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FamilyLife Today® is a daily 25 to 30 minute podcast that provides practical, biblical tools to address the issues affecting your family in a format that is conversational in nature. At the core of every program is motivation, encouragement, and help.

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When My Family Is Toxic

When My Family Is Toxic

2019-12-1300:29:17

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 Network.  https://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
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 Network.  https://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
Playing Spiritual Defense

Playing Spiritual Defense

2019-12-1100:30:351

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 Network.  https://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
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 Network.  https://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
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 Network.  https://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
Calming Angry Kids

Calming Angry Kids

2019-12-0600:27:35

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.
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.
Family Reconciliation

Family Reconciliation

2019-12-0400:32:411

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.
A Family Break Up

A Family Break Up

2019-12-0300:28:281

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.
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.
The Complicated Heart

The Complicated Heart

2019-11-2900:29:49

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 Network.  https://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
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 Network.  https://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
In Their Shoes

In Their Shoes

2019-11-2700:28:27

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 Network.  https://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
Honoring Christ at Christmas

Honoring Christ at Christmas

2019-11-2600:24:551

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 Network.  https://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
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 Network.  https://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
Praying Through Conflict

Praying Through Conflict

2019-11-2200:26:54

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.
A Shared Vision

A Shared Vision

2019-11-2100:24:17

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.
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.
Keeping Your Eyes on Jesus

Keeping Your Eyes on Jesus

2019-11-1900:25:11

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.
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.
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David Moss

I've experienced this personally both as s son and as a husband. Divorce is a devastating result of not taking care of our inner self and our marriage.

Jan 10th
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Adam Cameron

One of my favorite episodes of the year. Also, Adopted For Life is a fantastic book. I can't recommend it enough!

Dec 18th
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