshment for Stepmoms
29:52

Stepmoms bear a unique burden, and they often neglect their own care. Melanie Anthony talks to Ron Deal, offering hope for balance in the midst of the burden for weary stepmoms.

Show Notes and Resources

Listen to the entire podcast with Melanie Anthony on the FamilyLife Blended® Podcast.  (43 min.) https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-blended-podcast/daily-bread-for-the-starving-stepmom/
Subscribe to the FamilyLife Blended® Podcast with Ron Deal. https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-blended-podcast/
Learn more and register for the Summit on Stepfamily Ministry visit. https://www.summitonstepfamilies.com/
Visit FamilyLife Blended® online for articles, videos, resources, for blended families. https://www.familylife.com/blended

Aug 22, 2019
Your Boy’s Spiritual Formation
29:06

Mom and author Monica Swanson talks about the importance of spiritually discipling sons. Swanson encourages parents to be purposeful about incorporating God's Word into their children's daily lives. She and her husband have done this by teaching their boys to search for answers in the Bible and modeling an active faith for them at church and at home.

Aug 21, 2019
Not Everything Matters
27:54

Monica Swanson, author of "Boy Mom," talks about the challenges and joys of raising boys. Swanson, a mother of four boys, reminds moms that they can simplify the pressures they feel by simplifying their parenting. Much of parenting, she reminds listeners, is trial and error. Each person has to figure out what works best for their family. Swanson shares some thoughts about helping children find their identity in Christ.

Aug 20, 2019
What Your Boy Needs Most
27:13

Author Monica Swanson, a mother to four sons, remembers how overwhelmed she felt when her boys were young. Exhausted by the pressure to parent perfectly and sure that her son's assertiveness and risk-taking must be a sign of a deeper problem, she arrived at the doctor's office only to be told, "He's a boy." After that, Swanson tells how she vowed to become a purposeful, prayerful mom intent on raising future men. Swanson gives her best tips for raising boys while keeping your sanity.

Show Notes and Resources

Read "When Your Kid Argues about Everything (5 tips)" by Monica Swanson (7 min. read):  https://monicaswanson.com/when-your-kid-argues-about-everything-5-tips/
Download the Stronger Forever ebook and enter for a chance to go on the FamilyLife's Love Like You Mean It® cruise.  https://www.familylife.com/stronger
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Aug 19, 2019
The Beauty of Liturgy
26:14

Author Douglas Kaine McKelvey shares how we can practice the presence of Christ through the use of liturgical prayers, not just in church, but in our homes. In his book, "Every Moment Holy," McKelvey offers liturgical prayers for all occasions, like going on a trip, stargazing, gardening, or moving into a new home. He tells why practicing the presence of God is always a good idea.
Show Notes and Resources

EveryMomentHoly.com

Aug 16, 2019
What Is Liturgy?
27:30

Douglas Kaine McKelvey, author of "Every Moment Holy," talks about his introduction to the Book of Common Prayer and how it changed his thinking about structured prayer. McKelvey explains the meaning of liturgy, and gives an example by reading the liturgy he wrote for the family grieving the loss of a pet. McKelvey explains how reading liturgical pieces like the Lord's prayer can help us think prayerfully and help us process God's truth. He also explains how the Holy Spirit can be just as present in a liturgical prayer as in a spontaneous prayer.

Aug 15, 2019
Run Your Race
27:54

Kyle Idleman, a teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church, talks about applying Hebrews to our relationships, especially marriage. There are seasons of difficulty in marriage, and it takes perseverance and faith to press through the hard times. Husbands often lean toward the grand gestures that get noticed and affirmed, but it's the daily acts of service that make a big difference. Idleman lists some of the obstacles, like indifference, that can tank a relationship.

Aug 14, 2019
Throw Off the Weight
27:37

Pastor Kyle Idleman, author of the book, "Don't Give Up," based on Hebrews 12, talks about the value of persevering under trial. So many people are ready to give up, but Idleman encourages the fainthearted to replace the lies they believe with the promises of God.

Show Notes and Resources

Kyle Idleman's sermons on dealing with anxiety.  https://www.southeastchristian.org/sermons/on-edge

Aug 13, 2019
Three Little Words We All Need to Hear
28:16

Are you struggling and want to give up? Don't do it! Best-selling author and pastor Kyle Idleman is convinced that what most people need to hear are the words, "Don't give up." While many believe what they need is comfort, what they really need is courage, and there's a big difference. Our self-talk must always be rooted in Christ. Time and again in Scripture we see believers persevering in the face of trials, and Idleman reminds us that we can too.

Aug 12, 2019
The Pressure of Difficulties
28:08

Author Shelby Abbott reminds listeners that the gospel has solutions for everyday pressures because the gospel is a bottomless pit of grace. The life of Christ is the answer to all our struggles, but it can be difficult to see when you are surrounded by life's pressures. Abbott tells of a time when the pain from a herniated disc had him scrambling to understand the character of God. Ten years later, he still deals with pain, but leans into God and His grace to face the day to day.

Show Notes and Resources

Learn more about FamilyLife's Art of Parenting®.  https://www.familylife.com/parenting/

Aug 09, 2019
The Pressure of Finding Purpose
26:02

Campus minister Shelby Abbott, author of the book, "Pressure Points," talks realistically about some of the stressors students face in today's culture. While stress is a natural part of college life, social media can even make it worse as a student sees in real time what everyone else is doing. To combat stress, especially as a freshman, Abbott recommends students get plugged into a student ministry, like Cru or Navigators, right away. This way the students avoid isolation and find spiritual encouragement as well. Abbott also addresses the stress of discerning God's will.

