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Author Jodie Berndt has heard from hundreds, if not thousands, of parents through the years who struggle with praying for their children, as she did:They feel inadequate.They believe prayer to be a natural part of the parenting process, but rarely feel like their prayers “pack a punch.”Jodie even worried that her proud or anxious prayers might elbow God out of the picture.The more familiar Jodie became with the Bible, the more Scripture reshaped her perspective and her desires – and the more her prayers lined up with God's willThe book of James says that “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16).The post Praying Scripture Over Your Child's Life appeared first on Jim Daly.
It is time. In fact, it's way past time. For nearly a half-century, abortion on demand has been legal in all fifty states leading to the tragic holocaust of over 60 million innocent babies. It is time to right an historically devastating and evil wrong and overturn the fatally flawed Roe decision from 1973. I'm in Washington, D.C., and will be closely following today's hearing of the Mississippi Dobbs case inside the Supreme Court. Due to the pandemic, the courtroom will be closed to spectators, but the audio of the proceedings will be available in real time.The post It is Time to Right an Historic and Evil Wrong appeared first on Jim Daly.
The sun has set on the Supreme Court this December afternoon marking the end of a remarkable, historic and encouraging day for all of us who champion and support the sanctity of life.It's likely we won't know for sure until later this spring, but a majority of the justices appeared sympathetic to Mississippi's right to limit abortion to 15 weeks' gestation. In fact, after nearly 50 years of abortion on demand, we're looking at the very real possibility that the High Court may well decide to get out of the abortion business entirely, leaving the issue up to the democratic process. Several conservative justices strongly challenged the wrong-headed argument of the abortion industry that the court should follow “precedent” in this case, even if the justices think Roe was wrongly decided. “If we think that the prior precedents are seriously wrong … why then doesn't the history of this court's practice with respect to those cases tell us that the right answer is to return to the position of neutrality?” asked Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “Precedent” was a major theme and one that liberals and pro-abortion activists love to talk about – that is until they find a Supreme Court precedent they don't like and want overturned. Just because a case has been wrongly decided for many years is no reason to keep upholding bad law.The post The Beginning of the End of Abortion in America appeared first on Jim Daly.
We are in the Advent Season, and the word “anticipation” seems like an appropriate word to describe how I feel about the approach of Christmas. Saints of old, by faith, anticipated the coming of Christ on that first Christmas. Simeon, for example, rested on the promise God had made to him that he would not see death until he had gazed into the eyes of his savior (Luke 2:25-32).As a child, my parents required that my older brother and I feed and water our horses before starting our celebration of Christmas.The post GUEST POST: Christmas Anticipation appeared first on Jim Daly.
Jesus' mother was Mary.The prophet Samuel's mother was Hannah.King David's mother?The Bible doesn't tell us, but she must have had tremendous insight into how boys become men because she didn't rescue her son from risk. David was a teenager when he conquered Goliath relying on strength and trust in the Lord he developed in the field. First Samuel 17:34-36 says:“But David said to Saul, ‘Your servant used to keep sheep for his father.The post Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence appeared first on Jim Daly.
If it feels like those who champion abortion rights and unfettered access to ending the lives of innocent children in the womb are growing more extreme, consider as evidence an opinion piece published in last week's New York Times. Elizabeth Spiers is a Democrat strategist – and a radical abortion activist. In the article, Ms. Spiers actually suggested that adoption is more “dangerous” than abortion. Let that sink in. Killing trumps living. To bolster her wildly reckless assertion, the writer goes on to explain that she was adopted and that her biological mother “remains heartbroken about the years we missed together.” In a curious and downright perplexing twist, Ms.The post The Radical Left Wants to Decide Who Lives and Who Dies appeared first on Jim Daly.
Guy and Amber Lia were convinced that their marriage was a mistake soon after the mountaintop experience of their wedding. Neither had the communication skills to work through their differences. They reacted to each other instead of responding. Their relationship spiraled, and they considered throwing in the towel.Every dating couple imagines marriage as a string of mountaintop experiences. Life will never be perfect, but we can't fathom romance fading. We can't foresee our conversations not stretching into the wee hours of the night.The post Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
Focus on the Family serves the culture according to five foundational pillars.The first pillar is evangelism and discipleship. “We believe the ultimate purpose of life is to know and glorify God and to attain eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, beginning within our own families and then reaching out to a suffering humanity that needs to embrace His love and sacrifice.”Although every Christian would agree with that truth, many shy away from evangelism.The post Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose appeared first on Jim Daly.
