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Examining Your Part in a Difficult Marriage | Focus on the Family with Jim Daly

Darryl Strawberry had it all. Talent. Money. Success. Fame. He had been a power-hitting, eight-time Major League All-Star who earned four World Series championships in 17 seasons with teams like the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. Then his career and his life were derailed by substance abuse and prison time. He lost…

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Where Do Babies Come From? | Focus on the Family with Jim Daly

Kids are full of good questions. But sometimes parents aren’t prepared with good answers. Like, “Where do babies come from?” If you’re in that stage of parenting, don’t panic. Questions like these are usually simple curiosity. Your child is realizing that the world is bigger than he is. It’s unlikely that he’s searching for an…

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Understanding Your Purpose and God’s Plan | Focus on the Family with Jim Daly

According to Lifeway Research, 57% of Americans are seeking meaning and purpose in their lives. In the classic comic Peanuts, Charlie Brown visits Lucy’s “psychiatric” stand and asks for advice. Lucy explains that on the cruise ship of life some people arrange their deck chair at the back of the ship to see where they’ve…

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What You Can Do to Help Kids in Foster Care | Focus on the Family with Jim Daly

May is National Foster Care Month. Nearly 400,000 children in the United States are in foster care, which means they’ve been separated from their families – in some cases, permanently – and need a safe, healthy place to live. Unless you’ve lived as a foster kid like I did, or know a family who is…

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Eye of the Beholder | Focus on the Family with Jim Daly

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That means things look different depending on your perspective. Take the Rocky Mountains, for example. If you live along the front range like I do, you get to see them up close every day. They’re one of the most beautiful mountain ranges on earth, stretching…

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Break the Elephant Rope | Focus on the Family with Jim Daly

Sometimes – perhaps most of the time – what keeps us from success … is us. It’s not other people and circumstances that keep us from a better career or a better marriage. It’s us. We hold ourselves back. We’re bound by mental and emotional barriers, like imaginary ropes around our ankles that convince us…

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Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting | Focus on the Family with Jim Daly

There’s an old saying that if a hammer is the only tool you own, everything will look like a nail. That’s why a well-rounded toolbox also contains screwdrivers, pliers, and wrenches of all sizes. Each tool is designed to solve a specific problem. With that in mind, how many tools are in your parenting toolbox?…

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Hope and Encouragement for Moms | Focus on the Family with Jim Daly

Kirsten Watson’s husband, Benjamin, played for six NFL teams and won a super Bowl in 2005. Much of those 15 years, she was on her own in a new city with a household of seven children, including twins. At one point, she was so stressed she suffered painful migraines that doctors said would continue unless…

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Reflecting on Godly Motherhood (by Cathe Laurie) | A New Beginning

Reflecting on Godly Motherhood The job description was for Director of Operations, and the requirements went as follows: Standing for hours on end. Unlimited work weeks. No vacations. Must be a skillful negotiator. Degrees in culinary arts, finance, and medicine helpful.

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Just One | Focus on the Family with Jim Daly

Jason Smith, a middle school principal in Kentucky, met his daughter for the first time when she was in the sixth grade. Her name was Raven. She’d been sent to Jason’s office after getting angry in the cafeteria and throwing food at a fellow student. When Jason sat Raven down, he asked her, “Would you…

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