Show Notes and Resources

Learn more about FamilyLife's Art of Parenting®.  https://www.familylife.com/parenting/

Aug 08, 2019
So What’s Wrong With…
25:44

Would you like your son to have the same junior high or high school experience you had? Inevitably our kids will step in pot holes along the way to maturity, and Gary Chapman and Clarence Shuler want to help. Together these authors of "Choose Greatness," talk honestly to young teens about the challenges they'll face in adolescence and will show them how and why to avoid some of the hazards, like smoking, drinking, and drugs.

Show Notes and Resources

Learn more about FamilyLife's Art of Parenting®.  https://www.familylife.com/parenting/

Aug 07, 2019
Take Our Advice – Stay in School
25:41

If you could be a teen again, what would you do differently? Gary Chapman and Clarence Shuler, authors of the book, "Choose Greatness," talk about teaching young men to seek knowledge through education, learn from other adults vs. peers, discover the truth about God, and other wise steps. Hear them discuss some of the biggest challenges teens face, like the temptation to not apply themselves or drop out of school, and the consequences of those decisions.

Show Notes and Resources

Learn more about FamilyLife's Art of Parenting®.  https://www.familylife.com/parenting/

Aug 06, 2019
Wise Decisions Brave Men Make
27:31

Authors Gary Chapman and Clarence Shuler tell about the unique mentoring relationship they began when Shuler was a teen. Together they talk about the 11 wise decisions young men must make in order to live a great life such as: seeking wisdom from parents and trusted adults, making technology work for you, respecting girls and women, and being sexually responsible.

Show Notes and Resources

Learn more about FamilyLife's Art of Parenting®.  https://www.familylife.com/parenting/

Aug 05, 2019
Alienation From Children, Post Divorce
29:08

Stepcouples hope and pray they can have peaceful interactions with their former spouses, and it is possible. But for some couples, no matter how much they try, the venom and vitriol of the former spouse drowns out all reason and compromise. Rodney and Lisa Webb share their difficult blended journey, as counselor and therapist Helen Wheeler and blended family expert Ron Deal speak wisdom.

Show Notes and Resources

Listen to the entire podcast with Helen Wheeler and Rodney and Lisa Webb on the FamilyLife Blended® Podcast.  (55 min.) https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-blended-podcast/challenging-co-parent-situations-and-parent-alienation/
Subscribe to the FamilyLife Blended® Podcast with Ron Deal. https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-blended-podcast/
Learn more and register for the Summit on Stepfamily Ministry visit. https://www.summitonstepfamilies.com/
Visit FamilyLife Blended® online for articles, videos, resources, for blended families. https://www.familylife.com/blended

Aug 02, 2019
Our Adoption Journey
29:38

Matt and Glenna Bevin had a heart for adoption. But with five biological children in the home, the State of Kentucky said "no can do" on a sixth child. On today's program we'll hear how their passionate quest to adopt their daughter eventually landed them in the governor's mansion of Kentucky. Governor Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin are our guests.

Show Notes and Resources

Watch a session from the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit in 2019. (fast-forward to 25 min. for the 27 min. section with the Bevins) https://www.facebook.com/ChristianAllianceforOrphans/videos/2620722571288959/
Check out the upcoming Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit.  https://cafo.org/summit/
Download the Stronger Forever ebook and enter for a chance to go on the FamilyLife's Love Like You Mean It® cruise.  https://www.familylife.com/stronger
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Aug 01, 2019
Resurrecting a Marriage
25:33

Marvin and Linda Rooks had a great marriage, until they didn't. As pressures mounted and responsibilities grew, they found themselves emotionally distant and Marvin eventually moved out. The Rookses talk honestly about their three-year separation and fondly remember the circumstances that finally brought them together again.

Show Notes and Resources

Download the Stronger Forever ebook and enter for a chance to go on the FamilyLife's Love Like You Mean It® cruise.  https://www.familylife.com/stronger
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jul 31, 2019
The Separation
28:08

Marvin and Linda Rooks appeared to have it all. He was an aspiring attorney dedicated to his practice, and she a devoted wife and mother, albeit lonely. Their marriage was adrift on a slow boat to isolation. The Rookses talk about the Easter Sunday that changed everything for them, and the marital separation that had each of them seeking answers.

Show Notes and Resources

Download the Stronger Forever ebook and enter for a chance to go on the FamilyLife's Love Like You Mean It® cruise.  https://www.familylife.com/stronger
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jul 30, 2019
The Drift
27:38

Marvin and Linda Rooks are living proof that it is possible to reconcile and build a marriage that is even better than before. The Rooks' first six years of marriage were heaven and nearly perfect. After the children arrived, conflict that should've been faced and resolved was swept under the rug. Bitterness took root, and they grew apart. Marvin focused on his career at the law firm. The Rookses tell how isolation began to take its toll.

Show Notes and Resources

Check out FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember/
Download the Stronger Forever ebook and enter for a chance to go on the FamilyLife's Love Like You Mean It® cruise.  https://www.familylife.com/stronger
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jul 29, 2019