Our culture is so toxic that an increasing number of young girls are suffering from a growing list of troubles – from low self-esteem and anxiety to depression and eating disorders.What's the answer? It isn't so much a “what” as it is a “who.”Mothers.Mom, you are instrumental in helping your daughter navigate a world that is often against her. An effective way to do that is to be a good listener. Your daughter is much more likely to share her heart with you than with Dad.The post Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter appeared first on Jim Daly.
Why do kids behave poorly?According to Dr. Kevin Leman, all misbehavior is a quest for attention. If your children can't get attention from you in positive ways, they'll get it in negative ways.There are four goals of misbehavior:Attention – “I only count when others notice me and serve me.”Power – “I only count when others do what I want them to do when I want them to do it.”Revenge – “I only count when I hurt others like I've been hurt.”Display of inadequacy – “I'm no good.The post Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior appeared first on Jim Daly.
Christmas traditions vary by family and organization, but I wanted to share a new one from the Focus campus here in Colorado Springs.For the first time ever, we planted and lit a 30 foot evergreen tree here at the front of our property. We also dedicated and lit a beautiful new creche beside it. Just a week after the lighting, a massive windstorm of 100 mph gusts blew through the town, toppling ten other trees on our property. The Focus Christmas tree survived!The post VIDEO: Merry Christmas! appeared first on Jim Daly.
As Christians, we orient our lives according to the Bible. We believe that God exists (Romans 1:20) and that He commands a host of angels who do His will (Luke 2:13-14) and who worship Him without ceasing (Revelation 4:8).Yet, when it comes to spiritual warfare, we're double-minded. We believe that the devil and his angels exist (Matthew 25:41), but we rarely acknowledge their influence in our daily affairs.The post The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
Merry Christmas! I'm sure you're looking forward to time with your family as you celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ tomorrow.Today, we're bringing you a special message by popular author and speaker Liz Curtis Higgs, sharing at one of our staff chapels about how the very first Christmas in Bethlehem changed the world forever. That's a familiar story, of course, but with a blend of biblical truth and a great sense of humor, Liz provides a fresh perspective through the eyes of the first women to meet baby Jesus.The post Women who Welcomed the Birth of Jesus appeared first on Jim Daly.
Here's a discouraging fact: You're probably not as healthy as you think you are.According to a long line of psychological studies, we tend to see ourselves as better than we are. Social scientists call this the Better-Than-Average Effect. We're compelled to put our best face forward and suppress our inadequacies. We look like we have it together on the outside even when we don't have it together on the inside.The last year and a half has shown how important it is to take care of ourselves emotionally, physically, relationally, and spiritually.The post What to Do When You're Not Okay appeared first on Jim Daly.
Author Gary Thomas thought he had a good marriage. Then God reminded him of the pledge he made to his wife at their wedding: “I promise to love and to cherish you until death do us part.”Thirty-six years later, Gary realized that he hadn't thought of the word “cherish” in terms of his marriage since he spoke those words. Determined to change course, Gary set out to understand what it really meant to cherish his wife.The post Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day appeared first on Jim Daly.
One day, well into her adult years, Florence Littauer's dad invited her into a tiny back room of the little store he'd operated for decades, reached into a hiding place behind an upright piano against a back wall, and retrieved an old cigar box.Inside were a handful of articles he had published in the local paper. Until then, Florence had no idea her father was a writer. He'd never discovered his true potential because no one had ever encouraged him.The post Words of Kindness, Source of Healing appeared first on Jim Daly.
Christmastime brings family together, and that's a good thing. As an old year closes and a new one opens, December celebrations hopefully leave us with rich and positive memories. Yet sometimes all the family togetherness also leaves us with disappointment or a new burden to bear.Maybe you are reveling in some positive holiday afterglow. That's good – soak it up. Family is one of the greatest joys because good relationships can reflect a foretaste of the Divine. At the same time, we aren't in Heaven and therefore relational strain, “growth opportunities” and downright abusive situations must be faced.The post GUEST POST: New Year: New Hurts, New Hopes – Next Steps appeared first on Jim Daly.
What “season” is it for your marriage? Is it summer because things are warm and sizzling with your spouse? Or is it winter because things feel a little chilly?I remember how it felt when Jean and I fell in love. Like many couples in a new relationship, we enjoyed being together every chance we could and daydreamed about seeing each other when we couldn't. It was easy to think, “We'll always feel this way!”But relationships are like the weather; they change.The post Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
There's an old saying that if the only tool you have is a hammer, everything will look like a nail after a while.That's why in the toolbox in your garage you'll find hammers, screwdrivers, and different sized wrenches – tools with very particular uses for specific problems around the house.With that in mind, let me ask you: What kind of tools are in your parenting toolbox?There isn't one tool to rule them all.The post Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting appeared first on Jim Daly.
Headlines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) heralding the claim there were over 10,000 fewer abortions in 2019 as compared to 2018 suggests abortion is on the retreat. Unfortunately, such a report is misleading – and for several reasons.First, media often fail to distinguish between abortions reported versus performed. California along with a few other states and the District of Columbia haven't reported any abortions for years. So, in reality, we have no way of knowing specific numbers in those areas – but what we do know is that abortion clinics in those areas remain very busy. In addition – and this is the most significant shift in years – chemical abortions (the killing of pre-born children by taking a drug called mifepristone) are rising rapidly.The post Decreasing CDC Abortion Numbers Don't Tell the Whole Story appeared first on Jim Daly.
According to the CDC (11/2020):Stillbirth affects about 1 in 160 pregnancies.Each year, about 24,000 babies are stillborn.As many as 1 in 4 known pregnancies end in miscarriage.No one wants to be represented in those statistics. Nothing can prepare a parent for the devastation of losing a child. The grief can seem insurmountable.Those of us on the outside of that loss – families, friends, and the church community surrounding the parents – often don't comprehend the depth of pain and sorrow that bereaved parents experience.The post Embracing Hope and Love After a Loss appeared first on Jim Daly.
As America prepares to enter its third year of the COVID-19 global pandemic, an irrefutable and heartbreaking consensus is finally beginning to coalesce across social, economic, and even political classes: Children who are being isolated in their homes or clothed behind masks despite being at the least possible risk across all demographics, have borne the greatest burden psychologically, emotionally, and educationally for the onerous and ill-conceived virus-related restrictions that continue to threaten our rising generation. The explosion of the Omicron variant threatens to cause school and political officials to repeat the very same mistakes that sent our children into a downward spiral beginning in March of 2020.The post COVID policies: Stop treating children as political pawns appeared first on Jim Daly.
Something terrible happened at a nationally televised sporting event. At least, you'd think it was terrible given the stir it caused on social media.Here's what happened: During a break in the action, a camera caught two friends sitting together in the stands having a conversation.That's it.No one argued. No one threw a punch.Two people simply talked and enjoyed a football game together.What created the social media firestorm was who the two friends were.The post Why It's Important to Honor Others appeared first on Jim Daly.
I've got good news for you if you're in a bad marriage: No matter how dire your circumstances, there is hope.When a marriage enters dangerous territory, the journey to get out isn't easy, but the results can be beautiful.On our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Saving Your Marriage from Divorce,” psychologist and author Dr. David Clarke shares his proven, 90-day strategy for getting a broken marriage on track toward healing and intimacy.The post Saving Your Marriage from Divorce appeared first on Jim Daly.
If some liberals wonder why parents of public school-age children are aggrieved and frustrated, they need look no further than yesterday's story confirming that Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and his staff likened protesting moms and dads at school board meetings to domestic terrorists.You might remember the news last fall that the National School Boards Association (NSBA) suggested parents around the country who were objecting to the teaching of Critical Race Theory, along with mask wearing and other classroom-related concerns, were engaging in “a form of domestic terrorism.”I'm sorry, Mr.The post Sorry, Mr. Secretary – Parents Are Not Domestic Terrorists appeared first on Jim Daly.

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